By Mike Luchene
The following mock draft contains projections and explanations for all 254 choices in the 2019 NFL Draft. I’ve certainly tried to match prospects with specific teams based on 2019/2020 team needs and general manager historical tendencies, my main focus is always to paint a picture of player value. In other words, I urge you to pay more attention to the draft slots that I have players getting drafted rather than which specific team accounts for the landing spot.
I’ve also added a list of top available priority free agents after the conclusion of the 7th round.
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1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
This is definitely not something I saw coming as of a few months ago. On one hand, I give Arizona credit. It’s more important than anything else to have the right quarterback in placem and organizations are often too patient with bad decisions. I have to believe the Cardinals know what they have in Josh Rosen better than anyone on the outside. On the other hand, the 3 best players in this draft are Quinnen Williams, Josh Allen, and Nick Bosa. Murray is not a slam dunk franchise signal-caller and it’s debatable whether or not his slight frame even merits a first round choice.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
This choice should come down to Allen and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa. Both would be fine selections. I will project Allen here for now simply because I believe he is not viewed in the media as being as good as Bosa and the reality is that he can easily prove to be better. Allen wins with speed while Bosa is more of a technician, but both of these players are going to be Pro Bowlers. I certainly would not argue with anyone slotting Bosa to the 49ers.
3. New York Jets: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
The Jets need a pass rusher so Bosa is an easy choice.There have been rumblings that the team may decide to trade down and further supplement the offense around Sam Darnold. That makes plenty of sense and I wonder if Oakland would be willing to part with 24, 27, and 35 for the chance to land Bosa and Quinnen Williams. If the Jets stay put, this is an easy choice.
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders should have a simple draft strategy at 4 if Kyler Murray is indeed the first overall selection. There are 3 elite prospects on defense. Draft whichever one is still available. Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden might be hoping Bosa or Allen slide because there’s almost nothing at edge on the roster other than Arden Key. However, Quinnen Williams is arguably the best player in the draft and he would look good next to Maurice Hurst, even though they’re both ideally 3-techniques in a base 4-3 defense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
I’ve stated that the 3 best players in this draft are the defensive linemen that are already off the board. Tampa would love for one of them to slide, but White, in my opinion, is clearly the next best player in this class and he would be an upgrade over the departed Kwon Alexander. Ed Oliver also makes sense if Tampa is indeed married to trading Gerald McCoy.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Some of you guys may recall me yelling about how the Giants should take Baker Mayfield with Cody Stoots and John Lopez on CBS Radio last April. As it turned out, Mayfield wasn’t available, but Dave Gettleman should’ve taken Sam Darnold (I thought he was going to Cleveland). Saquon Barkley is already the best running back in the NFL, but there’s no salary benefit to taking a running back so early and he’ll likely already be in the Hall of Fame while Darnold is still leading the Jets to perennial playoff appearances. However, landing Dwayne Haskins would go a long way toward covering that blunder. The convenient part of Haskins to the Giants is that he’s only a redshirt sophomore with a year of collegiate starting experience under his belt. Outside of Darnold and DeShone Kizer, I can’t even recall a redshirt sophomore quarterback getting drafted. In other words, Haskins won’t be ready to play at a high level as a rookie so New York could get away with bringing Eli Manning back for a 2019 farewell tour. In fact, the only real problem with this scenario is that I think another team would jump up ahead of this slot to prevent him from getting here.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
I have no inside information, but there’s no way Tom Coughlin doesn’t love Hockenson. Jacksonville has been trying to find a star at the position for the past couple years. After the Austin Seferian-Jenkins project bombed a year ago, I think the team will sure up the position for years to come with Hockenson.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, Edge, Michigan
Gary has the physical traits to become a steal outside the top ten overall selections, but I think his stock will rise after the combine. Ziggy Ansah is in free agency limbo and the team needs another defensive end even if he returns. The local product has tremendous upside based on his physical gifts. He just hasn’t produced to his potential during his collegiate career. I personally wouldn’t think about drafting this boom or bust prospect until the later third of the 1st round.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Brandon Beane has a tricky decision to make in this scenario. The best player on the board is Ed Oliver and he also happens to match the need that has been created by the retirement of Kyle Williams. I always lean toward drafting value over need unless the team in question needs a quarterback. However, it would be reasonable for Beane to bypass Oliver in order to take one of the first round-caliber offensive linemen because Josh Allen has to be placed in a better situation to succeed in 2019 and Harrison Phillips looks like he could develop into a solid starter.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
I don’t think the Joe Flacco deal makes any difference when it comes to Denver’s draft plans. I view Lock as a potential average starter so I wouldn’t consider him until much later in the round, but he does meet all of the minimum benchmarks that scouts look for and there’s a good chance he gets selected within the first 15 picks.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Bush’s combine effort solidified his standing in the top-half of round 1. There really isn’t much to nitpick about his game other than the fact that he’s a tad short. Bush and Devin White are in the same tier as Roquan Smith from a year ago. This would be an excellent choice for the Bengals.
12. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Fant has somehow become tremendously underrated by the media. T.J. Hockenson is a terrific prospect and he’s easily a better blocker than his college teammate. However, Fant is no slouch either. He is much more of an inline tight end than some of the glorified receivers around the league like Eric Ebron and Evan Engram. He will also provide the team that drafts him with a deadly weapon in the passing game.
13. Miami Dolphins: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
I think the Dolphins will try to trade out of this spot to accumulate more picks. I’m not projecting trades here so I will just give them the best player left on my board. Sweat could hear his name called as early as the top 5 so this is about the floor of where I think he could land.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
You can expect a run on offensive linemen if this scenario plays out. The Falcons would have to choose between Dillard and Florida’s former right tackle, Jawaan Taylor. Both would be fine choices. Taylor is more of a sure thing, but I like Dillard’s upside at left tackle more because I think he will show improvement when run blocking once he’s on a team that actually runs the ball.
15. Washington Redskins: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
Burns is a ferocious pass rusher and an ideal fit as a 3-4 outsider backer. He won’t be an asset in run defense at the start of his career, but his ability to get to the quarterback certainly makes him worthy of a choice in the middle of the opening frame.There are numerous alternative routes for Washington to take here as well. If the franchise feels a quarterback is worth this selection, it would certainly make sense.
16. Carolina Panthers: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Panthers are in good position to upgrade the talent on the depth chart along the offensive line or at defensive end. A top 10 talent from one of those positions will almost certainly fall on Thursday evening. The choice here would be between Ford, Jawaan Taylor, and Clelin Ferrell. I give the edge to Ford only because the team had him in for a visit this week.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is a top-10 prospect in this class. This selection doesn’t represent a solution for the team’s top needs (OL & Edge), but I really like the value. Sam Beal will also be healthy this season so this move would solidify the position. A very strong case could also be made for Jawaan Taylor and Clelin Ferrell should be in play too.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jawaan Taylor would be an excellent choice for the Vikings. If Brian O’Neill moves to left tackle, Taylor can play right tackle. If Riley Reiff continues to man the blind side, then Taylor would be a luxury at guard.
19. Tennessee Titans: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
The Titans brought Ferrell in for a visit this week. I still believe he’s a top-10 talent with a chance to go much higher. There are going to be a range of opinions about the 1st round edge rushers once Bosa and Allen are off the board so Sweat, Burns, or Ferrell could be available for the Titans.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Harry isn’t the biggest or fastest athlete, but he’s going to be a good possession receiver and has been somewhat underrated throughout the process. The Steelers could also take one of the cornerbacks here. They’ve met with Murphy, Baker, and Ya-Sin. A wildcard choice would be Chase Winovich. It’s a little early for him, but Pittsburgh is interested and the team took Terrell Edmunds in the first round last year.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Once again, I expect the Seahawks to try to trade down. Layne is a player that recently visited Seattle and he’s bigger and a better athlete than Murphy and Baker. Those qualities are certainly important to the organization when considering cornerbacks. Lonnie Johnson is another potential target.
22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
I had Metcalf here back in February and I see no reason to change my mind at this point. He’s a better version of Torrey Smith and would provide an upgrade to the departed John Brown. Marquise Brown should also garner consideration.
