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Mock Draft 2.0: No surprise at No. 1 but Nick Bosa falls. Will Cowboys play it ‘safe’?

The thing you can count on when the 2019 NFL Draft commences on April 25th is there will be a few trades in the first round.

So keep that in mind as we unveil Mock Draft 2.0.

But Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray remains an absolute lock to be picked No. 1 overall by the Arizona Cardinals.

It makes too much sense.

The Cowboys will likely continue to covet their Amari Cooper highlights and not trade back into the first round but they could find themselves moving up the board in round two.

Look for the Cowboys to target a safety with the 58th overall pick. Washington’s Taylor Rapp is the one to watch.

Here is the first-round mock No. 2 followed by a Cowboys pick at 58:

1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13) – Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

Let’s not over think the obvious. Kliff Kingsbury has coveted Murray to run his offense since high school.

2. San Francisco 49ers (4-12) – Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Nick Bosa has been linked to the 49ers but Williams is the best player in the draft.

3. New York Jets (4-12) – Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Jets need an edge rusher and Bosa is the best one in the draft.

4. Oakland Raiders (4-12) – Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

The Raiders finally get a pass rusher to replace the one they traded away last season.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11) – Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Sweat had a monster combine to back up his billing as a top pass rusher.

6. New York Giants (5-11) – Rashaan Gary, DE, Michigan

The Giants are going to pass on a QB and get the pass rusher to replace Olivier Vernon.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

The Jaguars got their QB in Nick Foles. Now they need to protect him.

8. Detroit Lions (6-10) – Ed Oliver, DL, Houston

Coach Matt Patricia continues to build his defense with one of the top talents in the draft.

9. Buffalo Bills (6-10) – Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama

Buffalo upgraded the firepower in free agency now they need to protect the QB.

10. Denver Broncos (6-10) – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins’ slide stops with the Broncos. Did John Elway finally find his QB?

11. Cincinnati Bengals (6-10) – Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

Bush replaces Vontaze Burfict as the playmaker in the middle the Bengals defense.

12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

This do-it-all tight end is a perfect pick to help bring back Aaron Rodgers and the offense.

13. Miami Dolphins (7-9) — Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

The Dolphins need a QB badly. Lock could be the one they build with for the future.

14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

The Falcons need help at right tackle and Ford is the top tackle left on the board.

15. Washington Redskins (7-9) – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

The Redskins need explosion at receiver and Metcalf is big and fast.

16. Carolina Panthers (7-9) – Devin White, LB, LSU

White could be the perfect replacement for the departed Thomas Davis.

17. New York Giants (5-11) – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

The Giants didn’t like Haskins but get their heir to Eli Manning with Jones.

18. Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1) – Andre Dillard, OL, Washington

The Vikings need help across the line. Dillard will help protect Kirk Cousins.

19. Tennessee Titans (9-7) – Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

The Titans need pass rush help and Burns gets to the quarterback.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1) – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams is a long and fast cornerback who can lock down and cover receivers.

21. Seattle Seahawks (10-6) – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

The Seahawks need to get Russell Wilson signed then put the boom back in the defense with Wilkins.

22. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

If Brown is healthy, he is a game breaker. The Ravens should pounce.

23. Houston Texans (11-5) – Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

The Texans must protect their quarterback who took too many sacks last year.

24. Oakland Raiders (4-12) (from Chicago Bears) – DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Raiders need help at cornerback. Baker is the best one left.

25. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7) – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

The Eagles need help at cornerback and Murphy is a technician at the position.

26. Indianapolis Colts (10-6) – Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

The Colts continue to build a defense that includes the 2019 rookie of the year Darius Leonard.

27. Oakland Raiders (4-12) (from Dallas Cowboys) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs proves to the heir apparent to Marshawn Lynch in the Raiders backfield.

28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4) – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

The Chargers would like to get a QB for the future but can’t pass on Fant.

29. Kansas City Chiefs (12-4) – Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

The Chiefs traded Dee Ford and released Justin Houston. They need pass rush help.

30. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1) (from New Orleans Saints) – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

Give Aaron Rodgers a new offense and more weapons to throw to.

31. Los Angeles Rams (13-3) – Jeffery Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Rams let Ndamukong Suh walk. Tillery would fill in nicely next to Aaron Donald.

32. New England Patriots (11-5) – Irv Smith, TE, Alabama

Rob Gronkowski is gone. So Bill Belichick gets a replacement groomed by his buddy Nick Saban.


58. Dallas Cowboys (10-6) – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Based on pre-draft visits, the Cowboys are eying a safety very close. Rapp would be a dream if he was there at 58. Also keep an eye on Virginia’s Juan Thornhill and Mississippi State’s Jonathan Abram.

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Clarence E. Hill Jr. has covered the Dallas Cowboys as a beat writer/columnist for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram since 1997. That includes just two playoff wins, six coaches and countless controversies from the demise of the dynasty teams of the 1990s through the rollercoaster years of the Tony Romo era until Jason Garrett’s process Cowboys.