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PFF 2019 NFL Mock Draft 2

Oct 20, 2018; Knoxville, TN, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Quinnen Williams (92) reacts to the Tennessee Volunteers band playing Rocky Top during the first half at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

We’re back with PFF Mock Draft 2, a midseason look at the NFL and NFL draft landscape. It’s still very early in the draft process, but some of the new names from September’s first mock have lived up to the hype, while others have dropped off. As usual, the draft order is just an estimate based on win projections heading into Week 8 of the NFL season, and this is a mock based on what I would do, not a prediction of what your favorite team will do.

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Here’s Mock Draft 2:

1. Arizona Cardinals – Edge Nick Bosa, Ohio State

The Cardinals take the best player in the draft and Bosa instantly upgrades their pass-rush after grading at an elite 90.0-plus in his two-plus years of college.

2. New York Giants – QB Justin Herbert, Oregon

After taking Saquon Barkley instead of a quarterback a year ago, the Giants get a chance for redemption by taking Herbert. There’s still room to grow in Herbert’s development but he has the accuracy, velocity and athleticism to carry his strong college production to the NFL.

3. San Francisco 49ers – CB Greedy Williams, LSU

Williams has played below his high expectations this season, but he has all of the necessary tools to develop into a press man corner and he’s allowed a passer rating of 40.1 into his coverage this season.

4. Oakland Raiders – CB Deandre Baker, Georgia

It’s a great draft to revamp a weak defense and it starts with Baker, the top-graded corner in the nation at 91.4 overall to go with a passer rating of only 31.3 into his coverage.

5. Cleveland Browns – DI Quinnen Williams, Alabama

The Browns still have work to do along the defensive front and Williams has emerged as the nation’s top-graded defensive player at any position with his 95.6 overall grade.

6. Buffalo Bills – DI Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State

A necessary interior disruptor for the Bills, Simmons is excellent in the run game and one of the draft’s best interior pass-rushers, as evidenced by his 90.8 overall grade this season.

7. Indianapolis Colts – Defensive Interior Ed Oliver, Houston

The Colts are still looking for defensive playmakers and Oliver can disrupt from the interior, though he’s still not as polished as a pass-rusher as you’d like to see from an undersized lineman.

8. New York Jets – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama

The Jets grab the top offensive tackle in the draft in Williams who has the nation’ best overall grade at 89.3 while allowing only four pressures on the season.

9. Denver Broncos – DI Dexter Lawrence, Clemson

Few interior defensive linemen can stop the run and push the pocket quite like Lawrence and he has three straight years in which he’s graded between 84.0 and 90.0 in the PFF system.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

The wide receiver class is wide open, but Arcega-Whiteside may have the best combination of body control and ball skills as he’s earned a passer rating of 138.7 when targeted this season.

11. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) – S Deionte Thompson, Alabama

Another defensive playmaker for the Raiders, Thompson is a do-it-all safety who can play center field, in the box or in the slot, all leading to the top grade among safeties at 92.0 overall.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – OT Dalton Risner, Kansas State

The Bucs upgrade at tackle where Risner has put together an outstanding four-year career and he currently has the No. 5 overall grade among tackles at 85.5 while his 91.9 pass-blocking grade ranks second.

13. Tennessee Titans – WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State

Another big-bodied receiver with contested catch skills, Harry adds an outside weapon for the Titans’ offense and he’s averaged 6.1 YAC per reception this season.

14. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) – Edge Brian Burns, Florida State

The defensive trifecta is completed by adding Burns, who currently leads the nation with 51 total pressures and adds a much-needed athletic edge defender to Oakland’s front-seven.

15. Detroit Lions – WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

With Golden Tate in a contract year, Brown takes his slot skills to Detroit where he can create after the catch (6.0 YAC per reception) or down the field.

16. Miami Dolphins – QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

The second quarterback comes off the board in Haskins, who still has some work to do, especially after rough games on the road, but the Dolphins need to take a chance as they look to replace Ryan Tannehill. Haskins has graded at 91.2 from a clean pocket, but only 38.3 on his 67 pressured dropbacks.

17. Atlanta Falcons – DI Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State

Jones is a disruptor on the interior, ranking third among interior defensive linemen at 92.3 overall to go with 23 pressures on the season.

18. Green Bay Packers – Edge Josh Allen, Kentucky

One of the best stories of the season, Allen has been outstanding for Kentucky, topping all edge defenders with a 92.8 overall grade. He has 41 total pressures and his ability to drop into coverage gives him great versatility in defensive coordinator Mike Pettine’s scheme.

19. Philadelphia Eagles – CB Byron Murphy, Washington

Murphy moves well and he has the ball skills to immediately upgrade Philadelphia’s secondary as he has 12 pass breakups this season, fifth in the nation.

20. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Devin White, LSU

White is an excellent athlete and he’s done a much better job of harnessing his ability this season, leading to an 84.2 overall grade and 17 pressures as a blitzer. He’ll add much-needed athleticism to the middle of the Cincinnati defense.

21. Houston Texans – CB Amani Oruwariye, Penn State

Houston’s needs an influx of talent at corner and Oruwariye adds a big body at 6-foot-1 as he’s graded at 80.0-plus over the last two years. The cornerback class is wide open at this point but Oruwariye should be in the conversation come April.

22. Seattle Seahawks – WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

Brown is as explosive as any receiver in the draft as he’s averaged 18.5 yards per reception while catching 76.9% of his targets this season. He adds a downfield threat for Russell Wilson.

23. Baltimore Ravens – Edge Jachai Polite, Florida

Polite has broken out to post the No. 3 pass-rush grade among edge defenders this season at 90.3, and he adds another option as the Ravens look to upgrade their pass-rush off the edge.

24. Carolina Panthers – DI Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

With 27 pressures on 246 rushes, Tillery’s 91.4 pass-rush grade leads all interior defensive linemen and he adds much-needed youth up front for the Panthers.

25. Washington Redskins – WR Anthony Johnson, Buffalo

Washington has work to do on the outside and Johnson has a good combination of route running and contested catch ability, all leading to an 81.0 overall grade and 18.1 yards per reception this season.

26. Pittsburgh Steelers – TE Noah Fant, Iowa

While the Steelers would love to go defense here, Fant adds another explosive playmaker to the Pittsburgh passing attack as he can stretch the seam and create mismatches in the middle of the field.

27. Minnesota Vikings – OT Greg Little, Ole Miss

The Vikings have work to do along the offensive line and Little continues to improve as his 90.2 pass-blocking grade ranks seventh in the nation among offensive tackles.

28. Los Angeles Chargers – C Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin

Biadasz can play multiple positions on the interior and he’s an excellent all-around center, grading at 80.9 overall this season.

29. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans) – LB Te'von Coney, Notre Dame

The Packers go defense again, this time with Coney who is a hammer against the run and has improved greatly in coverage, ranking third in the nation at 90.8. In coverage, he's allowing only 43% of passes thrown into his coverage to be completed.

30. New England Patriots – TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M

Sternberger has broken out to post the nation’s top receiving grade among tight ends at 89.7 while picking up 8.3 yards after the catch per reception. He adds ‘Gronk insurance' and two tight end versatility to the New England offense.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – S Taylor Rapp, Washington

Defensive playmakers are needed in the Kansas City secondary, and Rapp has the ability to cover tight ends, slot receivers or running backs, all leading to an 89.1 coverage grade, good for seventh in the nation this season.

32. Los Angeles Rams – Edge Montez Sweat, Mississippi State

The Rams still lack elite playmakers on the edge, and Sweat has developed nicely, picking up 27 pressures on only 174 rushes this season.

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