25 Apr 19
The Denver Post
My second and final crack at projecting how the first round of the NFL draft will go on Thursday:
1. Arizona: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. There is just too much smoke to believe that Murray won’t be the Cardinals’ pick. Arizona will flip Josh Rosen to New England later Thursday night for a second-round pick.
First mock: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State.
2. San Francisco: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The 49ers don’t find any takers for the pick and select Bosa, who had 17 1/2 sacks in 30 games.
First mock: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky.
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3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. As the Rams’ defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams had Aaron Donald. Now he gets to build his front around Williams.
First mock: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama.
4. Oakland: Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky. Allen had 17 sacks last year, more than the entire Oakland team (13).
First mock: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan.
5. Tampa Bay: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. The Buccaneers draft Oliver to team up front with Gerald McCoy.
First mock: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama.
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6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State. This is where the draft really gains some intrigue. General manager Dave Gettleman will wait a few hours to pick a quarterback.
First mock: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State.
7. Jacksonville: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. New quarterback Nick Foles gets a big target in Hockenson, who is being hailed as the rare tight end prospect who can catch and functionally block.
First mock: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri.
8. Detroit: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. The Lions take Williams with the intent of making him a guard.
First mock: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson.
9. Buffalo: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. The Bills stick to their board after Oliver, Hockenson and Jonah Williams are all gone. Dillard started 41 games at left tackle for the Cougars.
First mock: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma.
10. TRADE – Washington (from Broncos): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Cue the run on quarterbacks. The Redskins give the Broncos Nos. 15, 76 and 153 to move up.
First mock: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington (to Broncos)
11. Cincinnati: Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson. The Bengals draft the 315-pound Wilkins to join Geno Atkins on the defensive line and eventually replace him.
First mock: Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma.
12. TRADE — Pittsburgh (from Green Bay): Devin White, LB, LSU. The Steelers give up their second-round pick to move up eight spots.
First mock: Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State (Green Bay).
13. Miami: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. The Dolphins protect themselves in case they actually win a few games this year to move them out of the 2020 top five.
First mock: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma.
14. Atlanta: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. The Falcons moved on from cornerbacks Robert Alford (Arizona) and Brian Poole (New York Jets) so Murphy is a need pick … and a good pick.
First mock: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston.
15. TRADE – Broncos (from Washington): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. It all works out for the Broncos, who move down five spots, pick up two extra picks and still get a player who can help them immediately. Cornerback Chris Harris’ trade demand could impact the Broncos’ picks in rounds 2-3.
First mock: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke (to Washington).
16. Carolina: Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State. At 249 pounds, he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds at Combine. The Panthers can rotate Burns with veteran newcomer Bruce Irvin.
First mock: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State.
17. N.Y. Giants (from Cleveland): Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. The Giants get safety Jabrill Peppers and Jones in the trade for Odell Beckham.
First mock: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson (to Cleveland).
18. Minnesota: Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State. The Vikings take the draft’s best center and create a starting spot by moving Pat Elflein to guard.
First mock: Devin White, LB, LSU.
19. Tennessee: Clelin Ferrell, DE/OLB, Clemson. Brian Orakpo retired after the year. The Titans signed Cameron Wake, but he’s 37. Ferrell had 27 sacks in 44 games.
First mock: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa.
20. TRADE — Green Bay (from Pittsburgh): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. The Packers use the first of their two opening-night picks Fant, who will be a great target for Aaron Rodgers.
First mock: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (to Pittsburgh).
21. Seattle: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington. The Seahawks need to replace Earl Thomas. Rapp had 171 tackles in three years for the Huskies.
First mock: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington.
22. Baltimore: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi. The Ravens stocked up on tight ends in last year’s draft and they stay on offense with Metcalf, who played only 21 games in three years and missed the last half of 2018 with a neck injury.
First mock: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi.
23. Houston: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. Taylor falls way down the board. Sixty-two sacks allowed equals a dire need to draft blockers.
First mock: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State.
24. Oakland (from Chicago): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Raiders’ current cornerbacks are Nick Nelson, Gareon Conley and Daryl Worley. Williams is better than all of them.
First mock: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama.
25. Philadelphia: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan. A shoulder issue that will eventually require surgery drops Gary into the Eagles’ lap.
First mock: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson.
26. Indianapolis: Rock Ya-Sin, CB Temple. A great value/need pick for the Colts. He gets the nod over Georgia’s DeAndre Baker.
First mock: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia.
27. Oakland (from Dallas): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama. In the pick acquired for receiver Amari Cooper, the Raiders go with Jacobs, who averaged 5.9 yards per carry on only 251 career attempts.
First mock: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma. Ford started 14 games at right tackle and seven at left guard for Sooners, providing the Chargers some options.
First mock: Isaiah Buggs, DT, Alabama.
29. Seattle (from Kansas City): Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State. The Seahawks received this pick on Tuesday for defensive end Frank Clark. Simmons tore his ACL in February but would have been a top-10 pick if healthy.
First mock: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple (to Kansas City).
30. Green Bay (from New Orleans): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. The Packers stack up on offense for new coach/play-caller Matt LaFleur. Brown averaged 18.3 yards per catch at OU.
First mock: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa.
31. TRADE — Jacksonville (from Los Angeles Rams): Greg Little, OT, Mississippi. The Rams move out of the first round in exchange for a package headlined by the No. 38 pick. Little will play right tackle for the Jaguars.
First mock: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi (to Rams).
32. New England: Irv Smith, TE, Alabama. Always a candidate to move out of the first round, the Patriots stay put to take the athletic Smith to replace some of Rob Gronkowski’s production.
First mock: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia.