We can stop the mockery.
Here is the final version of the NBC Sports Washington 2019 NFL Mock Draft. No fluff, just the straight list as we project specific marriages of teams and prospects through two rounds plus additional Day 2 selections for the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens.
For those that have been following along for the previous (gulp) 21 versions, you may notice several changes starting with the Raiders at four and including the Redskins at 15 and 46. I’ve been doing mock drafts for many years now and this is easily among the wildest. There’s always the misinformation game. The uncertainty with the quarterbacks and the large of tier talent in the 16-50 range made such projections challenging.
Anyway, thanks for the coming along for the ride over these many months. Check out all of NFL Draft coverage starting with Thursday’s first round.
1 Arizona Cardinals -- Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
2 San Francisco 49ers -- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
3 New York Jets -- Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4 Oakland Raiders -- Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Devin White, LB, LSU
6 New York Giants -- Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
7 Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
8 Detroit Lions -- T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
9 Buffalo Bills -- Christian Wilkins, DL, Clemson
10 Denver Broncos -- Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
11 Cincinnati Bengals -- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
12 Green Bay Packers -- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
13 Miami Dolphins -- Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
14 Atlanta Falcons -- Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
15 Washington Redskins -- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
16 Carolina Panthers -- Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
17 NY Giants (via Cleveland) -- Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
18 Minnesota Vikings -- Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
19 Tennessee Titans -- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
20 Pittsburgh Steelers -- Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
21 Seattle Seahawks -- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
22 Baltimore Ravens -- Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
23 Houston Texans -- Cody Ford, G/T, Oklahoma
24 Oakland Raiders (from CHI) -- Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
25 Philadelphia Eagles -- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
26 Indianapolis Colts -- Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.
27 Oakland Raiders (from DAL) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
28 Los Angeles Chargers -- Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
29 Seattle Seahawks (via KC) -- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
30 Green Bay Packers (via NO) -- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
31 Los Angeles Rams -- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
32 New England Patriots -- Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
33 Arizona -- A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
34 Indianapolis (via NY Jets) -- D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
35 Oakland -- Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
36 San Francisco -- Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
37 NY Giants -- Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
38 Jacksonville -- Jaylon Ferguson, DE, La. Tech
39 Tampa Bay -- Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
40 Buffalo -- DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
41 Denver -- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
42 Cincinnati -- Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
43 Detroit -- Juan Thornhill, CB, Virginia
44 Green Bay -- Nassir Adderley, S, Delaware
45 Atlanta -- L.J Collier, DE, TCU
46 Washington -- J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
47 Carolina -- Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
48 Miami -- Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
49 Cleveland -- Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
50 Minnesota -- Dre'Mont Jones, DE/DT, Ohio State
51 Tennessee -- Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan
52 Pittsburgh -- Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
53 Philadelphia (via Baltimore) -- Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
54 Houston (via Seattle) -- Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington
55 Houston -- Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
56 New England (via Chicago) -- Ryan Finley, QB, NC State
57 Philadelphia -- David Long, CB, Michigan
58 Dallas -- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
59 Indianapolis -- Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
60 LA Chargers -- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
61 Kansas City -- Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
62 New Orleans -- Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
63 Kansas City (via LA Rams) -- Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
64 New England -- Kahale Warring, TE, San Diego State
77 Washington -- Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
86 Baltimore – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
97 Washington -- Dru Samia, G, Oklahoma
103 Baltimore -- Terrill Hanks, ILB, New Mexico State
Now, here's a bunch of stuff I'm hearing about the draft and insight into why I made some of these picks. Let's start with the Redskins selecting Haskins.
- I produced 15 mocks in 2019. The breakdown of players I selected at 15: Montez Sweat (6), Brian Burns (4), Devin Bush (3), Clelin Ferrell (1), Dwayne Haskins (1). That's 14 defensive players with 11 edge rushers. The lone offensive player came in the final mock. Why the flip? There's a combination of factors.
- Among them, the idea of the Redskins regaining off-season champ status gained steam Wednesday with various reports. While I don't buy the idea of the Redskins trading up in any significant way, I do believe there's a good chance either Haskins or Drew Lock slips to 15 if the Broncos (10) or Bengals (11) pass on a quarterback. At that point, it's not hard imagining the bigger picture winning a tiebreaker between a passer and a pass rusher like Brian Burns, who was my selection in four of the five previous mocks.
- One source told NBC Sports Washington that the Redskins have spoken with teams in the top 10 about moving up. Not really buying that, however. The Redskins have numerous needs and need all the draft capital possible. There is a good chance one of the top four quarterbacks is available at 15. There's been reported and sourced mentions of interest in Haskins and Jones. I haven't heard much if anything about Lock to Washington.
- It's worth noting that the interest in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier existed at least as of Monday, according to sources. If the Redskins wait, he could be a target.
- Skipping a pass rusher at 15 is risky because of the limited options on Day 2 and beyond. Michigan's Chase Winovich and Georgia's D'Andre Walker are Day 2 options.
- While I firmly believe the Redskins must add pass rush help and believe they think the same, I went with a red-zone receiving threat in the second. Arcega-Whiteside offers good size and a go-to target around the goal line. It's possible he slips beyond 46 and into the third based on some league sources, but the Redskins need his element. Paul Richardson (fractured clavicle), I'm told, might not even be ready for the start of training camp and it's not like this group is loaded with proven pieces.
- The buzz with Josh Rosen remains quiet for now, but surely roars should the Cardinals select, as long-rumored, Kyler Murray. If a trade occurs look for teams in 22-32 range to make a move on Rosen's cheap contract. One source thinks the Patriots get interested and use the 32nd overall pick.
- Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr. lands in round one. At least that's where the momentum is. He is expected to be an option for the Redskins if they trade down from 15. The Colts, Patriots, Chargers and Raiders are other likely landing spots late in the first.
- Oklahoma offensive lineman Cody Ford's draft ceiling is 11 to the Bengals. Should he drop from there, several other teams remain possible, but the OL-needy Vikings did not get the warm fuzzies from the pre-draft meeting, per source.
- Staying with the OL, at least one NFL team has Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom inside the top 15 of their 2019 Big Board. The Falcons are interested in Clemson DT Christian Wilkins, but Lindstrom might become Plan B.
- Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons is one of the true wild cards since the top-5 talent comes with a torn knee ligament and off-the-field concerns. Simmons is expected to hear his name called in the first with the Eagles and Colts among the likely landing spots.
- One potential regret: Sticking with Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery in the first over Temple CB Rock Ya-Sin. Tillery, an inconsistent but impressive talent, feels a like a slider into Day 2, but he's been my selection for the Chargers throughout the draft process.
- Speaking of the corners, it feels like LSU's Greedy Williams and Georgia's DeAndre Baker are dropping some while Ya-Sin's projection moves into the first.
- Michigan CB David Long's ceiling is now the 30s, per source, though his public big board status typically falls into round 3.
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