2019 Pre-Season All-SEC team: Defense

*An early look ahead.

First Team: Defense

Grant Delpit (9) is the next great LSU defensive back.
Photo: Kim Klement|USA TODAY Sports
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DERaekwon DavisSrAlabama6′ 7″306
DTBenito JonesSrMississippi6′ 2″315
DTJordan ElliottJrMissouri6; 4″325
DEMarlon DavidsonSrAuburn6′ 3″282
OLBJamar WatsonJrKentucky6′ 3″234
ILBDylan MosesJrAlabama6′ 3″232
OLBTerrell LewisSrAlabama6′ 5″256
CBDeMarkus AcySrMissouri6′ 2″195
CBC.J. HendersonJrFlorida6′ 1″182
Grant DelpitJrLSU6′ 3″201
Richard LaCounteJrGeorgia5′ 11″182
PBraden MannSrTexas A&M5′ 11″190

Second Team: Defense

So. Carolina true freshman Zacch Pinkens looks to dominate in 2019.
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DEK’lavon ChaissonSoLSU6′ 4″240
DTZacch PickensFrSo. Carolina6′ 3″293
DTBobby BrownSoTexas A&M6′ 4″325
DEJabari ZunigaSrFlorida6′ 4″257
ILBT.J. BrunsonSrSo. Carolina6′ 1″230
ILBErroll ThompsonJrMississippi State6′ 1″250
OLBDimitri MooreSoVanderbilt6′ 3″225
CBCameron DantzlerJrMississippi  6′ 2″185
CBMark WebbJrGeorgia6′ 1″200
Xavier McKinneyJrAlabama6′ 1″197
Trey DeanSoFlorida6′ 2″181
PZach Von RosenbergJrLSU6′ 5″250

2019 Pre-Season All-SEC team: Offense

*An early look ahead.

First Team: Offense

Tagovailoa was the 2018 SEC Offensive Player of the Year. 
Photo: Alabama Athletics
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBTua TagovailoaJrAlabama6′ 1″218
RBKe’Shawn VaughnSrVanderbilt5′ 10″225
RBD’Andre SwiftJrGeorgia5′ 9″215
WRJerry JeudyJrAlabama6′ 1″187
WRDeVonta SmithJrAlabama6′ 1″173
TEAlbert OkwuegbunamJrMissouri6′ 5″260
OTPrince Tega WanoghoSrAuburn6′ 7″301
OTAndrew ThomasJrGeorgia6′ 6″320
OGTre’Vour Wallace-SimmsSrMissouri6′ 5″340
OGAlex LeatherwoodJrAlabama6′ 6″314
OCDrake JacksonJrKentucky6′ 2″303
KRidrigo BlankenshipSrGeorgia6′ 1″191
RSDe’Vion WarrenJrArkansas5′ 11″181

Second Team: Offense

Fromm looks to continue his impressive touchdown to interception ratio.
Photo: Steven Colquitt/UGA Sports
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBJake FrommJrGeorgia  6′ 2″215
RBLarry RountreeJrMissouri5′ 10″210
RBNajee HarrisJrAlabama6′ 2″228
WRSeth WilliamsSophAuburn6′ 3″215
WRKalija LipscombSrVanderbilt6′ 1″201
TEJared PinkneySrVanderbilt6′ 4″255
OTGreg EilandJrMississippi State6′ 8″330
OTSaahdiq CharlesSrLSU6′ 5″321
OGMarquel HarrellSrAuburn6′ 3″308
OGSolomon KindleySrGeorgia6′ 4″330
OCDarryl WilliamsSrMississippi State6′ 2″306
KTucker McCannSrMissouri6′ 0″205
RSLynn BowdenJrKentucky6′ 1″195

2019 Pre-Season All-American team: Defense

*An early look ahead.

First Team

Utah State LB David Woodward was named a third-team All-American in 2018.
Photo: Utah State Athletics
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DEA.J. EpenesaJrIowa6′ 5″277
DTLeki FotuSrUtah6′ 5″323
DTRaequan WilliamsSrMichigan State6′ 4″295
DEMarlon DavidsonSrAuburn6′ 3″282
OLBDavid WoodwardJrUtah State6′ 2″230
ILBPaddy FisherSrNorthwestern6′ 4″245
OLBBryce HuffSrMemphis6′ 3″245
CBPaulson AdeboSoStanford6′ 1″188
CBBryce HallSrVirginia6′ 1″200
FSGrant DelpitJrLSU6′ 3″201
SSBrandon JonesSrTexas6′ 0″200
PBraden MannSrTexas A&M5′ 11″190

Second Team

Willekes made 20½ of his 78 tackles last season for lost yardage.
Photo: Mike Carter|USA TODAY Sports
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DERaekwon DavisSrAlabama6′ 7″306
DTMarvin WilsonJrFlorida State6′ 5″323
DTNeville GallimoreSrOklahoma6′ 2″330
DEKenny WillekesSrMichigan State6′ 4″265
OLBKyahva TezinoSrSan Diego State6′ 0″230
ILBJoe BachieSrMichigan State6′ 2″230
OLBMichael PinckneySrMiami6′ 1″228
CBThomas GrahamJrOregon5′ 11″184
CBLavert HillSrMichigan  5′ 11″177
FSAndre CiscoSoSyracuse6′ 0″186
SSCaden SternsSoTexas6′ 0″195
PJames SmithJrCincinnati6′ 5″225

Third Team

Penn State’s Gross-Matos looks to build on a successful Sophomore camgaign.
Photo: Adriana Lacy|Roar Lions Roar
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
DEXavier YoungSoClemson6′ 3″255
DTJames LynchJrBaylor6′ 4”285
DTRyan LopezJrNew Mexico State6′ 2″310
DEYetur Gross-MatosJrPenn State6′ 5″257
OLBBaron BrowningJrOhio State6′ 4″238
ILBColin SchoolerJrArizona6′ 0″230
OLBTerrell LewisSrAlabama6′ 5″256
CBAdrian FryeSoTexas Tech6′ 0″190
CBA.J. TerrellJrClemson6′ 1″190
FSQuentin LakeJrUCLA6′ 1″183
SSJalen ElliotSrNotre Dame6′ 1″230
PPressley HarvinSrGeorgia Tech6′ 0″240

2019 Pre-Season All-American team: Offense

*An early look ahead.

