Peter Schrager 2019 NFL mock draft 1.0: Kyler Murray goes No. 1

With the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine (March 1-4 on NFL Network) getting underway this week, here's my first mock for Round 1 of this year's draft.

Rank
1
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
2019
Kyler Murray
Oklahoma · QB

If the Cardinals are pushing their chips all the way in on new head coach Kliff Kingsbury -- and yes, they should -- they've got to let him make this pick. If Josh Rosen is the ideal guy for his offense, great. But even putting Kingsbury's glowing October comments about Murray aside, I think the Oklahoma quarterback is the perfect plug-and-play for the new coach's scheme.

Rank
2
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
2019
Nick Bosa
Ohio State · DE

Bosa's the most polished pass rusher in this draft, and is widely viewed as the top prospect in this class. San Francisco would be thrilled to see Bosa slip out of the top spot.

Rank
3
New York Jets
New York Jets
2019
Josh Allen
Kentucky · EDGE

Allen was a standout performer in the SEC, but most GMs I've spoken to say he's just scratching the surface. He's one of those prospects who is expected to light the NFL Scouting Combine on fire with his athleticism. Just wait for his height, weight and 40 time. The Jets have needs on both sides of the ball. Get as many great players as possible this offseason.

Rank
4
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2019
Quinnen Williams
Alabama · DT

Viewed by many as a surefire NFL stud, Williams moved all along the Alabama defensive line and showed a combination of pass-rushing and run-stuffing skills that has many NFL GMs licking their chops. The
Raiders have three first-round selections. They can swing for the fences here or go with a guy everyone expects to make an immediate impact and be a franchise cornerstone. I'd roll with the latter.

Rank
5
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019
Jawaan Taylor
Florida · T

With 2018 starting tackles Donovan Smith (a pending free agent who's not expected be franchise-tagged) and Demar Dotson not long-term answers, don't be shocked if the first pick of the Bruce Arians era in Tampa Bay is a tackle who can protect the quarterback's blind side.

Rank
6
New York Giants
New York Giants
2019
Dwayne Haskins
Ohio State · QB

The Giants passed on a quarterback in the top 10 a year ago and got a generational talent at running back. The hope is that New York never has a draft pick this high again. If the G-Men like Haskins -- a Jersey-born kid who threw 50 touchdowns against top competition in his one full year as a starter -- they should snag him, and let him eventually take the torch from Eli.

Rank
7
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
2019
Rashan Gary
Michigan · DE

If either Murray or Haskins is on the board, all bets are off. But I really do think the Jaguars -- with the John DeFilippo connection -- are the front-runners in the Nick Foles sweepstakes. If that's the case, and things shake out this way, Gary could be the guy. An athletic dynamo -- The Athletic's Bruce Feldman had him listed at No. 1 in his annual "Freaks" column last July -- and a two-time All-Big Ten Academic honoree, Gary has unlimited potential and will dominate at the combine.

Rank
8
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
2019
Montez Sweat
Mississippi State · EDGE

One of my favorite names in this draft is also one of my favorite prospects. Tall, lean, high-energy from the jump, Sweat could have left after his junior year, but he stayed in Starkville and had an outstanding senior campaign that earned him All-America honors. With Ziggy Ansah set to hit free agency, the Lions need pressure off the edge.

Rank
9
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
2019
Ed Oliver
Houston · DT

The retirement of Kyle Williams leaves a giant hole in the middle of Buffalo's defensive line. Oliver suffered an injury and had an apparent conflict with his coach during his last season at Houston, but he has long been viewed as a surefire top-10 NFL prospect. Buffalo would be a great landing spot.

Rank
10
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
2019
Dexter Lawrence
Clemson · DT

A math-camp whiz kid who ended up opting for football over numbers, Lawrence is a disruptive force who has a college coach in Dabo Swinney doing all he can to clear Lawrence's name after it made its way into headlines with a failed drug test for a performance-enhancing substance, which led to him being suspended for the College Football Playoff.

