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2019 NFL Mock Draft 4 Picks 17-32

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Everybody’s favorite league darlings (except in the AFC North) the Cleveland Browns are on the clock at pick 17…


2019 NFL Mock Draft 4 Picks 17-32


17.) Cleveland Browns: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

♦ GM John Dorsey (2018)
♦ HC Freddie Kitchens (2019)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $83,247,741
UFAs: QB Tyrod Taylor, CB E.J. Gaines, RT Earl Watford, CB Phillip Gaines, LT Greg Robinson, WR Breshad Perriman
RFAs: WR Rashard Higgins, CB Briean Boddy-Calhoun
ERFA: FS Jermaine Whitehead, DT Trevon Cooley

Well, buddy boys. It’s a new era and a new Land in Northeast Ohio.

GM John Dorsey acquitted himself well in his first season in Cleveland. After losing a power struggle in Kansas City, he grabbed a franchise quarterback, cornerback and running back in the 2018 draft. Not a bad debut.

With Myles Garret in tow as the franchise’s cornerstone pass rusher, the opportunities at 17th overall are endless for Cleveland. They could do anything from adding offensive line help for the offense as a whole to a talented wide receiver in N’Keal Harry or either Ole Miss wideout.

Top Three Options:

  • Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
  • Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
  • Dalton Risner, OT, KSU

Enter the troubled but talented DT Jeffrey Simmons out of Mississippi State. Simmons went up against stiff offensive line competition in 2018 (Alabama, Kansas State, LSU to name a few) and once again performed at a high level with consistency. His ability to disrupt the interior line and get upfield through an offensive line is uniquely outstanding. He may be the most dangerous interior pass rusher in the draft.

New defensive coordinator Steve Wilks got the most out of Cardinals DT Rodney Gunter in his lone season as Cardinals head coach. If that name doesn’t invoke excitement, consider how much of an impact Wilks and new Browns linebackers coach Al Holcomb had on the 2015 Panthers defense that led the Panthers to Super Bowl L. Players such as Kawaan Short, Mario Addison, and Josh Norman are on the long list of defensive standouts that Sam Mills III, Holcomb, and Wilks helped mentor and make great.

The Browns keep on rolling through with a steal at 17, snagging Simmons and hoping he and Emanuel Ogbah form a lethal interior duo alongside Myles Garret.


18.) Minnesota Vikings: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas

♦ GM Rick Spielman (2012)
♦ 
HC Mike Zimmer (2014)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $7,025,401
UFAs: DT Sheldon Richardson, RB Latavius Murray, OLB Anthony Barr, C Nick Easton, K Dan Bailey, CB Marcus Sherels, RB Ameer Abdullah, DT Tom Johnson, G Tom Compton, FS George Iloka, WR Aldrick Robinson, SS Anthony Harris, QB Trevor Semen
RFAs: T Rashod Hill
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: S Andrew Sendejo: $5.5mil ($0)

The looming decision for Rick Spielman and company as they enter the off season is whether to extend linebacker Anthony Barr. Entering unrestricted free agency this offseason, the Vikings have hinted they are willing to move on from their 2014 first round pick.

In reality, they may have no choice but to move on from most of their free agents due to limited cap space and few roster options. This is sure to invoke uncertainties throughout the Twin cities faced with sweeping changes from divisional foes Chicago and Green Bay.

Top Three Options:

  • Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
  • Yodny Castuje, OT, West Virginia
  • Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Adding Gary Kubiak as an offensive advisor should be interesting but until Gary Kubiak pads up and plays g line, the Vikings anticipate to have issues. What is unique is that the Vikings defense remains a top unit and the offense has strong playmakers in Stefon Diggs, Adam Theilen, and Dalvin Cook.

The quarterback with the first fully guaranteed contract was unable to repeat the efforts of Case Keenum. With the Vikings the epitome of being “heavily invested,” the bulk of resources will be allocated towards keeping Kirk Cousins upright in the pocket in 2019.


19.) Arizona Cardinals (via TEN): N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

♦ GM Steve Keim (2013)
♦ HC Kliff Kingsbury (2019)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $61,809,529
UFAs: WR Larry Fitzgerald, G Mike Iupati, K Phil Dawson, OLB/S Deone Bucannon, FS Tre Boston, DE Benson Mayowa, DE Markus Golden, DT Rodney Gunter
ERFA: TE Ricky Seals-Jones
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: S D.J. Swearinger: $4.5mil ($0)

Like the Bucs out in South Florida, the Titans enter the 2019 offseason in need of addressing the future at the quarterback position. With 2018 OC Matt LaFleur off to Lambeau, Marcus Mariota begins the 2019 offseason with his fourth offensive coordinator in five years. As Alex Smith’s career trajectory has proven, constant upheaval of key coaching staff members can cause a major delay in development for a young quarterback.

