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2019 NFL mock draft 3.0: Free agency edition

See where Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Dwayne Haskins and other top prospects could end up.

Dwayne Haskins of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws

Dwayne Haskins of the Ohio State Buckeyes throws against the TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter during The AdvoCare Showdown at AT&T Stadium on Sept. 15, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. Photo Credit: Getty Images/Ronald Martinez

The 2019 NFL Draft will be held April 25-27 in Nashville. With NFL free agency in full swing, here’s our updated mock draft.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

It may be just a smokescreen, but buzz has increased around the idea of Kyler Murray going No. 1 overall, either to the Cardinals or to a team that wants to trade up. (Arizona head coach Kliff Kingsbury said when he was the Texas Tech coach last October that he'd take Murray No. 1 overall; and GM Steve Keim used the dreaded "right now" disclaimer when asked if last year's first-rounder, Josh Rosen, is their quarterback.) Murray's size (5-10 1/4, 207 pounds) may pose an issue in the NFL, though teams may be more apt to take a smaller passer in light of the success of Baker Mayfield, last year's No. 1 overall pick. Murray is an electric athlete with incredible speed and a great arm. Previous picks: Nick Bosa, Edge rusher, Ohio State (1.0); Murray (2.0)

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, Edge rusher, Ohio State

The best player in this year’s class falls to San Francisco. Nick Bosa’s combination of speed and strength is reminiscent of his brother, Chargers Pro Bowler Joey Bosa, and he'd make a potent 1-2 pass-rush punch opposite newcomer Dee Ford. Previous picks: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama (1.0); Bosa (2.0)

3. Jets: Josh Allen, Edge rusher, Kentucky

Mike Maccagnan checked off a good portion of his shopping list early in free agency, but he still needs a bona-fide pass-rusher, especially after Anthony Barr backed out of his agreement to sign with the Jets. Josh Allen is a 3-4 linebacker who has great speed around the edge but still is developing his pass-rush moves. Previous pick: Josh Allen.

4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Raiders made a flurry of moves at the start of free agency, but they still have yet to address a pass-rush that recorded just 13 sacks last season. Quinnen Williams dominated against top offensive linemen and has the power and instincts to impact both the run and pass. Previous picks: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston (1.0)

5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Montez Sweat, Edge rusher, Mississippi State

Todd Bowles is remaking the Bucs' defense into a 3-4 front, so he'll need a stand-up pass-rusher. Montez Sweat set a modern-day Combine record for defensive linemen by running a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, and that speed shows up on tape along with his agility, explosiveness and length. Previous picks: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (1.0); Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama (2.0)

6. Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Giants' rebuild seemingly hit fast-forward when they traded Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland, They have several other pressing needs, with right tackle and pass-rusher the most glaring, but it’s time for the Giants to finally find Eli Manning’s successor. Dwayne Haskins impressed in his one season as the Buckeyes’ starter with a good arm and touch on his throws. With Manning presumably back for one more season, there's no need to rush Haskins into action. Previous picks: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama (1.0).

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Jaguars have their quarterback now in Nick Foles, but they still need to get him some protection, even after signing Bengals cast-off Cedric Ogbuehi. Jawaan Taylor worked his way into the first-round conversation after showing improvement as a  junior. He has good size at 6-5, 312 pounds, is quick enough to handle speed rushers and powerful enough to pancake defenders. Previous picks: Dwayne Haskins (1.0); D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss (2.0)

8. Detroit Lions: Rashan Gary, Edge rusher, Michigan

Matt Patricia poached one of his former Patriots in Trey Flowers, but they still could use more pass-rushers. Rashan Gary has excellent size and speed and can line up anywhere on the defensive line.  Previous picks: Clelin Ferrell, Edge rusher, Clemson (1.0); Montez Sweat (2.0)

9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

QB Josh Allen showed some promise in his rookie season despite poor surrounding talent. Now it’s time to get him even more help on top of free-agent signees John Brown and Cole Beasley. D.K. Metcalf blew up the Combine with a 4.33-second 40-yard dash, 40 1/2-inch vertical, 11-2 broad jump and 27 reps on the bench press — all at 6-3 3/8, 228 pounds. His agility tests weren't as good, but his size, speed and explosiveness could make him a good deep threat for the cannon-armed Allen. Previous picks: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State (1.0); T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa (2.0)

