Dwayne Haskins goes sixth overall but not to the team many had in mind
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
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.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Jon Gruden is shocked to see so many cornerback options still available. While Williams’ size (6-2, 185) suggests that he’s a physical player, there’s still work that needs to be done in that department. Even still, defensive coordinator Paul Guenther will have a blast lining up Williams opposite 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Malcolm Jenkins will be 32 years old in December and Rodney McLeod has missed 15 regular season games over the last two years, including 13 in ’18. As a result, the safety position will more than likely be addressed come draft night. Addereley is a small school prospect with big-time game. At 6-foot, 206, he’s got excellent range that allows him to be a terror for opposing quarterbacks. In other words, he’ll thrive in Jim Schwartz’s defense.
26. Indianapolis Colts – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Colts flirt with the idea of adding another cornerback like DeAndre Baker, but wide receiver is a much more pressing need. It’s possible that Devin Funchess could be asked to play the big slot. But after drafting Brown in Round 1, it looks like the former Carolina Panther will man the X-receiver spot. Brown is a physically gifted receiver who doesn’t mind owning the middle of the field.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Oakland is committed to fixing the defense after trading away its best player (Khalil Mack) last season. The two Williams will go a long way in doing that, but more help is needed at edge rusher to go with Arden Key. Ferrell is big (6-4, 264) defender who – like Quinnen Williams – will make an impact against the run and pass.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
This was a tough pick. The Chargers did just invest a second-round pick in Josh Rosen after bringing him over from Arizona, so getting him a starting right tackle like Kansas State’s Dalton Risner would make sense. But after letting Jason Verrett walk in free agency, the defense needs help at cornerback. Baker is a nice fit here and would really solidify the secondary.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Ya-Sin is another small-school guy who’s seen his name rise during the draft process. He checks all the boxes from a size (6-0, 192) and athletic (4.51 40-yard dash, 39.5-inch vertical, 120.0-inch broad jump) standpoint, which makes him a strong candidate to slide into the first round before it’s all said and done.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans) – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
The hope here is that the Packers would value Gardner-Johnson’s versatility – or at least more than they did with Damarious Randall before shipping him off to Cleveland. Gardner-Johnson is arguably the top safety prospect in this year’s class and should slide in flawlessly next to newly signed Adrian Amos. This move also would allow Josh Jones to purely be a box safety.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
The Rams are a candidate to trade out of the first round. At this time, they don’t have a second-round pick where a lot of this draft’s value is at. If they do choose to stay at No. 31, Oruwariye could be a nice selection. Marcus Peters had a rough first season in Los Angeles and Aqib Talib is 33 years old.
32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Well, it’s official: Rob Gronkowski has retired from the NFL (for now anyway). While Smith shares more similarities – from a talent standpoint – with Aaron Hernandez than Gronk, he’d still add an element to the New England offense that’s been missing for quite some time. With five picks on Day 2, Belichick and company can afford to wait on positions like wide receiver – especially if they’re still able to give Tom Brady another weapon.
33. Arizona Cardinals – Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR Oklahoma
34. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets) – Charles Omenihu, EDGE, Texas
35. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
36. San Francisco 49ers – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
37. New York Giants – Erik McCoy, OL, Texas A&M
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
40. Buffalo Bills – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
41. Denver Broncos – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
42. New York Giants* – David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
43. Detroit Lions – Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan
44. Green Bay Packers – Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
45. Atlanta Falcons – Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State
46. Washington Redskins – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
47. Carolina Panthers – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
48. Miami Dolphins – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
49. Cleveland Browns – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
50. Minnesota Vikings – Dre’Mont Jones, DL, Ohio State
51. Tennessee Titans - Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kelvin Harmon, WR, N.C. State
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore) – Jerry Tillery, DL, Notre Dame
54. Houston Texans (from Seattle) – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
55. Houston Texans – Michael Dieter, OL, Wisconsin
56. New England Patriots (from Chicago) – Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
57. Philadelphia Eagles – Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
58. Dallas Cowboys – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
59. Indianapolis Colts – Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
60. Arizona Cardinals* – Ben Banogu, EDGE, TCU
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
62. New Orleans Saints – Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams) – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
64. New England Patriots – Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
65. Arizona Cardinals – Renell Wren, IDL, Arizona State
66. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland) – Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama
67. San Francisco 49ers – Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
68. New York Jets – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
69. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tyree Jackson, QB, Buffalo
70. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Lonnie Johnson Jr., CB, Kentucky
71. Denver Broncos – Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss
72. Cincinnati Bengals – Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
73. New England Patriots (from Detroit) – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
74. Buffalo Bills – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
75. Green Bay Packers – Cameron Smith, LB, USC
76. Washington Redskins – Jordan Ta’amu, QB, Ole Miss
77. Carolina Panthers – J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
78. Miami Dolphins – Connor McGovern, OL, Penn State
79. Atlanta Falcons – Elgton Jenkins, IOL, Mississippi State
80. Cleveland Browns – Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
81. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Oliver, TE, San Jose State
82. Tennessee Titans – Dru Samia, OL, Oklahoma
83. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
84. Seattle Seahawks – L.J. Collier, EDGE, TCU
85. Baltimore Ravens – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
86. Houston Texans – Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
87. Chicago Bears – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
88. Detroit Lions (from Philadelphia) – Ben Powers, OL, Oklahoma
89. Indianapolis Colts – DaMarkus Lodge, WR, Ole Miss
90. Dallas Cowboys – Trysten Hill, DL, UCF
91. Los Angeles Chargers – Khalen Saunders, DL, Western Illinois
92. Kansas City Chiefs – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
93. New York Jets (from New Orleans) – Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
94. Los Angeles Rams – Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota
95. New York Giants (from Cleveland) – Mark Fields, CB, Clemson
96. Washington Redskins – Nate Davis, OL, Charlotte
97. New England Patriots – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
98. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams) – Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
99. Los Angeles Rams – Oshane Ximines, EDGE, Old Dominion
100. Carolina Panthers – Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
101. New England Patriots – Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
102. Baltimore Ravens – Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
— Written by Clint Lamb, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. Over the last few years, Clint has written for websites such as SEC Country, Saturday Down South, 247Sports and Rivals.com. Follow him on Twitter @ClintRLamb.