2019 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots find Brady's replacement, Broncos try again to land franchise QB
Is this the draft when the Patriots finally commit to life after Tom Brady?
Three weeks into the season and here's what we know: The Patriots, at 1-2, are in a three-way for last place in the division. This isn't Tom Brady's fault -- it has more to do with a truly terrible defense -- but at 41, Brady may finally be on the downside of the greatest career in NFL history. And if he is, the Patriots might want to think about what life after Tom will look like. It's why we have them drafting a quarterback in the middle of the first round.
And three years after Broncos GM John Elway traded up in the first round to get Paxton Lynch, Denver is again in the quarterback business; Case Keenum is on a two-year deal and there's no guarantee he replicates the success he had in Minnesota in 2017.
And because you're wondering, we've ordered the picks based on each team's records this season, then sorted by how they finished in 2017. It's why the Buccaneers (2-1 this season but 5-11 last season), for example, pick eight spots ahead of the Eagles (2-1 this season but Super Bowl champs last season).
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1. Houston Texans
Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama. Tackle Julién Davenport was flagged four times in last Sunday's loss to the Giants and two more times the week before. Despite the Texans' efforts to shore up the offensive line in the offseason, adding difference-makers is a priority.
2. Oakland Raiders
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The Raiders are 0-3 and after each loss, new (old) coach Jon Gruden has lamented either the team's glaring lack of a pass rush or how incredibly difficult it is to replace one of the league's best players. So the team tries to forget about Khalil Mack by drafting Nick Bosa.
3. Arizona Cardinals
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. When you start 0-3 and have a minus-54 point differential, you're desperate for help everywhere. The Cardinals have their franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen, who will make his first start in Week 14, so why not start rebuilding the defense with arguably the draft's best player.
4. New York Giants
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. Former first-round pick Eli Apple struggled mightily last season (along with the rest of the team) and even though Janoris Jenkins has two more years left on his deal after this season, there's a clear need for depth at cornerback.
5. Indianapolis Colts
6. New York Jets
7. San Francisco 49ers
8. Detroit Lions
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. You wouldn't have known it to watch the Lions beat up on the Patriots on Sunday night but the defense, which was supposed to get better under Matt Patricia, was among the league's worst through the first two weeks. That changes with Ferrell, one of the most disruptive players in the draft.
9. Seattle Seahawks
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. The Seahawks have needs on both sides of the ball, but as Russell Wilson continues to run for his life on a weekly basis, upgrading the offensive line will remain a priority.
10. Buffalo Bills
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss. Well, well, well. We're as guilty as anyone for writing off the Bills. But after they destroyed the Vikings, maybe Josh Allen can have a chance to succeed. Which is why he'll need a reliable deep threat, something Kelvin Benjamin appears incapable of being.
11. Los Angeles Chargers
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. In terms of the way he moves around the in the pocket and throws the football, 36-year-old Philip Rivers appears to be the exact same player he was when he was drafted in 2004. But we don't think he'll play forever, which is why the Chargers at some point have to think about their post-Rivers future.
12. Dallas Cowboys
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. The Cowboys' offense can kindly be described as a work in progress, so help along at wideout or along the offensive line are considerations here, but adding a playmaking cornerback would also be welcome news.
13. Atlanta Falcons
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. When healthy, the Falcons have plenty of young, physical playmakers at linebacker and in the secondary. Lawrence, would add that youth and physicality along the defensive interior.
14. New England Patriots
Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon. Tom Brady says he wants to play a few more seasons but at some point the Patriots have to commit to finding his replacement. And it's not like New England finds itself picking this high in the first round every year.
15. Cleveland Browns
16. Green Bay Packers
17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State. 2016 first-round pick Artie Burns was benched after his Week 2 effort against the Chiefs and it doesn't look like he'll live up to his draft status anytime soon. So for the second time in two drafts, the Steelers take a defensive back in the first round.
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Oakland Raiders (via Bears)
Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. The Raiders' defensive overhaul continues for a unit that ranked 27th going into Week 3, and was dead last against the run, according to Football Outsiders' metrics.
20. Denver Broncos
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Haskins has looked good early and we know that Case Keenum isn't the long-term answer in Denver. After whiffing badly on Paxton Lynch, John Elway will be under pressure to identify the team's next franchise quarterback.
21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
22. Washington Redskins
Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo. Alex Smith has leaned heavily on his running backs and tight ends to start the season and while tight end Jordan Reed can be explosive when he's healthy, it's a lot easier to win in the NFL with a balanced offense.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. It's unclear if Tyler Eifert will ever return to form and with the Bengals' offensive line coming together, the team can focus on surrounding Andy Dalton with down-the-field playmakers.
24. Tennessee Titans
25. Baltimore Ravens
26. Jacksonville Jaguars
27. Green Bay Packers (via Saints)
28. Carolina Panthers
29. Philadelphia Eagles
Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky. There aren't many holes on this team but there's always room for a speedy, playmaking linebacker.
30. Miami Dolphins
Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson. We've had the Dolphins taking a quarterback in our previous mock drafts but Ryan Tannehill is 11-5 with Adam Gase as his coach. If the Dolphins can keep him healthy, maybe this thing can work.
31. Kansas City Chiefs
Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. The offense obviously isn't the problem in Kansas City and Williams, who can be a dominant run stopper would help shore up one of the league's worst defenses.
32. Los Angeles Rams
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