On last week’s RB1 Podcast, Pete, Clark, Jordan and Nic mocked the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft with 100% accuracy (or at least that’s what they’d like you to think). And we’ve got a few trades tossed in here for good fun.
Listen to the full podcast here. This transcript has been edited and condensed.
1. **TRADE** Oakland Raiders (from Cardinals): QB Kyler Murray
Pete (as Jon Gruden): As the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, we select quarterback Kyler Murray. I just love the guy. I think he’ll be great! He throws the ball so well, he runs so well, he plays baseball, these are all things I love in my quarterback. I’m Jon Gruden and I think this is a great job by me,,, Jon Gruden.
Jordan: This is exactly what the Cardinals should do.
2. San Francisco 49ers: DL Quinnen Williams
Nic: This is a pretty easy pick. The dude’s just too good, he can play in any scheme and in a year they’ve got both Arik Armstead and Deforest Buckner up for new contracts, so they’re gonna let one of them walk and moving in a surefire Pro-Bowler makes too much sense.
3. New York Jets: EDGE Nick Bosa
Jordan: I’m not going to overthink this too much. He is the most talented edge rusher in this draft. He’s not a precise need for the Jets but you gotta go top person available and adding a little Nicky Bosa in New York I think will lead to a fun time.
Pete: I think this is a dream scenario for [the Jets].
4. Arizona Cardinals (from Raiders): OT Cody Ford
Clark: Last year, Josh Rosen had no time to throw so I’m going to spend my pick here on Cody Ford. Consistent starter, played well, can reportedly play a couple of positions. We’re at the point in the Cardinals’ history where they need to get at least a base hit, I’m just going to take a solid offensive linemen and not get too greedy.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Jawaan Taylor
Clark: Bruce Arians loves to get his quarterbacks killed, chuck it deep, and the Bucs are setup for this with Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, O.J. Howard and all their receiving weapons. But they had the 20th ranked offensive line according to PFF.
Pete: Clark, is that really you, or is this Jordan in Clark’s body?
6. New York Giants: DT Ed Oliver
Nic: I didn’t expect him to still be here at this pick, so I’m not going to think too hard about it and I’m going to take the next best defensive linemen in the draft.
Clark: I love the name Ed.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jonah Williams
Pete: Solidify that offensive line, create space for Leonard Fournette, give Nick Foles time in the pocket to throw to none of the weapons that they have.
8. Detroit Lions: EDGE Josh Allen
Pete: He’s going to do it all for Matt Patricia’s defense. He’s going to be their Jamie Collins. Patricia knows how to use a linebacker like that; he’s going to rush, he’s going to drop in coverage, he’s going to cover tight ends, he’s going to be the do-it-all guy for Detroit's’ defense.
Jordan: I hate this for the Lions because Josh Allen is awesome. If he does fall this far on draft day I’ll be really upset, I won’t even care who the Packers draft.
9. Buffalo Bills: TE T.J. Hockenson
Clark: Bills are trying to build around [Josh Allen] and we’re going to get a giant streaky tight end target for him to throw to.
10. Denver Broncos: LB Devin White
Jordan: He’s a sideline-to-sideline linebacker. Inside linebacker is not a top 5 need for the Broncos, I just think White is the best player on the board at this point and he can help take care of some of those tricky players in Kansas City and the Chargers have a few running backs that can come out of the backfield as well.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: QB Dwayne Haskins
Pete: [Bengals] are running this pick in. Easy pick. Andy Dalton is garbage, they need someone in there who at least gives them something from the quarterback position. I think he’s going to plug in very nicely with Zac Taylor.
Jordan: A little homestate hero there.
12. Green Bay Packers: EDGE Montez Sweat
Jordan: He tested off the freaking charts, he knows how to get after the quarterback and the Packers just signed two edge rushers in free agency so he doesn’t have to come in right away and be something special.
13. Miami Dolphins: OT Andre Dillard
Nic: I’m doing this because of something Josh Norris highlighted, and that’s the success rate of offensive linemen who test a 4.44 short shuttle or better. He tested 4.4 flat. It’s something like 3⁄4 of the offensive linemen who hit that are basically just successful in the league.
Jordan: He has the most pass blocked attempts out of all the other tackles in this draft.
14. Atlanta Falcons: DL Rashan Gary
Jordan: He’s one of the top defensive tackles who showed some burst getting after the quarterback. I think that’s what the Falcons need because Vic Beasley was fine once but he hasn’t been that great since.
Pete: He can play inside and outside and I think he pairs nicely with Grady Jarrett.
