The excitement for the 2019 NFL draft is getting higher with every passing day. The Arizona Cardinals own the first pick in the draft on April 25 in Nashville.
Who could it all play out?
Below is a new mock draft updated after the results of free agency.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State
Many experts are projecting that Murray will be the first pick in the 2019 draft, but the Cardinals just selected Josh Rosen last season. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury needs to make a splash with his first pick and Bosa is the best player on the board. The Ohio State defensive end is the most complete defensive lineman in the draft.
He has the ability to get after the quarterback and can stuff ball carriers in the backfield. Bosa’s injury history could make it hard for the Cardinals to pull the trigger, but he is a safer pick than Murray at the top of the draft.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama
This pick could ultimately be traded for a team wanting a quarterback, but there are no trades in this scenario. The 49ers already have their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo and need to address their defense in this draft. DeForest Buckner is one of the best young linemen in the league but he needs a partner on the line.
Williams was a disruptive force for Nick Saban last season and will create an instant impact as a rookie. The 49ers drafted Solomon Thomas with the third pick in 2017 but he has not panned out so far. Williams will provide San Francisco with a disruptive player that will be a Pro Bowl-level player early in his career.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, OLB Kentucky
The Jets have added solid pieces around quarterback Sam Darnold. They signed Le’Veon Bell and Jamison Crowder to help the young quarterback succeed on third down. Linebacker C.J. Mosely was a good signing, but he does not address the team’s issue at getting after the quarterback.
Allen is the best pure pass rusher in this draft and is an immediate double-digit sack guy. He excels at setting the edge and has a wide array of pass rushing moves. The Jets have been lacking a pass rusher since Calvin Pace left the team and they will have found their man in Allen.
4. Oakland Raiders: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma
The Raiders are the wildcard of the draft with new GM Mike Mayock. They are in desperate need of defensive help but have also looked at the top quarterbacks in the draft. The team just acquired Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers and could be looking to add a dynamic quarterback.
Murray is the fastest quarterback in the draft and would provide an instant spark to the Raiders’ ground game. Derek Carr is still on the roster but the team could be looking to unload his massive contract in the near future. Murray’s selection would give the Raiders the option to get rid of Carr in the offseason.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB LSU
The Buccaneers are in desperate need of talent. New head coach Bruce Arians has stated that Jameis Winston is the team’s quarterback, so taking one in the top five is unlikely. White is the top player left on the board and will be an instant impact for the Bucs’ defense.
The Butkus Award winner has the speed to cover tight ends and running backs, while he is a sure tackler in the open field. Lavonte David is not the same player that he was a couple of years ago. White would provide an immediate upgrade for Arians and is a contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year.
6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, DE/OLB Mississippi State
The Giants traded away star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns in the offseason. Quarterback Eli Manning is 38 years old and may not have many good seasons left in him. GM Dave Gettleman would like to upgrade the offense at number six, but the Giants need a pass rusher.
Sweat is one of best pure athletes in the draft and has a knack for getting after the quarterback. The Giants traded Olivier Vernon to the Browns and need someone to sack the quarterback. Sweat will provide the Giants with a premiere pass rushing presence.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT Florida
Before free agency started, the Jaguars needed a quarterback. The free agency signing of Nick Foles alleviates that concern, but the Jaguars’ offense needs improvement. The offensive line is a big issue and needs to improve it before the start of the 2019 season.
Taylor has some of the best footwork in the draft and has the length to survive on the outside. He is subject to some mental lapses but is one of the most talented offensive linemen in the draft. Taylor will be an immediate starter for the Jaguars and he could protect Foles’ blindside from the beginning.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, DL Michigan
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The Lions are in an interesting position at number eight. They added Trey Flowers in free agency but still need to add another pass rusher. Matthew Stafford got little production from the tight ends last season and could take one of the Iowa tight ends here.
