2019 NFL Draft Reactions and Thoughts

With the 1st round of the draft officially in the books, let’s take a look at what I think of each pick. In this article, we’ll dive into the 2019 NFL Draft and I’ll provide some reactions to several picks.

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Arizona Cardinals

Pick: Kyler Murray, QB, Arizona

It happened. Kyler Murray is officially on the Arizona Cardinals. The rumors we heard for the last few months came to fruition and I am still shocked. Just last year, the Cardinals traded up for Josh Rosen, who they are apparently done with. Kliff Kingsbury gets the guy to run his offense and it’s a bold one. 

Grade: C-

 

San Francisco 49’ers

Pick: Nick Bosa, Edge, Ohio State

Perfect fit, perfect pick. San Francisco desperately needed Edge rushers and they just added a pretty good one. The second player on my board and my top ranked edge rusher goes to the team that needs him the most. Believe it or not, the 49’ers got a steal at 2 and they should be very very happy.

Grade: A+

 

New York Jets 

Pick: Quinnen Williams, IDL, Alabama

The Jets nab the best player in the draft and don’t look back. Pairing Quinnen Williams with Leonard Williams makes a dangerous duo on the interior that should dominate on a regular basis. Fantastic pick for the Jets; he should be a centerpiece on that defense for years to come. 

Grade: A+

 

Oakland Raiders

Pick: Clelin Ferrell, Edge, Clemson

This is a shocker. Ferrell was my last 1st round grade and would’ve been there for the Raiders at 24. I don’t know if Mayock was involved in this but this sure feels like a Gruden pick. Ferrell is a good player but no where near a top-5 pick. Just months after trading Khalil Mack, Gruden attempts to find his next great edge rusher and it was not the pick anyone expected. 

Grade: B-

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Pick: Devin White, LB, LSU

This is a good pick for the Buccaneers. This fills a need and they get a top-15 player on my board. Sure, Josh Allen was on the board but they need someone to take charge of that defense and be the centerpiece they need; Devin White can be exactly that. 

Grade: B+

 

New York Giants

Pick: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

Wow. Dave Gettleman is really trying to be the most hated man in New York. I had a 5th round grade on Jones and couldn’t believe this pick. Jones comes from a quick hit offense that gets the ball out of his hands quickly. He’s now on the Giants, a team with a average at best offensive line and no receivers. I’m floored by this pick.

Grade: F

 

Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Josh Allen, Edge, Kentucky

Great value for Jacksonville, just a strange pick. I was almost certain that the Jacksonville Jaguars would be drafting offense in the 1st round, but the appeal of Josh Allen was too much. Allen is my 3rd ranked edge rusher and my 10th overall player. The Jags are getting a very talented rusher to pair with Yannick Ngakoue once Calais Campbell is done. 

Grade: B

 

Detroit Lions

Pick: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

A few months ago I was called crazy for mocking Hockenson to the Lions. Doesn’t look too crazy now does it. I absolutely love this pick for Detroit. Hockenson is a versatile, do it all tight end that will instantly upgrade the Lions’ receiving room, and blocking room.

Grade: A

 

Buffalo Bills

Pick: Ed Oliver, IDL, Houston

Buffalo stole Ed Oliver tonight. What a pick. Ed Oliver is a top-5 player for me and is an athletic freak. Just months after losing beloved defensive tackle Kyle Williams the Bills draft Ed Oliver to fill that hole and dominate opposing offensive lines. This is one of my favorite picks of the 1st round and Bills fans everywhere should be excited.

Grade: A+

 

Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Denver Broncos)

Pick: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

A last minute development led to the Steelers trading their 1st round pick, 2nd round pick, and 3rd round pick next year to move up into the top-10 to get their guy. A team with a desperate need of help on defense gets an instant starter to improve their front-7. Fitting the Steeler mold of elite athletes, Devin Bush has the tape to match his impressive athletic testing. The Steelers make the smart pick and didn’t have to give up too much to do it.

