While the Class of 2019 QB Class isn’t as sexy or glamorous as last year’s crop, the depth and quality of starter-type talent available at other positions is expected to trickle down into the third and fourth rounds, which could make for plenty of wheeling and dealing throughout the weekend. It’s safe to assume that we won’t see this many fireworks again until the Fourth of July! Buckle up and enjoy…
Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma: What makes the marriage of new head coach Kliff Kingsbury and quarterback Kyler Murray so intriguing, is that this is either going to be a match made in heaven or a recipe for disaster, there’s no medium here—GM Steve Keim is all in pushing his chips on the table.
San Francisco 49ers – DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State: The durability concerns are legitimate but the flat line talent is too great to pass up. The presence of Bosa up front will instantly create mismatch opportunities for his teammates to succeed as well.
New York Jets – DT Ed Oliver, Houston: Much ado has been made about the fascination that new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams has with Oliver, who could be moved around like a chess piece in his hybrid defensive scheme.
Oakland Raiders – DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama: This scenario couldn’t play out any better for the Raiders, as Williams certainly could emerge as the best player from this year’s draft; it’s a cornerstone piece for the new regime to build upon.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – ILB Devin White, LSU: Passing up on one of the pass rushers here could prove too difficult to refuse but White fills a much-needed void with the departure of Kwon Alexander (49ers) and owns the type of skill-set to be the best linebacker the Bucs have had since Derrick Brooks.
New York Giants – Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky: A team in transition, the Giants will likely opt for the best pass-rusher on the board, as Allen provides a much-needed presence on the edge—the New Jersey native will have no problem making a quick adjustment to his new environment and would start instantly.
Jacksonville Jaguars – Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama: In order for quarterback Nick Foles to enjoy the similar type of success he had in Philly, keeping him upright and boosting the ground attack will be vital; Williams improves both areas.
Detroit Lions – T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa: The Lions need to get past the failed Eric Ebron experiment and provide signal-caller Matthew Stafford with a dependable underneath option who can be a threat in the passing attack but is also a sound blocker.
Buffalo Bills – Brian Burns, DE, Florida State: Improving the pass-rush is a must and Buffalo can’t afford to wait until the second round to nab an impact edge player. Burns owns rare traits that could translate to big time potential.
Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri: By selecting Lock, the Broncos are planning ahead for the future, while trying to remain competitive in the present with Joe Flacco. Beloved GM John Elway may not get another opportunity to land his next franchise quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals – Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: This move makes a lot of sense for a Bengals team that is built to win now, has been restricted by the inability of Andy Dalton to get them over the hump and have a new head coach in Zac Taylor, considered to be one of the best young offensive-minds in the NFL.
Green Bay Packers – Noah Fant, TE, Iowa: Keeping quarterback Aaron Rodgers happy with a replenishment of targets should begin with Fant, who brings great receiving prowess and addresses a major need—adding a wide out later in the draft is also likely.
Miami Dolphins – Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan: The Dolphins will be cleaning house and trying to create a new identity; Bush is a passionate player who has been praised for his tremendous leadership i tangibles, in addition to his extremely high motor.
Atlanta Falcons – Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson: One way to help boost the pass-rush is adding Wilkins to the mix, who can lineup in various sports and allow for more one-on-one opportunities for the ends.
Washington Redskins – Daniel Jones, QB, Duke: Arizona quarterback Josh Rosen is expected to be one option they weigh heavily, if not, the Redskins could opt for the heady Jones who could likely digest the complex Jay Gruden playbook at an advanced pace.
Carolina Panthers – Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State: It’s crucial for the Panthers to fortify the offensive line and Dillard brings instant credibility to a position in need of a dire upgrade.
New York Giants (via CLE) – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida: Some teams have flagged Taylor for knee/back issues, which could cause him to slide but it’s unlikely that the G-Men would bypass if presented with the opportunity to nab him here.
Minnesota Vikings – Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson: With Lawrence up front, the Vikings defense would strengthen their unit up the gut, where additional beef is needed; his combination of size and speed is outstanding and offers up scheme versatility as well.
