Football season has officially ended, sending us off with yet another New England Patriots Super Bowl victory. *sarcastic ‘hooray’* So, what else is new? Well, for starters, this website. We’re new players in the fantasy football advice world. And while our focus at Ride or Dynasty will mainly be on fantasy football going forward, what kind of online sports publication would we be if we didn’t participate in the offseason mock draft mania?
For those of us addicts, our withdrawal symptoms are reduced to manageable levels with a little help from speculation articles leading up the free agency and reading dozens of these mocks to get to know the incoming rookies. Yes, the offseason is a wonderful time of year, despite the part where we impatiently await the NFL Draft to finally get a look at the game’s future… only to learn that every single one of those mock drafts we read lied to us. Let’s get to it.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
I don’t think any player in college football saw his stock shoot up quite the way Alabama’s Quinnen Williams did in 2018. The redshirt sophomore went from relative obscurity to All-American and Outland Trophy winner following his act as a one-man wrecking crew, racking up 71 tackles (45 solo, 26 assists), 19.5 tackles for loss, and 8 sacks despite consistent double-teams, which he will see much less of at the next level, and having plays run away from him. The Cardinals need a stronger presence in the middle of their defensive front to lineup alongside pass rushers Chandler Jones and Markus Golden. The 21-year-old defender with limitless potential edges out Nick Bosa as the top selection.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio St.
With Williams off the board, the former Ohio State star pass rusher is the pick here. Nick Bosa, the younger brother of NFL star Joey Bosa, missed the majority of the 2018 season rehabbing an injury and preparing for the Draft but was dominant in his limited action, racking up 14 total tackles, 4 sacks, and adding a defensive touchdown in just three games. His presence would give San Fran four first-round picks along their defensive line, further allowing Solomon Thomas to kick inside to defensive tackle. All signs point toward the younger Bosa being at least as good as his brother at the next level, making him incredibly difficult to pass up at this spot.
3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Josh Allen, not to be confused with Buffalo Bills QB Josh Allen, will certainly be the latter Josh Allen’s worst nightmare for the foreseeable future should this pick come to fruition. This dude is a stud, and possibly the most complete player in the class of 2019. So, why do the Cardinals and 49ers skip over Allen in this scenario? Scheme fit. I see him being most effectively deployed as a pass rushing linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, which the Jets happen to run. However, with a strong combine performance, I can actually see Allen making a push to be the #1 player drafted regardless. He’s big, fast, and dominated SEC competition like it was child’s play, racking up an absurd 88 total tackles (21.5 for loss), 17 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles en route to too many awards and accolades to list here. This is an easy call.
4. Oakland Raiders – Devin White, MLB, LSU
Boooo! You’re a f**king idiot! Calm down, it’ll be okay. I’m acutely aware of the Oakland… uhh, wait, would it be the San Francisco Raiders now? How about the soon-to-be Sin City Raiders? That’s better. Has a nice ring to it. Anyway, back to business. I’m aware of the Raiders’ dire need of a pass rusher. However, with the three best QB catchers already off the board in this scenario, the Raiders could reach for Clelin Ferrell or Jachai Polite, perhaps even trade down or take Ed Oliver (though he’s primed to drop out of the top 10). Or they could nab Devin White, an All-American and Butkus Award winner with All-Pro potential with their first of three first-round selections to anchor the center of their defense for the next decade.
5. Denver Broncos (projected trade with TB) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio St.
While I see none of the quarterbacks in this year’s class as a sure thing, Dwayne Haskins is the one most likely to become a franchise QB. Haskins has the talent to make all the throws and really impressed me with his record-breaking numbers and big-time performances in big games, especially against Michigan and Washington. The former Buckeye has been linked to the New York Giants in mock drafts for a couple months now, and it would sure be a shame if a QB-needy team like the Broncos traded up to nab the passer one pick before the G-Men had a chance to secure their replacement for Eli Manning. Denver is a QB away from playoff contention. We learned in 2018 that Case Keenum is not the answer. Haskins very well could be.
6. New York Giants – Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
With the best quarterback now off the board, what do the Giants do? Should they settle on Daniel Jones or Kyler Murray as their QB of the future, or should they add a foundational piece to their offensive line, holding off to target a QB in a much stronger 2020 draft class? Let’s roll with the second option here. Jonah Williams is a dominant blocker, All-American, and a three-year starter who can play anywhere along the offensive line. He’ll have an immediate impact in pass protection and will help pave the way for Saquon Barkley to run even more wild over the NFL for years to come. Plus, whichever QB New York brings next year will be much better off having a guy like Williams keeping him clean in the pocket.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
I’ve been a Daniel Jones skeptic since he started being discussed as a top quarterback in this year’s class. Yes, he looked good in the Senior Bowl. And I’ve since watched some film on him and it looks like he’s got the arm talent to be a solid starter at the next level. Still, I’m not completely sold. But Jones’ stock is trending up, many analysts have him ranked as their top QB, and the Jaguars have a serious need at the position. Kyler Murray was considered here but he’s going to be knocked for his size this entire offseason and I simply do not see him being drafted in the top 10 because of it. Jones has prototypical size at 6’5” and 220 pounds, compared to Murray at 5’10” and 195 pounds. The Duke product is the more likely pick here.
