The 2018 NFL Draft is officially over! And that means that it is now 2019 NFL Draft season.
I’m not actually serious, yet, but mock drafts are a great way to get familiar with some of the players that fans should pay close attention to throughout the college football season.
The draft order for this mock draft is based off Super Bowl odds from OddsShark as of May 1, 2018.
1. New York Jets – EDGE Nick Bosa
The Jets selected their franchise QB, Sam Darnold, in 2018 but have done very little in recent years to help their poor pass rushing. Nick Bosa is in contention for the #1 overall prospect with Ed Oliver and would provide much needed talent to the Jets’ defense.
2. Cincinnati Bengals – QB Shea Patterson
It’s safe to say that if the Bengals are picking #2 overall, they will move on from Andy Dalton. Shea Patterson has some developing to do, especially as he transitions into Jim Harbaugh’s offense, but I love his potential to be QB1 in 2019. He is athletic and has the tools to be a franchise QB.
3. Chicago Bears – DL Ed Oliver
Ed Oliver is my #1 overall prospect for 2019, and he has been for a while. At 6’3”, 290, Oliver has prototypical size and has been a dominating force at the DT position for Houston. Much like the Jets, the Bears have their franchise passer and some offensive pieces, now they should focus on adding to their defense.
4. Miami Dolphins – QB Justin Herbert
The Dolphins were rumored to be interested in the top QBs in 2018, so it makes sense that they’d want to get one of the top guys in the 2019 class. Herbert has great size (6’6”, 225) and athleticism, but he needs work as a passer and as a decision maker. If he puts it all together this year, he’s in play for the #1 overall pick.
5. Cleveland Browns – DL Dexter Lawrence
The Browns traded Danny Shelton before the 2018 Draft, and despite killing the draft and filling many of their holes, they didn’t replace Shelton’s run-stopping ability. At 6’5”, 340, Lawrence is a massive body in the middle of the defense and can clog the gaps, but he also offers high upside as a pass rusher.
6. Buffalo Bills – WR AJ Brown
The Bills did little to beef up their receiving core this past offseason, so it would make sense for them to get Josh Allen some weapons. Brown is a dynamic playmaker with #1 WR size (6’1″, 225). This combined with his route running ability will make him an instant starter on the Bills’ lackluster offense and become Allen’s favorite weapon.
7. Arizona Cardinals – OT Jonah Williams
The Cardinals did a great job of getting their franchise QB in the 2018 Draft, Josh Rosen, and now they need to give him some protection. Williams is a two-year starter at Alabama, playing right tackle his true freshman season before moving to left tackle, and has all the makings of a star.
8. Washington – CB Greedy Williams
In addition to having arguably the best name in the draft class (I know it’s a nickname, hush), Greedy Williams is the best draft eligible corner I’ve seen for 2019. Athletic and technically sound with a great frame (6’2″, 182), Williams has the ball skills and coverage ability to be a lockdown corner in the NFL, something the Redskins need, especially as Josh Norman ages.
9. New York Giants – OT David Edwards
The Giants did a good job of getting some offensive linemen to block for #2 overall pick Saquon Barkley and Eli Manning, but the right side still needs work. David Edwards is one of the best offensive tackles in the class and has experience playing right tackle for Wisconsin. Edwards is an instant upgrade over Ereck Flowers/Adam Bisnowaty.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Greg Little
The Buccaneers seem like they’re primed to finally have a breakout season with a revamped defense, but they pick 10th because of odds. If they do pick here, it might be because their offensive line still needs work. Greg Little would be the perfect replacement for Demar Dotson thanks to his athleticism and power in both the run and pass games.
11. Detroit Lions – EDGE Clelin Ferrell
The Lions shocked many by not doing more to beef up their pass rushing group through the draft. WIth Ziggy Ansah playing under the franchise tag, the need can rear its head again next season. Clelin Ferrell would have been a first round pick in 2018 and he has a chance to push his draft stock into the top 10.
