It’s Draft Night! Teams have been preparing for months on who will be selected to make their team better. On top of that, many Draft experts have released their final mock drafts today so I decided to join the fun.

Here is my projection for the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Note here is that I did not project any trades but that could obviously happen tonight.

1. Arizona Cardinals

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  • Selection: Kyler Murray
  • Position: QB
  • School: Oklahoma

Despite debates on whether the Cardinals go defense in either Nick Bosa or Quinnen Williams and the Josh Rosen situation, I believe Arizona will stick with their plan and take the Heisman winner Kyler Murray. With a new coaching staff, they prefer bringing in their own guy to be the signal-caller. The question now is will they move Rosen on draft night.

2. San Francisco 49ers

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  • Selection: Nick Bosa
  • Position: DE
  • School: Ohio State

The 49ers have a good defensive line with the acquisition of Dee Ford as well as DeForest Buckner. Bosa is a dynamic edge-rusher that will give offenses nightmares to plan against.

3. New York Jets

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  • Selection: Josh Allen
  • Position: DE/LB
  • School: Kentucky

New York could very well trade out of the number three spot to stockpile picks. If they choose to keep it, I think they go with Allen here. The Jets have a huge need in a pass rusher and will be an immediate starter for them.

4. Oakland Raiders

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  • Selection: Quinnen Williams
  • Position: DT
  • School: Alabama

The Raiders want to rebuild fast and Williams is arguably one of the best defensive linemen in a defensive heavy draft class. Williams had exceptional size and explosiveness Oakland needs desperately on the defensive side of the ball.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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  • Selection: Jawaan Taylor
  • Position: OT
  • School: Florida

The Bucs’ need help on the offensive line and could use a guy like Taylor to block for Jameis Winston

6. New York Giants

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  • Selection: Ed Oliver
  • Position: DT
  • School: Houston

I had the Giants going quarterback here but they need help on defense. At one point, Oliver was considered to be the first selection. He may be undersized at the defensive tackle position but can get to the quarterback with ease.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

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  • Selection: T.J. Hockenson
  • Position: TE
  • School: Iowa

Jacksonville needs help on the offense, especially at the tight end spot. Hockenson is a great run blocker and is a reliable target with new QB Nick Foles in the passing game.

8. Detroit Lions

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  • Selection: Devin White
  • Position: LB
  • School: LSU

Detroit has needs all over the defense and can start that rebuild with Devin White. His high-motor, sideline-to-sideline speed can make him one of the best young linebackers in the NFL.

9. Buffalo Bills

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  • Selection: Jonah Williams
  • Position: G
  • School: Alabama

Buffalo wants to protect their star QB in Josh Allen and Williams fits the need for them. He can also help them in the running game.

10. Denver Broncos

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  • Selection: Devin Bush
  • Position: LB
  • School: Michigan

New Broncos head coach Vic Fangio is a defensive-minded coach, so bringing in a guy like Bush can be a good starting point in the Vangio era.

11. Cincinnati Bengals

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  • Selection: Dwayne Haskins
  • Position: QB
  • School: Ohio State

Andy Dalton is not the answer for the Bengals. It might be a reach for them, given that they have a lot of other needs on the field. Haskins can bring the offense the spark that they desperately need.

12. Green Bay Packers

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  • Selection: Marquise Brown
  • Position: WR
  • School: Oklahoma

Want to keep Aaron Rodgers happy? Give him a top WR prospect in Brown. The Packers need a deep threat option and can form a nice duo with Davante Adams.

13. Miami Dolphins

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  • Selection: Christian Wilkins
  • Position: DT
  • School: Clemson

A QB would be an option here but I would not surprised if Miami waits until next year to find their franchise quarterback. For now, they should draft a defensive lineman like Wilkins to give them star power on the defense.

14. Atlanta Falcons

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  • Selection: Andre Dillard
  • Position: OT
  • School: Washington State

Getting a quality blocker for Matt Ryan should be a priority here. Put him at either tackle and give Ryan a stable starter for the remainder of his career.

15. Washington Redskins

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  • Selection: Daniel Jones
  • Position: QB
  • School: Duke

They have Case Keenum at QB right now but he is not the long term answer. They could move up to secure their franchise QB.

16. Carolina Panthers

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  • Selection: Brian Burns
  • Position: DE
  • School: Florida State

Carolina needs a replacement for Julius Peppers, who retired this past offseason. Burns gives the Panthers a reliable player to get to the QB for all three downs.

