This article is a bit different from the round 1 article. In this one, I’m going to be highlighting picks that I thought were good, bad, or had a big name fall to them. Let’s get to it. I present our 2019 NFL Draft highlights.
2019 NFL Draft Highlights
Pick: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Good job, Arizona. Murphy was one of the players remaining on my board with a 1st round grade. Arizona addresses a position of need and grabs a fluid corner with good ball skills. I expect Murphy to be a good CB2 behind Patrick Peterson if he’s still a Cardinal at the start of next season.
Pick: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
I wasn’t to impressed with this pick, but since it’s the Colts first selection, I’ve got to talk about it. Ya-Sin is a raw corner coming from Temple. He’s a hard worker and enthusiastic about the game. He has all the tools you want in a corner he just needs to learn how to put them all together. This pick is a reach but it makes sense because of his upside. Let’s look at more 2019 NFL Draft highlights.
Pick: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Jacksonville capitalized on the rare opportunity of grabbing two top-10 talents in two different rounds. First grabbing Josh Allen to re-energize sacksonville and then grabbing a nasty big man on the offensive line to protect that quarterback you paid 88 million. Jawaan Taylor is the best pass blocker in this class and the Jags fans should be happy about this pick.
Pick: Drew Lock
John Elway gets the guy he wanted all along. Drew Lock just looks like a Denver QB, doesn’t he? Elway has executed this draft to perfection, trading back in round 1 and still getting Noah Fant, then trading up while still keeping a lot of your draft capital. This is a very safe pick for the Broncos, due to the over-valuing of the quarterback position, this is not a reach, but a great upside pick.
Pick: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Well this worked out perfectly for Cleveland. I had been mocking Greedy Williams to Cleveland in the first round before they traded that pick. The fact that they could grab him in the second round makes this pick great. Coming into the day, Williams was one of my best available players. While there are concerns about willingness to tackle, guys like Denzel Ward, Baker Mayfield, and Jarvis Landry should be able to get Greedy to buy in pretty quickly. Love this pick
New Orleans Saints
Pick: Erik McCoy, IOL, Texas A&M
McCoy was my top ranked interior offensive lineman left on the board going into day 2 and the Saints made quick work of that. With the recent news that Max Unger would be retiring, center quickly became a need for the Saints. Erik McCoy is a strong, athletic, technically sound player who faced top tier competition like Quinnen Williams and Christian Wilkins. Not only did he face those guys, he played very well against them. I’d say McCoy won the matchup against Wilkins, lost the matchup against Williams but he made Williams work the hardest he’s had to. The Saints got a good one who should be able to step into that starting role pretty seamlessly.
Pick: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
While this isn’t D.K. Metcalf, it’s the right pick for the Titans. With Cory Davis on the outside, and newly acquired Adam Humphries in the slot, they can move A.J. Brown around the field to get him in preferred match-ups. Ideally, he would be played as a big slot where he can run short to intermediate routes and use his outstanding YAC ability to generate big gains. This is a smart pick for Tennessee.
Pick: Drew Sample, TE, Washington
Yikes, Cincinnati. This is by far, the worst pick of the day in my opinion. I couldn’t properly grade Sample because I turned it off due to being severely unimpressed. If Bengals fans were hoping for a receiving tight end, this is not your guys. He has some upside as a blocker but his play strength looked lackluster at times. This is a big reach and a tough pick to wrap my head around.
Pick: Trysten Hill, IDL, UCF
This was a predictable pick from Dallas; Hill was a player that was known to be well liked by the Dallas front office. In my opinion, Hill was the best player on UCF last year, but he got limited playing time. He is relatively raw but has the athleticism and tools you want to see in a interior defensive lineman. He has a great get off and is strong when engaging with blockers. Cowboys fans should be optimistic about this pick; there’s some work to do, but if it pays off he could be a great player.
Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
What a draft the Chargers have had. First landing Tillery and now getting a first round caliber safety at pick 61. Adderley is a athletic safety who can do it all. Delaware lined him up in single-high, two-deep, in the box, as a nickel. He should pair really well with Derwin James. The Chargers have likely found their starting safety duo for years to come. Good stuff, Chargers.
Pick: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Here it is folks, the best wide receiver in the draft finally gets picked. I thought D.K. would’ve been a first round lock, but apparently not. Unless teams didn’t like his tape, the only thing I can think of tat turned teams away was his neck injury from last year, which makes sense. Not only is this a good value pick, it’s a good fit for Metcalf as well. Pairing Metcalf with Russell Wilson is one of the best situations he could’ve been put into. Now that they secured Russell for a long time, hopefully they’ve found him a top tier WR1 to throw to. Let’s look at more 2019 NFL Draft highlights.
New York Jets
Pick: Jachai Polite, Edge, Florida
What a wild ride it was for Jachai Polite. He started out as a potential first round pick, but after a terrible pre-draft process, he fell all the way to the third round. This pick is a bit of an unknown; the Jets got a first round player based off of tape, but the question is whether or not he is coach-able. No one knows what’s going to happen when a coach criticizes something Polite will do, will he accept it and grow or just shrug it off and stagnate as a player. If the Jets can get him to buy in, they have a great player for a long time.
Pick: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
The Redskins are having the best draft of any team, and it’s not close in my opinion. They follow a superb first round by drafting probably the most underrated wide receiver in this class. Terry McLaurin is an athletic, technician who is just good at everything. He runs good routes, can catch in contested situations, and do just about everything you need a good receiver to do. Another positive about this; you get the quarterback you just drafted someone he’s comfortable with. Brilliant execution by the Washington front office.
Pick: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
I was a bit confused by this pick, personally. With a player like Chauncey Gardener-Johnson on the board and him being at a position of need. I understand having a backup for Cam, but I don’t think this was a good time to address that, especially with good players still on the board. Hopefully this works out for Carolina but I can’t wrap my head around this one.
Alright, that’s it for day 2 highlights. I will be following this up with a longer version, coming out tomorrow for day 3 highlights. Enjoy day 3, draft fans. I hope your team doesn’t disappoint you.