The first mock draft with the first wave of free agency in the books is here! The guys have tinkered a bit with who they feel should go where. Who has fallen? Who has risen? Who…hasn’t moved even a little?? Let’s jump into it, Josh Padgett is picking first with the Arizona Cardinals.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Bosa is definitely the pick for Arizona if they don’t trade down. He is the most complete edge rusher in this class with the ability to morph to to fit different schemes. I am also partial to guys who want their hand in the dirt to start the rep and Bosa is that guy. He will contribute right away and with a ceiling that rivals his brother Joey, this is still a slam dunk pick at 1.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
As someone who is not totally sold on Nick Bosa (I think he’s great but so is Williams), I believe Williams might actually be the best player in the draft. He is as dominant as they come along the defensive line and he ruined offensive gameplans throughout his career at Alabama. The 49ers bring him in to align with Dee Ford and a defensive line that continues to collect talent.
3. New York Jets: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Jets made two big additions to their offense with Kelechi Osemele and Le’veon Bell through free agency. They still need helping protecting their franchise quarterback and their revamped offense, and Williams is exactly the piece to fill that role.
4. Oakland Raiders: Cody Ford, iOL, Oklahoma
The Raiders have been busy this offseason acquiring a lot of different talent from free agency. One position they still need help with is the offensive line which is what they dealt with here. Cody Ford is viewed by many as top 3 at the position and will be part of the reason Derek Carr stays on his feet more often in the future.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
As of now, the Buccaneers haven’t been huge players in free agency. The Buccaneers have quite a bit of needs to still fill, with pass rusher being near the top of the list. With two O-lineman going off the board before them, they find themselves in prime position to grab Josh Allen, who had 17 sacks in 2018.
6. New York Giants: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Burns has a super high ceiling as a bendy edge rusher who can use his length and quickness to create all kinds of problems for tackles. The Giants as an organization need playmakers. Burns will make a lot of plays in his NFL career.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Rant incoming: I am sick and tired of having to deal with people within the fantasy community who keep trying to sell me on a Jacksonville wide receiver. THEY ARE ALL MEDIOCRE. This leads me to this pick and DK Metcalf will end all discussion. He’s the WR1 in Jacksonville and it is not even remotely close.
8. Detroit Lions: TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Detroit filled two major needs in free agency. With their EDGE and corners voids filled, they can give Stafford a critical weapon needed to take their offense over the hump. Hockenson can support the running game for Kerryon Johnson and provide Stafford with a reliable passing option.
9. Buffalo Bills: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Having “risen” up many draft boards due to a strong path to the draft Risner has asserted himself as a one of the better tackles. Buffalo goes for offensive line help here as opposed to the chalk wide receiver pick due to the fact that the position will dry up a lot quicker than wide receiver will. Also with signings like John Brown, Cole Beasley and the emergence of Robert Foster last year, Buffalo can afford to wait.
10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I honestly have no idea what Denver is going to do with this pick. I’m sure new head coach Vic Fangio would love to grab DB to help bolster his defense, but there is a chance John Elway will out way Fangio and try to find the long term answer at QB. Haskins was extremely productive in his one year of starting at Ohio State and could really benefit from sitting behind Joe Flacco for a year or so.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, LB, LSU
Devin White was the Butkus Award winner last year as college football’s best overall linebacker. He brings great tackling and hard nose brand of football to Cincinnati defense that has been known for just that. With Vontaze Burfict and his antics finally out the door, White provides immediate impact in the front seven.
12. Green Bay Packers: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston
Unless they go offensive lineman, I think Green Bay should take the best player available here on defense. Ed Oliver’s stock has taken a bit of a hit for whatever reason but he is a dominant player. I think Green Bay will gladly plug him into their defense.
13. Miami Dolphins: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Dolphins are heading toward a long term rebuild; one that does not suggest they would leap at a quarterback in this year’s draft. Instead they invest in a critical piece for a rebuilding team: a franchise tackles.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Montez Sweat is an athletic freak similar to how DK Metcalf is to the receiver group and cannot be ignored. Also his 84 inch wingspan will be sure to aid him in the tackling department any time someone is even remotely close to him. The Falcons also considered Clelin Ferrell here, but ultimately went with Sweat.
15. Salt Lake Stallions (Washington Redskins): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Salt Lake Stallions find themselves in prime position to take one of the most electrifying play makers in the draft with their first pick ever! In all seriousness, Washington should be ecstatic if Murray falls to them at 15. I get all of the size concerns, but Murray gives Washington their best shot at solving their QB issues.
16. Carolina Panthers: Devin Bush Jr, LB, Michigan
Devin Bush has been steadily climbing boards as he tested out phenomenally at both the combine and his pro day. He is super smooth in his movements and is great in coverage. His speed and agility make him feel almost like a box safety, but he is a much stockier player than say a Mark Barron. Bush would help fill the void left by Thomas Davis.
17. New York Giants: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Maybe the Giants shouldn’t take a WR here. Maybe they should avoid the position at this particular pick so that the player is not compared to another wide receiver who did pretty well in New York. Throw all that out the window. The Giants could go a multitude of ways with this pick but AJ Brown would be a wise pick. Tate just signed for 4 years so he can learn from him. Sterling Shepard is on the last year of his deal. A Brown/Tate duo would be a great duo for a young QB to grow with.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Lindstrom, iOL, Boston College
The Vikings desperately need help along the offensive line; they will take the best linemen available on the board. In this mock draft there was an early run on tackles, so they’ll take the most talented interior linemen in Lindstrom.
