2019 NFL Mock Drafts

R.J. White
By R.J. White
CBS Sports NFL Writer


After months and months of mock drafts, the end is finally near. The 2019 NFL Draft is right in front of us, so soon we'll finally be able to break down the actual picks that are made, rather than the theoretical examples we've been limited to over the last 360 days or so.

I've banged you over the head with my trade scenarios involving the Raiders moving to No. 1 to take Kyler Murray, but since we're nearly at the draft and that hasn't happened, I'm going to go through one mock draft scenario where the Cardinals take Murray at No. 1 and look to trade Josh Rosen. Even so, I think the Raiders are clearly in play for a quarterback, maybe even Dwayne Haskins, but someone beats them to the punch with a trade to No. 3 below.

That team was the Giants in the initial version of this post, but with news that Daniel Snyder is taking over the draft planning for Washington and that Dwayne Haskins could be his target, I'm making a late switch back to Washington moving to No. 3, a trade I had in my seven-round mock draft that originally came out a few weeks back.

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Also in this mock draft, Rashan Gary and D.K. Metcalf fall out of the first round. For the former, I think medical issues could combine with his lack of production to cause teams to shy away from him with their first pick. He could still be in play for a team with multiple first-rounders, but I think there's also a good chance he lasts until Day 2. As for Metcalf, the fact that he's not a complete receiver prospect coupled with an incredibly deep selection of potential starters at the position in this class means teams don't have to reach for him in Round 1. And now for the picks ...

NFL Mock Draft - 04/25/2019
Round 1
1. Arizona Cardinals

(3-13)
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: I've done plenty of mocks with the Cardinals trading out of this pick instead of taking Murray, but since that hasn't happened, let's go ahead and explore a scenario where they do decide to punt on Josh Rosen. I don't think this pick is a lock, however.
2. San Francisco 49ers

(4-12)
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State: If the Cardinals take Bosa No. 1, the 49ers would likely jump on Quinnen Williams here or see if they can get a decent haul from a team looking to trade up for a QB. No reason to swerve away from this match at this point.
3. Washington Redskins (Mock Trade with New York)

(7-9)
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: The Redskins seem like the best bet to make a bold move up for a QB, and pulling this off will cost them a first-round pick next year plus multiple Day 2 picks. Will it be worth it? Only time will tell.
4. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama: I think the Raiders are in play for not only Murray, but Haskins as well. But with both off the board in the first three picks, they 'settle' for maybe the best overall player in the draft, one who fills a huge need.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(5-11)
Devin White, LB, LSU: Would the Bucs take White with Josh Allen still on the board? I think it's a definite possibility, as White appears to be a safer play even if he doesn't fill as large of a need. The last of quality off-ball LBs in this class should get White into the top five.
6. New York Giants

(5-11)
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky: With Haskins off the board, the Giants fill their pass-rush need with Allen, a potential top-three pick who manages to get to New York here.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars

(5-11)
Ed Oliver, DL, Houston: The Jaguars prioritize defense above all, and their pass rush is on shaky ground after 2019. Though players like T.J. Hockenson or an offensive linemen also make sense, it'll be impossible to pass on Oliver if he slips here.
8. Carolina Panthers (Mock Trade with Detroit)

(7-9)
Jawaan Taylor, OL, Florida: The Panthers make a big move up the board, giving up No. 16 and 47 for this pick and No. 185, then selecting the top offensive lineman in the draft. He'll look to push Daryl Williams for a starting role immediately.
9. Minnesota Vikings (Mock Trade with Buffalo)

(8-7-1)
Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama: I'm adding one more trade into the top 10 in my final mock. The Vikings are positioned to miss out on the top linemen at No. 18, and with how critical that need is, I can see them offering No. 50 to the Bills to move down nine spots.
10. Denver Broncos

(6-10)
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan: This initially was Drew Lock, and while I expect them to still have interest in the Missouri QB, I think Vic Fangio wins out and gets his QB on the defensive side of the ball in Bush, addressing a major need.
11. Cincinnati Bengals

(6-10)
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma: The Bengals have shown some interest in Daniel Jones, but with two QBs still on the board, I think the approach is to angle for a trade up later and instead go with Ford, who is a big upgrade at right tackle or guard.
12. Green Bay Packers

(6-9-1)
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: With Bush unavailable for the Packers, the choice comes down to the top tight end or the fourth offensive linemen, and I think they like enough of the second-tier linemen for No. 30 that Hockenson makes the most sense.
13. Houston Texans (Mock Trade with Miami)

(11-5)
Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State: The Texans can't afford to wait on an offensive lineman once Taylor and Williams go in the top 10, so they hook up with a Dolphins team that needs as many assets as it can get, giving up No. 23 and 54 in order to select an excellent left-tackle prospect.
14. Atlanta Falcons

