Despite the hype surrounding the top ten, there are some great value picks available at the bottom of the first round.  

On Tuesday, Sports Illustrated released a new NFL mock draft. Like most mock drafts, defense rules the top of the first round; however, they also projected that three quarterbacks would wind up in the top ten as well. The mock draft top ten is as follows: 

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State 
  1. San Francisco 49ers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama 
  1. New York Jets: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan 
  1. Oakland Raiders: Josh Allen, OLB/DE, Kentucky 
  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama 
  1. New York GIants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State 
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke 
  1. Detroit Lions: Devin White, LB, LSU 
  1. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston 
  1. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri 

It should also be noted that Kyler Murray, the player with all the conversation surrounding him and his flirtation with the MLB’s Oakland A’s, is projected to go #27 to the Raiders, which would be their third pick of the first round. The Raiders also have the #24 pick (In exchange for Khalil Mack), with which they are projected to take Oklahoma’s Marquise Brown to fill the wide receiver void left by Amari Cooper.  

Oakland has a tough schedule in 2019 but could cover against better teams like Denver, Indianapolis, Tennessee, Detroit, and Green Bay.  

Another interesting pick is at the #25 spot. After the magical ending of their season under backup Nick Foles, the Eagles are projected to land the huge defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence out of Clemson. The 6’4, 350-pound run stopper would add to an already successful defensive line featuring Fletcher Cox, Malcolm Jenkins, and Michael Bennett.  

This defense would certainly inspire Philadelphia to be a good value pick against teams like the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears, and New England Patriots (All of whom are on the 2019 schedule).  

SI also projects that the Green Bay Packers will begin attempting to rebuild their receiving core with their second pick of the first round (#30 from New Orleans), where they are expected to take South Carolina’s, Deebo Samuel. His 6’0, 210-pound frame might sound more like a running back, but he is a legitimate downfield threat, which Aaron Rodgers desperately needs. If the Seahawks or Raiders don’t snag him first, look for Green Bay to get a steal in the undersized receiver.  

Look for Samuel to help Rodgers and Green Bay cover against favorites like Chicago, Dallas, and Philadelphia.  

Overall, Nick Bosa is the favorite to be the top pick in the draft. Bosa is listed at -300, while Josh Allen from Kentucky is +350. 

Published by Ryan Knuppel

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