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7 Greedy Williams
14 Byron Murphy
21 DeAndre Baker
24 Trayvon Mullen
43 Amani Oruwariye
70 Julian Love
99 Rock Ya-Sin
102 JoeJuan Williams
113 Lonnie Johnson
114 Derrick Baity
115 Michael Jackson
134 Jimmy Moreland
138 Kris Boyd
152 Saivion Smith
169 Justin Layne
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2019 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 Cleveland
Dexter Lawrence
    Clemson
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     -24
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
340



I've continued to help Baker Mayfield with this top pick in the past, but I decided to go in a different direction this week. Make no mistake; the Browns are wide-open with this pick. It's not as if they have to zero in on a few positions of need. I can make a case for plenty of positions based on both need and value with this pick. Defensively, they could need help on the interior of the defensive line and they need someone to play opposite of Denzel Ward at corner.

On offense, a bigger receiver would be great, and both tackle positions are up in the air. I considered both defensive tackles from Clemson here, but went with Lawrence. Larry Ogunjobi's versatility allows them to consider playing him at both the three- and one-technique in the base defense. Because of that, I weighed what Cleveland needs to improve more on up front. While this team needs more sacks after finishing tied for 22nd with 37, they were one of the worst teams in the NFL at stopping the run. The 18 runs they gave up of 20 yards or more was fourth-worst in the league. Lawrence is a massive player that plays with very good leverage and power. He also has more quickness than you would expect from a run-stuffer, and would make a lot of sense for Cleveland.

The other position I am going to keep an eye on moving forward is right tackle. After the signing of Kareem Hunt, it is obvious that this team wants to run the football, and a physical guy on the right like Jawaan Taylor, Cody Ford, or Dalton Risner would be a good fit.

- Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst

18 Minnesota
Cody Ford
    Oklahoma
    OG
    Reach/Value:     -22
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
335



The early choice for the reach of the draft, at least according to our 2019 NFL Draft Big Board, goes to this pick right here. After not reaching on an offensive lineman for virtually the entire draft season so far, I've jumped and taken Cody Ford 1.5 rounds or so "too early". Your friendly neighborhood Viking Analyst has clearly lost his mind, right? Well, the cool thing about the NFL Draft is that it's a very inexact science not everyone seems to agree on the market value of Mr. Ford. Our resident offensive line expert believes he's likely a Day 2 Guard as he won't be able to handle speed rushers at the next level at Tackle, but even the jury seems to be out on that as well. The most exciting thing that everyone seems to agree on is that Cody Ford is a mauler who will be an road grader in the run game early on in his NFL career, and that sounds absolutely perfect to me, reach or not. At this stage, the Vikings don't need to hit on every pick in the draft for it to be a success, but walking away without a top-notch offensive line prospect or two would be a major disappointment.

- Brett Stott, Vikings Analyst

19 Tennessee
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



Tennessee doesn't necessarily have a "WE NEED TO FIX THIS NOW" position; thus our picks have been all over the board to date. However, don't read "no glaring holes" as "this team doesn't have a lot of needs." If that was the case, they would have been a serious playoff contender.

This team needs plenty of upgrades. They need help in the passing game. They need upgrades in the front seven, especially in the pass rush. Edge would be the preferred target, since Brian Orakpo retired and Derrick Morgan is a pending free agent, so players like Burns or Ferguson could get serious consideration to pair with Harold Landry. However, players like Christian Wilkins who create pressure through the interior aren't always available at this juncture.

Wilkins is a serious disruptor in all facets, generating 41 TFL, 16 Sacks, 16 QB Hurries, and 16 pass deflections during his time at Clemson, where he was part of one of the most dominant defensive lines College Football has ever seen. He'll provide another dynamic piece to Mike Vrabel's defensive puzzle as this team continues to try and improve from a playoff bubble team to a serious contender.

20 Pittsburgh
Brian Burns
    Florida State
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -26
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
231



At DraftTek, we have 10 edge rushers in the top 100 of our Big Board. At pick #20, the top 5 are already off the board. Needing a player with starter potential, the Steelers strike here in the first before the well runs dry. The need for a starter stems from some reactionary draft tendencies. 2016 RD1 pick, Jarvis Jones, was a productive college player but a minus athlete who couldn't generate any pass rush. They responded with 2015 RD1 pick, Bud Dupree, an explosive athlete, but someone four years in who still doesn't have a plan for how to set up his pass rush. The Steelers should, but probably won't, pull the 5th-year option they exercised on him. At $9.2M, they're paying dearly for 5 sacks a year.

