Here are my latest projections with two weeks to go before the NFL Draft.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Ever since the combine, Kyler Murray to Cardinals has seemed inevitable. If the Cardinals can deal Rosen within the next two weeks it will become obvious who they intend to pick.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
San Francisco benefits from Arizona taking a QB and adds an edge rusher to pair with newly-acquired Dee Ford.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, DE/LB, Kentucky
The Jets will look to trade down and try to get back some of the picks they lost from moving up in last year’s draft, but Allen can immediately give the Jets an elite edge rusher which is something they have needed for a long time.
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders go with the best player available here. Williams is a top-tier talent and arguably the best player in this class. He’s a no-brainer for the Raiders at pick 4.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
Tampa Bay replaces Kwon Alexander with a sideline to sideline playmaker and instant-impact guy in Devin White.
6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi St
There has been a lot of confusion with what the Giants are going to do with this pick. The Giants may take a QB or they may not, but one of their top needs is an edge rusher and Montez Sweat is the best one on the board. The Giants can leverage pick 17 later in the draft to go after a QB.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama
Some have Williams falling, some don’t even view him as an OT, but he remains the top OL in the class for me. Having played both RT and LT at Alabama he can make an impact at almost any position along the offensive line and help protect the Jags newly signed QB, Nick Foles.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Gary is one of the first players in this mock where I get concerned. He fits the need, has the talent to be a top 10-pick, but was fairly unproductive in his three years at Michigan, especially for someone who was the number one recruit in the country. I think the upside will work in his favor, but I fear he could be a bust at the next level.
9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Bills have signed what feels like almost every free agent OL on the market while adding Frank Gore and a pair of receivers in Cole Beasley and John Brown. It’s clear they are doing everything they can to support and surround Josh Allen with talent. Perhaps the only thing they lack is a number one WR, who they find here in Metcalf. He was a freak at the combine and though his stock has cooled a bit since then, it’s not a deep class for receivers. If the Bills think he can be a top target for Allen, then it’s worth it to make him a top-10 pick.
10. [TRADE] Washington from (DEN): Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St
Washington has been very interested in this year’s crop of QBs while Denver seems noncommittal after trading for Joe Flacco. With Haskins sliding, it’s not impossible to envision Washington moving up 5 spots to secure one of their top QB targets.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Many are calling for an ILB, specifically Devin Bush in this spot, but the Bengals always seem to need offensive lineman. Jawaan Taylor is viewed widely as a top-10 player and by some, the top OL in the class. He would be an instant upgrade for the Cincinnati offensive line.
12. Green Bay Packers: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Jimmy Graham is headed into year two of his deal with the Packers, but as he gets older it makes sense for the Packers to think about adding a young TE that Rodgers can rely on as this team begins to reload and build back themselves back into a contender. Fant, the top TE in the class, could be a puzzling pick to some now, but a steal in the long run.
13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Dolphins are going all in on the 2020 QB class so Drew Lock and Daniel Jones are out of the question here. Miami recently dealt Robert Quinn to Dallas and regardless, the team was in need of pass rush help beforehand. Ferrell, a 2x National Champion from a dominant Clemson defensive line, would help replace Quinn and fill a huge need for Miami.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
There are some questions with Oliver considering he didn’t really play much in his final year at Houston. However, the Falcons are in need of interior defensive lineman and Oliver would be a great fit for Atlanta and a bargain at 14.
15. [TRADE] Denver Broncos (from WAS): Drew Lock, QB, Mizzou
Drew Lock is the QB the Broncos want and though it makes sense to take another position of need, they now have more picks to fill other needs after a trade with Washington. They can take a chance on a guy they would’ve strongly considered at pick 10.
16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE/LB, Florida State
Burns is a great athlete who fills a need at pass rusher for the Panthers.