The Titans can utilize the franchise tag which would essentially equal whatever the first year in a long term extension would cost them. In the event Mariota takes an extreme step forward in 2019, the Titans have the power and options to keep him for at least another season and continue negotiations. Unfortunately, given the turnover in offensive coordinators, the odds are against Mariota despite investment in the offensive line and a high draft pick spent on Corey Davis.

The Titans management would be wise to plan for a future without Mariota. They must decide if a player available at 18th overall is enough to push them from fringe playoff team to legitimate 2020 contender in a division that includes three intriguing low-key heavyweights.

Unless they fall for a wide receiver or tight end during the combine, adding draft capital in advance of the 2020 quarterback heavy draft is the right move for Nashville’s team.

Top Three Options:

  • N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
  • Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
  • Yodny Castuje, OT, West Virginia

We mentioned before that Steve Keim was on the hottest of seats out in the desert. Protecting Josh Rosen will be again an option, but not for Keim. Unlike Kingsbury, Keim needs to get better immediately, with immediate impact from his draft picks. Unless a tackle or guard wows through the draft process and falls here, Keim needs to pair the Ed Oliver pick with something flashy for the Arizona fan base.

Staying local and drafting Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry (6-4, 213) is exactly what the fan base needs to fully buy back in after a dismal season. It could potentially be both a real football and fantasy football treat pairing a coach like Kingsbury with an all-out athletic freak in Harry.

The Cardinals offense, and more importantly Josh Rosen, get a weapon to aid what was one of the worst offenses in football. The only complaint on Harry’s draft resume is his current route tree knowledge. If Larry Fitzgerald agrees to one more hurrah and mentors Harry in the process, pairing Harry with Fitz and sophomore Christian Kirk is an enticing scenario.

A scenario Arizona fans hope leads to less focus on, and more running room for, David Johnson.


20.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

♦ GM Kevin Colbert (2010)
♦ HC Mike Tomlin (2007)
2019 Effective Cap Space$21,210,468
UFAs: G Ramon Foster, DE Tyson Alualu, OLB Anthony Chickillo, CB Coty Sensabaugh, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR Justin Hunter, RB Stevan Ridley, ILB L.J. Fort, TE Jesse James, RB Le’Veon Bell
RFAs: TE Xavier Grimble, WR Eli Rogers
ERFA: CB Mike Hilton, FS Jordan Dangerfield, T Zach Banner, RT Matt Feiler.

The Steelers so horridly collapsed to end the 2018 season that Le’Veon Bell’s holdout seems like it was decades ago.

Mired in controversy and possibly at risk of losing the best wide receiver in football, the Steelers will undoubtedly look within to recapture that “renegade” confidence that separates them from every other franchise in sports.

As insane as it may sound, the Steelers’ offense, possibly without Brown, may proceed without fault with JuJu and 2018 third rounder James Washington as their starting wideouts. Washington, the 2017 Biletnikoff winner, has the talent to succeed at the NFL level and in this offense. Vance McDonald continues to show flashes and could take on a bigger role in 2019. James Conner was downright Le’Veonesque as a bell cow back while Jaylen Samuels looked like he had a bright future as a versatile offensive weapon.

Top Three Options:

  • Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
  • Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

But in order to reestablish the Steeler way, GM Kevin Colbert should consider defensive options. A popular move would be finding a player who can bring the leadership and cerebral impact of Ryan Shazier. If Michigan’s  Devin Bush or Alabama’s Mack Wilson wow at the combine, the Steelers could jump at the chance of rebuilding the inside of their linebacker corps.

At the corner position, 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. Baker lined up at numerous corner positions in various coverage schemes on the biggest stages college football has to offer.

Adding Baker across from Joe Haden allows the Steelers front seven to focus on the athleticism and containment of the mobile quarterbacks of the AFC North (LJ, Baker, Driskel/Murray). Adding a corner is vital to a Steel City turn around; a starting corner must be added in order to keep Artie Burns and Coty Sensabaugh relegated to the bottom of the depth chart.


21.) Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

♦ GM John Schneider (2010)
♦ HC Pete Carroll (2010)
2019 Effective Cap Space$52,460,232
UFAs: FS Earl Thomas, OLB K.J. Wright, CB Justin Coleman, DT Shamar Stephen, K Sebastian Janikowski, DE Dion Jordan, G J.R. Sweezy, G D.J. Fluker, R Mike Davis, DE Frank Clark, SS Maurice Alexander, OLB Mychal Kendricks, DB Nieko Thorpe, QB Brett Hundley
RFAs: RB J.D. McKissic, DE Quinton Jefferson, CB Kalen Reed, T George Fant
ERFA: QB Trevone Boykin, WR David Moore

There’s a lot to be excited about for the 12th men and women of the Pacific Northwest. With an offensive line outperforming expectations for the first time in years, the Seahawks can focus on what they do best: building a fear inducing defense.

