2019 First Round Nfl Mock
We are mere days away from the 2019 NFL Draft, and the hype is building up as it does every year. More reports surface about who teams are talking to, do and don't like, etc. Of course many of these reports could be a smoke screen to ensure that a specific player makes it to their spot. That's a part of the fun of these events: the unpredictability of it all. We've seen many examples of false information being leaked out to throw other teams off the scent of a specific club's true intentions (ie. the Denver Broncos with Jay Cutler in 2006 or the Buffalo Bills with Cordy Glenn in 2012), so no information we hear can truly be taken seriously or immediately dismissed, for that matter.
We are going to play the game of nearly everybody else on the internet, and dive into the first round of the NFL Draft. This is going to be what WILL happen, not what I would do in each of these situations. We will also not be predicting trades, as that involves a whole new level of craziness and uncertainty.
As always, should the first round play out in order without any more trades (which probably has a 99% chance of not happening), then these will no longer be classified as predictions... but SPOILERS. Enjoy!
What grade would you give this draft class as a whole?
1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma, 5’10" 207
I know we just discussed how we can't believe all of the rumors we hear, but this selection just makes too much sense. Last year's rookie Josh Rosen (the 10th overall pick), had more than his fair share of struggles in his 14 games played. Finishing with only 11 touchdowns to 14 interceptions to go along with under 2,300 yards and a 55% completion percentage, there wasn't much to like about his game last year.
If the Cardinals are able to trade Rosen like all the rumors say (the Redskins sound like the most interested team at the moment), then Arizona will head into draft day with only Brett Hundley and Chad Kanoff on their roster at the quarterback position. Neither has proven to be a starting-caliber player in this league.
Kyler Murray would obviously step in as an immediate starter, and make this a much more dangerous offense. He is rather small, but has great athleticism and a great arm. This team doesn't have a great offensive line, so Murray may not be able to thrive from week 1, but he absolutely gives the team hope for the future.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State, 6'4" 263
This pick is almost a lock, should Murray go first overall (which it sounds like he will). The prospect from the Buckeyes is an undeniable talent. San Francisco does have some other needs, but this is too perfect of a slot for an edge rusher.
In 2018, the 49ers saw the breakout of DeForest Buckner. He led the team with 12 sacks, and in impressive fashion. Unfortunately, his teammate Arik Armstead didn't up his end of the deal, only notching 3 sacks himself. Now, the 49ers did make a trade for Kansas City's Dee Ford but he's relatively unproven, only finishing two seasons (out of five) with double digit sacks.
Bosa being selected at two overall can push this pass rush to the next level. The Ohio State pass rusher has elite talent, and can become just as good as his brother. Teaming the rookie with DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford can spell doom for opposing quarterbacks, especially since they have to battle Russell Wilson, Jared Goff and probably Kyler Murray six times total throughout the year.
Who will go #1 overall in 2019?
3. New York Jets
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky, 6'5" 260
The Jets have plenty of holes on their roster, but a few of them were filled in free agency. The team signed linebacker CJ Mosley, slot receiver Jamison Crowder, and of course running back Le'Veon Bell. They also traded for Raiders guard, Kelechi Osemele.
The 2018 Jets were led by Jordan Jenkins and Henry Anderson with seven sacks each. Neither players were too impressive, though they proved to be solid defenders. New York needs a beast who can get after the quarterback on any given play, which is where the third overall pick comes in.
The pass rusher from Kentucky, Josh Allen could be that force who can turn this defense into something better. Allen is very explosive, being a big and strong defender. He can get in the backfield in a hurry, and is able to use his ability to strip opposing passers frequently, thus giving the offense more opportunities in plus territory.
4. Oakland Raiders
Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama, 6'4" 295
When new head coach Jon Gruden signed his RIDICULOUS (in my opinion) contract with Oakland, there were two trains of thought: either he wouldn't find much success in this new NFL, or his "old school" mindset to the game would bring them a championship. Unfortunately for Raider fans, the latter hasn't gotten off to a good start as Oakland finished 2018 at 4-12 and last in the AFC West,
Ever since Gruden came in and traded away star pass rusher Khalil Mack, getting after opposing quarterbacks has been a major weak spot on this team (hmm, interesting how that works out...). 2018 saw rookie defensive lineman Maurice Hurst lead the team in sacks... with four. The entire team finished dead last with only 13 sacks total (meanwhile Mack had 12.5 on his own).
