It’s way too early to realistically attempt a 2019 NFL mock draft, but it’s still a fun exercise to take a look at who could potentially go in the first-round and where they could land. Obviously, this is absurd and most of this will be wrong, especially the draft order, but these are players I’ve been watching. Most of the picks are based off of where I currently have these players ranked on my 2019 big board and what teams will need after this season. There are many players that will emerge in this upcoming season and many that won’t live up to the hype. Much more tape needs to be watched, but I’ve seen everybody in this mock draft on tape multiple times and have included early pro comparisons for them. These are some of the players to keep an eye on from now until next April.
*Draft order based off of Odd Shark’s Super Bowl 53 odds from May 1, 2018
*Order adjusted for proper playoff seeding
Buffalo Bills– Ed Oliver, ID, Houston
- Sure, the Bills overpaid for Star Lotulelei and drafted Harrison Phillips, but they can’t pass up Ed Oliver. Kyle Williams is likely only playing one more season and Oliver can takeover as the Bills star 3-tech. Oliver is a generational interior defensive line prospect.
- Pro Comparison: Aaron Donald
- Now that they have their franchise quarterback in Sam Darnold, the Jets can build up their defense. They haven’t had a productive pass rusher in years and Nick Bosa can be a star. Bosa is as good as his brother, if not better. He has double digit sack ability.
- Pro Comparison: Joey Bosa
- It’s no secret the Dolphins are in flux. This season will be a big ‘prove it’ year for Ryan Tannehill and if he fails, they’ll need to reset. Justin Herbert is light-years ahead of the rest of the quarterback prospects. He has size, athleticism and loves to sling it deep.
- Pro Comparison: Carson Wentz
- This is the best Browns roster in years. They have their offense finally coming together and a strong looking defense. If they can add a star linebacker, the defense should be top 10. Devin White is a freak. He has sideline-to-sideline speed and plays with violence.
- Pro Comparison: Bobby Wagner
- Despite addressing some offensive line concerns it remains the Bengals biggest weakness. Jonah Williams is a mean mauling offensive tackle who can play either side or guard if needed. Adding Williams with Billy Price gives the Bengals a foundation.
- Pro Comparison: Andrew Whitworth
- All offseason the Bears worked on making their offense better for Mitch Trubisky by adding weapons. Now they can finalize their offensive line by adding Greg Little. Little is massive, mean, and athletic. He can replace Bobby Massie at right tackle.
- Pro Comparison: Trent Williams
- With the offense finally getting an identity with Josh Rosen the Cardinals have to work on replacing Calais Campbell. Since Campbell left they haven’t been the same, but Rashan Gary can help. Gary is a tweener with the ability to play on the edge or interior.
- Pro Comparison: Cameron Jordan
- With pieces on their offense, Washington has to find stars for their defense. Preston Smith will be a free agent after the season so adding a pass rusher like Clelin Ferrell would be huge. Ferrell is raw, but has the size and athleticism teams covet on the edge.
- Pro Comparison: Danielle Hunter
This is N'Keal Harry, Arizona State's stud WR. He's big and athletic. He also makes adjusting to passes look like child's play. Harry looks like a potential 1st round pick in the 2019 #NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/duduWdChkZ
— Rob (@RobPaul54) May 1, 2018
- Well, the Giants blew their shot at a franchise quarterback by taking Barkley. Now they need to surround Eli Manning/Kyle Lauletta with weapons. N’Keal Harry is a go up and get it receiver. His ability to adjust to balls is crazy. Harry is a stud and fits well with OBJ.
- Pro Comparison: DeAndre Hopkins
- In an ideal situation one of the offensive tackles falls to Tampa Bay. O-line is their glaring need with weapons on their offense and picks and money invested on D. Deandre Baker could be the top corner they lack. His footwork, ball skills, and physicality are intriguing.
- Pro Comparison: Desmond Trufant
- This past draft the Lions reloaded to build a run game and give them a complete offense. They need to add some stars on defense. The athleticism and versatility of Christian Wilkins is a great fit. He is a gap shooting disruptive 3-tech with high upside.
- Pro Comparison: Gerald McCoy
AJ Brown is the best slot receiver in the country. Ole Miss gets the ball in his hands as frequently as possible, he's like an RB after the catch. Brown is awesome in traffic with maybe the best hands in the country and the ability to pluck the ball with defenders all over him. pic.twitter.com/rzX1GM2mo7
— Rob (@RobPaul54) May 15, 2018
- The Titans won’t pick this high. Either way they need to continue to build around Marcus Mariota. Corey Davis is a big playmaker, but they need more weapons. AJ Brown can play in the slot or outside. He’s a quarterback’s best friend with his YAC, hands and routes.
- Pro Comparison: Keenan Allen
- After finally addressing their offensive line needs it’s time to address the defensive line. With the switch to a base 4-3 front the Colts desperately need to add a true 3-tech. Jeffery Simmons has the size and athleticism the Colts need, he can upgrade the pass rush.
- Pro Comparison: Fletcher Cox
Texas WR Collin Johnson is awesome at adjusting to passes. Uses his massive frame so well and has very strong hands. Can't wait to see him this season. pic.twitter.com/ZrTiEWWNPW
— Rob (@RobPaul54) May 8, 2018
- Offensively the Ravens are finally trending in the right direction with Lamar Jackson. After adding Jackson and two tight ends, they need a star wide receiver. Collin Johnson has rare size for a WR and the athleticism to win downfield. He is the perfect wide receiver for Jackson.
