2019 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Final Edition

After months of evaluation and speculation, click-bait and hot takes, the 2019 NFL Draft will finally go live from Nashville on Thursday night. As much as we all want to think we know heading in, we all understand that once teams officially go on the clock, the entire game changes. There will be prospects that unexpectedly rise and slide, trades that make perfect sense and none at all, and selections that surprise no one and shock everyone. It’s what makes the draft fun as a fan and compelling as an evaluator.

With that being said, I am pleased to present my 4.0 and final 2019 NFL Mock Draft. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 23, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.

Enjoy the draft!

FIRST ROUND


1 | Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I started the process projecting Kyler Murray to the Cardinals when virtually no one else was and despite recent reports that the Arizona front office is still weighing its options in the eleventh hour, I will finish the process with that projection.

2 | San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The 49ers may consider Nick Bosa here, but I think the Raiders might make a play to move up for the Ohio State end. That said, whether they sit at #2 or bump down to #4 in a trade, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that San Francisco prefers Quinnen Williams regardless.

3 | New York Jets — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
I’ve liked the fit, but I’ve hesitated projecting Ed Oliver to the Jets because I couldn’t confidently say they would draft him at #3. I still can’t say for sure, but I could see a trade-back situation where they drop down a few spots and are still able to land him.

4 | Oakland Raiders — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
With scenarios on the table that include them standing in to draft the third of the three top defenders, taking the first LB off the board, and potentially coveting a QB, the Oakland war room has gone dark at #4. I’ll venture that the Raiders will attempt to work a deal with the 49ers, jumping up to #2 to draft their pass rusher.

5 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Devin White, LB, LSU
The Buccaneers could look at drafting Josh Allen here, but I feel like they might make a go of it with their edge defenders as they are. Instead, I’ll follow the smoke that’s been wafting around Tampa Bay all draft season and project them to take Devin White.

6 | New York Giants — Josh Allen, RSH, Kentucky
There’s no way to tell if the Giants are truly interested in drafting a QB at #6 — until they don’t. If Josh Allen remains on the board after the top five cards have been turned in, I think there’s a strong chance he goes from one Big Blue to another.

7 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jawaan Taylor to Jacksonville has been a popular prospect-team projection. The fit and value makes sense, so I’m maintaining the pick I made for the Jaguars in my seven-round Super Mock.

8 | Detroit Lions — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
I’m not sure the Lions don’t look for defensive help or possibly trade out of #8, but Jonah Williams to Detroit has been gaining steam in recent days. He’d be an immediate upgrade and long-term solution for an offensive line in need of both.

9 | Buffalo Bills — Brian Burns, RSH, Florida State
The Bills spent millions of dollars in free agency to improve their offense, which leads me to believe this pick will be on defense — specifically a pass rusher. Brian Burns has the tools and traits to develop into an incredibly disruptive force off the edge for Buffalo.

10 | Denver Broncos — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
While they traded for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco, John Elway and the Broncos clearly love Drew Lock — they might even trade up to guarantee they get their latest QB of the future. That said, if they choose to ride with their veteran signal caller, expect one of the next two picks to become a Bronco instead.

11 | Cincinnati Bengals — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
I think Dwayne Haskins would make sense for the Bengals with Andy Dalton as the bridge, but Cincinnati might not have the opportunity to draft the former Buckeye if Miami or Washington moves up. Devin Bush would make an excellent alternative for a team that seemingly has an annual offseason need at LB.

12 | Green Bay Packers — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Packers have veteran options at tight end in Jimmy Graham and Marcedes Lewis, but both are past their prime and neither is long for Lambeau for more than a season at best. If T.J. Hockenson lasts until #12, I expect him to be bound for Titletown.

13 | Miami Dolphins — Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
Christian Wilkins would be a quality player, leader, and locker room presence for a franchise starting over. I could also see the Dolphins trading back, as they desperately need picks to help rebuild a roster that might be the most devoid of talent in the league.

14 | Atlanta Falcons — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Falcons will look hard at adding another edge rusher, but I don’t think Ty Sambrailo is their first choice to fill the vacancy at right tackle. I do think they like Cody Ford, though, and I think he steps right into the starting role.

15 | Washington Redskins — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Redskins appeared to be a suitor for Josh Rosen and they still might be. However, they might be content to draft a QB and I think their guy, if available, is Dwayne Haskins. I’d venture they’d even consider chasing him up the board into the top ten if they could strike a deal.

16 | Carolina Panthers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Drafting an edge rusher like a sliding Montez Sweat or high-floor Clelin Ferrell is a definite possibility for the Panthers, but I think it’s time they finally drafted a left tackle. Andre Dillard would be the target.

17 | New York Giants (via CLE) — Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
The word is that the NFL likes Daniel Jones more than those of us in the draft community and that the Giants covet him the most. That’s enough for me to assume that if he’s on the board at #17, he will be drafted as the eventual successor to Eli Manning.

