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3 Greedy Williams
11 Byron Murphy
19 Kris Boyd
27 DeAndre Baker
30 Trayvon Mullen
54 Amani Oruwariye
79 Michael Jackson
88 Julian Love
130 Mark Gilbert
132 Rock Ya-Sin
157 C Gardner-Johnson
158 Myles Bryant
168 Iman Marshall
176 Alijah Holder
190 Sean Bunting
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2019 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 Cleveland
D.K. Metcalf
    Ole Miss
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
225



While our big board crew at DraftTek believes there are a number of receivers in this class with first-round intrigue, I am far less optimistic. The ability to gain separation at the line of scrimmage, as well as coming out of your breaks will always be one the most vital skills a first-round pass catcher must have. Having said that, Metcalf is the only receiver I currently believe has any business in the first round, although Marquise Brown's speed could force me to change my mind. Metcalf has a special blend of size and athleticism that will remind Browns' fans of Josh Gordon.

Don't worry Dawg Pound, Metcalf doesn't come with the same concerns off the field, but there is one concern that could cause him to drop to this point. Metcalf suffered a season-ending neck injury in October, and while Metcalf doesn't expect the injury to be an issue moving forward, necks issues are always scary for evaluators.

If not for the injury, Metcalf would likely be a top-10 prospect, if not the best offensive prospect in this draft. If he falls to this point, Baker Mayfield is going to get another weapon. ~Austin Smith

18 Minnesota
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -7
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



In big news this week, the Vikings managed to round out most of their vacant coaching positions by bringing in a conglomerate of Super-Bowl-winning former Broncos. You remember that Broncos team that won on the backs of a vaunted defense, where there were legitimate questions as to whether Brock Osweiler or Peyton Manning was a better option to run the offense?

Yeah, that offense. All jokes aside, the hiring of Gary Kubiak and his compadres is a curious decision overall but, if results follow, no one will care come next January.

Looking at the draft, rumors are flying surrounding the fate of Josh Rosen, which triggered some prominent Minnesota radio figures to suggest the Vikings trade for him. I was a big fan of Rosen's coming out of last year's draft, but that idea is completely laughable at best. For better or worse, Kirk is the man and I can't see a world where that level of competition is brought in to unseat him from atop the depth chart.

The best thing Rick Spielman and company can do is keep Kirk comfortable by getting some offensive line talent around him. It's going to be a long draft season of hearing this theme, but it's not going away. In this mock, though, it's the disruptive DT from Clemson, Christian Wilkins here in RD 1. I'm not yet sure that the Vikings will be able to pass on an offensive lineman early, but if they do, Wilkins is a fine Plan B.

19 Tennessee
Juan Thornhill
    Virginia
    S
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
200



The Titans' strong stretches bookending the season couldn't overcome the team's three-game losing streak, and losses in 5 of 7 games, in October and November. Mike Vrabel has come in and changed the culture, especially on defense, but the team didn't quite come together to form the 'Patriots South' he set out to build.

Not only is it tough to expect an organizational culture to change in just one season under a new head coach, this team also has significant needs. First off, the Titans need to insulate Marcus Mariota. The team has obvious needs at OG, as Mariota often had interior pressure and had to leave the pocket early while Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis, two previously productive backs, averaged just 3.7 and 3.4 ypc, respectively. On defense, Vrabel needs his jack-of-all-trades DB like Belichick has in Devin McCourty.

Enter Juan Thornhill, a player who lacks the range to be a true FS, but is adept in underneath zones and can match up with tight ends or big WRs in bracket coverage. He's an athletic freak who will test off the charts at the combine, reportedly with a 3-cone time under 6.7, which is exceptional. While Thornhill is thought by many to be a 2nd round pick, his testing numbers at the combine will probably push him into the first.

-Kennedy Paynter (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)

20 Pittsburgh
Kris Boyd
    Texas
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +1
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
195



In the last 10 drafts the Steelers have drafted 13 cornerbacks, none of whom ended the season as starters for this team. For a Steelers' front office that can spot a Pro-Bowl wideout from a mile away and through 6 inches of lead, they are bizarrely terrible at evaluating the corners that share game tape with those wideouts. This draft season, like any other, we review the cornerback depth and note that it's too early to give up on some corners, some will live on at the fringe of the roster as special teams contributors, and some, like 2016 first-rounder Artie Burns, have shown enough to be shown the door. Burns had a promising start, but seemed to take a step back every season. He's on the last year of his rookie deal and is unlikely to warrant a fifth-year extension.

