2019 NFL Mock Draft

Zierlein mock 1.0: 4 QBs in top 10

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: Jan. 29, 2019 at 01:28 p.m.

Here's a look at my first mock of the 2019 NFL Draft. Remember, this mock is a projection of where I believe players will go, and it's not necessarily a reflection of my opinion as to where the players should go.

NOTE: The order for this mock was updated based on the result of Super Bowl LIII.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    EDGE
    Kentucky
    The Cardinals are moving back to a 3-4 front. Allen offers elite size and rush talent off the edge to fit perfectly opposite Chandler Jones.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Michigan
    Watching Allen come off the board at No. 1 is a curveball the 49ers will need to be prepared to deal with. Ohio State's Nick Bosa is more a polished and game-ready edge rusher than Gary, but San Francisco could opt for explosiveness over polish.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DE
    Ohio St.
    It would be hard to find a better fit for Gregg Williams' 4-3 defense than Bosa, who can rush from outside or inside and fortify the run defense.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    QB
    Oklahoma
    This is not just some click-bait pick. Murray doesn't have prototypical size. Yeah, I get it. However, when you look at his ability to make winning plays, Murray stands out way above the rest of this year's QB class. He can be weaved into the offense in 2019 and take over for Derek Carr in a year.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    DT
    Alabama
    With all the help Todd Bowles needs on defense, the Bucs will be able to go "best available" on that side of the ball here. Tampa adds an interior rusher to go along with Vita Vea and Gerald McCoy rather than reaching for an edge rusher.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    QB
    Duke
    This wouldn't be my selection if I were making the pick, but the Giants need a young QB to develop behind Eli Manning and Jones' ties to Duke head coach David Cutcliffe -- Eli's college coach and mentor -- might be all the Giants need to push Jones over the top on their board as they try to make a smooth transition under center.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    QB
    Ohio St.
    There are still some very good non-QBs on the board here and the Jaguars might have to pass on them for a talented but inexperienced pocket passer.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    EDGE
    Mississippi St.
    With Ezekiel Ansah likely to depart in free agency, Sweat could step right in at his spot. Sweat is a long-limbed, ascending rush talent who made himself money last week at the Senior Bowl.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    WR
    Mississippi
    The former Ole Miss receiver offers a rare combination of size, speed and athletic ability. He could be Josh Allen's WR1 for years to come.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    QB
    Missouri
    Lock has the size and tools, but he needs to improve his consistency and accuracy. He could sit behind Case Keenum for a season or compete for the starting job right away.
  11. Pick No.
    11
    T
    Florida
    The Bengals drafted finesse offensive tackles in recent years and that didn't work out. This time, they add an old-school road grader with size, toughness and pass-pro ability.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    Simmons offers elite physical traits and potential. If he's still available here, Green Bay could be adding another Ndamukong Suh.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    If the Dolphins don't see a QB to their liking available when they're on the clock, they could add a long, press-man cornerback here and look for a young QB next year.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    T
    Alabama
    Some see Williams as a tackle, some as a guard, and some as a center. I see him as a rock-solid technician who gets guys blocked and can become a plus starter right away.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    EDGE
    Florida
    With the Redskins expecting Alex Smith to miss all of next season, they could opt to find a QB in free agency before bolstering their pass rush with this pick. Polite is slightly undersized, but he offers elite burst and above-average tools to help Washington attack the pocket.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    T
    Washington St.
    The Panthers have to shore up their left tackle spot and Dillard is one of the most athletic pass protectors in this class.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    LB
    LSU
    Projected trade to Browns
    Speed, speed, speed. White plays with good physicality and can really run. The Browns are looking for a linebacker with a nose for the football and that's White.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    T
    Oklahoma
    Ford has upside as a tackle, but his technique is still a work in progress. As a guard, he could step right into the starting lineup and likely upgrade the pass protection.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    WR
    Oklahoma
    Sure, the Titans need an edge defender, but they also need to inject a big-play talent into their stagnant offense and "Hollywood" Brown has juice for days.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    LB
    Alabama
    Every-down inside 'backer who is one of the cleanest need/talent fits in this mock draft. Wilson plays like a Steeler with physicality and the ability to attack the pocket as a blitzer.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    DE
    Clemson
    Ferrell fits the physical mold of what the Seahawks look for on the edge. He's still developing as a rusher, but he has traits and a terrific, winning pedigree.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    RB
    Alabama
    The best way to help a young quarterback (Lamar Jackson, in this case) is to take pressure off of him with a talented, every-down running back. Jacobs is the best in this draft at his position.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    T
    Mississippi
    The Texans are desperate for a left tackle and a starting cornerback, but it's easier to find cornerbacks outside the first round than it is to find starting left tackles.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    EDGE
    Louisiana Tech
    Ferguson posted 39 sacks over the last three seasons at Louisiana Tech. I'm not saying he's Khalil Mack, but I am saying he's an upgrade over what Oakland has off the edge right now.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    DT
    Clemson
    Haloti Ngata is due to hit the market this offseason, and will Timmy Jernigan be back in 2019? There could be an opening or two at DT, which would clear the way for Lawrence, who flashes the ability to manhandle opponents.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Notre Dame
    Playing on the prevailing Colts theme of build the fronts and look for traits, I'll give them an inconsistent but talented interior rusher with elite physical dimensions.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    TE
    Iowa
    "Man, this Hockenson kid ... he's a dude!" At least that's how I imagine Jon Gruden talking about this talented combo tight end with tremendous upside.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    DT
    Houston
    I have concerns that Oliver lacks prototype size, which is why I don't project him to go as high as many of my fellow draft analysts. However, his explosive get-off and disruptive qualities would fit nicely with the Chargers.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    CB
    Georgia
    Baker might be one of the safest cornerbacks in this draft. He's a bit lighter than what you'd like for a starting corner in the NFL, but he's tough, very sticky in man coverage and has the ability to make plays on the ball.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    T
    Kansas St.
    Blue-collar lineman with excellent core strength, strong hands and position flexibility. Risner can play right tackle, guard, or center and he's a ready-made tough guy.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    CB
    Washington
    Undersized ballhawk with outstanding short-area quickness and twitch to make a lot of plays on the football. Oh, he will hit you, too. Keep in mind: Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib are due to become free agents after the 2019 season.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    DT
    Clemson
    If you take a look at Belichick's draft history, you'll see he values offensive and defensive linemen in the first round. Wilkins is a big, powerful interior presence.
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