The 2019 NFL Draft was loaded with very talented and NFL-ready players that had teams with high picks very excited about their options. There were many speculations as to who was going to be drafted number one overall because the top players were all so evenly talented. No one really knew who the Cardinals were going to take with the first pick, many predicted Kyler Murray, and that caused a lot of drama around the team due to them drafting quarterback Josh Rosen last year. Here is an overview of the top selections and what teams could have done differently with their picks.
The Cardinals had a very tough decision to make at number one. It is very difficult to pass on a talent like Kyler Murray or Nick Bosa. Even with the team drafting Josh Rosen last draft, the Cards still took Kyler Murray with the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. This may have come as a surprise to some, but I, and many analysts, had predicted them taking the Heisman winner. New head coach Kliff Kingsbury shows he had an immediate impact within the front office with them taking Murray. Kingsbury was not going to let Kyler Murray slip away from him again like he did when he was trying to recruit him to Texas Tech when he was the head coach there. The selection the Cards made almost immediately led to the team trading last year’s tenth overall pick to the Dolphins for their 2019 second round pick and a 2020 fifth rounder.
With the Cardinals taking Kyler Murray, the 49ers took the next best player in the draft with Nick Bosa. This was a very obvious pick that any team should and would have made if they were in that position. Nick Bosa was an absolute beast when he was at Ohio State where he recorded 17.5 sacks, 29 tackles for loss and 77 total tackles in his three-year collegiate career. The 49ers have not been good since the Smith/Kaepernick era came to an end and they are looking to get back on track with this pick. With the addition of Bosa to an already stacked defensive line of DeForest Buckner and Dee Ford makes the 49ers defense very formidable.
The Jets had a variety of options with the third overall pick. There were some speculations that they were going to trade down in the draft, but they ended up selecting Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. This was a very safe and smart pick because the team lost their star defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson to free agency this offseason. Williams will be a solid replacement and may even end up being better than Richardson. Also, with the team hiring new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams the Jets will play a lot of 4-3 defense. Quinnen Williams will help bolster their run defense which allowed their opponents to average 126.3 yards per game.
The Raiders acquired a plethora of draft picks via trade this offseason and were trying to replace Kahlil Mack and Bruce Irvin on their defensive line. I thought that they were going to take linebacker Josh Allen, but they ended up taking defensive end, Clelin Ferrell. The Raider fans on screen did not seem so happy about the selection that their team made, but it really was not a bad one. Ferrell was a big part of the national champion Clemson Tigers’ defense and will be a nice fit for the Raiders. The team came dead last in sacks last season and Ferrell was an elite pass rusher with Clemson. Replacing Kahlil Mack is no easy task, but the Raiders ultimately made the right choice.
The worst selection that was made was definitely sixth overall when the Giants took the wrong quarterback in Daniel Jones. This was a huge reach, being the sixth-ranked quarterback in the draft, and he played at Duke where the only really good team he played against was Clemson. Dwayne Haskins should have been picked, but I guess the Giants wanted to take a quarterback that was the most similar to Eli Manning.
The best pick, in my opinion, was the Redskins picking Dwayne Haskins at fifteen. I am not sure how the former Ohio State stud fell all the way to fifteen, but the Redskins really lucked out. Haskins has great pocket presence and a very strong arm; he will be a great NFL quarterback. The team signed Case Keenum this offseason so I do not think he will start right away, which gives him more time to develop.
What surprised me was that Josh Allen fell to Jacksonville at seventh overall. Jacksonville did not necessarily need to draft another linebacker, but they took the best player available at the time, which is usually a good decision. Allen will make an immediate impact in the league and I think has the potential to be a Pro-Bowler in the near future. I also was surprised that Detroit selected tight end TJ Hockenson with the eighth pick. Hockenson is a big body and will probably be a solid tight end, but there were better options such as Ed Oliver and Devin Bush. This was a very Detroit pick to make as they continue on their quest of mediocrity.
The 2019 NFL Draft was very entertaining to watch this year and had some surprises. This draft class is very talented, and many will make immediate impacts with their new teams.