The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here! The biggest event of the NFL offseason is upon us and the time teams can infuse young talent onto their roster. The Cleveland Browns have already had a busy offseason both in free agency and in the trade market. The Browns do not own a first-round pick, but the team still has eight picks over the course of the seven rounds.
So, what will happen in the 2019 NFL Draft? Well, here is my prediction of how the first round will transpire and how the entire draft will turn out for the Browns.
Gilbert and Colosimo’s 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings Series: Safeties, Cornerbacks, Linebackers, Edge Rushers, Interior Defensive Linemen, Interior Offensive Linemen, Offensive Tackles, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers, Running Backs and Quarterbacks
1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
The rumors just cannot be ignored. As I said yesterday, I think replacing Josh Rosen with Murray is a mistake. But, the Cardinals are picking Murray to give the franchise a spark and a quarterback who is one of the most unique athletes to come out at that position ever.
|2. San Francisco 49ers: EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio State|
The 49ers will have their choice of talented defenders, but I believe the team will ultimately take Bosa, who is my No. 2 overall prospect. Bosa will form a dangerous edge rush duo with newly acquired Dee Ford.
|3. New York Jets: IDL Quinnen Williams, Alabama|
The Jets bolster their defensive line with Williams, who many draft experts have as the top overall prospect in the draft. He will look great alongside Leonard Williams on that Jets front.
|4. Oakland Raiders: EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky|
The Raiders need pass rushing. After trading Khalil Mack last season, the Raiders struggled to get after the quarterback. So, the Raiders nab Allen to help rebuild their edge rusher unit. Allen is an explosive athlete who can be tough to handle on the edge.
|5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: IDL Ed Oliver, Houston|
The Bucs get the best player in the draft. Oliver is my No. 1 overall prospect. There are rumors that Gerald McCoy may be out the door soon, so why not replace him with one of the most talented interior defensive linemen to come out in a long time.
|6. New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones, Duke|
The Giants are a mess of an organization and I think their first round pick will continue to show that they are a mess. Jones is not worth a first round pick, but the rumors have been connecting Jones and the Giants. Another interesting connection is that David Cutcliffe coached Eli Manning at Ole Miss and was the coach of Jones at Duke.
|7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State|
The Jaguars finally replaced Blake Bortles with a competent quarterback in Nick Foles. So, the team now needs to protect their new quarterback. Dillard is the most experienced pass protector in the class and one of the best athletes in the offensive tackle class.
|8. Detroit Lions: LB Devin White, LSU|
The Lions need an upgrade at linebacker. White is a great athlete who can fly around a defense and make plays from sideline to sideline. He would be a nice young centerpiece of the Lions defense.
|9. Buffalo Bills: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama|
The Bills need to protect their young quarterback, Josh Allen. So, the Bills get a chance to select the best offensive lineman in the class and one of the cleanest prospects in the class. I believe Williams is an offensive tackle, but I think the Lions will take him to be a dominant offensive guard.
|10. Denver Broncos: CB Greedy Williams, LSU|
The Broncos lost Bradley Roby in free agency and there is talk that Chris Harris wants a new contract or to be traded. So, the Broncos go and grab one of the best cover corners in the draft. Williams has everything you want in a press corner, including length and athleticism.
|11. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida|
The Bengals could take a quarterback at this position, but the Bengals offensive line is a dumpster fire. So, there is no point in taking a quarterback if you have an offensive line that will get the quarterback hurt. The Bengals grab Taylor to help rebuild this once talented offensive line.
|12. Green Bay Packers: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa|
The Packers need to give Aaron Rodgers some help. So, the Packers land one of the best tight ends and overall offensive playmakers in the draft. Hockenson can take the reins from the aging Jimmy Graham.
|13. Miami Dolphins: EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State|
The Dolphins need a lot of help throughout their roster. The team has little to no edge rushers on the team, so Miami goes with Sweat here. Sweat is the best athlete of the edge rusher class. He can win with pure speed and explosion off the edge.
|14. Atlanta Falcons: G/C Garrett Bradbury, N.C. State|
The Falcons need to upgrade their offensive guard position. Though Bradbury was a center last season, he has experience at offensive guard. Bradbury is the best interior offensive lineman and will be an immediate contributor.
|15. Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State|
The Redskins stay patient and land the best quarterback in the draft. Washington is looking for their future quarterback as their roster is just filled with solid veteran quarterbacks. Haskins can be their franchise quarterback.
|16. Carolina Panthers: TE Noah Fant, Iowa|
The Panthers need to help Cam Newton. One way to do that is to give him a weapon to throw to in the passing game. Fant is a freak athlete who can make big plays at the tight end position. He can take over the reins for Greg Olsen.
|17. New York Giants: EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan|
The Giants traded their best edge rusher to the Browns, so the Giants are in need of pass-rushing help. I think teams will be higher on Gary than I am, so I have Gary going here. He has the natural talent to be a talented edge rusher, but his production so far as been less than impressive.
|18. Minnesota Vikings: G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College|
The interior of the Vikings offensive line is not great. So, the Vikings take the second best interior offensive lineman in the class to plug in at offensive guard. Lindstrom is a Day 1 starter.
