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2019 NFL Mock Draft

Last Updated: September 6, 2018 (7:09 p.m. CDT)
Lou Pickney,

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Note: this draft order is based on the inverted list of Super Bowl odds, slightly modified toward the back-end to more accurately reflect draft slotting for playoff teams.

2019 NFL Mock Draft

1. Buffalo Bills - Nick Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio St. (6'4" 270) *
Bosa is a dominant pass-rushing threat who managed to live up to the high expectations set in Columbus by his brother, current Chargers defensive lineman Joey Bosa.

2. Arizona Cardinals - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston (6'3" 290) *
A dominant interior defensive force, Oliver is a special player. This article by Richard Johnson explains part of what makes Oliver such a unique talent.

3. Miami Dolphins - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon (6'6" 230) *
Herbert is an accurate passer who makes good decisions with the ball. He has prototype height and is one of the top draft-eligible QB prospects.

4. New York Jets - Clelin Ferrell, DE/OLB, Clemson (6'5" 250) *
Ferrell has a unique blend of athleticism and size, and coming off a season where he collected 18 tackles for loss, the expectations are high for Ferrell in 2018.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ryan Finley, QB, NC State (6'4" 212)
Finley is an accurate passer and one of the top QB prospects for 2019. He threw for more than 6,500 yards for NC State over the past two seasons.

6. Cleveland Browns - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama (6'6" 295) *
Williams had a great game out of the gate for the Crimson Tide in 2018 against Louisville, to the point where it might have moved him to the top of the pecking order for draft-eligible offensive linemen.

7. Cincinnati Bengals - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri (6'3" 225)
With a rocket arm and a fearless approach to the game, Lock is an impressive player to see play quarterback. Accuracy is a concern, though.

8. Indianapolis Colts - Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama (6'7" 305) *
It's unusual for a 300+ pound defensive lineman to record 8.5 sacks in a season, but Davis did just that in 2017. There aren't many 3-4 DE prospects with that type of ability to pressure opposing quartebacks, which makes Davis an especially enticing prospect. The Colts are acutely aware of the difference an elite 3-4 DE can make being in the same division with J.J. Watt and the Houston Texans.

9. Washington Redskins - Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia (5'10" 185)
Baker was NFL-ready before last season, and he was draft eligible. But he opted to return to Athens for 2018, and the result could end up with Baker being a top ten NFL selection. This article explains in great detail why scouts are so bullish on Baker's NFL potential.

10. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) - A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss (6'1" 225) *
In 2017, despite being on an Ole Miss team distracted by scandal and controversy, Brown stood out with more than 1,250 yards receiving and 11 touchdowns. It's fun to think of what an offense with both Brown and Amari Cooper might be able to do.

11. Seattle Seahawks - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (6'4" 300) *
Presuming that Lawrence is able to replicate something similar to his 2016 stats, he could end up as one of the first interior defensive linemen off the board. That especially goes for his ability to disrupt opposing quarterbacks, which is more of a valuable trait for a defensive tackle than ever before with how rule changes have altered the game.

12. Detroit Lions - Devin White, LB, LSU (6'1" 255) *
White has remarkable speed for his size, which might help to explain how he managed to record 14 tackles for loss in 2017 as part of 133 overall tackles. The 14 TFL includes 4.5 sacks, and it's White's ability to disrupt opposing QBs from the linebacker position that makes him a legit threat to be one of the first dozen players off the board in April of next year.

13. Baltimore Ravens - Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky (6'5" 230)
Allen had a stellar 2017 season for the Wildcats, leading the team in tackles for loss, sacks, and forced fumbles. If he can live up to expectations, Allen could find himself being one of the top defensive edge rushers selected in the 2019 NFL Draft.

14. Denver Broncos - Trey Adams, OT, Washington (6'7" 300)
Adams is coming back from a torn ACL in October of last year. Provided that he can return to the dominant form he showed prior to his injury, Adams could end up being the first offensive tackle drafted in 2019.

15. Tennessee Titans - Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss (6'6" 325)
There are some fair criticisms about Little's game, but the potential is there for him to develop into a top-flight offensive tackle.

16. New York Giants - Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (6'2" 220)
Grier is an accurate passer, and while he is slightly below prototype height range, being 6'5" is no longer as important as being able to throw with great accuracy. A strong season at WVU in 2018 could help Grier climb draft boards this autumn.

