The Daily Iowan’s first-round NFL mock draft

With the NFL Draft less than 24 hours away, The Daily Iowan presents its first round mock draft.


Nick Rohlman

Iowa tight end Noah Fant celebrates scoring a touchdown during Iowa’s game against Illinois at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Illinois, on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. The Hawkeyes defeated the Fighting Illini 63-0.

Adam Hensley and Pete Ruden

1. Arizona — Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Murray showed he was a game-changer with Oklahoma. Arizona needs a game-changer.

2. San Francisco — Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

No-brainer here. Bosa is the draft’s top defensive end.

3. New York Jets — Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

New York needs someone to clog the interior, and Williams is that guy.

4. Oakland — Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Many thought Oliver was the draft’s top prospect before the season started.

5. Tampa Bay — Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

Tampa could use edge help with its 3-4 defense.

6. New York Giants — Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Eli Manning era is coming to a close sooner rather than later.

7. Jacksonville — T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Signing Nick Foles was huge, but Jacksonville needs someone to catch passes from him — preferably a Rob Gronkowski-type tight end.

8. Detroit — Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

Things just haven’t been the same post-Ndamukong Suh.

9. Buffalo — Jawaan Taylor, T, Florida

Someone needs to protect Josh Allen.

10. Denver — Devin White, LB, Michigan

Denver strengthens its linebacking corps with this pick.

11. Cincinnati — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Andy Dalton’s days are, or at least they should be, numbered.

12. Green Bay — Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Jimmy Graham is on the decline, and Aaron Rodgers could use one of the best offensive weapons in the draft.

13. Miami — Jonah Williams, G, Alabama

Miami has numerous voids to fill, but drafting Williams is a safe pick.

14. Atlanta — Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

Sweat falls a bit in the draft, but he’s a great pickup at 14 for the Falcons, who ranked 22nd in sacks last season.

15. Washington — D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

Washington needs help in the receiving game. Badly.

16. Carolina — Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

With no Julius Peppers, the Panthers need help on the outside.

17. New York Giants — Andre Dillard, T, Washington State

Quarterback? Check. Pass protection? Check.

18. Minnesota — Cody Ford, G, Oklahoma

The Vikings ranked 25th in yards per carry last season. That’s got to change.

19. Tennessee — Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

There’s a chance Wilkins goes earlier, but if he’s available at 19, Tennessee doesn’t pass him up.

20. Pittsburgh — Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Joe Haden isn’t the same defensive back he used to be — the Steelers need help in the secondary.

21. Seattle — Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

After trading away Frank Clark, the Seahawks need defensive help.

22. Baltimore — Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Baltimore needs speed on the outside. “Hollywood” Brown brings just that.

23. Houston — Greg Little, T, Mississippi

One way to keep DeShaun Watson healthy is to build an offensive line.

24. Oakland — Josh Jacobs, HB, Alabama

Marshawn Lynch retired. Someone has to run the ball now.

25. Philadelphia — Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Abram might fall later into the first round, but Philadelphia has a need at safety.

26. Indianapolis — Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Pete really wanted this pick to happen.

27. Oakland — Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Oakland goes defense again in the first round here.

28. Los Angeles Chargers — Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Phillip Rivers needs some protection on the offensive line.

29. Seattle — N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Russell Wilson got his money, now he gets a receiver.

30. Green Bay — Brian Burns, Edge, Florida State

The Packers need edge-rush help, especially without Clay Matthews.

31. Los Angeles Rams — Garrett Bradbury, C, N.C. State

Safe pick for the Rams here. Bradbury gives them the draft’s best center.

32. New England — Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

A Calvin-Johnson-like target would make Tom Brady smile.