T.J. the Sports Geek’s 2019 NFL Draft Preview

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Hello Everyone and welcome to my 2019 NFL Draft Preview. Sorry this is a day late,it’s been a busy time in my life,but nonetheless,here it is! I’ll go over every pick from 1 to 32 in the first round of this year’s draft,who I think these teams will take,and what to expect from these players who they’re projected to pick by me. Without any further hesitation,let’s begin as the Arizona Cardinals are on the clock!

Cardinals1. Arizona-Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma

This is almost’s everyone’s top pick and all of us who saw him in college know why. Though he’s only 5-10, thanks to quarterbacks like Russell Wilson he is able to be picked here. He’s a gritty player who has great escapability,terrific accuracy,and pushes the ball downfield very well. He impressed a lot of people at the combine and it seems as though head coach Kliff Kingsbury is set on selecting Murray as his franchise quarterback going forward. Only time will tell if Murray’s success in college translates to the Arizona Cardinals and the NFL.

49ers2. San Francisco- Nick Bosa DE/DT Ohio St.

Had Kyler Murray not risen up the draft boards,we just might be talking about Bosa being the first selection,but being the next pick isn’t all so bad. A very dangerous and disruptive edge rusher,Bosa has a knack for getting to the quarterback as often as possible. He also battles well as a run defender and can chase them down from the backside of the field. He is a bit undersized and is coming off of a serious injury,but I think he will fill out his frame and be a great addition to the San Francisco defense.

NYJLogo3. N.Y. Jets- Josh Allen DE/LB Kentucky

The Jets definitely need a pass rusher after failing to sign Anthony Barr and a player like Allen makes a great deal of sense here. Allen is excellent with his instincts and in his pursuit of the ball carrier and can make that splash play and take over a game. He’s also got dangerous speed to get around the corner and can line up in a variety of places. Beyond that,he’s a great leader in the locker room and has very high character. If New York doesn’t trade down,which is something some have them doing,I think they should take Allen. He definitely fills a need and is a versatile guy that they can benefit from having in their locker room.

Raiders4. Oakland- Quinnen Williams DE/DT Alabama

The Raiders could use some help on their defensive line after Khalil Mack was foolishly traded away and I think the best prospect and the best player available at this pick is Williams. Hey,Coach Gruden,this guy is an excellent pass rusher,so don’t tell me they’re hard to find because this guy is great at getting to the quarterback and is very fast at it,too.He’s also a good run defender. Durable,quick,and a dominating defender, Williams can move in strong with his bull rush and can close in on quarterbacks in a hurry. He also plays great run defense. While he is inexperienced,he does have a lot of upside and is someone I can see Oakland taking here should they not trade up to draft Kyler Murray.

Buccaneers5. Tampa Bay-Devin White LB LSU

Last season the Bucs selected a defensive lineman with their top pick. This time I see them drafting a linebacker and since they need help there,I have LSU’s White being chosen here. A very quick defender and blitzer as well as a fierce tackler with great instincts,White also has great sideline to sideline speed and is quick to the flat. He’s also great in either a 4-3 or 3-4 system and is great in zone coverage. He doesn’t have the greatest speed,but that’s one of the few knocks on him. I think White would fit in great in Tampa if he is able to leap up to this spot.

NYGiantsLogo6. N.Y. Giants-Ed Oliver DT Houston

The Giants have two first round picks and while I do have them selecting their quarterback of the future,it’s not with this pick. Oliver fills a need here and while yes,he’s short for his position and a tad overweight,he’s still a pretty good athlete. He has rare speed and with his intimidating presence he can take over games. He’s a very solid run defender and he can close in on the quarterback as well and make a splash play. He was very productive in college as well. I think over time with enough experience that Oliver could pan out to be a great player in New York. He has the talent,but we will see if his lack of height will hinder his pro career.

Jaguars7. Jacksonville – Jawaan Taylor OT Florida

Now that Nick Foles is under center in Jacksonville,I think the team should get him some protection. Florida’s Taylor fits that bill well. A well balanced blocker, Taylor has great size and athleticism and is very strong at the point of attack. He is also very good at generating a push in the ground game and has the ability to neutralize speed rushers. He also has a lot of upside with great leadership abilities and experience against college football’s best. He is a bit raw and at times inconsistent,but I think he will excel with the Jaguars should they take him at this spot.

