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The San Francisco 49ers are on the mock…

It is a little over five months until Roger Goodell declares the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville open.

The College regular season hasn’t finished yet, we don’t know who will contest the National Championship Game, and we’re not even close to the “underwear Olympics” that is the NFL Combine!

So it’s way too early for a mock draft, right? Wrong!

Ground Rules

Our draft order is based on nfl.com projected rankings as of week 11. We haven’t allowed trades other than those already completed prior to the NFL trade deadline. We’ve taken into account the biggest needs of each team as chosen by our NFL writing team. For each pick, there is a small info piece written by the reporter who made that selection, Oliver Hodgkinson (OH), George Somerville (GS) and Alex Chinery (AC).

2019 Ninety Nine Yards College Football Writers Mock Draft

With the boring bit out of the way, I officially declare the 2019 Ninety Nine Yards College Football Writers Mock Draft open!

The San Francisco 49ers are on the clock…

#1 San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State University

The Niners get the best player in the draft. As sure a pick as you can get, Bosa has the size and speed to make an instant impact in the Bay Area. (AC)

#2 Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson Tigers

With Nick Bosa off the board the Raiders address their post Mack pass rush need with Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell. The All-American makes an instant impact on the much maligned Raiders D. (OH)

#3 Arizona Cardinals: Ed Oliver, DT, University of Houston.

Knowing that Nick Bosa won’t be available by pick 3, the Cardinals cannot believe that Ed Oliver is passed over by Oakland. Aaron Donald 2.0 will be playing his football in the desert next season, instantly upgrading the Cardinals defensive line. (GS)

#4 New York Jets: Damien Harris, RB, University of Alabama

We don’t expect a running back to go this high in the draft but the Jets need to kick start their running game. Damien Harris has been used sparingly by Alabama this year as Saban, who has an embarrassment of riches at RB, has the luxury of keeping his star running back fresh for the games which mean most. Expect Harris to feature prominently in the SEC play off game. (GS)

#5 New York Giants: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia Mountaineers

In an ideal world the Giants would take a tackle here to protect whoever their future QB is. They need that QB now though and for me Will Grier is a better prospect than Justin Herbert. (OH)

#6 Jacksonville Jaguars: DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss Rebels

The Jaguars should wait until next year to draft a QB. The successor to Blake Bortles is not in this draft class. (AC)

#7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Deionte Thompson, S, University of Alabama

The Bucs secondary needs two things, playmakers and leaders. Thompson is both. (AC)

#8 Buffalo Bills: Quinnen Williams, DT, University of Alabama

The Bills land a defensive monster in Williams as they look to shore up a defence that has given up over 25 points per game. Comparisons to Aaron Donald will lesson the blow for Bills fans hoping to land a new target for Josh Allen. (OH)

#9 Cleveland Browns: Jonah Williams, OT, University of Alabama

If this is the how the dice rolls for the Browns, Williams is the perfect pick for Cleveland. Williams is a key part of an Alabama offensive line which is on pace to be only the fourth team since records began to average at least 8 yards per play over the course of the season. Much needed security for Baker Mayfield. (GS)

#10 Philadelphia Eagles: Greedy Williams, CB, Louisiana State University

Widely considered the number one corner back in the draft, Williams has been sensational at LSU this season. Securing Williams will provide some much needed assistance to an Eagles secondary that has surrendered far too much this season. (GS)

#11 Detroit Lions: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss Rebels

Matt Stafford got PAID in recent times. Here the Lions protect that investment with the best left tackle in the class, Greg Little. (OH)

#12 Atlanta Falcons: Raekwon Davis, DL, University of Alabama

This pick is a luxury pick for Atlanta who won’t let the memories of this seasons defensive injuries haunt them again. (AC)

#13 Denver Broncos: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Broncos secure their Aqib Talib replacement and go some way to rebuilding the no fly zone. (AC)

#14 Green Bay Packers: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky Wildcats

Packers are solid up the middle on defence. Here, one of the best defensive ends in college football falls to them. Allen can also play outside linebacker so the Packers get a dual threat game changer. (OH)

#15 Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson Tigers

Help us on defence cry the Indie Colts and help you shall get. Dexter Lawrence, one half of the Clemson “Fridge Package” will certainly help out on defence. When he is on his game, Lawrence is close to unblockable and might be the best disruptor on the board. And of course, the Fridge Package provides some novelty on offence too. (GS)

#16 Oakland Raiders: Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan Wolverines

