Less than 24 hours until Roger Goodell takes time away from torturing small animals and picking on the elderly to announce the first selection in the 2019 NFL draft. After much talk… so much talk, we’re finally at a point where the rubber meets the road.
In honor of this, we’re going to take one final stab at projecting the first round. This time we’re going to give it a go with trades. Seven of them to be precise.
Call me psycho, but I’m really looking forward to the next few days. The NFL draft, Avengers: End Game, and the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs tip off as well.
1. Kyler Murray – QB – Arizona Cardinals
While I could see the Raiders making a late move to jump to #1, and they certainly have the draft assets to do it, at the end of the day Kliff Kingsbury gets his man. The Cardinal offense led by Murray, with David Johnson, Christian Kirk, and elder statesman Larry Fitzgerald could be fun to watch.
2. Nick Bosa – DE – San Francisco 49ers
The latest Bosa brother Buckeye is an outstanding pass rusher. Even with the trade for Dee Ford as an edge rusher, and the recent history of using premium draft picks on their front 7, the level of talent Bosa possesses is simply to great to ignore.
**TRADE** 3. Josh Allen – OLB – Seattle Seahawks
After trading away defensive end Frank Clark earlier this week for a haul of draft picks, including the #29 pick in this year’s draft, the Seahawks dip into their cache’ to jump up towards the top of the draft and land an outstanding edge player out of Kentucky. To get up this high, they’ll send the Jets the #21, #29, and #84 pick in this year’s draft.
4. Quinen Williams – DT – Oakland Raiders
After tying Jon Gruden in a chair in the corner, new GM Mike Mayock settles in to draft the stud defensive lineman out of Alabama. That being said, should Murray NOT go #1, you could expect Gruden to break free and trade what he has to in order to move up for the diminutive signal caller from Oklahoma.
**TRADE** 5. Dwayne Haskins – QB – Cincinnati Bengals
Fearful that the Giants could grab the QB that new coach Zac Taylor craves, the Bengals send the #11 and #42 picks to the Buccaneers in order to move ahead of the Giants and land their man. With only a single year of starting experience, it’d behoove the Bengals to keep Dalton around and ease Haskins in. But since when have the Bengals done smart things?
6. Ed Oliver – DT – New York Giants
The ebb and flow of the NFL draft. A year ago Oliver was a presumptive top prospect for this April’s draft. He slowly slide down draft boards as defenders such as Josh Allen, and Quinen Williams seemingly eclipsed him. But according to the grapevine anyways, his stock has returned to where it was originally thought to be, towards the top of the charts. The Giants are being pressured to select the QB of their future, but with multiple first rounders, Gettleman takes the best guy available.
7. Jonah Williams – OL – Jacksonville Jaguars
In similar fashion to Georgia lineman Isaiah Wynn last year, there are questions as to if Williams is a tackle or a guard. Going this high, you’d suspect he’d be used as a tackle. But its nice to know, that need be, you could kick him inside. The Jaguars could use some help up front to protect their investment in new QB Nick Foles.
**TRADE** 8. T.J. Hockenson – TE – Denver Broncos
Many have forecasted a QB to Mile High, which isn’t unreasonable considering that Joe Flacco is now the man in Denver. Gut feeling though is that Elway give Flacco a shot to show what he can do away from Baltimore. To aid in that, they move up ahead of Buffalo to nab the elite tight end prospect in this draft. To do that, they’ll send the #10, and a 2020 4th rounder to Detroit.
9. Rashan Gary – DE – Buffalo Bills
Having lost out on Hockenson, the Bills regroup and add an edge rushing maven in Gary to pair with last year’s linebacking stud Tremaine Edwards. Gary is one of those guys not being drafted on potential, but actually being drafted off production. There are several elite pass rushers in this draft, and Buffalo is happy to walk away with one of the best of them.
**TRADE** 10. Devin White – LB – Detroit Lions
After having traded back from 8 to 10, picking up a future 4th in the process, the Lions still get their man in LSU’s Devin White. An elite inside backer capable of covering sideline to sideline. White could certainly go higher than 10, and Lions grab a fabulous prospect.
**TRADE** 11. Christian Wilkens – DT – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Having moved down from 5, and picking up a second rounder in doing so, the Buccaneers address the replacement for Gerald McCoy who has been on the trade block all spring. With 6 games every year coming against Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton, the Bucs defense must find a way to get some push up the middle. The Clemson Tiger can help stop the run, and provide an interior pass rush.
