It feels like the momentum is all in favor of the ultra-talented playmaker taking his talents to the desert to pair with the alchemist known as new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and his high-scoring offensive scheme.
While he will be announced as a defensive end on draft day, I fully expect this expert technician with a motor that redlines to do his share of damage as an inside rusher next to DeForest Buckner in sub packages.
Joy in Raider Land! The team makeover continues with this force from 'Bama who will help set a new and more forceful tone for this defense.
Will the Giants take a QB here?! It's certainly possible, but Gary, who can also slide inside to defend the run and put pressure on the passer, is the selection here.
I know John Elway recently said that trade acquisition Joe Flacco is not a stopgap at QB -- in fact, he said he thinks Flacco is entering his prime -- but when I watch Lock play, I see elements of what made Elway so incredible during his playing career. Perhaps Elway sees it, too.
Operation OL continues for the Falcons, and they will be very pleased to add this serious-minded All-America offensive tackle who might ultimately be best utilized inside at guard.
This is another spot where a QB discussion will take place, but after Washington added big men to the D-line in recent years (Jonathan Allen/Daron Payne), OLB Ryan Kerrigan will be excited to get another edge rusher in the mix.
Head coach Mike Zimmer has made no bones about it: He wants to run the football more frequently in 2019. The best blocking TE in the draft will help in a big way, and he can catch the ball well, too.
My favorite CB in the draft. I enjoy watching his cover skills and willingness to tackle on tape. I believe he has tremendous instincts, too.
School: Mississippi | Year: Sophomore (RS)
Russell Wilson has a pair of dynamic "water bugs" to throw to in Doug Baldwin coming off an offseason of surgeries and Tyler Lockett. How about adding what my colleague Daniel Jeremiah refers to as the "the human Batman suit" outside the numbers?
HOLLYWOOD! I know head coach John Harbaugh recently said he wanted WRs that are "rough and tough," but he will happily welcome Brown, who'll put the ball in the end zone for him after QB Lamar Jackson, and the run game, occupy the defense's attention.
O-line is a definite need here, and this Sooner offers versatility in that he can play tackle or guard. Many believe moving inside will be best for him.
DT Denico Autry played the best football of his career in the second half of 2018. He will be excited to add the huge frame of Lawrence to the DL room. Plus, the Colts have to be prepared for the run-heavy teams/big backs in the AFC South ( Derrick Henry in Tennessee, Leonard Fournette in Jacksonville, Lamar Miller/ D'Onta Foreman in Houston).
One of the most competitive CBs on tape when the ball is in the air. He always demanded to cover the opposition's WR1 at UGA. Oakland will welcome that type of passion and gritty play in a defense that needs an infusion of both.
My first instinct was to put Washington safety Taylor Rapp here. I absolutely love him and might even end up regretting that I took him out of this mock, but the 40 time at his pro day may scare some teams off, even though I think his game translates to the next level. A couple other possibilities for this pick are a right tackle or defensive tackle, but ultimately, the Chargers go with a tough corner who will continue to fortify the secondary.
Tremendous blend of size, speed and length with good ball skills. He will be counted on to start from the moment his name is called in Nashville.
The Packers went big for WRs in the 2018 draft (selected three on Day 3) and got better play as the year unfolded from two of them ( Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown). TE will be a consideration here, but they have a lot of bodies on the roster at the position, and I expect Robert Tonyan to take a big step forward. A strong slot WR to replace Randall Cobb will make QB Aaron Rodgers happy.
If he hadn't torn his ACL in February, I doubt he gets out of the top 10. With Ndamukong Suh likely leaving, another partner on the interior for All-World DT Aaron Donald is chosen. The Rams will be happy to wait a bit for him to be 100 percent before turning him loose.
Yes, Gronk has left the building, and the TE position looks particularly bereft for the Patriots, but when has New England done exactly as predicted? The O-line gets great help with Risner, who can plug in and play well from Day 1. He played center, guard and tackle at K-State, and I love his overall backstory/makeup/consistently excellent play.