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2019 NFL Mock Draft – Top 15 Picks

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UPDATED MOCK – 1/23/2019

With the College Football Playoff set and the NFL season slowly starting to see teams clinch Playoff berths, we are here with an updated NFL mock draft.

As the top of the NFL starts to separate itself from the bottom feeders, our mock draft updates will feature more teams.


Our mocks will focus on best player available, along with team needs.

So a mock draft, a Week 15 pre-Christmas mock draft – too early?

The answer is yes. You are correct; way too early. It’s still December. The NFL Draft in April.

For those of us cheering for those few teams still within reach of raising the Lombardi trophy this February, keep on trucking along. Enjoy the festivities. It’s a gift. Make sure to give thanks. Tis the season. Congrats on your Happy Holidays!

Santa, meet Roger of the NFL. Mr. Goodell…this is Santa. Santa Claus of the North Pole.

Let’s just hope your GM isn’t naughty and agrees to check the list twice, three times, whatever it takes not to draft a large, dusty piece of coal: for example, perhaps drafting an offensive line bust over Khalil Mack (Lucky you Les Snead).

If you’re lucky enough to be home for the holidays, let them know; next year’s draft is gonna bring you that missing piece, that diamond in the rough sleeper, the key to your Super Bowl LIII victory!

2019 NFL Mock Draft – Top 15 Picks


1.) San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Offseason Priorities: EDGE/Pass Rush, WR, CB

DISCLAIMER: If ever there were a situation where a team would trade down, the 49ers are that team and this is that situation. With Jimmy G. expected back and healthy, this could be the target spot for any GM that falls in love with Dwayne Haskins, Justin Herbert, etc.

John Lynch would not be shamed by a jury of his peers if he decided to keep this pick, despite any outside interest to trade up. Pairing the impact and skill of DE Nick Bosa with DL DeForest Buckner would instantaneously alter the 49ers defensive future.

With youngsters Jared Goff, Josh Rosen and steady vet Russell Wilson occupying the opposing sideline six games yearly, attacking the QB through the trenches is a no-brainer choice for Lynch.

Former first-rounder DL Arik Armstead would most likely be allowed to walk in this scenario, allowing for one of the best cap situations in football to get even better.

The 49ers could pursue an elite offensive wideout to pair with George Kittle, Dante Pettis, and Marquise Goodwin through free agency and/or trade (a la GMs John Dorsey and Les Snead).

One of the most alarming stats of the 2019 season is the two total team interceptions the 49ers have on the season through 14 weeks. As enticing as it would be to pair Richard Sherman as a duo/mentor with/to LSU CB Andraez “Greedy” Williams, Lynch should dial in on pass rush over secondary and will fill his most pressing need confidently with Bosa.

Top Three Options:

2.) Arizona Cardinals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: OL, WR, LB, CB

Protecting Josh Rosen is priority A, B and C for the Cardinals front office this offseason. As tempting as it may be to pick an impact player to add to his pass rush or secondary,  defensive-minded HC Steve Wilks needs to prioritize building around his franchise QB.

Ole Miss wideout A.J. Brown is an option with Larry Fitzgerald possibly returning to mentor and pairing with Christian Kirk to form a formidable wideout stable.

Yet NFL draft history has taught us some major lessons:

  1. The surest path to success starts with protecting, then providing weaponry for, your franchise QB.
  2. Front offices on the hot seat, i.e. the Steve Keim and company, draft for impact NOW.
  3. Desperate front offices can’t risk their jobs on another first-round whiff (Read: The Rise and Fall of Doug Whaley. Foreward by Sammy Watkins).

Josh Rosen has taken about three sacks a game across his first ten starts and David Johnson is amidst a career-worst season. Williams could be the key cog in both Rosen and DJs futures. The Cardinals draft him as their left tackle for now and the future.

Top Three Options:

  • Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama

3.) Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: EDGE/Pass Rush, OL, LB, WR, QB

“It’s hard to find a great one.” – Jon Gruden, on the dearth of great pass rushers in today’s NFL, after trading a former defensive player of the year entering his prime.

As this quote lives on in infamy, the Raiders, equipped with three first rounders, will fill their biggest need in a pass rush heavy draft.

The Raiders drafted two DTs and a DE in 2018, Gruden’s handpicked kids: P.J. Hall, Arden Key, and Maurice Hurst were all lauded picks.

