2019 NFL Mock Draft 3-20-19


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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft update time! It’s our second update post Scouting Combine, and the underwear olympics in Indianapolis really shook things up; big time. Massive changes were made in last week’s edition. Now, with the first few days of free agency behind us, we made a couple more changes this week.

Team needs have now been taken into account, as free agency is in our midst. (Also, here is our very first 2020 NFL mock draft over at this link)

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A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after free agency is completed. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do. Many often bones to pick, so have at it in the comments section.

In regards to comments, just try to keep it classy and professional, please. Take a moment to think about where you are in life when you’re actually personally insulting the author of a NFL mock draft.

1. Arizona, Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Be bold ARZ! In the words of retro R&B group Shalamar: “make that move, you got to make that move.” Murray didn’t do much at the combine except get measured, and answer a few boring questions with yearbook style answers, but the simple recording of his height was apparently enough to be deemed one of the most important things on twitter for most of the day.

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2. San FranciscoNick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa is elite all around just like his brother (Joey, picked 3rd overall by the Chargers in 2016) and he might end up being even better someday given his elite skill set. In the 2010s, Ohio State has become a true destination for NFL caliber DLs, and quite a few now have gone on to become very high draft picks recently.

“He’s a force,” said Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Luke Timian.

“He’s a technician at what he does,” added teammate Dre’Mont Jones. 

Bosa made the right call to leave school early to work on his injury rehabilitation/combine preparations. There is no question about that. Anyone who thinks otherwise, is a socially regressive meathead. In the future we should expect more players to follow suit. For more on the four OSU players who might be first round draft picks, go to this link

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3. New York Jets, Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

“Q probably has made as much progress as any player in our program because of his work ethic and the things that he’s done to try to improve himself,” said Saban of this year’s Outland Trophy winner (nation’s best interior lineman). 

“He was an undersized guy that worked hard to get bigger and stronger. Always was a good athlete and had good quickness.”

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4. OaklandJosh Allen, LB/DE, Kentucky

Ted Hendricks Award finalist shooting up the draft boards right now. Good fit for any team and great way to address a team need, whatever it may be because Allen is so versatile.

He can play just about anywhere in the front seven, as he possess the abilities to both rush the passer off the edge and drop back into pass coverage.

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5. Tampa Bay, Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Ferrell had another spectacular season with 17 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. He has a versatile skill set that makes him a potentially every down player at the next level. Probably could have left school last year, but definitely drove up the price of his stock by playing another year of Clemson football.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly had a lot of praise for his opponent, especially the front seven, during the Fighting Irish’s on campus Media Day.

“Defensively, I think you obviously start with the defensive front. You probably have three guys there that could be top 50, top 60 players in all of college football,” said Kelly.

“So that’s a pretty good group. I mean, comparing them to maybe North Carolina State last year in some fashion, LSU, that kind of capability on the defensive line.”

For more on the four Clemson players who might be first round draft picks, go to this link.

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6. New York Giants, Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

“What jumps out is his poise, his accuracy and his understanding of the offense,” Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald said of Haskins as the Big Ten title game approached. “He does a phenomenal job of taking what the defense gives him. If I had a Heisman Trophy ballot, I would vote for him. I’ve already voted him the Big Ten (Offensive) Player of the Year. He is a phenomenal, phenomenal football player. He uses all of his weapons.”

Haskins entered championship week fifth nationally in pass efficiency rating, third in yards per game and first in touchdown passes with 42, versus just seven interceptions. He also broke the Big Ten season records for passing yards and TDs. Both records had belonged to former Purdue QBs.

The aforementioned 42 TDs surpassed Drew Brees’  39, accomplished in 1998, and his 4,081 yards passing eclipsed Curtis Painter’s 3,985, set in 2006. For more on the four OSU players who might be first round draft picks, go to this link

7. Jacksonville, Jonah Williams, T, Alabama

Looking at what Bama has done this season, then focusing on Williams in particular, his NFL draft stock is really soaring right now.

“Jonah has started every game I think since he’s been there with us, and he’s a bright guy and really pays attention to detail,” said Saban at the playoff press conference, “and it shows in his play because he’s a very, very consistent performer.”

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8. Detroit, Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan

Even with the addition of Trey Flowers from New England, they still need to improve the DL/pass rush. One of the most blue chip recruits Harbaugh landed, we all knew Gary had pro potential since high school, given his off-the-charts athleticism, measurables, essentially the whole package.

Ahead of league media day, the Big Ten released its preseason honorees — five players representing each division, and Gary was Michigan’s only honoree. The junior was first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches last season as a sophomore.

He had 66 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and six sacks in 2017. Go here for more on Gary.

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9Buffalo, D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

Some had given Metcalf a second round grade heading into the combine, but no one did better in Indy than this guy, now he’s a top 10 lock, and the first WR off the boards.

It would certainly be something remarkable to see Ole Miss land two WRs in the first round.


