The 2018 NFL regular season has come to a close and the post season is about to begin. While 12 other teams prepare for the play-offs the rest of the league begins their off-season preparations for free agency and the draft. The latter part of that process is college player evaluation and assembling a draft board.
I don’t consider myself an expert on the matter, but here is what I have prognosticated for the first five selections in this years 2019 NFL Draft. My mock selections may change depending on how the Senior Bowl and the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine works out, until then enjoy.
1. Arizona Cardinals
Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky: Most draft experts had Nick Bosa going first overall, but after a breakout sophomore season, including 3 sacks in the Citrus Bowl. Allen gets the call. Adding Allen to the line-up across from Chandler Jones could be devastating for opposing offenses. Last year Allen decided to skip the 2018 NFL Draft and instead, returned to Lexington for his senior season. It would prove to be a great decision.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State: The 49ers need a consistent pass rusher like a fish needs water and thanks to Arizona, Bosa falls right in their lap. Bosa took a break from Ohio State Football to focus on his rehabilitation from a sports hernia he sustained during the third game of the season against TCU. Nick is believed to be an even better pass-rusher than his brother Joey, who has recorded 28.5 sacks since being drafted third overall by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL Draft. Lets just hope he doesn’t hold out the same way his brother did.
3. New York Jets
Quinnen Williams, DL, Alabama: Williams has been compared to Los Angeles Rams’ defensive tackle Aaron Donald. As a sophomore, Williams made 18 tackles for a loss and had eight sacks. It won’t matter what defensive system the Jets install, Williams can be productive in any system. If Williams has a big game against Clemson in the College Football Playoff National Championship on Monday night his draft stock could rise even higher.
4. Oakland Raiders
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: The Raiders would probably prefer to trade down and take an edge rusher, but if there are no trade partners calling, expect new general manager Matt Mayock to go with value and grab the best player available. Williams is easily the best cornerback in the draft and with his excellent coverage skills he ranks among the top 5 on most expert’s draft boards. In his career at LSU, Williams has accumulated eight interceptions in 24 games.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: Jameis Winston might get another shot in Tamp Bay, but more than likely the Buccaneers will want to make a fresh start. It’s not hard to see them falling head over heals for Haskins and making him the first quarterback taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. Against Washington in the Rose Bowl Haskins completed 25 of his 37 pass attempts for 251 yards and had three touchdowns with no interceptions. Like most top quarterback prospects, Haskins will probably see his draft stock rise the closer we get to the draft.