2019 NFL Mock Draft, Team Needs: January

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Team Needs: January

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Team Needs: January


Now that all of the early announcements have been made by the underclassmen, how does the 2019 NFL Draft look in January?

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It stinks that Trevor Lawrence and Tua Tagovailoa aren’t available for this thing, but it’s still a terrific-looking draft without the star quarterbacks. Only a few years need a new passer, anyway.

This will be done right after the Super Bowl, adjusting and adapting depending on which way the NFL scouting wind is blowing.

With the 2019 NFL Draft order almost set, here’s where the fun starts.

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1. Arizona Cardinals

The Pick Will Be: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Biggest Need: Wide Receiver

Don’t be fall-of-your-chair stunned if Kliff Kingsbury lobbies to move Josh Rosen to get Kyler Murray or Daniel Jones. As is, Bosa is an easy No. 1 overall choice for a defense that needs even more pass rushing pop.

2. San Francisco 49ers

The Pick Will Be: LB Josh Allen, Kentucky

Biggest Need: Pass Rusher

And now this gets interesting. For a team that could use a good receiver or two – and could move down to get the value – the Niners might not want to hang around here. Even with all of the tackle stars, get ready for everyone fall further in love with Allen throughout the draft process.

3. New York Jets

The Pick Will Be: DT Quinnen Williams, ALabama

Biggest Need: Pass Rusher

Michigan’s Rashan Gary might be just a wee bit too early here considering all the tackle talent available, and Josh Allen and Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell might actually be the better need pick, but Williams isn’t getting out of the top three.

4. Oakland/Las Vegas/Los Angeles/San Diego Raiders

The Pick Will Be: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

Biggest Need: Pass Rusher

All bets are off on 1) where the Raiders are actually going to play in 2019 – the new digs in Vegas won’t be read until 2020 – and 2) how they’re going to handle the three picks in the first round. For purposes of this exercise, assume they’re going to keep all three, and assume they’re not going to royally screw up. Also assume it’ll be either Oliver, Quinnen Williams, or Josh Allen.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Pick Will Be: CB Greedy Williams, LSU

Biggest Need: Defensive Back

This isn’t as obvious as it might seem. If the Bucs really are committed to Jameis Winston and don’t go quarterback here, Williams is the easy call as the top corner – even if this might be a wee bit early for him with so many other talented options on the board.

6. New York Giants

The Pick Will Be: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

Biggest Need: Quarterback

It has to be a quarterback. The base will want Kyler Murray to pair with Saquon Barkley for the most exciting NFL backfield ever, and Daniel Jones is quickly moving up in the process. Haskins will need at least a year of seasoning, but he’s a No. 1 overall talent in a down year for teams that need a quarterback.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

The Pick Will Be: QB Daniel Jones

Biggest Need: Quarterback

The correct call will be Ed Oliver, but the Jaguars can’t go into another season without a new franchise quarterback to build around. Kyler Murray would be the flashy option, but watch out for Jones to blow up in the process – he might end up going in the top five.

8. Detroit Lions

The Pick Will Be: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

Biggest Need: Pass Rusher

The opinions are all over the map on Gary. He’s got the tools, and he’s got the talent, but he could go top three or slide on out of the top 15. The Lions might try to move down for multiple picks – they could use one of the Iowa tight ends and have a whole slew of defensive needs – but they won’t mess with it. If Gary is here – or if Ed Oliver or Quinnen Williams slides – this will be easy. This is the true Best Available Player spot.

9. Buffalo Bills

The Pick Will Be: OT/OG Jonah Williams, ALabama

Biggest Need: Offensive Tackle

The Bills will have their pick of offensive linemen. Flip a coin here between Florida’s Jawaan Taylor and Williams. Both are versatile, and both will likely end up at guard after being tried out at tackle.

10. Denver Broncos

The Pick Will Be: LB Devin White, LSU

Biggest Need: Cornerback

This is the Greedy Williams spot if he gets out of the first nine picks available. His teammate White will go somewhere in the top ten as a tackling machine who’ll be someone’s leader and tone-setter – even with Von Miller still the main man.

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