2019 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: Thursday, April 19th
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We are one week away from the 2018 NFL Draft, so naturally, I've just posted my 2019 NFL Mock Draft.
Yes, 2019. (That wasn't a typo.)
Of course, we wouldn't project how the 2019 NFL Draft could shake our without already posting our 2018 NFL mock draft.
With the 2019 draft more than a year away, the draft order, the prospects that will declare early, how next year's free agency will shape team needs, etc. are all as clear as mud.
I'm not here to tell you that I have all of that figured out.
Based on what we know today, however, this is a preview of how the 2019 NFL Draft could play out. But of course you should take it with a massive grain of salt as so much will change between now and then.
The draft order for this mock was determined by using the inverse order of our consensus NFL power rankings (average ranking from a variety of national media outlets). One exception is we made sure that the 12 playoff teams were represented evenly by the AFC and NFC.
With all of that said, here's our way-too-early 2019 NFL mock draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts (Draft History): Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
At this point, who knows what the Colts will get from Andrew Luck in 2018? Yet to throw an NFL-sized football, a wait-and-see approach is probably best considering how last season played out. I suppose if the Colts are picking first, there's a good chance that Luck did not play (another season) and a quarterback would be in play here.
Second-to-last in the NFL in sacks (25) last season, the Colts are likely to target edge rusher Bradley Chubb in the 2018 NFL Draft. But even if they fall to him at No. 6, you can never have too many pass-rushers. With first-round draft pedigree (father John and brother Joey), Bosa was named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year as a true sophomore as the former five-star recruit led the Buckeyes in tackles for loss (16), sacks (8.5) and QB pressures (nine).
2. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Dolphins have been linked to Baker Mayfield as much as any other team throughout the draft process. If the Dolphins don't move up, it's unlikely that Mayfield falls outside the top 10 (and to them at No. 11). If they are selecting this high in 2019, they could have their pick of quarterbacks.
Possessing prototypical traits, Lock led college football with 43 touchdowns last season and may be the favorite to be the first signal-caller to hear his name called in 2019. NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote earlier this offseason that "Lock gets the most buzz ... (and) ... might have the highest ceiling" (of next year's crop of quarterbacks). "Everyone loves his size and arm strength."
3. Cleveland Browns (Draft History): Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Yet to play a snap of the 2018 season, Oliver has already announced that he'll skip his senior season (2019) and enter next year's draft. Arguably the top prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft, Oliver has amassed 39.5 tackles for loss, 10.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in his two seasons as a Cougar.
4. New York Giants (Draft History): Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan
For the first time since drafting Lawrence Taylor, the Giants own a top-two selection in 2018 -- for now (even though Gettleman has never traded down). If they pass (no pun intended) on a quarterback in 2018 and pick nearly as high in 2019, it's unlikely that Eli Manning had a bounce-back campaign in his age-37 season and the team could be ready to move in a different direction.
[Note: This is the one exception where I mocked a QB to a team in both a 2018 and 2019 mock draft, only because I think there is a strong chance the Giants trade down and don't actually get Manning's heir apparent in 2018.]
Patterson's status for the 2018 season is unclear as the NCAA has yet to decide on his waiver request following his transfer from Ole Miss. The potential that the NCAA ends up denying his waiver request could lead Patterson to return to the Wolverines for the 2019 season. If he declares for the 2019 draft, however, the dual-threat quarterback could be a top-five selection.
5. New York Jets (Draft History): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Securing their future quarterback with the third-overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Jets won't be in the market for a quarterback in next year's draft. A freak of nature at 330 pounds, he's much more agile than a man his size should be. Dominant against the run and disruptive against the pass, he has a legitimate shot to be the first overall pick in 2019. In addition, starting nose tackle Steve McLendon will be a free agent after the 2018 season.
6. Arizona Cardinals (Draft History): Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Moving from right tackle to left tackle as a sophomore, Williams was named first-team All-SEC for the national champions in 2017. The Cardinals have former first-round pick D.J. Humphries at left tackle, but 31-year-old Andre Smith signed a two-year deal to start at right tackle.
7. Chicago Bears (Draft History): Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Bears ranked near the top of the league in sacks (42, tied for seventh), but only defensive end Akiem Hicks (8.5) had at least five sacks for the Bears in 2017. Ferrell had 9.5 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last season for the Tigers.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Draft History): Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
The No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school, Gary appeared on Bruce Feldman's annual list of college football freaks and has been timed at a 4.57 forty despite being in the 290-pound range. The true sophomore had 11.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks last season for the Wolverines.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (Draft History): Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
In a somewhat surprising move, Wilkins decided to return to Clemson for another season although he would have easily been a first-round selection in 2018. On college football's most talented defensive line, Wilkins had 55 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. Defensive tackle Geno Atkins is currently slated for free agency in 2019 and so are defensive ends Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson not-to-mention that trio will all be 30-plus in 2019.
10. Buffalo Bills (Draft History): Greg Little, OT, Mississippi
Coming out of Allen, TX, Little was the No. 2 prospect (and top offensive tackle) in his ESPN 300 recruiting class and could be a top-10 pick next April. While Dion Dawkins will replace Cordy Glenn on the left side, right tackle Jordan Mills will be a free agent after 2018.
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