12. Tennessee Titans – WR N’Keal Harry
The Titans have some decisions to make in free agency next year, and Rishard Matthews can be on the way out. The Titans did pick Corey Davis #5 overall in 2017, but Matt Lafelur offenses work best with at least two dynamic receivers on the outside. N’Keal Harry might be relatively unknown, but his 6’3″, 216-pound frame and contested catch ability put him near the top of my board early in the season.
13. Indianapolis Colts – DL Rashan Gary
The Colts made a surprising move by cutting Jonathan Hankins earlier this offseason, leaving a hole at DT. Rashan Gary is an athletic freak that is still raw, but his athletic gifts are top 5 worthy. Another year at Michigan, and he can be picked a lot higher than this as he continues to grow as a pass rusher.
14. Baltimore Ravens – CB Deandre Baker
The Ravens had a pretty good draft in 2018, securing their QB of the future and filling some needs, but they could still use another outside corner. One of the few players I got to see live last year, at the Rose Bowl, Baker showed off his length and athleticism by always being around the football and being a pest in coverage. There were some rumblings he was going to declare for the 2018 Draft, but I don’t think he’ll regret staying.
15. Kansas City Chiefs – CB Michael Jackson
The Chiefs did nothing this offseason to replace the void created by the Marcus Peters trade, and that could really hurt them next season. Here, they get Michael Jackson, who has the size (6’1″, 200) and ball skills (4 interceptions) that teams covet from corners. A leader for the Hurricanes, Jackson can take Peters’ spot on the outside and be a leader in the locker room.
16. Los Angeles Chargers – QB Drew Lock
The Chargers did not select their QB of the future in 2018, opting instead to go all in on the 2019 season with Philip Rivers. I’ve seen Drew Lock get compared to Josh Allen, and this early in the process, I can see it. Lock has incredible arm strength and has enough athleticism to move around, but he has accuracy problems and disproportionate stats against weak competition. Some time behind Rivers could be what Lock needs to succeed.
17. Carolina Panthers – OT Trey Adams
The Panthers are another team that has some tough decisions to make in next year’s free agency period, and they might be priced out of retaining right tackle Daryl Williams. Trey Adams is a natural left tackle that would be an ideal replacement for Williams, and take over for Matt Kalil when the Panthers can take advantage of the out in his contract.
18. Seattle Seahawks – OT Mitch Hyatt
Another year, another offensive lineman mocked to the Seahawks. Hyatt is an lean, athletic left tackle that looked better as a pass protector than as a run blocker in what I saw of him. He needs to continue to add weight and strength, but he should go in the first round in 2019.
19. Dallas Cowboys – WR Collin Johnson
The Cowboys have an interesting wide receiver corps, but none of their current receivers look like the replacement for Dez Bryant. Texas’ Collin Johnson is pised to have a breakout season and would be the perfect replacement for Dez. With rare size (6’6″, 220) and the athleticism to make plays downfield, Johnson could be a big riser in 2019.
20. Atlanta Falcons – OL Michael Deiter
The Falcons have two starting offensive linemen whose contracts are up at the end of the season, and they still have to pay QB Matt Ryan. LT Jake Matthew and LG Andy Levitre might both leave, or the Falcons could keep one, but Michael Deiter has the versatility to play both in the NFL. Playing all over Wisconsin’s offensive line, Deiter’s NFL role is up to whichever team drafts him.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Jarrett Stidham
If the Jaguars end up picking 21st, it is obvious that they have to move on from Bortles. Th best available passer remaining, according to the consensus, is Jarrett Stidham. I’m not a fan of Stidham because he just has all the tools, but just doesn’t play like a top prospect. Another year of development goes a long way, but I need convincing.