**TRADE** 12. Jawaan Taylor – OT – Carolina Panthers
Fearful the Dolphins may select the tackle they want, the Panthers send the #16 and #77 picks to Green Bay to move up 4 spots to 12. With very Matt Kalil now in Houston, and Darryl Williams back on a one year prove it deal, the Panthers select a day 1 starter to help protect their franchise QB.
13. Devin Bush – LB – Miami Dolphins
With the Panthers moving ahead to select the Florida tackle, the new Dolphins regime settles down to select the best available player on their board. With Drew Lock and Daniel Jones on the board, they’ll get consideration, but ultimately it feels like the Dolphins are intent on building the talent base this year before selecting one of the 2020 QBs. Brian Flores, the Patriots Linebacker coach last year (and de facto D-Coordinator) gets a fantastic backer to implement his system.
14. Cody Ford – OL – Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons select the versatile lineman from Oklahoma. While he has the ability to play on the outside, he projects to kick inside once he gets to the NFL. Edge rusher Brian Burns will get some consideration, as will the possibility to move back. But ultimately the Falcons walk away happy to upgrade their offensive line.
15. Drew Lock – QB – Washington Redskins
After having watched the Bengals jump to 5 to get Haskins the Redskins have sat back and let their guy come to them, sweating out the last 9 picks. With a boatload of cash already tied up in the QB position between Case Keenum, Alex Smith, and Colt McCoy, the Redskins take one more, their QB of the future. The most celebrated prospect for this draft a year ago, he ends up being the third signal caller off the board after watching the new kids on the block Murray and Haskins go ahead of him.
**TRADE** 16. Marquise Brown – WR – Green Bay Packers
Using the pick the Packers received from Carolina, they select a weapon for Aaron Rodgers. After having used their free agent dollars to upgrade the pass rush, they use their first pick to give DaVante Adams a sidekick with the explosive Hollywood Brown from Oklahoma.
17. Garrett Bradbury – C – New York Giants
The most upsetting part of this pick is that the draft is no longer held in New York City, because the Boo Birds would be defeaning. With Eli Manning still lined up under center, every Giant fan will be clamoring for this pick to be traded for Josh Rosen, or used for Daniel Jones… anyone other than Eli. That being said, the Giants have made moves the last 14 months to upgrade the line. Signing Nate Solder, trading for Kevin Zeitler, drafting Will Hernandez. Adding stud center Bradbury would leave them a right tackle away from a legit offensive line. Which should be their priority with their 2nd rounder.
18. Andre Dilliard – OT – Minnesota Vikings
Speaking of teams in need of offensive line help. After a change of heart, linebacker Anthony Barr returned to the chilly twin cities. With the defense intact, the Vikings can focus their attention to the offensive line which needs some help. Dilliard has been linked to the Vikings by pretty much everyone, and I see no reason to buck the trend.
19. Brian Burns – Edge Rusher – Tennessee Titans
With Brian Orakpo off making cupcakes, the Titans could use some edge rush help. The former Seminole is the most talented edge player left that doesn’t have some sort of question mark attached to his name.
20. A.J. Brown – WR – Pittsburgh Steelers
With a long history of finding value in the middle rounds when it comes to wide receivers, the Steelers buck that trend and add the talented, skilled route runner from Ole Miss. As the new A. Brown in the steel city, he’ll join Juju Smith Schuster and Donte Moncreif as Big Ben’s new targets. They’ll consider another corner here, but Brown is too clean a prospect for them to pass up.
**TRADE** 21. Clelin Ferrell – DE – New York Jets
After trading out of the #3 slot, the Jets finally make a day 1 selection. Ferrell is a very good all around defensive end coming from an extremely talented Clemson defensive line. The Jets could use help, really all over the defense, but Ferrell, paired with Leonard Williams, and CJ Mosely is a nice start to build around in the front 7.
22. D.K. Metcalf – WR – Baltimore Ravens
The workout wonder who stole the show at the draft combine in Indianapolis lands in Baltimore where he hopes to form some chemistry with the Ravens’ new leading man, Lamar Jackson. Both are physical marvels, it’ll be interesting to see what kind of improvisational magic they can create.