Explanations for the second-half of this mock are coming soon. -Lou

17. Carolina Panthers - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (6'1" 180) *
Williams, a redshirt sophomore, had an off-the-charts great 2017 freshman season for LSU, leading the SEC in interceptions with six. Read this for more about Greedy's performance last season.

18. Oakland Raiders - N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St. (6'3" 215) *
Harry is both prolific and productive, a true junior who was highly-touted coming out of high school and rightly so. His rare mix of size and speed makes him an anomaly, and his knack for getting open and good hands makes him an ideal target on third down.

19. Dallas Cowboys - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (6'5" 240) *
Fant has remarkable athleticism for someone playing at tight end, and he is going to wow people at the NFL Combine someday. In the interim, he remains a touchdown receiving threat who creates a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. This article has more about the hype surrounding Fant.

20. San Francisco 49ers - Joe Jackson, DE/OLB, Miami (6'5" 260) *
Jackson collected 11.5 tackles for loss in both 2016 and 2017, including 15 sacks total in that two-year span. Elite pass rushers are remarkably valuable in the modern NFL, and Jackson certainly fits the bill on that.

21. Kansas City Chiefs - KC- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame (5'11" 195) *
Love lacks the elite size you might like at the position. But his 3 interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and 20 pass breakups in 2017 are impressive, and Love is developing a rep as a shutdown corner.

22. Houston Texans - Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson (6'5" 305)
Hyatt is very athletic but, more importantly, is very adept at pass blocking. Eschewing the 2018 NFL Draft to instead further improve his craft and add a little more size, Hyatt could end up working his way into being a first-round selection.

23. Atlanta Falcons - Jeffery Simmons, DL, Miss. St. (6'4" 300)
Simmons is an interior pass rushing menace, an overpowering force who is particularly adept at pressuring opposing quarterbacks. It's Simmons' ability to disrupt the opponent's passing game that makes him so particularly appealing as an NFL prospect.

24. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans) - Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan (6'6" 285)
An athletic freak with great pass-rushing skill (notice a pattern here?), Gary is a particularly intriguing prospect. Daniel Jeremiah wrote an article about Gary that explains his unique skill in detail.

25. Los Angeles Chargers - Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn (6'3" 215) *
Stidham is an accurate passer, a five-star recruit out of high school who started in Baylor before transferring to Auburn. At some point the Chargers will have to plan for life after Philip Rivers.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars - Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio St. (6'1" 215) *
Campbell has decent size for the position, but it's his blistering speed that will earn him special attention from NFL scouts. Presuming he can improve his route-running, it's entirely possible that Campbell will impress in pre-draft workouts and end up being drafted on night one.

27. Green Bay Packers - Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo (6'2" 215)
A junior college transfer to Buffalo in 2017, Johnson was a breakout star last season for the Bulls, pulling in 76 receptions for 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns. This write-up tells the story of the unusual path Johnson took to reach this point.

28. Minnesota Vikings - Martez Ivey, OL, Florida (6'5" 315)
Ivey is a tricky prospect to gauge, particularly relative to whether he would play tackle or guard in the NFL. Opinions on Ivey vary considerably at this point.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers - Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Miss. St. (6'6" 240)
Sweat has developed into a dangerous pass-rushing threat for the Bulldogs. A transfer from Michigan State, Sweat earned All-SEC honors last year in his first season at Mississippi State.

30. Los Angeles Rams - Austin Bryant, DE/OLB, Clemson (6'4" 265)
After recording 14.5 tackles for loss (and 7.5 sacks) for the Tigers in 2017, Bryant surprised some observers by opting to return to Clemson for the 2018 season.

31. Philadelphia Eagles - Bryce Love, RB, Stanford (5'11" 215)
Love had a 2017 to remember, to put it mildly: 263 carries for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns. As long as he stays healthy, Love looks to be the favorite to be the first running back drafted in 2019.

32. New England Patriots - T.J. Edwards, ILB, Wisconsin (6'1" 245)
Edwards is a tackling machine, but you can't overlook his skill at pass coverage, which is his strong suit. Edwards also recorded 11 tackles for loss in 2017 to go with four interceptions and 11 deflections.

* indicates player who has NCAA eligibility for 2019

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