Mock Draft 2.0

by @theFellowKGB, @theFellowJGM (4/17/19)

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#1 – DE – Nick Bosa – Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals decide to roll with Rosen and select the best player on their board.  Perhaps no offers intrigued them enough to part ways with Rosen.  Selecting Bosa improves upon a major area of need and gives this defense a piece to build around.

#2 – DT – Quinnen Williams – San Francisco 49ers

Quinnen will be the 49ers consolation prize after missing on Bosa.  The 49ers have some decent production coming from their defensive ends, so putting Williams in the middle will help stop the run and could provide more success for DeForest Buckner and company.

#3 – QB – Kyler Murray – New York Giants (from NYJ)

The Giants move up to #3 after the Jets miss out on Bosa and Williams, collecting the #6 pick along with a couple others.  Murray would enter as Eli’s backup and get some time to learn the ropes before he takes over as the face of the franchise.  Would form an elite young core with Barkley/Engram/Shepard.

#4 – EDGE – Josh Allen – Oakland Raiders

Raiders wince as Murray is snatched by the Giants and select their top rated edge rusher in Allen.  Pass rush is Oakland’s number one need, and with Derek Carr on the roster, Gruden decides to hold onto his draft picks and work on rebuilding his defense.

#5 – T – Jawaan Taylor – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The favorite pick here has been LB Devin White, but 5th overall might be a bit rich.  Tampa is one of the more likely teams to be trading down to position themselves for Devin White or Devin Bush and collect an extra pick or two.  Selecting Taylor at 5 would give Winston and Arians an all pro left tackle and begin to correct their woeful offensive line play.

#6 – DT – Ed Oliver – New York Jets (from NYG)

The Jets moved back and get the player they likely were considering at #3.  Oliver has the versatility to be used at any interior position and shows tremendous burst and strength.  He is smaller than your typical defensive tackle but plays with the agility of a linebacker.

#7 – TE – TJ Hockenson – Jacksonville Jaguars

With Jawaan Taylor gone, the Jaguars select Hockenson to give Nick Foles a big target to work with.  Selecting Hockenson will also improve the run game.  Offensive line might be the biggest need for the Jaguars, but tight end is not far behind.  The Jaguars will be the first team to have to consider Hockenson and here they decide they can’t pass up on the next best tight end.

#8 – DE – Rashan Gary – Detroit Lions

The Lions defense needs work as a whole, so best player available will likely be a defensive end or edge rusher.  #8 is too high to consider taking the first safety or corner off the board, so the Lions go with Gary to improve their defensive line.

#9 – WR – DK Metcalf – Buffalo Bills

The Bills signed WRs John Brown and Cole Beasley this offseason to go with Zay Jones and Robert Foster.  None of these WRs give Josh Allen a big target like Metcalf would, so they snag him at #9 to round out their WR group.  Allen has the big arm to unlock a player with the skills Metcalf has, so the fit makes a lot of sense.

#10 – QB – Drew Lock – Denver Broncos

Although the Broncos traded for Joe Flacco, drafting a quarterback round one still seems like a strong possibility.  John Elway has been into Drew Lock for a while now and will be faced with the tough decision of going best player available or reaching slightly to begin grooming the QB of the future.

#11 – LB – Devin White – Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals cash in on Devin White falling outside of the top 10.  White has been the consensus #1 LB throughout the entire 2019 draft process and would fill the largest need for the Bengals.  If not White, Devin Bush would be heavily considered so it feels safe to say the Bengals will be selecting a linebacker at 11.

#12 – EDGE – Montez Sweat – Green Bay Packers

Montez Sweat had as good a combine as any player to attend this year and has been steadily rising up draft boards.  Green Bay signed two edge rushers in free agency but could stock up and set themselves up nicely for the next few years in this department.  Sweat will be a potential top 10 pick this year so Green Bay would be thrilled to see him fall to 12.

#13 – EDGE – Brian Burns – Miami Dolphins

The word on the street has been that Miami is not interested in picking a QB in this years class, at least not with the 13th overall pick.  They have many needs to fill but pass rusher might be the biggest after Cameron Wake signed with the Titans.  Burns is a polarizing prospect who excited many scouts with his combine performance.  He lacks the typical size and strength you would like to see from an edge rusher but has tremendous speed.

#14 – CB – Greedy Williams – Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta’s biggest need is for a defensive tackle, but with Ed Oliver out of range, they elect to add Greedy Williams to their secondary.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see DT Christian Wilkins here if they fell in love with him, but adding Williams would give them a well rounded group of corners to compete against the pass heavy attacks of the NFC South.

#15 – QB – Dwayne Haskins – Washington Redskins

The Redskins are tough to figure out.  They need offensive line help in a major way, but also need a QB to build their franchise around.  They may be the winners on the Josh Rosen sweepstakes but if not, they’ll have a hard time passing on Haskins or even Drew Lock if he were to be here.