It is quite apparent that this team needs lots of help, and fortunately for them a man who can be compared to Aaron Donald falls to them at four overall. Quinnen Williams is an absolute monster who can wreak havoc from the interior of the line. Williams is strong enough to knock blockers out of the way and knows how to locate the football to make his mark in the running game. Of course he can also get after the quarterback, as he picked up eight sacks while being the focus of opposing coaches and facing constant double teams.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State, 6'6" 260
Many people (including this writer) had the Bucs pegged as a dark horse playoff contender. Unfortunately that didn't quite work out, as the team finished the year at 5-11 and have a top five pick. Tampa Bay had to deal with a constant quarterback controversy with Jameis Winston and Ryan Fitzpatrick almost taking turns playing the position from week to week.
In the 2018 offseason, Tampa signed Jason Pierre-Paul and Vinny Curry to bolster to defense. Pierre-Paul did lead the team with 12.5 sacks, but he is now 30 years old. While he still probably has a few good years left, it's time to plan for the future at the position. Curry only had 2.5 himself, which is even less than last year's first round rookie tackle Vita Vea (3).
Bringing in Montez Sweat immediately gives the Bucs a force opposite JPP. While they did sign outside linebacker Shaquil Barrett from the Denver Broncos, Sweat could be the starter (as Barrett might be a rotational player). Sweat may have not the largest arsenal of pass rushing moves, but his explosiveness and speed should allow him to get after the quarterback while he develops his game just a bit more - which makes him even more dangerous for offenses.
6. New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State, 6'3" 231
Another one of the smoke screens I talked about earlier, the New York Giants have been saying they are not interested in Dwayne Haskins. The Giants finished last year at 5-11, with little help from Eli Manning, who threw for 4,300 yards with 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. These numbers aren't bad, but they could definitely use an upgrade. Manning is 38 years old, and the Giants need to find a replacement they can believe in (although I personally like last year's rookie Kyle Lauletta). All of this talk about having no interest seems to me like they just want to ensure Haskins will be there when the sixth overall pick comes around.
Dwayne Haskins isn't the greatest prospect we've ever seen, but he is far from the worst. I think that if Josh Allen can get selected in the top 10, then so can the (former) Ohio State passer. Haskins has the prototypical size many like to see and is a good athlete as well. He hasn't thrown the deep ball often enough to truly show what he is capable of, but everything else in his game is pretty sound. Dwayne Haskins is more than ready to step up and be the future of the New York Giants.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida, 6'5" 325
The Jaguars believe they are still playoff contenders, as they've shown by the signing of former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Jacksonville is a team who likes to run the ball and plays strong defense. Their defensive unit seemed to look beatable in 2018, but they think that was just a fluke season. In order for the former AFC South champions to take the next step into true contender status, they need to ensure their new passer is protected and can compete with the likes of Andrew Luck and DeShaun Watson.
This was one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL last year. Blake Bortles was sacked on 9% of his dropbacks (good for the sixth highest rate in the league) and they lost a couple of linemen in free agency. While they did sign Cedric Ogbuehi (left tackle from the Bengals), he isn't guaranteed to start next year.
Drafting Jawaan James would take over an edge blocker role of from day one. Their line wouldn't necessarily become great immediately, but grabbing arguably the best offensive lineman in the first round (and having that fifth year option) doesn't sound like a bad deal at all. Taylor is one of the best run blockers in this class, and can easily transition into a guard spot should he somehow not work out on the outside. If for the price of a first round pick you receive a man who's worst case scenario is a starting-caliber guard, I think that pick can be considered a success.
8. Detroit Lions
Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU, 6'3" 185
The Lions are a team who made quite a few moves in free agency this year, bringing in guys like pass rusher Trey Flowers, wide receiver Danny Amendola, tight end Jesse James and running back CJ Anderson among a host of others.