10. Denver, Andraez (Greedy) Williams, CB, LSU

With the Broncos going “elite” in the veteran market to get a QB, we no longer mock a QB to them (but we do mock their decision making in regards to who they went out and got to play quarterback). Now we mock a value pick.

At 6-foot-2, 182 pounds Williams has the length which is ideal for the NFL. He’s also got speed for days. Since 2007, LSU is tops in the nation in defensive backs draft. 18 DBs have been selected out of Baton Rouge, six in the first round with Williams poised to add to this legacy. Indeed Louisiana State is DBU right now. 

11. Cincinnati, Devin White, LB, LSU

Cincy upgrade at the linebacker position and White is a terrific run stopper with excellent range, who can also potentially cover the flats on passing downs.

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12. Green Bay, Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Major major combine winner, shooting his stock up, but it was revealed afterward that he has a heart condition. As it was not a condition serious enough to prevent him from playing and/or participating in the combine, it remains to be seen how much this could affect his draft stock; if at all.

It’s a flag to be sure, but not a true “red flag” at this point.

13. Miami, Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Oh Tannehill, oh Tannehill, you have worn out your welcome. Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the answer either. Unless the question is “who will be a stop gap solution until the Phins find a quarterback of the future?”

With Jones, his size, measurables and overall potential will more than compensate for his drawbacks. “I see a big strong guy, good quarterback,” said Northwestern DL Jordan Thompson of Jones, ahead of their matchup in September.

Added Wildcats linebacker Blake Gallagher: “He’s a big physical guy, and he’s not afraid to take a hit, he doesn’t really slide, not afraid to take a hit.”

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14. Atlanta, Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson

Wilkins was perhaps ready to jump in 2018, but since he stayed in school longer, his stock may be higher when he enters the process this spring. His ability to play any position on the DL makes his stock high. He’s crazy athletic and wicked fast too. At 6’4″, 315 he’s actually lined up at running back for Clemson; not fullback but tailback.

His rushing TD at Florida State this season complements the receiving TD he had in 2016.

He’s a prospect that knows how to split through gaps and create pressure on opposing back fields. Wilkins also won the academic Heisman this year, so expect him to ace the interviewing portion of the combine.

For more on the four Clemson players who might be first round draft picks, go to this link.

15. Washington, Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou

Skins QB is like the cabinet positions in the White House, they just can’t get the quality, competent people to come to Washington and take the job. And when they do, they just don’t last.

16. Carolina, Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

A good value pick at this point, but he also fills the team’s top need.

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17. Cleveland, Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State 

There are, or maybe now were, a ton of concerns about Burns’ size (or lack there of), but he added more than 20 pounds to his frame and came into the combine at 249. He does a lot with it too, as he scored the second fastest 40 yard dash among DLs in Indianapolis.

And you cannot argue with his production, when you take a look at how he’s worked his way up the FSU sack charts.  Brian Burns began the year listed at 235, and in order to become a true tour de force at the next level, he needs to be in the 250s-260s range by the time he begins his career next fall. 

For more on Burns, go to this link

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18. Minnesota, Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

If I’m the Minnesota Vikings, I go best OL available this draft.

19. Tennessee, Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Had a very nice combine all around, leading all the tight ends in the 40 yard dash (4.5), vertical jump (39 1/2), three-cone drill (6.89) and broad jump (10-7). Titans can pair him with their new QB they just got from Miami.

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20. PittsburghDeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Will likely fight it out with Williams to be the first corner off the boards.

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21. Seattle, Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

With a penchant for getting into opposing backfields, Oliver is an intriguing prospect, despite the lackluster combine. Unfortunately for him, his stock peaked in the preseason. It’s a very, very deep class on the DL and that is certainly illustrated by the fact Oliver drops this low, despite being extremely talented and promising.


22. Baltimore, Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Ravens needed a WR, and now even more so with John Brown moving on to Buffalo. No doubt scrimmaging against a blue chipper like Denzel Ward everyday in practice last year helped prep this guy for the next level. Campbell has (insert every cliche about speed possible here.)

You’ll see him crush it at the combine, and then become an instant contributor in two phases, offense and special teams.

“One of the fastest people I have ever seen run, that’s what makes him elite,” said Indiana Hoosiers wide receiver Luke Timian. 

For more on the four OSU players who might be first round draft picks, go to this link

23. Houston, T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa 

Two tight ends from Iowa going in the first round???

Two tight ends from Iowa going in the first round!

24. Oakland via Chicago, Jachai Polite, DE, Florida

Raiders have needs aplenty, WR being among the most critical, but they already addressed that in free agency. We see them finding a pure Edge to complement their earlier pick of Josh Allen, who can edge rush, but also do so much more. We see Oakland going all defense on day one.

25. Philadelphia,  A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Good hybrid of value and need for this slot, as the Eagles let Golden Tate go to the New York Giants. We should be pretty shocked if Brown fell out of the first round.

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26. Indianapolis, Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

His size and length has scouts very very interested, and he spent his final season in South Bend working on becoming more disruptive and explosive. Mission Accomplished.

