The NFL Draft is upon us. The Cincinnati Bengals are primed to avenge last season. They will look to add talented impact players in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Arizona Cardinals: QB, Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
After passing the height requirements at the NFL combine, the former baseball prospect dazzled NFL media, scouts, and personnel at his pro day. The Heisman winner may be the most explosive dual-threat signal caller we have seen. Murray possesses a talented arm, long-range speed, and accuracy that warrants being selected first overall.
San Francisco 49ers: Edge, Nick Bosa, Ohio State
In my previous mock, Quinnen Williams went to the 49ers but Solomon Thomas has been a disappointment after two seasons (4 total sacks). Pairing Bosa with Dee Ford gives San Francisco ferocious pass rush for the long haul.
New York Jets: IDL, Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The Jets are scoring arguably the best defensive player in this class. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams runs a 43 defense and can have his own version of the Williams brothers. Quinnen and Leonard is a terrifying combo inside.
Oakland Raiders: Edge, Josh Allen, Kentucky
Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock find their next great pass rusher with this pick. Khalil Mack 2.0? They hope so. Allen does offer a similar skillset to Mack. He is a strong edge rusher with freakish athleticism.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: ILB, Devin White, LSU
The Bucs defense lost their starting linebacker Kwon Alexander to the 49ers in free agency. Bush could step in as a plug and play player He brings elite speed at linebacker with a temperament to lay the smackdown on ball carriers. White is the perfect pick for the Bucs.
New York Giants: QB, Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Odell Beckham Jr. is gone and the rebuild has commenced for the Giants. As hesitant as the organization seems to be, they can’t pass on a top quarterback prospect again this year. Haskins will offer New York a bright future. He can sit behind Eli Manning during his final season in the Big Apple.
Jacksonville Jaguars: TE, TJ Hockenson, Iowa
The Blake Bortles era is officially dead after the team cut him and signed former Super Bowl MVP Nick Foles. Adding to his collection of weapons would be a good place to start. Hockenson is a natural Y/Inline tight end, but he can move along the formation. Foles would love this addition to a position of need as well as one he uses a lot.
Detroit Lions: Edge, Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
2nd-year head coach Matt Patricia is trying to retool this defense. Adding Trey Flowers to their defensive edge and inserting Montez Sweat opposite of him could create quite a pass rush. Sweat would be the perfect complement to Flowers all-around game.
Buffalo Bills: OT, Jawaan Taylor, Florida
The bills signed receivers Cole Beasley and John Brown in free agency, While those acquisitions will help Josh Allen, upgrading his protection is priority one during the draft. Taylor is a physical and nasty offensive tackle. His presence will boost their running and passing attacks.
Denver Broncos: ILB, Devin Bush, Michigan
The departure of veteran linebacker Brandon Marshall left a void in the middle of this defense. Insert Devin Bush. the explosive sideline to sideline defender would give the Broncos front an immediate playmaker. This defense continues to get younger and more athletic.
Cincinnati Bengals: OT, Andre Dillard, Washington State
The Bengals resigned Bobby Hart, but , he can be cut with the minimal dead cap hit next offseason. Dillard is one of the best pass protectors in this class. Andy Dalton should be the starting signal caller and could use extra protection.
Green Bay Packers: TE, Noah Fant, Iowa
The second of the two Iowa tight ends becomes a new toy for Aaron Rodgers. Jimmy Graham was underwhelming to say the least. With a rare blend of speed, height, and agility Rodgers should welcome Fant with open arms.
Miami Dolphins: OT, Jonah Williams, Alabama
This pick could have been Drew Lock or Daniel Jones but considering the Dolphins offensive line needs a shot in the arm, I went elsewhere Inserting Williams would give the Dolphins two young bookend tackles on rookie deals. Building the team up front should be priority one.
Atlanta Falcons: IDL, Ed Oliver, Houston
The need for an interior running mate to pair with Grady Jarrett is prevalent. The Falcons pinch themselves when their time to draft is upon them and Oliver is still available. In Dan Quinn’s 43 defense, Oliver can play the 3 technique alongside Jarrett giving the Falcons a fearsome defensive tackle pairing.
Washington Redskins: OT/OG, Cody Ford, Oklahoma
This is a similar selection to the Brandon Scherff in 2015. Ford can start at right tackle, but with a huge void at left guard, it makes more sense. Plugging Ford in at guard would give the Redskins a devastating left side for their stable of running backs to run behind over and over again.
Carolina Panthers: Edge, Brian Burns, Florida State
The Panther’s defense lost a potential Hall of Famer in Julius Peppers via retirement. Burns would give them an explosive bendy pass rusher of the future. Burns, Irvin, and Addison sounds like a formidable three-man rotation.