23. Houston Texans: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
The Texans would love to see Andre Dillard or Jawaan Taylor available. While crazier things have happened, it’s highly unlikely either will be around at 23. Garrett Bradbury may also be gone, but he is a slam dunk if he’s there. Nick Martin hasn’t been healthy and he hasn’t played well when he’s been able to get himself out of the trainer’s room. Bradbury is an ideal fit for the zone scheme.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders are probably hoping Fant, Ford, or one of the edge players is still available with 24. That’s not the case here and Mike Mayock has always expressed his desire for productive defensive backs regardless of size. Florida’s 5-8 safety, Ahmad Black, was a Mayock favorite and he’s already signed Lamarcus Joyner.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Eagles are not afraid to accumulate talent along the defensive line. Fletcher Cox and Malik Jackson are firmly entrenched as the starters, but good base 4-3 teams are able to roll out 7 or 8 quality linemen.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Marlon Mack isn’t bad and Nyheim Hines is locked into the space back role, but Jacobs would be a huge upgrade to the offense. He is already an accomplished receiver and pass blocker and it would be a lot of fun to have him running behind that offensive line.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
I expect the Raiders to draft a slot receiver at some point over the weekend. Brown is in the same mold as Seth Roberts, but he’s much much better. Marquise Brown has also been attached to the team in rumors. The choice will depend upon whether Gruden wants a big slot receiver or a burner.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
The Chargers have shown a lot of interest in the draft’s top safeties. This choice could come down to Abram and Virginia’s Juan Thornhill. I give the edge to Abram simply because I think he’s a better player. It’s also noteworthy that I’ve heard some teams may have a medical flag on Abram’s shoulder. If he falls, that’ll be the cause.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Wouldn’t this be interesting? Publically, nobody knows what’s going on with Tyreek Hill. Even if he’s cleared, this is the last year of his contract and it’s questionable whether or not the Chiefs will be willing to give him big money due to his off-field issues.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
There’s no way the Packers are going to take a quarterback in the first round. The team’s starter in 4 or 5 years is still going to be Aaron Rodgers. I think the due diligence that’s been done at the position is in case one of them fall to day 2. Rodgers has been hurt a lot and Green Bay may not be sold on Kizer as a capable backup. Simmons will likely miss next season, but he’s a top 10 talent in the class. He had an issue where he kicked a woman on the ground in what he claimed was an attempt to stick up for family members. The word is that he’s a genuinely high character guy in spite of that incident. He probably won’t make it out of the 2nd round and he could even sneak into the first.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
This is what I wrote in February and it remains the same: Ya-Sin fits the mold of what the Rams look for from cornerbacks. He has impressive size and pree man ability. Aqib Talib is nearing the end of his career and the team isn’t going to have much cap room for the foreseeable future. It makes sense to address the position early in the draft.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
This is another selection that I had in February and I see no reason to change it now that Rob Gronkowski has announced his retirement. I could see New England doubling up and taking Drew Sample in the 3rd round as well.
33. Arizona Cardinals: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Williams has starting ability in the NFL even if it isn’t at left tackle.
34. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ): Darnell Savage, DB, Maryland
Savage is a safety who can also make plays in the slot. He has helped himself this offseason.
35. Oakland Raiders: Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech
Why run around cones when you can run through them?
36. San Francisco 49ers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker is a 1st round prospect who may fall because of concerns about his speed. He’s a fantastic choice starting with the 20th selection.
37. New York Giants: Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
McCoy is instantly an upgrade over Jon Halapio at center.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
Little is an underrated tackle that has been nitpicked since arriving on campus as a top recruit. He would provide outstanding value outside of the first round.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Johnson is big and physical. He has enjoyed an outstanding pre-draft process that started with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl and was capped by an impressive workout at his pro day.
40. Buffalo Bills: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College
The Bills signed a foundational piece when Mitch Morse decided to go to Buffalo, but the other additions on the offensive line are placeholders.
41. Denver Broncos: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Campbell made a lot of plays near the line of scrimmage in college, but looked smooth as a vertical threat during the combine.
42. Cincinnati Bengals: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
And there you have it.
43. Detroit Lions: Jojuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
Williams declared early and has drawn comparisons to Green Bay’s 2018 2nd round choice, Josh Jackson. Jackson was the 45th selection last year.
44. Green Bay Packers: Kaleb McGary, RT, Washington
Bulaga is nearing the end of his career (and contract).
45. Atlanta Falcons: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan
Winovich solidified his standing as a to 100 choice with an excellent combine workout that was highlighted by a 6.94-second 3-cone time.
46. Washington Redskins: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones has a lot of the traits that translate to the pro game. He has prototypical size, sufficient athleticism, and enough of an arm to keep him in the NFL for awhile. I don’t think there’s anything special about him though.
47. Carolina Panthers: L.J. Collier, Edge, TCU
Collier can set an edge against the run in addition to being able to get to the quarterback. His Senior Bowl week helped solidify his standing in the top 75.
48. Miami Dolphins: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
This would really be a great spot for Jeffery Simmons since the Dolphins are playing for 2020. Bunting is a strong value and Miami brought in a lot of other cornerbacks for official visits.
49. Cleveland Browns: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Thornhill might even be viewed as a potential cornerback by some teams. He’s big, athletic, and productive. What’s not to like?
50. Minnesota Vikings: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
Tillery will provide some pressure from the interior of the defensive line that the team will need now that Sheldon Richardson isn’t around.
51. Tennessee Titans: Dalton RIsner, RG, Kansas State
This is a complete luxury pick and gives the Titans, perhaps, the best offensive line in the league.
52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Wilson is a major upgrade that is sorely needed at inside linebacker.
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Sanders has been my top running back since the summer. He will definitely be a top 100 choice with 3-down potential and value as both a blocker and receiver as long as teams are comfortable with his ability to improve his ball security issues.
