Phil Perry's NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Kyler Murray declared himself a football player on Monday. The world went crazy, as did our first mock draft of the year. Enjoy.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
New Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury once said that he'd make Kyler Murray the No. 1 pick in the draft. Why don't we hold him to that? Before making the selection, Arizona trades soon-to-be sophomore quarterback Josh Rosen and picks to the quarterback-starved Jaguars for the No. 7 overall pick.
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
The best player in the draft falls to San Francisco at No. 2, where he'll play with fellow first-round defensive linemen DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas and Arik Armstead.
3. GIANTS (VIA JETS)
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Giants should've set themselves up for life after Eli last year. They give up future draft capital here -- dealing with their neighbors in the AFC -- to move up three spots and get the only other consensus first-round quarterback in the class.
Quinnen Williams, DI, Alabama
The Raiders have the ability to dominate the first day of the draft with three picks in the top 27, and they're off to a good start. By simply sitting tight, rookie GM Mike Mayock ends up with a player some believe could be better than Bosa.
5. BRONCOS (VIA BUCCANEERS)
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Desperation. John Elway reeks of it. Denver will have to give up significant capital to get from No. 10 to No. 5, but to pick up a quarterback with some upside, Elway pulls the trigger.
6. JETS (VIA GIANTS)
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Here the Jets are, in a way, rewarded for paying through the nose for Sam Darnold last year. They gave up three second-rounders to get their man in 2018, but they recouped value here in trading down with the Giants. And they still end up with a freakishly athletic edge defender.
7. CARDINALS (VIA JAGUARS)
Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Kingsbury and the Cardinals front office are getting the band back together. After dealing Rosen and drafting Murray, they go ahead and pick Murray's teammate to give him a familiar -- and blazing fast -- option on the outside. The Cardinals just became a lot of fun.
Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
Pound for pound, this 280-pounder might be one of the most physically-gifted athletes in the class. The Patriots-trained front office in Detroit may not love the fact that Gary's college production didn't match his ability, but Matt Patricia will have an opportunity to turn him into a game-wrecker.
Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Josh Allen spent a significant portion of his rookie season running for his life. Williams will help prevent that from happening again in 2019. He might not have the length of other tackles taken in the first round, but he's the best.
10. BUCCANEERS (VIA BRONCOS)
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Tampa Bay shrewdly accepted Denver's offer to move down the board, knowing there would still be some high-end talent here. Williams seems to be among the best press man corners in this draft. If that's what he is, there are few skill sets more valuable in today's NFL.
Devin White, LB, LSU
In a hard-hitting conference, the Bengals get a little more physical at the second level with this do-it-all 'backer. He should be able to chase Ravens tight ends, shadow Steelers running backs, and he'll have no issue blitzing Baker Mayfield.
12. REDSKINS (VIA PACKERS)
Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Jones has prototypical size, and he got good coaching as a collegian. But is he a franchise guy? Washington may be trying to fit a square peg into a round hole here as they scramble to pick up the pieces following Alex Smith's devastating injury.
D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Brian Flores and his staff won't want to rush the quarterback decision and set themselves back several years. Instead, they take a receiver prospect who's built like a superhero. If the neck injury that ended Metcalf's final season with the Rebels checks out, he has the kind of size and explosiveness that will give the Dolphins the legitimate No. 1 they thought they had when they drafted DeVante Parker.
Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Atlanta took a Clemson pass-rusher in the first round a few years ago and ended up with a First Team All-Pro in Vic Beasley. But Beasley, whose production has been trending in the wrong direction the last two seasons, could use some help. After Allen, Ferrell might be the most well-rounded edge defender available this spring.
15. PACKERS (VIA REDSKINS)
Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Green Bay could be looking for their next big-time rusher off the edge with Clay Matthews getting into the twilight of his career. Polite (6-2, 240 pounds) looks like he'll be a standup outside linebacker at the next level. Like Matthews, he has a spin move that should make him a terror on third downs.
Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Tall and athletic, Sweat isn't expected to be the next Julius Peppers, but he has the kind of ceiling that should help him fill the void left behind by the recently-retired Panthers defensive end.
Ed Oliver, DI, Houston
Some have wondered why Oliver hasn't improved more over the course of his career, during which he consistently dominated lesser interior offensive linemen. But Oliver's explosiveness on the inside can't be taught. Pair him with Myles Garrett and the Browns might soon have one of the best one-two pass-rush punches in football.
Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Minnesota would've taken just about any help it could've found for its offensive line last year. Here the Vikes get an athlete who could potentially play tackle or guard and anchored the best unit in college football in 2018.
N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Harry would give coach Mike Vrabel someone who can work the area of the field Vrabel so often did during his career. With good size and coordination, Harry should be able to win jump balls in the red zone. But he's much more than a specialist. It'll be intriguing to see how he tests at the combine, but regardless of what the numbers say, he's shown an ability to create yards on his own after the catch.
Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Steelers may just keep drafting corners until they have three or four they like. It'll be a while before they get there, but Baker would help their cause here. He's a little undersized (5-foot-11, 185), but he's coming from a program where he saw some of the best wideouts in the country and should fit a variety of schemes.
Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Pete Carroll can take Wilkins' size (6-4, 315) and quickness and turn him into the type of interior defender who could make an impact on all three downs.
Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
In an NFL loaded with mobile quarterbacks, having someone who can bull-rush effectively to crush the pocket around those scramblers has value. The Ravens have one of the best scramblers in the league, but now they have someone to counteract similar players in Ferguson.
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Deshaun Watson has been under pressure for two years running now. Adding a rock solid tackle to the mix in Houston might allow the Texans to see what their quarterback can be when he's not constantly under duress.
24. RAIDERS (VIA BEARS)
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
In Murphy, the Raiders have now addressed two levels of their defense with their first two first-round picks. He was among the best corners in college football last year, holding quarterbacks to a rating of just 54.5 when they targeted him, per Pro Football Focus.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Three backs in the first round last year, but Jacobs is probably the only one worth considering on Day 1 this spring. He'd be a nice fit as a three-down player for a team that could lose a couple of its top backs to free agency.
Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
What the Colts do in the draft could depend largely on the positions they address in free agency with their mountains of cap space. Adding a corner is almost never a bad idea, though, and at 6-foot-1 Oruwariye has the size to match up on the outside with the likes of DeAndre Hopkins and Corey Davis.
27. RAIDERS (VIA COWBOYS)
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Raiders could go with a tackle after reaching for Kolton Miller last year, but instead they keep hammering away at their defense. Bush isn't a thumper in the traditional sense at 5-11 and 233 pounds, but he appears to have more than enough athleticism to blitz and chase running backs in coverage.
Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Philip Rivers' offensive line got exposed in the Divisional Round against the Patriots. In Dillard, the Chargers will get someone with all kinds of pass-protection experience since Washington State loves to chuck it. He'll need to develop in the run game, but L.A. will pounce at the chance to grab an athletic edge protector.
Dexter Lawrence, DI, Clemson
The Chiefs are built to roll with an aggressive 3-4 front, and they can continue to do so with Lawrence in the mix as their next nose tackle. At 350 pounds, he'll hold the point of attack against the run, and he has the ability to push the pocket on third downs so that Kansas City's outside linebackers have a clean run at opposing quarterbacks.
30. PACKERS (VIA SAINTS)
Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Green Bay continues to invest in its secondary after adding first- and second-round corners in recent years. Adderley doesn't come from a program like Washington (as corner Kevin King did), North Carolina State (Josh Jones), Iowa (Josh Jackson) or Louisville (Jaire Alexander), but he's a smooth athlete who should be able to serve as an effective centerfielder for years to come.
Jeffery Simmons, DI, Mississippi State
The Rams will have one sizable hole in their Super Bowl LIII roster to fill if Ndamukong Suh departs via free agency. Simmons isn't quite the same kind of freak, but he's a physical specimen. A 2016 arrest for assaulting a woman -- all of which was captured on video and still lives online -- will likely force him down draft boards.
T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
We don't know yet if Rob Gronkowski will retire, but let's say the Patriots use their No. 1 pick on Gronkowski's successor. Hockenson doesn't seem like quite the same type of athlete as his college teammate and fellow tight end Noah Fant -- who could end up going ahead of Hockenson in the draft -- but he's proven to be a productive receiver with good athleticism. At 6-foot-5, 250, Hockenson is a polished blocker and he won the Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end. He also learned to play under Bill Belichick's friend Kirk Ferentz and former Patriots tight ends coach Brian Ferentz. Seems like their type.