19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, iDL, Mississippi State
With the Titans only having two tackles on the books for more than a year, this pick makes sense. Simmons is someone who can come in and instantly contribute aka wreak havoc on the offensive line much like he did in college on the nations #1 defense. He’s got somewhat of a past that has some teams scared, but I think he’s put that behind him and is ready to make the most of this opportunity.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
It is no secret that Pittsburgh needs to improve their defense. They have missed on some of their draft picks used on defensive backs the last few years, but that can’t stop them from trying again with Greedy Williams. Williams has the height, speed and tools to contribute right away in the Pittsburgh defense and take them one step closer to being up to par.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Polite is a talented player who has had some questions raised about his love of the game or at least his commitment to improving his game. Seattle is the type of organization that can solve those issues. The talent level is very high and he already has an array of moves and counters. If Seattle can unlock the ceiling of Polite, this pick will look like a steal.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Contrary to what some Ravens fans want to believe, they don’t have an impact player in the front 7 right now. That is usually their calling card. They absolutely need a receiver but I think the opportunity to take Gary is too good to pass up. He gives them the proper replacement for a departing Terrell Suggs and should be the next great Ravens defensive stalwart.
23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Texans have failed to invest in their offensive line through free agency, That leaves them with no option but to take a potential franchise tackle in the first round; even one with such varied opinions.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears): Anthony Nelson, EDGE, Iowa
Having grabbed a few offensive pieces already and having a bevy of drafts pick, I believe the raiders will go defense early. I like Anthony Nelson for them here and no, it’s not wholly because of his last name but he thrives off of something athleticism can’t get you when it starts to disappear, technique! Strapped with a ton of moves off the line, he’ll be part of a rebuilding pass rush fit for a Gruden to rule.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Philadelphia had a ton of troubles in their defensive secondary last year, mostly due to injuries and lack of depth. Byron Murphy has the IQ and athleticism to start right away. Plus, with his coverage skills and play making ability, he has potential to be become an absolute stud in the NFL.
26. Indianapolis Colts: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
N’Keal Harry is the best receiver in this strong class. The Colts still need a wideout despite acquiring Funchess on a prove it deal. Harry makes plays with the ball in his hands constantly and is an absolute handful on contested catches. He would be the perfect complement to TY Hilton and allow Funchess, Hilton and himself to move all over formations and cause all kinds of problems for defenses.
27. Oakland Raiders: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
The Raiders just need to go best player available and they will do just fine for themselves in this draft. Wilkins will jon Cody Ford and Anthony Nelson to create a formidable first round coup for the Raiders.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Charles Omenihu, iDL, Texas
The Chargers lack a lot of blaring needs, but interior defensive line makes the most sense for them in the first round. They got sniped by Oakland taking WIlkins right before them, but Omenihu gives the Chargers a versatile and dynamic player to compliment their dangerous end pieces.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
If you watched Kansas City at all, you’ll know exactly why this pick was made. The Chiefs secondary has consistently gotten scorched and for them, that needs to stop. It feels like highway robbery getting him this late, but with recent issues being raised in his interviews during the combine, this may not be as crazy of a fall as one would think.
30. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Jimmy Graham experiment hasn’t worked in Green Bay. It is time for them to stop trying to find old guys that are either not talented or out of their prime to fill the tight end position. Green Bay needs to go out and get Noah Fant. Fant is extremely athletic and a natural pass catcher that can slot right into the Green Bay offense. Combine Fant with Rodgers, Adams and possibly another WR in the draft, and all of a sudden Green Bay becomes contenders to win the NFC North.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Greg Little is a monster of a man. He is a little bit rough around the edges, but with Andrew Whitworth sticking around, Little won’t be pressed into service immediately. He should be able to step into the role of starting left tackle for this great offense before long though.
32. New England Patriots: Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
A move that will certainly be a shock to some, this would be a perfect landing spot for Harmon. He’s a WR who screams route running and is just what the Patriots look for. A hard worker who will feel an immediate need and another weapon for the Patriots offensive attack. The Patriots usually never take wide receivers high in the draft but until last year they followed the same script with running backs and Sony Michel happened. They will break from the usual script and draft a wide receiver in the first 2 rounds.
33. Arizona Cardinals: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
34. Indianapolis Colts: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
35. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
36. San Francisco 49ers: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
37. New York Giants: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan
40. Buffalo Bills: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
41. Denver Broncos: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
42. Cincinnati Bengals: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
43. Detroit Lions: Dru Samia, iOL, Oklahoma
44. Green Bay Packers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
45. Atlanta Falcons: Garrett Bradbury, iOL, NC State
46. Salt Lake Stallions: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
47. Carolina Panthers: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
48. Miami Dolphins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
49. Cleveland Browns: Erik McCoy, iOL, Texas A&M
50. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin
51. Tennessee Titans: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
53. Philadelphia Eagles: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
54. Houston Texans: Amani Hooker, CB, Iowa
55. Houston Texans: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware
56. New England Patriots: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
57. Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
58. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
59. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
60. Los Angeles Chargers: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
61. Kansas City Chiefs: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
62. New Orleans Saints: Lamont Gillard, C, Georgia
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Dre’Mont Jones, iDL, Ohio State
64. New England Patriots: Jerry Tillery, iDL, Notre Dame