GOS 2019 NFL Mock Draft

It’s that time of year folks. Time for decisions to be made by NFL franchises that could affect them for years to come.

The 2019 Draft is loaded with defensive talent, especially pass rushers. We could see as many as 4 quarterbacks taken in round 1. Expect a few trades and record number defensive lineman taken.

Let’s take an in depth look at the first round predictions for each team.

1. Arizona Cardinals

Needs: Edge, OL , WR

Selection: Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State

The fact that it’s the day before the draft and the Cardinals still haven’t leaked their selection tells me two things. Either they are undecided on Kyler Murray (as they should be), or they are thinking of trading down. Regardless, Bosa is the safe pick here for a position of need.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Needs: Edge, WR, DB

Selection: Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama

Perhaps the top prospect in this year’s draft according to many scouts. The Alabama DL will bolster an already solid D-Line. Wouldn’t be shocked if John Lych trades down here for more picks to fill more of his team’s needs.

3. New York Jets

Needs: Edge, OL, CB

Selection: Ed Oliver, DT Houston

Pair this guy with Leonard Williams and CJ Mosley, and what the Jets have is the making of a fierce front 7. Oliver is an undersized DT that is drawing Aaron Donald like comparisons.

4. Oakland Raiders

Needs: Edge, TE, CB

Selection: Josh Allen, Edge Kentucky

With 3 picks in the first round, Gruden and Mayock need to nail everyone of them. Fixing the pass-rush is a good place to start. Allen is all around solid SEC edge rusher, who could attempt to fill the void that was once Khalil Mack.

5. TRADE ALERT! (Buccaneers trade the 5th overall pick to the Miami Dolphins)

Needs: QB, DL, OL

Selection: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

Tampa has a list of needs to fill, and trading down is just the way to fill them. Miami needs a new QB, and trading up here is the best way to go get their guy. Jumping in front of the Giants, Broncos and Bengals is the safe bet to lock up Murray as the new face of the franchise.

6. New York Giants

Needs: QB, DL, CB

Selection: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State

QB Ohio State

Eli Manning’s official replacement goes at number 6 overall. The Giants have a big need at DL, but they also have the 17th overall pick to fill that need. Haskins is not a runner, but may be the best pure pocket passer in the draft.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Needs: OL, TE, WR

Selection: Jawaan Taylor, OT Florida

Safe pick for a team that has chosen Nick Foles as their guy. Protecting him is a priority, and this pick will make him feel like the front office cares. Taylor might be the top tackle this year.

8. Detroit Lions

Needs: CB, Edge, OL, TE

Selection: Rashan Gary, DE Michigan

In a draft full of pass rushers. The Lions get their’s at number 8. A Michigan product who the Lions local scouts have definitely had their eyes on.

9. Buffalo Bills

Needs: DL, OL, TE

Selection: T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa

Adding some weapons for Josh Allen is the play. A good tight end is a security blanket for young QBs. Hockenson is one of the top rated tight ends to come along in years.

10. Denver Broncos

Needs: OL, LB, CB

Selection: Devin White, LB LSU

With the departure of Brandon Marshall, the Broncos have a need at LB. Taking the top one in the draft is the beginning of a defensive rebuild for Denver.

11. TRADE ALERT! (Cincinnati Bengals trade the 11th overall pick to the Washington Redskins)

Needs: QB, WR, OL

Selection: Drew Lock, QB Mizzou

Alex smith may never play football again, and Keenum is not a long term solution. Adding the Mizzou QB and letting him learn behind a couple of veterans may buy Jay Gruden a couple more years.

12. Green Bay Packers

Needs: OL, LB, WR

Selection: Devin Bush, LB Michigan

Position of need here. A fast cover LB from Michigan that adds depth to front seven. The NFC North is a solid offensive division lately, which explains the Packers loading up on defense.

13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Miami)

Needs: LB, DB, RB

Selection: Greedy Williams, CB LSU

One of the top corners in the draft is a good fit for a team that is desperate for secondary help. Williams will hopefully be what Vernon Hargreaves III wasn’t for Tampa.

14. Atlanta Falcons

Needs: DL, OL, CB

Selection: Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson

The Falcons were hit with injury bug on defense last year. They need all the help they can get. Wilkins paired with his fellow Clemson Tiger Grady Jarrett will make for a stout d-line.

15. Cincinnati Bengals (from Washington)

Needs: LB, OL, DL

Selection: Jonah Williams, OG Alabama

If new head coach Zac Taylor thinks Andy Dalton is the guy. He needs to be protected in the pocket. Jonah Williams can give you that. It’s also the safest pick for team in rebuild mode.