17. New York Giants

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  • Selection: Drew Lock
  • Position: QB
  • School: Missouri

Eli isn’t getting any younger. Who knows how much he has left in the tank. They should draft a QB now and start preparing for the future.

18. Minnesota Vikings

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  • Selection: Garrett Bradbury
  • Position: C
  • School: N.C. State

They need to protect last year’s free-agent prize in Kirk Cousins. The Vikings had struggled on the offensive line and Bradbury will be a nice start for them.

19. Tennessee Titans

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  • Selection: Montez Sweat
  • Position: DE
  • School: Mississippi State

The Titans could go offense here and give Marcus Mariota an option on the offense, but the defensive line is a huge need here. Sweat gives Tennessee a nice option to get to the quarterback.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

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  • Selection: Rock Ya-Sin
  • Position: CB
  • School: Temple

The Steelers have a huge need at the corner position opposite Joe Haden. Ya-Sin is a safe option for them in the secondary.

21. Seattle Seahawks

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  • Selection: Rashan Gary
  • Position: DE
  • School: Michigan

Seattle recently traded away Frank Clark. From the looks of it now, they are looking for a young cheap option at pass rusher and Gary is a good fit for them.

22. Baltimore Ravens

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  • Selection: D.K. Metcalf
  • Position: WR
  • School: Ole Miss

The Ravens could go offensive line here to protect Lamar Jackson. They are also in need of a top wide receiver. Baltimore has a bad history of drafting WRs in the first round (Mark Clayton and Breshad Perriman) but Metcalf has the size to be a star in the Ravens offense.

23. Houston Texans

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  • Selection: Cody Ford
  • Position: OT
  • School: Oklahoma

Houston has a huge need on the offensive line and needs to protect DeShaun Watson. They could easily trade up to secure their chance to land a top prospect. Ford would be a reliable blocker for years to come.

24. Oakland Raiders

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  • Selection: Josh Jacobs
  • Position: RB
  • School: Alabama

Even if they had Marshawn Lynch, the Raiders need a top running back. Now with Lynch retired, it is more than likely they’ll take the top RB in Jacobs with their second or third first-round picks.

25. Philadelphia Eagles

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  • Selection: Taylor Rapp
  • Position: S
  • School: Washington

Philadelphia does not have a lot of huge needs but they should consider an eventual replacement for Malcolm Jenkins. Rapp is a hard-hitting safety that could fill that need.

26. Indianapolis Colts

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  • Selection: Greedy Williams
  • Position: CB
  • School: LSU

The Colts need help on all three levels of defense. Williams would no doubt be an upgrade for them at secondary, especially when they go up against DeAndre Hopkins, for example, twice a year.

27. Oakland Raiders

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  • Selection: Noah Fant
  • Position: TE
  • School: Iowa

Fant might be drafted a lot higher but would be a perfect fit in Oakland. As stated earlier, the Raiders want to rebuild fast and Fant would be a great target for Derek Carr. Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, and potentially Fant? Carr could have some fun here.

28. Los Angeles Chargers

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  • Selection: Jeffery Simmons
  • Position: DT
  • School: Mississippi State

The Chargers don’t have a lot of glaring needs and could look at Phillip Rivers’s replacement in the future. Simmons was considered to be drafted higher if he hadn’t torn his ACL back in January. Simmons might not play right away but when healthy, could be a huge boost on the defensive line.

29. Seattle Seahawks

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  • Selection: Johnathan Abram
  • Position: S
  • School: Mississippi State

Seattle recently traded away Frank Clark to the Chiefs for this selection. They need an ideal replacement for Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas. Abram would fit that mold in Seattle’s new defense.

30. Green Bay Packers

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  • Selection: Kaleb McGary
  • Position: OT
  • School: NC State

Like the Brown pick earlier, the Packers want to keep Rodgers happy. Bryan Bulaga isn’t getting any younger and could go tackle here to replace him and give Rodgers some protection.

31. Los Angeles Rams

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  • Selection: Elgton Jenkins
  • Position: C
  • School: Mississippi State

The Rams only need here is the offensive line. John Sullivan struggled a bit last season and Jenkins could be an upgrade for Jared Goff.

32. New England Patriots

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  • Selection: A.J. Brown
  • Position: WR
  • School: Ole Miss

The Patriots could trade out of the first round, which is common for them. They should look at wide receiver early to give Tom Brady another weapon on the offensive side.

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