UPDATED – Freedman’s Final 2019 NFL Mock Draft: Giants Trade Up for Duke’s Daniel Jones
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- It's finally Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, which kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on ABC from Nashville.
- Matthew Freedman breaks down each pick in his final mock draft for Round 1.
The 2019 NFL draft is finally here, and I could not be more excited. We’ve produced a lot of content for this event over the past couple of weeks, and it all culminates with this: My final mock draft.
Here’s the seven-round schedule for the next three days.
- Thursday, 8 p.m. ET: Round 1
- Friday, 7 p.m. ET: Rounds 2-3
- Saturday, noon ET: Rounds 4-7
Please note that, although this is my final mock, I might update this piece throughout the day.
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2019 NFL Mock Draft
UPDATE (7:30 p.m. ET): I have made a few final changes, which are not represented in the blurbs below. Here is my final Round 1 mock.
1. Arizona Cardinals
Kyler Murray (Oklahoma), Quarterback
- Height: 5’10” | Weight: 207 pounds
- 2019 Age: 22 | Class: Redshirt Junior
I’m very much expecting Murray to go No. 1 overall. We have been bullish on him for months.
- Jan. 11: Murray to be a Round 1 pick, etc.
- Jan. 14: Murray to throw an NFL pass before recording an MLB hit
- Feb. 13: Murray to be No. 1 overall pick, etc.
- Mar. 4: Murray to be a top-two pick
I’m not about to back off of him now.
ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper reportedly gives Murray a 99.9% chance to go No. 1.
Is Kiper perhaps a little too confident in his projection? Maybe — but Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury has been recruiting Murray since he was a sophomore in high school. They reportedly have a very tight connection, and Murray’s style of play makes him a perfect fit for Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense.
Entering the combine, there were doubts about Murray’s size, but he measured in with a Russell Wilson-esque physique and has since seen his draft stock soar. Although just last summer he was selected with a top-10 pick in the MLB draft and was expected to play baseball professionally after the 2018 season, he’s widely regarded as the No. 1 quarterback in this draft class.
Last year, the Heisman Trophy winner led the nation with his 13.0 adjusted yards per pass attempt last season, and he flashed elite athleticism in running for 1,001 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Before Kingsbury was hired, he said that he thought Murray was worthy of the No. 1 pick, and Baker Mayfield’s rookie success suggests that an undersized, spread-system quarterback can play at a high level in the NFL.
It’s not ideal for the Cardinals to select quarterbacks in the top 10 for two years in a row, but they should be able to offload Josh Rosen.
Recently, there have been rumors that the Cardinals aren’t 100% sold on Murray and that he might slide out of the top spot. I’m not buying the noise. Teams without a viable quarterback struggle in the NFL, and Murray looks like an upgrade on Rosen.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Nick Bosa (Ohio State), Edge
- Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 266 pounds
- 40-yard dash: 4.79 seconds
- 2019 Age: 22 | Class: Junior
The 49ers have needs all over the roster, so they might look to trade down, but Bosa will likely be the pick. Just two months ago, Bosa was the frontrunner for the No. 1 pick at -200 odds.
He’s a pro-ready prospect with the athleticism and skill set to be an All-Pro pass-rusher within a few seasons. In every recent reputable mock I’ve surveyed, Bosa has gone to the 49ers.