17. New York Giants (from CLE): Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
This would be interesting. As I said at pick 6, I have no clue what the Giants are going to do here, but with the other top signal callers off the board I think the Giants would give Jones a look at 17. Personally, I don’t see it with Jones, but many think he’s got the tools to be a first round pick and a franchise QB. The Giants claim they have a plan and have been quiet about the QBs in this class. Nothing they do would shock me.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St.
The Vikings still need offensive lineman, some think Dillard is a top-15 talent so if he is still on the board, it’s a great option for the Vikings.
19. Tennessee Titans: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Delanie Walker is coming off an injury and is getting up there in age (34). This is a great class for TEs and I have the Titans making a similar decision to the Packers by adding another piece to the offense who will eventually become the long-term security blanket for Marcus Mariota.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Steelers lost Antonio Brown this offseason and though receiver isn’t the biggest need, the most dynamic receiver in the draft is still on the board. Antonio Brown’s cousin, though not as accomplished, has a similar skillset and would be a nice replacement for the Steelers.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St
In the past few seasons the once dominant Legion of Boom has vanished. The Seahawks now face plenty of problems within the secondary and they get some help by adding a hard-hitting, physical safety in Johnathan Abram.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Ravens lost CJ Mosley in free agency and they can fill that need by grabbing Devin Bush, a physical and smart player who some view as a top-10 player in the class.
23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
The Texans are in desperate need of offensive line help. Ford can make an impact at guard or right tackle for Houston.
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Raiders benefit from Greedy Williams taking a draft day fall and add my top CB in the draft.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Eagles saw almost everyone on their secondary get injured last season. Although they are expecting a healthy group in 2019 and despite bringing back Ronald Darby, Byron Murphy can instantly be an upgrade in the Eagles’ secondary and be a long-term CB1.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
In last year’s draft the Colts put a lot of emphasis on the offensive line taking Quenton Nelson and Braden Smith in the first two rounds. In this draft, I think the Colts will shift their focus to the other side of the trenches/ Christian Wilkins helps revamp the D-Line in Indianapolis.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
No one has helped their stock in this process more than Miles Sanders. Some questioned why he would come out and labeled him a Day 3 pick when he declared, but through evaluations, the combine and Pro Day, Sanders has consistently risen his stock. He’s the most complete RB in this class and the only RB in my opinion worth a first round selection. The Raiders have the luxury of having three 1st rounders. Having already added the draft’s top interior defensive lineman and the draft’s top corner, it would be quite a day if they capped it off with the top RB in the class. Some may say the first round is a stretch for Sanders, but there are plenty of teams picking early in Round 2 that are going to be targeting him and it’s not worth passing on him here if he’s not a guarantee to fall into the Raiders’ lap in the next round.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
I’m a huge fan of Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. I think moving Derwin to SS and putting Gardner-Johnson at FS playing centerfield for the Chargers could be a dynamic combination and a big-time upgrade for the Chargers secondary.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Chiefs are in need of upgrades on defense, specifically in the secondary. Adding Tyrann Mathieu in free agency was a great start. Now they grab an accomplished CB in Baker.
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
A.J. Brown’s combine is what put him in the first round for me. Additionally, I wasn’t impressed with Ole Miss’ QB at all and firmly believe that the group known as N.W.O. (Nasty Wide Outs) consisting of D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Demarcus Lodge will be much better than they were in college with a good QB. Aaron Rodgers is much better than a ‘good QB’ and adding Brown with Fant would give the Packers two new weapons for new head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury, OG/C, N.C. State
The Rams reload their offensive line and in this case they grab a guy who can replace Saffold at OG in the short term. Bradbury is definitely better at center. He’s the draft’s top prospect in that position, but the Rams can put him wherever to help bolster their OL in hopes of making another run at the Super Bowl.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
The Patriots can do whatever they want. They could forfeit all of their picks and still be the Super Bowl favorites. With Rob Gronkowski retiring, the Patriots grab the best TE on the board. Irv Smith had a breakout year at Alabama and is viewed as a fringe round one prospect. I can see the Patriots taking a chance on him here at 32.