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Predicting how a draft will play out minutes before it begins is virtually impossible so naturally it's even more difficult almost a month out. As we move closer to the actual draft, we will add rounds to eventually mock all seven rounds.
For now, here's how the first round of the 2019 NFL draft could play out:
1. Arizona Cardinals (Draft History): Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma Sooners
One year after trading up to No. 10 for Josh Rosen, the Cardinals appear destined to re-set at the most important position in sports. Investing top-10 picks on a quarterback in back-to-back drafts is obvioulsy far from ideal, but it'd hurt less if the Cards are able to get a first-rounder in exchange for Rosen. A more natural fit to lead Kliff Kingsbury's offense than Rosen, Murray threw for 4,361 yards, ran for 1,001 and accounted for a total of 54 touchdowns in his Heisman-winning campaign.
2. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State Buckeyes
Assuming the Cardinals take Murray, the 49ers can double-down -- including their recent trade for Dee Ford -- on pass-rusher with the top prospect in this year's draft class. Per PFF College, no edge defender had a higher grade in their history (since 2014) than Bosa did in 2017. Following in the foot steps of his father (John), brother (Joey) and uncle (Eric Kumerow), Bosa will be the fourth family member to be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft.
- MORE: 2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 100 Prospects
3. New York Jets (Draft History): Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky Wildcats
Perhaps the Jets will have an opportunity to trade back with a QB-needy team looking to move up for Dwayne Haskins. Maybe even a team that shares their field.
If the Jets stay put, however, this pick should come down to Alabama's Quinnen Williams or Allen. Speaking of PFF college grades, Allen tied for the third-highest amongst edge rushers (over the 2014-2018 span) as the SEC Defensive Player of the Year recorded 17 sacks, 21.5 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles in 2018.
4. Oakland Raiders (Draft History): Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama Crimson Tide
After trading away Khalil Mack, the Raiders not only ranked dead last in sacks (13) in 2018, but they set a franchise low for sacks in a season. Even if they may prefer to draft an edge rusher like Bosa or Allen, Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden & Co. have to be thrilled about getting a talented player like Williams -- second on my big board -- with the fourth overall pick.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): Devin White, LB, LSU Tigers
Perhaps the Bucs will use this pick on an edge rusher or a position with greater perceived value, but the Butkus Award winner would give them an immediate three-down starter that would fill the void of Kwon Alexander, who left in free agency. Running a blazing 4.42 forty at the Combine, White has sideline-to-sideline range and led the SEC in tackles in 2018.
- MORE: 2019 NFL Scouting Combine Results: Linebackers
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Yes, I know I have a problem. We are still more than a month out from the 2019 NFL Draft, yet I'm posting my initial 2020 NFL Mock Draft now.
Given that the draft is so far out, there are obviously so many unknowns. For now, the draft order used in our 2020 NFL mock draft is the inverse of next year's Super Bowl odds.
More than anything, the goal of this mock is to highlight players that could hear their names called on Day 1 of the 2020 draft.
It should go without saying, but I'll say it anyways -- this mock will look a lot different in April 2020 than it looks now.
1. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Tua Tagovailoa, QB, Alabama Crimson Tide
Before moving on from Ryan Tannehill, the Dolphins were linked to Tyrod Taylor and Teddy Bridgewater, both of whom signed elsewhere to assume a backup role. With Luke Falk and Jake Rudock combining for five career pass attempts, the Dolphins needed an upgrade (enter Ryan Fitzpatrick) to start in 2019 even if reports suggest they could be targeting an elite quarterback in next year's draft. Either way, Miami is the early favorite for the first pick in next year's draft. In his first full season as a starter, Tagovailoa threw for 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns and only six interceptions in a Heisman-runner up campaign.
2. Washington Redskins (Draft History): Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia Bulldogs
Washington traded for Case Keenum, but he's not the long-term answer and what, if anything, will the team get from Alex Smith after last year's gruesome leg injury? Fromm will start for his third consecutive season for Georgia while former five-star recruits -- Jacob Eason and Justin Fields -- have transferred out. Through two seasons, the true junior has completed roughly 65 percent of his pass attempts at 9.0 yards per attempt and thrown 54 touchdowns to only 13 interceptions.
3. New York Giants (Draft History): Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Ducks
Linked to the Giants in many (2019) mock drafts before deciding to return to Eugene for his senior season, Herbert once again finds himself mocked to the Giants. If Dave Gettleman doesn't pull the trigger on Dwayne Haskins or another quarterback to be Eli Manning's heir apparent, it will be difficult to pass up on the opportunity to draft Herbert, who has all of the physical tools -- prototypical size (6-6, 233), outstanding arm strength and plus mobility -- and intangibles to develop into a franchise quarterback.
