The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft starts Thursday, April 25th. We’ve got predictions on our mock board for all 32 NFL teams. Broken down from the late rounds of the draft board to the top. In Part 2 we’re tacking picks 21 through 25, which means the Seahawks, Ravens, Texans, Raiders, and Eagles are on the clock.
25. Philadelphia Eagles | Cody Ford | OT | Oklahoma
The Philadelphia Eagles will be searching for a Jason Peters replacement and Cody Ford in the 1st Round could be it. While many believe Ford will be relegated to guard at the next level, he has all the tools to be a successful tackle in the NFL. Letting him learn behind a quality veteran like Peters for a season before taking over would make him even more successful down the road.
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI) | Noah Fant | TE | Iowa
The Oakland Raiders have room for mistakes considering they have three 1st Round picks in this draft, but we doubt Jon Gruden will be making moves against the best interest of the franchise, unless you consider him shutting scouts out of the team or trading for the biggest diva receiver in the history of the game. That said, he’ll look to give quarterback Derek Carr yet another dynamic playmaker for the passing game.
Fant is an explosive pass-catching tight end and one of the most complete prospects in the entire draft. Word of advice to Derek Carr though, don’t throw too much in Fant’s directions, AB might call you out on social media, live stream a disagreement in the locker room or jet at halftime.
23. Houston Texans | Andre Dillard | OLT | Washington State
Deshaun Watson needs pass protection and D Hops needs a QB with enough time to throw the rock. That’s why the Texans will be all in for Andre Dillard at left tackle. Dillard has reach, size and athleticism.
He’s perfect for the Texans, Watson’s career will be extended by adding a player of his caliber and the player from Washington State would be a personality fit for Bill O’Brien’s squad.
22. Baltimore Ravens | Hakeem Butler | WR | Iowa State
It’s clear the Ravens want to build their offense around a punishing ground attack, but at some point, they’re going to have to throw the ball to someone other than their four million tight ends. Provided he’s still on the board by 22 (unless Detroit slips in first or KC moves up), Hakeem Butler would be the perfect deep threat option for second year QB Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson desperately needs a true No. 1 receiver to rely on, and Butler’s combination of size, athleticism and physicality would make him the perfect fit.
21. Seattle Seahawks | Brian Burns | DE | Florida State
If the Seahawks move up in the draft then I expect it will be for Rashan Gary | DL. His combine included running a 4.58 in the 40-yard dash and notching a vertical leap of 38 inches, which is ridiculous for a guy at 6’4 and 280 lbs. That said, if the Seahawks remain in current draft position, then Brian Burns out of Florida State would be a steal pass rusher draft pick at 21.
A five-star recruit out of American Heritage High School in Fort Lauderdale, Burns opted to stay in his home state by committing to Florida State University. He racked up 123 tackles and 23 sacks in three years with the Seminoles. In 2018, Burns posted highs in tackles, tackles for loss, and sacks in 2018, which earned him a First-Team All-ACC nod and team MVP honors. Burns was also a semifinalist for the Chuck Bednarik Award (given to the nation’s top defensive player).