Boyd's aggressive nature and strong play in run support are one of the principal things the Steelers look for in a corner. For a defense lacking playmakers and tone setters, Boyd's aggressive play-style should be a plus. He's made some impactful plays (2018: 67 tackles, 16 PBU) in his college career, but he's also had some rough outings, giving up big plays , such as against Oklahoma State. Pundits allege that he's a grabby player with poor agility and tight hips. He'll have this offseason to show his athleticism and acumen as a player starting with the upcoming Senior Bowl.

21 Seattle
Jaquan Johnson
    Miami (FL)
    S
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
190



The Seahawks went from 6th in Pass Yards Against during 2017 to 17th this year. Considering the Legion of Boom was disbanded in the 2018 off-season and the team still made it to into Dallas for the wildcard, the drop-off isn't that concerning.

A major reason for that is Pete Carroll is extremely good at training DBs. Bradley McDougald has been a superb addition to this defense, seemingly filling roles vacated by both Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Meanwhile, 2017 draft selection Tedric Thompson stepped up and manned the FS position better than most would hope. When asked to defend opposing TE's, the Akeem King Experiment was shockingly effective -like holding Travis Kelce to 54 yards and a 55.6% catch rate.

Standing under six feet and weighing in below 200 lbs, Jaquan Johnson is a player that might not appear as a Seahawk on paper. What he lacks in size, he makes up in his play. Johnson is firecracker popping up all over the field, making tough tackles against bigger opponents in the box.

He also uses his athleticism to make late breaks on passes or to smother receivers. He's got a unique skillset and could be used in a niche role (like King) until he earns a starter's role. This has some precedent now with last year's Rashaad Penny pick.

~ Jeff Chapman, Seahawks Analyst

22 Baltimore
N'Keal Harry
    Arizona State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
216



There have been 24 first-round selections made by the Baltimore Ravens dating back to 1996 when Jonathan Ogden became the organization's first-ever draftee. Only three of these have been wide receivers: Travis Taylor in 2000, Mark Clayton in 2005, and the most recent being Breshad Perriman in 2015. Not one of these receivers eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark in a single season, so the Purple Murder needs to do their due diligence if they take another chance at a first-round receiver.

There is the added pressure of 2019 being Eric DeCosta's first-ever draft as the General Manager. If DeCosta does his due diligence, Harry should be his inaugural draftee. N'Keal Harry is the second-leading receiver in the history of Arizona State with 2,889 yards, accomplishing this feat in only three years on the field. He is also tied for third in career receiving touchdowns with 22. Baltimore's combination of offensive-line talent, led by former first-round tackle Ronnie Stanley and the dynamic Lamar Jackson at quarterback, is a perfect home for the ultra-talented Sun Devil.

Baltimore's ground attack averaged 160 yards per game without a premiere running back, so teams will go into 2019 game-planning to stop the run and try to force Jackson to beat them through the air. Tight end Mark Andrews seemed to form a chemistry with Jackson, which is exciting to see from two rookies, but reinforcements are needed. There is also a veteran receiver in the locker room to be an on-field coach for Harry. Michael Crabtree will be entering his eleventh season in the league. If he doesn't become a cap casualty could serve as a mentor.

A run-first team with a dominant offensive line and some veteran presence within the position group is a nice home for any rookie receiver. If Baltimore is to take that next step in 2019, they need to balance out their offense. The addition of N'Keal Harry is one giant leap toward achieving that goal.

- Talon Graff, Ravens Analyst

23 Houston
David Edwards
    Notre Dame
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -13
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
315



The Texans must do two things with this draft no matter what else happens during FA: 1) build an impenetrable wall in front of DW4, and 2) add speed and skill to the secondary. As many experts predict, the Texans may draft two OT and two DBs early in the draft, while sustaining a BPA approach.

Fortunately for the Texans, there are many talented players at positions of need available at #23. Additionally, Houston owns 6 selections in the first four rounds as ammunition to move up for coveted prospects. If prospects like Greedy, B. Murphy, Jonah Williams, or Greg Little begin to slide out of the Top 10, the Texans possess the draft capital to pounce. To be clear; there's no real need for a trade because players like David Edwards, Yodny Cajuste, Dalton Risner, Deandre Baker, Kris Boyd, and many others will be available when the Texans are on the clock.

All those players listed are upgrades to the current roster; it's just a matter of how various GMs rate them on their draft boards. Considering the amazing draft Brian Gaine led last year with minimal picks, I'm excited to see what Gaine can accomplish with a full complement of selections, and then some. Drafting well and keeping players like Clowney, Mathieu, and Jackson in H-Town will go a long way to the Texans repeating as AFC South Champions...and start my delayed Texan Dynasty!

