Predicting how a draft will play out minutes before it begins is virtually impossible so naturally it's even more difficult almost two months out.
Over the next couple of months, the one certainty is that this 2019 NFL mock draft will change -- perhaps considerably -- with most Pro Days and the start of NFL Free Agency still ahead of us.
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
Genuine interest? Or more smoke screen? Perhaps the talent-deficient Cardinals are trying to manufacture (more of) a market for the top pick with the amount of (mis)information recently floated out there. But as a more natural fit in Kliff Klingsbury's offense than Josh Rosen, some are "thoroughly convinced" that the Cardinals will reset at the most important position in sports. It's a bold move one year after trading into the top 10 for Rosen, but if they truly feel that Murray gives them a much better chance to succeed, it makes sense.
2. San Francisco 49ers (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State Buckeyes
Assuming that Murray-to-Arizona rumors materialize, this would be an ideal scenario for the pass rush-needy 49ers. Per PFF College, no edge defender had a higher grade in their history (since 2014) than Bosa did in 2017. About the fourth family member to earn a first-round draft pedigree, Bosa may not be the first pick in the draft, but he's my top-ranked prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft.
3. New York Jets (Draft History): Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky Wildcats
Speaking of PFF 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. Perhaps the Jets will have an opportunity to trade back for a QB-needy team looking to move up for Dwayne Haskins. If not, this pick should come down to Alabama's Quinnen Williams or Allen, who would fill a greater need for the Jets.
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.
- MORE: 2019 NFL Draft Big Board: Top 100 Prospects
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan Wolverines
The fifth pick could be a trade-back sweet spot as teams may attempt to get in front of the Giants for Haskins, but the Bucs have a number of different options if they stay put. It's possible they take a cornerback like Greedy Williams, but I think that's a more likely scenario if they trade back. As expected, Gary tested extremely well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but no other top-10 prospect has as wide a range of potential outcomes -- high ceiling and low floor.
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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 2019 NFL free-agency period will begin unofficially on Monday, March 11th and teams will be able to officially sign free agents on Wednesday, March 13th at 4 PM ET.
Instead of ranking free agents ourselves, we decided it would be interesting to look a variety of sites to arrive at a consensus NFL free agency rankings.
Players designed with the franchise tag and restricted free agents (RFAs) will be excluded from these consensus rankings.
|Rank||Player||Pos.||Last Team||Total *||SN||SI||NFL||USA||CBS|
|> View full Consensus 2019 NFL Free Agency Rankings|
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.
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