With this I have the Cardinals taking my best overall prospect, Quinnen Williams. As good as Nick Bosa has been, I believe Quinnen offers just as much talent, if not more, at a position I view as a higher need for the team. With the signing of Suggs, and Jones already being on the outside, bring in Williams and Arizona could see quarterback pressures from the left, middle and right side of their defensive line.
San Francisco 49ers
The 49ers have been pretty lucky during this draft process, and have their number one prospect seemingly slip into their hands in nearly every scenario thrown out now a days. San Fran made a big splash with Dee Ford, but selecting Bosa gives them a potentially lethal rotation of pass rushers. With Armstead still being a question mark, and having an expiring contract, the 49ers would be wise and upgrade at the position.
Miami Dolphins via New York Jets
The Cardinals passed on Murray, sending all the other quarterback needy teams into a frenzy trying to move up in the draft. The Dolphins swap 1st’s and send conditional later round picks to the Jets in order to select the most electrifying name in the draft. The Dolphins might not be ready to win just yet, but the hype around Murray is too much to pass up on for Miami. Kyler will bring vitality to this franchise that hasn’t had an exciting season the 2008 season when Brady tore his ACL, and the Dolphins were able to squeak by with a division championship.
I almost had the Raiders moving up to select Kyler Murray, but I don’t see Oakland packaging any of their 1sts in order to do so. Mike Mayock told NFL Network on the 22nd that they will have somewhat of a surprise pick with their fourth overall selection, but I wouldn’t be taken off guard with Oliver going fourth. Not only does he fit perfectly in with the Raiders needs and mentality; you are also drafting a potential game wrecker for your defense.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Since Quinnen Williams, and Ed Oliver were selected right before the Bucs pick, they are left with the best player available. Luckily for the Bucs that player is not only a position of need but still one of the top players in the class. Kwon Alexander signing with the 49ers left a big hole in the Buccaneers defense, and Mack Wilson brings all the athleticism you would need to fill that hole. Alexander and Wilson are both somewhat undersized, fast, and great in coverage as well. Drafting Wilson could have Tampa’s defense right where Alexander had left them.
New York Giants
I don’t care what the New York Giants say, if Haskins is there with this pick they need to draft him. There will be edge rushers at 17 (hint, hint), and there is no guarantee that there will be a quarterback you like after 11 picks go by. Haskins has shown enough that he could be special, especially if you let him learn behind Eli for another season. New York hit a hard reset by trading away Odell Beckham Jr, but with Barkley and a newly resigned Sterling Shepard, the Giants would be foolish to not give a quarterback to that group of talent.
Jacksonville is very limited on the offensive side of the ball, even with upgrading at the quarterback position. The Jaguars signed Chris Conley, but still lacks a true #1 target for Nick Foles. D.K. Metcalf is a good combination to line up with Chris Conley and DeDe Westbrook or Marqise Lee in the slot. A moving offense should be able to provide a spark that this defense needs to come back as one of the best in the NFL.
After Bosa and Williams are off the board, Allen becomes one of the top names on the list of defenders in this class. Pair this athletic freak with Trey Flowers opposite of him, and Matt Patricia suddenly might have solved the Lions pass rush issues. Jarrad Davis and Josh Allen could grow into something similar to what the Ravens had in Lewis and Suggs.
The Bills haven’t given their young quarterback anything to work with on offense, and Hockenson appears to be one of the safest selections in the class. Hockenson has a very low floor for Buffalo, and gives Allen a great safety valve after the release of Charles Clay. He can also hold his own while blocking, which will benefit the running game tremendously and is something that is asked a good amount from their tight ends in Buffalo.
With Haskins and Murray off the board, the Broncos pretty much have their choice made for them. Joe Flacco isn’t going to be the Broncos answer at quarterback, even if they make the playoffs with him this year. Drew Lock shows everything you would want in your franchise quarterback but must become more consistent in his play in order to be a playmaker in the NFL. He reminds me a lot of Jay Cutler coming out of Vanderbilt, but with a resolve to improve his game.
The Bengals have drafted studs in their secondary, and across their defensive line, but the middle of their defense as been an issue for a few seasons now. On top of that, Vontaze Burfict was released in March, leaving an even bigger gap for the Bengals to fill. Mack Wilson is an explosive playmaker that can hit and cover. Malik Jefferson struggled in his rookie season with the Bengals, only seeing 11 defensive snaps all season. Drafting Mack gives you an insurance policy with Jefferson, but if Jefferson were to improve, also give the Bengals a freaky athletic linebacker group.