First Team

Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa looks to duplicate his amazing sophomore season.
Photo: Al.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBTua TagovailoaJrAlabama6′ 1″218
RBJonathan TaylorJrWisconsin5′ 11″214
RBTravis EtienneJrClemson5′ 10″210
WRJerry JeudyJrAlabama6′ 1″187
WRRondale MooreSoPurdue5′ 9″175
TEAlbert OkwuegbunamJrMissouri6′ 5″260
OTTrey AdamsSrWashington6′ 8″331
OTAndrew ThomasJrGeorgia6′ 6″320
OGCalvin ThrockmortonSrOregon6′ 5″316
OGJohn SimpsonSrClemson6′ 4″320
OCTyler BiadaszJrWisconsin6′ 3″322
KAndre SzmytSoSyracuse6′ 1″195
RSRondale MooreSoPurdue5′ 9″175

Second Team

National Championship quarterback Trevor Lawrence.
Photo: heavy.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBTrevor LawrenceSoClemson6′ 5″205
RBSalvon AhmenJrWashington5′ 11″191
RBEno BenjaminJrArizona State5′ 10″200
WRJustyn RossSoClemson6′ 4″205
WRTylan WallaceJrOklahoma State6′ 0″185
TEMatt BushmanJrBYU6′ 5″250
OTWalker LittleJrStanford6′ 7″317
OTSamuel CosmiSoTexas6′ 6″290
OGShane LemieuxSrOregon6′ 4″315
OGParker BraunSrGeorgia Tech6′ 3″280
OCZach ShackelfordSrTexas6′ 4″295
KCooper RotheSrWyoming5′ 11″174
RSSavon ScarverJrUtah State5′ 11″180

Third Team

Look for Patterson to have a break-out Senior season.
Photo: MGoBlue.com
PosNAMEYRTEAMHTWT
QBShea PattersonSrMichigan6′ 2″203
RBMichael WarrenJrCincinnati5′ 11″2018
RBKennedy BrooksSoOklahoma5′ 11″201
WRCollin JohnsonSrTexas6′ 5″215
WRTyler JohnsonSrMinnesota6′ 2′190
TEJared PinkneySrVanderbilt6′ 4″255
OTJon Runyan, Jr.SrMichigan6′ 4′298
OTLiam EichenbergJrNotre Dame6′ 6″303
OGKeith IsmaelJrSan Diego State6′ 3″310
OGBen BredesonSrMichigan6′ 5″310
OCJimmy MorrisseySrPittsburgh6′ 3″295
KRidrigo BlankenshipSrGeorgia6′ 1″191
RSIsaiah WrightSrTemple6′ 2″218

The Draft: Round 2, Review

With a record number of underclassmen (135) declaring for the draft, the pool was very, very, rich. With such a deep class, it was bound to happen that some first round talent would fall into the second round.

When day two started, Bryon Murphy, Jawaan Taylor, Greg Little, Cody Ford, Dalton Risner, D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Greedy Williams were all still on the board.

There were hardly any real surprises in this round – a few, but no jaw droppers. The names called were either guys projected for the first round, but landed in the second, or names projected for the third that ended up going just a little earlier than anticipated. Overall, a solid round.

By-the-way, Arizona finally unloaded QB Josh Rosen in a trade with the Miami Dolphins. So, the Dolphins pick up Rosen, and the Cardinals got the 62nd overall pick. Arizona also gave Miami a 5th round pick in 2020. So good job, Miami, for being patient and getting your guy at a bargain basement price.

Let’s take a quick look at the second round.

Round 2

1/33. Arizona Cardinals: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington

“Murphy’s got great skills, really natural anticipation and movement,” general manager Steve Keim said in a pre-draft press conference last Tuesday. “He’s really sudden in transition as a corner. He also has return ability … really passionate about the game and I think he’s going to be a heck of a player in the NFL.” A great way to start the second round with Murphy going off the board.

2/34. Indianapolis Colts (via NYJ): Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

Abdurrahman Ibn Ya-Sin is his real name, but just call him “Rock” Ya-Sin.
Photo: Temple University Athletics

Indianapolis had trade offers for 34th overall pick, but decided to stay pat and select Rock Ya-Sin, the cornerback from Temple. “We had action,” Colts GM Chris Ballard told reporters. “I kept telling our guys, look, if we move down and we pass this guy that we love, and we don’t get him, we’re going to be regretting it.”

3/35. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Oak): Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Most all pundits, including me, had Taylor going to the Jaguars in the first round. Apparently, we are told, there were some concerns about Taylor’s medical (knees) that dropped him out of the first round. As long as he’s healthy, seems like a perfect fit in Jacksonville. They need him.

