FFS NFL Mock Draft 5.00 – THE FINAL NFL MOCK OF 2019!
NFL Mock Draft 5.0
Mock Draft Done By: DraftGenius
THE DRAFT HAS ARRIVED. This is one of the finer things in life, to look forward to. It comes once a year and every football fan tunes in for a reason. That reason being the craziness that comes with the NFL draft!
In this mock, I continued to focus on scheme fit and the frequency of play types as done throughout this process. I also took into account team need, player visits and most of all, my conversations with people close to some of these organizations.
Enjoy the results of the strenuous process I took to make this mock draft possible and be sure to tweet me, @thedraftgenius, with your favorite and least favorite selections if you like football centered conversations!
|1.32||Irv Smith Jr.|
The closer we get to the draft, the further away I get from believing a word out of Arizona. Come draft day, I will not be shocked if Kyler Murray does not go to Arizona. Why would you have, the so-called trade piece, Josh Rosen out there practicing when he could get hurt any moment?
While we are on the topic of hype, I am hearing a lot about DK Metcalf potentially sliding to the second half of the first round. If this happens, Washington would be silly not to grab someone who can help their passing game like DK. This is a pick for the future in Washington and the move to make.
There are so few ways that the Oakland Raiders can mess up this first round and their future. One of these ways being trading two of their picks to move up. Being that this mock in NO TRADES ALLOWED, Oakland lands the top cornerback on their big board and an instant red zone weapon for Derek Carr. Mayock makes all the difference.
San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch keeps drafting smart and snags one of the surest-fire options at wide receiver in Deebo Samuel. Deebo will be an instant contributor and a solid wide receiver for the 49ers.
Speaking of solid picks, the Packers get one here with the addition of Greg Little. He is able to play both tackle spots and he is exactly what Green Bay needs to keep their star healthy. A good line is the key to this. Just ask the Patriots. There is a reason Tom Brady goes mostly untouched.
Even though this is the case, I think Brady’s time is approaching very soon. So do the Patriots. Thus why Daniel Jones is going to be on his way to New England. This is the best case scenario for Daniel Jones, as he now gets to learn from Tom Brady and the greatest coach of all time, Bill Belichick.
|3.01||Gerald Willis III|
|3.19||Darnell Savage Jr.|
|3.30||David Long Jr.|
|3.37||Mecole Hardman Jr.|
This is the round of defense! Big names like Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Jachai Polite, Vosean Joseph, Darnell Savage Jr. and Joejuan Williams get to see where their new home will be here. Starting with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, again we see 49ers GM John Lynch making a smart pick here. CGJ is a versatile defensive back who can play safety or cornerback. He will see the field right away because of this and should eventually be a key starter as soon as the end of his rookie campaign.
Jachai Polite gives the Jaguars someone who unlocks another level when closing in on the ball. His ability to slip past blocks and key in on the ball carrier will help Jacksonville tremendously this season.
Vosean Joseph can immediately slide in at Will Linebacker for Denver. He can already get past climbing blocks and blitz well; all he has to do is improve his coverage skills to become a locked-in every-down contributor.
Darnell Savage Jr. gives the Steelers something they do not have already. That is depth at the safety position. He is more than capable of being a slot corner, when needed, or playing in a Cover 3 scheme where safeties play 3-high zone. Savage should have an impact wherever he lands.
A compensatory pick in this mock, Joejuan Williams is someone who can be drafted as soon as round two is a team is in love with him. He has exceptional size at 6’4″ and 211 pounds. Joejuan fits the mold of a future top corner for a team. The Rams are that team. Having played at Vanderbilt, Joejuan is proven and tested. He plays every play smart and learns quickly to recover from his mistakes. Expect him to be the future in Los Angeles at cornerback.
|4.05||Isaiah Johnson Jr.|
|4.29||David Sills V|
This round is full of surprises. You have Tyree Jackson going to Jacksonville, Darrell Henderson going to Oakland and Riley Ridley going to Dallas. Starting with Tyree Jackson, you have a pick that fills a future need. Jacksonville did sign a good quarterback in Nick Foles, but I am not confident he is their long-term solution to this position. Jackson has tremendous upside and will need to learn a bit to unlock it. This pick gives him the perfect opportunity to do so and, word is, Jacksonville likes his upside.
Next, we have the pick of Darrell Henderson to the Oakland Raiders. Marshawn Lynch will most likely retire (I put a prop bet on this at the beginning of the NFL Offseason) and the Raiders will be going into the 2019 season with just DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Chris Warren III. That backfield does not even scare college football teams. The Raiders need to play it smart and draft a running back who has feature role potential. This running back should be Darrell Henderson because not only is his 8.9 yards per carry an amazing stat, it is a better YPC than Marshawn Lynch has ever posted. Henderson runs with the smoothness that Lynch does but has a little more burst. This is the pick to make for Oakland.
