2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0: Post-Season Edition

A new Super Bowl champion has been crowned and the 2018 NFL season is officially history. All 32 franchises now have their sights set on Super Bowl LIV, but all roads to Miami first run through Nashville and the 2019 NFL Draft.

With draft season once again upon us, I am pleased to present my 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of February 1, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

1 | Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Should the Cardinals elect to take a loss on last year’s first-round investment in Josh Rosen to give new head coach Kliff Kingsbury a clean slate, the diminutive, but dynamic Heisman Trophy winner could be the centerpiece of what is expected to be a high-octane offense.

2 | San Francisco 49ers — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The 49ers are desperate for a true edge rusher. Widely considered the best overall prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Bosa projects to be a plug-and-play starter on a front line stacked with first-rounders.

3 | New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
With their QB of the future securely in the fold, the Jets should simply focus on getting better as a whole. Williams was the breakout superstar in college football this season and has the potential to wreck games from the interior.

4 | Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, RSH, Kentucky
The Raiders are loaded with first-round draft capital and light on talent. With a number of roles to fill, Allen is an impressive, all-around defender who can make an impact in multiple ways for the silver and black.

5 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
An effort to retool their pass rush in free agency last offseason didn’t really pan out for the Buccaneers across the board, so they look to Ferrell to lock down the edge opposite a resurgent Jason Pierre-Paul.

6 | New York Giants — Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Despite passing on a quarterback from a stronger class the year prior, the popular opinion is that the Giants will be compelled to draft a successor to Eli Manning. But, they also lack an impact defender. Gary is an incredible athlete with incredible upside.

7 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Duval County is another potential destination for a first-round quarterback, but the Jaguars may opt to pursue a veteran in free agency to stabilize the position. In that case, they can allocate their top pick to upgrade the offensive line.

8 | Detroit Lions — Montez Sweat, RSH, Mississippi State
The Lions are strong on the interior of the defensive line, but the edge is an area of concern. Dominant during Senior Bowl week, Sweat is climbing draft boards and could help offset the expected departure of veteran pass rusher Ezekiel Ansah.

9 | Buffalo Bills — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Bills may have mined a franchise quarterback in Josh Allen, but while the initial returns are promising, he’ll need a lot more help around him to continue making progress. Hockenson is on the rise with his prowess as a pass catcher and a blocker.

10 | Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Case Keenum experiment appears to be short-lived in Denver. With yet another new head coach and once again in the market for a new quarterback, the Broncos have been linked early and often to Lock.

11 | Cincinnati Bengals — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Bengals moved on from long-time head coach Marvin Lewis and incumbent starting quarterback Andy Dalton could soon be next. Haskins has a limited resume, but a wealth of talent.

12 | Green Bay Packers — Devin White, LB, LSU
Drafting an outside pass rusher will be a consideration, but a sideline-to-sideline presence like White at the second level could allow the Packers to be more aggressive with their defensive scheme in order to generate pressure.

13 | Miami Dolphins — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
The Dolphins are rumored to be looking ahead to the 2020 NFL Draft for their next quarterback, so their focus here could simply be talent acquisition. Simmons is a disruptive defender who frequents the opposing backfield.

14 | Atlanta Falcons — Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Significant injuries to key contributors were the primary factor in the Falcons having a down year, but pedestrian offensive line play, at best, didn’t help. Enter Ford, a mauling goliath of a right tackle who could also slide inside to play guard.

15 | Washington Redskins — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
After a relatively hot start, a catastrophic injury suffered by starting quarterback Alex Smith almost doomed the Redskins to a winless finish. With Smith’s future in doubt, Jones would bring youth, experience, and a similar level of athleticism.

16 | Carolina Panthers — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Panthers seem to have a perpetual need at offensive tackle. Taylor could step in immediately at right tackle, allowing the Panthers to bump the emerging Taylor Moton to the blindside.

17 | Cleveland Browns — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
A year removed from drafting first overall, the Browns now have playoff aspirations for 2019. Oliver could help them get there. He’s undersized, but lives beyond the line of scrimmage and would be a steal if he slips beyond the top ten.

18 | Minnesota Vikings — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
After a trip to the NFC Championship last year, the Vikings failed to make the playoffs this season. To right the ship, they could look at adding an offensive weapon like Fant, who is less of a conventional tight end and more of a modern matchup player.

19 | Tennessee Titans — Brian Burns, RSH, Florida State
It will be a complete changing of the guard on the edge for the Titans, who will look to pair the explosive Burns with last year’s second-round pick Harold Landry to replace veteran starters Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
While the offense makes headlines on and off the field, expect the Steelers to turn their attention to defense at the top of the draft. Provided that another team isn’t greedy for a cornerback, they could make Williams the first boundary defender off the board.

