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2019 NFL Mock Draft – 17 Weeks Later…


UPDATED MOCK – 1/23/2019

They bit Niners fans in Arrowhead, when Jimmy Garoppolo‘s season ended.

Soon after, all Jets out of the Meadowlands were grounded.

The desert dwellers of Arizona felt it harder than a rattlesnake bite.

17 weeks after the Eagles successfully defended the LINC, their fans still remain bite free. Just barely.

Fans of the Eagles, Ravens, and Colts rejoice! You inched it out and escaped from the Mock Draft Zombies.

Twenty NFL franchises are no longer in the race to Atlanta this February. The order of the first twenty selections of the 2019 NFL Draft is set. So twenty NFL fan bases are now locked in zombie mode as they are subjected to speculation and twitter rumors for the next four months.

Live from Nashville on April 25th: our team’s new Super Bowl. Win the Draft. Win momentum.

Arizona is on the clock…or are they?

With Ohio State DE Nick Bosa serving as the clear prize in this year’s draft, we are forced to watch and wait as quarterbacks Dwayne Haskins, Drew Lock, Will Grier, Ryan Finley, and Daniel Jones duke it out.

Could Haskins be the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?

Are they worthy of the kind of haul that landed Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? How about the price paid for Deshaun Watson or Patrick Mahomes?

For now, we remain focused on the draft order as is. No hypothetical trades. Just need-based drafting with a little local front office spin.

2019 NFL Mock Draft – 17 Weeks Later…

1.) Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Arizona Offseason Priorities: OL, WR, LB, CB

It became clear early in this process that Ohio State DE Nick Bosa is in his own tier. Arizona is leaning towards clearinghouse. The new regime will have to determine if Josh Rosen is the future based on a Mike McCoy/Byron Leftwich led sample size.

Arizona has a chance to pair Joey Bosa’s little brother with UFC champ Jon “Bones” Jones’ little brother, Chandler Jones. With McVay/Goff, Carroll/Wilson, and Shanahan/Jimmy G on the slate for six games every season, an elite tandem like Bosa and Jones would provide instant impact for a quietly good pass defense by the numbers (4th Overall).

Where they need help is against the run (32nd Overall). Bosa has natural (and still evolving) football instincts that allow him to take on two blockers before they can get to the second level. This would free up the athletic linebackers of Arizona. He motors to running backs at an already elite level. Even if Arizona let’s go of Steve Wilks, they have the personnel in place and a perfect spot for Bosa in their 4-3 defense.

Top Three Options:

2.) San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, WR, CB

Coming back for his senior year at Kentucky was a clutch move by Kentucky pass rusher Josh Allen. Allen declined to declare for the 2018 draft to once again compete against premier SEC competition. He had a senior year to remember:

  • SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
  • Chuck Bednarik Award (NCAA Defensive Player of the Year)
  • Bronko Nagurski Trophy (FWAA Defensive Player of the Year)
  • Lott Trophy
  • Unanimous First Team All-SEC
  • Consensus All American

What is most promising about Allen’s game is his ability to strip the ball. He had five forced fumbles this year to go along with 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss.

Definitely check out Allen try to add to these stats this New Year’s Day when his 14th ranked Wildcats take on Trace McSorley and 12th ranked Nittany Lions in the Citrus Bowl (ABC, 1 PM EST).

Top Three Options:

  • Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
  • Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama
  • Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

3.) New York Jets: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, OL, WR

The Jets join the Cardinals as teams with franchise quarterbacks going into year two with a new coaching staff. Never a recipe for success, but then look at Baker and the Browns.

Before drafting quarterback Sam Darnold in 2018 the Jets had taken a defensive player with their first round pick eight straight years. The last offensive first-round pick by the New York Jets? The man who would become Butt Fumble was taken fifth overall in the 2009 draft.

Jonah Williams is the perfect player to pair Sam Darnold with for the foreseeable future. If the Jets look in their own past, it was the 2006 draft that set Sanchez up for his early career success. The Jets took both tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson and center Nick Mangold in the first round of that draft. The Jets get their future protected for the long haul.