18 | Minnesota Vikings — Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
The Vikings offensive line has the potential to be a game of musical chairs before the season begins and they project to introduce another player early. I would expect Chris Lindstrom to come in and start at guard or possibly right tackle.

19 | Tennessee Titans — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
I feel like the Titans are one of the hardest teams to read in the first round because they can realistically go in any direction. That said, they were linked to Jeffery Simmons before his ACL injury and might still value him enough to draft him at #19.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Everyone expects D.K. Metcalf to be drafted in the first round and I think Pittsburgh is a potential landing spot. He has the size and straight-line speed that they tend to employ outside and he would enter into a situation where he can develop instead of dealing with the pressure to be WR1 right out of the gate.

21 | Seattle Seahawks — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Seahawks were able to flip Frank Clark to the Chiefs, the key piece in return being Kansas City’s first-round selection at #29, but that makes Seattle’s first order of business drafting his replacement at #21. Clelin Ferrell may not have Clark’s ceiling, but he’s ready-made for a starting role in the NFL.

22 | Baltimore Ravens — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Ravens could pursue an edge rusher or wide receiver here, but I venture their priority will be protecting QB Lamar Jackson and strengthening their running game now led by Mark Ingram. Garrett Bradbury would project to be their new starter at the pivot.

23 | Houston Texans — Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The two glaring weaknesses for the Texans are the offensive line and the secondary. The cornerback position should stretch until their back-to-back selections in the second round, but offensive tackle will not. If they don’t attempt to trade up for one of the top three tackles, Little is the consolation prize.

24 | Oakland Raiders (via CHI) — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders don’t have much in the way of a weapon at the tight end position and Fant is exactly that. The Iowa product would fit in nicely as a matchup player alongside their remade receiving corps that now includes Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and Ryan Grant.

25 | Philadelphia Eagles —Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
With a lingering shoulder issue, questions about his positional fit, and his lack of college production, I expect Gary will be drafted lower than his athletic profile would suggest. But, I feel like the Eagles might be the team to swoop in, bank on his potential, and attempt to groom him into an impact professional.

26 | Indianapolis Colts — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Colts could be in the market for another front-line defender, but they’ve also been connected to Johnathan Abram, who would pair with Malik Hooker to give Indianapolis one of the better young safety tandems in the NFL.

27 | Oakland Raiders (via DAL) — Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
I expect cornerback to be a target for the Raiders early, which could put any of the top prospects in play. While Mike Mayock’s voice as an analyst has been absent from draft coverage, I can just hear him raving about Rock Ya-Sin and jumping at the chance to drape him in the silver and black.

28 | Los Angeles Chargers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
If they don’t look to escape the first round with an offensive tackle, cornerback looks to be where need and value line up for the Chargers. Greedy Williams could be a steal for San Diego with his measurables and coverage skills.

29 | Seattle Seahawks (via KC) —Montez Sweat, RSH, Mississippi State
I have a feeling the Seahawks might elect to parlay the pick acquired from the Chiefs in a trade down to procure more draft assets. But if they stand in, I could see them double-dip at edge by taking Montez Sweat, whose stock is rumored to have fallen due to concerns about his known heart condition.

30 | Green Bay Packers (via NO) — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers will probably give consideration to drafting an offensive or defensive lineman with their second first-round selection, but they could also choose to upgrade their pedestrian receiving corps by pairing A.J. Brown with Davante Adams.

31 | Los Angeles Rams — Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
The Rams have multiple positions of reasonable need, including their offensive line and virtually every level of their defense. Seeing they’re short a second-round pick, trading out of the first round is also a possibility. If they stand in and pick, Dexter Lawrence makes sense to line up next to Aaron Donald, where he can draw double-team blocks and push the pocket with his power.

32 | New England Patriots — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Patriots are loaded with draft capital, but I don’t expect them to make twelve picks over the course of seven rounds. Look for them to wheel and deal, possibly shooting up the board in the first round to draft a playmaker — perhaps the electric Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown.


Jason Pruett
DRAFTPLEX

2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: New League Year Edition

With college pro days winding down, prospect-team visits ramping up, and free-agent signings, trades, and releases changing the face of NFL rosters, I am pleased to present my 2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0. This two-round edition is based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of April 5, and does not reflect any potential trade scenarios.

FIRST ROUND


1 | Arizona Cardinals — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
In the two months that have passed since I boldly forecast Murray to Arizona at #1 in my Mock Draft 1.0, it’s become the consensus projection.

2 | San Francisco 49ers — Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The 49ers acquired Dee Ford from the Chiefs to man the edge, freeing them up to consider taking Williams to team with DeForest Bucker on the interior.

3 | New York Jets — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Needing an edge presence, the draft gods smile upon the Jets once more, as Bosa, expected to be out of their reach even at #3, falls right into their lap.

4 | Oakland Raiders — Josh Allen, RSH, Kentucky
The Raiders handed out huge contracts to fill holes in free agency, but they still need an alpha edge defender. The do-everything Allen fits the profile.