21 | Seattle Seahawks — Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
Largely fueled by an impressive rushing attack, the Seahawks earned a playoff berth in what was expected to be a rebuilding year. But, the same offensive line powering a productive run game also surrendered 51 sacks. Risner allowed only one in his entire college career.

22 | Baltimore Ravens — Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
The Ravens overachieved with a run-first rookie quarterback and a receiving corps comprised of journeyman veterans and late-round draft picks. Harmon is a well-rounded, pro-ready receiver who can start right away and grow with Lamar Jackson.

23 | Houston Texans — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Since trading All-Pro Duane Brown to the Seahawks during the 2017 season, the Texans have been relying on a series of stopgaps to anchor the offensive line. Dillard could be the long-term solution at left tackle.

24 | Oakland Raiders (via CHI) — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders were able to squeeze moderate production on the ground from their aging tandem of Marshawn Lynch and Doug Martin. Bursting onto the draft scene during the second half of the season, Jacobs would give the Raiders an explosive feature back with a ton of tread on his tires.

25 | Philadelphia Eagles — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Eagles might elect to invest more resources in a suspect secondary, but with middle linebacker Jordan Hicks unable to stay healthy and no longer under contract, drafting Bush would make sense to strengthen the heart of the defense.

26 | Indianapolis Colts — Jachai Polite, RSH, Florida
With a high-scoring offense and an attacking defense, the Colts were the surprise of the season going two rounds deep in the tournament. Adding a speed rusher like Polite would force opponents to account for another dimension with their offensive game plan.

27 | Oakland Raiders (via DAL) — Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Safety would hardly be considered a position of strength for the Raiders. The versatile Adderley made an impression with their staff at the Senior Bowl, earning captain status and three Raider shield stickers from head coach Jon Gruden. He just might get one for real.

28 | Los Angeles Chargers — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
With the oft-injured Jason Verrett’s tenure with the Chargers likely coming to a close and Trevor Williams unable to maintain form starting in his place, Murphy could be an option to solidify the cornerback position.

29 | Kansas City Chiefs — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Kansas City’s explosive offense might have been done in this season by a lackluster defense that ranked near the bottom of the league in many categories. Drafting Baker would be one step toward improvement.

30 | Green Bay Packers (via NO) — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Packers may target a dynamic receiving threat to replace free agent Randall Cobb. Brown is blazing fast and would give new head coach Matt LaFleur a dangerous weapon to deploy along both axis.

31 | Los Angeles Rams — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The Rams wheeled and dealed to outfit their defense to compete for a Super Bowl, but they will need to reload their front seven from within sooner rather than later. Wilkins would make a suitable sidekick for all-world defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

32 | New England Patriots — Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Another season, another Super Bowl victory for the Patriots. But, while Tom Brady may be ageless, time and injury has taken its toll on tight end Rob Gronkowski. The second-generation Smith would make a fine choice to complement or ultimately succeed Gronk.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2018 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

The 2018 NFL Draft will finally commence on Thursday night, and as much as we all want to think we know about how the first round will unfold, history tells us that there will be selections that surprise, players that unexpectedly rise and fall, and unpredictable trades that lay waste to our best-laid mock draft plans.

Taking this all into consideration, I am pleased to present my 4.0 and final 2018 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are intended to represent a possible sequence of events that I believe could occur—including potential trade scenarios.

1 | Cleveland Browns — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
All of the pre-draft smokescreens clear to reveal Darnold as Cleveland’s choice for their quarterback of the future.

2 | New York Giants — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The Giants have been speculated as a suitor for Darnold, but if the Browns steal him away, we might find out that their love for Barkley is real.

3 | New York Jets — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
Broadway Baker has a nice ring to it, but the polarizing Rosen just might be the better football fit for Gang Green.

4 | Buffalo Bills (via CLE) — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
* TRADE * The Bills package their two first-round picks, next year’s first, and possibly more to jump up for the chance to draft the big-armed Allen.

5 | Denver Broncos — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Depending on their quarterback preference, the Broncos could end up shopping for a trade, but this scenario assumes that they covet—or are content with—Mayfield.

6 | Cleveland Browns (via IND) — Bradley Chubb, RSH, North Carolina State
* TRADE * The Colts might love Chubb, but if the Browns come calling with the two first-round picks acquired from Buffalo, that could be enough to sway them.

7 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
James to Tampa has been proclaimed the worst-kept secret in the NFL leading up to draft day. Will it hold true?

8 | Chicago Bears — Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
Nelson to Chicago has been one of the most popular player-to-team projections this draft season. It almost makes too much sense.

9 | San Francisco 49ers — Harold Landry, RSH, Boston College
The 49ers could target one of the top linebackers, but with a seemingly desperate need for an impact edge rusher, they strike while they can.

