2019 NFL Mock Draft 7-30-18

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It’s version 1.0 of our 2019 NFL mock draft. The order is completely randomized at this point. Don’t read anything more into the order than that.

Team needs were sometimes, but mostly, not taken into account, as it’s still absurdly early for a 2019 mock draft in the truest sense. Really, it’s more of a glorified prospect list at this point, to be honest. Have issues with the mock draft picks?

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Of course you do! Someone always does- have at it in the comments section. Just keep it classy and professional! Enjoy!

1. Cleveland, Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

We really believe the Brownies are on the right path time; honestly we do. So we don’t really think they’ll be drafting #1 overall again. However, it’s only natural/habit/reflex to place the Browns in the top slot every single time you do your first mock draft in a given year.

With his unreal ability to get into opposing backfields, Oliver is perhaps the most can’t miss prospect of this class Part 1

2. Baltimore, Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Perhaps the most can’t miss prospect of this class Part 2. While 2018 was a flashier draft with a lot of high profile QB prospects, 2019 will be more pragmatic and dry, with linemen dominating the top of the heap.

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3. Chicago Bears, Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa is a stud just like his brother; he might end up being even better 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.

 A first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association, Bosa led the 2017 Buckeyes in tackles-for-loss (16.0), tackles-for-loss yardage (74) and sacks (8.0).

As a result of his production, Bosa was the Big Ten Conference’s Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year in 2017, becoming the fourth consecutive Buckeye to earn the award. He enters this season with 63 tackles in 27 career games to go along with 23 TFLs and 13.5 sacks.

4. New York Jets, 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.

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5. Denver, 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.

6. Tampa Bay, Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

Love has an excellent mix of positive attributes, and he’s a threat to score every time he touches the ball. If this guy played on the east coast, he’d be Heisman trophy front-runner. Well, he’ll get his chance to get noticed and get paid now.

7. New York Giants, Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Definitely a top 10, maybe even a top 5 talent for whatever team takes him. He’s stellar at both stuffing the run and rushing the passer. He’s just a total monster of a player.

8. Arizona, Trey Adams, OT, Washington

Had to come back for another year, due to his ACL tear, and ironically that could end up being a blessing in disguise; provided he fully recovers.

9. Miami, Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

It’s time to move on from Ryan Tannehill finally. In the words of comedian and Dolphins fan Daniel Tosh, “oh Tannehill, oh Tannehill, you overthrew another receiver.”

10. Green Bay via New Orleans, Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

11. San Francisco, A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

A big time athlete who could be the first flanker off the boards next year.

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12. Indianapolis, Connor McGovern, C/G, Penn State

McGovern moved from guard to center prior to the 2017 season. His versatility is a huge reason why his draft stock is so high right now. “He’s big, he’s strong, he’s smart,” said PSU coach James Franklin.

“He’s been very productive. We’re expecting him to take the next step as an offensive lineman in our program. He’s got the flexibility and the size that we think he can play really kind of all the positions, center guard and tackle as well.”

“We want to give ourselves the best chance to put the best five guys on the field, whether that is Connor at center, whether that’s him at guard. I do think there’s some flexibility, and I think that’s probably why he’s attractive to people is because you’re talking about a 6’5″, 300-pound young man who is playing center and has flexibility.”

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13. Detroit, Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

No doubt scrimmaging against a blue chipper like Denzel Ward everyday in practice will help prep this guy for the next level.

14. Oakland, David 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.

15. Washington, Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Has a first round skill set, according to some scouts.

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16. L.A. Chargers, Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan (transfer from Mississippi)

They have got to think about drafting Philip Rivers’ successor some time, as he is 36.

Jim Harbaugh was obviously a very accomplished quarterback on both the collegiate and professional level. However, ironically, the QB play under his regime at Michigan has been the weakest link of the program. That will change as he has such a talented and pro ready transfer coming in.

