2019 NFL Draft Mock Draft 1.0

Mike Fanelli | Andrew Harbaugh January 10th, 2019

For eight NFL teams, their season rolls on as the playoffs reach the divisional round but for the remaining 24 teams, it’s draft season!

Mike Fanelli and I decided to take turns drafting back and forth to fill all your teams needs as a lot of teams look to rebuild. Teams like the Browns and Vikings are close and missed the playoffs by a slim margin so the right pick could get them into the playoffs next year. Other teams like the Cardinals and Raiders have a lot of work to do, lucky for the Raiders they have three first round picks.

Mike was lucky enough to kick us off so with the first overall pick in the first Scorecrow mock draft he gave the Cardinals…

  • Cardinals- Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State: Chandler Jones is one of the best and most underrated pass rushers in the league. However, his running mate on the other side, Markus Golden, is a free agent in March and had just 2.5 sacks this season coming off a torn ACL. This pick should be simple for the Cardinals; trade it for a bounty of picks or take Bosa.

Mike

  • 49ers- Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky: Last week when Kentucky dominated Penn State, Josh Allen made a declaration that he should be the number one pick in the draft. He has an argument for the spot but no one will pass on Bosa so the 49ers will have to “settle” for a dominant force to fill a major need for them that so many picks before couldn’t do.

Andrew

  • Jets- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: If Dwayne Haskins is still on the board at this point, I expect the Jets to trade out of this spot to a quarterback-needy team as the next four teams picking have long term questions at the position. However, there are no trades in this mock draft so taking Williams is the move. The Jets first priority this offseason is to get Sam Darnold a better offensive line.

Mike

  • Raiders- Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama: When Jon Gruden traded Khalil Mack he said the Raiders need pass rush help, do you really? Well while Mike Mayock and Gruden play franchise mode on Madden, I’m going to give them some serious d-line help in the only defensive player to get a Heisman vote.

Andrew

  • Buccaneers- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: Reportedly the Buccaneers are going to give Jameis Winston one more season to prove he is the franchise quarterback. Ideally, the Buccaneers should give Winston help on the offensive line, but with Jonah Williams off the board, they turn to a different Williams. Brett Grimes won’t be back in 2019 and with Michael Thomas and Julio Jones in the division, the Buccaneers need a true number one cornerback.

Mike

  • Giants- Devin White, LB, LSU: Should the Giants draft a quarterback? Yes. Will they? I don’t think so, I believe Eli Manning has somehow bought himself one more year so they will address a big need by getting a fast heat seeking linebacker. Devin White when you watch him flies all over the field and in a division with ‘Zeke, Guice, and Ajayi you need to able to close on them fast and with force, White will do that.

Andrew

  • Jaguars- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler; two quarterbacks, zero good options. The Jaguars may think they are a quarterback away from contending but they aren’t. However, Haskins can be the long term replacement at quarterback and he’s better than the two guys they have right now. The Jaguars have many problems that need to be fixed but quarterback is the most important.

Mike

  • Lions-Ed Oliver, DL, Houston: Oliver being available at the eighth spot is insane value to me. A top-five talent in this class drops just enough for him to land in Detroit and clog all lanes with Snacks Harrison. Oliver has a pass rushing component to go with his run stopping which will be a perfect complement to Snacks.

Andrew

  • Bills- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss: The 2018 season wasn’t the greatest for the Bills but they could push for the playoffs in 2019 with a strong offseason. Josh Allen clearly needs more weapons. Robert Foster and Zay Jones are nice role players but neither is a true number one wide receiver. Assuming Metcalf checks out medically, he should be the first wide receiver off the board.

Mike

  • Broncos- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: The Broncos play Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, and Pat Mahomes a total of six times combined EACH year. That should be all the reason anyone would need for pass coverage help for Denver. Murphy has similar size and ability to Denzel Ward from a year ago so this is an obvious pick for me for them.