Lastly, we have the Dallas Cowboys selecting Riley Ridley. I do not love it, but it makes sense. Jerry Jones is a fan of Ridley and I believe Ridley can fill the slot role for Dallas in a few years. Ridley is not an all-time talent but he does a few things well coming out of the slot. The hope here is for the new Cowboy, Randall Cobb, to teach Ridley a thing or two and help him up his game.
There are a few ‘hype’ monsters that appear from season to season. In this round, there are a few players who may finally dethrone these ‘hype’ monsters. The first being Kahale Warring. The Pittsburgh Steelers select Warring here and the pick is perfect. Warring helps their loss of Jesse James and gives the Steelers a huge addition at the tight end position that comes with speed, size, and pure athleticism. His acceleration will help him gain separation off the line and pass linebackers in coverage. He will be able to see playing time in his first year because of his blocking skills and ability to use his hands quickly when needed to block. If Vance McDonald cannot put a starting tight end season together this year, he will have a hard time fighting off Warring in Pittsburgh.
For the next ‘hype’ monster, we head to Tampa Bay. This is where Ronald Jones is the default running back starter. Not for long. Damien Harris is the pick for the Buccaneers here and it means the future is bright! This pick moves Jones into more of a third-down role, where he has a better chance. Damien Harris has all the tools to be a workhorse back at the NFL level and we should trust in Bruce Arians to make him one.
The last ‘hype’ monster to face competition is … Margus Hunt? Well not quite. He is not necessarily a ‘hype’ monster but he is someone who can see his replacement coming in. Hunt is 31 years old, 6’8″ and weighs 277 pounds. Anthony Nelson is 21 years old, 6’7″ and weighs 272 pounds. The main difference here is age. Anthony Nelson was comped to Margus Hunt by yours truly in the pre-draft process. With his size and frame, he is bound for success at the NFL level. He is able to shed blockers well and use his length to make difficult tackles. My favorite quality that Nelson brings is his ability to cross-face blockers on the backside. Simply put, he is the real deal and should be a key role player for the Colts.
|6.18||Stanley Morgan Jr.|
|6.25||Ulysees Gilbert III|
There a few names in these later rounds that casual fans will notice. Those names include but are not limited to, Justice Hill, Brett Rypien, and Jalen Hurd. The Jacksonville Jaguars take Justice Hill here and insert him as the instant replacement for, now Buffalo Bill, TJ Yeldon. Justice Hill is shifty in the open field and has the quickness to slip past defenders when needed. He has great ball security, as can be seen by his five career fumbles, and he is capable of handling a feature role if something was to happen to Leonard Fournette. This is a short-term and long-term pick for the Jaguars.
One of the more exciting picks of this round is the New Orleans Saints taking Brett Rypien, out of Boise St. This is a bit of a reach but his intangibles make up for it. Rypien has good upside if paired with the right coach. What better coach is there for a young quarterback to have than Sean Peyton? Rypien has two great things going for him. He knows how to displace safeties with his eyes and he is capable of making great throws in all three levels of the field. Although he will have to sit on the practice squad in year one, he gives the Saints a potential answer at quarterback after Drew Brees if he works out for them.
Jalen Hurd may be known as the running back who was in front of Alvin Kamara at Tennessee or he may be known as the wide receiver for Baylor. Whichever one of those he is at the next level, just know, he is a straight up baller. This is a prospect who excels at being a great football player. All he needs is a coach who will maximize his potential. Bill Belichick is the guy who I think does just that. It just so happens, Belichick likes Hurd a lot and had him over for a couple of visits during the pre-draft process.
|7.36||Benny Snell Jr.|
The last round of the NFL Draft is all about teams getting the last shot at their guys. The Bears select their guy Matt Gay, Miami selects Ka’dar Hollman and Minnesota select their man Benny Snell Jr.
Matt Gay gives Chicago their best bet at finding their long-term kicker solution. Gay is thought to be the best kicker in this draft by some and can certainly kick in the NFL. Miami gets a cornerback who they are high on here. Hollman is a blazer on the field and the player available in the 7th round. His 4.39 4o speed enables him to recover when beaten on routes and he plays jump balls well. This is a great pick for depth at the cornerback position with a little upside.
The Vikings replace the empty spot left by Latavius Murray with Benny Snell Jr. Snell Jr. will compete with Mike Boone, Ameer Abdullah and Roc Thomas to back up Dalvin Cook. Snell Jr.’s college production cannot be overlooked here but his stock took a major hit with his horrible workout numbers. This is a huge upside pick for the Vikings and could potentially pay off with Snell Jr. becoming their new complementary piece to Dalvin Cook.