Way-Too-Early 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Just days after the completion of the 2018 NFL Draft, it’s time to take a way-too-early look at the 2019 NFL Draft. NFL Draft season never ends, and while much will change between now and April 25, 2019, it’s never to early to start makings predictions. After Sam Darnold, Saquon Barkley and Baker Mayfield led the 2018 NFL Draft class, a plethora of defensive linemen: including Ohio State DE Nick Bosa, Houston DT Ed Oliver and the entire Clemson Tigers’ defensive line headline the 2019 class. Offensively, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Missouri’s Drew Lock will compete to be the first quarterback off-the-board.  

(The draft order is based on the reverse order of MyBookie’s Super Bowl LII odds. All offensive, defensive and line rankings come via Football Outsiders DVOA)

  1. New York JetsNick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The Jets found their QB in Sam Darnold, but with a number of areas still to address, New York is another year or two away from contention. With the fifth-fewest sacks in the NFL last year, and Muhammad Wilkerson off to Green Bay, the Jets really need to improve their pass rush.
  2. Chicago BearsEd Oliver, DT, Houston. With their franchise QB under center and an array of weapons offensively, the Bears should target another defensive talent in the 2019 draft, whether it be a corner, another linebacker to pair with Roquan Smith or a Heisman Trophy-level talent in Oliver. As the Eagles proved in Super Bowl LII, you can never have too many playmakers along your defensive line.
  3. Cleveland BrownsTrey Adams, OT, Washington. While Browns’ second-rounder Austin Corbett played left tackle at Nevada, he’s probably better suited to play inside at either guard or center in the NFL. If that’s the case, then the Browns will again be looking for franchise tackle to replace Joe Thomas in the 2019 NFL Draft.
  4. Cincinnati BengalsJustin Herbert, QB, Oregon. Andy Dalton hasn’t gotten the Bengals past the first round of the playoffs, and he might not get them back there anytime soon. Dalton’s days in Cincinnati may be numbered, especially if Cincinnati ends up picking in the Top 5 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
  5. Miami DolphinsDrew Lock, QB, Missouri. Ryan Tannehill hasn’t lived up to his billing as the No. 7 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and missed the entire 2017 season recovering from offseason surgery. Maybe Tannehill proves himself upon his return, but odds are, and especially if the Dolphins are picking this high, they’ll be targeting a QB.
  6. Buffalo BillsA.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi. Maybe Josh Allen is the Bills’ quarterback of the future, or maybe he isn’t. But Buffalo won’t know after just one season, especially without much for Allen to work with in the passing game. No matter the result after year one of Allen, the Bills will need to add a receiver or two.
  7. Arizona CardinalsJonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Arizona may have gotten the steal of the draft in Josh Rosen, who comes in with a chip on his shoulder being the fourth QB taken. But if Rosen’s going to have to have any chance of succeeding, the Cardinals will need to shore up their offensive line.
  8. Indianapolis ColtsRashan Gary, DT, Michigan. Though the Colts had one of the worst defenses in the NFL last season, and the worst pass defense in the NFL, Indianapolis didn’t add a ton, defensively, in the offseason. That has to change if Andrew Luck and co. want to get back to the playoffs.
  9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersGreg Little, OT, Mississippi. The Buccaneers’ 32nd-ranked defense should be much better in 2018, with the additions of Vita Vea, Jason Pierre-Paul, Carlton Davis and Vinny Curry, among others. But where Tampa still has to improve is along their offensive line. Jameis Winston’s protection must get better if the Buccaneers are going to compete in the NFC South.
  10. New York GiantsJosh Allen, LB, Kentucky. Dave Gettleman seems intent on riding with Eli Manning for at least a couple more season, whether or not it works is another question. And if the Giants look elsewhere in the draft, Gettleman can continue to shore up a linebacking core often neglected under Jerry Reese.
  11. WashingtonDexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. With the No. 29-ranked rush defense in the NFL last season, Da’Ron Payne shouldn’t prevent Washington from continuing to improve their defensive line a year later, especially with a stacked defensive line class.
  12. Detroit LionsClelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Though the Lions franchise tagged Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit isn’t expected to sign Ansah to a long-term deal. If that’s the case, adding a pass rusher will be atop the Lions’ list of priorities heading into the 2019 offseason.
  13. Tennessee TitansCollin Johnson, WR, Texas. Rishard Matthews was the Titans’ leading receiver in 2017, catching 53 passes for 795 yards. Corey Davis should improve after a rough rookie season, but if Tennessee wants to get back to the playoffs, they must improve a passing offense that ranked No. 20 in the NFL in 2017.
  14. Baltimore RavensJoe Jackson, DE, Miami. At some point, the soon-to-be 36-year-old Terrelle Suggs is going to retire. Suggs accounted for more than a fourth of the Ravens’ sacks in 2017, and at some point, Baltimore needs to find his replacement.
  15. Oakland RaidersGreedy Williams, CB, LSU. Oakland had the 30th-ranked pass defense in the NFL last season, and while they added a few corners, none of them profiles as a top-flight corner. If Jon Gruden’s going to get Oakland back to the postseason, improving the secondary has to be a priority next offseason.
