With the combine now behind us, we have a more clear understanding of what prospects are impressing scouts. The athletic testing and field drills were an important part of these prospects NFL chances. Not only that, the interviews and meetings played a big role in determining draft stock. With free agency and trades still going to be processed before the draft, this mock will not include any in-draft pick trades or swaps. I will however, make picks on what I believe will happen in the future before the draft. Let’s get started.
Pick 1: Arizona Cardinals- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Just a couple weeks ago, almost everyone had this pick penciled in as Nick Bosa. Well if the combine told us anything, it is that Kyler Murray is in play for the number one pick, and that Rosen trade rumors are at large. Murray is the perfect fit for Kliff Kingsbury offense, and can immediately add a spark to the Cardinals. With the most important position on the field being QB, you want to have a QB that will fit your offense. Even if it means drafting a first round QB in consecutive years.
Pick 2: San Francisco 49ers- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Niners have an excellent pick this year. If the Cardinals pick Kyler Murray, then the best prospect in the draft falls into their lap, and turns out, it is their biggest need. Bosa did not have the most impressive combine, but there is no doubt he is still a top tier talent in this draft. He is explosive and powerful and can improve a defensive line that ranked 22ndin sacks. Selecting Josh Allen out of Kentucky is another pick in play here if Bosa is selected at 1.
Pick 3: New York Jets- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams impressed at the combine with exceptional finesse for a man his size. He would immediately step in to the middle of the Gang Green defense and play alongside Leonard Williams. This combo would give the defensive line in New York a deadly duo. This is also the best spot for a QB needy team to trade up to. So if a team wants Haskins, then this is where they need to be.
Pick 4: Oakland Raiders- Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The pick and the need is why this pick is so easy. The Raiders need a pass rusher as they only came up with 13 sacks in 2018. Allen racked up 17 in his final year at Kentucky. He is long, lean, and athletic and should immediately add some intensity to the Raiders defense.
Pick 5: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Tampa Bay needs all the defense it can get in this draft. Lucky for them, they have a pick that allows them to select a top prospect. Rashan Gary is an explosive athlete and he is built like a truck. He can playout outside linebacker and on the line as a pass rusher. He is versatile and will fit Todd Bowles scheme to a tee. For a defense that will look a lot different in 2019, starting with Gary will be a great pick.
Pick 6: New York Giants- Dwyane Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Yep you guessed it. Haskins impressed at the combine when throwing the ball with great touch and velocity. He wasn’t the most athletic QB but we all knew that. He can learn an NFL offense for a half the year while he sits behind Eli, then take over the position after the Giants are eliminated from playoff contention. Starting 2020 with Haskins, OBJ (maybe), and Saquon would be a good way to get the Giants back in the NFC playoff picture.
Pick 7: Jacksonville Jaguars- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The offensive line is another spot where the Jaguars need some help, but selecting a game changing wideout for Nick Foles is the best bet. The Jaguars have a great defense still and a mammoth of a running game. If Foles can make the defenses respect the passing game, then the Jaguars suddenly go back into playoff contention. Who better to jump start the passing game than a 6’3, 225 pound wide receiver who casually ran a 4.33?
Pick 8: Detroit Lions- Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Anytime you break a combine record, your stock is going to sky rocket. Sweat broke the 40 yard dash record by a defensive end, he ran a 4.41 all while being 260 pounds. Yeah so for a defense needing to replace Ezekiel Ansah, selecting an explosive pass rusher is the way to go. Sweat has the upside to be one of the best pass rushers in the league.
Those are picks 1 through 8! Stay tuned for picks 9 through 16 in the next article. Also be on the lookout for my new article series called “GM Donnie.” I will go through each NFL Team and create the perfect offseason scenario for each. Stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!