Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay of ESPN.com go head-to-head with dueling Mock Drafts. They actually go 1 to 64 – you can see the whole thing here while we have the top 32 below. Kiper and McShay are in perfect synch for the first seven and agree on four others along the way:
1. Arizona Cardinals
Kiper: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Arizona is putting up smokescreens, but I’m not changing here. Murray is a perfect fit for what coach Kliff Kingsbury wants to do.
McShay: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
It has been a month since the combine, and I still can’t find anyone close to the situation saying Arizona prefers keeping Josh Rosen over taking Murray here. Remember, though: This is lying season. Murray’s explosive athleticism would spark this docile offense.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Kiper: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The best pass-rusher in this class is a near lock to go in the first two picks. Could a team trade up to No. 2 to try to get him?
McShay: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
If Bosa is still in fact available, expect the Niners to either jump on the elite edge rusher or trade down, a possible scenario now that Dee Ford is in town.
3. New York Jets
Kiper: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
Even after splashing cash in free agency, the Jets have a hole at edge rusher. Allen would help immediately.
McShay: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
Watch for the Jets to trade back with a team in search of a quarterback. That’s what I’d do here, if possible. If they don’t, it’s a tougher call, but Allen fits this defense.
4. Oakland Raiders
Kiper: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams is the type of defensive playmaker Jon Gruden loves, and you have to think the Raiders coach would be thrilled if he made it to No. 4.
McShay: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Could the Raiders think about a quarterback here? Gruden got to see Drew Lock up close at the Senior Bowl. But let’s not forget that this team badly needs defensive line help. Williams had 19.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks last season.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kiper: Devin White, ILB, LSU
I’m beginning to think you’re copying me, Todd. … White could be a replacement for Kwon Alexander, who joined San Francisco in free agency. Defensive end is another position to watch here.
McShay: Devin White, ILB, LSU
Yeah, I agree with Mel. White would be a great fit as the Bucs’ defensive quarterback. His high-end instincts and speed helped him to 123 tackles in 2018.
6. New York Giants
Kiper: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
I’m sticking with Haskins to the Giants, even though they have a gaping void in their edge rush. I wouldn’t be shocked if they didn’t take a quarterback in Round 1, though.
McShay: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
This is a tough call, but you just have to think the Giants take a quarterback here. They do need pass-rushers, but I don’t see them opting for Montez Sweat or Rashan Gary over taking care of their No. 1 problem.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Kiper: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jacksonville’s biggest need? Right tackle. The best right tackle in this draft? Taylor. Perfect fit.
McShay: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Seeing eye-to-eye through seven picks! Have to love that, Mel. Stick Taylor at right tackle to protect Nick Foles and block for the Leonard Fournette ground game.
8. Detroit Lions
Kiper: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
Yes, the Lions added Trey Flowers in free agency, but Sweat would give them a second top-tier defensive end in one offseason.
McShay: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
I do like the idea of plugging Sweat into the Ezekiel Ansah edge role, but Hockenson’s talent is off the charts. Let’s get Matthew Stafford a weapon in the passing game.
9. Buffalo Bills
Kiper: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Oliver is a top-10 prospect on my board, and I don’t think he will drop past Buffalo at No. 9. Remember: Kyle Williams retired after the 2018 season.
McShay: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Gary’s athleticism would help fill a big need off the edge. I also could see the Bills taking a tackle or cornerback here.
10. Denver Broncos
Kiper: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
We know Joe Flacco loves throwing to tight ends, and Hockenson would give him a true No. 1 tight end to target.
McShay: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
I don’t love this pairing, but I also don’t think Flacco is the long-term quarterback answer. If Lock is already off the board, pass-catcher or defensive line makes the most sense for John Elway at No. 10.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Kiper: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Bengals aren’t tied long term to Andy Dalton, who is signed through 2020 but has no more guaranteed money on his contract. Taking Lock here would give new coach Zac Taylor a young quarterback to mold for the future.
McShay: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
Quarterback is definitely an option, but the Bengals badly want to restock the linebacker corps. Vontaze Burfict is gone, and Bush’s range and leadership would fill the void.
12. Green Bay Packers
Kiper: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers focused on improving their defense in free agency, and they could use their two first-round picks in this draft on offense. Metcalf has the potential to become Aaron Rodgers’ No. 1 target.
McShay: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Despite the free-agency aggressiveness, the Packers still have to get help for Rodgers. T.J. Hockenson probably won’t be available, and Noah Fant is a bit of a reach. Metcalf is a physical specimen.
13. Miami Dolphins
Kiper: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
You have to think the Dolphins, who are undergoing a serious rebuild, would be thrilled to get a high-ceiling pass-rusher like Gary here.
McShay: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
In this scenario, the top quarterbacks are gone. Don’t overthink it; take the best available player. That’s Oliver.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Kiper: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
This could be a spot for a defensive back too, but I like the fit of Wilkins next to Grady Jarrett.
McShay: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
If Ed Oliver is available, he’d fit in nicely, especially with Jarrett back on the franchise tag. But while there’s still untapped potential in Vic Beasley Jr. and Takkarist McKinley, Atlanta would value Sweat’s speed and pass-rush ability.
15. Washington Redskins
Kiper: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Surprised? Don’t be. The Redskins need to find a quarterback of the future, and there are several teams who like Jones. In Washington, he would be given time to adjust to the NFL while Case Keenum starts in 2019.