For a few seasons now, Detroit has been searching for someone to work opposite cornerback Darius Slay. He is a great defensive back, but it's too easy for opposing passers to simply pick on whoever played that #2 cornerback role. Adding Flowers helps, as he should forced quarterbacks to hurry their throws. However, bringing in a capable defender to hold his own on an island across from Slay sounds like a recipe for success.
To me, there are two elite cornerback prospects in this class and one of them is Andraez "Greedy" Williams. He has the perfect size to match up with opposing receivers, and has plenty of speed to keep up. While he doesn't exactly play like Richard Sherman (he isn't quite as aggressive and can stand to improve his tackling), his upside looks very similar to the Legion of Boom level Sherman once played.
9. Buffalo Bills
Ed Oliver, Defensive Lineman, Houston, 6'2" 285
Buffalo had a surprisingly solid defense in 2018, allowing fewer than 5.0 yards per play (one of only three teams to do so). Having said that, Buffalo legend Kyle Williams has retired after 13 years of holding down the defensive line. They will need to find a replacement if they hope to continue their defensive success heading into 2019.
Enter: Ed Oliver. This is a man who can step in from day one and become a force for offensive coordinators to gameplan around. Oliver was once looked at as a potential first overall pick in this class. Oliver is very quick and agile for a man his size, and is aggressive off the snap. He can start right away for Buffalo and help fans change focus from what Kyle Williams did, to what Ed Oliver is going to do.
10. Denver Broncos
Devin White, Middle Linebacker, LSU, 6'1" 240
Many people think that quarterback is Denver's biggest weakness, but I disagree. If someone like Dwayne Haskins falls to this slot, of course Denver should snatch him up. However, the identity of the Broncos has been defense over the last four or five years.
They lost middle linebacker Brandon Marshall to the Raiders, leaving a hole in the middle of the defensive unit. They still have Todd Davis and last year's fourth round pick Josey Jewell, but there's a linebacker or two in this class who can step into the role of defensive playmaker.
LSU's Devin White is a very athletic linebacker who has incredible speed and tackling ability. His skill in coverage will also help a team who has historically struggled with defending the tight end. White is worthy of a top 5 pick but he happens to fall to Denver. who is more than happy to grab the stud who will lead this unit for the next decade-plus.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Devin Bush, Middle Linebacker, Michigan, 5'11" 235
Another team who passes on a quarterback for a linebacker. Another team who passes on a quarterback for a middle linebacker. Another team who passes on a quarterback for a middle linebacker named Devin. Cincinnati decides to roll with Andy Dalton for one more year, while possibly grabbing his replacement later in the draft.
The Bengals released often-penalized (and often suspended) Vontaze Burfict, ironically to the Raiders as well. The Bengals need to get younger and more athletic at the position, and there's a guy who fits that bill perfectly...
Devin Bush is very similar to Devin White, in that both men are very fast and are great tacklers. Bush can become the centerpiece to the Bengals defense and make them forget all about Vontaze Burfict and his unmentionable acts on the field.
12. Green Bay Packers
T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa, 6'4" 250
After firing Mike McCarthy and diving first into free agency, Green bay seems to have filled many of their defensive holes. The signings of safety Adrian Amos and linebackers Za'Darius and Preston Smith definitely helped with the Packer's major needs (at least for now). Billy Turner comes from Denver to add depth to the offensive line as well.
Aaron Rodgers can always use another weapon in the passing game, and with the way Jimmy Graham performed last year (55 catches for 636 yards and 2 touchdowns), a new tight end might be the move to make here.
T.J. Hockenson is looked at as the best tight end in this class. The only real competition is his former teammate, Noah Fant. Hockenson is much more balanced than Fant, as he is great at being both a blocker and pass catcher. Some analysts have compared him to Rob Gronkowski, while others have mentioned him in the same breath as Travis Kelce. Either way, T.J. Hockenson immediately steps onto the depth chart to shortly overtake Jimmy Graham, or even force the Packers to cut ties with the veteran altogether.
