This will be my first NFL mock draft of the season. In year’s past I usually start doing them around week 10, but I decided to start later as the season is winding down, plus you get more time to scout the incoming talent that your team could potentially select. Draft order via the Football Power Index (FPI).
Also, I will give an analysis on every pick I make. Let’s begin!
1. Arizona Cardinals – Quinnen Williams – DL – Alabama
The Cardinals need a fierce and dominant interior defensive lineman in Williams. This kid has game changing abilities and will be a force. Just watching him play you can see his talent shine.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – DE – Ohio State
Nick battled with injuries this season, but he will be ready to make an impact for the Niners. The 49ers need desperate help on the edge and Bosa could be the man to end that help.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen – LB – Kentucky
Jets are in the same boat as the 49ers, as they need a dynamic edge rusher. Allen solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in all of college football this season. Day one starter for the Jets.
4. Oakland Raiders – Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
The Raiders have two nice young interior linemen already on the roster, but you just cannot skip to another player with Oliver on the board. Also, remember that you need to rotate these big fellas in and out. The Raiders have two other first round picks to draft elsewhere. Take the best player available on the board.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama
Donovan Smith decided to have a up and down year in a crucial contract season. Also, Dotson is getting older and leads to the Bucs looking for their future left tackle. He is an immediate upgrade at either tackle spots.
6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
Haskins is the best quarterback by far in this draft, according to many sport writers. The Giants land Eli’s replacement when he decides to hang up the cleats or wants out of the Big Apple. Haskins has some nice weapons already in place.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
Jaguars need a franchise quarterback after Bortles regressed deeply and is not worth the contract given to him. Lock looks like a better fit in Jacksonville than Daniel Jones. This Missouri Tiger will not turn out like the last Missouri Tiger they took at the quarterback position (Blaine Gabbert). Jags finally get it right.
8. Detroit Lions – Devin White – LB – LSU
The Lions have many holes on defense but adding a true difference maker in White will bolster the defensive unit and transform their identity.
9. Buffalo Bills – Jeffery Simmons – DT – Mississippi State
Bills need to fill the void left by Kyle Williams, who is retiring after a stellar NFL career. Simmons steps in day one and provide a punch. Simmons is one of the most disruptive defenders in the nation, and he did it against some of college football’s best competition in the SEC.
10. Denver Broncos – Daniel Jones – QB – Duke
Case Keenum is not the future and might be a questionable stop gap quarterback after a disappointing 2018 season. Broncos find their franchise quarterback in Jones. Jones sits year one and fights to start in 2020. Could be a nice pick if developed right.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Clelin Ferrell – DE – Clemson
Michael Johnson is not a starter in this league anymore and the team needs to find a counter partner to Carlos Dunlap. Ferrell is a game changer and will
12. Green Bay Packers – Christian Wilkins – DL – Clemson
Wilkins is a force and gives tons of effort on every play. He has a motor that never stops, and he always is in every play. He is a quarterback’s worse nightmare. Packers get a stud. Kenny Clark and Wilkins sounds like a nice duo on the defensive line whether they stay in a 3-4 or move to a 4-3 scheme. Also, this kid does not accept losing.
13. Miami Dolphins – Brian Burns – DE – FSU
Burns has one of the biggest upsides in the draft and especially out of all the edge rushers in the draft. Wake is nearing the end of his career and William Hayes is done in Miami. Dolphins need to add a young talented edge rusher and get a future stud in Double B.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Rashan Gary – DT – Michigan
Falcons need another force in the interior part of their defensive line next to Grady Jarrett. One of the most highly touted high school recruits in recent memory, Gary was held back by injuries in 2018, but he’s still loaded with talent and potential.
15. Washington Redskins – A.J. Brown – WR – Ole Miss
Redskins do not have a number one receiver and they can land one in the making here in Brown. Brown played well for Ole Miss. He displayed speed, strength, and run-after-the-catch skills for the Rebels. The Redskins can use a receiver like Brown.
