I look forward to the last weekend in April more than any other because of the chaos that always ensues. Without fail, our minds are blown during every draft as a premier prospect falls or as a team makes a blockbuster trade. There are always wild things that happen during this weekend that no one can expect.
Today, we are going to try to “predict” some of the madness that could happen during the 2019 NFL draft. Using some clues and educated guesses, here are my five bold predictions for this year’s draft.
1. Drew Lock will be drafted before Dwayne Haskins
For a large portion of the draft season, Dwayne Haskins has been considered one of the top two quarterbacks in this class, and it's not hard to see why. As a redshirt sophomore, Haskins put up record numbers at Ohio State, throwing 50 touchdowns while completing 70 percent of his passes. No quarterback was responsible for more touchdowns (54) than Haskins last season, and again, he was a redshirt sophomore in his first season as a starter. Considering he has size, arm talent and production, he should be a lock to be a top-10 pick.
However, there has been some late momentum for Missouri QB Drew Lock. It's also not hard to see why Lock could be rising on draft boards this late in the process.
He's an experienced quarterback, starting 38 games over the past three seasons. His completion percentage has increased every year at Missouri, and he's blessed with the strongest arm in the class. All of those things matter to NFL coaches and evaluators and will likely be the reason he is a first-round pick, despite inconsistent play over his career.
That is why I won't be surprised at all when the older, more seasoned Lock is drafted ahead of Haskins. While I may not agree with the move, this prediction feels very likely as Lock has a lot of fans around the league. Look for Lock to come off the board inside the top 10 picks, likely via a trade up, and don't be surprised if Haskins is still available in the teens.