The 2019 NFL draft will be an interesting one because it will unfold much differently than in recent years. We have seen in the past few drafts a running back go in the top 10, which won’t be the case this year. In fact, don’t be surprised if a running back doesn’t get drafted at all until the second round. If one does get selected Thursday, it won’t be until the later part of the first round.
Also, offensive tackle, a staple of most drafts but not a strong position of late, will see several selected in the opening round, as the quality and depth is the best we have seen in a few years.
1. Arizona: Kyler Murray – QB - Oklahoma
I think that selecting a QB in the top 10 in consecutive years is bad drafting. That said, new head Coach Kliff Kingsbury thinks Murray is better suited than Josh Rosen to run his offense. If Kingsbury weren't the Cardinals' head coach, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
2. San Francisco: Nick Bosa – Edge – Ohio State
The 49ers selected Solomon Thomas to play outside two years ago in the first round, and he has disappointed. They try again this year to get a quality edge player.
3. New York Jets: Ed Oliver – DT – Houston
Personally, I don’t see how the Jets could pass on Quinnen Williams, but recent reports indicate Jets new DC Gregg Williams has been pushing for Oliver. Williams thinks Oliver will be another Aaron Donald ... he won’t be.
4. Oakland: Quinnen Williams – DT – Alabama
New GM Mike Mayock gets lucky in his first draft, where the best overall player falls into the Raiders' lap at No. 4.
5. Tampa Bay: Josh Allen – Edge – Kentucky
If clubs are serious about trading up for a quarterback, this could be a prime spot to get one. Being that I don’t have trades in this Mock, Allen is too good of a player to pass up. Pass rushers are always value picks.
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones – QB – Duke
The Giants would love to select a QB at No. 17 but would risk missing out so they address their future right here and select Jones.
7. Jacksonville: T.J. Hockenson – TE – Iowa
The Jags could go tackle here, but they think they need to get new QB Nick Foles another weapon and will get their tackle in the second round.
8. Detroit: Noah Fant – TE – Iowa
The Lions would love to trade down with a team that wants a quarterback, but if they have to stay, I'm going out on the limb here with Fant. The two Iowa tight ends go back to back in the first round. Fant’s physical skills are too good to pass on.
9. Buffalo: Jonah Williams – OT – Alabama
The Bills go into this draft thinking they have to protect second-year QB Josh Allen and also find him some weapons. This pick takes care of the first part of the equation.
10. Denver: Drew Lock – QB – Missouri
GM John Elway will keep drafting quarterbacks until he gets it right. The word on the street is that Elway has wanted Lock for quite some time.
11. Cincinnati: Dwayne Haskins – QB – Ohio State
The Bengals have always had the philosophy that if a top quarterback is there, they take him. Many have Haskins as the best QB in this draft. Because he’s from up the road at Ohio State, the pick is that much better for the Bengals.
12. Green Bay: Devin White – LB – LSU
White’s speed and instincts will give the Pack something they haven’t had at inside linebacker in years. White is very similar to the Bears' Roquan Smith, the No. 8 overall pick last year.
13. Miami: Jawaan Taylor – OT – Florida
The Dolphins are supposedly going to pass on a QB this year in the hopes of selecting one in the first round next year. Taylor is a value pick here who could play inside or plug in immediately at right tackle opposite Laremy Tunsil.
14. Atlanta: Deandre Baker – DC – Georgia
The NFC South is a QB-rich Division, which means each team needs quality corners. This pick gives the Falcons perhaps the most talented corner on their roster. There are questions about Baker's personality, but the Falcons being close to UGA will get the answers.
15. Washington: Brian Burns – Edge – Florida State
Washington would have loved to select a QB here, but the top four are gone. Ryan Kerrigan had 13 sacks a year ago playing outside; no one else was close. This gives Washington a solid bookend complement to Kerrigan.
16. Carolina: Andre Dillard – OT – Washington State
Perhaps the best pass blocker in the draft, Dillard will give Cam Newton the back-side protection he needs.
17. New York Giants: Rashan Gary – DL – Michigan
The Giants talked about taking Gary at six but knew he may fall because of a shoulder issue. At this point of the draft, he is now a value pick and Giants fans are happy the G-Men took a defender.
18. Minnesota: Cody Ford – OG – Oklahoma
The Vikings have to upgrade the offensive line, and Ford can play both guard and tackle at a high level. This selection helps the Vikings offense tremendously.
19. Tennessee: Zach Allen – DT – Boston College
Allen has the versatility to play inside or outside. I feel he will be a great 3-technique at the NFL level, and though he may be a surprise at this point of the draft, he will turn out to be an excellent pick.
20. Pittsburgh: Devin Bush – LB – Michigan
The Steelers would love to take a corner here, but Bush is too good to pass on. He also fills a need. He doesn’t have ideal 3-4 ILB size, but he is so instinctive that he more than makes up for it.
21. Seattle: Christian Wilkins – DT – Clemson
The Seahawks want to upgrade the D-line and, by Draft Day, they may have already moved on from Frank Clark. If they get the first-rounder they want for Clark, they could take both an inside and outside defensive lineman to start off the draft.
22. Baltimore: A.J. Brown – WR – Ole Miss
The Ravens would have loved to get a linebacker here to replace C.J. Mosley, but there isn’t one worth taking available. They also need help at wide receiver. This pick makes sense. They take Brown over teammate D.K. Metcalf because Brown is the more complete receiver.
23. Houston – Greg Little - OT – Ole Miss
No QB got beat up like Deshaun Watson, so it is imperative that the Texans get a tackle. Little may be a bit of a reach here, but he is from Texas and just might play with a bit more consistency in his home state.
24. Oakland: Montez Sweat – Edge – Mississippi State
Before word of his heart condition broke, Sweat was a lock top-10 pick. This is a risky move but the Raiders, who ended Maurice Hurst's slide for a similar condition last year, are good with it. Chances are Sweat will be fine.
25. Philadelphia: Johnathan Abram – DS – Mississippi State
The Eagles could go in a number of different directions here but this is a case of best player available. Malcolm Jenkins is 31, and Howie Roseman has to think about is replacement.
26. Indianapolis: Darnell Savage Jr. – DS – Maryland
Chris Ballard would have loved to take Abram, but Savage is a terrific consolation prize with great speed, willingness to play the run and slot coverage ability.
27. Oakland: Marquise Brown – WR – Oklahoma
This pick is in honor of Al Davis ... take speed. The Raiders could also go offensive line.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Byron Murphy – Washington
Don’t be surprised to see the Chargers take a quarterback here so that they can get the fifth-year option. If they don’t go in that direction, the secondary needs help and Murphy is one of the better corners in this draft.
29. Kansas City: Rock Ya Sin – DC – Temple
If the Chiefs believe Ya-Sin is worthy of this pick, that will be their selection, as they have to upgrade the secondary. If they feel it’s a reach, we could see them trade down.
30. Green Bay: Miles Sanders – RB – Penn State
Look at the Green Bay RB corps — it’s nonexistent. The Pack could go Sanders or Josh Jacobs here. I feel Sanders, with his speed, is more of a home run threat in addition to being a very good receiver.
31. Los Angeles Rams – D.K. Metcalf – WR – Ole Miss
When we look at Metcalf's natural traits, he is too good to last this long. Yes, he has some limitations, but he is a home run waiting to happen.
32. New England – Dexter Lawrence – DT – Clemson
The Pats haven’t had an inside run stuffer since Vince Wilfork. Dexter is a similar athlete who could end up being the same type of player.