It is now April, also known as the month of the draft. With that, they will start looking forward to the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is the 2019 NFL Mock Draft April 9.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
This pick has been flipped from Bosa and Quinnen Williams, but for now Bosa seems to be the pick, if the Cardinals don’t trade Josh Rosen. Bosa performed solidly when he played, but still hasn’t seen the field since early in the college football season. Putting him across from Chandler Jones will give the Cardinals a very formidable pass rush. Even though they signed Terrell Suggs, he does not solve that issue.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams had an impressive combine and has had the biggest rise so far. He went from being virtually unknown to showing he can be one of the most disruptive players in the draft class. The 49ers got Dee Ford in a trade and Solomon Thomas can play end or tackle, meaning Williams can slide into the middle and move Thomas outside.
3. New York Jets- Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Allen is one of the best pass-rushers in the class, but also has the ability to drop back into coverage. If the Jets don’t get an offensive lineman to help protect Darnold, they should try to find a pass rusher to help their defense progress. With Jamal Adams and C.J. Mosely, Allen can help give the Jets a solid young defense.
4. Oakland Raiders- Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
How laughable is it that the Raiders had 13 sacks this season? Four players in the NFL had more sacks than the entire Raiders team. Gary has athleticism, speed and power and could produce more at the NFL level in a scheme that can use his talents.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Devin White, LB, LSU
Kwon Alexander is now gone and the Bucs need a linebacker outside of Lavonte David. White is a player who can do everything on the defensive side of the field. His biggest assets are his speed and physicality.
6. New York Giants- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Growing consensus around the league is that Kyler Murray will be the first quarterback selected. Since this mock doesn’t predict trades, Murray is a solid fit for the Giants, especially with the reports out there that they are not interested in Dwayne Haskins. He is small in stature, but is a great athlete with solid accuracy.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Williams didn’t play as well as expected this season, but will probably get drafted highly for his solid play over his career. The Jaguars need to get Leonard Fournette some running room, as when he is healthy and moving the chains, they are at their best.
8. Detroit Lions- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Some have soured on Oliver, but he is still one of the most impressive players in college football. This class has so many good defensive linemen and Oliver may be the best in the class. Oliver will be useful for the Lions as a player that can play multiple postitions due to his athleticism.
9. Buffalo Bills- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Wilkins can help improve the interior and also help with the pass rush. With Kyle Williams retiring the Bills are thin on the interior of their defensive line.
10. Denver Broncos- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
With no guards worth selecting and Devin White off the board, the Broncos may want to address the tight end position to help out Joe Flacco. Hockenson is a tight end who doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses.
11. Cincinnati Bengals- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Bengals have cut Vontaze Burfict. Preston Brown is still in the fold, but he was injury prone last season. Cincinnati could use a linebacker like Devin Bush, even if it is a little bit early for him to be selected. Bush is an undersized, yet fast and can cover.
12. Green Bay Packers- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Metcalf is one of the big winners at the combine measuring 6-foot-3 and 228 pounds, while running a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. He doesn’t have great agility, but with his size and speed, could entice teams to draft him early. The Packers have Davante Adams, but the rest of the receivers are suspect at best.
13. Miami Dolphins- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Because this mock draft doesn’t predict trades and the Jaguars have addressed their quarterback need elsewhere, Haskins has fallen here. This will not happen come draft day, as he will go top 10. With Adam Gase fired, there is no guarantee that the new head coach will want to keep Ryan Tannehill. Haskins threw for 50 touchdown passes and completed 70% of his passes, which are unprecedented marks.
14. Atlanta Falcons- Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Vic Beasley is a shell of himself and Atlanta needs to get better pass rushers if they want to compete again. Sweat showed a great ability to get to the quarterback in his college career and impressed at the combine with his wide receiver-level speed.
15. Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones had a solid college career and is a projected first-round pick. Teams will like his size and that he was coached by the great David Cutcliffe. With Alex Smith’s injury, Washington needs a new quarterback. Washington reportedly favors Daniel Jones to other quarterbacks in the draft class.
16. Carolina Panthers- Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
The Panthers had one of the worst pass rushes in the entire league and Julius Peppers retired. They signed Bruce Irvin, but that likely won’t be enough. Ferrell is a solid edge rusher who can help them right away in an area of need.
17. New York Giants- Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
Burns could fit in nicely as a 3-4 outside linebacker or a 4-3 defensive end, but may need to do better against the run for the 4-3. The Giants have Markus Golden, but still need more pass rushers to make the defense more effective.
18. Minnesota Vikings- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor has great body control and can start at right tackle right away. This will allow the Vikings to move Brian O’Neil inside, which should improve the interior line. With an improved line, Dalvin Cook should be able to have a better year in 2019.
19. Tennessee Titans- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Brown is the fastest wide receiver in this draft class. He has great acceleration and makes great cuts in the open field. Marcus Mariota has to get more weapons to be truly successful.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Baker has been Georgia’s number one corner for two seasons and is a threat to take it back to the house every time he gets the ball in his hands, much like he did against South Carolina. The Steelers have signed Steven Nelson and have Joe Haden, but still need a better pass defense.
21. Seattle Seahawks- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Seattle is far from the “Legion of Boom” defense and needs a boost to their secondary. The redshirt sophomore has eight interceptions in his young career and looks like he could even improve in the future if he works on his technique.
22. Baltimore Ravens- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Ravens need an edge rusher, but there aren’t many impact players on the board at that position. They also have to get Lamar Jackson someone to throw to, if they want him to develop. Brown is a first-round talent who has a solid build and athleticism.
23. Houston Texans- Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
Houston has refused to address the offensive line and need to change that to prevent Deshaun Watson from getting banged up. Ford is very versatile, as he can play both guard and right tackle.
24. Oakland Raiders- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders can address their defensive line early in the draft, but the secondary is still a mess. Murphy will likely go at the end of round one or early round two as it currently stands.
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
The Eagles are very thin at corner, which really cost them last year, as the injuries piled up. They’ll need to address this in the draft. Love has great ball skills and could start from day one.
26. Indianapolis Colts- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Colts addressed their need for a pass rusher by signing Justin Houston. They can get better on the interior of the defensive line by draft Lawrence. Lawrence provides a huge presence in the middle of the line to eat up blockers.
27. Oakland Raiders- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Signing Crowell is ok, but the Raiders need a lead back for the future. Jacobs is one of the top running backs in the draft class and has fresh legs.
28. Los Angeles Chargers- Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Dre’Mont Jones has unique athleticism and a quick twitch for an interior player. The Chargers have good pass rushers, but need better tackles.
29. Kansas City Chiefs- Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Chiefs linebackers aren’t great and they really need to address the defense in this draft. Alabama’s top linebacker seemingly always goes in the first round and Wilson warrants a first-round selection.
30. Green Bay Packers- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
With Rodgers aging, it is best to start building up the offensive line even more. The Packers don’t necessarily need a tackle, but could shuffle the line a little bit if they take Little.
31. Los Angeles Rams- Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
The Rams don’t have too many needs and can load up on corners. Layne has been rising up draft boards recently and might go in round one.
32. New England Patriots- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Patriots now need to replace Rob Gronkowski after his retirement. Fant is one of the most athletic tight ends in the class and can be a fit for the Patriots.