2019- 3 Round Mock (10/30/18)

(with projected compensatory picks)

First Round

 

  1.    New York Giants: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

Whether you think the Giants should have drafted a quarterback with the second overall pick in 2018 or not the Giants must take a quarterback if they have the top selection in 2019. Eli Manning has had a nice career but is a shell of himself. He won’t push the ball down field and seems to have played his best football. Justin Herbert is an ideal quarterback prospect. He has all the tools and intangibles to be a starter from day 1. By all accounts he is a great leader and teammate and has the physical ability to be a Pro Bowl quarterback. I’m not buying the reports yet that he is going back to school and while I believe that is an option, I don’t think his mind is made up yet.

  1.    San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio St.

The 49ers find themselves picking this high simply because they lost their quarterback for the season. Former first round pick Arik Armstead was better suited for the 3-4 and doesn’t have an ideal home in the 49ers new defense. Nick Bosa has battled through some injuries this year but still has 4 sacks in 3 games. He will be a lock for a top 5 selection in April.

  1.    Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

The Bills desperately need to fix their offensive line but they have some gapping holes on defense. Ed Oliver is another generational talent who will make an immediate impact. He has elite pass rusher ability and can be a run stuffer. Oliver is worthy of being the first overall selection.

  1.    Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

Jon Gruden clearly wants to build his own team as most of Reggie McKenzie first round picks are either gone or on the trading block. One thing that people fail to realize is that the in 2017 the Raiders registered only 31 sacks which was 24th in the NFL and 25 sacks in 2016 which was dead last. During that time Khalil Mack had 21.5 sacks and while he is a phenomenal pass rusher, even with him the Raiders pass rush needed a huge upgrade. Clelin Ferrell is great pass rusher and after 18 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in 2017 he has followed it up with 8 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks so far through 2018. He is a lock for a top 10 pick.

  1.    Arizona Cardinals: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

Greg Little is the best true left tackle prospect in the draft. He is a big, strong and agile. He has very good footwork and can refine his technique to become an elite tackle. He has the makings of being a franchise left tackle. The Cardinals need to give Josh Rosen and David Johnson a reliable offensive line if the want their offense to succeed.

  1.    Cleveland Browns: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Desmond Harrison hasn’t been terrible but he hasn’t been great either. Jonah Williams is a very good offensive linemen and could be the first one off the board in April however, there will be some debate on where he fits whether its at tackle or guard. He has played right tackle and left tackle in college but tipping the scales just at 300 pounds could make him a little light to stay there. Either way he gives the Browns an upgrade on the offensive line.

  1.    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St.

Jameis Winston has not had a very good 2018 season after being benched for 3 games. There is a real chance that the Buccaneers look to move on from Winston during the offseason. Dwayne Haskins stock has skyrocketed but as a redshirt sophomore he could always return to school. If Haskins season continues on the current path (where he keeps getting better each week) and he declares for the draft, he will be in contention for the 1st overall selection.

  1.    Denver Broncos: Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

Case Keenum is not the answer. However, I don’t feel like John Elway will take a quarterback if its not Herbert or Haskins. No ones stock has soared more than Williams over the course of this season. He has been a dominate with 33 tackles and 8.5 tackles for a loss, Williams has solidified his stock as a top 10 pick.

  1.    New York Jets: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Jets have a much improved defense but need younger corners. Greedy Williams is the best cornerback in the draft and he has elite size and speed to be a shutdown corner. He is a tall corner who has elite ball skills and has shut down receivers so far this year.

  1.   Jacksonville Jaguars: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

It’s not question that Blake Bortles has worn out his welcome in Jacksonville. He has been very bad at times and lost games for the Jaguars. With the defense still dominate the offense needs to figure it out while their window is small. Everyone is torn on Will Grier (similar to Baker Mayfield at this time last year). Grier has a strong arm, is very athletic and has gotten better and better as his career has gone on. He needs some refinement and coaching to adjust to the NFL but he will have a good career.