54. Houston Texans (from Seattle): Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
I don’t love this pick, but I hear Howard is going to go a lot earlier than where I would take him (4th round). He fits the mold for what the Texans look for from a left tackler, but I think they’d be better served trading up for Greg Little.
55. Houston Texans: Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson
This is another example of drafting for value over need. There isn’t currently an offensive lineman on the board worthy of this selection. Although Brandon Dunn is a decent player, Lawrence is a gigantic upgrade and wouldn’t have a chance of falling this low if not for his PED suspension during the BCS Playoffs.
56. New England Patriots (from Chicago): Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
The team’s wide receiver depth chart is in really bad shape after Edelman and he only has a year of guaranteed money left on his deal.
57. Philadelphia Eagles: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Gardner-Johnson is a playmaker in pass defense although he isn’t a great tackler.
58. Dallas Cowboys: Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
The Cowboys are looking for a big body to man the slot. They’ve done their work on the move tight ends and also Baylor’s Jalen Hurd.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi
The tight end position is so important in Frank Reich’s offense that I think Indianapolis will take advantage of the strength at the position and the extra 2nd round choice to add some insurance in case Eric Ebron leaves after 2019.
60. Los Angeles Chargers: Terrill Hanks, LB, New Mexico State
Maybe I’m too high on him or maybe the media is missing on his potential because he’s been hurt since the combine. We’ll find out soon.
61. Kansas City Chiefs: D’Andre Walker, Edge, Georgia
Walker was injured and decided not to do any testing, but he did recently do position drills in front of a handful of teams.
62. New Orleans Saints: Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
This is the only top 100 draft choice the Saints currently own so it’s going to have to count. Jones might fall a bit because he’s a bit of a one-trick-pony. It is, however, that the one trick is rushing the passer.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from LAR): Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Adderley has been a tad overrated throughout the process. He is a solid athlete, but he will need some development. He didn’t stand out at the Senior Bowl.
64. New England Patriots: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Demaryius Thomas might not even play next year and he isn’t a long term solution even if he does come back from the Achilles injury.
*The New York Giants forfeit the team’s 3rd round choice because of the selection of Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan in the 2018 supplemental draft. Beal was injured in training camp and placed on IR.
65. Arizona Cardinals: David Long, CB, Michigan
Long had nothing left to prove at Michigan. He emerged as the clear best defensive back prospect on a team that has had a very strong secondary for the past couple seasons.
66. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland): Ben Banogu, Edge, TCU
Banogu had a faster 10-yard split than Montez Sweat at the combine and he helped himself during Senior Bowl week as well.
67. San Francisco 49ers: Jalen Hurd, WR, Baylor
The 49ers have a number of interesting young receivers on the roster, but Hurd brings some size and a higher level of skill to the position.
68. New York Jets: Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
The Jets really need a capable center.
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: Nate Davis, OG, Charlotte
Jacksonville gets a lot better in the blocking game with these three picks.
70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Henderson is the all-time FBS leader in yards per carry. I wanted to fit him into the 2nd round because that’s where he’s likely to land.
71. Denver Broncos: Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
I wouldn’t take the Houston speedster until the 4th round because I don’t think he’s close to being ready to play, but Denver has done a lot of homework on him.
72. Cincinnati Bengals: Chuma Edoga, OT, USC
Edoga is a 2nd round pick if you watch his film. He comes with character flags that could push him as low as the 4th round.
73. New England Patriots (from Detroit): Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
Allen is going to be a quality starter in the NFL. He can defend the run and would be a much higher choice if he had more ability as a pass rusher.
74. Buffalo Bills: Maxx Crosby, Edge, Eastern Michigan
I had Crosby in the 4th round before the combine, but he vaulted himself into day 2 with that workout.
75. Green Bay Packers: Trysten Hill, DL, UCF
Hill was the best player on the defense under Scott Frost’s regime, but the new coaching staff didn’t start him for some reason.
76. Washington Redskins: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
Hardman is Crowder’s replacement.
77. Carolina Panthers: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
Carolina has brought in a lot of quarterbacks. It sure looks like the team is trying to get a more reliable backup in case Cam gets hurt again.
78. Miami Dolphins: Bobby Evans, OL, Oklahoma
Evans can play right tackle, but his best fit in the NFL (and Miami) is at guard.
79. Atlanta Falcons: Oshane Ximines, Edge, Old Dominion
Ximines will likely start his career as a situational pass rusher. I was a little underwhelmed by his practice against better competition at the Senior Bowl.
80. Cleveland Browns: Yodny Cajuste, OL, West Virginia
I’m not sure if Cajuste will be able to stay outside at tackle at the next level, but he should have a pro future at guard.
