2019 NFL Draft First Round
By Chris Malumphy
With the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals selected quarterback Kyler Murray from Oklahoma. Murray follows former Oklahoma teammate and fellow Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield as the top pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. The only other time a college had the top pick two consecutive years was in 1968 and 1969 when USC had tackle Ron Yary and running back O.J. Simpson drafted by the Minnesota Vikings and the Buffalo Bills.
The San Francisco 49ers used the second pick in the draft on Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa. Nick is the third member of the Bosa family to be drafted in the 1st round. His father, John, was drafted out of Boston College with the 18th selection in 1987 by the Miami Dolphins while his brother, Joey, was selected by the San Diego Chargers with the 3rd pick in 2016.
Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams was drafted third by the New York Jets. With the first surprise of the evening, the Oakland Raiders reached to select edge rusher Clelin Ferrell from Clemson when many would have expected Josh Allen of Kentucky or Ed Oliver of Houston to go higher. Linebacker Devin White of LSU was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Dan Jones of Duke has been tabbed as heir apparent to Eli Manning by the New York Giants. Jones was coached by David Cutliffe who also tutored both Peyton and Eli Manning. Tom Coughlin wasted no time in selecting edge rusher Josh Allen of Kentucky for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Quarterback Matthew Stafford gains a new 6-5 target as the Detroit Lions select tight end T.J. Hockenson from Iowa. The Buffalo Bills added defensive lineman Ed Oliver from Houston. Draft guru Gil Brandt says he's been told Oliver is a "pain in the ass to coach." The Pittsburgh Steelers traded with the Denver Broncos to obtain the 10th pick in the draft and selected linebacker Devin Bush from Michigan. Alabama tackle Jonah Williams joins the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Green Bay Packers added Michigan defensive lineman Rashan Gary who is physically talented but has underperformed on the field. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins was picked by the Miami Dolphins. The Atlanta Falcons got perhaps the best guard in the draft by selecting Chris Lindstrom from Boston College. The Washington Redskins did not need to trade up to draft Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. After providing Cam Newton with offensive help in past drafts, the Carolina Panthers went defense in picking outside linebacker Brian Burns from Boston College. With a selection obtained from the Cleveland Browns for Odell Beckham Jr, the New York Giants selected the third Clemson defensive linemen to go in the draft, Dexter Lawrence. North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings. The Tennessee Titans took gifted defensive linemen Jeffery Simmons from Mississippi State, perhaps the steal of the draft even though he may miss the upcoming season while he recovers from injury. With a pick obtained from the Steelers earlier in the draft, the Denver Broncos selected Iowa tight end Noah Fant. Iowa became the first college to send two tight ends to the NFL in the first round of the same draft. The Green Bay Packers traded up with Seattle to draft safety Darnell Savage Jr. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Andre Dillard from Washington State with a pick obtained from the Baltimore Ravens. The Houston Texans selected a former high school quarterback, Tytus Howard of Alabama State, to play tackle. Howard is now 6-5 and 322 pounds.
It took until the 24th selection, but the Oakland Raiders took the first offensive skill position player other than a quarterback or tight end by selecting Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. Diminutive but dynamic wide receiver Marquise Brown was drafted from Oklahoma by the Baltimore Ravens with a pick obtained earlier in the draft from Philadelphia. Brown is 5-9 and 166 pounds. Two Mississippi State players were then drafted in succession. The Washington Redskins traded with the Indianapolis Colts in order to draft edge rusher Montez Sweat. The Raiders followed by selecting safety Johnathan Abrams. Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery will play for the Los Angeles Chargers. The Seattle Seahawks drafted defensive lineman L.J. Collier from TCU. The New York Giants traded to obtain a third first round selection and drafted Georgia cornerback Deandre Baker. The Atlanta Falcons obtain a pick from the Los Angeles Rams and drafted offensive lineman Kaleb McGary from Washington.
With the last selection in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft the New England Patriots drafted wide receiver N'Keal Harry from Arizona State.
|2019 NFL Draft Round One|
|1||2||2||Nick Bosa||49ers||EDGE||Ohio State|
|1||5||5||Devin White||Buccaneers||LB||Louisiana State|
|1||14||14||Chris Lindstrom||Falcons||G||Boston College|
|1||15||15||Dwayne Haskins||Redskins||QB||Ohio State|
|1||16||16||Brian Burns||Panthers||EDGE||Florida State|
|1||18||18||Garrett Bradbury||Vikings||C||North Carolina State|
|1||19||19||Jeffery Simmons||Titans||DL||Mississippi State|
|1||21||21||Darnell Savage, Jr.||Packers||S||Maryland||Seahawks|
|1||22||22||Andre Dillard||Eagles||OL||Washington State||Ravens|
|1||23||23||Tytus Howard||Texans||OL||Alabama State|
|1||26||26||Montez Sweat||Redskins||EDGE||Mississippi State||Colts|
|1||27||27||Johnathan Abram||Raiders||S||Mississippi State||Cowboys|
|1||28||28||Jerry Tillery||Chargers||DL||Notre Dame|
|1||29||29||L.J. Collier||Seahawks||DL||Texas Christian||Chiefs|
|1||30||30||Deandre Baker||Giants||CB||Georgia||Saints thru Packers and Seahawks|
|1||32||32||N'Keal Harry||Patriots||WR||Arizona State|