2019 NFL Mock Draft: Bills go Nick Bosa at No. 1, Cowboys add N'Keal Harry to receiver group
Week 1 in the NFL unfolded exactly how we predicted, with Ryan Fitzpatrick scorching the Saints in New Orleans en route to victory, the Steelers and Browns battling to a tie, and the Jets laying 48 points on the Lions in Detroit.
While you may think the league is bound to return to “normalcy” in Week 2, remember the only thing normal about the NFL is widespread unpredictability and takes that may have been based in sound logic before the season seeming to be totally insane a few weeks into the regular season.
With that, realize this mock draft will change many more times, and the same goes for the order of the picks. No need to get riled up about the selections themselves or where your team is slotted to pick. The order is determined by Sportslines’ current Super Bowl odds, with a few playoff teams moved around to simulate alternating conferences at the end of Round 1.
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1. Buffalo Bills
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. Easy pick for the Bills here, a club with a need at edge-rusher, especially with Jerry Hughes entering the final year of his contract in 2019. Nick is as good as his brother Joey when he entered the NFL in 2016.
2. Arizona Cardinals
Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama. In 2015, the Cardinals spent a first-round pick on D.J. Humphries out of Florida. While the left tackle has played respectably after returning from injury, he’s not the franchise guy. Williams can be that for the Josh Rosen era in Arizona.
3. Oakland Raiders
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Ferrell isn’t as polished of a player with his hands as Bosa, but he’s probably more explosive off the ball. The Raiders need a high-caliber specimen to take the place of Khalil Mack.
4. Indianapolis Colts
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. After years with traditional, two-gap principles up front in their base 3-4, the Colts are now a 4-3 team with mostly one-gap duties for their defensive linemen. Oliver is the premier one-gap defensive tackle in this class.
5. Detroit Lions
Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State. The Lions are in dire need of more juice on the interior of their defensive line, particularly in terms of pass rush. Jones provides that, and he’s a defender who can be used at the end position too.
6. Cleveland Browns
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. The Browns have an uber-talented left tackle starting right now in Desmond Harrison, it’s just going to take time for him to get NFL strong and learn to deal with the variety of counter moves he’ll face from pro pass-rushers. Little is a superb talent too, and he’ll have had three years of schooling in the SEC.
7. Seattle Seahawks
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Seahawks could go in plenty of directions here, but they stay true to form and pick the 6-foot-3 corner with plus ball skills to form a solid tandem with Shaquill Griffin on the outside.
8. New York Jets
Bobby Evans, OT, Oklahoma. The Jets’ offensive line looked like a brick wall against the Lions’ weak pass rush, but New York does need more formidable pieces up front for the beginning stages of the Sam Darnold era. Evans is a mauler with light feet and experience at right and left tackle.
9. Miami Dolphins
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss. The Dolphins are one of the many teams that certainly would benefit if the offensive line was addressed early in the draft, but they can’t pass on the complete skill set of Brown here.
10. Dallas Cowboys
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
12. San Francisco 49ers
13. New York Giants
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. The Giants are going to need a true quarterback of the future soon. Lock has the arm strength and the gun-slinger mentality to stretch NFL defenses every Sunday, which should keep an extra defender out of the box for Saquon Barkley.
14. Oakland Raiders from Bears
Devin White, LB, LSU. White misses more tackles than you’d like. But you’re willing to take the bad with the good because his athleticism is at an elite level, and he’s still a relatively young player. He’ll be the new leader on the Raiders defense.
15. Washington Redskins
JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford. The Redskins need to provide Alex Smith with more weapons, and Arcega-Whiteside is a monster in contested-catch situations. He’ll improve Washington’s red-zone efficiency right away.
16. Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State. On paper, the Bengals have one of the most well-rounded rosters in the AFC. If there’s one glaring weak spot … it’s at right tackle. Risner is arguably the best right tackle in the country, an experienced blocker with a sturdy anchor and deceptive foot quickness against speed-rushers.
17. Carolina Panthers
18. Tennessee Titans
Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. At around 6-5 and 280 pounds, Gary can be a five technique in Tennessee’s base 3-4 and rush the passer from the inside in nickel situations. He’s probably best on the interior too.
19. Denver Broncos
Ryan Finley, QB, NC State. Will John Elway be gun shy to pick a quarterback in the first round after the Paxton Lynch debacle? Ehhh. Elway, of anyone, knows how a true, franchise quarterback can reinvigorate a team. Finley is an well-schooled pocket passer with good athleticism.
20. Los Angeles Chargers
21. Kansas City Chiefs
Carl Granderson, DE, Wyoming. Given Justin Houston’s age and Dee Ford’s vast inconsistency, the Chiefs have a need at outside pass-rusher. Granderson is a long, super-physical defensive end with a nice array of moves to beat offensive linemen en route to the quarterback.
22. Houston Texans
23. Baltimore Ravens
Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama. Despite still playing well, Eric Weddle is in the twilight of his career. Thompson is a rangy safety who could learn from the veteran for a season before stepping in next to Tony Jefferson.
24. Green Bay Packers from Saints
25. Atlanta Falcons
26. Minnesota Vikings
27. Jacksonville Jaguars
Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo. Jackson’s a 6-foot-7, 245-pound, highly athletic quarterback with a rocket arm. He’s a little raw at this point, but he’s in for a big year which will likely lead to a major draft-stock ascension in the spring.
28. Philadelphia Eagles
29. Green Bay Packers
Brian Burns, DE, Florida State. As a stand-up linebacker mostly tasked to get after the quarterback, Burns could become a wrecking ball in the Packers defense. He’s not refined yet but is supremely athletic.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State. The Steelers have seemingly needed help at cornerback for a while. Oruwariye is a good-sized, plus athlete who routinely finds the football in the air.
31. Los Angeles Rams
Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Ndamukong Suh is on a one-year deal, and if he has one of his typical season in 2018, the Rams aren’t likely to be able to afford him. Simmons is a hand-use master with a powerful bull rush in his arsenal.
32. New England Patriots
Te’von Coney, LB, Notre Dame. As of 2019, Dont’a Hightower will have two years left on his contract, but the Patriots could stand to add more athleticism to their group of off-ball linebackers. Coney can be the Mike linebacker of the future.