This is how I see the draft unfolding, no crazy trades as I will probably only get about 5 players correct anyway (although scroll to the bottom for a few trade ideas.) Let me know in the comments who you think your team will draft!
Cardinals select 1st overall
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
I can’t see any other option than Murray here, there has been so much smokescreen probably aimed at driving up offers for either Rosen or the first pick. However, when your new coach comes out saying he wants him then it kind of puts me in a tough position to go elsewhere with this pick.
San Francisco 49ers select 2nd overall
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
A lot of people have Quinnen Williams as the best player in the draft but the 49ers need outside pressure badly. They’ve invested a lot in this defensive line and if Bosa turns into the force he’s supposed to be then this unit could be destructive.
New York Jets select 3rd overall
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Some mocks have him falling all the way down to 6th overall but not here. A lot of people are saying they can see the Jets trading back but I have them taking the explosive Wildcat here because a lot of teams don’t see the value in wasting picks to move so far up. Place this guy next to Leonard Williams and let them tee off.
Oakland Raiders select 4th overall
Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
Mike Mayock has three first round picks and he will want to hit a home run with each one because the Raiders roster is horrible. Williams is the safest pick in this draft and is a monster in the interior defensive line. Look for him to be chasing down Patrick Mahomes next season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers select 5th overall
Devin White, LB, LSU
I feel like this pick is pretty safe, the Bucs might as well just run to the podium with this pick. Unless Williams or Bosa fall to them they will be getting the best off ball linebacker that has come into the draft in a few years.
New York Giants select 6th overall
Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston
Dave Gettleman seems convinced that Eli Manning can take this roster to a superbowl, whether that’s a smokescreen to take Haskins or Jones here is anyones guess. What we do know is that Gettleman loves building the trenches first so I have him taking the best defensive tackle after Quinnen Williams who is also extremely good at chasing QBs.
Jacksonville Jaguars select 7th overall
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
It’s either a tackle to protect Nick Foles or a tight end for Foles to throw to. Hockenson is the most complete tight end to come into the draft for years and is worthy of such a high pick. If the Jags decide to go for a long awaited tackle then it will be Jawaan Taylor.
Detroit Lions select 8th overall
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Some have Jonah Williams or Andre Dillard as better offensive line prospects but Jawaan Taylor is a three year starter and may have the best upside of all the tackles available. With the highly coveted tight end gone, Matt Patricia will happily fortify his offensive line.
Buffalo Bills select 9th overall
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
He blew away the scouts at the combine running a 4.41 40 yard dash and the Bills would love to add to an already stout defence. Jerry Hughes is still performing at a high level so adding the voracious Sweat will put pressure onopposing offenses (Note: Sweat was found to have a heart condition and has since been removed from some draft boards, but it only takes one team to take him.)
Denver Broncos select 10th overall
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The once fearsome Denver defence is without the combination at linebacker that won them a superbowl not long ago. Devin Bush isn’t Devin White but he’s close enough to warrant the 10th pick. He could make this defence a terror once again with his rangy ball skills and stout tackling.
Cincinnati Bengals select 11th overall
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Their two early round tackles from a few years ago didn’t pan out but Williams is a much higher regarded prospect coming from Nick Saban in Alabama. He has shown the versatility to play in both tackle spots and has great technique which should allow him to create running lanes for emerging running back Joe Mixon.
Green Bay Packers select 12th overall
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Packers spent a lot of money on the defence in free agency and now it’s time to add some big time weapons for their superstar QB and new head coach to play with. Fant’s range starts here but I could see him sliding to around the 22nd pick. He’s the definition of a move tight end.
Miami Dolphins select 13th overall
Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Dolphins are heading to the superbowl this year with Ryan Fitzpatrick under center but they need to provide him with adequate protection. In all seriousness, the Fins are tanking for Tua but they need to upgrade the offense before he gets there otherwise they’ll be throwing him to the wolves. A lot of people are putting him at guard in the NFL but he could play anywhere on this Dolphins front.
Atlanta Falcons select 14th overall
Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson
Grady Jarrett has been franchise tagged so they may only have him for one more year. Having Wilkins next to Jarrett will be destructive in 2019 as they are both quick and have great leverage. Wilkins has the added versatility of playing all spots along the defensive line.
Washington Redskins select 15th overall
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Redskins have a ton of needs but their QB situation is a mess. Alex Smith is destined to return in 2028, Case Keenum is primed to throw for 2500, 18 TDs and 15 INTs and somehow Colt McCoy is still in the league. Jay Gruden needs to show the franchise a promising option at QB or he is done. Whether Haskins can help Gruden keep his job is another thing considering he’ll be throwing to Josh Doctson and the ghost of Vernon Davis
Carolina Panthers select 16th overall
Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Could also go offensive line here to give Cam Newton a little more help in the pocket but they need a replacement for the retiring Julius Peppers. He’s a little undersized but has the production to be taken this early.
New York Giants select 17th overall
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Keeping with the theme of still believing in Eli Manning for some unknown reason, they take Dillard here. He is a polished pass protector playing for the Cougars and Saquon Barkley can create his own lanes while Dillard learns the art of run blocking.
Minnesota Vikings select 18th overall
Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State
If the Vikings draft anything other than offensive line the whole front office should be fired. Kirk Cousins took a lot of heat last season for not taking the team to the playoffs but he had a great season and he did it with a defensive lineman in his face half the time. Bradbury is being described as a 10 year pro bowl center and that’s what the Vikings need to help this unit stabilise.
