Day 1 of the 2019 NFL draft is in the books. There were some surprises (I’m looking at you Mike Mayock, Clelin Ferrell at 4? Really liked Ferrell at Clemson, lets see how he fits in the league) There were some disappointments (I’m sure Jawaan Taylor has had better days). And there was a lot of bad cover band music.
After watching four hours of draft excitement its done nothing to dampen my enthusiasm as the weekend kick offs with 2 rounds of drafting tonight.
My own real disappointment was that Wilkins didn’t knock Goodell over with his celebration. THAT would have been an all time moment.
Some random musings from last night before we take a look at who is still out there to be had.
- Really liked the Falcons first round. While the headlines went to the Giants and Raiders each having 3 first round selections, the Falcons quietly traded back into the end of the first round and selected a 2nd offensive lineman. Boston College’s Chris Lidstrom, and Washington’s Kaleb McGary could end up pairing with current Falcons linemen Jake Matthews, James Carpenter, and Alex Mack to give Matt Ryan protection by 5 former first round draft choices. Love that kind of investment in the trenches.
- Love Love Love the Lamar Jackson and Hollywood Brown pairing in Baltimore. While I’m a fan of Mark Ingram’s running style, and like the signing, I’d really like to see them add a more dynamic back and just really open up the offense. A swiss army knife player like Baylor’s Jalen Hurd would be a real interesting add.
- There was an awful lot of talk (I was watching the NFL Network coverage) of Haskins wait, which quickly turned to what to do with Josh Rosen. It wasn’t until the end that Drew Lock’s plight was brought up. Could Lock be the next big 2nd round QB following in the fabeled footsteps of Drew Brees, Derek Carr, Andy Dalton, or Jimmy Garapolo? There was talk of Lock to Denver at 10. Could they get him to sit behind Flacco for a year or two at 41?
- Most underrated draftee I saw, Garrett Bradbury who went to Minnesota. The Vikings could use another lineman, maybe a tackle. Their first selection on day two is scheduled to come at #50. Its very likely they’ll be able to get a quality bookend where they are.
- With the AFC East using three draft picks on 3 defensive tackles, do the Patriots extend starting left guard Joe Thuney who has been a starter for 3 superbowl teams in his 3 years in the league, or do they use a day 2 draft pick on a potential replacement? Thuney was drafted using one of the picks received for Chandler Jones.
- The Packers are my early pick for most improved team. Sure they haven’t gotten Aaron Rodgers much help on offense this spring, but they sure do look to be getting him a defense. I was already anticipating a boost just by having last year’s top 2 picks, corners Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson enter their sophomore seasons. Add in the addition of Adrian Amos at safety after leaving the Bears as a free agent defection, along with the signings of 2 pass rushers whose production outweighs their name recognition; Preston Smith, and Z’Darius Smith. I don’t think they intended to add a 3rd pass rusher, but when Rashan Gary was sitting there at 12 they had to take him. Now they potentially have an aggressive 3 man pass rush rotation, along with 2 ball hawking cornerbacks? Thats a weapon Rodgers has never had.
- Very curious that the Lions didn’t select Ed Oliver when he fell into their laps at 8. While I understand the love for tight end TJ Hockenson, especially for a group of decision makers who saw the impact of Rob Gronkowski up close in New England, they should also know that there is only one Gronk. Ed Oliver would have offered versatility that Patricia needs for his defense to really hit on all cylinders. He and Trey Flowers together in the front seven would have represented a major upgrade to a defensive unit that wasn’t that bad to begin with.
- While I readily acknowledge that Dave Gettleman and Mike Mayock have forgotten more football than I’ll ever know. It still seems underwhelming that between their 6 draft picks (4, 6, 17, 24, 27, 30) they walked away with Clelin Ferrell, Daniel Jones, Dexter Lawrence, Josh Jacobs, Jonathan Abram, and DeAndre Baker. Not that those are bad players by any stretch. It just feels that there was opportunity to do better.
- A reminder that I will not give out grades on drafts. Mostly because its foolish. Hindsight is the best scout in the business. Picks that seem like stretches now will seem like no brainers 5 years from now, and whether due to overvaluation, poor scheme fit, injury, or just plain bad luck, half these players will look like trash by time their rookie contracts are up.
The good news is, if you’re disappointed in what your team did Thursday night, there is always the chance for redemption Friday evening. What are some names you could be seeing come off the board in the 2nd and 3rd rounds? Lets take a look below. Seems to be exceptionally good value for offensive tackles, wide receivers, and corners to be had.
- Drew Lock – Missouri
- Will Grier – West Virginia
- Jarrett Stidham – Auburn
- Damien Harris – Alabama
- David Montgomery – Iowa State
- Justice Hills – Oklahoma State
- A.J. Brown – Ole Miss
- D.K. Metcalf – Ole Miss
- Parris Campbell – Ohio State
- Hakeem Butler – Iowa State
- Deebo Samuel – South Carolina
- Kelvin Harmon – NC State
- Riley Ridley – Georgia
- JJ Arcega Whiteside – Stanford
- Andy Isabella – UMass
- Irv Smith Jr. – Alabama
- Jace Sternberger – Texas A&M
- Kaden Smith – Stanford
- Dawson Knox – Ole Miss
INTERIOR OFFENSIVE LINEMEN:
- Eric McCoy – Texas A&M
Elgton Jenkins – Mississippi State
- Michael Deiter – Wisconsin
- Michael Jordan – Ohio State
- Connor McGovern – Penn State
- Jawaan Taylor – Florida
- Cody Ford – Oklahoma
- Dalton Risner – Kansas State
- Greg Little – Ole Miss
- Yodney Cajuste – West Virginia
- David Edwards – Wisconsin
- Greedy Williams – LSU
- Byron Murphy – Washington
- Rock Ya Sin – Temple
- JoeJuan Williams – Vanderbilt
- Armani Oruwariye – Penn State
- Julian Love – Notre Dame
- Trayvon Mullen – Clemson
- Lonnie Johnson – Kentucky
- David Long – Michigan
- Justin Layne – Michigan State
- Nasir Adderly – Delaware
- Deionte Thompson – Alabama
- Taylor Rapp – Washington
- Chauncey Gardner Johnson – Florida
- Juan Thornhill – Virginia
EDGE PLAYERS/DEFENSIVE ENDS/OUTSIDE BACKERS:
- Jachai Polite – Florida
- Jaylen Ferguson – Louisiana Tech
- Zach Allen – Boston College
- De’Andre Walker – Georgia
- Ben Banogu – TCU
- Vosean Joseph – Florida
- Chase Winovich – Michigan
- Christian Miller – Alabama
- Oshane Ximines – Old Dominion
- Joe Jackson – Miami
- Charles Omenihu – Texas
- Anthony Nelson – Georgia Tech
- Dre’mont Jones – Ohio State
- Khalen Saunders – Western Illinois
- Renell Wren – Arizona State
- Isaiah Buggs – Alabama
- Mack Wilson – Alabama
- Te’von Coney – Notre Dame
- Dakota Allen – Texas Tech
And to round up the review of last night as we move on to day 2, a breakdown of picks by conference:
- SEC – 10
- Big Ten – 7
- ACC – 6 (half of which were Clemson D-linemen)
- Big 12 – 3
- Pac 12 – 3
- AAC – 1
- SWAC – 1
- Independent – 1
- Written by Jason Sullivan
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