An outstanding athlete who was drafted in the first round to play baseball too, he runs well, is elusive and can really make defenders miss when he hits the open field. Has a strong throwing arm that can be a real weapon for the deep passing game. Is a proven winner with plenty of grit and determination to be the best. Lacks size for a quarterback in a big way, both in terms of height and also bulk. So, there will always be questions about his ability to stay healthy in the NFL. May also struggle on quick throws at the highest level (because he will have to pass around and through linemen). There are also a few questions about his ability to lead. Talented, athletic quarterback with huge upside.
This was the expected pick all along, even though Arizona tried their best to hide their intentions. Murray is short but supremely talented, and he will quickly become the new face of the Cardinals. Now, Arizona has a trade chip in last year's first rounder (QB Josh Rosen). Rosen may be dealt before the end of Round 1, or possibly on Day 2. Stay tuned!
A finished product, he can rush the passer with aplomb and create havoc in the secondary. Also displays a good motor and the determination to pursue both quarterbacks (for a sack) and running backs (for a tackle). Has good speed to get around tackles off the edge. Is not the greatest run stopper but will always give max effort. Lacks optimum size for a defensive end, mostly in terms of bulk. Injuries are a factor here. Has good pedigree as the younger brother of NFL defensive end Joey Bosa. Excellent edge rusher and defensive end.
Generally regarded as the most NFL-ready prospect available in this years draft, Bosa was a no-brainer selection for the 49ers. He will join fellow newcomer (and former Chief) Dee Ford as pass-rushing bookends along San Francisco's defensive line as part of a 4-3 base defense. With Bosa now in tow, there is talk the Niners may choose to trade Solomon Thomas (the No. 3 overall pick in 2017).
This is a classic, best-player-available selection. While the Jets are fairly deep along their defensive line, Williams was the best player left on the board (and many believe the best overall piayer in this draft). His presence, along with Leonard Williams, could give the Jets a dominant D-line for years to come.
It was expected that the Raiders select a defensive player with this pick, but Ferrell is still a surprise. Ferrell is likely a better fit in the Raiders' base 4-3 defense than Josh Allen (an edge rusher projected to be selected in the top 5). That said, this pick will likely be scrutinized since it is the first for the Raiders under new GM Mike Mayock.
It was a fait accompli that the Buccaneers would take a linebacker in Round 1. They decided to take an inside linebacker (White) instead of an edge rusher (Josh Allen), which makes sense since Tampa Bay is transitioning from a 4-3 base defense to a 3-4 under new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles. White should make a massive impact as a rookie in the NFL.
This is a need pick for the Giants, who enter 2019 with veteran Eli Manning in a contract year. Enter Jones, who appears to be the clear choice to be Manning's heir apparent. As things stand, it appears Jones will sit behind Manning for one season and then take over the reigns in 2020. Plans change but this one appears fairly solid and safe.
The Jaguars had needs at tight end and along the offensive line but Allen was clearly the best player available here. This is a value pick who should fit in nicely with a defense that will probably continue to dominate in the AFC for a few seasons to come. For Jacksonville, Allen will probably start out as a backup defensive end and situational pass rusher. If all goes well, he will eventually replace veteran Calais Campbell in the starting lineup.
The Lions are trying to emulate the Patriots, since most of their key decision-makers come from the New England organization. So, the hope here is that Hockenson can become a bit like future Hall-of-Famer Rob Gronkowski, who just recently retired after an awesome career with the Pats. That is huge praise for Hockenson, but if he can become even a little a bit like 'Gronk' Detroit will be ecstatic.
The Bills wanted a defensive tackle early in this draft, and there were reports that they were trying to move up (possibly to No. 3 overall) to select either Oliver or Quinnen Williams. So, Buffalo has to be very pleased that Oliver landed at their feet with the No. 9 pick. Oliver will likely replace the retired Kyle Williams and team with Star Lotulelei inside along the D-line. This was a very good pick for the Bills.
Pittsburgh obviously loves Bush because they gave up assets to move up to land him. This is clearly a need selection, since Bush will probably be inserted into the lineup immediately at inside linebacker. He essentially replaces Ryan Shazier, who may or may not play again after a serious spinal injury suffered in 2017. This was a good, aggressive move by the Steelers.
The Bengals had obvious needs along the offensive line, so Williams will definitely help here. He is a solid selection at No. 11 and offers plenty of positional versatility. For 2019, Williams may be asked to take over at right tackle but he could eventually move over to the blind side.
A very athletic defensive player, Gary could become a great pick for the Packers with time. He is big enough to play defensive end but may have enough mobility to play edge linebacker in Green Bay's base 3-4 defense. He will likely start out as a situational pass rusher for the Pack.
The Dolphins have needs everywhere and appear to be committed to a lengthy rebuilding process (at least by NFL standards). Wilkins should become an immediate starter at defensive tackle for Miami. The first draft pick of the Brian Flores era, look for Wilkins to become a leader of that Miami defense.
The Falcons have added James Carpenter and Jamon Brown to play guard this off-season, but adding Lindstrom makes a lot of sense here. He will push the veterans and likely emerge as a starter following his first training camp. Lindstrom will help protect veteran QB Matt Ryan, a fellow Boston College product.
Everybody in the Redskins' organization, especially owner Dan Snyder, seemingly love Haskins (a local product). So, it makes a ton of sense that the team made Haskins the 15th overall selection in the draft. Many felt Haskins was the best QB available this year, so there is a very good chance Haskins outplays Chase Keenum and Colt McCoy in training camp to become Washington's immediate starting QB. This may be the steal of the draft.
