The 2019 NFL Draft has a potential #1 pick that everyone expects. However, I don’t think that the Cardinals should replace their incumbent quarterback with the Oklahoma hotshot who is expected to be the first signal caller off the board.
This is the order that should become reality after the Cardinals opt against Kyler Murray.
- The Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Nick Bosa is the obvious pick here, even though the Cardinals have been speculated to take Kyler Murray. Bosa will add a threat to the defense and will be a great edge rusher for years to come.
- The San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky
Josh Allen has been compared to Khalil Mack by some, and I think with the correct coaching and development he can potentially get to that caliber. He also complements DeForest Buckner and Solomon Thomas very well.
- The New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Quinnen Williams stood out while at Alabama and during the combine for his athleticism. He will be a great playmaker for the Jets and a major force in the trenches.
- The Oakland Raiders: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State
The Raiders need help at most positions and Brian Burns could be the centerpiece for their defense. With two more first round picks, the Raiders could fill some more holes around Burns.
- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
Rashan Gary could help the Bucs get some needed pressure. He had an all-time spectacular combine to add to his success at Michigan.
- The New York Giants: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Kyler Murray is the best QB in the draft and a Heisman trophy winner. He should be a star if the Giants can protect him.
- The Jacksonville Jaguars: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
The Jaguars need a long term solution at QB and having Nick Foles gives Haskins a year to sit out and learn from the Super Bowl MVP.
- The Detroit Lions: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Ed Oliver stood out at Houston by being dominant up the middle. Lions should get an outstanding hole-filler who can get to the passer with this pick.
- The Buffalo Bills: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
After drafting Josh Allen last year, the Bills should look to give him some protection. Can also make blocks to help Allen and their aging backs get rushing yards.
- The Denver Broncos: Devin White, ILB, LSU
Devin White was spectacular in college and at the combine. The Broncos add another stud defensive piece to Vic Fangio’s defense.
- The Cincinnati Bengals: Montez Sweat, OLB, Mississippi State
Sweat was possibly the best performer at the combine, in spite of his heart condition. He also fills a hole for the Bengals at LB.
- The Green Bay Packers: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Metcalf gives Aaron Rodgers a legitimately scary weapon. Contrary to popular belief, Rodgers cannot do it by himself.
- The Miami Dolphins: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams gives Miami a takeaway threat in the secondary. Adds to an already decent defense.
- The Atlanta Falcons: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
The Falcons need more pressure on the QB and Ferrell found plenty of success doing that in college. Ferrell should find success around a decent defense to begin with.
- The Washington Redskins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
The Redskins hope to find a franchise QB in Lock. I feel like this is a boom or bust pick, but I do hope it works out for the them.
- The Carolina Panthers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
Hockenson adds an outstanding weapon for Cam Newton and should take some pressure off the run game.
- The New York Giants: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
After trading Odell Beckham Jr, the Giants add a target for their new QB. He is similar to Beckham Jr. in the way he makes spectacular catches.
- The Minnesota Vikings: Jonah William, OT, Alabama
Kirk Cousins often had a man in his face (usually Akiem Hicks) last season. Williams should give him some extra time and an opportunity to earn his money.
- The Tennessee Titans: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Titans need a lot of help on defense and Murphy could be a great addition to provide it to them
- The Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan
The Steelers already have a solid defense but by adding Bush they add some youth to the ILB core. I am very interested to see how Bush and T.J. Watt play together.
- The Seattle Seahawks: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
With Russell Wilson getting a new contract, the Seahawks should want to give him all the protection he needs. Dillard should be a good investment in Wilson’s health.
- The Baltimore Ravens: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Ravens had a great defense last year but could have used some pressure up the middle. Wilkins provided that at Clemson and would be a great pick for the Ravens.
- The Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
The Texans offensive line needs all the help it can get. The top priority for Houston should be Deshaun Watson‘s long term health.
- The Oakland Raiders: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
Another defensive player for the Raiders. Baker will give the Raiders some help on the deep ball.
- The Philadelphia Eagles: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
Some people might be surprised by this pick, but I think Adderley is going to be a great payer in the NFL. Also adds a play maker in the Eagles secondary.
- The Indianapolis Colts: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
The Colts could use a playmaker on the defensive line and Lawrence proved that he can be that player many times while at Clemson.
- The Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Marshawn Lynch just retired which is an unfortunate issue for the Raiders. Jacobs ran hard and fast at Alabama and should give the the Raiders some production.
- Los Angles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
- Seattle Seahawks: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
While focusing on offense in their first pick, the Seahawks could find a great piece to replace Earl Thomas.
- The Green Bay Trashcans: Jachai Polite, OLB, Florida
The Packers have plenty of holes to fill but should find Polite stops the bleeding on defense while they add players.
- The Los Angles Rams: Garrett Bradury, C, NC State
The Rams just picked up the fifth year option on Jared Goff and their biggest concern should be his safety.
- The New England Patriots: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Rob Gronkowski retired this offseason and the Patriots look to fill his void with a great TE in Fant.
I am very excited to see how this first round turns out. It should be really cool to see some awesome talent make it to the big time.
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