Review of the 2019 NFL Draft


Ryan Eng

The 2019 NFL Draft started on Thursday, April 25 and it had quite a few surprises. Here’s a review of the top ten picks.
#1 – Arizona Cardinals – Kyler Murray – QB
No surprise here. Murray was a two-sport superstar in college with off the charts athleticism. Murray was just the type of explosive player head coach Kliff Kingsbury needed to lead his offense. The only question that arises is what will happen to Josh Rosen, the Cardinals current starting QB who was drafted tenth overall last year, now that Murray is going to Arizona? Only time will tell, but it’s likely that the Cardinals will put all of their marbles on Murray.
#2 – San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa – EDGE
It was expected that the 49ers would take Nick Bosa with the second pick of the draft. Bosa was a top prospect coming into the draft who put up great numbers at Ohio State. Scouts think that Bosa has more potential than his older brother, Joey Bosa, who is currently playing with the San Diego Chargers. A solid pick by the 49ers.
#3 – New York Jets – Quinnen Williams – DL
With Sam Darnold and Le’veon Bell spearheading their offense, all the Jets needed was a player to reinforce their defense. With the third pick in the draft they had a lot of options, and they went with the defensive tackle out of Alabama. Williams was one of the best players in the draft and will surely make a name for himself in New York. The Jets made a good choice.
#4 – Oakland Raiders – Clelin Ferrell – EDGE
A bit of a surprise, since Ferrell wasn’t high on many big draft boards, but a good decision regardless. A star at Clemson, Ferrell worked hard on the field and helped the team to a national championship. He will be able to bolster the Raiders’ defensive line and steer the team in the right direction. Ferrell has not only been praised for his skills on the field, but for his leadership off the field. He will be a much-needed voice in the Oakland locker room.   
#5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Devin White – LB
The Bucs went with Louisiana State University linebacker Devin White with the fifth pick in the draft. White is a sideline to sideline linebacker and an impact player. The Bucs needed to fill the linebacker position after Kwon Alexander left for free agency and White should be able to easily fill those shoes. Great pick by the Buccaneers.
#6 – New York Giants – Daniel Jones – QB
A lot of surprise with this pick. The Giants brought shock and terror to New York when they drafted Duke QB Daniel Jones with the sixth pick in the NFL draft. Jones put up decent numbers at Duke despite the fact that the program was lacking in talent. Other QB prospects were surrounded by talent, whereas Jones was not. Nobody expected the Giants to take Jones this high and it was an interesting decision to say the least.
#7 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Josh Allen – EDGE
When a player like Josh Allen falls all the way to the seventh pick of the draft, it would be ridiculous not to take him. The Jaguars made the right decision by picking Allen. Allen had 17 sacks and 22 tackles for a loss in his 2018 season with Kentucky, where he was also named an All-American. He plays with ferocity and will strengthen the Jaguars defense tenfold.
#8 – Detroit Lions – T.J. Hockenson – TE
The Lions also caused a bit of a surprise when they took T.J Hockenson from Iowa. Hockenson’s strength is his run blocking, but he will be a viable target for Matt Stafford and will surely improve Detroit’s passing game. Hockenson had good numbers in college and will most likely translate those numbers in the NFL. A solid pick from the Lions.
#9 – Buffalo Bills – Ed Oliver – DL
The Bills made a good decision when they picked Ed Oliver with the eight pick in the draft. Oliver played well at Houston and has gotten comparisons to Hall of Famer John Randle. The Bills needed a solid and consistent player on defense and they got one. Oliver was a two time All-American and the 2017 American Defensive Player of the Year.
#10 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Devin Bush – LB
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded up with the Broncos in order to secure linebacker Devin Bush. The All American had good stats at Michigan and was a presence on their defense. Bush had 172 tackles, 18 of which were for a loss, and an interception during his time at Michigan. After losing Antonio Brown and Le’veon Bell the Steelers needed some star power, and hopefully Bush will be able to give it to them.