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2019 NFL Mock Draft: The Late First Round

End of the First. Still Top of the Class.

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2019 NFL Mock Draft: The Late First Round

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College Football is officially done and now it’s time to move our attention to the Pros. There’s no better way to do that than to predict the unpredictable! Who’s up for a good ole’ way too early Mock Draft? ME! I have some rules though. Every pick will be made based off current seeding and I will not try to predict any trades. No swapped picks here. I’ll base every pick off of team needs and available talent to find what I think is the best fit for both parties. LET’S GET THE PICKS ROLLING!

Draft Picks 32 – 26

32. Green Bay Packers (New Orleans): Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State

New Head Coach Matt Lefleur is an offensive mind and I can’t imagine him not taking a chance on adding another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Harmon is a strong receiver standing at 6’3″ and 230 lbs. He doesn’t possess the type of speed to get behind secondaries but is great as a possession and third down receiver who excels in yards after the catch.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

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Ed Oliver finds a Home!

The Chiefs definitely could use a big body up front to help clog running lanes. If Dexter Lawrence is there then by all means that’s who they’ll take but he most likely won’t and Ed Oliver has tremendous upside. Oliver’s strongest efforts come in stopping the run which is something Kansas City needs to improve on. His downside will be his lack of size at the Tackle position and his less than desirable pass rush skills. Above all, Ed Oliver is an explosive DT that the Chiefs would love to have.

30. Los Angeles Rams: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

The Rams hit the lotto and the rich get richer. Brian Burns is easily one of the most underrated edge rushers in this year’s draft and will fit nicely next to Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. Burns has a very high ceiling and has shown that he can be an elite pass rusher. This season he ended with 15.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles. He’s a long and lean edge rusher that has an excellent motor.

29. New England Patriots, Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Patriots need young talent on the defensive line and they’ll be happy to get Dexter Lawrence. He’s sure to fall due to his suspension at the end of the season for Clemson due to PED use. I suspect the Patriots won’t care too much if it means getting a talent like Lawrence. Dexter has size like Vince Wilfork standing at 6’4″ and weighing in at 340 lbs. He will be a nightmare for offensive lines.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Chargers are one of the more well-balanced teams in the NFL. In a case like this, it’s always best to improve on the offensive line. The Chargers are in need of a new RT and Cody Ford is an athletic big man with great size who can help extend the career of Phillip Rivers. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to provide Melvin Gordon with better running lanes.

27. Oakland Raiders (Dallas): D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

Oakland sent Amari Cooper to the Cowboys for this pick and will use it to find his replacement. Metcalf is a big receiver standing at 6’3″ and weighing 225 lbs. He’s a dynamic playmaker who can use his frame and strength to his advantage. D.K. played in only 7 games due to a neck strain this season, but still produced well with 569 yards and 5 TDs. The injury is a red flag but his upside is to great to pass on.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

“Hollywood” Brown goes…to the Midwest? Sounds boring at first but imagine a Colts offense with two 1,000 yard receivers and a star tight end. This is Andrew Luck’s dream. The Colts offense is already good but could be elite with the addition of Brown. He’s tough and fast. He ended this season with 1,318 receiving yards and 10 TDs.

Picks 21-25

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Allen, DE, Boston College

This is where the picks become iffy due to how the rest of playoffs go. For now, the Eagles are at 25 and should use this pick on a solid pass rusher. This man is a tank standing at 6’5″ and 280 lbs out on the edge. He may not be the most explosive option in this class, but he is the more reliable one. Allen has great hand strength and was a force against Clemson this year. He could be a star in the NFL.

24. Oakland Raiders (Chicago): Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

The Raiders second of three first round picks will stay on the defensive line. Montez Sweat is a talented edge rusher that ended his Senior year with 11.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss. Paired with Quinnen Williams, the Raiders would be building a promising one-two punch up front.

23. Houston Texans: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Texans need an interior weapon for Deshaun Watson. Noah Fant fits this need perfectly. Noah is a similar playmaker to George Kittle and put up big numbers with Iowa. In 2018 he caught 7 TDs and had over 500 yards receiving.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Baltimore Bound

Simmons just fits in with that Baltimore defense so well. It will be impossible to pass up an opportunity to add a young disruptive interior defender to an already great defense. The only reason he falls this low in the draft is due to an assault incident in 2016 while in high school. He was found guilty of an assault charge after an altercation with a woman named Sophia Taylor. His character is questionable and will be a risk for any team.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia

This is a simple decision. Seattle needs help protecting Russell Wilson and Cajuste is that guy. Yodny is an athletic Right Tackle that excels in pass blocking. He would provide solid protection for Wilson in 2019.

A Florida Boy who now calls LA his home now! In my free time all I do is watch sports and look up stats. I love all things college football, especially my beloved Miami Hurricanes! I also partake in my fair share of Fantasy Football and Basketball.

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