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April 20th, 2019 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Saturday, 20 April 2019 13:24

1) Arizona Cardinals (3-13): QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma- Kliff Kingsbury is enamored with the arm and legs of the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.  Josh Rosen will be traded and Arizona will build around Murray.

 

2) San Francisco 49ers (4-12): DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State- There is no such thing as having too many pass rushers.  Dee Ford is good, but John Lynch knows that a team needs two or three quality pass rushers to really disrupt the top quarterbacks.   Bosa is ready as a rookie to bring the heat with his terrific hand usage.

 

3) New York Jets (4-12): DE/OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky- The Jets have long sought a top pass rusher. Allen dominated in the SEC with his length, exceptional first step and quickness.  Allen is more versatile than Quinnen Williams.

 

4) Oakland Raiders (4-12): DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama- The Silver & Black add a penetrating inside pass rusher who also defends the run.  Williams is only a redshirt sophomore and has tremendous upside.

 

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11): LB Devin White, LSU- White has not only exceptional physical talent, but he eats, sleeps and breathes football.  He can be the leader of Tampa Bay’s defense for years to come.  White’s football IQ and passion will raise the play of his fellow defenders.

 

6) New York Giants (5-11): DT Ed Oliver, Houston- Big Blue is in serious need of a disruptive defensive lineman.  Oliver has a great first step and can be a penetrating 3-technigue.

 

7) Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida- The Jags have their quarterback in Nick Foles and now must protect him.  Taylor should be a day one starter at right tackle.  His run blocking prowess will help Leonard Fournette.

 

8) Detroit Lions (6-10): DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State- Matt Patricia is a defensive coach and the addition of Trey Flowers doesn’t take Detroit’s pass rush to an elite level.  Sweat’s burst around the corner is terrific.  The combination of Flowers and Sweat getting after quarterbacks will be difficult to block.

 

9) Buffalo Bills (6-10): TE T.J. Hockerson, Iowa- Josh Allen is a young quarterback who needs a security blanket. Hockerson has soft hands and is a good blocker.  He will help Allen reach his full potential.

 

10) Denver Broncos (6-10): QB Drew Lock, Missouri- Joe Flacco is a stop-gap solution at quarterback.  Lock has the big arm and size that John Elway likes. He can learn from Flacco for a season and be ready to take over in a year.  Denver gets their long-term answer at quarterback.

 

11) Cincinnati Bengals (6-10): QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State- Cincy has a new head coach and now a new young quarterback.  Andy Dalton is just average and never could lead the Bengals to postseason success.

 

12) Green Bay Packers (6-9-1): LB Devin Bush, Michigan- The Pack is not done revamping their defense. Bush is a three-down linebacker who can do it all.  Green Bay's soft defense is a big reason why Aaron Rodgers has led the Packers to only one championship.  Bush is anything, but soft.

 

13) Miami Dolphins (7-9): DE Rashan Gary, Michigan- The Dolphins have needs everywhere and just select the most talented player on their board.

 

14) Atlanta Falcons (7-9): OT Andre Dillard, Washington State- The Falcons have to protect Matt Ryan better. Dillard could be the best pass protector in the draft.

 

15) Washington Redskins (7-9): QB Daniel Jones, Duke- Alex Smith’s career is likely over.  Jones is similar to Smith.  They both make good decisions, are mobile and lack a strong arm.

 

16) Carolina Panthers (7-9): DE Brian Burns, Florida State- Julius Peppers retired and Burns has the burst and length to rush the passer.

 

17) New York Giants (5-11): OT Jonah Williams, Alabama- There are no other quarterbacks worthy of selecting in the 1stround.  Dave Gettleman believes in building the offensive line to a very high level. Williams is New York’s new right tackle. The Giants now have a very talented offensive line.  The successor to Eli Manning will come either via trade (Josh Rosen?) or in next year’s draft.  Manning is super durable and now the focus of the offense can be Saquon Barkley running behind a strong O-line.

 

18) Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1): C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State- The Rimington Award winner has the smarts and physical tools to excel at center in the NFL.  Minnesota’s disappointing offensive line did Kirk Cousins no favors last year.

 

19) Tennessee Titans (9-7): DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson- Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are gone. Ferrell is a complete defensive end and would be a welcome addition to Tennessee’s defensive line.

 

20) Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1): WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma- Antonio Brown was traded to Oakland and Marquise Brown is the most electric receiver in the draft.

 

21) Seattle Seahawks (10-6): DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson- The hallmark of Pete Carroll's teams is running the football on offense and stopping the run on defense.  Opponents could run the ball against Seattle last season.  Ezekiel Elliott ran wild in the playoffs against the Hawks.  Lawrence is a fantastic run stuffer and must be double-teamed.  He also has light feet for a huge man and can collapse the pocket.

 

22) Baltimore Ravens (10-6): WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss- The Ravens have a big need for playmakers at the wide receiver position to help speed Lamar Jackson’s growth.  Metcalf is a big target that can make contested catches.

 

23) Houston Texans (11-5): G Cody Ford, Oklahoma- Houston’s offensive line surrenders too many sacks and must be improved.

 

24) Oakland Raiders (4-12, via Bears): CB Deandre Baker, Georgia- The Jim Thorpe Award winner has the ball skills and man-man coverage ability that Mike Mayock is looking for.

 

25) Philadelphia Eagles (9-7): CB Greedy Williams, LSU- Philly needs an infusion of talent at cornerback. Williams isn’t physical, but he mirrors receivers very well.

 

26) Indianapolis Colts (10-6): DT Christian Wilkens, Clemson- Indy is doing a great job with surrounding their superstar quarterback with talent.  They have built a terrific offensive line and now look to upgrade their defensive line. 

 

27) Oakland Raiders (4-12, via Dallas): RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama- Marshawn Lynch is old and Jon Gruden wants to pound that rock.  Jacobs has fresh, young legs and is physical.

 

28) Los Angeles Chargers (12-4): DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State- LA 's defensive tackles were ineffective against New England. Simmons has the ability to blow-up plays and represents excellent value at this point.  Simmons will need time to recover from his torn ACL, but he’s a top 10 talent.  The Chargers are willing to wait.

 

29) Kansas City Chiefs (12-4): CB Byron Murphy, Washington- KC has to address an aging secondary and Murphy provides much needed cornerback help.

 

30) Green Bay Packers (6-9-1, via New Orleans Saints): S Johnathan Abrams, Mississippi State- Abrams is an excellent tackler with solid ball skills.  Green Bay continues to revamp their defense into a more rugged unit.

 

31) Los Angeles Rams (13-3): OL Chris Lindstrom, BC- Rodger Saffold departed via free agency.  Lindstrom is tough and physical.

 

32) New England Patriots (11-5): TE Noah Fant, Iowa- Gronk retired and Chris Hogan departed as a free agent.  Fant is not Gronk, but he will be an attractive receiving option for Tom Brady. Fant  has seam-busting speed and reliable hands.

 

 

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