Welcome back to my NFL mock draft. My first mock draft was posted before the start of the NFL playoffs. Obviously, some major things have changed over the NFL landscape since that post went live. The Patriots won (and lost), Antonio Brown wants to be traded, and Kyler Murray declared for the draft; the draft order was also set in stone. Obviously projections will change following the t-shirt and shorts super bowl in the coming weeks, so be on the lookout for a post NFL combine mock draft from me following that.
1. Arizona Cardinals – EDGE Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
Kliff Kingsbury pronounced his love for Kyler Murray a few months ago, but they already have Josh Rosen. Murray isn’t even the best QB in the class. Nick Bosa gives Chandler Jones some help off of the edge.
2. San Fransisco 49ers – DT Quinnen Williams (Alabama)
The 49ers may look into trading down, but I don’t think that makes a lot of sense for them. If they don’t snag Williams here, the Jets will at three. Williams and Bosa are the only “top tier” players in the draft before a significant drop off, in my eyes.
3. New York Jets – EDGE Josh Allen (Kentucky)
I think the Jets probably trade down, but it is too hard to predict who they will find partners with, so I will assume they hold pat. Josh Allen gives them exactly what they need in a defensive end who can get to the quarterback. He can also drop into coverage when you need him to.
4. Oakland Raiders – EDGE Rashan Gary (Michigan)
Rashan Gary didn’t get to the quarterback as much as you hoped to see in his most recent campaign, but he still is an athletic freak. The Raiders defensive line is pretty bad, and need all the help they can get to replace Khalil Mack.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs – OT Jonah Williams (Alabama)
It seems as if the Bucs are committed to Jameis for another year, so they need to do all they can to put pieces around him. Left Tackle Donovan Smith is headed to free agency, so Jonah Williams will immediately slot in as the anchor of the left side.
6. New York Giants – QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
Eli Manning is entering the final year of his contract, and there is no way they can pass at Quarterback in this draft. Haskins can sit behind Manning, and possibly take over if he struggles.
7. Jacksonville Jags – DE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
I think the Jags opt to sign a free agent QB like Nick Foles — or trade for someone like Teddy Bridgewater. The Jags traded Dante Fowler at the deadline in 2018, so they will need to replace his presences.
8. Detroit Lions – EDGE Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
The Lions had one of the worst defensive lines in all of the NFL last season. They play in a division that has three above-average quarterbacks, so getting to them is a must. Ferrell posses a high motor and nastiness that this team needs.
9. Buffalo Bills – OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida)
The Bills seem to have hit on the QB of their future in Josh Allen; now they must continue to put the pieces around him, starting with protection. Taylor can anchor down either end of the offensive line.
10. Denver Broncos – CB Greedy Williams (LSU)
The Broncos have a major hole at cornerback, and Greedy Williams is the clear cut number one corner in this class. He can lockdown one side of the field, but does lack some ability to tackle in the open field.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Devin White (LSU)
Back-to-back Tigers come off the board, this time it’s linebacker Devin White. White has the versatility to play all over the field, and is a plus with the ability to cover slot wideouts on third down.
12. Green Bay Packers – TE T.J Hockenson (Iowa)
The Packers must put weapons around Aaron Rodgers, and T.J Hockenson is the best mismatch in this draft. He can block, he can run, and he can catch. He is also a great safety blanket when Aaron Rodgers somehow escapes 4 defenders collapsing on him.
13. Miami Dolphins – QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
There are plenty of questions surrounding Heisman winner Kyler Murray, but he has shown he has the ability to make plays on the football field. He will also spike fan interest for a fan base that needs that badly.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Edge Jachai Polite (Florida)
The Falcons were a disappointment in 2018, and some of that blame falls on their lack of a pass rush. Jachai Polite brings the bulldog mentality to get to the passer.
15. Washington Redskins – QB Daniel Jones (Duke)
Alex Smith could miss the 2019 season, and it is safe to say that they don’t want Josh Johnson or Mark Sanchez starting 16 games in D.C. Jones probably isn’t a mid-1st talent, but QBs are constantly overdrafted.
