Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
Last update: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. Round 1 added.
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The Bills could use some young difference-makers on their defensive line.
Williams has been a breakout player for Alabama this year. Raekwon Davis and Isaiah Buggs received more preseason hype, but Williams has been the most consistent play-maker and disruptor on the Crimson Tide's defensive line. In 2018, Williams has 15 tackles with four tackles for a loss and one pass batted. He has caused more disruption than the numbers indicate.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-Tre Smith, OT
2.Houston Texans:Tre Smith, OT, Tennessee
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Nick Bosa, DE
Here is a blocker to protect Deshaun Watson.
Quenton Nelson was the top offensive lineman in college football in 2017, but the second-best guard in the nation could have been Smith. Considering there were other good guards, like Will Hernandez and Braden Smith, who were second-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft, that is really saying something for how Smith played in 2017. The freshman was a steady pass protector and a bull in the ground game.
The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Smith dominated at the point of attack and was extremely impressive when taking on Alabama. He looks like he is just scratching the surface of his upside to be even better with more experience. Smith played guard and left tackle for the Volunteers as a freshman. He's now their starting left tackle, and he could end up being a franchise left tackle prospect.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-Jonathan Taylor, RB
3.New York Jets:A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Zach Allen, DE
The Jets grab an end to go with Leonard Williams.
Epenesa has been excellent for Iowa this season, recording four sacks, two forced fumbles and 13 tackles so far. The 6-foot-5, 277-pounder is a thick, physical and athletic defensive end who flashed pass-rush ability during an impressive freshman season for the Hawkeyes. In 2017, Epenesa totaled 4.5 sacks, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 15 tackles and one forced fumble. He looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential.
The Cardinals grab a successor to Larry Fitzgerald and get a long-term No. 1 wide receiver for Josh Rosen.
In 2018, Jeudy has 17 receptions for 365 yards and six touchdowns. NFL scouts who were attending Alabama's practices last fall told me that Jeudy (6-1, 192) was the next great Crimson Tide receiver to keep the tradition going under Nick Saban that has seen elite receivers like Julio Jones, Amari Cooper and Calvin Ridley dominate the competition. As a freshman, Jeudy totaled 14 receptions for 264 yards and two touchdowns. He was just scratching the surface last season and could become a star as a sophomore or junior.
Tyron Smith wasn't the same player in 2017. If he doesn't turn things around, Dallas could be looking for a new left tackle by the 2020 NFL Draft.
Thomas (6-5, 320) was very impressive at right tackle as a true freshman, starting there all season and helping the Bulldogs produce a dominant rushing attack. He also flashed impressive athleticism and length in pass protection. With Isaiah Wynn moving on to the NFL, Thomas is being projected to move to left tackle for Georgia. Some NFL advance scouts told me that Thomas jumped out at them when watching practice and tape. They think he has the potential to be an early-rounder in his draft class.
6.Cincinnati Bengals:Jake Fromm, QB, Georgia
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Greg Little, OT
Unless the Bengals make a turn around over the next year or two, they could be ready to start over and look for an upgrade over Andy Dalton.
Fromm has completed 73 percent of his passes in 2018 for 739 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. Because of an injury, Fromm (6-2, 220) was pressed into the starting lineup as a freshman, but he led Georgia all the way to the National Championship. Fromm was an excellent game-manager, making some clutch throws while protecting the football to allow his potent rushing attack and superb defense to control games. In 2017, Fromm completed 62.2 percent of his passes for 2,615 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He could be even better now that he has more experience.
The Giants take a tackle who could start out on the right side and eventually move to the left side to replace Nate Solder.
Little was impressive as a freshman starter at left tackle for Stanford. The 6-foot-7, 304-pounder did an effective job in run blocking and helped Bryce Love to a huge season. Little is off to a good start as a sophomore.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-Isaiahh Loudermilk, DT
8.Baltimore Ravens:Tarik Black, WR, Michigan
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Chase Winovich, DE
The Ravens will need to draft some receiving weapons for Lamar Jackson.
In 2018, Black has 11 receptions for 149 yards and a touchdown. Black flashed big-time ability early in his freshman year, when he had 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown across three games. A foot injury then ended his season early. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has a good combination of size and speed. Black could end up being a star as a sophomore or junior.
