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Citak: 2019 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Giants Find Their QB Of Future, Jets Address Defense

Matt Citak
February 20, 2019 - 12:16 pm
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With over two months to go until the NFL draft, a lot can change between now and the time Commissioner Roger Goodell walks up to the podium in Nashville, Tennessee, to announce the first pick.

We are still four weeks away from the start of free agency, when teams will look to fill many of their needs with veteran players. 

While the free agent market will certainly be where some organizations will look to patch up holes throughout the roster, not all teams have a lot of cap space to work with this offseason. 

If the 2019 draft is as wild as last year's was, then we should be in for an incredibly entertaining weekend in Music City.

Leading up to April 25, I will be creating several mock drafts for WFAN.

No projected trades were included in this first mock draft.

1. Arizona Cardinals -- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
A lot of people are connecting the Cardinals to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, and there is a chance he becomes the likely first pick between now and the end of April. But at this moment, it's hard to see Arizona passing on the top prospect of this draft class in Bosa. 

2. San Francisco 49ers -- Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
While Bosa is the top pass rusher in the draft, Allen is a very close second. The 6-foot-5, 250-pound edge rusher racked up an impressive 17 sacks and five forced fumbles for Kentucky last season and would immediately help fill one of the 49ers' biggest needs.

3. New York Jets -- Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama
The Jets have plenty of holes to fill on both sides of the ball, and with no second-round pick, Gang Green is a prime candidate to trade down with a team looking to draft a QB. If they stay at No. 3, New York would be wise to snag the super talented, playmaking three-technique defensive tackle.

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4. Oakland Raiders -- Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Jon Gruden traded Khalil Mack to the Bears before the start of last season, which led to the Raiders finishing the year with a league-low 13 sacks. Oakland will spend at least one of their three first-round picks on a pass rusher, and with Gary's ability to also line up inside at tackle, he's the pick at No. 4.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Similar to the other teams picking at the top of the draft, Tampa Bay has a ton of needs to address this offseason. But after the Buccaneers ranked as one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last season, none may be more pressing than cornerback. Enter Williams, a 6-foot-3, lockdown corner who amassed eight interceptions over the last two seasons.

6. New York Giants -- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I'm not fully sold on the notion that Giants general manager Dave Gettleman will take a quarterback with the sixth pick. New York certainly needs to find its QB of the future, but if last year showed us anything, it's that Gettleman will not be forced into picking someone based off public pressure. We should get a little more clarity on the matter following the NFL combine and the Ohio State Pro Day, but for now, I'll stick with Haskins to the Giants.

Dec 1, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) looks to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half in the Big Ten conference championship game. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
The Blake Bortles experiment is expected to come to an end, meaning the Jaguars will be in the market for a new signal-caller. While they could look to the draft to find their next QB, Jacksonville is the most logical spot for Nick Foles or Teddy Bridgewater. Meanwhile, team vice president Tom Coughlin will look to shore up the O-line by taking Williams, the top offensive lineman in the draft.

8. Detroit Lions -- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ziggy Ansah already has one foot out the door, making edge rusher an obvious need for the Lions. Ferrell is a 6-foot-5, 265-pound pure pass rusher who has recorded 21 sacks over the last two years at Clemson. While Detroit could use help at tight end and cornerback, Ferrell will come in and give coach Matt Patricia some much-needed pressure on the QB.

9. Buffalo Bills -- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Bills found their franchise quarterback in last year's draft, and now it's time to give Josh Allen the protection he needs. Taylor could immediately slot in as the starting right tackle, giving the Bills a strong, mobile lineman to block for their young QB.

10. Denver Broncos -- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The trade for Joe Flacco will help in 2019, but the veteran is not Denver's long-term answer at QB. Broncos president John Elway is reportedly very fond of the Missouri quarterback, who could sit behind Flacco for a year before taking over the offense in 2020. 

11. Cincinnati Bengals -- Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Cincinnati could be tempted to take Murray if he's available at No. 11, and a linebacker like LSU's Devin White is also a possibility here, but the Bengals have some serious work to do on their O-line. Four of the team's five offensive tackles are free agents, making Ford a logical choice.

12. Green Bay Packers -- Jachai Polite, DE/OLB, Florida
Green Bay could use another weapon for Aaron Rodgers, but it can address that with the 30th pick from last year's trade with the Saints. The Packers badly need an edge rusher, and Polite is one of the best ones in the draft. Montez Sweat is another possibility here.

13. Miami Dolphins -- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Dolphins are finally ready to move on from Ryan Tannehill, putting Miami firmly in the QB market. GM Chris Grier could choose to wait until 2020 to draft the team's quarterback of the future, but Murray's potential is too appealing to pass up at No. 13.

14. Atlanta Falcons -- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston 
Grady Jarrett will be the crown jewel of the interior defensive linemen free agent class this offseason, which may make him too costly to bring back to Atlanta. Oliver's stock has dropped a bit over the last month, but his quickness is still very impressive. He'd be able to step in for Jarrett from day one.

