4ORMYPEOPLE'S 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
With the NFL Combine in the rearview and Pro Days/Free Agency keeping fans glued to their mobile devices with a Kardashian-esque stranglehold, there’s much to keep up within the world of mock drafts. As teams continue to fill their roster holes before deciding to invest millions into a host of young ballers who either just reached the legal drinking age or whose entry into booty clubs requires the J-Kwon method -- fake I.D. --, we started plugging the rookie class into their rightful homes. Here’s 4MP’s second version of our 2019 Mock Draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
No change here. Kliff Kingsbury wants to introduce phone breaks into meeting rooms, and Generation Xers heads are exploding -- I’m serious, you’ve gotta read the comments section of Profootballtalk. Keep applying pressure on them, Kliff, these fools don’t understand meetings are nothing more than a glorified study hall, and the NFL is not the military. With that said, Kingsbury gets his guy, and the two become the most dynamic head coach-quarterback tandem social medias ever witnessed. You can count on the Drake bar about Kliff and Kyler.
PS: Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen will be fine. He’ll wind up in New England or Miami (for various reasons, we will not discuss around mixed company), where he’ll eventually be the face of the franchise. No Ls taken.
Previous Pick: Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray
2. San Francisco 49ers: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
With the acquisition of Dee Ford, the 49ers answered one of their questions at defensive end. It also makes sense to get rid of Solomon Thomas, who doesn’t fit schematically -- he’s neither a 4-3 edge rusher or a 4-3 defensive tackle. With that said, if the 49ers decide to keep the pick and give Thomas another go (bad idea), it only makes sense to find another interior lineman to pair with Pro Bowl defensive tackle DeForest Buckner. Put Williams next to Buckner and the game gets much easier for everyone on the edge.
Previous Pick: Ohio St. DE Nick Bosa
3. New York Jets: Ohio St. DE Nick Bosa
With BountyGate and Hard Knocks legend Gregg Williams joining Dr. Crazy Eyes’s staff in New York -- two major assholes, but you have to love them for it -- , the Jets are expected to move to a 4-3 defense for the first time since 2006. Though New York resigned the team’s 2018 sack leader, Henry Anderson, during the offseason, the team’s still void of a dominant edge rusher. Enter “Small Bear”, who's easily the class’s best pure pass rusher and a relative to a few badasses -- Joey Bosa (Chargers), John Bosa (Dolphins), Tony Accardo (Chicago Mob Boss). Bout time for Fireman Ed to commence the celebration.
Previous Pick: Alabama DT Quinnen Williams
4. Oakland Raiders: Houston DT Ed Oliver
Jon Gruden is an exceptional evaluator of talent who takes joy in providing homes for players who people outside of the football world deem too hot to handle. Oliver is the reincarnation of Warren Sapp -- lean, quick and mean -- just how Gruden likes his defensive tackles. Pair Oliver with Maurice Hurst and you have the most disruptive young interior line tandem in football.
PS: Gruden’s building the meanest squad in the game.
Previous Pick: Kentucky LB Josh Allen
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LSU LB Devin White
The 49ers decided to show Kwon Alexander the money, making him one of the wealthiest linebackers in football. That should be a sigh of relief for Tampa Bay, as they avoid a financial risk on a talented player who still has to overcome the hurdles of returning from an ACL injury. The next part is easy. Replace Alexander with White, another LSU product who offers the same sideline-to-sideline capabilities as Alexander whilst boasting a clean bill of health. Logic, and I ain’t talking about the rapper.
Previous Pick: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
6. New York Giants: Kentucky LB Josh Allen
All of the signs pointed Haskins to New York until Giants general manager David Gettleman demolished any plans of building the most marketable trio in NFL history by shocking the world and trading a transcendent superstar in Odell Beckham Jr. for two draft picks and a bag of Fetty Wap rap snacks-- Jersey native Jabrill Peppers. With no pressure to find a quarterback for Beckham Jr., Giants fans once again hit the lottery on project apartments, taking two steps back on the rebuilding process and ensuring the franchise will be a perennial loser for many years to come. Let’s end the funeral, though and get to the point of this post. In an effort to build the defense, New York grabs Allen, a New Jersey native who finished second in the nation in sacks (17.0) in 2018. He’s the best outside linebacking pass rusher in the draft and a much better fit in the Giants’ 3-4 defense than Oliver Vernon. I guess there’s a victory to here.
Previous Pick: Ohio St. QB Dwayne Haskins
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida OT Jawaan Taylor
Fun Fact: Ereck Flowers started seven games at tackle for the Jaguars in 2018. With that said, there’s a glaring hole along Jacksonville’s offensive line. Taylor fills it, and protects the face of the franchise in…...Nick Foles (hehehehehheehhehe).
