2019 NFL Mock Draft – April Fools Edition

I do not mean April Fools in the fact that Daniel Jones is a first round pick (other “mockers” have been making this joke for months), but this draft is actually being completed on April 1. Enjoy!

kwth8f1cfa2sch5xhjjfaof901. Arizona Cardinalsmurray-kyler
QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
5’10, 207 lbs
260-377, 4361 yards, 42 TD, 7 INT

No change here. Even though Josh Rosen is still on the team, Kyler Murray is widely believed to be the first pick in the draft. Arizona is still hoping they can squeeze a first round pick out of a team desperate enough to trade for Rosen as the draft draws closer, but that strategy could backfire. It seems to be Murray or bust for Arizona.

179945520092. San Francisco 49ersbosa-nick
EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
6’4, 266 lbs
14 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF

Nick Bosa is probably the best prospect in this class, and would be quite the get for a 49ers team looking to undo the Solomon Thomas mistake. With Bosa on one side, Dee Ford on the other, and DeForest Bucker (and perhaps Thomas or Arik Armstead) on the inside, San Francisco has the makings of one of the best defensive lines in the NFL.

v7tehkwthrwefgounvi7znf5k3. New York Jetsallen-josh
EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
6’5, 262 lbs
88 tackles, 17 sacks, 5 FF

Quinnen Williams may have more upside, but Josh Allen fills such a need for the New York Jets that he has to be the pick here. New York has lacked a legit pass rushing 3-4 outside linebacker since whiffing on Vernon Gholston, and Allen would be an absolute perfect fit.

g9mgk6x3ge26t44cccm9oq1vl4. Oakland Raiderswilliams-quinnen
DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
6’3, 303 lbs
71 tackles, 8 sacks

Even the Raiders cannot mess this one up. With Kyler Murray expected to be the first overall pick, Oakland can just sit back and take whatever stud defender is remaining between Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa and Josh Allen. Williams is the pick here. Bust potential for defensive tackles always seems to be higher than most other positions, but there is little to dislike here. Williams has the size, pass rushing skills and run stopping ability to be an All Pro.

176367020145. Tampa Bay Buccaneerswilliams-jonah
OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
6’4, 302 lbs
No Stats

This is where things start to get tricky. There are a ton of players grouped in this second tier, and Tampa Bay could go any number of directions. Jonah Williams has seen his stock climb after a great Pro Day, and with the emphasis placed on offensive lines across the NFL, looks to be back in the top ten. What is his position though? Tampa Bay could put him at right tackle or guard (or even center, as some scouts are considering), where he could be a mainstay for the next decade.

9196. New York Giantssweat-montez
EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
6’6, 260 lbs
50 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 1 FF

The Giants should have taken a quarterback in 2018. They did not. They should take one in 2019. They probably will not. So, New York fans will get to witness the corpse of Eli Manning continue to deteriorate right there on the field. The Giants next biggest need is probably pass rush, as their players have struggled to transition to a 3-4 defense. Montez Sweat has definitely put himself on the top ten map, but the elephant in the room is his heart condition. All I have read so far is that it is simply something that will have to be monitored, so I will not take him out of my top ten yet.

159885620137. Jacksonville Jaguarstaylor-jawaan
OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
6’5, 312 lbs
No Stats

With Nick Foles around for the long term (for better or worse) this pick will not be a quarterback. Offensive line has been a big need in Jacksonville, and that was before injuries decimated the unit in 2018. The Jaguars have drafted college players from the state of Florida four of the past five years, and that trend could easily continue with Jawaan Taylor. He may be right tackle only, but he has the chance to be a very good one.

cwuyv0w15ruuk34j9qnfuoif98. Detroit Lionsgary-rashan
DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
6’4, 277 lbs
38 tackles, 3.5 sacks

Signing Trey Flowers was a nice start, but the defensive line probably needs a couple more starters. Rashan Gary never quite lived up to his immense recruiting status at Michigan, but could develop into one of the better all around defensive ends in the NFL, capable of 6-10 sacks a year and very solid tackle numbers.

n0fd1z6xmhigb0eej3323ebwq9. Buffalo Billsdillard-andre
OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
6’5, 315 lbs
No Stats

No, this is not a sexy draft at all. This is the ninth straight offensive or defensive lineman selected. Andre Dillard went from a fringe first round pick to the top fifteen thanks to an excellent combine. He should be an instant starter at right tackle with the chance to be a long term blindside protector. The Bills have been heavily involved with all of the top offensive lineman.

9ebzja2zfeigaziee8y605aqp10. Denver Broncoslock-drew
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
6’4, 228 lbs
275-437, 3498 yards, 28 TD, 8 INT

The Broncos have been long linked to Drew Lock, and I see no reason why that should change, even with Dwayne Haskins still on the board and Joe Flacco sitting atop the depth chart. Lock has the requisite size and arm strength that John Elway desires. Unfortunately, he struggled with consistency throughout his Missouri tenure. I am not a fan, and see another Jay Cutler, but that could still be better than the alternatives in Denver.

