You'll note that several times throughout this mock, I point to 2020 free agency as a factor for the selection. Teams aren't just evaluating needs for 2019 when considering whom to pick, as they must also take into account free agency choices yet to come.
Keep in mind: The picks made in the 2019 draft can certainly help a team this fall, but they really affect the 2020 and '21 seasons as much or more.
Nelson brings length and hustle to the 5-technique position for new DC Vance Joseph's 3-4 scheme.
Ridley's 40 time at the combine was 4.58 seconds, which might cause him to drop a bit despite his professional route-running ability. However, 5-10, 186-pound Antonio Brown's 40 time at the 2010 combine was 4.57 -- so those times are not always a great indicator of future success.
The 49ers had a grand total of two interceptions in 2018. Bunting, a darling of scouts since his excellent combine workout, had nine career picks for the Chippewas.
Sanders may not love playing second fiddle to Leonard Fournette, as he did to Saquon Barkley at Penn State, but the Jags' starter has struggled with injuries over the past three years (including his last season at LSU). Sanders could be a valuable pickup to make sure the running game consistently chugs along.
McLaurin's speed and improved hands will help make up for the loss of big-play threat DeSean Jackson.
Finley has the football IQ to be a good backup for Tom Brady over the next couple of seasons. He could become the heir apparent with positive performances when called upon.
Signing veteran Kevin Johnson may prove a bargain for Buffalo, but his injury history and the team's lack of depth at the position makes the athletic Ballentine an easy pick here.
Jackson's power off the edge will make him a true steal if he lasts until this point in the draft. Bruce Irvin was signed to help make up for the retirement of Julius Peppers, but Jackson's a better fit as a 4-3 base end.
**PROJECTED TRADE WITH DOLPHINS.** If the [Bills](/teams/buffalobills/profile?team=BUF) are able to make a swap down in the first round, as I project they will with the [Dolphins](/teams/miamidolphins/profile?team=MIA), they will try to find depth at tight end. Mack's a strong pass catcher who will help second-year quarterback [Josh Allen](https://www.nfl.com/prospects/josh-allen?id=32462018-0002-5600-29bc-8750224414bd) move the chains. </content:power-ranking>
[The trade of longtime starter Marcus Gilbert](http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000001021560/article/steelers-agree-to-trade-ot-marcus-gilbert-to-cardinals) gives Cajuste a chance to start as a rookie if he's able to prove himself on the right side of the line. </content:power-ranking>
Collier would be a great fit in Seattle's scheme due to his power on the edge. It's possible he could last this long after putting up average athletic testing numbers at the combine.
The Texans will have to pay Jadeveon Clowney (who received the franchise tag) big bucks to keep him long-term, which means they might not be able to retain both him and Whitney Mercilus, who's due to become a free agent in 2020. Hollins probably deserves to be selected earlier than this because he has a solid all-around game.
[Khalil Mack](/player/khalilmack/2543463/profile) proved to be worthy of the price the [Bears](/teams/chicagobears/profile?team=CHI) paid for him. Finding a young pass rusher to complement Mack and [Leonard Floyd](/player/leonardfloyd/2555285/profile) will make the [Bears](/teams/chicagobears/profile?team=CHI)' defense even scarier. </content:power-ranking>
[Eric Ebron](/player/ericebron/2543466/profile) and [Jack Doyle](/player/jackdoyle/2540232/profile) are scheduled to become free agents in 2020, so the [Colts](/teams/indianapoliscolts/profile?team=IND) should pick up at least one tight end in this draft. Kahale's rooting section should be called the "Warring Faction." </content:power-ranking>
[David Irving](/player/davidirving/2553805/profile)'s career appears to have come to an end, so Jerry Jones may want another talent in the middle of his team's defense. </content:power-ranking>
Harris has the size and quickness to cover the parts of the back half that Derwin James is not locking down.
The Chiefs need a base end in their new defensive scheme. Cominsky's strength, motor and quickness are reminiscent of former Kansas City fourth-round pick Jared Allen.
Love's a pass-breakup machine (36 over his last two seasons) despite his average size and straight-line speed. The Jets may have found a strong talent to bolster their depth at a roster trouble spot.
Long's quickness makes him a nice replacement for former slot corner B.W. Webb.
With a boatload of early picks, I won't be surprised if the Pats choose multiple offensive weapons to make up for the loss of Gronk and find an eventual replacement for soon-to-be 33-year-old Julian Edelman, who's ticketed for free agency in 2020.
[Rams](/teams/losangelesrams/profile?team=LA) coaches believe second-year players [Joe Noteboom](/player/joenoteboom/2560825/profile) and [Brian Allen](/player/brianallen/2560954/profile) can take over for the departed [Rodger Saffold](/player/rodgersaffold/497048/profile) and [John Sullivan](/player/johnsullivan/2507491/profile) inside -- but why not pick up Jordan, who could play either guard or center if needed? </content:power-ranking>