16. Carolina Panthers

Needs: Edge, OL, WR

Selection: Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State

The combine standout finds a home in Carolina. Fitting that some scouts have compared him to Julius Peppers. A heart condition has some teams worried about his future however.

17. New York Giants

Needs: DL, CB, WR

Selection: Jeffrey Simmons, DT Mississippi State

An interior pass rusher who has been compared to Fletcher Cox. After losing Damon “Snacks” Harrison and Olivier Vernon, this is depleted d-line that needs young talent.

18. Minnesota Vikings

Needs: OL, DL, TE

Selection: Andre Dillard, OT Washington State

The Vikings O-line was flat out bad last year. If Kirm Cousins is going to succeed, he needs time to throw. Dillard could be the long term answer at left tackle.

19. Tennessee Titans

Needs: DT, Edge, TE

Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DT Clemson

Grouped with Jurrell Casey, Harold Landry and Cameron wake. Lawrence could make the Titans front look scary. Even at 342lbs, the big Clemson Tiger is nimble and fast. This is a power move by Mike Vrabel, who knows the importance of dominating the line of scrimmage.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Needs: LB, WR, CB

Selection: Deandre Baker, CB Georgia

Joe Haden is not the guy he used to be, and Sean Davis is a free agent soon. The playmaker from Georgia adds much needed depth.

21. Seattle Seahawks

Needs: DL, WR, DB

Selection: Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson

So long Frank Clark, hello Clelin Ferrell. Seattle didn’t want to pay Clark what he thought he was worth. Naturally, they replace him with a cheaper rookie. Ferrell becomes the 3rd Clemson d-lineman off the board.

22. Baltimore Ravens

Needs: Edge, WR, LB

Selection: Brian Burns, DE Florida State

The pass rusher trend continues with the FSU seminole going to Baltimore. After losing Za’Darius Smith to free agency, the new GM Eric DeCosta needs a young edge rusher.

23. Houston Texans

Needs: CB, OL, RB

Selection: Cody Ford, OT Oklahoma

Deshaun Watson was sacked more than any QB in the league last year (62 times). This an obvious pick for the Texans who have to protect their young QB. Ford is an excellent pass protector who blocked for Kyler Murray.

24. Oakland Raiders

Needs: RB, Edge, TE

Selection: Noah Fant, TE Iowa

With their second pick in the first round, Gruden goes offense and gets Derek Carr a great weapon. Fant is a fast pass-catching TE who can stretch the field.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

Needs: LB, OL, DB

Selection: Jonathan Abram, Safety Mississippi State

Eagles get a tackling machine in Abram. A box safety who will bring Brian Dawkins like physicality to the Philly secondary.

26. Indianapolis Colts

Needs: DL, WR, LB

Selection: Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma

The Colts brought in Devin Funchess to replace Donte Moncrief, but Funchess isn’t the downfield threat Andrew Luck needs. Marquise Brown is that guy, he’s this year’s DeSean Jackson, who will compliment T.Y. Hilton nicely.

27. Oakland Raiders

Needs: DL, RB, WR

Selection: D.K. Metcalf, WR Ole Miss

Splash move for the Raiders, who get the combine standout Metcalf. Who is better know as “the bod” (just google him). A big Physical receiver, who would be a great redzone weapon.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

Needs: OL, CB, DL

Selection: Byron Murphy, CB Washington

When healthy Jason Verrett is a top corner in the league, the problem is he’s never healthy. Chargers have to be able to stop the Cheifs offense if they want to go deep in the playoffs. Murphy is the strategic pick here.

29. Seattle Seahawks

Needs: CB, OL, WR

Selection: Rock Ya-Sin, CB Temple

With the last member of the “legion of boom” gone. Seattle begins their rebuild of the secondary around Ya-Sin. A tough and physical corner who can bring back the swagger to Seattle’s defense.

30. Green Bay Packers

Needs: OL, WR, LB

Selection: N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State

Replacing Randall Cobb and giving Aaron Rodgers something to be happy about is the move here. Harry is all about physicality and jump balls. He’s a sideline and redzone threat for A Rod to throw it up to.

31. Los Angeles Rams

Needs: OL, DL, LB

Selection: Garrett Bradbury, OG N.C. State

Not the sexy pick, but the right one. If the Rams want to stay on top, they have build in the trenches. Bradbury can play guard or center at the next level. Top interior O-Lineman.

32. New England Patriots

Needs: TE, DL, DB

Selection: Daniel Jones, QB Duke

It’s Garoppolo 2.0 here, the Patriots get Tom’s successor yet again at the end of the round. Jones stock has been rising all year and the Patriots need a future waiting on the bench before Tom rides off into the sunset.