Highlights of NFL Draft 2019

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The National Football League (NFL) first round draft happened on April 25, 2019, in Nashville, Tennessee. It was filled with foreseen draft picks and also very surprising top picks.

This is complete list of the first round picks and teams in order.

1. Arizona Cardinals select Kyle Murray, Quarterback

An absolutely incredible pick for a struggling Cardinal team. Murray is also an amazing quarterback who can make magical plays happen. Murray, the winner of the Davey O’Brien Award and Heisman Trophy winner, is trying to exactly what Browns QB Baker Mayfield did.

2. San Francisco 49ers select Nick Bosa, Defensive End

Not a surprise but an overall great pick for the 49ers. Through some off season pick ups, a very talented and aggressive pass rusher is everything the 49ers need. Bosa is joining his brother and father being only the second family (other being the Manning family) to all be drafted in top five picks and play in the NFL.

3. New York Jets select Quinnen Williams, Defensive Lineman

From the University of Alabama, Williams was one of the best defensive linemen available. Williams created pressure up the middle, and let his presence be known to all teams, and NFL Scouts. Williams was sitting with a stained glass where his mom would have sat that included a nice statement for him made by his agent.

4. Oakland Raiders select Clelin Ferrell, Defensive Lineman

This was a surprise to many, however Ferrell could majorly help the Raiders defense. Ferrell, representing Clemson, can add a missing piece to the struggling Raiders. This is one of the four first round picks for the Raiders, and they got themselves a phenomenal defensive lineman which could set the tone for the upcoming season.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Devin White, Linebacker

One of the more predicted picks, nonetheless White is an incredible linebacker from Louisiana State University. White is also the winner of the Butkus Award for being the top Linebacker of the Year. White came in fashion wearing boots with his suit with the song “Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X playing in the background. With the Bucs losing Kwon Alexander to the 49ers, White is a great pick up and to some may be a better replacement.

6. New York Giants select Daniel Jones, Quarterback

Jones was on a struggling Duke team but because of his talent and hard work, he is now a top ten draft pick. This also shows the Giants’ faith in their long time QB Eli Manning might be diminishing after some very ugly seasons.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars select Josh Allen, Defensive End

The Jaguars had a top 5 defense last year though their offense fell short. They still went with the best player available at the time and took Allen in a heartbeat. Allen representing the University of Kentucky, led the Southeastern Conference in QB pressure.

8. Detroit Lions select T.J. Hockenson, Tight End

Hockenson is the John Mackey Award winner from 2018 being the best Tight End in the country. Though he is no Rob Gronkowski, Hockenson is a great run blocker and reliable route runner. This is a great addition to the Lions as they already have QB Matthew Stafford who can get him the ball.

9. Buffalo Bills select Ed Oliver, Defensive Tackle

The Bills are one of the lowest scoring offense in the NFL.They still went with one of the best pass rushers available. Oliver wreaked havoc in the AAC earning him the AAC player of the year award. Oliver could add to the invisible pass rush of the Bills.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers select Devin Bush, Linebacker

The Steelers must have had their eye on this kid because they were willing to trade for him. Bush was the winner of the Nagurski-Woodson Award by being the Big Ten defensive player of the year. He is a great addition to the Steelers defense by adding a ton of speed. Bush represents Michigan University being the first from Michigan in this year’s draft.

11. Cincinnati Bengals select Jonah Williams, Tackle

The first offensive lineman drafted this year, Williams, representing the University Alabama, is the Jacobs Blocking Trophy Winner being the best linemen in the league. Williams can add support to a struggling line in Cincinnati and protect QB Andy Dalton. Though lineman don’t score touchdowns themselves, they are pivotal to the success of a team.

12. Green Bay Packers select Rahsaan Gary, Defensive End

The last time the Packers had two first round picks, they went with two defensive players. This year may not be so different as they start with Gary. Though Gary did not have as many sacks, he still created pressure at Michigan and is going to join some veterans on the Packers. Gary is explosive with speed and will be a great addition to the Packers defense.

13. Miami Dolphins select Christian Wilkins, Defensive Tackle

The Defensive Line Coach for the Dolphins was previously a coach at Clemson, which may be the best case scenario for Wilkins. During his time at Clemson, Wilkins pressured the QB, and helped shut down the run. Wilkins also was the Running Back in goal line situations which shows his versatility. He is a great addition to a team trying to dethrone the New England Patriots.

14. Atlanta Falcons select Chris Lindstrom, Guard

Again, every team needs offensive linemen they can rely on and Lindstrom is just that. It’s not the prettiest pick,but a necessary one. Lindstrom was a leader at Alabama and will hopefully bring that over to the Falcons.

15. Washington Redskins select Dwayne Haskins, Quarterback

Haskins, representing Ohio State, the Griese-Brees Award winner gets to go back to his home and play football in Washington D.C. Haskins is also the Graham-George Big Ten Player of the Year. The decision now is who will start for the Redskins this upcoming season.

