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Connor Livesay’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

While the EDGE position in Arizona isn’t necessarily a drastic need, we all know by now that when you own the number one overall pick, you have to take the best player available. Nick Bosa would immediately step in and provide the Cardinals with one of the better one-two punch EDGE combo’s in the NFL with himself and Chandler Jones.

2. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

With the interior of the 49ers defense being far from a need, the 49ers will likely have to go a bit outside of just drafting the best player available (Quinnen Williams), and still take one of the better players available in Josh Allen. Drafting Josh Allen not only means San Francisco will be getting one of the top players in this draft, it also means they’ll be addressing an area of need. The 49ers desperately need to find a consistent presence off the edge the effect opposing quarterbacks.

3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

With whispers coming out of New York that the Jets could potentially move on from former first-round pick Leonard Williams, addressing the interior of their defensive line with the best player in this draft would be a wise move from GM Mike Maccagnan. Williams blend of size, power, and athleticism makes him one of the most dominant player I’ve ever watched in my five years of scouting. Williams would immediately step in and improve New York’s run defense, and also help get the Jets sack numbers up in 2019.

4. Oakland Raiders – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State

After trading away All Pro-Khalil Mack in 2018, the Raiders were absolutely horrible when it came to applying pressure on quarterbacks in 2018. The Raiders have to improve in that area in 2019, and need to do so at a much cheaper price tag than what it would have cost to retain Khalil Mack. In steps 6’5″ 245-lb Brian Burns. Burns is one of the most dominant pass rushers in the 2019 NFL Draft. With his impressive blend of length, explosiveness, and pure speed, it won’t take long for Burns to make his mark in the NFL.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida

After seeing four of the blue-chip defensive lineman go before the fifth overall pick, the Buccaneers will be forced to make a tough decision. While also needing help at offensive line, the Buccaneers season was derailed by their lack of consistency on defense. With Gerald McCoy’s time in Tampa Bay coming to an end, and no real young promising pass rushers on the roster, adding a talent of Polite’s caliber would be a step in the right direction. Polite registered 11.0 sacks in 2018, and showcases impressive burst and bend around the end for the Gators defense. While likely not changing the identity of the Buccaneers defense, Polite would be the start of a nice little rebuild down in Tampa.

6. New York Giants – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

All the early signs out of New York are that Giants are still not done with quarterback Eli Manning. If that is truly the case, continuing to pump resources into the offensive line is the route to go for the Giants. With one of the best offensive lineman still on the board, the Giants land Jonah Williams with the sixth overall pick. While I do have a few questions about Williams out on the edge at tackle, Williams is capable of playing both inside and out. With the Nate Solder experience so far falling flat on its face, the Giants would be wise to take one of the better players still available and upgrade at a position of need.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars  – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Blake Bortles experience has finally come to an end in Jacksonville it seems. After being benched at the end of the 2018 season, the Jaguars will be looking long and hard at this quarterback class with the seventh overall pick. While only being a one-year starter in Jacksonville, Haskins had a tremendous season throwing the football. Haskin’s possesses a monster arm, that he’s still learning how to control, and was built in a quarterback lab listed at 6’3″ 220-lbs. Haskins is by no means a finished product, but with his arm talent and ability to hit on the deep ball, Dwayne will be in strong consideration with the seventh overall pick.

8. Detroit Lions – Clellin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson

The Lions are in desperate need of help at EDGE rusher, and with all of the top guys already gone, the Lions will have to reach a bit make sure they get someone that can come in and make an impact. Luckily, the Lions find themselves a pass rush technician in Clellin Ferrell. Ferrell is one of the top five EDGE rushers in this class, and can come in and make a difference in Matt Patricia’s defense. Ferrell elected to go back to school in 2018, and did not skip a beat from 2017. With 27.0 career sacks at Clemson, Ferrell will be entering the league as one of the more productive NCAA pass rushers in 2018.

9. Buffalo Bills – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Bills could go in many different direction with the ninth overall pick. Needing help at WR, TE, and OL, I have the Bills taking one of the more underrated offensive lineman in the 2019 NFL Draft. Buffalo fans, get familiar with the name Jawaan Taylor. Taylor possesses elite size, movement skills, and power for an offensive tackle in today’s NFL. Listed at 6’5″ 328-lbs, Taylor has the experience and versatility to play either left or right tackle in the NFL. Buffalo struggled immensely in 2018 protecting rookie quarterback Josh Allen, and will need to address that issue before they can think about truly evaluating his play moving forward.

