4ORMYPEOPLE'S 2019 NFL Mock Draft
The NFL Combine’s over and free-agency is heating up. As teams look to continue to fill out their rosters before April, we decided to start plugging the rookie class into their rightful homes. Here’s 4MP’s first Mock Draft of 2019.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
Once the Cardinals hired Diet Sean McVay aka Kliff Kingsbury, and Murray decided to shut the door on professional baseball, entering the 2019 NFL Draft, the writing on the wall increased from size 12 font to a massive 72: Josh Rosen is out, send us your best offer and let's get it poppin'. While at Texas Tech, Kingsbury recruited Murray, whose quick trigger, mobility and poise fit the offense to a T. Now in the NFL, the two finally join forces, sending shivers down opposing defensive coordinators’ spines. Kingsbury went on record saying he wouldn’t hesitate to draft Murray No. 1 overall during the 2018 College Football season. Time to back it up.
PS: Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen will be fine He’ll wind up in New England, where he’ll be asked to sit behind the G.O.A.T. aka Tom Brady before taking over the job and authoring a stellar career in his own right. It doesn’t sound like too bad of a plan if you ask me.
2. San Fransisco 49ers: Ohio St. DE Nick Bosa
Bosa could play in any scheme. With that said, the 49ers spent three picks on defensive linemen in the first round of the last four drafts. Despite the influx of young players in the trenches, the team still lacks a pure edge rusher who alters how teams gameplan. Enter Bosa, the best pass rusher in the draft and a future perennial Pro Bowler, whose combination of technique, power, and speed are uncanny for someone his age. He's a clone of his older brother, Joey. I'd bet my lease on another Bosa taking home Rookie of the Year honors.
3. NY Jets: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
303-pound behemoths aren’t supposed to run sub 5.0 40s. Williams clocked in at a 4.83 -- the fourth-fastest by a 300-plus pound defensive linemen at the combine since 2003 and only .2 seconds off Georgia running back Elijah Holyfield’s time. The braced-faced baller signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money prior to the draft and will be seeing plenty of duckets in New York, where he’ll build an All-Pro career thanks to his knack for chasing down ball carriers and quarterbacks.
4. Oakland Raiders: Kentucky LB Josh Allen
Oakland finished last in the league in sacks in 2018. That’ll change in 2019, as the team pairs Allen, who ranked second in the nation in sacks during his final season at Kentucky, with ultra-dynamic second-year stud Arden Key. Let it sing from the mountain tops, Jon Gruden’s “I Have a Dream” speech continues.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
Tampa Bay desperately needs players who can take the pressure off Jameis Winston. With Taylor, they grab the draft’s most athletic tackle and someone who could finally keep edge rushers from breathing down Winston’s neck. If the Buccaneers are seriously looking for the best way to solve Jameis’ turnover issues, protecting him should be at the forefront.
6. NY Giants: Ohio St. QB Dwayne Haskins
It made sense for the Jersey kid to return to the Garden State to team up with Odell Beckham Jr. and Saquon Barkley, but the Mara family had other plans. I guess Eli Manning is the right signal-caller to groom Haskins still? Good luck out there in New York.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Missouri QB Drew Lock
Nick Foles isn’t the long-term answer. With Lock, Jacksonville grabs a gunslinger whose arm strength draws comparisons to Patrick Mahomes’. Jacksonville’s the perfect spot to develop a young signal-caller and a few years learning behind a Super Bowl-winning quarterback shouldn’t hurt.
8. Detriot Lions: Mississippi St. DE Montez Sweat
Nobody at the 2018 Combine made themselves more money than Sweat. After blazing the field with a 4.41 combine at 260lbs, the defensive end solidified himself as a first-round selection. With Ezekiel Ansah gone, Detroit’s in the market for an edge rusher. Too hard to pass up on a freak like this.
9. Buffalo Bills: Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
This pick reeks of a Bills selection. Last year, Buffalo drafted the strongest arm in the draft in Josh Allen aka Jaheim with the feet. This year, they’ll get the draft’s biggest freak in Metcalf. Though Buffalo is a far cry from Oakland, it sure falls along the lines of Al Davis’ dream. Allen delivering a bomb to Metcalf on a 9-route is pornographic.