Green Bay Packers
Though I am not a big fan of the moves; the Packers were very busy this offseason. Za’Darius and Preston Smith gives them their answer to an aging Clay Matthews, and Adrian Amos is a promising NFL safety. Last year they attacked the cornerback position, hitting on Jaire Alexander out the gate. Now it is time for them to address the middle linebacker position, and select Devin White out of LSU. If the Packers were able to turn Blake Martinez into a tackling machine, I can only imagine how he could grow in their system. White has all the upside in the world, but still flashes that he is raw at the linebacker position.
New York Jets via Miami Dolphins
In my last mock draft I said the Jets must trade down if Quinnen Williams isn’t on the board, and this is exactly why. They get a 2nd round pick back that they lost for Darnold last year, and still wind up with what has to be one of their top prospects on their big board. With Williams, the Jets get a for sure starter on their offensive line, with a chance at drafting one of the next great tackles.
The Falcons are always a team that I struggle with predicting, and this year is no different. I believe they will either go offensive or defensive lineman in the first round. I think the smartest move would be Christian Wilkins for Atlanta considering they could lose one of their best defensive players in Grady Jarrett. Wilkins next to Grady Jarrett will be tough to game plan around, and even gives the Falcons insurance in case Jarrett’s asking price is too high in 2020.
All the 1st round quarterbacks are gone, and the Redskins are now looking at wide receiver or cornerback in the 1st round. Luckily, N’Keal harry is still on the board, giving the Redskins a great target, and playmaker for whoever they draft later on, or in 2020. Harry pairs nicely with Richardson/Doctson, and gives Washington a solid possession receiver to replace the production Crowder left. Though he is 6’4, I believe you could move him inside to the slot position, giving the Redskins a potentially giant spread look.
Carolina currently has only four defensive ends on their roster, and none of them had more than 3 sacks last year. Clelin would come into their rotation of defensive ends, and most likely challenge for the the top edge rusher on the team, and without a doubt be the second best. Ferrell is already a household name in the Carolina’s after his historic run with the Clemson Tigers, and would be a great addition to defense looking for a leader along the defensive line.
New York Giants via Cleveland Browns
After getting Haskins with the 6th pick, they can now look to address their edge rusher needs. As stated before, there will be edge rushers at 17, even if it isn’t Burns. Brian Burns gives the Giants exactly what they were looking for, an explosive edge rusher with plenty of upside. He is more of a project than some of the other ends like Ferrell or Allen but I believe he could offer just as much upside as the names selected before him. For a team that will need a one or two seasons at least to re-adjust, Burns should be ready to go when called upon.
After spending a record breaking amount of money on Kirk Cousins; the Vikings have to surround him with pieces to keep the ball moving. The Lions and Packers went out and added plenty of edge talent to the division, meaning they will be coming after the quarterback a lot this year. Drafting an athletic tackle like Taylor should help the Vikings pass protection relatively quickly, with the upside of having a potential of boosting your run blocking as well.
Tennessee brought in Cameron Wake this off season, but that stint isn’t going to last very long for the Titans. I would have Montez Sweat going to the Lions if the heart condition didn’t scare so many teams, and he easily could still be drafted way before 19. Getting after the quarterback is going to be crucial in the AFC South, chasing the likes of DeShaun Watson and Andrew Luck. If Sweat is there, he brings a monster 6’6 frame, with long arms and elite athleticism off the edge for the Titans.
I wouldn’t have expected Greedy Williams to be the first cornerback off the board with the 20th pick, but it works in favor for the Steelers here. The top player, at the most needed position on the roster. They are in desperate need for a shutdown corner, and Artie Burns hasn’t panned out that way. Williams is long enough to cover A.J. Green while still being fast enough to cover the likes of Jarvis and OBJ (or at least attempt to).
As much as I wanted to have the Seahawks trade up with the Lions to draft Sweat, I think it’s in Seattle’s best interest to take two selections in the 1st round. With Frank Clark gone, the Seahawks are left with almost no playmakers on defense, and your best two defensive players left are heading into their contract years. Jeffery Simmons is going to be one of the steals of this draft no matter where he gets taken, and the Seahawks should take full advantage of him falling. Malik McDowell didn’t work out how you expected, and putting Simmons with Jarran Reed will cause all sorts of issues for offenses. Im sure it will make Bobby Wagner’s life a lot easier too.
One thing that stood out to me watching the highlights of Ole Miss’ Pro Day was how much one of the Ravens scouts were praising receiver A.J. Brown. Lamar Jackson had a good rookie season, and has put in a lot of work in the off season to help develop his passing, but nothing would help him more than a true number one target. A.J. Brown is one of the most NFL ready receivers in this class, and has shown to do damage from all over the field. He is more than capable of run blocking as well, which is obviously going to be huge for the Ravens offense going forward.