10. Denver Broncos – Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

The fall of Houston’s Ed Oliver has officially come to an end. Denver lands an elite athlete on the defensive line with the 10th overall pick to pair with Von Miller, Bradley Chubb, and Derek Wolfe. In order for Ed Oliver to reach his full potential, defensive coordinators will have to be very creative with the ways they use Mr. Oliver. After trading for Joe Flacco last week, the Bronco’s officially took themselves out of the QB market, looking into a player with a ceiling as high as Ed Oliver’s would be a smart move from John Elway.

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU

Can the Bengals continue to trust Vontez Burfict? That’ll likely be up to new head coach Zac Taylor, but all signs point to that marriage likely coming to an end sooner rather than later. That’s where Devin White steps in. Devin White is an elite athlete, with tremendous sideline-to-sideline playmaking ability. White is still developing his techniques and learning how to better read his run keys, but you have to love the upside that comes with LSU linebacker Devin White. Cincinnati would be adding not only a great athlete, but also a great leader on the field for their defense.

12. Green Bay Packers – TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Jimmy Graham experience did not work out the way that the Packers had hoped, and the likelihood of Graham being around in the 2019 is not very good. But have no fear Packers fans, TJ Hockenson is here. Hockenson is everything you could dream of in a tight end. His ability to block, catch the football, and pick up yards after the catch makes him one of the more dangerous tight ends we’ve seen in recent years. Hockenson would step in as a reliable target for Aaron Rodgers, and would be able to help in the running game with his run blocking ability.

13. Miami Dolphins – Cody Ford, Oklahoma, OT

With Dwayne Haskins already off the board, the Dolphins would have to think long and hard about taking Kyler Murray here with the 13th overall pick. Instead, they take his teammate Cody Ford, and give it one more go with Ryan Tannehill. Ford has all the size and power you could ask for, for a 6’5″ 330-lb lineman, and moves pretty well for a man of his size. Ford has the length and size to stay out on the edge, but could also slide inside and play guard if need be in Miami. While QB, WR, and DL are also a need for Miami, starting the rebuild in the trenches on offense certainly wouldn’t hurt.

14. Atlanta Falcons – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

The interior of the Falcons offensive line desperately needs some upgrading. After allowing 42 on quarterback Matt Ryan in 2018, addressing the offensive line issues is something GM Thomas Dimitroff needs to do in the 2019 NFL draft. Why not do so with an extremely versatile, nasty offensive lineman out of Kansas State, Dalton Risner. Risner was one of the standouts at the Reese’s Senior Bowl due to his ability to play both at tackle, guard, and center. Risner has ideal size at 6’5″ 308-lbs, and plays with great technique and violent hands at the point of attack.

15. Washington Redskins – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

With the uncertainty surrounding Alex Smith’s future in Washington, the Redskins draft their quarterback of the future in Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma. The 2018 Heisman winner had one of the best seasons out of any QB in Oklahoma history throwing for 42 touchdowns to just 7 interceptions. Murray has the best arm talent in this class, and pairs it with elite mobility in and out of the pocket. While the questions regarding his size are warranted, his tape in 2018 showed no size issues for Murray. The Redskins were on track to win the NFC East and make the postseason before Alex Smith suffered his gruesome injury, so they shouldn’t overthink this pick. Grab the quarterback and compete for the NFC East title for years to come.

16. Carolina Panthers – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State

Getting after the quarterback in 2018 for the Panthers was a struggle. Their two leading pass rushers in 2018 were now retired Julius Peppers, and 31 year old Mario Addison. Adding a young talent like Montez Sweat to the mix would be a great start in the right direction for the Panthers defense. Sweat is a three-down EDGE in the NFL due to his ability to rush the passer, and play the run at defensive end. Sweat plays with violent hands, plenty of strength in his upper body, and elite length at the position. With Peppers now retired, and Mario Addison on wrong side of 30, adding Sweat to the mix would be a sweet deal for Carolina.

