Since the release of the first mock draft, the Oakland Raiders have managed to win just one more game. The Washington Redskins lost both starting quarterback Alex Smith and backup Colt McCoy to season-ending injuries. Bad teams have managed to stay bad, and teams like the Cincinnati Bengals and Jacksonville Jaguars look to be in the market for a quarterback change. Upping the ante, here is a two-round mock draft.
*Trade between Oakland Raiders (#2) and Jacksonville Jaguars (#6;#38)
1. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa (DE) – Despite defeating the Oakland Raiders, the 49ers hold the number one pick due to strength of schedule, despite how ridiculous that is. San Francisco has an opportunity to create a pass-rushing duo with Solomon Thomas, and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa is the perfect suitor.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars* – Dwayne Haskins (QB) – The validity of the 2019 Draft Class to many hangs in the balance as the top-two quarterbacks have yet to formally declare. With Ohio State coach Urban Meyer stepping down and Haskins’ brilliant season, it’d behoove him to take advantage of a lackluster quarterback class. The Jaguars refuse to continue to be held back by quarterback Blake Bortles, and they trade up with the Raiders. In 13 starts, Haskins has shown elite traits and an uncanny coolness under pressure.The Jags aren’t looking like the Super Bowl contender they were in 2018, and Haskins can be the first step in a rebuild.
3. New York Jets – Jonah Williams (T) – The New York Jets will likely fire head coach Todd Bowles any day now. With that said, the Jets already have several pieces in place, including their quarterback of the future. New York will have the opportunity to bolster their offensive line with Williams.
4. Arizona Cardinals – Ed Oliver (DT)) – Cardinals offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich sure could use some offensive weapons, but it’s a little too early at this spot to get them. Instead, Arizona lands the best interior player in the draft. Pairing Oliver with Chandler Jones is a defensive coordinator’s dream.
5. Detroit Lions – Greedy Williams (CB) – The Detroit Lions have an opportunity to go best player available here, and pairing LSU corner Greedy Williams with Darius Slay is too much to pass on.
6. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams (DL) – Yes, the Raiders do have several defensive tackles on the roster going into the offseason. But pairing rookie standout Maurice Hurst with Alabama’s Quinnen Williams gives the Raiders a dynamic inside duo. Nobody has had a greater ascension up draft boards this season than Williams, and that’s due to his ability to rush the passer, something the Raiders dearly lack.
7. Buffalo Bills – D.K. Metcalf (WR) – Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen has proven critics wrong, despite having absolutely no talent around him. Running back LeSean McCoy has been underwhelming, and the wide receiver play has resulted in both Kelvin Benjamin and Andre Holmes released. Despite bouncing back from a neck injury, Metcalf is the best wideout in this class. Somebody has to catch the ball and be a playmaker for Darnold, and Metcalf is a great start.
8. Atlanta Falcons – Clelin Ferrell (DE) – The Atlanta Falcons are a perfect example of how fast a super bowl contender can go on thedecline. Atlanta doesn’t have a plethora of holes, as injuries
have been a major cause of their plummet to the bottom. However, ranking No.28 in sacks is an issue. Whether or not they trade defensive end Vic Beasley, Atlanta can secure another legit pass rusher in Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell to help bolster the pass rush.
9. New York Giants – Will Grier (QB) – Despite a great attempt to blow their draft status by believing in quarterback Eli Manning, the Giants still land their future quarterback in West Virginia’s Will Grier. Ironically, this will be 35 years after selecting Mountaineer Will Grier.
10. Green Bay Packers – Josh Allen (DE) – Green Bay will be going into draft night with a new coach looking to repair. The first line of order should be to bolster the pass rush. Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen is the 3-4 outside linebacker the Packers desperately need. Leader Clay Matthews is getting old, and Allen can rush the passer as well as drop in coverage.
11. Cleveland Browns – Jeffrey Simmons (DT) – Despite the beliefs of many, the Browns are not in a desperate need at any position.Sure, they can use another receiving threat, but they are in position to go best player available. And in this case, that means they can upgrade on the defensive line. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has been kept clean in the pocket,and the secondary has been solid. Defensive Tackle Jeffrey Simmons is the perfect disruptor in the middle to stop the run and help defensive end Myles Garrett create pressure.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brian Burns (DE) – TheTampa Bay Buccaneers are in bad shape all over the field. Quarterback Jameis Winston has been inconsistent, the secondary has gotten torched, and offensive line is shaky. But with the caliber of quarterbacks in the NFC South, the Bucs desperately need to bolster their pass rush. Keeping Florida State defensive end Brian Burns in-state is a great move, a great start for a team that needs to figure out its identity.
