The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone.
While there were some certainties heading into the three-day spectacle, there were many surprises along the way.
Here are the teams that I think won & lost this NFL Draft:
- 1-15: Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)
- 1-26: Montez Sweat, DE (Mississippi State)
- 3-76: Terry McLaurin, WR (Ohio State)
- 4-112: Bryce Love, RB (Stanford)
- 4-131: Wes Martin, G (Indiana)
- 5-153: Ross Pierschbacher, C (Alabama)
- 5-173: Cole Holcomb, LB (North Carolina)
- 6-206: Kelvin Harmon, WR (North Carolina State)
- 7-227: Jimmy Moreland, CB (James Madison)
- 7-253: Jordan Brailford, DE (Oklahoma State)
This pains me to say as an Eagles’ fan, but I think the Redskins had the best draft.
Despite rumors that owner Dan Snyder was “hi-jacking” the draft just days before, the team didn’t mortgage its future to move up for its QB. In fact, the Redskins stayed at home at 15, and took QB Dwayne Haskins, who had fallen by some standards.
Then, seeing that a premiere pass rushing prospect was falling, the team traded into the back-end of the first round to land DE/LB Montez Sweat, who was a projected top-10 pick before reports of a heart issue surfaced in the week prior to the draft.
Despite not having a selection for nearly 50 picks, the Redskins were able to capitalize in the later rounds, snagging RB Bryce Love in Round 4, C Ross Pierschbacher in Round 5, and WR Kevin Harmon in Round 6.
Prior to tearing his ACL in December, Love had been projected to go no later than Round 2, and both Pierschbacher and Harmon could see the field for the Redskins this season.
- 1-1: Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma)
- 2-33: Byron Murphy, CB (Washington)
- 2-62: Andy Isabella, WR (Massachusetts)
- 3-65: Zach Allen, DE (Boston College)
- 4-103: Hakeem Butler, WR (Iowa State)
- 5-139: Deionte Thompson, S (Alabama)
- 6-174: KeeSean Johnson, WR (Fresno State)
- 6-179: Lamont Gaillard, C (Georgia)
- 7-248: Joshua Miles, T (Morgan State)
- 7-249: Michael Dogbe, DE (Temple)
- 7-254: Caleb Wilson, TE (UCLA)
When you have the first pick in the draft, you should win, right?
Well, all too often, we see teams blow it. However, this rebuilding Arizona Cardinals team appears to have taken a good first step.
Taking QB Kyler Murray at 1 was a given, but it is really the remainder of what the Cardinals did that should give the team high hopes for the future, as the team plugged a lot of holes throughout the roster.
Knowing that Murray is a young QB and with WR Larry Fitzgerald as his only option, the Cardinals went heavy at receiver, drafting three wideouts. While I wasn’t huge on the Andy Isabella pick in the second round, snagging WR Hakeem Butler will prove to be a steal, as the big-bodied receiver has a chance to become Murray’s top option in the future.
On defense, the Cardinals nailed three selections, taking CB Byron Murphy and DE Zach Allen in the second and third rounds respectively before adding S Deionte Thompson in the fifth round. Each of these players was projected to go around the second round to most pundits, with some having Murphy as a first round prospect. All three should expect to see the field for the Cardinals this year, if not earn some starts.
Of course, the Cardinals brought in even more players than I mentioned here, meaning they have a higher chance to hit on someone.
Green Bay Packers
- 1-12: Rashan Gary, DE (Michigan)
- 1-21: Darnell Savage, S (Maryland)
- 2-44: Elgton Jenkins, OL (Mississippi State)
- 3-75: Jace Sternberger, TE (Texas A&M)
- 5-150: Kingsley Keke, DT (Texas A&M)
- 6-185: Ka’dar Hollman, CB (Toledo)
- 6-194: Dexter Williams, RB (Notre Dame)
- 7-226: Ty Summers, LB (TCU)
Not many teams needed a good draft like the Packers, but I think the team nailed it.
