by @theFellowKGB, @theFellowJGM (4/7/19)
#1 – QB – Kyler Murray – Oakland Raiders (from Arizona)
Oakland has the ammo to make this move and get Gruden his guy for the Future. Murray is the likely #1 pick even if Arizona stays put. Stay tuned.
#2 – EDGE – Nick Bosa – San Francisco 49ers
Best edge rusher in this class will help generate more sacks for a defense that finished tied for 22nd with 37 sacks last year.
#3 – DT – Quinnen Williams – New York Jets
Jets current starting nose tackle is 33 year old Steve McClendon. Williams could easily be taken as the #1 player on the board but falls to 3 based on other teams’ needs.
#4 – EDGE – Josh Allen – Arizona Cardinals (from Oakland)
Arizona trades back and snags Oakland’s 4th and 24th overall pick to address their pass rush with Josh Allen. Highly regarded as the most difficult pass rusher to guard by fellow SEC offensive tackles going in this class. This move makes sense if Arizona is torn between Bosa and Allen and wants to cash in.
#5 – LB – Devin White – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kwon Alexander left in free agency so Tampa plugs in a speedy and physical linebacker to pair with Lavonte David. It seems like a perfect match but don’t be surprised if this pick gets traded to a team looking to move ahead of the Giants and Jaguars for a QB.
#6 – DE – Rashan Gary – New York Giants
The easy diagnosis for the Giants would be to go with a QB or WR early. Either one would be a reach at #6 so the Giants snag the best defensive lineman on their board here and sit tight until #16. Damon Harrison was traded away last year so Ed Oliver could be the pick here as well.
#7 – OT – Jawann Taylor – Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville needs offensive line help and is awarded with the best lineman on their board. Adding Nick Foles gives them time to address QB with a later pick or even next year.
#8 – EDGE – Montez Sweat – Detroit Lions
Detroit will look to inject their Defense with talent in this draft and begins so with the ultra athletic Montez Sweat. He blew up the combine and impressed with his 4.41 40yd dash.
#9 – DT – Ed Oliver – Buffalo Bills
Buffalo would likely run their card up if Jawann Taylor is available but should be equally excited to select Ed Oliver. Buffalo added some nice playmakers on offense with John Brown, Cole Beasley and Frank Gore so they have the luxury of grabbing the best player on their board.
#10 – CB – Greedy Williams – Denver Broncos
The Joe Flacco signing buys Elway some time to find his future QB. Whether that is on day two or three or even next year, Elway needs to make an electric pick here at 10 and lands the lanky 6’3″ corner out of LSU. Chris Harris is now 29 and will be looking for a pay day this offseason, so Denver finds his replacement or potential wing man.
#11 – LB – Devin Bush – Cincinnati Bengals
Offensive line is another major area of need that may be addressed here, but with letting Vontaze Burfict walk there is a massive hole in this already porous Bengals defense.
#12 – TE – TJ Hockenson – Green Bay Packers
Green Bay spent big on defense in free agency and is awarded with a luxury pick here, selecting the best all around tight end prospect we have seen in a while. He is a combination of George Kittle and Rob Gronkowski, an excellent blend of blocking and pass catching ability. If the Packers are looking for defense here, Brian Burns may be the pick.
#13 – OT – Andre Dillard – Miami Dolphins
It appears the Dolphins are all in on the 2020 QB class, signing Ryan Fitzpatrick to man the fort for 2019. Selecting the highest tackle on their board to protect their future stud QB makes a lot of sense here.
#14 – CB – Byron Murphy – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons will be looking at many defensive positions throughout the draft but elects to take the best corner on their board here with Murphy. Desmond Trufant is a quality starting corner but Atlanta still needs help covering those WRs in the NFC South.
#15 – OT – Cody Ford – Washington Redskins
Another team riding around the QB carousel, Washington covered themselves for 2019 with Case Keenum. If they are in love with a certain QB here, that may very well be the pick, but with Cody Ford available I’m not sure they will be able to pass him up. Washington won’t be winning very much in 2019 and could position themselves nicely with Miami to land franchise QBs early next year.
#16 – DE – Clelin Ferrell – Carolina Panthers
Julius Peppers has retired and opens up a starting role at DE. Mario Addison is a quality DE but is also 31yrs old, so taking Ferrell would be a wise move for the future of their pass rush.
#17 – WR – DK Metcalf – New York Giants
An obvious hole at WR as been vacated by the Odell Beckham Jr trade this offseason. The Giants added Golden Tate to help out Sterling Shepard and Evan Engram, but landing the freakishly athletic outside receiver would get Giants fans super excited for the future. Only negative for me is that he can only play one receiving role in the offense and does not run a full route tree yet. See tape vs LSU’s Greedy Williams here.
