ARI: Kyler Murray, QB – Oklahoma
After two months of failed smoke screens, newly hired head coach Kliff Kingsbury gets his guy at quarterback. Murray’s roller coaster ride finally ends as he finds his new home running Kingsbury’s spread offense.
SF: Nick Bosa, EDGE – Ohio State
The most talented edge rusher in the class will anchor the defensive line in San Fran as Kyle Shanahan and John Lynch land themselves a future all-pro.
NYJ: Jawaan Taylor, OT – Florida
Taylor consistently rose throughout the draft process and now finds himself protecting franchise quarterback Sam Darnold and blocking for newly-signed Le’Veon Bell.
OAK: Devin White, ILB – LSU
White is a well-rounded linebacker who can stuff holes in the run game and cover in the passing game. Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock decide to pass on offense and build the linebacking corps with the best in the draft.
TB: Quinnen Williams, DT – Alabama
Williams is arguably the best overall player in the 2019 class but slips due to positional need in the top four selections. He will step in and immediately become an issue for opposing offenses.
NYG: Andre Dillard, OT – Washington State
The first relatively surprising selection of the draft comes at the hands of Dave Gettleman, which is not shocking to say the least. Dillard has a solid mix of strength and athleticism and will slide into a starting tackle position from day one.
JAX: Josh Allen, EDGE – Kentucky
Allen drastically rose on every big board throughout the 2018 season as he cemented himself as one of the best edge rushers in this class. The Jags need another playmaker on the defensive side of the ball, and Allen will fill that need nicely.
DET: Brian Burns, EDGE – Florida State
Burns is a Matt Patricia-type of player if there ever was one. With the ability to beat offensive tackles with strength and athleticism, he will star in the Detroit defense from day one.
BUF: Jonah Williams, OT – Alabama
Jonah and his “short arms” slides right into the Buffalo offense and provides much needed protection for Josh Allen. Whether it be at tackle or guard, Williams will be an immediate quality starter and prove to be a worthy top-ten selection.
DEN: Greedy Williams, CB – LSU
The once stud-filled Denver defense is no more, and a year after selecting Bradley Chubb, John Elway ensures an even better secondary with the potential-loaded LSU product. He needs to sharpen his mechanics, but Williams has an all-pro ceiling and is a solid pick at number ten overall, despite the hole at quarterback.
CIN: TJ Hockenson, TE – Iowa
Andy Dalton’s last relatively good seasons were with a healthy Tyler Eifert, and without a sure-handed tight end, he tends to struggle. Hockenson is an all-around player who will contribute as both a run blocker and pass catcher and help revive Dalton’s career as well as he can.
GB: Montez Sweat, EDGE – Mississippi State
Sweat is an athletic freak who will provide Green Bay with some much needed pass rushing help off the edge. Although he is extremely raw, his combine performance boosts him into the top half of the first round, and with the Packers, the shoe absolutely fits.
MIA: Dwayne Haskins, QB – Ohio State
With Ryan Tannehill now fighting for the starting job in Tennessee, Miami selects its franchise quarterback in Haskins. The first Big Ten first rounder since 1995, Haskins is an excellent pick for the rebuilding Dolphins.
ATL: Ed Oliver, DL – Houston
Oliver will play all over the defensive line for head coach Dan Quinn and prove to be the player he was thought to be before the 2018 season. Despite a minor falling-out at Houston, Oliver is nothing short of athletically gifted and will cause opposing quarterbacks to lose sleep once he takes the field.
WAS: DK Metcalf, WR – Ole Miss
Production or no production, Metcalf has a chance to be the next dominant alpha receiver. Surely Case Keenum will be able to place the ball in the same area code, and if he is able to do so, Metcalf will find success in 2019 and beyond. Also, RIP to my former love, Josh Doctson.
CAR: Byron Murphy, CB – Washington
Although offensive line is a major need for Carolina, the secondary has never been the same since Josh Norman left, so Murphy slots in as a corner with elite ball and cover skills. The Panther defense finally finds another stud to help get the ball back to the offense.
NYG (via CLE): DeAndre Baker, CB – Georgia
Baker has the highest ceiling of any cornerback in this class, not named Greedy Williams. With an all-around skillset, Baker will be everything Eli Apple was supposed to be and more. Dave Gettleman also sticks to his brand and keeps Eli Manning at quarterback (for now), passing on a signal-caller here at number 17. The “Tank for Tua” chants begin in the background.
MIN: Garrett Bradbury, OL – NC State
Bradbury to Minnesota is one of the best fits in the first round as the Vikings need to strengthen the offensive line before Kirk Cousins quits football. With this pick, the offense takes one step closer to being lethal.
TEN: Rashan Gary, EDGE – Michigan
Gary slides into the Titan defense as a mold-of-clay edge rusher who could play outside linebacker given the correct circumstances. Should he be able to be coached-up by head coach Mike Vrabel, Gary can reach his full potential and be considered a steal a few years down the road.
PIT: Devin Bush, LB – Michigan
After Ryan Shazier’s unfortunate injury, Pittsburgh finally finds another capable replacement in the combine stud Devin Bush. The Michigan defenders are selected back-to-back, and for the time being, Mike Tomlin keeps his job despite losing both Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell in the same offseason.