Tennessee Titans select 19th overall
Rashaan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
He has huge potential but is yet to put it all together on the field which is why I didn’t select him higher but his potential is so high that he could be drafted by the Giants at 6th. With only 3 ½ sacks last year he’ll need to show he is worthy of this first round selection.
Pittsburgh Steelers select 20th overall
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Long story short, Artie Burns cannot be shadowing number one receivers anymore. I don’t know why the Steelers don’t invest much in the secondary and I don’t know why they always insist on playing zone coverage but I do know that Byron Murphy could step in that cornerback room on day one and start. He is 5’11 so just about tall enough to fight with most receivers and the Huskies are well known for churning out corner prospects.
Seattle Seahawks select 21st overall
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
With the monster trade sending Frank Clark to the Chiefs occurring just days ago this puts the Seahawks in need of a monster to put pressure on opposing QBs. Ferrell recorded 19 ½ sacks last season and was named the best DE in the nation, surprisingly he also did some good things dropping into coverage.
Baltimore Ravens select 22nd overall
Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College
The Ravens switched to a run only option as Lamar Jackson took over so Baltimore will want to stock up on big bodies along their offensive front. Lindstrom has nasty attitude and will help Ingram and Jackson spring forward for first downs. A defensive player is also in play here after all they lost this offseason.
Houston Texans select 23rd overall
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Much like the Vikings, the Texans QB performed while being hit from all sides. Houston needs to support their young signal caller or he will get seriously injured. Risner has started all four years with wildcats, earning Big-12 first team honours in three of those years. He needs time to work on his pass protection but in this spot I like the value.
Oakland Raiders select 24th overall
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Raiders still need help in a lot of spots but Mayock will take the former Bulldog here. He stands up well against the run and isn’t too small as his ball skills are excellent. A lot of people compare him to Tre’Davious White and Mayock would be very happy with him at this pick.
Philadelphia Eagles select 25th overall
Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State
The Eagles sent Bennett to the Patriots and Ngata retired but they aren’t short of talent along the defensive line. The Eagles like to take top tier talent that falls down draft boards due to injury (see: Sidney Jones) and Simmons would be a top-10 pick if he didn’t have domestic violence incident and wasn’t injured as he is a blue chip player and if he comes back from his torn ACL and meniscus as good as he was then Philadelphia will have a premier player in 2020 and beyond.
Indianapolis Colts select 26th overall
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
He’s fairly large and physical at the line of scrimmage which makes him a night mare matchup for many corners. He’s good at catching passes in traffic over the middle but he just doesn’t have that burning speed at 4.53 (however with TY Hilton opposite him it doesn’t matter.) With Hilton and Ebron as Luck,s only passing game weapons, it’s important that Ballard pushes this offense to the next level.
Oakland Raiders select 27th overall
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
This pick seems like a gift to everyone. An easy pick that Mayock needs to make. The Raiders have Jalen Richard and Isaiah Crowell which isn’t going to scare any defensive coordinator. Jacobs is a premium talent from Nick Saban and has low mileage even though he loves to punish his body by ploughing through defenders.
Los Angeles Chargers select 28th overall
Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame
Offensive lineman wouldn’t be a bad pick here but may be a reach with Tillery still sitting there. The former fighting irish tackle is an exceptional athlete and is the prototypical 3-technique. You put him between Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram and offensive lines won’t know who to focus on.
Seattle Seahawks select 29th overall
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
He has the size that Seattle covets in corners and is a sticky man-to-man player. He is an effortless athlete that knows how to play the ball as it arrives. He could very well be the best corner in the class but I could also see Seattle trading back here as they usually do.
Green Bay Packers select 30th overall
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
As I gave the Packers Noah Fant earlier at 12, this might be a little overkill giving them the -2% body fat Metcalf. A limited route tree may hamper him on some teams but imaging Rodgers throwing a hail mary to this guy is something beautiful. If Metcalf doesn’t go in the first round, I’ll be surprised.
Los Angeles Ram select 31st overall
Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
I personally think the Rams will try to trade out of this spot because they have very little need. However, they lost two starters in John Sullivan and Rodger Saffold and they will need to be adequately replaced. McCoy is a three year starter and is a smart player with long term potential at center. He is a much better run blocker but he can develop into a pass blocking monster in no time.
New England Patriots select 32nd overall
Dexter Lawrence, IDL, Clemson
This is a bit of a dream for me, the third of four amazing defensive linemen from Clemson but it’s a possibility that he does drop this far with all available front seven talent. At over 340 lbs he is the ideal run stopper and next to Michael Bennett he could cause a lot of problems with his athleticism.
Houston trades up to beat the Giants to a premier offensive lineman
I can see the Texans valuing one of the offensive lineman highly and jumping the Giants to secure them. If not the Panthers then the Falcons might feel like moving back for the 23rd and 55th overall picks.
The Redskins move up to secure a QB
I believe Washington wants Haskins but I’m unsure where they will take him. If the Giants pass on him at 6, I can see them trading their first and second rounder to the Lions or Bills to ensure the Dolphins and Bengals don’t get thoughts about drafting the Ohio State prospect.
Patriots trade up for a top prospect
New England need help in multiple spots, including the defensive line, linebacker, wide receiver and tight end but I could never see Belichick trading up for any of the receivers in this weak class. However, if Hockenson or Fant take a slide I can certainly see them trading up to maybe Seattle’s 21st pick for a premier pass catching tight end or maybe a sliding top defensive lineman.