Jon Silac’s 2019 1st Round Mock Draft
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma – Where there is smoke there is fire! Kingsbury the new head coach in AZ is quoted saying, “I’d draft Kyler number one if I could.” Murray would fit right in with the new offense that Kingsbury wants to do. Watch out for Rosen being moved on draft day.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State – Probably the most gifted EDGE rusher in the draft. He can do anything from the outside or lining up on the line, looks like his brother Joey Bosa, who has been doing big things in the NFL. Any team would love to him and I just can’t see him making it past the second pick.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky – They made moves in the off-season to bulk up the linebacker core with the signing of Mosley. Pairing him up with Lee the inside is taken care of and don’t forget Leonard Williams on that def line. What they lack is someone rushing the outside and I think Allen fits perfectly here. His superior athleticism will give tackles and quarterbacks all kinds of trouble.
4. Oakland Raiders – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State – After a great combine, he has all the potential of becoming a very fast defensive end. His combine 40 was incredible making a very sexy pick and I think Gruden will fall in love with the flash. Plus, they have the big boys up front with Hankins what they did is some speed on the outside.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan – I know they have Pierre-Paul but they need a replacement for Nassib, who played in too many games for them. He’ll add a lot of physical upfront play, where Nassib was lacking. It just makes sense to me.
6. New York Giants – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State – I mean come on; doesn’t this just make too much sense? They are going to have to move on from Eli eventually, whether Eli wants to or not. I believe Dwayne is the most NFL ready QB in this draft. His pro day proved he can make all the throws and can move around in the pocket with ease and still complete the big throws. If Eli has the same year or worse than last years, don’t be surprised if you see Haskins before the end of the year, even if that’s a little disrespectful to Eli.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss – With the addition of Foles in the off season they need a big target. They have some fast talent WR in Westbrook and Lee, but they need big, physical talent. He blew NFL executives away with his combine showing, no way he makes it out of the top ten and this seems like an ideal pick for the Jags.
8. Detroit Lions – Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama – I was not sure where Williams would end up with such talent, but I think he finally finds a home with the Lions. Patricia is going to love his big presence in the middle of his defensive line. They’ve been missing this since Suh left. His interior force has been compared to Aaron Donald, who wouldn’t want that?
9. Buffalo Bills – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida – The Bills have added receivers, a new tight end, and running backs. What they need is to protect their young QB, Allen. They’ve had problems in the past moving the ball rushing and passing, they need an anchor at tackle and he’s the best tackle in this draft.
10. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri – With the addition of Flacco, this might not make the most sense, but he isn’t the long-term goal. This may be the lowest they’ll land for a few years and they need a long-term answer at QB. Elway has been trying for years to find his guy and isn’t afraid to take a shot if he likes the guy. I think Lock will fit right into what Elway’s envision his offense to run.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White, LB, LSU – With finally letting go of Burfict, who has been a real issue down in southern Ohio, they’re going to need a presence in that linebacking core. White had an amazing combine and has the speed to cover over the middle or the outside running back out in the flat passes.
12. Green Bay Packers – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston – The Packers have revamped their entire defense. They addressed their secondary and line backing core, and I believe they really wanted to add Bush, but the Bengals stole him before they could pull the trigger on him. Oliver will add a much-needed strength in the middle of that quiet defensive line. Good move for them, it follows the trend the Packers have been on, a new aggressive defense.
13. Miami Dolphins – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa – They were able to keep Parker in Miami this off-season. With him and Stills on the outside what they need is some one that can be a big target for Fitzpatrick. I think T.J. would be perfect here they haven’t had a tight end in years, and it showed. He can do it all catch, block, and has great football intelligence. At 6’5 has the size and look of Gronk, yes they could use him!
14. Atlanta Falcons – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson – Beasley and McKinley have been under performing for what they were actually, brought into Atlanta to do. I think they need some more youth on that defense, and this could be the exciting speed and strength they need.
