2019 NFL Mock Draft 12-12-18

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It’s 2019 NFL mock draft time! The order is based on how teams have performed up until this point in this season, and what is expected of them the rest of the campaign and the playoffs.

Team needs were sometimes, but often not taken into account, as it’s still early for a 2019 mock draft in the purest sense. A true 2019 NFL mock draft can’t really be composed until after 2019 free agency. Have issues with the picks? Of course you do!

Many often do, so have at it in the comments section. Just try to not be like the others and instead keep it classy and professional.

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Sure, the following disclaimer will go ignored, but I’ll say it anyway- “THERE IS NO NEED FOR NAME CALLING!”

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. San Francisco, Nick 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. 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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2.Oakland, Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Man, football in the bay area these days is just….yesssh, shesshhh, ick, ugh. Williams wasn’t very high on the boards entering the season, but he’s almost a consensus top five or ten in most mocks out there right now. Many mock drafts have him in the top three.

3. Arizona, Jonah Williams, T, Alabama

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

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4. New York Giants, Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon 

Has really come out of nowhere recently and established himself as the #1 QB prospect. He might end up the first overall pick, it just depends on if the team selecting first needs a new signal caller or not. Eli Manning…well, he’s had a good run.

5. Jacksonville, QB, Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Hard to believe Blake Bortles is a starting quarterback who once led a team to the AFC title game, and came within a hair’s breath of winning it and going to the Super Bowl. Now he’s benched for Cody Kessler. Bortles simply is who he is at this point, that is something you need to move on from.

“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

6. New York Jets, Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

With his unreal ability to get into opposing backfields, Oliver is among the most can’t miss of the 2018 prospects.

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7Buffalo, Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Rising up the boards, Simmons could be top five, but definitely a top ten prospect.

8. Detroit, Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn

Lions need to work on revamping the DL again.

9. Atlanta, Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Sure fire top ten pick, he might not even last this long.

10. Green Bay via New Orleans, Jachai Polite, DE, Florida

Good fit and great way to address a team need.

11. Cleveland, DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

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

12. Tampa Bay, Andraez (Greedy) Williams, CB, LSU

At 6-foot-2, 182 pounds Williams has the length which is ideal for the NFL. He’s also got speed for days to boot.

13. Cincinnati, Cameron Smith, LB, USC

We’re surprised to see only have one Trojan in our mock draft right now, as USC is #1 all time for players drafted by a single school.

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14. Miami, 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.

15. Indianapolis, Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan

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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16. Carolina, Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

The Tigers are showing you why they have been right up there with Bama as the elite program of the past few years, this 2019 NFL mock draft is loaded with Clemson players.

17. Philadelphia, Brian Burns, DE, Florida State 

Mr. Burns has really broken out this year, as a quick, athletic pass rushing force. His speed rushing abilities translate well to the next level. Now he needs to add some size. With 4.5 more tackles for a loss, Burns will pass up Bjoern Werner and enter the Seminoles all time top ten for TFLs. With 3.5 more quarterback sacks he’ll enter the Noles’ all time top ten list. With four, he’ll surpass Andre Wadsworth, who is tied for seventh all time in FSU history.

Being mentioned in the same breath as guys like Werner and Wadsworth tells you everything you need to about the NFL Draft stock of Brian Burns. Go here for more on that.

18. Washington, Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou

Two jobs no one wants in Washington- White House Chief of staff and Skins QB. Kirk Cousins has now declined into Cirk Kousins.

19. Tennessee, Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Big reason why Tigers have been dominant this season, and DL depth and talent is a big reason why Clemson have been so consistently elite in recent years.

20. Denver, Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

Paxton Lynch, Trevor Siemian and Case Keenum have not been the answer. Time to try again.

21. Minnesota, Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

Ted Hendricks Award finalist shooting up the draft boards right now.

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22. Baltimore, Chase Winovich, DE/OLB, Michigan

A dominant player with exceedingly dominant hair, before the campaign started, he told reporters that he was hearing second or third round feedback from the NFL people he had talked to. He’s currently second on the team in both tackles, tackles for losses and sacks.  Where he ends up in April depends on how he stacks up against the other ends in a very deep class.

You know he’s got a great work ethic, as he won the Michigan Wolverines Blue Collar Award last year as the team’s hardest worker.

For more on Winovich go here

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Wild Card Losers

23. Oakland via Dallas, Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

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

24. Seattle, Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson

Was perhaps ready to jump in 2018, but since he stayed in school longer, he’ll just be all the more special next spring when he comes out. His ability to play any position on the DL will make his stock rise even higher. 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 complements the receiving TD he accomplished in 2016.

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25. PittsburghDavid Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

Badgers have been an NFL OL factory for quite some time, and the tradition will continue in 2019. 33 UW players have been take in the NFL Draft since 2010, and prominent former Badger OL currently in the league include Cowboys center Travis Frederick, Rams right tackle Rob Havenstein, Saints LT Ryan Ramczyk, Browns LT Joe Thomas, Lions RT Rick Wagner and Browns RG Kevin Zeitler.

Edwards brings a lot of size and athleticism to the table. He possesses a lot of traits that make NFL scouts salivate. “The first thing that jumps out at you is his size, he’s 6-7, 6-8, super long, and then he’s super smart, he’ll interview well, all that stuff,” said Badgers OL Michael Dieter.

“He’s super athletic, combine all those things it makes sense why people love him.

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26. Oakland via Chicago, Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

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. Jones has the option to come back for another year of school, but he’s had the kind of campaign that this should be his final season in Columbus.

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

Divisional Round Losers 

27. L.A. Chargers, Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

Versatility makes Davis a blue-chipper who will be rated very high on most team’s lists.

28. Houston, A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Would be a steal here, might end up going higher to the Bears, who need a WR.

Conference Championship Game Losers

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

This undefeated ND team really has a Gestalt. They are much more than the sum of their parts. Love, who came to South Bend highly rated, is also the Fighting Irish’s best ranked NFL prospect.

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30. Green Bay via New Orleans, Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

New regime to come, and they should work on getting Aaron Rodgers some new weapons to work with.

Super Bowl Teams

31. Kansas City, Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Good value pick edge rusher here at this point

32. L.A. Rams, Zach Allen, DE, Boston College 

It wouldn’t hurt for L.A. to beef up on the ends and add depth.

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

He also contributes sociopolitical essays to Lineups.com and Chicago NowFollow him on Twitter and Instagram. The content of his cat’s Instagram account is unquestionably superior to his.

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

  3. Michael Daugherty says:

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

  4. Great raiders draft

  5. 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. You have Kaden Smith going ahead of Noah Fant? Lol that’s hilarious.

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