We are just two days away from the start of the 2019 NFL Draft and mock draft season has kicked it up a few notches.
Yesterday the official Eagles Twitter mock draft as unveiled right here on Locked on Eagles. Now it is time to supply my official mock draft for 2019.
1.Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray Oklahoma
Even with Josh Rosen in house, this is the smart move. Murray’s ceiling is higher and he is the type of QB the league is going towards. Mobile, accurate (2nd lowest uncatchable pass percentage on throws 20+ yard down the field), strong arm, and can complete a high rate of improbable throws.
Having a guy that can make plays outside of structure like Murray is a huge advantage.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa Ohio State
The 49ers add to a promising young defensive line with one of the best pass rushers in the class. Bosa and Buckner are going to be a scary combination for San Francisco. Move over Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.
3. New York Jets: DT Ed Oliver Houston
Oliver to the Jets has picked up steam and it should be believed. Despite concerns around draft circles, Oliver is a freak of nature that can wreck ball games on the interior.
4. Oakland Raiders: DT Quinnen Williams Alabama
Mike Mayock said it himself. Quarterbacks hate pressure up the middle more than on the edge. Mayock will put his money where his mouth is and take an interior lineman that has elite traits.
5. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: DE Josh Allen Kentuky
Allen falling to five is the best-case scenario for Tampa Bay. Vinny Curry didn’t work out last year and with the uncertain future of Gerald McCoy, the Bucs will need pass rush help. Allen fits that bill.
6. New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones Duke
Some speculate the Giants might wait until 17 or even trade down before taking their #1 QB on the board. But with Washington, Denver, Cincinnati, and Miami all picking in front of the Giants second pick, they can’t risk it.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jawaan Taylor Florida
Getting Foles another weapon or offensive lineman will be a tough call. He won Super Bowl MVP behind an elite 2017 Eagles OL but he also had Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Nelson Agholor to throw to. Coughlin and Marrone together scream trenches so Taylor makes sense.
8. Detroit Lions: LB Devin White LSU
Another great value pick here that falls to Detroit. The Lions add to their defense by getting an all-around elite LB prospect in Devin White. Expect the Lions to go defense with this pick.
9. Buffalo Bills: DE Brian Burns Florida State
The Bills have a lot of optionality with this pick but Brian Burns is the right call. He isn’t as well rounded as the other top DL prospects but it is hard to find a more talented end when it comes to getting after the QB. An upside monster.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock Missouri
This pick is so John Elway. Many think he is “enamored” with Lock and I believe it. Sorry Flacco but you have fallen into bridge QB purgatory.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins Ohio State
The Bengals are interesting. They could go all in on surrounding Dalton with weapons by taking one of the Iowa TEs here but I think Zac Taylor wants a QB to develop. Haskins should be selected ahead of Jones and Lock but with Gettleman and Elway going after their guys, Haskins falls in Cincinnati’s lap.
12. Green Bay Packers: WR D.K. Metcalf Ole Miss
It is time to build around Aaron Rodgers. The Packers brought in a new, young offensive mind for HC with Matt LaFleur. Now it is time to get Rodgers another weapon. Metcalf is a rare prospect with his all-around ability. Hard to find guys as big and fast as Metcalf. Packers fans should be salivating thinking about a Rodgers to Metcalf deep ball.
13. Miami Dolphins: DE Rashan Gary Michigan
In this hypothetical world, Miami lands Josh Rosen in a trade with Arizona. Not needing a signal caller at 13, the Dolphins take a versatile edge rusher in Gary who can also get to the QB on the interior.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DE Montez Sweat Mississippi State
Sweat’s stock has fallen a bit with the heart condition. If he checks out in the health department, Atlanta will get a steal here at 14. Sweat tested out like a cyborg and with a good resume in the run-defense department, he is a great pick for Dan Quinn’s defense.
15. Washington Redskins: DE Clelin Ferrell Clemson
Washington misses out on the run of QBs and elects to take the lengthy, powerful defensive end in Cleliln Ferrell. Ferrell is the last of the top tier on the edge so Washington makes sure they get one of the top guys.
16. Carolina Panthers: OT Jonah Williams Alabama
Carolina needs to protect Cam Newton. Williams could be their left tackle for the remainder of Newton’s career which is too good to pass up.
17. New York Giants: DT Christian Wilkins Clemson
The Giants finish up their second round with some help on the inside. Wilkins is the total package at DT. A great set of pass rush moves, athleticism, and power against the run.