#18 – OG – Jonah Williams – Minnesota Vikings
The Vikings were beaten up with offensive line injuries before the 2018 season even started. Jonah Williams will be able to come right in and grab a starting job at left or right guard. He played tackle in college but has shorter arms than would be desired for a starting tackle in the NFL.
#19 – EDGE – Brian Burns – Tennessee Titans
Burns has good length but is a bit undersized with his weight and arm length. He will have a few things to work on before he becomes an every down starter but will be able to carve out a 3rd down role as a rookie.
#20 – TE – Noah Fant – New England Patriots (from Pittsburgh)
New England has two second round picks and three third rounds picks, giving them tons of ammo to move up and select the heir to Rob Gronkowski. They also are in need for a playmaker at WR so don’t be surprised if they move up for their highest graded pass catcher.
#21 – OT – Dalton Risner – Seattle Seahawks
Seattle is a run first team under offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer and will look to upgrade the left tackle position. Current starter Duane Brown will be 34 when the season begins.
#22 – WR – N’Keal Harry – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens let John Brown walk in free agency and currently have Willie Snead and Chris Moore sitting atop their depth chart. WR is an easy call here as Baltimore will handpick Lamar Jackson’s new go to weapon.
#23 – OT – Greg Little – Houston Texans
Deshaun Watson was sacked a league high 62 times last year. Perhaps Little is not the pick here, but bank on the Texans selecting the highest graded offensive lineman left on their board here.
#24 – CB – Deandre Baker – Arizona Cardinals (from Oakland)
Arizona cashed in the 1st overall pick to get #4 and #24 from Oakland. Lots of possibilities here including double dipping at pass rusher or taking the first safety off the board. With the offensive firepower in the NFC West, the Cards select Baker to pair with Patrick Peterson.
#25 – S – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Philadelphia Eagles
Philly was torched because of the injuries they had last year in the secondary. Cornerback is another major area that needs improvement but with the top three corners off the board, the Eagles get the first safety off the board in Gardner-Johnson. He’s the size of a corner but can start at free safety and has the versatility to be moved around to the slot.
#26 – DT – Christian Wilkins – Indianapolis Colts
The Colts also have pick #34 so they will have to determine who might fall to them at that spot before making this selection. They’ll have a handful of DTs to think about, including Jeffery Simmons and Jerry Tillery. Wilkins is a future Pro Bowler and shows great leadership qualities during his time with Clemson. If they decide they can get their man at #34, look for them to find their future WR1 to groom behind TY Hilton.
#27 – RB – Josh Jacobs – Oakland Raiders
The Raiders signed Isaiah Crowell and also red-shirted Chris Warren last year so they have some big backs, but neither of these two have the pass catching talent that Jacobs possesses. He is an every down back and can be everything Mark Ingram is and more. Definitely a Gruden Grinder type of player.
#28 – DT – Dexter Lawrence – Los Angeles Chargers
Starting RDT Brandon Mebane is 34 and LFT Darius Philon is a 6th round pick from 2015 who shows some potential as a rotational player. Lawrence can play in a 3-4 or a 4-3 and has enough athleticism for a man his size.
#29 – QB – Dwayne Haskins – New York Giants (from Kansas City)
The Giants have picks #37 and #96 and then two 4th round picks and three 5th round picks. They move up to get Haskins here and Kansas City collects a couple extra picks after they see the top corners have gone. Safety would be the pick if they stay, but they Giants should be delighted to see Haskins fall so far.
#30 – WR – Hakeem Butler – Green Bay Packers
Another luxury pick for the Packers here, selecting the 6’6″ 225lb Butler from Iowa State. Butler showed the ability to play at all WR positions and could be utilized as a big slot in replacement for Randall Cobb.
#31 – S – Johnathan Abram – Los Angeles Rams
Abram is a versatile hybrid type safety who plays the run well like a linebacker would. The Rams need help on the back end and plug Abram into a starting role right away or use in nickel packages.
#32 – WR – AJ Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers (from New England)
The Steelers snag an extra 3rd round pick from the Patriots and select the new Mr. Brown. AJ is a more complete wide receiver compared to his teammate DK Metcalf at Ole Miss, able to function highly from the slot and as well as outside positions.
Images Used: Kyler: Raiders Wire, USA Today; DK: USA Today Sports Images; Butler: Brian Powers/The Register; Fant: Sports Illustrated; Quinnen: