The NFL Draft is just a little more than a week away, which means we’re in the middle of mock draft season. The draft itself takes place April 25-27 in Nashville, and the University of Michigan has a number of prospects that are hoping to hear their name called at some point in the draft.
This mock draft will project the entire first round, as well as project where each Michigan player will be drafted. A fourth and final mock draft will be released next Thursday before the draft begins.
Vailliencourt’s 2019 NFL Mock Draft 3.0
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
All the talk recently is that the Cardinals favor Murray over Josh Rosen, who could be traded before the draft to a QB needy team. Murray gives the team a dual-threat play-maker that can excel in the team’s new system. However, I’m much less confident in this pick now compared to a few weeks ago. It seems like trade talks have stalled a bit and if Arizona can’t get a first round pick back for Rosen, it’d be tough to make the switch at QB this early.
Previous pick: Murray
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
This is a perfect scenario for the 49ers, who need an edge rusher and will happily take Bosa.
Previous pick: Bosa
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
A lot of consideration will go to Josh Allen here, but Williams might be the best player in the draft.
Previous pick: Williams
4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
The Raiders have plenty of options with three first-round picks, but Allen makes too much sense to skip over. There’s buzz that the Raiders could trade up with Arizona to take Murray, which wouldn’t surprise me one bit.
Previous pick: Allen
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
The Bucs lost Kwon Alexander to free agency, but they replace with with White. The recent buzz is trending towards Ed Oliver, but unless they trade Gerald McCoy, linebacker is still a bigger need.
Previous pick: White
6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
There has been tons of speculation that the Giants don’t like Haskins and will instead take a defensive prospect, but it almost seems reckless for an organization that so desperately needs a quarterback to pass on Haskins. Maybe it’s all a smoke screen so teams won’t trade up ahead of the Giants to nab him.
Previous pick: Haskins
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Finally, a changed pick! I’m sure I’ll have a different outlook next week, but the top six picks seem like great fits from my end. Of course, a team will do something foolish and ruin it all. The Jags meanwhile, land the draft’s top offensive lineman to protect Nick Foles.
Previous pick: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
8. Detroit Lions: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
This is the third straight draft I’ve had the Lions taking Ed Oliver, who would be fourth on my draft board behind Bosa, Quinnen Williams and Allen if I’m the Lions. Oliver is a pure disruptor, which is exactly what the Lions need up front next to Snacks Harrison. Oliver could very well be gone by this point, as his stock has surged recently, but if he’s here, the Lions need to pounce.
Previous pick: Oliver
9. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Hockenson will likely be in the mix for the Lions at eight, but if he’s here at nine, he’d be a perfect fit in Buffalo. A good tight end is a young quarterback’s best friend.
Previous pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
I didn’t have the Broncos taking a quarterback here in my last mock largely because I don’t think any of the remaining quarterbacks are worth a first-round pick. However, teams always reach on QBs, and John Elway is notorious for drafting bad ones, so here we go again.
Previous pick: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Michigan star is still seeing his stock rise and should go no later than the top 15. It wouldn’t shock me if he lands in the top 10. He becomes a day one starter for the Bengals.
Previous pick: Bush
12. Green Bay Packers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
The Packers luck out here and grab the best available player.
Previous pick: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
13. Miami Dolphins: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
The Dolphins are in all out tank for Tua mode. Gary will have a chance to develop for a year before the expectations really rise. He could realistically go anywhere from 5th to 17th.
Previous pick: Gary
14. Atlanta Falcons: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
There are so many players I’d like to slot here. Greedy Williams and Clelin Ferrell each being the two big ones. However, Wilkins is a dominant defensive tackle that can help the line.
Previous pick: Wilkins
15. Washington Redskins: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
The Redskins would be very tempted to take quarterback Daniel Jones here, but I have them passing on a quarterback for now. This would be a good pick to trade for Josh Rosen, but if the Redskins stay here, they can add an elite edge rusher.
Previous pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
16. Carolina Panthers: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Panthers need to protect quarterback Cam Newton, Dillard is a great pass-blocking tackle.
Previous pick: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
17. New York Giants: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Giants received this pick in the OBJ trade from Cleveland. With it, they select an edge rusher.
Previous pick: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
18. Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
The Vikings need o-line help and Williams falls right to them at 18.
Previous pick: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
19. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
The Titans are able to give their O-line a boost with the draft’s best center.
Previous pick: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
I’m still not entirely convinced that Williams will fall this far, but the Steelers need a corner and would happily take Williams with both top linebackers long gone.
Previous pick: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
21. Seattle Seahawks: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Adderley is a guy who starred at the Senior Bowl. He can fill Earl Thomas’ spot right away.
Previous pick: Adderley
22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Metcalf gives Lamar Jackson the big-play receiver that he needs. He slips a bit in this mock compared to the previous two, but he lacked production in college.
Previous pick: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Houston needs to protect Deshaun Watson, it’s that simple.
Previous pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
24. Oakland Raiders: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders are able to fill a need with their second pick of the round.
Previous pick: Murphy
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The Eagles secondary needs help and Baker, the last of the three solid first-round corners, falls to them.
Previous pick: Baker
26. Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
The Colts signed former Michigan wideout Devin Funchess, but they still need help at receiver. T.Y. Hilton is talented, but often injured, and Funchess isn’t the most reliable target.
Previous pick: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
27. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Raiders made a huge splash trading for Antonio Brown and now can replace Jared Cook with an elite pass-catching tight end.
Previous pick: Fant
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
The Chargers have a big need at defensive tackle and Tillery can fill the void.
Previous pick: Tillery
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
With a big need in the secondary, the Chiefs get a playmaker at safety.
Previous pick: Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
30. Green Bay Packers: Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Back-to-back Mississippi State players go off the board here. Simmons is a divisive prospect. He tore his ACL in February, which certainly hurts his draft stock, but he also has off the field concerns. However, he’s pretty much universally thought of as one of the best talents in the draft, so the Packers take a chance here with their second pick of the round.
Previous pick: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
31. Los Angeles Rams: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Rams are able to replace Ndamukong Suh.
Previous pick: Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
This almost seems unfair, but adding Harry to a wide receiver group with Julian Edelman and newly signed Demaryius Thomas would be huge for Tom Brady, especially with Rob Gronkowski gone.
Previous pick: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Other Michigan Players
With Gary and Bush being selected in the first round, that leaves a number of other Michigan players wondering where they will be selected. Here are my projections:
Chase Winovich: 2nd round, pick 45 (13th of the round) to the Atlanta Falcons
Winovich has seen his draft stock improve over the last several weeks and is now considered a consensus second-round pick. Atlanta can pair him with first-round pick Christian Wilkins to form a solid rookie d-line duo.
David Long: 2nd round, pick 59 (27th of the round) to the Indianapolis Colts
Long improved his stock dramatically at the combine. He seems like a good bet to go late second or early third round. I still like him late in the second to the Colts.
Karan Higdon: 6th round, pick 201 (28th of the round) to the Kansas City Chiefs
Without Kareem Hunt, the Chiefs will likely look to add at least one back in the draft.
Zach Gentry: 6th round, pick 211 (38th of the round, compensatory pick) to the Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals don’t have a whole lot at tight end, and Gentry will be given the opportunity to earn time on the field.