While rookie Tre Flowers performed exceptionally well, Shaquill Griffin took a massive step back in his sophomore season ranking as the 115th overall by Pro Football Focus. Their depth at cornerback is also questionable with Justin Coleman and Nieko Thorpe set to become free agents.

Top Three Options:

Staying in the Pacific Northwest, the University of Washington offers two exciting prospects that could land here with the Seahawks. As enticing as it would be to add Byron Murphy to their corner depth, the Seahawks are back in win-now mode. They have shown patience with plenty of their prospects in the past, including players who broke out this year in defensive lineman Jarran Reed and Frank Clark. You can count on Pete Caroll to coach up Griffin after his bad season and have him right back out there as a starter in 2019.

With Earl Thomas and his middle finger well out of the Seahawks’ future plans, enter his instant replacement in safety Taylor Rapp. Rapp’s story and hit sticks are already the stuff of legends. Not only is his hard-hitting prowess similar to Thomas, but his impact to the defense as a whole also can not be understated. Consider the difference between Washington’s defensive performance against Ohio State in the Rose Bowl versus their regular season resume (Rapp sat out the Rose Bowl after declaring for the draft).


22.) Baltimore Ravens: Nasir Adderly, FS, Delaware

♦ GM Eric DeCosta (2019)
♦ HC John Harbaugh (2008)
2019 Effective Cap Space$28,410,292
UFAs: OLB Terrell Suggs, WR John Brown, ILB C.J. Moseley, QB Robert Griffin III, TE Maxx Williams, DE Brent Urban, RB Ty Montgomery, OLB Za’Darius Smith, RB Buck Allen, TE Nick Boyle
RFAs: RB Alex Collins, ILB Patrick Onwuasor, DT Michael Pierce, CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste
ERFA: RB Gus Edwards.

It’s a new era for the former Cleveland Browns as well as Ozzie Newsome is replaced with longtime assistant Eric DeCosta. Newsome’s parting gifts includes a franchise quarterback in Lamar Jackson along with an intimidating amount of free agents on the defensive side of the ball.

Center is a key need for the Baltimore offense. Denver free agent Matt Paradis comes to mind. Mississippi State C/T Elgton Jenkins also is on the Ravens draft radar, but they saw first hand in the Browns Cam Erving selection that drafting a guard with versatility and athleticism doesn’t mean you are drafting a center.

With John Brown’s disappearing act the Ravens were confronted once again with their need for the vertical field stretcher they’ve lacked since Torrey Smith (no due respect to Breshaud Perriman). With N’Keal Harry off the board, Ole Miss’ D.K. Metcalf and Oklahoma’s Marquise “Hollywood” Brown and his 4.33 wheels come to mind. But the first round price tag for pure speed in an offense without a true wide receiver one is a stretch for the value-driven Ravens front office.

Top Three Options:

The range that Delaware safety Nasir Adderly covers is like watching a young Steve Finley cover centerfield at Memorial Stadium on 33rd street. That was 1990. The Orioles ended up dealing Finley that year after only one full season with the team. This time, Baltimore gets their center fielder and he’ll stay for the long hall.

Adderly began his football career as a cornerback and show instinctual coverage skills and anticipation. He’s a true hawk the Ravens tend to develop and he closes on the ball and receiver with violent speed. With eight interceptions across his past two college seasons, he’s demonstrated his ball hawk ability.

Added Bonus: The Ravens still get to continue the NFL’s longest streak of having a Fighting Blue Hen on their active roster. Bye, Joe Flacco. Thanks for the memories.


23.) Houston Texans: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

♦ GM Brian Gaine (2018)
♦ 
HC Bill O’Brien (2014)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $67,097,417
UFAs: CB Kareem Jackson, FS Tyrann Mathieu, OLB Jadeveon Clowney, RT Seantrel Henderson, CB Kayvon Webster, DE Angelo Blackson, QB Joe Webb, CB Shareece Wright, QB Brandon Weeden, RB Alfred Blue, DE Christian Convington
RFAs: OLB Brennan Scarlett
ERFA: K Ka’imi Fairbairn, WR Deandre Carter
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: WR Demaryius Thomas: $14mil ($0)

Bill O’Brien has been on the job since 2014. He’s had years to build an offensive line, or at least sustain one. The Texans front office was exposed a year after dealing Pro Bowler Duane Brown to the Seahawks.

