Here at 5 Yard Rush, we have completed our 1st ever Mock Draft. There are no trades in this, it’s just a best fit 32 pick, first round mock draft. So without further delay, here we go:
- Arizona Cardinals- Nick Bosa- EDGE- Ohio State
The Bone fide Number 1 player in this draft. If there are no trades up for a QB, then it has to be Bosa for the 1 pick. Arizona could trade back, but in this no trade mock, it has hard to not take the best player on the board. Arizona need D-Line but this is an All-Pro calibre player.
- San Francisco 49ers- Josh Allen, EDGE Kentucky
He has everything you can’t teach: explosiveness, size and also speed. And his growth and continued improvement from 2017 to 2018 mean he should make a splash in his rookie season and beyond. He really knows how to finish reps and run the right routes and lines.
- New York Jets- Quinnen Williams- iDL Alabama
Quinnen is a quality player and a top recruit; An easy top 10 player. Pro ready and will improve anybody’s D-Line immediately. Be a big shock if he doesn’t go top 3, and is another one for the heritage of defensive Alabama greats.
- Oakland Raiders- Rashan Gary- EDGE- Michigan
Gary will probably play on the D-Line as opposed to EDGE and the Raiders desperately need a this top defender on the front line to cause havoc to passers in the AFC West. Gary is a top athlete but will need to be taught how to make the plays. But for a team who only made 13 sacks last season, he will add instant results.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Arians wants to sling the ball in Tampa, and this is arguably the worst O-Line in football. Time in the pocket should help Winston reduce those turnovers and continue to make plays. Jonah Williams slides into right tackle while providing an option at LT in the future when the Bucs decide what they want to to with Donovan Smith.
- New York Giants- Dwayne Haskins- QB- Ohio State
It’s time to move on from Eli Manning, a man in free-fall decline. Meet the best prospect in the class. With no trades in this mock, this is the easiest pick of this whole mock draft.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Kyler Murray- QB- Oklahoma
We think this is where Kyler, the Heismann Trophy winner goes. Jacksonville brought in John DeFilippo as their offensive coordinator, and the media keep pushing Foles to Jacksonville due to this connection. However, DeFlippo is renowned for his ability with young quarterbacks, with developing rookies and scheming offences that do not leave players with limited skill sets stranded. This could be a marriage made in heaven for all parties.
- Detroit Lions- Clelin Ferrell- EDGE- Clemson
This was a hard one, it was either Jachai Polite or Ferrell and we went with Ferrell here. As it stands, Ferrell makes more sense as Patricia wants size players, something he takes from Belichick, and does fill their immediate need. He isn’t the player Polite is, but due to elite run defence ability, he is a worthy top 10 and first round pick.
- Buffalo Bills- Jawaan Taylor- Tackle- Florida
Head coach Sean McDermott needs to upgrade the pieces around franchise QB Josh Allen. This line gave up 41 sacks last year, and that isn’t good enough, so this should automatically cause an uptick in the protection required for Allen.
- Denver Broncos- Ed Oliver- iDL- Houston
Moving for Flacco screams “Win now” for a team that seems to think they are a QB away from winning. We can’t say we agree, but they will not take a developmental QB until the later rounds of the draft.
Instead, we go for an pass-rusher on the defensive line who can fill in to a surprisingly weak defensive tackle room for the Broncos. Oliver, who’s elite skill level at penetrating from the interior, will benefit from the reps at 5-technique he would likely get on that defensive front.
- Cincinnati Bengals- Cody Ford- OT- Oklahoma
The Bengals need to rebuild up front, and Ford is a sturdy tackler and disrupter who will protect Andy Dalton. Can’t see Coach Zac Taylor taking anyone else at this stage.
- Green Bay Backers- Jachai Polite- EDGE- Florida
With Clay Matthews continuing to decline, it’s time for the Packers to add an and exciting and explosive player. Polite isn’t a the best rusher at this point, but his quickness off the line and closing speed could mean he becomes a difference maker from day 1.
- Miami Dolphins- Drew Lock- QB- Missouri
The Dolphins seem to be moving away from Tannehill, and it’s time to go in a different direction at the position. Lock is a high ceiling talent in the right situation. We don’t think Lock will make it to the 13th pick at this stage, however with no trades, this one made sense.
- Atlanta Falcons- Chris Lindstrom- iOL- Boston College
We are going for Lindstrom after the injury of Jeffrey Simmons. Lindstrom is a strong contender to go in this pick range. He’s consistent and physical and he can slide in at either guard spot. Versatility is going to be key for the Falcons who have quite a few gaps in that line.
- Washington Redskins- Daniel Jones- QB- Duke
With Alex Smith unlikely to return, and the Free Agency market scarce with talent, the Redskins might make a splash in day 1 of the draft, Jones is a big, strong, QB with great arm strength as well as speed and mobility. As a result, he should slot nicely into the Washington offense. In most years he would not be considered a 1st round talent, but desperation will make this a realistic pick, unless they get somebody in Free Agency.
