2018 NFL Mock Drafts

Ryan Wilson
By Ryan Wilson
CBS Sports NFL Writer


The NFL season is officially over, which means it's now draft season. Quarterbacks remain the primary focus, even if this class isn't particularly deep. Still, that doesn't mean teams won't fall in love with players -- and that explains why we have John Elway and the Broncos going all-in on Missouri's Drew Lock.

In other mock-draft news, two other quarterbacks go in Round 1, Nick Bosa returns to the top spot and Rashan Gary continues to make his case as one of the athletic defensive linemen in a group filled with them.

Alright, let's get to all the picks.

NFL Mock Draft - 02/10/2019
Round 1
1. Arizona Cardinals

(3-13)
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State: On a team chock full of holes, edge rusher isn't at the top of the to-do list. That said, it's hard to pass on a talent like Bosa, who can take over games. There isn't an offensive linemen worth taking this high and the Cardinals find themselves in full-on rebuild mode less than a year after hiring Steve Wilks and drafting Josh Rosen in the first round.
2. San Francisco 49ers

(4-12)
Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky: Is Josh Allen the best pass rusher in the draft? That will be decided in the coming weeks and months, but no one did more for their draft stock than Allen, who returned to Kentucky for his senior season and went off. After seven sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in 2017, Allen gained 10-15 pounds of muscle and put up 14 sacks and 18.5 tackles for loss and was pretty much unblockable. The 49ers need an edge rusher and Allen is it.
3. New York Giants (Mock Trade with New York)

(5-11)
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: Eli Manning may be returning in 2019 but the Giants aren't passing on a franchise quarterback two years in a row, which is why they'll guarantee they get Haskins, even if that means moving up three spots. He attempted only 40 passes before last season but the Ohio State standout remains out top quarterback.
4. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan: Gary didn't live up to expectations at Michigan but part of that can be blamed on him playing out of position. Is he an edge rusher? Is he better inside? People close to him say he is, without a doubt, an edge rusher. The Raiders have to solidify the position after trading Khalil Mack before the season and releasing Bruce Irvin midway through 2018.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(5-11)
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama: Quinnen Williams could end up being the best player in this draft class. He was dominant last season for Alabama after sitting behind Da'Ron Payne (a Redskins first-rounder last spring) in 2017. The Bucs could be moving on from Gerald McCoy and Williams would be an obvious choice to replace him in the lineup.
6. New York Jets (Mock Trade with New York)

(4-12)
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: Are Williams' arms long enough to play tackle in the NFL? Yes. It's hard to believe this has become a talking point after Williams dominated the 2018 season. He'll be a starter for the next decade, which is great news for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars

(5-11)
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State: At 235-240 pounds, the concern is whether Burns strong enough to play the position at the next level, but Burns isn't just a speed rusher; he's also strong, and has the frame to get stronger.
8. Detroit Lions

(6-10)
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: The Lions' secondary ranked 31st in pass defense, according to Football Outsiders, and Murphy is our top cornerback in this class.
9. Buffalo Bills

(6-10)
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: The Bills desperately need help on the offensive side of the ball but they'll certainly settle for Ed Oliver, who could very well be the second-best player in the draft. With 35-year-old Kyle Williams now retired, Oliver makes sense here.
10. Denver Broncos

(6-10)
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: The worst kept secret at the Senior Bowl was that Broncos GM John Elway fell in love with Lock, who reminds us of Jay Cutler. He has the best arm in the draft and improved as he went through his senior season. Case Keenum has a year left on his deal but he's coming off an uneven 2018 campaign.
11. Cincinnati Bengals

(6-10)
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Andy Dalton and the Bengals' offense is at its best when he has time to throw. New coach Zac Taylor can make things easy by solidifying an offensive line that wasn't even replacement-level last season. Taylor is a monster in the run game and is an adept pass blocker despite his 330-pound frame.
12. Green Bay Packers

(6-9-1)
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson: Ferrell was one of the stars of the best defensive line in college football, and he finished his junior season with 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. There may be questions about his flexibility compared to the other first-round pass rushers but there's no denying his Clemson production. In fact, on first downs during the 2018 season, Ferrell ranked among the top 10 players in the country in sacks (5), hurries (12), hits (10), knockdowns (5) and pressures (17).
13. Miami Dolphins

(7-9)
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: The Dolphins have yet to officially move on from Ryan Tannehill but general manager Chris Grier said last week that the team may "fall in love" with a quarterback during the pre-draft process. Murray is that guy. There will always be questions about his size but given the way the game has changed over the last five years, it's reasonable to think he can flourish in the league.
14. Atlanta Falcons

(7-9)
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State: Grady Jarrett was a beast last season but he's headed for free agency. Simmons was dominant in 2018, and was behind only Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver in defensive tackle rankings.
15. Washington Redskins