4. Arizona Cardinals (Draft History): Andrew Thomas, OT, Georgia Bulldogs
Perhaps everyone is wrong, but the clear consensus (2019 NFL Mock Draft Database) is that the Cardinals will take Kyler Murray with the first overall pick. One of the reasons that Josh Rosen struggled in his rookie season, however, were issues with the offensive line. Starting left tackle D.J. Humphries will be an unrestricted free agent after the 2019 season and Thomas can protect Murray's blind side for the next decade.
- MORE: 2019 NFL Mock Draft
5. Buffalo Bills (Draft History): Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide
Last year's winner of the Biletnikoff Award, Jeudy hauled in 68 catches for 1,315 yards and 14 touchdowns. The Bills have begun (2019) free agency intent on putting pieces around their young quarterback, but Jeudy would become the best pass-catcher (in comparison to what Buffalo currently has) on the team.
> Continue reading our 2020 NFL Mock Draft
2019 NFL Scouting Combine.
At 6-3 and 228 pounds, Metcalf blazed a 4.33 forty while also posting a 40.5-inch vertical jump and putting up 27 reps at 225 pounds on the bench press.
On Sunday, it was his cross-state rival Montez Sweat (Mississippi State) that ran a DL-best 4.41 forty.
See all results from the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis:
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Quarterbacks
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Running Backs
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Wide Receivers
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Tight Ends
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Offensive Linemen
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Defensive Linemen
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Linebackers
- NFL Scouting Combine Results: Defensive Backs
The table below is our 2019 NFL Draft Big Board, which ranks the top 100 prospects regardless of position.
|1||Nick Bosa||DE||Ohio State||6-4||266|
|7||Montez Sweat||DE||Mississippi State||6-6||260|
|View our full 2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 100 Prospects|
With Super Bowl LIII and the 2018 NFL season behind us, it's time to look ahead to the 2019 NFL season and how the early rounds of a fantasy football draft could play out.
Before you're drafting teams for real, there is obviously plenty that will impact the fantasy outlooks of players -- NFL free agency in March, the NFL Draft in April, injuries and/or holdouts over the offseason, etc.
Taking that into consideration, I thought it'd be fun to run through a back-of-the-napkin exercise to map out how the first three rounds of a mock draft would play out if I were the GM for all 12 teams.
[Note: This mock draft uses half-point per reception scoring.]
1.01 - Team 1: Todd Gurley, RB, Los Angeles Rams
Despite insisting that he's healthy, there is no chance that Gurley wasn't limited by his knee given his inexplicably-low usage when the games mattered most. That said, he is as good as it gets when healthy. Only 24 years old (turns 25 in August), the versatile back is the focal point of one of the league's most explosive and innovative offenses. Leading the NFL in rushing scores in each of the past two seasons, Gurley has scored 40 total touchdowns -- 30 rushing and 10 receiving -- and racked up 3,924 yards from scrimmage since 2017.
1.02 - Team 2: Saquon Barkley, RB, New York Giants
The second pick in the (real) 2018 NFL Draft, Barkley is the second pick here but there isn't much of a dropoff, if any, from Gurley. In 2018, the rookie led the NFL in YFS (2,028), scored 15 total touchdowns and had a team-high 91 receptions. That said, what gives Gurley the edge over Barkley is the overall offensive potency. With Eli Manning under center in 2018, the Giants were middle of the pack -- 17th in total offense and 16th in scoring offense.
1.03 - Team 3: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Dallas Cowboys
Not only does Elliott have two rushing titles in three seasons, but he has led the NFL in rushing yards per game every year since being a top-four selection by the Cowboys in 2016. Not only has he averaged 21.7 carries per game in his young career, he was much more involved as a receiver in 2018 -- 77 receptions on 95 targets.
1.04 - Team 4: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
If this were a full PPR mock (as opposed to half-PPR scoring), he would be at least one spot higher than this. Breaking Matt Forte's single-season receptions record for a running back, McCaffrey followed up his 80-catch rookie campaign with 107 receptions in 2018. In 2018, he nearly reached the 2,000-YFS mark (1,965) and scored 13 total touchdowns.
1.05 - Team 5: Alvin Kamara, RB, New Orleans Saints
The second-year back saw a significant bump in workload from his rookie season, but he was much more involved in the first four weeks (with Mark Ingram suspended) than the final 12 weeks. Kamara averaged 22.75 touches per game (Weeks 1 to 4) vs. 16.73 (Weeks 5 to 17). In full-PPR scoring formats, he was actually the weekly RB1 in three of the first four weeks of the season. With Ingram set to become an unrestricted free agent, Kamara has legitimate RB1 upside, especially if Ingram signs elsewhere.
- Continue reading our way-too-early 2019 Fantasy Football Mock Draft