10. Denver Broncos: Houston DT Ed Oliver
In my opinion, Oliver is the best defensive player in the draft. He’s the only guy who I’ve thought could make the leap from high school to the NFL -- literally that talented. The smear campaign against him never made sense and smaller defensive tackles usually have an advantage in the leverage department -- so disregard any talk you’ve heard in the media. With that said, if John Elway teams Oliver up with Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, nobody will be able to run or throw against Denver. He’s Aaron Donald’s clone. Believe that.
PS: I’m so tempted to put him in the top 10. Mock is subject to change after Pro Days.
11. Cincinatti Bengals: Louisiana St. LB Devin White
Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict is a concussion/suspension away from the dream ending. Love Vontaze, but it’s just the truth. With White, the Bengals grab Burfict’s replacement and the draft’s most athletic/best linebacker. NFL scouts love three-down backers who can play sideline-to-sideline. White being the quintessential defensive quarterback only adds to his mystique.
12. Green Bay Packers: Michigan DT Rashan Gary
The 277-pound Gary shut down the 2019 NFL Combine when he clocked in at a 4.58 in the 40. We knew he had the athleticism, strength, and versatility to play defensive end in a 3-4 scheme -- which the Packers run. Now we know he also has the speed to play on the edge. Him, Mike Daniels and Kenny Clark on Green Bay’s defensive front = no room to run.
13. Miami Dolphins: Duke QB Daniel Jones
Nobody puts baby in corner, eh? Well, look at the Dolphins being cornered into taking the best quarterback available. The Ryan Tannehill era has finally ended and all is well in Miami . Though I think Jones is a reach here, what other options do they have?
14. Atlanta Falcons: Clemson DE Dexter Lawrence
Of the trio of Clemson defensive linemen slated to go in the first round, Lawrence stands out the most. Shit, the guy ran a 5.05 in the 40 at 342 pounds. If you want him to play nose tackle, he can do that with ease, yet his combination athleticism and size make him scheme versatile, which bodes well for Atlanta who needs another 4-3 defensive tackle to pair alongside Grady Jarrett. Just imagine Lawrence next to Jarrett. That 5.0 yards per carry Atlanta allowed last year decreases dramatically.
15. Washington Redskins: Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown
Washington upgrades its passing attack with Brown, the cousin of Mr. Big Chest. Don’t let Brown’s lack of size fool you, he’s a tougher version of Desean Jackson and is easily the best wideout in the class. The Redskins needed a playmaker on the outside, and here he is.
16. Carolina Panthers: Arizona St. WR N’Keal Harry
Carolina needs a big-bodied replacement for free-agent Devin Funchess, and there’s nobody in the class more suited for the role than Harry (6-foot-2, 228 pounds). He improved his stock at the combine, where he surprised scouts by running in the 4.5s and is the draft’s best wideout with the ball in the air -- a certified jump-ball artist who specializes in using his frame to shield defenders. Cam gets a red-zone threat to play opposite of DJ Moore. Moving on up!!!
17. Cleveland Browns: Alabama OT Jonah Williams
Williams’ tape is nearly flawless, as he served as the best offensive tackle in college football during his tenure in Alabama -- He started every game in which he played. There’s just one problem here: His arms are much shorter than the average tackle. If he doesn’t work out on the outside, there’s a massive chance he’ll succeed as a guard. Cleveland needs more bodyguards for Baker Mayfield, and this here is a slam dunk.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson
If Kyle Rudolph doesn't restructure his contract, it’d be wise for Minnesota to cut their losses and remove the $7.6 million he’s owed this season off the books. With Rudolph off the roster, Hockenson seems like the most suitable replacement. The tight end took home the Mackey award in 2018 and is the most complete tight end in a deep class. An instant upgrade over Jack Conklin and David Morgan, Hockenson makes sense here.