The Texans released their former 1st round corner, Kevin Johnson, last March. Last year they hit on safety Justin Reid, but the secondary still need a lot of help. Baker didn’t allow a touchdown in two seasons, dating his last touchdown reception allowed all the way back to 2016. He is a pure lockdown corner, only giving up 10 first downs in 2018. He did run a questionable 40 time at 4.52, but Chris Harris Jr ran a 4.48, and Josh Norman ran a 4.66, so I believe he will find ways to make up for it.
Oakland Raiders via Chicago Bears
Multiple reports have come out about Oakland’s love for Josh Jacobs, and there also has been reports that the Colts and Eagles share that love. The Raiders would be smart to take Jacobs before the Colts or Eagles get the chance to take him from them at 27. Even if Marshawn Lynch didn’t retire, Oakland would have still had a lot of questions at running back. Josh Jacobs and Jon Gruden are a great match for each other, and I am interested to see how Jacobs will be used at the NFL level.
I thought about Greg Little here for the Eagles, but I still believe the Eagles need to upgrade the most at cornerback. Byron Murphy offers way less of a risk than Little, and possibly more upside as well. Murphy is a tough, instinctive cornerback that I think would fit in perfectly with the style of Philadelphia. He doesn’t look the biggest on the field, but at 5’11 190 Lbs, he is more than big enough to bump with receivers. If the Philly pass rush can cause some batted passes or off target throws, Murphy will be there for the turnover.
Dexter Lawrence II
The Colts got help on the edge with the signing of Justin Houston, and at this point no linemen has better upside than Dexter Lawrence. At 6’4, 324 Lbs, Lawrence commands double teams immediately or he will get past your offensive line, and I believe he will carry that over into the NFL as well. He reminds me a lot of Linval Joseph for the Minnesota Vikings, who has been a monster in the trenches of the Vikings defense for the past few seasons. If he can open gaps for Darius Leonard to rush through, the Colts could find even more ways to make him a weapon as well.
Oakland Raiders via Dallas Cowboys
Rashan Gary probably won’t be here this late come draft time, but as of now he can’t fall further than Gruden at 27. The Raiders are still finding their defense, and Gary can play all positions across the defensive line, so the Raiders will find places to make Gary an issue. He is a monster athlete, and is a few pass rushing moves away from being an elite edge rusher. If Gruden can bring out the potential in Gary, he will have his replacement for Mack.
Los Angeles Chargers
Lonnie Johnson Jr
Los Angeles is in a sticky spot at 28, with Deionte Thompson, Greg Little and Lonnie Johnson still on the board. While Lawrence would have been perfect for them, I think Lonnie Johnson is their next best pick. He is the size of a safety, considering he played it in junior college, and will work very well with the Chargers zone defenses. The Chargers already have Casey Hayward, and good young corners below him, but you can never be too deep at cornerback and Hayward will be turning 30 this upcoming season.
Seattle Seahawks via KC Chiefs
Earl Thomas is gone, and the Seahawks traded away their best defensive player for this pick, so they have to make it count. Thompson coasted through this draft process, but has remained my top safety, and a great value pick for the Seahawks. His long frame will help him fill in perfectly with Seattle’s zone schemes, and shows good ball hawking ability. He is pretty slim, only weighing in at 195 Lbs at the Combine, but still will hit hard when give the chances. If he can build up his frame more for the NFL, he will be a star for the Seahawks for years to come.
Green Bay Packers
After a busy off-season on the defensive side of the ball, and drafting Devin Bush with the 12th pick earlier, it is time to address the offense. The Packers haven’t had a good tight end in a very long time, and Jimmy Graham isn’t performing at the level expected currently. Noah Fant is debatably the best tight end in this draft class, and offers the same freak athletic ability that Jimmy Graham had back in his prime Saints years. Fant is a little smaller overall, but he will still be the red-zone monster Green Bay is looking for.
Los Angeles Rams
Andrew Whitworth is not going to be on the team much longer, and if Goff is going to remain at the top of his game you need to keep him upright. Greg Little is an elite prospect on paper, at 6’5, 310 Lbs, but some work ethic, and mechanical issues will probably cause him sliding down draft boards. Little can, and most likely will be able to play left tackle early on in his career, but will need coaching to put his physical traits together.
New England Patriots
After the few shake ups since my last mock draft, the Patriots don’t end up as lucky as they did before. With that being said, they still get a nasty, NFL ready offensive guard, that potentially be a tackle as well. Losing Trent Brown could be bad news for an aging Tom Brady, but Ford could step in and play tackle if needed to early on Cody Ford has experience all over the offensive line, which I am sure Belichick will love, and says he feels most comfortable at right tackle.