16. Carolina Panthers select Brian Burns, Defensive End

The Chuck Bednarik Award Semi finalist is going to add a much needed presence for the Panthers on defense. Burns represents Florida State University, and was causing trouble all year long for offensive lines. Burns is a good pick for the Panthers as they try to take down the New Orleans Saints.

17. New York Giants select Dexter Lawrence, Defensive Tackle

The New York Giants needed a run stopped, and they got one. Lawrence helped dominate in the 2018 National Championship game for Clemson. Lawrence is a great addition due to his size and agility. Lawrence is a dominant force and hopefully will help the Giants get out of this hole they are in.

18. Minnesota Vikings select Garrett Bradbury, Center

Bradbury, representing North Carolina State University, is the Remington Trophy Winner as he was the best Center in the league. Bradbury is a great run blocker as well as pass blocker. The Vikings have many weapons on offense and defense, so they may go for a few great lineman this year.

19. Tennessee Titans select Jeffery Simmons, Defensive Tackle

Though Simmons has some trouble with the law and injuries, he is still a force to be wrecked with. He created pressure and that is what every team could hope for defensively. Though the Titans need more Offensive power, settling with Simmons is still a good choice.

20. Denver Broncos select Noah Fant, Tight End

What the Broncos need for this next season is weapons for their veteran QB Joe Flacco. Gent from Iowa is very athletic and can be that weapon for the Broncos. Overall, a good choice by the broncos as it was a surprise Fant was still available for grabs.

21. Green Bay Packers select Darnell Savage, Safety

The Packers selected their second defensive player and Savage is a great Safety from Maryland. Savage had a career high of 4 interceptions last season which may not be a lot, but the Packers do see something in him. We will have to see if this turns out like the last time the Packers got two defensive picks.

22. Philadelphia Eagles select Andre Dillard, Tackle

The Eagles have all of the weapons they need with a great QB but will soon lose some offensive linemen so this is a great pickup for the Eagles. Dillard, representing a Washington State, is a great pass protector and skilled at run blocking. Dillard is a big guy that can move from side to side rather quickly.

23. Houston Texans select Tytus Howard, Tackle

Another offensive line pick which is a good one for the Texans. He is representing Alabama State which is not as big of a school by proves that anyone can make it to the NFL as long as they work hard. The Texans picked up a solid lineman that can bring depth to the line and help protect the QB.

24. Oakland Raiders select Josh Jacobs, Running Back

Jacobs is the first running back to be picked in the draft this year. Jacobs was not the best running back, but is one of the only ones eligible for the draft this year. The Raiders needed to pick up a RB due to Marshawn Lynch retiring, again. An interesting pick that could prove useful this season as a duo with RB Doug Martin.

25. Baltimore Ravens select Marquise Brown, Wide Receiver

Brown is the very first wide receiver to be selected this draft. He is actually cousins with WR Antonio Brown. Brown is one of the top WR prospects and can be a great weapon for Lamar Jackson on the Ravens.

26. Washington Redskins select Montez Sweat, Defensive End

Another Defensive End for the draft but another good one. The Redskins picked up a QB, and now a DE. Sweat was a dominant force last year at Mississippi State. The Redskins will be leaving the first round draft with potential future star on both sides of the ball.

27. Oakland Raiders select Jonathan Abram, Safety

Only the second Safety to be taken, however Abram is an explosive player. Abram has an impressive highlight reel showing off his speed and explosive hits. A good pick for the Raiders to end their first round selections. Hopefully with their defensive pickups, the Raiders defense can come back alive.

28. L.A. Chargers select Jerry Tillery, Defensive Tackle

Tillery is a huge man that can put a serious pass rush on an offensive line. Tillery was very impressive at Notre Dame against Stanford. From there on he got himself the spotlight. Tillery is a great addition to an already strong Charger defense which only makes them a scarier team.

29. Seattle Seahawks select L.J. Collier, Defensive End

Another DE, but this time from the Big 12. The First year defensive lineman got himself a first round pick to the NFL. Collier is a good pick up for a fiesty Seahawks defense. 

30. New York Giants select Deandre Baker, Cornerback

The first corner to be selected and John Thorpe Award winner, Baker is a good pickup for the Giants. Baker was a good player on Georgia’s defense and has forced the most incompletions in the SEC.

31. Atlanta Falcons select Caleb McGary, Tackle

The Falcons have a pristine offense and the only thing he could add is more depth in the line. McGary is the Morris Trophy Award winner and is exactly what the Falcons could use. McGary did a great job in the pass protection area and could grow more with the veterans in Atlanta.

32. New England Patriots select N’Keal Harry, Wide Receiver

The defending Super Bowl champs don’t really need any star power, that’s where Harry comes in. Harry is a perfect weapon to add on offense for QB Tom Brady. Harry was impressive in college and hopefully will transfer that to the NFL.

That is all of the picks for the first round of the NFL draft. There was a surplus of defensive line picks and defense picks, in general. There were many surprises, since some big names did not get picked, while lesser-known picks did.

The second round of NFL draft began on April 26th, 2019.