2019 NFL mock draft: Projected first-round picks after Scouting Combine
1. Arizona: QB -- Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
One personnel chief told NBC Sports Bay Area that as soon as Murray measured over 5-foot-10 (5-10 1/8, to be exact), he became the odds-on favorite for new coach Kliff Kingsbury’s scheme. Now, where does Josh Rosen go in a trade? Murray, the Heisman Trophy winner, did not run or throw at the NFL Scouting Combine.
His interviews are a little quirky, but his college film speaks for itself.
2. 49ERS: DE -- Nick Bosa, Ohio State
The 49ers fill their top need with the top edge rusher.
Bosa missed most of his final college season after undergoing surgery to repair a core muscle injury. He is fine now. He did not put up eye-popping numbers, but his 4.79 speed, vertical jump (33 ½ inches) and bench press (29 reps of 225 pounds) all were better than his brother, Joey Bosa, the No. 3 overall pick of the Chargers in 2016.
3. N.Y. Jets: DE -- Josh Allen, Kentucky
There is no more versatile defender in this draft. Allen separated himself and grabbed postseason honors mostly because of his pass-rush skills. In addition to his 17 sacks, Allen also proved his worth by dropping into coverage on about half of the passing downs.
At 6-foot-5, 262 pounds, Allen showed his athleticism with a time of 4.63 in the 40-yard dash.
4. RAIDERS: DT -- Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The Silver and Black loved Williams well before he wowed them in a combine meeting and ran a scorching 40-yard dash in 4.83 seconds. That’s the fastest time for someone over 300 pounds since 2012. Williams is an amazing athlete with tremendous upside after just one year’s experience playing inside.
The Raiders drafted two interior pass rushers. That won’t stop them for a second in taking Williams right here.
5. Tampa Bay: DE -- Rashan Gary, Michigan
The former Wolverine is a freak athlete without much production to show for it, a knock that is sticking to him throughout this pre-draft process. He has unreal physical tools make him attractive, especially after he ran a 4.58 in the 40, and had his position’s best broad jump and 3-cone drill.
The Buccaneers can’t pass up that athletic ability, betting he can be properly motivated and coached into something great.
6. N.Y. Giants: QB -- Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
Step aside, Eli.
The Giants need a quarterback of the future. Haskins is an accurate passer with a cannon arm that he put on display at the combine. And he’s a New Jersey guy to boot. This is a perfect match, someone to lead an offensive featuring Saquon Barkley and OBJ.
7. Jacksonville: DT -- Ed Oliver, Houston
The Jaguars won’t need a quarterback here after signing Nick Foles in free agency, an expectation ESPN is reporting after the combine week.
That will allow Jacksonville to select a versatile pass rusher with swagger, someone able to play multiple techniques along the line and help get the Jaguars defense get back in line.
8. Detroit: DE -- Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
His stock is certainly on the rise after an amazing physical performance at the combine. Sweat (6-6, 260) shattered the all-time record in the 40 for a defensive lineman with a time of 4.41.
He also showed plenty of agility with a 7.0 time in the 3-cone drill. He returns to the state where he got kicked off the team at Michigan State after his freshman season.
9. Buffalo: OT -- Jawan Taylor, Florida
He was gimpy with a hamstring tweak, so he did not run the 40 or do any of the testing other than the bench press, where he had 24 reps. But Taylor (6-5, 312) did take part in on-field drills. He did a good job of sliding his feet and mirroring his opponent.
Taylor played right tackle in college. With his 35 1/8-inch arms, he is not a reach to be picked here.
10. Denver: WR -- D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
The proof is on Instagram that he has the pecs.
DeKaylin Zecharius Metcalf showed at the combine he has the height, weight, and speed, too.
You want strength? He piled up 27 reps on the bench press. You want speed? How about a 4.33 in the 40? Metcalf’s exceptional physical skills are more impressive than the numbers he posted in college.
11. Cincinnati: LB -- Devin White, LSU
This guy could be a steal at this point in the draft. If you need any proof that he can be a sideline-to-sideline wrecking ball, White ran a blazing 4.42 in the 40. He has tremendous explosion, as shown by his 39 ½-inch vertical leap.
12. Green Bay: TE, T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Although he did not perform as well as Noah Fant in the testing at the combine, Hockenson was more productive when they were teammates and trying to follow in George Kittle’ footsteps. Hockenson caught 49 passes for 760 yards and six touchdowns.
He can fill out and get stronger, but Hockenson is well-rounded and polished.
13. Miami: QB -- Drew Lock, Missouri
Lock had a good showing at the combine, and the Dolphins will likely zero in on the No. 3 QB in this draft after reportedly placing Ryan Tannehill on the trade block. Lock (6-4, 228) proved his athleticism and his ability to throw the ball accurately during his workout at the combine.
14. Atlanta: DT -- Christian Wilkins, Clemson
He can get up the field and put pressure on the quarterback, as he proved with his 10.5 sacks over his final two college seasons. He ran a strong 5.05 in the 40 at 315 pounds. He also has the smarts, graduating in 2 ½ years with a degree in communications.
15. Washington: QB -- Daniel Jones, Duke
Coach Jay Gruden said he would be confident heading into 2019 with Colt McCoy as his starting quarterback. There’s no way he said that with a straight face. Washington needs some help there, with no certainty Alex Smith ever returns from last year’s horrific leg injury.
That’s why Jones is the pick, an ideally sized passer with upside that Gruden can mold quickly after coming in mechanically sound.