15. Washington Breadsticks: WR D.K. Metcalf
Clark: Since we are correctly predicting what will happen, I feel obliged to pick Metcalf. I love D.K. Metcalf and I don’t think anything would be more Washington than stubbornly passing on a quarterback and picking a giant one-dimensional receiver.
16. Carolina Panthers: EDGE Brian Burnes
Nic: He’s an immediate impact player, he has above average athleticism and all though people have been frightened by if he can bend, there’s no worry there. I think this dude’s going to be able to rush the passer at a high level in the NFL.
17. New York Giants (via Browns): LB Devin Bush
Nic: Their whole front seven needs to be revamped and bringing in Ed Oliver and Bush is an immediate upgrade.
Jordan: The Giants got an A grade already.
18. Minnesota Vikings: DL Christian Wilkins
Clark: All the offensive line help is gone, so let’s pick a giant of a man in Wilkins. Building on a strength.
19. Tennessee Titans: CB Greedy Williams
Jordan: I like him as a long defensive back, I don’t think Malcolm Butler and Logan Ryan are going to be the players they need them to be down the road. That’s one position the Patriots like to go all in on and I think the Titans are trying to be the southern Patriots right now.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Byron Murphy
Jordan: They need defensive backs.
Clark: The Steelers love taking cornerbacks in the first round, it seems like they do it every year.
21. **TRADE** Green Bay Packers: TE Noah Fant
Jordan: I have to trade up because I don’t trust you guys. I think he’s a freak athlete, kind of a kin to O.J. Howard. He’s not quite as polished as his teammate T.J. Hockenson but I don’t think that matters. I think if [the Packers] groom him and use him in the right way, he’ll be a stud.
22. Baltimore Ravens: WR Marquise Brown
Nic: He’s 5-foot-9 but he’s a special player. The kid can play and he’s very fast and the Ravens seem to prefer role playing receivers and they really prefer speedy guys. Plus, stick it to the Steelers since he’s Antonio Brown’s cousin.
23. Houston Texans: RB Josh Jacobs
Clark: With no offensive line help available, the Texans are going to pick the consensus number one running back in this draft.
24. Oakland Raiders (via Bears): EDGE Clelin Ferrell
Pete: The Raiders had only 13 sacks last year. An easy pick for myself to make in Oakland.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: WR A.J. Brown
Jordan: It’s getting to that part of the draft where you can start looking towards need, but I want to stick with best player available and figure the rest out later. Give Philly another weapon, give Carson Wentz another weapon and let the ball fly around the yard. I heard Danny Kelley compare him to Golden Tate, who the Eagles had last year.
Pete: I’m really upset because I wanted Brown to fall to the Patriots at 32.
Jordan: My dream scenario is to ruin the Patriots’ draft.
26. Indianapolis Colts: WR Hakeem Butler
Nic: The dude is 6-foot-5, his wingspan is preposterous. His built like a Julio [Jones], he’s built like a game-breaking number one receiver. The Devin Funchess rental will be fun but outside of Funchess and T.Y. Hilton, their receiving core is pretty shaky.
27. Oakland Raiders (via Cowboys): CB Deandre Baker
Pete: While he’s an undersized corner, he does pretty much everything else extremely well to be an outside corner. Just plug him in and he could give you a potential shutdown corner in a couple of years.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: DL Jerry Tillery
Nic: He’s a big bodied interior defensive linemen. I think he can immediately make an impact in an already potent Chargers front seven. Having all those other talented guys around him is going to make his ability to go to work easier.
29. Kansas City Chiefs: TE Irv Smith Jr.
Clark: The Chiefs are going to run two tight end sets with Patrick Mahomes, the fastest wide receiver in the NFL and anyone playing running back. That seems like it’d be real fun to see Andy Reid play with.
30. Seattle Seahawks (from Packers): DL Jeffery Simmons
Pete: A little bit controversial. He could’ve easily gone in the top 5 as a defensive linemen if he’d been healthy, but he tore his ACL during the pre-draft process. He also has a history of violence which he’ll need to figure out. If he comes back healthy and keeps his nose out of trouble, Seahawks have an extremely talented pass rusher to plug in.
31. Los Angeles Rams: OL Dalton Risner
Jordan: This is kind of a good insurance policy since Andrew Whitworth isn’t getting any younger. He can slide in and probably start right away in a guard position.
32. New England Patriots: DL Dexter Lawrence
Pete: We need to start replacing a defensive line that lost Trey Flowers and Malcolm Brown in free agency. He’ll come in day one as a dominate run stuffer and be able to slowly develop is pass rush game.
Clark: I’m so excited for the NFL Draft you guys!