NFL Draft 2019


Los Angeles Times

Kyler Murray, the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, holds his new Arizona Cardinals.

Nick Passarella, Staff writer

It’s that time of the year again April is when football fans begin their descent into madness over the NFL Draft. It began on Thursday, April 25, and ended on Saturday, April 27, and was held in Nashville, Tennessee. The city is home to the league’s AFC South team, the Tennessee Titans. The draft started at 8pm on ABC.

The top prospects for the draft were: Ohio State Buckeyes Defensive End, Nick Bosa; Oklahoma Sooners Quarterback, Kyler Murray; Alabama Crimson Tide’s Defensive Tackle, Quinnen Williams; Louisiana State University Tigers Linebacker, Devin White; and of course Kentucky Wildcats Outside Linebacker, Josh Allen.

The 2019 draft was a defense-heavy draft. The top players were mostly defense players, all of whom are unique. However, what team were drafted by was the question. When teams are trading picks one team can win, and another can lose the draft.

The first pick which was split between a pass-rusher or a quarterback. The Arizona Cardinals were torn between Bosa and Murray, but chose Murray to reignite the offense. With the second pick, the San Francisco 49ers got their wish and drafted Bosa, a pass-rusher they desperately needed. The New York Jets held the third overall pick for the second year and had a couple of choices to pick from: Allen, Williams, or trade down. They ultimately drafted Williams.

As a Jets fan, I would’ve prefered the linebacker from Kentucky, Allen. I felt the team needed a pass-rusher and he fits that description. In addition, he can fill the cornerback position, and is essentially a double threat. The Jets’ defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams, prefers a defense that puts pressure on the quarterback, and Allen would’ve been perfect for that. But Quinnen Williams will put pressure up the middle alongside the defensive end, Leonard Williams, which could result in more fumbles as these two can get to whoever is holding the ball. Maybe the Williams duo can lead the team to a championship next season.

The Oakland Raiders threw a curveball by drafting Clemson Tigers defensive end, Clelin Ferrell. Ferrell was not projected to go top five, but Williams, Bosa, and Allen were. This took the audience by surprise the team needed to fill a hole left by Khalil Mack. No one may ever know why they didn’t take Allen who seemed like a perfect candidate for the team, maybe their head coach, Jon Gruden, saw something everyone else did not see. Most likely with that pick their defense can improve on last season’s thirteen sacks. We’ll just have to wait to see.

Holding the fifth pick was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and all the mock drafts suggested the same thing: drafting Devin White. And that’s exactly who they chose. With the hiring of a new defensive coordinator, Todd Bowles,  maybe they can actually get turnovers. Tampa got a steal in LSU’s linebacker.

Similar to the Buccaneers, the New York Giants were looking for one position and one specific player: Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins. The Giants got Eli Manning’s successor, but it wasn’t Haskins. It was Duke’s Daniel Jones. The team’s general manager, Dave Gettleman, had told the media that he was both for and against getting a quarterback, specifically Haskins. He must’ve saw something special in Jones, and decided not pick up the Ohio State alumni. Instead Haskins slid to the Washington Redskins at fifteen, which addressed their Alex Smith situation. Last season during week 11, Smith suffered a compound and spiral fracture in his right leg, ending his season and plunging the Redskins playoff chances. His return in the upcoming season was questionable.

Although projected to be a first round pick, Oklahoma’s wide receiver, D.K. Metcalf, slid into the second round. He was projected to go in the first. But some teams might’ve been scared off by his injuries in the past and his inability to run certain routes. That didn’t stop the Seattle Seahawks from drafting him though. The rookie wide-receiver will be a nice addition to the Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson they have the potential to be the dynamic duo, as Wilson can make plays and Metcalf can deliver.

Other teams such as the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Indianapolis Colts, and the New Orleans Saints didn’t have to worry too much about the draft because they already have a lot of talent and know how to utilize it. However, this was an important draft for the New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Arizona Cardinals, Minnesota Vikings, and New York Giants.

Will this draft pay off for these teams? Only time will tell.


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