Redskins8. Washington (Trade with Detroit)- Montez Sweat DE/LB Mississippi St.

The Redskins could get a quarterback here,but I have them adding to their defense and giving Ryan Kerrigan a pass rusher to play alongside. He’s got a big armspan at nearly 36 inches, he’s tall,he’s long,he’s fast. Sweat is very quick in pursuit off the edge and has a natural feel for the pass rush. He has potential to get double-digit sack totals throughout his career. He has fallen on a few draft boards due to a heart condition,but that shouldn’t limit him in his play on the field. I think that he would be great in Washington and would help bolster their defense very nicely.

Bills9. Buffalo- Jonah Williams OT Alabama

There are a number of options the Bills can go with this pick,but I think they take someone who can protect their young quarterback in Josh Allen. After Jawaan Taylor,I think Alabama’s Jonah Williams is the next best tackle in the draft. He’s a very smart player who has great football IQ and great size as well. He also has great technique and is a well balanced blocker who knows his schemes very well. He can hold defensive players in the trenches well enough to open up the ground game. I think he would do well in Buffalo if selected here,but wouldn’t be surprised if they got a defensive end or a tight end at this spot instead. However,this player is too good to let slip by them.

Broncos10. Denver- Rashan Gary DE/LB Michigan

While Denver may want to select their next quarterback here,sources have cited that the idea to do so may not be in the first round,so I have them selecting the next best defensive player available in Gary. He’s a freak athlete who has ideal size for his position and has excellent speed. He’s very good in pursuit of the run, has the ability to redirect,and has great play recognition. The Broncos could use another great defensive player and one as versatile as Gary and if they don’t select a quarterback,I think they’ll take him if he’s still available at this pick.

Bengals11. Cincinnati- Devin Bush LB Michigan

The Bengals could use some help at linebacker with Vontaze Burfict being gone and I think Bush could fit in well here. He has amazing sideline to sideline speed, which is necessary to be great in pursuit and his closing speed is outstanding. He’s also able to drop into many types of coverage of backs, tight ends and receivers and covers a lot of great ground in zone defense and is a dangerous blitzer. He does overpursue at times and is lacking run defensive skills,but his upside outweighs the flaws and I think Cincinnati would benefit from his talent on the field.

Packers12. Green Bay- T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa

The Packers could definitely use an immediate target for Aaron Rodgers and Hockenson looks like he fits the bill. He’s got a great build,excellent leaping ability,a great blocker, and a great weapon in the end zone. He’s also a great mismatch weapon and can be tough to tackle,especially since he’s capable to break tackles to get downfield to get yards after the catch. Even for a tight end,he’s got great speed. There’s a reason Hockenson and his teammate Fant rose up draft boards and I think Green Bay definitely gets this one.

Dolphins13. Miami- Drew Lock QB Missouri

The Dolphins have been rumoured to be interested in a quarterback either later in the draft or even next year. I say,why wait?

Lock has very good size for an NFL quarterback at 6-3,223 with a fire cannon of an arm and throws an excellent deep ball with it. He’s also very capable of finding guys open in tight windows and has excellent field vision,which shows how well he can find open receivers because he doesn’t miss open targets that often. One thing that worries me is ball security,or at least that’s what I saw a lot of whenever he was shown on various draft shows. In any case,I think if Miami takes a quarterback now instead of later they may be better off.

Falcons14. Atlanta- Andre Dillard OT Washington St.

The Falcons could definitely use someone to help solidify a regressing offense and I think the addition of a player like Dillard could do just that. He can play either left or right tackle, has great arm length at 34 inches,and is able to keep defenders at bay with his reach. While he has the ideal size,length,and height as well as a lot of upside,he does have a lack of strength and there’s not much of a mean streak in him,but that doesn’t mean that won’t change or that he isn’t talented enough to be a solid pro. I think he would be great in Atlanta and would do well if he is selected here.

LionsLogo15. Detroit (Trade with Washington)- Brian Burns DE/LB Florida St.

The Lions trade down with Washington and still get their man anyway. Burns has a great deal of athleticism and explosive speed off the edge with a natural pass-rush ability. He’s also agile enough to dodge blockers while on the run to make a splash play. He’s got a lot of upside and has great character. While he is on the skinny side,he should be able to bulk up if he’s to ever play in a 4-3 scheme alongside Trey Flowers. I think with his speed and athleticism that he would work out well in Detroit.