After struggling along the defensive line for years, the team added DE Rashan Gary in the first round, adding a potential star as an edge rusher and run stopper. Then, the team traded back into the first round to take S Darnell Savage, to help bolster a secondary that has also had its issues in recent seasons.
In the second round, the Packers landed one of the top interior lineman in the draft in C Elgton Jenkins, and added a solid tight end in Jace Sternberger in Round Three.
Those four players at the top are enough for me to call this Packers’ team a winner of this draft.
New York Giants
- 1-6: Daniel Jones, QB (Duke)
- 1-17: Dexter Lawrence, DT (Clemson)
- 1-30: Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)
- 3-95: Oshane Ximines, LB (Old Dominion)
- 4-108: Julian Love, CB (Notre Dame)
- 5-143: Ryan Connelly, LB (Wisconsin)
- 5-171: Darius Slayton, WR (Auburn)
- 6-180: Corey Ballentine, CB (Washburn)
- 7-232: George Asafo-Adjei, OL (Kentucky)
- 7-245: Chris Slayton, DT (Syracuse)
This is no surprise.
The Giants stunned their fan base and NFL fans alike when the team selected Duke QB Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall.
Heck, when the first mock drafts came out this year, Jones wasn’t even among the first round prospects. To make matters worse, a number of potential star defensive lineman were available at the time of the selection, making the choice of Jones even more questionable.
The team was able to rebound and add DT Dexter Lawrence at pick 17, but he has proven to come with some off-the-field question marks.
New York’s most solid choice as trading back into the end of the first round to add CB DeAndre Baker, but the choice of Jones overshadows anything the Giants have done.
Plus, sixth round pick CB Corey Ballentine was shot on Saturday, and while that is not the team’s fault, it is definitely an inauspicious start for these Giants’ rookies.
- 1-4: Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson)
- 1-24: Josh Jacobs, RB (Alabama)
- 1-27: Johnathan Abram, S (Mississippi State)
- 2-40: Trayvon Mullen, CB (Clemson)
- 4-106: Maxx Crosby, DE (Eastern Michigan)
- 4-129: Isaiah Johnson, CB (Houston)
- 4-137: Foster Moreau, TE (LSU)
- 5-149: Hunter Renfrow, WR (Clemson)
- 7-230: Quinton Bell, DE (Prairie View A&M)
Either the Raiders are playing 4-D chess or they messed this draft up.
Armed with three first round picks heading into Thursday, new GM Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden left everyone scratching their heads with each passing selection.
At No. 4 overall, the team grabbed DE Clelin Ferrell. While Ferrell is a solid player and was projected to go in the mid-first round, it felt as if the Raiders reached a bit there, and could’ve had other players like DL Quinnen Williams or LB Josh Allen.
At No. 24, the Raiders grabbed RB Josh Jacobs to make him the top back selected in the draft. However, at the time of the selection, players like edge rusher Montez Sweat, T Jawaan Taylor, and WR Marquise Brown were available.
Finally, at No. 27, the Raiders snagged S Jonathan Abram, despite other, higher projected defensive backs were on the board, like CB Greedy Williams.
Look, the Raiders may have nailed this draft and prove many of us, including myself, to be wrong. However, my initial impressions are that Oakland just missed out on adding some star talent.
- 2-34: Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Temple)
- 2-49: Ben Banogu, LB (TCU)
- 2-59: Parris Campbell, WR (Ohio State)
- 3-89: Bobby Okereke, LB (Stanford)
- 4-109: Khari Willis, S (Michigan State)
- 5-144: Marvell Tell, S (USC)
- 5-164: E.J. Speed, LB (Tarleton State)
- 6-199: Gerri Green, DE (Ole Miss)
- 7-240: Jackson Barton, T (Utah)
- 7-246: Javon Patterson, C (Ole Miss)
GM Chris Ballard and coach Frank Reich nailed the draft last year, and may have done it again this year.
Yet, when you look at the team’s draft board, not one player jumps out at you and says “I’ll be an All-Pro for the Colts.”
The player with the best chance in my opinion is WR Parris Campbell, who can serve as a deep target for QB Andrew Luck.
Other than that, the Colts’ draft selections will have much to prove on the field.