8. Detroit Lions – Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Detroit found themselves in the NFC North cellar for the first time since 2012, going 6-10 in 2018 and earning a top-10 draft selection. The offense appears set on paper, aside from a tight end, which would be an awful idea here. Lions fans would be jumping ship to the Cleveland Browns bandwagon in droves, suffering flashbacks of passing on Odell Beckham Jr. and Aaron Donald in favor of Eric Ebron. Said that, let’s focus on the defense. It appears Ziggy Ansah will be on his way out this offseason, leaving the Lions without their best pass rusher. Enter: Clelin Ferrell, a worthy replacement, probable upgrade, and defensive leader for two Clemson National Championship teams. This is a player that knows how to win and knows how to get after the quarterback. Ferrell is also a good fit for Detroit’s 3-4 defensive scheme. Dial it up, Motown.
9. Buffalo Bills – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Bills need a whole lot of work on the offensive side of the ball. Trading down 10-12 spots, gaining a few more draft picks in the process, and targeting a skills position player might be their best course of action here. Buffalo could also stand to upgrade their offensive line, and Jawaan Taylor is a player I believe will begin to rocket up draft boards in the coming weeks, especially after his impending big combine performance in Indy this March. He’s a mountain of a man at 6’5”, 340lb, and was a high-caliber blocker against SEC competition. He would go a long way toward protecting Josh Allen from Josh Allen (and other pass rushers). Win in the trenches, win more games.
10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (projected trade with DEN) – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia
After trading down with Denver and picking up an extra 2019 and 2020 second-rounder, Tampa could go a number of different directions here. Upgrades could be made on the offensive or defensive lines. Instead, the team gets to work on fixing their secondary, which was laughably bad in 2018. DeAndre Baker is the best corner in this class, a lockdown defender whose presence will immediately improve the Buccs pass defense. As a senior in 2018, he took home All-American honors and the Thorpe Award. If Tampa wants to be competitive going into the future, they need to find a guy who can cover the NFC South’s star receivers, namely Julio Jones, Michael Thomas, and DJ Moore. Baker is this year’s most likely CB to answer that call.
11. Cincinnati Bengals – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
At 6’4” and 338 lbs, Cody Ford is projected to bump inside to guard in the NFL. In either position, he would become the best OL currently in Cincinnati. This selection would add some bulk to the interior of the Bengals’ line and provide bigger running lanes for Joe Mixon. Think of him as the 2019 version of Quenton Nelson.
12. Green Bay Packers – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Clay Matthews has provided years of service to the Packers, but his run is coming to an end. Polite would add some needed youth and speed to the Green Bay defense. Jachai racked up 11 sacks this year in SEC, along with 45 total tackles. He will need to add some bulk to deal with NFL OTs, but should be able adapt at the next level.
13. Miami Dolphins – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
There are a lot of voices on Twitter shouting, “Murray is too small and too light to compete at the next level!” They said the same thing about Russell Wilson and we saw how that turned out. The Dolphins will look to add the QB of the future to prevent falling behind in the AFC East arms race. With Darnold and Allen joining Brady, the East may finally become exciting.
14. Atlanta Falcons – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
The Falcons are sitting in the draft room, shocked that Oliver is available at 14. They didn’t plan on drafting a DT, but Oliver is so much more and impossible to pass up at this point. With Keanu and Deion both healthy, the addition of Oliver makes this defense young and stout up the middle. Ed will join Deadrin Senat forming one of the top young DT tandems in the league.
15. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Washington will look for a franchise QB, since they are unsure if Alex Smith will play again in the NFL after his devastating injury and subsequent infection. The Mizzou QB with a big arm will learn the finer points of the game from injured QB Alex Smith. Lock’s big arm and ability to throw in tight windows is a perfect pair with the WR talent in Washington. Lock’s 44 TDs in 2017 and another 28 in 2018 was impressive, but it’s difficult to tell if he’s the next Patrick Mahomes or Jay Cutler.
16. Carolina Panthers – Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi St.
Marty Hurney will be paging through the scouting reports searching for why Sweat is still on the board. Montez is being compared to Danielle Hunter and with 22.5 sacks in two SEC seasons, the Panthers would be foolish to not draft him. Sweat will be a difference maker in the NFL.