Gary is one of the best athletes in the class and will provide the Lions with an interior presence. The Michigan product did not have many sacks during his college career but he was constantly double teamed. Gary gives the Lions with an athletic pass rusher that will pair nicely with Flowers.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams, OL Alabama
The Bills have added great pieces around Josh Allen this offseason. Wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley will help the young quarterback’s development. Allen was running for his life in his rookie season and the Bills need to upgrade their offensive line.
Williams is the best offensive linemen left on the board and the Bills should scoop him up right away. His short arms could prevent him from playing offensive tackle but he is an immediate starter on the offensive line. Williams has the potential to be an All-Pro during his rookie season in the NFL.
10. Denver Broncos: T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa
The Broncos are in need of offensive help. They added former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco in the offseason but he is 34 years old. While quarterback is a pressing issue, Hockenson is too good of a prospect to pass up.
The Mackey Award winner is an instant mismatch with his combination of size and route running. Hockenson is also good in the ground game. He is a potential Pro Bowler in his rookie season and will help Flacco succeed in Denver.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Dwayne Haskins Jr., QB Ohio State
The Bengals have a new head coach in Zac Taylor after firing Marvin Lewis. Their defense last season was the worst in the league so Taylor could address the defense with the 11th pick. Quarterback Andy Dalton injured his thumb in 2018 which could the Bengals a reason to draft his replacement.
Ohio State’s Haskins Jr. is the top prospect on the board with his combination of arm strength and accuracy. His lack of mobility and starting experience could hurt his draft stock but he is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the draft. Haskins Jr. would give the Bengals a quarterback with the ability to stretch the field vertically.
12. Green Bay Packers: Ed Oliver, DT Houston
The Packers struggled in 2018 because they did not give quarterback Aaron Rodgers enough protection. Randall Cobb signed with the Dallas Cowboys while Jimmy Graham is not the same player that he used to be. Muhammad Wilkerson also left in free agency and the Packers will address that need with Oliver.
The Houston native is one of the most talented players in the entire draft with his combination of quickness and strength. Oliver was considered to be the top prospect in the draft before the start of the season and drew comparisons to Defensive Player of The Year Aaron Donald. He will give the Packers a dominant interior lineman that should wreak havoc in the NFC North.
13. Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, DE Clemson
New head coach Brian Flores is in an interesting situation. The Dolphins signed quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in the offseason but he is not the quarterback of the future. The loss of pass rusher Cameron Wake is more pressing as he was the Dolphins’ only true pass rushing threat for the past couple seasons.
Ferrell is the best pass rusher left on the board due to his all-around game. The Clemson product excels at getting after the quarterback but he is also a good run defender. The Dolphins need someone to put pressure on the AFC East quarterbacks and Ferrell will do that for them in 2019.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Cody Ford, G Oklahoma
The Falcons will be focusing on either a pass rusher or interior offensive linemen with the 14th pick. Vic Beasley is a shell of the player that he was in 2016 and the Falcons need someone to get after the quarterback. Guard was a position of weakness for the Falcons in 2018 and they need to address it in the 2019 draft.
Ford is a mauler who helped Murray win the Heisman last season. He has quick feet for a guard and is solid in pass protection. Ford will help Ryan stay upright in 2019 and provide a huge boost to the Falcons’ ground game.
15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB Missouri
Case Keenum was acquired in the offseason, but he struggled in Denver last season. Top receiver Jamison Crowder also left in free agency, so owner Daniel Snyder could take a receiver at 15. Quarterback is a much bigger need for the team and Lock should be there for the taking.
The Missouri quarterback has all the intangibles to succeed in the NFL. Lock can make all throws, has pinpoint accuracy, and can scramble for a first down. Alex Smith suffered a serious injury towards the end of the season, so taking a quarterback in the first round would make sense.
16. Carolina Panthers: D.K. Metcalf, WR Ole Miss
The Panthers need to give Newton more help. Greg Olsen is 34 years old and the Panthers do not have many receivers on the roster right now. Metcalf’s medical history could sway the team, but he would be a perfect fit in Carolina.