Andrew

  • Bengals- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Whether it’s Tyler Eifert or Tyler Kroft, the Bengals’ tight ends can’t stay healthy and they need to find a new replacement. Fant is considered by many to be the top tight end in the draft class and can make an impact from day one. The Bengals offense will be much better with Fant, Joe Mixon, Tyler Boyd, and a healthy A.J. Green.

Mike

  • Packers- Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson: Ferrell and the whole Clemson team is riding the high of winning its second title in three years, a major reason for that happening is the way the defense played. That defense though has several impressive players but the crown jewel may be Clelin Ferrell. The Packers desperately need pass rush help and Ferrell will give them just that.

Andrew

  • Dolphins- Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia: Many will be surprised with this pick, but I believe Ridley will end up being the second or third receiver drafted depending on team needs. The Dolphins will move on from DeVante Parker in the spring while neither Kenny Stills or Danny Amendola is a number one receiver. For anyone who says Ridley is old for a rookie (23 years old) or doesn’t have a ton of college production, look at his older brother Calvin Ridley, who had a good rookie season.

Mike

  • Falcons- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan: Another insane value in this mock falls to the Falcons and they are a team that has lost its identity on the defensive line. Jarrett and Poe are not the answers but Rashan Gary just might be. The former number one overall recruit had a stellar college career and he may not last to this spot but if he does this is where the slide stops.

Andrew

  • Redskins- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss: Once the Jets gave Quincy Enunwa that four year/$36 million dollar extension a few weeks back, the Redskins had zero chance of resigning Jamison Crowder at a reasonable price. With more important players to resign, I expect Crowder to leave in free agency. Replacing him with Brown in the slot with a healthy Paul Richardson and Josh Doctson on the outside is a solid trio for whoever is playing quarterback.

Mike

  • Panthers- Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State: The Panthers have missed a good pass rush since losing Greg Hardy to all his off the field issues several years back. They also have been suffering from poor play at the cornerback position and instead of taking someone at that position, I am going to take someone who will make them cover for less time. Burns will be a dog fighting on every play to get to the quarterback and brings a Greg Hardy type pass rush with absolute zero off the field flags.

Andrew

  • Browns- Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson: John Dorsey aced last years draft and one of those picks was a lockdown corner, Denzel Ward. When ward was out this past year and missed a couple games no one could do what he did, that’s why Mullen lands in Cleveland here. He will be able to lock down the WR2 on most teams and be able to help relieve some of the pressure Ward currently has and gives the Browns a potent and young 1-2 punch at the corner spot.

Andrew

  • Vikings- Yodny Cajuste, OT, WVU: Last year’s second-round pick Brian O’Neill played well as a rookie but veteran Riley Reiff had a down year. The Vikings can release Reiff this spring and save $5.1 million dollars against the cap. If they do that, left tackle will be the biggest of the Vikings needs. However, even if they wait till the 2020 offseason to release Reiff, giving Cajuste a year to be the swing tackle and develop is a good idea.

Mike

  • Titans- N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State: Much like Jameis Winston it appears that Marcus Mariota will have to prove he’s worth a long term deal in 2019. In order to do that, the Titans need to add another playmaker on the perimeter. Corey Davis has struggled to stay healthy and be consistent during his first two years in the league while the depth behind him needs upgrading. Giving Harry to pair with Davis and a healthy Delanie Walker means there will be no more excuses for Mariota.

Mike

  • Steelers- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: I may be a Browns fan but I live north of Pittsburgh which means I see a lot of Steelers football. One thing that has been a constant for several years now is the poor defensive back play. They have missed on Artie Burns, who was a first round pick and they reached last year on Terrell Edmunds. Baker is a big physical corner and in a division with young quarterback talent on the rise, they need to fix there pass coverage quick.

Andrew

  • Seahawks- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss: Starting left tackle Duane Brown is under contract till 2021 but he is 33 years old and the Seahawks can get out of his contract at the end of the month. Even if Brown returns in 2019, the Seahawks need to upgrade the right tackle spot where George Fant and Germain Ifedi have struggled. The offensive line played well this season, now the Seahawks need to keep adding talent to it.