81. Minnesota Vikings: Amani Hooker, S-LB, Iowa
Hooker is Iowa’s latest Big 10 Defensive Back of the Year.
82. Tennessee Titans: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
I really like JJAWS. He’ll be a big red zone weapon with strong hands.
83. Pittsburgh Steelers: Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
Isabella had a rough week of practice in Mobile, but lit it up during the game. I still think he’ll go lower than many expect, but he’s worthy of a mid-to-late 3rd round selection.
84. Seattle Seahawks: Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
The Seahawks seem to value athleticism a bit less at receiver than other positions, but Boykin is a great value this late in the 3rd round.
85. Baltimore Ravens: Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
McGovern is capable of playing both guard and center at the next level.
86. Houston Texans: Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Unlike the rookie version of D’Onta Foreman, Harris is ready to contribute right away as a blocker and receiver.
87. Chicago Bears: David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
From February’s pick comment: “I’m going to bet the Bears trade Jordan Howard this offseason. He isn’t a fit in Matt Nagy’s offense.” Bingo. I had Miles Sanders here because I thought I was higher on him than anyone else. Now he’ll likely be gone so Montgomery makes sense. He’s a better fit than Howard to carry early down work because he’s a better receiver.
88. Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia): Dru Samia, OG, Oklahoma
Samia teamed with Cody Ford to make a nasty strong side offensive line for Oklahoma. It’s taken a while for me to get over watching Samia get run over by Quinnen Williams, but I think I’ve settled on him as a solid day 3 choice.
89. Indianapolis Colts: Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
Omenihu solidified himself as a top 100 choice at the Senior Bowl. Similar to TCU’s L.J. Collier and Miami’s Joe Jackson, he is a much better fit in a base 4-3 defense as an end than anywhere in a 3-4.
90. Dallas Cowboys: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
This is simply a value pick for a team with no first round choice. The 1st-3rd round cornerback rankings around the league figure to vary drastically.
91. Los Angeles Chargers: Khalen Saunders, NT, Western Illinois
Saunders was one of the biggest stories at the Senior Bowl because his wife went into labor at the start of the week and video footage of his back-flipping ability went viral. The Chargers are probably more interested in the small school product holding his own against the step up in competition and even delivering a sack during the game.
92. Kansas City Chiefs: Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Mullen enjoyed one of the best games of his career during the BCS National Championship Game against Alabama and wisely decided to declare for the draft as a result.
93. New York Jets (from New Orleans): Max Scharping, OT, Northern Illinois
Scharping would be able to backup multiple positions in his rookie season and he also has potential to develop into a starter at both tackle positions.
94. Los Angeles Rams: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson decided not to run a 40-yard dash and that’s a bit of a red flag since he’s a defensive back. I still think he will land safely in the 3rd or 4th round.
95. New York Giants (from Cleveland via New England): Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
Harmon isn’t a great athlete, but he has a large catch radius and wins a lot of contested balls.
96. Washington Redskins (Compensation for Kirk Cousins): Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
Jordan Reed has now looked broken down in each of the past two seasons. Oliver can replace his production as a receiver.
97. New England Patriots (Compensation for Nate Soldier): Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
McLaurin has probably helped himself more than any other prospect in the class since the end of the season. He’s a good receiver, a leader, and a terrific gunner.
98. Jacksonville Jaguars (From Rams – Compensation for Trumaine Johnson): Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State
Hill gives the Jaguars a back to use in tandem with Leonard Fournette who also might be talented enough to replace him for long stretches if injuries continue to be an issue.
99. Los Angeles Rams (Compensation for Sammy Watkins): Sione Takitaki, LB, BYU
Takitaki really made an impact during the week of practice at the Shrine Game and carried that momentum all the way through the pre-draft process. The 3rd round is not out of the question.
100. Carolina Panthers (Compensation for Andrew Norwell): Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama
Miller worked out for the Panthers and Bears last week and also met with Dallas.
101. New England Patriots (Compensation for Malcolm Butler): Drew Sample, TE, Washington
This choice could easily be used on one of the remaining quarterbacks. However, adding Irv Smith as a receiver and Sample in the blocking game would be an upgrade from Dwayne Allen and last year’s version of Rob Gronkowski.
102. Baltimore Ravens (Compensation for Ryan Jensen): Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Oruwariye is one of several intriguing day 2 cornerbacks with size and press ability.