4/36. San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR, So. Carolina

From everything we heard, the 49ers were going to take a wide receiver in the second or third round, so no surprise here. Deebo Samuel was a player the 49ers got familiar with at the Senior Bowl. He’s a competitor that displays a nice combination of speed, power, and versatility.

5/37. Carolina Panthers (via NYG, Sea): Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

He’s big, he’s athletic, he’s got long arms. Little played in the SEC, against some of the top competition in the country. The Panthers expect him to come in and compete for the starting left tackle job.

6/38. Buffalo Bills (via Jax, Oak): Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

“A lot [of mocks] had me in the first,” Ford said via conference call. “But I tweeted out earlier, always trust God. You never know what’s going to happen. This situation could be better than any situation in the first round, so I’m very grateful for it.” Pre-draft, Ford felt like there was a strong connection between him and the Bills new offensive line coach Bobby Johnson – which Ford believes will translate well on the field.

7/39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan

Bunting is a lesser-known prospect from Central Michigan.

Bunting had 9 INT’s and 4 forced fumbles in three years with the Chippewas.
Photo: Mike Carter|USA TODAY Sports

He stands 6’0” tall, 195 lbs, and had a very solid combine showing wtih a 4.42 forty, a 41.5” on the vertical jump, and 126” on the broad jump. He’s one of the highest rated press-cover guys in this years’ draft. Over half the teams had Bunting in for a team visit or a private workout. Getting a press-cover corner was a high priority for the Bucs in this draft – and they land the player GM Jason Licht says they were targeting.

8/40. Oakland Raiders (via Buf): Treyvon Mullen, CB, Clemson

GM Mike Mayock said that Oakland had rated Mullen around No. 24 on their draft board, so when they were able to get him at No. 40, they were very excited. Mayock was quick to mention that Mullen had a great National Championship game. So, he can handle the big stage. He’s a long, rangy, press cover corner that Mayock believes will fit perfectly in DC Paul Gunther’s defensive scheme.

9/41. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

From everything I heard, I thought the Broncos would target Risner. While getting him at ten seemed too high, it seemed reasonable they would trade back to get him.

Kansas State’s Dalton Risner is headed to Denver.
Photo: K-State Athletics

When Denver did trade back in round one, and didn’t pick Risner, I was a bit dumbfounded to be honest. But, as things played out, the Broncos still took Risner, but with the 9th pick of the second round. Risner can play four of the five offensive line spots. This is a good value pick for a guy that Denver really liked.

10/42. Denver Broncos (via Cin): Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Denver then traded up for back-to-back picks, and select Drew Lock, quarterback from Missouri. Lock easily has the strongest arm in this year’s draft class. Giving him some time to learn behind the newly acquired Joe Flacco is an excellent way to groom this guy for the future.

11/43. Detroit Lions: Jahlani Tavai, MLB, Hawai’i

Jahlani who? Unfortunately, Tavai’s games were televised when most of the continental US was asleep. When that happens, you tend to get overlooked by the mainstream press. That, however, doesn’t mean you’re not a good player.

Tavai finished his career with 390 total tackles and 41 tackles-for-loss.
Photo: Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Detroit’s GM Bob Quinn had this to say about Tavai, “I thought we had a really, really good second day of the Draft. (We) acquired Jahlani Tavai from Hawaii – really versatile player, four-year starter, two-time captain, very versatile linebacker, can play the run, can rush, can blitz, can cover. (He’s a) very unique player. When we started scouting him during the season – actually going back to last spring – very unique with his body type, his playing strength, his ability to rush, cover, play the run, throw special teams in there as well. So there’s that. Just because he plays in Hawaii – he’s probably off the radar a tiny bit, but not for our scouts.”

12/44. Green Bay Packers: Elgton Jenkins, OG, Mississippi State

Elgton Jenkins is the exact type of offensive lineman that General Manager’s are looking for these days: versatile. Jenkins displayed his versatility by playing center, guard, as well as tackle and is a very athletic player. He is one of the best interior offensive linemen in this year’s draft.

13/45. New England Patriots (via Atl, LAR): Joejuan Williams, CB, Vanderbilt

With the Draft taking place in Nashville, it was awesome to see a hometown guy go in the second round. Williams, who grew up in Nashville housing projects, was an all-state performer at Father Ryan and an All-SEC selection at Vanderbilt. He was among the top defensive backs in the SEC, ranking second in the conference with four interceptions and 18 passes defended in the 2018 season. At 6’4″, Williams was the tallest corner in the draft.

14/46. Cleveland Browns (via Was, Ind): Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Certainly, Williams poor showing at the NFL Scouting Combine had a lot to do with his slide into the second round. He’s only a redshirt sophomore, so I believe he will mature and get better and better as goes along. He’s long and fast – running a 4.37 forty – and is the best pure cover corner in the draft. I’m rootin’ for him.

15/47. Seattle Seahawks (via Car): Marquise Blair, S, Utah

GM John Schneider said, “He’s just physical,” Schneider said. “Great athlete. Ran fast. True competitor.” True, Blair is a physical safety, he loves to hit. On the downside of that, he’s not that big. In the NFL, that typically translates into time on the I.R. Certainly, hope that’s not the case here.

16/48. New Orleans Saints (via Mia): Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M

The Saints signed free agent Nick Eason and drafted Erik McCoy in an attempt find the heir apparent for retiring center Max Unger. McCoy fires off the ball and is best moving forward. He’ll compete for a starting job.

