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2019 NFL Draft Predictions

For all the die-hard football fans around the world, this Thursday night holds a very special place in our hearts. Finish up all of your mock drafts, look out for all the smokescreen rumors coming out in the next 24 hours, and get ready for a crazy draft night. Not many bought into the Baker Mayfield-to-Cleveland rumors that eventually became true. Expect the unexpected during the NFL Draft.

Who does the Arizona Cardinals select number one? Heisman QB Kyler Murray, or a defensive stud in Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams? Who do the new Oakland GM Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden select with their three first round picks? Do they get themselves a new QB despite having Derek Carr? Who trades up or down to get their guy? Here’s some of my predictions for the 2019 NFL Draft.

Arizona Goes Best Player Available

The Kyler Murray going number one to Arizona rumors began immediately after the hiring of head coach Kliff Kingsbury. Kliff recruited Murray and loves his game. Despite trading up and selecting QB Josh Rosen 10th overall last year, there would be no surprise if the new HC gets his new QB. But I can’t see them giving up on Rosen so quickly after a season with no help around him. If there are no offers containing future early picks, I can’t see them throwing away Rosen.

Get the best player available. According to draft analyst Todd McShay, Quinnen Williams out of Alabama is preferred by ARI over Ohio State’s Nick Bosa. Getting either Williams or Bosa will set that defensive line for future success for many years. Kyler Murray is a sexy pick at the top. But the defensive prospects at the top are too good to pass up on.

Kyler Murray Causes Trouble in the Top-5

Hear me out. Arizona gives their trust in Josh Rosen by passing up on Murray. Does Oakland draft the Oklahoma QB with their fourth pick? I wouldn’t doubt it. Jon Gruden loves Kyler Murray, and it’s no secret. Jon has had no problem parting ways with former GM Reggie McKenzie’s guys since arriving back to Oakland. With this in mind, don’t be surprised if QB Derek Carr gets shipped out.

Now say that doesn’t happen. Oakland gets the best player available on defense. But picking before them is the New York Jets, and they’re looking to trade down. There’s a QB-needy team outside the top-10, and that’s the Washington Redskins. They trade up with the New York Jets, mortgaging multiple draft picks, to get their guy in Kyler Murray. WAS has been vocal about their love for Ohio State’s QB Dwayne Haskins. But with Arizona passing up on Kyler, the ‘Skins gets the former Heisman winner. 

Giants Find Their Eli-replacement

It’s been a very will-they, won’t-they situation between Eli Manning and the New York Giants the past couple of seasons. Last year, they passed on multiple QBs with their selection of Saquon Barkley second overall. Then-new GM Dave Gettleman cannot be scrutinized for that selection. Barkley is a stud of a running back, but now it’s time to get that quarterback. Eli Manning obviously isn’t the answer for New York long-term at 38-years old. Dave Gettleman has been adamant with the media that Eli is his guy, but didn’t he say that about former Giant Odell Beckham Jr. before trading him to the Browns?

Gettleman will not reach for talent with their sixth overall pick, and they won’t by selecting QB Dwayne Haskins. In my opinion, he’s the best QB in this draft, better than Murray and Drew Lock of Missouri.

There have been rumblings about a defensive selection with their first pick and then a QB with their second pick. But Duke’s QB Daniel Jones, to me, is not the answer for the Giants. In addition, I do not believe Drew Lock falls that far to 17. Sooner or later, Gettleman must get his future QB. Haskins goes sixth overall and becomes the next great Giants’ quarterback.

Final Mock First Round Draft

Obviously, I could be totally wrong tonight, and that’s the best thing about draft night. Creating mock drafts and seeing the final results is always fun. Drinking games with your buddies on draft night is even better. For instance, hear for buzzwords like ‘potential’, ‘versatile’, ‘football IQ’, etc., and take a sip. Overall, draft night opens up plenty of possibilities.

Here’s my final first round mock draft including a trade. Like I said before: expect the unexpected.


Teams Players School
1 ARI DT Quinnen WIlliams Alabama
2 SF DE Nick Bosa Ohio State
3 NYJ OLB Josh Allen Kentucky
4 OAK DT Ed Oliver Houston
5 WAS (via TB) QB Kyler Murray Oklahoma
6 NYG QB Dwayne Haskins Ohio State
7 JAX T Jawaan Taylor Florida
8 DET T.J. Hockenson Iowa
9 BUF OL Jonah Williams Alabama
10 DEN QB Drew Lock Missouri
11 CIN ILB Devin White LSU
12 GB TE Noah Fant Iowa
13 MIA DT Christian Wilkins Clemson
14 ATL DL Rashan Gary Michigan
15 TB (via WAS) ILB Devin Bush Michigan
16 CAR EDGE Montez Sweat Mississippi State
17 NYG DE Clelin Ferrell Clemson
18 MIN OL Cody Ford Oklahoma
19 TEN WR N’Keal Harry Arizona State
20 PIT CB Byron Murphy Washington
21 SEA S Johnathan Abram Mississippi State
22 BAL WR D.K. Metcalf Ole Miss
23 HOU T Andre Dillard Washington State
24 OAK RB Josh Jacobs Alabama
25 PHI WR Marquise Brown Oklahoma
26 IND CB Deandre Baker Georgia
27 OAK CB Greedy Williams LSU
28 LAC DT Dexter Lawrence Clemson
29 SEA WR A.J. Brown Ole Miss
30 GB CB Lonnie Johnson Kentucky
31 LAR OL Garrett Bradbury N.C. State
32 NE S Darnell Savage Maryland