2019 First-round mock draft with Miami Dolphins trade

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 31: Kyler Murray attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
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3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky

The Jets will be heavily looking for a team to trade down with. The thing is, they desperately need a pass rusher after Anthony Barr spurned them in free agency to return to the Minnesota Vikings. Ideally, they’d prefer to stay within the top 10 or just outside.

Unfortunately for them here, none of those teams are biting. Therefore, the Jets keep the pick and take the next best pass rusher in Josh Allen off the board.

4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Raiders would be ecstatic if the Jets were to pass on Quinnen Williams. Williams could easily be considered the best prospect in this draft class, and very well could go number one overall. Oakland made some huge splashes this offseason to bolster their offense, but it’s now time to address their defensive woes. It’s a great start when you’re in position to grab the best interior defensive lineman in the draft.

5. Denver Broncos (Trade via Tampa Bay) – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

DEN receives: First-round pick (5)

TB receives: First-round pick (10), Second-round pick (41)

On the outside, this trade may not look necessary for Denver. However, we don’t necessarily know what exactly goes on within the NFL circles, particularly on draft night.

It’s very possible that the Broncos elect not to take a quarterback in round one after trading for Joe Flacco this offseason. General manager John Elway has reportedly been infatuated with Drew Lock, however, for several months. There’s definitely some room for improvement for Lock, and sitting behind Flacco for a year might be the best thing for him.

Trading up is the best way to secure Lock as there is no guarantee that he would fall to them at pick 10. For the second consecutive year, the Buccaneers trade down. They manage to stay in the top 10 and pick up an additional second-round pick in the process.

6. New York Giants – Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan

It looks more and more like the Giants will pass on a quarterback at pick number six. Whether they address that with their second first-round selection or not remains to be seen, but it looks like they will elect to go with a pass rusher in their first selection.

There is a lot of knock on Rashan Gary being evaluated this high. On film, he didn’t appear to produce at a high level in Michigan. In retrospect, his Wolverine teammates produced at a much higher level. However, it’s Gary that is projected to become the first Wolverine off the board.

It could be that teams believe that he is the most NFL ready of them all. Whatever the case, Gary is considered one of the top pass rushers in this class. Giants general manager Dave Gettleman very well could have him at the top of their board.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Jawaan Taylor becomes the first offensive lineman taken off the board in this mock draft and is very likely to be the first one called on draft day. Tired of missing on quarterbacks in the draft, Jacksonville went out and bought Nick Foles instead.

One could argue that they vastly overpaid for Foles, who may have simply been a product of the Philadelphia Eagles system. Nonetheless, he is the Jaguars’ guy for at least the next few seasons. Now they need to get him some protection. Taylor has risen up draft boards since the combine and may be the most polished tackle in this class. This would be a solid addition for Jacksonville and one that Foles would highly approve of.