2019 NFL Mock Draft (2 Rounds)

July 30, 2018

Round 1

  1.    Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon

The Bengals do have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball but Andy Dalton can only take the team so far and its time to move on from Marvin Lewis. Lewis has brought a great deal of professionalism to the organization from where it was but the team has limitations. The Bengals need to move on from Dalton in order to take the next step. Justin Herbert is tall, athletic, has a strong and accurate arm and should take another step forward. Herbert will also be a Heisman finalist.

  1.    Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

It could be a rough year for the Bills this year. The cloud over LeSean McCoy could be a damper on the teams offensive upside and they will be a mess at quarterback all year. Ed Oliver is the best defensive player in this draft (yes, he will be more impactful than Nick Bosa). In 2017, Oliver had 73 tackles with 16.5 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks. I expect those numbers to increase even with constant double and triple teams.

  1.    Cleveland Browns: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio St.

The Browns will be better in 2017 (they almost have to be) and are clearly going in the right direction. Hue Jackson will end up getting fired, possibly midseason, a new coach will have a ton of talent to play with. Myles Garrett will have double digit sacks this year and adding Nick Bosa to the defensive front will give the Browns the most dangerous pair of edge rushers in the NFL.

  1.    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

Donovan Smith has been decent but can be upgraded. Greg Little is a very athletic offensive tackle who has been very good and will jump up draft boards this season. He was Second Team All-SEC (coaches) for a team that led the SEC in passing offense. He has a high ceiling and has continued to improve.

  1.    Washington Redskins: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

Alex Smith is a solid starting quarterback but he is very limited.  Smith is locked up for until 2022 and his salary is guaranteed in 2018 and 2019 so the earliest he would be cut is 2020 which makes it still a possibility they look at a quarterback here. If they don’t go with a quarterback they could look at cornerback and Baker should be the top cornerback prospect in the draft. He had 3 interceptions and 9 passes defended.

  1.    New York Jets: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

For some reason A.J. Brown doesn’t get the credit he deserves. As a sophomore he was the First Team All-SEC and led the conference in receiving yards. Many of his big games this year were against inferior teams so it will be important to see how he does against top defenses in 2018. He is a strong, elite route runner with great hands. He played often in the slot but can lineup outside. He will give Sam Darnold a reliable target.

  1.    New York Giants: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

The Giants are going to realize that Eli Manning doesn’t have any time left and they need a true successor if they want to take a step forward. Stidham was very good in 2017 and there was some talk about him considering entering the draft. It was a smart move to stay and increase his stock. He has all the tools necessary to be a top 5-10 draft pick.

  1.    Miami Dolphins: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

2018 will be a huge year for Will Grier. After a very good 2017, he has the chance to prove he belongs as an elite quarterback prospect. I believe that he has the tools to be the first overall selection in the 2019 NFL draft. Ryan Tannehill is a solid but unspectacular quarterback and the Dolphins could be looking for a successor.

  1.    Chicago Bears: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

Clemson has the best group of defensive players in the country, particularly along the defensive line. As a sophomore Ferrell had 18 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks. With the talent along the Tigers defensive line, he could improve upon those numbers.

  1.   Dallas Cowboys: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Gary would give the Cowboys and interior presence that the defensive is lacking. Gary has an elite burst off the snap and can get into the backfield.  Gary had 12 tackles for a loss and 6 sacks in 2017.

  1.   Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Case Keenum has a 2 year deal and could be kept around in 2019 as a bridge for a future quarterback. Drew Lock was exceptional last year and is another candidate to move into the top 5 in the draft. He has a strong arm and can take another step forward this year.

  1.   Baltimore Ravens: Devin White, LB, LSU

Devin White is an elite linebacker who should go even higher than this. White was First Team All SEC and led the conference in tackles. He can also cover running backs and tight ends due to his elite athleticism. White would give the Ravens a perfect pairing with C.J. Mosley.

  1.   Tennessee Titans: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi St.

Sweat is another SEC player who seems to fly under the radar. Sweat is a long, athletic edge rusher who needs to add a little strength to his game but can certainly get around the edge. Sweat committed to Michigan St. and played in 2 games in 2014. He left the Spartans in 2016 to play for Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He has a huge upside and can take another big step forward.

  1.   Arizona Cardinals: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

The Cardinals have a good group of players and could easily be in the playoffs in 2018. I believe they may fall just short but in the draft they need to improve their front seven. Davis causes havoc along the defensive line and is a great run defender with upside as a pass rusher.

  1.   Carolina Panthers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Panthers need to fix their secondary and Williams is another great cornerback prospect from LSU. Williams is a long, athletic corner who dominated as freshmen with 6 interceptions in 2017. He was a First team All-SEC this past year and can be a top 10 pick in 2018.