(7-9)
Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson: I'm torn between Wilkins and Brian Burns here, but it seems like the consensus rates Wilkins slightly higher overall, and unless there's a Vic Beasley offer on the table the Falcons like, the defensive tackle probably makes more sense.
15. New York Jets (Mock Trade with Washington)

(4-12)
Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State: The Jets land an impact edge rusher even after moving down from No. 3, which nets them a future first-rounder as well as multiple Day 2 picks. If the Redskins get aggressive on Haskins, the Jets could be the big winner of Day 1.
16. Detroit Lions (Mock Trade with Carolina)

(6-10)
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Yes, the Lions signed Jesse James in free agency, but he's not a true No. 1 tight end and doesn't bring nearly the same upside to the passing game as Fant, who becomes the go-to target in the middle of the field.
17. New York Giants

(5-11)
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke: The Giants are able to sit back, let the draft come to them and still land the quarterback they reportedly covet with their second first-round pick. Giants fans would hate if the team took Jones at No. 6, but Josh Allen and Jones? That's a win.
18. Buffalo Bills (Mock Trade with Minnesota)

(6-10)
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State: If someone like Ed Oliver doesn't slip to No. 9, the Bills should feel comfortable moving back to the late teens and still finding help on either line. Here they pick up an edge rusher whose stock has fallen due to medical concerns.
19. Tennessee Titans

(9-7)
Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson: The Titans could be a sleeper team for Drew Lock here, but instead they take the massive Lawrence to give their rush defense a boost and free up some attention from Jurrell Casey on the interior.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers

(9-6-1)
Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple: The consensus is that the Steelers are looking corner here, and with the entire board open at that position, I'm going with the guy Mike Tomlin reportedly loves in Ya-Sin.
21. Seattle Seahawks

(10-6)
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson: The Seahawks are always a candidate to move down, but they can do that from No. 29 after trading Frank Clark. With Ferrell slipping out of the top 20, I can't see them passing on the chance to draft Clark's replacement here.
22. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma: I think Brown will be the first receiver off the board after his medical rechecks went well, and he's the kind of versatile playmaker that could do a lot of damage in a run-first offense like Baltimore's.
23. Miami Dolphins (Mock Trade with Houston)

(7-9)
Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State: The Dolphins should basically be best player available with this pick considering all their needs after trading down. Here that's Simmons, a top-10 talent who will likely slip due to an ACL tear. That shouldn't matter to a rebuilding Dolphins team.
24. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama: Can the Raiders let Jacobs fall any further if they want him? Considering the Eagles are sitting at No. 25 and could definitely use a running back with his talents, I think the answer is no. With the board wide open at CB, Oakland takes Jacobs now and eyes a corner in a few picks.
25. Philadelphia Eagles

(9-7)
Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State: Bradbury could go 10 picks earlier and no one would blink, but here he slips down to the Eagles, where he would be a perfect fit for Doug Pederson's offense. He can compete to start at guard initially while serving as the heir apparent to Jason Kelce at the pivot.
26. Indianapolis Colts

(10-6)
Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame: The Colts are unable to move up for Simmons, but Tillery is a fine player in his own right, someone who can win with strength,size or athleticism on any play. He's a first-round talent that isn't drawing much buzz.
27. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: A corner finally comes off the board, with the Raiders closing up their first-round account with a man named Greedy. He's not the greatest tackler, but Williams has the ability to make game-changing plays anytime the ball is thrown his direction.
28. Los Angeles Chargers

(12-4)
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: The Chargers could go in a number of directions with this pick, and I like the value here with the excellent Murphy, who doesn't run fast but is fantastic at playing the position. His testing profile is similar to that of Casey Hayward, a player that has paid off for the Chargers.
29. Denver Broncos (Mock Trade with Seattle)

(6-10)
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: The Broncos stop Lock's fall by moving up from No. 40, sending their 2020 second-rounder and a late pick in this draft to snag the signal-caller that seems like a great fit for what John Elway wants at the position.
30. Green Bay Packers

(6-9-1)
Kaleb McGary, OL, Washington: The Packers passed on offensive linemen to take Lock earlier, and instead they snap up a talented right tackle in McGary who can also compete to start inside in Year 1.
31. Los Angeles Rams

(13-3)
Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College: The Rams would love to trade out of the first round and pick up some extra selections, and maybe they're able to do so. If they stay put, Lindstrom is a great option to compete to replace Rodger Saffold on the interior.
32. New England Patriots

(11-5)
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama: Receiver is an option as well, but it's a deep class at the position and the Patriots can find starters there on Day 2. There's a big drop-off at tight end after Smith, so I think he's the preferred option if he makes it to their pick.