The Colts grab a feature back to help Andrew Luck.
Harris has averaged 6.5 yards per carry in 2018 for 246 yards with three touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder was a star recruit coming out of high school, and as a freshman, he flashed a tremendous skill set with size, power and speed. He averaged 6.1 yards per carry last season for 370 yards with three touchdowns. Alabama didn't give him a lot of carries because of more experienced players ahead of him, like Damien Harris and Bo Scarbrough. By the time of the 2020 NFL Draft, Harris probably will establish himself as an elite runner given his superb physical talent.
Adam Gase may want to move on from Ryan Tannehill if Tannehill can't lead Miami deep into the playoffs over the next two years.
Tagovailoa (6-1, 218) has a powerful arm that can make any throw required in the NFL. After his heroic effort to win the National Championship last year for Alabama, Tagovailoa has been even better as a sophomore, completing 73 percent of his passes for 1,033 yards with 12 touchdowns and zero interceptions. He also is a good athlete with some running ability.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-J.K. Dobbins, RB
11.Oakland Raiders:C.J. Henderson, CB, Florida
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Ed Oliver, DT and Deionte Thompson, S
The Raiders grab a cornerback to pair with Gareon Conley.
In 2018, Henderson has 13 tackles with one sack, two passes broken up, and one interception.
He was really impressive as a freshman, demonstrating excellent coverage and ball skills. Henderson totaled four interceptions with four passes broken up and 22 tackles for the season.
Henderson has excellent size to go along with speed and cover skills. Now that he has a year of experience, he could be even better. Henderson has a ton of upside and could be one of the top cornerbacks across college football in 2018 and 2019.
The Browns grab another weapon for Baker Mayfield.
Ridley has 13 receptions for 169 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder came on strong for Georgia last season and had an impressive game against Alabama with six receptions for 82 yards. His production was hurt by Georgia's three-headed monster in the ground game, but Ridley is capable of producing a lot more as an upperclassman.
By the time of the 2020 NFL Draft, it will have been 10 years in for Gerald McCoy. Here is a tackle to go with Vita Vea, and creating a three-man rotation to deal with the Tampa heat could extend McCoy's career.
Ghaifan has 15 tackles with three for a loss, one sack and one pass batted in 2018. He had a productive 2017 season, totaling 69 tackles with 15.5 tackles for a loss, seven sacks and two forced fumbles. The redshirt sophomore was a good complement to Carl Granderson that season. Ghaifan's weight has fluctuated, but he should settle in the 280-300-pound range to be a disruptive tackle on the inside as a pro.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-A.J. Epenesa, DE
14.Seattle Seahawks:Khaleke Hudson, S, Michigan
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Jeff Simmons, DT
Kam Chancellor is gone and Earl Thomas is next. Here's a replacement defensive back.
Hudson has 13 tackles so far this year. After serving as a backup during his freshman campaign, Hudson broke out in 2017. The first-year starter totaled 83 tackles with 18.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, nine passes broken up and two interceptions. Hudson (6-0, 205) is an excellent blitzer with the upside to develop more coverage skills. He will be an interesting prospect to watch and has the potential to rise.
15.San Francisco 49ers:J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Montez Sweat, DE
Matt Breida is a nice rotational player, but Jerick McKinnon could end up being a disappointment.
Therefor, the 49ers could target a No. 1 running back for Kyle Shanahan's offense in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Dobbins has averaged 5.8 yards per carry this season for 323 yards with two touchdowns. In 2017, Mike Weber was supposed to be the next star running back at Ohio State, but an injury slowed him down to start the season. The Buckeyes turned to Dobbins and never looked back, because the freshman dominated the competition. He averaged 7.2 yards per carry in 2017 for 1,403 yards with seven touchdowns. He also had 22 receptions for 135 yards and a touchdown. Dobbins has a fast first-step and is a danger to break off long runs on any carry.
Previous Mock Selections: 8/31-Ahmmon Richards, WR
16.Detroit Lions:Marquez Callaway, WR, Tennessee
2019 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 9/28): Clelin Ferrell, DE
The Lions could use a true No. 1 receiver.
Callaway has 14 receptions for 210 yards in 2018. In 2017, he caught 25 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder flashed a lot of ability as a freshman and looked like he was just scratching the surface of his potential.