Previous Pick: Missouri QB Drew Lock
8. Detroit 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 top-10 selection. I’m not too high on 40 times being the sole reason behind a player’s stock rising, but who am I? Detroit head coach Matt Patricia went back to his roots by grabbing Trey Flowers from the Patriots to hold down a 3-4 defensive end spot. Imagine the games a defensive genius like Patricia can put together with the powerful Flowers setting picks for the speedy Sweat. Think Justin Houston and Aldon Smith (smh), which could be insane if things pan out.
Previous Pick: Mississippi St. DE Montez Sweat
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 looks more so pornographic than anything.
Previous Pick: Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf
10. Denver Broncos: Missouri QB Drew Lock
Joe Flacco doesn’t solve the Broncos’ woes at quarterback, but he alleviates them for the time being. Lock’s arm talent is comparable to Pat Mahomes, and he should benefit behind learning from a rocket-armed field general with a Super-Bowl pedigree in Flacco. The Missouri product isn’t ready to be a Day One starter, having played only one year in a pro-style offense. This situation ensures his success.
Previous Pick: Houston DT Ed Oliver
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Ohio St. QB Dwayne Haskins
Andy Dalton has two years left on his deal, but we all know he’s not the long-term answer in Cincy. With Zachary Taylor taking over following the Marvin Lewis regime, it would make sense for him to groom his own quarterback. Enter Haskins, who’ll sit behind Dalton and escape the trappings of being a Day One starter. He’s got all the talent in the world, just needs more time to develop. This is the perfect spot for the Ohio State product.
Previous Pick: LSU LB Devin White
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.
Previous Pick: Michigan DT Rashan Gary
13. Miami Dolphins: Florida St. DE Brian Burns
The Dolphins overhauled the franchise to begin the offseason, hiring Patriots defensive coordinator Brian Flores and letting the unsurprisingly putrid Ryan Tannehill walk-- hopefully he’ll move back to receiver in Tennessee. With Haskins, Lock, and Murray off the board, the Dolphins will probably bow out of this year’s quarterback sweepstakes and set their sights on 2020, which will be loaded with young Thundercats at the position. As the team tanks in search of the top pick in next year’s draft, Flores begins his regime by grabbing a defensive building block in Round One. Burns, a Fort Lauderdale native, replaces perennial Pro Bowl pass rusher Cameron Wake and the rebuild begins.
Previous Pick: Duke QB Daniel Jones
14. Atlanta Falcons: Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence
Of the trio of Clemson defensive linemen slated to go in the first round, Lawrence is the one who has star placed on his forehead. Shit, the guy ran a 5.05 in the 40 at 342 pounds and is beeeeeendy baaaaaaby. If you want him to play nose tackle, he can do that with ease, but his rare combination of athleticism and size make him scheme versatile, which bodes well for Atlanta who needs another 4-3 defensive tackle to pair alongside “Falcon 4 Life” Grady Jarrett. That 5.0 yards per carry Atlanta allowed last year decreases dramatically with this pick.
Previous Pick: Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence
15. Washington Redskins: Oklahoma WR Marquise “Hollywood” 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 the best wideout in the class. The Redskins needed a playmaker on the outside. Problem solved.
Previous Pick: Oklahoma WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown
16. Carolina Panthers: Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson
Cam Newton looks lost whenever he’s missing his favorite target, Greg Olsen. With Olsen spending the twilight of his career on the IR, the Panthers bring in a new toy for Newton in Hockenson, who won the Mackey Award in 2018. I’m getting Gronk, and Marty B vibes just thinking about a duo of Ian Thomas and Hockenson.
Previous Pick: Arizona St. WR N’Keal Harry
17. New York Giants: Duke QB Daniel Jones
If the Giants don’t trade this pick for Josh Rosen, Jones earns the opportunity to be the next quarterback booed out of New York. I know he’s a disciple of David Cutcliffe, who mentored both Eli and Peyton Manning, and seems like the perfect study under the former, but he’s honestly not much more than a game manager at his peak. It’s an ugly and desperate pick from the G-Men, but what do you expect from a confused franchise that just got rid of a Hall of Fame talent?
Previous Pick: Alabama OT Jonah Williams
18. Minnesota Vikings: Alabama OT Jonah Williams
When you overpay a quarterback, you’re required to protect him. Minnesota did a horrific job of that last year, as Kirk Cousins ate plenty of dirt, but here’s to new beginnings. A four-year starter at Alabama, Williams can play either tackle or guard, which makes him an instant fit in Minnesota’s offense.
Previous Pick: Iowa TE T.J Hockenson
19. Tennesse Titans: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
For the time being, Tennessee sured up its need for an edge rusher to play opposite of second-year linebacker Harold Landry by grabbing Cameron Wake from Miami, where he’s currently ranked second all-time in sacks with 98.0 for his career. Great work, the 37-year-old Wake can be like a mentor for the team’s litany of young edge rushers, but the interior of the team’s defensive line is still Jurrell Casey and a bunch of castoffs. Enter Wilkins, a superb athlete whose combination of intelligence and quickness will bode well on and off the field.