New York Giants: Edge, Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
After selecting their quarterback of the future, filling the void at edge rusher is next. Ferrell brings is a strong defender that will set the edge against the run and put pressure on the quarterback. The Giants have won eight games combined in the last two seasons, Ferrell is a two-time National Champion. He will bring a winners mentality to this locker room.
Minnesota Vikings: IOL, Garrett Bradbury, NC State
The Vikings offensive line ended the season in the bottom portion in the league according to Pro Football Focus. Bradbury will be a needed addition to the interior of this line. His technique and quick burst into his sets will help keep Kirk Cousins clean this season.
Tennessee Titans: IOL, Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
This Titans roster is underrated, but they have a void at the right guard slot. Lindstrom is a plug and play prospect that will solidify this offensive front. The Boston college guard is a powerful run blocker with the ability to anchor in pass protection.
Pittsburgh Steelers: CB, Byron Murphy, Washington
The Steelers could’ve really used one of the Devin’s at linebacker. Regardless. they must attack the defensive side of the ball. Murphy is arguably the best corner in this class. His versatility and instincts could be an instant impact for the Steelers.
Seattle Seahawks: S, Darnell Savage, Maryland
The Seahawks lost their ball hawk Earl Thomas to the Baltimore Ravens. With the first of two first round picks, Savage is called upon to replace Seattle’s former enforcer. Savage plays like his last name and is an athletically gifted safety. He could help minimize the loss of Thomas.
Baltimore Ravens: WR, D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
Lamar Jackson helped lead this team into the playoffs last season. Baltimore isn’t a destination for big name free agent receivers. Until Jackson develops into a reliable passer, they will have to rely on the draft, insert Metcalf. The chiseled explosive receiver would give Jackson a huge strike zone and downfield threat. He is a strong and willing blocker as well.
Houston Texans: CB, DeAndre Baker, Georgia
Offensive line is a huge concern, but with two consecutive picks in round two, they can double up there. Baker would be a nice addition to this defense. Johnathan Joseph is aging. Grabbing one of college football’s best corners isn’t something to frown upon.
Oakland Raiders: CB, Greedy Williams, LSU
Listing in the bottom half of most major defensive categories, Gruden is planning on retooling this defense. Selecting a corner with the name Greedy must translate to turnovers, right? He is a long, explosive, and rangy corner that excels in press man coverage. Gruden should be pleased with this pick.
Philadelphia Eagles: S, Nasir Adderley, Delaware
The Eagles defense ranked 30th in passing yards allowed last season. Granted injuries in the back end played a part, but lack of talent did as well. Adderley would bolster the athleticism in the safety room. He has the tools to play the single high safety spot.
Indianapolis Colts: WR, N’keal Harry Arizona State
After selecting third overall in last year’s draft, they sprinkled in a little Luck and made the playoffs. Luck performed well with subpar talent around him. Harry would be an instant playmaker and an impact player on this offense. The physical possession receiver could finally give T.Y. Hilton a Pro Bowl caliber running mate.
Oakland Raiders: RB, Josh Jacobs, Alabama
The third and final first round selection for Gruden and Mayock comes from the Crimson Tide. Jacobs is arguably the most versatile running back in the class. He is a powerful runner between the tackles. That, paired with his route running ability suggests he is a three down back. Gruden is building an offense that’ll strike fear in the heart of defenses.
Los Angeles Chargers: DT, Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Big Dexter Lawrence would be a nice compliment to the pass rushing duo of Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa. He is a mountain of a man with sweet feet and quickness. He will clog running lanes, but also push the pocket into the face of the quarterback.
Seattle Seahawks: IDL, Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi State
Rehabbing from ACL surgery, Simmons is a top ten talent. This is purely a luxury pick for 2020 when he is healthy. A violent disruptive defender that epitomizes the grinding mentality in Seattle. Thus, he will fit in nicely.
Green Bay Packers: S, Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State
The retooling of this Packers defense continues with the hardest hitting safety in the class. Abram is a violent striker in the middle of the field and very effective in the box versus the run. Pairing him with Adrian Amos is just what the doctor ordered.
Los Angeles Rams: Edge, Chase Winovich, Michigan
The Rams decided to bring Clay Matthews in during free agency and add baby Clay Matthews with pick 31. Winovich has a combination of elite pass rushing moves and counters. He can sit behind Matthews and be a situational pass rusher right away.
New England Patriots: TE, Irv Smith, Alabama
Firstly, no one is Rob Gronkowski, but the Pats need to replace me Irv Smith does resemble Gronk’s Smith is the prototypical move/versatile tight end. He can line up anywhere as a receiving threat and he’s a willing competitor in the run game as well. Brady should enjoy this young playmaker.