This is it, ladies and gents. The 2019 NFL Draft is TOMORROW in a new city of Nashville and the buzz surrounding this year’s draft is high. Americans love football and they love their draft talk. Nashville is the perfect host city for this event with the great night life and downtown strip for fans pre-and-post draft and for an entire weekend event. I wanted to wait until Draft Week to release my only official mock draft that is more concise and in-depth with latest developments and prevailing opinions. Without further ado, here you all go. Enjoy!
- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
There is a lot of talk surrounding this player and this pick. I think when they hired the young, strapping offensive guru in Kliff Kingsbury, they kicked the door wide open for these to start and every step in the process they have fallen in love with the dynamic QB who will perfectly complement their new style of offense. You have to feel for Josh Rosen, but he’ll land on his feet and hopefully with the New England Patriots for a second day pick to backup Tom Brady and develop under Josh McDaniels.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the complete package and this is probably the surest pick there is on the board. John Lynch and the 49ers have fallen in love with this player and for good measure, home run pick for San Francisco getting a dynamic edge player and standout Buckeye.
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is the real deal, he’s the perfect combination of power and speed and the clear-cut best guy on the board after Bosa. The explosive player should feast in Gregg Williams defensive system for the Jets. They have the QB and their offensive-minded head coach, Williams beefs up their defense.
4. Oakland Raiders: Devin White, LB, LSU
White is a student of the game and is a tackling machine who fills the gap and can lead the charge for the black & silver for the next decade. Mike Mayock is going to want to make a statement with his first pick, and White out of LSU is that statement.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
Allen was a monster at Kentucky wreaking havoc off the edge with the perfect combination of size, power and speed. He’s a legit top 5 talent here and the Bucs are going to want someone who they can plug into Todd Bowles system and make an impact from the jump, Allen at No. 5 does just that.
6. New York Giants: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
There’s a lot of speculation surrounding the Giants and whether or not they go with a QB with this pick. Dave Gettleman seems like the guy who’s not going to reach or cater to the media and what his fanbase wants, that’s why I have Oliver going here. The explosive interior defensive lineman has monstrous potential and upside, too much for Big Blue to pass up on Thursday, especially with another draft pick in this round to address the QB position.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor is a big, nasty run blocker who fits the bill for what the Jags will be looking for up front. They will need someone up front to protect their investment in Nick Foles and help them pound the ball on the ground, the former Gator won’t have to travel too far to his new home.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Another college star staying in the same state here. Matt Patricia is going to be looking to add to his defense and drafting an edge player like Gary, whom the Lions have had a good long hard look at, makes a lot of sense. Detroit needs talented players on that side of the ball and Gary is exactly what the doctor ordered.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Bills will be looking to get some protection up front for their second-year QB and investment and luckily for them a productive tackle from Alabama who played for their current OC Brian Daboll in college in on the board. It’s not a sexy pick, but it doesn’t have to be.
10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The former Wolverine is effective in all facets of his game defending the pass, stopping the run and rushing the passer. He will be productive in a Broncos defense that is loaded with talent on that side of the ball and now has a defensive-minded head coach in Vic Fangio.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The strong-arm QB has a lot of potential and if he falls past the Giants should make it to this spot, ripped for the picking by new head coach Zac Taylor and the Bengals. Andy Dalton is entering the final year of his contract and Cincy has done their homework in the QB who tore it up on Saturdays in Columbus.
12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Hockenson is the complete package, a dynamic weapon in the passing game and above average blocking tight end. This pick makes sense here for Matt LaFleur in securing a target and key member of his offense for Aaron Rodgers.
13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Wilkins fills a need on a pretty void and rebuilding football program under former Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores. This is a step in the right direction for the Phins.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
Allen is the type of edge player Dan Quinn will be targeting on his defense across from Grady Jarrett. The Falcons are right there and a productive edge player is always welcomed.
15. Washington Redskins: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is a tall accurate QB that comes from a system at Duke with a coach in David Cutcliffe who is known for his experience mentoring college QB’s turned first round picks. Washington needs someone to step in for Alex Smith long-term who’s career may very well be over. He can sit and learn behind Case Keenum this season before taking the reigns.
