Oakland Raiders: Final full first-round 2019 NFL mock draft
By Sanjit T.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL) Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
The Oakland Raiders need a tight end after Jared Cook left them for the Saints. The Raiders have brought in a ton of tight ends in pre-draft visits, one being Noah Fant. Some might not agree, but a tight end is critical.
In fact, a good tight end could be valued higher than a good wide receiver, because one can argue that there are a ton of good wideouts, and only a few good tight ends.
Noah Fant has the skills to be the top tight end out of this draft. Many like his teammate T.J. Hockenson more, and for a good reason, however, Hockenson will be gone in the top-15. Fant however, is very good as well, as he averages almost 7 yards after the catch. The only question marks are if he’ll have the sure hands that are needed in the NFL, as he’s dropped 11 passes over the past 2 seasons.
28. Los Angeles Chargers Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Chargers are one of the best teams in the NFL. They are in a Super Bowl or bust mode right now. The only player the Chargers, should really look for is their next quarterback. Fill in the quarterback that most had as their No. 1 quarterback before the end of the NFL season, Dwayne Haskins, and the Chargers have their successor to Philip Rivers.
29. Seattle Seahawks (From KC) Jaylon Ferguson, Edge, Louisiana Tech
The Seahawks pulled off a huge trade on Tuesday, sending star edge rushers Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs in exchange for some draft picks. One of those picks was the Chiefs 2019 first rounder, which will be the No. 29 overall on Thursday night. With that pick, Seattle fills the void left by Clark, adding Jaylon Ferguson from Louisiana Tech.
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO) Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
The Green Bay Packers have rebuilt their offense with the two picks this year. First, they took TE T.J. Hockenson, this pick, they take one of the fastest wide receivers in this draft, Parris Campbell. Campbell is not only fast when it comes to straight line speed, but he’s very quick and shifty. He reminds me of players such as Tyreek Hill and Tarik Cohen.
He is one of the reasons why Haskins has had so much success, and the same reason Haskins has also fallen.
Haskins is known as a check down QB, and in college that works when you have playmakers that can take it to the house on any given play. For example, Campbell had 1,071 yards, and 809 came after the catch. That means, on average, Haskins threw Campbell passes that only traveled 2.9 yards, and it was Campbell who did the rest.
31. Los Angeles Rams Dexter Lawrence, NT, Clemson
The LA Rams need to replace Ndamukong Suh and fill their voids on defense. Wade Phillips defense is very scheme specific, so although Aaron Donald fits well, Micheal Brockers isn’t a true NT, which is what he played a ton of last year.
Fill in Dexter Lawrence, a true Nose Tackle.
Lawrence is 6 4′, weighs 342 pounds, and put up 36 bench press reps. His tape is very good as well. He helped this Clemson team have one of the best defenses in college football. In fact, no team had more tackles for zero or negative yards then Clemson.
32. New England Patriots Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
Many will have them choosing a tight end to replace Rob Gronkowski. However, they already have their short term solution on the roster. Bill Belichick is brilliant, he’s allowed players like Trey Flowers and Malcolm Butler to walk to avoid overpaying them.
Factually, most players that are non-QBs are replaceable. One of the issues with the Patriots this year will be fixing that defensive line, as he’s lost 3 defensive tackles, and that’s exactly what Bill will do.
Prior to his injury, Jeffery Simmons would’ve probably been the second defensive tackle taken. He has the skill set NFL teams fall in love with. He’s really big and really strong. But his quick hands and feet are what separates him from others. His NFL comparison for me is Ndamukong Suh, but that will depend on how he recovers from his ACL injury.