SEA: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S – Florida
The once deadly seattle secondary is no more, and the hole at safety is filled with an exciting player in Gardner-Johnson. The Gator
BAL: NKeal Harry, WR – Arizona State
Before this pick, Willie Snead was the WR1 for Lamar Jackson, so Harry is a perfect fit in Baltimore. Should Jackson be able to tighten his accuracy, Harry will rise to the occasion and become the go-to target in this up-and-coming offense.
HOU: Kaleb McGary, OT – Washington
McGary is not a sexy pick here at 23, but he slides into a starting tackle position immediately and helps to protect stud quarterback Deshaun Watson. This may be considered a reach, but McGary certainly will not be a bust anytime soon.
OAK (via CHI): Noah Fant, TE – Iowa
With Jared Cook departing in free agency, Jon Gruden falls in love with the athletic freak, who has a little Evan Engram to his game. The Oakland offense suddenly has a few exciting pieces for Derek Carr to underthrow.
PHI: Greg Little, OT – Ole Miss
Little is an enticing prospect who could potentially fill the tackle spot recently had by Jason Peters. Due to age and recent injuries, Peters looks to be nearly done, so Little has the chance to learn and contribute as a starter sooner than later.
IND: Clelin Ferrell, DE – Clemson
Ferrell is a solid pass rusher who has a decent ceiling and extremely high floor. With him, Chris Ballard knows what he is getting with the strong but somewhat stiff 4-3 defensive end. He has a bit of Derek Barnett to his game, so the late first draft stock feels just about right.
OAK (via DAL): Zach Allen, EDGE – Boston College
Allen feels like a second round player, but gives Jon Gruden a chess piece to move around the defensive line. Allen fills the need to rush the passer in Oakland, even though some guy named Khalil Mack used to fill that role.
LAC: Jerry Tillery, DT – Notre Dame
Tillery has run-stuffing ability that will fit well in Los Angeles. His “off-the-field issues” are nothing to worry about, so the Notre Dame product will use his hand strength and knack to reck havoc on the interior offensive line will prove to be an extremely underrated selection in the first round.
KC: Christian Wilkins, DT – Clemson
Similar to that of Jerry Tillery, Wilkins is the classic nose tackle who relies on strength to win, and Kansas City needs one of those players to help stop the run. After Sony Michel ran his way to the Super Bowl in the AFC Championship game, Wilkins sures-up the interior defensive line.
GB: Dalton Risner, OL – Kansas State
Risner can play any offensive line position, so he automatically fits well in green and yellow. In order for newly-hired head coach Matt LeFleur to be successful, Aaron Rodgers needs to remain healthy, and it all begins with a better offensive line. Risner may not be flashy, but his versatility will prove worthy shortly into 2019.
LAR: Nassir Adderley, S – Delaware
Adderley is a small-school sweetheart who stole the hearts of draft analysts across the nation. The Rams do not have many holes as they fell just short of a Super Bowl victory, but Adderley will fit nicely in Wade Phillips’ secondary.
NE: AJ Brown, WR – Ole Miss
History says New England finds little success drafting receivers early, but Brown is too good of a fit to pass up with the final pick of the first round. With similar attributes to that of Juju Smith-Schuster, Brown will be a sure-handed, big-bodied slot receiver in the NFL for the next ten years.
- 33. ARI: Cody Ford, OL – Oklahoma
- 34. IND (via NYJ): Justin Layne, CB – Michigan State
- 35. OAK: Dionte Thompson, S – Alabama
- 36. SF: Juan Thornhill, S – Virginia
- 37. NYG: Drew Lock, QB – Missouri
- 38. JAX: Irv Smith Jr, TE – Alabama
- 39. TB: Josh Jacobs, RB – Alabama
- 40. BUF: Hakeem Butler, WR – Iowa State
- 41. DEN: Yodney Cajuste, OT – West Virginia
- 42 CIN: Chris Lindstrom, OL – Boston College
- 43 DET: Taylor Rapp, S – Washington
- 44 GB: Deebo Samuel, WR – South Carolina
- 45. ATL: Dexter Lawrence, DL – Clemson
- 46. WAS: Jachai Polite, EDGE – Florida
- 47. CAR: Erik McCoy, OL – Texas A&M
- 48. MIA: Kelvin Harmon, WR – NC State
- 49. CLE: Jeffrey Simmons, DL – Mississippi State
- 50. MIN: Dre’Mont Jones, DL – Ohio State
- 51. TEN: Julian Love, CB – Notre Dame
- 52. PIT: Trayvon Mullen, CB – Clemson
- 53. PHI: Chase Winovich, EDGE/OLB – Michigan
- 54. HOU: Johnathan Abram, S – Mississippi State
- 55. HOU: Miles Sanders, RB – Penn State
- 56. NE: Charles Omenihu, DL – Texas
- 57. PHI: Rock Ya-Sin, CB – Temple
- 58. DAL: Jace Sternberger, TE – Texas A&M
- 59. IND: Blake Cashman, S – Minnesota
- 60. LAC: David Edwards, OL – Wisconsin
- 61. KC: Mack Wilson, LB – Alabama
- 62. NO: Elgton Jenkins, OL – Mississippi
- 63. KC: Lonnie Johnson, CB – Kentucky
- 64. NE: Daniel Jones, QB – Duke