2019 NFL Mock Draft

Zierlein mock 3.0: Raiders give offense jolt

By Lance Zierlein |

NFL Media draft analyst

Published: April 25, 2019 at 12:29 p.m.

It's Draft Day! Here's my final mock of the first round.
  1. Pick No.
    1
    QB
    Oklahoma
    There has been a lot of talk about whether or not Murray will be the pick, but I expect Arizona to select the former Sooner.
  2. Pick No.
    2
    DE
    Ohio St.
    One of the prospects with the highest floors goes to a team that continues to make big investments in its defensive line.
  3. Pick No.
    3
    DT
    Alabama
    The Jets could try to trade down, but with no takers on a swap, they pick my top-rated prospect of 2019.
  4. Pick No.
    4
    DT
    Houston
    This might be a bit of a surprise to some, but it's believed the Raiders carry a high grade on the explosive interior penetrator.
  5. Pick No.
    5
    LB
    LSU
    This one should come down to White vs. Josh Allen. We'll go with the alpha linebacker in this scenario.
  6. Pick No.
    6
    EDGE
    Kentucky
    The Giants could be looking to scoop up either Devin White or Allen if one of them falls to sixth. Of course, there is the possibility of a QB going here, too.
  7. Pick No.
    7
    T
    Florida
    Tough call here between T.J. Hockenson and Taylor, but Taylor is physical and will get the running game cranked up.
  8. Pick No.
    8
    QB
    Ohio St.
    Projected trade to Redskins
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH LIONS. I'm hearing the Lions want to move out and the Redskins want Haskins. So, this trade would make plenty of sense.
  9. Pick No.
    9
    TE
    Iowa
    The Bills would be very happy to see Hockenson fall to them here. If he's gone, then Jonah Williams could be the guy.
  10. Pick No.
    10
    LB
    Michigan
    The Broncos are a tough read, but they have an opening at inside linebacker and this is a weak class outside of the top two prospects at the position (Bush and Devin White).
  11. Pick No.
    11
    EDGE
    Mississippi St.
    Don't sleep on this possibility. The Bengals could use more edge rush and did their homework on Sweat.
  12. Pick No.
    12
    T
    Washington St.
    The Packers could go in a number of directions here, but ultimately may ask Dillard to slide to the right side to help protect Aaron Rodgers.
  13. Pick No.
    13
    DT
    Clemson
    The Dolphins' defensive line coach (Marion Hobby) coached Wilkins during his first two seasons at Clemson. This could be an easy sell.
  14. Pick No.
    14
    OT
    Alabama
    Williams offers versatility up front and would help open up running lanes for Atlanta's offense.
  15. Pick No.
    15
    DE
    Clemson
    Projected trade to Lions
    PROJECTED TRADE WITH REDSKINS. The Lions could use another defender off the edge, and Ferrell fits the mold of the players Matt Patricia worked with in New England at DE.
  16. Pick No.
    16
    DE
    Michigan
    The labral tear in his shoulder causes him to slide, but not beyond the edge-needy Panthers.
  17. Pick No.
    17
    QB
    Duke
    The Giants get their quarterback of the future.
  18. Pick No.
    18
    G
    Oklahoma
    The Vikings could see Ford as a tackle/guard prospect who offers additional value because of his flexibility.
  19. Pick No.
    19
    EDGE
    Florida St.
    The Titans take an edge burner who can attack division-rival QBs Deshaun Watson, Andrew Luck and Nick Foles.
  20. Pick No.
    20
    The Steelers could go in a number of directions -- even at CB -- but I'll take the best of the bunch here.
  21. Pick No.
    21
    WR
    Mississippi
    Seattle has love for height-weight-speed prospects and happens to have a need for those traits at outside receiver.
  22. Pick No.
    22
    C
    N.C. State
    Landing Bradbury might be a perfect scenario for an offense that needs to upgrade its interior blocking.
  23. Pick No.
    23
    T
    Mississippi
    The Texans need help at both cornerback and offensive tackle. This is a difficult choice, but let's take one of the few true left tackles in this draft.
  24. Pick No.
    24
    RB
    Alabama
    With Marshawn Lynch calling it quits, this might be an easy card for the Raiders to run up to the podium.
  25. Pick No.
    25
    S
    Maryland
    The Maryland ballhawk has been a red-hot name in scouting circles of late and the Eagles could take him to invigorate the backend.
  26. Pick No.
    26
    DT
    Mississippi St.
    Colts GM Chris Ballard loves drafting trench players. He also believes in patience, which will be needed with Simmons, who suffered an ACL tear in February. Indy steals one of the best players in the draft here.
  27. Pick No.
    27
    WR
    Oklahoma
    "Hollywood" is smaller (5-foot-9, 166 pounds) than some teams would like, but he's also able to attack all three levels of the field.
  28. Pick No.
    28
    CB
    Washington
    He measured under 6-feet tall and didn't run an impressive 40-yard dash (4.55 seconds) at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Murphy is extremely instinctive and as tough as you want them at corner.
  29. Pick No.
    29
    DT
    Clemson
    Lawrence is still raw, but has elite size and potential.
  30. Pick No.
    30
    TE
    Iowa
    While the Packers need a wide receiver, Fant might be too tough to pass up. He's basically a big receiver in the slot.
  31. Pick No.
    31
    G
    Boston College
    Hard-nosed grinder who can thrive in a variety of run schemes.
  32. Pick No.
    32
    QB
    Missouri
    New England could try to trade this pick, but with so much draft capital (league-high 12 total picks), the Patriots have the luxury of spending this selection on the heir apparent to Tom Brady.
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