Freedman: 2019 NFL Mock Draft, Round 1


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Feb 05, 2019, 09:45 PM EST
  • With the Super Bowl in the books, its time to look ahead to the 2019 NFL Draft.
  • Matthew Freedman breaks down his Round 1 mock draft and details when quarterbacks will start coming off the board.

The 2018 NFL season is officially over, so now it’s time to start looking at the incoming rookies and release the first Action Network mock draft.

With the scouting combine (Feb. 26), we’ll get a lot of information that could change our perception of many players, but as of now this mock draft represents how we imagine the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft could unfold.

This mock draft is primarily predictive but also a tad prescriptive. We’ve taken our best shot at anticipating which players teams will draft based on their various needs, but we also know that not all teams construct rosters in an optimal manner.

While the first round of the draft is likely to see several trades, we haven’t built any trades into this mock draft. Given that we’re still almost full three months away from the event, trades are just too uncertain and difficult to project accurately.

We’ll regularly update our first-round mock draft throughout the offseason as the combine and free agency give us a more defined sense of the rookie class and NFL team needs.

2019 NFL Mock Draft, Round 1

1. Arizona Cardinals

Nick Bosa (Ohio State), Edge

  • Class: Junior
  • Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 263 pounds
  • 2019 Age: 22

Bosa is considered by many draftniks to be the No. 1 prospect in the class. The Cardinals have needs up and down the roster and are in no position to bypass the most talented player on the board. Ian Hartitz and I discussed Bosa and a few of the other top-five draft prospects on The Action Network NFL Podcast.

2. San Francisco 49ers

Josh Allen (Kentucky), Edge

  • Class: Senior
  • Height: 6’5″ | Weight: 260 pounds
  • 2019 Age: 22

Another year, another guy named “Josh Allen”  selected near the top of the draft. Allen drastically improved his stock in 2018. It’s hard to find a mock draft in which the Bednarik Award winner is not a top-four selection.

3. New York Jets

Quinnen Williams (Alabama), Defensive Tackle

  • Class: Redshirt Sophomore
  • Height: 6’4″ | Weight: 295 pounds
  • 2019 Age: 22

Williams might be the best pure player in the draft, and the Jets have needs on the defensive line. Williams led the nation in 2018 with his 96.0 overall Pro Football Focus grade, and he led all linemen in defensive stops and quarterback pressures.

4. Oakland Raiders