Well we’re only two weeks away from the 2019 NFL Draft, so it’s about time I take my shot at predicting the future. ICYMI, Earlier in the Off-season I reached out to beat writers from around the league to get their thoughts on who their local teams would select. Check that our HERE! Anyways, lets get to my picks, and don’t forget to sign up and comment below so you can tell me how wrong I am!
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
I don’t know if this is a smart pick for the team, only a year after drafting Josh Rosen, because they do have much more pressing needs but in the NFL, where there is smoke, there is usually fire. The connection is there between Murray and new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury, and the team could ship Rosen away for a late first or second round pick and still improve along the defensive line. Murray is an outstanding athlete. who can make plays happen with his feet, as well as his arm.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
This might pain some Niners fans, since the team has invested first round picks on the Defensive line in 3/4 drafts, but a player like Nick Bosa is too good to pass on. He may be the teams best Pass-Rusher since Aldon Smith was released, and isn’t a slouch in the run game either. Get ready for some stiff contract negotiations, and one hell of a Football player when he gets out there.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
I think Quinnen Williams might be slightly better than Allen, and would love if they took him, but the Jets already have a stud in the interior of the line in Leonard Williams. Allen can rush the passer, and cover Tight Ends if asked. He’s versatile enough that he can be moved all around the line of scrimmage, and new Defensive Coordinator Gregg Williams will certainly do that.
4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden should make this call as soon as the Jets are off the clock. With 3 first round picks(and trading Amari Cooper & Khalil Mack away last season), the Oakland Raiders need to knock this draft out of the park. Despite facing constant double teams at Alabama, Williams still racked up 14 sacks in his two seasons and found ways to be disruptive. No-brainer here.
I really wanted to give the Jaguars WR D.K. Metcalf, because I think that would make their Offense really fun to watch, but instead opted for the defensive line. Rashan Gary just seems like a Jaguars pick. He has a unique combination of size, strength, and speed, but the production didn’t really show at Michigan, recording only 3.5 sacks last year with the Wolverines. He’s the ultimate boom or bust pick in the draft, but if he can learn a thing or two from Calais Campbell, I think this is a really good move for the Jags.
8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat – Edge, Mississippi State
If there was a can’t miss corner, that may have been the pick, but the Lions need to fill the void left by Ziggy Ansah. Sweat was ultra productive his last to years in college with 22.5 sacks, but he also holds up against the run. There’s likely other players that the Lions would have preferred with this pick, but Sweat is the guy for me.
9. Buffalo Bills – DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
Wide Receiver isn’t the biggest need for the Bills, but after losing out on Antonio Brown, it’s clear the team isn’t satisfied with what they have. Enter D.K. Metcalf, remember him? Now, let’s not assume just because he is a freak of nature, he’ll be a freak of an NFL Receiver, but the temptation is there. At 6’4 and 225 lbs, he will be an immediate red zone threat for second year Pivot Josh Allen, and could give the Bills the big receiver they have been looking for(see Kelvin Benjamin & Sammy Watkins).
10. Denver Broncos – Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
Another year, another defensive lineman sliding to the Denver Broncos, and the addition of Wilkins could be downright scary. He has the size(6’4, 315lbs), and was disruptive at Clemson playing alongside a bunch of other talented lineman. With Miller and Chubb flanking him, offensive linemen would have nightmares worrying about this front that the Broncos could throw out there. He isn’t a pure power player, but his quickness is a strength that he knows how to use.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Jawaan Taylor – Offensive Tackle, Florida
I don’t know why I have Taylor slipping this far, maybe it’s a bias, but Bengals fans should love it. I think he has the talent to play at the Right tackle position, and if anything goes wrong he has the ability to move inside to guard. The Bengals need to keep Dalton upright, and create holes for Joe Mixon, and I think Taylor is the guy to do it. Andre Dillard from Oklahoma is another possibility.
12. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Aaron Rodgers need someone reliable to catch passes from him, so one of the Tight Ends from Iowa seems like a good fit. At 6’5, 250lbs, Hockenson is a guy who fits the bill of a Jason Witten, who can thrive in the passing game, but also in protection. Two things that are pretty important for a Tight End. Oh yeah, he ran a 4.7 40, and has a 37.5 inch vertical
13. Miami Dolphins – Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
If you’re a long time Phins fan, you’re having flashbacks to 2007. Brady Quinn is on the board, but you’re team takes Ted Ginn Jr. Now, one of them clearly had a better career, but you know what I’m talking about. No worries though, the Dolphins make the right pick this time around, and let Drew Lock soak it all in, while learning from the legend Ryan Fitzpatrick. With their luck, Luke Falk wins the starting job in 2020.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
Ed Oliver was my first thought here, but as good as he is, he isn’t a dominant run stopper. Enter Dexter Lawrence out of Clemson, who comes in at 6’4, 350lbs, and will go a huge way in helping that Falcons run defense that gave up over 124 yards per game last season. Lawrence did fail a drug test that kept him out of the College Playoff, but assuming that is a one time mistake, the Falcons get a heck of a player here.
15. Washington Redskins – Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
So when your nickname is “Hollywood”, you better back it up, and Brown does. Watch his highlights quickly. Pretty good right? He is coming off a foot injury, but from what has been reported, all seems to be good. It’s been a long time since the Redskins have had a player like Brown, who just happens to be the cousin for Former Steelers Wideout Antonio Brown. Look at that however you’d like.