If Gruden adds Alabama DE Quinnen Williams to his young defensive line, perhaps he can buy back a tenth of the credibility he’s lost with the Black Hole-rs.

Then again, Sunday’s win over the Steelers was perhaps a direct example of how Gruden and the Raiders can’t even be trusted to tank the right way.

The Mega Wild Card: Derek Carr ‘s dead cap number falls from $32.5 million this year to $7.5 million in 2019. He’s officially approaching the chopping block.

Top Three Options:

  • Quinnen Williams, DE, Alabama
  • Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

4.) Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Offseason Priorities: EDGE/Pass Rush, OL, CB

The Falcons continue to confuse after two of their best seasons in franchise history. The offense has been peaks and valleys under Sarkisian. But the defensive regression amidst a slew of injuries has been the true undoing of Atlanta this season.

As Vic Beasley enters his 5th season in 2019, the Falcons could move on from the once-promising pass rusher and save $12.81 million next season. The Falcons are at the middle of the pack (13th) in sacks but their real Achilles’ heel has been through the ground game.

Ed Oliver is as talented as it gets but the hissy fit he threw on the Houston sideline weeks ago may allow for this minor slip to happen. The Falcons take Oliver as a run stopping pass rusher who could provide a Joey Bosa level impact from game one.

Top Three Options:

  • Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
  • Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

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5.) New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Offseason Priorities: OL, Offensive Skill Players, EDGE/Pass Rush

The Jets are bad on offense, but the best players available at this point are on the defensive side of the ball. They aren’t very good on defense either.

They rank near the bottom of the NFL in sacks with just 28 and Allen is quickly climbing NFL Draft Big Boards.

Plus, how awesome will it be that twice a year we get Josh Allen (Jets) sacks/intercepts Josh Allen (Bills)!

You could make a case for upgrading the offensive line, but they lack a true pass rusher off the edge.

Top Three Options:

  • Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

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6.) Buffalo Bills: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Offseason Priorities: OL, Offensive Skill Players

The Josh Allen Era has been a rollercoaster ride that has shockingly thrilled at times. The Wyoming product is doing it with his legs to the tune of at least 99 yards in each of his past three starts.

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As head coach Sean McDermott and GM Brandon Beane head into a pivotal third season together, franchise QB equipped, they will leap at the chance to protect Allen for years to come. They went heavy defensively after trading up for Allen last year.

The Bills will take a look at offensive skill players at sixth overall but ultimately will go with the former ESPN No. 2 overall recruit OT Greg Little.

Top Three Options:

  • Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
  • N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
  • Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

7.) Jacksonville Jaguars: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Offseason Priorities: QB, OL, TE, WR, EDGE

A year after rising through the AFC behind a brilliantly constructed defense culminating in a narrow AFC Championship Game loss the Jaguars are firmly entrenched in the top ten of the 2019 NFL draft.

Despite the leak that they were interested in moving on from Jalen Ramsey this offseason, breaking up a Ramsey/Bouye CB duo would be tough to swallow. No one is quite sure who will be back with the Jaguars in 2019.

The Jaguars failed to capitalize on developing Blake Bortles on his rookie contract. With the window not quite as open as it seemed a year ago, look for the Jaguars to acquire a veteran QB via trade or free agency.

Despite the Saxonville moniker, look for the Jags to upgrade on this season’s Donte Moncrief experience by adding N’Keal Harry to their offensive power. Adding a playmaker of his caliber to Leonard Fournette, TJ Yeldon, and Dede Westbrook could finally replace what this offense has lacked since Allen Robinson tore his ACL week one of the 2016 season.

Top Three Options:

  • N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
  • Andraez “Greedy” Williams, CB, LSU
  • A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

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

The Bucs are headed for an offseason of upheaval. They could be with a new head coach, general manager, and starting quarterback in 2019.

The Bucs defense has picked up its play over the last month, despite countless injuries, including corner Brent Grimes.  Grimes is headed back to free agency entering his age 36 season while the oft-injured Vernon Hargreaves is set to return from surgery to repair a torn labrum.

If Hargreaves can stay healthy, paring him with stud LSU cornerback Greedy Williams would be a great start in turning around the worst ranked pass defense in the NFL.

Top Three Options:

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9.) New York Giants: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Offseason Priorities: OL, CB, QB, DE

New York traded Eli Apple, a 1st round pick back in 2016, and feature one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL.

