The 2019 NFL Draft is just hours away! Over the past several months, weeks and days, there has been lots of information flowing from all corners of the Earth. What should we believe and what is smoke?
Looking at the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. But, our Pro Football Network got together and compiled a mock draft based off what they are hearing in league circles. This mock was conducted as a group by Matthew Cannata (@CannataPFN), Matt Infante (@MattyInfante), Neal Driscoll (@NealDriscoll) and Ryan Rosko (SkoSports). If you’re upset with any pick, please direct all anger towards them.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray (QB)
While there has been plenty of chatter about Kyler Murray not being the pick for the Arizona Cardinals, we are going to stick to our guns here. The Cardinals kick off the 2019 NFL Draft with the selection of Murray.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (EDGE)
According to the PFN Big Board, Quinnen Williams is ranked just a tad bit higher. We think the San Francisco 49ers may ultimately go with Williams but we’re going to stick to what we’ve been hearing about Bosa to San Francisco.
3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams (DL)
The New York Jets coaching staff would love to draft Ed Oliver or Josh Allen, but the front office will likely win here. While the Jets do want to trade out, it seems unlikely without Murray falling. They should run to the podium with this pick. If you want to know what the trade market is for the Jets, you can click here to view one of our previous articles.
4. Oakland Raiders – Devin White (LB)
There has been talk of the Oakland Raiders making a surprise pick here. The latest rumors have that centered around tight end TJ Hockenson, the second best overall player on our big board. However, we think the pick here is going to be Devin White.
5. TRADE: Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins (QB)
We think the Washington Redskins will make a play to jump in front of the New York Giants. Trading with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, they will then get their guy in Dwayne Haskins.
6. New York Giants – Josh Allen (EDGE)
New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman won’t be able to resist going to the podium with Josh Allen’s name. He is a great fit for what Gettleman is trying to build. The Giants will have to look for their quarterback later.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor (OT)
The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking to reboot their culture and Taylor is the perfect way to do that. Additionally, he provides nice protection for their new quarterback, Nick Foles.
8. TRADE: Atlanta Falcons – Ed Oliver (DL)
Rumor on the street around the NFL Draft is that the Atlanta Falcons love Ed Oliver. We see them making a trade here with the Detroit Lions to get their guy.
9. Buffalo Bills – TJ Hockenson (TE)
This one seems too easy. With Hockenson falling and the Buffalo Bills needing a nice vertical threat for QB Josh Allen, this is a tremendous pick for the Bills at 9.
10. Denver Broncos – Devin Bush (LB)
New Denver Broncos Head Coach Vic Fangio loves his linebackers and they need someone that can lead the defense for years to come. While there is some talk of quarterback here, we think Fangio will get his defensive wish.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Drew Lock (QB)
The Cincinnati Bengals have a new head coach in Zac Taylor and he will want to tie his hip to a quarterback of his choice. We can see Drew Lock going here and sitting a year under Andy Dalton before taking the reigns in 2020.
12. Green Bay – Jonah Williams (OT)
With quarterback Aaron Rodgers not getting any younger, the Green Bay Packers need to solidify their offensive line to keep their franchise player upright. Jonah Williams seems like a great fit in Green Bay and will be their franchise tackle for the next decade.
13. TRADE: Houston Texans – Andre Dillard (OT)
We know the Miami Dolphins are looking to trade down in this year’s NFL Draft. With Taylor and Williams off the board, the Houston Texans need to ensure they get their guy. This is why this trade up for Andre Dillard makes so much sense.
14. Detroit Lions (from Atlanta) – Noah Fant (TE)
Some might say this is too high for Noah Fant, but the Detroit Lions are looking for more weapons for quarterback Matt Stafford. With three offensive tackles on the board, the Lions adjust their game plan and get a guy who can do it all.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Washington) – Cody Ford (OT)
While a lot of people are saying defense, we are hearing that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to solidify their offensive line. This is why they are so willing to trade down. Ford is the best remaining tackle on the board and the Buccaneers will get a guy who can start from day one.
16. Carolina Panthers – DK Metcalf (WR)
The Carolina Panthers have many holes to fill. However, with no true WR1 on their roster, they’ll look to fill that role with the selection of DK Metcalf. This will give quarterback Cam Newton a nice weapon that will be able to do a lot for the Panthers offense. We did think of N’Keal Harry going here, but we think that ultimately Metcalf would be the Panthers pick if they go this route. Click here for more on Metcalf in the PFN Film Room.