19. Tennesse Titans: Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell
Marcus Mariota needs help and a ton of it. Luckily for Tennessee, there’ll be a plethora of marquee wideouts and tight ends left in the second round. In the meantime, put Ferrell on the opposite side of Harold Landry and let the two go to work. Can't-miss here.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louisiana St. CB Greedy Williams
Pittsburgh desperately needs a cornerback and passing on one named “Greedy” sounds like hustling backward. A product of “DBU,” Williams possesses 4.3 speed and insane ball skills -- eight picks in two seasons at LSU. He’d go earlier in a class in which corner was a necessity.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Alabama S Deionte Thompson
Thompson reminds me a lot of Sean Taylor (R.I.P.) and Ed Reed. I’m not kidding when I say this. He’s an excellent center fielder with soft hands who loves flying around punishing any dummy reckless enough to take him on. A helluva way to replace Earl Thomas.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
The goal in Baltimore is simple: Take the pressure off Lamar Jackson. Add Jacobs to the fold, and now you have one of the more explosive backfields in football.
23. Houston Texans: Washington St. OT Andre Dillard
Deshaun Watson spent the 2018 season either running for his life or picking himself off the turf. Can’t have that with your franchise quarterback. Dillard helps alleviate a problem that’s going to need more solving via free agency.
24. Oakland Raiders: Georgia CB DeAndre Baker
Quarterbacks shied away from throwing at Baker in 2018, and the Georgia product still took home the Thorpe Award. He’s physical, instinctive and his ball skills were at display at the combine, where he plucked passes out of the sky like a receiver — my personal favorite cornerback in the draft. Jon Gruden’s going to love this guy.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Washington CB Byron Murphy
Philly needs immediate secondary help, and Murphy is a physical ballhawk who bodes well on the opposite side of fellow Washington product Sidney Jones. Look at how this worked out.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
Margus Hunt recently resigned with the Colts, but there’s still a void at the other defensive tackle spot. Enter Wilkins, who won two national championships at Clemson, where he graduated in 2.5 years and won the William V. Campbell award. At 300-plus pounds, he ran a speedy 5.04 flat in the 40 and will instantly add a dynamic element to a young defense that’s becoming one of the league’s stingiest.
27. Oakland Raiders: Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown
Oakland finally snags its replacement for Amari Cooper in Brown, a versatile pass catcher who flourishes on the outside/slot and is a beast in space. He can do just about everything and should instantly morph into Derek Carr’s favorite target.
PS: I know Parris Campbell looks like the quintessential Raiders pick here, but I don’t expect Jon Gruden to buy into the 40 time.
28. LA Chargers: Ole Miss OT Greg Little
Little’s underwhelming 2018 season at Ole Miss caused his stock to take a hit. Nonetheless, he’s one of the most athletic -- if not most athletic -- offensive tackles in this year’s draft. The Chargers are in desperate need of protection for Philip Rivers and a player with a massive ceiling like Little makes perfect sense at the end of the first round.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Washington S Taylor Rapp
Every position in Kansas City’s secondary is up for grabs besides the one Eric Berry holds. With Rapp, the Chiefs finally grab another playmaker to take the pressure of Berry and the pass rush. The defensive back tallied seven interceptions at Washington, including four as a freshman in 2016. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Chiefs spent their first three picks on defense.
30. Green Bay Packers: Florida St. LB/DE Brian Burns
With Clay Matthews and Muhammad Wilkerson becoming free agents, Burns partners with Gary (Green Bay’s first-round pick) to replace the twosome. The idea of these two working together sounds frightening — time to put Kirk Cousins and the rest of the NFC North quarterbacks on notice.
31. LA Rams: Iowa TE Noah Fant
Gerald Everett enjoyed a decent 2018, but Fant would join Los Angeles and instantly become the team’s best at the tight end position. Imagine a tight end who runs a 4.5 flat in Sean McVay’s offense. McVay doesn’t need any more toys, and this is flat out unfair.
32. New England Patriots: Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.
Gronk still produces at a top-3 level, but he’s broken. Smith is an Aaron Hernandez clone without the murderous tendencies. He’s going to kill it in New England. (sorry).