Much like their stadium-mates, the New York Football Giants also lack a pass rush and could use this pick on a edge rusher.

Then there is the other Eli dilemma. If you be Manning can’t run an NFL offense capable of winning a Super Bowl then you have to draft a QB. It doesn’t have to be in the first round but the Giants need to at least consider some of the QB options available later in the draft – Drew Lock, Ryan Finley, etc..

Top Three Options:

  • Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
  • Trey Adams, OT, Washington
  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

10.) Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
Offseason Priorities: EDGE/Pass Rush, 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).

WHAT DOES IT MEAN?!?!?!

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:

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

The names may change this offseason but the regime will stay the same for the Cincinnati Bengals. With the top two offensive linemen off the board, the Bengals could replace Andy Dalton here.

Dalton carries no dead money against the salary cap this offseason if cut with a non-guaranteed base salary of $16 mil. The Bengals have a lot of money tied up in their older home grown talent. If they buy into quarterback at eleventh overall, they could stay at home and draft Heisman candidate and Ohio State baller Dwayne Haskins.

Owner Paul Brown and this regime continue to stay loyal to Ohio. They draft a franchise QB from their state’s top team.

Top Three Options:

  • Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
  • Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
  • Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou

12.) Green Bay Packers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Offseason Priorities: S, EDGE/Pass Rush, WR, CB

After dealing Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix at the deadline, the Packers have a gaping hole at safety. Enter Crimson Tide ballhawk Deionte Thompson, a constant game changer on Saturdays this season.

Thompson’s willingness to play the run and his strong coverage ability make him a perfect fit for the Packers. GM Brian Gutekunst will focus on adding to Aaron Rodgers’ arsenal through free agency and trade.

Top Three Options:

  • Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
  • A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

13.) Cleveland Browns: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Offseason Priorities: S, OL, WR, CB


The Browns just miss out on Deionte Thompson, so they continue to arm their franchise quarterback Baker Mayfield with weapons.

Offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens has finally figured out that Jarvis Landry’s usage is more of a WR2 and in the middle of the field. Pairing Landry with Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown for the future with Mayfield and Njoku would elevate the Browns offense to nightmare matchup with respect to athleticism.

Brown has spent his time at Ole Miss in the SEC west against some of the top secondary talent in the country, week in, week out. He’s still managed to produce despite a hostile coaching change and spotty quarterback play.

Top Three Options:

  • A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
  • DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

14.) Washington Redskins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Offseason Priorities: QB, WR, CB, OL, LB

The Alex Smith trade was working for Washington, sort of. They were at the top of the NFC East before Smith broke his leg.

With his career in jeopardy and the Redskins moving up the draft order week after week, this team needs to consider drafting a QB ASAP.

QBs to take snaps since Smith’s injury:

  1. Colt McCoy
  2. Mark Sanchez
  3. Josh Johnson

Hey, at least they didn’t pay Kirk Cousins $84 mil!

Top Three Options:

  • Justin Hebert, QB, Oregon
  • Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
  • Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

15.) Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Offseason Priorities: OL, EDGE/Pass Rush, LB, TE

Cam Newton looks terrible, dealing with a shoulder injury, Greg Olsen will probably retire and they have no NFL caliber WR1 on the roster.

The Panthers are operating with a RB as a WR, which is working out well for Christian McCaffrey and fantasy owners.

But the defense has also been bad. We had grown accustomed to Luke Kuechly‘s defense terrorizing opposing QBs, but this year they feature a bottom five pass defense.


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Julius Peppers is 38-years-old and still seeing regular snaps as a pass rusher, that needs to change.

Top Three Options:

  • Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
  • Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
  • Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

2019 NFL Mock Draft – Top 15 Picks

TeamPlayerPosSchool
49ersNick BosaDEOhio State
CardinalsJonah WilliamsOTAlabama
RaidersQuinnen WilliamsDEAlabama
FalconsEd OliverDTHouston
JetsJosh AllenEDGEKentucky
BillsGreg LittleOTOle Miss
JaguarsN'Keal HarryWRArizona State
BucsAndraez WilliamsCBLSU
GiantsDeandre BakerCBGeorgia
LionsRashan GaryDTMichigan
BengalsDwayne HaskinsQBOhio State
PackersDeionte ThompsonSAlabama
BrownsA.J. BrownWROle Miss
RedskinsJustin HerbertQBOregon
PanthersClelin FerrellDEClemson
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