~ CME, Texans Analyst

24 Oakland
Jeffery Simmons
    Mississippi State
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



Here's the ideal scenario for the Raiders. After passing on Quinnen Williams at #4, the comparable Jeffery Simmons- who was a 5 star out of high school (Williams was a late rising 4 star), is 15 pounds heavier and had 7 more career TFLs than his Tide counterpart. Both are 6'4", and Simmons is McShay's #4 overall prospect, just 2 spots behind Williams. Nabbing such a prospect at #24 would be a major coup, though not so much when you think about the fact that we gave up Khalil Mack to do it, but that's an impossble standard. Now, Mark Davis would have to carve out an exception from his strong stance against players with Simmons' history, but the former Bulldog's misconduct occured when he was in high school and will likely be scrutinized but forgiven by talent-needy NFL teams. As the Raiders chase the Chiefs, adding a playmaking DT from Mississippi State, a la Chris Jones, is a great way to start.




25 Philadelphia
Kelvin Harmon
    NC State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +9
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
213



Well, "The Magic Run" is over, Philly fans. Many Eagles' faithful have moved to the stage of grief where they can accept this loss, and appreciate the good memories. Not me. My throat is still sore from screaming at the TV during the final drive, hoping Doug Pederson would hear me telling him there's no need to rush or panic...that with a mere 27 yards to go, with two full minutes remaining, and time outs in your pocket, you could take your time, milk the clock, and get the winning TD with 20 seconds left. CERTAINLY there was no need to spaz out and inexplicably try to squeeze ONE MORE PLAY in before the two-minute warning when there was an eternity of time left and NO NEED to increase the chance of a mistake by rushing a play off when...

OK wait: Serenity Now. As I was saying, the 2019 Eagles' season has officially begun. There will be a lot of personnel decisions that will be made in the coming months. With OT Jason Peters likely retiring, the Achilles injury to OG Brandon Brooks, and even C Jason Kelce mentioning retirement...what will this O-Line look like next year? The D-Line, with the uncertain futures of Brandon Graham and Michael Bennett, has its own question marks. Multiple running backs may be needed. And, with all due respect to Nelson Agholor and Golden Tate, a field-stretching WR is also needed. The Eagles were a middling 16th in splash pass plays (20+ YDS) in 2018, and that needs to improve.

Wolfpack WR Kelvin Harmon may not be a true burner, however he is very effective at all levels of the route tree. Coaches will love his attitude, work ethic, and the mean streak he brings to the table when blocking for the run. Harmon may not be the true complementary speedster the Eagles need right now, but he could be a legit #1 WR when Alshon Jeffery's days are over in Philly. Plus, he's just REALLY good at football.

- Broz, Eagles Analyst

26 Indianapolis
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside
    Stanford
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +8
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
222



What a difference a year makes. In the previous two seasons that Andrew Luck suited up, he took the brunt of a porous offensive line that just couldn't seem to get out of its own way. Case in point: in 2016 the Colts ranked 28th with 2.8 sacks allowed per game. In 2015 the rank was 17th with 2.3 sacks. After sitting out the 2017 season to recuperate, he came back this season and was protected to the tune of just 1.2 sacks per game, tops in the league.

This despite playing with an underwhelming group of WRs. Outside of all-star T.Y. Hilton (76-1270-6TD) and red zone TE Eric Ebron (66-750-13TD), there's nothing much in the stable that will cause opposing DCs to lose sleep. This is evidenced by the checkdown production of RB Nyheim Hines (63-425-2TD)

Of the WRs beyond Hilton, the best two producers are free agents: Chester Rogers (53-485-2TD) and Ryan Grant (35-334-1TD). Oh,and Dontrelle Inman is also on the streets. This is a ton of bodies, folks. Rogers as an RFA should be re-signed to provide slot continuity, but quality help is needed is the Colts are going to take the next step and challenge the Chiefs for AFC supremecy over the next 5 years.

It's a lock that one of Indy's early picks will be a WR. Over the next several weeks, we'll tour a number of the available prospects who figure to be available around pick #26. This week it's J.J. Arcega-Whiteside. This "getting to know you" piece indicates that JJAW is a closeted basketball player, which has no doubt contributed to his accumulating 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons at Stanford.

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



The Gruden-Mayock tandem stays in Mississippi as the fortune continues. A wildly productive SEC receiver, Brown has the ability to make Raiders fans forget about Amari Cooper- at least the one we see in Oakland, though maybe not the Jerry Rice-esque version we see in Dallas. Needing to dramatically overhaul the wide receivers, adding a complete package like Brown will aid a unit whose top WR was 49th in yards per game and turns 34 before the start of next season.

