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Three-Round 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Three-Round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Dwayne Haskins

Three-Round 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Dwayne Haskins

The 2019 NFL Draft is quickly approaching and teams are still doing their due diligence to determine which prospects are worth a coveted draft pick. Once the annual event officially gets underway in Nashville, fans will finally get a chance to see who they’ll be pulling for over the next several years.

To give those fans a glimpse into what could possibly happen with their respective team come draft night, here’s a loaded three-round mock draft to somewhat alleviate the anticipation. There's even a couple of proposed trades included to shake things up a little bit.

*Pick involves a proposed trade

Round 1 

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The top available player in this class is Nick Bosa, but it looks like new head coach Kliff Kingsbury would prefer Murray to Josh Rosen. Prediction: Arizona trades Rosen to Los Angeles (Chargers) for pick No. 60 before the draft, and then follows it up by making Murray the second consecutive Oklahoma quarterback to go No. 1 overall.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

The 49ers are ecstatic to see Bosa on the board. Despite drafting a defensive lineman in the first round in three of the last four drafts, the younger Bosa is too talented to pass up. This move would allow 2017 first round pick Solomon Thomas to kick inside permanently next to ’16 first-rounder DeForest Buckner.

3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The Jets face a tough decision in this scenario. Quinnen Williams might be the better overall player, but it’s a close call and Allen is the perfect scheme fit for new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ defense. Ultimately, that ends up being the deciding factor between the two top talents.

4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama

Oakland would’ve preferred Josh Allen here, but they’re certainly willing to "settle" for Williams. The defense doesn’t have an immediate need at tackle, but the Alabama product will go a long way in shoring up a struggling pass rush.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White, LB, LSU

It’s possible that Tampa Bay could look to trade down in this scenario. With the Bengals looking to move in front of Jacksonville, pick No. 5 could be an option. Either way, White is the best available player here. If he's the pick, a former LSU linebacker replaces another (Kwon Alexander) in the middle of Tampa Bay’s defense.

6. Cincinnati Bengals* – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Cincinnati makes a deal with the Giants to move up for Haskins, much to the dismay of New York fans. To make that jump, the Bengals will need to part ways with picks No. 11, No. 42 and a second-round pick in 2020 – at least. Being able to move on from Andy Dalton makes that price worth it.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Would the Jaguars have considered Dwayne Haskins at No. 7 if he would’ve been available? It’s possible, but Nick Foles is the guy for now. To give him the best chance to succeed, the weapons around him desperately need to be upgraded. Hockenson is a sure-fire, top-10 talent in this class, and he’s capable of being one of the league’s premier talents at the tight end position.

8. Detroit Lions – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

It’s hard not to love the defensive line rotation in Detroit. A combination of Trey Flowers, A’Shawn Robinson, Damon Harrison, Da’Shawn Hand and Romeo Okwara gives the team a solid rotation at the top. But the team could still use another versatile piece that can play on the edge or kick inside. Gary is a freak athlete who provides upside at both.

9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

The Bills' front office would be thrilled if Detroit decided to go with Gary over Oliver. Buffalo has a roster that needs a talent upgrade at a lot of different positions, and that’s where the Houston product comes into play. Despite a lack of size (6-2, 287), Oliver is one of the most talented interior defensive line prospects in the last couple of years.

10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Guys, don’t buy into the “Joe Flacco is in his prime” talk. Despite trading for the former Baltimore Raven earlier in the offseason, John Elway is still looking for his future franchise signal-caller. Lock would bring that strong-armed, gunslinger mentality to the Mile High City. It would, however, be beneficial for him to sit and learn behind Flacco for his rookie season.

11. New York Giants* – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

This is a dream scenario for the Giants. They’d be able to accumulate even more early-round picks – on top of the picks from the Odell Beckham Jr. trade – to help rebuild a roster that still has some promising players. With Olivier Vernon gone to Cleveland as well, a top-tier pass rusher is needed. Sweat doesn’t possess elite bend, but he’s still got likable traits as a pass rusher.