  1.   Miami Dolphins: Brain Burns, Edge, Florida St.

Cameron Wake only has 1 sack this year and will be 37 years old next season. The Dolphins need to find another pass rusher to replace him. Through 8 games this season Brian Burns has 9 sacks and 11.5 tackles for a loss and been one of the few bright spots in the Seminoles season. He has a high upside but weight only 235 pounds at the start of the season. He has the frame to add another 10 pounds which he will need to do at the next level.

  1.   Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

It will be interesting to see what direction Gruden takes in year 2. Karl Joseph is on the trading block and the other safety spot has been held down by Marcus Gilchrist. The Raiders need to revamp their entire defense and Thompson is a playmaker who will make a difference on the backend. He is an elite athlete with great instincts. His range is remarkable and he is getting better each week.

  1.   Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

The Lions need a lot of help along the defensive line. Ziggy Ansah is their best pass rusher but has been inconsistent throughout his career. Rashan Gary will be more effective as a defensive tackle in the NFL than as an edge rusher. He has a ton of ability as an interior rusher and he is only scratching the surface.

  1.   Tennessee Titans: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

Josh Allen has had another great season in 2018 improving upon his 2017 season which was very good. Allen is a dynamite pass rusher who can drop into coverage and is worthy of being a top 10 overall selection. He will contribute immediately in Tennessee.

 

  1.   Indianapolis Colts: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Murphy is only a sophomore so there is good chance he spends another season in Washington. However, he has done enough to prove to be a first round draft pick. He is a playmaker in the defensive secondary and shut down N’Keal Harry. Murphy has great instincts and ballskills and will be a first round pick in 2018 if he decides to come out.

  1.   Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Devin White, LB, LSU

Devin White needs to be in consideration in the Top 5 overall selections. He is an elite athlete, who is a hard hitter, can rush the passer and can cover tight ends and running backs. He can fit in almost any defensive scheme and would allow the Falcons to move him around. His speed and physical ability remind me of Ryan Shazier.

  1.   Atlanta Falcons: Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

The Falcons have a lot of really good pieces in place but need a few playmakers on the defensive side of the ball. They have been hurt by injuries but improving their defensive line could help the secondary. Tillery has been fantastic with 8.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks in 2018. He has a ton of ability and moves incredibly well for a 6’7”, 305 lbs defensive linemen.

  1.   Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

Metcalf is only a redshirt sophomore so there is a very good chance he returns to college after suffering a season ending neck injury. But if he can prove healthy by the combine with the season he is having he should cash in now. Metcalf has great size and speed and solid hands. He has the ability to be a game changing receiver. The Ravens need to find someone on the outside to help and Metcalf would open up the offense.

  1.   Washington Redskins: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

Similarly to Calvin Ridley, A.J. Brown is a very good receiver who is going to be very underrated throughout the draft process. Brown won’t wow with his test results but they will be good enough. He has very good hands, pays attention to detail and has good quickness. He has been dominate in the SEC and will be an exceptional NFL receiver.

  1.   Seattle Seahawks: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Baker is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is a tough, athletic corner who can cover, and will cover, almost anyone. He doesn’t have elite speed which could hurt his draft stock if he doesn’t time well but has made up for it with technique and is good enough to run with almost anyone. The Seahawks need to improve their secondary and Baker would be a big upgrade.

  1.   Green Bay Packers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.

The Packers used a lot of picks on wide receivers in the 3rd day of the draft last year but need to give Aaron Rodgers more weapons. Harry has good size and speed and has made some dynamic catches in his collegiate career. He is absolutely worth of a first round selection and could be a top 10 pick when its all said and done.

  1.   Cincinnati Bengals: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Tyler Eifert seems to suffer some terrible injuries and a once reliable target for Andy Dalton just can’t stay on the field. Noah Fant is the top tight end in the 2018 draft and would give the Bengals anther weapon in the passing game.

  1.   Los Angeles Chargers: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida

Polite has had a very good season for the Gators and is currently 4th in the SEC with 7 sacks. He is a very good fit in the Chargers defensive scheme. He has a ton of athletic ability and can get around the edge very quickly. He will need to put a little weight on but can be moved around.

  1.   Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi St.