  1.   Seattle Seahawks: Terry Adams, OT, Washington

The Seahawks need to continue to improve their offensive line and Adams is coming off an injury so he just needs to stabilize his draft stock. He can play either tackle spot and would be an instant starter.

  1.   Detroit Lions: Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson

The Lions need to improve their defensive line and Lawrence is a great value. Clemson defensive line is going to put up huge numbers this year. Lawrence is a monster of a man that can stuff the middle and has a good amount of athletic ability for his size.

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

With the trade of Marcus Peters the Chiefs have a hole at cornerback. Michael Jackson has a huge ceiling and I think he is going to reach it this year and secure his stock as a first round pick. He has good size and speed and had 4 interceptions last year.

  1.   Jacksonville Jaguars: Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

Shea Patterson is a very interesting prospect. After transferring from Mississippi, he could really help his draft stock as Michigan can compete for a National Championship this year. Patterson is an athletic quarterback with a strong arm. He needs to be a little more accurate but I wouldn’t think that he is a lock to enter the 2019 draft.

  1.   Atlanta Falcons: Joe Jackson, Edge, Miami

Jackson is another long, athletic edge defender that has a high ceiling after a very good sophomore year. Jackson had 6.5 sacks last year and they came in big games. Jackson didn’t inflate his stats by putting up big numbers but against top competition.

  1.   San Francisco 49ers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.

The 49ers should be a much improved team in 2018 but are lacking a big playmaker on the outside. Pierre Garcon is a reliable target but N’Keal Harry has explosive talent. He 82 catches and 1,142 yards and 8 touchdowns as a sophomore. He looked great against North Carolina St. in the Sun Bowl with 9 catches for 142 yards including the best catch in college football all season.  He has a freak athletic ability and could be a top 10 pick in 2019.

  1.   Indianapolis Colts: Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio St.

If Andrew Luck is healthy for 16 games the Colts will be a much improved team but they need to improve on the defensive side and could look a variety of direction in the draft. Jones entertained the idea of possibly entering the 2018 draft after being named Third Team All Big Ten. Jones is a quick twitch athlete with a big upside.

  1.   Los Angeles Chargers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Chargers could be one of the surprise teams of 2018. Jonah Williams is a very solid offensive tackle who was First Team All SEC in 2017. Williams might be the best offensive linemen in the draft but is somewhat on the small side and may have to kick inside to guard. If he has the length to stay at tackle he could be a top 10 pick.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings: Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin

The Vikings need to improve their interior offensive line which could be an issue in 2018. Benzschawel has been a staple along the Badgers offensive line and has received  All Big Ten honors in both his sophomore and junior seasons. He is a big, strong offensive linemen that could play right tackle in the NFL but is better to stay at guard.

  1.   Houston Texans: Bryce Love, RB, Stanford

This could be Lamar Miller’s last year in Houston and the Texans would be wise to grab the most explosive running back in the draft. Love had some huge games against some great defenses in 2018. He finished with 2,118 rushing yards at over 8 yards per carry with 19 touchdowns. If he follows up 2017 with a similar 2018 then he could be in line for a Heisman trophy and a top 15 selection.

  1.   Oakland Raiders: Derrick Brown, DL, Auburn

Brown is a guy who is going to fly up draft boards this year. He had 9 tackles for a loss and 3.5 sacks in 2017. He will end up being a First Team All SEC selection in 2018 and in a strong interior defensive line draft, Brown will find himself being called on Day 1.

  1.   Green Bay Packers (from NO): Michael Deiter, OL, Wisconsin

Deiter is a guy who might stay depending on the other early entrants along the offensive line. Deiter is a solid athlete for his size and he can play along the entire offensive line. Deiter can play the tackle position but is best suited for any interior offensive line position.

  1.   Los Angeles Rams: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky

The Rams could improve their linebackers and could use an athletic playmaker. Allen plays fast and aggressive and can get into the backfield. He is best suited to play on the strongside in the NFL.

  1.   Pittsburgh Steelers: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

With questions still around Ryan Shazier the Steelers could look at another athletic linebacker. Wilson is a playmaker who has great athletic ability, great tackler and could be a top 15 selection in 2019. Wilson is a great fit for the Steelers and a great value in the first round.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Eagles roster is in great shape and they will take the best available player on their board. Fant is a great value at the end of the first round and would give them another offensive weapon.

  1.   New England Patriots: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

Samuel was hurt in 2017 and should rebound in a big way. The Patriots need a playmaker on the outside and Samuel is a great athlete with a huge upside.

  1.   Green Bay Packers: T.J. Edwards, LB, Wisconsin

The Packers go as Aaron Rodgers goes but they can get better on the defensive side. Edwards is in their backyard and would be a big upgrade to their linebacking corps.

Round 2

  1.   Buffalo Bills: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin

The Bills will need help on their offensive line and Edwards is another great Wisconsin linemen.

