The NFL season is now over and NFL teams will be planning for the future. With that, they will start looking to improve through the 2019 NFL Draft. Here is the 2019 NFL Mock Draft February 22.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Kliff Kingsbury likely isn’t going to trade Josh Rosen like the rumors say and will want to get a better pass rush. Bosa withdrew from Ohio State to focus on the NFL Draft after suffering a core muscle injury. That may change his stock, but for now, he is one of the most gifted players in the class. He finished his college career with 29 tackles for loss and 17.5 sacks.
2. San Francisco 49ers- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
San Francisco has used plenty of first round picks on defensive linemen over the last several years. Unfortunately, defensive linemen are the players at the top of this class. They could be a candidate to trade back with a team that wants a quarterback. If they stick with the pick, Williams is the best player available. Williams 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.
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.
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- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Williams hasn’t played as well as expected this season, but will probably get drafted highly for his solid play over his career. Bruce Arians will work with Jameis Winston, but he’ll also need to make sure he is protected to spread the ball around and move the chains.
6. New York Giants- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
With Justin Herbert’s decision to return to Oregon, Haskins is the best quarterback in the class. He threw for 50 touchdown passes and completed 70% of his passes, which are unprecedented marks. It is time for the Giants to move on from Eli Manning and a Haskins-Barkley combo could be great for a decade.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Murray has decided to enter his name in the 2019 draft, despite being a great baseball player. He is small in stature, but is a great athlete with solid accuracy. Blake Bortles was benched and Cody Kessler isn’t the answer.
8. Detroit Lions- Devin White, LB, LSU
White is a player who can do everything on the defensive side of the field. His biggest assets are his speed and physicality. The Lions could use a lot of help on defense and White could be a leader from day one.
9. Buffalo Bills- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
11. Cincinnati Bengals- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Bengals have a bad defense and a bad offensive line and need to get both fixed as soon as possible. Little is possibly the best tackle in the class and just needs to improve his ability to finish plays with power.
12. Green Bay Packers- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Green Bay will want to improve the defensive front seven, as they have addressed the secondary in recent drafts. Wilkins can help improve the interior and also help with the pass rush.
13. Miami Dolphins- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
With Adam Gase fired, there is no guarantee that the new head coach will want to keep Ryan Tannehill. Lock isn’t a sure-fire franchise quarterback, but has shown flashes of potential throughout his career at Missouri.
14. Atlanta Falcons- Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson
Vic Beasley is a shell of himself and Atlanta needs to get better pass rushers if they want to compete again. Ferrell can help them get after the quarterback and would be a good value pick.
15. Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is another quarterback who benefits from Herbert’s decision to stay in college. 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.
16. Carolina Panthers- Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Carolina lost Julius Peppers to retirement and needed edge rushers anyways. Sweat showed a great ability to get to the quarterback in his college career.
17. Cleveland Browns- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Browns should get a corner to go across from Denzel Ward. 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.
18. Minnesota Vikings- Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
Minnesota needs to improve their offensive line to help out Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins. Ford is very athletic and is rising up draft boards.
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- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
With Antonio Brown not coming back, the Steelers may want to get a few more wide receivers to help Ben Roethlisberger air the ball out. Brown is an athletic wide receiver who can produce if given the opportunity.
21. Seattle Seahawks- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is one of the most naturally talented corners in this draft class. 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- Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State
Baltimore’s pass rushers are aging and they need to get a new age of athletes in the door. Burns could fit in nicely as a 3-4 outside linebacker in their scheme, as he is a little light to be a 4-3 defensive end every down.
23. Houston Texans- Jerry Tillery, DE/DT, Notre Dame
Tillery was a great pass rusher for Notre Dame and likely could fit in as a 3-4 defensive end for the Texans. While J.J. Watt has been superb, the rest of the defensive line has not been.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Chi)- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Bush is an undersized, yet fast and can cover. Oakland needs to improve on every level of the defense and Bush could function like Derrick Brooks did for Jon Gruden.
25. Philadelphia Eagles- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
With how many injuries the Eagles had in the secondary this season, they’ll want to get a solid corner in this draft. Murphy will likely go at the end of round one or early round two as it currently stands.
26. Indianapolis Colts- Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
The Colts have a good offense, but need their defense to improve, as it cost them against the Chiefs in the playoffs. Polite will give them a solid young pass-rusher to mold.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Dal)- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Alabama lost both safeties after last season, but Thompson has helped fill that void. The Raiders defense already beefed up the corner and defensive end position and with Thompson could really improve for next season.
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- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Josh Jacobs proved to be a great playmaker in his time at Alabama. The Chiefs need to replace Kareem Hunt to make the offense as dynamic as possible.
30. Green Bay (via NO)- Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Packers have a good pass rush and a young secondary, but can improve at linebacker next to Blake Martinez. Alabama’s top linebacker seemingly always goes in the first round and Wilson warrants a first-round selection.
31. Los Angeles Rams- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Hockenson is a tight end who doesn’t have any glaring weaknesses. He is well-rounded and could help make the Rams offense more dynamic.
32. New England Patriots- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence will help stop the run with his athleticism. He even lines up on offense sometimes for Clemson. New England isn’t the best in their defensive front seven.