Top Three Options:

  • Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama – 2019 NFL Mock Draft Database

4.) Las Vegas/Oakland/London? Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, LB, WR

The Oakland Raiders had 13 sacks this season as a team. That’s less than a sack per game. Let that simmer.

The Raiders. Their Lemony Snicket’s of a season filled with unfortunate events has finally come to an end. Buck up, you got Chuck…y. And with Mike Mayock reportedly a candidate for the open GM job, things are looking up for the displaced black hole.

Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams has had an absolute beastly season and will be on full display in the National Championship Game. Williams is a constant force and would be a prize addition to the Raiders stable of young tackles from last year’s draft (Maurice Hurst, P.J. Hall). With two more picks in the first round, the Raiders get an interior disruptor with a motor for the ball to anchor their defense.

Top Three Options:

5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, LSU
Offseason Priorities: CB, OL, LB, QB

With Brent Grimes, a free agent and entering his age 36 season, the Bucs are in a tough spot. There are plenty of holes, including the coaching staff now that Dirk Koetter is out. With another tough question surrounding Jameis Winston’s future, the Bucs will be the busiest scouting department in football (hopefully).

Despite all the options, the absence of a true franchise QB to help them win now leads the Bucs towards taking the best player available at a position of need. LSU cornerback Greedy Williams is a perfect plug and play in a division that houses Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, and Michael Thomas.

Top Three Options:

  • Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • Devin White, LB, LSU

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6.) New York Giants: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Offseason Priorities: OL, CB, DT, QB

Despite ending the season the way they did, the Giants defense was actually pretty good in 2018. The focus this offseason will be on improving the offensive line, protecting their 2019 QB Eli Manning, in his final year in the NFL, and making life easier for Saquon Barkley.

They will need to clog some holes on the defensive line as well to stop the run.

Top Three Options:

  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

7.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Offseason Priorities: QB, OL, DT, TE/WR

Marrone, Caldwell, and Coughlin. Hopefully a better law firm than football brain trust. The Jags spiraled out of control as Blake Bortles tanked after a major win at home against the Patriots week 2. Owner Shad Khan shocked us all by reaffirming all three would return to their respective roles in 2019.

The Jags have serious questions facing them on both sides of the ball. Jalen Ramsey is upset. A.J. Bouye is always hurt. Barry Church doesn’t live in Jacksonville anymore. Currently sitting at 5 million over the cap for 2019, the Jags will carry Bortles’ cap hit of $16.5mil if he’s cut. They can, however, move on from defensive tackles Malik Jackson and Marcell Dareus and save $21.585mil next year. Last year’s first-round pick was spent on Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan. Pairing Oliver with Bryan would cheaply and effectively keep that Jaguars defense at a high level.

As tempting as it will be to take a quarterback here, Jacksonville needs to be sure that he’s NFL ready. Free agency offers game managers that may fit a Marrone style coaching staff. Still, the Jaguars are a mess:

Top Three Options:

  • Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  • Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou
  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

8.) Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, CB, OL

The Ziggy Ansah era comes to an, unfortunately, dragged out end this season. Enter Rashan Gary to [fill] the need…the need for speed [rush]. #Maverick

My favorite Rashan Gary fun fact: he is one of three high school football players to be named “top player in the country” unanimously by all four major recruiting networks (Rivals, Scouts. 247Sports, ESPN).

The other two? Jadeveon Clowney (2011) and Robert Nkemdiche (2013).


Everyone loves a local guy staying close to the ole alma mater narrative; that’s like the revenge game narrative! And Bigfoot!

Gary stays in Michigan and joins the pride. Matt Patricia gets to add a vital piece to his Patriots -Midwest remodeling of Ford Field.

Top Three Options:

9.) Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou
Offseason Priorities: CB, WR, DT, QB

The look John Elway gave said it all. Elway learned the hard way in Super Bowl XLVIII that defense wins championships. Then he completed the journey when the Broncos won Super Bowl L.

Outside of corner where they hope to get back a healthy Chris Harris Jr., the Broncos improved on defense immensely as the year progressed. With Bradley Chubb and Von Miller, the Broncos defense will continue to compete at a high level.