103. Arizona Cardinals: Gerald WIllis, DL, Miami
104. San Francisco 49ers: Bobby Okereke, LB, Stanford
105. New York Jets: Preston WIlliams, WR, Colorado State
106. Oakland Raiders: Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic
107. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
108. New York Giants: Porter Gustin, Edge, USC
109. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Finley, QB, North Carolina State
110. Cincinnati Bengals: Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
111. Detroit Lions: Alize Mack, TE, Notre Dame
112. Buffalo Bills: Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida
113. Baltimore Ravens (from Denver): Anthony Nelson, DL, Iowa
114. Green Bay Packers: Germaine Pratt, LB, North Carolina State
115. Carolina Panthers: Ryquell Armstead, RB, Temple
116. Miami Dolphins: Justin Hollins, Edge, Oregon
117. Atlanta Falcons: Renell Wren, DT, Arizona State
118. Green Bay Packers (from Washington): Shareef Miller, Edge, Penn State
119. Cleveland Browns: Michael Deiter, OG, Wisconsin
120. Minnesota Vikings: Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
121. Tennessee Titans: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
122. Pittsburgh Steelers: Trayveon WIlliams, RB, Texas A&M
123. Baltimore Ravens: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
124. Seattle Seahawks: Tyler Roemer, OT, San Diego State
125. Denver Broncos (from Houston): Michael Jordan, OG, Ohio State
126. Chicago Bears: Jimmy Moreland, CB, James Madison
127. Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Ballentine, CB, Washburn
128. Dallas Cowboys: Khari Willis, S, Michigan State
129. Indianapolis Colts: Jahlani Tavai, LB, Hawaii
130. Los Angeles Chargers: Jordan Brailford, Edge, Oklahoma State
131. Buffalo Bills (from Kansas City): Hamp Cheevers, CB, Boston College
132. New York Giants (from New Orleans): Mike Edwards, S, Kentucky
133. Los Angeles Rams: Benny Snell, RB, Kentucky
134. New England Patriots: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
135. Indianapolis Colts (Compensation for Donte Moncrief): Darius Slayton, WR, Auburn
136. Dallas Cowboys (Compensation for Anthony Hitchens): Jamal Davis, Edge, Akron
137. Atlanta Falcons (Compensation for Dontari Poe): John Cominsky, Edge, Charleston
138. Philadelphia Eagles (Compensation for Trey Burton): Ben Burr-Kirven, LB, Washington
139. Arizona Cardinals: Greg Gaines, DT, Washington
140. Oakland Raiders (from NYJ): Foster Moreau, TE, LSU
141. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland): Ugo Amadi, S, Oregon
142. New York Giants (from San Francisco): Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
143. New York Giants: Chris Slayton, DT, Syracuse
144. Cleveland Browns (from Jacksonville): Matt Gay, K, Utah
145. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Connelly, LB, Wisconsin
146. Detroit Lions: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
147. Buffalo Bills: Trevon Wesco, FB, West Virginia
148. Denver Broncos: Dax Raymond, TE, Utah State
149. Cincinnati Bengals: Ed Alexander, NT, LSU
150. Green Bay Packers: Te’von Coney, LB, Notre Dame
151. Miami Dolphins: Marquise Blair, S, Utah
152. Atlanta Falcons: Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin
153. Washington Redskins: Keelan Doss, WR, UC Davis
154. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Brown, CB, South Dakota State
155. Cleveland Browns: Drue Tranquill, LB, Notre Dame
156. Denver Broncos (from Minnesota): Mitch Wishnowsky, P, Utah
157. Tennessee Titans: KeeSean Johnson, WR, Fresno State
158. Buffalo Bills (from Pittsburgh): Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
159. Seattle Seahawks: Oli Udoh, OL, Elon
160. Baltimore Ravens: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
161. Houston Texans: Kendall Sheffield, CB, Ohio State
162. Chicago Bears: Gary Jennings, WR, West Virginia
163. Philadelphia Eagles: Ty Summers, LB, TCU
164. Indianapolis Colts: Will Harris, S, Boston College
165. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Pollard, RB, Memphis
166. Los Angeles Chargers: Kingsley Keke, DL, Texas A&M
167. Kansas City Chiefs: Lamont Gaillard, C, Georgia
168. New Orleans Saints: Kaden Elliss, LB, Idaho
169. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Miles: Morgan State
170. Cleveland Browns (from New England): Ryan Bates, OT, Penn State
171. New York Giants (Projected Compensation for Justin Pugh): Trey Pipkins, OT, Sioux Falls
172. Atlanta Falcons (Compensation for Taylor Gabriel): Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
173. Washington Redskins (Compensation for Trent Murphy): Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
*The Washington Redskins forfeit the team’s 6th round choice due to the selection of Adonis Alexander, CB, Virginia Tech in the 2018 supplemental draft. Alexander made the team and was active for 9 games (including the final 5) of his rookie season.
