With the 2018 regular season in the books and 2019 now here, Niner Noise dishes out a full two-round mock NFL Draft in celebration of New Year’s Day. Who does your team grab in Rounds 1 and 2?
It’s official. The Arizona Cardinals will own the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, followed by the San Francisco 49ers, New York Jets and Oakland Raiders at Nos. 2 through 4, respectively.
Each one of these teams could use a lot of help at a variety of positions this offseason. Fortunately, each squad has an established quarterback in place. Well, maybe not the Raiders, but that depends on what they decide to do with embattled signal-caller Derek Carr. If he’s safe, they and the other four top-drafting teams won’t have to worry about a thin quarterback draft class.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert electing to stay his senior season in college changes things a lot, especially for likely quarterback-hungry teams like the New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, who’ll now likely scramble for other options.
For those teams needing defensive help, however, this 2019 class is laden with talent. Especially in the pass rush.
So, with New Year’s Day here and everyone trying to shake off the proverbial Jan. 1 bends, Niner Noise would like to bring in this special start with yet another two-round mock draft for your reading and disagreeing pleasures.
Starting off with those Cardinals, who are now officially on the clock.
Head coach Steve Wilks is out in Arizona, and an uncertain fate could await general manager Steve Keim, too.
That said, having the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft should make for a simple decision — grab the best overall player, period.
In this case, it’s an easy choice. The draft’s best player is EDGE Nick Bosa of Ohio State.
Sure, he sat out the second half of 2018 with an abdominal injury, but that hasn’t changed him being the consensus top player. While the Cardinals defense isn’t the top concern, and grabbing either playmaking weapons or upfront protection for quarterback Josh Rosen is a must, Arizona simply can’t pass up on this golden opportunity to grab a perennial Pro Bowl pass-rusher who could immediately turn a good defense into an elite unit.