Tennessee Titans – Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi State: The fact that Sweat backed out of attending the NFL Draft last-second means he could be embracing for the round one slip and slide. Once considered a top ten pick, a minor heart condition has removed him from some draft boards but the reward is well worth the risk for the Titans here.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU: A tall, cover corner certainly fits one of the Steelers biggest needs and Williams brings the big-school pedigree that Pittsburgh has been known to take in the first round.
Seattle Seahawks – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi: With Russell Wilson locked up long-term, it’s time to re-stock his offensive weapons. Metcalf brings an added element of dangerous speed that could thrive in the Seahawks offense.
Baltimore Ravens – Hollywood Brown, WR, Oklahoma: Yes, the team will need to upgrade the protection for quarterback Lamar Jackson but adding the deep threat of Brown could be a lethal compliment to pair with their dual threat signal-caller.
Houston Texans – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma: It’s no secret that the Texans had the worst offensive line unit in the entire league last season, which leaves them very little choice but to choose player who can help stop the madness; Ford can serve as either tackle or guard.
Oakland Raiders (via CHI) – Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College: Building from the inside out is an old school football philosophy that has withstood the test of time, by adding Lindstrom on offense, to pair with Quinnen Williams on defense, the Raiders instantly transform back into a ‘tough guy’ team image.
Philadelphia Eagles – Darnell Savage, FS, Maryland: The Eagles were utilizing Avonte Maddox all over the field last season at safety, nickel and even lined up outside at corner—Savage can do all of the above but at a much higher level, offering an upgrade while creating depth in the secondary.
Indianapolis Colts – Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia: His draft stock has endured some significant damage but the physical Baker possesses the potential to be a valuable man cover corner who can immediately compete for a key role in the Colts secondary.
Oakland Raiders (via DAL) – Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan: A torn labrum has thrown a monkey wrench into Gary’s draft stock but the athleticism and potential mayhem he could create when lined up next to QW is well worth a roll of the dice for a team getting ready to move to Las Vegas.
Los Angeles Chargers – Greg Little, OT, Mississippi: This could be the last run for the Phillip Rivers-led Chargers, so trying to win now is the goal and the selection of Little adds a little more life insurance on the 37-year old gunslinger.
Seattle Seahawks (via KC) – Jeffrey Simmons, DT, Mississippi State: The Frank Clark trade provides the Seahawks with some draft flexibility and adding Simmons is a move that could pay bigger dividends than any pick made in the first round.
Green Bay Packers (via NO) – Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama: While the fan base might not get enthused to see a running back chosen here, fact is that running back has been a game of musical chairs for the Packers and Jacobs can finally put an end to what seems to be a questionable committee.
Los Angeles Rams – Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame: Out with the old and in with the new; Tillery isn’t the type of impact player as Ndamukong Suh but his youth, energy and much more cost-effective salary is as suitable as a replacement they could hope for at the end of round one.
New England Patriots – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington: The Patriots have gotten by with a makeshift cornerback group that has relied upon savvy and experience; Murphy would arguably become their top corner on the roster.
Arizona Cardinals – A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ) – Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
Oakland Raiders – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
San Francisco 49ers – Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
New York Giants – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Jacksonville Jaguars – Nasir Adderley, FS, Delaware
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech
Buffalo Bills – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Denver Broncos – Rock Ya Sin, CB, Temple
Cincinnati Bengals – Juan Thornhill, SS, Virginia
Detroit Lions – L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
Green Bay Packers – Johnathan Abram, FS, Mississippi State
Atlanta Falcons – Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Washington Redskins – N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Carolina Panthers – Joe Jackson, DE, Miami
Miami Dolphins – Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State
Cleveland Browns – Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington
Minnesota Vikings – Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
Tennessee Titans – Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
Pittsburgh Steelers – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Philadelphia Eagles (via BAL) – Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Houston Texans (via SEA) – Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt
Houston Texans – Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington
New England Patriots (via CHI) – Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Philadelphia Eagles – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Dallas Cowboys – Deionte Thompson, FS, Alabama
Indianapolis Colts – Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame
Los Angeles Chargers – Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
Kansas City Chiefs – Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
New Orleans Saints – Elgton Jenkins, C, Mississippi State
Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR) – Isaiah Johnson, CB, Houston
New England Patriots – Andy Isabella, WR, UMass
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