The 2019 NFL Draft is just 50 days away and everyone wants a mock draft to read in the meantime. Well, here’s mine. I want to stress that this mock will try to project what teams will do. The mock does not say who I would pick as a gm because my opinion on the player doesn’t always match what the media is proclaiming. I’m not going to waste any time because these take forever to write. Welcome to the 2019 Vendetta Sports Mock Draft!
1: Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
If you’re going to hire Kliff Kingsbury, then you better be all in. There is no better fit at the quarterback spot than Murray for what Kingsbury is trying to do. If you’re going to bring the Big 12 to the NFL, then Murray has to be the pick. Can you imagine Josh Rosen trying to run this offense? Turn the card in and keep it moving.
2: San Francisco – Nick Bosa, Edge Rusher, Ohio State
Bosa is a can’t miss guy and is probably better than his brother, Joey. The 49ers couldn’t sack the quarterback last year if their life depended on it. I would assume if Bosa is on the board, the 49ers sprint to the podium to make the pick.
3: New York Jets trade pick to Jacksonville Jaguars – Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
The Jets need more picks after moving up for Sam Darnold a year ago. They after have an awful roster and just need more players. The Jaguars motivated to move up ahead of the Raiders and Giants to grab the quarterback they want. Haskins becomes the new face of the franchise and the Bortles era is over.
4: Oakland Raiders – Josh Allen, Edge Rusher, Kentucky
Mike Mayock is the new man in charge. Maybe they consider Haskins but Mayock has said he believes Derek Carr is a franchise quarterback so he gets one more year to prove himself. Mayock goes with a pass rusher, something the Raiders need more than anyone. Allen had big sack production in the SEC.
5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quinnen Williams, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
Gerald McCoy is getting long in the tooth and Quinnen becomes the long term solution. Pairing Q next to Vita Vea seems promising. The Bucs really do have a complete roster so they snag the best available player on the board.
6: New York Giants – Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
I think the Giants panic and pick Daniel Jones before they want to. Jones seems like the quarterback they want. He looks like Eli Manning and has great size. He comes from David Cutcliffe, the same guy that coached Peyton. Quarterbacks always get over drafted and even in a weak quarterback class, I think they will still go high in this one.
7: Jets via Jacksonville – Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
The Jets move down and need a leader for their defense. Enter in Devin White who has great range and covers up for mistakes. Can’t go wrong with picking White.
8: Detriot Lions – Rashan Gary, Defensive Lineman, Michigan
The Lions go with a high upside pick. Gary doesn’t have a lot of college production but I think Matt Patricia pounds the table and hopes they find themselves their Trey Flowers. Gary stays in the State of Michigan.
9: Buffalo Bills – DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Bills are all in on Josh Allen and he needs weapons. The Bills just might have the worst receiving core in the entire league. Zay Jones hasn’t lived up to expectations. Robert Foster was picked up off the street and actually performed. Metcalf gives the Bills a high upside receiving threat. The Bills took a risk in Allen so they go boom or bust again.
10: Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
You can just tell that the Broncos have their eyes set on Lock. With quarterbacks flying off the board, the Broncos go with Lock now. Lock becomes the successor to Joe Flacco.
11: Cincinnati Bengals – Jawaan Taylor, Tackle, Florida
The Bengals need offensive lineman. Since the Bengals lost Kevin Zeitler and Andrew Whitworth, this team hasn’t been the same. The Bengals whiffed on Cedric Ogbuehi and Jake Fisher. They get another bite at the apple with Taylor.
12: Green Bay Packers – Montez Sweat, Edge Rusher, Mississippi State
The Packers need a pass rusher. Clay Matthews is a free agent and Nick Perry isn’t that good. Sweat gives them a perfect 3-4 OLB.
13: Miami Dolphins – Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
This defensive line class is historic. I think Ed Oliver is a special player. The Dolphins tip their toes in that water with a new head coach, Brian Flores. The Dolphins need help everywhere. They try to get their version of Ndamukong Suh back.
14: Atlanta Falcons – Cody Ford, Guard, Oklahoma
The Falcons have had a rolling graveyard at guard. A total turnstile. Atlanta goes with Cody Ford who has elite guard potential. This pick just makes too much sense.