40311. Cincinnati Bengalswhite-devin
MLB Devin White, LSU
6’0, 237 lbs
123 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF

Devin White could easily be taken by the Buccaneers or Giants, so this would be quite a steal here. Linebacker has long been a black hole in Cincinnati, made worse by the decline of Vontaze Burfict. A true thumper in the middle, he would help the entire defense improve.

dcy03myfhffbki5d7il312. Green Bay Packersoliver-ed
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
6’2, 287 lbs
54 tackles, 3 sacks, 1 FF

The top prospect this time last year, non-creative scouts are not quite sure what to make of Ed Oliver. The Packers have two first round picks and a forever need of defensive talent, so this could be a solid match. I think Oliver will fit best at end in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense, but he could theoretically play a bit of outside linebacker. Most importantly for Green Bay, he can get after the quarterback.

1504105201313. Miami Dolphinsford-cody
OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma
6’4, 329 lbs
No Stats

What, no Dwayne Haskins? Rabble, rabble, rabble! Haskins is a decent enough prospect, but I believe that the Miami front office has set their sights higher, especially with guys like Tua Tagovailoa, Jake Fromm and Trevor Lawrence available in the next couple of seasons. Before drafting a quarterback of the future, the Dolphins should rebuild a terrible offensive line. Cody Ford has some weight issues, but could be a very good right tackle or offensive guard. Both needs are bigger than Ford’s waist line.

29914. Atlanta Falconsferrell-clelin
EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
6’4, 264 lbs
55 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 3 FF

Clelin Ferrell has gotten lost a bit amongst all of the great defensive line prospects in this class, but could still be a very good pro. The Falcons are looking for more consistency than Vic Beasley has given them, and fellow Tiger Ferrell is a more complete end. He may not be flashy, but should remain productive.

im5xz2q9bjbg44xep08bf5czq15. Washington Redskinshaskins-dwayne
QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
6’3, 231 lbs
373-533, 4831 yards, 50 TD, 8 INT

Despite a fantastic season, scouts are not sold that Dwayne Haskins is destined for greatness. Of course, being simply good is enough to get a quarterback drafted in the first round. He will probably not be around with this pick, but I do not project trades. This would be a good situation for Haskins; the Redskins have a veteran in Case Keenum that can keep the seat warm for a year (or a few weeks at least) and a solid offensive line and running game to lean on.

f1wggq2k8ql88fe33jzhw641u16. Carolina Pantherswilliams-greedy
CB Greedy Williams, LSU
6’2, 185 lbs
33 tackles, 2 INT

The Panthers front office did a good job of filling holes during free agency, so Carolina can once again go with the best player available strategy. It is rare we do not see a secondary prospect come off the draft until the 16th pick, but Greedy Williams is probably the best of the group. He has the talent to be a Pro Bowler, but needs to clean up a lot of things. He joins a solid group in Carolina and can improve at a bit of a slower pace.

91917. New York Giants (from CLE)burns-brian
EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
6’5, 249 lbs
53 tackles, 10 sacks 3 FF

Like I stated earlier, the Giants biggest need that will actually get addressed in this draft is pass rush. While it would be extremely rare for a team to double up on one position with first round picks, 3-4 pass rushers are sorely needed in New York. Brian Burns combine, where he showed his Florida State athletic ability with a beefed up frame, most likely punched him a ticket in to the top 20.

1722704201318. Minnesota Vikingsbradbury-garret
C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
6’3, 306 lbs
No Stats

I do not believe Garrett Bradbury is one of the top 32 players in this class, but he seems to be one of those “plug and play” interior lineman so many people talk about. A lot of times those players (looking at you Josh Garnett, Laken Tomlinson and others), but the Vikings still have a plethora of offensive line needs. The hope is Bradbury can lock down one of the guard spots in Minnesota.

105319. Tennessee Titanslawrence-dexter
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
6’4, 342 lbs
36 tackles, 1.5 sacks

Dexter Lawrence could never build off of a freshman season that had him destined as a top five pick, but should still be a first rounder. Despite a frame that screams “nose tackle”, Lawrence could be solid defensive end in the Titans 3-4 alignment. He is more agile than his frame would suggest.

97020. Pittsburgh Steelershockenson-tj
TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
6’5, 251 lbs
49 rec, 760 yards, 6 TD

The Steelers have not placed a premium on the tight end position since Heath Miller retired, but with TJ Hockenson available here, he may be too good to pass up. He is getting looks as high as 7 overall, so he would obviously be great value. The Steelers will have to use a committee approach to replace Antonio Brown’s targets, and Hockenson should be a good one.

pfiobtreaq7j0pzvadktsc6jv21. Seattle Seahawksmetcalf-dk
WR DK Metcalf, Ole’ Miss
6’3, 228 lbs
26 rec, 569 yards, 5 TD

What a whirlwind of a process it has been for DK Metcalf. Equally amazing and terrible during his combine performance, he probably evens out as a mid to late first round pick, mostly due to college production. I would probably select him first in the glut of receivers expected to go around this spot, and he would be a great fit for a Seahawks team that really needs to let Russell Wilson air it out more.