10. Denver Broncos: Devin White, LB, LSU

The Broncos traded for Joe Flacco, got him some line help in Ja’Wuan James and rebuilt their secondary with Bryce Callahan and Kareem Martin. That leaves linebacker as the biggest remaining hole. Devin White is versatile enough to play any linebacker spot. He has the range to make plays in the passing game and can quickly get downhill to stop the run. Previous picks: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington (1.0); Jawaan Taylor (2.0)

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

The Bengals have some talent along the defensive line and in the secondary, but their linebacking corps needs a major overhaul. Devin Bush — the son of the former Falcons first-rounder of the same name — is only 5-11, but he’s a tough linebacker with great speed and instincts. Previous picks: Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Devin White (2.0)

12. Green Bay Packers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Packers addressed their pass-rush in a big way by signing Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith. That frees them up to give Aaron Rodgers more help — particularly at tight end, where Jimmy Graham struggled last season. T.J. Hockenson is a very well-rounded tight end who can run, catch and block. Previous picks: Jachai Polite, Edge rusher, Florida (1.0); Rashan Gary (2.0)

13. Miami Dolphins: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

After trading Ryan Tannehill to Tennessee, the first reaction is to give Miami a quarterback. But the signing of Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal means they may decide to sit out of this year’s rookie QB sweepstakes and turn their eyes to a potentially deeper 2020 class. Meanwhile, the defense ranked second-to-last in rush yards allowed per game (145.3) and fourth-to-last in sacks (31) — and that was before Cameron Wake left for Tennessee. Ed Oliver is a quick, disruptive interior lineman who projects best as a pass-rushing three-technique, similar to Aaron Donald or Geno Atkins. Previous picks: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri (1.0, 1.1, 2.0); Kyler Murray (1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

There's not much else behind defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Christian Wilkins has the size and athleticism to be an excellent upfield-attacking lineman in any front. Previous picks: Rashan Gary (1.0); Oliver (2.0)

15. Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Washington traded for Case Keenum as a replacement for the injured Alex Smith, but the former Bronco is more of a stop-gap option than a long-term answer. Drew Lock might remind some people of Bills rookie Josh Allen. Both have good size, strong arms and the athleticism to make “wow” plays but also struggle with consistency. Previous picks: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia (1.0, 1.1); Lock (1.2, 1.3,1.4); N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State (2.0)

16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, Edge rusher, Clemson

Julius Peppers will be 39, and there's not much depth behind him at defensive end. Clelin Ferrell was a top prospect last year before returning to school. He has great size, length and athleticism. Previous picks: Montez Sweat (1.0); Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (2.0)

17. Giants (via Cleveland): Brian Burns, Edge rusher, Florida State

After addressing their future at quarterback with the No. 6 pick, the Giants turn to their most immediate pressing need: pass-rusher. Brian Burns is lighter than your typical edge player, but he makes up for it with a 6-6 3/4 frame, excellent speed (4.55 in the 40) and bend.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Vikings’ offensive line took a step back last season after being one of the team’s strengths in 2017. Jonah Williams is 6-4 1/2, 302 pounds, has good athleticism and can play on either side or inside at guard. Previous picks: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3); Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma (1.4, 2.0)

19. Tennessee Titans: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Delanie Walker will be 35 and is recovering from a broken foot. Jonnu Smith showed some flashes as a rookie, but it doesn’t hurt to add another receiving option for Marcus Mariota. Noah Fant (6-4 3/4, 251 pounds) is a prototypical tight end for today’s NFL with the size, speed and hands to create mismatches, especially down the seam. Previous picks: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State (1.0, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Clelin Ferrell (2.0)

