It’s nearly that time – the NFL draft is just over one week away, folks. Over the last few weeks of researching, listening to all the hype and watching YouTube clips when I probably should be asleep – I finally got round to finishing my second mock of this year’s NFL draft.
Here, I will predict who I think each NFL team selects with their pick.
This is not a ranking on each player’s abilities. I will give my opinion on the given player in the description, as well as why he fits with the team whom has selected him,
Anyways, this is long enough so I’ll just shut up and get on with it… Enjoy!
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1) Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray – QB, Oklahoma
In my first mock, I had him going to #1 overall, and I’m sticking with it. Although he didn’t perform at the combine, it has been reported he impressed in his interview with the Cardinals. Kyler Murray is special outside of the pocket, and is a very underrated passer. He’s undersized with a small frame, which will lead to concerns over his durability due to his reckless playing style. He could do with training with Russell Wilson in the off-season, bulking up. Kyler Murray was GREAT running Oklahoma’s pro-style offence, as good as Baker Mayfield, who was outstanding in his rookie season with the Browns. However, the two are very different players and prospects. Conclusively, Murray is a player who the Cardinals cannot afford to pass on.
NFL Comparison – Quicker Mike Vick but with less arm strength
2) San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa – EDGE, Ohio State
Probably the best player in this draft, Joey Bosa’s brother has more upside than him and is two years younger. Nick Bosa impressed at the combine and has the strength, speed and explosivity to dominate in the league. It’s not a position of need, after seemingly drafting a defensive lineman every year for the past five years, but Bosa is too good to pass up on. You take him and you figure the rest out.
NFL Comparison – Younger Joey Bosa (quite literally)
3) New York Jets: Quinnen Williams – DT, Alabama
He’s not quite Aaron Donald, but he’s the next best thing – but he absolutely could be a double-digit sack guy early in his career – he’s that explosive. An elite run-stuffer who can beat guards with ease, one of those guys who looks like he has diagnosed the play call like he knew what was going to happen.
NFL Comparison – More explosive Gerald McCoy
4) Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver – DT, Houston
There’s just no way that I can see Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock passing on Ed Oliver here – too much potential. His ceiling is as high as Quinnen Williams’ – dude is a freaking wrecking ball. Would like to see him in Denver’s 3-4 under Vic Fangio. Hate the idea of using him at middle linebacker, why would you do that? Smh.
NFL Comparison – Quicker Grady Jarrett
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen – EDGE, Kentucky
I feel Josh Allen is the best pass rusher in this draft, but he has to play in a 3-4 defence. He’ll have to play in a 3-4 as an OLB. New defensive coordinator recently announced that the Jets will play 3-4. Allen can drop back into coverage if needed. Let him play the Von Miller role, and enjoy the production.
NFL Comparison – Anthony Barr, Leonard Floyd
6) New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins – QB, Ohio State
Who knows what the Giants are doing. It really wouldn’t surprise me if they go defence here, but they can’t afford to pass on Haskins. He’s the best pocket passer in the draft, very accurate and composed. Doubt he’ll be a bust, doubt he’ll be a hall of famer.
NFL Comparison – Ben Roethlisberger, Jared Goff
7) Jacksonville Jaguars: TJ Hockenson – TE, Iowa
Probably the best offensive player in the draft, Hockenson has a chance to be a game-changer in the pro’s. He blocks like a tackle and catches like an X. He’s a true Y tight-end who could dominate for the next 10 years. Great fit with Nick Foles, who enjoyed throwing to Zach Ertz with the Eagles.
NFL Comparison – George Kittle
8) Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary – DT, Michigan
A prospect I don’t like – I don’t see what he did to impress in college. He’ll go top 10 for his ridiculous combine numbers and athletic upside. Think he’ll be better inside as a 3-tech, good fit alongside Damon Harrison. If I’m the Lions, I trade down and try and snag one of the cornerbacks if they can’t get one of their top targets. Gary might be worth it, with the right coaching and system.
NFL Comparison – Ziggy Ansah
9) Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor – OT, Florida
The Bills grab the best offensive lineman in this year’s draft. They desperately need to protect the quarterback and add a mauling run blocker – Jawaan Taylor is their guy. Taylor is a powerful tackle who played on the right in college, but it is believed he’ll play on the left in the pros. He’s a big, nasty dude.
NFL Comparison – La’el Collins
10) Denver Broncos: Devin White – LB, LSU
He should go higher than this, but we rarely see linebackers go this high – which literally makes zero sense. Great pass-rusher, has a high ceiling and his speed and feel could see him improve in coverage. He’s a sideline-to-sideline type player who plays like his hair is on fire. Great to watch for any aspiring linebackers. Position of need for the Broncos after losing Brandon Marshall.