What Elway hasn’t had since Peyton Manning retired was Peyton Manning. But unfortunately there is only one Peyton Manning. Despite legend status, John Elway may be entering “hot seat” territory. Now is time for hope in the form of a franchise quarterback. Lock’s arm strength is NFL-ready and after years of SEC preparation, he may be the most ready to start prospect to pair with Phillip Lindsay, Courtland Sutton, and the Denver defense.

Lock will lead Mizzou in the Liberty Bowl on New Year’s Eve against Oklahoma St. (ESPN, 3:45 PM EST).

Top Three Options:

10.) Buffalo Bills: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Offseason Priorities: OL, WR, TE

Josh Allen led the NFL in QB rushing touchdowns with eight. Had it not been for Lamar Jackson taking over at QB for the Baltimore Ravens, he also would have led the NFL in QB rushing yards. That’s a great accomplishment for the rookie, but he completed just 52% of his passes and threw just 10 touchdowns passes. Only fellow rookie QB Josh Rosen had a worse adjusted net yards per attempt.

The Bills defense was amazing this year and this offseason, the front office will need to focus on improving the offense. That starts up front with the offensive line.

Top Three Options:

Eat, Drink, Sleep Football – 2019 NFL Mock Draft Database

11.) Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Offseason Priorities: QB, LB, OT

I am not from Ohio but Hue Jackson is clearly the sweetheart of the Buckeye State (Urban Meyer be damned).

Speaking of Buckeyes, with the news that Marvin Lewis may finally move off the sidelines and into a management role, future Bengals Head Coach Hue Jackson will pluck a buckeye to be his franchise QB.

The added layer of going head to head with Baker Mayfield twice a year is enticing. Even more, don’t forget the last time Hue Jackson was a head coach and had massive control. As the Raiders one and done head coach, he made Jason Campbell relevant and then traded for Carson Palmer. All in a month.

Jackson can coach QBs (except Mayfield) and without the institutional issues he had in Cleveland, let’s hope he can get back to it with Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins. Haskins, like Tua and Kyler Murray, need to be watched to be completely understood. He does everything in game you want and he’s performed at an elite level on the biggest of stages.

You can watch Haskins and the Buckeyes take on the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day (ESPN 5 PM EST).

Beware Jeff Driskel truthers. The end is near.

Top Three Options:

  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
  • Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
  • Devin White, LB, LSU

12.) Green Bay Packers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, S, OL

As tempting as it will be to add a wide receiver or offensive lineman for Aaron Rodgers, the Packers are no longer under a regime opposed to free agency. Players at offensive skill positions can be convinced to play for Aaron Rodgers.

What is extremely expensive is adding pass rush through free agency. The Packers can utilize this pick as an efficient and inexpensive replacement for unrestricted 33 year old free agent Clay Matthews. The 2019 draft is stocked full of great EDGE rushers including Clemson pass rusher Clelin Ferrell. Ferrell was an elite talent going into the 2018 draft and did done nothing during the 2018 college football season to convince otherwise.

Clelin Ferrell becomes the early nominee for this year’s “Derwin James” steal of the first round. Last year James slid to the seventeenth pick and rewarded the Chargers with a defensive rookie of the year caliber season. Ferrell’s slide is the Packers gain.

Top Three Options:

  • Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
  • Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
  • Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

13.) Miami Dolphins: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Offseason Priorities: QB, DT, LB

Adam Gase will not be back in South Beach and there are rumors swirling that Rex Ryan has begun to assemble a new staff.

The next head coach in Miami will need to work to address what was the second-worst run defense in the NFL in 2018. One positive from Miami were the late season contributions of rookie linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker. Over the last month of the season Miami held opposing running backs under 100 yards in each of their four games. It was a tale of two seasons for Kiko Alonso and the Miami linebacking corps.

Meanwhile, the Dolphins continue with a massive hole at defensive tackle. An aging Cameron Wake being heavily relied on for pass rush is unacceptable if the Phins want to contend with New England in the AFC East. Simmons has a hemi powered motor to the ball as seen in the tweet above. The 21-year-old is ready for a three-down role.  Question remains as to whether the talent is enough to overcome the off the field issues.

