2019 NFL Mock Draft

Davis mock 2.0: Bengals, Broncos go QB

By Charles Davis |

NFL Media analyst

Published: April 2, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

With pro day season winding down, here's my second Round 1 mock of the 2019 NFL Draft.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Oklahoma
    It feels like the momentum is all in favor of the ultra-talented playmaker taking his talents to the desert to pair with the "alchemist" known as new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his high-scoring offensive scheme.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Ohio St.
    While he will be announced as a defensive end on draft day, I fully expect this expert technician with a motor that "redlines" to do his share of damage as an inside rusher next to DeForest Buckner in sub packages.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    EDGE
    Kentucky
    There will be plenty of discussion by the Jets' brass about taking Alabama game wrecker Quinnen Williams here. However, they opt to add an edge rusher to team with inside force Leonard Williams.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DT
    Alabama
    Joy in Raider Land! The team makeover continues with this force from 'Bama who will help set a new and more forceful tone for this defense.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    LB
    LSU
    I still believe that Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat is a strong possibility here, but with former Bucs MLB Kwon Alexander now in San Francisco, Tampa Bay reloads with another LSU sideline-to-sideline speed merchant who thumps.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    DE
    Michigan
    Will the Giants take a QB here?! It's certainly possible, but Gary, who can also slide inside to defend the run and put pressure on the passer, is the selection here.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    T
    Florida
    The Jags added their QB in free agency in Nick Foles. Now they want to protect him, and get RB Leonard Fournette back in form. Taylor moves people in the run game.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    EDGE
    Mississippi St.
    The Lions can go in multiple directions here, but even after adding Trey Flowers in free agency, they opt for more edge speed and pressure by turning in the card for the Mississippi State All-America honoree.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    Iowa
    The Bills could easily go with an offensive lineman here, and it would make sense even though they did spend some capital in that area in free agency. However, a young, developing QB like Josh Allen needs a TE who can become his go-to guy. I think Fant is the best TE in this draft.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    QB
    Missouri
    I know John Elway recently said that trade acquisition Joe Flacco is not a stopgap at QB -- in fact, he said he thinks Flacco is entering his prime -- but when I watch Lock play, I see elements of what made Elway so incredible during his playing career. Perhaps Elway sees it, too.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    QB
    Ohio St.
    The Bengals recently said they will not extend QB Andy Dalton's contract before the 2019 season. So, the Bengals begin the chant "OH ... IO" and select their QB of the future from right down the road in Columbus.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Houston
    The Packers' D-line depth needs beefing up and this dynamic, upfield penetrator will pair nicely with ascending DT Kenny Clark.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DE
    Clemson
    The impressive Ferrell brings power, speed and a culture of winning with him from Clemson. With the recent trade of Robert Quinn to the Cowboys, there's a big need at the position for Miami.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    OT
    Alabama
    Operation OL continues for the Falcons, and they will be very pleased to add this serious-minded All-America offensive tackle who might ultimately be best utilized inside at guard.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    EDGE
    Florida St.
    This is another spot where a QB discussion will take place, but after Washington added big men to the D-line in recent years (Jonathan Allen/Daron Payne), OLB Ryan Kerrigan will be excited to get another edge rusher in the mix.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    T
    Washington St.
    The Panthers had to be eyeing Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns, but with Washington snatching him up, they opt to keep strengthening their O-line with this ace pass protector, and perhaps kick current LT Taylor Moton inside to guard.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    QB
    Duke
    After the OBJ trade to Cleveland, Giants fans are anxious to see how their extra first-round pick is used. The future successor for QB Eli Manning is plucked from the same tree, as both Manning and Jones were coached by Duke's David Cutcliffe.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    TE
    Iowa
    Head coach Mike Zimmer has made no bones about it: He wants to run the football more frequently in 2019. The best blocking TE in the draft will help in a big way, and he can catch the ball well, too.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Clemson
    I have to believe that the Titans will also be in the market for an edge rusher, but Wilkins projects as an inside presence to be accounted for at the next level. He will add to the pressure up the gut that Pro Bowl DL Jurrell Casey provides.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    CB
    Washington
    My favorite CB in the draft. I enjoy watching his cover skills and willingness to tackle on tape. I believe he has tremendous instincts, too.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    WR
    Mississippi
    Russell Wilson has a pair of dynamic "water bugs" to throw to in Doug Baldwin (coming off an offseason of surgeries), and Tyler Lockett. How about adding what my colleague Daniel Jeremiah refers to as the "the human Batman suit" outside the numbers?
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Oklahoma
    HOLLYWOOD! I know head coach John Harbaugh recently said he wanted WRs that are "rough and tough," but he will happily welcome Brown, who will put the ball in the end zone for him after QB Lamar Jackson, and the run game, occupy the defense's attention.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    G
    Oklahoma
    O-line is a definite need here, and this Sooner offers versatility in that he can play tackle or guard. Many believe moving inside will be best for him.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    RB
    Alabama
    When Jon Gruden's Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, one of their rallying cries was "Pound The Rock." This explosive runner can do that, and also catch the ball well out of the backfield. A new lead back is a must in Oakland.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    LB
    Michigan
    LB Jordan Hicks ran the defense well in Philadelphia when he was healthy, but now with his move to Arizona, a new leader is tabbed by the Eagles. Bush can fly around the field to make plays.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Clemson
    DT Denico Autry played the best football of his career in the second half of 2018. He will be excited to add the huge frame of Lawrence to the DL room. Plus, the Colts have to be prepared for the run-heavy teams/big backs in the AFC South (Derrick Henry in Tennessee, Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville, Lamar Miller/D'Onta Foreman in Houston).
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Georgia
    One of the most competitive CBs on tape when the ball is in the air. He always demanded to cover the opposition's WR1 at UGA. Oakland will welcome that type of passion and gritty play in a defense that needs an infusion of both.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Temple
    My first instinct was to put Washington safety Taylor Rapp here. I absolutely love him and might even end up regretting that I took him out of this mock, but his 40 time at his pro day may scare some teams off, even though I think his game translates to the next level. A couple other possibilities for this pick are a right tackle or defensive tackle, but ultimately, the Chargers go with a tough corner who will continue to fortify the secondary.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Chiefs
    Tremendous blend of size, speed, and length with good ball skills. He will be counted on to start from the moment his name is called in Nashville.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    WR
    Mississippi
    The Packers went big for WRs in the 2018 draft (selected three on Day 3), and got better play as the year unfolded from two of them (Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown). TE will be a consideration here, but they have a lot of bodies on the roster at the position, and I expect Robert Tonyan to take a big step forward. A strong slot WR to replace Randall Cobb will make QB Aaron Rodgers happy.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    If he hadn't torn his ACL in February, I doubt he gets out of the top 10. With Ndamukong Suh likely leaving, another partner on the interior for All-World DT Aaron Donald is chosen. The Rams will be happy to wait a bit for him to be 100 percent before turning him loose.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    T
    Kansas St.
    Yes, Gronk has left the building, and the TE position looks particularly bereft for the Patriots, but when has New England done exactly as predicted? The O-line gets great help with Risner, who can plug in and play well from Day 1. He played center, guard and tackle at K-State, and I love his overall backstory/makeup/consistently excellent play.
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