|19. Tennessee Titans: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma|
The Titans need a true game changer on offense. Brown is that type of receiver. He has elite speed to be a big play receiver and a deep threat for the offense.
|20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia|
The Steelers have an aging Joe Haden at corner, so the team needs to find an eventual replacement for Haden. Baker is my No. 1 rated corner. He is the most complete corner in the class with the ability to fit in any scheme.
|21. Seattle Seahawks: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson|
The Seahawks trade away their best edge rusher in Frank Clark. So, Seattle decides to replace him with one of my favorite players in the draft. Ferrell has good size on the edge with the repertoire to beat blockers in several different ways.
|22. Baltimore Ravens: LB Devin Bush, Michigan|
The Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency, so there is a big hole at linebacker. I am not as high on Bush as others are, but he is looking like a likely first-round pick. This seems like a really good match.
|23. Houston Texans: OT Cody Ford, Oklahoma|
The Texans have to help Deshaun Watson stay upright and healthy. The Texans need an array of talent on the offensive line. So, I have them taking Cody Ford, who should be a player who can be versatile and play multiple positions on the line based on where the Texans need the most help.
|24. Oakland Raiders: CB Byron Murphy, Washington|
The Raiders continue their busy first round with the selection of Murphy. The Raiders do not have a true No. 1 corner, so they take a corner who many draft experts rate as the No. 1 corner in the class.
|25. Philadelphia Eagles: EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State|
The Eagles get an absolute steal in Burns. The Eagles need youth on the edge and they get that with Burns. He is a great athlete who can move like a player who is 40 pounds lighter than him. This would be a home run for Philadelphia.
|26. Indianapolis Colts: WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss|
The Colts need a complement to T.Y. Hilton. Metcalf would be a nice contrasting receiver to put alongside Hilton. Metcalf is a physical freak who can be a big play deep threat for a team.
|27. Oakland Raiders: TE Irv Smith, Alabama|
The Raiders finish off their busy Day 1 with the selection of Smith. The Raiders lost Jared Cook this offseason, so they will need to find a replacement at tight end. Smith is a really good athlete and can be a mismatch in the passing game.
|28. Los Angeles Chargers: IDL Christian Wilkins, Clemson|
The Chargers are thin on the defensive line, so the team lands a nice value pick of Wilkins here. Wilkins moves so well for a man his size.
|29. Seattle Seahawks: G/C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State|
The Seahawks need to protect their newly signed franchise quarterback, Russell Wilson. The interior offensive line is weak part of Seattle, so Jenkins will be a nice selection to help shore up that weakness. He is a versatile lineman who can play guard or center.
|30. Green Bay Packers: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida|
The Packers grab one of the most versatile defensive backs in the draft. Gardner-Johnson can fill multiple roles for the Packers and be a true playmaker in their secondary.
|31. Los Angeles Rams: S/LB Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State|
The Rams need a linebacker, but I don’t see a true linebacker worthy of this pick. But, I think Abram has the skillset to be a hybrid linebacker, while also being the eventual replacement for Eric Weddle.
|32. New England Patriots: IDL Dexter Lawrence, Clemson|
The Patriots need depth in the interior defensive line. Lawrence is a massive human being with the movement skills that someone his size should not have.
35. Cleveland Browns (from OAK): IDL Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
TRADE: CLE Receives: No. 35
OAK Receives: RB Duke Johnson, No. 49, No. 155 and No. 170
The Browns are aggressive and they go up and get a top five interior defensive lineman. The Browns limit the draft pick capital they have to give up by sending the Raiders Duke Johnson, who has been rumored to be on the trading block. Tillery is penetrating defensive lineman with good burst off the line. The Browns need depth at interior defensive line and so grabbing a talented player like Tillery will help add that depth.
80. Cleveland Browns: CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State
The Browns get a steal in the third round with Oruwariye. The Browns need to add depth at corner, so getting a player who I believe can contribute right away is a big move. Oruwariye has good size with strong mirroring skills.
119. Cleveland Browns: OT Isaiah Prince, Ohio State
The Browns offensive tackle unit is the weakest unit on the roster. So, the Browns need to add talent to this position. Prince has good athleticism and size at offensive tackle and so I believe he can be a developmental type who the team tries to meld using those strong measurable.
144. Cleveland Browns: TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State
Oliver is a great athlete who can be a possible playmaker in the passing game if given time. The Browns are in a position to add a receiving tight end to play alongside David Njoku.
189. Cleveland Browns: RB Darwin Thompson, Utah State
With the trade of Duke Johnson, the Browns need to add a running back. With Kareem Hunt out for the first half of the season, the Browns will need a backup behind Nick Chubb. Thompson is a smaller back who has explosive speed to be a change of pace back in the NFL.
221. Cleveland Browns: LB Khalil Hodge, Buffalo
The Browns final pick is a selection to help add depth at linebacker and to improve the special teams. Hodge did not test well athletically, but he was super productive at Buffalo and I think at the very least, he can be a contributor on special teams.