13. Miami Dolphins
Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama, 6'5" 305
Yet another quarterback-needy team who passes on the position in round one, the Dolphins have too many holes to gamble on a passer who is far from a "sure thing" at this spot. Miami lost right tackle Ja'Wuan James to the Broncos in free agency because they didn't think he was worth the money. Well they need to figure out how to replace him, and the 13th overall pick is as good a spot as any.
Earlier I said that Jawaan Taylor was "arguably the best offensive lineman" in this class. Jonah Williams is the flip side to that argument. Williams is looked at to some to be the safest lineman in the class. What this means is he may not make any Pro Bowls in his career, but the Alabama prospect will always be consistent and at the "good" to "very good" level in the NFL. Having the ability to move inside to guard if needed doesn't hurt his stock either.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson, 6'4" 315
The Falcons have many needs, and most of them are on defense. At this spot in the draft, you normally take best player available. In this case, however they don't While edge rusher Brian Burns is ripe for the picking, the Falcons grab defensive tackle Christian Wilkins instead, as they want somebody to team with Grady Jarrett on the interior of the defensive line.
Wilkins is a good player in his own right. While he's not close to as quick as Jarrett, the upcoming rookie has plenty of mass and will be great at eating up blocks, to free up Jarrett, Tak McKinley and Vic Beasley to make plays around him. Wilkins can do it himself too, as he finished his senior season with a career high 5.5 sacks.
15. Washington Redskins
N'Keal Harry, Wide Receiver, Arizona State, 6'3" 215
Washington has been linked to both Josh Rosen from the Cardinals, and controversial prospect Daniel Jones. In this mock, I have Washington giving up a second round pick to Arizona for the former, as they will have a quarterback battle throughout training camp and the preseason between Rosen and veteran Case Keenum.
No matter who wins, they will need a fresh new weapon to throw to. That's where the 15th overall pick comes in. My favorite wide receiver in this class is N'Keal Harry from Arizona State. I think he can absolutely do it all and will be a great number one target for whoever decides to draft him. He will line up across from Josh Doctson (who still has yet to break out) with second year running back Derrius Guice in the back field, and veterans Jordan Reed and Vernon Davis at tight end. Whoever wins the quarterback battle should be perfectly fine with who they have.
16. Carolina Panthers
Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State, 6'5" 230
The Panthers would have gone with an offensive lineman like Andre Dillard here to help protect Cam Newton, but the division rival Falcons let a potentially great pass rusher fall to them. Carolina struggled getting to the quarterback last season, and considering who they play against (Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston) getting pressure is necessary to winning divisional games.
Burns is a great player who can beat opposing blockers a number of different ways. His 4.53 40 time proves how fast he can be, and he is pretty strong as well. This pass rush can't go anywhere but up, and Burns will be key to that ascension in 2019.
17. New York Giants (From Cleveland Browns)
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson, 6'4" 260
After grabbing their next franchise quarterback at the sixth slot, the Giants decide to use the pick they received for superstar Odell Beckham Jr. to improve their defense. New York's defense has dropped off significantly over the past few seasons, and finished 23rd in 2018. In addition, New York also traded Olivier Vernon to Cleveland during this off-season, so that's another big name who needs to be replaced.
Luckily, one of the best (and underrated) pass rushers is still on the board, in Clelin Ferrell. The Clemson star has the potential to be one of the league's best in a few years. He can be a three down lineman, who gets consistent pressure on opposing offenses. Ferrell will be a force on this team.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State, 6'5" 310
2018's free agent stud Kirk Cousins didn't quite play up to expectations last year. A major part of that was the lack of solid offensive line play. The team already let it be known that Dalvin Cook seems to feature into their 2019 plans in a major way, so there's a pretty obvious area of focus for Minnesota in the NFL draft.
Andre Dillard is another top-level lineman in this class. He has to skills and ability to protect Cousins' blind side and seal the edge in the running game. He may not be the most powerful lineman coming in (something he needs to work on), but many see him as the best pure pass blocker in this class. Congratulations to the Vikings and Kirk Cousins, as they seem to have found their stud left tackle for the next 10-15 years.