The Panthers now have Bruce Irvin to rush the passer, but Julius Peppers retired in the off-season. So adding another defensive end who can get to the quarterback makes perfect sense for Carolina. Burns should be able to make an immediate impact with the Panthers. The team chose him over a more heralded player in Montez Sweat, probably because of the latter's injury history and concerns.
After getting their quarterback of the future in Daniel Jones, the Giants now draft Lawrence for need along the defensive line. Lawrence is more of a run-stopping presence who could wind up at nose tackle in New York. The Giants have B.J. Hill and Dalvin Tomlinson on the D-line, but adding Lawrence gives them more beef, size and strength.
The Vikings drafted Pat Elflein in 2017 but Bradbury appears to be a more natural NFL center. Elflein will likely play offensive guard in 2019, opening the way for Bradbury to start immediately for a team with playoff aspirations (and a veteran quarterback in Kirk Cousins). This was a very good pick for Minnesota.
The Titans have one of the best defensive linemen in the game in Jurrell Casey, but the team lacks depth on the D-line. So, they are taking one of the most talented defensive linemen in this draft in Simmons. He has some baggage in terms of off-field issues but there is no questioning his talent. If he can stay on the straight and narrow as a pro, Simmons could prove to be one of the best picks in the entire 2019 NFL Draft. That said, he is currently injured and may have to red-shirt his rookie season in the NFL.
The second Iowa tight end to be picked in Round 1, after T.J. Hockenson, Fant joins Jeff Heuerman and Jake Butt as tight ends in Denver. Fant could be the best of the bunch and may become a major weapon for veteran quarterback Joe Flacco. Fant may not be a great blocker, so he could be utilized mostly on passing downs (at least to begin his NFL career).
The first defensive back selected in this year's draft, Savage can really help Green Bay's secondary. He is versatile, hard-hitting and talented, so Savage should make an immediate impact with the Packers (either as a safety or slot corner/nickelback). Green Bay traded up to get him, ignoring other needs on offense.
This is an interesting pick for the Eagles, who have veterans Jason Peters and Lane Johnson at offensive tackle (plus valuable backup Halapoulivaati Vaitai). Peters is 37, so Dillard might be a starter fairly soon. He could eventually play right tackle, which would move Johnson from right to left tackle (whenever Peters is done). The Eagles moved up in the draft to get Dillard, probably because they had to move ahead of Houston (who coveted Dillard).
The Texans needed to add help along the offensive line, so bringing in Howard makes a ton of sense here. A high school quarterback, he is a great athlete who projects to play left tackle (eventually). Houston might need him to play on the right side immediately, though he may not be ready to start in 2019. Still, this is a good pick that fills a massive hole.
With Marshawn Lynch now retired, the Raiders needed another running back. They signed veteran Isaiah Crowell as a free agent, but Jacobs projects to be an every-down back. He can be a bell cow who can also block well and be used as a receiver out of the backfield. It would surprise no one if Jacobs supplants Crowell in his first training camp and becomes an immediate starter for the Raiders. This was a very good move by Mike Mayock, Jon Gruden and co.
No team in the NFL needed a wide receiver more than Baltimore, so they filled that need with the first player taken at the wideout position in this year's draft. 'Hollywood' Brown is a pure playmaker who will team with Lamar Jackson to give the Ravens serious big-play potential. This has the makings of an impact pick but there is a lot of risk here too (Brown is not big at all and is already dealing with an injury).
The Redskins surrendered a second rounder in next year's draft to move up 20 spots to select Sweat (one of the top players available in this year's draft, who fell due to a heart issue). This fills a massive need for Washington, who lost Preston Smith to free agency (Green Bay) and will likely be able to plug Sweat into Smith's old role opposite veteran Ryan Kerrigan on the edges. With quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Sweat now on board, Washington is having a monster draft, so far.
With needs virtually everywhere, the Raiders made a solid pick here with Abram. He can play either safety position and possibly even slot corner at the NFL level, and will bring a ton of physicality and playmaking ability to the Raiders' secondary. He is a very good selection for the Raiders here, though more is required.
The Chargers lack depth inside on the defensive line, so picking Tillery makes sense. He lacks consistency but boasts a lot of upside. Look for him to play a backup role to start off, but he should eventually become a starter. LA has great edge pass-rushing ability with Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram, so the hope here is that Tillery can bring the heat on the quarterback from inside as well.
With the pick acquired from Kansas City in the Frank Clark deal, the Seahawks selected a player they hope can help replace Clark at defensive end. Collier looks like a pure 4-3 defensive end, so this is a solid pick for Seattle. Collier has a chance to start immediately at Clark's old position (right defensive end) in 2019.
The Giants have a lot of needs defensively, including in the secondary. So trading up into the first round again to get Baker should help. Baker is the first cornerback selected this year and he has a chance to become an immediate impact player (and starter) in 2019. Baker should satisfy one of the Giants' big needs.
The Falcons are committed to improving their offensive line this year, and McGary becomes the second lineman taken in Round 1 by Atlanta. McGary should eventually become the team's right tackle but may be used as a backup in 2019. Ty Sambrailo is the projected right tackle in Atlanta but he is not a long-term solution. McGary might be.
The Patriots need receivers, both tight ends and wideouts, so adding a big wide receiver in Harry is potentially a very big coup for New England (and for veteran QB Tom Brady's twilight years). The Pats cannot count on suspended WR Josh Gordon, so selecting a wideout with the last pick of the first round makes a lot of sense.
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