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2019 NFL Mock Draft (8/13/2018)

1) Tampa Bay - Greg Little, T, Ole Miss
Little has the bulk and the strength to take on any type of edge rusher. Though his exceptional mauling abilities may lead some to believe that Little is best suited to be a right tackle in the NFL, Little's hand usage and leverage in the passing game could make him an elite left tackle in just a few years. Tampa's quarterback situation could be a bit murky due to the Jameis Winston situations, but Greg Little is a great tackle prospect who the Bucs can build around for years. Tampa Bay's quarterbacks took 40 sacks in 2017, but they really didn't address the tackle position in the 2018 draft, as Alex Cappa projects into the next level mostly as a guard.
2) Buffalo - Ed Oliver, 3T, Houston
Ed Oliver is not a normal human being, and I mean that in the absolute best way possible. At 6'2" 290, Oliver requires a double-team on every snap, because even top-tier O-Linemen can't handle his quickness nor his strength. Even while double-teamed, Oliver can tackle runners in the backfield. He even has the lateral quickness to disrupt screen passes. Kyle Williams is a Bills hero, but he’s now 35 years old. By drafting Ed Oliver, who is far-and-away the best player available, the Bills can strengthen an already-good unit on their football team.
3) Denver - Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon
At 6'6", 225 lbs, Herbert has the ideal frame to be an NFL quarterback. In 2017, Herbert threw for 1750 yards in 8 games at a 66.5% rate, also posting an impressive 13-3 TD/INT ratio. Herbert also rushed for 5 touchdowns during his injury-shortened 2017 sophomore season. Herbert has a very strong arm, throws a tight spiral, has a quick release, and throws the ball accurately on the move. Herbert has elusive speed, and he is not afraid to bullet the ball into tight windows down the field. If the Broncos are picking at #3, it's unlikely that they have a long-term solution at quarterback. Justin Herbert is a somewhat-raw prospect, but he could easily sit behind Case Keenum for a year before coming in to play in 2020.
4) Cleveland - Jonah Williams, T, Alabama
Williams is a mauler, he is a powerful run blocker and pass blocker, utilizing his strength, technique, and leverage on every down. Elite left tackle Joe Thomas retired following the 2018 season, so Cleveland has a hole on the left side of its offensive line. Williams has the potential to be a franchise left tackle for Cleveland, possibly protecting Baker Mayfield's blind side for a decade.
5) Arizona - Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St
Shifty, really nice first step. Bosa uses his wide array of pass rushing moves and his hip fluidity to get around tackles with ease and generate consistent pressure on quarterbacks. Bosa is also strong in the run game, routinely maneuvering offensive linemen to collapse running lanes. Buffalo finished 4th-worst in sacks in 2017, so Bosa would need to step in and make an immediate impact as a pass rusher. While Arizona has Chandler Jones, a stud pass rusher across from him could take their defense to the next level. Bosa, who could be considered a “value” selection if he fell to fifth overall, would be a fit at defensive end in Arizona’s new 4-3 defense.
6) NY Giants - Trayvon Mullen, CB, Clemson
Mullen is a 6'1" corner with very good coverage skills. Mullen has very good speed and range, and his man coverage skills suggest that he belongs on an island. The Giants cut Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie over the offseason, and Eli Apple hasn't really lived up to his first-round, #1 CB billing. If Mullen came in and could guard #1 WRs as a rookie, he would dramatically change the Giants' secondary for the better.
7) Miami - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Good size, fluid motion, very quick release. Lock’s got a very strong arm, and he has good pocket poise. Good mobility inside and outside the pocket, and he has a decent ability to look off safeties. Jay Cutler retired following his 2017 campaign, and Ryan Tannehill is a question mark for the 2018 season coming off of an ACL tear. Miami could be forced to address the quarterback position early in the 2019 NFL draft, and Lock could be seen as the top QB prospect in 2019.
