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NFL Mock Draft: Round One

The 2019 Underwear Olympics have concluded while pro days and free agency have begun.  A new number one pick has emerged and a lot of players boosted their draft stock (while some did themselves no favors). This means it’s time for an NFL mock draft. Here are mock-projections for the first round, which will most likely change or be dead wrong. Enjoy!

Round One Mock Draft

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray QB, Oklahoma- If you’re like me and enjoy chaos, this is the dream scenario; the former Oakland Athletic goes to the most intriguing team possible. Kliff Kingsbury drafts the player his career will hinge on. And above all, it would hopefully lead to petty Josh Rosen shading Arizona in interviews and trashing them on social media. This could be the perfect storm of drama. On a more serious note, Kyler Murray is electric. His measurements of 5’10 and 207 lbs essentially guaranteed him a top-three draft selection this year. The most recent Heisman winner has physical tools similar to Russell Wilson and erased red flags about his size. Kyler Murray to the Cards is the most fun thing Kliff and company can do.
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa EDGE, Ohio State- Bosa is number one on plenty of big boards. Elite pass rushers are a premium product in the NFL, and Bosa looks like he could fit the bill. He has incredible hand-technique, plus all the instincts and tools to make him a Pro-Bowl pass rusher. He’s not falling past San Fran. 
  3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams DT, Alabama- Quinnen Williams may very well be the best player in this class. Judging by pure talent, he should not be available at this juncture in the draft. The Jets have a bigger need at EDGE, but they can’t pass up selecting the best defender available. Williams is a wrecking-ball. He’s got size, speed, and a great motor. Quinnen Williams is the total package for the modern day three-tech. 
  4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen EDGE, Kentucky- 2019 Josh Allen will be drafted higher than 2018 Josh Allen. Allen wasn’t grabbing combine headlines, but make no mistake, he is a force. He can play standing up or as a down lineman. Allen had a monster senior year with 17 sacks and five forced fumbles. The production is top-notch, as well as the size (6’5, 262 lbs.). Josh Allen can feasibly become a star edge-rusher. 
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White MLB, LSU- Devin White is shaping up to be a ten-year terror in the NFL. He has great pursuit of the ball and is a superb blitzer. Tampa Bay had one of the worst defenses in football last year, and finding a linebacker that could become an All-Pro will help them immediately. 
  6. New York Giants: DK Metcalf WR, Ole Miss- “He’ll be just as good as Odell. Just watch!”- Some guy from Yonkers and Dave Gettleman. 
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Burns EDGE, Florida State- Brian Burns is a phenomenal athlete. His bend off the line of scrimmage is unreal, and he gained nearly twenty pounds since the end of the season. Burns’ potential is as high as any pass rusher in the class. Jacksonville should pounce all over the in-state product. 
  8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat EDGE, Mississippi State– Montez Sweat ran a 4.41 at 6’6 260 lbs! Sweat has firmly entrenched himself in the top half of the first round due his freakish athleticism. Detroit finds their replacement for Ezekiel Ansah.  
  9. Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor OT, Florida- The Bills need to protect Josh Allen at all costs, and they will do it with the best tackle available. Taylor checks all the boxes you want in a foundational offensive tackle. 
  10. Denver Broncos: Drew Locke QB, Mizzou- Drew Locke and Joe Flacco being teammates is the Spider-man meme. Just saying … 
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins QB, Ohio State- The Bengals aren’t in dire need of a quarterback, but if Haskins falls to this spot, they might not have a choice. Andy Dalton isn’t terrible, but he’s also not the answer. Haskins has the arm and decision making to become a winning signal-caller. If he becomes a Bengal he could practically redshirt his rookie year. 
  12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams OT, Alabama- The Packers need to squeeze every last drop out of Aaron Rodgers remaining years, and there’s no better way to do that than find the best lineman you can. Williams can step in and upgrade that offensive line immediately. 
  13. Miami Dolphins: Cody Ford OT/OG, Oklahoma- Cody Ford has the perfect blend of attitude and athleticism. He loves finishing blocks and could play guard or tackle at the next level. The quarterback situation in Miami is going to be transitional for this season and next. Solidifying the offensive line will help stabilize the offense no matter who is under center. 
  14. Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary EDGE, Michigan- Rashan Gary ran a 4.58 at 277 pounds., which is alien-like. Combine his elite athleticism with nearly 120 tackles in college, and you have one of the best prospects in this class. Atlanta gets a gem at 14. 