Panthers16. Carolina- Clelin Ferrell DE Clemson

The Panthers need some help on the defensive line especially on the end following the retirement of Julius Peppers and they won’t have to look far for one. Ferrell is well rounded and effectice as a pass rusher with a nose for getting to the quarterback. He’s also got a great motor and is constantly productive with great vision. As a run defender,he’s solid and can hold his ground upon attack. While he’s not overly fast or strong,he is a very effective player who would fit in greatly in Carolina should they choose him here in lieu of an offensive lineman.

NYGiantsLogo17. N.Y. Giants-Daniel Jones QB Duke

This is where I have the Giants getting their successor to Eli Manning. Duke’s Jones is,to me,the perfect guy to usher in a new era of football in New York. His coach in college worked with Manning when he was in college and he reminds scouts of his brother,Peyton. Beyond that, he’s very accurate and able to throw a catchable ball,even if it’s in a tight window. As for mobility,he’s got more of it than people realize and can pick up extra yards with his feet if necessary. He’s also great at reading defenses,though he does need to work on his timing and how long he holds on to the ball. Overall,I think Jones will benefit from watching Manning for a year or two before taking over the reigns and like I said,he would be perfect there.

Vikings18. Minnesota- Cody Ford OT Oklahoma

Let’s face it,the Vikings need to get protection for Kirk Cousins and Ford fits that need well. He has excellent size,is a well balanced blocker,and generates great movement in the ground game. He’s also great at neutralizing speed rushers and maintains his reputation as a great anchor by sustaining his blocks well. While he doesn’t have much of a mean streak in him or grade well at the moment as a great run blocker,he was Oklahoma’s best lineman last season and with his thick build and great amount of upside I think Ford will do well blocking for Minnesota.

TitansAltLogo19. Tennessee- Noah Fant TE Iowa

With Delanie Walker getting up there in years and not being able to stay healthy,it may be time for Tennessee to select a younger tight end. Fant is very fast for his position,perhaps too fast for linebackers and even safeties to cover. He tracks the ball very well and has great leaping ability. While he’s not the greatest blocker and has had off the field issues in the past,he’s too talented to pass up and I think he would be a great weapon for Marcus Mariota and the Titans.

Steelers20. Pittsburgh- Byron Murphy CB Washington

The Steelers could use some secondary help and I think a guy with a high football IQ is in their sights in Murphy. He has great awareness,great size and ideal height and great hands. With his polished and well developed technique,he can play zone coverage and tracks the ball well with his straight-line speed. I think he would be a great fit in Pittsburgh should they not choose a wide receiver or someone at another position.

Eagles21. Philadelphia (Trade with Seattle)- Garrett Bradbury G/C Boston College

The Eagles trade up with the Seahawks to snag an offensive lineman and Bradbury looks like a good fit here. He’s a great athlete,quick at the point of attack,and tough. He has great hands (10.63 in.) that can tie up defenders,has great awareness,and blocks with a mean streak. Not only that,but he appears to be ready to start on Week One. I think the Eagles would benefit greatly with a player that’s as great of an athlete as Bradbury and trading up for him would be worth it.

Ravens22. Baltimore- D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi

The Ravens definitely need a receiver and the best available is Metcalf. A great weapon in the red zone,he has great straight-line speed,a great thick frame that will bully defenders,and is dangerous after the catch. He’s also very strong with a lot of upside and his experience against the best in all of college football will make him a great target for Lamar Jackson in Baltimore.

Texans23. Houston- Rock Ya-Sin CB Temple

The Texans could use some secondary help and there’s a gritty player from Temple they could use in Ya-Sin. He’s strong with good build,a willing run defender,and tough enough to battle big receivers. He’s also not panicking when the ball comes his way,he has a knack for finding it. While he does need to work on his technique and is quite raw,I think he would be great in Houston helping out Romeo Crennel’s defense.

Raiders24. Oakland- Josh Jacobs RB Alabama

I think the Raiders need help at tailback with an aging Marshawn Lynch on their roster and the best available is Alabama’s Jacobs. He’s an outstanding feature back who’s a very decisive runner that can pick up great yards after contact. He’s also capable of making a game-changing play. Jacobs could even make plays in special teams. With as many picks that Oakland has in the first round they should get the most talented people in the draft they can get and Jacobs should be included in that conversation.

