2019 NFL Mock Draft

By: Reezaan Bharwani

NFL DRAFT IS THURSDAY! I hope you are as ready as we are. Defy Life has another great mock.

  1. Kyler Murray, QB (ARI) – There are now rumors that Murray won’t be the selection at one but I’m not buying it. I don’t believe anything has changed in the past week. Clearly, Coach Kingsbury has an admiration for Murray and that’s the guy he wants to run his system. (Josh Rosen is traded to NYG
  2. Nick Bosa, EDGE (SF) – The 49ers have drafted a defensive lineman in the first round in three out the last four drafts. The younger Bosa is the final piece that the 49ers need to complete a dynamic defensive front. (Soloman Thomas may be on trading block)
  3. Quinnen Williams, DL (NYJ) – I had mocked Josh Allen here for a long time but the Jets need to add the best talent with the third pick, assuming there are no trades. Williams only has one year of elite production but it is enough to warrant a top three selection.
  4. Devin White, LB (OAK) – Jon Gruden needs to grab a player that can bring this young, talented defense together. White is the safest player in this draft and should have the type of impact that Bobby Wagner, Luke Kuechly, and Pat Willis had on their defenses.
  5. Ed Oliver, LB (TBB) – There have been rumors that Gerald McCoy has been the chopping block all off season and with this pick that could come to fruition. Oliver may have the highest ceiling of any player in this draft – think Aaron Donald. This a great pick for the Buccaneers defense.
  6. Josh Allen, EDGE (NYG) – Dave Gettleman has traded the Giants best pass rusher in consecutive seasons and he needs to find a replacement. Luckily, Allen, arguably the best pass rusher in the draft, falls to six and fills a massive hole for the Giants.
  7. Jawaan Taylor, OL (JAX) – The Eagles have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, the Jaguars do not. Protecting Nick Foles should be the Jags number one priority. Jawaan Taylor is a plug and play at right tackle and could transition to the left if need be.
  8. **TRADE** Drew Lock, QB (OAK via DET) – You don’t do this much homework on top quarterbacks if you don’t have serious in getting one. Drew Lock has the best arm in this draft but he doesn’t look good on the move which has now become a stable for NFL offenses. Sitting behind Derek Carr for a season should do well for Locks career.
  9. **TRADE** Jonah Williams, OL (MIN via BUF) – All the blame for last year’s disappointing season cannot be placed on Kirk Cousins. While Rick Spielman has done, a fantastic job building this roster he has largely ignored the offensive line. Jonah Williams is a corner stone player who you plug in and not worry about for the next decade.
  10. Christian Wilkins, DL (DEN) – Wilkins is an elite talent who is loved by his teammates and coaches. He is a disruptive force against the run and can get to the quarterback at times. The Broncos have Von Miller and Bradley Chubb and adding Wilkins on defense would be game wrecking.
  11. Dwayne Haskins, QB (CIN) – Newly hired coach Zac Taylor could be an offensive mastermind and bring the change that Cincy needs but I find it hard to believe that it will be with Andy Dalton at the helm. Like Lock, sitting a year will help Haskins progression.
  12. Devin Bush, LB (GBP) – The Packers were aggressive in free agency, especially on defense. Yet, they still don’t have someone to control or lead the defense. Bush is an athletically gifted linebacker who can cover tight ends, play the run, and rush the passer. This may be my favorite pick of the draft, if it happens.
  13. **TRADE** Andre Dillard, OL (HOU via MIA) – Why did the Texans trade Duane Brown? Why have they not been more aggressive in protecting Deshaun Watson? The front office needs to right their wrongs. Dillard is the best pass blocking tackle in this class and will be Watsons blind side protected for, hopefully, a very long time.
  14. T.J. Hockenson, TE (ATL) – Thomas Demitroff eluded to adding more offensive lineman via the draft even after upgrading the line in free agency. There isn’t a lineman worth a top 15 pick left but there is a tight end who has been compared to Travis Kelce and Rob Gronkowski. Hockenson’s addition may give the Falcons the best receiving core in the NFL.
  15. D.K. Metcalf, WR (WAS) – Whoever the Redskins have at quarterback will need more dynamic playmakers, especially at the wide receiver position. The Redskins decide to roll the dice on Metcalf’s freak athletic abilities.
  16. Rashaan Gary, DL (CAR) – Like Metcalf, Gary has freak athletic abilities and like Metcalf, Gary failed to post elite numbers at the college level. Gary could be drafted much higher than 16 but experts like Todd McShay have stated his range is anywhere from 10-30. The Panthers need to get back to rushing the passer consistently.
  17. **TRADE** Brian Burns, EDGE (IND via NYG) – Burns is a twitchy edge rusher who has very underrated skill moves. There isn’t a lack of elite pass rushers in the draft which is why Burns is lower in my mock than most others. The Colts are looking for players with great character and high ceilings and Burns fits that mold.