Deshaun Watson’s now infamous bus ride to face Jacksonville due to a punctured lung should mean there’s no surprise the Texans offensive line ranked dead last in pass protection DVOA.

Top Three Options:

  • Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
  • Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
  • David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

One of the most interesting aspects of the Chiefs wild-card victory over the Colts was their ability to smash Damien Williams up the middle. Andy Reid ran right at a Colts linebacker unit that plays more run and chase off the ball than traditional in the box.

The Colts personnel allow for great contributions in both pass rush and coverage, but they were exposed in the run game. The Jaguars employ similar linebackers in Telvin Smith and Myles Jack. The Titans selected a similar player in the first round of the 2018 draft in Bama linebacker Rashaan Evans.

This is relevant because of a common theme in scouting reports on Cajuste. He consistently gets to the second level in run blocking a can devour smaller/tweener linebackers. Just like the ones employed in the AFC South. Just like the ones the NFL is trending towards to defend the RPO flats.

Cajuste has blindside protector potential and was a core reason why Will Grier was able to perform at the level he did at West Virginia. He can run block and has a good amount of through the whistle grit that the Texans need after watching Watson go 16 plus rounds this season.


24.) Oakland Raiders (via CHI): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

♦ GM Mike Mayock (2019)
♦ 
HC Jon Gruden (2018)
2019 Effective Cap Space$71,234,069
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: QB Derek Carr: $22.5mil ($7.5mil), G Kelechi Osemele: $10.2mil ($0), T Donald Penn: $7.225mil ($1.75mil), G Gabe Jackson: $7mil ($0), QB A.J. McCarron: $5mil ($0), WR Seth Robert: $4.65mil ($0).
UFAs: CB Rashaan Melvin, TE Jared Cook, RB Marshawn Lynch, SS Marcus Gilchrist, DT Jonathan Hankins, WR Brandon LaFell, RB Doug Martin, DT Kony Ealy, CB Bene Benwikere, OLB Jacquies Smith. RFAs: CB Erik Harris, CB Daryl Worley, RB Jalen Richard
ERFA: WR Marcell Ateman.

Top Three Options:

  • Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
  • D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
  • Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Nick Saban actually cracks a smile when he talks about this kids effort and desire to stay on the field. But then, if you have ever seen Josh Jacobs throw a block in real time, then you probably understand how Saban feels. Jacobs is relentless on every play and although not the fastest back in the country, he still has a second gear and a high top speed. Jacobs’ hands and ability in open space give him three down back potential.

The last time Jon Gruden drafted a good running back it cost him the fifth overall pick (Cadillac Williams). Oh, how times have changed.


25.) Miami Dolphins (via PHI): Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

♦ GM Chris Grier (2019)
♦ HC Brian Flores (Projected)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $12,812,817
UFAs: DE Cameron Wake, RT Ja’Waun James, RB Frank Gore, OLB Stephone Anthony, QB Brock Osweiler, DT Sylvester Williams, TE A.J Derby, CB Tony Lipett
RFAs: C Jake Brendel, WR Leonte Caroo
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: DE Robert Quinn: $12.9mil ($0), QB Ryan Tannehill: $26.6mil ($13.4mil), G Josh Sitton: $7mil ($2mil), WR Danny Amendola: $6mil ($0), WR DeVante Parker: $9.4mil ($0), C Daniel Kilgore: $2.4mil ($0)

Presumptive head coach Brian Flores already knows the fate of Ryan Tannehill. Flores has been on the sideline for every snap Tannehill has played in the two meetings the division foes have playeded each year. Flores has been with the Patriots organization since 2004, as an injury at Boston College prevented him from pursuing a career as an NFL player.

That decision has to have factored into his hiring. As we wait the Patriots season out there remains an enticing scenario on the table: finally, Nick Foles Nation finds a new home (BET DSI: +200).


The Deal: The Eagles decline Foles’ option and franchise him. Foles has a teary goodbye press conference and goes out the legend he is by allowing the team to get assets for him. Consider it good faith reciprocity for the Eagles giving Foles his narrowly missed bonus this week. The Dolphins and Eagles swap 2019 first round picks with Philly receiving a conditional fifth rounder in 2020 that can get as high as a third if Foles performs. All this only after Foles agrees upon an extension with Stephen Ross, Chris Grier and the Dolphins.

The Eagles have a $20 million team option for 2019 while Foles has a $2 million buyout. His desired salary remains a mystery among a crowd of market valu-ers.