22. Denver Broncos – DL Raekwon Davis
The Broncos don’t have many needs right now, a developmental QB would be nice but if Keenum got them to the playoffs, they should continue to build an elite defense. Raekwon Davis is very likely going to end up as a top-10 player for me if he plays like he did last year. The 6’7″, 306-pound defender is a monster and has an incredibly high ceiling.
23. Green Bay Packers (via NO) – OG Beau Benzschawel
With the pick they got from the Saints, the Packers reinforce their offensive line. Guard play hasn’t been top-notch for the Packers in recent years, with the losses of Josh Sitton and TJ Lang never truly being rectified, but Beau Benzschawel (yes, another Wisconsin offensive lineman) is a plug and play starter at either guard spot.
24. Oakland Raiders – LB Caleb Kelly
Despite using free agency to beef up their linebacking corps, the Raiders could still use some fresh blood at the position. Caleb Kelly is an athlete capable of keeping up with running backs and tight ends in coverage, and can play the run well. Kelly is a name to keep an eye on as a potential riser.
25. San Francisco 49ers – EDGE Austin Bryant
The 49ers did little to address their biggest need this past offseason, pass rusher. Austin Bryant has the size, athleticism, and pedigree to be one of the next great pass rushers in the NFL. However, Bryant needs to put it all together more smoothly and consistently before he gets to that point, which is why he returned to Clemson.
26. Houston Texans – DL Christian Wilkins
Another Clemson defensive lineman? Yes. He’s also extremely athletic? Yes. While defensive line might not be the Texans’ biggest need, Wilkins is too good to pass up on at this point. A potential top-15 pick, Wilkins is an amazing athlete that can use some fine tuning, but he’ll definitely be a first round pick when it’s all said and done.
27. Green Bay Packers – EDGE Montez Sweat
The Packers need more talent at edge rusher, and with Clay Matthews’ contract set to expire, they need to replace him. While you can’t replace what Clay Matthews was, Montez Sweat is a good player with the length and athleticism to be a solid pass rusher in the NFL, along with some good pass rush moves.
28. Minnesota Vikings – LB Josh Allen
The Vikings have a lot of important free agents they have to make deals with at the end of next season, and Anthony Barr could be the odd man out. Josh Allen, yes there’s one in this class too, is seen by some to be a similar prospect to Barr. An athletic linebacker with good size (6’5″, 230) that is being asked to be more of a pass rusher than he’ll be in the NFL.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Devin White
The Steelers didn’t address their need for a linebacker in the 2018 Draft, so they need to fix that quickly. Unfortunately, I’d be surprised if Ryan Shazier ever plays again, but they need to find his replacement. Devin White was the rock in the middle of LSU’s defense and has the potential to be a pro-bowl middle linebacker.
30. Los Angeles Rams – EDGE Porter Gustin
The Rams stay local to continue addressing their weak edge rushing group. Porter Gustin was injured last year, but he’s healthy again and ready to get back to his pre-injury self where he looked dominant at times. An elite athlete with an NFL body, Gustin has the chance to climb up boards as teams remember just how good he can be.
31. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Lamar Jackson
The Eagles might have to let Ronald Darby go next season due to their salary cap situation, and they would probably look towards the draft to fill his role. Lamar Jackson, there’s another one of him too, has been somewhat disappointing in his college career, but at 6’3″ and highly athletic, it’s hard to not be excited about what he can be if he puts it together. With a new coaching staff in Lincoln, Jackson can turn his fortunes around and become the star player he was touted to be.
32. New England Patriots – QB Tyree Jackson
The Patriots still need an heir apparent to Tom Brady, and their interest in Lamar Jackson could point to them being interested in athletic QBs who can make plays with their legs. Every preseason mock draft I do, I like to put in a sleeper QB that I think can rise to first round status. After being alerted of Tyree Jackson by Jeff Risdon and Justis Mosqueda, I found a highly intriguing sleeper. At 6’7″, 245, Jackson is a mammoth of a player with a huge arm, but he’s also an incredible athlete that can run all over defenses.