This Junior from Florida State is a player on an ascending career arc who stands as an excellent foil to Dupree and Jones. He's an athlete with elite flexibility, top-end closing speed, and well-developed hand usage. He has a high football IQ and excels at reading his opponent and setting up counters to get to the passer. He racked up 23 sacks over his 3 years with the Seminoles. At 6'5" 231 lb, Burns's slight stature is what kept him on the board this long. Assuming the Steelers stay the course in honoring that 5th-year option, Burns will have a year as a situational contributor behind Dupree to add a little bulk.

21 Seattle
Jaylon Ferguson
    Louisiana Tech
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -11
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
256



Even if Frank Clark is franchised or re-signed in Seattle, the Seahawks need to get back to their winning formula of pressuring QBs and bullying WRs on the outside with bigger CBs. Without the ferocious pass rush of the past (and a healthy Earl Thomas lurking on the back-end), the team's less-twitchy, longer CBs haven't been able to cover receivers effectively and-possibly more importantly-haven't been able to produce turnovers. Outside of Clark and the emergent Jarran Reed, the players with the next-most sacks had only 3. So, the team still needs a DE even if Clark returns. If Clark doesn't come back, the team needs to replace him and draft another DE with a high-value pick in April.

Jaylon Ferguson will be a fast-riser in the Draft process. He averaged .84 sacks a game and 1.19 TFL per game in college, but beyond this unbelievable production, many have stated that Ferguson doesn't have the speed on the edge to beat NFL tackles. However, Ferguson is a 'safe' prospect because he has the frame to add weight and move inside if he isn't quick enough on the EDGE. Add that to his impressive football character and this pick is a high floor pick in my opinion.

-Kennedy Paynter (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

22 Baltimore
N'Keal Harry
    Arizona State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
216



The number of first-round wide receivers has steadily decreased over the last five years. Teams may be a little skeptical to take a receiver in the first due to the lack of success and production from first rounders recently. The NFL has transitioned to an offense-centric league and it appears that receivers need time to adjust and adapt to the differences that the NFL poses. Route trees are more complicated, the defensive backs are a lot faster, and now their athleticism is not going to be enough. That takes time to get used to and NFL teams may need to wait a couple years before they really start seeing a return on their investment. It is up to them to decide of that wait is worth it.

N'Keal Harry is worth that wait. If the Baltimore Ravens take the young receiver out of Arizona State, he and Lamar can both learn while also leaning on each other. Polishing both Lamar Jackson and N'Keal Harry's skillsets in 2019 and beyond is doable with the right staff. Baltimore has the right pieces to bring in a new dynamic aerial duo without much concern for slowing down. The offensive line and running game will be a nice fall-back for the progression of the offense.

- Talon Graff, Ravens Analyst

23 Houston
Jawaan Taylor
    Florida
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -19
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
328



Deshaun Watson is the Houston Texans! Most QBs struggle and then crumble when they are sacked as much as Mr. Watson (62) this season. Not only was DW4 playing in oncoming traffic on a 5-lane interstate, he was doing it with minimal weapons at RB and WR most of the season. After slaying the Cowboys, Deshaun went supernatural on us and played with broken ribs and a punctured/partially collapsed lung. No matter what they call the injury it was so severe he couldn't travel via plane, yet he played a football game without missing a beat. That man is special, he is the QB to bring a parade to Kirby Drive. Now protect the man at all costs!

Trent Brown is my favorite available FA and a homecoming would look quite nice for the Native Texan. Fortunately, this OL class is deep and I think I've written about all of them over the past few months. Unless there are some unforeseen slides down the draft board, I'll be happy with either Ford, Little, or Jawaan Taylor (JT) in RND1. All of them fit our needs perfectly, but Jawaan's three years' experience holding it down against SEC defenses speaks volumes. JT is a massive man capable of moving bodies out of the way, he also has the quickness to elevate to the second level. JT's film shows impressive abilities to seal LBs on the second level. If you wonder how Taylor stacks against top pass rushers, watch him handle Josh Allen.

