NFL Mock Draft: Baltimore Ravens get an exciting pass rusher
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Quinnen Williams, Defensive Line, Alabama (R)
Williams “fall” stops at fifth overall to the Tanpa Bay Buccaneers. Despite the team’s investment in Vita Vea in 2018, Williams is a fra more versatile and explosive piece for the Buccaneers defensive line. Switching to a 3-4 defense always takes some adjusting, but Williams is dynamic enough to make a seamless transition. Should the team cut Gerald McCoy, Williams is a perfect replacement. Even down the road as McCoy gets older, Williams is the future on the Buccaneers defensive line.
6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat – Edge Rusher, Mississippi State (C)
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The Giants could draft Dwayne Haskins here, but it’s not a given. They need to rebuild the team especially on the defensive side of the football. The difference makers for the Giants have often been pass rushers (Lawrence Taylor, Justin Tuck, Jason Pierre-Paul just to name a few). Sweat is a freak athlete with all the measurables that make a top 10 pick in the NFL Draft. Sweat has game changing talent and the Giants defense just got better.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Ed Oliver, Defensive Line, Houston (R)
Oliver is the no.1 overall player on my board, and the Jacksonville Jaguars will swoop right in and make the steal of the draft. The Jaguars would’ve been top candidates to draft a quarterback if they hadn’t signed Nick Foles, but since they did, they can approach the 20919 NFL Draft with a “best player available” mentality. The team moved on from Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson this offseason, making Oliver a need while also being a luxury pick. On a defensive line that is aging fast, Oliver brings youth and upside to an already championship worthy defense.
8. Detroit Lions – Jonah Williams, Offensive Tackle, Alabama (C)
The Lions offensive line has been a work in progress for a while. Jonah Williams is the best tackle in this draft class even if the measurables aren’t prototypical. This is perfect value for the Lions as Williams is the eighth player on my board. Williams has the best footwork of any tackle prospect in this draft and he can play guard as well. The Lions have found a foundation building player.