2019 First-round mock draft with Miami Dolphins trade
23. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Chris Grier shrugs his shoulders at the Raiders move to jump ahead of them. Grier decides to take a player that they would’ve been willing to take at 13. The Dolphins have Christian Wilkins high on their boards as someone who could come in and immediately make an impact.
Wilkins has all of the mechanics to contribute against both the pass and the run. Many people have him rated as the next best defensive tackle behind only Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver. By trading back to get two extra quality draft picks, and still able to land Wilkins would be an outstanding move by Grier and company. This is a move that the fanbase could really get behind.
24. Baltimore Ravens (via Oakland) – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
As one of the few teams looking to add a receiver in the first round, the Ravens had no problem moving down a couple of spots to pick up an extra fifth. There is expected to be a run of wide receivers in the second round, but Baltimore does not own a second-round pick.
Therefore, the Ravens are probably better off using their first pick to get one. Baltimore was forced to change their offense around Lamar Jackson, but they still need to find some weapons to throw to. A number of people believe that A.J. Brown is a better prospect than his college teammate, D.K. Metcalf.
By all accounts, Brown is considered the safest option in this class. He should be able to fit right in on the first day wherever he lands. Jackson could highly benefit having a guy like that.
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25. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
The Eagles could have their choice of safeties to choose from, and it would be hard to argue against any one of them. In this mock, Nasir Adderley is the first safety to hear his name called.
Philadelphia’s secondary played better towards the end of the season and into the playoffs, but they were one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL last season. After trading for running back Jordan Howard, it would seem that safety becomes the Eagles number one priority if it wasn’t already.
26. Indianapolis Colts – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Dexter Lawrence would probably be a top 15 pick if it hadn’t been for his failed drug test that kept him out of the College Football Playoff. As a result, many people now believe that he’ll fall as far as the back half of the second round.
I think the Colts would be wise to take Lawrence here. Lawrence never had any prior issues, and he’s, arguably, the best defensive tackle remaining on the board. Although the Colts pick again just eight spots later, it may not be worth the risk.
Also, what if Lawrence becomes the player that many people think he has the potential to be? If you’re Indianapolis in that case, it would be nice to have that fifth-year option.
27. Oakland Raiders – Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders did a terrific job in landing Williams and Sweat with their first two picks to help transition the defense. Now it’s time to add a quality back to the offense.
This is not a strong class of running backs, and Jacobs is widely viewed as ahead of the rest. He is the only one that could possibly hear his name called on Thursday night. Jacobs would instantly become the starter in Oakland as a two-down back, and possibly even the workhorse.