2019 NFL Draft – April Mock 1.0

April is finally upon us and that means the 2019 NFL Draft is only a mere 26 days away. The month of March heated up with speculation about the top players expected to be selected in the first round, so it was about time I put out another mock draft for your viewing pleasure.

I decide not to include any trades for this time around, so there will be only straight selections for this edition. I also divided the mock into three chunks: picks 1-10, picks 11-20, and picks 21-32. Following each bracket is a short analysis segment where I break down some of my favorite picks in each section. Let me know how you guys like this new format.

Now, let’s dive right into the mock.

*Note: I am very aware that this article has been posted on April 1st. I can assure you there will be no April Fools’ Day pranks within the text below.

2019 NFL Draft – April Mock 1.0

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
  2. San Francisco 49ers – Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama
  3. New York Jets – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
  4. Oakland Raiders – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White, LB, LSU
  6. New York Giants – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississipi State
  8. Detroit Lions – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
  9. Buffalo Bills – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississipi
  10. Denver Broncos – Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

Many expect to the Cardinals to select Kyler Murray first overall, but I personally don’t see it. I believe there is a more likely chance that Arizona trades out of the no. 1 spot than select the Oklahoma product. However, in this mock, they decide to roll with the draft’s top prospect since the beginning of the 2019 process: Nick Bosa.

Getting Josh Allen with the no. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft would be a dream for John Gruden and the Raiders. Allen is still a bit raw in the fundamentals of the EDGE position, but his speed and athleticism are outstanding and should be enough for Oakland to not overthink this pick. Remember, Gruden still has nine seasons left on his contract. He can afford to spend a season or two ensuring his prospects develop into their full potential.

I haven’t seen a prospect more mocked to the Lions than Greedy Williams and it doesn’t come without reason. Outside of All-Pro cornerback Darius Slay, Detroit doesn’t have any other shutdown options in the secondary. Williams, whose lockdown man coverage skills were some of the best in college football last season, would be a great addition to Slay on the opposite sideline.

I don’t know if Metcalf will fall to the end of the first round on draft day, but if he does the Bills should be ready to scoop him up without hesitation. You saw the Combine results: a blazing 4.33 forty-yard dash, 27 bench press reps, and 40.5 inch vertical jump. He’s a freak at the wide receiver position and exactly the type of weapon Josh Allen needs to compete in the AFC East. This is a no-brainer pick for Buffalo.

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
12. Green Bay Packers – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
13. Miami Dolphins – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
14. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Bruns, EDGE, Florida State
15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
16. Carolina Panthers – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
17. New York Giants – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
18. Minnesota Vikings – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
19. Tennessee Titans – Garrett Bradbury, IOL, N.C. State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington

I doubt Kyler Murray plummets towards the middle of the first round, but I do think the Dolphins should be a candidate to take him off the board. Miami’s QB group for 2018 is nothing short of dismal and I don’t see Ryan Fitzpatrick, Luke Falk, or Jake Rudock as long-term options to fix their gunslinging woes. If the Dolphins have the chance to take Murray off the board on April 25th, they absolutely need to pull the trigger.

The Panthers are desperate for depth at the defensive end position, seeing as Julius Peppers is now retired and the only notable pass rusher left on the roster is Mario Addison. The position has been labeled as the primary need for the Panthers by many. That’s why Clelin Ferrell, a once-projected Top 10 physical specimen in the draft who wins with superb technique, makes perfect sense for Carolina with the no. 16 overall pick. I’m definitely not the first to mock Ferrell to the Panthers and probably won’t be the last. There are lingering questions about his bend and flexibility, but Ferrell brings power and versatility off the edge, something Ron Rivera while calling the play on defense next season.

It’s hard to run from the truth, so if the Steelers want even a prayer of countering the offensive firepower of the rest of the AFC North, they need to upgrade their secondary fast. Washington cornerback Bryon Murphy, who established himself early on as one of the most fluid defensive backs in the draft, has the capabilities and coverage skills to man up against the likes of Odell Beckham, Jarvis Landry, AJ Green, and Hunter Henry. Murphy’s presence can only help Pittsburgh’s top-ranked pass rush in 2018 maintain its status as one of the best in the league as he patrols the sidelines, daring quarterbacks to throw.

21. Seattle Seahawks – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
22. Baltimore Ravens – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
23. Houston Texans – Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson
24. Oakland Raiders – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
26. Indianapolis Colts – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
27. Oakland Raiders – Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama
28. Los Angeles Chargers – A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
30. Green Bay Packers – Cody Ford, IOL, Oklahoma
31. Los Angeles Rams – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
32. New England Patriots – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Earl Thomas is officially moving on from the Seahawks to cash in on a four-year, $55 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens, leaving behind a gaping hole at the safety position. In my opinion, there’s no better player in this draft than Chauncey Gardner-Johnson to fill that void. Florida’s creative utilization of CG-J around the secondary in his three years with the Gators should entice Pete Carroll. However, Gardner-Johnson’s athleticism and natural ball skills should be the clinchers to win Seattle over with the 21st overall pick in the draft.

I know this unbelievable statistic gets repeated way too often, but it still amazes me to this day: DeAndre Baker has not allowed a receiving touchdown in over two years. John Gruden wants gamers in his secondary, and Baker’s track record (and impressive WR blanket resume) proves the Georgia prospect wins a lot more than he loses. If drafted, Baker would join new safety acquisition Lamarcus Joyner and on-the-rise cornerback Gareon Conley, who was drafted out of Ohio State back in 2017. Now, that’s a trio to get excited about.

The Patriots’ receiving corps is seriously wounded, whether or not they care to admit. Ever-reliable Julian Edelman is 32, Josh Gordon is still in rehab with no timetable for a return, and Braxton Berrios doesn’t have enough pro experience under his belt. Phillip Dorsett, Chris Hogan, and Cordarrelle Patterson are free agents. To make matters worse, superstar tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement last Sunday. This is why Marquise Brown is a solid selection for New England with the last pick of the first round. Bill Belichick enjoyed the field-stretching ability of Brandin Cooks when the head coach sent a first-round pick to New Orleans for him in 2017. In my eyes, there is no reason Brown can’t be the same weapon Cooks was for Brady.

That concludes my mock draft analysis for this April edition. Be sure to follow Snack Time Fantasy on Twitter at @Snack_TimeFS for more draft content and articles like this one!

Cole Topham is the lead editor for snacktimefantasy.com and covers the MLB and NFL. He enjoys watching his opponents suffer as he defeats them week after week in his fantasy football/baseball leagues. 

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