2019 NFL Mock Draft

Casserly mock 1.0: 3 QBs in Round 1

By Charley Casserly |

NFL Media analyst

Published: Feb. 19, 2019 at 12:40 p.m.

With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine (March 1-4 on NFL Network) just around the corner, here's my first mock for Round 1 of this year's draft.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    DE
    Ohio St.
    The Cardinals add an explosive pass rusher to pair with Chandler Jones.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    EDGE
    Kentucky
    The 49ers are in desperate need of an outside pass rusher.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Michigan
    The Jets finally get the pass rusher they need.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DT
    Alabama
    Dominant vs. the run and can rush the passer. Williams is better than Ndamukong Suh was coming out of college.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    DE
    Clemson
    The Bucs need a pass rusher opposite Jason Pierre-Paul.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Ohio St.
    Spends a year (or less) learning behind Eli Manning. Big upside.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    G
    Oklahoma
    I'm expecting the Jaguars to acquire a QB1 before the draft, but they'll select a QB here if they don't.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    TE
    Iowa
    DE and CB are also needs and Hockenson is a reach here, but so are any CBs or DEs at this spot, which is why I could see Detroit trading down.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    DT
    Clemson
    The Bills also need an outside rusher, OT and WR, but they take the best D-lineman on the board here.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    CB
    Washington
    Versatile CB who can play press and man coverage.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    T
    Mississippi
    Little has good size and athletic ability. He can play left or right tackle for Cincinnati.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    OT
    Alabama
    Green Bay needs pass rushers, but protecting Aaron Rodgers takes priority.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    QB
    Oklahoma
    The Dolphins ignite their franchise and fan base by taking the best QB in the draft.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    T
    Florida
    Adding more protection for their franchise QB is the No. 1 offseason goal of the Falcons.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    QB
    Duke
    Excellent field vision, anticipation and accuracy. The future is now in Washington!
  16. Pick No.
    16
    EDGE
    Florida
    Polite broke out this past season as a pass rusher.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    LB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Browns
    Excellent instincts and athletic ability. Too good of a player to pass up here.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    T
    Washington St.
    Athletic offensive lineman who can play left tackle or move inside to guard.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    DT
    Clemson
    They could use an interior O-lineman, but the top players at the position are already off the board. The decision comes down to a speedy WR vs. a DT, and they go with the latter.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    CB
    Georgia
    An ILB is a definite possibility here, too, but they go CB in this scenario.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    EDGE
    Mississippi St.
    Shows the potential to be an excellent pass-rushing complement to Frank Clark, assuming Clark's retained. Sweat's a better athlete than Jadeveon Clowney was coming out of college.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    WR
    Mississippi
    The Ravens will need to add weapons for Lamar Jackson.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    CB
    Temple
    Fast-rising CB who's excellent in press coverage.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    LB
    Michigan
    The Raiders add an undersized LB who is explosive and instinctive.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    RB
    Alabama
    The Eagles solve their RB problem with the draft's top player at the position.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Ohio St.
    Versatile defensive lineman who fits the athletic mold that Indy wants.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    CB
    Clemson
    Good cover CB whose speed will play a big part in determining where he goes in the draft.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    LB
    Alabama
    The Chargers fill a major need on defense with this pick.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Notre Dame
    Projected trade to Chiefs
    Best defensive player on the board at this point. Tillery can improve the Chiefs' pass rush.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    TE
    Alabama
    Smith is the second-best tight end in the draft.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    S
    Washington
    Rapp would be a nice addition if the Rams lose Lamarcus Joyner in free agency.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    TE
    Iowa
    Fant becomes the third TE to go in Round 1, and the second one from Iowa. Is he Gronk's successor?
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