NFL and college football has started. With that, more is being learned about each team and prospect every day. The information gained will be used in this 2019 NFL mock draft. Teams will draft roughly in the order of the current NFL standings.
1. Arizona Cardinals- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
This class has so many good defensive linemen and Ed Oliver may be the best in the class. The junior has 43.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks in his career. He does go to a school in the AAC, but that was by choice, as he got recruited by almost everyone. The Cardinals could use some more defensive line help to go along with Chandler Jones.
2. Oakland Raiders- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Bosa is currently out and just had core muscle surgery. According to his dad, he is out until November. Fortunately for Bosa, he already has a lot of great tape for scouts to salivate over. He is the best pass rusher in the class and has four sacks in three games this season.
3. Houston Texans- Raekwon Davis, DT/DE, Alabama
The Texans have a lot more problems than the general public would have thought. Because they have talent on the offensive side of the ball, they can afford to draft one of the many talented defensive linemen in this class. Davis can be a 3-4 defensive end across from J.J. Watt.
4. Buffalo Bills- Gregory Little, OT, Ole Miss
Little is now the unquestioned number one tackle prospect in the class with Trey Adams being out for the rest of the season. He can help the Bills protect new starting quarterback Josh Allen, as the Bills lost more than half their offensive line from last season.
5. New York Jets- Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
While he hasn’t had quite the production of other defensive linemen in this class, Gary is super talented. He often gets double teamed, which allows teammate Chase Winovich to get after the quarterback. The Jets can use Gary at the opposite defensive end spot of Leonard Williams to really make opponents worry.
6. San Francisco 49ers- Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn
Unfortunately, Jimmy Garoppolo is out for the season, but now the 49ers can get another high draft pick. Brown is very disruptive on the inside. The 49ers have used a lot of draft picks on defensive linemen recently, but general manager John Lynch should only have allegiance to Solomon Thomas.
7. New York Giants- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
Eli Manning is nearing the end of his career and the Giants could use a quarterback change to maximize their skill players on offense. Herbert has the prototypical size for a quarterback and had a great game against Stanford to really cement his stock as the top quarterback in this class.
8. Dallas Cowboys- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Cowboys have very little talent at the wide receiver position. Dak Prescott isn’t great, but he also has no one to throw to. Offensive coordinator Scott Linehan needs to be replaced, but in the meantime, they need to get more skilled players on the outside. Brown is an athletic, productive wide receiver who would start from day one.
9. Seattle Seahawks- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Seattle’s defense from a few years ago is gone. They need to improve on the interior of the defensive line and are lucky that this class is loaded with talent. Simmons has just now been rising up draft boards and is skilled at stopping the run.
10. Detroit Lions- Devin White, LB, LSU
White is all over the field making tackles and using his athleticism. Last season he totaled 133 tackles and piqued the interest of NFL scouts. The Lions are really struggling at the linebacker position and would have a vastly improved defense with the addition of White.
11. Indianapolis Colts- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Colts are still really bad on defense and need to improve that side of the ball at all costs. His production isn’t great, but he has been a force for the Clemson defense for the last three years.
12. Atlanta Falcons- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ferrell is one of four Clemson defensive linemen who will be drafted in 2019. The senior has 20.5 career sacks and would have been drafted early in last year’s draft. Atlanta needs to get more pressure on the quarterback to help out their secondary if they want to make a trip back to the Super Bowl.
13. Los Angeles Chargers- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Philip Rivers can’t play forever. The Chargers don’t seemingly have a plan for the future and need to figure it out as soon as possible. Lock has slung the ball around well in the SEC, which is not an easy thing to do. His tape will allow him to be a first-round draft pick, although it is a down year for the quarterbacks.
14. New England Patriots- Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
The Patriots need to get consistent pressure on the quarterback. Sweat can help fit that bill. He already has five sacks on the young season.
15. Cleveland Browns- Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Although the Browns do have some good young pass rushers, they need to get more help on the interior of the defensive line. Jones is one of the most athletic interior defensive linemen in the class and showed it off with his pick-six against TCU.
16. Minnesota Vikings- Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
Minnesota needed pass rushing help before the Everson Griffen situation. Now they need it even more. Allen outplayed 2018 NFL Draft pick Harold Landry from Boston College last season in many regards and if he keeps performing well will be a first-round talent.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers- Tre Lemar, LB, Clemson
Ryan Shazier likely is not playing football ever again. Pittsburgh needs younger linebackers that can cover. Lemar only had 50 tackles last season, but now is a leader of the Clemson defense.
18. Green Bay Packers- Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
It is pretty clear that the Packers still need a lot of defensive help. They focused on the secondary in the 2018 draft and now can address the front seven. Allen can do anything asked of him on the defensive side of the ball. He helped Kentucky knock off Mississippi State with his constant pressure on the quarterback.
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is one of the most naturally gifted corners in the class and already has two interceptions on the season. The Buccaneers could use some upgrades in the secondary and on the offensive line, but this is a rather weak offensive line class.
20. Tennessee Titans- Michael Jordan, G, Ohio State
The Titans are set at tackle, but have failed to create running lanes for their running backs this season. Jordan has a lot of experience at Ohio State and could vastly improve the run blocking on the interior.
21. Oakland Raiders (via CHI)- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Raiders need help all over the defense. 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.
22. Denver Broncos- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
Thompson has patiently waited his turn at Alabama behind some very talented safeties. He has made the most of his opportunity with two interceptions this season. Denver has some issues in the secondary and if they want to get back to the “No Fly Zone” they need some better safety play.
23. Cincinnati Bengals- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Bengals have Geno Atkins, but could use an upgrade at the position behind him. Andre Billings has looked decent, but he is injury prone. Wilkins is a good pass rusher for an interior lineman and could create havoc next to Atkins.
24. Baltimore Ravens- 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. Baltimore could use a young receiver after Breshad Perriman didn’t work out.
25. Green Bay Packers (via NO)- Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Green Bay is still using a running back by committee. With the luxury of another first round pick, they can take Bryce Love to help make their offense even more dynamic. Love is very fast and has the ability to run between the tackles.
26. Washington Redskins- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Harry has the size and speed to be a number one receiver in the NFL. He has proven as much this season with 335 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Alex Smith has yet to build a rapport with his receivers and could use some new talent to work with.
27. Carolina Panthers- Chase Winovich, DE/OLB, Michigan
The Panthers need more defensive end help, especially because Julius Peppers is aging. Winovich had 8.5 sacks last season and has two so far in his senior campaign.
28. Philadelphia Eagles- Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
Because the Eagles don’t have too many needs, they can afford to take a skill position player. Harris decided to go back to Alabama for his senior season and continues to make people pay with his quickness.
29 . Jacksonville Jaguars- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Jacksonville still has a great defense, but they could afford to upgrade at safety. Gardner-Johnson has gotten playing time his whole career and has gotten great experience over his three seasons.
30. Miami Dolphins- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Bush is a player that plays like his hair is on fire. He is very fast and can cover well, but is undersized. The Dolphins have Kiko Alonso, but not much else at the linebacker position.
31. Kansas City Chiefs- Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama
Jennings is another Alabama player that is just now really able to make an impact. He can really help the Chiefs, as their starting linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Reggie Ragland.
32. Los Angeles Rams- Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
The Rams could use another pass rusher. Jackson needs to produce more, but on the Rams defensive line, he’ll get some one on one looks.