NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Packers land star receiver as Haskins, Lock slide

With the 2019 NFL draft just two weeks away, theScore’s Dane Belbeck, Daniel Wilkins, and Mike Alessandrini project the first 32 picks.

1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

The Cardinals have played it cool on the Josh Rosen front, but with so much smoke around Murray heading to Arizona, it’s only a matter of time before we see the fire. The Oklahoma star met with the Cardinals’ brass once again and it seems inevitable we hear his name called first on draft night. Paired with Kliff Kingsbury, the electric pivot will immediately make Arizona one of the NFC’s most intriguing outfits. – Belbeck

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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With Murray off the board, John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan will have the pick of the defensive litter. Arguably the top overall player in this year’s class, Bosa would combine with newly-acquired Dee Ford to form a lethal pass-rush duo and allow 2017 first-round pick Solomon Thomas to play primarily as an interior defender. – Alessandrini

3. New York Jets – Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

The Jets have had a need on the edge for years. Allen finally gives them an opportunity to address that without reaching, as his phenomenal senior season at Kentucky made him a consensus top-five talent in this draft. – Wilkins

4. Oakland Raiders – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

You can toss positional fit out the window with this one – the Raiders will run to the podium to draft Williams at No. 4, regardless of their needs in other areas. Arguably the best prospect in the entire draft, the Alabama standout will immediately give Jon Gruden the defensive star he craves. – Belbeck

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

The Buccaneers are prime candidates to trade down but expect them to select the top defensive player on their board if they stay at No. 5. Oliver is already a perfect fit for Tampa’s first-round selection and could be an even more realistic pick if the team parts ways with Gerald McCoy. – Alessandrini

6. New York Giants – Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

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Adding to the pass rush would be the Giants’ most logical move if they pass on a quarterback with the first of two picks on Day 1. Gary is an elite athlete with a ton of projectable traits and could be a productive pro both on the edge and inside. – Wilkins

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Taylor is arguably the best run-blocking lineman in this draft, a trait that will definitely get Tom Coughlin fired up at No. 7. The Jaguars led the NFL in rushing in 2017 but dropped to 19th last season as Leonard Fournette battled injury. Adding Nick Foles helps the entire offense, but re-establishing a dominant rushing attack is key for Jacksonville to return to the playoffs. Taylor should help significantly. – Belbeck

8. Detroit Lions – Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Matt Patricia’s defense features a stout front four but could still use some added pass-rushers on the edge. Sweat brings explosive athleticism and excellent college production to the table and appears locked into the top 15. – Alessandrini

9. Buffalo Bills – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Hockenson is the rare tight end worthy of an early first-round pick. A complete package who can dominate both as a receiver and as an in-line blocker, the Iowa product would pair nicely with Josh Allen in the Bills’ new-look offense. – Wilkins

10. Denver Broncos – Devin White, LB, LSU

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Though most have the Broncos taking a quarterback at No. 10, it’s a safe bet that new head coach Vic Fangio wants a defensive superstar at his disposal. Adding the ultra-athletic White to a defense that includes Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is a scary prospect for the rest of the AFC. – Belbeck

11. Cincinnati Bengals – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

New head coach Zac Taylor gets his guy. The Bengals don’t appear likely to trade up for a quarterback but could select a top-tier passer if one falls to No. 11. With Andy Dalton’s long-term future with the team in limbo, Haskins makes perfect sense here. – Alessandrini

12. Green Bay Packers – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

How fun would this be? The old Packers probably wouldn’t take a receiver so high in the first round, but another busy free-agent period indicates this is clearly a new team with Brian Gutekunst as general manager. Giving Aaron Rodgers a massive vertical threat like Metcalf could take Green Bay’s offense to another level. – Wilkins

13. Miami Dolphins – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

With Ja’Wuan James off to Denver, the Dolphins have a hole at right tackle. Williams immediately helps in that area. Isaac Asiata and Chris Reed are far from sure things at guard, and Williams is versatile enough to slide into that slot. – Belbeck

14. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

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Atlanta drafted Takkarist McKinley in 2017, but it would be incredibly difficult to pass on Burns here. The former Seminoles pass-rusher is an excellent fit in Dan Quinn’s defense and is arguably the top player on the board at this selection. Besides, Vic Beasley hasn’t exactly lived up to the hype after a stellar 2016 season. – Alessandrini

15. Washington Redskins – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Whether it’s using a first-round pick or trading for Josh Rosen, the Redskins have to come away from this draft with a quarterback. Lock’s got some things to clean up as he transitions to the next level, but who doesn’t? His arm and athleticism give him a ton of upside. – Wilkins

16. Carolina Panthers – Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Ferrell may not be the athlete that other edge rushers on the board are, but he proved his skills during a brilliant career at Clemson. The Panthers desperately need help on the edge to pressure in-division quarterbacks like Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, and Ferrell makes too much sense to pass on here. – Belbeck