  1.   Cleveland Browns: Mitch Hyatt, OL, Clemson

Hyatt is a versatile linemen who can be a good fit as an early second round pick.

  1.   Cincinnati Bengals: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi St.

Simmons is an incredibly talented defensive linemen but has a domestic violence incident from years past which could push him to round 2 or later.

  1.   Washington Redskins: Anferee Jennings, LB, Alabama

Jennings is another very good Alabama linebacker who could make a big impact soon.

  1.   Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ): Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

Anderson is another talented player who could go in round 1 however he was accused of rape this past year but was not arrested.

  1.   New York Giants: Saivion Smith, CB, Alabama

Smith was a top JUCO recruit who fits well at Alabama and will make a huge impact in his first year in the SEC.

  1.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chauncey Gardner, DB, Florida

Gardner best fit might be at safety but he would give the Bucs needed help in the secondary.

  1.   New England Patriots (from CHI): Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins is another disruptive Clemson defensive linemen. Wilkins is a strong run defender with some pass rush upside.

  1.   Dallas Cowboys: Ahmmond Richards, WR, Miami

Richards is a big, strong receiver who is going to have an impressive 2018.

  1.   Miami Dolphins: Connor McGovern, C/G, Penn St.

After letting Mike Pouncey go they should look for a reliable replacement.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles (from BAL): Damien Harris, RB, Alabama

Harris was expected to enter the 2018 draft but choose to go back. If he takes another step forward in 2018 he could be a first round pick.

  1.   Tennessee Titans: Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA

Wilson is a very athletic tight end that could be a replacement for Delanie Walker.

  1.   Arizona Cardinals: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

Johnson is a big target.

  1.   Carolina Panthers: Ross Pierschbacher, C/G, Alabama

Losing Andrew Norwell in free agency was a big loss for the Panthers. Pierschbacher is a talented interior linemen.

  1.   Denver Broncos: Tre Lamar, LB, Clemson

Lamar could be a top 100 selection or he could be a late day 3 pick. He has battle some injuries but has a huge upside and athletic ability. If he stays healthy he can put up big numbers in 2018.

  1.   Detroit Lions: Austin Bryant, Edge, Clemson

Bryant is another impressive Clemson defensive linemen. He finished 2017 with 15.5 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs: Tevon Coney, LB, Notre Dame

Coney finished 2017 with 116 tackles, 12.5 tackles for a loss and 3 sacks. This included 17 tackles against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

  1.   Houston Texans (from SEA): Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame

Tillery is a very tall, strong defensive linemen who fits perfect as a five technique for the Texans.

  1.   Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Hodge, LB, Buffalo

Hodge is a tackling machine who made a ton of plays all over the field for Buffalo in 2017.

  1.   Atlanta Falcons: Dalton Risner, OT, Kanas St.

Risner could find himself in round 1 if he has another solid year.

  1.   San Francisco 49ers: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

After DeAndre Baker and Greedy Williams the cornerback class is wide open. Love is a good tackler and a good playmaker (20 passes broken up, 3 interceptions and 2 returned for touchdowns)

  1.   Indianapolis Colts: Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

The Colts need to get more pressure off the edge and Winovich should have another good year in 2018.

  1.   Los Angeles Chargers: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida St.

Burns is a great pass rusher with great athletic ability but is on the small side so he will have to play linebacker in the NFL.

  1.   Minnesota Vikings: Khaleke Hudson, LB/S, Michigan

Hudson might be the second best defender on the Wolverines defense but where he fits in the NFL might be the toughest decision.

  1.   Houston Texans: David Sills, WR, West Virginia

Sills has resurrected his career and taken the right course. He can be a great receiver who can be a good #2 receiver.

  1.   Oakland Raiders: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford

Kaden Smith might be the best tight end in the draft and could take another huge step forward as a dominate receiver.

  1.   New Orleans Saints: Nate Herbig, G, Stanford

This will be the Saints first selection so looking for a plug and play type player would help. Herbig is a good, solid offensive linemen.

  1.   Kansas City Chiefs (from LAR): Zach Allen, DL, Boston College

Allen is a best fit along the defensive line of a 3-4 defense and fits well into the Chiefs defense.

  1.   Pittsburgh Steelers: Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma St.

Le’Veon Bell most likely won’t be back in 2019 and the Steelers have faith in James Conner but adding another impact player such as Hill would give them a dynamic backfield without Bell.

  1.   Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Bush loves to tackle and makes plays all over the field. He gives the Eagles a lot of depth amongst their linebackers.

  1.   New England Patriots: Lukas Denis, S, Boston College

Denis had a great year in 2017 with 7 interceptions with 83 tackles. Denis is on the small side but is a ballhawk.

  1.   Green Bay Packers: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St.

Campbell is a great athlete who needs the ball in his hands. 2018 will be a big year to see if Campbell can be a #1 receiver.