24 Oakland
Mack Wilson
    Alabama
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -16
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
236



The Raiders have a losing culture, and, if they hope to turn that around, there's no better way than to add 3 national titles with your first 2 picks. After neglecting the position for years --no LB drafted higher than RD5 since 2013-- the franchise has reached a crisis point at the spot that simply cannot be ignored any longer. We know the front office was high on Roquan Smith last season, and I would put Wilson in the same category. He is fast, rangy, and physical, the type of player who never has to leave the field. A bigger player than the Bears' rookie, Wilson is a great value at #24 and his ability in pass coverage (6 INTs over the last 2 seasons) will be a welcome addition in a division where covering RBs and TEs is essential. I'd expect Wilson to join Tahir Whitehead and either Marquel Lee or Jason Cabinda to form a solid LB group. With the way this mock played out, I think A.J. Brown/Kelvin Harmon or Nasir Adderley would merit the most other consideration.




25 Philadelphia
Jeffery Simmons
    Mississippi St
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



It feels like in every weekly CMD, the Eagles are selecting a different D-Lineman at this spot: Christian Wilkins one week, Jeffery Simmons the next, then Rashan Gary, etc. This tells me that unless there's a run on linemen that lasts 10 or 12 straight picks, there's going to be a great edge rusher or D-Tackle sitting there at 25 that would be a Top 10 or 15 pick in most drafts. The second thing this tells me is that if the Eagles are targeting the D-Line with their RD1 pick, I really see no reason for them to trade up this year. I mean, unless Josh Allen or Joey Bosa inexplicably slip into the teens (I'm busy Photoshopping smoky gas masks on both of them as we speak, then IMO the rest of the guys all have equal chances of being great NFL players...so just take whichever one slips to 25 and keep both of your RD2 picks!

Before we get to the D-Tackle du jour I actually did pick (and reportedly tore his ACL during this writing), I'd like to mention a few guys at other positions that were major temptations at this spot. The Eagles don't historically take RBs in RD1; however, Josh Jacobs sure is tempting this late in the round. His career should last longer than most RBs due to the limited mileage he's been subjected to, and his dynamic skill set would surely benefit QB Carson Wentz's effort to return to MVP form. The smooth, lightning-fast DJax-clone Marquise Brown was sitting there as well, and he would provide the deep threat this offense was missing in 2018. Lastly, with uncertainty on the O-Line, the talented tackle Greg Little was available as a potential Jason Peters replacement. In the end, however, the Eagles nab DT Jeffery Simmons here, in hopes that he teams with Fletcher Cox to form a duo that makes life miserable for opposing QBs. With 7 sacks and 30 TFL over the last two seasons, Simmons has the kind of explosion and visible power that could transform D.C. Jim Schwartz from a cranky, highly-irritable curmudgeon into a cranky, slightly-less-irritable curmudgeon.

- Broz, Eagles Analyst

26 Indianapolis
Dre'Mont Jones
    Ohio State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -8
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



With 5 of the top EDGE prospects off the board at this selection ( Ferrell, Sweat, Polite, Ferguson, and Burns) and four of the best interior players gone (Oliver, Gary, Lawrence, Wilkins, and Simmons) Indy will be faced with a decision: Go with a WRF, add a "system CB" like Byron Murphy, or reach a bit on a defensive player in the front seven. (I should add there's a possibility that "reaching" on a Safety like Nasir Adderley is entirely possible as well).

In this week's CMD we'll add some defensive help up front in the form of the Buckeyes' Dre'Mont Jones. The Cleveland, Ohio native will have his work cut out for him at the NFL level, as he projects to the interior defensive line, but he isn't as dominant a player against the run as Indy (or other teams) may want. Jones does, however, give Defensive Coordinator Eberflus a piece to move around on the line if desired, as his athleticism gives him an ability to set up inside or outside. The Colts have an assortment of D-Linemen that have played significant minutes and have played well, but there is still no one that creates the necessary pass rush GM Chris Ballard is looking for at this point in his tenure.

While he doesn't fill that prototype exactly, Jones allows for the versatility of an inside-outside threat to push on the pocket. It will be interesting to see if Ballard believes one of the top 5 EDGE prospects is worthy of expending draft capital in an effort to jump up the board, especially for Burns or Ferguson (or possibly even Christian Wilkins). Perhaps he'd trade back again as he did last year, gaining some "hidden gems" in the later rounds.

27 Oakland
A.J. Brown
    Ole Miss
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
225



Our mock has 5 recievers slated to go in the bottom half of RD 1 and the top portion of RD 2. It's unknown at this point which will be at the top of his board, but, if he shows restraint and allows the first 2 picks to focus on defense, there should be an opportunity to address the pivotal position at #27. With the pick the Raiders received in exchange for the SEC's all-time #2 in receiving yards, it makes a lot of sense to take Brown, who ranks #6. Though not as explosive as Cooper, Brown has the tools to be a #1 target in this league. This is an essential gift for Carr who, despite significant smoke, I believe will be given another year at the helm. In many respects, 2018 was his best statistically, but his QBR was the lowest since his 2nd season. Giving the franchise QB some help is a must.

