NFL Mock Draft: Top-10 Picks
In just about one week, the entire NFL world will convene in Nashville to kickoff the 2019 NFL Draft. There is still much uncertainty at how the top of the draft will shape out, and more specifically, who will go number one overall.
Will the Cardinals draft a QB, or will they consider trading out of the number one spot? What about the Giants? What will they do? There are still so many questions left to answer, but let’s take a look at how the top-10 of the 2019 NFL Draft could shape out!
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray (QB; Oklahoma)
No one seems to know what the Arizona Cardinals will do with the number one overall pick. They could draft a stud to build around Josh Rosen with, or they could start all over again and draft another quarterback. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury has admitted he would like to have someone like Kyler Murray, but will he act on it in the draft?
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa (DE; Ohio State)
The San Francisco 49ers are set at quarterback with Jimmy Garoppolo, and they could look to add another offensive piece with the number two pick. But, general manager John Lynch will look to add a playmaker on the other side of the ball in defensive end Joey Bosa. Bosa missed most of the 2018 season but will make an immediate impact wherever he ends up.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen (DE; Kentucky)
The New York Jets have their guy at quarterback in Sam Darnold, and one of the best running backs in the league in newly signed Le’Veon Bell. This year, the Jets will address the defensive side of the ball and add Josh Allen, the young stud from Kentucky, to help beef up their defensive line.
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams (DT; Alabama)
There is always the possibility the Oakland Raiders trade up to select Murray, something Jon Gruden has not shied away from. Assuming they don’t trade up though, the Raiders should go for the best player available as they have holes all over their roster. At the fourth pick, Oakland will do just that and select Quinnen Williams to bolster their defensive line.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver (DT; Houston)
Tampa Bay is another team that could be in the mix for a quarterback, but new head coach Bruce Arians has reassured that the Buccaneers will remain committed to Winston, for now. After losing Vinny Curry this past offseason, Tampa Bay will opt to continue the defensive line trend and select Ed Oliver out of Houston to maintain production in its front-four.
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins (QB; Ohio State)
The Giants are one of the more intriguing teams in this draft as they could go in a variety of directions. Could they trade up for Murray, trade for Rosen, trade back, or stay at six. New York needs to replace Eli Manning eventually and selecting Dwayne Haskins could be the first step in that process. Haskins could sit behind Manning and develop until Manning and the Giants move on from each other.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: D.K. Metcalf (WR; Ole Miss)
Newly acquired quarterback Nick Foles will help to improve the Jaguars offense in 2019. In order for Foles to succeed, Jacksonville is going to need to surround him with playmakers. D.K. Metcalf is a risk, but if he pans out, could be a legitimate wide receiver for Foles and the Jaguars.
8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary (DE; Michigan)
Detroit is also another team that could go a variety of ways in the draft. Outside of quarterback, the Lions have plenty of questions on both sides of the football. But, if Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary is there at eight then there is no way they could pass up on him.
9. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson (TE; Iowa)
Iowa touts two strong tight ends in this draft, with Hockenson being the better of the two. The Bills will look to add an offensive playmakers to put with Josh Allen and after the retirement Charles Clay, Buffalo could use a dynamic tight end.
10. Denver Broncos: Devin White (LB; LSU)
Defense remains one of the Broncos’ strengths, so they could opt to look at going for the offensive side of the ball. Quarterback is out of the question for now as Joe Flacco will be under center for the Broncos, so Denver should opt to add to their defense and select Devin White out of LSU to pair with
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