Rank
11
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
2019
Clelin Ferrell
Clemson · DE

Ferrell is a long, athletic and powerful pass rusher who dominated the ACC over the past two seasons. When I asked a scout recently for the word that came to mind regarding Ferrell, he said "leadership." Love that.

Rank
12
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2019
Devin White
LSU · LB

White could go in the top five when all is said and done, but I think No. 12 to Green Bay would be a great fit. The
Packers feel very strongly about their young defensive backfield, but they could use some more talent in the front seven. An NFL scout told me there's a chance White could end up being as good out of the gate as Patrick Willis. If that's the case, sign me up.

Rank
13
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
2019
Daniel Jones
Duke · QB

The 2019 quarterback class might not be as bright and shiny as last year's, but there's definitely talent in the first round. Jones, the Senior Bowl MVP who has great NFL size and maturity, was coached at Duke by David Cutcliffe -- the same man who guided Peyton and Eli Manning during their respective college careers. The Dolphins turn the page with a new coach and quarterback.

Rank
14
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
2019
Christian Wilkins
Clemson · DT

The Falcons' roster was ravaged by injuries a season ago, and they have free agents at many key positions. I wouldn't be shocked if Atlanta added Wilkins -- the third defensive lineman out of Clemson in my top 15 -- if he's on the board at 14. His college numbers are absurd from the DT spot: 208 total tackles, 45 tackles for loss, 17 sacks and 56 quarterback pressures across four seasons, with two national championships as cherries on top.

Rank
15
Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team
2019
Drew Lock
Missouri · QB

Jon Gruden had Lock on his team in the Senior Bowl for a week, but I'd think the fit in Washington with Jon's brother, Jay, might be an even better one. Offensive coordinator Kevin O'Connell, senior offensive assistant Matt Cavanaugh, Gruden, and offensive line coach Bill Callahan would all be tremendous assets for a young quarterback. With the team's future unknown at the position, scooping up a talented thrower like Lock this late in the first round could be a major score.

Rank
16
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
2019
T.J. Hockenson
Iowa · TE

I've seen several mock drafts with Hockenson in the top 10, and I'm cool with that. If he slips to 16, he becomes the heir apparent to Greg Olsen and an immediate contributor to an offense that has added two talented players with first-round picks in the past two drafts (D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey). He's apparently as good a blocker as he is a pass catcher.

Rank
17
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
2019
Deandre Baker
Georgia · CB

It's hard not to know and like Baker's game if you watch SEC football on Saturdays. With much better play speed than track speed, he logged seven interceptions in his time at Georgia and went two years without surrendering a touchdown. Denzel Ward and Baker could form a nice little defensive back duo for the Dawg Pound.

Rank
18
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
2019
Jonah Williams
Alabama · OT

The Vikings will address the offensive line in the draft (likely multiple times) and in free agency. Williams is considered "undersized" at 302 pounds, but has wonderful technique. He'd be an immediate starter in Minnesota.

Rank
19
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
2019
Noah Fant
Iowa · TE

Two Iowa tight ends could go in the first round of this year's draft. Fant is more of a natural athlete and potentially a better receiving tight end than Hockenson, a guy many pundits have rated higher.

Rank
20
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
2019
Byron Murphy
Washington · CB

The Steelers will look to address their defensive backfield in both free agency and the draft. Murphy is a stellar athlete, who -- beyond starring for Washington at cornerback -- was a stud wide receiver and hoops player in high school.

Rank
21
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
2019
Jachai Polite
Florida · EDGE

Polite is a 6-foot-2, 245-pound edge rusher who can simply get to the quarterback. Pass rush is a glaring need in Seattle, especially if impending free agent Frank Clark leaves town.