Seahawks25. Seattle (Trade with Philadelphia)- Irv Smith Jr. TE Alabama

The Seahawks could use a tight end to give Russell Wilson an immediate target and Smith would be perfect at this pick. He’s a dangerous receiver who can track the ball down very well,grabs yards after the catch and has terrific leaping ability. While he does leave a lot to be desired as a blocker and could use more strength,he is a great pass catcher and that,to me,is what Seattle needs above all else in the receiving core and I think Smith could be the tight end that they could finally utilize in Pete Carroll’s offense effectively.

ColtsLogo26. Indianapolis- A.J. Brown WR Mississippi

I think the Colts could stand to give Andrew Luck another weapon to throw to and A.J. Brown could be that guy. He’s a tough receiver who has strong hands and is dangerous after the catch,not to mention a very elusive player as he’s able to get separation between himself and the defender. He’s also very reliable; he doesn’t drop many passes and he’s going to be ready to contribute immediately,which I’m sure Indianapolis will be looking for should they draft him to continue their quest to get back to the playoffs and even a Super Bowl.

Raiders27. Oakland- Greg Little OT Mississippi

This is the Raiders’ third pick of the first round and since I don’t see another tight end who would be worth taking here,I have them upgrading their offensive line with selecting Little. He has a great skill set and ideal height,weight,and length for the position and has quick feet. He is,however,a project as he’s been known to underachieve, doesn’t have the best football IQ,and isn’t the best blocker out there,which is why with the talent that he has that he’s slipped this low in the first round. However,this is the kind of move that Mike Mayock,Jon Gruden,and Oakland would make and it wouldn’t surprise me if they drafted him here or at the 24th pick.

Chargers28. L.A. Chargers- Christian Wilkins DT Clemson

Given Corey Liuget’s status being up in the air as far as returning to Los Angeles,the Chargers could find a defensive tackle here and Wilkins has had is stock rise in recent weeks. He’s instinctive, uses his hands and feet at the same time,and sheds blocks with ease. He’s also got great field vision,a strong run defender,a great skillset of pass rushing moves,and can make a splash play. It’s no wonder he’s been climbing up the draft boards, teams are getting better looks at him and I think he ends up here in the latter part of the first round.

Seahawks29. Seattle- Deandre Baker CB Georgia

I think with this pick that Seattle acquired from Kansas City is where they should go after some help in their secondary and while I’m not sold on Baker being a first rounder, he may be the best player that this team can take. He does run well with receivers and rarely allows separation coming between him and the guy he’s covering,he’s also physical and will battle them as well. He’s a confident man-cover type player who won’t back down. The concern,however,is that he has had some off-the-field issues that regard his character,and may be why he has slid to this pick,but if the Seahawks are ever going to fix their secondary,the time may as well be now.

Packers30. Green Bay- Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio St.

The Packers may be picking their next franchise quarterback with their secondd first rounder of the draft in Haskins. And why not? He has a great cannon of an arm, throws a very good deep ball and is capable of finding guys open in tight spots. He also stands tall in the pocket,is comfortable and patient there as well and he has good field vision. While he is raw and inexperienced, he does have the ability to watch and learn from Aaron Rodgers and take the reins from him once it’s all for him in Green Bay. I think Haskins would be a hard player to pass up like this in the first round and I think they pull the trigger here.

LARamsLogo31. L.A. Rams – Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson

I think the Rams will more than likely go with the best player available at this pick and to me,that’s Lawrence. He has a rare combo of great size and speed who is very flexible and carries his weight well. He has excellent change-of-direction skills and eats up a lot of double teams. He’s also ready to contribute right away and has played well against some of the best competition out there. I think he would be great in Los Angeles and would fit in great there.

Patriots32. New England- Parris Campbell WR Ohio St.

Closing out the first round are the Patriots who could really go anywhere,any position with their first round pick,so I think they should get some receiving help here and I like Campbell to go here. A very fast and explosive play maker,Campbell can stretch a defense vertically and is great a getting separation from the defender,making him a bona fide deep threat. He makes big plays in the clutch,he’s durable,and he can even contribute on special teams. There’s a lot of upside with this kid and while yes,there are other needs on this team, I think he’s good enough to take with this pick to close out the first round.

 

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