The 2019 NFL Draft

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Wow, is all that I can say about this year’s draft!  This draft had everything from your team drafting players in the first round that will make you ask,  “Who dat?” to teams getting the steal of a lifetime. 

So, we will start with the beginning of the draft, “With the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select, Kyler Murray, Quarterback, Oklahoma.“ No surprise, right?  The the next two picks went just as expected with the 49ers picking up Bosa and the Jets taking Williams.

Then the madness starts:   “ With the fourth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select Clelin Ferrell, Defensive End, Clemson.”  You could tell from the way the CBS crew started to talk about this selection that they were confused. With all these great defensive prospects in this draft, it doesn’t surprise me that Jon Gruden would take a shot at a kid that some wouldn’t even think make the first round.    

The next pick that would shock all viewers would be the selection of Daniel Jones, a quarterback from Duke. We knew from the get-go that the Giants needed to invest a pick this year on a quarterback or wait till next year’s class that could include big names like Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa, and Jalen Hurts. Well, most mock drafts would have the Giants taking Dwayne Haskins from Ohio State since Haskins is a well-rounded player that was an easy top ten pick; however, the Giants thought otherwise and decided to upset their fan base with taking a shot with Jones.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen a New York team do this in recent years. The New York Knicks had the fourth pick in the 2015 NBA draft and took a shot at a 7’3 power forward from Latvia named Kristaps Porzingis. After all the boos that we heard during his draft night, Porzingis turned out to be one of the top picks in the league. He would later become traded on January 31, 2019.     

After the big Giants’ pick, draftees fell into place as one would most likely assume; then,  the first trade happened. The Pittsburgh Steelers  traded their 20th overall pick in the first round, a second round pick, and next year’s third round pick to secure the Denver Broncos 10th overall pick. With this pick, the Steelers would finally come to choose a replacement for former all pro linebacker Ryan Shazier, with Devin Bush out of Michigan. This was a huge pick and led to the Broncos getting tight end Noah Fant with their 20th overall pick.

Nothing too surprising happened in the first round after this, but there were some definite picks later that could easily change a franchise around. One of the most stand out picks would be with the last pick in the second round of the draft.  The Seattle Seahawks selected D. K. Metcalf, a guy that we all thought would be an easy first round guy, maybe even a top ten player; but, he somehow fell to the end of the second round. Then something that completely blew me away was how far back Amani Oruwariye fell in the draft, landing in the fifth round to the Lions. This is a kid that I thought would be going 26th in the draft to the Colts, and he somehow manage to fall back to the fifth round to the Lions. All I can say is what a steal for the Lions. As the draft slowly wound down, it got football fans excited about the upcoming season with such great athletes in it.

 

The following are the first round draft picks in the 2019 NFL Draft:

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray / Quarterback / Oklahoma
  2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa / Defensive End / Ohio State
  3. New York Jets – Quinnen Williams / Defensive Tackle / Alabama
  4. Oakland Raiders –  Clelin Ferrell / Defensive End / Clemson
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White / Linebacker / LSU
  6. New York Giants – Daniel Jones / Quarterback / Duke
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Allen / Linebacker / Kentucky
  8. Detroit Lions – T.J. Hockenson / Tight End / Iowa
  9. Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver / Defensive Tackle / Houston
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Denver Broncos) – Devin Bush / Linebacker / Michigan
  11. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonah Williams / Offensive Tackle / Alabama
  12. Green Bay Packers – Rashan Gary / Defensive Tackle / Michigan
  13. Miami Dolphins – Christian Wilkins /  Defensive Tackle / Clemson
  14. Atlanta Falcons – Chris Lindstrom / Offensive Guard / Boston College
  15. Washington Redskins – Dwayne Haskins / Quarterback / Ohio State
  16. Carolina Panthers – Brian Burns / Offensive Linebacker / Florida State
  17. New York Giants (via Cleveland Browns) – Dexter Lawrence / Defensive Tackle / Clemson
  18. Minnesota Vikings – Garrett Bradbury / Center / NC State
  19. Tennessee Titans – Jeffery Simmons / Defensive Tackle / Mississippi State
  20. Denver Broncos (via Pittsburgh Steelers) – Noah Fant / Tight End / Iowa
  21. Green Bay Packers (via Seattle Seahawks) Darnell Savage Jr. / Safety / Maryland
  22. Philadelphia Eagles (via Baltimore Ravens) Andre Dillard / Offensive Tackle / Washington State
  23. Houston Texans – Tytus Howard / Offensive Tackle / Alabama State
  24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago Bears) – Josh Jacobs / Running Back / Alabama
  25. Baltimore Ravens (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Marquise Brown /  Wide Receiver / Oklahoma
  26. Washington Redskins (via Indianapolis Colts) – Montez Sweat / Defensive End / Mississippi State
  27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas Cowboys) – Jonathan Abram / Safety / Mississippi State
  28. Los Angeles Chargers / Jerry Tilley / Defensive Tackle / Notre Dame
  29. Seattle Seahawks (via Kansas City Chiefs) L.J. Collier / Defensive End / TCU
  30. New York Giants (via Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans Saints) – Deandre Baker / Cornerback / Georgia
  31. Atlanta Falcons (via Los Angeles Rams) – Kaleb McGary / Offensive Tackle / Washington
  32. New England Patriots – N’Keal Harry / Wide Receiver / Arizona State

 

 

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