NFL Comparison – Danny Trevathan
11) Cincinnati Bengals: Christian Wilkins – DT, Clemson
His pass rushing from the interior improved year-by-year in college, but is he able to wreak havoc at the next level? Nice fit alongside Geno Atkins. He’ll be disruptive earlier. Although, he’ll push my guy Andrew Billings out of the rotation.
NFL Comparison – Jarran Reed
12) Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant – TE, Iowa
The Packers miss out on their guy Hockenson but grab the next big thing in his college teammate. Noah Fant is an incredibly gifted pass-catcher who would instantly become a mismatch for opposing defences. His speed is too quick for linebackers, they can’t hang with him in coverage, and he’s too big for DB’s. Fant and Davante Adams on the same field will make Aaron Rodgers happy.
NFL Comparison – OJ Howard
13) Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock – QB, Missouri
You’re batshit crazy if you think Drew Lock is going to fall out of the first round. He has the size and arm talent which teams will fall in love with. He drastically needs to improve on his accuracy at the next level, and he needs to fall to the right team.
NFL Comparison – Matthew Stafford
14) Atlanta Falcons: Montez Sweat – EDGE, Mississippi State
Another who will fall out of the top 10 – combine tests revealed he has a heart condition. It is described as ‘low-risk’, however. Sweat looks exactly look Danielle Hunter. His transition to the NFL may take some time, he needs to work on his technique. But he should come out as an every-down edge defender racking up double digit sacks by year two.
NFL Comparison – Danielle Hunter
15) Arizona Cardinals (via Washington): Cody Ford – OL, Oklahoma
JOSH ROSEN IS TRADED TO THE REDSKINS. With their second first-rounder, the Cardinals reunite Kyler Murray with one of his offensive linemen in college. Thought about going WR here, but feel they like what they have in Fitz, Kevin White, Chad Williams and Christian Kirk. Ford could likely play any position on the offensive line and is a day one starter.
NFL Comparison – Cordy Glenn
16) Carolina Panthers: Jonah Williams – OT, Alabama
It’s not known whether he’ll play at tackle or guard, but Williams will be a day one starter at a position of need for the Panthers. He has great footwork and strength and will be a leader in the locker room. Carolina needs to protect Cam Newton if they’re going to have any success in 2019.
NFL Comparison – Jack Conklin
17) New York Giants (via Cleveland): D.K Metcalf – WR, Ole Miss
His upside is insanely high. He has the speed, strength, hand-size and athleticism to be a dominant X receiver at the next level. His numbers at the combine were absolutely INSANE, running a 4.33, benching 27 reps and posting a 40inch vertical. You know on Madden where you cheat to give your team a ridiculously dominant receiver… that’s what this dude could become.
NFL Comparison – Josh Gordon
18) Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard – T, Washington State
Vikes have to go o-line here. The best pass-pro tackle in the draft, a huge need for the Bills. Dillard needs to improve his run-blocking, but he could be a reliable left tackle for Josh Allen for the next 10 years. Give Cousins time to throw the football and watch what he can do.
NFL Comparison – Terron Armstead
19) Tennessee Titans: Brian Burns – EDGE, Florida State
Dude is so explosive, has agility and pass-rushing moves for days. He’s so long, but so thin. Really needs to bulk up if he’s going to play on the edge in the NFL. If he does and maintains his get off speed, he’ll be able to cause havoc. Some think he’s a top 10 prospect and others have him as a late second-rounder. Showed in college he can simply out-run any offensive tackle he came up against
NFL Comparison – Chandler Jones Lite/Arden Key
20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams – CB, LSU
Greedy didn’t perform well at the NFL combine, but I still really like his upside and it’s a position of need for the Steelers – it seemingly is every single year. Greedy is an absolute gamer. He’s so long, has great instincts and will make plays on the ball and is great in press-man coverage.
NFL Comparison – Patrick Peterson Lite
21) Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy – CB, Washington
I’d be absolutely shocked if the Seahawks use this pick, they’re absolutely going to trade down. But if Byron Murphy is on the board, they should snag him. Love this guy, think he’ll be an elite nickelback. Not sure if he’ll play outside in the NFL, and do you want to spend a high draft pick on a nickel? Murphy might be worth it – upgrade on Justin Coleman and Akeem King, who the Hawks want to give a shot at as their NCB this year. Murphy is a shot caller.