Grade: A

 

Cincinnati Bengals

Pick: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Bengals made a very smart, safe pick here. Jonah Williams is a top-10 player for me and is one of the safest picks of the draft in my opinion. Williams has had criticisms about his arm length all year and is out to prove people wrong. I’m excited to see Williams thrive in the NFL. The Bengals got a good one.

Grade: B+

 

Green Bay Packers

Pick: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan

I don’t get this one, at all. Rashan Gary is the ultra athletic defensive lineman out of Michigan. The reason I say defensive lineman is because I don’t know where he’s going to play on the line. To go along with that uncertainty, I was not a big fan of Gary’s tape. I have a late 2nd round grade on Gary and think this was a massive reach.

Grade: C

 

Miami Dolphins

Pick: Christian Wilkins, IDL, Clemson

Solid pick here. Miami has accepted the tank for Tua and addresses the other side of the ball completely. Wilkins is a monster on the defensive line and instantly upgrades the position for Miami. Wilkins comes from the talented Clemson line that saw 3/4 players get drafted on night 1, and according to my board, Wilkins is the best of them all. Miami got a great player right around where I would’ve drafted him.

Grade: B+ 

 

Atlanta Falcons

Pick: Chris Lindstrom, IOL, Boston College

This isn’t the exciting pick, but it’s the right one. Chris Lindstrom is an incredibly solid pick for the Falcons and should instantly upgrade their interior offensive line. With Matt Ryan getting older, they are in win now mode and make the right pick to display that.

Grade: B

 

Washington Redskins

Pick: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

What a perfect scenario for Washington. Sitting at 15 and still getting the player they wanted the whole time. While I have a 2nd round grade on Haskins, this is a good pick to take Haskins. Quarterbacks are always overvalued and the Redskins should feel lucky they were able to land their guy without trading up.

Grade: B

 

Carolina Panthers

Pick: Brian Burns, Edge, FSU

Carolina knocked it out of the park with this pick. I have Burns as my 3rd overall player in this draft and was very close to being #2. Burns is a 3-down player that has the skills to be a great edge rusher for a long time. This is a great value pick at a position of need for Carolina. Great pick.

Grade: A+

 

New York Gaints (Via Cleveland Browns)

Pick: Dexter Lawrence

Another interesting pick from Dave Gettleman here. I had a mid-2nd-round grade on Lawrence so this is a pretty big reach for me. Lawrence is a tank in the middle of the field that can clog the run. What’s strange to me; is that the Giants traded a pretty good nose tackle in Snacks Harrison last year, and then they draft Lawrence this year. 

Grade: C-

 

Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Garrett Bardbury, IOL, NC State

Minnesota gets the guy they need and didn’t hesitate to do it. Bradbury is a top-15 player for me and goes right where I expected him to be picked. Bradbury is an athletic center that instantly upgrades two positions; the put Bradbury at center and move Elflein to guard. Great pick by the Vikings.

Grade: A

 

Tennessee Titans

Pick: Jeffery Simmons, IDL, Mississippi State

This is, hands down, my favorite pick in of the night. Jeffery Simmons is my number 4 overall player and my 2nd ranked interior defensive lineman. After unfortunately tearing his ACL, Simmons was bound to fall on draft night and it ends with Tennessee. The Titans take the smart pick, they’ll have Simmons heal and learn under Jurrell Casey, and then come in next year and instantly thrive. Good job, Tennessee; you killed it.

Grade: A+

 

Denver Broncos

Pick: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Denver traded back and still got the guy I thought they would take at 10. Noah Fant is an elite athlete that instantly upgrades their receiving room. Fant was my number 2 TE and 11 overall on my big board. The Broncos get a great value pick here and secure a player who will be good for a while.

Grade: A-

 

Green Bay Packers (Via Seattle)

Pick: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

Savage has been a name in the first round conversation for a few days now, so this isn’t shocking to me. However, this is still a reach for me. I had Savage at 50 overall and my 4th ranked safety. With guys like Chauncey-Gardner Johnson and Nasir Adderley on the board this pick is a bit puzzling to me. We’ll see how it plays out.