  16. Denver BroncosShea Patterson, QB, Michigan. John Elway has to know Case Keenum isn’t the long-term answer in Denver. Elway passed on a quarterback in the 2018 NFL Draft, but he can’t afford to do so again in 2019.
  17. Seattle SeahawksDeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia. The Seahawks had one of the more perplexing drafts, reaching on a running back in round one, and passing on a number of defensive needs. Seattle still hasn’t replaced Richard Sherman in their secondary, and with Earl Thomas potentially on his way out as well, the Seahawks need to continue to reshape and restock the Legion of Boom.
  18. Los Angeles ChargersMichael Deiter, OT, Wisconsin. Neither Russell Okung nor Joe Barksdale performed great at either tackle position for the Chargers last season. And as Los Angeles can cut either after the 2018 season without much of a cap hit, the Chargers may find a new tackle in the 2019 draft.
  19. Kansas City ChiefsChristian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. The Chiefs had the worst defense in the NFL in 2017, ranking No. 23 against the pass and No. 32 versus the run. One offseason won’t be enough to turn it around, especially as Kansas City didn’t have a first-round pick in 2018. The Chiefs would do well to target another defensive playmaker or two in the first few rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
  20. Houston TexansBryce Love, RB, Stanford. Lamar Miller isn’t quite cutting it in Houston. With just one season left on his contract after 2018, and without much depth behind him, the Texans’ could draft a running back to pair with DeShaun Watson to take their offense to the next level in 2019.
  21. Carolina PanthersChauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida. After cutting Kurt Coleman this offseason, both of the safeties atop Carolina’s depth chart are past their prime. Mike Adams turned 37 in March, Colin Jones turns 31 in October, and Da’Norris Searcy, whom Carolina signed in the offseason, turns 30 in November.
  22. Jacksonville JaguarsJarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn. Though the Jaguars extend Blake Bortles’ contract, that doesn’t mean he’ll be in Jacksonville long-term. The Jaguars can cut Bortles after just one season without too much of a cap-hit, meaning if Bortles doesn’t take the next step, Tom Coughlin might be looking for a new QB.
  23. San Francisco 49ersAhmmon Richards, WR, Miami. None of San Francisco’s current wideouts, profile as a true No. 1. Selecting Dante Pettis in the second round was a reach, and Pierre Garcon will turn 32 in August. The 49ers could use another weapon for Jimmy Garappolo.
  24. Atlanta FalconsAustin Bryant, DE, Clemson. Adrian Claybourne signed with the Patriots in free agency, and the Falcons never really replaced him. Brooks Reed or Derrick Shelby can potentially fill in amicably alongside 2017 first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, but the Falcons could also add another DE in next offseason.
  25. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi State. The Packers pulled off the heist of the 2018 NFL Draft, nabbing New Orleans’ 2019 first round pick to move down 13 spots. Green Bay was able to revamp their secondary, even after moving down, and should look to continue to improve their defense in 2019, finding a pass-rusher to pair with Clay Matthews III.
  26. Dallas CowboysDeebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina. Whether or not Jason Witten retires, the Cowboys don’t have a lot of talented pass catchers anymore. Michael Gallup and Cedrick Wilson should both provide good value, but the Cowboys really need a new No. 1 wide receiver to replace Dez Bryant.
  27. Los Angeles RamsJeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. None of the Rams four big offseason acquisitions: Ndamukong Suh, Aqib Talib, Marcus Peters and Brandin Cooks, are under contract for more than another season or two. And with the Rams having to pay Jared Goff, Todd Gurley and Aaron Donald soon, Los Angeles won’t be able to keep all four. They’ll have to find a replacement or two via the draft.
  28. Minnesota VikingsParris Campbell, WR, Ohio State. Laquon Treadwell sure looks like a bust at this point. Stefon Diggs and Adam Thielen give Kirk Cousins and the Vikings a terrific receiving duo, but if Treadwell doesn’t figure it out in year three, Minnesota adding a deep-threat wouldn’t be out of the question.
  29. Pittsburgh SteelersAnfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama. Ryan Shazier’s status is still up in the air, and without him, Pittsburgh’s defense really suffered. At some point, the Steelers have to find his replacement, as its a huge question mark whether Shazier will ever see the field again.
  30. Green Bay PackersDamien Harris, RB, Alabama. All three Packers running backs found themselves banged up at times during the 2017 season, with only Jamaal Williams playing all 16 games. Ty Montgomery hasn’t played a full season in his career, while Green Bay hasn’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since Eddie Lacy in 2013.
  31. Philadelphia EaglesMitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson. Jason Peters turned 36 in January and coming off a season-ending knee injury. At some point, the Eagles have to find his successor. Philadelphia took a couple late fliers on two offensive tackles in the 2018 NFL Draft, but who knows if either of those two picks will pan out.
  32. New England PatriotsClayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern. Trading away Jacoby Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo will haunt the Patriots for a long time. Danny Etling certainly isn’t Tom Brady’s successor, and even though he continues to dominate going on 41-years-old, New England has to prepare for life after Tom Brady.

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