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First-round 2019 mock draft: NFL Nation projects picks 1-32

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Cards select Murray with No. 1 pick (1:29)

In ESPN's NFL Nation Mock Draft, the Cardinals select QB Kyler Murray out of Oklahoma with the first overall pick. (1:29)

You've read the latest 2019 NFL mock drafts from draft gurus Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay. Now it's time for our NFL Nation reporters to share their expertise.

They played general manager for the teams they cover and executed a first-round mock, which aired live on ESPN on Tuesday night. Trades were not allowed. Here are the results:


1. Arizona Cardinals

Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma | Watch the pick

The Cardinals hired Kliff Kingsbury as coach for a reason: To improve an offense that contributed heavily to a 3-13 season. While Josh Rosen is more than capable of being Arizona's quarterback of the future, Kingsbury's relationship and history with Murray have given the reports of Murray to Arizona significant credence. Murray could also help fill a stadium that was half-full for most of last season, something that irked team president Michael Bidwill. -- Josh Weinfuss

2. San Francisco 49ers

Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State | Watch the pick

Barring a huge offer that nets multiple high picks, the 49ers are likely to stay put and go for the player they believe can be a difference-maker at a premium position from Day 1. Putting Bosa with Dee Ford, DeForest Buckner and the rest of San Francisco's pass-rushers should give the Niners a chance to turn some of the 11 one-possession losses they've suffered the past two seasons into victories. -- Nick Wagoner

3. New York Jets

Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama | Watch the pick

GM Mike Maccagnan would be thrilled if Nick Bosa falls. Failing that, he goes with the best available player, ignoring a bigger need at outside linebacker (Josh Allen). Williams would form a nice tandem with Leonard Williams (no relation), but where's the outside pass rush? -- Rich Cimini

4. Oakland Raiders

Ed Oliver, DT, Houston | Watch the pick

With Quinnen Williams gone, the logical pick would seem to be Josh Allen, what with the Raiders having a league-low 13 sacks last season and Allen having 17 sacks himself as an edge rusher at Kentucky. But scheme fit could be an issue, and the Raiders absolutely fell in love with Oliver at the combine. Oliver's versatility allows him to play anywhere on the defensive line in Oakland's 4-3 alignment, even as his career-low three sacks last season at Houston belie his effect in the pass rush. -- Paul Gutierrez

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky | Watch the pick

They might be high on Devin White, but Allen falling to No. 5 is a dream for the Bucs, who had not had a player reach double-digit sacks for 12 seasons before Jason Pierre-Paul did it last year. While it was tempting to take White to replace Kwon Alexander, Allen, who had 17.5 sacks his final year at Kentucky, can offer more impact. Had the Raiders selected Allen, the Bucs would strongly consider Ed Oliver, who could replace Gerald McCoy. -- Jenna Laine

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6. New York Giants

Devin White, ILB, LSU | Watch the pick

The Giants see a group of elite defenders in this draft. White is among them. They aren't going to let him fall any further. As for the quarterback position, they don't have anyone graded this high, especially not the preferred choice of many -- Dwayne Haskins. The Giants will try to address quarterback with their second first-round pick or higher, potentially with a trade up from No. 17. -- Jordan Raanan