8) Seattle - Rashan Gary, 3T, Michigan
Weighing in at 285 pounds, Gary has the size, strength, speed, and burst to play the 3 and to set the edge. He has massive tackling production and routinely requires the attention of multiple offensive linemen. Gary is raw, but he possesses a rare ability to both set the edge and generate inside pressure on the quarterback. As a defensive tackle, Gary excels in clogging inside run lanes, and as a defensive end, he has the speed to tackle guys from behind. Seattle lost Sheldon Richardson, Richard Sherman, and Kam Chancellor this offseason, and Earl Thomas could be on the way out, so Rashan Gary could help rebuild the defense's identity. Gary is an elite athlete, and Seattle would be lucky if he slipped past the top five.
9) Washington - Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Deandre Baker has appropriate physical skills, he's got speed, and he is a refined technician in coverage. Baker will often allow his receiver an approximately-unimpeded release and then shadow him. Baker belongs on an island, as he seldom if ever needs safety help. Washington will likely be starting the 31-year-old Orlando Scandrick on the outside next season, so Baker could step in as a long-term solution for the secondary.
10) Oakland - Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
At 6'1", Greedy Williams has ideal height. Williams has great closing speed, and his height allows him to guard any outside receiver. Additionally, Greedy Williams is not afraid to make plays in the running game. Oakland has a decent secondary, but they haven't had a dominant, shutdown corner since Nnamdi Asomugha. A Gareon Conley - Greedy Williams duo has the potential to be scary in a very-little amount of time.
11) NY Jets - Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson
Weighing in at 340 lbs, Dexter Lawrence is an extremely large individual. He's definitely got the size and strength to play nose in the NFL, but he's also got the agility to occasionally line up outside of guards as well. Lawrence makes it extremely difficult for offenses to run up the middle of the field, and he generates pressure in 1-on-1 situations as well. Steve McLendon is a dominant nose, but he’s 32 years old and only has one year left on his deal. Perhaps if Lawrence slid this far, the Jets could set themselves up at nose tackle for the long-term.
12) Baltimore - Devin White, ILB, LSU
Patient linebacker who masterfully plugs holes in the running game. White is an effective blitzer as well, rushing the passer on third downs. White has great speed to make plays laterally in the run game and to pursue the passer. CJ Mosely is a very good inside linebacker for Baltimore, but the Ravens run a 3-4. White could play weakside inside linebacker aside Mosely, replacing Patrick Onwuasor, who is scheduled to become an undrafted free agent in 2019.
13) Indianapolis - Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Ferrell's bend and leverage are okay, but his first step alone is enough to blow by inexperienced tackles around the edge. At 6'5 265, Ferrell has the potential to be effective in the 3-4 as a joker or in the 4-3 as a defensive end. Clemson used Ferrell in pass rushing and in coverage, but Ferrell certainly has the size, strength, and first step to be a pure pass rusher if that's how teams want to utilize him. The Colts had the second-least amount of sacks in the NFL in 2017, so they could stand to add a top-end edge guy in 2019.
14) Chicago - Yodny Cajuste, T, West Virginia
At 6'5", 310 lbs, the first thing that immediately stands out about Cajuste is his athleticism. Not only can Cajuste keep up with any edge rusher, but he also has the mobility to be effective in space. Cajuste has professional bulk, even if his length is slightly below average. He has very good leverage in the run game, and his strength should translate to the NFL as well. Chicago failed to add an offensive tackle in the 2018 NFL Draft, even though Bobby Massie is a below average right tackle. Cajuste would be a very nice piece with which Chicago could build around Mitch Trubisky for 2019 and beyond.
15) Dallas - N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona St
At 6'4" 220, Harry has a size advantage over virtually every defensive back at any level of football. He uses his frame very well when the ball is up for grabs, routinely high-pointing balls over smaller corners. He has strong hands. Harry is also a very good run blocker. Both Dez Bryant and Jason Witten are gone for 2018, so Dallas desperately needs to bring in receiving help if it wants to continue to develop its young quarterback, Dak Prescott.
16) Cincinnati - AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss
At 6'1", Brown has more-than-adequate size to be an NFL outside receiver. Brown has good hands, and his speed makes him very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Brown is a potent red-zone threat, but he took most of his snaps in the slot last year at Ole Miss. John Ross had an awful rookie campaign, AJ Green has a potential out built into his contract for 2019, and Brandon LaFell was released this offseason, so AJ Brown could provide some much-needed help at receiver for the 2019 season.
