The NFL Draft is finally here and almost five months after the dreadful 3-13 season, the Arizona Cardinals still hold the number one pick with draft rumors spreading like wildfire. Murray, Bosa, Williams, trading down for more picks, the list goes on and on. Here is a final prediction before we hit the draft tonight:
MOCK TRADE ALERT: Arizona trades 1st Pick to Oakland for 4th and 24th Pick in 1st Round of 2019 Draft.
1st Pick – Oakland Raiders: Kyler Murray (QB – Oklahoma)
After months of a well planned and executed smoke screen, the Cardinals trade their pick to the hungry Raiders and Mike Mayock selects his first draft pick as the General Manager of Oakland. They selected the future of the franchise in Kyler Murray. They’ll pray that keeping him so close to the A’s doesn’t draw him away from football.
2nd Pick – San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa (DE – Ohio State)
The best player in the draft? Hands down Nick Bosa. San Francisco will pick up the talented Edge Rusher and continue to build a contending team. Hopefully his health isn’t as bad as his brother’s.
3rd Pick – New York Jets: Quinnen Williams (DT – Alabama)
Sam Darnold was the first round pick for the Jets last season and now they need a first round defensive player. While they may go with Josh Allen from Kentucky, I think Williams is the ultimate choice. A solid Defensive Tackle who has the potential to be dominant in the East.
4th Pick – Arizona Cardinals: Josh Allen (DE – Kentucky)
After the Cardinals trade down with the best deal they could find, they get the next best player in the draft. Allen ends up in the hands of the Cardinals and the Arizona front seven gets better.
5th Pick – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White (LB – LSU)
Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles love their LSU defenders and it would make sense to grab White with their first pick. A much needed player to fill the void left by Kwon Alexander.
6th Pick – New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins (QB – Ohio State)
This would be a huge sign of the Eli era ending if Haskins is picked. The team needs to build around Barkley after he showed an impressive rookie season.
7th Pick – Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor (OT – Florida State)
I still think Taylor is the player Jacksonville will select. Playing in the same state also allowed scouts to see every home game throughout his career, backing up how good he is.
8th Pick – Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary (DE – Michigan)
Another player that I think will stay in the same state for his college and professional career. Gray would be a useful tool in Matt Patricia’s defense.
9th Pick – Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams (OT – Alabama)
The Bills need somebody to keep Josh Allen healthy for the tenure in Buffalo. They grab Williams who dealt with two mobile Quarterbacks in Hurts and Tagovailoa back a Bama.
10th Pick – Denver Broncos: Ed Oliver (DT – Houston)
After the Giants take Haskins with the seventh pick, the Broncos hold up on taking a quarterback and draft another defensive lineman. Miller, Chubb, and Oliver create a scary looking front seven in the AFC West.
11th Pick – Cincinnati Bengals: T.J. Hockenson (TE – Iowa)
Again, the Bengals need to replace Tyler Eifert who has been injured for what seems like 75% of his career. Hockenson is the best Tight End and the last chance for Andy Dalton to prove he can win games for Cincy.
12th Pick – Green Bay Packers: Devin Bush (MLB – Michigan)
Defense is the big problem on this Packers team. Grabbing Bush would help take over Clay Matthews spot and begin the rebuild. Hopefully Rodgers does not throw a fit not getting an offensive weapon.
13th Pick – Miami Dolphins: Daniel Jones (QB – Duke)
It’s the end of the Tannehill era in Miami and that means a new Quarterback is inbound. I think Jones is the next best signal caller in the draft and the Fins get a much needed pick.
14th Pick – Atlanta Falcons: Andre Dillard (OT – Washington State)
Atlanta could use some help on the O-Line and grabbing Dillard helps out for the Falcons, still recovering from the Super Bowl loss. The next best lineman in the draft taken to protect Matt Ryan.
15th Pick – Washington Redskins: Drew Lock (QB – Missouri)
Since this is the year Oprah Winfrey is giving out Quarterbacks to any NFL teams in need, Washington is up next, taking Lock as the fourth QB in the first round. Alex Smith needs to be replaced soon and the Redskins put their faith in Drew Lock.
16th Pick – Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat (DE – Mississippi State)
Montez Sweat is an excellent player with unfortunate health conditions. This will not stop Carolina from picking the defensive star and put him in the front seven after losing Julius Peppers to retirement and Thomas Davis in free agency.
