A 40-Pick NFL Mock Draft With a Fascinating No. 1

April 03, 2019 - 10:09 am

BUFFALO (WGR 550) -- It's April. That means mock draft season.

Here is Sal Capaccio's first mock draft of 2019, focused on the Buffalo Bills and running through the Bills' pick 40th overall pick in Round 2:

1. Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray (Oklahoma)

2. San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa (Ohio State)

3. New York Jets: EDGE Quinnen Williams (Alabama)

4. Oakland Raiders: EDGE Josh Allen (Kentucky)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE Rashan Gary (Michigan)

6. New York Giants: QB Dwayne Haskins (Ohio State)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: OT Jawaan Taylor (Florida)

8. Detroit Lions: EDGE Montez Sweat (Mississippi State)

9. Buffalo Bills: DL Ed Oliver (Houston)

The Bills are in a great position to trade down and grab more picks or stay at nine and get a terrific talent on the defensive side. That's exactly what they get here in Oliver, an elite defender who can step in and play right away, especially given how head coach Sean McDermott loves to rotate players up front. Oliver is incredibly explosive off the ball, which allows him to penetrate and disrupt plays in the backfield and even pressure the quarterback, something the Bills could really use from the interior defensive line. The knock on him his his frame. At 6-foot-2 and 287 pounds, he's shorter and lighter than what you usually want from an interior defensive linemen, which is why he needs to rely on his speed, athleticism, and explosiveness off the ball to beat offensive linemen before they can really latch on to him. The Bills already have Star Lotulelei as their primary run-stuffing and block-eating defensive lineman, which means Oliver wouldn't have to be used to do that right away and could play to his strengths as a penetrator and pursuer.

10. Denver Broncos: LB Devin White (LSU)

11. Cincinnati Bengals: LB Devin Bush (Michigan)

12. Green Bay Packers: TE T.J. Hockenson (Iowa)

13. Miami Dolphins: QB Drew Lock (Missouri)

14. Atlanta Falcons: OL Jonah Williams (Alabama)

15. Washington Redskins: WR D.K. Metcalf (Mississippi)

16. Carolina Panthers: OT Andre Dillard (Washington State)

17. New York Giants: EDGE Clelin Ferrell (Clemson)

18. Minnesota Vikings: TE Noah Fant (Iowa)

19. Tennessee Titans: OL Cody Ford (Oklahoma)

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Greedy Williams (LSU)

21. Seattle Seahawks: EDGE Brian Burns (Florida State)

22. Baltimore Ravens: C Garrett Bradbury (NC State)

23. Houston Texans: OT Greg Little (Mississippi)

24. Oakland Raiders: DL Christian Wilkins (Clemson)

25. Philadelphia Eagles: RB Josh Jacobs (Alabama)

26. Indianapolis Colts: DL Dexter Lawrence (Clemson)

27. Oakland Raiders: CB Byron Murphy (Washington)

28. L.A. Chargers: DL Jerry Tillery (Notre Dame)

29. Kansas City Chiefs: CB DeAndre Baker (Georgia)

30. Green Bay Packers: S Nasir Adderley (Delaware)

31. Los Angeles Rams: EDGE Jaylon Ferguson (Louisiana Tech)

32. New England Patriots: TE Irv Smith Jr. (Alabama)

Round 2

33. Arizona Cardinals: OL Dalton Risner (Kansas State)

34. Indianapolis Colts: DT Jeffery Simmons (Mississippi State)

35. Oakland Raiders: RB David Montgomery (Iowa State)

36. San Francisco 49ers: S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (Florida)

37. New York Giants: WR A.J. Brown (Mississippi)

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Daniel Jones (Duke)

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Mack Wilson (Alabama)

40. Buffalo Bills: WR N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)

This draft has some good wide receiver depth in the first few rounds, and the Bills will gladly take a player such as Harry, who would give them the physical, fearless presence they need to complement free-agent additions John Brown and Cole Beasley -- a burner and underneath outlet, respectively. Harry even played some inside at ASU because of his ability and willingness to block in the run game, and we all know how much that means to McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane. At 6-foot-2 and 228 pounds, Harry can beat smaller defenders with his body and make contested catches against bigger defensive backs. He puts himself in good position with his route running, as well. He isn't the burner some of the other receivers in this draft are, but is fast enough to make plays down the field and tough to bring down when he has the ball in his hands. With Brown and Robert Foster, the Bills wouldn't need Harry to be their down-the-field threat, allowing him to just do what he does best - catch the ball and get yards.