17) Carolina - Jaquan Johnson, SS, Miami
Very hard hitter, records a great number of tackles and can blow up plays all over the field. Jaquan Johnson can guard guys in the slot, and he can guard tight ends. Carolina has struggled at safety for years, so Johnson could contribute in the secondary while also sometimes lining up in the box.
18) Kansas City - Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida St
Brian Burns is a fast edge rusher with a great first step and good burst. At 6'4", 230 lbs, Brian Burns has decent length. Burns was effective both outside and inside of the tackle in Florida State. Burns had to work through some double teams. Burns fits perfectly into Kansas City's 3-4 scheme, and the Chiefs need a pass rusher across from Justin Houston, since Dee Ford only has one year left on his contract and Tamba Hali was released in the 2018 offseason.
19) San Francisco - Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Duke
Weighing in at 240 lbs, Giles-Harris is a supremely athletic linebacker for his size, possessing good strength and size, but really good range and decent coverage skills. Giles-Harris is the prototype outside linebacker that NFL teams covet from a size, athleticism, and block shedding perspective. Reuben Foster has a 2 game suspension in 2018, and he had a diluted urine sample at the Combine, so the Niners have reason to be fearful of future suspensions for him. San Fran has a weak linebacking corps anyway, so Giles-Harris could step in for 2019 and make an immediate impact.
20) Detroit - Jeffery Simmons, NT, Mississippi St
At 6'3", 305, Simmons probably has enough size to be an NFL nose, especially in a 4-3. Simmons has experience one-gapping and two-gapping, having played all over the interior of the Mississippi State defensive line. Simmons had 5.0 sacks in 2017, and he was a force in the run game when single teamed, as well. Unlike some other interior linemen, Simmons' athleticism jumps off of the screen, as his speed and strength are immediately visible. Simmons also projects to have some versatility due to his size and physical abilities, as he may be a fit at nose, 3-tech, or even 5-tech in NFL defenses. Simmons has the potential to be that dominant pass-rushing presence on the interior of Detroit's defensive line that the Lions have missed since the loss of Ndamukong Suh.
21) Houston - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Noah Fant is versatile, he's lined up in the backfield, as a tight end on both sides, and in the slot for Iowa. Good acceleration off the line of scrimmage. Fant catches passes in stride, and he has the raw strength to drag defenders and keep moving for yards. More than serviceable run blocker, and he's got solid hands. Houston massively reached for Jordan Akins in the third round of 2018, but he's bad enough of a blocker that the Texans may eventually look to play him in the slot. Fant could provide a really big upgrade at tight end, which is critical, as young quarterbacks tend to get good usage out of the tight end position.
22) Atlanta - Christian Wilkins, 3T, Clemson
At 6'3", 300 lbs, Wilkins possesses the appropriate size to be a 3-tech in the NFL. Physically, Wilkins has strong hands to shed blockers quickly and elite get-off at the snap. Terrell McClain is slotted to be a starter for Atlanta in 2018, but he only has a one year deal and isn't very good anyway. Wilkins could come in and immediately improve the Falcons' defensive line.
23) Tennessee - Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami
Great height, great fight. Richards uses his 6'1" frame to perfection to high-point balls over smaller defensive backs. Richards is an aggressive blocker, and he always fights for the extra YAC. Richards also appears to have the speed to run past slower DBs. Corey Davis only played two games in 2017, so Tennessee may look to add another outside threat for Mariota to utilize in 2019.
24) Green Bay - Collin Johnson, WR, Texas
Johnson is a 6'5" target with great ball skills and elite strength for a wide receiver. Johnson's 6'5" frame cannot be overstated, as he uses his length to high-point and fight for contested balls. Johnson also is an efficient blocker in the run game, and he uses his hands well early in routes. Green Bay lost Jordy Nelson in 2018 and is mostly weak at wide receiver, so they could look to add a receiver early in 2019.