16. Carolina Panthers – DeAndre Baker – CB – Georgia
Baker is one of the nation’s best cover men. Baker has all the physical tools to be a shutdown corner in the NFL, along with stellar ball skills and instincts.
17. Cleveland Browns – Greedy Williams – CB – LSU
Browns find Ward’s counter partner in Williams. Drafting Williams gives Cleveland one of the league’s best young tandems at the corner spot. Williams is one of the best corners in this draft and has an excellent skill set.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Dalton Risner – OL – Kansas State
The rest of the Vikings’ offensive line unit could use some help other than Elfein. Risner’s versatility and experience at multiple positions makes him the perfect fit. He could be plugged in at one of the guard positions from day one.
19. Tennessee Titans – Cody Ford – OG – Oklahoma
Mariota has health concerns and the team has concerns on the interior part of the offensive line. They draft right tackle Cody Ford and kick him inside to the right guard spot. Ford is a safe pick.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jachai Polite – EDGE – Florida
Steelers add another edge rusher. Polite had a nice 2018 season. Dupree might be done in Pittsburgh and you got to replace him if so. He has a natural feel as a pass-rusher with speed, athleticism, moves, and a nose for the quarterback. Knows how to set the edge.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
The Seahawks find their future left tackle in Taylor. He will most likely step in at the right tackle position as it is up for grabs.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Kelvin Harmon – WR – North Carolina State
The Ravens need to give Lamar a wide receiver that he can grow with. Harmon has the size, athleticism and ball skills to be a true No. 1 target at the next level and does his best work in contested-catch situations.
23. Houston Texans – David Edwards – OT – Wisconsin
The Texans need to revamp some spots on their offensive line and they land a stud in Edwards, plus he can step in day one at the right tackle spot. Wisconsin has developed great offensive linemen in the past and continue to do so.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears) – Mack Wilson – LB – Alabama
Oakland desperately needs a three-down playmaker like Wilson, who would be a first-round lock if he declares. The Raiders continue to add youth to the defensive side of the ball.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Greg Little – OT – Ole Miss
Little will be Jason Peters replacement when he retires. This kid is loaded with potential and could be a stud in the league. Needs to not take plays off, but if bought up right by the Eagles staff and one year behind a great professional in Jason Peters, he will learn how to be a pros pro.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Montez Sweat – DE – Mississippi State
The Colts get another pass rusher in the system and they get a talented edge rusher. Sweat is a versatile, explosive defender who can wreak havoc in opposing backfields.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys) – Deionte Thompson – FS – Alabama
Raiders take the best safety in the draft. Karl Joseph gets his safety partner. Thompson’s combination of size, athleticism, physicality and ball skills compare favorably to Derwin James.
28. Los Angles Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones – DL – Ohio State
Chargers are a stacked team and can go either route in the trenches, but I think they bolster their defensive line and make that rotation even stronger than it is. Jones is a safe pick.
29. New England Patriots – Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
With Gronk’s future floating up in the air, expect the team to take a dynamic playmaker in Fant, who can be his replacement one day. Also, Gronk has a bad injury history, so adding a young pass-catching tight end can be helpful.
30. Los Angeles Rams – Jerry Tillery – DL – Notre Dame
Suh is on a one-year deal and the Rams could look at adding another defensive lineman encase Suh walks. Rams are a stacked team. The trenches is where the game is won and loss, which is why you need to continue to add to the line. Tillery is massive, explosive, and versatile enough to be that foundational player.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy – CB – Washington
Chiefs have a questionable secondary and especially at the corner position. Murphy is a nice fit in KC. He can play in any system and Washington has been a nice school to look at for secondary prospects (Marcus Peters/Sydney Jones/Budda Baker/Kevin King/Desmond Trufant/Dashon Goldson).
32. Green Bay Packers (via Saints) – Albert Okwuegbunam – TE – Missouri
The Big O creates mismatches against the opposition’s defense, plus he is a playmaker at the tight end position. Jimmy Graham and Mercedes Lewis are not long-term options in Green Bay, so they draft their replacement. The Big O is a talented prospect that needs some grooming as he is a rare athlete. Good gamble and value pick at the end of the first round.