10 | Oakland Raiders — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
The talented Fitzpatrick just might slide—right into a reunion with his former secondary coach at Alabama, now on staff with the Raiders.

11 | Miami Dolphins — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
Miami is a team that could go in multiple directions, but it would be difficult to pass on arguably the top cover corner in the draft.

12 | Indianapolis Colts (via BUF through CLE) — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
* TRADE * With the first of their two firsts acquired from the Browns, the Colts acquire the centerpiece for new DC Matt Eberflus’ defense.

13 | Arizona Cardinals (via WAS) — Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
* TRADE * With the electric Jackson within striking distance, the Cardinals swoop in before another team can beat them to the punch.

14 | Green Bay Packers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Green Bay secondary needs more reinforcements and Jackson fits the profile they look for on the perimeter.

15 | Washington Redskins (via ARZ) — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
* TRADE * After trading back with the Cardinals, Washington beefs up the belly of their defense to counter the run game of their NFC East rivals.

16 | Baltimore Ravens — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
Call it an upset if a Ravens team with a pipeline from Alabama and a need for offensive weapons passes on the pro-ready Ridley.

17 | Los Angeles Chargers — Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
Defense is a strong possibility, but drafting the plug-and-play McGlinchey to stabilize their offensive line has to be a consideration for the Chargers.

18 | New England Patriots (via SEA) — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
* TRADE * Vander Esch to Dallas has become mandate in the draft community, but New England might have eyes on him, too—and the early-round ammo to move up.

19 | Dallas Cowboys — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
The Cowboys miss out on one of their most publicized targets in Vander Esch, but ultimately opt for the even more highly-touted Edmunds, who somehow slides.

20 | Detroit Lions — Marcus Davenport, RSH, UTSA
The Lions secured the services of Ezekiel Ansah for the year with the franchise tag, but still bring in Davenport to be his eventual replacement.

21 | Cincinnati Bengals — James Daniels, C, Iowa
The Bengals continue overhauling their offensive line by adding the draft’s top center prospect in Daniels.

22 | Indianapolis Colts (via BUF through CLE) — Isaiah Wynn, OL, Georgia
* TRADE * With the second of their two firsts acquired from the Browns, the Colts look to fortify their offensive front with the versatile Wynn.

23 | Seattle Seahawks (via NE) — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
* TRADE * After trading down, offensive line and defense will be strong considerations for the Seahawks, but Guice might give them Beast Mode flashbacks.

24 | Pittsburgh Steelers (via CAR) — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
* TRADE * With their sights on Evans, the Steelers feel a sense of urgency to trade up to ensure they don’t lose him to Tennessee.

25 | Tennessee Titans — Lorenzo Carter, RSH, Georgia
Wiped out at inside linebacker here, the Titans could turn their attention the edge, possibly banking on the upside of the athletic Carter.

26 | Atlanta Falcons — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
The Falcons need help on their defensive front and seem to like what they see—or what could be—in the flashy, disruptive Bryan.

27 | New Orleans Saints — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Saints could look at taking the first tight end off the board, but adding Payne to upgrade their interior defense would be very tempting.

28 | Carolina Panthers (via PIT) — D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
* TRADE * Offensive line and cornerback are areas of need, but to trade back and still land the explosive Moore would be a win for Carolina.

29 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
Hernandez would be a natural fit for the Jaguars’ punishing run game and an excellent value pick late in the first round.

30 | Minnesota Vikings — Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
Also playable at guard, Ragnow’s draft stock has skyrocketed recently—could he crash the first round en route to his home state of Minnesota?

31 | New England Patriots — Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
It’s a popular comparison and connection, but if Miller is to be Nate Solder 2.0 for the Patriots, they’ll almost certainly have to take him in the first.

32 | Philadelphia Eagles — Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Eagles have taken a couple of hits to their secondary in the offseason, so they would probably welcome the opportunity to steal Alexander to close the round.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2018 NFL Draft Super Mock

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With draft week finally upon us, I am pleased to present my 2018 NFL Draft Super Mock. For this exercise, I went on the clock for all 32 teams across all seven rounds to make all 256 selections. These projections are based on the official draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.


2018 NFL Draft Super Mock


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: New League Year Edition

Players and picks are on the move, and as team needs continue to evolve in the new league year with signings, trades, and releases, I am pleased to present my 2018 NFL Mock Draft 3.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 3, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

1 | Cleveland Browns — Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming
Reports suggest the Browns are still considering their quarterback options with the first overall pick. This round goes to Allen.

2 | New York Giants — Sam Darnold, QB, USC
If the Browns take Allen first, expect Darnold to go immediately thereafter, possibly to the Giants, but more likely to a team paying a heavy price to trade up.