  18. Clelin Ferrell, EDGE (BUF via MIN) – Ferrell is an interesting player. He played at a high level during his time at Clemson which included two National Championships. But Ferrell played on a defensive line stacked with first round NFL talent. He didn’t stand out as much as his teammates but that could be because of extra attention diverted in his direction. This is a solid pick for the young, talented Bills defense.
  19. Dexter Lawrence, DL (TEN) – It was just a couple of seasons ago that people believed the Titans could be contending for the Super Bowl. But injuries and misses on draft nights have hindered the franchises ability to progress in the AFC South. Lawrence is a game changer along the defensive line and worth the gamble at this point in the draft.  
  20. Deandre Baker, CB (PIT) – The Steelers cannot go into this upcoming season with their current crop of cornerbacks. They should look to upgrade the secondary and Baker is a great scheme fit.  Even though Baker is a bit undersized, he plays aggressive and did not have a problem shutting down top wide receivers in the SEC.
  21. Montez Sweat, EDGE (SEA) – Frank Clark was traded the day after I finalized this mock and it caused me to make some changes throughout the back of the first round. Montez Sweat is a wildly talented player who can easily be a top 10 pick but there are other factors at play. Adam Schefter reported that some teams have taken Sweat off their board due to his heart condition. The Seahawks have always been an aggressive team and take a chance on Sweats talents.
  22. N’Keal Harry, WR (BAL) – Eric DaCosta’s first NFL offseason has not been a smooth one thus far. Baltimore has lost countless playmakers on defense but still have depth on that side of the ball. Baltimore has zero depth at the wide receiver position. Marquise Brown could also be the selection here but getting Lamar Jackson a big body target makes more sense.
  23. Cody Ford, OL (MIA via HOU) – Cody Ford can play at either guard spots or at right tackle. The Dolphins are clearly opting to wait until 2020 to draft a franchise QB but solidifying the offensive line in front of their future QB should already be a priority. The Dolphins should learn from the mistakes that the Texans made.
  24. Greedy Williams, CB (DET via OAK) – Williams has had some issues with using his hands and not being aggressive when tackling his opponents but I believe that will change at the next level. Pairing Williams with Darius Slay, along with the rest of the moves that the Lions have made on defense, gives a bright outlook on the Lions 2019 season.
  25. Dalton Risner, OL (PHI) – Howie Roseman has done a prolific job building the Eagles offensive line. Unfortunately, Jason Peters is not going to be playing forever and Lane Johnson will eventually be the successor on the left side. Risner, can begin at guard and switch over to right tackle once Peters retires.
  26. Jerry Tillery, DL (NYG via IND) – What we do know about Dave Gettleman is that he loves his “hog mollies”. Tillery has an on and off motor but played well against top talent and could be a steal for the Giants. The Giants would also have to be comfortable with some of Tillery’s issues from the past.
  27. Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE (OAK) – Finally, the Raiders add a pass rusher. Ferguson is the all-time FBS career sack leader and has the skillset and size that can transition to a consistent pass rushing threat in the NFL.
  28. Daniel Jones, QB (LAC) – The Chargers miss out on Rosen and don’t want to give up what it would take to land a top ten selection in this draft. Some very well respected former talent evaluators have compared Daniel Jones to Peyton and Eli Manning. Jones doesn’t have the strongest arm but he has enough skills and football knowledge to be successful at the next level. The Chargers land Philip Rivers eventual successor.
  29. Johnathan Abram, S (SEA) – The Seahawks landed a late first rounder when they traded Frank Clark to the Chiefs. This selection allows them to add the best safety in this class. Abrams is a tone setter and has the attitude and swagger that Peter Carroll demands from his defensive backs.
  30. Parris Campbell, WR (GBP) – The Packers added talent on defense with their first pick but decide to give Aaron Rodgers a new toy with their second pick in the first round. Campbell is a dynamic playmaker who can finally stretch the field for the Packers.  
  31. Garrett Bradbury, OL (LAR) – The Rams lost valuable pieces along the offensive line and should capitalize on Bradbury’s fall. He can play at guard or center but is best suited at center and can anchor the Rams front line for the foreseeable future.
  32. **TRADE** Marquise Brown, WR (ARI via NEP) – There will be a run on wide receivers early in the second round and the Cardinals jump the gun and add Brown who is a good weapon. Even more importantly, he has great familiarity with Kyler Murray due to their time and successful partnership at Oklahoma.
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