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 9: Buffalo Bills- Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Bills found their franchise QB last year in Josh Allen, now it is time to protect him and find some weapon. Selecting Williams will give them a good shot at a future pro bowler. Jonah had a solid combine but his tape is what makes scouts fall in love with him. He has the versatility to play tackle or guard, both of which the Bills need. Jawaan Taylor is also an option here.
Pick 10: Denver Broncos- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Whoever the Bills pass on between Taylor and Williams should be the pick here. I have the Bills taking Williams, which leaves the Broncos selecting Taylor. He’s no consolation prize, Taylor is a mauler on the line and is a great pick for the Broncos. He can step right into either tackle position and give Flacco some much needed protection. This is also a good spot for Drew Lock, either by the Broncos selecting him, or another team trading up in this spot for Lock.
Pick 11: Cincinnati Bengals- Devin White, LB, LSU
The Bengals get an absolute steal here because of the other 10 teams needs. Devin White is a top 5 prospect in this class and is going to be a stud. He will immediately step in and be a three down linebacker in the league. Even better is that he has sideline to sideline speed, which he showed at the combine. The Bengals need help everywhere besides running back, finding the best prospects is their best choice, and White fits the bill.
Pick 12: Green Bay Packers- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver was once thought as the number one pick before the season started. A “down” year dropped his stock though. Well now he is rising again after scouts saw his impressive combine and game tape. He is a truly unique defensive tackle. He has insane quickness and has good technique in the pass and run game. The Packers need a pass rusher and Oliver is a great pick with some upside.
Pick 13: Miami Dolphins- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
If the Dolphins do not get leap frogged, then Drew Lock is the pick at 13. He would be an immediate upgrade from Tannehill and will bring a gunslinger mindset to Miami. He showed the most natural arm at the combine and can turn into a good NFL QB. He has some accuracy issues which is the biggest knock on him. The Dolphins will not be competitive in 2019, so finding their franchise QB and letting him grow is a good plan. Also be on the lookout for the Dolphins to trade for Josh Rosen.
Pick 14: Atlanta Falcons- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Falcons have three main needs Corner, Pass Rusher, and Offensive Line. I tend to lean towards them picking Dillard so they can keep Matt Ryan upright. Dillard had a great combine and quickly rose up draft board. He is a true tackle and can solidify the position for the Falcons. For a team that ranked 20thin sacks allowed, rebuilding the offensive line should be a priority.
Pick 15: Washington Redskins- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Redskins have big needs at WR, S, and OL. The problem is that they are going to have to reach on one of them at pick 15. Brown is the best possible outcome here. He did not test at the combine due to injury but Brown is a smooth and speedy WR. He has the skills and wheels to be a Tyreek Hill clone. With Case Keenum now holding down the QB position, he needs some weapons.
Pick 16: Carolina Panthers- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
You’ll see this pick often in mocks. The Panthers have a desperate need for an edge rusher and Ferrell is the best available one. He would immediately step in and give the Panthers some help as they only mustered 35 sacks in 2018.
Those are picks 9 through 16! Stay tuned for picks 17 through 24 in the next article. Also be on the lookout for my new article series called “If I Were a GM.” I will go through each NFL Team and create the perfect offseason scenario for each. Stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!