Mock Draft 3.0

April 18, 2019

I put this together based on team needs and my personal liking to how the player fits with the team that drafted him. This mock draft was put together after the NFL combine.

  1. Arizona Cardinals- Who they will select: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Who they could select: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

Analysis: Murray fits Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense much better than incumbent quarterback, Josh Rosen. Bosa could add a much-needed pass rush to the Cardinals’ defense.

  1. San Francisco 49ers- Who they will select: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio St.

Who they could select: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Analysis: If for some reason the Cardinals pass on Murray and take Bosa instead, the 49ers get Allen who will rush the quarterback. Don’t look for that to happen as Coach Kyle Shanahan gets the top-ranked edge rusher in the draft.

  1. New York Jets- Who they will select: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Who they could select: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Analysis: While Williams would be excellent clogging running lanes in the middle of the field, the Jets could better use Allen rushing the passer after free agent Anthony Barr decided to remain in Minnesota..

  1. Oakland Raiders- Who they will select: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Who they could select: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Analysis: While the Raiders need to improve on their 13 sacks from a year ago, Williams is too dominant against the run to pass up.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Who they will select: Devin White, ILB, LSU

Who they could select: Rashan Gary, DL Michigan

Analysis: Middle linebacker Kwon Alexander bolted in free agency and White would fit the bill as an excellent replacement in the middle of the Bucs’ linebacker core.

  1. New York Giants- Who they will select: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St.

Who they could select: Rashan Gary, DL Michigan

Analysis: The Giants need to draft the heir apparent to quarterback Eli Manning. If a team jumps the Giants, they may trade down and still try to secure Lock.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Who they will select: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Who they could select: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St.

Analysis: Look for the Jaguars to protect their investment in new quarterback Nick Foles. Taylor moved ahead of Williams after the combine, but Dillard would be a good consolation if Taylor is gone.

  1. Detroit Lions- Who they will select: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi St.

Who they could select: Brian Burns, DE, Florida St.

Analysis: The Lions can use an edge rusher to play opposite free agent signee Trey Flowers. While Burns had an excellent combine, Sweat gets the nod after a running a 4.41 40 yard time.

  1. Buffalo Bills- Who they will select: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Who they could select: Brian Burns, DE, Florida St.

Analysis:  While Burns would provide much-needed pressure on the quarterback, Oliver is a motor in the middle of the defensive line who is strong asgainst the run and can still administer sacks.

  1. Denver Broncos- Who they will select: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

Who they could select: Rashan Gary, DTL Michigan

Analysis: Bush can play all three linebacker positions and would breathe fresh air into a stagnant Broncos’ defense. Gary would bolster the Broncos’ poor rush defense.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals- Who they will select: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St.

Who they could select: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Analysis: While drafting Lock as the future franchise quarterback is tempting, the Bengals go with Dillard who many consider as the top left tackle in the draft who started 39 games his last three years.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Who they will select: T.J. Hockensen, TE, Iowa

Who they could select: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Analysis: Hockenson, a mismatch against linebackers and safeties, is an upgrade over Jimmy Graham who has fallen quicker than the Titanic. He could be used very similarly to the way the Eagles use Zach Ertz. Williams is tempting, but Williams many skeptics mention his small hands that were measured at the combine being better suited to play inside rather than outside

  1. Miami Dolphins- Who they will select: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Who they could select: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Analysis: While the Dolphins need a quarterback of the future, Ryan Fitzpatrick can hold down the fort for a few years. Gary runs a 4.58 in the 40 and his versatility allows him to play a five technique, three technique or on the edge.

  1. Atlanta Falcons- Who they will select: Brian Burns, DE, Florida St

Who they could select: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Analysis: Atlanta needs some help rushing the passer Burns would fit the bill on the edge. Wilkins is coming off a national championship and is a 315 pounder who clogs the middle of the defensive line.

  1. Washington Redskins- Who they will select: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Who they could select: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Analysis: If Lock is still available, the Redskins pull the trigger. If not, Williams can moved to the interior offensive line where the Redskins need help.