19. Tennessee Titans
Cody Ford, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma, 6'4" 335
Another team who's gameplan revolves around running the football, Tennessee has also struggled in quarterback play, though their receivers haven't really helped out Marcus Mariota too much. Derrick Henry will be the focal point of the offense, especially considering how he finished 2018 (averaging 146.5 yards per game, with seven touchdowns over the final quarter of the season).
Bringing in someone such as Cody Ford will no doubt help solidify this line. Ford can play almost any spot on the line, despite not being an elite pass blocker. He'd be great as your prototypical "road grader" right tackle, or a starter at guard. Having the former Oklahoma tackle along the line will only improve the stock of Henry, and necessarily the entire Titans' offense as a whole.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa, 6'4" 235
This was one of the tougher choices for a draft choice to me, as the Steelers need a playmaker at cornerback as well. I decided to go this route because Pittsburgh needs to do all they can to make up for the lost production on Antonio Brown, and relieve all the pressure they can off of JuJu Smith-Schuster as the number one. While they do still have Vance McDonald, it's a nice upgrade to boost up to Noah Fant, and possibly play some two tight end sets on offense.
Noah Fant is the closest player in this class to former teammate T.J. Hockenson in terms of talent. While the latter is a more balanced tight end, Fant is much more sound as a receiving threat. The 235 pounder has the speed to stretch the field (4.50 40 time), and some of the best hands in the class. A two tight end set along with McDonald would be extremely intriguing to watch on Sundays.
21. Seattle Seahawks
DeAndre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia, 5'11" 185
The "Legion of Boom" has been dismantled down to the "Legion of Whom?" as time, injuries and simple contract disagreements have led zero players remaining from the legendary secondary group. It's about time for Seattle to put more stock into building this secondary back into "Legion of Boom 2.0", which leads to one of the best corners in this class...
The other prospect I considered selecting for the Steelers was DeAndre Baker. He is the other elite cornerback prospect I mentioned earlier. Baker may not have the Richard Sherman size this team used to focus in on, but he is a very smart defender, able to lock down a receiver on any given play. He has no problem with coming in to defend against the run, Baker can be a great boundary corner, or a slot guy if that's what the team needs.
22. Baltimore Ravens
D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss, 6'3" 220
The Ravens have seen a great change in offensive identity over the course of last season. When Lamar Jackson took over for Joe Flacco in week 12, the running game took off. Jackson showed he isn't a very accurate passer, but can run circles around opposing defenses. He receiving group consisted of veteran Michael Crabtree, speedy John Brown and slot target Willie Snead. While not the worst receiving group ever assembled, they weren't anything special either. Considering they released Crabtree and lost Brown to Buffalo, Baltimore needs to add a couple more guys to this depleted group.
Now, let me start off by saying I'm not a fan of D.K. Metcalf. My two favorite prospects in this class are N'Keal Harry and A.J. Brown. Metcalf is bigger than both men, and that seems to be what the Ravens will be looking for in a potential number one wideout for Lamar Jackson. He has a great catch radius, at 6'3", meaning he can catch some of the off-target balls we will likely see from Jackson. He doesn't have great hands, so coaching and his off-season work ethic will come into play to determine the NFL fate of Metcalf.
23. Houston Texans
Dalton Risner, Offensive Lineman, Kansas State, 6'5" 310
The Texans have the potential to become a true contender in the AFC in 2019. In order to take the next step, they need to improve their offensive line drastically from last year. DeShaun Watson was sacked 62 times during the regular season (more than any quarterback in this decade), so he obviously needs some semblance of protection. There will be tons of weapons for Watson to throw to (DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller, Keke Coutee at wide receiver alone) but he needs time in the pocket to do so.
Dalton Risner is debated by many on whether or not he should be a first round pick. He can play tackle or guard, but lacks the quickness to be a truly great blocker of edge rushers. Moving inside would be an ideal spot for the soon to be 24 year old. He can help improve the running game for Lamar Miller (or anyone else Houston should acquire), which would also boost the ability for Watson to use play action. Risner is still a good pass blocker, but he would probably do so from the interior of the line instead of the outside.
24. Oakland Raiders (From Chicago Bears)
Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington, 5'11" 185
Using one of the draft picks received for Khalil Mack, Oakland will look to help shore up their defense. They have one solid cornerback on the roster in Gareon Conley and everyone else is average at best. The Raiders allowed 8.0 yards per passing attempt last season (league high), and need to do all they can to avoid being in that position again in 2019.