Rank
22
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
2019
Garrett Bradbury
N.C. State · C

If the Lamar Jackson era is going to work, the Ravens need playmakers who fit his style and as much O-line stability as possible. Bradbury won't wow anyone at the combine with his athletic workouts, but he's projected to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL at one of the three interior offensive line positions. Solid pass blocker, great run blocker. Perfect Raven.

Rank
23
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
2019
Andre Dillard
Washington State · T

Houston's offensive line really struggled at times in the 2018 season. Dillard is a good pass blocker and should be an immediate starter at the next level.

Rank
24
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2019
Mack Wilson
Alabama · LB

I could see the Raiders choosing to beef up their defense with at least two of their three first-round picks. Wilson is a solid linebacker prospect, with great size, athleticism, big-game experience and coaching at Alabama. He's projected anywhere from the mid-first to the second round. I like him right at 24 to Oakland.

Rank
25
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
2019
Jeffery Simmons
Mississippi State · DT

Philly struck gold drafting a defensive tackle out of Starkville seven years ago in Fletcher Cox and could do the same in 2019. Simmons' draft stock is a curiosity at the moment, coming off the news that he suffered a torn ACL during his pre-draft training. Just how much that -- and a 2016 arrest spawning from a highly publicized video of him getting into a physical altercation with a woman -- impacts his stock has yet to be seen.

Rank
26
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
2019
Josh Jacobs
Alabama · RB

Jacobs ranked 144th in the nation in 2018 with 640 rushing yards, though a limited college workload means he still has plenty of tread on his tires. A groin ailment might keep him from completely showing his wares in Indy, but it's a safe bet Alabama's pro day will draw an NFL decision-maker or 32. He has all the measurables pro teams covet, can return kicks and comes in with a great reputation as a teammate.

Rank
27
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
2019
DK Metcalf
Mississippi · WR

This is the pick the Raiders got in exchange for Amari Cooper. Why not scoop up a receiver who has some serious top-end speed? Metcalf is the son of Terrence Metcalf, who spent seven seasons as a guard in the NFL, and the nephew of three-time All-Pro Eric Metcalf. The pedigree is for real. The production could be, as well.

Rank
28
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
2019
Will Grier
West Virginia · QB

Teams seem to be a lot higher on Grier than folks in the mock draft world. Los Angeles could take Grier here, and get him for four years with the fifth-year option in his contract. No one is pushing Philip Rivers out the door any time soon, but having Grier -- who I believe will see his stock rise the most of any QB at the combine -- waiting in the wings would be wise.

Rank
29
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
2019
Nasir Adderley
Delaware · S

The Chiefs will look to add some depth to a defense that was both ravaged by injuries and beaten badly in big games. Adderley is a 6-foot tall ballhawking safety who had 11 interceptions while starring in college. If you want your connections, Chiefs GM Brett Veach is a Delaware Blue Hen through and through. If anyone knows the program, it's the man making the pick for Kansas City.

Rank
30
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
2019
Marquise Brown
Oklahoma · WR

The Packers have a new offensive-minded head coach, a new offensive coordinator and a quarterback whose weapons at wide receiver left a little to be desired. My colleague Tom Pelissero reported last week that Brown had Lisfranc surgery, which will keep the wide receiver from participating in drills at the combine and Oklahoma's pro day. But in an era where everyone is looking for the next Tyreek Hill, a guy with Brown's speed and playmaking ability should still go in the first round.

Rank
31
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
2019
Brian Burns
Florida State · EDGE

Burns is an explosive pass rusher, who, despite a "skinny" frame, seems to get to the quarterback and shed blockers. Los Angeles has decisions to make on several free agents, including Dante Fowler. Burns could make a difference immediately.

Rank
32
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
2019
Dre'Mont Jones
Ohio State · DT

The Patriots' defense put on a show in the Super Bowl, but will always keep adding to the depth chart. Jones was coached in college by Greg Schiano, who reportedly will replace Brian Flores on the New England staff, and had a productive three seasons playing across the Ohio State defensive line.

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