17/49. Indianapolis Colts (via Cle): Ben Bagonu, LB, TCU

Banogu (15) had 8 sacks and 18 tackles-for-loss last year.
photo: TCU Athletics

The Indy Star said this morning, “Banogu is a guy who posted eye-popping test results at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, measuring a smallish, for a defensive end, 6-3, 250 pounds – though that’s similar to Justin Houston (6-3, 258), a decorated pass-rusher from Kansas City whom the Colts acquired in free agency – but running the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds and posting an absurd 40-inch vertical leap.”

18/50. Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith, Jr., TE, Alabama

Jamaal Stephenson, Vikings Director of College Scouting, spoke to the media after the team selected Alabama TE Irv Smith Jr. in round two of the 2019 NFL Draft. Stephenson said, “We believe Irv is a perfect fit for our new (offensive) scheme.” Smith is a player that Vikings will be able to move around and cause mis-match problems for defenses.

19/51. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi

Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said Brown has big hands, and is a great route runner. “He can catch the ball, and he can break tackles,” Robinson said. “He has a good athletic skill-set, and has versatility to play a couple of spots. He’s a good athlete. We are excited to have him on the team.”

20/52. Cincinnati Bengals (via Pit, Den): Drew Sample, TE, Washington

Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Brian Callahan explained pick of tight end Drew Sample in the second round, “We just felt like he was the best offensive player for us, for what we needed.” He went on to say, the Bengals want to have a good run offense – and Sample’s blocking skills will fit nicely in Callahan’s scheme.

21/53. Philadephia Eagles (via Bal): Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

“Miles was a staff favorite,” GM Roseman said. “A coaching staff favorite. A personnel staff favorite. A front-office favorite. He reminded us of some other players we’ve had around here.”

Sanders fell into Duce Staley’s lap, and the Eagles couldn’t be happier.
Photo: Abbey Drey|centredaily

“This is a guy, we got together two weeks ago as a staff and put together some hypotheticals. We joked about Miles falling to us like he did today. I went to (running backs) coach (Duce) Staley’s office and I said, ‘Let’s get some good karma. Maybe Miles will fall.'”

22/54. Houston Texans (via Sea): Lonnie Johnson, Jr., CB, Kentucky

Johnson raised his stock at the Senior bowl. For his final collegiate season, Johnson totaled 23 tackles (17 solo) with one forced fumble and one interception, along with four passes defensed. His has the traits to become a solid corner at the next level.

Kentucky Wildcats cornerback Lonnie Johnson Jr. (6) defends the pass.
Photo: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

“Lonnie is going to be a great pro,” Kentucky coach Mark Stoops said before the draft Thursday. “He’s got so much upside. You can’t help but look at him and watch him play and like him and want him on your team. It’s just a matter of how high and what pick, but he’s going to be a great pro and has got a lot of upside.”

23/55. Houston Texans: Max Scharping, OT, No. Illinois

No question about it. Houston had to find more than just one offensive lineman in this draft. With the first pick, they got a right tackle in Tytus Howard. In round two, they snap up Max Scharping from Northern Illinois. Scharping is another player that has all the traits teams look for. With good coaching his floor should be high – and he should be able to play left tackle at the next level. He may spend a year seasoning at guard though.

24/56. Kansas City Chiefs (via Chi, NE, LAR): Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia

Speed, speed, speed. Kansas City gets a dynamic return specialist who can come in and get some reps at wide receiver while he learns the nuances of the game. Looks for him on end arounds and bubble screens and deep shots down the field. I bet Mahomes is excited about this pick. HC Andy Reid said, “The place you really see his grit is in the return game. He’s strong, breaks tackles, and then you get … his speed also.”

25/57. Philadelphia Eagles: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

Arcega-Whiteside is a 50-50 jump ball extraordinaire. He plays the redzone like a basketball player posting up in the paint. The Inquirer aptly pointed out, “Arcega-Whiteside fits as an understudy for (Ashlon) Jeffery who gives the Eagles another big-bodied presence.”

26/58. Dallas Cowboys: Trysten Hill, DT, UCF

The Cowboys finally get on the clock and they surprise us a bit by taking a big, explosive, defensive tackle that ends up on the ground way too often. DC Rod Marinelli loves Hill’s motor and high energy. I’m guessing they’ll use him at DT on third and long, creating disruption in the backfield. I think he’ll be a pass rush specialist to begin with.

27/59. Indianapolis Colts: Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

Parris Campbell and his blazing 4.31 speed is going to Indianapolis. Campbell will give Luck a good target on crossing routes (that’s what Campbell does best) and on deep balls. The Colts like his versatility.

Ohio State’s Parris Campbell is still learning the nuances of playing wide receiver.
Photo: Joseph Maiorana|USA TODAY Sports


“I played multiple positions at Ohio State,” Campbell said. “I found my home at our H-back slot, wide receiver, outside, inside, even took handoffs in the backfield.”

28/60. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware

The L.A. Times proclaims, “Chargers pick ‘perfect fit’ safety Nasir Adderley in second round of NFL draft.” GM Tom Telesco said that Adderley was a player they had targeted and felt relieved when they found him still on the board at No. 60. The Chargers will plug Adderley in at safety.

29/61. Los Angeles Rams (via KC): Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

Here’s what RamWire had to say about Rapp stepping into a crowded defensive backfield. “Despite signing Eric Weddle and having John Johnson III back as a starter, the Rams weren’t satisfied with the current status of their secondary. Weddle is 34 and under contract for just two years, and the Rams love to run three-safety packages on defense.”