Byron Murphy is the best cornerback on the board, which is nothing for Oakland to complain about. Murphy has below average size, decent speed and is able to help in run support. He has the ability to keep his eye on the backfield to attack the run game, but he also is more than capable of being a turnover machine (seven interceptions over his last two years at Washington). Probably best as an outside cornerback, the 185 pounder should form a solid duo with Conley, already improving the secondary leaps and bounds over 2018.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle, Clemson, 6'4" 345
No, this isn't the biggest need of the Eagles, but they like to grab the best player available. That would be between A.J. Brown and Dexter Lawrence at this point (in my opinion). The reason I have Philadelphia taking Lawrence is because of their history. When the Eagles won the Super Bowl, it was on the back of the deepest and most talented defensive line in the league. They were able to use their rotation to keep their guys fresh throughout the game, and the same concept is applied here. Adding Malik Jackson to a line that already has Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Chris Long is appetizing, but if they can add one more stud, it could look like 2017 all over again.
Lawrence is more of a two down lineman, as he has elite run stopping ability but isn't great rushing the passer. He could improve his technique to better get after the quarterback throughout his career, but isn't at that level right now. He would slide into a rotation with Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson, giving him a couple of great veteran linemen to learn from. That could be an elite trio, should Lawrence adapt to the NFL game relatively quickly, as all three have something to bring to the table.
26. Indianapolis Colts
AJ Brown, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss, 6'1" 225
The AFC South appears to be a two horse race in 2019 at the moment. Both the Indianapolis Colts and Houston Texans are among the top tier of the AFC. Both teams look great as a whole, but there's something Houston has that Indy doesn't: weapons for their quarterback. DeShaun Watson has the talent of guys like DeAndre Hopkins, Will Fuller and Keke Coutee to throw to, while Andrew Luck only has T.Y. Hilton, recently signed Devin Funchess and 2018's touchdown magnet Eric Ebron. Hilton is a great weapon but he's often injured and ageing. Funchess is still a bit of a mystery, and Ebron is almost guaranteed to see a significant dip in overall production.
If the Colts choose to draft A.J. Brown, they will be getting a great wide receiver prospect. He is a very balanced pass catcher who can play anywhere in the offense. He has plenty of experience in the slot, which is always a welcome addition to a receiver's portfolio. Luck would have a nice group of targets to throw to, helping Indianapolis compete with Houston for the AFC South title for years to come.
27. Oakland Raiders (From Dallas Cowboys)
Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama, 5'10" 220
Trading Amari Cooper hurt Oakland's offense on paper, but the talented receiver just wasn't getting on the same page as Derek Carr. He obviously erupted after being traded to Dallas, showing what the Raiders had. Dallas gave up their first round pick in exchange, which ended up falling to 27th overall. After drafting two defensive players with their other picks (Quinnen Williams and Byron Murphy), Jon Gruden decides it's time to replace Marshawn Lynch.
Many scouts rank Alabama's Josh Jacobs as the top running back in this class (personally I like Miles Sanders the best). In what seems like a do-or-die year for Derek Carr, the Raiders need to surround the 28 year old passer with as many weapons as possible. Jacobs could provide a steady ground game, allowing Carr to utilize the play action and keep defenses honest. The former Alabama back can force missed tackles, and become a solid check down option in the passing game.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Kaleb McGary, Offensive Lineman, Washington, 6'7" 320
Phillip Rivers is getting up there in age. The Chargers are a possible 2019 wildcard team, after being considered a dark horse Super Bowl contender by nearly everybody who watches football. This team needs Rivers to stay upright and healthy, with Melvin Gordon leading a great rushing attack in order to compete for the postseason.
Searching for an offensive lineman, the Chargers select Washington lineman Kaleb McGary. He has great size, with impressive agility as well. While he doesn't have the ceiling of an elite blindside protector, McGary is more than capable of becoming a solid-to-very good right tackle or guard at the NFL level.