The Ole Miss receiver’s combination of size and speed is unmatched by any receiver in the class. Metcalf is a mismatch nightmare with his huge frame and good body control. Newton needs a big bodied receiver to make catches downfield and Metcalf fits that description perfectly.
17. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB Duke
Gettleman believes Manning is the team’s quarterback for 2019 but he is 38 years old. Manning had a career high in completion percentage last year but failed to throw 20 touchdowns. The Giants need to start thinking about his replacement now before it’s too late.
Jones is the top quarterback prospect left on the board. He was mentored by Manning’s college coach David Cutcliffe who says the Duke quarterback reminds him of the youngest Manning brother. Jones would be a perfect fit in New York as he will have time to develop under Manning.
18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C NC State
The Minnesota Vikings are in desperate need of interior offensive line play. They were unable to generate anything on the ground, while Cousins was constantly under pressure in 2018. The team lost guards Tom Compton and Mike Remmers to free agency, leaving a huge hole at guard.
Bradbury is more of a center but he is the top interior lineman on the board. The NC State product has great foot speed and is able to extend to the next level. Cousins has to stay upright for the Vikings to make the playoffs in 2019 and Bradbury will do that for the Vikings.
19. Tennessee Titans: Noah Fant, TE Iowa
The Titans have placed solid pieces around quarterback Marcus Mariota but they could upgrade their tight end. Delanie Walker just turned 34 years old and suffered a serious leg injury last season. Fant is the best prospect on the board and the Titans should scoop him up right away.
The Iowa product is the most athletic tight end in the draft and will be an immediate mismatch in the red zone. Fant has great hands and is a smooth route runner. Mariota needs a big target over the middle of the field and Fant will provide that for him in 2019.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB LSU
The Steelers are in desperate need of secondary help. Artie Burns has not panned out for head coach Mike Tomlin, while Joe Haden has only one year left on his contract. Williams is the top corner on the board and should be taken here.
The LSU product has terrific ball skills and is the top cover guy in the draft. Williams is not a sure tackler in the run game but he is too good to pass up here. The Steelers need someone to check A.J. Green, Jarvis Landry, and Odell Beckham Jr. next season and Williams will be that guy.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, DE Florida State
The Seahawks have only four picks in the 2019 draft so they could trade this pick. The team has pressing needs at wide receiver but Pete Carroll has found value in the later rounds. Top pass rusher Frank Clark was put on the franchise tag in the offseason but there is no guarantee about his future in Seattle.
Burns is the top pass rusher left on the board and is explosive off the edge. He can bend off the edge and has a nose for getting to the quarterback. His lean frame could be problematic but Burns is a potential double-digit sack guy in the NFL.
22. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR Ole Miss
The Ravens made the playoffs last season behind a strong ground game and great defense. Lamar Jackson did not have to make many plays with his arm but more will be expected from him in year two. The former Heisman winner needs a receiver to catch passes over the middle of the field, which is Brown’s specialty.
The Ole Miss product has terrific hands and is the perfect safety blanket for a young quarterback. Brown does not have the physical stature or athleticism as his teammate Metcalf but he is a more polished receiver. The Ravens need a solid receiver over the middle of the field and Brown will provide that for him.
23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT Washington State
The Texans need to give quarterback Deshaun Watson more help up front. He was sacked a league-high 62 times and was constantly under pressure in 2018. The Texans have to draft the best offensive linemen on the board, which is Dillard.
The Washington State product is terrific in pass protection and has some of the best feet in the draft. He struggles a bit in run blocking but he played in an Air Raid system at Washington State. Dillard will help keep Watson upright for years to come if he gets drafted by Houston.
24. Oakland Raiders: Byron Murphy, CB Washington
The Raiders have to address their issues on defense. They were one of the worst units in the league in 2019 and need more talent on that side of the ball. Murphy is the best defender left on the board and the Raiders should run up to the podium for him.
