NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens get an exciting pass rusher
Happy April Mocks Day. Instead of clever jokes we’re using the first day of April to do mock drafts! So on a day where things you hear are never going to happen, this should fit right in:
Richard Bradshaw and I teamed up to do a mock draft of the 1st round. I took the North and East divisions. This means I got to pick for the Ravens, but it also meant I had to pick for their rivals. Richard took the South and West divisions. In a mock draft you have to decide if you’re predicting the picks or staying true to your board. In this mock draft, Richard and I did a little bit of both. It starts off with Richard making the first pick for the Arizona Cardinals. Picks made by Richard have a (R) by them. Picks made by myself (Chris Schisler) have a (C) by them.
1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma (R)
Whether or not you agree with the pick, it seems extremely likely that this scenario plays out on draft night. The Cardinals need a quarterback who can effectively run new Head Coach Kliff Kingsbury’s offense. while Josh Rosen could maybe become that guy, Murray seems more like an immediate fit for that kind of offense.
2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, Edge Rusher, Ohio State (R)
If the Cardinals do end up deciding to pull the trigger on Kyler Murray, the 49ers would be thrilled to see arguably the 2019 NFL Draft’s top prospect fall onto their laps. Bosa, like his brother Joey, is a well-developed and day one starter in any defensive scheme. As a rookie, Bosa could be a double- digit sack guy, and is finally the edge rusher the team has been desperately searching for.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, Edge Rusher, Kentucky (C)
Josh Allen is a perfect fit for the New York Jets. I actually have him as the fifth best player on the board, but with the third pick Allen gives the Jets what they wanted when they tried to sign Anthony Barr. Allen has incredible potential as an edge rusher and is a perfect fit for the Jets defense because he can play any of the linebacker spots. Allen is what the Jets need the most.
4. Oakland Raiders – Devin White, Linebacker, LSU (R)
Surprised to see someone other than Quinnen Williams here? Don’t be too astonished, as the 2019 NFL Draft possesses plenty of depth on the defensive line. The linebacker spot, however, is extremely thin. Thankfully, White is worthy of this high of a selection. White is insanely fast and instinctive with an alpha-dog mentality. The Raiders haven’t had a talent at linebacker like White in decades, and he would immediately give this washed up defense some validity.