The NFL regular season is now over and the majority of 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 January 4.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
This pick will rely a lot on the next head coach’s philosophy. Either way, Bosa is a talented player, who can help fill the pass-rushing need for the Cardinals. 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- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Jets have a lot of issues, but need to make sure they protect Sam Darnold. Kelvin Beachum is solid at left tackle, but the rest of the line can be improved. Little is possibly the best tackle in the class and just needs to improve his ability to finish plays with power.
4. Oakland Raiders- Josh Allen, EDGE/LB, Kentucky
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. They need an elite pass rusher and Allen fits that bill. Allen is one of the best pass-rushers in the class, but also has the ability to drop back into coverage.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
Tampa Bay ranked in the bottom half of the league in sacks and have defensive ends that are past their primes. Gary has athleticism, speed and power and could produce more at the NFL level in a scheme that can use his talents.
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- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Blake Bortles was benched and Cody Kessler isn’t the answer. Lock isn’t a sure-fire franchise quarterback, but has shown flashes of potential throughout his career at Missouri.
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- Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
With Kyle Williams retiring the Bills are thin on the interior of their defensive line. Derrick Brown, who has a huge body, can fill in the middle of the defensive line.
10. Denver Broncos- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Broncos have issues stopping the run and could use some upgrades on the interior. Ed Oliver would give them a great front seven. 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 Ed Oliver may be the best in the class. He does go to a school in the AAC, but that was by choice, as he got recruited by almost everyone.
11. Cincinnati Bengals- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Bush is an undersized, yet fast and can cover. Cincinnati has one of the weakest linebaking cores in the NFL and Vontaze Burfict may have to retire due to concussions.
12. Green Bay Packers- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
This is another pick that may heavily rely on the next head coach. Whoever they hire will want to improve the defensive front seven, as they have addressed the secondary in recent drafts. Simmons specializes in shutting down the run and had 18 tackles for loss on the season.
13. Miami Dolphins- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones is another quarterback who benefits from Herbert’s decision to stay in college. If he declares, teams will like his athleticism and that he was coached by the great David Cutcliffe. With Adam Gase fired, there is no gaurantee that the new head coach will want to keep Ryan Tannehill.
14. Atlanta Falcons- Clelin Ferrell, DE, 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- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Redskins will want to get a quarterback with Alex Smith’s injury status, but they are off the board. Brown is the fastest wide receiver in this draft class. He has great acceleration and makes great cuts in the open field.
16. Carolina Panthers- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor has been a player who has climbed up draft boards recently because of his body control. Carolina needs to keep Cam Newton healthy. That’s hard to do with a quarterback who runs, but they at least need to make sure he has a clean pocket.
17. Cleveland Browns- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Now that Baker Mayfield had a good rookie season, the Browns can get him some more help. Brown is an athletic wide receiver who can produce if given the opportunity.
18. Minnesota Vikings- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Minnesota needs to improve their offensive line to help out Dalvin Cook and Kirk Cousins. Williams hasn’t played as well as expected this season, but in a weak tackle class, will probably get drafted highly.
19. Tennessee Titans- Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma
The Titans are a team without too many glaring weaknesses. They played their best when they got Derrick Henry going and need to improve the offensive line to help him to have more success. They can improve the interior of their line by taking Ford.
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’ run defense is good, but they still have a lot if work to do on their secondary.
21. Philadelphia Eagles- 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. With how many injuries the Eagles had in the secondary this season, they’ll want to get a solid corner in this draft.
22. Indiana Colts- Jachai Polite, DE/OLB, Florida
The Colts have Andrew Luck back and a solid offensive line. Now they need to focus on the defense more too. They have played above expectations this season, but could use a good pass rusher like Polite.
23. Seattle Seahawks- Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama
Diggs had a good season when healthy, but missed a lot of the season with a broken foot. His tape should still warrant a first-round selection.
24. Baltimore Ravens- Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State
Baltimore’s pass rushers are aging and they need to get a new age of athletes in the door. Sweat showed a great ability to get to the quarterback in his college career.
25. Oakland Raiders- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Raiders need to improve everywhere on defense. Wilkins can help improve the interior and also help with the pass rush.
26. Houston Texans- Raekwon Davis, DE/DT, Alabama
While J.J. Watt has been superb, the rest of the defensive line has not been. Davis would be a steal with this selection and could make their defense even better.
27. Oakland Raiders- 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. 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.
30. Los Angeles Rams- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Rams like to use three wide receivers, one running back and one tight end. They could upgrade their tight end and make their offense nearly impossible to stop. Fant is a really athletic tight end who could be better as a pro, especially with great quarterback play.
31. Kansas City Chiefs- Tre Lemar, LB, Clemson
Lemar is a do-it-all linebacker who leads Clemson. The Chiefs could use him, as Reggie Ragland and Anthony Hitchens haven’t played great this season.
32. Green Bay Packers- Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
The Packers have a good pass rush and a young secondary, but can improve at linebacker next to Blake Martinez.