For more on Tillery, go to this link 

27. Oakland via Dallas, Byron Murphy, CB, Washington 

For the Raiders, just one Pro Bowl player remains from their 2016 breakout season, quarterback Derek Carr. They are in full fire sale, blow it all up mode, and their team needs will be everything come April.

28. L.A. Chargers, Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

LAC (that still looks like L.A. Clippers to me every time I see it, but ok, eventually I’ll probably get used to it) need to improve in the interior front.

29. Kansas City, Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

So much has been written about Lawrence, good and bad, so you know all about him. In case you don’t go to this link.

30. Green Bay via New Orleans, Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M

Good chance here for the Pack to beef up the line.

31. L.A. Rams, N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

His size makes him a match-up nightmare for most opposing DBs and certainly a blue chip prospect at the position, and just in general overall. Not the biggest need for L.A. but we’re going best player available in this slot.

32. New England, Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

Love has about as great a mentor as a college football player could hope for in ND defensive backs coach Todd Lyght, the fifth pick overall in the 1991 NFL Draft.

Lyght had three All-Pro seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl with the Rams in 1999. “His mindset in terms of winning at the highest level is always from that, and he brings it to the table every single day,” Love said of Lyght.

“I know how he ticks and he knows how I tick, and I think that’s a special thing for sure. He’s helped me so much.”

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Love was arguably the best cover corner in the college game this fall, and an AP All-American. He also looks like somebody who will be playing on Sundays for a long time to come.

This 2018 NFL mock draft is listed on several mock draft databases including Walter Football, DC Pro Sports Report, Mockout and Eat, Drink, Sleep Football

Paul M. Banks runs The Sports Bank.net, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, regularly appears as a guest pundit on WGN CLTV and co-hosts the “Let’s Get Weird, Sports” podcast on SB Nation

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  1. http://George says

    Solid B grade draft … maybe swap the saints and bengals on draft order… the saints will be good again next year.. bengals look to be down trending… never know of course…just hunches on my part

  2. http://brownsfan1 says

    For Cleveland: More likely an OT or LBer than another DE.

  3. http://Michael%20Daugherty says

    There’s no way Will Grier isn’t drafted in the 1st round.

  4. http://Autumn says

    Great raiders draft

  5. http://brownsfan1 says

    I don’t think Trey Adams is a first round talent. There is talk that he may return to UW yet again. We shall see.

  6. http://George says

    posted way back in aug … things have changed quite a bit as always…once players have declared things will start to change even more ( haskins and herbert for example ) combine will also shake things up big time… should look at taylor from florida as a OT prospect..lots of buzz for him lately

  7. http://Browns%20Fan%20Since%20Otto says

    I agree that the Browns will grab a CB, BUT not in round 1. They go top DT or LB in first two rounds

  8. http://Mike%20J. says

    I liked Oliver more a couple years ago than I do now. Coud be a moot pont as I am not sure T.B. would go DT two years in a row in rd.1.

  9. http://Blah%20blah says

    Kyler Murray will be drafted in the first round, maybe even top 10.

  10. http://The%20Lone%20Chargers%20Fan%20in%20AL says

    Raekwon Davis is returning to Alabama for his senior season. Please update your big board and mock accordingly.

  11. http://Since%20Otto%20was%20QB says

    Nobody can take this mock seriously when it has the Browns taking a WR in the first @17. The Browns need either a DT or OLB or even a CB or OT @17 but NOT a WR

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  13. http://Ravens%20Flock%204%20life says

    I think that the Ravens would give Lamar Jackson a big target with nice hands like N’keal Harry to help with his slight accuracy issue.

    Also, DK Metcalf not going in the first round? Really?

  14. http://J%20Witt says

    Where’s Devin White LB LSU?????? 2nd round? LOL

  15. The Bills brass would never take a character risk like Simmons. More likely to select OL help.

  16. http://Anonymous says

    Josh Allen dropping that low? When right above you say Denver picks “best defensive player available” and it really isn’t.

  17. http://To%20tell%20the%20truth says

    No way the Lions pass on Josh Allen period. He fills a major need for them and he is very talented. Ed Oliver is a luxury for a defense that is strong up the middle. Greedy Williams is the next choice if Allen is gone followed by Mr. Clemson.

  18. http://Steve says

    With the Bucs going to more 3-4 looks under Todd Bowles Ferrell won’t be the pick at 5. It’ll be either Devin White, Montez Sweat who can play standing up, Jonah Williams or another OLmen they deem worthy of the pick.

  19. http://brownsfan1 says

    Burns is a classic “tweener”. Cleveland won’t draft another Bustavious Mingo, just like they didn’t draft Arden Key a couple of years ago

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  22. http://brownsfan1 says

    You need to change #17 to the Giants

  23. http://SteveB says

    Bucs drafting Ferrel at 5 ain’t happening…with their transitioning to more 3-4 looks they’ll either draft Devin White, Montez Sweat, or an offensive lineman though I think the draft shakes out where they’ll have a good shot at drafting Quinnen Williams at 5.

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