Sweat is a very good athlete, who has good length and seems to always be in the backfield. Over the last two years he has collected a total of 19 sacks in 22 games. Over those two years he has played in 13 SEC games and totaled 13 sacks in conference play. He continues to do great work against top tier competition. The Panthers need more help from their edge rushers and Sweat would be a steal.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

The Eagles are an incredibly deep team so they could go in a variety of directions. Mack Wilson is an athletic linebacker that Nick Saban asks to do a lot of different things. He can go after the quarterback and drop into coverage. He has very good intincts and can play any linebacker position for the Eagles. He is a strong, physical presence in the middle of the field. He is also a good special teams player.

  1.   Houston Texans: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

The Texans are trending in the right direction and behind DeShaun Watson the team has looked much improved once he shook off some of the rust. The team can upgrade the offensive line and Edwards is someone I believe will be a late first day or early day 2 selection. He has great length and good athletic ability. He is quick off the snap and uses his hands very well. He has played mostly right tackle for the Badgers and that’s where his future probably lies.

  1.   Pittsburgh Steelers: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn St.

Joe Haden is having a great season but 2016 first round pick, Artie Burns, is not. The Steelers need a good young corner and Oruwariye fits their mold. A very good friend of NFL Rough Draft, Doug Martz (http://draftboardguru.com) has been on him for a while. He is a physical corner who can play inside or out and has a ton of big game experience. In the Penn St. loss against Michigan St., Oruwariye was the best defensive player on the field.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings: Dalton Risner, OL, Kanas St.

Risner has played multiple spots along the offensive line and is someone who continues to get better and more effective as he grows and progresses. He is a solid athlete who can stay at left tackle if needed but could slide inside to guard as well. He needs to get a little stronger in the run game but uses his hands well and mirrors well in pass protection.

  1.   New England Patriots: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina St.

The Patriots need to find someone who can create mismatches on the outside and Harmon might be it. While Josh Gordon has looked good in his time with the Patriots, nothing with Gordon is a guarantee. Harmon is another very good receiver from this draft class that will win with separation, route running and hands. But he also has very good vertical ability which makes him a very enticing draft prospects.

  1.   Green Bay Packers (from NO): Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

The Packers should be looking to take the best players available who will contribute this year. Raekwon Davis is a difference maker up front and will give the Packers more depth along their defensive line.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

The Chiefs need to improve their run defense and Lawrence is a huge, dominate force in the middle of the defensive line. Lawrence is a very mobile for his size and can play the role the Chiefs need in the middle of their defense.

  1.   Los Angeles Rams: Zach Allen, Edge, Boston College

The Rams are the most complete team in the NFL right now so taking the best player available will be the best route. Allen is a very big and strong defensive linemen who is dominating this season. Through 8 games he has 12.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. Allen can rush the passer and is very good against the run. He is not the most athletic edge player but can fit in a variety of schemes and creates havoc along the defensive line.

 

2nd Round

 

  1.   New York Giants: Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech

Ferguson has been an incredibly dominate player throughout his career and could easily go in round 1.

  1.   San Francisco 49ers: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

The 49ers desperately need playmakers on the outside.

  1.   Buffalo Bills: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

The Bills need to revamp their entire offensive line if they want to give Josh Allen a chance to succeed.

  1.   Oakland Raiders: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Samuel is a very good and complete receiver who should start week 1 wherever he gets drafted.

  1.   Arizona Cardinals: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi St.

Simmons is a dominant force but has a checkered past which could hurt his draft stock.

  1.   Cleveland Browns: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa St.

Butler is a long ball threat that is strong and has good hands. He is an explosive talent who can be a first round pick if he can prove he is more than just a deep threat.

  1.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyree St. Louis, OT, Miami

The Buccaneers need to improve their offensive line play and with a new young quarterback they need to give him time.

  1.   Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Lock has not performed well in big games which will put his performance under the microscope. He is a day 2 quarterback.

  1.   Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ): Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Wilkins is a dominate defensive linemen for the Tigers but with such a deep class along the defensive line he could get pushed to round 2.

  1.   Jacksonville Jaguars: Albert Okwuegbunam, TE, Missouri

Okwuegbunam is a dynamic talent with a ton of athletic ability. He is only a sophomore so he could return but he could be a first round pick.

  1.   Miami Dolphins: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Ryan Tannehill need to get cut. The Dolphins need to move on. Jones is a prospect who could go on day 2 because of need at the position.

