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* This is a trade free Mock. I’ll release a mock at the end of each month leading up to draft with more thoughts and details as the draft process goes forward. Enjoy. *
1.) Arizona Cardinals * Nick Bosa *
The Cardinals need help all over on both sides of the ball so if they stay at number one they’ll have to take their top rated player, which should be Nick Bosa. The Cardinals were surprisingly 5th in total Sacks with 49 so perhaps they address the interior DL or trade out and look for offensive linemen. It might make sense for them to trade down with a team looking to secure a QB or one of the other top defensive players.
2.) San Francisco 49ers * Quinnen Williams *
The 49ers could use an upgrade at any position on defense and should look to take the best available defensive player. Quinnen Williams could be just the man they are looking for to amp up their defensive line. They have a decent group of DEs behind DeForest Buckner in Ronald Blair, Cassius Marsh and Arik Armstead so it makes sense for them to want to plug up the middle with a player like Williams.
3.) New York Jets * Devin White *
The obvious pick here would be Quinnen Williams if he were available, as starting DT Steve McClendon is well in his 30s. The Jets actually had some decent play from their young DE and OLB groups, so perhaps the Jets look at locking down the middle of the field with the best run stopping pass rushing LB in the draft. The Jets also are in a very attractive trading spot if teams were trying to get ahead of Oakland.
4.) Oakland Raiders * Josh Allen *
Oakland desperately needs pass rushers and will have quite a few good ones to consider here at #4. With Nick Bosa out of the picture, the Raiders should be looking hard at Josh Allen out of Kentucky. He’s posted 31 sacks in his last three seasons, 17 coming in 2018. Oakland could surprise with another pass rusher such as Montez Sweat, Jachai Polite or Clelin Ferrell.
5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers * Jawaan Taylor *
Something tells me that Tampa Bay will not be picking #5 overall on draft day. For now, I’ll stick with a tradeless mock to simply address each teams needs. Tampa’s biggest asset on defense is the front four and with no clear top CBs worth reaching for at #5, it’d be safe to assume they target LT Jawaan Taylor to secure their offensive line. Ideally, they trade out with a QB hungry team and try to collect a couple extra picks.
6.) New York Giants * Kyler Murray *
For obvious reasons, the Giants cannot ignore the future of their quarterback position any longer. Selecting Kyler Murray would give him time to learn in his first year and possibly overtake Eli Manning if need be as early as year one.
7.) Jacksonville Jaguars * Dwayne Haskins *
Another obvious QB needy team here. Jacksonville may look to trade up to try and collect Murray, Haskins or even Drew Lock. Either way, it feels safe to assume Jacksonville will be looking very hard at the top QBs available this year and may feel the need to hop New York to get their guy.
8.) Detroit Lions * Rashan Gary *
Detroit is sitting in a very nice spot to address whatever need they want to address. They should be looking at all positions on defense. With trading for Damon Harrison, I would expect them to consider taking another DT such as Ed Oliver or Jeffery Simmons, but will ultimately end up with Rashan Gary out of Michigan to help Ricky Jean Francois get some pass rush.
9.) Buffalo Bills * Cody Ford *
Buffalo fielded a very solid defensive unit last year so I’m expecting them to help out QB Josh Allen by looking to improve the offensive line. Cody Ford is an impressive athlete and can play either Guard or Tackle and should be able to lock down a starting position right away.
10.) Denver Broncos * Drew Lock *
Denver would be delighted if Drew Lock falls to them at 10. I would expect them to be OK with Case Keenum as the initial starter for the season but would love to plug in Lock at some point in year one. If the Broncos address QB in free agency again, they should look at selecting their top rated CB instead.
11.) Cincinnati Bengals * Greedy Williams *
With Denver being able to select a QB, this would give the Bengals a chance to select their top CB to help out their 32nd ranked passing defense. I like Greedy’s length and agility but there are a few other very talented CBs that might be preffered. Byron Murphy from Washington or DeAndre Baker from Clemson should be heavily considered.
12.) Green Bay Packers * Clelin Ferrell *
Green Bay finished tied for 8th in Sacks with 44 but they will need to address this pass rushing position as Clay Matthews has been unproductive in the last few years as he gets older. Nick Perry’s health is also never a sure thing, so Green Bay will have a few really great options to consider here in Ferrell, Montez Sweat and Jachai Polite. I could see either one of them ending up in Green Bay.
