NFL First-Round Mock Draft: Fans Only

NFL First-Round Mock Draft: Fans Only

by April 10, 2019 0 comments

Recently, NFL Fan Blitz held a Fans Only mock draft on Twitter to see which players fans wanted their team to select. The following is a full list of the mock draft with explanations and Twitter handles from every fan-turned-general-manager.

No. 1: Arizona Cardinals select Josh Allen, Defensive End, Kentucky

After conducting research and watching film, I have concluded that Josh Allen is the best scheme fit for the Arizona Cardinals. Defensive prospect Nick Bosa can’t do everything Allen can. (@KJBUKU)

No. 2: San Francisco 49ers select Nick Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

The Niners will select Nick Bosa. They think he’s the best player available, and adding him to a defense that struggled at times last year but has added Dee Ford this offseason will help the team build a defense that can pass-rush the Jared Goffs and Russell Wilsons of the NFC West. (@MattyBRadio)

No. 3: New York Jets select Quinnen Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Although they would prefer to move down with the top two edge rushers already selected, the Jets will end up taking the best player available in Quinnen Williams. (@RocketRon_65)

No. 4: Oakland Raiders select Devin White, Linebacker, LSU

“With the 4th pick overall of the 2019 draft, the Raiders have faith in Carr and opt not to select Kyler Murray. Instead, we will be selecting Devin White from LSU to lead the defense.” (@ZackFappiano)

No. 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma

“To be honest, I didn’t expect Kyler Murray to be there at No. 5, and quarterback is probably far from the most pressing need for Tampa. But plain and simple, this organization needs a seismic culture change, and that’s why Kyler makes sense here. Jameis Winston clearly isn’t the answer. Kyler is a once-in-a-generation player that can revitalize a stagnant Bucs offense. Does Tampa have bigger fish to fry, especially on defense? Yes. But do you pass up an opportunity to drastically alter the very aura of your franchise? Absolutely not. The Bucs can spend the rest of the draft stocking up on young defensive talent. For a team mired in disarray and in the midst of an 11-year playoff drought, to pass on perhaps the best athlete ever at the quarterback position would be a colossal mistake.” (@ParkerThune)

No. 6: New York Giants select Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback, Ohio State

“There are only two quarterback in this class worth this pick and Haskins is one of them. It would be flatout negligence for the Giants to not make this pick regardless of all the other pre-existing holes on the roster and the ones created by the general manager. You cannot let Saquon Barkley waste away and finding a quarterback as soon as possible is absolutely necessary.” (@TylerHeil)

No. 7: Jacksonville Jaguars select Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

With the seventh pick, the Jaguars select Jonah Williams. The Jaguars defense will bounce back next year, so right off the bat I knew I would focus on the offensive side of the ball. I considered drafting a quarterback, but with my top two quarterbacks off the board and with the singing of Nick Foles, the Jaguars don’t have to reach for one here. I believe the Jaguars need a really good offensive tackle to protect Foles (and whoever the franchise quarterback is in the future), so ultimately I selected Williams because I believe he can be a future Pro Bowler. (@Jeff_sdhs99)

No. 8: Detroit Lions select T.J. Hockenson, Tight End, Iowa

“Jesse James is currently the only person on the roster that played well over a significant amount of time, but none one of the tight ends on the roster are good at pass catching and run blocking. T.J. Hockenson fills a gigantic need. What about an EDGE? With Flowers and the way Matt Patricia can scheme up pressure, it may not be as big of a need. What about cornerback? Honestly, it’s the bigger need out all three, but there isn’t a worthy one available at the monent; save that for Round Two.” (@KHMakerD)

No. 9: Buffalo Bills select Rashan Gary, Defensive End, Michigan

“With the ninth pick in the draft, the Bills select Rashan Gary, a top five player who slid down to No. 9. Already the second-ranked defense in the league, plugging Gary in opposite Jerry Hughes will strengthen the Buffalo defense.” (@CaccamiseJack)

No. 10: Denver Broncos select Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri

“With the 10th pick in the draft, the Broncos select quarterback Drew Lock of Missouri. The Broncos brought in Joe Flacco this offseason to get quarterback play that would hopefully be an upgrade from previous years, knowing flacco isn’t in his prime and won’t play for more than another three to four years. The Broncos feel Lock fits their system and he would work well with their plethora of young, offensive talent.” (@randog_)

No. 11: Devin Bush, Linebacker, Michigan

“With the 11th pick, the Bengals select Devin Bush, who adds an immediate starting impact into the front seven. While Ed Oliver and D.K. Metcalf were considerations, Bush offers an amazing athletic profile to plug in as a linebacker, and gives Cincinnati fans a clean prospect to love after the Burfict departure.” (@tpeck2)

No. 12: Green Bay Packers select Noah Fant, Tight End, Iowa

“he Packers select Noah Fant despite this being an obvious trade-down scenario for the Packers with two players still on the board that many teams likely have in their Top Five in Sweat and Oliver. After missing out on Hockenson and Bush, Fant is the next player on the Packers’ board that both fits a team need and gives them one of the best players available.