30/62. Arizona Cardinals (via NO, Mia): Andy Isabella, WR, UMass

University of Massachusetts All-American wide receiver Andy Isabella has serious 4.3 speed, so he’s not your typical slot receiver. “He had a lot of production inside and outside and that’s what’s exciting to us, is his ability to play on the outside and create space,” head coach Kliff Kingsbury said of Isabella. “He’s dangerous on the inside as well. But he’s a guy that showed he could do both at a high level.”

31/63. Kansas City Chiefs (via LAR): Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

The Chiefs signed Tyrann Mathieu in the off-season. Adding Thornhill to the mix gives them some flexibility in how they design their defensive schemes. Both players are considered to be safeties, but both have the tools to play some spot cornerback. Once again, versatility is the key work in today’s NFL. I like the idea of Mathieu mentoring Thornhill until he becomes an every down player.

32/64. Seattle Seahawks (via NE): D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

Seahawks GM Schneider said the team was surprised Metcalf was still on the board as the second round came to a close. They decided to make a trade with the Patriots to to move up to and get him

Photo: Matt Bush|USA TODAY Sports

According to the Seattle Times, Seahawks scout Aaron Hineline said of Metcalf: “D.K. fits the mold of smart, tough and reliable. He obviously has a great pedigree and is a freak of an athlete. He’ll be a great fit with all that we ask of our guys at that position. He blocks well and can contribute on special teams.”

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Draft Review: Round 1


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Draft: Round 1, Review

There were several surprises on day one of the draft. The Arizona Cardinals now have two top ten quarterbacks on their roster. They were unable to trade last years’ first round pick Josh Rosen and drafted Kyler Murray with the number one pick in this years’ draft. Honestly, we are kind of curious to see how all of this plays out. Will they unload Rosen on day two?

The Raiders really did surprise everyone by taking Clelin Ferrell with the fourth overall pick. Ferrell was projected to go somewhere between 10-20 in most mock drafts.

And then the NYGiants, shocked us by taking Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick. Some pundits had Jones buried towards the end of round three; and some had him going to the Giants at pick seventeen. However, nobody expected Jones to go at six, or before Haskins.

Let’s take a quick look at the first round.

Round 1

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma 

With the first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray, quarterback, Oklahoma.

Why Arizona waited to until draft day to make their selection known, who knows? Why did they not move Rosen a month ago, who knows? All we know is Murray is now the starting quarterback of the Arizona Cardinal and a perfect fit for new HC Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense. It will be fun to watch.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The 49ers will line Bosa up opposite newly acquired DE Dee Ford to create havoc off the edges. Bosa has exceptional short area quickness and excellent lower body strength. The 49ers were said to be shopping Solomon Thomas a couple of days before the draft, but so far no trade.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Williams to the NYJets is another great fit, great pick. Williams is coming off a college season where he absolutely dominated opponents with his quickness, agility, and hand techniques. By lining him up next to Leonard Williams, the Jets are going to create a lot of pressure up front.

4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell won the 2018 Ted Hendricks Award.
Photo: Mark J. Rebilas|USA TODAY Sports

The first major surprise of the draft. How big of a surprise? Even Raiders new DE Clelin Ferrell remarked on being picked No. 4 overall: “I would be lying to you if I said I wasn’t surprised.” Ferrell is about as complete an end as there is in this draft. Quick enough to get the corner and stout enough to hold up against the run.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, ILB, LSU

Not shocked here, but a little surprised they took a linebacker (White) over an edge rusher (Josh Allen) with both still on the board. However, the Bucs lost their MLB, Kwon Alexander, to the 49ers in the off-season -so, it makes sense. Plus with Tampa switching to a 3-4 they needed another inside linebacker to suit up next to Lavonte David. Another great pick, great fit.

6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

His relationship with quarterback guru David Cutcliffe and the Manning family probably had a lot to do with Jones landing in the Meadowlands. That part wasn’t too surprising. What was a complete shock is that Jones went off the board at No. 6 overall. Jones will learn the ropes from Eli, while Eli can feel secure that the number one quarterback in East Rutherford, New Jersey, is still named Manning.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Jacksonville is in need of help along the offensive line, no secret there. The Jags gave up 50+ sacks last year. Most everyone expected the Jags to take an offensive lineman here. However, no one expected Ferrell to go off the board at No. 4 four, or Allen to slide to No. 7. Allen creates issues for tackles with his burst off the line, and bend around the corner. Jags took the best player available and will look for O-line help in round two.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Lions need weapons on offense and they got a really good player here in Iowa’s T.J. Hockenson. Hockenson can inline block, adding value to the running game. He runs clean routes, gains separation, and has easy hands – adding value to the passing game. Just a smart pick.

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

With the retirement of DT Kyle Williams, I thought they might address that need early in the draft. However, I thought they’d go after a big run-stuffer like Dexter Lawrence. The Bills, though, went after the smaller 3-technique Ed Oliver. Oliver is a tough competitor that plays from snap to whistle and should fit in well with that dominant defense.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (via Den): Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

This morning’s Detroit Free Press read, “Michigan’s Devin Bush Jr. was exactly what Pittsburgh Steelers wanted.”

Michigan’s Devin Bush is able to rush the quarterback or drop in coverage.
Photo: Detroit News

The Steelers trade up to grab the second best linebacker in the draft — and they take him ahead of arch-rival Cincinnati, who may have been contemplating at the same player. Good move to go up and get the player you want and keep him out of the hands of the competition.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

New HC Zac Taylor wants to fill the locker room with high effort, high character players. Williams isn’t a “splash” pick, but he’ll be lunch-bucket reliable and a very good foundation piece for the new regime in Cincinnati. The four-year starter fills one of the Bengals’ most pressing needs. Good pick, good value.