15: Washington Redskins – Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
I don’t have a great feel what the Skins are going to do. They are all over the map. Getting another corner seems logical to pair with Josh Norman.
16: Carolina Panthers – Jonah Williams, Tackle, Alabama
The Panthers need tackles, guards, and centers. Plug in Williams at whatever spot you want, the Panthers need to address this spot.
17: Cleveland Browns – Jeffery Simmons, Defensive lineman, Mississippi State
John Dorsey loves scumbags. He can’t get enough of them. Enter Jeffery Simmons who his type of guy.
18: Minnesota Vikings – Andre Dillard, Tackle, Washington State
The Vikings offensive line stinks. I don’t care who they pick. Just make sure it’s an offensive lineman. Dalvin Cook needs to get going for this team to win.
19: Tennessee Titans – Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
The Titans really missed Delanie Walker. Marcus Mariota also stinks and needs a lot of help. How about a really fast tight end that can work the middle of the field. Fant had a good combine and I’m sure his stock is on the rise.
20: Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan
The Steelers miss Ryan Shazier so much. Their defense went from good to terrible without Shazier. Devin Bush gives them a similar type of guy. Great range, speed, and tackling ability. The Steelers can’t go another year without addressing this spot.
21: Seattle Seahawks – T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
It would be nice if Russell Wilson actually had a reliable person to throw to outside of Doug Baldwin. The Seahawks have gone with the run first approach so let’s go with a blocking tight end who can also make plays in the passing game.
22: Baltimore Ravens – Parris Campbell, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
A new Gm is in charge in Baltimore so it’s kind of hard to guess the new philosophy. The Ravens go with Parris Campbell who factors as a deep threat. Him and John Brown run meaningless routes so that Lamar Jackson can hit them once every 10th throw.
23: Houston Texans – Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
Going with Christian Wilkins in a deep defensive line class feels like a good possibility. A defensive line with him and JJ Watt
24: Oakland Raiders – Deandre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia
The Raiders need everything. They get a true number one corner in Deandre Baker.
25: Philadelphia Eagles – Rock Ya-Sin, Cornerback, Temple
The Eagles dip into their backyard with this one. Ronald Darby is a free agent and you can never have enough corners. Rock Ya-Sin is a tough, physical corner that can replace Darby.
26: Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Tillery, Defensive Line, Notre Dame
The Colts just keep adding talent and Jerry Tillery is the next one. The Colts need defensive lineman. Denico Autry is really the only productive one they have. Tillery is a really long player that can stop the run and attack the quarterback.
27: Oakland Raiders – Dexter Lawrence, Nose Tackle, Clemson
Again, the Raiders have zero talent. The strategy needs to just be bringing a good roster on board. Pair Lawrence with Josh Allen. Lawrence can eat bodies in the middle and make life easier for the new pass rusher. Seems like a good fit.
28: Los Angeles Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
It’s a deep defensive line class if you haven’t already noticed. Justin Jones gets paired with Dre’Mont Jones. The Ohio State product isn’t the best run stuffer but he can really pressure the quarterback. Imagine having another weapon along with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
29: Kansas City – John Abram, Safety, Mississippi State
The Chiefs need to go all defense. Abram is a good place to start. He’s a safety that will go around and smack people. Seems like a great fit next to Eric Berry.
30: Green Bay Packers – Eric Burns, Edge Rusher, Florida State
The Packers double dip on edge rushers. Imagine having Sweat and Burns as bookends. That feels fun. Trade for Antonio Brown and get a pass rusher. All of the sudden, the Packers are dangerous.
31: Los Angeles Rams – Mack Wilson, Linebacker, Alabama
The Rams have zero productive linebackers. Here comes Mack Wilson to play in Wade Phillips system. Problem solved. This one seems easy.
32: New England Patriots – Irv Smith Jr.
Gronk retires and the Pats are left without a tight end. No need to worry. The Pats snag the best tight end in the Draft in Irv Smith. If Smith is on the board at 32 and Gronk retires, this pairing makes way too much sense not to happen.