The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here. Months of speculation, rumors, smokescreens, and anything else under the sun comes to a head tonight. The Arizona Cardinals will get things kicked off with the first overall pick, and will go on the clock at 8pm EST.
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1) The Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma
This has been a long rumored move. Arizona hired Kliff Kingsbury as head coach in the offseason, and Murray fits the offense well. He is the prototypical dual threat QB. He can make the big throws, but if he can’t find his receiver, he’ll just burn you with his speed.
Now, the big question turns to Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick last season. He should be on the move at some point this weekend.
2) The San Francisco 49ers select Nick Bosa, defensive end, Ohio State
The Niners grab an elite edge rusher as a result of Arizona going for Kyler Murray. Bosa is just a major force who has a knack for getting to the quarterback. He has a sixth sense for getting to the point of attack. A major add for this San Francisco defense.
3) The New York Jets select Quinnen Williams, defensive lineman, Alabama
The Jets add a major force in the middle of their defensive line. Williams is a mauler who gives opposing offenses nightmares. He pushes the pocket relentlessly and nails the quarterback. If he’s not after the quarterback, he’s attacking the play in the backfield. He is quick for a man his size. He should line up well in New York.
4) The Oakland Raiders select Clelin Ferrell, defensive end, Clemson
The first surprise of the night. I love Ferrell. He is a great pass rusher who can also stuff the run. He is a presence off the edge. An amazing player. However, I don’t like him at 4. This is too high for me. However, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden see something in him that I’m missing. Time will tell.
5) The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Devin White, linebacker, LSU
White was a guy I was really high on, and Tampa grabs him right here. White is a great athlete who can make the big plays. He is a guy who can lead the defense from that linebacker spot. He was one of the best playmakers in college football. A nice pick up for Bruce Arians and his defensive staff.
Now, does this mean Josh Allen falls?
6) The New York Giants select Daniel Jones, quarterback, Duke
This is a bit of a panic move I think. Recent rumors had the Giants being interested in Jones. However, they weren’t sure if he would be there when NYG picked again at 17. Jones comes in to sit behind Eli Manning. He seems raw, so this is a great spot for him. As for the Giants, they could’ve gone elsewhere. However, as with Ferrell going 4th, time will tell on this.
7) The Jacksonville Jaguars select Josh Allen, defensive end, Kentucky
Allen is a dynamic end who really could’ve been Top 3. He is a force off the edge and gets after the quarterback with reckless abandon. He is also a force when defending the run. Allen slipped a bit further than expected, but the Jags won’t complain. Allen is joining an incredibly talented defense as is, so I’m sure he won’t complain either.
He is also a newlywed, so congratulations.
8) The Detroit Lions select TJ Hockenson, tight end, Iowa
Hockenson has drawn comparisons to the recently retired Rob Gronkowski. I don’t really see it. I don’t think he is a bad prospect, but being drafted at 8 is a stretch in my opinion. Devin Bush was there, and the Lions have the worst linebacking core in the NFL. I feel they should’ve gone elsewhere.
For the record, I had them taking Ed Oliver.
9) The Buffalo Bills select Ed Oliver, defensive tackle, Houston
The Bills have to be surprised that he got past Detroit. Oliver had 1st overall potential, but he encountered some hurdles his senior year. The Bills have needed a major force on the interior defensive line, and he fell right into their lap.
10) The Pittsburgh Steelers (via Denver) select Devin Bush, linebacker, Michigan
TRADE: The Pittsburgh Steelers acquire pick 10 from the Denver Broncos in exchange for picks 20 and 52 this year, as well as a 2020 third round pick
Our first trade of the night. Devin Bush is a Steeler through and through. He was a guy who had recently risen up draft boards. A high energy player who will definitely become a leader on this defense. The Steelers are trying to make a statement this season. We’ll see if this is a good one or bad one.
11) The Cincinnati Bengals select Jonah Williams, offensive tackle, Alabama
I love this pick. Williams has the potential to be one of the best players in this class when it’s all set and done. The Bengals could’ve taken Dwayne Haskins, but they have decided to protect their current QB. Never a bad idea in my opinion. Next year’s QB class has a lot of potential, so if you aren’t sold on any of these guys, then protect the guy you do have.
12) The Green Bay Packers select Rashan Gary, linebacker, Michigan
Yeah, that’s right. I have him listed as a linebacker because he was announced as a linebacker. He has the athleticism to do it for sure. However, Gary didn’t have the production at Michigan when coming off the edge. He had 10.5 career sacks at Michigan and never lived up to his expectations coming out of high school. He’s also dealing with a shoulder injury. Another case of wait and see.
13) The Miami Dolphins select Christian Wilkins, defensive tackle, Clemson
Wilkins has been rising up draft boards as of late. Brian Flores goes defense in his first draft, which isn’t a surprise for the former Patriots defensive playcaller. Wilkins is versatile and can play in any situation. A nice pick here.
14) The Atlanta Falcons select Chris Lindstrom, offensive lineman, Boston College
This pick isn’t sexy, but I like Lindstrom. A guy who can play anywhere on your offensive line, and a guy who can start right away. Atlanta protects Matt Ryan with this one, and that is of major importance.
15) The Washington Redskins select Dwayne Haskins, quarterback, Ohio State
Lee Corso can be heard doing jumping jacks while screaming about how Haskins should’ve gone to Arizona. Haskins is a great prospect, and looks to be their next face of the franchise. He has a strong arm. The ball zips out of his hand. He has the makeup of a potential All-Pro.