Previous Pick: Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: LSU CB Andraez "Greedy" Williams
Pittsburgh desperately needs a cornerback, and I’m hoping Kevin Colbert doesn’t think Steven Nelson is the answer. Passing on a defensive back named “Greedy” falls under the lines of hustling backward, something Kevin Colbert does with ease. Hopefully, he gets it right here.
PS: 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.
Previous Pick: LSU CB Andraez "Greedy" Williams
21. Seattle Seahawks: Alabama Safety 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.
Previous Pick: Alabama Safety Deionte Thompson
22. Baltimore Ravens: Ohio St. WR Parris Campbell
Personally, I think A.J. Brown would be perfect here. He’s strong, physical and works well in the middle of the field -- where Lamar Jackson does most of his damage. Despite a better option at the position, the Ravens will fall in love with the idea of having the fastest offense in football and grab Campbell, who would serve as Jackson’s resident deep threat. As Drake said, “Bad decisions, good intentions.”
Previous Pick: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
23. Houston Texans: Washington St. OT Andre Dillard
Deshaun Watson spent the 2018 season either running for his life or picking himself up off the turf. I could be wrong, but it definitely would make sense to try and protect your franchise quarterback, especially when he spent some of the past season traveling on buses because his ribs were too messed up to fly. Dillard, an uber-athletic left tackle, helps alleviate a problem that’s going to need more solving.
Previous Pick: Washington St. OT Andre Dillard
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 on full 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. He’s a Miami kid with ties to Mr. Big Chest.
Previous Pick: Georgia CB DeAndre Baker
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Alabama RB Josh Jacobs
Jay Ajayi’s all but gone and there’s nothing that screams bell cow about either Corey Clement nor Josh Adams. Jacobs is by far and away the most complete tailback in the draft and has little tread on his tire, thanks to the Crimson Tide’s wealth of talent at the position. For the first time since LeSean McCoy’s departure, the Eagles have a real starting running back.
Previous Pick: Washington CB Byron Murphy
26. Indianapolis Colts: Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell
Indianapolis overachieved last season, as a youthful roster with no proven defensive players propelled the Colts to the playoffs. With that said, the defense is still void of a lot of talent, especially on the defensive line. Ferrell gives Indy the pass rusher they so dearly need and is a monster in the run game. His play against in 2019 National Championship Game against Alabama was stellar, as he routinely whipped all-everything tackle, Jonah Williams.
Previous Pick: Clemson DT Christian Wilkins
27. Oakland Raiders: Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson
The Raiders stay on theme to end the first round by adding another defensive player to the fold in Ferguson. Honestly, this could wind up being the steal of the first round. Ferguson led the nation in sacks with 17.5, including a combined 3.0 against LSU and Miss. State, and says he models his game after Khalil Mack. Put Ferguson across from Arden Key with an interior of Ed Oliver and Maurice Hurst, and all of a sudden Gruden and Mayock have put together the best young defensive line in the game. It could be.
Previous Pick: Ohio St. WR Parris Campbell
28. Los Angeles 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.
Previous Pick: Ole Miss OT Greg Little
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Washington CB Byron Murphy
Every position in Kansas City’s secondary is up for grabs, except for the one filled by Tyrann Mathieu. With Rapp, the Chiefs grab another playmaker to take the pressure off the pass rush. A ball-hawking man corner, Murphy possesses excellent short area quickness and tallied 20 pass breakups and seven interceptions in a mere 87 targets.
Previous Pick: Washington Safety Taylor Rapp
30. Green Bay Packers: Ole Miss WR A.J. Brown
With Randall Cobb in Dallas, Green Bay is void of a slot receiver. Brown gives Aaron Rodgers the draft’s premier slot receiver and has all the tools to be the perfect complement to Davante Adams. He’s an excellent route-runner with size and is a monster after the catch. At Ole Miss, he became the school’s first 1,000-yard receiver. Don’t be surprised if he puts up close to stack as a rookie.
Previous Pick: Florida St. DE Brian Burns
31. Los Angeles Rams: Iowa TE Noah Fant
Gerald Everett enjoyed a decent 2018, but Fant makes the Rams more dangerous than they already are….. 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.
Previous Pick: Iowa TE Noah Fant
32. New England Patriots: Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr.
Gronk left the Patriots to become John Cena with more signs of CTE — he’s going to be a box office hit. Smith is an Aaron Hernandez clone without the murderous tendencies. The Alabama product is going to kill it in New England. (sorry).
Previous Pick: Alabama TE Irv Smith