31822. Baltimore Ravensbrown-aj
WR AJ Brown, Ole’ Miss
6’0, 226 lbs
85 rec, 1320 yards, 6 TD

Here is DK Metcalf’s Ole’ Miss running mate coming off the board one pick later. Like Metcalf, Brown is built like a linebacker. Unlike Metcalf, Brown has the college resume to go along with it. Brown could excel as a slot receiver who can also run block, which would make him a great fit for this new look Baltimore Ravens offense.

57023. Houston Texansmcgary-kaleb
OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
6’7, 317 lbs
No Stats

Perhaps no team in the NFL has as pronounced of a need as Houston and offensive line. Unfortunately, the top options will most likely be gone at this point. The Texans might have to reach for a tier two type like Kaleb McGary. McGary does have starting potential, and I do not believe he is any worse than Kolton Miller, who was picked higher than this last year.

g9mgk6x3ge26t44cccm9oq1vl24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI)smith-irv
TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
6’2, 242 lbs
44 rec, 710 yards, 7 TD

Tight end was one of the only positions that actually got worse in Oakland this off season. With three first round picks and a deep class, the Raiders could easily go this direction. Irv Smith Jr. is underrated as a receiver and a blocker, and I would not be surprised if he ended up as the best overall tight end in this class.

96025. Philadelphia Eagleswilkins-christian
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
6’3, 315 lbs
51 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 FF

Defensive tackle is not the biggest need in Philadelphia, but Christian Wilkins is undoubtedly the top prospect available. He falls because he is “boring” and a bit old for a rookie, but the Eagles will have no problem adding a legitimate starter to their always deep defensive line rotation.

59326. Indianapolis Coltsmurphy-byron
CB Byron Murphy, Washington
5’11, 190 lbs
58 tackles, 4 INT, 1 FF

Byron Murphy did not have the best combine, but it was not a complete disaster like Deandre Baker, so he likely remains a late first round pick. The Colts have done virtually everything right the past two off-seasons, but they are still in need of a nickel back. I doubt Murphy’s ceiling is much higher than that, but defenses need three legitimate cornerbacks in today’s NFL.

g9mgk6x3ge26t44cccm9oq1vl27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL)bush-devin
MLB Devin Bush Jr., Michigan
5’11, 234 lbs
67 tackles, 5 sacks

The Raiders current starters are linebacker figure to be Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Marshall and Tahir Whitehead. Do you think Devin Bush Jr. would be an upgrade? Bush Jr. has the ability to play all over the field, and smart coaching could even utilize him as a pass rusher on occasion, which happens to be another need in Oakland.

8e1jhgblydtow4m3okwzxh67k28. Los Angeles Chargerstillery-jerry
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
6’6, 295 lbs
29 tackles, 8 sacks, 3 FF

Not an exciting prospect, Jerry Tillery simply goes on with his business, as a solid interior pass rusher. The Chargers are very thin on the inside, and Tillery would be a nice part of the rotation.

85729. Kansas City Chiefssimmons-jeffery
DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
6’4, 300 lbs
58 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 FF

If it was not for the injury or off the field concerns, Jeffery Simmons would be sitting at number five for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in this mock. He will probably miss the entire 2019 season, but could be a future impact starter. The Chiefs are still a relatively young team, and should still be contending when Simmons is able to produce.

dcy03myfhffbki5d7il330. Green Bay Packers (from NO)butler-hakeem
WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
6’5, 227 lbs
60 rec, 1318 yards, 9 TD

Despite drafting quite a few middling options in 2018, the Packers are still in need of options to take the pressure of Devante Adams. Noah Fant would make sense here, but the Packers are still high Jimmy Graham. Hakeem Butler has great size, and has had a nice pre-draft process, which could push him into the first round.

losangelesrams31. Los Angeles Ramslindstrom-chris
OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
6’4, 308 lbs
No Stats

Offensive line is a sneaky need in Los Angeles, especially with Andrew Whitworth getting up there in years to go along with major free agent losses. I rank Chris Lindstrom higher than Garrett Bradbury, and think he will will have a long career as a starter.

y71myf8mlwlk8lbgagh3fd5e032. New England Patriotsfant-noah
TE Noah Fant, Iowa
6’4, 249 lbs
39 rec, 519 yards, 7 TD

Probably the most popular pick in Mock Draft history, it makes complete sense. The last time New England needed an upgrade at tight end, they drafted Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez in the same draft, which worked out decently. Expect the team to double up on the position again, starting with Noah Fant, and keep the chain moving.


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