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The 2019 NFL mock drafts: Yes, they exist already, yes there is a Texas Longhorn on them

Posted April 30th, 2018

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Texas’ Tristan Nickelson throws up receiver Collin Johnson after a touchdown against West Virginia at Darrell K Royal – Texas Memorial Stadium on Saturday, November 12, 2016. Jamie Harms / for American-Statesman

The 2018 NFL Draft just ended and it’s time to take a break from talking about 40 times, if a player is too smart to be taken in the top 10 and all things Baker Mayfield. The crazy season is over — how can Josh Rosen being too smart possibly be a flaw? Enjoy the off-season and we’ll pick this back up in August.

Silly, silly, silly people. The draft talk, much like Hulkamania, will live forever.

The 2019 mock drafts are already being published as if we know what will happen in the NFL — Bleacher Report clearly has no faith in the New York Jets (wait, didn’t the Jets overachieve last year?) — and which players will have dynamite senior seasons (remember when Mason Rudolph was a first-round lock and Mayfield was MIA a year ago?).

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Which player enters the 2018 college football season as the projected No. 1 pick? That would be Ohio State star Nick Bosa, brother of Los Angeles Chargers star defensive end Joey. Nick has been penciled in as a No. 1 pick for what feels like forever. And yes, CBS believes the Browns will be drafting No. 1 again, while Bleacher Report has the Jets in that position — both sites are predicting Bosa in that spot.

As for the Texas Longhorns, according to those two mock drafts, a Longhorn will be taken in the first round next year for the first time since 2015.

Collin Johnson, who may have been the biggest star of the Orange-White Spring Game a few weeks ago is being projected as the No. 19 pick of the Dallas Cowboys on Bleacher Report. If that happened, it would be the first time the Cowboys have taken Longhorns in consecutive drafts during the modern, seven-round draft era. The only stats to really talk about when it comes to Johnson are his measurables, because he hasn’t exactly broken out on the 40 Acres yet, though big, big things are expected of the junior wide receiver. Johnson is 6-foot-6-inches tall and 220 pounds. That’s the type of size to automatically get a receiver a first-round look.

On CBS’ mock draft, Johnson is headed to Green Bay with the No. 25 pick.

MORE: Texas hosts 2018 Orange-White Spring Game on April 21, 2018

Obviously it’s smart to take these blind guesses with a grain of salt. Last year Malik Jefferson and Connor Williams were projected first round picks entering their junior seasons and both went a few rounds later. Holton Hill, who wasn’t even drafted this weekend, was once being floated as a first-round pick. Jefferson dropped despite having an incredibly productive junior season, while Williams battled an injury for much of the season. Hill was eventually suspended from the team and entered the draft.

However, Williams and Jefferson were drafted relatively early — top 100 picks — in the draft.

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