28 LA Chargers
David Edwards
    Wisconsin
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
315



The sudden and surprising early December release/retirement of RT Joe Barksdale put 6th-round pick Sam Tevi into the starting lineup, and his league-worst pass blocking has created a major need for a long-term answer protecting Phil Rivers' right side. This is not a bumper crop for tackles, but there are a few serviceable late-first-round options. Jawaan Taylor is first up, and already gone in this mock. Next comes David Edwards a big, athletic mauler from the Rust-Belt O-Line factory in Madison, Wisconsin.

Edwards is a former high school option QB who has grown to 6-7, 315, with long arms and quick feet that suggest considerable upside. After a 2017 season that earned him positive grades from NFL scouts, his 2018 was not as universally loved. Edwards struggled in pass-pro in a couple of the Badgers' biggest games, though nagging injuries likely played a part. Also important to keep in mind that this will only be his fourth season as an O-Lineman, so honing his technique and adding strength to his massive dimensions could take some time.

29 Kansas City
Josh Jacobs
    Alabama
    RBF
    Reach/Value:     +10
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
216



I realize that this selection is probably as popular as Liam Neeson in a romcom movie, in which every scene is accented with clear skies and sunshine. (Seriously! What is it with that guy and blizzard movies? Does he get a parka endorsement or something?) Most Chiefs fans would prefer the top pick in this draft be CB or Safety. At this point in the draft, however, options in those positions are starting to thin out. Using the best prospect scenario, Chiefs land RB Josh Jacobs .

Andy Reid's offense relies heavily on RBs for not just rushing yards but also help in the passing game. Jacobs is an all-purpose back in every sense of the term; he runs with excellent vision, has great balance after contact, can run through contact, is a vicious pass blocker, has excellent hands out of the backfield and can flex out wide.

If not for the embarrassing screwup of (new Cleveland Brown) Kareem Hunt, the priority to fill this position would be lower. Nonetheless, this is still a high priority. Damian Williams earned the nickname "Big Game Dame" for his performance in the playoffs. His sample size, however, is still too small for a 16-game season. Also, as the Rams proved with their over-reliance on Todd Gurley, two high-caliber RBs are a must if a team plans to extend that season into the playoffs. Free agent Spencer Ware may not be brought back for 2019 due to his recent injury concerns.

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~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

30 Green Bay
Greg Little
    Ole Miss
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
325



It's tough to determine exactly what ailed Aaron Rodgers and the Packers' offense in 2018. The blame has been attributed to Rodgers' nagging injuries, a lack of dynamic offensive weapons, and a makeshift offensive line that lacked starters on the interior and depth on the edges. One startling statistic that hasn't garnered much attention thus far is that Green Bay allowed 53 sacks last season, which ranks tied for the 3rd-most in the league. If the Packers hope to have Rodgers healthy and productive into his late 30s, they're going to have to do a better job protecting him.

The Packers could be targeting improvements along the offensive line early and often in the 2019 Draft. Though Bryan Bulaga currently stands as an above-average option at RT when healthy, he has missed 13 games due to injury over the past two seasons. Mississippi's Greg Little could provide long-term stability as a bookend to LT David Bakhtiari. Little has shown the athleticism and anchor to be a dominant force at the NFL level. However, Little is also a potential bust due to inconsistent balance and hand placement. At this point in RD1, Little could be a worthwhile investment at a premium position while also representing a potential contributor at a major position of need.

- James Siebers, Packers Analyst

31 LA Rams
Te'Von Coney
    Notre Dame
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
244



Cory Littleton had a monster season for the Rams in 2018. The 25-year-old ILB registered 125 tackles and four sacks for the NFC champions. He nearly became the star of Super Bowl after he intercepted Brady's first pass attempt of the game. Unfortunately, Jared Goff and the offense were not able to respond with anything but a three-and-out. Littleton is a Restricted Free Agent; thus, the Rams have first right of refusal to match any offer to him. Run-stopper Mark Barron, who has a cap hit around $8.9 million, should be a cap casualty. He is pretty much a one-dimensional player, anyway. Even if the Rams hang onto Littleton, he needs help in coverage.