He is a playmaker at the backend of the defense with his elite ball skills. Murphy might not have the prototypical cornerback size but he is always around the ball. The Raiders need playmakers on the defensive side of the ball and Murphy is one of the best in the draft.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Bush, LB Michigan
The Eagles lost Foles to the Jaguars in free agency but Carson Wentz returns at quarterback. The team could be looking to replace left tackle Jason Peters but they also need a linebacker. Bush is still on the board and would be a steal at number 25.
The Michigan product is an impactful defender over the middle with his combination of speed and coverage skills. He is a bit undersized but he makes plays all over the field. Bush will be an immediate starter for Philadelphia and is a future Pro Bowler for the Eagles.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson
The Colts have two desperate needs at wide receiver and defensive line. Andrew Luck had a terrific year in 2018 but does not have a reliable receiver outside of T.Y. Hilton. The defensive line needs to be upgraded and Wilkins is too good to pass at 26.
He was a game breaker for Clemson over the past three years with his combination of athleticism and first-step quickness. Wilkins is a great leader in the locker room and will elevate his teammates’ play on the field. The Colts need an impact defender on the defensive line and Wilkins will provide that for Indianapolis.
27. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB Alabama
The Raiders have invested in adding talent on the offensive side of the ball. They added wide receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams, while offensive tackle Trent Brown is the highest paid offensive linemen in the NFL. They need a playmaker at running back and Jacobs is the best one on the board.
The Alabama product is a complete running back with his combination of hands, physicality, and vision. Jacobs does not have the breakaway speed of a traditional running back and only has one year of game experience under his belt. The Raiders need to upgrade the running back position and Jacobs would provide Gruden with a future starter for years down the road.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, OT Kansas State
The Chargers have one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. They have one of the league’s top defenses and an underrated core of young playmakers. The offensive line has to get shored up as quarterback Phillip Rivers is in the twilight of his career.
Risner had a poor showing at the NFL Combine but he is one of the best right tackles in the draft. The Kansas State product is great in the run game and allows very few pressures in pass protection. Risner would give the Chargers an immediate starter at right tackle and a potential multi-time Pro Bowler.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Deandre Baker, CB Georgia
The Chiefs desperately have to upgrade their secondary. They were one of the worst units in the NFL and released safety Eric Berry in the offseason. Tyrann Mathieu was signed to replace Berry but Andy Reid still needs to upgrade his secondary.
Baker might not have the speed of an elite corner but has elite ball skills. The Thorpe Award winner makes plays on the ball and is a sure tackler in the run game. The Chiefs need corners to win the AFC West again and Baker is the top corner left on the board.
30. Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR Oklahoma
The Packers need to give Rodgers more weapons in the passing game. Davante Adams is the only capable receiver on the team and the team lacks a deep threat. Brown is the most explosive player in the entire draft and would be a perfect fit in Green Bay.
His slight frame and injury history could see him slide down the board. He has the NFL bloodlines as his cousin is Raiders’ receiver Antonio Brown. Rodgers has never had a deep threat that could take the top off a defense and Brown is the best deep threat in the draft.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Jonathan Abram, S Mississippi State
The Rams went all in on making the Super Bowl in 2018 and will be looking for a repeat appearance in 2019. They have not resigned Ndamukong Suh and lost Lamarcus Joyner in free agency. Jerry Tillery is still on the board but Abram is a much better value at pick 31.
The Mississippi State safety makes plays around the line of scrimmage with his speed and tackling. He is good in coverage and can make plays on the ball. Abram would be a smart fit for a Rams team that has a hole to fill in the secondary.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr., TE Alabama
The Patriots are fresh off their sixth Super Bowl but they have many needs to address. Rob Gronkowski retired in the offseason, while their defensive tackles are not good enough to start for a playoff-level team. Belichick could take a chance on either Jeffrey Simmons or Dexter Lawrence but Smith Jr. is the safe option here.
The Alabama tight end is a smooth receiver that is capable of getting up the seam. He is a good blocker and