McShay: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
Washington could trade for Josh Rosen, which would remedy the quarterback concerns. Burns is a unique talent with upside, and while he played defensive end for the Seminoles, he could make the move to stand-up edge rusher.
16. Carolina Panthers
Kiper: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
I expect Carolina to go with the best available edge rusher here. The Panthers had just 35 sacks last season, which ranked 27th in the league.
McShay: Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama
Edge rushing and cornerback are the biggest issues. But Williams is a value pick here, and after the Panthers already added Matt Paradis, he further upgrades that line.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland Browns)
Kiper: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
I gave New York a quarterback at No. 6, which means it has to address its pass rush with its other first-round pick. Ferrell is a prototypical 4-3 defensive end.
McShay: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
Big Blue undoubtedly needs edge guys, but that whole line is really in shambles. The versatile Wilkins would be a good start in rebuilding the unit.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Kiper: Jonah Williams, OT/G, Alabama
It doesn’t matter if Williams ends up at guard or tackle — he’d help Minnesota at either spot.
McShay: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
I would have liked a defensive tackle here to replace Sheldon Richardson, but Ed Oliver and Christian Wilkins are off the board. The Vikes added Josh Kline but still need help protecting the quarterback.
19. Tennessee Titans
Kiper: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Lawrence needs to go to a team that plays a 3-4 defense — he’s the best nose tackle in the class — and this is right about where I expect him to get picked.
McShay: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
This might be a little early for Brown, but he’s the best receiver in the class — when healthy. A trio of Brown, Corey Davis and Adam Humphries looks pretty good.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kiper: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
Pittsburgh brought in Mark Barron in free agency, but he shouldn’t be a lock to start. Bush is a playmaker and every-down linebacker.
McShay: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
The Steelers would love an edge rusher or a guy like Bush here, but there just aren’t solid options at No. 20. Williams’ length and speed ought to help him overcome his lower-end tackling skills.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Kiper: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
After moving from tackle to guard last season, Lindstrom had a rock-solid 2018. He’s my top-ranked guard.
McShay: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
There are off-field issues, and he’s recovering from a torn ACL, but Simmons is a high-end talent. However, I wouldn’t discount Seattle looking at a tone-setter safety like Johnathan Abram here to fill the Earl Thomas void.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Kiper: Erik McCoy, C/G, Texas A&M
Baltimore could go defensive line here, but McCoy would be an immediate starter along the interior offensive line.
McShay: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
Edge rusher Clelin Ferrell would make sense too, but Bradbury is a pro-ready center who excels both in pass protection and run blocking.
23. Houston Texans
Kiper: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
Let’s get some protection for Deshaun Watson, who was sacked a league-high 62 times last season. Dillard could play left or right tackle.
McShay: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
This is a no-brainer. You just can’t have your franchise quarterback taking that many sacks.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago Bears)
Kiper: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Oakland needs a No. 1 back, and Jacobs is the best — and most versatile — RB in this class.
McShay: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders need a lot of things, but they need a corner. Murphy’s ball skills would be welcomed with open arms.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
Kiper: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Time to start thinking about a Malcolm Jenkins replacement? He’s 31. Abram is my No. 1-ranked safety.
McShay: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Philly gets a super-instinctive cornerback here for a defense that was No. 30 in passing yards per game last season.
26. Indianapolis Colts
Kiper: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Like several teams, the Colts also could add a defensive lineman here, but Andrew Luck could use more weapons, too. McLaurin is a big-play threat.
McShay: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Still hanging around late in the first, Ferrell slides in as a great fit at end in the Colts’ 4-3. Indy can still get a receiver early in Round 2.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas Cowboys)
Kiper: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
The cornerback spot opposite Gareon Conley is wide-open. There could be a run on corners at the end of Round 1.
McShay: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
It took three extra picks, but I also have Jacobs heading to the Bay. He hits holes hard and would pair nicely with Isaiah Crowell in a revamped running game.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Kiper: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
The Chargers like slot corner Desmond King, but the other spot opposite Casey Hayward could be upgraded with Ya-Sin.
McShay: Cody Ford, OT/G, Oklahoma
I’d like to get the Bolts someone in the middle of that defensive line, but the offensive side is equally in need. Ford, who played both guard and tackle at OU, has some versatility.
29. Kansas City Chiefs
Kiper: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
If an edge rusher falls, Kansas City could pounce at No. 29. But Williams could be a steal this late in Round 1.
McShay: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
Abram closes like a heat-seeking missile. I love his approach to the position. With or without Eric Berry, he immediately improves the secondary from the back end.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints)
Kiper: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Yes, that’s a wide receiver and tight end for the Packers, who need to maximize the later years of Aaron Rodgers’ career.
McShay: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Remember when I said Fant would be a bit of a reach for Green Bay at No. 12? Well, lucky for Packers fans, he’s still here at No. 30.
31. Los Angeles Rams
Kiper: Garrett Bradbury, C, NC State
I thought about cornerback here, but Bradbury could replace John Sullivan in the middle of the offensive line.
McShay: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
A 342-pound run-stopper with 5.05 speed ought to replace Ndamukong Suh nicely alongside Aaron Donald.
32. New England Patriots
Kiper: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Bill Belichick could address the front seven, but I like Smith here as a potential Gronk replacement.
McShay: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
The Pats have 12 picks, and history suggests they’ll wait until Day 2 to get their future quarterback project. I agree with Mel here — Smith is a matchup nightmare.