Dolphins Miami Herald reporter Armando Salguero thinks the Dolphins are headed more towards tanking then bringing in a veteran. But this early in the mock season we’re planning on teams and coaching staffs with a mindset towards winning Super Bowl LIV next year. The idea of Brian Flores tanking after working from the bottom up to get this opportunity just doesn’t resonate. Ask Steve Wilks where one rough rookie season gets you.

Top Three Options:

Now that we have addressed quarterback, the Dolphins should explore beefing up their offensive line. As we mentioned before with the Eagles, Nick Foles’ success was predicated on that exceptional offensive line and their consistency. Dolphins RT Ja’Wuan James could test the market after a career year and PFF is intrigued with his potential.

2017 first rounder OLB Charles Harris has been a bust. Despite being too early too punt on Harris (see: Jerry Hughes, Dion Jordan, Denico Autry), consistent pass rush to help an aging but effective Cam Wake is also high on the Miami wish list.

One bright spot for the Miami front office was hitting on some exceptional defensive players in recent drafts. Linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Jerome Baker , safety/corner hybrid Minkah Fitzpatrick, and corner Xavien Howard are all solid building blocks on the defensive side of the ball.

Davon Godchaux and Vincent Taylor a good players, but Flores’ could use an athletic tackle that can get up-field while the big men take up blockers. With a combined six sacks from interior lineman in 2018, generating up-field pressure inside will help Brian Flores install his Patriots-South defense.


26.) Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

♦ GM Chris Ballard (2018)
♦ HC Frank Reich (2018)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $117,149,480
UFAs: WR Ryan Grant, K Adam Vinatieri, G Matt Slauson, DE Margus Hunt, DT Al Woods, CB Pierre Desir, FB Ryan Hewitt, FS Mike Mitchell, WR Dontrelle Inman, RT J’Marcus Webb, FS J.J. Wilcox, FS Clayton Geathers, DE Jihad Ward, G Mark Glowinski
RFAs: WR Chester Rogers
EFAs: WR Zach Pascal

As it stands, Indianapolis has the youngest roster in the NFL at an average of 25.19 years. General manager Chris Ballard and his staff have 53 players under contract for the 2019 season. They have by and large the most cap space entering free agency. They have their franchise quarterback, offensive skill players and key offensive lineman under contract, most through 2020.

Defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is not so fortunate. The Colts defense faltered at times late this season, no more than in their playoff loss at Arrowhead. The Chiefs attacked the young Colts linebacking corps, a spot of strength this season, dominating on the ground.

Patriots castoff Kenny Moore played well as a starter. Pierre Desir, emerging on the promise he held before the draft, put DeAndre Hopkins on an island to the tune of five catches for 37 yards on ten targets in a road playoff win. He and Margus Hunt are looking to cash in on breakout seasons.

Top Three Options:

  • Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
  • Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Colts are young on the defensive line, but they could use a run stuffer. Clemson standout Dexter Lawrence would fit here but hasn’t been able to equal his effort from his freshman year. Meanwhile, Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery (6-6, 306) brings the versatility, size, and line speed that will allow him to continue to be a disrupt-er at the NFL level.

It never hurts to stay in state with your first round pick, especially if that pick has the potential of Tillery. Add Tillery to a line with a resurrected Denico Autry and 2017 second rounder Tyquan Lewis, and the Colts continue to march in the right direction.


27.) Oakland Raiders (via DAL): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

♦ GM Mike Mayock (2019)
♦ HC Jon Gruden (2018)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $71,234,069
UFAs: CB Rashaan Melvin, TE Jared Cook, RB Marshawn Lynch, SS Marcus Gilchrist, DT Jonathan Hankins, WR Brandon LaFell, RB Doug Martin, DT Kony Ealy, CB Bene Benwikere, OLB Jacquies Smith
RFAs: CB Erik Harris, CB Daryl Worley, RB Jalen Richard
ERFA: WR Marcell Ateman.
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: QB Derek Carr: $22.5mil ($7.5mil), G Kelechi Osemele: $10.2mil ($0), T Donald Penn: $7.225mil ($1.75mil), G Gabe Jackson: $7mil ($0), QB A.J. McCarron: $5mil ($0), WR Seth Robert: $4.65mil ($0).

Top Three Options:

Mississippi State EDGE Montez Sweat 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 the modern pass-happy NFL. The Michigan State transfer had 22 sacks and 29.5 tackles for loss across two seasons with the Bulldogs.

The Raiders would pair Sweat with fellow rookie Josh Allen to perform a weekly SEC sack dance party in the Fall. They’ll need them both to contain Patrick Mahomes who is just getting started out in the AFC West.