  1. Carolina Panthers- Who they will select: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

Who they could select: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Analysis: Carolina has many holes to fill, but head coach Ron Rivera is a former defensive coach who knows a good pass rush leads to a dynamic defense. Metcalf has star potential, but defense is the pick here.

  1. New York Giants- Who they will select: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Who they could select: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Analysis: Williams can play either cornerback position as well as return punts. Murphy is the top slot corner in the draft.

  1. Minnesota Vikings- Who they will select: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Who they could select: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Analysis: The Vikings are looking to shore up their interior offensive line and allow running back Dalvin Cook to run more north-south. Williams and Ford both played tackle in college, but could be better served playing guard in the NFL.

  1. Tennessee Titans- Who they will select: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Who they could select: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Analysis: It is time to replace Delanie Walker and add another weapon for quarterback Marcus Mariota. Wilkins gets the nod as he can be paired with Jurrell Casey to clog the middle of their defensive line.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers- Who they will select: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Who they could select: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Analysis: The Steelers luck out with arguably the best receiver in the draft, Metcalf, falling to them to replace the departed Antonio Brown. Many believe Brown to be the best receiver in the draft although he is cousins with Antonio Brown. They may have had enough of that family.

  1. Seattle Seahawks- Who they will select: Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech

Who they could select: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Analysis: Ferguson would take over for holdout defensive end Frank Clark if he is traded. Brown would boost the receivers’ group especially with injuries to Doug Baldwin.

  1. Baltimore Ravens- Who they will select: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Who they could select: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.

Analysis: The remaining receiving group has a combined 81 career catches. The Ravens have their pick of the next two best available receivers to help second-year signal caller Lamar Jackson.

  1. Houston Texans- Who they will select: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Who they could select: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Analysis: Quarterback Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times and needs an upgrade to protect her blindside. The Texans could also look to fill holes left in their secondary from free agency.

  1. Oakland Raiders- Who they will select: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

Who they could select: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Analysis: Head coach Jon Gruden has upgraded many positions this offseason. Murphy would be a strong addition to the secondary, but Smith provides a tight end weapon for quarterback Derek Carr after Jared Cook moved on via  free agency.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles- Who they will select: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Who they could select: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Analysis: Murphy and Risner would both help the Eagles prepare for possible free agency departures in 2020.

  1. Indianapolis Colts- Who they will select: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Who they could select: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.

Analysis: Harry would give quarterback Andrew Luck another weapon on the outside. Wilkins is the pick  here as the Colts lack a true “3” technique.

  1. Oakland Raiders- Who they will select: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Who they could select: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Analysis: The Raiders wait on Murphy at 24 and get him three picks later. Risner could move inside at guard completing a revamped offensive line.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers- Who they will select: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Who they could select: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Analysis: The Chargers need to provide further protection for Philip Rivers if he is to appear in a Super Bowl before he retires, but Lawrence’s powerful body in the middle of the defensive line is too good to pass up.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs- Who they will select: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Who they could select: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Analysis: The Chiefs will grab one of these corners to allow new defensive coordinator, Steve Spagnola, to blitz the quarterback more often.

  1. Green Bay Packers- Who they will select: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St.

Who they could select: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

Analysis: The Packers strike gold adding a WR and TE to the game’s top quarterback. Risner could play right guard if selected.

  1. Los Angeles Rams- Who they will select:.Garrett Bradbury, C/G, North Carolina St.

Who they could select: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Analysis: Bradbury fills a void left after John Sullivan left via free agency. Tillery would line up next to star Aaron Donald after letting Ndamakong Suh walk.

  1. New England Patriots- Who they will select: Dawson Knox, TE,

Who they could select: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Analysis: While Knox seems the obvious choice to replace recently-retired Rob Gronkowski, Simmons is a top-five talent who will not play in 2019 due to an ACL tear.

And that’s as I see it!

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