(7-9)
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke: The Redskins have needs at every offensive skill position but with Alex Smith still recovering from a broken leg and backup Colt McCoy with a year left on his deal, addressing depth at quarterback is paramount. Jones is a David Cutcliffe product, and he looks the part. There are questions about his accuracy but he played behind a suspect offensive line at Duke and didn't have the downfield playmakers of, say, Haskins, Lock and Murray.
16. Carolina Panthers

(7-9)
Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi State: Mario Addison is 31 and has just one year left on his deal and Julius Peppers has already retired. Sweat, who is coming off a strong senior season, alleviated any concerns about his ability to bend around the edge during a strong Senior Bowl week last month.
17. Cleveland Browns

(7-8-1)
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: The Browns could be a player or two from being considered a legit playoff contender next season and adding Williams, the most athletic cornerback in this class, solidifies that notion.
18. Minnesota Vikings

(8-7-1)
Devin White, ILB, LSU: Risner had a fantastic week at the Senior Bowl and while he's destined to kick inside in the NFL -- perhaps even to center -- he's shown throughout his college career that he's a very good tackle too. Either way, the Vikings have to do a better job of protecting Kirk Cousins and Risner checks all the boxes.
19. Tennessee Titans

(9-7)
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: Delanie Walker is 34 years old and suffered an ankle injury in Week 1 that ended his season. 2017 third-round pick Jonnu Smith finished with 20 receptions and should improve in Year 3 but adding the best tight end in a stacked draft class could be hard to pass up for an offense in desperate need of playmakers.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers

(9-6-1)
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss: Yes, the Steelers need help at linebacker, cornerback and edge rusher but can they pass up the best wideout in this draft class, especially since it looks like Antonio Brown has played his last down for the Steelers?
21. Seattle Seahawks

(10-6)
Taylor Rapp, FS, Washington: It will be impossible to replace Earl Thomas with one person but Rapp might be the most well rounded safety in this class. He's a sure tackler, an adept blitzer and is always around the ball.
22. Baltimore Ravens

(10-6)
Jachai Polite, DE, Florida: Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith are free agents and Polite has the type of freakish athleticism that would fit right in with the Ravens' style of play. Polite is coming off a breakout season for the Gators where he had 11 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss.
23. Houston Texans

(11-5)
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State: Risner had a fantastic week at the Senior Bowl last month and while he's destined to kick inside in the NFL -- perhaps even to center -- he's shown throughout his college career that he's a very good tackle too. Either way, the Texans have to do a better job of protecting Deshaun Watson and Risner checks all the boxes.
24. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan: The Raiders were a mess on both sides of the ball last season and Bush, a thumper who also has sideline-to-sideline speed, would bolster the middle of the defense.
25. Philadelphia Eagles

(9-7)
Gerald Willis III, DT, Miami (FL): Willis didn't attend the Senior Bowl but he remains one of the best defensive tackles in a ridiculously deep class of them. His ability to wreak havoc in the backfield will upgrade an Eagles unit that ranked 26th in pressuring the quarterback.
26. Indianapolis Colts

(10-6)
Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State: A new-and-improved Andrew Luck, an offensive line that allowed just 18 sacks during the regular season, and now another downfield playmaker to pair with T.Y. Hilton and Eric Ebron. Harmon can beat you at every level and despite his size he regularly runs away from defenders in one-on-one situations.
27. Oakland Raiders

(4-12)
Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky: He's tall, fast and physical, but he's also still very raw. That said, he had a strong Senior Bowl week and some scouts think he could end up being a first-round pick. Johnson is rough around the edges but he has all the tools to be special.
28. Los Angeles Chargers

(12-4)
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: Dillard had a strong Senior Bowl week and scouts love his footwork. And since Philip Rivers might just play forever, the Chargers will need to protect him.
29. Kansas City Chiefs

(12-4)
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: Baker may not be the athlete that Greedy Williams or Byron Murphy is, but he put up better college numbers. He shows good long speed, smooth hips, and the ability to change direction. He was rarely targeted during his senior season in part because his mirroring technique was superb.
30. Green Bay Packers

(6-9-1)
Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware: Adderley may be an FCS guy but he looked the part at the Senior Bowl, punctuating his week with an interception in the game. The biggest question might be his size -- is he big enough to play safety over the course of an NFL season? -- because every other aspect of his game has scouts excited.
31. Los Angeles Rams

(13-3)
Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama: The Rams need help in the secondary and Thompson has the physical skills to be special. His production slipped at the end of the season -- he was beat several times in the national title game against Clemson -- but he remains one of the best safeties in this draft and would upgrade L.A.'s secondary.
32. New England Patriots

(11-5)
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Rob Gronkowski says he'll take a few weeks to decide his future but he had just 47 catches and three touchdowns in 2018 and given that he's due $9 million next season, it's reasonable to think the Pats will move on from him. Fant is the second-best tight end on his Iowa team and the most athletic tight end in this class.