17. New York Giants (from CLE) – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Dave Gettleman finds his successor to Eli Manning. Jones may end up being a top-15 pick come draft night and the Giants are rumored to be interested in the former Duke passer. New York is committed to Eli for 2019 but lacks a long-term solution after that. – Alessandrini

18. Minnesota Vikings – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

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The Vikings should probably be prepared for a scenario in which a top offensive tackle isn’t available at No. 18; the value of the position so often results in players going earlier than expected. But the board falls perfectly for Minnesota in this situation. Dillard would be a major upgrade at left tackle from Day 1. – Wilkins

19. Tennessee Titans – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Mike Vrabel is likely to address defense with the 19th pick and the Clemson defensive tackle would be a great fit for the Titans. Wilkins, who already has a relationship with Vrabel from the coach’s recruiting days at Ohio State, should immediately slide in alongside Jurrell Casey to give Tennessee a formidable interior line. – Belbeck

20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

This pick is as easy as it gets. The Steelers have a glaring need at linebacker and Bush is a phenomenal prospect. If the former Michigan standout is available at No. 20, expect Pittsburgh to rush to the podium and select him. – Alessandrini

21. Seattle Seahawks – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The restocking of a once-great defense continues with a massive addition at cornerback as the Seahawks take someone they hope can become the next Richard Sherman. Williams is another tall corner who excels in press coverage and makes plays on the ball. – Wilkins

22. Baltimore Ravens – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

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It’s Butler’s highlight-reel catches that pop to most people, but the Iowa State product is an absolute beast as a run-blocker. That will make the 6-foot-5, 227-pounder a very attractive pick for a Ravens offense led by Lamar Jackson. Butler can be a solid red-zone weapon for the 2nd-year quarterback while opening tons of lanes in the rushing attack. – Belbeck

23. Houston Texans – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Texans allowed a league-high 62 sacks in 2018 and are desperate for help on the offensive line. If Bill O’Brien plans on keeping Deshaun Watson in one piece, he’d be wise to select Ford with this pick. The former Sooners blocker could provide an instant upgrade at right tackle. – Alessandrini

24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI) – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

If Fant is available at this point, it would be huge for a Raiders team that lost Jared Cook in free agency. Adding a freak athlete at tight end to complement the offseason additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams at receiver would give the Raiders an incredibly interesting group of pass-catchers. – Wilkins

25. Philadelphia Eagles – Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Simmons is unlikely to play during the 2019 season after tearing his ACL during a workout, but the Eagles are in a position where they can wait on such a talented player. Philadelphia rode a dominant defensive line to a Super Bowl in 2018 and the Mississippi State product would mesh perfectly with Jim Schwartz’s scheme. – Belbeck

26. Indianapolis Colts – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

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The Colts have few needs on their talented roster, so general manager Chris Ballard can take the top prospect on his board regardless of position. That player may be Lawrence, who would immediately slot in as an impact run defender with pass-rush upside on a team with Super Bowl aspirations. – Alessandrini

27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL) – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Ideally, the Raiders address their need on the edge in the first round. But with the top remaining pass-rushers likely available when Oakland next picks at No. 35 overall, Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock put it off a little longer. Brown, the cousin of new Raiders receiver Antonio Brown, caps off Oakland’s offensive makeover with his game-breaking ability at all levels of the field. – Wilkins

28. Los Angeles Chargers – Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

Tillery was a star at the combine and his measurables and athletic testing jump off the page. Though the Chargers are set on the edge with Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa, they lack a disruptor on the interior. Taking Tillery at No. 28 solves that problem. – Belbeck

29. Kansas City Chiefs – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Murphy falling to the Chiefs would be a perfect situation for the AFC’s defending No. 1 seed. The former Huskies cornerback fills an immediate need in Kansas City’s leaky secondary and is arguably the top player on the board in this scenario. – Alessandrini

30. Green Bay Packers (from NO) – Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State

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Green Bay uses its second of two first-round picks to solidify the offensive line in front of Aaron Rodgers. Whether at guard or center, Bradbury will be an impact interior starter for years to come. – Wilkins

31. Los Angeles Rams – Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Lindstrom is as versatile a lineman as there is in this draft, with 36 collegiate starts at guard and 11 at tackle. After losing Rodger Saffold in the offseason, the Rams need a top offensive-line talent and Lindstrom is the best one available at No. 31. – Belbeck

32. New England Patriots – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Some fun to end the first round. The Patriots’ depth chart at receiver offers little star power outside of Julian Edelman, and Harry would provide some much-needed size to the group. Adding a playmaker of his quality to Tom Brady’s arsenal poses a dangerous threat. – Alessandrini