Steve Serby’s Mock Draft 5.0 is our penultimate draft projection, with 6.0 dropping in the hours leading into draft night next Thursday.
Josh Rosen will, for the second straight mock, wind up traded to the Redskins, who will not have to surrender their first-round pick.
No trade down for the Jets, a different surprise quarterback for the Giants.
A stab at the entire first round:
1. Arizona Cardinals
QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
This has to be the pick, right? New coach Kliff Kingsbury wants him, right? Jon Gruden won’t make them an offer they can’t refuse, will he? They’re trading Rosen, aren’t they?
2. San Francisco 49ers
DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Dee Ford on one side, this guy on the other side. Ciara won’t be second-guessing hubby Russell Wilson’s new $140 million Seahawks contract, but this would be a twice-a-season menace for them. And welcome to the NFL, Kyler Murray.
3. New York Jets
OLB Josh Allen, Kentucky
Is Gregg Williams pounding the table for Quinnen Williams or Ed Oliver, or is he just pounding the table because he’s Gregg Williams? Doesn’t anyone want to trade up with Mike Maccagnan for a quarterback? Wait … the phone rings in the war room. It’s Dave Gettleman.
Maccagnan: “Dave, great trade with the Browns. You really fleeced them. (Cups mouth to muzzle laughter and looks over at Christopher Johnson.) You finally looking for a quarterback, by any chance?”
Gettleman: “Not at all. We have a two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback. I can’t help my hog molly self.”
Maccagnan: “No truth to the rumor that Eli’s last six years were redacted in the Mueller Report, is there (chuckle)? Just kidding, Dave, just kidding. We will need your second-rounder, of course.
Gettleman: “Got a better offer for ya — Peppers … former first-rounder. So you get two 1s.”
Maccagnan hangs up.
And picks a pass rusher who maybe can scare Tom Brady.
4. Oakland Raiders
DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Top player in GM Mike Mayock’s 2019 mock draft.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Ed Oliver, Houston
The replacement for Gerald McCoy who has drawn comparisons to John Randle.
6. New York Giants
ILB Devin White, LSU
A three-down, 237-pound missile who gives defensive coordinator James Bettcher much-needed speed and leadership alongside Alec Ogletree.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
The draft’s best pass blocker protects the investment in Nick Foles.
8. Detroit Lions
DE/DT Rashan Gary, Michigan
A replacement for DE Ziggy Ansah and also insurance inside with Snacks Harrison turning 31 in November.
9. Buffalo Bills
OT/G Jonah Williams, Alabama
A plug-and-play either at RT or on the interior with the high-character intangibles that appeal to coach Sean McDermott.
10. Denver Broncos
TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
Joe Flacco lobbied against a rookie quarterback and John Elway makes his day with a throwback safety valve.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
New coach Zac Taylor needs a new franchise quarterback to duel Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson in the division.
12. New York Giants (from Packers)
QB Drew Lock, Missouri
Elite arm talent combined with a quarterback-whisperer head coach is enough for Gettleman to begrudgingly sign off on the Kansas City model.
13. Miami Dolphins
DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Cameron Wake and Robert Quinn are gone, and Charles Harris needs help chasing the quarterback.
14. Atlanta Falcons
DE Brian Burns, Florida State
Vic Beasley has tailed off, and this guy bends the edge enough to alarm Drew Brees.
15. Washington Redskins
ILB Devin Bush, Michigan
Another three-down linebacker needed to run down Saquon Barkley and Ezekiel Elliott.
16. Carolina Panthers
OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
RT Daryl Williams is on a one-year prove-it deal, Taylor Moten is the left tackle and Cam Newton’s surgical shoulder needs to be protected.
17. Green Bay Packers (from Giants)
DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Mike Daniels will be a free agent at the end of the season and Muhammad Wilkerson is counting his money somewhere.
18. Minnesota Vikings
OT/G Cody Ford, Oklahoma
Can be a much-needed plug-and-play 329-pound left guard to help Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.
19. Tennessee Titans
G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Free agency brought LG Rodger Saffold, so here’s his bookend. Oh, and Frank Piraino left Boston College to become the Titans strength coach. A trade for McCoy would make him a sidekick for Jurrell Casey.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
OLB Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
Former No. 1 pick Bud Dupree has been a disappointment. Can’t rule out corner, either.
21. Seattle Seahawks
CB Greedy Williams, LSU
One of those long, tall corners Pete Carroll loves to bookend Shaquill Griffin.
22. Baltimore Ravens
C/G Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State
Immediate starter on the interior so a Mark Ingram Ground and Pound attack can aid Lamar Jackson.
23. Houston Texans
OT/G Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Last season Deshaun Watson too often resembled Joe Frazier against George Foreman.
24. Oakland Raiders
CB Byron Murphy, Washington
Lacks elite speed, but he’d be a fearless competitor opposite Gareon Conley.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
G/C Erik McCoy, Texas A & M
GM Howie Roseman likes hog mollies too, and RG Brandon Brooks (Achilles) could be on the PUP list in training camp.
26. Indianapolis Colts
DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
An athletic, 6-foot-7 interior disruptive for defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus.
27. Oakland Raiders
TE Noah Fant, Iowa
A deadly target down the seam for Derek Carr to replace Jared Cook.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
A 340-pound enforcer to stop the run once and for all.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo needs someone to help Charvarius Ward and Bashaud Breeland combat Antonio Brown.
30. Green Bay Packers
WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
A freakish, body beautiful deep threat gift for Aaron Rodgers and new coach Matt LaFleur.
31. Los Angeles Rams
C/G Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
Center John Sullivan and Saffold no longer block for Jared Goff and Todd Gurley.
32. New England Patriots
QB Daniel Jones, Duke
Zion wasn’t available.