2019 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Bosa, Clelin Ferrell selected with first two picks
The super-hyped defensive line class has six members go in the top 15 of the 2019 draft
Let's peek ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft which almost assuredly will be headlined by a stellar defensive line class. Heck, Clemson could have three defensive linemen go in Round 1 alone.
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1. Cleveland Browns
2. New York Giants
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Ferrell is a long, explosive defensive end who tallied 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss a season ago. Many -- including myself -- thought he'd have been a first-or second-round pick in 2018. He'd fill a big need on the edge for New York.
3. New York Jets
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss. The Jets have to start building around Sam Darnold at wide receiver. Brown has the size of an outside chain-mover but thrives after the catch. He had 75 grabs, 1,252 yards and 11 scores last season.
4. Chicago Bears
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. Oliver is freakishly athletic and was probably the best run-stopping interior defensive linemen in college football a year ago. I'm fully expecting his sack number to jump near double-digits this season. The Bears could use more beef on the inside.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
6. Miami Dolphins
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon. Herbert doesn't have as much arm strength as Lock, but he's very athletic and always keeps his head up when improvising. He'd be a fun central point of an Adam Gase offense.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama. Williams has been outstanding since the moment he stepped on the field in Tuscaloosa, and after rebuilding their defense this offseason, the Buccaneers get Jameis Winston and Ronald Jones a high-caliber edge blocker early in the 2019 draft.
8. Washington Redskins
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. Cornerback very well may be a huge need for Washington next season given Josh Norman's age, and the lack of depth behind him. Baker probably would've gone on Day Two in 2018 and should have another fine season for the Bulldogs this year.
9. Denver Broncos
Devin White, LB, LSU. The Broncos linebacker group could use an infusion of young talent -- beyond the addition of Josey Jewell in the 2018 draft -- and White seems to be on the fast track to have a Roquan Smith type of reputation in the draft community. He led the SEC in tackles as a sophomore last season.
10. Buffalo Bills
Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo. Staying in their backyard to fill a gigantic need, the Bills get Josh Allen a big, physical downfield threat in Johnson who's deceptively agile in space. In 2018, the 6-foot-2 wideout had 76 catches, 1,356 yards and 14 touchdowns.
11. Oakland Raiders
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. Williams and Baker will likely battle it out for the crown of best SEC cornerback and first defensive back selected in the 2019 draft. Both are twitchy and very aware in coverage. The Raiders need a difference-maker on the outside.
12. Indianapolis Colts
13. Arizona Cardinals
14. Seattle Seahawks
Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson. Seattle could go secondary here, but they instead continue to fortify their defensive front seven with a super-strong, skilled hybrid. He can two-gap and can be a speed-to-power penetrator.
15. Detroit Lions
16. Tennessee Titans
17. Carolina Panthers
Ross Pierschbacher, G, Alabama. Pierschbacher is a former top recruit and displayed impressive mobility and accuracy at the second level last season. He'd fill in nicely for the departed Andrew Norwell.
18. San Francisco 49ers
Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami. Richards is a lanky speedster who has averaged 18.8 yards per reception in his two seasons at Miami and would be a welcomed addition to the receiver group in San Francisco for Jimmy Garoppolo.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State. McGovern is a solid interior lineman with the size of an offensive tackle. The Falcons could use more workhorses up front for Matt Ryan and a talented running back committee.
20. Los Angeles Chargers
21. Dallas Cowboys
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State. In two seasons at Florida State, Burns has accumulated 13 sacks and 23 tackles for loss. He's long with impressive burst off the snap. The future of DeMarcus Lawrence will have a major impact on Dallas' need on the edge.
22. Baltimore Ravens
23. Minnesota Vikings
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. Wilkins is a wide, super-experienced defensive tackle who's better two-gapping than anything else but has some juice when asked to get upfield.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn. Stidham understood his role as a game-manager in a run-heavy offense at Auburn in 2017. With another strong season for the Tigers, he could find himself as a first-round pick for a club with a similar offensive identity in Jacksonville.
25. Green Bay Packers (from NO)
26. Houston Texans
Trey Adams, OT, Washington. Adams would've been picked on one of the first two days in the 2018 draft had it not been for an injury that shortened his season. The Texans need to build the offensive line in front of Deshaun Watson.
27. Kansas City Chiefs
Beau Benzschawel, G, Wisconsin. Benzschawel had a fine season for the Badgers in 2017 and should continue to bulldoze defensive linemen on Wisconsin's overpowering front. The Chiefs have two sound tackles yet could use another reliable guard.
28. Los Angeles Rams
Collin Johnson, WR, Texas. Johnson is a mismatch on the outside at around 6-6 with the ability to come down with the football in contested-catch situations. The Rams have surrounded Jared Goff with a good supporting cast and get him some size at wideout with Johnson.
29. Green Bay Packers
Zach Allen, DE, Boston College. Allen is an NFL-sized, run-plugging defensive end. With an uptick in pressure numbers in 2018, he should be on the Packers radar, a team in need of an imposing edge-rushing presence.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama. Jennings is an oversized inside linebacker who's set up to be a tackling machine on Alabama's defense this upcoming season. The Steelers are likely to have a need at that spot next year.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. Brown is a ridiculous YAC wideout who was a game-breaker down the field for Baker Mayfield last season. He'd be a perfect complement to Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor in Philly.
32. New England Patriots
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia. Grier amassed huge numbers in his first year as the Mountaineers starter, and with monster David Sills and possession wideout Gary Jennings back in Morgantown, he's bound to tear up the Big 12 again. At some point, the Patriots need to plan for the future at quarterback.
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