12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, OLB, Michigan

How will the Packers use Michigan DT/DE hybrid Rashan Gary? “He’ll start in the outside linebacker room. He’s a guy, because of his size and speed and versatility, you’d hope you can move him around the front,” Packers scout Joe Hueber told reporters Thursday night.

13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

I’m comfortable with Wilkins going at thirteen, but are the Dolphins throwing the 2019 season out the window? I can’t believe Fitz-Magic is really their answer? We’ll see if they go after a QB in day two? Miami Dolphins GM Chris Grier gushed about Wilkins position versatility and leadership – and he’s right about those things, I just thought they had a bigger need at QB.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

I had Lindstrom going toward the bottom of round one, so there was a little surprise when he came off the board at fourteen. He’s definitely the best OG prospect in this year’s draft. In Atlanta, Lindstrom will be joining another former BC player in quarterback Matt Ryan. It will be Lindstom’s job to keep Ryan’s jersey clean. Solid pick.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

Haskins will be playing thirty minutes from home.
Photo: Joe Maiorana|USA TODAY Sports

Happy for Washington to get the quarterback they really wanted without having to trade up to get him. I had Haskins as my number one rated quarterback since December. He’s accurate, patient, has excellent pocket presence and light feet. Next question, does Washington start him on day one?

And what did Haskins think of “falling” to pick fifteen?

“To be honest, I’m more motivated than ever before. I’ve got a chip on my shoulder,” Haskins told ESPN. “The league done messed up.” Got to like a guy who finds ways to self-motivate.

16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. They went defense first. “This guy has a huge ceiling,” GM Marty Hurney said. “He’s got some elite skill-set traits that are hard to find. He needs to develop as he grows and his body matures – he needs to get stronger – but you can’t coach some of the traits he has. The speed. The length. The change of direction.”

17. New York Giants (via Cle): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman loves those big-bodied lineman that improve your team and defense by winning in the trenches. With QB Jones and DT Lawrence, Gettleman has improved his roster already.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State

Bradbury seems like he’d be a best fit for a zone-blocking team – a team like Minnesota. The Vikings need to protect QB Kirk Cousins, so I thought they would go with an offensive tackler at eighteen, getting interior help a little later in the draft. HC Mike Zimmer said of Bradbury, “This dude is tough, physical and a ‘can’t miss’ guy.”

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (NLF)

The Titans coming out of round one with a DT wasn’t a surprise. Taking Simmons, who is coming off an ACL injury, was a minor surprise. Simmons has top ten talent, but he won’t be ready to play right away. The Titans are willing to wait, and should be largely rewarded for their patience.

Simmons said on a conference call Thursday night his ACL rehab is going great.
Photo: Clarion Ledger

“He’s a guy we did extensive research on, and he is going to come in here and get to work and help this football team,” Titans General Manager Jon Robinson said of Simmons. “I’m just really excited about the ability that he has. He has really good quickness, can really run for a big man. He is explosive, changes direction well. He finishes plays, and he is an aggressive player.

20. Denver Broncos (via Pit): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

GM John Elway had this to say about trading down from ten to twenty, and about getting Fant with the twentieth pick.

Fant ran a 4.5 forty with a 6.81 3-cone at the Scouting Combine.
Photo: The Daily News

“We had a couple other options too. We had a lot going on in that 10 minutes. We ended up taking the deal with Pittsburgh, and we just felt like getting that extra pick in the second and getting a third next year that the value was there. Then to be able to pick up Noah at 20—he can really run and stretch the field, very athletic, and a very effective receiving tight end. We’re excited about where he ended up.”

21. Green Bay Packers (via Sea): Darnell Savage, S, Maryland

Seattle traded down to gain additional draft picks, while Green Bay made the move up to get the best safety in this year’s draft, Darnell Savage. The Packers exchanged their No. 30 pick and two fourth-rounders (No. 114 and 118) to move up to take the Terrapins’ senior safety, who had 181 tackles and eight interceptions (two returned for a touchdown) in 45 career games.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (via Bal): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

GM Howie Roseman traded up to draft Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard. Roseman said Dillard was not a need selection, rather he was the best player on their board. In fact, Roseman said, the Eagles had Dillard ranked as a top 10 player. They are not expecting him to step into the starting rotation right away.

23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Houston had to find a way to protect QB Deshaun Watson. With Dillard off the board, Houston turned its attention to Tytus Howard of Alabama State. Howard looked very good at the Senior Bowl. He has an excellent kick-step and mirrors well. GM Brian Gaine said that he believed Howard could play four of the five O-line positions.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs is widely considered the top running back prospect in the nation.
Photo: Marvin Gentry|USAT

Oakland got their feature back in Josh Jocobs. With a big offensive line to run behind, a veteran quarterback to lead the way, and wide receivers to stretch the field, Jacobs should have a big rookie season.

25. Baltimore Ravens (via Phi): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

For the second straight year, the Ravens traded in the first round with the Philadelphia Eagles, moving back three spots to No. 25 and picking up fourth- (127) and sixth-round (197) picks in return. With their pick, the Ravens selected WR Marquise Brown – a guy who can take the top off a defense. With QB Lamar Jackson’s cannon of an arm and Brown’s blazing speed, look for a lot of explosive plays from the Raven’s offense this season.

