The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is Thursday night from Nashville. Here’s one writer’s guess at how the Top 10 will look.
There are no projected trades included in this mock draft prediction but there likely will be at least one involving a Top-10 pick.
NFL Draft Date, Time, and Schedule
The 2019 draft starts on Thursday, April 25, and runs through to Sunday, April 27.
Here’s the full NFL Draft schedule:
Thursday, April 25: Round 1 (8 p.m. ET) Friday, April 26: Rounds 2-3 (7 p.m. ET) Saturday, April 27: Rounds 4-7 (12 p.m. ET)
2019 Top Ten Mock Draft Odds and Picks
No. 1 Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. The Cardinals had one of the worst offences in recent NFL history this past season under 2018 first-round quarterback Josh Rosen and ex-head coach Steve Wilks, who lasted just one year in the role. Even though Rosen has plenty of potential, the Cardinals appear ready to make history by selecting a QB in the first round in back-to-back years in the Heisman-winner Murray. Expect Rosen to be traded. Murray is a -700 favourite on the Sports Interaction No. 1 overall pick prop.
No. 2 San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. In 2016 the then-San Diego Chargers selected Nick’s older brother Joey, also an Ohio State defensive end, at No. 3 overall and he became the Defensive Rookie of the Year. Nick might be better. Bosa is given an over/under draft spot of 2.5, with the under at -300. He’s not getting past No. 2.
No. 3 New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. The Jets had to trade up to get their quarterback last year, so they’d surely like to trade back and recoup some of those lost picks. If they don’t, they will go defence and Williams is the top D-tackle prospect – maybe the best overall in the class. Williams is given an O/U draft spot of 3.5.
No. 4 Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky. Never know what to expect from Jon Gruden! But the Raiders’ defence was atrocious last year in allowing a league-high 29.2 points per game. They need a pass-rusher after trading Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Allen is also given an O/U draft position of 3.5.
No. 5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU. Gruden’s former team is in much the same position as his current one: Gaping holes all over the defence. The Bucs also lost one of their best defenders, linebacker Kwon Alexander, in free agency.
No. 6 New York Giants: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston. This is where things get interesting because the Giants have to find a long-term replacement for Eli Manning after passing on a quarterback at No. 2 overall in 2018 for RB Saquon Barkley. However, the scuttlebutt is that New York will look for a QB with the No. 17 overall pick and start fixing the defence here.
No. 7 Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama. The Jaguars have a huge need at tight end but this is likely too early for someone like Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson. The best offensive linemen in a class rarely lasts this long, so Jags pounce to help protect new QB Nick Foles.
No. 8 Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan. Coach Matt Patricia is a defensive guy and he needs help on that line. Gary somewhat underachieved at Michigan but there’s a reason he was once considered the top recruit in the nation. He has an O/U draft spot of 9.5. There is talk of a shoulder injury, though.
No. 9 Buffalo Bills: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State. The Bills need plenty of help on offence despite some free-agent additions on the O-Line and at receiver. Alas, no receiver or running back is worth it at No. 9 overall. So the Bills take the best pass-rusher still on the board.
No. 10 Denver Broncos: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. Presumably, the Broncos aren’t looking for a quarterback after recently trading for Joe Flacco. This could be a great spot for them to trade back with a team looking to snag Haskins (and probably do). If not, they land some help for Flacco with the best tight end prospect in the class.