17th Pick – New York Giants (From Cleveland): D.K. Metcalf (WR – Ole Miss)
Odell is gone Giants fans. You all cried as you burned your Beckham jerseys and now you have this hatred for the Browns…until you realize this pick comes from the Browns and you get the next big thing. Haskins, Barkley, and Metcalf become the New York big three.
18th Pick – Minnesota Vikings: Cody Ford (OG – Oklahoma)
Again, another franchise Quarterback needing help on the front lines. Cody Ford did a decent job assisting Murray back in Oklahoma, but will have to help more in the pocket for Cousins.
19th Pick – Tennessee Titans: Irv Smith (TE – Alabama)
Delanie Walker has been a huge piece in the Tennessee offense. But just like the Bengals, the Titans need to move on and steal a decent Tight End. While Noah Fant is still on the board, Irv Smith is the best candidate for the position.
20th Pick – Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams (CB – LSU)
I feel bad for whoever ends up in this disaster. The front office is a mess. The coaching staff is awful. And Ben Roethlisberger will blame this player for a loss, and somehow get away with it because he’s won two Super Bowls. Greedy Williams is good, but will be wasted on a team that’s been declining ever since Super Bowl XLV.
21st Pick – Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell (DE – Clemson)
Russell Wilson has proven that the team doesn’t need these huge offensive names for him to win games. Defense needs to be the main focus at this draft and taking the national champion Ferrell will help the front seven out a lot.
22nd Pick – Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown (WR – Oklahoma)
Wide Receivers are a priority in this draft for Baltimore. Lamar Jackson is very similar to Kyler Murray, minus the passing part. Brown can adjust to the new style of play and help the Ravens cruise through an easy division.
23rd Pick – Houston Texans: Dalton Risner (OT – Kansas State)
Poor Deshaun Watson was chewed up all season in 2018. That needs to change if the Texans want their franchise QB to stay alive. Risner might not be the best in this class, but he’ll do the job for Houston.
24th Pick – Arizona Cardinals (From Oakland): N’Keal Harry (WR – Arizona State)
The wide receiver position is another big need for this Cardinals team. They go for the talented and hometown hero in N’Keal Harry. This would create a decent receiver core with Fitz and Kirk as well.
25th Pick – Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Murphy (CB – Washington)
The Saguaro High School star could be mixed around in this first round. I like his chances of heading to Philly and playing for the City of Brotherly Love.
26th Pick – Indianapolis Colts: Jeffery Simmons (DT – Mississippi State)
This is the one of the two teams I think needs very little to come from the draft. The Colts need to beef up the defense and adding Simmons should do the job.
27th Pick – Oakland Raiders (From Dallas): Josh Jacobs (RB – Alabama)
Jon Gruden thinks back to that magical 2002 season and remembers Big Al. This leads him to begging Mayock and the team to select Jacobs. Gruden knows he’ll need a solid run game to compliment the passing game with Kyler Murray in 2019.
28th Pick – Los Angeles Chargers: Greg Little (OT – Ole Miss)
This is that other team that is just so perfect that I am calling them my early pick for winning it all. Of course, they’ll need to get by New England, but first, Philip Rivers must be protected. They get the offensive lineman and prepare to dominate in 2019.
29th Pick – Seattle Seahawks (From Kansas City): Johnathan Abram (S – Mississippi State)
The secondary is still in disarray after the offseason the previous year. Abram is a solid pick for the Seahawks and they cash in on another first round pick.
30th Pick – Green Bay Packers (From New Orleans): Parris Campbell (WR – Ohio State)
Rodgers will not be happy if by the end of tonight, he does not have a new player in his offense to work with. After three receivers have been drafted, Campbell is picked as the next best player.
31st Pick – Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury (C – N.C. State)
I’m still liking the Rams going with a offensive lineman in the first round. In a season in which the team needs to reload, Bradbury will fit in the system and should protect Goff.
MOCK TRADE ALERT: New England trades 32nd pick with Kansas City for 2019 2nd Round Pick and 2020 3rd Round Pick
32nd Pick – Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter Lawrence (DT – Clemson)
Why would the Chiefs trade up for this? No clue. Why did they trade for Frank Clark? No clue. Why would they give up the 29th pick and then come back to get the 32nd pick and draft someone who might take over Clark’s position in a year? You guessed it. No clue. But it feels like something the Chiefs would do. Lawrence will probably be better than 85% of that defense in three years anyway, justifying this pick.