17. Cleveland Browns – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Cleveland Browns would be handed the “Steal of the Draft” award if Murphy makes it all the way down to 17th overall. But in this mock draft, that’s exactly what happens. Murphy has extremely fluid hips, is sticky in man coverage, and has very good ball skills coming out of The University of Washington. Adding a guy like Byron Murphy to a secondary that already employs Damarious Randall, Jabrill Peppers, and Denzel Ward would be huge for the future of the Cleveland Browns pass defense.

18. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Lindstrom, OL, Boston College

The Minnesota Vikings’ were postseason locks at the start of 2018. The world comes at you fast, and left the Vikings watching from home after a disappointing regular season. One of the Vikings main issues in 2018, was the decline of their offensive line. The interior of the offensive line for Minnesota was among one of the bigger issues. Chris Lindstrom is here to help with these issues. Lindstrom, while not being a huge name, is severely underrated in this class. After a nice week at the Senior Bowl, Lindstrom worked himself into first-round considerations, and with the top lineman off the board, the Vikings make the pick.

19. Tennessee Titans – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

The Titans struggles at receiver have haunted them in recent years. After drafting Corey Davis in the first round of the 2017 NFL draft, they have yet to receive positive returns from the former Western Michigan wideout. The Titans turn to former Ole Miss WR D.K. Metcalf. Metcalf, had his season cut short due to a neck injury, but has been cleared for football activities and looks to be in tip-top shape ahead of the NFL combine. Metcalf is far from a finished product, but due to his size, athleticism, and physicality at the catch point has an extremely high ceiling. Pairing Metcalf with Corey Davis would give the Titans two capable receivers on the outside for Marcus Mariota to target.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Yes Steelers fans, the team has finally drafted a defensive back with some ball skills. The lack of turnovers from the Pittsburgh secondary has hurt the team over the last few years, that’s where Greedy steps in. In just two years at LSU, Williams picked off 8 and broke up 19 total passes. Williams has great ball skills, coverage skills, and would make an immediate impact in the Pittsburgh secondary.

21. Seattle Seahawks – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

The Seattle Seahawks are officially done with Earl Thomas, and will turn to the NFL draft to find his replacement. While he’s not graded as my S1 in this class, Alabama’s Deionte Thompson is a player the Seahawks will fall in love with this offseason. While at times inconsistent, Thompson shows signs of elite range and instincts working as a true free safety. Thompson’s play dipped a bit at the end of the season, but before the drop in play, Thompson was regarded as a top 10 player by many analysts. While still needing time to develop, Thompson showed signs of Earl Thomas in his tape while at Alabama.

22. Baltimore Ravens – Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

With Joe Flacco officially out and Lamar Jackson taking over the wheel at QB, the Ravens must find the young quarterback some weapons in the upcoming draft. Why not start with a 6’3″ 215-lb wideout out of North Carolina State. While the Ravens offense is built to run the football, adding a wideout of Harmon’s caliber will take some of the pressure of the running attack. Harmon is a big bodied receiver that is extremely good at the catch point and can work wonders in the red-zone for Baltimore’s offense.

23. Houston Texans – Yodney Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

Protecting Deshaun Watson needs to be the key focus for the Texans this offseason, and the current offensive tackle situation in Houston is a mess. The Texans have a few options here at offensive tackle, but Yodney Cajuste is one of the better ones. Cajuste is one of the more talented offensive tackles in this class due to his size, athleticism, and technique that he offers at left tackle. Cajuste is an immediate upgrade at offensive tackle for the Houston Texans and would help get the Deshaun Watson led offense back to the playoffs in 2019.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) – Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama

The Oakland Raiders offense was a disaster in 2018. Quarterback Derek Carr fell off a cliff, the offensive line struggled immensely, and the running game could find no consistency. Joshua Jacobs is the best running back in this class and can come in and take the reigns from veteran Marshawn Lynch. Jacobs is dynamic running between the tackles, but has the burst to bounce it outside with success as well. The most underrated aspect of Jacob’s’ game is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield at such a high-level. While this isn’t a sexy pick for Oakland, it’s one that could get their offense back on track rather quickly.