- Carolina Panthers- Delvin White- LB- LSU
White’s speed and play making ability will add to a Panthers defense that struggled to defend over the middle, as well as struggle to stop the run.
- Cleveland Browns- Greedy Williams- CB- LSU
Greedy isn’t nearly as complete a player as Ward was coming out, but he does show the potential to wipe a man-coverage assignment from the game. He should be a top 10 pick, but he has been thought as being lazy, especially in the run game, and not finishing his routes. However his ability to cover the long ball makes him a bone fide 1st round pick and will make the Browns very difficult to go deep on moving forward.
- Minnesota Vikings- Andre Dillard- T- Washington State
After watching Kirk Cousins take to grass more times than a lawn mower in summer in 2018, the Vikings will make upgrading the offensive line a top priority. Dillard is arguably the most polished pass protector in the draft, and has great footwork and even better technique. A slam dunk pick up this late in the first round if there ever was one.
- Tennessee Titans- Dalton Risner- iOL- Kansas State
Risner who struggles for speed on the edge and has college success at Guard, makes the most sense here. Tackle flexibility is always a plus for a player’s stock, which helps put Risner above other interior OL players in this draft. He will struggle for pace on the outside in the NFL so a move inside makes sense, and his versatility will help protect Mariota.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- Byron Murphy, CB- Washington
Coach Mike Tomlin must grow the secondary if they want to stand Murphy is a five-star cover corner with outstanding ball skills and tackling ability.
- Seattle Seahawks- Deionte Thompson- S- Alabama
With Earl Thomas expected to become a free agent, the Seahawks need to bolster the secondary with a safety who offers range, instincts and hard hits. Thompson meets this requirement.
- Baltimore Ravens- D.K. Metcalf- WR- Mississippi
The Ravens will continue to build by giving Lamar Jackson weapons and adding an explosive playmaker on the perimeter. This isn’t the Wide Receiver Murf would take here, as there are concerns over his injuries, but it is clear a Wide Receiver looks like the pick here.
- Houston Texans- Noah Fant- TE- Iowa
The Texans need to fix their offensive line but we cannot see them doing it, seeing as they have neglected this position for a few years now. In the meantime, adding a dynamic weapon at TE will only help Deshaun Watson continue to grow and make him a top Quarterback in this league. We believe Fant will be an elite Tight End and a sort after pick in this draft.
- Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears)- Kelvin Harmon- WR- N.C. State
Jon Gruden needs to find a new No. 1 receiver after trading Amari Cooper for a first-round pick last season. Harmon is a big play guy who is athletic and quick. He will be a favourite target for Derek Carr if they draft him here.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Dexter Lawrence- DL- Clemson
The Eagles keep continuing to invest in their Offensive and Defensive lines, and they will continue to do that here. Lawrence is a big, strong nose tackle that will break up the run and bull rush when required. He will make this D-Line very very mean indeed.
- Indianapolis Colts- Christian Wilkins- iDL- Clemson
This is a big position of need and another smart selection for Frank Reich and the Colts.
He immediately becomes the highest impact pass-rusher that relied on rotation and undersized players to make plays last year. They spent their 2018 draft capital on O-Line and can expect 2019 to be the year of their D-Line upgrades.
- Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys)- T.J Hockenson- TE- Iowa
With Jared Cook hitting Free Agency, the Raiders’ offensive makeover should continue by adding a true “Y” to the lineup give them plays up the middle of the field (something Gruden has always relied on in his offenses) and given them some extra run protection. This pick makes a lot of sense, but it might not be their biggest position of need at this stage.
- Los Angeles Chargers- Mack Wilson- LB- Alabama
When the Chargers kept playing DBs at LB last season, it shined a light at a big need at LB. So why not give the Chargers a LB who can be a DB.
Wilson has great tape demonstrating coverage and he is good against the run. Far better than the Chargers’ seven DB defenses who struggled in the playoffs against the run.
- Kansas City Chief- DeAndre Baker- CB- Georgia
This is probably the most mocked pick we have seen, but it’s too easy to ignore: Baker is undersized, but he’s a battler and a grinder. That fits what Kansas City currently do on their roster.
- Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints)- Montez Sweat- EDGE- Mississippi State
Green Bay should take Montez Sweat, the long and powerful rusher from Mississippi State. He shined at the Senior Bowl but Sweat does lack the bend you would want out of a round 1 pick. However he proved to be great at defending the pass throughout 2018 and should offer good Year 1 ability on both run and pass downs.
- Los Angeles Rams- Delvin Bush- LB- Michigan
Despite making it to Super Bowl LIII, the Rams need reinforcements at LB. Bush is small but he is a massive playmaker who always finds himself in the right place at the right time when it comes to finding and playing the football.
- New England Patriots- N’Keal Harry- WR- Arizona StateThis was the hardest pick of this mock draft. New England could go anywhere with this. We would all like Josh Gordon to return healthy to the NFL, but there is hardly any chance this will happen. As a result, Harry has the size and tools of a true X-receiver, but he lacks the skill. This has never stopped the Patriots from taking a player like this in the past, and somehow, their diamonds in the rough always seem to pay off.
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