16. Carolina Panthers – DT Ed Oliver (Houston)
Carolina goes BPA at 16. Ed Oliver was once being discussed as a top 5 pick in this draft, but then had some off the field concerns, like fighting with his head coach. Oliver is undersized, but has all the talent in the world.
17. Cleveland Browns – OL Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
Cody Ford can play either guard or tackle at the next level, and will do so with success. He was one of the main reasons OU had the best offensive line in all of college football last season.
18. Minnesota Vikings – OL Dalton Risner (Kansas State)
Dalton Risner is another lineman that can play either guard or tackle, which is something the Vikings should target. They can draft Risner, and then fill the rest of the line out based on him.
19. Tennessee Titans – WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
The Titans offense lacks any type of big play ability, and Marquise Brown brings just that to the table. He would offer a nice deep threat to go along with emerging wideout Cory Davis.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Byron Murphy (Washington)
The Steelers will obviously need to add some offensive playmakers to their roster, but they do a good enough job scouting that they can wait until day 2 and three for that. Byron Murphy is just the type of physical corner they need.
21. Seattle Seahawks – S Deionte Thompson (Alabama)
There are some injury concerns around Thompson, but he is the type of talent that the Seahawks need to target to bring round two of Legion of Boom back to Seattle.
22. Baltimore Ravens – WR D.K Metcalf (Ole Miss)
Lamar Jackson is going to need playmakers in the passing game around him, and D.K Metcalf is just the type of home run hitter that the Ravens need in order to keep corners honest.
23. Houston Texans – OT Andre Dillard (Washington State)
In the wild care game it became painfully evident that the Texans needed offensive line help, specifically at the tackle position. Andre Dillard is the perfect answer for their offense, resembling longtime Texan Duane Brown.
24. Oakland Raiders – CB Deandre Baker (Georgia)
DeAndre Baker was one of the more exciting defensive playmakers in all of college football, and would bring that same ability to Oakland.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Christian Wilkins (Clemson)
The Eagles will more than likely lose Haloti Ngata in free agency this offseason, so draft Christian Wilkins gives them one of the best defensive players on the board at 25, and also fills a need.
26. Indianapolis Colts – DT Dexter Lawerence (Clemson)
The two Clemson interior lineman come off the board with back-to-back picks in the first round. Dexter Lawerence found himself in trouble for using PEDs, but is still a talented lineman that will fit in very nicely with the Colts improved DL.
27. Oakland Raiders – TE Noah Fant (Iowa)
Noah Fant is one of the biggest mismatches in this draft class. He is an athletic freak who will more than likely shoot up draft board at the NFL combine. He will provide Derek Carr with a safety blanket, and be the Raiders best pass catcher in Jon Grudens system.
28. San Diego Chargers – OL Chris Lindstrom (Boston College)
The Chargers right side of their line got destroyed by the Patriots in the playoffs, and Lindstrom would be a great value pick at 28.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – S Nassir Adderly (Deleware)
The Chiefs need to hammer out the back end of their defense immensely. Safety Nassir Adderly is one of the biggest risers pre-NFL combine, and will continue to rise following the combine.
30. Green Bay Packers – S Jonathan Abram (Ole Mississippi)
The Packers already addressed playmaker on the offensive side of the football, so now it is time to fill in the void left by trading HaHa Clinton-Dix at the trade deadline. Jonathan Abram can step in day one and starter for the Packers young secondary.
31. Los Angeles Rams – DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)
Jeffery Simmons tore his ACL which will likely cause him to drop in the draft, but shouldn’t fall out of the first round. Simmons is one of the best talents on the inside of the defensive line, will replace Suh when he is healthy.
32. New England Patriots – QB Drew Lock (Missouri)
The Patriots don’t have a young QB on their roster to fill in for Tom Brady when he retires – whenever that may be. Drew Lock is the next best passer on the board at 32, and who knows what he develops into under Bill and Brady.