16. Carolina: DE, Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The Panthers need help off the edge, especially after Julius Peppers’ retirement. They tap a productive college player who didn’t run at the combine but has great technique and a nose for the quarterback. He’s more polished than you’d expect from at his age.
He was productive in college, a trait the Panthers hope he can carry over to the NFL.
17. Cleveland: CB -- Byron Murphy, Washington
Browns add another dynamic cornerback to start opposite Denzel Ward, and they get a former receiver unafraid to go after the football. He’s a great athlete with solid size, who showed great footwork and technique in combine drills. He should be able to anchor an already strong and improving Browns defensive unit.
18. Minnesota: OT -- Jonah Williams, Alabama
The Folsom native was measured to have 33-inch arms at the combine, something that became a story in Indy. He combatted it at his combine press conference, listing all the top-flight linemen with his arm length or less. Take that, media.
His confidence will provide help to a Vikings front sorely needing it. He can play tackle or guard, which is another advantage for Minnesota and provides options as they decide how to use him best.
19. Tennessee: DE -- Brian Burns, Florida State
After registering 23.5 sacks in his three college seasons, Burns could be moving up draft boards due to the potential he flashed with outstanding workout numbers. Burns (6-5, 249) posted a 40 time of 4.53, which was the third-best among all defensive linemen and edge rushers.
20. Pittsburgh: WR, -- Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
If the Steelers have any sense of humor, they must select him to replace his cousin, Antonio Brown, who has talked and acted his way onto the trade block and out of town.
Marquise Brown is a speedster. He was frustrated that Lisfranc surgery on his foot kept him from showing his blazing speed at the combine. And, yes, the Steelers met with him at the combine.
21. Seattle: DT -- Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence (6-4, 342) is a tremendous athlete for a man his size. He jacked up 36 reps on the bench press and ran 5.05 in the 40 before dropping out due to a quad injury. The Seahawks will look to replenish their defensive line, and this is a good place to start.
22. Baltimore: RB -- Josh Jacobs, Alabama
Jacobs is fast, versatile and has experience as a wildcat quarterback. His talents will mesh well with Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who plays a lot of read option. He and Jacobs could run that well together, something Jacobs mentioned during the combine. He’s the best runner in his draft class and fits well with whatever the Ravens do offensively.
23. Houston: CB -- Deandre Baker, Georgia
The Texans have tons of defensive backs set for free agency, and they will jump at the chance to add a standout like this relatively late in the first round. He’s fast on film, and reads and reacts well. The Texans are already good up front. They get stronger on the back end.
24. RAIDERS: TE -- Noah Fant, Iowa
Odds are great Jared Cook finds a new team in free agency, and the Raiders would jump at the chance to improve their passing game. He ran a scalding 4.5 in the 40 and was a top performer in the vertical jump and the 3-cone drill. Head coach Jon Gruden will enjoy creating ways to get this guy the football.
25. Philadelphia: OT -- Andre Dillard, Washington State
The Eagles need help at tackle, and Dillard is one of the best athletes at that position in the draft. He has the feet for pass protection and can help protect Carson Wentz. And that becomes even more important with his safety net, Nick Foles, leaving this offseason. Dillard ran a 4.96 in the 40 and topped all offensive tackles with a 7.44 in the 3-cone drill.
Indianapolis: CB -- Greedy Williams, LSU
The former Tiger is a supreme athlete who probably deserves to go higher in this draft. He’s long and tall and capable of playing several coverage styles. He also ran 4.37 in the 40 before cramps ended his combine early. The Colts jump at the opportunity to grab someone with such excellent physical tools.
27. RAIDERS: LB -- Devin Bush, Michigan
The Silver and Black finally use a high draft pick to end their drought at middle linebacker. Bush is built like a modern linebacker. He might be light at 234 pounds, but his. 4.43 in the 40 at the combine proves he can run down anybody. He has experience playing middle linebacker and calling plays in the huddle. He can be a solid leader and offer help in coverage the Raiders haven’t had in some time.
This pick also means the Raiders don’t take an edge rusher in the first round, but the run on them was too strong. They’ll take the best available with the No. 35 overall pick.
28. L.A. Chargers: OL -- Cody Ford, Oklahoma
The Bolts have had issues up front for a long time, especially at right tackle heading into the offseason. He played there last year, and can step in and start right away. He’s a solid athlete, someone to help anchor the offensive line during Philip Rivers’ remaining years.
29. Kansas City: S -- Nasir Adderley, Delaware
Eric Berry’s injury history is long and often debilitating, leaving the Chiefs to start looking for a young player to roam the secondary. Adderley has proven himself capable of playing against top competition despite small-school roots and could be a steadying presence on the back end for a Chiefs defense undergoing a remodel.
30. Green Bay: WR -- N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
First-year coach Matt LaFleur gets off to a good start with Aaron Rodgers by standing on the table and demanding two offensive weapons in the first round. Harry flashed enough speed (4.53) to go along with his size (6-2, 228) and rare strength (27 reps in the bench press) to be a first-round selection.
31. L.A Rams: DE -- Jachai Polite, Florida
According to Polite, most teams in the NFL could use a lesson on the meaning of his last name. He said the 49ers, Packers, and Panthers were among the teams that “bashed” him during their formal, 15-minute interviews. The Rams, however, were nice and talked football with him, he said. He ran a horrible 40 time and pulled himself from other drills with a hamstring injury.
The Rams are not scared away by his character.
32. New England: TE, Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
He’s the best non-Iowa tight end in the draft. Smith’s father played seven years in the NFL, including one season (1998) with the 49ers. The younger Smith had a good showing with a time of 4.63 at the combine, and the Patriots are bracing for life without Gronk.