28.) Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

♦GM Tom Telesco (2013)
♦HC Anthony Lynn (2018)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $22,450,567
UFAs: LB Denzel Perryman, S Adrian Phillips, DT Darius Philon, CB Jason Verrett, S Jaylen Watkins, WR Tyrell Williams, DT Brandon Mebane
RFAs: CB Trevor Williams
ERFA: DE Isaac Rochell

Chargers GM Tom Telesco and his staff have done an outstanding job building a team with talent across the board. Unfortunately, it was not enough as they came up short again in 2018 after running into the Patriots in the second round.

The key word there is “running.” Sony Michel and Josh McDaniels’ gameplan to attack the Chargers two glaring weaknesses had to be disappointing. While DTs Brandon Mebane and Darius Philon are unrestricted free agents, DT Corey Liguet’s recovery from a torn quad tendon will be a hot topic in SoCal.

Box thumping linebacker Denzel Perryman fits his role and executes when healthy, but he has struggled to stay on the field across four NFL seasons. Though promising 2018 fourth rounder Kyzir White flashed the promise a versatility that led the Bolts to draft him, he too had limited snaps on the field due to an injury.

Top Three Options:

  • Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
  • Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

It will be a tough decision for Telesco to ignore the potential impact linebackers Devin Bush and Mack Wilson would make immediately on a team in win-now mode. Bush’s size (5-11, 240) should lead the Chargers to wait. Wilson will be on the radar thanks to his full range speed and hard hitting potential, but the value hasn’t quite come up to the first round.

Inside linebackers themselves have depreciated in value. Wilson’s combine performance, especially displaying sterngth and lateral speed, will lead him into the first round.

However, Dexter Lawrence’s impact on the line and off the block as a run stopper should be too much for Telesco to pass up. A line with Melvin Ingram, Joey Bosa and Dexter Lawrence would rate out as an intimidating group that offensive coordinators would be forced to gameplan against.

If the raw Lawrence can be coached up to reach his pass rush potential we may end up anointing him the best overall defensive tackle taken in this draft.


29.) Kansas City Chiefs: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

♦ GM Brett Veach (2017)
♦ HC Andy Reid (2013)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $32,693,439
UFAs: DE Allen Bailey, TE Demetrius Harris, OLB Dee Ford, FB Anthony Sherman, RB Spencer Ware, CB Orlando Scandrick, C Mitch Morse, G Jordan Devey, WR De’Anthony Thomas, G Jeff Allen, OLB Frank Zombo, WR Chris Conley, CB Steven Nelson, WR Kelvin Benjamin
RFAs: S Jordan Lucas
ERFA: K Harrison Butker

GM Brett Veach’s last 365 days have been a wild ride to remember. From dealing starting QB Alex Smith to releasing Kareem Hunt mid-season, the Chiefs stampeded through adversity and change to one of their best seasons in franchise history.

Veach’s primary mission this offseason, if he chooses to accept it, is to determine whether re-signing OLB Dee Ford is worth the market price. Factoring into Ford’s potential extension is the status of breakout DE Chris Jones, who enters the final year of his rookie contract. Veach may have to decide between the two with Allen Bailey possibly gone via free agency as well. This could lead to and EDGE or OLB here at pick 29.

Top Three Options:

  • Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
  • Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
  • Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

You’d be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn’t want for Eric Berry to succeed. A lifelong Chief and stud safety, his heel injury dragged on throughout the entire season. Watching Gronk abuse Berry and Daniel Sorensen at clutch moments last Sunday was a clear sign that the Chiefs need new blood in the middle of the secondary.

Enter Mississippi State safety Jonathan Abram. The Georgia transfer and unofficial “hardest hitting safety in the SEC” is a violent downhill hitter that stops games when he lays the lumber. Of great relevance to the Chiefs is his ability play man on opposing teams tight ends.

Recall on opening night 2017, the Chiefs went into Gillette and beat the Pats with Berry shutting down Gronk until tragically tearing his achilles late in that game. Andy Reid and his staff know what they want from their personnel before they take them; Abram is a great fit to be Berry’s replacement.

 


30.) Green Bay Packers (via NO): David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

♦ GM Brian Gutekunst(2018)
♦ 
HC Matt LaFleur (2019)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $40,822,731
UFAs: OLB Clay Matthews, WR Randall Cobb, DE Muhammad Wilkerson, RT Byron Bell, CB Davon House, CB Bashaud Breeland, SS Ibraheim Campbell, ILB Jake Ryan
RFAs: WR Geronimo Allison, S Kentrell Brice

Is there anything more natural than mocking a Wisconsin lineman to the Packers?

