NFL Mock Draft Roundup: Nick Bosa Viewed As Consensus No. 2 Overall Pick, But Projections Vary for Dwayne Haskins, Other Ohio State Prospects

By Dan Hope on April 18, 2019 at 2:05 pm
Dwayne Haskins

The 2019 NFL draft is just one week away.

Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa and quarterback Dwayne Haskins are projected to be early first-round draft picks – though Haskins isn’t as widely projected to be a top-10 pick as he once was – while eight other Buckeyes have also been projected to be selected within the draft’s seven rounds.

Wednesday was the final day for NFL teams to host players for pre-draft visits, so now, it’s time for all 32 organizations to finalize their draft boards and lock down their strategies for next week’s draft, which is scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 25 and continue through Saturday, April 27.

As the draft approaches ever closer, we took a look at 15 recent mock drafts from around the web to see where each of Ohio State’s 10 most likely selections are projected to potentially end up.

The projections included in our one-week-remaining Mock Draft Roundup:

Nick Bosa, DE

Brown: Round 1, No. 1 overall, Arizona Cardinals
Brugler: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Clayton: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Draft Tek: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Easterling: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Edholm: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Jeremiah: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Kadar: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Kiper: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
McShay: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Trapasso: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Vrentas: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
White: Round 1, No. 2 overall, San Francisco 49ers
Kelly: Round 1, No. 3 overall, New York Jets
Wright: Round 1, No. 4 overall, Oakland Raiders

80 percent of the mock drafts we surveyed agree that the 49ers will select Bosa with the No. 2 overall pick in this year’s draft. Only one mock draft has him going to the Cardinals, who are widely projected to take Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, while only two mock drafts have the 49ers passing him up.

Bosa is widely regarded as the best overall prospect in the 2019 draft class, and as a result, he’s expected to be the first non-quarterback off the board. The 49ers don’t necessarily need to draft a defensive end, after trading for Dee Ford in March, but Bosa is regarded as too good to pass up.

Should Bosa land at the No. 2 overall pick, he will be selected one spot higher than his older brother Joey Bosa was selected by the Chargers in the 2016 NFL draft, and will be Ohio State’s highest draft selection since the Rams selected Orlando Pace with the No. 1 overall pick in 1997.

Nick Bosa
The 49ers are widely projected to select Nick Bosa in next Thursday's first round of the NFL draft. Matthew Emmons – USA TODAY Sports
Dwayne Haskins, QB

White: Round 1, No. 3 overall, Washington Redskins
Brown: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Draft Tek: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Kiper: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
McShay: Round 1, No. 6 overall, New York Giants
Brugler: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Easterling: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Jeremiah: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Kadar: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Kelly: Round 1, No. 11 overall, Cincinnati Bengals
Clayton: Round 1, No. 13 overall, Miami Dolphins
Wright: Round 1, No. 15 overall, Washington Redskins
Vrentas: Round 1, No. 15 overall, Washington Redskins
Trapasso: Round 1, No. 24 overall, Oakland Raiders
Edholm: Round 1, No. 28 overall, Los Angeles Chargers

There’s no consensus on where Haskins will be selected in next Thursday’s first round of the draft, but the three teams who are being most frequently projected as landing spots for the Ohio State quarterback are the Giants, Bengals and Redskins – with each of them showing up in at least three of the 15 mock drafts surveyed here.

Rewind back to just a month ago, and the vast majority of mock drafts projected that the Giants would select Haskins, but while they still appear to be interested in him – hosting him for a visit at their team facility earlier this week – there’s a growing belief that they will ultimately draft a defensive player with the No. 6 overall pick instead.

That could potentially facilitate a drop outside of the top 10 picks, which could drop him into the lap of the Bengals, who could look to upgrade from Andy Dalton and keep Haskins in the state of Ohio if he falls to their No. 11 slot.

Washington would be another natural fit for Haskins, whose family lives between the Redskins’ facility and FedEx Field, as the team has a major need at the quarterback position. Most mock drafts still don’t have Haskins falling to their No. 15 overall pick, but they could also look to trade up for Haskins; White has them moving up all the way to the No. 3 slot to secure the opportunity to draft him.

Although two of the mock drafts surveyed here have Haskins falling into the twenties, as some prognosticators now believe that Missouri quarterback Drew Lock and even Duke quarterback Daniel Jones could be selected before Haskins, it would still be fairly shocking if Haskins wasn’t selected in the top 15 picks.

Terry McLaurin, WR

Kiper: Round 1, No. 26 overall, Indianapolis Colts
White: Round 2, No. 38 overall, Jacksonville Jaguars
Brugler: Round 3, No. 84 overall, Seattle Seahawks
Draft Tek: Round 3, No. 86 overall, Houston Texans
Easterling: Round 4, No. 114 overall, Green Bay Packers

McLaurin has the third-highest single projection of any Ohio State prospect in the mock drafts we surveyed, thanks to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr., but the majority of draft projections (among those that projected all seven rounds) still have the former Buckeye wide receiver being selected between the middle of the third round and the middle of the fourth round.

With his rise up draft boards thanks to strong performances at the Senior Bowl, the NFL Scouting Combine and Ohio State’s pro day, it seems likely that he will be selected at some point on Day 2 of the draft (Rounds 2-3) on Friday, but it’s hard to pinpoint where exactly he might ultimately land.