29. Seattle Seahawks (From Kansas City Chiefs)
Rashan Gary, Defensive End, Michigan, 6'4" 260
After trading defensive end Frank Clark to the Chiefs just days before the draft, Seattle has left a gaping hole along their defensive line. Clark accounted for 13 sacks in 2018, and they don't necessarily have extra standout guys waiting to take over the role. Sure, someone like Jarran Reed could make a bigger impact than his impressive 10.5 sack season last year, but without an outside presence such as Clark, it doesn't look likely.
Somehow, Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary fell to the perfect landing spot. He is one of the best linemen in the class, but his shoulder issues mixed with his raw ability dropped him more than most people would expect. Gary is still an elite level prospect, as he has explosiveness for days to go along with great agility and a violent attitude when it comes to being up close with blockers. The end from Michigan has incredible potential, as he can become an elite defender in a couple of years if all turns out his way. Should this be the case, Seattle fans shouldn't remember the name Frank Clark for much longer.
30. Green Bay Packers (From New Orleans Saints)
Nasir Adderly, Safety, Delaware, 6'0" 195
With their first pick, Green Bay adding to their offense with T.J. Hockenson. The front office decides to balance the draft capital, and contribute to the defense with the other first rounder. The Packers have been without an elite safety for quite some time now. While this pick may not end up becoming the greatest player at the position in NFL history, he is sure to be at least a very solid starter, and will replace Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.
Nasir Adderly is a former cornerback, who was moved to safety two years ago. He has the "center field" mindset of a veteran safety, and is more athletic than many believe him to be. His former cornerback background allows him to man cover slot receivers when needed, and he does a good job at that. Adderly has the ability to lay out ball carriers with bone-crushing hits as well. On top of the potential of being an elite safety, the former Delaware defensive back also has the ability to return kicks, which all NFL teams covet.
How many quarterbacks will go in the first round?
31. Los Angeles Rams
Jerry Tillery, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame, 6'6" 305
The Super Bowl runners up don't have one specific need that stands out above the rest. Instead, the Rams should to grab the best player available, that applies to their needs. They lost Ndamukong Suh to free agency, and don't have a solid tackle to line up next to superstar Aaron Donald. The Rams have been built off of a great defensive line, and without taking advantage of all the attention Donald demands, this team is doing a disservice to their defense.
Jerry Tillery isn't the best in the class at his position (obviously, since he's still available here) but he has great potential. He has the size and explosiveness to get through blockers any and every down, and possesses a great second effort. He doesn't defend against the run as teams would like, but if he's used in a way that emphasizes his strengths, Tillery can thrive on this Los Angeles defensive line.
32. New England Patriots
Parris Campbell, Wide Receiver, Ohio State, 6'0" 210
Much like the Rams, New England doesn't have too many obvious holes to fill. The obvious one is at tight end, with Rob Gronkowski announcing his retirement. Many mock drafts have the Patriots taking one of the top two guys at the position, but we're not predicting trades here. T.J. Hockenson and Noah Fant are off the board, leaving guys like Jace Sternberger, Caleb Wilson, and Irv Smith Jr. as the top tight ends left. Instead of reaching for one of those guys, Bill Belichick surprises everyone with this selection. He chooses to replace Chris Hogan and Cordarrelle Patterson with this pick...
Ohio State's Parris Campbell isn't the most well known name in this class, but he's far from an unknown. Campbell has blazing speed (which he put on display with 4.31 40 time at the combine), and excellent yards-after-catch ability. He isn't your prototypical 6'4" 225 pound number one wide receiver, but the Ohio State prospect is no slouch by any means. He is a bit of a gadget player, so certain teams may not want to touch him. But if used correctly, Parris Campbell could become an explosive playmaker in the NFL.
Notable Names Left Out of the First Round
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
QB Daniel Jones, Duke
WR Marquise "Hollywood" Brown, Oklahoma
TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
MLB Mack Wilson, Alabama
CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
S Deionte Thompson, Alabama
S Jonathon Abraham, Mississippi State
What do think of these SPOILERS? How would you feel if every pick came true? What selections would you change? Let me know in the comment section! Please share this article with fellow football fans and of course, happy Draft Day!