Klepp Mock 1.0
This is my first mock of the season. I am not projecting trades. Mock 2 will drop the night before Draftmas.
1. AZ Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
This seems like the worst kept secret ever right? In my opinion, if you’re going to gamble on making your head coach Kliff Kingsbury, you should push all of your chips to the middle and select Kyler Murray.
2. SF 49ers – Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The 49ers stand pat and land themselves the best player in the draft. Bosa has gotten absolutely no coverage this draft season, and that’s rare for an elite prospect like him. Just take him and enjoy 10+ sacks a season.
3. NY Jets – Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
The Jets need to improve their offensive weapons for Sam Darnold, but with plenty of depth at receiver in this years’ class, they don’t need to reach for Metcalf here. Getting a polished rusher in Allen is exactly what they need.
4. OAK Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
The Raiders have holes everywhere on their roster, and just need to start adding talent. Williams is a blue-chipper and has the most upside of any player in this draft.
5. TB Buccaneers – Devin White, LB, LSU
The Buccaneers lost Kwon Alexander in free agency and now replace him with Devin White, an explosive athlete at the position. White would be a welcome addition of juice to a recently toothless defense.
6. NY Giants – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Giants get their QB of the future with Dwayne Haskins. This is the QB for Pat Shurmur, who just needs someone to deliver the ball on-time and accurately from the pocket. The G-Men may have to trade up to acquire Haskins’ services.
7. JAX Jaguars – Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama
Williams has had a rocky draft process that mainly stems from a poor showing against Clemson in the National Championship Game. Ultimately, I think he’s too safe of a bet for a team like Jacksonville not to draft. His versatility allows the Jaguars to play him at guard or tackle on their line with more than one starting spot up for grabs.
8. DET Lions – Ed Oliver, DT, Hosuton
The Lions add Oliver to a line that could be one of the most ferocious in the league. His versatility will be coveted by a Lions front office that also likes to draft by best player available, and Oliver fits the bill.
9. BUF Bills – DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Josh Allen gets an elite receiver prospect in D.K. Metcalf. There are concerns about his agility, but his ability to stretch the field with a 6’3″ 225 pound frame is rare.
10. DEN Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Elway takes another swing at getting the Broncos QB of the future, and this may be his final at bat. Lock looks the part of a NFL QB, but his streaky play and mechanical issues definitely make him a project at the next level.
11. CIN Bengals – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
With Vontaze Burfict out of town, the Bengals secure their next long-term linebacker. Bush is my favorite prospect in the draft and he will be a stud in the NFL.
12. GB Packers – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan
Gary’s slide ends at 12 in Green Bay, who will covet his mixture of size, athleticism, and versatility. A lack of sack production and a hot to cold motor in college prevents him from being a top 10 pick, but the Packers hope he can put it all together at the next level.
13. MIA Dolphins – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
With the departure of Ja’Wuan James in free-agency, the Dolphins add Taylor and plug him in at right tackle. James is one of the safest prospects in the draft.
14. ATL Falcons – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
There are too many concerns with Williams for him to be a top-10 selection, but he finds his home here with Atlanta at 14. Williams has elite coverage ability and desirable size, but his lack of grit concerns me.
15. WAS Redskins – Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
No, just because a defensive end runs a 4.4 40 does not make them a top 10 pick. I think 15 is too high still for Sweat, but what do I know. The Redskins get some help for their defense that saw some key pieces depart in free agency.
16. CAR Panthers – Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Burns beefed up to 250 pounds which was good to see, but just because you got your weight up doesn’t mean all of a sudden you’re a power rusher. Burns has elite athleticism but his one-sided game is concerning.
17. NY Giants – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Giants pair their top pick QB with a tackle to further solidify their offensive line.
18. MIN Vikings – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
The Vikings were atrocious at running the football in 2018 and need to make sure the offensive game-plan isn’t purely on the shoulders of Kirk Cousins going into 2019. Ford is worthy of a top 10 selection that Vikings fans will come to love.
19. TEN Titans – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Vrabel gets a stallion along the line with Christian Wilkins. He comes from a championship program and has everything you want in a locker-room leader and overall person. Solid selection.
20. PIT Steelers – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Pittsburgh needs to begin re-tooling their offense and that starts with selecting N’Keal Harry out of Arizona State. Having JuJu already in place takes some of the pressure off Harry early on which will be good for his growth.
21. SEA Seahawks – Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
Bradbury is a plug-and-play interior lineman and it wouldn’t shock me if he went earlier than 21. The Seahawks need to address their line still and Bradbury would be a great choice for them.
22. BAL Ravens – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
The Ravens #1 receiver is Willie Snead, and that cannot remain their main target going into 2019. With Lamar Jackson the man of the future, you must give him all of the tools he needs to be successful.
23. HOU Texans – Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
After inexplicably signing no offensive linemen in free agency, the Texans must turn to the draft to fix their woes. Deshaun Watson has been battered early in his career and they need to keep him healthy and upright. Risner is another Klepp favorite.
24. OAK Raiders – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Hockenson goes later than most expect, I just believe there’s too many needs for the teams ahead of this point to select a tight end with their first overall pick. The Raiders having already selected Williams can add a weapon on offense.
25. PHI Eagles – Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware
By trading for Jordan Howard, the Eagles eliminated their need at running back. Now they add versatility to the secondary by selecting small school ball hawk Nasir Adderly.
26. IND Colts – Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington
The Colts need to add more talent to their secondary. Murphy is a solid #2 CB with some upside as well.
27. OAK Raiders – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders add Jacobs right after Hockenson, giving their offense some new juice for 2019. Expect another receiver to be added on day 2.
28. LA Chargers – Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
With Verrett out of town, the Chargers add Deandre Baker to their secondary a year after having Derwin James fall into their lap. These two lead the Chargers secondary into the future.
29. KC Chiefs – Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Ferrell has undeservedly been falling down mocks, however I won’t believe he falls out of the first round. With Dee Ford and Justin Houston leaving, Ferrell will be an immediate contributor in KC.
30. GB Packers – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
After saying goodbye to longtime Packer Randall Cobb, Aaron Rodgers gets a new slot weapon in A.J. Brown. Brown has drawn JuJu Smith-Schuster comparisons, and I don’t think that’s too far off.
31. LA Rams – Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Wade Phillips can’t but help to select this monster from Ole Miss. The ACL injury was unfortunate, but the Rams are talented enough to be able to wait a year for the Fletcher Cox clone to wreak havoc in the NFC West.
32. NE Patriots – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
With Gronk now officially retired, the Patriots get his replacement in Iowa product Noah Fant. Some will say he’s only a receiving tight end. Don’t believe them.