5 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
After locking up left tackle Donovan Smith, the Buccaneers tap the pro-ready Taylor to be their bookend anchor on the right.

6 | New York Giants — Devin White, LB, LSU
It’s been a long time since the Giants have had a stud linebacker. With his speed, athleticism, and playmaking ability, White is exactly that.

7 | Jacksonville Jaguars — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
The Jaguars have their new quarterback in Nick Foles. Having a do-it-all tight end like Hockenson would help him deliver.

8 | Detroit Lions — Montez Sweat, RSH, Mississippi State
Sweat’s epic draft process was nearly derailed by the detection of a heart condition, but it doesn’t expect to dissuade the Lions from pairing him with Trey Flowers.

9 | Buffalo Bills — Brian Burns, RSH, Florida State
The Bills were short on sacks this past season. Drafting a long, lean pass rusher in Burns should help them pressure the quarterback.

10 | Denver Broncos — Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
The Broncos choose to bet on their trade for quarterback Joe Flacco and draft Oliver to wreak havoc in the trenches as Von Miller and Bradley Chubb take the edge.

11 | Cincinnati Bengals — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Long-time starter Andy Dalton transitions to bridge quarterback for the Bengals as the new regime drafts his successor in Haskins.

12 | Green Bay Packers — Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Packers spent big bucks to overhaul the edge and deep middle of their defense in free agency. In Bush, they secure their new second-level centerpiece.

13 | Miami Dolphins — Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The cupboards are bare almost everywhere in Miami, so drafting a cornerstone blocker in Williams to help their rebuild could be a consideration.

14 | Atlanta Falcons — Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Falcons have made offseason moves in an attempt to upgrade their offensive line, but right tackle remains a weak point. Ford resolves that issue.

15 | Washington Redskins — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Redskins could consider moving this pick in a trade for Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen. If they don’t, Lock is the alternative to replace the injured Alex Smith.

16 | Carolina Panthers — Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Panthers signed free agent Matt Paradis to replace the retired Ryan Kalil at center. They draft Dillard to supplant his since-released brother, Matt Kalil, at left tackle.

17 | New York Giants (via CLE) — Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary’s athletic profile and upside could see him drafted higher, but his positional fit and limited production could see him settle in later — perhaps with the Giants at #17.

18 | Minnesota Vikings — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Upgrading the offensive line in some way, shape, or form needs to be a focus for the Vikings, but the promise of Fant may be too appealing to pass up.

19 | Tennessee Titans — Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Titans could go in a number of different directions here, but the plug-and-play Bradbury may present the best value as they continue shoring up their offensive line.

20 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Signing free-agent cornerback Steven Nelson is a stop-gap move at best, so the Steelers grab Greedy to increase the difficulty level for opposing passers.

21 | Seattle Seahawks — Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
With only four picks, the Seahawks would seem likely to trade out of the first round to acquire more assets. But if they stay, a long, tall corner like Layne could be an option.

22 | Baltimore Ravens — A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Lamar Jackson doesn’t have much to work with currently if he is to continue developing as a passer. Brown brings a strong, all-around skillset and WR1 upside.

23 | Houston Texans — Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
The Houston offensive line is comprised of spare parts and experiments. Risner is a pro-ready prospect who projects as a day-one starter at tackle or guard.

24 | Oakland Raiders (via CHI) — Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders recently signed journeyman Isaiah Crowell, but he’s more committee back than bell cow. Jacobs, meanwhile, has feature back traits and potential.

25 | Philadelphia Eagles — Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The Eagles have injury concerns at safety with Rodney McLeod and Andrew Sendejo, and Adderley has been connected to his hometown team throughout the process.

26 | Indianapolis Colts — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Wide receiver might be rich for the Colts in the first round, but if the lottery ticket that is D.K. Metcalf indeed pays off, it would be well worth the price.

27 | Oakland Raiders (via DAL) — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Murphy is the highest-graded player remaining on the board and seems like a prospect Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden would both covet for their defensive backfield.

28 | Los Angeles Chargers — Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
The Chargers don’t look like they have a long-term solution at right tackle on the roster. McGary’s stock is on the rise and might land him in the first round.

29 | Kansas City Chiefs — Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Following the free-agent signings of Tyrann Mathieu and Bashaud Breeland, the Chiefs could add Baker to complete the total makeover of their secondary.

30 | Green Bay Packers (via NO) — Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
The Packers continue the offseason rebuild of their defense, further fortifying their front seven with the addition of Tillery.

31 | Los Angeles Rams — Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
With their one-year rental of veteran Ndamukong Suh at its end, the Rams select Lawrence to be his long-term replacement along their formidable front line.

32 | New England Patriots — Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
The Patriots currently have 12 picks. Would it really shock you if they gamble that a top-10 prospect recovering from a torn ACL could be ready in time for a Super Bowl run?

SECOND ROUND



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