Mike

  • Ravens- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama: Jacobs has not declared yet but if he does he will be a lot of peoples RB1. The Ravens have been searching for a dependent running back paying players like Danny Woodhead and taking fliers on players like Terrance West. While both add glimmers of being the solution both fizzled out very quickly, Jacobs won’t do that. In today’s NFL pairing him up with Lamar Jackson would be straight fire.

Andrew

  • Texans- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Is this the worst offensive line in the NFL? Without a doubt! Deshaun Watson was one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league and the Texans can easily upgrade four of the five starting spots this offseason. Taylor could easily come in day one and start. If the Texans don’t give Watson some protection it’s only a matter of time till he suffers a career-threatening injury.

Mike

  • Raiders (via CHI)- Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida: Did I mention that Gruden wants more pass rush? I did? Well, I’m giving him more because he needs it. It doesn’t hurt this is the craziest value of this mock draft to this point. Polite is a speed rusher off the edge and will certainly help in containing all the talent at the quarterback position in the AFC West.

Andrew

  • Eagles- David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State: I really wanted to give the Eagles an offensive tackle or a cornerback here but there aren’t left with a first-round grade. Without another clear need, I gave the Eagles Montgomery. Jay Ajayi is a free agent in March and coming off a torn ACL, and the Eagles may decide against resigning him, opening the door for Montgomery to be the day one starter.

Mike

  • Colts- Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion: Ximines was a two-star recruit out of high school and only had one division one offer, you know who else had that happen to him? Khalil Mack. That’s who a lot of people are comparing him to, if he aces the draft process starting at the Senior Bowl he may not be here but if he is he would excel for the Colts and give them some much-needed pass rush.

Andrew

  • Raiders (via DAL)- Deonte Thompson, S, Alabama: The Raiders tried trading Karl Joseph their safety and a high draft pick from a couple years ago but he has played so bad they couldn’t deal him, that means safety is a big need. Gruden could have a physical type safety similar to John Lynch who he had in Tampa and had success with. This is a pick that just makes too much sense not to make.

Andrew

  • Patriots- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: Rob Gronkowski may not be back in New England in 2019. Between the rumors of retirement or being released the Patriots need to find a young tight end to replace or backup Gronkowski. While Noah Fant gets all the draft love on that Iowa squad, many believe Hockenson has the higher upside. The Patriots use their tight ends as much as any team in the league and Hockenson is perfect for them.

Mike

  • Chargers- Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma: The Chargers don’t have a lot of big-time needs on paper, but they could upgrade the right side of the offensive line where Forrest Lamp seems like a trade candidate this spring and Sam Tevi has been serviceable at best. Some view Ford as a guard and others as a right tackle. Either way, he should start day one for the Chargers.

Mike

  • Rams- Devin Bush, LB, Michigan: Last year I had Leighton Vander Esch mocked to the Rams all draft season because that was a major need, well it still is. Bush would be aggression that would almost rival Ndamukong Suh on the team and that is exactly what they need on offense with receivers like Hill and Allen coming across the middle all year.

Andrew

  • Chiefs- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, DB, Florida: Outside of Eric Berry, every Chiefs’ starter in the secondary should be put on notice; your job isn’t safe. The Chiefs’ secondary has been a mess this year and might cost them a potential title. Gardner-Johnson isn’t getting a lot of first-round buzz, but his ability to line up in multiple spots could be very valuable to a team that has so many holes to fill.

Mike

  • Packers (via NO)- Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State: for the same reason I gave the Broncos more corner help is the same reason I’m giving the Packers Sweat. They play Kirk Cousins, Matthew Stafford, and Mitchell Trubisky six total times a year, they need to get to them and create chaos in the passing game. Sweat is a first round talent but will probably fall due to off the field issues from his past. He has shown at Mississippi State that he has moved on from those events but teams will probably still weigh it.

Andrew

What picks did we hit on? What did we miss on? What ones made you scream “No!” at your screen? Let us know!

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