Kevin Hanson's 2019 NFL Mock Draft- Updated: Friday, March 15th
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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 more than a month out.
Over the next several weeks, the one certainty is that this 2019 NFL mock draft will change -- perhaps considerably -- as schools continue to hold their Pro Days, teams schedule individual workouts and visits and NFL teams make more free-agency moves.
As we move closer to the actual draft, we will add rounds to eventually mock all seven rounds.
Here are picks 11-20 in our 2019 NFL mock draft:
11. Cincinnati Bengals (Draft History): Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan Wolverines
As expected, Gary tested extremely well at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Gary is more projection than production (only 9.5 sacks over three collegiate seasons) as he heads into the NFL. The former top high school recruit in the nation, few players have as much upside as Gary if he's able to put it together.
12. Green Bay Packers (Draft History): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa Hawkeyes
In a deviation from the Ted Thompson era, the Packers have been big spenders in free agency, adding a pair of pass-rushers (Preston Smith and Za'darius Smith) to big-money deals. Before the start of the NFL free-agency period, most iterations of this mock draft had the Packers adding an edge rusher here. Fant gives Aaron Rodgers a mismatch at tight end as Jimmy Graham managed just 55/636/2 in his age-32 season.
13. Miami Dolphins (Draft History): Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida Gators
Could indirect tanking be in the plans for the 2019 Dolphins in order to target one of the perceived-to-be better 2020 signal-callers? (At the moment, no team has worse Super Bowl LIV odds than Miami (200/1), which makes them the early favorite to hold the top pick in 2020.) If so, Taylor could fill the void of right tackle Ja'Wuan James, who signed a free-agent contract with the Broncos, to bookend Laremy Tunsil for whomever turns out to be the team's future franchise quarterback.
14. Atlanta Falcons (Draft History): Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson Tigers
The Falcons used their franchise tag on Grady Jarrett, but Wilkins provides some insurance if they can't sign him to a long-term deal. In addition, the versatile and productive defensive linemen is top-ranked prospect available on my big board as well.
15. Washington Redskins (Draft History): D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi Rebels
Given the uncertainty around Alex Smith's future, Washington acquired Case Keenum, but their future at the position still remains uncertain and I considered slotting Duke's Daniel Jones here. Washington needs better production from their wideouts, however, and they have their choice of receivers based on how this mock has played out so far.
16. Carolina Panthers (Draft History): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State Cougars
The Panthers signed Matt Paradis in free agency to fill the void left by Ryan Kalil's retirement and right tackle Daryl Williams re-signed with the team on a one-year deal. Kalil's brother, dubbed Speedbump McGee by Cam Jordan, was a disappointment at left tackle in 2017 before missing all of 2018 and has now been released. If Dillard lasts until the 16th pick, this would make a ton of sense as the Panthers look for someone to protect Cam Newton's blind side.
17. (From CLE) New York Giants (Draft History): Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson Tigers
Even though I have Haskins mocked to the Giants with their first pick, it wouldn't surprise me if they acquired Josh Rosen from the Cardinals and used both of their first-rounders (unless parting with one) on the defensive side of the ball. A toe injury kept Ferrell from working out a Clemson's Pro Day, but the ACC Defensive Player of the Year had 20.0 tackles for loss and 11.5 last year for the national champs. Only the Raiders (13) had fewer sacks than the Giants (30) in 2018.
18. Minnesota Vikings (Draft History): Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama Crimson Tide
The 29th-ranked offensive line unit last year per PFF, the Vikings especially need to upgrade their interior offensive line. As PFF notes, the trio of Tom Compton (free agent), Pat Elflein and Mike Remmers (cut) allowed 18 sacks on the season. Even though Williams played left tackle (two seasons) and right tackle (one season) before that, some project Williams to kick inside to guard at the next level. Either way, his versatility and ability would help a line that needs to be upgraded.
19. Tennessee Titans (Draft History): Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State Seminoles
Tipping the scales at 249 pounds at the Combine was a win for Burns, who had 10 sacks in 12 games last season for the Seminoles. Even though the Titans signed Cameron Wake, who turned 37 in January, Burns would give the Titans a long-term pass-rushing complement opposite Harold Landry.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers (Draft History): Devin Bush, LB, Michigan Wolverines
Perhaps Ryan Shazier will be able to return to the playing field one day, but we know that won't happen in 2019. Even if he's undersized, Bush is a three-down linebacker with sideline-to-sideline range. Alternatively, the Steelers could select a cornerback here as former first-rounder Artie Burns has been disappointing and Joe Haden will be a free agent after the 2019 season.
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