Top Three Options:

  • Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
  • Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
  • Devin White, LB, LSU

14.) Atlanta Falcons: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, OL, CB

Vic Beasley Jr. remains on a confusing decline while Takkarist McKinley showed promise in his second season. Entering the fifth year extension of his rookie deal in 2019, Beasley is set for an $8 mil raise (2019 Salary = $12.1mil). Cornerback Robert Alford enters a pivotal offseason in his contract with the Falcons poised to save around $8mil if he’s cut this offseason.

With the writing on the wall, 2018 Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker has the edge, length, and coverage instincts that transfer well to the NFL. His experience at Georgia was unmatched as he played numerous corner positions in various coverage schemes on the biggest stages college football has to offer. Lining up across from Desmond Trufant, Baker would bolster the Falcons secondary and provide a formidable test for pass happy NFC South opponents.

Cue Ray Charles’ “Georgia On My Mind.”

Top Three Options:

  • Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
  • Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

15.) Washington Redskins: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: QB, WR, CB

The Redskins have built beautifully along the trenches over the past couple drafts. Before being throttled by the injury bug, the Redskins offensive line was a top five unit. Barring long term injury, Washington has bigger concerns than either line.

Josh Docston is still a confusing player after three seasons in the NFL despite continuity at head coach and offensive scheme. Yet with the quarterback position, a large question mark given Alex Smith’s health, adding a wideout at 15 would be a luxury.

Instead, Jay Gruden and co. should look to replace recently cut D.J. Swearinger and the soon to be unrestricted free agent HaHa Clinton-Dix with Alabama ball hawk Deionte Thompson.

In his first year as a starter for Alabama Thompson was named a consensus All-American and first team All-SEC. Thompson sat behind the following safeties at Alabama before starting this year: Eddie Jackson, Minkah Fitzpatrick, and Ronnie Harrison. Adding Thompson continues Washington’s focus on building a relentless defense to pair with a solid run game.

Top Three Options:

  • Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
  • AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss

16.) Carolina Panthers: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Offseason Priorities: OL, EDGE, S

Cam got hurt. The same guy who got in a car accident then played a couple days later got hurt. With Ron Rivera back in Carolina, the debate continues on how often to run Cam.

At 6-foot-5, Taylor isn’t the behemoth we’re starting to see at tackle in the NFL, but he has the athleticism to justify his fit in front of Cam and Christian McCaffery. With veteran center Ryan Kalil retiring, the Panthers are in dire need of addressing the offensive line if they have any chance at returning to the playoffs in 2019.

Top Three Options:

  • Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
  • Trey Adams, OT, Washington
  • Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

17.) Cleveland Browns: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Offseason Priorities: OT, DT, WR

BOOM! The march of the Land continues onwards. GM John Dorsey watched his rookie franchise quarterback set the record for TD passes despite not starting weeks 1-3.

It will be tempting to take an offensive lineman here- how useful Joe Thomas would be right now. Baker’s mobility allows for Dorsey to wait on o line or pursue through free agency or trade. He was aggressive last offseason and you would expect him to follow suit and give his franchise QB a true WR1 to pair with Jarvis and the youngsters. The Browns should capitalize on the most momentum they have had heading into an offseason in decades.

The 6-foot-3 Harry’s abilities are on full display every time he touches the ball. He’s at his best after the catch. His route running and tree have been questioned but having Jarvis Landry on the same sideline is as good a teacher you can get. If Njoku and Callaway both take a step next season, the Browns will be feared for the first time in my lifetime.

Top Three Options:

  • N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.
  • Trey Adams, OT, Washington
  • Dalton Risner, OT, KSU

18.) Minnesota Vikings: Devin White, LB, LSU
Offseason Priorities: OL, LB, DT

Another nominee for the “Derwin James” steal of the first round, Butkus Award winner and LSU linebacker Devin White. The Vikings followed the Minnesota Miracle with the Captain Kirk Heartbreak. Despite the offense’s struggles, the Minnesota defense will look to move on from linebacker Ben Gedeon. That’s a skill-based decision.

