The Super Bowl is a wrap and the NFL is 100 percent into the offseason. Things will quiet down for a couple weeks, but the NFL Combine is a mere 22 days away! The college all star games took place last month, and the next stop in the pre-draft process is the annual meat market in Indianapolis.
Free agency is going to change plenty, but in the meantime, Greg, Josh, and Alex are back with their latest mock draft. Previously they had put together top 10 drafts, but for the first draft of the full offseason, they’ve put together full first round mocks. Two of the picks will have people pretty pumped!
Greg Valerio — Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
The 49ers come away with my top prospect in the draft; moreover, a position of need finally filled after years of hopeful dreams crushed from reality. Nevertheless, it is rare to see two brothers sharing high-end success at the next level, but Nick Bosa is on the path to match older brother’s “Joey” ride and success in the NFL. The junior is a tremendously gifted athletic talent showcasing a terrific combination of size, strength, athleticism, natural ability, power, quickness, football intelligence, and superb technique.
NFL bloodlines run thick and Bosa’s successful transition to the next level is pretty much a sure thing, but first he needs to get healthy. A man amongst boys, Bosa is an all around complete player with excellent technique, adept in all facets of the game whether rushing the passer, wreaking havoc in the backfield, or as a stout run stopper – everything the 49ers are in desperate need from their Edge presence.
Josh Eccles — Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the best defensive prospect in this year’s draft - he very may well be the best overall prospect as well. All things considered there stands a good chance that Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals may choose to shore up the interior of their defensive line with the first pick in the draft. If that happens then San Francisco will be able to snag a player who, along with Deforest Buckner, will anchor this defense for years to come.
There is a definite need to supply consistent pressure on opposing quarterbacks (something which hasn’t been a reality for San Francisco since the days of Aldon Smith). The Niners are already forming a young and formidable front seven and adding Bosa, someone who will be ready to slide into the lineup on day one, to a group of players coming into their own may very well just push San Francisco into the wild card discussion next year.
Alex Eisen — Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky
Josh Allen was my pick in my first mock draft, and he remains my pick for my second mock draft. It is no secret that the 49ers need a pass rushing threat. It is by far their number one need, and after quarterback, it is perhaps the next most important position, especially in today’s pass friendly NFL. Josh Allen is looking more and more like the exact prospect and pass rusher that the 49ers can utilize in their defensive scheme. Allen has a relentless motor and ability to attack from the edge. Allen has a natural blend of burst, length and flexibility who is able to put a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on offensive tackles.
I absolutely love his range and abilities to make and finish plays that are extended well beyond the pocket and outside the numbers. Plays with constant urgency and will not let up as the game carries on. Allen is loose and fluid in his hips which helps with his initial burst and feet in motion. Lastly, his versatility is second to none, having been tasked to take on multiple responsibilities throughout the course of the season.
I know Nick Bosa is the talk of the town, but after the combine, pro days, and final weeks leading up to the draft, don’t be surprised if Bosa and Allen are seen as equals. That is great news for 49ers fans. Should the Cardinals select one, and at this point I believe that will be Bosa, (This could very well change later in the process) the 49ers should sprint to the podium and draft their long awaited and desired pass rusher, who I believe, at this point will be Josh Allen.