We all know that The Raiders and Gruden are in full scale rebuild mode prior to their move to Sin City. And in this draft Gruden has the ability to completely overhaul his defence. Losing Khalil Mack can be overcome by two picks in the top 16 with Ferrell in the bag already and Gary, a truly exceptional pass rusher, following shortly after. (GS)

#17 Miami Dolphins: Devin White, LB, Louisiana State University

The Dolphins need a middle linebacker and in Devin White they get the best true linebacker available in the draft. LSU were a worse team without him when he missed their first quarter against Alabama. (OH)

#18 Tennessee Titans: Kevin Harmon,WR, North Carolina State

Harmon has been a star performer at NC State and is quickly rising up big boards. He would add another dimension to a titans offence that needs weapons. (AC)

#19 Seattle Seahawks: Jachai Polite DE University of Floria Gators

Seattle have sorted the offensive line, it’s time to rebuild a defence that struck fear into the league a few years ago. (AC)

#20 Cincinnati Bengals: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa Hawkeyes

With Tyler Eifert seemingly injured every season the Bengals look to Noah Fant. The tight end has 7 touchdowns so far on the season and was recruited as a defensive end so won’t be shy in the blocking game. (OH)

#21 Baltimore Ravens: Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan Wolverines

The Baltimore war room is crying out for help at Defensive end and this is a draft packed full of quality on the defensive side of the ball. Touted to go in last years draft, Winovich returned to Ann Arbor for his senior year which looks like paying off big time. (GS)

#22 Minnesota Vikings: Mack Wilson, LB, University of Alabama

At 6’2 and 215 pounds, Wilson is a game wrecker in the middle of the Alabama defence and adds to a Vikings D which, although highly rated, has struggled at times this season. (GS)

#23 Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State Bulldogs

With the best available corner back off the table, the Panthers land one of the best pass rushers in the SEC Montez Sweat. Like Josh Allen, he can also play outside line backers. (OH)

#24 Washington Redskins: Justin Herbert, QB, Oregon Ducks

After Alex Smith’s season and maybe career came to an abrupt end after a horrific leg injury this past weekend Washington needs to find their next Quarterback. (AC)

#25 Oakland Raiders: AJ Brown, WR, Ole Miss Rebels

After beefing up the defensive line, it’s time to add a weapon to replace Amari Cooper. Brown is a highlight reel receiver who can bring the fun back to football for the Raiders. (AC)

#26 San Diego Chargers: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson Tigers

With Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram wrecking o-lines and quarterbacks from defensive end, the Chargers add Clemson’s Christian Wilkins to put pressure up the middle. (OH)

#27 Houston Texans: Dre’mont Jones, DE, Ohio State University

The Houston Texans cause chaos in the remaining war rooms as they feel they cannot pass up on Ohio State’s key defensive star when many believe it is the offensive line which needs most work. Jones will be a nightmare for NFL quarterbacks and if the Texans can get Clowney, Watt and Jones fit and on the field at the same time they will be a weapon of mass destruction. (GS)

#28 New England Patriots: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia Bulldogs

With the Patriots in urgent need of help in the Secondary, Bill Belichick focuses his first round pick on a corner back. With Greedy Williams gone earlier in the round De’andre Baker is ranked #1 or #2 cornerback by most analysts and the Pats swoop in to secure quite possibly the best CB in the draft. (GS)

#29 Pittsburgh Steelers: Kris Boyd, CB, Texas Longhorns

With no top true linebacker left available, the Steelers instead address their defensive backfield need and turn to Kris Boyd. With a projected 4:40 in the 40 he could also star in the kick return game. (OH)

#30 Kansas City Cheifs: Bryce Hall, CB, Virginia Cavaliers

After trading away Marcus Peters last off-season, KC adds the a piece to this defense. A strong defense could help this team dominate for years to come. (AC)

#31 Green Bay Packers: David Edwards, OT, Wisconsin Badgers

Brian Bulaga is ageing on the right side of this line, give Rodgers a stable pocket (and a new head coach) and he will tear teams apart. (AC)

#32 Los Angeles Rams: Derrick Brown, DT, Auburn Tigers

Despite having Aaron Donald and one of the most feared defences in the NFL, the Rams add Auburn’s DT Derrick Brown as they look to build for the future rather than paying big money for veteran talent. (OH)

With that, the first mock draft of the year is in the books. As expected, it is highly defence lead first round reflecting a complete contrast to last years quarterback laden affair.

Check back in with us early next year when we’ll be upping our game to a three round draft.

 

photo credit: My Fantasy Sports Talk

Article written by:

Oliver Hodgkinson is a New England Patriots and Boston College fan who has followed the game since 2012. He covers all aspects of College Football and the AFC West. You can find him on Twitter at @ojhodgkinson

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