While not a large linebacker (6'0" and 244 lbs), Te'Von Coney appears to have very long arms and uses that length well to fight off blockers from getting inside his frame. He has a nice downhill burst and takes nearly perfect angles to the ball carrier. Possessing a very high football IQ, Coney understands gaps and zone assignments, and can handle his responsibilities both inside and on the edge. He does not bail on his zone when a QB is flushed out of the pocket. Last year, Coney had 116 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, and three sacks for the Fighting Irish.

The Rams must also find a dominant edge rusher to take some pressure off of Aaron Donald. Should the Rams choose to steer clear of the pricey but prime free agent EDGE market, this year's draft features a long list of pass rushers who could also be targeted in this selection. According to Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic, the potential edge rushers that the Rams are watching in the free agent market are Dee Ford, Za'Sarius Smith, Ezekiel Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney.

~ LABudMan, Rams Analyst

32 New England
Byron Murphy
    Washington
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +18
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
182



After watching Super Bowl LIII, cornerback would seem like a position of strength for the New England Patriots. The coverage was fantastic all game. The Rams' vaunted passing attack was largely shut down, and on the few completions that were made, receivers still had corners draped on them.

Byron Murphy gets selected here for two reasons: 1. Looming free agency/retirements, and 2. Bill Belichick typically defaults to taking the best player (when he actually makes a selection and isn't trading down). Jason McCourty, he of the game-saving pass break-up, is an unrestricted free agent this offseason. It is entirely possible he sticks around to continue playing in the same secondary as his brother, but Belichick always dictates a hard line on salary. McCourty's performance may have priced him out of New England's long-term plans. Lastly, there were whispers leading up to the Super Bowl that the McCourtys may retire this offseason.

If Jason McCourty does leave or retire, Corner then becomes a need for New England. All-Pro Stephon Gilmore is locked in on one side, but without McCourty, the Patriots are really down to J.C. Jackson in terms of having talented corners on the roster, and Jackson is still somewhat unproven. Murphy fits the range here as debatably the best player available. Murphy spent a lot of time lining up on the outside, which is the role McCourty would be leaving. He does have some experience in the slot as well, giving him the versatility that Belichick covets.

- Jonathan Rosenberg, Patriots Analyst
Traded Round 1 Picks:
Green Bay gets New Orleans R1 Pick (2019 Draft trade)
Oakland gets Chicago RD1 pick (Khalil Mack trade)
Oakland gets Dallas RD1 pick (Amari Cooper trade)

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O/A Rank SEC Conference
Top-40 Players
Psn
2 Quinnen Williams
Alabama
DL3T
4 Josh Allen
Kentucky
EDGE
7 Greedy Williams
LSU
CB
8 Deionte Thompson
Alabama
S
9 Jonah Williams
Alabama
OT
11 D.K. Metcalf
Ole Miss
WRF
12 Devin White
LSU
ILB
13 Montez Sweat
Mississippi St
EDGE
15 Jeffery Simmons
Mississippi State
DL3T
19 Josh Jacobs
Alabama
RBF
21 DeAndre Baker
Georgia
CB
22 A.J. Brown
Ole Miss
WRF
23 Jachai Polite
Florida
EDGE
26 Damien Harris
Alabama
RBF
31 Drew Lock
Missouri
QB
37 Greg Little
Ole Miss
OT
40 Mack Wilson
Alabama
ILB
42 Martez Ivey
Florida
OG
44 Elgton Jenkins
Mississippi St
OC
45 Riley Ridley
Georgia
WRF
46 Irv Smith Jr.
Alabama
TE
49 Benny Snell Jr.
Kentucky
RBF
53 Darryl Williams
Mississippi St
OG
54 Deebo Samuel
South Carolina
WRF
61 Isaiah Buggs
Alabama
DL1T
62 C Gardner-Johnson
Florida
S
64 Erik McCoy
Texas A&M
OC
65 Emanuel Hall
Missouri
WRF
68 Jawaan Taylor
Florida
OT
81 Elijah Holyfield
Georgia
RBF
88 Terry Beckner Jr.
Missouri
DL3T
91 Vosean Joseph
Florida
OLB
102 JoeJuan Williams
Vanderbilt
CB
104 Christian Miller
Alabama
EDGE
111 Johnathan Abram
Mississippi St
S
113 Lonnie Johnson
Kentucky
CB
114 Derrick Baity
Kentucky
CB
119 Dontavius Russell
Auburn
DL1T
121 Daylon Mack
Texas A&M
DL1T
125 Jace Sternberger
Texas A&M
TE
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