No, Cliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals do not jettison their first round quarterback from a year ago in favor of a less proven quarterback in Kyler Murray. The Cardinals were a mess defensively last season and against the run, which is why the go with the big fella up front in Quinnen Williams.
2 – San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bona, Ohio State
3 – New York Jets – DT Ed Oliver, Houston
The Jets could have easily gone with Josh Allen and we could show highlights and have some fun with “Josh Allen sacks Josh Allen.” The Jets need a big body up front after allowing the 7th most rushing yards and 9th most passing yards to opponents a year ago. Ed Oliver should help in both those areas.
4 – Oakland Raiders – DE Josh Allen, Kentucky
Elite pass rushers are hard to find, right? Well, Jon Gruden, with three first round picks, gets a gift at Josh Allen at No. 4 overall.
5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
6 – New York Giants – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
HINT: Protect the future of the franchise
7 – Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
8 – Detroit Lions – WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
9 – Buffalo Bills – TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
There are plenty of needs the Buffalo Bills could address with the 9th overall pick. By all accounts, TJ Hockenson is a great pass catcher and blocker – two things that are pivotal in a young QB’s development. Throughout the combine head coach Sean McDermott expressed the importance of the position so they address it with the standout from Iowa.
10 – Denver Broncos – QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Yes, Drew Lock is the first quarterback off the board. John Elway isn’t afraid to take a swing at the most important position in the NFL.
11 – Cincinnati Bengals – LB Devin White, LSU
12 – Green Bay Packers – TE Noah Fant
Aaron Rodgers needs weapons – and with Jimmy Graham as the only viable option at tight end this is perfect fit for the Green Bay Packers.
13 – Miami Dolphins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
The Dolphins only option currently under center is the ageless, bearded one in Ryan Fitzpatrick. He can hold mold the future of the franchise when they take Dwayne Haskins off the board.
14 – Atlanta Falcons – DE Brian Burns, Florida State
15 – Washington – OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
16 – Carolina Panthers – DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
17 – New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Daniel Jones’ head coach is David Cutcliff. David Cutliff works with Eli Manning. The connections are there and Dave Gettleman knows he needs a quarterback to replace Eli Manning in the near future.
18 – Minnesota Vikings – OL Cody Ford, Oklahoma
19 – Tennessee Titans – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Let the chaos and the drama begin with the free fall of Kyler Murray. Sure, he won the Heisman as the best quarterback in college football. That doesn’t mean that success will translate to the NFL. There are questions about Marcus Mariotta and his future so it wouldn’t surprise me if Kyler Murray heads to the Music City and battles for the starting job as a rookie.
20 – Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Devin Bush Jr., Michigan
21 – Seattle Seahawks – CB Greedy Williams, LSU
22 – Baltimore Ravens – WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
23 – Houston Texans – OL Garrett Bradbury, NC State
24 – Oakland Raiders – CB Byron Murphy, Washington
25 – Philadelphia Eagles – WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State
26 – Indianapolis Colts – DL Christian Wilkins, Clemson
27 – Oakland Raiders – OL Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Even though Dalton Risner was spitting out Sean McDermott catch phrases like he was born to be a member of the Buffalo Bills, he’s also tailor made to play for Jon Gruden. He can certainly help the interior OL in keeping Derek Carr upright so he can hit his new wide receiver.
28 – Los Angeles Chargers – WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
29 – Kansas City Chiefs – DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
30 – Green Bay Packers – S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida
31 – Los Angeles Rams – CB DeAndre Baker, Georgia
32 – New England Patriots – DL Jerry Tillery, Norte Dame
1. Cardinals- QB Kyler Murray
Note: New head coach Kliff Kingsbury can’t pass up the opportunity to grab a QB to lead his “Air Raid” offense. Murray’s skill set seems to fit Kingsbury’s system perfectly so for the second straight year the Cards take a QB in the first round.
2. 49ers- EDGE Nick Bosa
3. Jets- DL Quinnen Williams
Note: This pick is a coin flip. I believe the Jets will go with either Williams or Josh Allen. New defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has to be salivating when he watches the interior defensive lineman from Alabama who will provide pass rush up the middle and the ability to stop the run.
4. Raiders- EDGE Josh Allen
5. Buccaneers- LB Devin White
6. Giants- OL Jawaan Taylor
7. Jaguars- DL Rashan Gary
8. Lions- EDGE Montez Sweat
9. Bills- TE T.J. Hockenson
Note: The Bills give Josh Allen and offensive coordinator Brian Daboll a big time weapon. The Iowa tight end would make an immediate impact on the Bills offense and could be used all over the field in different formations. Hockenson comes from the same program that produced Dallas Clark and George Kittle…. yes please.
