2019 NFL Round 1 Mock Draft
It’s that time of year! With only a few weeks left until the teams convene in Nashville, I present my first round mock draft. This year I am not predicting any trades in the first round but there are still some really interesting picks and I am expecting four quarterbacks to be taken in the first round. Read on for all 32 picks…
1) Arizona Cardinals - QB Kyler Murray
In what will probably be considered the worst-kept secret of this year’s draft, I think the Cardinals will select Kyler Murray first overall. He is a great talent and new coach Kliff Kingsbury will have a lot to build around with Murray at the centre of that offence.
2) San Francisco 49ers - DE Nick Bosa
A polished edge rusher and generally considered the best player in the draft, Nick Bosa is a great pick for a team sorely in need of a star pass rusher. Coupled with the 49ers’ free agent additions, Bosa will ensure that this defence is miles better than last year.
3) New York Jets - DT Quinnen Williams
Williams is the defensive star this Jets side needs following the acquisition of Le'veon Bell on the offensive side - Williams is a dynamic player with few weaknesses and impressive speed.
4) Oakland Raiders - DE Josh Allen
In the first of three picks in this round, I believe the Raiders will look to acquire a big pass rusher with proven talent and massive potential. Josh Allen is that guy.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB Devin White
Linebacker is a key need for the Bucs and White is an exciting, physically-adept linebacker with significant NFL promise who can really add to a team that has struggled on both sides of the ball in recent years.
6) New York Giants - DE Rashan Gary
Despite the overwhelming need for a QB, I think the Giants will elect to draft a versatile defensive player to elevate the team on that side of the ball. I believe the Giants will make a play for current Cardinals QB Josh Rosen to fill that need.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars - OT Jawaan Taylor
Taylor is a 6’5” 334lbs offensive tackle who has improved in every season at Florida and would help the Jags protect new QB Nick Foles.
8) Detroit Lions - TE Noah Fant
Fant is an athletic tight end with the speed of a receiver who can really add some excitement to this Lions offence.
9) Buffalo Bills - WR D.K. Metcalf
D.K. Metcalf is an explosive, gifted wide receiver and would make an excellent target for Josh Allen.
10) Denver Broncos - QB Dwayne Haskins
The Broncos have been trying (and failing) for several years to find their QB of the future. Haskins is a great talent who will learn well from an experienced QB like Joe Flacco.
11) Cincinnati Bengals - LB Devin Bush
Bush is a physical, versatile linebacker who would make a great addition to any defence - a great replacement for Vontaze Burfict.
12) Green Bay Packers - TE T.J. Hockenson
Hockenson is a talented, balanced TE with few weaknesses - very similar to George Kittle and a tremendous weapon for Aaron Rodgers.
13) Miami Dolphins - QB Drew Lock
The Dolphins need a franchise quarterback after cutting loose Ryan Tannehill - Lock is physically gifted and will develop mentally behind Free Agency signing Ryan Fitzpatrick.
14) Atlanta Falcons - DT Ed Oliver
Oliver is an impressively quick player with the ability to elevate a defence. A welcome addition for the Falcons as they try to regain the form they showed in 2016.
15) Washington Redskins - WR Marquise Brown
A great deep threat with dominant speed and a high ceiling - Brown will be a great addition to this Washington team.
16) Carolina Panthers - DT Christian Wilkins
A solid defensive tackle who has shown great things so far in his career - a good pick at this point in the draft.
17) New York Giants - OT Jonah Williams
Williams is a talented and versatile offensive lineman who could play at tackle or guard. Either way, the Giants have struggled for several years to protect Eli Manning - Williams will be great for Manning and his successor.
18) Minnesota Vikings - G Cody Ford
The Vikings have a pressing need at Guard and Cody Ford is an exciting, gifted player with impressive tape.
19) Tennessee Titans - DE Brian Burns
Burns has proven himself a dominant pass rusher throughout his college career - great value for Titans at this position.
20) Pittsburgh Steelers - CB Byron Murphy
Pittsburgh have a need at corner and the remarkable Murphy is top CB on most draft boards with potentially game-changing talent.
21) Seattle Seahawks - DE Montez Sweat
With the Legion of Boom over, Seattle have been looking for a new defensive star and Montez Sweat could definitely be that guy - a good solid pass rusher.
22) Baltimore Ravens - C Garrett Bradbury
Bradbury has great blocking skills and would be a good addition to the Ravens’ offensive line in front of QB Lamar Jackson.
23) Houston Texans - G Chris Lindstrom
Texans QB Deshaun Watson was sacked more times than any other last season - Lindstrom is consistent, versatile and a great addition to this offensive line.
24) Oakland Raiders - CB Greedy Williams
Yet another dynamic defensive player for Oakland as they look to rebuild this team - Williams is an athletic corner with a high ceiling.
25) Philadelphia Eagles - RB Josh Jacobs
Widely regarded as the best running back on the board, Jacobs would be incredible value at 25 for a team that desperately needs a star RB.
26) Indianapolis Colts - DT Dexter Lawrence
The Colts need a big, strong defensive lineman and Lawrence is just that - a big strong defensive lineman and a day 1 starter.
27) Oakland Raiders - RB Devin Singletary
With their final first round pick the Raiders add an offensive weapon in running back Devin Singletary -an interesting back with plenty of development opportunities.
28) Los Angeles Chargers - WR Hakeem Butler
Butler is a promising downfield threat and will make a great target for Philip Rivers as the Chargers look to build on a great 2018 season.
29) Kansas City Chiefs - DE Clelin Ferrell
Defence was the weaker side of the ball for the Chiefs last season and with a new defensive scheme and coordinator, a high impact DE like Ferrell will be a great addition.
30) Green Bay Packers - S Nasir Adderley
Adderley is an incredible prospect at safety with very little downside who the Packers will hope can get that ball into the hands of Aaron Rodgers.
31) Los Angeles Rams - CB DeAndre Baker
The Rams have a few needs on defence and Baker is a talented, competitive player who should be a welcome addition to the team.
32) New England Patriots - QB Daniel Jones
Jones is not the most talented QB in the draft but his skill set could be a good match for the Patriots when Tom Brady eventually hangs up his boots
That’s it - a full first round mock draft. Let me know in the comments below how your mock drafts compare to mine.
The 2019 NFL Draft begins on 25th April. All action will be available live on NFL Network.