The one concern about Brown and the Raiders is that he is not a burner, and, with painfully slow Jordy Nelson and Marcell Ateman as key pass catchers, speed is a need. Nevertheless, bringing in a talent like Brown (our #21 overall) at #27 is a big win for Derek Carr and the offense. Also likely to be discussed at this spot would be RB Damien Harris, TE Noah Fant, and LB Te'Von Coney.

28 LA Chargers
Zach Allen
    Boston College
    DL5T
    Reach/Value:     +5
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
285



A year of progress, of magical comebacks, of daring to believe came to a thudding halt Sunday in Foxboro for the Chargers. The defense that had felt solid from front to back was suddenly unable to stop a short pass or defend against a power run game.

While one game doesn't define a franchise, the flat tire against New England shows there's more work for GM Tom Telesco and Coach Mike Lynn to do to get this team to the top. While stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram are under contract until 2021, starting tackle Brandon Mebane and rotation D Linemen Damian Square and Anthony Lanier are free agents.

The already-stout unit can upgrade its youth, athleticism and tenacity with Boston College's Zach Allen, a 6-5, 285-pound hybrid D End/Tackle. Long and versatile, Allen has been compared to Michael Bennett as an equal-opportunity disrupter against the run and pass. Along with setting a stout edge against the run, Allen had enough moves and quickness to rack up 30 tackles for loss and a dozen sacks in two years as a starter.

Like so many guys, Allen's combo performance will be key to him climbing into the first round. If the Chargers opt to look a bit further back in the defense, inside linebackers like Devin White and Mack Wilson will be squarely in their sights.

Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst

29 New England
DeAndre Baker
    Georgia
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
185



This is a typical Bill Belichick move, as he won't pass on the best player available, even at a position of strength. By many accounts, DeAndre Baker is a top-15 player that falls into the Patriots' lap here at the end of the first round. One can reasonably argue that CB is the strongest position group on the roster, period, not just on defense.

However, both Jason McCourty and Eric Rowe are Unrestricted Free Agents after this season. Belichick may not want to spend the money to keep the lesser-tenured McCourty around, even after the 31-year-old had an outstanding year in coverage. Given Rowe's lack of contribution, sometimes due to injury, the team is likely to move on from him.

Jonathan Jones will be entering Unrestricted Free Agency this spring. Duke Dawson, the 2018 RD2 pick, is a complete unknown at this point after functionally missing his entire rookie campaign due to injury.

Baker is an instinctive corner that reads routes well in man coverage, which is Belichick's preferred defensive scheme.

- Jonathan Rosenberg, Patriots Analyst

30 LA Rams
Jerry Tillery
    Notre Dame
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
306



Jerry Tillery already has a bad reputation in Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. He displayed two ugly temper tantrums during a 45-27 loss against USC during the 2016 season finale. First, he kicked a Trojan player in the head; and later, stomped on another's leg. He's also done some other dumb stuff: suspended from the 2015 Fiesta Bowl after an unspecified team rules violation, and a Twitter tirade in which he indirectly lobbied for fired LSU coach Les Miles to replace Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly. Time has passed. Let's all move on.

Ndamukong Suh may retire (with a Super Bowl ring) at the end of this post season, and DL Michael Brockers could become a potential salary-cap casualty in 2019. At 6'6, 306 lbs, Tillery, who was originally recruited as an offensive lineman, is a nasty and speedy defensive tackle who will draw blockers' attention away from Aaron Donald.

The 20-year-old defensive lineman considered entering the NFL last year; but opted to return for his senior season. After solid performances against Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Virginia Tech in 2018, his standout game came against Stanford, where he registered six total tackles, four sacks, two quarterback hits, and was a constant disruption to the Stanford offense. His speed and ability to create pressure have resulted in Tillery leading Notre Dame's defense with seven sacks. He is a versatile D-lineman who can line up in both a 3-4 and 4-3 defensive front.

~ LABudMan, Rams Analyst

31 Kansas City
Amani Oruwariye
    Penn State
    CB
    Reach/Value:     -23
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
209



We burned the sage, held hands in a circle, and chanted. We poured holy water in Section 111. Now, gone are the demons of playoffs past! Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce (true "Ghostbusters") sent those specters packing. Gone are the evil spirits who have inhabited One Arrowhead Drive! Say good-bye to the disgruntled spirits of fired coaches Stram and Levy. The moved on! Gone is the Colts' curse! Chris Jones, Dee Ford' and Justin Houston sacked that evil monster! (Colts had not punted in KC since 1995.) Gone is the curse of Gary Barbaro. Damien Williams scored and broke it! Gone are these evil spirits! This team exorcised them all!

