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2019 NFL mock draft: Completely random edition

Every mock draft is wrong. This one is probably the wrongest, though.

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My favorite NFL Draft tradition is back! Way back in 2013, former Pride of Detroit managing editor Sean Yuille finished draft season with a completely random mock draft, in which he literally just picked 32 names out of a hat and slotted them to their respective teams.

That year, instead of the Lions picking Ezekiel Ansah with the fifth overall pick, they ended up taking West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith.

Since then, the random mock draft has slotted Detroit with defensive tackle Louis Nix (2014), tight end Maxx Williams (2015), defensive tackle Jarran Reed (2016) and running back Derrius Guice (2018). (I straight up forgot to do this in 2017).

That’s not exactly a great haul for the Lions, but I’m here to reverse the curse. This year, the Lions are going to snag a future Hall of Famer in the Random Mock.

Here’s how it worked. I wrote down the top 32 prospects from The Athletic’s Consensus Big Board on individual pieces of paper and threw them into a hat. From there, I simply picked a piece of paper and went down the draft order. No trades.

Here are the results:

  1. Arizona Cardinals - OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
  2. San Francisco 49ers - CB Byron Murphy, Washington
  3. New York Jets - DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
  4. Oakland Raiders - DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi St.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - G Cody Ford, Oklahoma
  6. New York Giants - EDGE Brian Burns, Florida State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars - WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State
  8. Detroit Lions - WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
  9. Buffalo Bills - CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
  10. Denver Broncos - WR A.J. Brown, Mississippi
  11. Cincinnati Bengals - TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
  12. Green Bay Packers - DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
  13. Miami Dolphins - QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
  14. Atlanta Falcons - WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi
  15. Washington - LB Devin White, LSU
  16. Carolina Panthers - OT Andre Dillard, Washington St.
  17. New York Giants - CB Greedy Williams, LSU
  18. Minnesota Vikings - QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio St.
  19. Tennessee Titans - C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
  20. Pittsburgh Steelers - EDGE Nick Bosa, Ohio St.
  21. Seattle Seahawks - DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
  22. Baltimore Ravens - G Dalton Risner, Kansas St.
  23. Houston Texans - LB Devin Bush, Michigan
  24. Oakland Raiders - DT Ed Oliver, Houston
  25. Philadelphia Eagles - DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
  26. Indianapolis Colts - EDGE Rashan Gary, Michigan
  27. Oakland Raiders - RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
  28. Los Angeles Chargers - EDGE Josh Allen, Kentucky
  29. Seattle Seahawks - EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
  30. Green Bay Packers - EDGE Montez Sweat, Mississippi St.
  31. Los Angeles Rams - TE Noah Fant, Iowa
  32. New England Patriots - OL Jonah Williams, Alabama

It’s quite fitting that the inane process of picking a name out of hat would summon the Matt Millen era for the Detroit Lions. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is a name a lot of people like, including our own Alex Reno:

However, this tweet was 10 days before it was announced that Brown had surgery for a Lisfranc injury. It appears Brown’s rehab is going well, but that kind of injury can be devastating, and he’s a big risk in the top 10.

Some picks that actually may happen include Quinnen Williams to the Jets, Greedy Williams to the Giants, and Andre Dillard to the Panthers.

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