16) The Carolina Panthers select Brian Burns, defensive end, Florida State
A speed rusher off the edge who could’ve gone earlier than this. He is a guy with length to push the pocket and get at the quarterback. He’ll need to add some weight, but he should be fine. Could he be the next big edge guy in Carolina?
17) The New York Giants (via Cleveland) select Dexter Lawrence, defensive lineman, Clemson
Lawrence is a good prospect, but I don’t like him this high. His athleticism propelled him this high I believe. He is an elite athlete with nimble feet who was unblockable at times. I’m just not sure about his potential due to previous injuries. Another wait and see.
18) The Minnesota Vikings select Garrett Bradbury, center, NC State
I like this pick. Bradbury will be slotted right in front of Kirk Cousins and will be tasked to protect their $84M investment. Bradbury should be up for that task.
19) The Tennessee Titans select Jeffery Simmons, defensive lineman, Miss. State
Simmons is dealing with a torn ACL. If he wasn’t dealing with it, I could’ve seen this guy going top 10. He is a very gifted athlete who uses that to beat blocks. He has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove. He may not play his rookie year, but he could contribute afterwards.
20) The Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh) select Noah Fant, tight end, Iowa
This selection makes me think the trade down was caused by Detroit selecting Hockenson at 8. Fant was Hockenson’s teammate at Iowa and could be a difference maker as well. I personally am not high on either of the Iowa tight ends but this, like Hockenson, is a case of wait and see.
21) The Green Bay Packers (via Seattle) select Darnell Savage, defensive back, Maryland
TRADE: The Green Bay Packers acquire pick 21 from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for picks 30, 114, and 118
The Packers moved up and reached for a guy I feel would’ve been there tomorrow. I’m not going to knock Savage because I feel like he could be a great player. He is a sideline-to-sideline guy who possesses blazing 4.3 speed. Another wait and see.
22) The Philadelphia Eagles (via Baltimore) select Andre Dillard, offensive tackle, Washington State
TRADE: The Philadelphia Eagles acquire pick 22 from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for pick 25, a 2019 fourth round pick, and a 2019 sixth round pick
Dillard is an elite pass blocker who had recently been mocked into the top 10. I didn’t think he would go that high, but I do think he could be a top 10 player when the dust settles on this class. The Eagles have had problems at the tackle spot and Dillard is a nice long term solution.
23) The Houston Texans select Tytus Howard, offensive tackle, Alabama State
Jawaan Taylor was on the board, and they went for a guy who most definitely would’ve been there tomorrow. That’s all I can really say. We’ll have to see if Howard makes me look like a fool for saying this.
24) The Oakland Raiders (via Chicago) select Josh Jacobs, running back, Alabama
The first running back off the board and this really wasn’t a surprise. Marshawn Lynch is reportedly retiring, so the Raiders will turn to Jacobs in hopes he turns out be to something like Lynch. He’s an every down back who can also catch the ball out of the backfield. A nice pick up for Jon Gruden. Maybe there’s a Spider 2 Y Banana in Jacobs’ future.
25) The Baltimore Ravens (via Philadelphia) select Marquise Brown, wide receiver, Oklahoma
The Ravens needed a receiver, and they got a nice one. “Hollywood” gives Lamar Jackson a target down the field. A great route runner with the speed to break away from the defender. He is also a nice YAC guy, like a Golden Tate like player. Nice pick for the Ravens.
26) The Washington Redskins (via Indianapolis) select Montez Sweat, linebacker, Miss. State
TRADE: The Redskins acquire pick 26 from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for pick 46 and a 2020 second round pick
Sweat’s heart condition and character concerns caused him to slip. However, he is a force off the edge. They announced him as a linebacker, and I think he could play one of the outside backers well. I would prefer him on the edge of the defensive line. This guy ran a 4.4, so speed is not a question at all. Washington has done well here.
27) The Oakland Raiders (via Dallas) select Jonathan Abram, defensive back, Miss. State
Probably the best DB in this draft. The Raiders needed to hit on these last two picks, and I like both of them. Abram should step in and start Week One in the Raiders secondary that needs a bit of depth. Not a bad move.
28) The Los Angeles Chargers select Jerry Tillery, defensive tackle, Notre Dame
I love this pick. The Chargers add a mauler to their interior defensive line. This man gets into the backfield to disrupt the run, and is able to shed blocks to get to the quarterback. A nice move late in the first for Anthony Lynn.
29) The Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City) select LJ Collier, defensive end, TCU
He was a definite Day 2 guy, but I’m not surprised he went in the first. Teams liked him and here he goes. He is a speedy guy and a bit undersized, but very tough and won’t quit. We’ll see if the reach was worth it.
30) The New York Giants (via Seattle from Green Bay) select DeAndre Baker, cornerback, Georgia
The best corner in this draft falls down to 30 as the Giants trade up to get him. Teams were scared to throw his way his last couple years. He is a guy who can start right away, and the Giants are happy he was still there at 30.
31) The Atlanta Falcons (via Los Angeles Rams) select Kaleb McGary, offensive lineman, Washington
A bit off the board but I like what Atlanta is doing here. They’re adding youthful depth to the offensive line in order to protect Matt Ryan right now and in the future. This is still a reach, however, and is another case of wait and see.
32) The New England Patriots select N’Keal Harry, wide receiver, Arizona State
The Patriots got themselves an absolute playmaker. Great hands with his size. Doesn’t have burning speed, but he’s strong and has a knack for making acrobatic catches. This was a shock, and a nice pick by New England.
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