Sweat and Oliver feel more like luxury picks here, whereas Fant fits in to a team squeezing the last few years of greatness out of Aaron Rodgers. The Packers do well to add high end offensive talent around him as they make a few final runs at a championship. Fant brings elite athleticism and blocking upside to an offense in need of a spark with first year head coach Matt LaFleur at the helm.” (@fiscalbob)

No. 13: Miami Dolphins select Montez Sweat, Defensive End, Mississippi State

“With the 13th pick in the draft, the Dolphins select Montez Sweat. At first I was deciding between Ed Oliver and Jawaan Taylor, but after re-evaluating some tape and thinking about needs and free agency, I have gone with Sweat. He is my No. 4 overall prospect since rewatching Oliver, who can get pushed around and isn’t great enough against the run for my liking. Miami is moving to a hybrid that will allow Sweat to play both defensive end and 3-4 outside linebacker. Also, edge rushers and offensive tackles get paid the most, so I decided that being able to get a top edge rusher or tackle was the smart move for the club as they wait to get Tua in 2021.(@DrewSportsYT)

No. 14: Atlanta Falcons select Deandre Baker, Defensive Back, Georgia

“The Atlanta Falcons will select Deandre Baker. It seems like the Falcons are all set on offense so this pick came down to Ed Oliver or Baker. With the team needing help at corner and the fact Baker player at Georgia, it seems like a perfect for the Falcons.” (@tannerz113)

No. 15: Washington Redskins select D.K. Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

“Selecting D.K. Metcalf allows the Redskins to acquire some much-needed help along the receiving core.” (@Hayden_Too_Raw)

No. 16: Carolina Panthers select Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Tackle, Florida

“The Panthers’ selection of offensive lineman Jawaan Taylor of Florida allows the team to simply add more beef up front to protect Cam Newton.” (@patcdonaldson)

No. 17: New York Giants select Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle, Houston

“With the 17th pick in the draft, the Giants take the best player available in Ed Oliver. The Giants wanted to take an offensive lineman here to support their rookie QB but they still have Eli to play for a year and should have some great options still available at No. 37.

So, instead, they opted to start injecting talent into their completely depleted front seven with a guy that never should have been available at this pick. Ed Oliver has had questions about his size throughout this process and debunked some of those concerns at the combine.

However, Oliver will be able to put his hand on the ground and play a five tech, he can kick down to a 1 or 3 tech in nickle, or even use some of his elite athleticism and first step quickness to stand up and play a little stand up Edge rusher in this defense.” (@TylerHeil)

No. 18: Minnesota Vikings select Greedy Williams, Cornerback, LSU

“With the 18th pick, the Minnesota Vikings take Greedy Williams. Really, another defensive back? Yes! In some instances, you have to take the best player available on your board, and the Vikings are lucky that Williams was still there! Kubiak can be trusted to postpone finding an offensive lineman until the later rounds.” (@dobsy1971)

No. 19: Tennessee Titans select Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson

“The Titans need to add another rusher and Clelin Ferrell is a better pass rusher than Brian Burns. Tight ends could also be targeted in hopes of replacing Delanie Walker.” (@TannerZ113)

No. 20: Pittsburgh Steelers select Brian Burns, Defensive End, Florida State

“Since both top interior linebackers are off the board and we picked up Steven Nelson to play the No. 2 cornerback role opposite Joe Haden, I’m going to go with Brian Burns at No. 20. He has great hands, great pass rush moves, and is a little undersized, but that’s nothing off-season training couldn’t fix. (@JoeJone71533722)

No. 21: Seattle Seahawks select Johnathan Abram, Safety, Mississippi State

“With the 21st selection, the Seahawks select Johnathan Abram, a safety from Mississippi State, as they attempt to fill the hole left by Earl Thomas.” (@Ape_xxx_blanco)

