With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
With only days before the draft, Murray hasn’t been signed to a rookie contract and Josh Rosen hasn’t been traded? Arizona has milked this draft for every ounce of news/marketing they could get. Having said that, seeing Heisman winner Kyler Murray run Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense should be very exciting!
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The 49ers add one of the most polished defensive players in the draft, Nick Bosa. The team added Dee Ford in free agency, and this will be the fourth defensive lineman they’ve drafted in the first round in the last five years: DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, and Bosa. Bosa has exceptional short area quickness and excellent low body strength.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is coming off a season where he dominated. The Jets have an impressive history of taking top notch defensive linemen in the draft – Sheldon Richardson and John Abraham come to mind. Williams would make a great addition to the 2019 NY Jets.
4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver was one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the county over the last two seasons. Gruden loves guys who can pressure the quarterback, and Oliver and do just that.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
For a long time, it looked like the Bucs with go with Devin White, but when a player like Josh Allen falls into your lap – you take him. Allen’s a player that the Bucs will be able to line up in a variety of place, keeping offenses guessing.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Giants just rewarded Eli Manning with a nice big contract extension, but he’s getting up there in age. Even if they plan to play Manning this year, they’ll need to start grooming a successor.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jacksonville is in need of help along the offensive line, no secret there, they gave up 50+ sacks last year. The team signed QB Nick Foles, so, doubtful they draft one here. Taylor is the best run blocking tackle in the draft. And I think they’ll look to take the pressure off Foles by running the ball more. So, Jawaan Taylor to the Jaguars.
8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Lions need weapons. I think they could go in several directions here. D.K. Metcalf and his 4.33 speed is one option. However, a player like Hockenson has more value for this team and their needs. He can inline block, adding value to the running game. He runs clean routes, gains separation, and has easy hands – adding value to the passing game. He’ll just be involved in more plays than a wide receiver.
9. Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Bill finished with the NFL’s number two defense last year. In 2019, they return ten of the starting eleven, the lone loss being the retirement of DT Kyle Williams. Drafting Lawrence to step in to Williams would be perfect.
10. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
The Broncos picked up OT Ja’Wuan James, CB Bryce Callahan, CB Kareem Jackson, and QB Joe Flacco in free agency. Those were their most pressing needs. They could trade down here, but I’m going out on a limb and saying they take Dalton Risner from Kansas State. Risner can play four of the five line spots, and Denver’s been high on him this entire post season.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, ILB, LSU
The Bengals address several of their biggest needs during free agency. However, they are still in need a leader in the middle of that defense. LSU’s Devin White has long been considered the best linebacker in the class. He’s the high character leader HC Zac Taylor wants.
12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Packers have two picks in the first round: picks 12 and 30. The Packers are looking for help on the OL and DL, along with a wide receiver, and a tight end. With Hockenson off the board, I doubt they take Fant this high. Keeping QB Aaron Rodgers off the ground should be a priority. Williams play pass block and run block, play inside or out.
13. Miami Dolphins: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
With QB Ryan Tannehill shipped off to the Titans is Fitz-Magic is the answer? Do they take a quarterback here? I think they need one, but don’t think they take one here. However, HC Flores is a defensive guy, so I’m going with the second best linebacker in the class.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
The Falcons need help off the edge. Burns has excellent natural bend around the corner. He’s athletic enough, he can drop back into coverage as well.
15. Washington Redskins: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Redskins have questions about their quarterback position, and they could go in that direction, but I think they wait until the second round. They could use a lock-down corner and Williams’ man skills would be a great fit in Washington.
16. Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. Andre Dillard and Clelin Ferrell would both be viable options for Carolina. However, the Panthers attended Sweat’s Pro Day and had him in for a Private Workout. Seems like they like him.
17. New York Giants (via Cle): Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Giants are a team that likes to snap up quality pass rushers. Ferrell is about as complete an end as there is in this draft. Quick enough to get the corner and stout enough to hold up against the run.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
The Vikings are looking for some help on the offensive line. Little can pass block and run block. He has good length and plenty of athleticism. Has all the talent, needs some good coaching to reach potential.
19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Wilkins won the “Academic Heisman” in 2018 – also known as the William V. Campbell Trophy. He shows a quick first step and is able to beat double teams. Wilkins can play anywhere on the line, adding to his value.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington
The Steelers have a reputation for playing solid, tough, defense. Murphy would fit right in give Pittsburgh an exciting playmaker on the back-end.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (NLF)
The Seahawks only have four picks, so I would expect them to trade down to accumulate some extra selections. Rumor has it they are shopping DE Frank Clark, that’s another option to gain some picks. If they stay where they are are Simmons would be excellent value, even if he has to miss the beginning of the season due to his ACL injury.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Gary’s stock drops a bit because of a torn labrum. He could possibly miss the first six weeks of the season. However, like Simmons, Gary becomes a good value pick at this spot. The Ravens like stout defensive linemen and they could be creative about a player as athletic as Gary.
23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Houston has to find a way to protect QB Deshaun Watson. Dillard may be the best pass-pro tackle in the class. Houston might be taking a couple of linemen in this draft. Dillard can play left tackle.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Would Oakland take Marquise Brown here? Or would they go with a starting running back here? With the chance that the Eagles could go after Jacobs, the Raiders grab their guy with the twenty-fourth overall pick.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Eagles are looking at D-line and also at running back. They could also use a cornerback. Thorpe Award winner De’Andre Baker is a solid tackler and good communicator, things DC Jim Schwartz values.
26. Indianapolis Colts: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
The Colts added a deep threat in Metcalf. He’s a solid route runner, that doesn’t mind blocking. He ran a 4.33 forty at the Combine, he’s got some serious speed.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Gruden loves guys who can take the top off a defense. With a player like Brown sitting here at twenty-seven, this should be a no-brainer. Plus Marquise can learn from his cousin Antonio.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
Chargers could go DT here, but they also need interior offensive line help. Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom would be a solid selection here.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Ferguson, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech
The Chiefs need a couple of corners and a safety. But with their first pick, they take a guy who can get after the quarterback. Ferguson had 26 tackles-for-loss and 17.5 sacks last year.
30. Green Bay (from New Orleans): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (DL)
Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. Rodgers will appreciate another big, fast, target.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State
The Rams are a zone blocking team that needs a center. Bradbury’s athleticism would make him the perfect fit.
32. New England Patriots: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Patriots would trade down if given the option. If they stay here, they take the best offensive lineman on the boad – Cody Ford, Oklahoma.
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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.