Former NFL quarterback and Notre Dame star Brady Quinn believes Patterson could become one of the pure passers in college football this season. Ask to comment on that, Harbaugh said nothing beyond:

“Shea Patterson went through all of spring practice with our team and got great work in there. Played really well.”

Go here for more on Patterson.

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17. Tennessee, 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.

18. Kansas City, Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

19. Buffalo, Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

Tillery moved from nose tackle to the 3-technique this season, where he’ll play under his third D Coordinator in the last three season. Go here for more on Tillery.

20. Dallas, Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

21. Cincinnnati, N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

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22. L.A. Rams, Trayvon Mullen, CB Clemson

23. Carolina, Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

24. Seattle, 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.

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25. Green Bay, Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

Yes, finding the eventual successor to Aaron Rodgers is far from their biggest need, but they might address that earlier on with the Saints pick. Thorson had been considered by many draftniks as a late first round/early second round prospect, squarely in that second tier of signal caller prospects. 

This year, if healthy and back to himself again, he’ll lead the Wildcats to 10 wins and become a first round pick. Given his measurables, size (6-4, 220), strength, arm, intelligence, it’s easy to envision him having a great combine and end up a high first round pick.  

 “I’m feeling really well,” Clayton Thorson said at 2018 Big Ten Media Days.

“I’ll definitely have to prove that I’m healthy, which I know I’ll do right away,” Thorson added.

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The Wheaton native attended the Manning Passing Academy in June of 2017, and he wears #18 because of Peyton Manning. That’s not his NFL role model though, as he actually takes a little bit from a lot of players.

“Doctors said after three or four months you’re going to feel like yourself and we’re going to have to hold you back. And that’s what I’ve experienced.”

Fitzgerald says he’s fine now, and although it’s day-by-day (of course), he is projected to QB1 for that early opening game at Purdue on August 30th.

We’ve sized up his NFL Draft stock in detail quite a bit already. Go here for that link.

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26. Pittsburgh, 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.

27. Philadelphia, Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke

28. Houston, Jonah Williams, T, Alabama

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29. Minnesota, Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame

Tranquill, who is returned for his fifth season at ND, will be playing his third position this fall under his third defensive coordinator. Tranquill started out as a strong safety under Brian VanGorder, moved to rover LB for a season under Mike Elko, and now plays Buck LB under Clark Lea.

Go here for more on Tranquill.

30. Jacksonville, Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

They certainly have more pressing needs, but it remains to be seen yet whether Blake Bortles is what’s holding them back or if this is the year he leads them to the next level. 2018 could be make or break for him.

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31. Atlanta, Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin

Deiter has a lot of stand out qualities, but perhaps his strongest suit is versatility.  “I’ll play wherever, I can play any position on the o-line, Deiter said at Big Ten Media Day.

He also added that he would not prefer to play tackle for too long at the next level, if possible, and would strive to get inside as soon as possible. Wisconsin is one of just four teams that have won 10+ the past four years, and one of just five that have won 80% of their games the past five seasons.

Their OL is as much a reason for that as any, with the Badgers returning four All-Americans to the position group this season. Wisconsin has had 12 OL All-Americans since 2010.

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32. New England, Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa

They have got to think about drafting Tom Brady’ successor some time, as he is 40.

Stanley is a guy who in just one season grew immensely in Iowa City, and if he takes another similarly huge step forward this season, he’ll be in the NFL Draft first round mix. He is just the second Hawkeyes player ever to be selected as a representative at conference media day, and coach Kirk Ferentz says that shows you:

“how far Nate came last year, from being a guy we weren’t sure was going to start in August, at this time last year we didn’t know who our starter was, and really had a good season.”

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“Great to have him back.”

“He’s worked extremely hard. And a few things you can’t give players are experience and confidence, and I think he’s been able to certainly benefit from a year of play, and looking forward to good things from him this fall.”

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 and TheBank.News, which is partnered with News Now. Banks, a former writer for NBC Chicago.com and Chicago Tribune.com, is currently a regular contributor to SB Nation, WGN CLTV and Chicago Now.

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