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Nick Jacobs' mock draft: Predicting NFL Draft's first round

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Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray wins the Heisman trophy
Posted at 11:59 AM, Apr 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-25 12:59:57-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — NFL Draft day has finally arrived.

Months of speculation and hype all come down to just a couple of days.

The first round might not include the Kansas City Chiefs, who traded away the No. 29 pick as part of a deal for Seattle defensive end Frank Clark, but there is still plenty of intrigue.

This mock draft attempts to predict who teams will select pick by pick, so that means there will likely be one right:

NICK JACOBS' 2019 FIRST-ROUND NFL MOCK DRAFT
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

Arizona gets its franchise quarterback for the future for a second year in a row.

2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State

San Francisco needs to find a long-term rush end to build its scheme around. Dee Ford is a short-term solution, but Bosa represents the long-term plan.

3. New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama

The Jets gets new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams a strong interior defensive lineman who can help his attacking scheme thrive with Leonard Williams.

4. Oakland Raiders: QB Drew Lock, Missouri

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock start off their era together by picking a new quarterback. The Raiders have two choices, create a defense that can slow down the Chiefs' and Los Angeles Chargers' offenses or build an offense that can match them point for point.

Lock, a Lee's Summit native and Mizzou grad, worked with the Raiders' staff at the Senior Bowl and Derek Carr's presence allows him to sit for a season (or more, if needed). The report of the Raiders not allowing their scouts to report on draft day was likely to keep something from leaking out.

5. Tampa Bay Buccanneers: DT Ed Oliver, Houston

Tampa Bay needs to rebuild the interior of its defense line. Oliver gives new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles an athletic defensive tackle to start off the process right.

6. New York Giants: DE Josh Allen, Kentucky

The Giants likely didn't expect Allen to be there still, but his athletic ability is too good to pass up for general manager Dave Gettleman.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida

The first priority for Jacksonville, which traded for Nick Foles and signed him to a big-money extension, should be to keep its quarterback up right. They can find weapons in the next two rounds, but immediate help at offensive tackle will be off the board before then.

8. Detroit Lions: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

The Lions provide Matthew Stafford with a weapon he will utilize immediately paired with free-agent signing Jesse James. The duo will be tough for opponents to match up against.

9. Buffalo Bills: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State

Buffalo lost its chance to pick up Hockenson and instead take arguably the best tackle in pass protection available in this draft.

10. Denver Broncos: LB Devin White, LSU

The Broncos likely wanted a quarterback, but the Raiders threw a curveball and took the apple of their eye.

Denver has the same dilemma as Oakland — stop the Chiefs' and Chargers' offense or match them point for point. John Elway and company could go offensive line as well with Jonah Williams on the board, but White provides new coach Vic Fangio the help he needs now.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

New coach Zac Taylor needs to find the leader of his offense for the future. Haskins has a good arm but needs pieces around him to succeed as a rhythm quarterback.

Taylor is the ideal pairing to help him have a sustainable career in the league.

12. Green Bay Packers: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

The Packers have a tough decision to make as they could use help at tight end, wide receiver, offensive line and in the secondary. But Brown is a perfect fit in the offense and should be gone at No. 30 later in the first round.

13. Miami Dolphins: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan

Gary is one of the most athletic pass rushers in the draft, but he needs a coach who can bring out the best in his ability. New Dolphins coach Brian Flores can begin to build his defense with a lineman who has a very high athletic ceiling.

14. Atlanta Falcons: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson

The Falcons need interior help for their scheme. Wilkins is a relentless rusher who would pair well with franchise-tagged DT Grady Jarrett.

15. Washington: DE Clelin Ferrell , Clemson

Washington needs an edge rusher. Ferrell helps replace the loss of rush linebacker Preston Smith.

16. Carolina Panthers: DE Brian Burns, Florida State

The run on defensive linemen continues with the Panthers adding some serious speed off the edge for their 4-3 front.

17. New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones, Duke

Gettleman waits until his second first-round pick to take the heir apparent to Eli Manning.

18. Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury, North Carolina State

The Vikings need offensive line help for Kirk Cousins. Bradbury gives them the necessary interior athletic ability for their blocking scheme to work.

19. Titans: TE Noah Fant, Iowa

The Titans need weapons to help their offense. Fant helps provide a threat other than Dion Lewis to an offense starved for explosive players.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Devin Bush, Michigan

The Steelers get their new inside linebacker, a player who fits in perfectly with the "Blitzburg" mentality.

21. Seattle Seahawks: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

Seattle takes the best edge rusher left on the board to replace the loss of Frank Clark.

22. Baltimore Ravens: OG Cody Ford

The Ravens pass on Jonah Williams for a more physical presence to protect their franchise quarterback.

23. Houston Texans: OL Jonah Williams, Alabama

Williams' unexpected slide ends at 23. Houston needs as much offensive line help as it can find in the draft in the quest to keep Deshaun Watson healthy and upright.

24. Oakland Raiders: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

The Raiders begin adding much-needed interior defensive line help with Lawrence, who likely wouldn't be on the board three picks later.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi

The Eagles need to add a dynamic receiver to their offense. Brown will need work on his route tree, but he provides Carson Wentz a reliable target.

26. Indianapolis Colts: S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State

The Colts need to add a physical presence to their secondary and Abram is a violent run-support safety. With the first-round worthy pass rushers are off the board and believing they can find interior defensive line help in the second round, Abram is the pick.

27. Oakland Raiders: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama

The value is too good for the Raiders to pass up at this point, and they can still add help to their secondary in upcoming rounds.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Byron Murphy, Washington

The Chargers need to find interior defensive line help and improve their cornerback position. The first corner finally goes off the board.

29. Seattle Seahawks: CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

Ya-Sin feels like a Pete Carroll type of pick, a physical corner who fits the style Seattle has been known to play through the years.

30. Green Bay Packers: S Darnell Savage, Maryland

The Packers got thier explosive receiver earlier and continue to overhaul the defense with the addition of a safety who ran a 4.36 40-yard dash.

31. Los Angeles Rams: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia

The Rams need to add a physical corner to the mix with Aqib Talib nearing the end of his career and Marcus Peters in the final year of a rookie deal.

32. New England Patriots: DL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Coach Bill Belichick seems to value athletic interior defensive linemen and Tillery could shine athletically in New England.