2019 NFL Mock Draft

Davis mock 1.0: Steelers fill AB void

By Charles Davis |

NFL Media analyst

Published: March 15, 2019 at 01:24 p.m.

As the dust settles from the first wave of free agency, here's my first mock of the 2019 NFL Draft.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Oklahoma
    He won the NFL Scouting Combine when he measured 5-foot-10 1/8 (we've come a LONG way in the NFL from being dismissive of undersized QBs) -- and his arm, accuracy, touch, and all-around playmaking ability cannot be passed up by the Cardinals.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Ohio St.
    Considered by many to be the best player in the 2019 draft, Bosa is an intriguing mix of size, speed and ferocity. He will team perfectly with Dee Ford and DeForest Buckner to terrorize QBs.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DT
    Alabama
    The Jets have earned their share of back pages in the NYC tabloids during free agency, and now they add a tag-team partner for stud DE Leonard Williams.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    EDGE
    Kentucky
    As terrific and relentless as Allen has been for the Wildcats, I think his best play is still ahead of him. The Raiders ranked dead last in the league with 13 sacks in 2018.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    EDGE
    Mississippi St.
    A leader at ILB (like LSU's Devin White) makes sense here, but head coach Bruce Arians and defensive coordinator Todd Bowles believe that speed and pressure drive a defense. Sweat provides both (his 4.41 40-yard dash at the combine was a modern record for a defensive lineman).
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Ohio St.
    Perfect spot for this prolific passer to land. With Haskins coming out as a redshirt sophomore, and landing in the N.Y. metropolitan area, it's not a bad thing for him to have time to acclimate behind Eli Manning.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    TE
    Iowa
    Already a top prospect, Fant blew the doors off the combine in Indy, and provides a great -- and needed -- target for new Jags QB Nick Foles, who made great use of Pro Bowl TE Zach Ertz in Philadelphia.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    DE
    Michigan
    Head coach Matt Patricia's specialty is defense, and after Detroit's signing of former Patriot Trey Flowers in free agency, the building of a formidable defensive front continues with this talented youngster out of Ann Arbor. I expect he'll be more productive in the NFL than he was in college.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    T
    Florida
    When you draft a QB in the first round, you have to do everything possible to keep him upright and healthy. Second-year signal-caller Josh Allen will applaud getting another big body that can play in front of him.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    LB
    LSU
    Expect GM John Elway to take a LONG look at Missouri QB Drew Lock despite the acquisition of Joe Flacco, but ultimately Denver opts for this multi-talented LB who leads vocally and by example. Not to mention, he's a hard hitter.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    LB
    Michigan
    The Bengals re-signed Preston Brown, but they could still use more help at linebacker. This speedy playmaker diagnoses and finds his way to the ball quickly. Bush's dad is a former NFL safety.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Clemson
    As injuries mounted last season, defensive coordinator Mike Pettine had to do a lot of mixing and matching along the DL. Wilkins' size and versatility make him a good running mate for Kenny Clark and Mike Daniels.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    Missouri
    The Dolphins have been fairly quiet during free agency, but the QB position has to be addressed, and the best senior QB falls into Miami's lap here. A big arm and plenty of moxie are headed to South Florida.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    DT
    Houston
    Another upfield, penetrating DT who should complement and upgrade the play of fellow DT Grady Jarrett.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    G
    Alabama
    This organization certainly had to have QB Drew Lock on its radar, but with him off the board, here's a chance to shore up the OL. I like Williams better at guard, but he can certainly play OT. Washington has shown that it's not shy about drafting Crimson Tide stars.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DE
    Clemson
    Following the retirement of Julius Peppers, Carolina is thrilled to see this mature, aggressive pass rusher from Clemson is still available.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    T
    Washington St.
    The Giants find a building block for the O-line with this pick, acquired from the Browns in the OBJ trade. Dillard, who many believe is the best pass protector in the draft, can grow with their top pick, Dwayne Haskins.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Iowa
    The OL will get a long look, but Hockenson is a tremendous blocker who will help the run game get untracked -- and he's an excellent receiver, as well.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    EDGE
    Florida St.
    With Brian Orakpo's retirement and the potential departure of free agent OLB Derrick Morgan, the Titans countered with the signing of veteran Miami DE Cameron Wake. Burns and 2018 draftee Harold Landry would benefit from his tutelage, as would the Titans' pass rush.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    WR
    Oklahoma
    Amidst all the hand wringing after the loss of All-Pro WR Antonio Brown, the man they call "Hollywood" -- who happens to be Antonio's cousin -- steps into the breach, and provides instant big-play ability. He wasn't able to work out at the combine or Oklahoma's pro day due to a Lisfranc (foot) injury, but he's expected to be ready for training camp.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    Talented enough to be a top-10 pick, the ACL injury he suffered in February and his 2016 arrest drop him down. The Seahawks are willing to wait for him to heal up before turning him loose in Pete Carroll's scheme.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Ohio St.
    Extremely fast and elusive. A perfect match for the run-first Ravens, who now have a true deep threat to throw it to over the heads of safeties creeping to the LOS to help slow down RB Mark Ingram and QB Lamar Jackson.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    G
    Oklahoma
    It's time to invest in the offensive line to help keep Deshaun Watson, who was sacked a league-high 62 times last season, upright.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    RB
    Alabama
    The heir apparent to Beast Mode -- who's currently a free agent -- is here. Tremendous burst and excellent hands. The best RB in the draft.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    CB
    Georgia
    Wasn't the best combine for him, but his tape shows an ultra-competitive CB who contests all passes thrown in his area.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    WR
    Mississippi
    A scary combination of size, speed and production when healthy. With WR T.Y. Hilton and TE Eric Ebron occupying attention from defenses, there will be ample opportunities for Metcalf to bully secondaries.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Washington
    The Raiders' struggles to take the ball away have been well documented. I love this young man's instincts, and toughness.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    S
    Washington
    Terrific range sideline to sideline and in the alleys. A sure, excellent tackler, Rapp will plug nicely into defensive coordinator Gus Bradley's attacking unit.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    S
    Mississippi St.
    Abram will pair nicely with free-agent signee Tyrann Mathieu. The Chiefs will look to other avenues to fill their need for a pass rusher.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    T
    Kansas St.
    The versatile O-lineman (Risner played center, guard and tackle at K-State) could easily be the heir apparent to OT Bryan Bulaga.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    C
    N.C. State
    Impressed at the Senior Bowl and the combine. The Rams find a Day 1 starter to replace John Sullivan, whose 2019 option was declined by the club.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    TE
    Alabama
    While we await word from All-Pro TE Rob Gronkowski on his plans for 2019, the Pats don't pass up a chance to land this talented pass catcher and good blocker who can ascend to the No. 1 role in the near future.
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