It remains an interesting scenario that the Packers select another EDGE to pair with Clellin Ferrell, but they would have to be convinced it’s the best team fit. With needs at safety and offensive line, there’s a lot for the Packers to do this off-season.

As Ferrell was the clear best available player at 12th overall, the Packers can afford to gamble a bit here. A trade down is possible into the early second round for teams that want the fifth year option.

Top Three Options:

  • David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
  • Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
  • Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

We think marrying themselves to an offensive guard who has the potential to kick out to tackle as Bryan Bulaga and David Bahktiari age is the best choice for a team needing to improve protection for the best quarterback in the NFC.


*31.) Jacksonville Jaguars (via NE): Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

GM David Caldwell (2013)
HC Doug Marrone (2017)
2019 Effective Cap Space:
 ($3,365,153) OVER
UFAs: WR Donte Moncrief, RB Corey Grant, RB T.J. Yeldon, G Tyler Shatley, G A.J. Cann, RT Josh Wells, RT Ereck Flowers, WR Rashad Greene, LT Corey Robinson, K Josh Lambo, TE James O’Shaughnessy
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: QB Blake Bortles: $21mil ($16.5mil), DE Malik Jackson: $15mil ($11mil), S Taushaun Gipson: $9mil ($1.6mil)

Much like Steve Keim in Arizona, the Jaguars brain trust needs to be aggressive in order to keep their jobs. After passing on trading up for a quarterback and selecting the best offensive tackle in the draft, the Jags swoop in as the Pats trade out for one of the Iowa tight ends.

For this trade up anything makes sense. The Jags would have a chance at a fifth-year option on the player selected, so quarterbacks Will Grier and Daniel Jones may be an option. They could give DeDe Westbrook a running mate in either Ole Miss wide receiver or N.C. State’s Kelvin Harmon.

Top Three Options:

  • Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
  • D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
  • Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

In the end, watching Dante Fowler bull rush Drew Brees into throwing what would be the game-altering interception in the NFC Championship game should serve as a direct reminder of the importance of getting to the quarterback and doing what Sacksonville was designed to do.

Florida State EDGE Brian Burns led the nation in QB pressures with 69. He’s evolved from a rotational pass rusher his freshman year to a three-down lineman who rarely leaves the field. His size remains a concern (240), but his athleticism is unique. The most common player comparison we have seen scouts suggest is Leonard Floyd.


*32.) Los Angeles Rams: Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College

♦ GM Les Snead (2012)
♦ HC Sean McVay (2018)
2019 Effective Cap Space: $30,543,828
UFAs: DT Ndamukong Suh, FS LaMarcus Joyner, G Rodger Saffold, DE Dante Fowler Jr., DT Dominique Easley, DE Ethan Westbrooks, OLB Mat Longacre, CB Sam Shields, QB Sean Mannion, RB C.J. Anderson, ILB Ramik Wilson
RFAs: RB Malcolm Brown, ILB Cory Littleton
Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: LB Mark Barron: $9.7mil ($3.33mil)

Entering the 2019 offseason, the Rams will have six core players heading into the final year of their current deals: left tackle Andrew Whitworth, defensive tackle Michael Brockers, corners Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters, center John Sullivan, and kicker Greg Zuerlein

Ndamukuong Suh’s one year $14 million contract also comes off the books. Suh’s divisional round performance against Zeke and the Cowboys was indicative of the need to plug the middle come Winter.

Dealing for Dante Fowler Jr. was an in-season win, but Jacksonville’s decision to decline his $14 million fifth-year option last April leaves their 2019 pass rush nonexistent. Dante Fowler Jr. enters unrestricted free agency on the heels of perhaps one of the most legendary plays in LA Rams history. If all goes well in Atlanta, Fowler’s bull rush and the subsequent John Johnson interception could rank right up there with Mike Jones’ tackle that delivered the Rams their first and only Lombardi trophy.

After both their impactful performances in the playoffs, the Rams have tough decisions to make.

Top Three Options:

  • Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
  • Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State

Les Snead and Sean McVay seem to have adjusted to the pressures of Los Angeles just fine in year two. If they take a player here, they need instant value. The window is wide open in LA. Until it’s not. Zach Allen is the ultimate effort guy and Boston College used him in many ways across the defensive line throughout his college career. His versatility makes him ideal for the 2019 NFC Champs. His productivity seals the deal.


