So here is how it works: If you are an NFL fan and have an opinion, you are eligible to craft your own mock draft. It’s as easy as that.
What makes it more challenging is the realization many things can happen to disrupt the flow of your flow chart. Trades invariably screw things up.
Our staff at Tiebreaker.com has spent months analyzing the prospects. We have stop watches and tape measures and video players and analytical minds. And we have come to one conclusion. We have no idea how things will play out, either.
However, in the spirit of competition, we’d like to offer our choices for the Top 10 picks. We’d be happy if we can hit .700.
1). Arizona Cardinals
QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
We would not be surprised at all if the Cardinals decide to stick with Josh Rosen and go in an entirely different direction. After all, this team needs a lot of help. But the consensus is the crafty Heisman Trophy winner is the guy they want and that Rosen will be traded at some point Thursday night once all the other QB options begin to play out. They say Murray is another Russell Wilson. We’ll see.
2). San Francisco 49ers
DL Nick Bosa, Ohio State
The 49ers are still badly in need of a defensive stud, especially one who can put pressure on the QB. They picked up Dee Ford from the Kansas City Chiefs. So that helps. But Bosa is the guy. He’s extremely talented and apparently healthy after leaving the Buckeyes in the middle of the 2018 season to recover from injuries. When his name is called, the Bosa family (Joey and Nick) will join the Mannings (Eli and Peyton) as the only ones with multiple first-round picks in the history of the league.
3). New York Jets
DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
The Jets have their QB (Sam Darnold) and their RB (Le’Veon Bell). Now they need their defensive lynchpin. There are many tasty defensive players in this draft and it will come down to what flavor a team likes best. Williams has the athleticism of a linebacker. He had eight sacks and 71 tackles last season. We think he’s the second best defensive player in the draft. Put him next to Leonard Williams.
4). Oakland Raiders
DE Josh Allen, Kentucky
With Mike Mayock in place as the new general manager, the Raiders now have one of the most astute talent evaluators in the league. Let’s face it, his mock drafts were must-see in his past life as an NFL television analyst. The Raiders had just 13 sacks last season and should concentrate on defense line help. They could take one of the talented tackles on the board. But we suggest they take this premier pass rusher. He had 17 sacks last season.
5). Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LB Devin White, LSU
It’s quite possible the Raiders could jump the gun on the Bucs by taking White. He is very highly regarded. No problem. They have a new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles, the former Jets head coach, so we believe they will use this pick to help fortify his personnel in another way. Let’s put it this way: They gave up 464 points in 2018. They better take him.
6). New York Giants
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
There has been talk that the Giants will use one of their two first-round picks to draft Eli Manning’s successor. We do not dispute that, although we believe none of the QBs in this draft, after Murray, is a sure bet. So we’d advise caution. What we’d also suggest is they not use this pick on Duke’s QB Daniel Jones. That’s not good value. Take Oliver and fortify the defensive line.
7). Jacksonville Jaguars
TE TJ Hockenson, Iowa
We all know how disappointing Jacksonville was last season. And we know their best defensive player, defensive back Jalen Ramsey, is a bit of a knucklehead. But if you’ve watched Tom Coughlin operate during this days as a head coach in Jacksonville and with the Giants, you know how much he values talented tight ends. He has his QB in Nick Foles. Now we gets him another weapon. Hockenson had 49 receptions for seven TDs last season.
8). Detroit Lions
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
The Lions need defensive line help and by the time they get to the plate they should have their choice of two – Wilkins and Washington State’s Andre Dillard. We are going out on a limb here because we loved the contributions Wilkins has made to the Tigers in their glory era. The guy knows what its like to win and we know coach Matt Patricia will appreciate him.
9). Buffalo Bills
OG Jonah Williams, Alabama
We’re not big advocates on taking running backs or offensive linemen in the first round, although there were a number who were stars in those positions from the 2018 draft. What we do know is how invested the Bills are in QB Josh Allen and how desperate they are to keep him upright and healthy. And Williams is the best offensive lineman in the draft.
10). Denver Broncos
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
No player impressed us more at the Combines that this guy. His explosiveness running the 40-yard dash (4.41 at 260 pounds) opened up a lot of eyes. That’s what you need from the defensive end position. What might hurt Sweat is his heart condition, but he’s going to be a first-round pick, so it might as well be Denver’s.