#16 – DE – Clelin Ferrell – Carolina Panthers

The Panthers offensive line can definitely use some reinforcements here, but they also lack quality pass rushers.  Ferrell amassed 21 sacks in his last two collegiate seasons and would slide right into the starting spot left behind by Julius Peppers.

#17 – G/T – Jonah Williams – New York Giants

So the Giants made the move to get Kyler Murray and will now look to solidify their offensive line with Jonah Williams.  He played Tackle in college but has shorter arms than desired to be an NFL tackle, so he’ll most likely compete for a starting Guard spot right away.

#18 – T – Cody Ford – Minnesota Vikings

Yet another team in need of offensive line help.  The Vikings will likely take the top tackle or guard on their board here, so Cody Ford is their man.  Riley Reiff is the current LT so Ford would likely get the starting RT spot.  The Vikings want to run the ball more in 2019 so expect a few offensive lineman in their draft plans this year.

#19 – LB – Devin Bush – Philadephia Eagles (from TEN)

The Eagles move up and send Tennessee the #25 and #57 picks.  It’s hard to see Bush falling this far but anything can happen.  The Eagles need help in the middle and back end of their defense and would love to see Bush tumble to the back half of the first round.

#20 – CB – Byron Murphy – Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers will probably be thinking very hard about grabbing a WR round 1 but would be thrilled to see Byron Murphy hanging around.  The Pittsburgh secondary has plenty of holes so Murphy would slide right into a starting role opposite Joe Haden.

#21 – T – Dalton Risner – Seattle Seahawks

Seattle wants to be dominant through the ground game and would be wise to snag Dalton Risner at #21.  They’ll have to think about grabbing the first safety off of the board, especially since they are without a second round pick this year.  With that said, Seattle is a likely candidate to move back in the first round to secure an extra pick or two.

#22 – WR – AJ Brown – Baltimore Ravens

Willie Snead sits atop the depth chart in Baltimore, making it difficult to not mock the Ravens selecting a #1 WR for Lamar Jackson.  Marquise Brown could also make a lot of sense here, but getting AJ Brown gives them a guy who can do it all and has no size or injury concern.

#23 – T – Andre Dillard – Houston Texans

The favorite position to mock the Texans has been an offensive lineman.  Dillard has the most experience in pass blocking and can be the LT for Watson’s future.

#24 – CB – DeAndre Baker – Oakland Raiders

The Raiders secondary needs just as much help as they do needing pass rush.  Already locking in Josh Allen at #4, they’ll be hoping Baker or Murphy is lingering around the back end of the 1st round.

#25 – EDGE – Chase Winovich – Tennessee (from PHI)

Tennessee moved back from #21 and got themselves an extra 2nd rounder.  They signed Cameron Wake but could look to secure the future with an edge like Winovich.  He has a tremendous motor and will undoubtedly remind people of Clay Mathews.

#26 – DT – Christian Wilkins – Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are lucky enough to land Wilkins and cross their biggest need off at #26.  If Wilkins gets sniped before this, they’ll have to strongly consider DTs Jerry Tillery, Jeffrey Simmons or Dexter Lawrence.  WR is also a strong possibility.

#27 – TE – Noah Fant – Oakland Raiders

Jared Cook signed with the Saints, leaving the starting TE spot available.  Landing an athletic TE like Fant would give Carr a big red zone target and middle of the field playmaker.  His blocking will need to improve, but his receiving skill set is elite for a TE.

#28 – DT – Jerry Tillery – Los Angeles Chargers

It feels pretty safe to be mocking the Chargers with some kind of lineman at #28.  Quarterback could be a fine idea, but their need for interior defensive lineman is greater.

#29 – S – Chauncey Gardner Johnson – Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs have the luxury of picking the first safety off the board at #29.  There are a handful of guys to pick from at the top, with no clear cut #1 guy.  Gardner-Johnson had a productive career at Florida and possesses a versatile skill set, size like a hybrid CB/S.

#30 – T – Greg Little – Green Bay Packers

The Packers have shown heavy interest in this years class of tackles.  With Bryan Bulaga racking up nagging injuries every year, investing in his replacement makes a lot of sense with #30.  Safeties will also be considered.

#31 – G – Garrett Bradbury – Los Angeles Rams

The Rams have some need on the offensive line, most notably RG.  In Bradbury they land the top G in the class.  He was the nations top center but has experience playing Guard, so versatility is a plus.  He originally was a TE before changing to guard after his red shirt season, so he is above average athletically for a lineman.

#32 – DT – Dexter Lawrence – New England Patriots

The Patriots look to plug up the middle of the defensive line.  He won’t produce many sacks, but he’ll be a force in the run game as well as free up others to get to the quarterback.  At 6’4″ and 340lbs, he can move better than one might think and can has the ability to lineup in different techniques.

Giants get #3
Jets get #6, #37, #142
Philly gets #19 and #82
TEN gets #25 and #57
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