17. New York Giants – Daniel Jones (QB)
The Giants get their quarterback they have coveted for the past several months. Daniel Jones will sit a year behind Eli Manning and then become the future of the franchise. The big question? Is he a franchise quarterback? That will remain to be seen.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Garret Bradburry (C)
The Minnesota Vikings offensive line is a mess. That’s why Garret Bradburry is the pick here. He’ll be able to be the anchor in their line and provide some stability for a line that didn’t have much in 2018.
19. Tennessee Titans – Christian Wilkins (DL)
The Dolphins would love Wilkins, so keep an eye on that during the first round. If they dont’t trade down, that is a very likely pick. However, in this mock, they did trade down and they lost out on their guy. With other New England guys in Tennessee, they don’t let him get past them. He’s a great defender and an even better fit in the locker room.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy (CB)
The group thought of going Greedy Williams here, but Byron Murphy is a bit better. The Pittsburgh Steelers need help on defense, especially at the cornerback position. Murphy will be a nice fit for a Steelers team looking to find their identity after so much drama this offseason.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Clelin Ferrell (EDGE)
The Seattle Seahawks traded away Frank Clark so they need a pass rusher to replace him. Clelin Ferrell is great value for the Seahawks at 21 and they should run to the NFL Draft podium if he is in fact still on the board when they pick at 21.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Brian Burns (EDGE)
There has been a lot of talk about Brian Burns and his ability to hold up against bigger offensive linemen. However, with the Baltimore Ravens varied defensive schemes, we think they can find a nice role for him that hides his weaknesses.
23. Miami Dolphins (from Houston) – Jeffery Simmons (DL)
Jeffery Simmons won’t be able to play in 2019 because of a torn ACL, but he will be back in 2020. For a team that’s looking at 2020 as their official launch point, Simmons makes a ton of sense here for the Miami Dolphins.
24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs (RB)
With Montez Sweat still on the board, we’d imagine this would provide plenty of debate in the Oakland Raider War Room. We know it did in our own war room. But, we think head coach Jon Gruden gets his way here with the selection of Josh Jacobs.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Montez Sweat (EDGE)
The Philadelphia Eagles end the slide for Sweat. They are in the market for a pass rusher and Sweat will get it done for a team looking to get back to the Super Bowl after falling short last season.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Tillery (DL)
The wrecking ball from Notre Dame, Jerry Tillery will be an anchor on the Indianapolis Colts defensive line. The Colts seem to have a structured plan in place and they don’t care if the pick is a sexy one or not. Tillery is a hard-nosed player who will fit in well with this Colts team that is on the rise.
27. Oakland Raiders – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (SAF)
The Raiders complete their slew of first-round picks in the NFL Draft with the selection of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. This will add to their selection of White and Jacobs. Gardner-Johnson will be able to patrol the secondary for the Black & White and will be a great culture fit for Gruden and Mayock.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Chris Lindstrom (OG)
This one might seem a little out of left field as we know the Chargers are looking for help in the secondary. However, they also need help on their offensive line, especially with QB Phillip Rivers getting older. We think this has the potential of being one of the surprise picks of the first round.
29. Seattle Seahawks – Dexter Lawrence (DT)
Picking Rashan Gary was a bit tempting here, but we went with the safer pick. Dexter Lawrence provides more reinforcement for the Seahawks defensive line. We know head coach Pete Carroll loves defense and Lawrence provides another weapon for him to deploy.
30. Green Bay Packers – Rashan Gary (EDGE)
Rashan Gary was supposed to be a top 15 pick before the news came out about his torn labrum. However, this is tremendous value for the Packers and we can’t see them passing up on this talented player. They’ll worry about his labrum and work to protect it, but they will get themselves a force on the defensive line.
31. TRADE: Cleveland Browns – Greedy Williams (CB)
We know the Cleveland Browns want to get back into the first round. We also know the Los Angeles Rams wouldn’t mind trading out of it. That’s why this is a great match. With their offense all but set in place, the Browns look to solidify their secondary with the selection of Greedy Williams.
32. New England Patriots – Dalton Risner (OG)
The New England Patriots don’t care what anyone thinks. The selection of Dalton Risner won’t be a sexy one, but it provides tremendous value. Risner has a friendship with Patriots OL Nate Solder, so we think this will play a role here. The Patriots continue to strengthen their offensive line as they get set for another run at the Lombardi Trophy. With this pick, they round out the first round of the NFL Draft.