13. Cincinnati Bengals – Devin White (LB) – The number one hole that the Cincinnati Bengals need to fill is quarterback. The Bengals have given Andy Dalton more than enough chances, and now they need to move on. Unfortunately, the best available quarterbacks would be reaches at this spot. Linebacker is the number two issue on this team, and LSU’s Devin White is Cincy’s for the taking. Vontaze Burfict is a thing of the past, and the current linebackers on the roster haven’t worked out. White has dynamic sideline-to-sideline speed and the ability to stop the run.
14. Miami Dolphins – N’Keal Harry (WR) – The Miami Dolphins are another team in the market for a quarterback in a satisfactory class. If they continue to believe in quarterback Ryan Tannehill, he will certainly need a No.1 receiver. Arizona State wideout N’Keal Harry has been electrifying, and that’s exactly what the Dolphins need. Not to mention he poses a threat on special teams.
15. Indianapolis Colts – Byron Murphy (CB) – The Indianapolis Colts had arguably the best draft of 2018, hitting the nail on guard Quenton Nelson and linebacker Darius Leonard. They now know that Leonard will be the focal point of the defense, and they need to build around him. A must for Indy will be to find a lockdown corner. Washington cornerback Byron Murphy has the skills and swagger to be the next key piece in Indy’s rebuild.
16. Washington Redskins – Deandre Baker (CB) – At the point of the release of this mock, Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was reported to have an infection that conspired sometime during his surgery to fix a broken fibula. It’s uncertain whether or not Smith will make a return to the team, better yet play again. But as of right now, the quarterback position will be left alone. The Redskins have two of the best safeties in the league,but their corner play has been more than questionable. Georgia corner Deandre Baker is a shutdown man-to-man cornerback who has a knack for the the ball. Redskins will get their contingency plan for Smith in the later rounds.
17. Carolina Panthers – Noah Fant (TE) – The Carolina Panthers problems are more a coaching issue than personnel. But in the case of tight end Greg Olsen, he is getting old, and they need to move forward. Iowa tight end Noah Fant is an athletic specimen, and quarterback Cam Newton loves his tight ends.
18. Tennessee Titans – Rashan Gary (DE) – The Tennessee Titans are one of the league’s biggest head scratchers. Despite the talent on the field, the production hasn’t translated. Quarterback Marcus Mariota needs better playcalling and more playmakers. But at the position, theTitans go best player available. Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary will be looking to prove doubters wrong as he is paired with end Harold Landry to create a disruptive tandem.
19. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock (QB) – The Denver Broncos success this season has been spearheaded by its crushing defense and undrafted running back Phillip Lindsay. Quarterback Case Keenum has been underwhelming to say the least, and despite his past failures, General Manager John Elway isn’t afraid to take risks. Not only will Elway take a quarterback,but he won’t even take the best one available on the board. Missouri quarterback Drew Lock gets the opportunity to right Elway’s past wrongs at the quarterback position. Good luck.
20. Philadelphia Eagles – Yodny Cajuste (T) – The Philadelphia Eagles badly need to address their backfield, as well as their defensive line. But protecting franchise quarterback Carson Wentz has to be priority. West Virginia Tackle Yodney Cajuste has earned his money protecting fellow draft pick Will Grier, and his sound technique and quick feet will be too hard to pass for Philly.
21. Minnesota Vikings – Dalton Risner (T) –Quarterback Kirk Cousins has been inconsistent as of late, and their playcalling hasn’t helped. But the Vikings are stuck with him, and he has plenty of talent around him. Injuries and inconsistency has been the tale of the tape for the Vikings offensive line, and they are fortunate enough to have several options in the early rounds. But protecting Cousins on the outside iskey, thus making Kansas State tackle Dalton Risner. But Risner can play several positions on the line, something the Vikings would certainly look to utilize.
22. Oakland Raiders – Deionte Thompson (S) – The Oakland Raiders need as much help as they can get. Offensively, the lack of playmakers at the receiver position is alarming. Defensively, the non existentpass rush has become the laughing stock of the league. Injuries are never a celebrating matter, but with safety Reggie Nelson being placed on the IR, it’s a wakeup call for Oakland to address the position. Somehow, luck is on their side, as Alabama Safety Deionte Thompson falls right in their lap. Secondary coach Derrick Ansley will be elated to reunite with his former Crimson Tide prodigy.