Grade: B-

 

Philadelphia Eagles (Via Baltimore)

Pick: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Not my top ranked tackle available, but it’s the right pick. Andre Dillard is the most athletic tackle in this draft, but needs some development. He’ll come in and learn from Lane Johnson and Jason Peters, two of the best tackles in football. Dillard went to the perfect team to develop him and help him become the type of offensive tackle the Eagles need him to be. 

 

Houston Texans

Pick: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

This is not a good pick in my opinion. Howard is a raw prospect that needs time to develop and the Houston Texans need a guy to step in and contribute right away. With guys like Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford on the board, this pick is perplexing and will be for a while. 

Grade: D

 

Oakland Raiders (Via Chicago)

Pick: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

This seemed like one of the easiest picks to predict coming into the night. Jacobs is my 1st ranked running back and my 23rd ranked player overall, so this is a pick with normal value. Jacobs is a do it all back that can run, block, and catch. The Raiders get the guy to replace recently retired Marshawn Lynch. Jacobs should come in ans start instantly.

Grade: B

 

Baltimore Ravens

Pick: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

It’s been known for a while that Marquise Brown would be a first round pick, and here it is. Personally I’m not a fan of Brown but this is a good landing spot. Brown is a guy they could run underneath routes through to get Lamar some easy completions and just let Brown run with the ball. Going deep down the field might not pay off due to Jackson’s more general accuracy than pinpoint but from quick hit plays, this is a good guy to get.

Grade: C+

 

Washington Redskins (Via Indianapolis)

Pick: Montez Sweat, Edge, Mississippi State

What a night for Washington, sitting at 15 and getting Haskins, then trading back into the 1st to get great value for a falling edge rusher. This is really good value for Montez Sweat after having the combine that he did. Washington makes a smart move to grab that edge rusher they need and get one with great value.

Grade: A

 

Oakland Raiders (Via Dallas)

Pick: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Not a huge fan of this but it stick with the Raiders theme of physical guys. Jonathan Abram is a big hitting safety who brings the boom on every play. In terms of versatility, he doesn’t have too much of it. He’s most likely going to be a box safety to maximize his tackling ability. I had a 3rd round grade on Abram so I think this is a bit early for him.

Grade: C-

 

 

Los Angeles Chargers

Pick: Jerry Tillery, IDL, Notre Dame

Easy pick here for the Chargers. Tillery is a solid interior defensive lineman that should instantly upgrade that defensive line. My 5th ranked interior defensive lineman and 30th overall player. Really good landing spot for Tillery and a good spot to pick him for the Chargers.

Grade: B+

 

Seattle Seahawks

Pick: L.J. Collier, Edge, TCU

Okay Seattle, explain yourself. One year after a controversial pick in Rashaad Penny, the Seahawks follow it up by taking L.J. Collier out of TCU.  Collier is a strictly power rushers and wins with size and strength. I had a 3rd round grade on Collier and feel like there were plenty of better options on the board. This is a shocker pick.

Grade: D+

 

New York Giants (Via Seattle)

Pick: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

Dave Gettelman finally makes a smart pick. This is a solid pick for the Giants. Fills a position of need and gets a good player to do it. He isn’t my top ranked corner but I have no problem with this pick. Baker is the Thorpe winner which means he was the nations top corner last year. Gettelman made a splash to trade back into the first round and made a good move.

Grade: B

 

Atlanta Falcons (Via Los Angeles Rams)

Pick: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

Kaleb McGary is not the name I was expecting to hear. With players like Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford still on the board I’m shocked he gets picked before them. This is a bit of a reach to me, and I feel like there could’ve been better value in other players. The Falcons have locked down their right side in the first round and maybe it will work for them.

Grade: B-

 

New England Patriots

Pick: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

It’s not D.K. Metcalf, but it’s a pretty darn good pick. The Patriots get a wide receiver they desperately need. A YAC monster, N’Keal Harry should thrive as a big slot and get touches to let him run. The value is good for the Pats, I had N’Keal at 33 overall so this is great for the Pats. The one negative about this is that my number 1 wide receiver, D.K. Metcalf, was still available.

Grade: B

 

 

 

 

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