3 | New York Jets — Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
The Jets could potentially be in the position to take the second quarterback off the board, but more likely they’ll need to be content with the third—in this case, Mayfield.

4 | Cleveland Browns — Bradley Chubb, DE, North Carolina State
Back on the clock, the Browns have their choice of positional players and elect to bookend last year’s top pass rusher Myles Garrett with this year’s in Chubb.

5 | Denver Broncos — Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State
The Broncos opt to surround new starting quarterback Case Keenum with weapons, bringing in the best ball carrier in the draft for instant offense.

6 | Indianapolis Colts — Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
A surprise move, but the Colts are talent-deficient at multiple positions and have a sneaky need at linebacker.

7 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derwin James, S, Florida State
The Buccaneers fortified their defensive front with veterans, now they need a young lion to roam in the secondary.

8 | Chicago Bears — Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame
The Bears can afford to upgrade their offensive line, and there’s no better value to be had than the draft’s best blocker and top overall prospect.

9 | San Francisco 49ers — Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama
With a veteran mentor in Richard Sherman and a versatile talent like Fitzpatrick to build around, the 49ers secondary would appear to be in excellent hands.

10 | Oakland Raiders — Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State
If Ward happens to still be available, the Raiders might have to entertain investing another high pick into a secondary that’s filled with them.

11 | Miami Dolphins — Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
In Edmunds, the Dolphins might finally have the solution for their seemingly perpetual need at linebacker.

12 | Buffalo Bills — Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA
The Bills are the team most likely to trade up for a quarterback, but in this scenario, they sit tight and still happen to land Rosen.

13 | Washington Redskins — Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Known for a pass-first approach, the Redskins take a page from their NFC East rivals who have found more success by running the football.

14 | Green Bay Packers — Marcus Davenport, RSH, UTSA
With their sack production trending down, the Packers grab the edge rusher who checks all the boxes for physical tools and upside.

15 | Arizona Cardinals — Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
The ageless Larry Fitzgerald continues to produce at a high level for the Cardinals, but a sidekick and eventual successor is needed.

16 | Baltimore Ravens — D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
After landing Michael Crabtree and John Brown in free agency, the Ravens add an explosive playmaker in Moore to complete their receiver corps rebuild.

17 | Los Angeles Chargers — Vita Vea, DT, Washington
The Chargers have a fierce outside rush, but they could use some help inside to help stop the run and push the pocket.

18 | Seattle Seahawks — Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
The Seahawks will need to replace a number of familiar names on defense. Oliver fits the profile of what they look for in the secondary.

19 | Dallas Cowboys — Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
The Cowboys, specifically defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, put Bryan to the test during Florida’s Pro Day, and might see him as an ideal fit at the three-technique.

20 | Detroit Lions — James Daniels, C, Iowa
Currently short a starting center, the Lions could look at adding a plug-and-play pivot like Daniels in lieu of shuffling blockers around.

21 | Cincinnati Bengals — Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
The Bengals traded for Cordy Glenn, but drafting a dominant blocker like Wynn to insert at guard, or potentially tackle, isn’t out of the question.

22 | Buffalo Bills — Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
If the Bills don’t package this pick in a trade up, the ascending Vander Esch could be in play to fill the void at linebacker.

23 | New England Patriots — Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Patriots just acquired this pick from the Rams, and with a need at offensive tackle, take the first anchor off the board.

24 | Carolina Panthers — Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Panthers have made modest secondary investments in free agency, but Jackson would give them a true ballhawk on the boundary.

25 | Tennessee Titans — Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama
With former starter Avery Williamson signing with the Jets, Evans fills the immediate opening the Titans have at inside linebacker.

26 | Atlanta Falcons — Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
The Falcons defensive front took a hit when Dontari Poe defected to division rival Carolina, so Payne makes sense as the next man up.

27 | New Orleans Saints — Harold Landry, RSH, Boston College
The Saints are in the market for another pass rusher and Landry has the speed and athleticism to get to the quarterback with frequency.

28 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
Alexander would primarily be a value selection for the Steelers, but would serve to elevate their overall talent level at the cornerback position.

29 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
The Jaguars signed top free-agent guard Andrew Norwell, but an upgrade for the opposite side should still be a consideration.

30 | Minnesota Vikings — Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
With a number of contracts coming up for their league-leading defense, the Vikings might need to start putting new pieces in place.

31 | New England Patriots — Sam Hubbard, RSH, Ohio State
Hubbard might not project to have the ceiling of other edge defenders, but he’s a pro-ready prospect and the type of scheme-versatile player the Patriots tend to favor.

32 | Philadelphia Eagles — Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
The Eagles parted with a pair of tight ends this offseason and they could deploy the athletic Gesicki in a variety of ways.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX