In 2015, College Football Metrics joined forces with preeminent draft forecaster Xavier Cromartie to produce mock drafts and top 100 prospect boards for entry into The Huddle Report’s exclusive, experts-only NFL Draft scoring. Xavier starts to post mock drafts and top 100 boards in January and continues up to the draft in April.
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2019 NFL Mock Draft by Xavier Cromartie v1.0
24 January 2019
1. Arizona Cardinals: DT Quinnen Williams (Alabama)
Top needs: DT, OT, CB
The pick: Williams was the most dominant college player of 2018. ARI needs better than Robert Nkemdiche inside.
Other options: Pair DE Nick Bosa with DE Chandler Jones. Replace awful QB Josh Rosen with QB Kyler Murray.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State)
Top needs: CB, S, LB
The pick: Bosa is a clear top-2 talent. SF could use a real EDGE presence to upgrade on tweener bust Solomon Thomas.
Other options: DT Quinnen Williams on talent. LB Devin White to lead the defense. CB Byron Murphy out of need.
3. New York Jets: DE Rashan Gary (Michigan)
Top needs: DE, CB, WR
The pick: Gary has huge physical upside and fits the new defense. NYJ has gone too long with no EDGE presence.
Other options: CB Byron Murphy to fill a scheme need. OLB Josh Allen if he can play in the scheme.
4. Oakland Raiders: LB Devin White (Louisiana State)
Top needs: WR, CB, LB
The pick: White is big, tough, physical, smart, a hard worker. Imagine Mike Mayock's saying all those things.
Other options: CB Byron Murphy to fix a terrible secondary. DE Rashan Gary for massive potential.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Byron Murphy (Washington)
Top needs: CB, RB, DE
The pick: Murphy should be the first CB, before Baker and Williams. TB has replacement level DBs.
Other options: DT Christian Wilkins if Gerald McCoy is released. An EDGE to replace JPP.
6. New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones (Duke)
Top needs: QB, DT, OLB
The pick: Jones is an old-school tall QB. It would be difficult to ignore the QB need again.
Other options: QB Dwayne Haskins if no one trades ahead. Another OLB or DL.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)
Top needs: QB, OT, RB
The pick: Haskins is the top QB in the draft. JAX is more desperate and willing to move up than NYG.
Other options: QB Daniel Jones, Drew Lock, or Kyler Murray.
8. Detroit Lions: OLB Josh Allen (Kentucky)
Top needs: DE, LB, TE
The pick: Allen should fit the mixed DET scheme well. He fills the desperate EDGE need.
Other options: DE Clelin Ferrell as a good-sized EDGE. LB Devin White if available.
9. Buffalo Bills: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida)
Top needs: OT, WR, G
The pick: Taylor would start at RT immediately. BUF needs to fix 4 of its 5 OL spots.
Other options: A boost to the DL. Reaching for another offensive player.
10. Denver Broncos: QB Drew Lock (Missouri)
Top needs: CB, DT, QB
The pick: Lock has the big arm. Case Keenum was always a short-term solution.
Other options: QB Daniel Jones if still available. CB Deandre Baker to fill a major need.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Deandre Baker (Georgia)
Top needs: OT, LB, CB
The pick: Baker would make Dre Kirkpatrick obsolete. CIN has a long history of 1st-round CBs.
Other options: G Jonah Williams or OT Greg Little for OL need. Trade down.
12. Green Bay Packers: OLB Jachai Polite (Florida)
Top needs: OLB, S, WR
The pick: Polite makes Nick Perry expendable. Perry isn't worth $14M.
Other options: Another EDGE rusher. Best talent available.
13. Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins (Clemson)
Top needs: OT, DT, QB
The pick: Wilkins was the best player on Clemson's championship d-line. Coach Flores may push for a big DT.
Other options: OT Greg Little to pair Ole Miss bookends. A much-needed QB.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DT Ed Oliver (Houston)
Top needs: DT, DE, G
The pick: Oliver has good tape but is underweight. He can join the ATL endless DL rotation.
Other options: DT Jeffery Simmons as a bigger option. DE Clelin Ferrell or Montez Sweat.