18. Minnesota Vikings: OT Andre Dillard Washington State
Outside of Kirk Cousins, Minnesota’s biggest liability last year was the abysmal offensive line that protected their $84 million dollar man. Dillard is a bit more raw compared to Jonah Williams but his best trait at Washington State was pass blocking.
19. Tennessee Titans: TE T.J. Hockenson Iowa
The Titans have failed to surround Marcus Mariota with weapons like other teams that have young quarterbacks did. Hockenson can be the replacement for Delanie Walker and thrive with Mariota who has had a lot of success going to the TE throughout his career.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Greedy Williams LSU
LSU is DBU. That trend continues this year with Greedy Williams headed to Pittsburgh.
21. Seattle Seahawks: WR Hakeem Butler Iowa state
Time to get Russell Wilson some cheap, talented toys now that he is the highest paid player in the league. Calvin Johnson said Hakeem Butler, not D.K. Metcalf reminds him most of himself. Butler is a big target down the field but he can also burn corners deep and after the catch. He was a big play machine at Iowa State.
22. Baltimore Ravens: WR Marquise Brown Oklahoma
With the departure of John Brown, the Ravens need to replenish the offense with some speed for Lamar Jackson. Hollywood Brown is the best source of speed in this class but he is also a very underrated route runner. He also averaged over 9 yards per route run in the slot so Baltimore is getting a dangerous weapon for their young QB.
23. Houston Texans: OG Cody Ford Oklahoma
Much like Carolina with Newton, the Texans need to do much better at protecting DeShaun Watson. Cody Ford can play inside or outside which will be a huge addition to this offense.
24. Oakland Raiders: LB Devin Bush Michigan
This is just good value for Oakland who needs as much defensive help as they can get. Bush could go a lot higher but the run on lineman and quarterbacks allows the Raiders to grab Bush late. They still have another pick too if they want some offense in the first round.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Josh Jacobs Alabama
The Eagles break their trend of not taking running backs in the first round. But they aren’t just taking a RB in the first round. They are taking an all-around weapon. Jacobs can deliver punishing power with the ball but he was also the Swiss Army knife of the Alabama offense last year. He lined up in the slot, on the outside, at FB, and off the line next to a tackle. Imagine the possibilities Doug Pederson has with Jacobs added to what is already a LOADED offense. It would be the deepest core of weapons in the NFL and the most talented in Eagles history with Jacobs taken here.
26. Indianapolis Colts: DT Jeffrey Simmons Mississippi State
Simmons likely won’t play in the first few months of the regular season as he recovers from a torn ACL. If that injury never happens, Simmons is probably a top 15 pick where the Colts wouldn’t have a chance of adding his talent at DT. They get that opportunity here.
27. Oakland Raiders: TE Noah Fant Iowa
The Raiders addressed defense with their first two picks and now it is time to add another weapon. Noah Fant has the speed of a WR which in today’s NFL is a huge advantage at TE. Oakland looks to get their version of Travis Kelce or George Kittle with this pick.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Byron Murphy Washington
The Chargers quietly have done a great job with their roster. They don’t have many holes but another CB added to a secondary that is set with stud safeties would be a big boost.
29. Seattle Seahawks: DE Chase Winovich Michigan
As this mock draft was being created the Kansas City Chiefs dealt this pick for DE Frank Clark. Seattle now needs to replace Clark on the edge and they do it with a surprise first rounder in Winovich. The Seahawks will get solid contributions from the Michigan product right away.
30. Green Bay Packers: OG Garrett Bradbury NC State
The theme of this draft for Green Bay will be building around Aaron Rodgers. This pick continues that.
31. Los Angeles Rams: C Elgton Jenkins Mississippi State
There is always a center in the first round that is a surprise selection. Elgton Jenkins is the guy this year for LA.
32. New England Patriots: DL Jerry Tillery Notre Dame
The Patriots lost Trey Flowers in free agency to the Lions so they could use another pass rusher. Tillery can get to the QB on the edge or inside which will go over well in New England where versatility is valued more than maybe anywhere.
Impact of paying a QB
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Does paying a QB big money hold a team back from contention?
What does history tell us?
Is the concern about paying any player this amount of money or is it about Wentz himself?
Ranking the roster
On today’s Locked on Eagles:
Are the Eagles and Carson Wentz about to get a deal done?
Is Joe Douglas the next Jets GM?
Ranking the Eagles positions from strongest to weakest
On today’s Locked on Eagles podcast:
Where do the starting quarterbacks in the NFL belong based on tiers?
Where is Carson Wentz among the other 31 starters?
How many “elite” QBs are there?