- Pro Comparison: AJ Green
- It’s a reboot in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes taking over at quarterback. Mahomes has a bunch of weapons, but they need to shore up their o-line. Nate Herbig is plug-and-play guard. A thick, mean, mauler with the athleticism and footwork to hold up in pass pro.
- Pro Comparison: Josh Sitton
- After getting Cam Newton a star wide receiver, the Panthers have to fix their o-line. Andrew Norwell is gone and Ryan Kalil is on his last legs. Michael Dieter can play every spot on the o-line. He can plug and play wherever Carolina needs him.
- Pro Comparison: Brandon Scherff
Jacksonville Jaguars– Easton Stick, QB, North Dakota State
- If the Jaguars don’t make the playoffs with the talent on their defense, it will be on Blake Bortles. They will need to bite the bullet and replace him. Easton Stick is a dark horse right now, but should emerge in this class. His athleticism and accuracy are impressive.
- Pro Comparison: Mitch Trubisky
- Seattle is trying to start over with their 2018 draft class and get younger versions of former players. With Russell Wilson still in his prime they should add some offensive weapons. Deebo Samuel is a dynamic playmaker with field stretching ability.
- Pro Comparison: Sammy Watkins
Dallas Cowboys– Andrew Wingard, S, Wyoming
Here's one of many examples of the type of aggressiveness Andrew Wingard brings to the table for Wyoming. He makes hits like this constantly, balls to the wall every play. pic.twitter.com/QzRvjHgKN9
— Rob (@RobPaul54) April 4, 2018
- After not making a trade for Earl Thomas and not selecting a safety in the 2018 draft the Cowboys will likely be looking for one in 2019. Andrew Wingard isn’t receiving hype yet, but he’s a star. He’s an aggressive tackler with the athleticism to cover tight ends.
- Pro Comparison: Troy Polamalu
- The Falcons have a one of the most talented rosters in the NFL and it’s hard to find needs for them. Ricardo Allen will be a free agent after the season and he’ll need to be replaced. Taylor Rapp is a big and versatile safety. He can play nickel, single high, and in the box.
- Pro Comparison: Antoine Bethea
Los Angeles Chargers– Devin Bush Jr., LB, Michigan
- Derwin James fell to the Chargers in the 2018 draft and now have playmakers all over their secondary and defensive line. To complete their defense, they need a star linebacker. Devin Bush Jr. is a bundle of athleticism and upside. If his instincts improve he could go higher.
- Pro Comparison: Myles Jack
- Kyle Shanahan has his offense coming together and the defense is littered with high draft picks. Selecting another defensive lineman may seem like a luxury pick, but Dexter Lawrence completes them. Lawrence steps right into their 1-tech role and dominates.
- Pro Comparison: Damon Harrison
- There’s no way the Raiders pick this late… but if they somehow do that means the defense improved. With Marshawn Lynch near the end of his career and not much behind him, they can add a running back. Damien Harris is a complete running back with home-run ability.
- Pro Comparison: Ray Rice
- Finally, Green Bay has their defense trending up with the selections made at cornerback and the hiring of Mike Pettine. Now they can move on from Clay Matthews and Joe Jackson can replace him. Jackson is a long athletic edge with an elite motor and run stopping ability.
- Pro Comparison: Jason Pierre-Paul
- With no franchise quarterback on the roster, the Broncos will have to continue to build up their defense. Bradley Roby is a free agent after the season and Denver can replace him with Greedy Williams. Williams has the length, footwork, and athleticism teams cover at cornerback.
- Pro Comparison: Stephon Gilmore
- Even though they added help to their secondary the Packers will need more. HaHa Clinton-Dix is a free agent after the season and they can replace him through the draft. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is a versatile big hitting safety who can also play nickel.
- Pro Comparison: Jamal Adams
- With questions in their secondary the Texans made some free agent signings and drafted Justin Reid. But they still need to add a true top cornerback. Michael Jackson has a well rounded game and is technically sound. His size and tackling make him a safe pick.
- Pro Comparison: Jason McCourty
- Even though they just signed Sheldon Richardson the Vikings could lose him in free agency after the season. They’ll need to find another penetrating 3-tech. Dre’Mont Jones is quick as a cat with a ton of pass rushing upside.
- Pro Comparison: Kawann Short
- After ignoring their need for a linebacker in this past draft, the Steelers will need to take one early in 2019. Josh Allen is a tweener with edge ability, but off-ball is his best spot. His size, athleticism, and versatility is exactly what Pittsburgh needs at ILB.
- Pro Comparison: De’Vondre Campbell
- With one of the league’s most talented rosters, the Rams still have some major holes at edge and linebacker. Obo Okornkwo will start, but they need more pass rush. Anfernee Jennings is a great hustle pass rusher and maybe the best run defender at his positon.
- Pro Comparison: Jabaal Sheard
- After not drafting a running back this past draft and Jay Ajayi set to be a free agent after the season, the Eagles will likely need a bell cow. David Montgomery runs hard with violence, but has home-run ability and elusiveness. He can run for 1,000 yards.
- Pro Comparison: Frank Gore