With Super Bowl 53 in our rear view mirror and the 2019 NFL Combine a little over two weeks away, ESPN’s Todd McShay is back with his second 2019 NFL mock draft. In this updated mock draft, he has Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa going No. 1 overall to the Arizona Cardinals, and Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen going to No. 2 to the San Francisco 49ers.
McShay’s last mock draft was two months ago, and at that point he had Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary linked to the 49ers. It was a surprising development, but since then we’ve seen a couple more mocks project Gary to the 49ers. In his latest mock, McShay dropped him one spot, going No. 3 to the New York Jets. Here’s what McShay had to say about the Cardinals and 49ers picks.
Cardinals, Bosa: With Kliff Kingsbury and Vance Joseph looking to bring back the 3-4 defensive scheme to the desert, look no further than the Chargers’ use of Joey Bosa for a glance at how his younger brother would fit with the Cardinals. Expect Nick to play defensive end but also get some snaps standing up on the edge. Either way, Bosa will collect offensive tackles using his length, speed and power. He could get double-digit sacks as a rookie.
49ers, Allen: The Niners really want an edge rusher after only DeForest Buckner cracked six sacks for them in 2018 (Buckner had 12). Allen blew up offensive linemen all season en route to 17 sacks and 21.5 tackles for loss (TFL) for the Wildcats. With his big 6-foot-5, 260-pound frame, Allen could line up as a defensive end in the 49ers’ 4-3 scheme if he tacks on some more weight.
The most notable pick after the 49ers is probably Dwayne Haskins to the New York Giants at No. 6. He mentioned that the pick makes sense there as long as another QB-hungry team doesn’t leap-frog them. His only other quarterback pick was the Miami Dolphins taking Kyler Murray at No. 13. Some think Murray could go in the first round, others think he might be lucky to go late in the first. Other than that, it’s a toss-up for the most important position on the field, and that will be something to track for 49ers fans.