Tommy Call's Final 2019 1st-Round Mock Draft

Predictions for all 32 picks of the opening round

Tommy Call
April 25, 2019 - 9:47 am

What’s the best part of the draft process? The scouting reports? No. The big boards? No. The combine? Negative. The mock drafts? Yeah buddy! You’re not here to read my pre-mock draft introduction paragraph, you’re here for the picks baby — so, go on and scroll away.

*One heads up, this mock draft has NO TRADES. Let’s not get too cute here, but come on, you know there will be some trades.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

“Kyler Murray no matter what.”

-Kliff Kingsbury, probably 

But for real, unless the Arizona Cardinals have pulled off the greatest smoke season in draft history all signs point to them sticking with Murray at 1. I teetered back and forth with sticking Quinnen Williams here and moving Murray to three with the Washington Redskins, but it seems like the rumors may just be generated to hype the interest in the draft. A little unknown is a good thing.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Don’t mess this up, John.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

The Jets have been tapped as the team to trade back out of the top five. If Murray falls, expect the Jets to be targeted as the team to get in front of the Raiders, but instead they get the best player in the draft.

4. Oakland Raiders: Devin White, LB, LSU

I just don’t buy the QB hype.

The Raiders have essentially linked themselves to almost every player in the first round. Dwayne Haskins just isn’t it and I think Jon Gruden knows that, and if he wants Murray he’ll have to trade up for him. It feels like the Raiders have struggled to find an inside linebacker for years now and LSU’s Devin White is there for the taking. Remember how hyped Roquan Smith was last draft? Devin White might be a shade better, so yes he’s very much worth the fourth overall pick.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

Things have came full circle on Ed Oliver. If this was a mock draft from three months ago you’d probably expect Oliver to be this high, but if this was a mock from a month ago you’d expect Oliver to be lower. Don’t overthink this, Oliver is one of the best players in the draft.

6. New York Giants: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

I mean *sigh.* Please don’t draft Duke’s Daniel Jones here, Gettlemen. As much as Gettleman may “love” Jones, he loves drafting defensive linemen more. The Giants need tons of help on defense and they get one of the most versatile chess pieces in Kentucky’s Josh Allen. Allen was a production monster for the Big Blue Nation in his final season and there’s no reason to think he can’t match that for the Giants.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Jaguars paid a ton of money to get Nick Foles this off season and now they’ll use a top-10 pick to get a clone of Foles favorite target, Zach Ertz. The Jaguars need help with targets for Foles and need help protecting him. As good as T.J. Hockenson may be as a pass catcher, he’s also a mauling blocker. On top of all that he has the nastiness of a Tom Coughlin guy.

8. Detroit Lions: Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

This was a tough pick to mock. I feel like Lions would love it if Allen, Oliver or Hockenson fell to them, but instead they take best player available off my board, Brian Burns. Burns has nasty speed around the corner, and you pair that with Trey Flowers, Snacks Harrison, A’Shawn Robinson and you have one of the best defensive lines in football.

9. Buffalo Bills: Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson

The Bills spent a ton of money in adding to their offense this offseason, but still have a massive gap left behind by Kyle Williams retirement. Christian Wilkins is a talented prospect with relentless hands and power, but on top of that, he’s a special human being. Wilkins will be an impact leader wherever he gets drafted.

10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Vic Fangio has had stud inside linebackers wherever he’s coached. Patrick Willis, Roquan Smith and now Devin Bush. Personally Bush is my favorite player in the draft. He’s a thumper that can run and cover anywhere, plus he was the captain of the Michigan defense that has several potential NFL players. Fangio and John Elway need to get back to the old ways of the Broncos defense and Bush can help that.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Drew Lock, QB, Cincinnati

Andy Dalton has had a surprisingly good career, but he’s still mediocre at best. Can Zac Taylor win with Dalton? Probably not, so the Bengals waste no time in finding his replacement, Drew Lock. Lock is incredibly raw, but has a missile for an arm that Taylor can work with.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Protect Aaron Rodgers at all costs. The Pack upgraded their defense in the offseason and now they have to help Rodgers. Jonah Williams is a top-5 player in this class that can play anywhere on the line.

13. Miami Dolphins: Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State

The Dolphins miss on their man Christian Wilkins, but land a top-10 player in Mississippi State’s Jeffrey Simmons. Simmons is a monster, but an ACL injury will red shirt him his rookie year. If the Dolphins are serious about punting on 2019 then Simmons just makes too much sense.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

It seems like the draft world is sleeping on Clelin Ferrell. He’s a powerful, bulldog rusher that fits the character mold of what the Atlanta Falcons love.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

I could legitimately see Dwayne Haskins falling farther past 15, or going in the top-10. He’s suddenly became a polarizing prospect in this class and you know who loves polarizing prospects? Dan Snyder.