  1.   Dallas Cowboys: Gerald Willis, DL, Miami

Willis has had a great year for the Hurricanes and could find himself in the conversation for round 1.

  1.   Detroit Lions: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Bush is a very intense player who could help improve the middle of the Lions defense.

  1.   Tennessee Titans: Elgton Jenkins, C/G, Mississippi St.

Jenkins could be the best interior offensive linemen in the draft. He would give the Titans depth and should be an immediate starter.

  1.   Indianapolis Colts: Bryan Edwards, WR, South Carolina

T.Y. Hilton is a great receiver but the Colts has given him no one else to take pressure off of him. Edwards is a playmaker who would see a lot of time early on.

  1.   New England Patriots (from CHI): Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida

Joseph is someone who should be on everyones draft radar. He has a ton of athletic ability and makes plays sideline to sideline.

  1.   Atlanta Falcons: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Ford is another intriguing offensive linemen who could be a start immediately in the NFL.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles (from BAL): Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

Mullen is a long, athletic corner who fits the Eagles mold on defense.

  1.   Washington Redskins: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

The Redskins need some improved depth in the secondary and Love is a technically sound player.

  1.   Houston Texans (from SEA): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn St.

Sanders is a dynamic running back who has the ability to be a game changing player. He has good hands and vision.

  1.   Green Bay Packers: Joe Jackson, Edge, Miami

Behind Clay Matthews and Nick Perry the Packers can improve the depth of their outside linebackers. Jackson is a pure pass rusher with a ton of ability.

  1.   Cincinnati Bengals: Tevon Coney, LB, Notre Dame

The Bengals need to upgrade their linebackers and Coney is tackling machine.

  1.   Los Angeles Chargers: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas

Boyd has really stepped up this year and been the Longhorns best cornerback.

  1.   Carolina Panthers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

Gardner-Johnson is a versatile defensive back who can cover receivers as a nickel and can play deep safety if needed.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

The Eagles need to solidify their run game and Harris is a great value late in the second round.

  1.   Houston Texans: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Brown is a very good interior defensive linemen and he will create havoc across from JJ Watt.

  1.   Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU

Bud Dupree may not be bac and the Steelers have poor depth behind their starters. Banogu is a good pass rusher with a high upside.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings: Dre’mont Jones, DL, Ohio St.

Jones is another very good interior defensive linemen and a great value.

  1.   New England Patriots: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

Rob Gronkowski is an impact player but gets hurt because of his physical style of play. Kaden Smith could give the Patriots a combo similar to when Aaron Hernandez was playing.

  1.   New Orleans Saints: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

The Saints secondary gets beat up every week. Rapp is a versatile safety who plays all over the field.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs: Michael Jackson, CB, Miami

Jackson was very good in 2017 and has followed it up with another solid season. He should hear his name called on day 2 of the draft.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs (from LAR): D’Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia

The Chiefs need some depth at the outside linebacker position. Walker is a very solid overall player.

3rd Round

  1.   San Francisco 49ers: Blace Brown, CB, Troy

Brown is flying under the radar but will be a good pick.

  1.   Buffalo Bills: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

LeSean McCoy is at the end of the line of his career and the Bills need a playmaker in their backfield. Love has had a disappointing season but should have no issues rebounding.

  1.   Oakland Raiders: Benny Snell Jr., RB, Kentucky

Snell is a hard nosed runner who fits Jon Gruden style.

  1.   Arizona Cardinals: Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford

It seems as if the Cardinals don’t like any of their linebackers so they will upgrade the position during the offseason.

  1.   Cleveland Browns: Javon Kinlaw, DL, South Carolina

Kinlaw is another versatile player who has been dominant this season.

  1.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson

Lamar is an athletic linebacker who give the Bucs another player to cover sideline to sideline.

  1.   Denver Broncos: Michael Dieter, OL, Wisconsin

Dieter is a versatile linemen who should start at guard right away

  1.   New York Jets: Oshane Ximines, Edge, Old Dominion

Ximines has been a consistent force for Old Dominion but he keeps getting better.