15. Washington Redskins -- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Reports have emerged that Washington was interested in trading for Flacco before he was dealt to Denver, meaning they are looking for a QB to fill in for the injured Alex Smith in 2019. Bridgewater could be another option on that front, and drafting Brown would provide him and the Redskins' offense with quite the spark. Brown underwent surgery for a Lisfranc injury last month but is expected to be ready for training camp this summer.

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16. Carolina Panthers -- Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State
Julius Peppers decided to hang up his cleats, leaving the Panthers with a need to find a pass rusher. Sweat has already begun to soar up draft boards, and with an impressive performance in Indy next month, he could find his way into the top 10. If he's available at No. 16, Carolina will sprint to the podium with this pick.

17. Cleveland Browns -- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The defensive line is far from Cleveland's biggest need with Myles Garrett and Larry Ogunjobi already on the team. However, general manager John Dorsey will take advantage of the opportunity to bolster the line even more with the versatile tackle out of Clemson. Wide receiver is also in play here.

18. Minnesota Vikings -- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
There may not be another team that has been linked more to the offensive lineman in this draft than the Vikings. Quarterback Kirk Cousins was under constant pressure last season, which will likely cause Minnesota to add several O-linemen. Dillard shined at the Senior Bowl, and Cousins will love having the 6-foot-5 behemoth protecting him. 

19. Tennessee Titans -- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Delanie Walker is under contract for another two years, but the veteran is coming off a serious ankle injury. Tennessee could give Marcus Mariota another big target in Hockenson, a 6-foot-5, athletic tight end capable of lining up in the slot on one play and blowing up a defender on the next. Some have even gone so far as to call him the next Gronk.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Devin White, LB, LSU
The Steelers' defense was not the same in 2018 without Ryan Shazier. While the linebacker continues to work toward a return to the field, that is far from guaranteed. White could end up being one of the best players to come out of this draft class and would be a great replacement for Shazier at middle linebacker.

21. Seattle Seahawks -- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Legion of Boom is a distant memory at this point, as the final member of the group, Earl Thomas, has likely played his last down in Seattle. Adding Baker would be a great start to bolstering a secondary that needs a ton of work this offseason.

22. Baltimore Ravens -- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
With Flacco now in Denver, the Ravens are officially Lamar Jackson's team. In order to put the franchise quarterback in the best position possible to win, Baltimore will have to add some pass catchers. Metcalf is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound physical specimen who would provide Jackson with the big-play threat he needs.

23. Houston Texans -- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
The Texans did an awful job of protecting Deshaun Watson last season, surrendering a league-high 62 sacks. Houston will have to add some big bodies to their line if they want to make the playoffs again in 2019, and the 6-foot-6, 325-pound Little is as big as they come.

24. Oakland Raiders -- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
After picking up a stud defensive end with the fourth overall pick, Gruden adds a big pass-catching weapon on offense at No. 24. Harry has amazing speed, incredible agility and possibly the best hands in the draft. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will thank Gruden for this pick.

25. Philadelphia Eagles -- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Eagles could use some help at corner, but they can't pass up the value Lawrence offers near the end of the first round. Pairing the 6-foot-5, 340-pound defensive lineman with Fletcher Cox in the middle of the D-line would form quite the scary pair in Philly.

26. Indianapolis Colts -- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Colts can address their need at wide receiver in free agency, allowing them to beef up the secondary with the 26th pick. Murphy is one of the most talented defensive playmakers in this class, picking off seven passes over the last two seasons.

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27. Oakland Raiders -- Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
Gruden will continue his effort to replace Mack by taking a second pass rusher in the first round. The 6-foot-5 Burns is a pure edge rusher with a ton of speed, and paired with Gary, would vastly improve Oakland's ability to pressure opposing quarterbacks.

28. Los Angeles Chargers -- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Philip Rivers showed last season that he still has a lot left in the tank. But eventually, the Chargers will have to find his replacement. With Jones falling into Los Angeles' lap at No. 28, GM Tom Telesco won't waste the opportunity to find the Chargers' next franc

29. Kansas City Chiefs -- Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
It's clear that Kansas City's offense is set with Patrick Mahomes under center. However, coach Andy Reid won't be able to win a Super Bowl unless the defense gets a whole lot better. Abram is the top safety in the draft and will serve as insurance in case Eric Berry doesn't return to his old form.

30. Green Bay Packers -- Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
After adding a boost to the team's pass rush with the 12th pick, Green Bay bolsters the offense with its second first-round pick. Jacobs is the top back in the draft, an explosive and complete player. He would give Rodgers the most talented RB he's had in years.

31. Los Angeles Rams -- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
There are a few different ways the Rams could go with this pick, including offensive tackle and defensive end, but coach Sean McVay will instead opt to improve the team's secondary. Thompson is a true thumper and would slide in perfectly next to John Johnson.

32. New England Patriots -- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa 

Whether or not Rob Gronkowski chooses to retire, Bill Belichick will likely be looking for his replacement in this year's draft. Fant can step in for Gronk from day one, and with Tom Brady showing no signs of slowing down, the young tight end should shine bright in New England.

Matt Citak is a web producer for WFAN Sports Radio. Check him out on Twitter at @MatthewCitak.