15. Washington Redskins – Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State – The Redskins are working on a lack luster defense, and they took a great step in signing Collins in FA. Burns had a great senior season recording 15.5 sacks. He could add some real pressure on the outside for them.
16. Carolina Panthers – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State – Dillard is pure pass protector; he has great size at 6’5 305 lbs. The Panthers need Cam to stay upright and I believe he can really help that O-line.
17. New York Giants – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama – The Giants have secured their line with Soldier and Zietler but they could use a right tackle, and Williams will help greatly. With this new rebuilt line, Barkley will be able to run for days, taking pressure off Eli.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson – After losing their big man in FA Sheldon Richardson, they’ll be looking for a run stopper in the middle. Look no further his 6’4 frame and 315 lb body is going to be great to stop the run. He is also very good at getting to the QB.
19. Tennessee Titans – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa – Delanie Walker is just getting up there in age, and Mariota loves his tight ends. Fant can do it all, has great hands. Can also be moved into the slot to replace the departing of Rashard Matthews in the receiving group.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams, DB, LSU – This will be the biggest steal of the first round; he is an immediate impact corner. Artie Burns is having problems back there and they need the help in the secondary. Team him with the newly acquired Steven Nelson and that’s a strong duo in the secondary. Plus, how can you not love that name for a defensive back?
21. Seattle Seahawks – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson – Ideal run stopper for the Seahawks, which they need. They lack talent in this position and it just seems to fit.
22. Baltimore Ravens – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss – Lost two wide receivers in FA. They need a new number one guy, and they just might find him in Brown. At 6’1 and 230 lbs. he has all the skills to be a top receiver. He is a great route runner and great hands, that way Snead can go down to their number two receiver and take that pressure off him.
23. Houston Texans – Cody Ford, G/OT, Oklahoma – The offensive line play has been weak for the Texans, and they need help. Watson needs to be able to throw in the pocket with more time. Ford is very versatile, can play most positions on the line as a good run blocker, and has the ability to develop into a good pass blocker as well.
24. Oakland Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama – The Raiders have been very active this off-season, but they haven’t addressed the aging Lynch situation. Behind Lynch there’s not much and I’m not sure he can handle the role as an every down back. Jacobs could be that answer. He seems to be the complete back, with good vision, and with speed to bounce it outside with no problems.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Deandre Baker, DB, Georgia – The Eagles need help in their secondary, which was an issue for them all last season. Baker will start day one and brings a smart coverage and not afraid to play physical. Pair him up with Jenkins and that’s an aggressive secondary.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame – Tillery is a big man at 6’7 and 305 lbs. but he will fit perfectly in that 4-3 scheme. They lack the run stopping skill set up front, and he has it. He is fast for a big man and is great at disrupting the QB with the pass rush.
27. Oakland Raiders – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan – With Burfict, they have that pressure up the middle, and now with Bush they have great pass coverage. He may be a little on the small side at 5’10, but his speed makes up for it. Basically, they had to replace Mack in that trade last year and it took two guys to get his skills covered, and that sounds about right.
28. Los Angeles Chargers -Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss – They need to solidify their offensive line, and he has the size and strength to do it. With the window closing soon around Rivers, he needs all the protection he can get.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy, DB, Washington – He is on the small side at 5’11 and 170 lbs. but he has great range. The potential for multiple turnovers in this secondary is too much to pass on. He is remarkable ball hawking skills, great addition to this secondary.
30. Green Bay Packers – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma – Flashy and fast and cover a lot of ground in a short time. The packers need help at wide receiver, and this just makes sense. The arm of Rodgers and the speed of Brown could be too dangerous, if you’re the opposing defense that is.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State – Risner is a sound lineman with a natural meanness in him. He can solidify that right side of the line. He’s an asset in the run game and could develop into a great pass blocker. He’s just what Gurley and Goff need.
32. New England Patriots – Jaylon Ferguson, OLB/DE, Louisiana Tech – He can do a little of everything with efficiency, and he seems just like the kind of talent Bill will like. Ferguson is a natural run stopper but I’m sure Bill will find a way to use his new weapon on defense. –