2019 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions for Next Year's Top Prospects

Richard Janvrin@@RichardJanvrinFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2018

SYRACUSE, NY - OCTOBER 13:  Dexter Lawrence #90 of the Clemson Tigers comes set before a snap during the game against the Syracuse Orange at the Carrier Dome on October 13, 2017 in Syracuse, New York. Syracuse defeats Clemson 27-24.  (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
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With the 2018 NFL draft coming to a close, it's only natural we look ahead.

Not to training camp or the start of the 2018 season, but the 2019 NFL draft.

That's right. It's time to get acquainted with at least 32 of the prospects we can expect to see this time next year.

How did we determine the order? Well, Mike Clay of ESPN has his 2018 projections out with a predicted draft order for next year, so we'll follow those.

Who will be the No. 1 overall pick in 2019?


2019 Round 1 Mock Draft

1. Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

2. Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

3. New York Giants: Clayton Thorson, QB, Northwestern

4. New York Jets: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State 

5. Arizona Cardinals: Trey Adams, OT, Washington

6. Washington Redskins: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

7. Oakland Raiders: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

8. Denver Broncos: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

9. Cincinnati Bengals: Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan

10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

11. Seattle Seahawks: David Edward, OT, Wisconsin

12. Cleveland Browns: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

13. Baltimore Ravens: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

14. Chicago Bears: Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State

15. Detroit Lions: Rodney Anderson, RB, Oklahoma

16. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke

17. Kansas City Chiefs: Raekwon Davis, DL, Alabama

18. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

19. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, DE, Clemson

20. Tennessee Titans: Josh Allen, LB, Kansas

21. Dallas Cowboys: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

22. Atlanta Falcons: Collin Johnson, WR, Texas

23. Los Angeles Chargers: Cameron Smith, LB, USC

24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarrett Stidham, QB, Auburn

25. Green Bay Packers: Sam Beal, CB, Western Michigan

26. Houston Texans: Anfernee Jennings, LB, Alabama

27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Joe Jackson, DE, Miami

28. Minnesota Vikings: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

29. New Orleans Saints: Kaden Smith, TE, Stanford 

30. Philadelphia Eagles: Ahmmon Richards, WR, Miami

31. Los Angeles Rams: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

32. New England Patriots: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia


Notable Selections

1. Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

If you've turned on a Clemson game over the last two seasons, you will have instantly been drawn to Dexter Lawrence.

To put it bluntly, he's an incredibly disruptive force on the defensive line who will remind anyone of Ndamukong Suh.

There's really not a lot of things Lawrence can't do. He's a technician on the defensive line who reacts to plays almost instantly. He plays quickly for a guy who weighs 340 pounds.

The Bills drafted their quarterback of the future in Josh Allen and a stud at linebacker in Tremaine Edmunds on Thursday. Now, they'll get the production they hoped Mario Williams would provide when they gave him $100 million.

Edmunds, Allen and Lawrence would be the future of the Bills.


2. Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Every AFC East team has its quarterback situation solved.

Except for the Miami Dolphins.

The Bills have Allen, the New York Jets have Sam Darnold and the New England Patriots have a guy named Tom Brady.

After another down season with Ryan Tannehill at the helm, the Dolphins should decide to cut him loose and invest in the future.

And the future's name is Drew Lock.

Projected to be the top quarterback in the 2019 class, Lock is 6'4" and can make any throw. He needs to work on getting through his progressions faster and his accuracy, but he has this upcoming season to do so.

One word to describe Lock? Gunslinger.


4. New York Jets: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Another Bosa in the NFL? Oh boy.

Yes, based on this projection, things obviously didn't go as planned for the New York Jets and their rookie quarterback Darnold, but they will be rewarded with Nick Bosa.

With the departures of Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis to the 2018 draft, Bosa will be allowed to let loose this upcoming college season while no longer operating as a rotational player.

Although he didn't start much for the Buckeyes in 2017, Bosa jumps off the screen. He displays similar traits to his brother, Joey, who plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Nick Bosa is not as big as his older brother, but it can only be assumed he's learning from him all the time.

A duo of Nick Bosa and Leonard Williams would compete with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram in L.A. as the best defensive line duo in the NFL.