12. Green Bay Packers – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Wait, two Iowa tight ends in the top 12 picks? Absolutely. It may not happen immediately, but Fant will eventually give the Green Bay offense what Jimmy Graham failed to in 2018. Will that be in ’19? Not necessarily, but long term, Iowa has a shot to have three elite tight ends in the NFL (Hockenson and the 49ers' George Kittle). The front office flirts with the idea of adding D.K. Metcalf, but ultimately decided Fant was the better option.

13. Miami Dolphins – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

For the second consecutive year, the Dolphins land an elite talent outside the top 10. Last year’s starting right tackle Ja’Wuan James signed a four-year, $52 million contract to join the Broncos, so a replacement is needed. If the “Tank for Tua” scenario is real, then Miami needs to have as much protection in place for the Alabama quarterback as possible. 

14. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

The Falcons are crushed when they’re unable to move into the top 10 to draft Ed Oliver. But at the same time, they’re fine with the consolation prize. Atlanta’s pass rush hasn’t lived up to expectations with former top-10 pick Vic Beasley continuing to struggle. Drafting Burns gives Atlanta an excellent chance of righting that ship. 

15. Washington Redskins – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

There’s been a lot of talk about Washington going with a quarterback in the first round. If someone like Drew Lock is available, that’s a possibility. But it makes more sense to give the guy they just invested a lot in (Case Keenum) the best chance to succeed. Giving him a true No.1 receiver will go a long way in doing just that.

16. Carolina Panthers – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Carolina really needed help with its pass rush. But seeing Williams fall into its lap was simply too good to pass up. At one point, head coach Ron Rivera was trying to decide between Taylor Moton or Daryl Williams at left tackle. In this scenario, the rookie out of Alabama can protect Newton’s blindside, while Moton or Williams can shift inside and start at left guard.

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland) – Daniel Jones, QB, Giants

Let’s be clear: choosing Jones this high is a reach. With that said, the Giants have that luxury after all the accumulated picks. There’s obvious connections between Jones and Eli Manning (David Cutcliffe, anyone?), and it’s the perfect opportunity for the Duke quarterback to sit and learn while Manning finishes out a successful career. Next up for the Giants will be shoring up the offensive line.

18. Minnesota Vikings – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Washington would’ve considered taking Ford at No. 15 if not for D.K. Metcalf still being available. The Vikings did just sign Josh Kline to a three-year, $15.75 million deal, but there’s still a gaping hole at left guard. Ford has the flexibility to play right tackle. But with Brian O’Neill showing promise there during his rookie season, Ford will finish solidifying the offensive line in Minnesota.

19. Tennessee Titans – Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson

Tennessee wanted an edge rusher, but we’ve already seen them try – and fail – with an oversized Clemson defensive end (Kevin Dodd). With No. 19 being a little too rich for Clelin Ferrell, the Titans decide to give Jurrell Casey a running mate on the interior of their defensive line. Wilkins has started to fly under the radar among draft pundits, but he’s more versatile than given credit for.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Talk about a dream scenario for the Steelers. At this point, there aren’t many who would’ve predicted that Bush and Greedy Williams would’ve been available. When deciding between the two, Pittsburgh elects to go with the Michigan linebacker. Good choice considering how much the defense has missed Ryan Shazier’s presence in the middle.

21. Seattle Seahawks – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Seattle has a clear need at nickel cornerback. Murphy is arguably the top cornerback in the class, and he’s a great fit to man the nickel position. That makes for a match made in heaven. Could Seattle target a guy like Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery here? Sure, but Murphy doesn’t have the off-the-field questions.

22. Baltimore Ravens – Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State

New GM Eric DeCosta was hoping that Devin Bush would fall a few more picks, but he ends up going to a division rival, which is a crushing blow. Given the circumstances, Baltimore elects to give Lamar Jackson more protection by drafting the top-rated center in the class, Bradbury. Sliding him in with Ronnie Stanley, Marshal Yanda and Orlando Brown Jr. could end up being a wise choice.

23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Let’s go ahead and make one thing clear: Matt Kalil isn’t the solution to Houston's offensive line problem. I understand the Texans wanted to bring in an experienced option to compete, but that won’t eliminate them from giving Deshaun Watson a future blindside protector in Round 1. Dillard still has some things to clean up from a technical standpoint, but he’s got the highest ceiling of any tackle in this draft when it comes to pass protection.