Merry Christmas football fans! Tonight is the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. We finally get to see if Kyler Murray is going to be the first overall pick or if it was just the media trying (and succeeding) to create a buzz. This year’s class is deep with offensive and defensive linemen, and the first round could see a lot of them. Without further ado, here is the first ever Daisley’s Sports Drive first round mock draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Quinnen Williams (DT, Oklahoma)
There has been too much hype surrounding Kyler Murray for the first pick. While Murray would fit new head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s system perfectly, Williams is probably the best player in the draft and would set the team up for better success going forward.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (DE, Ohio State)
Bosa is the second best player in the draft, and San Francisco has been in love with him for some time.
3. New York Jets – Ed Oliver (DT, Houston)
I was hoping the Jets would select Josh Allen, so Josh Allen could face Josh Allen twice a year, but new DC Gregg Williams wants to start with the defensive line.
4. Oakland Raiders – Rashan Gary (DE, Michigan)
Oakland has major holes to fill since the departure of Khalil Mack. Starting up front makes the most sense here.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Josh Allen (LB, Kentucky)
Defense is a must, and Allen is the best player available on that side of the ball.
6. New York Giants – Devin White (LB, LSU)
They lost two linebackers in the offseason and need someone who has the speed to go from sideline to sideline.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – TJ Hockenson (TE, Iowa)
The Jags paid the big bucks for Nick Foles. Now, he needs a weapon. Hockenson is the best tight end and should contribute from the very beginning.
8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat (DE, Miss State)
The Lions didn’t have much of a defense last year for a team that hired a defensive coach. Sweat has the speed and strength to change that.
9. Buffalo Bills – Jawaan Taylor (OT, Florida)
Buffalo got their franchise guy last draft. Now, it is time to protect him.
10. Denver Broncos – Devin Bush (LB, Michigan)
The trade for Joe Flacco buys Denver a year or two. Devin Bush fits well in this system.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyler Murray (QB, Oklahoma)
Kyler Murray and Lamar Jackson in the same division? It’s possible. Andy Dalton’s time in Cincinnati is drawing to a close. He’s done nothing but get hurt the last few seasons. They messed up with AJ McCarron. It’s time to add some fire power to an offense with AJ Green.
12. Green Bay Packers – Cody Ford (OT, Oklahoma)
Protect the man you paid over $130 million. This is where the offensive linemen start to come off the board. Don’t be surprised if another name is called.
13. Miami Dolphins – Clelin Ferrell (DE, Clemson)
Everything I have heard says the Dolphins are going to take a defensive lineman here.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Christian Wilkins (DT, Clemson)
Their defense was wiped out with injuries last season. This draft is deep with defensive lineman, and Vic Beasley will be a free agent in 2020.
15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins (QB, Ohio State)
Washington is in desperate need for a QB. They get their guy, even if it means trading up for him.
16. Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns (DE, Florida State)
Burns can be the pass rusher the Panthers obviously need.
17. New York Giants – Drew Lock (QB, Missouri)
The Giants may be invested in Eli as their quarterback this season, but he won’t play forever. Lock still available is just too good for New York to pass up.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Jonah Williams (OG, Jonah Williams)
Williams is talented enough to play both tackle and guard.
19. Tennessee Titans – Dexter Lawrence (DT, Clemson)
A young defensive tackle helps take the pressure off 37-year-old Cameron Wake and the other linebackers.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Byron Murphy (CB, Washington)
Pittsburgh’s number one priority should be getting an inside linebacker, but Murphy is the better value here.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Andre Dillard (OT, Washington State)
Dillard is the best pass blocker. With the lack of weapons at wide receiver for the Seahawks, Russell Wilson needs to hold onto the ball a little longer than most quarterbacks.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Erik McCoy (C, Texas A&M)
I’ve seen multiple mock drafts saying that McCoy is going to be a Raven. Protection for Jackson is needed, but don’t be surprised if a receiver is taken instead.
23. Houston Texans – Garrett Bradbury (C, NC State)
This is a toss up between secondary and offensive line. The number of offensive linemen that will be taken before Houston’s turn make the decision for them.
24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs (RB, Alabama)
Marshawn Lynch’s replacement could be gone at #25 if the Raiders don’t scoop him up here.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Marquise Brown (WR, Oklahoma)
Golden Tate was a failed experiment. A healthy Carson Wentz needs another receiver to throw to.
26. Indianapolis Colts – DK Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss)
Metcalf could be an excellent compliment to TY Hilton and gives them a deep threat.
27. Oakland Raiders – Greedy Williams (CB, LSU)
Williams has speed and can cover, but is he willing to tackle? The Raiders could address two layers on defense with their first and final selections of the first round.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Rock Ya-Sin (CB, Temple)
He may be the best corner in this year’s class, but his lack of experience brings him to the end of the first round.
29. Seattle Seahawks – Deandre Baker (CB, Georgia)
Simple. The Seahawks need to rebuild their secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers – Noah Fant (TE, Iowa)
The Packers need a TE and WR. Fant could be big for them.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Jeffery Simmons (DT, Miss State)
Simmons might not be able to play a single down of his rookie year. He could make the most out of it by learning from Aaron Donald.
32. New England Patriots – Irv Smith, Jr. (TE, Alabama)
The Pats need an OL, TE, and WR. Why not grab the tight end that can run like a receiver and help block. A quarterback-needy team could also trade into this spot to grab Daniel Jones.