25) Jacksonville - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
At 6'5" 215, Daniel Jones clearly has the ideal frame to be an NFL starting quarterback. Jones is mobile, and he is accurate when he has time to throw in the pocket. Jones also has an above-average ability to throw when his feet aren't set. Jones is a playmaker, and his release, mechanics, and arm strength project well into the next level. His ball placement isn't nearly as bad as his 55.7% completion percentage indicates, as his comp% would no-doubt be higher if he had average pass blockers and receivers. If Jacksonville regresses and doesn't make it to the conference championship game, they may look to add another quarterback for the long-term. Blake Bortles is signed through 2020, so Jacksonville could start Bortles for another year while developing Daniel Jones to start in year two.
26) Minnesota - Raekwon Davis, 3T, Alabama
Davis' versatility allowed him to play all over the Alabama defensive line. Davis is a jack-of-all-trades, possessing better than average speed, strength, technique, and leverage. Despite taking many snaps on the inside in 2018, Davis recorded 8.5 sacks. Sheldon Richardson only signed a one-year deal, and because of what happened to Sharrif Floyd, Minnesota may have a weakness on the inside of their defensive line.
27) LA Chargers - Nate Stanley, QB, Iowa
Stanley is a prototypical 6'5" quarterback with plenty of zip on his football. Stanley throws accurately on the run. Stanley does sail some passes, but he also makes a few incredibly-accurate throws per game as well. Though Stanley only completed 55.8% of his passes during his 2017 sophomore campaign, his completion percentage is lowered by his fairly high 6.9 yards per attempt and his poor offensive line. Stanley's release is pretty quick as well, and he has an occasional ability to tuck the ball and run. Philip Rivers is 36 years old, so Los Angeles could look to add a young quarterback for the future.
28) Green Bay - David Montgomery, RB, Iowa St
Mongomery, at 5'11", 225 lbs, is a short, thick running back. Montgomery is football fast, as he is a threat to get around outside linebackers. Montgomery is a threat to line up on the outside or to catch screen passes from the backfield. He is an effective pass blocker. Montgomery does also excel running between the tackles, using his power to truck for extra yards. As a whole, Montgomery is a modern running back, running inside and outside and being a threat as a receiver. The Packers will likely be working with a runningback-by-committee with Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones in 2018, so David Montgomery would be a valuable piece for the Green Bay offense as Aaron Rodgers enters the latter third of his career.
29) Pittsburgh - Tre Lamar, ILB, Clemson
At 6'5", 250 lbs, Tre Lamar has plenty of size and length. Lamar is a good block shedder, and he's rangy with very good athletic upside. Lamar is raw, but he recorded 50 tackles and 4.0 sacks in 2017. Lamar is also serviceable in coverage, and he's a great tackler. As a whole, Lamar has very good athleticism, even at 250 lbs, so NFL teams could be pushed to draft him early. Pittsburgh could use Tre Lamar well, since inside linebackers are always in demand for 3-4 teams, and because Ryan Shazier's injury could prevent him from playing in the NFL ever again.
30) LA Rams - Lukas Denis, FS, Boston College
Denis can guard slot guys, provide help for outside guys, make plays in zone, and even occasionally play in the box. Denis possesses good lateral speed, and he doesn't give up on seemingly lost plays. Lamarcus Joyner is a free agent in 2019, so the Rams will have to invest heavily in safety if he's not retained.
31) New England - David Edwards, T, Wisconsin
Edwards is a 6'6", 315 pound tackle who played on the right side, protecting the blind side of his lefty quarterback. Edwards has good mobility and good footwork, and he is as good a run blocker as there is in this draft class due to his leverage and strength. Edwards does have really good athleticism. While Edwards would likely be able to play left tackle at a starting level in the NFL, he has the potential to be a Pro Bowl right tackle at the next level. Though New England announced Isaiah Wynn last year as an offensive tackle, they are likely to start him at guard for 2018. There's only one year left on left tackle Trenton Brown's contract, so Edwards could be drafted as Nate Soldier's long-term replacement.
32) Philadelphia - Trey Adams, T, Washington
Clearly, Adams possesses the length and bulk to be an NFL left tackle. Adams is a good athlete, which compliments his large frame well. Adams moves defenders well in the passing game, so he doesn't get caught grabbing defenders or flailing his arms very often in the passing game. Adams is a superb run blocker, attacking defenders at the snap of the football. Jason Peters is an elite left tackle, but he's coming off of a torn ACL and is 36 years old, so Adams would be an important addition for Philadelphia.

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