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

JuJu Smith-Schuster becomes the No. 1 receiver in Pittsburgh after the Antonio Brown trade, but the newly signed Donte Moncrief isn’t much of an upgrade as the second receiver. Who better to replace Brown than his own cousin? “Hollywood” Brown is an explosive, speedy receiver who is a threat to take any touch to the house. Previous picks: Devin White (1.0); Greedy Williams, CB, LSU (2.0)

21. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

Earl Thomas is gone, leaving the Seahawks without a true centerfielder. Nasir Adderley, the cousin of Hall of Fame defensive back Herb Adderley, is a ball-hawk who can slide right into Thomas’ free safety position. Previous picks: Brian Burns

22. Baltimore Ravens: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Yes, wide receiver isn’t as much of a priority in the Ravens’ old-school, run-first offense, but only two of the five wide receivers on their roster saw action last year (Willie Snead and Chris Moore), and they combined for 847 yards and two touchdowns. A.J. Brown is a big receiver with good size (6-0 1/2, 226 pounds) and the ability to make defenders miss. Previous picks: A.J. Brown (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Devin Bush (2.0)

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Deshaun Watson was sacked an NFL-high 62 times in 2018. Andre Dillard is a prototypical left tackle at 6-5, 315 pounds. He is very athletic and moves well in pass protection but could improve in the run game. Previous picks: Jawaan Taylor (1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Dillard (2.0)

24. Raiders (via Chicago): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Time to find another starting cornerback opposite Gareon Conley. Greedy Williams has excellent ball skills and technique in both man and zone defense, and could become a No. 1 cornerback in short order. Previous picks: Marquise Brown

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

The Eagles let Jay Ajayi walk, and while they got some good production from their three-headed committee of Josh Adams, Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement, a bell-cow back would do wonders for Carson Wentz. Josh Jacobs is a tough do-it-all back who can take the ball between the tackles, catch passes and even block. Previous picks: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia (1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Byron Murphy, CB, Washington (2.0)

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Colts could use someone who can provide pressure up the middle. Jerry Tillery is a powerful, bull-rushing three-technique who had seven sacks in 2018, including four against Stanford.  Previous pick: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State (1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Wilkins (2.0)

27. Raiders (via Cowboys): Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama

The last of the Raiders' three first-round picks may be used to plug a perennial hole at middle linebacker. Mack Wilson is a balanced linebacker who looks just as comfortable dropping back into coverage as he does getting after the run. Previous picks: Devin Bush (1.2, 1.3, 1.4)

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Chargers need more protection for Philip Rivers, as well as someone who consistently can open up running lanes for Melvin Gordon. Cody Ford is a tough mauler who fits well at tackle or inside as a guard. Previous picks: Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State (1.2, 1.3, 1.4); Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson (2.0)

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Chiefs' offense can put up boatloads of points. Now they need a defense that can stop the other team from doing the same. Byron Murphy is on the smaller side for a cornerback at 5-11, 182 pounds, but he makes up for it with excellent technique, instincts and ball skills. Previous picks: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama (1.3, 1.4); Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia (2.0)

30. Packers (via New Orleans): Dalton Risner, OT/OG, Kansas State

After addressing their pass-rush with their early first-rounder, the Packers should try to give Aaron Rodgers some protection, particularly along the interior. Dalton Risner, according to Pro Football Focus, allowed just 27 pressures in four seasons as a starter. He can play tackle or guard at the next level. Previous picks: Noah Fant (1.3, 1.4); Risner (2.0)

31. Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury, OG/C, North Carolina State

The Rams lost Rodger Saffold in free agency, and John Sullivan remains unsigned, leaving the NFC champions with holes at left guard and center. Garrett Bradbury is solid in both pass protection and as a run-blocker, and can slot in right away at either position. Previous pick: Zach Allen, Edge rusher, Boston College (1.4, 2.0)

32. New England Patriots: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Patriots signed ex-Jet Mike Pennel and traded for Michael Bennett, but they could use another big body along the middle of the defensive line. Dexter Lawrence is a space-eater at 6-4 1/2, 342 pounds, making him an ideal run-stuffer in the heart of any defense. Previous pick: T.J. Hockenson (1.4); Jerry Tillery (2.0)


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