NFL Comparison – Kendall Fuller
22) Baltimore Ravens: Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown – WR, Oklahoma
If he was on FIFA, he’d definitely have the speedster trait. Not only is Hollywood Brown quick, but he can get open with his underrate route running ability – a great match for Lamar Jackson. His ability to get open and separate deep will require specific coverage and safeties ready to help – opening your playbook and allowing you to be more creative. Thus, making Lamar Jackson’s running ability much more dangerous. Antonio Brown’s cousin.
NFL Comparison – DeSean Jackson
23) Houston Texans: Greg Little – OT, Ole Miss
Excellent Duane Brown replacement for the Texans. He might not be a first-round talent, but he’s the best tackle available and the Texans need to protect Deshaun Watson or they’re going to ruin his career – it was that bad. He has the size, length and quickness you look for in a franchise left tackle. Potential to be a day one starter with good coaching.
NFL Comparison – Duane Brown
24) Oakland Raiders (via Chicago): Jaylon Ferguson – EDGE, Louisiana Tech
The Raiders get a steal and another game-changer on the defensive line. Ferguson was a monster in his final year. Would not be at all surprised to see him go higher than this, and the Seahawks will certainly look at him at #21. For me, he’s a better prospect than Polite and Brian Burns. Reminds me so much of Davenport last year. Great run-stopper as well as productive edge rusher.
NFL Comparison – Marcus Davenport
25) Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Bush – LB, Michigan
The Eagles get somewhat of a steal in the speedy linebacker out of Michigan. Devin Bush he’s an incredible athlete with sideline-to-sideline speed and is excellent in coverage. Although undersized, which might see him fall in the draft, Bush is a three-down backer can could play mike or will. Might fall out of the first round, but he shouldn’t.
NFL Comparison – Lavonte David
26) Indianapolis Colts: DeAndre Baker – CB, Georgia
So good at playing press and can go match-up against the oppositions WR1 in almost any concept. Has good speed, foot quickness and great recognition. His ball skills, talent and competitiveness should overcome his smaller frame. He’s an exciting player and fits a huge need for the up-and-coming Indianapolis Colts. Shout out my boy, Nazzy.
NFL Comparison – Josh Norman
27) Oakland Raiders (via Dallas): AJ Brown – WR, Ole Miss
Oakland can afford to take the best offensive weapon on the board here after taking two monsters on the defensive line. AJ Brown is not a player I would draft in the first round, but he’s a guy Mayock and Gruden will like. BIG slot receiver with great hands and YAC-ability. He’ll be excellent on third down and will draw attention away from Antonio Brown.
NFL Comparison – Quincy Enunwa
28) Los Angeles Chargers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB – Temple
No, I’m not just putting him in here because of his name. Rock Ya-Sin is a baller. He has great size and plays press coverage as well as any cornerback’s in the draft. Lacks technique, needs to polish up quite a lot before he plays, but the potential is there for Ya-Sin to become an elite corner. Needs to fall to the right team – would be great in Seattle, Atlanta.
NFL Comparison – AJ Bouye
29) Kansas City Chiefs: Clelin Ferrell – EDGE, Clemson
Ferrell is a three-down back who will be good, not great, at stopping the run and getting to the quarterback. May have to adjust in a 3-4, but should have the qualities to be disruptive. Needs to work on his pass-rush moves and lateral quickness.
NFL Comparison – Bigger Cliff Avril
30) Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans): Taylor Rapp – S, Washington
The best safety in the draft. He’s not a ball-hawk, but he makes plays on the ballwith his intelligence and understanding of the game. Great in run support and one of the best tacklers in the draft. Fits a position of need with the Packers.
NFL Comparison – Tony Jefferson
31) Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury – C, NC State
Excellent pick for the Rams if he’s still on the board. Solid center who will step in right away as a day one starter taking over from John Sullivan. Bradbury is polished, good in pass-pro, even butter blocking for the run. Strength, speed and a leader.
NFL Comparison – Jason Kelce
32) New England Patriots: Hakeem Butler – WR, Iowa State
The Patriots need help at receiver with question marks – as they always seem to do – looming over Josh Gordon’s future. Hakeem Butler is a special talent. His unique play strength after the catch allows him to win contested deep balls and then plough through tackle attempts to create chunk plays and long touchdowns. His routes are basic and clunky and will limit how teams can use him. But he’s a guy who can get up and make big-time plays. For me, he has the highest ceiling of all the WR’s in the draft.
NFL Comparison – Brandon Marshall, Chris Matthews (Seahawks Super Bowl guy)
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