The 2019 NFL Draft is just a few days away and this year has been as mysterious as any. With a 5’10” quarterback as the headliner and defense leading the way here is where we think the first 16 picks pan out.
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
The Cardinals need a solution to their failing organization and while last years first round selection quarterback Josh Rosen is a stud, he isn’t the answer for the Cards. Murray fits Kliff Kingsbury’s system and is a proven winner. This isn’t just a quarterback change, but a culture change.
2. San Francisco 49ers: EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State University
Nick’s older brother Los Angles Chargers DE Joey Bosa has been phenomenal in the NFL, but Nick might be even better. This will continue general manager John Lynch’s aggressive management and will give the 49ers the best player in the entire draft.
3. New York Jets: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
All reports point to the Jets either trading out of this spot or selecting Oliver, and in a no-trade mock there is only one outcome. Oliver has the potential to be the next Aaron Donald and the new look Jets would welcome a disruptive pass rusher getting after Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
4. Oakland Raiders: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Williams could make his claim for best player in the entire draft and John Gruden has built his career on top-notch defensive players like this. After making a huge splash in free agency and having three first rounders, Williams could be the addition that can put the Raiders over the top.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White, LSU
Tampa Bay hasn’t had a game-changing linebacker like Devin White since Derrick Brooks played. White could fill in immediately for the departure of Kwon Alexander and could help bring this team back to relevance.
6. New York Giants: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Allen is elite, his numbers show it, his play shows it, and his skill set shows it. If New York passes on a quarterback here and Allen is on the board they need to pull the trigger.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
The next Rob Gronkowski is in this draft and he comes off the board at number seven. With Nick Foles now in the fold he needs a big bodied tight end as he had in Philly with All-Pro Zach Ertz. Hockenson can be the top target for Foles and this new look Jaguars team.
8. Detroit Lions: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State University
The Lions need another EDGE rusher to complement free agent signing Tre Flowers. Burns at eight is not only a value pick but could end up being a steal in the long run.
9. Buffalo Bills: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
Taking quarterback Josh Allen in last years draft was a step in the right direction and while they addressed the receiver position in free agency this team could look to protect their franchise quarterback. Taylor is the top offensive lineman prospect in this draft and could make an immediate impact in protecting Allen.
10 Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
John Elway loves big-bodied, strong-armed quarterbacks and that is Drew Lock. Elway gets his guy and hopes Denver has its guy for years to come.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Dwayne Haskins could be the pick here, but with Burfict’s release, Bush could take his place, and play a little nicer. Bush would not only be a day one starter but would most likely be the teams leading tackler.
12. Green Bay Packers: EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan
From being considered a sure fire top-5 pick in his early college days, but Michigan’s miserable use of Gary destroyed his stock. However, with Hockenson off the board, Green Bay could benefit from Gary’s untapped potential.
13. Miami Dolphins: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State University
Miami could finally have their guy with a rumored fall for Haskins. You don’t throw 50 touchdowns by accident. Haskins is an uber-talented player and paired with Miami’s has a talented offensive core and solid defensive potential he has a chance to possibly pull Miami out of a long term rebuild.
14. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State University
A heart condition could cause Sweat to fall in the draft, but Atlanta could have a guy who is talented enough to go after the talented quarterbacks found in the NFC South.
15. Washington Redskins: QB Will Grier, West Virginia University
Washington seemed to have had their quarterback after trading for Alex Smith last summer, but a leg injury injured his season and crushed Washington’s playoff hopes. Grier is a super talented player who has the capability to perform big plays in any situation, look at Texas game. Washington will get their guy for the future and could possibly make it back to the playoffs thanks to their amazing defense.
16. Carolina Panthers: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
With tight end Greg Olsen coming up in age and being rumored to accept the ESPN Monday Night Football role tight end could be the way to go. While they would miss out on top tight end T.J. Hockenson, his Iowa teammate is also an elite prospect and could immediately take over for Olsen.