Kyler Murray Goes Number One

Staff Writer: Ramon Elortondo

With the biggest splashes of free agency already behind us, teams have most of their roster made up. They are ready to fill the rest of their team with needs in the draft or select the best player available, depending on the team’s strategy heading into draft day. Here is my first-round predictions of the 2019 NFL Draft.

1. Arizona Cardinals-Kyler Murray, QB

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Kyler Murray will be the first player ever to be drafted in the first round of two professional sports. Not even the great Bo Jackson was able to do that. Photo credit: sportingnews.com

Ever since they hired head coach Kliff Kingsbury, I said they were going to take the Oklahoma junior Heisman winner. Kliff expressed his love for Kyler before he even got the job, and now that he is in position to take him with the first selection overall, I don’t think the Arizona Cardinals will hesitate at taking a generational talent that can change their organization around for the next decade to come.

2. San Francisco 49ers-Nick Bosa, Edge Rusher

Bosa is the most polished pass rusher in the draft and undoubtedly the best player in this year’s draft. Football runs in his family and if the 49ers pair him up with newly signed free agent Dee Ford, they could have a pass rushing tandem that will give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.

3. New York Jets-Quinnen Williams, DT

Williams was regarded as one of the best players in college football this past year. The only knock on him is that he started only one year at Alabama. He proved his worth and that landed him at three in my mock draft.

4. Oakland Raiders- Josh Allen, Edge Rusher/Linebacker

New general manager Mike Mayock has needs all over the board. Two of those needs are at defensive end and linebacker. Josh Allen out of Kentucky is the most versatile defensive player in this draft and for that reason, I have the Oakland Raiders taking him at fourth overall.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Devin White, LB

The Buccaneers lost veteran inside linebacker Kwon Alexander in free agency to San Francisco but replace him here with stud LSU inside linebacker. At the combine, White posted freakish numbers that rose his draft stock which results him being the last player chosen in the top five.

6. New York Giants-Dwayne Haskins, QB

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One of the knocks on Haskins is he is only a one year starter at Ohio State and he was loaded with talent around him. Photo credit: cleveland.com

There are rumors of us not even taking a quarterback here. I will lose my mind if my team keeps believing in Eli Manning. He is the most washed quarterback in the league.” Said Andy Salame, a Woodstock alumni and rabid fan of the G men.

The Giants are in a full rebuild. They proved that when they traded star wide out Odell Beckham Jr. and Olivier Vernon for practically nothing. Eli’s time is coming to an end but if they take Haskins here, he could sit behind Eli and learn before taking over next year.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars-Ed Oliver, DT

If you pair Oliver on a defensive front next to Calais Campbell and Marcell Dareus, it would be a recipe for success. Coming in a bit undersized, Oliver has received comparisons to the great Aaron Donald. If he can live up to anything close to what Donald is, this pick would be a complete hit.

8. Detroit Lions-Rashan Gary, Edge Rusher

Although he isn’t being talked about like other edge rushers before him, Gary was the top prospect coming out of high school and failed to live up to his potential at Michigan. Gary is viewed to have one of the best upside. Head coach Matt Patricia will be able to use Gary in a variety of ways because of his versatility as well as the multiple front defense he runs. Gary is the perfect fit here.

9. Buffalo Bills-Montez Sweat, Edge Rusher

Sweat adds size and athleticism to a sub-par defensive front in Buffalo. He wowed everyone at the combine with a record breaking 40-time for defensive lineman, but his stock could drop because of a heart condition.

10. Denver Broncos-Drew Lock, QB

Even though the Broncos traded for former Raven quarterback Joe Flacco, this seems like a match made in heaven for general manager John Elway. His is mesmerized with big quarterbacks that have live arms and can drive the ball anywhere on the field. That is exactly what lock brings to the table and he showcased that at the senior bowl.

11. Cincinnati Bengals-Jawaan Taylor, OT

The first offensive player that is not a QB is finally off the board. At pick number 11, the Bengals fill a need and solidify the line for a QB to be taken in the years to come. Andy Dalton is clearly not the answer and there have been rumors of tanking for a specific quarterback next year. If that is the case, Taylor would be the ideal pick for the Bengals.

12. Green Bay Packers-T.J. Hockenson, TE

It is hard not to love Hockenson’s game. He can do it all at the tight end position. A great in-line blocker with sure hands and superb blocking skills will make Aaron Rodgers a happy man.

13. Miami Dolphins-Jonah Williams, OT

The Miami Dolphins are in clear tanking mode. Letting go of every valuable peace they had and not signing much in free agency. The Miami Dolphins would be smart to replace Juwuan James, the offensive tackle that left for Denver in free agency. Jonah would also be a great pick because of a certain QB the Dolphins are hoping to protect in the next draft.

14. Atlanta Falcons-Deandre Baker, CB

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A lot of people don’t know that Baker was a transfer from the University of Miami. Photo credit: broncoswire.usatoday.com

Baker has all the tools to be a successful corner in the NFL. He has great size, speed and ball skills to shut down teams’ best receivers. The Falcons lost a couple corners in free agency and will look to replace them in a not so great cornerback class.

15. Washington Redskins-Brian Burns, Edge Rusher

Washington could use Burns athletic ability on defense. He has the speed and quickness to get around anyone to sack the quarterback. After losing Preston Smith in free agency, the Redskins need someone to start opposite of Ryan Kerrigan.