15. Washington Redskins: QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)
Top needs: QB, WR, S
The pick: WAS needs a complete reboot on offense. Alex Smith may never return.
Other options: Reach for a WR. Trade down for a safety.
16. Carolina Panthers: DE Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)
Top needs: DE, CB, G
The pick: Ferrell would start opposite Mario Addison. CAR has no young EDGE players.
Other options: DE Montez Sweat or Zach Allen. Reach for a CB.
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17. Cleveland Browns: DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)
Top needs: DT, WR, CB
The pick: Simmons would go earlier if there weren't so many DLs. CLE interior needs help.
Other options: Whichever DT is available. A CB to play opposite Denzel Ward.
18. Minnesota Vikings: G Jonah Williams (Alabama)
Top needs: DT, G, LB
The pick: Regardless of which position Williams plays, MIN needs to upgrade 4 of its 5 OL spots.
Other options: A DT if any last to this point. Trade down.
19. Tennessee Titans: OLB Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)
Top needs: OLB, DT, WR
The pick: Sweat has a lanky build that may drop him a little. TEN needs young rushers.
Other options: Whoever is the best available DL or EDGE player.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Devin Bush (Michigan)
Top needs: LB, CB, OLB
The pick: PIT tends to reach for need and has been weak at LB since Ryan Shazier went out.
Other options: LB Mack Wilson. CB Greedy Williams and move on from Artie Burns.
21. Seattle Seahawks: OT Greg Little (Mississippi)
Top needs: CB, DE, G
The pick: Little would mean the end of Ifedi. The OL has been horrid for years.
Other options: DE Zach Allen if Frank Clark doesn't sign. SEA tends to take CBs later.
22. Baltimore Ravens: RB Josh Jacobs (Alabama)
Top needs: RB, WR, LB
The pick: Jacobs is the top RB. BAL wants to run more than any other team.
Other options: Any WR, since BAL has only Snead.
23. Houston Texans: CB Greedy Williams (Louisiana State)
Top needs: CB, OT, TE
The pick: Williams is overhyped by a full round and wasn't even the best CB on LSU.
Other options: Whoever is the best CB available. Reach for a bad OT.
24. Oakland Raiders (via CHI): WR Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
Top needs: WR, CB, LB
The pick: Some scouts are high on Brown despite his light weight. OAK has no real WRs.
Other options: OAK needs almost everything on defense.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)
Top needs: DT, LB, G
The pick: Lawrence would allow PHI to dump overpriced Timmy Jernigan.
Other options: PHI likes to stockpile DLs and will likely take the best one available.
26. Indianapolis Colts: DE Zach Allen (Boston College)
Top needs: CB, DE, WR
The pick: Allen is a big EDGE presence. He pairs with Jabaal Sheard.
Other options: An outside CB. A WR to take pressure off TY Hilton.
27. Oakland Raiders (via DAL): CB Julian Love (Notre Dame)
Top needs: WR, CB, LB
The pick: Love had an excellent season. OAK needs someone opposite Gareon Conley.
Other options: Anyone who can play defense.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Dre'Mont Jones (Ohio State)
Top needs: LB, DT, OT
The pick: Jones would replace Corey Liuget. LAC is weak in the middle.
Other options: LAC had no LBs in the playoffs. RT is the weak spot on offense.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: LB Mack Wilson (Alabama)
Top needs: LB, CB, OLB
The pick: Wilson replaces another Alabama LB in Ragland. KC must focus on D.
Other options: Anything on defense, because the offense is fine.
30. Green Bay Packers (via NO): WR Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
Top needs: OLB, S, WR
The pick: Campbell provides a serious second-option to Davante Adams. Help Rodgers.
Other options: OLB if not taken at pick 12. One of the safeties.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OLB Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)
Top needs: LB, OLB, DT
The pick: LAR relies on "cheat code" Aaron Donald to hide their lack of other front 7 players.
Other options: Any front 7 position.
32. New England Patriots: WR Andy Isabella (Massachusetts)
Top needs: WR, DE, LB
The pick: Isabella is the prototypical "Patriots" player. He'd be a perfect WR if he had size.
Other options: None. Isabella is the only possible pick.
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