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.
School: Oklahoma | Year: Junior
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 at the combine coming out of Cal in 2008.
School: Mississippi State | Year: Junior
Simmons could still go in the first round despite the ACL injury he suffered in February and his 2016 arrest. If he lasts until Round 2, though, it won't take long for him to be picked. I consider the Raiders a front-runner to select Simmons in the late-first or early-second round because they have a need at DT, are willing to take chances and have extra selections.
School: Delaware | Year: Senior
Re-signing Jimmie Ward to a one-year deal does not negate the Niners' need for playmakers in the secondary. Adderley will contribute from the slot and at safety for his new team as a rookie.
School: Texas A&M | Year: Junior (RS)
McCoy's a physical player who should step into the Giants' starting lineup without an issue.
School: Florida | Year: Junior
Gardner-Johnson is the tough safety with ball skills that the Jags need to replace the departed Tashaun Gipson.
School: Maryland | Year: Senior
Savage, an appropriate name for a Buccaneer, has the needed coverage skills for a safety in today's NFL and fits a need for Tampa Bay.
School: Kansas State | Year: Senior (RS)
Risner could play tackle for Denver, if needed, but he initially lines up inside to get the Broncos' five best guys on the line.
School: Temple | Year: Senior
Detroit may want some competition for Teez Tabor on the outside in 2019. Ya-Sin is as competitive as they come.
School: Iowa | Year: Junior
The trade of Jabrill Peppers opens up a spot for another former Big Ten box safety.
School: Texas | Year: Senior
Omenihu met with the Vikings at the combine, showing their potential interest in acquiring a strong pass rusher who can help them disrupt the NFC North's talented QBs.
School: Clemson | Year: Junior
Mullen is a slight but tough outside defender who should thrive in the Steelers' defense.
School: N.C. State | Year: Junior
Harmon may not be the fastest receiver in the class, but there's no doubt he will win more battles than he loses outside at the next level. He and DeAndre Hopkins could be outstanding for Deshaun Watson on the perimeter and take some of the pressure off Will Fuller, who's working his way back from an ACL tear.
School: Alabama | Year: Junior
Smith isn't physically dominant like Gronk, but he will be an effective target for Tom Brady when crucial yards are needed to keep drives alive.
School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior
School: Arizona State | Year: Senior (RS)
Wren is the powerful interior presence that the Chargers need as their defensive line depth chart undergoes great change in 2019.
School: South Carolina | Year: Senior (RS)
Head coach Sean Payton was desperate for receiver help in 2018, even bringing is Dez Bryant (who suffered a season-ending injury in his second practice with the team). Samuel will endear himself to Drew Brees immediately and take pressure off Michael Thomas.
School: Penn State | Year: Senior (RS)
Kansas City is rebuilding at cornerback, and adding this athletic defender with good size for the position will help.
School: Ohio State | Year: Junior (RS)
Jones is not a particularly stout defender but can play inside and outside for the Patriots, who value versatility in their linemen.