174. Arizona Cardinals: Phil Haynes, OG, Wake Forest
175. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland): Gary Johnson, LB, Texas
176. San Francisco 49ers: David Long, LB, West Virginia
177. New Orleans Saints (from NYJ): David Sills, WR, West Virginia
178. Jacksonville Jaguars: Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
179. Arizona Cardinals (from Tampa Bay): Marvell Tell, DB, USC
180. New York Giants: Isaiah Prince, RT, Ohio State
181. Buffalo Bills: Daniel Wise, DT, Kansas
182. Denver Broncos: Daylon Mack, NT, Texas A&M
183. Cincinnati Bengals: Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
184. Detroit Lions: Darwin Thompson, RB, Utah State
185. Green Bay Packers: Montre Hartage, DB, Northwestern
186. Atlanta Falcons: Armon Watts, DT, Arkansas
187. Carolina Panthers: Isaiah Buggs, DL, Alabama
188. Tennessee Titans (from Miami): David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
189. Cleveland Browns: Saivion Smith, CB, Alabama
190. Minnesota Vikings: Myles Gaskin, RB, Washington
191. Baltimore Ravens (from Tennessee): Jalen Jelks, Edge, Oregon
192. Pittsburgh Steelers: Stephen Denmark, CB, Valdosta State
193. Baltimore Ravens: Markus Jones, Edge, Angelo State
194. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle): Terry Godwin, WR, Georgia.
195. Houston Texans: Brandon Hitner, OT, Villanova
196. New York Jets (from Oakland via Chicago): Travis Fulgham, WR, Old Dominion
197. Philadelphia Eagles: Dennis Daley, OT, South Carolina
198. Dallas Cowboys: Carl Granderson, Edge, Wyoming
199. Indianapolis Colts: Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
200. Los Angeles Chargers: Johnathan Ledbetter, DE, Georgia
201. Kansas City Chiefs: Donald Parham, TE, Stetson
202. New Orleans Saints: Alexander Mattison, RB, Boise State
203. Los Angeles Rams: Sheldrick Redwine, S, Miami
204. Detroit Lions (from New England): Penny Hart, WR, Georgia State
205. New England Patriots (Compensation from Danny Amendola): Ross Pierschbacher, C, Alabama
206. Washington Redskins (Compensation for Ryan Grant): Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
207. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Arizona – Compensation for Kareem Martin): Nate Herbig, OG, Stanford
208. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Philadelphia – Compensation for Beau Allen): Mike Weber, RB, Ohio State
209. Minnesota Vikings (Compensation for Teddy Bridgewater): Andrew Beck, TE-FB, Texas
210. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensation for A.J. McCarron): Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
211. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensation for Andre Smith): Iman Marshall, CB, USC
212. San Francisco 49ers (Compensation for Aaron Lynch): Stanley Morgan, WR, Nebraska
213. Cincinnati Bengals (Compensation for Chris Smith): Dexter Williams, RB, Notre Dame
214. Kansas City Chiefs (Compensation for Bennie Logan): Nate Trewyn, OL, Wisconsin-Whitewater
215. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Arizona): DeMarkus Lodge, WR, Mississippi
216. Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco): Ka’Dar Hollman, DB, Toledo
217. New York Jets: Malik Reed, Edge, Nevada
218. Oakland Raiders: Jake Bailey, P, Stanford
219. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Tampa Bay): Kris Boyd, CB, Texas
220. Houston Texans (from NYG via Denver): Emeke Egbule, LB, Houston
221. Cleveland Browns (from Jacksonville): Ulysees Gilbert, LB, Akron
222. Chicago Bears (from Philadelphia via Denver): Jordan Wyatt, CB, SMU
223. Cincinnati Bengals: Byron Cowart, Edge, Maryland
224. Detroit Lions: Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College
225. Buffalo Bills: Alex Barnes, RB, Kansas State
226. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Ratliff-Williams, WR, North Carolina