  15. Washington Redskins: CJ Hockenson TE, Iowa-  Case Keenum wasn’t acquired with the intent of holding a clipboard. The Redskins need a long-term quarterback, but they’re not going to reach for one if he isn’t available. I’ve seen some people disappointed in his combine numbers, but Hockenson’s production speaks for itself. He caught 73 passes for nine touchdowns in just two seasons, while playing alongside another stud tight end. Hock has security blanket written all over him. 
  16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell EDGE, Clemson-  Clelin Ferrell was a force to be reckoned with for three seasons. Ferrell was a key component on one of the greatest college defensive lines ever. The Panthers have needs for defensive lineman and Ferrell gives them a potential future double-digit sack candidate. 
  17. New York Giants: Dalton Risner OT, Kansas State- I can’t imagine the Giants having two first round picks and not using either to protect Eli Manning or Saquon Barkley. Dalton Risner could have started on the Giants O-Line yesterday. 
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard OT, Washington State- If you’re going to give Kirk Cousins a king’s ransom, you need to do a better job of protecting him. Dillard has the physical tools to develop into an effective tackle. He’s looking like more of a project rather than a day-one starter, but Dillard is worth the investment.
  19. Tennessee Titans: Ed Oliver DL, Houston- Ed Oliver is a wild card. He could go in the single digits, while some mocks across the internet have him in the 20s. Regardless of where you see him, Oliver is a physical marvel with quick-twitch athleticism. Mike Vrabel would do a backflip if Ed Oliver fell on their doorstep.
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Hakeem Butler WR, Iowa State- Much like the Packers, the Steelers need to maximize what’s left of their quarterback’s career. Getting Ben Roethlisberger the best pass catcher available should be a priority, especially after he lost his two biggest weapons. Hakeem Butler is built like a small forward and has the potential to be an outstanding vertical threat. Plaxico 2.0?
  21. Seattle Seahawks: Greedy Williams CB, LSU- If a corner is over six-feet tall with long arms, he’s always called a “Seattle” corner. Well here we are. Williams is 6’2 with long arms, and he bumped his stock by running a sub 4.4.
  22. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Lindstrom OL, Boston College- Lamar Jackson had his ups and downs last season. He flashed potential, but also looked completely discombobulated at times. There’s no better way to remedy that than to reinforce the offensive line. 
  23. Houston Texans: Erik McCoy- OL, Texas A&M-The Houston Texans allowed the most sacks in the NFL. This pick is almost assuredly going to be used to protect DeShaun Watson. McCoy has the ability to play guard and center at the next level. 
  24. Oakland Raiders: Devin Bush Jr., Michigan- **Insert your favorite cliches about linebackers here**. Gruden gets a brainy, quick linebacker to anchor his defense, and hopefully make people forget he traded away a once-in-a-generation player. 
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: Christian Wilkins DT, Clemson- If Christian Wilkins gets to 25, I can’t see the Eagles passing on him. They brought back Vinny Curry and added Malik Jackson to the D-line, but getting another high-character, high-motor tackle would help Fletcher Cox pulverize interior linemen from the get-go. 
  26. Indianapolis Colts: Byron Murphy CB, Washington- Murphy is the next big DB prospect out of Washington. He has the raw talent to immediately impact a defense. He’s only played two college seasons, and is 21-years old. Murphy gives Indy a young, potentially elite cornerback. 
  27. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs RB, Alabama- If this draft wasn’t stacked with defensive linemen, Jacobs would be slotted to be drafted much higher. He has an impressive repertoire of runs mixed with power and pop, and has great hands out of the backfield.  
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: N’Keal Harry WR, Arizona State- Harry is a handsy wide receiver that has potential to be a go-to target for Phillip Rivers. At 6’3 215 pounds, Harry has the body-type to overpower lesser defensive backs and climb the ladder in the red-zone. N’Keal Harry and Keenan Allen could become a lethal 1-2 punch. 
  29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker CB, Georgia- Baker is an excellent man-cover corner, and the former All-American will help the Chiefs continue their rise to the top of the AFC. If Dee Ford was on-sides they might be picking 32nd… 
  30.  Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant TE, Iowa- Fant was a touchdown catching machine at Iowa, pulling in 19 TDs in 30 games. He also ran the best 40-yard dash among his position at 4.5. Aaron Rodgers will be more than happy if Noah Fant ends up wearing green and gold. 
  31. Los Angeles Rams- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson S, Florida- The Rams had an excellent defense and held the Super Bowl champs to just 13 points, but they have several free agents in the defensive backfield. Gardner-Johnson is a pick that doubles as insurance and potential day-one impact. Gardner-Johnson has the speed and tackling to be one of Wade Phillip’s favorites.  
  32. New England Patriots- Jeffrey Simmons DT, Mississippi State- Because of course a top-10 talent falls to the Patriots ! …


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