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This is a combo mock draft of all the 2018 and 2019 prospects. Leading up the 2019 NFL Draft, the consensus was that this class wasn't a very good one, so how would it stack up to the prospects in 2018? How would the draft have gone if all the players were available? Here's the mock, and before you read it, keep two things in mind: 1) The 2018 prospects don't have their rookie campaigns taken into account; otherwise, someone like Darius Leonard would be a top-10 pick. 2) The 2018 players were removed from each team's roster for needs purposes.
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2018-2019 NFL Combo Mock Draft: Picks 1-16
New York Giants: Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame
The Giants didn't address their need for a right tackle in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I imagine that wouldn't have been the case if someone ridiculously talented at the position like Mike McGlinchey dropped to them.
Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama
The Vikings were happy to select Garrett Bradbury at this spot, but it sounded like they were hoping Jonah Williams would fall to them. Either way, the Vikings would be happy with a big upgrade in the interior of their offensive line.
Tennessee Titans: Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia
The Titans used their 2018 first-round pick on inside linebacker Rashaan Evans, so they would obviously be interested in someone at the position. This is their opportunity to obtain someone even better than Evans.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
The Steelers loved Devin Bush so much that they moved up 10 spots for him. Pittsburgh seldom makes a move up in the draft, so that's how important it was for them to secure Bush. He has to be the pick here, and I have to believe Pittsburgh would be happy not surrender any resources for him!
Seattle Seahawks: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
I'm often thoroughly confused by Seattle's draft board, but what I do know is that the team has a huge hole at tight end. The Seahawks could obtain top-10 tight end T.J. Hockenson at No. 21, which would provide solid value.
Baltimore Ravens: Clelin Ferrell, DE/OLB, Clemson
I get the sense the Ravens were hoping Clelin Ferrell would fall to them, which would explain the trade down. The Ravens need an edge rusher in the wake of the Terrell Suggs and Za'Darius Smith departures, and Ferrell is the sort of rock-solid prospect they typically like.
Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
The Texans were so distraught that the Eagles traded ahead of them for Andre Dillard that they panicked and selected a Round 2-3 prospect at No. 23 overall. Here's their fake chance to make amends for that blunder. Of course, it would be nice for Houston to re-hire all of the talented personnel men it fired as a resut of Bill O'Brien just wanting "yes men," but that's not realistic.
Oakland Raiders: Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA
The Raiders spent a pick earlier than this on Kolton Miller. That was deemed a reach, but I don't see why the Raiders would suddenly sour on their current blind-side protector. Miller struggled as a whole as a rookie, but did well prior to suffering an injury before the London game.
Philadelphia Eagles: Vita Vea, NT, Washington
Dexter Lawrence would've been in consideration had he been available for the Eagles' pick, though I'm not sure if he would've been the pick over Andre Dillard. Vita Vea was a better prospect than Lawrence, so he makes sense for Philadelphia in the combo mock draft.
Indianapolis Colts: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Colts have plenty of options here, including linebacker because they wouldn't have Darius Leonard in this scenario. However, I feel like the best prospect available who fills a need is Christian Wilkins, who would provide a much-needed pass rush for Indianapolis.
Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
The Raiders love Josh Jacobs, so I think it would make sense for him to remain their pick, albeit at No. 27 instead of No. 24. What great value!
Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James, S, Florida State
Derwin James fell to the Chargers at No. 17 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here, he drops to them at the 28th pick. I still don't understand why James fell in the first place, but given that he did, it's reasonable to expect him to suffer the same fate again.
Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davenport, DE, Texas-San Antonio
Marcus Davenport is an elite athlete who would fill a huge need for the Seahawks in the wake of the Frank Clark trade. The Saints thought so highly of him that they traded the next pick in the 2019 NFL Draft for him, so I don't see why Seattle wouldn't take him at No. 29 overall.
Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE/DT, Michigan
This would either Rashan Gary or Jaire Alexander for obvious reasons. Gary and Alexander were the 12th and 18th picks of their respective drafts, so I'm more inclined to lean toward the former.
Los Angeles Rams: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville
The Rams had issues at cornerback last year, but weren't exactly in a position to address that need in the 2019 NFL Draft. With better corners available, I imagine Los Angeles would fill one of its greatest holes.
New England Patriots: Leighton Vander Esch, LB, Boise State
The Patriots have needed linebacker help next to Dont'a Hightower for quite some time. I'm sure they would've loved to obtain Leighton Vander Esch, but he was chosen slightly earlier than their pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
As it turns out, there were 16 prospects chosen from each draft. I didn't set it up that way, but that's just how it happened. I imagine that my 2019-20 mock draft will lean heavily toward next year's prospects, as the 2020 class is seen as far superior. Check out my 2020 NFL Mock Draft for more.
Here are some first-rounders from the past two years who just missed the cut:
Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State
Brian Burns, DE/OLB, Florida State
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech
Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville
Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
Billy Price, C/G, Ohio State
Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas
Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA (couldn't find a spot for him)
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