23. Baltimore Ravens – Kelvin Harmon (WR) – The Baltimore Ravens are slowly easing quarterback Lamar Jackson in and allowing him to be the dual threat he truly is. Unfortunately, he gets little help from his inconsistent receiving core, led by Michael Crabtree. The Ravens need to give Jackson a No.1 target, and that’s where N.C. State receiver Kelvin Harmon comes into play. Harmon is a great route-runner with good hands and the ability to constantly create separation. Keyword here is hands.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Amani Oruwariye (CB) – The Steelers are in desperate need of finding a tall, reliable corner for the future. Penn State corner Amani Oruwariye continues to sneak up draft boards with his lean frame and exceptional press coverage and closing speed. He has a knack for finding the ball in the air and can be very physical.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Jachai Polite (DE) – The Seattle Seahawks have developed one of the league’s best offensive lines overnight after parting ways with former line coach Tom Cable. They can get a tackle here, but addressing the defensive line in a stacked class is more pertinent. Florida edge rusher Jachai Polite is being called the next Melvin Ingram, and for good reason. Seattle can bolster their pass rush and address their tackle and receiver needs later.
26. Oakland Raiders – Marqise Brown (WR) – Raiders coach Jon Gruden is known for taking risks. In an ugly year, he’s seen everything he needs to know what positions to address. High on the list is wide receiver. Dubbed “Hollywood”, Brown is the speed the Raiders need in the slot that can take the top off a defense.
27. Houston Texans – David Edwards (T) – Things are really clicking for the Houston Texans, as they look to prove they are a serious playoff contender. If they want to keep this up, they’ll need to protect quarterback Deshaun Watson. Wisconsin tackle David Edwards makes plenty of sense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – Greg Little (T) – The Los Angeles Chargers are looking like a playoff contender again as quarterback Phillip Rivers tries to get his first championship. Whether that happens for Rivers or the next quarterback, they need help on the outside of the line. Ole Miss tackle Greg Little is a project, but the Chargers can use him as a backup plan until he’s ready.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Oshane Ximines (DE) – The Kansas City Chiefs have no problem taking a chance on a small-school player, as evident with Tanoh Kpassagnon. But their defense is horrid, and they need to figure it out. Old Dominion’s Oshane Ximines will get a chance to show his massive production at the college level wasn’t a fluke.
30. Green Bay Packers – Taylor Rapp (S) – The Green Bay Packers have one major hole to fill here, and that’s replacing safety HaHaClinton-Dix. Washington Safety Taylor Rapp would be a great compliment to Green Bay’s cornerback group in creating one of the most dangerous secondary groups in the league.
31. New England Patriots – Montez Sweat (DE) – The New England Patriots once again see themselves in position to make a steal. Somehow defensive end Montez Sweat falls in their laps, and with this fall, he’ll have a massive chip on his shoulder.
32. Los Angeles Rams – Chase Winovich (DE) – When you win a super bowl you can afford to take a chance. Michigan defensive end Chase Winovich would be a welcome piece to a stout interior defensive line group that needs more help on the outside.
33. San Francisco 49ers – Joe Jackson (DE) (Miami)
34. Oakland Raiders – Trayvon Mullen (CB) (Clemson)
35. Arizona Cardinals – A.J. Brown (WR) (Ole Miss)
36. Indianapolis Colts – Christian Wilkins (DT) (Clemson)
37. New York Giants – Bobby Evans (T) (Oklahoma)
38. Oakland Raiders – Zach Allen (DE) (Boston College)
39. Atlanta Falcons – Dexter Lawrence (DT) (Clemson)
40. Buffalo Bills – Trey Adams (T) (Washington)
41. Detroit Lions – Devin Bush (LB) (Michigan)
42. Cleveland Browns – Riley Ridley (WR) (Georgia)
43. Green Bay Packers – Dre’Mont Jones (DT) (Ohio State)
44. Cincinnati Bengals – Irv Smith (TE) (Alabama)
45. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Julian Love (CB) (Notre Dame)
46. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Tillery (DT) (Notre Dame)
47. Washington Redskins – Chris Lindstrom (G) (Boston College)
48. Carolina Panthers – Raekwon Davis (DE) (Alabama)
49. Denver Broncos – Bryce Hall (CB) (Virginia)
50. Philadelphia Eagles – Damien Harris (RB) (Alabama)
51. Miami Dolphins – Daniel Jones (QB) (Duke)
52. Tennessee Titans – Hakeem Butler (WR) (Iowa State)
53. Minnesota Vikings – Kris Boyd (CB) (Texas)
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Jackson (CB) (Miami)
55. Dallas Cowboys – Jaquan Johnson (S) (Miami)
56. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jalen Jelks (OLB) (Oregon)
57. Houston Texans – Elgton Jenkins (T) (Miss State)
58. New England Patriots – Brett Rypien (QB) (Boise State)
59. Los Angeles Chargers – Bryce Love (RB) (Stanford)
60. Houston Texans – Justice Hill (RB) (Oklahoma State)
61. New England Patriots – Jaylon Ferguson (DE) (Lousiana Tech)
62. New Orleans Saints – Deebo Samuel (WR) (South Carolina)
63. Kansas City Chiefs – David Montgomery (RB) (Iowa State)
64. Kansas City Chiefs – Te’Von Coney (LB) (Notre Dame