16. Carolina Panthers – Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State
The Panthers need help along the offensive line, and they get it here. Cam Newton is getting to a point where he needs to take as little unnecessary hits as possible, and the best way to do that is to protect him. Dillard needs to improve his strength, but as the NFL transitions into more of a finesse game, Dillard will prove to be a “plug and play” guy.
17. New York Giants (via Browns) – Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
It appears the Giants have attempted to fix the middle of their Offensive line with Kevin Zietler, who they acquired from the Browns, otherwise I would have gone with Jonah Williams here. Instead, we’ll go with someone who can get after the passer. The Giants have moved on from Jason Pierre-Paul and Olivier Vernon over the past few years, and need to re-load the shelves. Ferrell has been productive with 27 sacks in his last 3 years as a Tiger, and he’s been in a winning program. I think he would be a good edition at 17.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
I don’t know how Oliver has slid so far. Had he came out another year, he may have been a top 5 pick, but that’s the way she goes. This would be a great addition for Minnesota, who in opinion, still have so much potential, and are in a position to take the best player available. Oliver out there with Griffen, Joseph and Hunter would be an outstanding front four.
19. Tennessee Titans – Jonah Williams, Offensive Guard, Alabama
Williams was an offensive tackle with the Crimson Tide, but with the Titans current Tackles, I think that Williams can slide into the Guard spot where he is probably better suited in the NFL game. If Titans fans don’t like this pick, they can look in the division at the Indianapolis Colts and see how much these interior linemen can help. Keep Mariota healthy, and create running lanes for their two-headed attack, and everyone wins in Titan Town.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Rock Ya-Sin, Cornerback, Temple
The Steelers need depth in the secondary. It was obvious when we saw the team line up linebackers in the slot, in key situations, against players that are way too good(see Keenan Allen last season). Luckily here, they are able to take their pick of the litter. Ya-Sin seems like a good fit, with his competitiveness and athleticism.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan
The Ravens lost a star in CJ Mosley, but luckily for them, Devin Bush slid. He’ll have big shoes to fill, but he is solid in the passing game, able to run with tight ends and running backs. He also shows the ability to get to the Quarterback, with 5 sacks in each of the last two years. He fits the mold, of a Baltimore Ravens linebacker.
23. Houston Texans – Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Another situation with a young Quarterback, that needs to stay on his feet. Ford can slide into the Right Tackle spot from day 1, and play a big role in Watson getting the ball to Hopkins. He may lack consistency, but has all the tools to be a player in the NFL for many years.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears) – Josh Jacobs, Runningback, Alabama
Finally, a Running back! I know Alabama running backs have a stigma around them, but I really like this guy. He has shown great vision as a runner, and a good route runner in the passing game. Of course, the Raiders will have to watch him in pass protection, but I’d like to think Gruden knows this. His ability to catch passes out of the back field is a big bonus for Derek Carr.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Jonathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State
The Eagles are due for an upgrade at Safety, and Abram can bring that. He’s a versatile player, who can play as a deep safety, the slot, or up closer to the line of scrimmage where he is at his strongest. Bucky Brooks of the NFL Network has him at the top of his Safety list.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
The Offense in Indy seems to be set, so let’s load up on the defensive side of the ball. Some people have Byron Murphy ranked as their top Corner, so getting him at 26 would be a huge get. He’s strongest when he’s lined up on the outside, where he is able to keep his eyes on the Quarterback. There are some concerns about him being beat deep, but with Malik Hooker watching his back, they should be okay.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) – Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
A complete overhaul at the skill positions for the Oakland Raiders this off-season, so let’s give them a Tight End to round it out. Late in the first round is a great spot to get Fant, who stands at 6’5, weighing 240lbs. Iowa was able to move him around to create mismatches all over the field, and I would expect the Raiders to do the same. He’s a great athlete who will make big plays from day 1.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
The Chargers were quite fortunate to land Derwin James at #17 last year, and this year they may have his perfect compliment. Adderley could step in from day 1, and play the free safety spot, allowing James to be closer to the line. Playing in a division with Mahomes, they need to be able to stop teams passing attacks. Interior Offensive line is an option as well.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Deandre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia
He may be slightly undersized, but his competitive nature will help make up for that. He has enough speed to run with NFL receivers, and is strong in press coverage as well. I thought about going defensive end, but I think Corner is the better value here.
30. Green Bay Packers (via Saints) – Taylor Rapp, Safety, Washington
I really enjoyed watching Rapp’s film, as he seems to find his way to the ball quite often. I don’t know if he will ever reach the level of an elite safety, but he will be a sure tackler, make his plays, and be a solid pick for the Packers, which seems to fit the mold.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
Long and speedy are the words that pop up when you read about Brian Burns. 38.5 sacks in 3 years is outstanding, and lots of people are going to love his film. I’m a little more skeptical, because I think he needs to get stronger when it comes to taking on NFL Tackles for a full 60, but there is so much potential there. Would not be surprised to see him drafted much earlier.
32. New England Patriots – Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State
This feels like the ultimate Patriots pick, and Simmons likely gets drafted earlier, but his ACL tear in February, and 2016 arrest will likely scare some teams off. If he is able to answer some of those character concerns, and rehab fully from the injury, a team will be getting a star in late 2019/2020.
As I mentioned before, feel free to tell me how wrong I am below!