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

The Philadelphia Eagles have lacked a true free safety on their roster for some time, and that’s why they’re spending the 25th overall pick on Delaware FS Nasir Adderley. While working best as a true centerfielder, Adderley has experience playing all over the field, and can do so at the next level. Pairing Nasir Adderley with Malcolm Jenkins would give the Eagles two dynamic safeties to roam the back end of the secondary for years to come.

26. Indianapolis Colts – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

Matt Eberflus’ defense must add some more talent this offseason, and Rashan Gary fits that bill. Coming from Dallas, Eberflus is used to defensive lineman moving all around the line in certain situations. That’s why Rashan Gary makes a ton of sense. With Gary’s blend of size and athleticism, Eberflus can use him both out on the edge and on the interior in certain situations. Adding an athlete like Gary to pair with Darius Leonard, Jabaal Sheard, Denico Autry, and Kemoko Turay would be a great fit in Indy.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

The Raiders traded Amari Cooper to the Dallas Cowboys at the trade deadline this past season. After the trade, the Raiders receivers struggled to get anything going on the offensive side of the ball. Marquise Brown is a guy that can step in and add an explosive element to the Raiders offense. Brown possesses ridiculous speed, runs very crisp routes, and is dynamic with the football in his hands. Though his is on the smaller end of the spectrum, Brown can line up both inside and out in the Oakland offense, and get the Raiders offense back to where it was in 2016.

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Andre Dillard, OL, Washington State

The offensive line play for the Chargers dropped off at the end of the season, and left their Super Bowl aspirations hanging yet again. Phillip Rivers is getting up there in age, and the Chargers need to do everything in their power to protect the 37 year old QB. Washington State’s Andre Dillard is capable of playing both tackle and guard for the Chargers due to his impressive blend of size and athleticism. Dillard showcased his athleticism, footwork, and power at the Senior Bowl, and worked himself into round one conversations.

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Due to the weapons the Chiefs currently have on offense, they are able to address a position of need on defense without going too far away from the best player available. The Chiefs were one of the more funs team to watch in 2018 due to their dynamic offense and great pass rush, unfortunately, their secondary was absolutely atrocious. In steps one of the best cover corners in the 2019 draft, Deandre Baker. Baker is a very well rounded prospect that can come in and make an immediate impact for the Kansas City defense in hopes of getting back to the AFC Championship in 2019.

30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints) – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

After trading safety HaHa Clinton-Dix to the Redskins back at the deadline, the Packers now have a  void at safety and need to fill it. I can’t think of a better player to fill that role than Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. CGJ is a versatile safety that can play in the box, single high, and as a cover nickelback. CGJ plays with great instincts, range, and is physical at and around the line of scrimmage. After drafting Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson in the 2018 NFL draft, the Packers would then add another great talent to the back end of their secondary with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

31. Los Angeles Rams – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

After falling just short in Super Bowl LIII the Rams will need to do everything in their power to get back to the big stage next year. The issues the Rams had in 2018, mainly came with their defense and stopping the run. Mack Wilson, linebacker out of Alabama would provide the Rams with the size, instincts, and leadership the Rams need from their linebacking core. Wilson, a three-year player from Alabama is a three-down linebacker that has success playing both the run and the pass. Wilson is a good athlete, that makes plays both sideline-to-sideline, in the backfield, and in coverage. The Rams adding a talented linebacker to their roster in 2019, would be a great start to getting back to the NFC Championship.

32. New England Patriots – Jeffrey Simmons, DL, Mississippi State

This is just to obvious not to do. A top 10 player in the NFL draft just a few weeks ago now falling all the way to the Patriots at 32 overall due to an injury while training. Jeffrey Simmons is a stud, there’s no other way around, but due to some off the field concerns and the ACL injury he suffered just last week, the former top-rated defensive tackle, will now go much later than expected, and the Patriots would be silly to pass him up. Even with TE being a big need while the team waits on Rob Gronkowski’s decision, adding a blue-chip talent like Jeffrey Simmons to sew up the middle of the defensive line would be a huge grab for New England, even if he has to redshirt his first year while rehabbing.

Connor Livesay

Connor Livesay

ProFootball Free Lance Author at SportsTalkLine.com
I talk a lot about the NFL Draft and the Dallas Cowboys. I plan on talking a lot more.
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