Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Pre-Combine)

1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa – DT – Ohio State

2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen – EDGE – Kentucky

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabama

4. Oakland Raiders – Devin White – LB – LSU

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU

6. New York Giants – Kyler Murray – QB – Oklahoma

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State

8. Detroit Lions – Rashan Gary – DL – Michigan

9. Buffalo Bills – Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama

10 Denver Broncos – Deandre Baker – CB – Georgia

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Jeffery Simmons – DE – Mississippi State

12. Green Bay Packers – Clelin Ferrell – DE – Clemson

13. Miami Dolphins – Ed Oliver – DT – Houston

14. Atlanta Falcons – Jaylon Ferguson – EDGE – Louisiana Tech

15. Washington Redskins – Montez Sweat – EDGE – Mississippi State

16. Carolina Panthers – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida

17. Cleveland Browns – Dre’mont Jones – DT – Ohio State

18. Minnesota Vikings – Greg Little – OT – Ole Miss

19 .Tennessee Titans – TJ Hockenson – TE – Iowa

20 .Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush – ILB – Michigan

21. Seattle Seahawks – Jachai Polite – OLB – Florida

22. Baltimore Ravens – Cody Ford – OG – Oklahoma

23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State

24. Oakland Raiders – N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona State

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Josh Jacobs – RB – Alabama

26. Indianapolis Colts – Trayvon Mullen – CB – Clemson

27. Oakland Raiders – Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jerry Tillery – DL – Notre Dame

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy – CB – Washington

30. Green Bay Packers – Deionte Thompson – S – Alabama

31. Los Angeles Rams – Brian Burns – EDGE – FSU

32. New England Patriots – DK Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss

Significant Picks:

Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Quinnen Williams: These are the three best players in the 2019 NFL Draft class and it is not particularly close. The only debate is how do you order the three? The consensus around the NFL is that Nick Bosa is the #1 pick; how could you argue? Nick is a more athletic version of his older brother Joey, who is an all-pro caliber player. We can all agree him going #1 makes a ton of sense to everybody, however putting Josh Allen #2 does not seem to be as unanimous. When it comes to raw production nobody in this class can compare to Allen, his 17 sacks as a senior is three more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. Allen is the modern-day edge defender, you can line him up at outside linebacker or defensive end. He dropped back in coverage almost 50% of the time in college. NFL teams are going to use him similar to how the Steelers use TJ Watt and Bud Dupree. As for Quinnen Williams, this is no slight to him because he was by far the best interior defensive lineman in the most loaded defensive line class in recent memory. The Jets are known for being great on the interior defensive line and he will fit in well in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams scheme.

New York Giants Select Kyler Murray over Dwayne Haskins: Don’t get mad at me Buckeye fans because I have mad love for Dwayne Haskins. From a measurables standpoint and as a raw pocket passer, Haskins is everything NFL evaluators loved… 10 years ago. Haskins will be a good pro QB because his leadership skills and football IQ will make him a good pro, but he is simply just not as electric as Kyler Murray. The potential of having Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham Jr. and Kyler Murray as your main ball handlers for the next 10 years is just too exciting for the city of New York to pass up on. Haskins will be set up fine in Jacksonville where he will find that defense is just a wee-bit better than what he had to witness at Ohio State all season.

The Cleveland Browns Select Dre’mont Jones from Ohio State: For all you Buckeye fans who got mad at me for putting Kyler ahead of Haskins, this will surely make up for that. No matter how you slice it, Dre’mont Jones is one of the most underrated players in this draft class. His first full season as the main starter at defensive tackle he racked up 8.5 sacks 13 tackles for loss, an interception and a forced fumble. At the beginning of the year, Nick Bosa and Chase Young were the obvious talking points of the Ohio State defensive line. However, once Bosa went down with an injury, it became apparent that Dre’mont Jones was a first-round talent. He never came off the field for the Buckeyes and their dominant pressure up front never went away despite the loss of Bosa. However, the main reason for Jones being placed here is because he caught the attention of one John Dorsey. Dorsey has been spotted at quite a few Buckeye games the last few years including last year’s Cotton Bowl where Jones sacked Jets QB Sam Darnold 1.5 times in that contest. The Browns are very thin at interior defensive line. Couple that with Dorsey’s affinity toward Buckeye players makes bringing Jones back home to Cleveland a great fit.

Pittsburgh Steelers select Devin Bush out of Michigan: It is a beautiful thing to see a Buckeye player drafted to the Browns and it is just as horrifying to see a TTUN player drafted by the Steelers. The Steelers’ loss of the great Ryan Shazier has hurt them in ways they could not imagine. We are all hoping and praying that Shazier can make his way back on the football field at some point, but the Steelers cannot count on that for right now. The Steelers need leadership in the locker room and Devin Bush along with Chase Winovich were the leaders of the Michigan defense. Bush is undersized, listed as 5’11 232 lbs. On Michigan’s website, teams will be very interested to see his measurements at the combine. He makes up for his lack of size with great speed and instincts that can allow him to cover running backs out of the backfield. Bush will make up for the loss of Shazier for the time being as Pittsburgh will continue to try and revamp their defense.


New England Selects DK Metcalf: Last year, when the Patriots selected at the end of the first round, they selected an offensive skill position player from the SEC and it panned out pretty well. Sony Michel was a key instrument in New England’s run to the Super Bowl. The Patriots will take Metcalf with the hope that he too will be a key contributor to yet another Super Bowl run. If Metcalf does really well at the combine, he might not last the whole first round, but if he does…watch out for Brady and Belichick trying to mold him into a Randy Moss/Josh Gordon type wide receiver.

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