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The Daily Norseman’s 2019 Mock Draft

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While Ted and I do lots of seven round mock drafts for the Minnesota Vikings during the run up to the draft, I generally only do one first round mock for the NFL Draft as a whole, and that’s what this post is for. I’ve gone through the entire first round and attempted to do my best to project what I think all of the teams with a first round selection are going to do.

I decided not to do any trades in this year’s mock, which means you can probably flush it after about the first four or five picks. However, it’s generally just too difficult to determine how NFL teams are going to handle their business, and I don’t want it to turn into a trade-fest. So, I just went with a straight, one-round mock with no trades or any other shenanigans.

With that, here is this year’s Daily Norseman Mock Draft. We’ll know in about 18 hours just how accurate it wound up being. . .which, in all likelihood, is “not very.”

Enjoy, everyone!

The Daily Norseman’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft

Team, player, position, school Analysis
Team, player, position, school Analysis
1) Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma I think this is what the Cardinals are going to do . It doesn't make any sense to me. I wouldn't do it. I'd try to build around the QB you spent a #1 on last year. But that's just me.
2) San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State This pick has been set in stone for most of the offseason so far. I'd be shocked if this wasn't the selection.
3) New York Jets - Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky The Jets missed out on Anthony Barr due to Barr's common sense. They get a guy that they think could fill the same role.
4) Oakland Raiders - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama If the Raiders don't trade up to #1 for Murray, they can go just about anywhere with this pick. Williams would give them a big, physical presence in the middle of their defense.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LB, Louisiana State With the linebacking corps for the Buccaneers in flux, they pounce on the best inside linebacker in this year's class.
6) New York Giants - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston The Giants need help on both the offensive and defensive line. Honestly, I think Oliver is the best player in this entire draft class. He'd be a very nice addition for the Giants here.
7) Jacksonville Jaguars - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida The Jaguars certainly don't need defense, but they do need help on the offensive line. Taylor is probably the best fit for them.
8) Detroit Lions - Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan I know that Gary just had shoulder surgery, but he should be ready in plenty of time for camp. The Lions need players that can generate pressure, and once Gary gets healthy he'll be able to provide that.
9) Buffalo Bills - T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa As (the other) Josh Allen continues to develop at quarterback, the Bills need to start surrounding him with reliable targets. A young quarterback's best friend is his tight end, and the Bills take the best one in this year's class.
10) Denver Broncos - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State Their starting quarterback is Joe Flacco. That means they need a new quarterback.
11) Cincinnati Bengals - Devin Bush, LB, Michigan With Vontaze Burfict picking up personal foul penalties somewhere else, the Bengals now have a pretty big hole in the middle of their defense. Bush can step in and immediately become their quarterback on that side of the ball.
12) Green Bay Packers - Noah Fant, TE, Iowa I'm sure the Packers would love to see Hockenson make it to this spot, but they'll have to settle for his teammate. They kept Jimmy Graham for some reason, but Fant could immediately supplant him.
13) Miami Dolphins - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri See the entry for Denver, except that I'm not even sure who the Dolphins' starting quarterback is right now.
14) Atlanta Falcons - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson It seems like the Falcons are in the market for defensive linemen every year. They get a good one now with Wilkins, who reminds me a bit of Kevin Williams with his combination of size and quickness.
15) Washington Redskins - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke Nobody knows when (if) Alex Smith is going to recover from his awful injury, and Case Keenum is in the last year of his contract (and isn't the long-term answer anyway). The Redskins need a signal caller, and they get one with Jones.
16) Carolina Panthers - Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama Carolina needs some help on the offensive line, and Williams is a solid fit for them here, whether they play him at guard or tackle.
17 New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns) - Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State The Giants address their other big need with this pick, as Dillard will be tasked with protecting what's left of Eli Manning. Dillard is the best pass blocking tackle in this class, and I wouldn't be surprised to see a team trade up to snag him before this spot.
18) Minnesota Vikings - Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State With the premier tackles off the board, the Vikings address the interior of the offensive line with a player that would appear to be the best fit for what they want to do. Bradbury immediately plugs in at center, shifting Pat Elflein to guard and allowing the Vikings to upgrade two spots on the offensive line with one selection. The offensive line still needs work, but this would be a great first step.
19) Tennessee Titans - Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma The run on offensive linemen continues, as the Titans grab Ford in order to keep Marcus Mariota upright. Another player that would be a fit at either guard or tackle, Ford is a solid selection for Tennessee here.
20) Pittsburgh Steelers - Byron Murphy, CB, Washington Pittsburgh would likely rather see one of the Devins fall to this spot, but that doesn't happen in our scenario. That means they get their secondary some help with the best corner in this year's class. . .if he can stay healthy.
21) Seattle Seahawks - Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State Now that Frank Clark is with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Seahawks likely need to do something to replace him. Burns is the sort of athletic player that could step in and replace Clark right away.
22) Baltimore Ravens - Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson After losing both Terrell Suggs and Za'darius Smith this offseason, the Ravens have a significant void on the edges of their defense. They could also consider Montez Sweat here, but his recent health concerns have reportedly scared some teams off.
23) Houston Texans - Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College The Texans' offensive line is almost. . .almost. . .as big a mess as the Vikings' offensive line. They're a team that I could see possibly trading up to land Dillard, but in this scenario they focus on the interior instead.
24) Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears) - Greedy Williams, CB, Louisiana State With the second of their three picks, the Raiders address the secondary. And, really, doesn't "Greedy Williams" just sound like someone that Jon Gruden would love? Sure, it does.
25) Philadelphia Eagles - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson The Eagles are always looking at defensive linemen, it seems, and Lawrence would give them a big, run-stuffing presence in the middle.
26) Indianapolis Colts - Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware Adderly is probably the best safety in this year's class, and the Colts could be looking for someone to pair with Malik Hooker on the back end of their defense.
27) Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys) - Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State Heart issues caused Maurice Hurst to fall all the way to Round 5 last year, and the Raiders were happy to snap him up. They won't be scared by Sweat's health prognosis, and I think they stop his fall given the opportunity.
28) Los Angeles Chargers - Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M The Chargers need help on their interior line, and McCoy is the best left at that spot on the board here.
29) Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City Chiefs) - Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State With their shiny, new first round selection acquired in the Frank Clark deal, the Seahawks go with someone that they hope can be their next Earl Thomas now that he's left town.
30) Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints) - D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi Someone's going to end up taking Metcalf in the first round. He runs fast, but changes direction with all the grace of an aircraft carrier. Still, the Packers are going to try to surround Aaron Rodgers with weapons, so that's where they go here in addition to their earlier pick of Fant.
31) Los Angeles Rams - Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple The Rams are another team that needs help in the secondary. Ya-Sin, who might have the best name in this year's draft class, would be a welcome addition.
32) New England Patriots - Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma The (again) reigning champs take a receiver that Tom Brady is going to turn into a star, because that's just the sort of thing that Tom Brady does.