#TeamPlayerPosSchool 
1New York Giants (via ARI)Dwayne HaskinsQBOhio State
2San Francisco 49ersNick BosaDEOhio State
3Cincinnati Bengals (via NYJ)Kyler MurrayQBOklahoma
4Oakland RaidersJosh AllenEDGEKentucky
5Tampa Bay BuccaneersQuinnen WilliamsDTAlabama
6Arizona Cardinals (via NYG)Ed OliverDTHouston
7Jacksonville JaguarsGreg LittleOTOle Miss
8Detroit LionsDevin WhiteLBLSU
9Washington Redskins (via BUF)Drew LockQBMizzou
10Denver BroncosAndraez “Greedy” WilliamsCBLSU
11New York Jets (via CIN)Jonah WilliamsOT/GAlabama
12Green Bay PackersClelin FerrellDEClemson
13Philadelphia Eagles (via MIA)Jawaan TaylorOTFlorida
14Atlanta FalconsRashan GaryDLMichigan
15Buffalo Bills (via WAS)Cody FordOLOklahoma
16Carolina PanthersJachai PoliteEDGEFSU
17Cleveland BrownsJeffrey SimmonsDTMississippi St
18Minnesota VikingsDalton RisnerOTKansas
19Arizona Cardinals (via TEN)N’Keal HarryWRArizona State
20Pittsburgh SteelersDeandre BakerCBGeorgia
21Seattle SeahawksTaylor RappSWashington
22Baltimore RavensNasir AdderlyFSDelaware
23Houston TexansYodny CajusteOTWest Virginia
24Oakland Raiders (via CHI)Josh JacobsRBAlabama
25Miami Dolphins (via PHI)Christian WilkinsDTClemson
26Indianapolis ColtsJerry TilleryDTNotre Dame
27Oakland Raiders (via DAL)Montez SweatEDGEMississippi St
28Los Angeles ChargersDexter LawrenceDTClemson
29Kansas City ChiefsJohnathan AbramSMississippi St
30Green Bay Packers (via NO)David EdwardsOTWisconsin
31Jacksonville Jaguars (via NE)Brian BurnsEDGEFlorida State
32Los Angeles RamsZach AllenEDGEBoston College

A Quick Guide to 4.0

Pick #.) The Franchise (Franchise the pick was acquired from)

 Personnel in Charge of Roster/Contracts (Year Hired)
 Head Coach (Year Hired)

2019 Effective Cap Space= Current Projected Salary Cap Space – 2019 Projected Rookie Class Salaries – Full 53 Man Roster Charge – Miscellaneous Allocation*

*Miscellaneous Allocation = Anticipated costs for various including practice squad salaries, injured reserve replacements and settlements, possible grievances, etc. For a full definition click here .


Free Agency Terms

Note: In all the following free agency subsections, we listed only the most relevant free agents in each category. These lists are incomplete. We focused on players who we felt had roles and were more then bench depth. If we missed someone, please let us know in the comments.

Click here to get a more detailed explanation on the terms below.


UFAs: Unrestricted Free Agents are players with expired contracts that have completed four or more accrued seasons of service. They are free to sign with any franchise.

RFAsRestricted Free Agents are those who have three or less accrued seasons (six or more regular season games with a team) of service, who have received a “qualifying” offer (a salary level predetermined by the NFL Collective Bargaining Agreement between the league and its players, known as a “tender”) from his current club.

They can negotiate with any club through a certain date. If the restricted free agent accepts an offer sheet from a new club, his old club has “right of first refusal,” a five-day period in which it may match the offer and retain him, or choose not to match the offer, in which case it may receive one or more draft picks for the upcoming draft from the player’s new club.

If an offer sheet is not executed, the player’s rights revert to his old club the day after negotiations must end.

ERFA: Exclusive-Rights Free Agentare players with two or fewer seasons of service time and whose contracts have expired. If their team tenders a qualifying offer (a one-year contract usually at league-minimum salary) the player has no negotiating rights with other teams, and must either sign the tender with the team or sit out the season.


Pre-6/1 Release Candidates: $2019 Cap Hit ($2019 Dead Cap).

$2019 Cap Hit = A player’s cap hit is not necessarily how much he’s paid in a given year, but how much he’ll count against a team’s salary cap during that season.

($2019 Dead Cap) = Guaranteed money left on a player’s contract at the time he is let go. That money will count against a team’s cap in 2019.

Note: We listed pre-6/1 release candidates because free agency and the draft is prior to June. Note that we only listed players who are relevant and/or players who would provide a reasonable amount of cap relief. We also list players who announced their retirements as their contracts are irrelevant in the context of 2019’s salary cap.


DVOA – Football Outsiders

Usage – lineups.com

Salary Cap – Spotrac.com

 


Salary Cap – Over the Cap

Draft History

About Samir Qurashi

Samir Qurashi is from the Bay. He thinks football is a good time. You can get at him with any fantasy football questions on the tweeter: @FSPsamir and by electronica: ssq.FSP@gmail.com. He remains unspooked.

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