Parris Campbell, WR

Brugler: Round 1, No. 30 overall, Green Bay Packers
Kiper: Round 2, No. 46 overall, Washington Redskins
McShay: Round 2, No. 46 overall, Washington Redskins
White: Round 2, No. 46 overall, Washington Redskins
Trapasso: Round 2, No. 61 overall, Kansas City Chiefs
Wright: Round 2, No. 62 overall, New Orleans Saints
Easterling: Round 3, No. 66 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers
Draft Tek: Round 3, No. 73 overall, New England Patriots

A majority of mock drafts that include at least two rounds project that Campbell will be selected in the second round, with three mock drafts in this roundup all projecting that Campbell will land with the Redskins, who he visited earlier this week. Wide receiver is one of the Redskins’ biggest draft needs, and Campbell would likely become an increasingly appealing potential second-round pick if they land Haskins in Round 1.

Dre’Mont Jones, DT

Draft Tek: Round 2, No. 48 overall, Miami Dolphins
Brugler: Round 2, No. 50 overall, Minnesota Vikings
Easterling: Round 2, No. 51 overall, Tennessee Titans
McShay: Round 2, No. 51 overall, Tennessee Titans
Kiper: Round 2, No. 58 overall, Dallas Cowboys
Trapasso: Round 2, No. 58 overall, Dallas Cowboys
White: Round 2, No. 60 overall, Los Angeles Chargers

Jones is consistently projected to be selected in the latter half of the second round, with all seven mock drafts that included the Ohio State defensive tackle in this roundup slotting him between the 48th and 60th overall picks.

Two landing spots for Jones that are projected in multiple mock drafts are the Titans and Cowboys. For the Titans, who are coached by former Ohio State defensive lineman and assistant coach Mike Vrabel, Jones could be a versatile interior pass-rusher who could play defensive end in three-man fronts and defensive tackle in four-man fronts in their hybrid scheme. The Cowboys, who run a more traditional 4-3 defense, are in need of an interior penetrator at defensive tackle after David Irving’s retirement in March.

Michael Jordan, G/C

Draft Tek: Round 3, No. 82 overall, Tennessee Titans
White: Round 3, No. 96 overall, New York Jets
Brugler: Round 3, No. 99 overall, Los Angeles Chargers
Easterling: Round 6, No. 184 overall, Detroit Lions

Jordan, who played left guard in his first two seasons at Ohio State before moving to center for his third and final season as a Buckeye, is projected as a late third-round pick in three of the four seven-round mock drafts surveyed in this roundup. Jordan is expected to move back to guard in the NFL, but his versatility to both interior offensive line positions bolsters his stock and improves his chances of being a Day 2 pick.

Michael Jordan and Dre'Mont Jones
Michael Jordan and Dre'Mont Jones, who were recognized at Saturday's Ohio State spring game, are projected to be Day 2 draft picks.
Kendall Sheffield, CB

Brugler: Round 4, No. 107 overall, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Easterling: Round 5, No. 166 overall, Los Angeles Chargers
White: Round 6, No. 175 overall, Pittsburgh Steelers

After working out for representatives from 27 NFL teams last week and showing he is healthy after suffering a partially torn pectoral muscle while bench pressing at the combine, Sheffield is projected to be a Day 3 pick in this year’s draft. Ohio State’s school record holder in the 60-meter dash, Sheffield is one of the most explosive athletes in the draft but never quite performed up to expectations for the Buckeyes on the football field, making it difficult to pinpoint where a team might decide to take a chance on his potential.

Mike Weber, RB

Draft Tek: Round 4, No. 136 overall, Dallas Cowboys
White: Round 5, No. 167 overall, Kansas City Chiefs
Brugler: Round 7, No. 216 overall, Kansas City Chiefs
Easterling: Round 7, No. 241 overall, Dallas Cowboys

Although Weber’s draft projections range from the fourth round to the seventh round, they center on two teams – the Cowboys and Chiefs – who have shown interest in the Ohio State running back during the pre-draft process.

In Dallas, Weber would be a replacement for former Ohio State running back Rod Smith – who is not expected to re-sign with the team, and tried out with the Cincinnati Bengals earlier this week – and a backup for fellow former Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott. In Kansas City, Weber would also be paired up with another former Ohio State running back – Carlos Hyde – as a likely backup to Damien Williams.

Isaiah Prince, OT

Draft Tek: Round 5, No. 143 overall, New York Giants
Easterling: Round 6, No. 194 overall, Green Bay Packers
Brugler: Round 7, No. 244 overall, New Orleans Saints

After three years as Ohio State’s starting right tackle, Prince is projected to be a late-round pick in this year’s draft. He isn’t likely to be drafted into a situation where he will be called upon to start right away, but at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, he offers upside as a backup tackle who could be developed into a future starting role if he can cut down on the inconsistency that plagued him during his Buckeyes career.

Johnnie Dixon, WR

Draft Tek: Round 7, No. 229 overall, Detroit Lions
Easterling: Round 7, No. 254 overall, Arizona Cardinals

Dixon appears to be right on the fringe of being drafted or going undrafted, as evidenced by Easterling’s projection, which lists Dixon as the final pick – also known as “Mr. Irrelevant” – in his mock draft.

Ultimately, it appears likely that Ohio State will have either nine or 10 players selected in this year’s draft, with the final number coming down to whether Dixon is selected. If he goes undrafted, though, he should be snapped up almost immediately after the draft is over as a free-agent signing.

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