16. Carolina Panthers: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
Explosive, quick outside threat that will be just what Cam Newton needs on the outside. Cam needs someone other than McCaffrey shouldering the load if Carolina wants to make it back to the playoffs.
17. New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Lock has the size and arm talent similar to Haskins, just without the same accuracy or hasn’t shown the ability to put it all together. Lock sitting behind Eli Manning might work best as he develops and hones his skills under Pat Shurmur.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi St.
Sweat has all the measurables to be an elite pass rusher in the league, he’s just very raw and still growing into his frame. There’s some question about his health and a potential heart condition, but if it checks out I can see Mike Zimmer taking him here with the top 5 potential he possesses.
19. Tennessee Titans: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
I was torn between going with Campbell out of OSU here, but Lindstrom’s athleticism, talnet and ability are just what the Titans need up front to get them over the top. It starts in the trenches, Mike Vrabel knows that and he wants his football team to be tough snap to whistle.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is one of the best corners on the board and has long arms and the athleticism to justify it. The Steelers could use some help on the outside and on the defensive side of the ball.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.
Pete Carroll and John Schneider are looking for an Earl Thomas replacement after he departed in free agency. Abram is a hard hitting safety who can fill that role admirably and I have him graded as the clear-cut best safety on the board.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Campbell is a speedy slot receiver who can take the top off a defense and a weapon that Lamar Jackson will need to perfect compliment his game in the Ravens offense. Good value here in the back-end of the first round.
23. Houston Texans: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Deshaun Watson gets himself another legit target to compliment Deandre Hopkins. The pass-catching tight end has the size, speed and acceleration to keep defensive coordinators up at night along with the rest of the Houston offense.
24. Oakland Raiders: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Brown is a small burner of a receiver that would be a dual-outside threat for Derek Carr along with Antonio Brown. This would be a nightmare for spectators with two awesome WR’s with the last name Brown on one team, but the potential with these two and Chucky calling the plays is tremendous.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
I was between Baker and Jacobs the RB from Alabama here, but the press corner has the advantage for me especially with a Philly team that could use some help at the cornerback position.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
One thing we know about Chris Ballard is he’s done a terrific job adding talented players to his football team. Thompson is a talented player with good skills and size at the position to be productive at the next level. A guy who knows how to win as well.
27. Oakland Raiders: Julian Love, CB, Norte Dame
A tough, intelligent football player with a high IQ and he played for the Fighting Irish. The Raiders can pretty much upgrade almost every position on their football team, so going corner with their third pick isn’t a bad idea.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, DE, Clemson
Lawrence is the best player on the board here and with his combination of size, power and speed, would be a force on the same defensive line as Melvin Ingram & Joey Bosa.
29. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, DE, Florida St.
This was the pick just acquired from the Chiefs in exchange for Frank Clark who got absolutely paid with a brand new extension. Seattle needs a replacement here that can rush the passer and that is the Florida State edge rusher that is a little raw on the experience side, but makes up for it with his potential.
30. Green Bay Packers: Garrett Bradbury, OL, N.C. State
Bradbury has a first round grade on him as a center. While the Packers have Linsley as their current center, this player is too good for the Pack to pass up on especially when they could use some help on the interior of their offensive line. Always a good investment to protect your prized investment and franchise Quarterback.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi St.
Simmons looks and acts the part of an elite interior defensive lineman prospect. The Rams need someone to step in for Suh alongside of Aaron Donald and shoulder a lot of the load and snaps, Simmons is a great fit for their scheme and football team.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
If the Patriots stay at No. 32, which is highly unlikely one way or another, then Smith Jr. out of Alabama is their guy. We know their need at the position without Gronk and the connection Belichick and Nick Saban share. Smith offers Pro Bowl potential from the position and comes out as an above average blocker and can be the pass catching tight end Tom Brady is looking for. Just needs to work on his route running and refining his blocking which comes with more experience.