Brugler 2019 Mock Draft: Bosa, defensive line dominate
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It is way too early to forecast prospects for the 2019 NFL Draft, let alone matching them with specific teams.
But a mock draft this year can be beneficial if used as a watch list, predicting 32 of the top NFL prospects to track entering the 2018 college football season.
In fact, predicting the top 32 players is probably a lot easier than figuring which teams will draft where after next season is over. So, the order here was determined using the inverse order of the current Super Bowl odds, per my personal advisor. Of course, like all other long-range guesses, odds may vary elsewhere.
And we're assuming that certain underclassmen on this list will actually declare for the draft. Most of those picks seem like good bets, but everyone would have said the same thing last year about a trio of Clemson draft-eligible defensive linemen who decided to return to school. Two (senior Christian Wilkins and redshirt junior Clelin Ferrell) are listed here in 2019, along with Tigers junior defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence.
1. New York Jets -- Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State*
The Jets believe they have the quarterback of the future in Sam Darnold, but they are still missing the second-most important piece on the roster: an impact pass rusher. Bosa, who is growing into a better version of his older brother, would solve that.
2. Chicago Bears -- Ed Oliver, DL, Houston*
At 290 pounds, Oliver has the foot quickness of a linebacker to penetrate gaps and give blockers trouble. The Aaron Donald comparisons will be plentiful over the next 12 months.
3. Miami Dolphins -- Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan*
Lining up both inside and outside in Michigan's hybrid front, Gary is entering year three in Don Brown's scheme and should emerge as one of college football's most disruptive forces.
4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Similar to Josh Allen in the 2018 class, Lock checks the boxes with his physical traits, although he remains undeveloped in several key areas of playing the position.
5. Cleveland Browns -- Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama*
A physical freak at 6-7 and 305 pounds, Davis has a chance to emerge as the best NFL prospect produced by Alabama during the Nick Saban era.
6. Buffalo Bills -- Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
At 300 pounds, Wilkins has the body control and athleticism of a defensive end with his ability to knife through gaps, find the ball carrier and finish.
7. Arizona Cardinals -- Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson*
The former top high school recruit in the nation, Lawrence is a massive human being (340 pounds) who can force his way through gaps or handle double-teams.
8. Washington Redskins -- Devin White, LB, LSU*
The SEC produced the best linebacker prospect in the 2018 class (Roquan Smith) and they will do the same in the 2019 class with White, who is bigger, but just as fast as Smith.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss*
With Donovan Smith entering the final year of his rookie deal, left tackle could be on the shopping list next offseason for Tampa, and Little has the potential to be the top offensive line prospect next spring.
10. Indianapolis Colts -- Andraez Williams, CB, LSU*
Better known by his nickname, Greedy, Williams has a tall, long frame with the ball skills (17 passes defended and six interceptions in 2017) that will draw NFL attention.
11. New York Giants -- Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama*
Williams has started all 29 games in his first two seasons in Tuscaloosa, first at right tackle before moving to the left side as a sophomore. His draft arrow is pointing north.
12. Tennessee Titans -- Jeffery Simmons, DL, Mississippi State*
The off-field baggage will be hotly debated next draft season, but strictly talking about on the field, Simmons has the athletic traits at 6-4 and 310 pounds to be a dominant player.
13. Detroit Lions -- Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson*
With Ziggy Ansah playing the 2018 season on the franchise tag, pass rusher could be a dire need next offseason and Ferrell (9.5 sacks in 2017) will push for top-10 consideration next April.
14. Baltimore Ravens -- Devin Bush, OLB, Michigan*
A substantial reason Michigan ranked top-three in the FBS in total defense last season was the emergence of Bush, who led the Wolverines with 102 tackles and did a little bit of everything.
15. Seattle Seahawks -- AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss*
The only proven pass-catcher on the Seattle roster with a contract beyond the 2018 is Doug Baldwin, putting Brown (75 catches, 1,252 yards, 11 touchdowns) on the Seahawks' radar.
16. Los Angeles Chargers -- Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan*
Although he still has plenty to prove, Patterson flashed big-time potential at Ole Miss, and one season under Jim Harbaugh could catapult him into the draft's first round.
17. Denver Broncos -- Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn
Stidham performed well in his first season at Auburn last season (66.7 percent completions, 17-4 touchdown-interception ratio), and NFL scouts are hopeful to see another promising step in 2018.
18. Oakland Raiders -- Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia*
The team-leader in passes defended (12) last season, Baker plays tight coverage down the field, getting his head turned to locate and make plays on the football.
19. Kansas City Chiefs -- Josh Allen, LB, Kentucky
The 2019 draft class' version of Haason Reddick, Allen has been asked to do a little bit of everything, rushing off the edge, playing the run and even lining up across from receivers in the slot.
20. Houston Texans -- Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma*
Baker Mayfield was the main playmaker on the Oklahoma offense, but he wasn't the only playmaker and Anderson doesn't get enough credit for his sophomore production, finishing with 201 rushing yards vs. Georgia.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
With Dante Fowler hitting free agency after the 2018 season, pass rusher could be a position the Jaguars look to upgrade through the draft and Ferguson has a chance to break into round one with a strong senior year.
22. Carolina Panthers -- Trey Adams, OT, Washington
Adams was considered a potential first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft before a torn ACL forced his return to school for his senior season.
23. San Francisco 49ers -- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State*
Another weapon for Jimmy Garoppolo, Harry has a tall, rangy frame with the innate ball skills to pluck the ball out of the air and make acrobatic catches appear routine.
24. Green Bay Packers (from NO) -- Mack Wilson, OLB, Alabama*
The Packers need to get younger at pass rusher and Wilson might be the best all-around athlete on the Crimson Tide defense at 6-2 and 235 pounds.
25. Atlanta Falcons -- Zach Allen, DE, Boston College
While Harold Landry was the main attraction on the BC defense last season, Allen also caught the eyes of NFL scouts and enters the 2018 season with a chance to be a top-32 pick next April.
26. Dallas Cowboys -- Noah Fant, TE, Iowa*
It is now the post-Witten era in Dallas and unless a tight end on the roster emerges this season, the position could be high on the wish list next offseason. His athleticism makes Fant an appealing up-and-coming prospect.
27. Los Angeles Rams -- Chase Winovich, DE/OLB, Michigan
The fourth Michigan player on this list, Winovich might not have any special qualities, but he consistently brings pressure off the edge with his hard-charging motor.
28. Minnesota Vikings -- Dre'Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State*
A possible first-round pick if he left early for the 2018 NFL Draft, Jones would be the first Buckeyes interior defensive lineman drafted in the first round since 2001.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State*
The Florida State tape shows a streaky player, but Burns has first-round potential with his burst and length off the edge.
30. Green Bay Packers -- Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami (Fla.)
With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix entering the final year of his rookie deal, safety could be a need next offseason and if it is, Johnson is one of the few safety prospects with top-32 potential.
31. Philadelphia Eagles -- Justice Hill, RB, Oklahoma State*
Oklahoma State had one of the most explosive offenses in college football last season and Hill (not Mason Rudolph nor James Washington) was the most impressive cog in that machine.
32. New England Patriots -- Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon*
Despite missing almost half of last season with a broken collarbone, there is plenty of optimism surrounding Herbert as a pro prospect as he enters his junior season in 2018.