2019 NFL Mock Draft
For the 2019 Mock Draft, the team order and relationship between team and player are not relevant until about midway through the 2018 NFL / College season. At each stage before then (previous season free agency, draft, post-draft free agency) the picture becomes more clear.
1. Cleveland Browns
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Browns have a new front office and are just loaded with young players. As they continue to overhaul the roster, it is interesting to see what position groups start to flourish, and what needs work. More than anything, they need to determine their QB of the future now.
2. Chicago Bears
Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan
The Bears get to see what they have in Mitch Trubisky, and with a new HC and OC, they will definitely be focusing much more on the passing game.
3. New York Giants
Trey Adams, OT, Washington
The Giants looked like they were on the brink of implosion but seemed to have righted the ship. Their O-line and running game have been a mess, and that will be a key area of interest for the next season.
4. New York Jets
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Jets made changes with their OC, which was odd as they seemed to really make progress last year. They will surely have a new, young QB in place for the upcoming season.
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Bengals, at some point, have to address their core flaw in how they draft players, develop players, and how they approach free agency.
6. Miami Dolphins
Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Dolphins have a QB that can’t stay on the field and a front office that is making some poor decisions in free agency and with trades. The next season could be vital to a lot of people’s jobs in Miami.
7. Arizona Cardinals
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The turnover started sooner rather than later, and with a smart new coach and a new franchise QB, the Cardinals are a sit back and wait and see team for the next season.
8. Indianapolis Colts
A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
The Colts got jilted by their HC and they are still trying to rebuild a defense with very little star power. The GM seems to know what he is doing, but everything revolves around Luck’s arm.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan
Last season was just a disaster for the Bucs, but are they just a very young team with new pieces everywhere that just needs time to find cohesiveness?
10. Denver Broncos
Cameron Smith, LB, USC
Denver has to stabilize their QB position. If they can do that, they can get back to what they want to do: move the ball effectively using the run and playing great defense.
11. Washington Redskins
Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Redskins have their sort of long-term QB in place, so that drama can be put to bed. They have a lot of work to make strides in a division that could be stacked next year.
12. Buffalo Bills
Raekwon Davis, DE, Alabama
The Bills have to figure out their long term QB situation, but this is a team that wants to be built around a dominant front seven on defense, and a team that can run the ball down the throats of opponents.
13. Detroit Lions
Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson
The Lions have stability on offense, but have to fix their run game. Their defense will be in a several year transition period to a new scheme.
14. Baltimore Ravens
Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Ravens were heavily tilted toward defense regarding the draft lately, and need to find skill players to help out their QB.
15. Oakland Raiders
Chauncey Gardner, S, Florida
The Raiders have a shiny new HC and will be a fun team to watch, considering their coaching problems the last few years. Were those issues all coaches?
16. Tennessee Titans
Andraez Williams, CB, LSU
Tennessee should shift more to becoming a dominant defensive team next year, but they have to find an offense that works best for their young QB.
17. Los Angeles Chargers
Kelly Bryant, QB, Clemson
The Chargers’s should have a few good years left in them with Rivers under center. They really improved throughout the season last year and could be a surprise in the AFC next year.
18. Houston Texans
David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin
The Texans haven’t seemed to have harmony between their GM and HC, and that has been fixed. Will they be able to finally put in the full Bill O’Brien offense that he has been wanting to for years?
19. San Francisco 49ers
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The 49ers are turned their franchise around quickly. With their QB in place for the long haul, now they can start drafting for the best talent left on the board.
20. Dallas Cowboys
Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
The Cowboys have got to get some young talent at WR and TE, and need to find true balance with their offense instead of leaning heavily one way or another game to game.
21. Kansas City Chiefs
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs lost their OC that saved their season last year. They have a new QB that has a lot to learn in terms of fundamentals and a HC that displays very questionable play calling. They should flash next year, but still go through lulls as smart DC’s will out coach their offensive game plans.
22. Seattle Seahawks
Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma
Seattle is at a crossroads with their roster. Their once dominant defense and run game are showing a lot of cracks. Can they fix it through free agency and the draft?
23. Carolina Panthers
Caleb Wilson, TE, UCLA
The Panthers’ have decided that Cam Newton’s consistency issues are the fault of the OC, so it will be interesting to see how that works in the upcoming season.
24. Los Angeles Rams
N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The Rams were the turnaround story of last year, but a few positions that they addressed in free agency will need replenishing soon via the draft with young talent.
25. Green Bay Packers
Devin White, LB, LSU
Green Bay made some surprising moves in their front office, and might have corrected some personnel moves that have cost this team a chance to get over the hump in recent years.
26. Atlanta Falcons
Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
As the QB and the OC get more comfortable with each other, it appeared as if the Falcons started to find their way. Is time the number one thing this team needs?
27. New Orleans Saints
Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
The Saints are going to need a new QB that they start grooming soon. They have shifted their focus a bit to be more balanced on offense, and to play better defense to keep leads.
28. Jacksonville Jaguars
Trayveon Williams, RB, Texas A&M
Jacksonville has one of the most talented rosters in the league, but still have to feel comfortable at the QB position.
29. Minnesota Vikings
Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
The Vikings QB situation is one of the most interesting for any team in years. They would rather just have their guy in place for the long haul, and able to concentrate on continuing to dominate on defense.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
If Big Ben can make the front office confident that he will be around for a bit, they can be a team that goes all in for the short-term.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford
Philadelphia will be an interesting team to watch over the next year. Will they stay ahead of potential contract issues that will be coming up soon which are all a part of drafting and trading well.
32. New England Patriots
Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern
The Patriots are in a bit of transition, if that can be said about them. They had glaring deficiencies with their pass rush last year, and need to find ways to get pressure on opposing QB’s.