23. Taylor Rapp – S – Houston Texans
After considering guys like Chris Lidstrom, and Kaleb McGary here, the Texans settle upon grabbing a safety to solidify the back end of their defense following the defection of Honey Badger Tyrann Mathieu. After a few years of sinking high value draft picks into their cornerbacks, they’ll give a safety a shot.
24. Greedy Williams – CB – Oakland Raiders
Any number of corners could the first off the board, but at 24 it turns out to be LSU’s Greedy Williams. After having added LaMarcus Joyner at safety, Brandon Marshall at linebacker, and then of course drafting Quinen Williams earlier in the day, Mike Mayock makes a move to address the need at corner.
25. Montez Sweat – DE – Philadelphia Eagles
The Eagles have a recent history of gambling on draft picks, the most notable lately was corner Sidney Jones. With Chris Long not sure to be returning, Michael Bennett in New England, and Timmy Jernigan unsigned the Eagles could use some defensive line help as depth in that area was the key to their championship run 2 seasons ago. Sweat is a top 10 type talent with some medical red flags. At this point in the round, the value is too great for Philly to pass up.
26. Rock Ya Sin – CB – Indianapolis Colts
The second corner off the board isn’t Murphy or Baker, its Temple’s Rock Ya Sin. With a name that describes him well, Rock is a tough corner who will bring a chip on his shoulder to Indy’s secondary. A year after a masterful draft, GM Chris Ballard finds himself another gem.
27. Noah Fant – TE – Oakland Raiders
Former Raider Jared Cook hasn’t been replaced. Fant is the uber-athletic tight end out of Iowa, who along with Antonio Brown, and Tyrell Williams would give Derek Carr some fresh faces to look for downfield. There will be talk of Josh Jacobs going here to replace the re-retiring Marshawn Lynch, but I think they’ve already got some between the tackle runners in Isaiah Crowell and Chris Warren III. They’ll take Fant here and look for a more dynamic back later in the draft. Or look to grab Jacobs at 35, a slot Fant is not likely to get too.
**TRADE** 28. N’Keal Harry – WR – Arizona Cardinals
With the end of the first round looming the Cardinals want to ensure they get their man, the local kid to compliment Christian Kirk, so they send the #33 and #103 picks to the Chargers for the chance to draft Harry. At this point the Chargers have to be considering drafting Rivers replacement in the form of Daniel Jones, but with 4 selections between 28 and 33, they’ll take a chance and move back, picking up the first selection of day 3 for their troubles.
**TRADE** 29. DeAndre Baker – CB – New York Jets
The second first rounder the Jets picked up from the Seahawks. After adding Clelin Ferrell up front, the Jets look to help shore up the corner position. With two terrific young safeties in the form of Marcus Maye and Jamal Adams, the Jets could use some help opposite of last year’s free agent prize, Trumaine Johnson. Baker could be just what the doctor ordered.
30. Dexter Lawrence – DT – Green Bay Packers
With a lot of talk about Aaron Rodgers’ lack of weapons, the Packers went ahead and drafted Hollywood Brown. They’ve got 2 young stud corners selected in the first two rounds of last year’s draft, and spent big bucks to grab 2 edge rushers in free agency. But being strong on the edges doesn’t mean anything if you’re giving up yards up the middle like dentists give out lollipops. Adding the massive Clemson tackle goes a long way to shoring up the middle.
**TRADE** 31. Irv Smith Jr. – TE – Jacksonville Jaguars
With the Patriots looming and the Jaguars having a gaping hole at the tight end position, Tom Coughlin makes a move, sending the #38 and #109 picks to the Rams to jump back into the first round and select the Alabama tight end. After having relied upon Zach Ertz in Philly, it seems essential that Nick Foles has someone at the end position he can toss the rock too.
**TRADE** 32. Daniel Jones – QB – New York Giants
After all the hate Gettleman has received since the Odell trade, coupled with the anguish of the Giants fans in the probably hour and a half since they selected Garrett Bradbury leads to one of the most cathartic draft picks in league history. With the Chargers sitting at the top of the 2nd round, the Giants offer up the 2020 first round New England is looking for to grab their 3rd first rounder of the day, while also keeping their 2nd rounder to try and nab a right tackle. The added bonus of getting their future QB with that 5th year option instead of selecting Will Grier in the second with a 4 year deal makes the trade worth it for the Giants.
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- Written by Jason Sullivan
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