No. 22: Baltimore Ravens select Cody Ford, Offensive Lineman, Oklahoma

“Although Andre Dillard was the better lineman on the board, the Ravens need a strong O-line if they want to be the best rushing team in the league. Cody Ford is the best fit with those specifications in mind.” (@Skeds_)

No. 23: Houston Texans select Andre Dillard, Offensive Tackle, Washington State

“Dillard is the best pass-blocking tackle in this draft and with Deshaun Watson coming off a 62-sack season, protecting him has to be a priority. Houston’s biggest need is clearly a tackle of some sort to protect Deshaun Watson so they don’t lose the best quarterback they’ve had in years due to injuries. This is a major fill in for the Texans and it will give more guys like Kendall Lamm and Julian Davenport a chance to fight for their starting position.” (@playoffhakeem)

No. 24: Oakland Raiders select Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware

“With the 24th pick, the Raiders take Nasir Adderley, who already showed his Raider pride in college showcase games. We considered going with an edge rusher but a defensive back of Adderley’s skill and versatility still on the board forced us to snag him.” (@zackfappiano)

No. 25: Philadelphia Eagles select Christian Wilkins, Defensive Lineman, Clemson

“With the Eagles releasing Timmy Jernigan and Haloti Ngata stepping away the game, Philly needs to address the defensive line. At pick No. 25, there’s no better option than Wilkins, who measures in at 6-foot-3 and 315 pounds. Wilkins has the size and athleticism to dominate the interior of the line. He’s a polished pass rusher with a wide variety of moves that should help get to the quarterback in the NFL. Wilkins is also very versatile and can be moved to the outside and be a very effective edge rusher.” (@fosanity)

No. 26: Indianapolis Colts select Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington

We believe Byron Murphy is the steal of the draft. He’s one of two cornerbacks that Indianapolis would feel comfortable sending out there on day one to start. He can cover in man or zone. We never thought we’d have the chance to take him, but he fell into our lap.” (@Sam_mackall)

No. 27: Oakland Raiders select Irv Smith, Jr., Tight End, Alabama

“I used the first two Oakland first-round picks to secure the defensive middle- and back-field. I used the 27th pick on a offensive weapon because it was one of the last needs that this offense needs to be complete. Gruden is a ‘offensive guru’ who needs to have all options available. Jaylon Ferguson was also a target here, but he should still be available when Oakland is on the clock at No. 35.” (@zackfappiano)

No. 28: Los Angeles Chargers select Dre’Mont Jones, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State

“This selection strengthens the interior defensive line. It came down to Jones or Dexter Lawrence, who fell behind Jones due to his PED issue.” (@slymsuknhogs)

No. 29: Kansas City Chiefs select Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Safety, Florida

“The Chiefs would love to go edge or corner here, however it would be a big reach for either position. So instead they go with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson out of Florida. He would fit right in at free safety for the Chiefs to pair with newly acquired safety Tyrann Mathieu.” (@15kcfan)

No. 30: Green Bay Packers select A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

“With the coin flip eliminated after Gardner-Johnson was snagged at No. 29, the Packers’ selection is in. After failing to trade down in hopes of accumulating picks and drafting Garrett Bradbury, the team will instead select A.J. Brown. With a striking resemblance to Steelers phenom JuJu Smith-Schuster, Brown brings a combination of size, athleticism, and natural route-running ability to a Green Bay offense that already added one of the top offensive skill players in the draft earlier. This move rounds out a fantastic set of weapons for Aaron Rodgers to thrive with.” (@fiscalbob)

No. 31: Los Angeles Rams select Garrett Bradbury, Offensive Lineman, North Carolina State

“Not only was Garrett Bradbury the best player available, he was also a perfect fit for the Rams given the team potentially lost both Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan.” (@nflulrich17)

No. 32: New England Patriots select Deionte Thompson, Safety, Alabama

“Though safety isn’t the top need for the Patriots, they have shown in the past sometimes they address future problems before they become that of a problem. With Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung over the age of 30, and McCourty not locked in past this year he may retire after 2019. Thompson brings the ability to play deep single high or 2 high safety looks, something the Pats utilize a lot. His ability to lend a hand in the box as needed, and bringing good tackling skills fits the mold for what the Patriots covet in their safety play.” (@nfldraftguru315)

 

Andersen is a teenage sportswriter and reporter whose articles have appeared across the Prime Time Sports Talk, Sports Illustrated Kids, FantasyPros, and SB Nation platforms. He has also received credit from RotoWorld, CBS Sports, ESPN, Bleacher Report, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, The Athletic, SB Nation, NBC Sports, NY Post, and dozens of other sports sites for his reporting work.

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