2019 NFL mock draft, post-Super Bowl
|Pick||Team||Josh Eccles||Greg Valerio||Alex Eisen|
|Pick||Team||Josh Eccles||Greg Valerio||Alex Eisen|
|1||Arizona Cardinals||Quinnen Williams, DT - Alabama||Quinnen Williams, DT - Alabama||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State|
|2||San Francisco 49ers||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State||Nick Bosa, DE - Ohio State||Josh Allen, DE/OLB Kentucky|
|3||New York Jets||Ed Oliver, DT - Houston||Josh Allen, DE/OLB - Kentucky||Quinnen Williams, DT - Alabama|
|4||Oakland Raiders||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma||Rashan Gary, DE - Michigan|
|5||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson||Ed Oliver, DT - Houston||Celin Ferrell, DE - Clemson|
|6||New York Giants||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State||Dwayne Haskins, QB - Ohio State|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri||Drew Lock, QB - Missouri|
|8||Detroit Lions||Josh Allen, DE/OLB - Kentucky||Clelin Ferrell, DE - Clemson||Ed Oliver, DT - Houston|
|9||Buffalo Bills||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama||Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama|
|10||Denver Broncos||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU|
|11||Cincinnati Bengals||Jawaan Taylor, OT - Florida||Jonah Williams, OT - Alabama||Devin White, LB - LSU|
|12||Green Bay Packers||Jachai Polite, DE - Florida||Jachai Polite, DE - Florida||Montez Sweat, DE, Miss. State|
|13||Miami Dolphins||Daniel Jones, QB - Duke||Daniel Jones, QB - Duke||Daniel Jones, QB - Duke|
|14||Atlanta Falcons||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson||Jeffery Simmons, DT - Mississippi State||Jeffery Simmons, DT - Miss State|
|15||Washington||Brian Burns, DE - Florida State||Greedy Williams, CB - LSU||N'Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State|
|16||Carolina Panthers||Montez Sweat, DE - Mississippi State||Montez Sweat, DE - Mississippi State||Jachai Polite, DE - Florida|
|17||Cleveland Browns||Devin White, LB - LSU||Devin White, LB - LSU||Jawaab Taylor, OT - Florida|
|18||Minnesota Vikings||Andre Dillard, OT - Washington State||Andre Dillard, OT - Washington State||Greg Little, OT - Ole Miss|
|19||Tennessee Titans||D.K. Metcalf, WR - Mississippi||D.K. Metcalf, WR - Mississippi||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson|
|20||Pittsburgh Steelers||Trayvon Mullen, CB - Clemson||Trayvon Mullen, CB - Clemson||Byron Murphy, CB - Washington|
|21||Seattle Seahawks||Deionte Thompson, S - Alabama||Deionte Thompson, S - Alabama||Deionte Thompson, S - Alabama|
|22||Baltimore Ravens||N’Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State||N’Keal Harry, WR - Arizona State||A.J. Brown, WR - Ole Miss|
|23||Houston Texans||Greg Little, OT - Mississippi||Greg Little, OT - Mississippi||Cody Ford, OT - Oklahoma|
|24||Oakland Raiders||Noah Fant, TE - Iowa||Brian Burns, DE - Florida State||D.K. Metacalf, WR - Ole Miss|
|25||Philadelphia Eagles||Jeffery Simmons, DT - Mississippi State||Christian Wilkins, DT - Clemson||Dre'Mont Jones, DT - Ohio State|
|26||Indianapolis Colts||Jerry Tillery, DT - Notre Dame||Jerry Tillery, DT - Notre Dame||Dexter Lawrence, DT - Clemson|
|27||Oakland Raiders||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma||Noah Fant, TE - Iowa||Noah Fant, TE, Iowa|
|28||Los Angeles Chargers||Devin Bush, LB - Michigan||Devin Bush, LB - Michigan||Yodny Cajuste, OT - West Virgina|
|29||Kansas City Chiefs||Deandre Baker, CB - Georgia||Deandre Baker, CB - Georgia||Trayvon Mullen, CB - Clemson|
|30||Green Bay Packers||T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa||T.J. Hockenson, TE - Iowa||Jaylon Ferguson, DE- Lousiania Tech|
|31||Los Angeles Rams||Mack Wilson, LB - Alabama||Mack Wilson, LB - Alabama||Deandre Baker, CB - Washington|
|32||New England Patriots||Jaylon Ferguson, DE - Louisiana Tech||Jaylon Ferguson, DE - Louisiana Tech||Kyler Murray, QB - Oklahoma|