2018 NFL Mock Drafts

Ryan Wilson
By Ryan Wilson
CBS Sports NFL Writer

The NFL combine is still more than a week away, and we're looking forward to our first look at Kyler Murray, Football Player, but in the meantime the story remains the same: Quarterbacks are key, even in a draft class that isn't particularly deep at the position. It's why the Giants remain favorites for Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins, and why the other quarterback-needy teams will be jockeying for position for Drew Lock, Daniel Jones and, of course, Kyler Murray.

In other draft news, the Broncos target the defense, the Browns get the next Josh Gordon, and the Titans add one of the most explosive players in this class to improve their offense.

Alright, let's get to all the picks.

NFL Mock Draft - 02/18/2019
Round 1
1. Arizona Cardinals

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

Josh Allen, EDGE, 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 Jets

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama: The Jets don't have a glaring need in the middle of their defense but Williams is a one-man wrecking crew. He wins one-on-ones almost every time and he regularly destroys double-teams. Yes, pressure off the edge is important but don't sleep on consistent pressure up the middle.
4. Oakland Raiders

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. 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

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston: Oliver spent his college career terrorizing centers but he'll be a three technique in the NFL -- where he'll continue to dominate. The Bucs could be moving on from Gerald McCoy and Oliver would be a solid choice to replace him in the lineup.
6. New York Giants

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. He attempted only 40 passes before last season but the Ohio State standout remains our top quarterback after an impressive 2018 campaign.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma: We're not convinced the Jaguars would take a flyer on Murray but even if they end up with Nick Foles, how can you pass on maybe the most talented player in this draft? Foles can play in 2019 and the Jaguars can use Murray like the Ravens used Lamar Jackson a season ago.
8. Miami Dolphins (Mock Trade with Detroit)

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: The Dolphins are moving on from Ryan Tannehill one way or the other and they desperately need a quarterback. We love Kyler Murray to South Beach but with Murray already off the board the Dolphins target Lock, who had a strong finish to his senior season at Missouri.
9. Buffalo Bills

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 Josh Allen who spent much of his rookie season running for his life.
10. Denver Broncos

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: With Drew Lock off the board and Joe Flacco set to replace Case Keenum, the Broncos focus on their defense. Byron Murphy is our No. 1 cornerback and he'll join Chris Harris Jr. in the secondary next season.
11. Cincinnati Bengals

Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma: 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. Ford is a converted guard who shined on the outside in 2018.
12. Green Bay Packers

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. With Clay Matthews, who's 32 years old, headed for free agency the Packers need to restock the position.
13. Detroit Lions (Mock Trade with Miami)

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).
14. Atlanta Falcons

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State: 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 Falcons have to do a better job in both pass protection (14th, according to Football Outsiders) and run blocking (24th).
15. Washington Redskins

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

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

D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss: Metcalf has drown comparisons to Josh Gordon but without the off-field concerns. If you're looking to replace Gordon's productivity, why not go with the player who reminds you of him? Metcalf is our top wide receiver and he can take over games.
18. Minnesota Vikings

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Kirk Cousins was heavily criticized last season. Some of it was deserved while a lot of it had to do with the porous offensive line in front of him. Taylor is a monster in the run game, a surprisingly nuanced pass protector, and a player who can move into the starting lineup from Day 1.
19. Tennessee Titans

Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma: Corey Davis is the big downfield target while Hollywood Brown can do just about everything else. Antonio Brown's cousin, the Oklahoma standout is one of the fastest, most elusive players in this draft class and would give Marcus Mariota another much-needed weapon.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: Yes, Greedy Williams is still on the board but Baker is our No. 2 cornerback behind only Byron Murphy. He has very few bad plays against some of the best receivers in college football and he'll bolster a Steelers cornerbacks group that could be looking to move on from 2016 first-rounder Artie Burns.
21. Seattle Seahawks

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: Williams' athleticism is out of this world and when he's locked in there's no cornerback with more God-given talent. But Williams needs to play with more consistency and become a better tackler.
22. Baltimore Ravens

Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State: The Ravens' running game is already among the best in the league. For Lamar Jackson to continue his development the Ravens' passing game needs to evolve. Adding Harmon, a playmaker at every level, would go a long way in doing that.
23. Houston Texans

Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College: Lindstrom was dominant for BC during the 2018 season, he followed that up with a very good Senior Bowl, and he'll likely produce similar results at the combine later this month. Given that the Texans have to do a better job of protecting Deshaun Watson, Lindstrom could be a starter from Day 1.
24. Oakland Raiders

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

Jachai Polite, DE, Florida: Polite was one of the most exciting players we watched last season. There will be questions about his size (he's listed at 240) and his one year of production, but if teams are OK with both, he could be a top-15 pick.
26. Indianapolis Colts

Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware: Matt Eberflus transformed the Colts into a good defense in 2018. To go from good to great, Indy needs to add a few more pieces, starting with safety. Adderley is an FCS product but he's still our No. 1 safety after a strong season and an impressive Senior Bowl week.
27. Oakland Raiders

T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: Is Jared Cook going to be re-signed? And even if he is, why not complement him with the best tight in this draft class. Hockenson is an inline tight end who is a strong blocker but an even better downfield threat. He's a matchup nightmare for any linebacker, just about any safety, and a lot of cornerbacks.
28. Los Angeles Chargers

Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame: Tillery had a really good 2018 season for the Fighting Irish and when he's dialed in he's tough to block. Can he play with that consistency from one play to the next? That's what NFL teams will try to find out between now and the draft.
29. Kansas City Chiefs

Mack Wilson, ILB, Alabama: Wilson fits the part for what NFL teams are looking for in today's linebacker: He's quick, sideline-to-sideline speed and smart. But he sometimes struggles to get off blocks and can get lost in the mix if he's not on his game. There's a lot to like about Wilson but he needs to clean up some things to insure he's a first-round pick.
30. Green Bay Packers

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Jimmy Graham isn't the player he once was and if the Packers are going to be the dynamic offensive team we're used to seeing, giving Aaron Rodgers the most athletic tight end in the draft makes a lot of sense.
31. Los Angeles Rams

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

Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia: Quietly the best route runner in this class, Ridley (brother of Calvin) hauled in nine touchdowns last season for Georgia and makes sense for a Patriots team where Chris Hogan, Cordarrelle Patterson and Phillip Dorsett are all headed for free agency.