10. Broncos- DL Ed Oliver
11. Bengals- TE Noah Fant
12. Packers- OL Andre Dillard
13. Dolphins- QB Dwayne Haskins
Note: Haskins is the second quarterback off the board. Ryan Tannehill is no longer in Miami and the team signed Ryan Fitzpatrick to hold down the fort until they can find a long-term solution. If Haskins slides to 13 I would be shocked if he’s not in South Florida next season.
14. Falcons- CB Greedy Williams
15. Redskins- WR D.K. Metcalf
16. Panthers- EDGE Brian Burns
17. Giants- QB Drew Lock
Note: The Giants are desperate to find Eli Manning’s replacement. I don’t believe the G-men will value this QB draft class enough to take a QB at 6 overall but after selecting an elite offensive lineman earlier in the draft it’s time to grab Lock.
18. Vikings- DL Christian Wilkins
19. Titans- OL Garrett Bradberry
20. Steelers- LB Devin Bush
21. Seahawks- S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson
22. Ravens- OL Cody Ford
23. Texans- OL Jonah Williams
Note: Houston’s Deshaun Watson spent 2018 running for his life so protecting the franchise QB is a must. Williams goes a long way in doing that.
24. Raiders- RB Josh Jacobs
Note: The Raiders added fire power on the outside this offseason by acquiring wide out Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams. Jacobs gives them a running back to carry the load. Derek Carr has all the weapons to succeed heading into the 2019 season.
25. Eagles- S Nasir Adderly
26. Colts- WR Hakeem Butler
27. Raiders- CB Byron Murphy
28. Chargers- DL Jerry Tillery
29. Chiefs- EDGE Clelin Ferrell
30. Packers- WR Marquise Brown
31. Rams- OL Kaleb McGary
32. Patriots- WR A.J. Brown
Note: With Gronk retiring the Patriots give Tom Brady a new weapon to haul in passes.
1. Arizona Cardinals – QB – Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
2. San Francisco 49ers – DE- Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
3. New York Jets – EDGE – Quinnen Williams (Alabama)
4. Oakland Raiders – EDGE – Josh Allen (Kentucky)
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – EDGE – Rashan Gary (Michigan)
6. New York Giants – QB – Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – OT – Jawaan Taylor (Florida)
8. Detroit Lions – EDGE – Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
9. Buffalo Bills – DL – Ed Oliver (Houston)
The Bills are in a great position to trade down and grab more picks or stay at nine and get a terrific talent on the defensive side. That’s exactly what they get here in Oliver, an elite defender who can step in and play right away, especially given how head coach Sean McDermott loves to rotate players up front. Oliver is incredibly explosive off the ball, which allows him to penetrate and disrupt plays in the backfield and even pressure the quarterback, something the Bills could really use from the interior defensive line. The knock on him is his frame. At 6′ 2″ and 287-pounds, he’s shorter and lighter than what you usually want from an interior defensive linemen, which is why he needs to rely on his speed, athleticism, and explosiveness off the ball to beat offensive linemen before they can really latch on to him. The Bills already have Star Lotulelei as their primary run-stuffing and block-eating defensive lineman, which means Oliver wouldn’t have to be used to do that right away and could play to his strengths as a penetrator and pursuer.
10. Denver Broncos – LB – Devin White (LSU)
11. Cincinnati Bengals – LB – Devin Bush (Michigan)
12. Green Bay Packers – TE – T.J. Hockenson (Iowa)
13. Miami Dolphins – QB – Drew Lock (Missouri)
14. Atlanta Falcons – OL – Jonah Williams (Alabama)
15. Washington Redskins – WR – D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi)
16. Carolina Panthers – OT – Andre Dillard (Washington State)
17. New York Giants – EDGE – Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
18. Minnesota Vikings – TE – Noah Fant (Iowa)
19. Tennessee Titans – OL – Cody Ford (Oklahoma)
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB – Greedy Williams (LSU)
21. Seattle Seahawks – EDGE – Brian Burns (Florida State)
22. Baltimore Ravens – C – Garrett Bradbury (NC State)
23. Houston Texans – OT – Greg Little (Mississippi)
24. Oakland Raiders – DL – Christian Wilkins (Clemson)
25. Philadelphia Eagles – RB – Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
26. Indianapolis Colts – DL – Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
27. Oakland Raiders – CB – Byron Murphy (Washington)
28. L.A. Chargers – DL – Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame)
29. Kansas City Chiefs – CB – DeAndre Baker (Georgia)
30. Green Bay Packers – S – Nasir Adderley (Delaware)
31. Los Angeles Rams – EDGE – Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)
32. New England Patriots – TE – Irv Smith, Jr. (Alabama)