17. Cleveland Browns – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
A year after making a star of Devon Cajuste and then cutting him, the Browns will draft Yodny Cajuste. Yodny is no relation to Devon and that is good news for the Browns. At 6’5” and 315 lbs, Cajuste will step in at tackle replacing Greg Robinson. With this upgrade to the OL, Mayfield and Chubb will be celebrating on draft night.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Rashan Gary adds versatility to the Vikings line with his ability to set the edge in the run game and then sliding inside on passing downs to provide some pressure up the middle. At 6’4”, 281 lbs, he will provide depth to a defense that may lose Sheldon Richardson to free agency.
19. Tennessee Titans – Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
The Titans keep giving Mariota weapons hoping he will eventually be John Wick. I don’t think it will happen, but Harmon will take some pressure off of Corey Davis. The lineup of Davis and Harmon at WR, Henry at RB and Walker/Jonnu at TE is solid and should (I repeat, should) put up good offensive numbers for Marcus.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
The Steelers need to add a weapon to make up for the loss of Antonio Brown and Butler is waiting for them at #20. A 6’6”, 225 lbs monster who will eat up red-zone targets from Big Ben. Butler will also serve up a healthy dose of YAC as JuJu eats up the defensive focus.
21. Seattle Seahawks – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
With Frank Clark likely to depart in free agency, the Seahawks are happy selecting Burns. He is able to set the edge on runs, while applying pressure on passing plays. If he is able to add some size in the weight room, Burns will never leave the field. This is a great step in returning the Seahawks to their defensive glory days.
22. Baltimore Ravens – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams is a true ball hawk, intercepting 8 passes in two years at LSU. The Ravens take a long look at D.K Metcalf at 22 because they have a need at WR, but they stay on brand and improve their secondary. Williams has Pro Bowl potential and might be a little raw, but after declaring after his sophomore season, he should transition to the NFL quickly.
23. Houston Texans – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington St.
The Texans are in a big need for an O-Lineman, and they go with the big man from Washington State. The 306-pounder is sound and rarely misses an assignment while showcasing great hand technique and balance. Bill O’Brien loves his versatility and the Texans take the three-year starter to protect Deshaun Watson.
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders had too many running backs that they couldn’t depend on last season, so they solidify the backfield with Josh Jacobs at 24 overall. Fast, powerful, and athletic, the Bama star can do it all. He’s a great receiver and has some of the best vision in this draft class. He’ll make an immediate impact in Oakland…er…San Francisco…or where ever the hell the Raiders play in 2019.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
The other Tide runner comes off the board next. The Eagles have a bevy of running backs in the stable, but they need a solid, ferocious runner to take some pressure off Carson Wentz. Harris is that back. He runs violently downhill and is an ideal candidate to take first and second down work in Philly.
26. Indianapolis Colts – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It was painfully obvious that Andrew Luck was so dependent on his tight ends in 2019. While we don’t expect that to decline, the Colts give Luck a reliable weapon in Metcalf, who is projected as the 1.01 in many upcoming dynasty rookie drafts. If the Ole Miss star ends up in Indy, his ideal size, burst and ability to high point the ball and run through arm tackles makes him an instant contributor in Indy.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL) – Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi St.
Oakland sends Amari Cooper to Dallas and turns him into the aggressive Abram. He excels in short zones and is lauded for his physicality on the field. He might be a little overaggressive on plays, but he fits the Raiders archetype perfectly (and somehow, I think that makes Gruden love him more).
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
The 2016 assault incident causes Simmons to fall in the draft and he is available at #28 for the Chargers. There is never a reason to hit anyone. Circumstances do matter and Simmons was purportedly defending his sister who was involved in an altercation. Simmons has been an outstanding citizen according to his coaches, so we hope it is true. As a football player, he will slot in nicely between Bosa, Ingram, and Liuget, forming possibly the best DL in football.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
It might take a miracle for Murphy to last this long, and if he’s available, the Chiefs will pounce. KC was 30th in the league in total defense, last against the pass and 28th in point allowed the previous year. They need defensive help. I know they lost Kareem Hunt, but the Chiefs need defense, and Murphy is an instinctive player that knows how to read a QB. He’s disciplined and is willing to help in run support. He’ll be special.
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO) – Mack Wilson, MLB, Alabama
Wilson has incredible range and has great instincts. Still, he’s a little big undersized but possesses a motor and the explosiveness to make up for it. He seems to play up in big games, and he very well could “level up” when he reaches the NFL.
31. Los Angeles Rams – Dexter Lawrence, DL, Clemson
There’s the chance that the Rams lose Ndamukong Suh to free agency, and they replace him with a stud in Lawrence. He’s an excellent nose tackle and is able to fight through double teams and swallow up ball carriers.
32. New England Patriots – TJ Hockenson, TE, Iowa
If Gronk retires, Hockenson will fit into the TE role nicely. If Gronk sticks around, New England will have the best 1-2 punch in the league at the position. The Mackey Award winner is worthy of a first-round selection and is the top TE in this year’s draft after racking up 760 yards and 7 TDs (6 receiving, 1 rushing). The rich get richer as the Patriots add more talent at the skill position.