26. Washington Redskins (via Ind): Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Washington traded the 46th overall pick and a 2020 second-round pick to the Colts to draft Mississippi State pass rusher Montez Sweat at No. 26 overall. Sweat was considered a top 20 prospect on most draft boards. By getting their QB and a starting edge rusher the Redskins definitely had a successful first day.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dal): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

Speed on defense was a priority this offseason for the Raiders, who added safety Lamarcus Joyner in free agency. Adding physicality was another priority, so they drafted Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram. Abram is a hard-hitting tone-setter that flies to the ball and punishes ball-carriers.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Chargers need OL help and DT help. So, taking Tillery here was simple, take the best player available that fills a pressing need. GM Tom Telesco loves Tillery’s length, size, flexibility, and strength. Tillery was enjoying the Sun in Maui when he received the call from the Chargers.

29. Seattle Seahawks (via KC): L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Texas Christian’s L.J. Collier runs through drills at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Photo: Seattle Tims

The Seahawks have been busy wheeling-and-dealing this week. They trade DE Frank Clark to Kansas City, then select Texas Christian defensive end L.J. Collier at the bottom of round one. While, Collier has been a player on the rise, taking him in the first round seems like a bit of a stretch. He not your prototypical rush end; he’s a bigger bodied run-stuffing end that has some up-field ability. Good player, but not sure its good value for the pick? The Chiefs traded out of the first round.

30. New York Giants (via New Orleans, GB, Sea): De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Gaints make a trade to go up and get Georgia cornerback De’Andre Baker. Baker won the Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back in college football. He’s not the fastest guy, but he’ll be a solid tackler – and maybe even be the starting nickel. It’s been a good day for the Giants.

31. Atlanta Falcons (via LAR): Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

Atlanta trades back up into the first round to get some more help on the offensive line. McGary is an aggressive run blocker and likes to play with a nasty streak. With the addition of Lindstrom and McGary, the Falcons have improved one of the NFL’s worst rushing offenses (98.3 ypg 27th overall).

32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

Harry averaged 16.9 yards on punt returns last year.
Photo: arizonasports.com

The Patriots definitely needed a wide receiver. Taking a wide receiver that suffers from concentration lapses (aka dropping passes when he’s wide open) was a surprise. Harry is physically ripped, big bodied, with great control and the ability to make the circus catch. Basically, a big bodied slot receiver that is good at getting yards after the catch. Why not A.J. Brown, who has better hands? Why not D.K. Metcalf to stretch the field? Never doubt Bill Belichick — we’ll find out why Harry when the season starts.

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Draft Review: Round 2


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

The Final 4-Round Mock Draft: Round 1

With the NFL Draft beginning this Thursday night, Nat L. Faybian’s Senior Writer Douglas Love compiles a final four-round mock draft.

Round 1

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma 

Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray appears to be the new Arizona Cardinals quarterback.
Photo: AP Photo/Alonzo Adams

With only days before the draft, Murray hasn’t been signed to a rookie contract and Josh Rosen hasn’t been traded? Arizona has milked this draft for every ounce of news/marketing they could get. Having said that, seeing Heisman winner Kyler Murray run Kliff Kingsbury’s Air Raid offense should be very exciting!

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The 49ers add one of the most polished defensive players in the draft, Nick Bosa. The team added Dee Ford in free agency, and this will be the fourth defensive lineman they’ve drafted in the first round in the last five years: DeForest Buckner, Solomon Thomas, Arik Armstead, and Bosa. Bosa has exceptional short area quickness and excellent low body strength.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

Williams is coming off a season where he dominated. The Jets have an impressive history of taking top notch defensive linemen in the draft – Sheldon Richardson and John Abraham come to mind. Williams would make a great addition to the 2019 NY Jets.

4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

Oliver was one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the county over the last two seasons. Gruden loves guys who can pressure the quarterback, and Oliver and do just that.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

Allen won the 2018 Nagurski Trophy for National Defensive Player of the Year.
Photo: Courier-Journal

For a long time, it looked like the Bucs with go with Devin White, but when a player like Josh Allen falls into your lap – you take him. Allen’s a player that the Bucs will be able to line up in a variety of place, keeping offenses guessing.

6. New York Giants: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The Giants just rewarded Eli Manning with a nice big contract extension, but he’s getting up there in age. Even if they plan to play Manning this year, they’ll need to start grooming a successor.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Jacksonville is in need of help along the offensive line, no secret there, they gave up 50+ sacks last year. The team signed QB Nick Foles, so, doubtful they draft one here. Taylor is the best run blocking tackle in the draft. And I think they’ll look to take the pressure off Foles by running the ball more. So, Jawaan Taylor to the Jaguars.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

The Lions need weapons. I think they could go in several directions here. D.K. Metcalf and his 4.33 speed is one option. However, a player like Hockenson has more value for this team and their needs. He can inline block, adding value to the running game. He runs clean routes, gains separation, and has easy hands – adding value to the passing game. He’ll just be involved in more plays than a wide receiver.

9. Buffalo Bills: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

The Bill finished with the NFL’s number two defense last year. In 2019, they return ten of the starting eleven, the lone loss being the retirement of DT Kyle Williams. Drafting Lawrence to step in to Williams would be perfect.

10. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State

The Broncos surprise many by selecting K-State’s Dalton Risner in the top ten.
Photo: Scott D. Weaver/K-State Athletics

The Broncos picked up OT Ja’Wuan James, CB Bryce Callahan, CB Kareem Jackson, and QB Joe Flacco in free agency. Those were their most pressing needs. They could trade down here, but I’m going out on a limb and saying they take Dalton Risner from Kansas State. Risner can play four of the five line spots, and Denver’s been high on him this entire post season.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Devin White, ILB, LSU

The Bengals address several of their biggest needs during free agency. However, they are still in need a leader in the middle of that defense. LSU’s Devin White has long been considered the best linebacker in the class. He’s the high character leader HC Zac Taylor wants.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

The Packers have two picks in the first round: picks 12 and 30. The Packers are looking for help on the OL and DL, along with a wide receiver, and a tight end. With Hockenson off the board, I doubt they take Fant this high. Keeping QB Aaron Rodgers off the ground should be a priority. Williams play pass block and run block, play inside or out.