13.) Miami Dolphins * Ed Oliver *
Nobody knows what the Dolphins will do to address their QB position for 2019. If they decide to look elsewhere in this years draft, selecting Ed Oliver to help bolster their defensive line makes a lot of sense. Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn form a solid pass rushing duo, but both of them underwhelmed in 2018. The Dolphins were near the bottom of the league with sacks, so maybe they go for a pass rusher here like Sweat or Polite.
14.) Atlanta Falcons * Jeffery Simmons *
I feel very confident in mocking a DT to Atlanta here at #14, whether it’s Simmons or Ed Oliver if he falls. Atlanta will address the defense with this pick either way. Vic Beasley and Tak McKinley form a solid young group of DEs and would benefit greatly from some strong interior play.
15.) Washington Redskins * Montez Sweat *
I’m struggling with trying to figure out how Washington will manuever this 1st round pick. They need a new QB but could elect to sign on in free agency. At 15 they likley won’t get their top QB on the board so they’ll have to go best player available. If there’s a CB that jumps off the board to them, I could see Murphy or Baker here. For now, they’ll add Montez Sweat to their OLB group with Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith. Kerrigan is now in his 30s, yet still playing at a high level. Offensive line would be the next best position of need here.
16.) Carolina Panthers * Jachai Polite *
Julius Peppers cannot play forever. Adding Jachai Polite would be a great fit for Carolina, stepping in as a starter right away and being able to learn from Peppers as well.
17.) Cleveland Browns * Dre’Mont Jones *
The darling Browns have a sound defensive unit but should look to beef up the middle of the line.
18.) Minnesota Vikings * Andre Dillard *
The Vikings need to rebuild that offensive line and should have the luxury to pick whoever their top target is. Could also be Jonah Williams.
19.) Tennessee Titans * Deebo Samuel *
The Titans had a sound defensive unit in 2018 and might look to add a big red zone threat for Mariota. Would pair nicely with Corey Davis.
20.) Pittsburgh Steelers * Devin Bush *
Some speed at ILB has been needed ever since Ryan Shazier was injured.
21.) Seattle Seahawks * Zach Allen *
Seattle will begin rebuilding their defense and should be delighted to select Allen to anchor their defensive line.
22.) Baltimore Ravens * Marquise Brown *
The Ravens have to address the WR position during free agency but should look to add more speed at the position for Lamar Jackson.
23.) Houston Texans * Greg Little *
I could see them taking the first RB off the board in Josh Jacobs but it makes sense to address the Line first.
24.) Oakland Raiders * Jaylon Ferguson *
The Raiders continue building their defensive line and look to give first pick Josh Allens a little help on the other side.
25.) Philadelphia Eagles * Byron Murphy *
The Eagles were hit with injuries in the secondary last year and need some depth at corner. One of the top CBs should fall here.
26.) Indianapolis Colts * Dexter Lawrence *
The Colts defense played better than expected in 2018 and would love to bolster their defensive line here with a guy like Lawrence.
27.) Oakland Raiders * Deionte Thompson *
Oakland needs to spend their first three picks on the defensive side of the ball. They could go CB here but they should take the first Safety off the board.
28.) Los Angeles Chargers * Christian Wilkins *
The Chargers need someone to plug up the middle of the line on defense. Clemson has two great DTs so they should be able to get one of them.
29.) Kansas City Chiefs * DeAndre Baker *
The secondary was the worst unit on the team in 2018 and should be able to get one of the top CBs in this draft, whether its Baker/Murphy or even Greedy. Someone should fall.
30.) Green Bay Packers * TJ Hockenson *
The Packers need a Safety still but might be able to pull one in round 2. For now, they’ll get the best all around TE in the draft to help Rodgers bounce back.
31.) Los Angeles Rams * Mack Wilson *
Linebacker is the biggest weakness on this great team. Depending on how free agency shakes out, they may address the defensive line and pass rush.
32.) New England Patriots * Noah Fant *
Whether it’s 31 or 32, New England needs to find their heir to Rob Gronkowski. They could consider a QB here but I feel more comfortable with them taking the Jimmy Garoppolo apprach and finding one in round 2.