16. Carolina Panthers: Cody Ford, IOL, Oklahoma

The Panthers love running the football, and Oklahoma’s Cody Ford is a road-grader out in space. With Cam Newton’s health in question, the Panthers need to surround Christian McCaffrey with pieces to help him do his thing.

17. New York Giants: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

What? Not a quarterback again? What? Yep. I firmly believe Dave Gettleman is trolling us all. He’s going to stick to his brand and draft offensive and defensive linemen. This is Saquon Barkley’s team now and they need to create lanes for him. The Giants drafted Will Hernandez last season and now they’ll have a young offensive line tandem to protect a future quarterback after Eli Manning.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, IOL, NC State

The Vikings need a ton of help on their offensive line, especially if they want to get Dalvin Cook going. Garrett Bradbury is one of this draft classes best kept secrets in this draft class. He’s a smart blocker that gets out in space with ease. A perfect fit for what Mike Zimmer and Kevin Stefanski want to do.

19. Tennessee Titans: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Marcus Mariota has looked good when Delanie Walker is catching his passes. That can’t be said for the other Tennessee receivers, so it would be smart to find Walker’s replacement. Fant is one of the most skilled players in the draft because he’s too big for defensive backs and too fast for linebackers. He would add a dynamic piece to the Titans offense day one.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

I can’t believe we live in a world where Rock Ya-Sin might be drafted over Byron Murphy, but here we are. Ya-Sin is raw, but has some popping traits that you want to see, but now the question is can Pittsburgh develop him?

21. Seattle Seahawks: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

Montez Sweat has dealt with some unfortunate health concerns in the pre-draft process, but his unbelievable athleticism still makes him a first round pick. The Seahawks didn’t want to pay Frank Clark making it so they have to replace him here.  

22. Baltimore Ravens: Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Deebo, the first receiver off the board? Yep. He’s an alpha-type attitude player that hasn’t came close to his peak yet. He dealt with horrible quarterback play in college and still produced at a high level. Samuel could fill in as the perfect underneath weapon for Lamar Jackson.

23. Houston Texans: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

Can the Texans protect Deshaun Watson? Nope. Kansas State’s Dalton Risner can help that.

24. Oakland Raiders: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Somehow, someway the best corner in the draft has fallen all the way to 24 and the Raiders have to take him. Murphy is the perfect counterpart to Gareon Conley. Murphy has flawless technique and fluid hips. He can play inside and out if needed. If the Raiders want to slow down the Kansas City Chiefs, they’ll to add talent to their secondary.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

The Eagles were another tough team to mock. I don’t think they go wide receiver here, and Jeffrey Simmons is gone to Miami, so I’ll just give them the best player still available on my board, Chauncey Gardner-Johnson. Gardner-Johnson is a swiss army knife type player on defense that can play anywhere in the secondary. Gardner-Johnson is the type of player good teams don’t pass on.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Malik Hooker and Jonathan Abram in the same secondary? Whew, that’s scary. When Chris Ballard takes a shot he doesn’t miss making it whatever he does here probably the right decision.

27. Oakland Raiders: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

If D.K. Metcalf is still on the board when the Raiders are on the clock at 27, the ghost of Al Davis will force Mayock and Gruden to make this pick. Gruden has touted Metcalf since the combine and now he’s here to add to maybe the best receiver corp in football?

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame

The Chargers are a sneaky team to select a quarterback if one falls, but I’d expect them to be in on Josh Rosen when he becomes available. As for No. 28, the Chargers add a player with an immense amount of upside in Notre Dame’s Jerry Tillery. Tillery is a modern day defensive tackle that can rush the passer at a high rate. Adding that to a defensive line with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram should be scary for the AFC West.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The Seahawks need to replenish the legion of boom and it starts with Juan Thornhill at 29. Thornhill is another versatile banger that can play back deep, but isn’t afraid to tackle inside. Thornhill is a smart gritty player that has a cerebral sense for the game. Just feels like the type of player Seattle would value.

30. Green Bay Packers: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Sticking with the help Aaron Rodgers theme, the Packers add help to their depleted receiving corp with Iowa State’s Hakeem Butler. Butler is a freak, he’s a 6’6 deep threat with loads of potential. If Rodgers gives him a chance to develop he could be special lining up next to Davante Adams.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Great all around football players like Taylor Rapp shouldn’t fall this far. Rapp has the best instincts in the entire draft and will contribute right away. Newly signed Eric Weddle can mentor Rapp before handing him the baton. The Rams have a very complete roster and will grab the best player available, and here that is Rapp.

32. New England Patriots: Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

Who can really predict what the Patriots are going to do? They have a whole mess of picks in the top-100, so they have the firepower to trade up if they want. At 32, they add some interior offensive line help with Chris Lindstrom from Boston College.

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