16. Carolina Panthers-Cody Ford, OT

If Cam Newton keeps getting hit at the pace he is being sacked, his career is not going to last as long her anyone wants to. Cody Ford excelled at blocking for both Kyler Murray and Baker Mayfield and should look to do more of the same for Cam Newton.

17. New York Giants-Clelin Ferrell, Edge Rusher

Ferrell was one of the most dominant players in college football during his time at Clemson. He won two national championships, first team All-ACC and the Ted Hendricks award for best defensive end. Ferrell would be a nice addition to a depleted front seven on the Giants front.

18. Minnesota Vikings-Kaleb McGary, OT

The Vikings would be wise to get some help for Kirk Cousins and that struggling running game they had last season. Kaleb is a big lineman that can move anyone off their base, he will be able to create huge running lanes for Dalvin Cook.

19. Tennessee Titans-D.K. Metcalf, WR

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This photo went viral of the Ole Miss wideout when he was measured at two percent body fat. Photo Credit: larrybrownsports.com

The Titans could give Marcus Mariota some help. This pick would do just that. Metcalf is a physical presence that has the speed also to take the top off the defense.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers-Greedy Williams, CB

Williams has all the tools you need to survive as an NFL corner. Williams racked up interceptions at LSU and has size and speed to compete with any wideout as well.

21. Seattle Seahawks-Paris Campbell, WR

The Ohio State wideout is not generating the amount of buzz D.K. Metcalf is but he just might be the better player. He was all over the field at Ohio State and every time I watched Haskins’ film, I noticed number 2, Paris doing something great.

22. Baltimore Ravens-Devin Bush, LB

Head Coach of the Ravens is brothers with Michigan Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and it would not surprise me if they found C.J. Mosley’s replacement here. Jim probably told John Harbaugh enough things to convince him to pull the trigger on Devin and let him be coached by the other Harbaugh brother.

23. Houston Texans-Andre Dillard, O

The Texans can’t afford letting their franchise quarterback to keep getting knocked down. Last season they allowed 62 sacks. Coming back from a broken ankle, Dillard has the athleticism to fortify a struggling offensive line.

24. Oakland Raiders-Byron Murphy,CB

After a great combine, Murphy improved his stock to give him a first-round grade. He has great size and the Raiders would be getting a steal drafting him here.

25. Philadelphia Eagles-Josh Jacobs, RB

“That would be dirty. Finally a healthy Carson Wentz and adding Jacobs to our team would make our offense that much better. I would be happy with this pick.” Lavoghn Curry, a Woodstock senior said.

Josh Jacobs is another running back out of Alabama that bring power and speed. He is the type of work horse running back the Eagles need that can stay healthy in an injury depleted backfield for the bird gang.

26. Indianapolis Colts-Dexter Lawrence, DT

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The failed drug test in college kept Lawrence out of the National Title Game. Photo credit: tigernet.com

Lawrence had a successful career at Clemson after a failed test for PED’s. He would be drafted higher if it wasn’t for the failed drug test. Lawrence brings massive power, and a great teammate to a rising team in the Colts.

27. Oakland Raiders-Marquise Brown, WR

With the third pick in the first round, the I see the Raiders putting someone opposite of newly acquired Antonio Brown to make a high-flying offense for Jon Gruden. Brown has incredible speed and a moxie to him that would help the struggling Raiders even more.

28. Los Angeles Chargers-Garrett Bradbury, OL

Bradbury had a great combine showing and will most likely be a starter in his first game in the NFL. He’s good in both the run and pass game which will help an already boasted Charger offense.

29. Kansas City Chiefs-Charles Omenihu, Edge Rusher

Charles fits the Chiefs 3-4 scheme and would fill the shoes of Dee Ford who left in free agency.

30. Green Bay Packers-Riley Ridley, WR

I asked William Callahan, a Woodstock senior and Packer fan, what he thought about this pick and he said, “Ridley just seems like the type of receiver we have always had. Not the biggest on the field but a guy that always knows where to be and can create something out of nothing when Rodgers scrambles out of the pocket.”

Just like his brother Calvin who plays for the Atlanta Falcons, Ridley is a sure receiver that runs precise routs and has excellent hands. He would replace Randle Cobb perfectly and the new coaching staff for the Packers are going to try to give Aaron Rodgers as many threats possible in the pass game.

31. Los Angeles Rams-Jerry Tillery, DT

With running back Todd Gurley dealing with serious knee problems, I could see the Rams taking a running back here, but I don’t know what that would do to the running backs confidence. Therefore, I see the Rams drafting a defensive tackle to fill the shoes of Ndamukong Suh who didn’t live up to his hype. Tillery is a young player that could develop under defensive player of the year Aaron Donald.

32. New England Patriots-Irv Smith Jr., TE

“Gronk will not be able to be replaced. He was the greatest tight end of all time and I will miss him greatly. Drafting a tight end here would be smart though and Irv Smith Jr. is a good player.” Said Mitchell Hynes, a Woodstock alumni and Patriot fan.

The Patriots just lost hall of fame tight end Rob Gronkowski to retirement so drafting his replacement with the last pick in the first round would be wise for them. I don’t see them taking Noah Fant here because of his liability in blocking. Smith Jr. is athletic and a good blocker who the Patriots value at the tight end position.

 

 

 

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