The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books.
It was a wild night in Nashville as over 200,000 attended Thursday night’s festivities as the NFL officially kicked off its 100th season.
Kyler Murray, Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, and more expected to hear their names called early Thursday as their path to the draft came to a dramatic close.
The Arizona Cardinals held the first overall pick in this year’s draft and they continued their love affair with Kyler Murray as they selected him with the number one overall selection.
Murray becomes the first athlete to be selected in both the top 10 of the NFL and MLB Drafts.
The Heisman Trophy winner took a huge risk by spurring baseball to stick with football to have the opportunity to be QB1 in the NFL. He now has that chance as he becomes Kliff Kingsbury’s franchise quarterback.
Nick Bosa, the controversial DE out of Ohio State, was selected with the 2nd overall pick by the San Francisco 49ers.
Bosa has made news throughout the Draft process due to controversial social media posts and support of racist groups, that raised significant questions about his ability to fit in an NFL locker room.
Although he is extremely talented on the field, his off the field concerns will be a topic of conversation moving forward.
The top 5 rounded out with the New York Jets selecting Quinnen Williams from Alabama, Clelin Ferrell from Clemson, and Devin White from LSU.
One of the surprises of the night came at the sixth overall pick as the New York Giants selected Daniel Jones out of Duke to be Eli Manning’s heir apparent. Jones’ ties to the Mannings have been well-documented and now he will have the chance to learn from the two-time Super Bowl Champion in the Giants QB.
The Giants were thought to be taking Dwayne Haskins out of Ohio State, but he slid all the way down to the 15th overall pick to the Washington Redskins.
Other highlights of the first round include Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown being taken 25th overall by the Baltimore Ravens, Josh Allen being taken 7th overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars, and several trades by the Giants to allow them to have 3 first round picks.
Here are our winners and losers of the first round of the NFL Draft.
- Washington Redskins: Washington was able to get their QB without having to trade up and they were able to get a late round steal with Montez Sweat out of Mississippi St. Sweat had concerns with a heart condition, which we found out from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, was misdiagnosed. A top-5 talent, Sweat, now finds himself with an opportunity to improve the Redskins defense.
- Green Bay Packers: The Packers continued to address the defensive side of the ball by drafting two physically talented and hard hitting players in S Darnell Savage, Jr. out of Maryland and Rashan Gary out of Michigan. With the loss of Clay Matthews it was important for the Packers to find his replacement and they did so with Gary.
- Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens hit a home run with the 25th overall pick by selecting Marquise ‘Hollywood’ Brown. Brown instantly provides dynamic play making at the WR position for new starting QB Lamar Jackson. Having already added Mark Ingram, the Ravens have a chance to be a big-play offense in 2019.
Honorable Mention: Buffalo Bills, selecting Ed Oliver out of Houston.
- New York Giants: The Giants mainly loss tonight due to the drafting of Daniel Jones. Ties to Manning family aside, the Giants had a real chance to draft a guy in Dwayne Haskins who checks off all of the boxes at the quarterback position. Only time will tell if Jones is the right guy as he will go head to head with Haskins for years to come with both players being in the same division.
- Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons used their two first round picks both on the offensive line. While ensuring that Matt Ryan is protected is always a good thing, they could have addressed other pressing needs especially in the secondary given the pass happy NFC South they reside in.
The next two days of the Draft should be wild as the Dallas Cowboys get into the act after not having a first round pick Thursday night.
Notables that did not get drafted in the first round include Missouri QB Drew Lock, LSU CB Greedy Williams, and Ole Miss WR D.K Metcalf.
Others that didn’t hear their name called Day One include West Virginia QB Will Grier, Ohio State WR Parris Campbell, and Alabama TE Irv Smith, Jr.
Dark horses to watch over the next two days include North Alabama CB Chris Johnson, QB Amir Hall out of Bowie State, and Oklahoma State WR Tyron Johnson.
For a complete list of the 2019 NFL Draft first round, check out our Draft Tracker for all 32 picks of day one.
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