True, that specter who haunted all Chiefs' placekickers dating back to Jan Stenerud appeared. Fortunately, he forgot which uniform he was supposed to vex. (By the way, the extra drops of holy water for Lin Elliott --very helpful, thank you.)

The demons fought back. They conjured gameday-morning snowfall, enough to blanket roadways, knock down trees, and knock out power throughout the city. Yet, KC fans would not be denied their gameday pleasure. Bars packed in fans. Friends and relatives housed friend and relatives. Suburbs like Leawood, where the trees stand only six feet tall and drivers are denied the ability to make a left-hand turn without crossing over a median, became a beacon to inner-city/midtown Chiefs fans. We witnessed the beatdown of those demons! Now, anything is possible. We are only one home game away from the Super Bowl!

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst

32 Green Bay
Noah Fant
    Iowa
    TE
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
241



When the Packers signed Jimmy Graham to a three-year $30 million contract last March, the expectation was that he would become a featured weapon in Green Bay's offensive attack. While he ranked 9th in receiving yards for a TE with 636 yards last season, Graham's performance was largely underwhelming. It was especially surprising that Graham failed to produce in the red zone, tying a career low with just 2 TDs. Graham's history in Seattle suggests that there's hope he'll bounce back in his second season with the Packers. Graham's production with the Seahawks jumped from 605 yards and 2 TDs in his first season with the team to 923 yards and 6 TDs in his second season with the club. Perhaps Matt LaFluer's offensive scheme and improved chemistry with Aaron Rodgers could lead to a similar spike. Even if Graham's production climbs, GM Brian Gutekunst has to be thinking about a potential replacement for the 32-year-old TE.

Few prospects at the TE position boast the athletic profile of Iowa's Noah Fant. At 6'5" and 241 lbs, Fant has the speed to torch most LBs and the size to out-muscle most DBs. Perhaps most impressively, Fant posted a vertical leap of over 42" during the Hawkeyes' offseason workouts. To put that in perspective, Fant's mark would be the best of any TE to attend the Combine in the past seven years. Fant's raw athleticism also translates into production on the field, as the Iowa product has put up 69 catches for 1,012 yards and 18 TDs over the past two seasons. Fant could be an excellent addition to the Packers offensive attack with the ability to form a dangerous duo with Graham while being groomed to be his eventual successor.

- James Siebers, Packers 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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2 Quinnen Williams
Alabama
DL3T
3 Greedy Williams
LSU
CB
5 Josh Allen
Kentucky
OLB
6 Greg Little
Ole Miss
OT
7 Jonah Williams
Alabama
OT
9 Deionte Thompson
Alabama
S
12 D.K. Metcalf
Ole Miss
WRF
13 Jachai Polite
Florida
OLB
14 Devin White
LSU
ILB
15 Jeffery Simmons
Mississippi State
DL3T
20 Damien Harris
Alabama
RBF
21 A.J. Brown
Ole Miss
WRF
22 Montez Sweat
Mississippi St
EDGE
27 DeAndre Baker
Georgia
CB
37 Drew Lock
Missouri
QB
40 Martez Ivey
Florida
OG
43 Deebo Samuel
South Carolina
WRF
45 Darryl Williams
Mississippi St
OG
47 Elgton Jenkins
Mississippi St
OC
49 Mack Wilson
Alabama
ILB
51 Irv Smith Jr.
Alabama
TE
55 DaMarkus Lodge
Ole Miss
WRF
60 C.J. Conrad
Kentucky
TE
62 Isaiah Buggs
Alabama
DL5T
64 Benny Snell Jr.
Kentucky
RBF
66 Josh Jacobs
Alabama
RBF
68 Riley Ridley
Georgia
WRF
73 Foster Moreau
LSU
TE
84 Elijah Holyfield
Georgia
RBF
89 Terry Beckner Jr.
Missouri
DL3T
94 Anfernee Jennings
Alabama
OLB
98 Garrett Brumfield
LSU
OG
101 Jordan Jones
Kentucky
OLB
111 Jordan Ta'amu
Ole Miss
QB
116 Dontavius Russell
Auburn
DL1T
125 D'Andre Walker
Georgia
EDGE
141 Vosean Joseph
Florida
OLB
143 Rashard Lawrence
LSU
DL1T
146 Leo Lewis
Mississippi State
ILB
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Alabama
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