Seven-round mock drafts are similar to a pitch of a TV series to a network executive. We see the characters and the general plot, but the details will be worked out when the final scripts are written.
Trades and surprising selections are the plot twists that make the NFL draft -- the final script, in this case -- the marquee event of the offseason.
In my final mock of 2019, I've projected some selections that may be off the beaten path, as well as five first-round trades. The order of the other six rounds are kept as scheduled, except for the selections exchanged in the projected Round 1 trades.
As always this time of year, keep in mind that there might be developments over the next several days leading up to the draft -- be it a trade or some other information about a prospect -- that changes the outlook for how things could play out.
I root for surprises during the draft to make things interesting, but here's one 254-pick road map of how the 2019 NFL Draft (April 25-27) may play out.
Brown's 166-pound frame may scare teams off in the first round, but as a comparison, former second-round pick DeSean Jackson weighed 169 pounds in Indy coming out of Cal in 2008.
PROJECTED TRADE WITH RAIDERS. Bolstering the secondary should be a priority for San Francisco, and Savage's versatility and toughness would be a nice fit.
Harry's a size-speed prospect who wins in the red zone, something the team needs after trading Odell Beckham, Jr.
The Packers are thrilled to find a quality leader and athlete available at a need position in the mid-second round.
I won't be surprised if GM Thomas Dimitroff moves up in the second round to get a pass-rush stud like Winovich.
Cornerback is a major area of need for the Browns, so Ya-Sin's unwillingness to back down from any receiver will give him a shot to start right away.
Sternberger has become a favorite of scouts for his hands and ability to run past linebackers and safeties.
It is not unusual for teams to use two early picks at cornerback if their need is dire. The Texans take advantage of value here in selecting Love to join Baker, their first-round pick, in the secondary.
Allen's a high-motor edge player who's able to line up across from tackles or off their outside shoulder.
Harris is a nice fit behind Zeke, as he can take the load off in third-down situations because of his catching ability and pass protection skills.
Tillery's labrum injury may push him down boards a bit, but he'll be a steal for the Chargers, who have a huge need on the defensive interior.
Drew Brees is going to love throwing to this guy, as he is as competitive as any receiver prospect we've seen enter the draft in recent years.
William's slow 40-yard dash times probably won't hurt his stock too much. New England must add youth to the secondary in this draft.