13. Miami Dolphins: Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

With QB Ryan Tannehill shipped off to the Titans is Fitz-Magic is the answer? Do they take a quarterback here? I think they need one, but don’t think they take one here. However, HC Flores is a defensive guy, so I’m going with the second best linebacker in the class.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State

Burns had 15.5 TFL’s and 10 sacks last year at Florida State.
Photo: Nick Lisi|Associated Press

The Falcons need help off the edge. Burns has excellent natural bend around the corner. He’s athletic enough, he can drop back into coverage as well.

15. Washington Redskins: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

The Redskins have questions about their quarterback position, and they could go in that direction, but I think they wait until the second round. They could use a lock-down corner and Williams’ man skills would be a great fit in Washington.

16. Carolina Panthers: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

The Panthers have concerns on both sides of the line. Andre Dillard and Clelin Ferrell would both be viable options for Carolina. However, the Panthers attended Sweat’s Pro Day and had him in for a Private Workout. Seems like they like him.

17. New York Giants (via Cle): Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

Clemson Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell (99) celebrates against in the 2019 College Football Playoff Championship game. Photo: Mark J. Rebilas|USA TODAY Sports

The Giants are a team that likes to snap up quality pass rushers. Ferrell is about as complete an end as there is in this draft. Quick enough to get the corner and stout enough to hold up against the run.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Greg Little, OT, Mississippi

The Vikings are looking for some help on the offensive line. Little can pass block and run block. He has good length and plenty of athleticism. Has all the talent, needs some good coaching to reach potential.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins won the “Academic Heisman” in 2018 – also known as the William V. Campbell Trophy. He shows a quick first step and is able to beat double teams. Wilkins can play anywhere on the line, adding to his value.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryon Murphy, CB, Washington

The Steelers have a reputation for playing solid, tough, defense. Murphy would fit right in give Pittsburgh an exciting playmaker on the back-end.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State (NLF)

The Seahawks only have four picks, so I would expect them to trade down to accumulate some extra selections. Rumor has it they are shopping DE Frank Clark, that’s another option to gain some picks. If they stay where they are are Simmons would be excellent value, even if he has to miss the beginning of the season due to his ACL injury.

22. Baltimore Ravens: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

Gary’s stock drops a bit because of a torn labrum. He could possibly miss the first six weeks of the season. However, like Simmons, Gary becomes a good value pick at this spot. The Ravens like stout defensive linemen and they could be creative about a player as athletic as Gary.

23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Houston has to find a way to protect QB Deshaun Watson. Dillard may be the best pass-pro tackle in the class. Houston might be taking a couple of linemen in this draft. Dillard can play left tackle.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chi): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs is widely considered the top running back prospect in the nation.
Photo: Marvin Gentry|USAT

Would Oakland take Marquise Brown here? Or would they go with a starting running back here? With the chance that the Eagles could go after Jacobs, the Raiders grab their guy with the twenty-fourth overall pick.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: De’Andre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Eagles are looking at D-line and also at running back. They could also use a cornerback. Thorpe Award winner De’Andre Baker is a solid tackler and good communicator, things DC Jim Schwartz values.

26. Indianapolis Colts: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi

The Colts added a deep threat in Metcalf. He’s a solid route runner, that doesn’t mind blocking. He ran a 4.33 forty at the Combine, he’s got some serious speed.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Gruden loves guys who can take the top off a defense. With a player like Brown sitting here at twenty-seven, this should be a no-brainer. Plus Marquise can learn from his cousin Antonio.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

Chargers could go DT here, but they also need interior offensive line help. Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom would be a solid selection here.

29. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylon Ferguson, DE/OLB, Louisiana Tech

Jaylon Ferguson racked up 45 sacks in his career.
Photo: Tom Morris/LATechSportsPix.com

The Chiefs need a couple of corners and a safety. But with their first pick, they take a guy who can get after the quarterback. Ferguson had 26 tackles-for-loss and 17.5 sacks last year.

30. Green Bay (from New Orleans): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (DL)

Fant was the pre-season favorite to be the top TE in the draft, that is until his teammate came on like a freight train. But at the combine, Fant made a statement by running 4.5 forty, had a 6.81 3-cone, and an 11-49 90-yard shuttle – all best in his position group. Rodgers will appreciate another big, fast, target.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Garrett Bradbury, OC, NC State

The Rams are a zone blocking team that needs a center. Bradbury’s athleticism would make him the perfect fit.

32. New England Patriots: Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The Patriots would trade down if given the option. If they stay here, they take the best offensive lineman on the boad – Cody Ford, Oklahoma.

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MORE: Round 1 | Round 2 | Round 3 | Round 4


Draft talk  . . . draft picks, rounds, team needs, and prospects to watch.

AZ | SF | NYJ | OAK | TB | NYG | JAX | DET | BUF | DEN | CIN | GB | MIA | ATL | WASH | CAR | CLE | MIN | TEN | PIT | SEA | BALT | HOU | CHI | PHI | IND | DAL | LAC | KC | NO | LAR | NE

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The 2019 NFL Draft will be held Thursday-Saturday, April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.

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