NFL Mock Draft: Four Teams Get New Franchise Quarterbacksby Prime Time Sports Talk March 11, 2019 0 comments
In Griffin Clark’s second mock draft, fans will see teams improve their roster with the star-studded 2019 NFL Draft class, including the Arizona Cardinals and three other teams selecting their new franchise quarterback, plus the Raiders adding three talented players to their roster.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma
The Josh Rosen experiment in Arizona did not work out, and it will likely end in Rosen being traded. Steve Keim and Kliff Kingsbury seem content with Murray’s play, which is why he will likely be their new franchise quarterback.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State
Bosa is the best defender in this draft and a presence that will play a major role in bringing the 49ers back to the playoffs.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, Defensive End, Kentucky
Allen is the game-changing pass rusher the Jets need.
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The Raiders got their replacement for Amari Cooper via the Antonio Brown trade, now they need to add a Khalil Mack-esque presence on the defensive line. Williams is such a talented player that the Raiders could steal fourth-overall.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, Linebacker, LSU
Kwon Alexander could leave in free agency, leaving a massive gap in the Bucs’ defense. Veteran Lavonte David paired with White would be a forceful duo.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State
There is no reason for the Giants to pass on the best quarterback in this year’s draft. Pairing Haskins with Saquon Barkley would be something special.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston
Despite the recent release of Malik Jackson, the Jaguars still have a top tier defensive line in Calais Campbell, Marcell Dareus, and Yannick Ngakoue. With Jackson gone, they can steal Ed Oliver with the seventh pick to complete their defensive line.
8. Detroit Lions: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
This should be an easy pick for Matt Patricia. The Lions need someone to set the tone defensively, and after an impressive combine performance, it seems that Sweat could be that guy.
9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The Bills do not have a top receiver for Josh Allen to throw to. While pass protector should be a priority in this draft for Sean McDermott, they desperately need an elusive receiver like Metcalf to create a spark on offense.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
Joe Flacco is not the long-term answer at quarterback for the Denver Broncos. This is the right place to land a new quarterback, and Lock gives Denver a talented gunslinger for years to come.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida
Taylor is the best offensive lineman in the draft, and he should be able to fill the hole that was created when Andrew Whitworth left the team.
12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, Defensive Lineman, Michigan
Gary would be groomed over the next few years to eventually take over for Mike Daniels when he retires.
13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
This just isn’t the year for the Dolphins to replace Ryan Tannehill, but the time sure is coming. Meanwhile, Cameron Wake will likely leave the team in free agency, so the powerful Ferrell can take on that role.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle, Clemson
The Falcons could have Wilkins starting on day one if starter Grady Jarrett decides to leave in free agency.
15. Washington Redskins: Daniel Jones, Quarterback, Duke
Wherever Case Keenum goes, he is going to have competition. At 31-years-old, he cannot be considered the future of the Washington Redskins. Jones is a valuable quarterback prospect this year, and can potentially learn from Keenum for a year or two before taking over.
16. Carolina Panthers: T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa
Injury-prone veteran Greg Olsen was a favorite target for Cam Newton years ago, but his career will soon come to an end. Young tight end Ian Thomas and Hockensen together would be interesting to watch.
17. Cleveland Browns: Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU
This would mean back-to-back LSU Tigers players selected here at picks 16 and 17. Another defensive duo emerges, too. Williams could be paired with Denzel Ward and be added to a developing secondary.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, Center, NC State
If the Vikings are going to overpay Kirk Cousins, they might as well protect him. If Bradbury is still available here at pick 18, which he likely will be, Minnesota should invest their first-round pick in him.
19. Tennessee Titans: Brian Burns, Defensive End, Florida State
When thinking about Burns’ NFL potential, questions about his strength emerge. This will cost him the chance of being a top-ten pick, but slipping down to Tennessee at nineteen puts him on a team that has a shot at making the playoffs next year. This is the obvious pick when finding someone to pair with Harold Landry.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington
Murphy has the preparation necessary to be an NFL cornerback. The Steelers will need Murphy to cover some top receivers over the course of their season.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Deandre Baker, Cornerback, Georgia
Seattle will be looking to enhance their secondary in both the draft and free agency. Earl Thomas is expected to leave in free agency, however, with a large group of free agent safeties this year, the Seahawks would be best to turn in that direction. The cornerback prospects in this draft are far more talented than the free agents, and Baker would be a great fit alongside starter Shaquill Griffin.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Josh Jacobs, Running Back, Alabama
With Joe Flacco traded to Denver, Lamar Jackson is now the definite starting quarterback for Baltimore. Yet, when he is involved in the run game, it runs the serious risk of injury. The Ravens should take Jacobs, the best running back of his draft class, if he is still available because Alex Collins was recently released and Jackson needs to stay healthy.
23. Houston Texans: Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Offensive tackle remains the most important need for the Texans, and Williams would be the best available option at their pick.
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa
The Raiders will land Quinnen Williams with the fourth pick and they got Antonio Brown in a trade. Now they can work towards completing their roster with a new tight end.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State
Veteran Fletcher Cox is one of the best defensive tackles in the league, and he can help Simmons reach his potential if they are paired together.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma
The speedy wide receiver from Oklahoma could be a great addition to a Colts receiving corps that includes T.Y. Hilton, Dontrelle Inman, and Chester Rogers, among others.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware
Head coach Jon Gruden was impressed by Adderley during the Senior Bowl, and he seems like he could be a great addition to the Raiders defense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, Offensive Guard, Boston College
Guard is among the main offseason needs for the Chargers, and Lindstrom will surely be available here at the end of the first-round.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Taylor Rapp, Safety, Washington
Eric Berry’s future in Kansas City remains uncertain, so it’s time to invest in a future replacement.
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Irv Smith, Tight End, Alabama
The tight end position is not the biggest strength for the Packers, and although Smith is a projected second-round pick, Green Bay’s pick is close enough to the second-round for this to not be too much of a reach.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State
Andrew Whitworth is 37-years-old, quite old for an offensive tackle. The Rams need to protect Jared Goff, and at this point in the draft, Dillard is the best choice.
32. New England Patriots: Andy Isabella, Wide Receiver, Massachusetts
Doesn’t Isabella check all the boxes of being a great Patriots slot receiver?