The looming decision is on linebacker Anthony Barr. Entering unrestricted free agency this offseason, the Vikings have hinted they are willing to move on from Barr. White has the sideline to sideline speed that can alter a game plan. White is one of the best and most fearless tacklers in the country. He’s a Mike Zimmer kind of guy.

Top Three Options:

  • Devin White, LB, LSU
  • Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
  • Trey Adams, OT, Washington

19.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, LB, DB

That Mississippi State defensive line could go on to great things in the NFL. Sweat has shown throughout this season he can play the run and the pass. He combines great strength with high-level hand speed and technique to get into the backfield quick. His length is in line with what defensive coordinators desire in today’s pass-happy NFL.

The Michigan State transfer has 22 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss across two seasons with the Bulldogs. The Steelers would pair Sweat with T.J Watt entering his third year coming off a 13 sack campaign. They’ll need Sweat’s speed on the contain with Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson just getting started in the AFC North.

Top Three Options:

  • Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
  • Jachai Polite, EDGE, FSU
  • Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, LA Tech

20.) Tennessee Titans: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida State
Offseason Priorities: EDGE, WR, LB

If you haven’t witnessed it yet, Titan’s DT Jurrel Casey is a tremendous talent. The Titan’s roster is talented in general. Yet Casey leading the team in sacks with seven is a major disappointment as the Titan’s look to spend another offseason searching for pass rush.

Florida State pass rusher Jachai Polite spent this college football season making NFL plays on Saturdays. Polite’s speed off the corner teams well with his agility navigating through offensive lineman. He plays like lightning caught in a bottle; he’s quick in every movement and always seems to be around the play. He has real explosiveness off the snap that should make him an impact player from day one.

2018 first round pick Harold Landry didn’t get his first start till week 15. There is still a great chance he can grow into the pass rusher scouts thought he would be. But Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are not getting it done in Nashville.

Top Three Options:

  • Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida St.
  • Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, LA Tech
  • Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

2019 NFL Mock Draft

1CardinalsNick BosaDEOhio State
249ersJosh AllenEDGEKentucky
3JetsJonah WilliamsOTAlabama
4RaidersQuinnen WilliamsDTAlabama
5BuccaneersAndraez WilliamsCBLSU
6GiantsGreg LittleOTOle Miss
7JaguarsEd OliverDTHouston
8LionsRashan GaryDLMichigan
9BroncosDrew LockQBMissouri
10BillsCody FordOTOklahoma
11BengalsDwayne HaskinsQBOhio State
12PackersClelin FerrellDEClemson
13DolphinsJeffery SimmonsDTMississippi St.
14FalconsDeandre BakerCBGeorgia
15RedskinsDeionte ThompsonSAlabama
16PanthersJawaan TaylorOTFlorida
17BrownsN'Keal HarryWRArizona State
18VikingsDevin WhiteLBLSU
19SteelersMontez SweatEDGEMississippi St.
20TitansJachai PoliteEDGEFlorida State
21EaglesByron MurphyCBWashington
22ColtsDexter LawrenceDTClemson
23SeahawksTrey AdamsOTWashington
24RavensA.J. BrownWROle Miss
25Raiders (via Bears)Jaylon FergusonEDGELA Tech
26TexansAmani OruwariyeCBPenn State
27Raiders (via Cowboys)D.K. MetcalfWROle Miss
28ChargersChristian WilkinsDTClemson
29RamsDerrick BrownDTAuburn
30PatriotsRaekwon DavisDTAlabama
31ChiefsDevin BushLBMichigan
32Packers (via Saints)Zach AllenEDGEBoston College

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  2. brownsfan1

    January 2, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    I’m feeling DT for the Browns. Wilkens or Simmons

  3. Samir

    January 3, 2019 at 12:39 am

    We’re really interested to see who the next DC in the Land is. The draft is so deep at DT, the Browns could snag a quality starter in RD2.

    You don’t want N’Keal? He’s a freak!

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