  1.   Jacksonville Jaguars: D.J. Wonnum, Edge, South Carolina

Wonnum missed a large chunk of the season from being injured but now that he is back, if he closes out the season strong he could be an early day 2 pick.

  1.   Miami Dolphins: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

Hall is what the Dolphins hoped they got when they draft DeVante Parker. He is an explosive playmaker with a ton of upside.

  1.   Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Jones, S, Texas

Jones was a highly recruited safety who has great sideline to sideline coverage and is a very good tackler.

  1.   New England Patriots (from DET): Rashard Lawrence, DL, LSU

Lawrence has a ton of upside and was a huge recruit. He isn’t much of a pass rusher but is great against the run.

  1.   Tennessee Titans: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The Titans could use an explosive player in the passing game. Brown has elite speed which the Titans are lacking.

  1.   Indianapolis Colts: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

Winovich is a disruptive player who uses his hands well.

  1.   Chicago Bears: Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama

Buggs is putting up great numbers but has benefited from some of the other Crimson Tide defenders.

  1.   Atlanta Falcons: T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

The Falcons are in need of some help at linebacker and Edwards is a smart instinctive player.

  1.   Baltimore Ravens: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St.

Alex Collins is a solid running back but lacks big play ability. Justice Hill is a perfect compliment.

  1.   Washington Redskins: Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama

Miller is an explosive pass rusher that will help on passing downs initially.

  1.   Seattle Seahawks: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St.

The Seahawks need to really try to improve their offensive line. Dillard is a right tackle who would push German Ifedi.

  1.   Green Bay Packers: Tyler Biadasz, OL, Wisconsin

Biadasz plays center for the Badgers but can play either guard spot. He is a versatile backup who can be a starter down the line.

  1.   Cincinnati Bengals: Ricky Walker, DL, Virginia Tech

The Bengals always seem to add talented player to their defensive line so I would expect the same at some point in the first 3 rounds.

  1.   Los Angeles Chargers: Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon

Not many people are talking about Throckmorton right now but if he declares he could see a huge bump in his stock.

  1.   Carolina Panthers: Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M

Christian McCaffrey is a good running back but they need to find another player to compliment him and Williams is a very good running back overall.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

Lindstrom is a great value at this point and provides a good backup who can push to become a starter.

  1.   Houston Texans: Porter Gustin, Edge, USC

Clowney will be a free agent in 2019 and will starting getting very costly. Gustin is having a good season and would be great depth option.

  1.   Pittsburgh Steelers: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

The Steelers don’t need to draft a receiver but they love big receivers who can stretch the field. Johnson would be an upgrade over Justin Hunter.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn

Dean has great length and gives the Vikings depth.

  1.   Cleveland Browns (from NE): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.

Abram is an underrated player who doesn’t get enough attention yet.

  1.   New York Jets (from NO): Isaiah Prince, OT, Ohio St.

The Jets need to protect Sam Darnold and will have to address their offensive line during the draft.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St.

The Chiefs could utilize a player like Parris Campbell in a variety of ways and he is a better #3 option than Chris Conley.

  1.   Los Angeles Rams: Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo

Hodge is a tackling machine and would be a great addition for the Rams.

  1.   Washington Redskins (comp): Jake Hanson, OL, Oregon

Hanson is a quality offensive line prospect that seems to get better each week.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings (comp): Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi St.

Kyle Rudolph is still a good tight end but adding another young player behind him would be smart with his injury history.

  1.   New England Patriots (comp): Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina St.

The Patriots love to draft quarterbacks. Finley has had a great college career but projects as a good backup at this point.

  1.   Los Angeles Rams (comp): Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami

Johnson is averaging 9 tackles a game but can also cover from his safety position.

  1. Los Angeles Rams (comp): Beau Benzschawel, OL, Wisconsin

The Rams could use some young depth along the offensive line and Benzschawel could start at some point soon.

  1. Carolina Panthers (comp): Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington

The Panthers typically like to go for athletic linebackers and will Burr-Kirven isn’t as athletic as a lot of the guys on the roster he is a very instinctive and smart player.

  1. New England Patriots (comp): Jordan Brailford, Edge, Oklahoma St.

Brailford has 9 sacks in 8 games this season and has been consistently in opponents backfields all season.