2019 NFL Mock Draft: Raiders find Khalil Mack's replacement, Browns add WR after Josh Gordon trade


We’re two weeks into the NFL season and  2019 draft storylines are starting to take shape. The Bills are making their case for the league’s worst team, Eli Manning continues look every bit the 37-year-old quarterback he is, and, in a development no one could have predicted, the Raiders are suddenly unable to generate a pass rush after shipping Khalil Mack out of town.

In our second mock draft of the season, Oakland finds its next pass rusher (two of them, in fact), the Giants land a quarterback, and the Browns prepare for life without Josh Gordon.

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Because you’re wondering, we’ve ordered the picks based on each team’s records this season then sorted by how they finished in 2017. It’s why the Buccaneers (2-0 this season but 5-11 last season), for example, pick before the Rams (2-0 this season but 11-5 last season).

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1. New York Giants

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. We can make all the excuses we want about the offensive line but the reality is that the Giants need to move on from Eli Manning. At 37, he is who he is, which at this stage of the proceedings is a quarterback who is perpetually panicked in the pocket — even when he has time — and it’s affecting the rest of the offense.

2. Houston Texans

Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss. Deshaun Watson has been sacked seven times in two games. Coming into the season, the offensive line was the biggest unknown and the unit has struggled — along with just about everybody else. The Texans were our favorites to win the division and through two weeks they’re alone in last place in the AFC South. 

3. Oakland Raiders

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State. The Raiders are 0-2 and after each loss, new (old) coach Jon Gruden made his way to the podium to announce to the media that Oakland needs a pass rush. Of course, they had one of the best pass rushers on the planet a month ago but decided Khalil Mack wasn’t worth the money. So now the Raiders will have to wait until the offseason to bolster the defensive line.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Ed Oliver, DT, HoustonWhen you lose your first two games 24-6 and 34-0, you’re desperate for help everywhere. The Cardinals have their franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen so why not start rebuilding the defense with arguably the draft’s best player.

5. Detroit Lions

Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State.  New coach Matt Patricia is a defensive guy and as a member of the Bill Belichick coaching tree he was brought to Detroit to make this team, which finished 9-7 last season, into consistent winners. In two games, the Lions have given up 78 points and 359 rushing yards. They’re also winless. Jones is a hybrid pass-rushing specialist who fills an obvious need.

6. Buffalo Bills

Jonah Williams, LT, Alabama.  We suspect the Bills will slowly creep up the draft board as the losses pile up. One of the ancillary benefits to being one of NFL’s worst teams is that you can have your pick of the litter come draft day. And for the Bills, who have needs up and down the roster, protecting 2018 first-round pick Josh Allen will be key to avoiding drafting early again in 2020.

7. Oakland Raiders (via Bears)

Brian Burns, DE, Florida StateIn case you haven’t heard, the pass rush is a huge concern for Jon Gruden. And since you can’t replace Mack with just one player, the Raiders take two in first seven picks.

8. Cleveland Browns

N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona StateWith Josh Gordon officially done in Cleveland, the Browns add Harry, a big-play downfield threat who would nicely complement Jarvis Landry, Antonio Callaway and David Njoku.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

Devin White, LB, LSUThe Steelers haven’t drafted this high since 2000, when they used the No. 8 pick on Plaxico Burress. Four years later, they grabbed Ben Roethlisberger with the No. 11 pick. This time around, they grab one of the draft’s most athletic players and fill a need in the middle of the defense.

10. Seattle Seahawks

Rashan Gary, DL, MichiganThe Seahawks have needs on both sides of the ball, including along the offensive line where Russell Wilson is perpetually running for his life, but the team chooses to bolster the interior defensive line with this pick.

11. Indianapolis Colts

Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson. Margus Hunt has been a pleasant surprise but Ferrell can be a game-changer along a defensive line that is need of depth.

12. New York Jets

Trey Adams, OT, WashingtonJust like Josh Allen in Buffalo, the Jets want to protect their franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold, with a cornerstone of the offensive line. 

13. San Francisco 49ers

A.J. Brown, WR, Ole MissTight end George Kittle leads the teams in receptions through two games (seven for 112 yards) and is second on the team in yards per reception (16.0). First on the list? Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (four catches, 69 yards, 17.3 YPC). Put another way: Give Jimmy Garppolo a deep threat. 