227. Washington Redskins: Andrew Wingard, S, Wyoming.
228. Buffalo Bills (from Carolina): C.J. Conrad, TE, Kentucky
229. Detroit Lions (from Miami): Kyle Lawrence Phillips, Edge, Tennessee
230. Atlanta Falcons: Cortez Broughton, DT, Cincinnati
231. New Orleans Saints (from Cleveland): Alec Ingold, FB, Wisconsin
232. New York Giants (from Minnesota): Brian Peavy, CB, Iowa State
233. Miami Dolphins (from Tennessee): Mitch Hyatt, OL, Clemson
234. Miami Dolphins (from Pittsburgh via Cleveland): Jazz Ferguson, WR, Northwestern State
235. Oakland Raiders (from Seattle): Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas
236. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore): B.J. Blunt, LB, McNeese State
237. Denver Broncos (from Houston): Nick Allegretti, C, Illinois
238. Chicago Bears: Hjalte Froholdt, OG, Arkansas
239. New England Patriots (from Philadelphia): Cole Holcomb, LB, North Carolina
240. Indianapolis Colts: Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
241. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Greenlaw, LB, Arkansas
242. Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Renfrow, WR, Clemson
243. New England Patriots (from Kansas City via San Francisco and Cleveland): Drew Lewis, LB, Colorado
244. New Orleans Saints: Derick Roberson, Edge, Sam Houston State
245. New York Giants (from Los Angeles Rams): Kevin Givens, DT, Penn State
246. New England Patriots: Jakobi Meyers, WR, North Carolina State
247. Minnesota Vikings (Compensation for Tramaine Brock): Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Mississippi
248. Arizona Cardinals (Compensation for Drew Stanton): Dillon Mitchell, WR, Oregon
249. Arizona Cardinals (Compensation for Jaron Brown): P.J. Johnson, NT, Arizona
250. Minnesota Vikings (Compensation for Shamar Stephen): Ben Powers, OG, Oklahoma
251. Los Angeles Rams (Compensation for Cody Davis): Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
252. New England Patriots (Compensation for Cameron Fleming): Antoine Wesley, WR, Texas Tech
253. Washington Redskins (Compensation for Niles Paul): Travis Homer, RB, Miami
254. Arizona Cardinals (Compensation for Blaine Gabbert): Chidi Okeke, OT, Tennessee State
Top Undrafted Free Agents
Ray and I will be releasing the final version of our draft board on Wednesday morning and that will include over 1,700 prospects and our top 100 priority free agents for each position. For now, here’s a preview of some of the best players not included in my 7-round projection.
Brett Rypien, QB, Boise State
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State
Kyle Shurmer, QB, Vanderbilt
David Blough, QB, Purdue
Justice Hansen, QB, Arkansas State
Karan Higdon, RB, Michigan
Wes Hills, RB, Slippery Rock
Lexington Thomas, RB, UNLV
John Santiago, RB, North Dakota
Darrin Hall, RB, Pittsburgh
James Williams, RB, Washington State
Nick Brossette, RB, LSU
Damarea Crockett, RB, Missouri
L.J. Scott, RB, Michigan State
Jalin Moore, RB, Appalachian State
Qadree Ollison, RB, Pittsburgh
Cody Thompson, WR, Toledo
Tyron Johnson, WR, Oklahoma State
Greg Dortch, WR, Wake Forest
Jamal Custis, WR, Syracuse
Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall
Shawn Poindexter, WR, Arizona
Jaylen Smith, WR, Louisville
Terry Wright, WR, Purdue
Zach Gentry, TE, Michigan
Matt Sokol, TE, Michigan State
Daniel Helm, TE, Duke
Jesper Horsted, TE, Harvard
Justin Skule, OT, Vanderbilt
Tyree St. Louis, OT, Miami
William Sweet, OT, North Carolina
Brian Wallace, OT, Arkansas
Paul Adams, OT, Missouri
Jackson Barton, OT, Utah
Andre James, OT, UCLA
Ryan Pope, OT, San Diego State
John Keenoy, C, Western Michigan
Zack Bailey, OG, South Carolina
Lester Cotton, OG, Alabama
Frederick Johnson, OG, Florida
Martez Ivey, OG, Florida
Drew Forbes, OG, Southeast Missouri State
Chris Nelson, 4-3 3-Tech, Texas
Michael Dogbe, DL, Temple
Demarcus Christmas, NT, Florida State
Terry Beckner, 4-3 3-Tech, Missouri
Youhanna Ghaifan, DT, Wyoming
Wyatt Ray, Edge, Boston College
Darryl Johnson, Edge, North Carolina A&T
Carl Granderson, Edge, Wyoming
Malik Carney, Edge, North Carolina
Mathieu Betts, Edge, Laval
Sutton Smith, Edge, Northern Illinois
Andrew Van ginkel, 3-4 OLB, Wisconsin
Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Otaro Alaka, LB, Texas A&M
Dakota Allen, LB, Texas Tech
Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson
Tre Watson, LB, Maryland
Terez Hall, LB, Missouri
Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo
Bryson Allen-Williams, LB, South Carolina
Mazzi Wilkins, CB, South Florida
Clifton Duck, CB, Appalachian State
Keisean Nixon, CB, South Carolina
Jamal Peters, CB, Mississippi State
Derrick Baity, CB, Kentucky
Mike Bell, S, Fresno State
JJ McIntosh, SS, Washington
Delvon Randall, S, Temple
Malik Gant, S, Marshall
Austin Seibert, K, Oklahoma
Dan Godsil, LS, Indiana
Cole Tracy, K, LSU
A.J. Cole North Carolina State
Jack Fox, P, Rice
John Baron, K, San Diego State