14. Washington Redskins

Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo. The run on wide receivers continues; Alex Smith has leaned heavily on his running backs and tight ends to start the season. Chris Thompson leads the team with 19 receptions through the first two games, Jordan Reed is second with 10. For an idea of just how bad it is, Adrian Peterson is fourth.

15. Dallas Cowboys

Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. Fant has just 12 catches for 112 yards and two scores through three games this season but he hauled in 11 touchdown passes as a sophomore in 2017. With Jason Witten now in the broadcast booth, Dak Prescott could use a reliable middle-of-the-field target.

16. Los Angeles Chargers

Justin Herbert, QB, OregonAdding help along the defensive line makes sense here but after passing on a quarterback last year, the Chargers take one in 2019. This assumes, of course, that Philip Rivers won’t play forever.

17. Tennessee Titans

Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson. The Titans have struggled to keep their offensive line healthy, and the same holds for tight end, but adding a run-stuffer in the middle of this defense could also be an option. Which brings us to the 350-pound Lawrence, who has flashed some pass-rushing skills too.

18. Baltimore Ravens

Montez Sweat, DE,  Mississippi State.  Same pick as last week. The Ravens got production out of their new receivers in the first two weeks so perhaps they’ve finally cracked that riddle. If so, they can focus on other needs here, like replacing 35-year-old Terrell Suggs even though he’s playing like he’s 10 years younger.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin.  Interior linemen Andy Levitre and Brandon Fusco are in their 30s and Benzschawel infuses some youth into the offensive line.

20. Green Bay Packers (via Saints)

Zach Allen, DE, Boston College.  For as young and athletic as the Packers are in the secondary, Clay Matthews is 32 years old and hasn’t registered a double-digit sack total since 2014.

21. Carolina Panthers

Joe Jackson, DE, Miami.  Julius Peppers is 38 and Mario Addison is 31. And while Peppers could play another decade, the Panthers take Allen as insurance that he might not.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina. Heading into Week 3, the Eagles are incredibly thin at wide receiver. Samuel is one of the most sure-handed wideouts in college football.

23. New England Patriots

Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia. Getting torched regularly by Blake Bortles only reaffirmed what we saw in Super Bowl LII: Eric Rowe isn’t the long-term answer at cornerback.

24. Green Bay Packers

David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State. The Packers could also look to beef up the offensive line but Montgomery would give Aaron Rodgers something he hasn’t had in a while: a proper running back who is also a threat catching passes coming out of the backfield.

25. Minnesota Vikings

Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson. The Vikings battled through injuries along the offensive line during preseason and they’ll continue to protect $85 million man Kirk Cousins by adding one of the most fundamentally sound blockers in the draft.

26. Denver Broncos

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. The Broncos parted ways with Aqib Talib in the offseason and Williams, who could end up being a top-10 pick by next spring, is too good to pass up here.

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Last season,  the Bucs’ defensive line ranked 20th against the run and was dead last in pass rushing, according to Football Outsiders’ metrics. Simmons would fill an obvious need.

28. Miami Dolphins

Ryan Finley, QB, NC State. Ryan Tannehill if completely healthy and has looked sharp through the first two weeks of the season. He’s completing 72.5 percent of his throws and has a passer rating of 104.9. But are we convinced he can consistently run Adam Gase’s offense? Because if not, the Dolphins could target a quarterback.

29. Cincinnati Bengals

Tyler Petite, TE, USC. It’s unclear if Tyler Eifert will ever return to form and with the Bengals‘ offensive line coming together, the team can focus on surrounding Andy Dalton with down-the-field playmakers.

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State. Jacksonville lost left tackle Cam Robinson to an ACL injury on Sunday and with Blake Bortles playing the best football of his career, it’s imperative to keep him upright.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State. It’s conceivable that Patrick Mahomes puts up 40 points every week, but on the off chance he doesn’t, the Chiefs desperately need to fix their defense.

32. Los Angeles Rams

Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky.  The Rams have very few needs, but pass rusher is one of them and Allen fits the bill.