What’s up everyone! I hope you enjoyed round one of the 2019 NFL draft. Hopefully, your favorite team selected that guy you have been wanting since February. For us huge fantasy football fans (especially dynasty), the NFL draft is like a 2nd Christmas to us. With that being said, I literally stayed up all Thursday night in excitement and wanted to instantly react and give my opinion on how the 1st round went. I’m going to breakdown each pick in a couple of sentences and tidbits. Without further ado, let’s jump right into it!

  1. Arizona Cardinals-Kyler Murray-QB/Oklahoma: We don’t have much to say other than the HC Kliff Kingsbury got his guy! With Murray having all the upside in the world and now locked in as the Cardinals starting QB, all the attention now shifts towards the backup Josh Rosen. Will he backup Murray? Or will he get traded to a team in need of a QB that didn’t select one Thursday night.
  2. San Francisco 49ers-Nick Bosa-Edge/Ohio State: After drafting Bosa, I wanted to check out this teams depth chart and holy cow, the Niners front-7 is filthy. The list goes on and on with rookie Nick Bosa, Soloman Thomas, Arik Armstead, Deforest Buckner, Dee Ford, and Kwon Alexander. If they address the pour secondary throughout the remainder of the draft, this could easily be one of the best defenses in the league!
  3. New York Jets-Quinnen Williams-DL/Alabama: This guy was my favorite player in the draft all offseason. This guy checks out every box needed for him to be a yearly pro-bowler in this league for a long time! Quinnen and teammate Leonard Williams are going to give the AFC East Qb’s nightmares for years to come.
  4. Oakland Raiders-Clelin Ferrell-Edge/Clemson: Most people hate this pick because it messed up their mock drafts and all but I dig this pick a lot. Ferrell becomes an instant starter and has numerous strengths in his game which includes a smooth clock-wise spin, can get slippery and slide in between gaps, and has amazing snap reaction speed. Lastly, I don’t think many people will think 36.5 tackles for loss and 21 sacks since 2017 is bad.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Devin White-LB/LSU: The Buccaneers look like geniuses after this selection. So they let Kwon Alexander walk after the Niners gave him 4-year/$54 million, then they go out and draft a better version of Kwon and they get him on a rookie contract! In my opinion, Devin White reminds me of Jaguars stuff Myles Jack, but White says he plays like Patrick Willis.
  6. New York Giants-Daniel Jones-QB/Duke: I’m going, to be honest I’m not a fan of this pick for 2 reasons. Reason one is that they took Jones over Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock who I think are much more ready than Jones. Reason 2 is that I simply don’t think Jones is good. He benefitted in college from a heavy RPO (run/pass/option) scheme, he tends to wait an extra step or two before making a play and fumbles a ton. Overall, this was one of my least favorite picks of the draft.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars-Josh Allen-EDGE/Kentucky: Although he wasn’t a huge need for the Jaguars, he was easily the best player available in my opinion. I think the Jags shift him to OLB and make the front 7 Yannick Ngakoue, Marcell Dareus, Taven Bryan, Calais Campbell, Telvin Smith, Myles Jack, and rookie Josh Allen. With his elite speed and explosiveness, Allen reminds me of a spitting image of Anthony Barr.
  8. Detroit Lions-T.J. Hockenson-TE/Iowa: I actually don’t mind this pick at all. The Lions are one of those teams where they don’t have a ton of flaws besides OL and secondary. I did think they should have gone OL but Hockenson had so much draft hype surrounding him, I’m not surprised either. He joins a solid offense built around Matthew Stafford and will share targets with Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, Danny Amendola, and Theo Riddick. Although Hockenson has the upside to one day be like Travis Kelce, I’m not expecting a TE1 year out of the rookie from Iowa.
  9. Buffalo Bills- Ed Oliver-DL/Houston: The Bills were another team where I was expecting them to go OL. I mean we all saw Josh Allen running for his life last season. Instead, the plan was to make opposing QB’s run for their life when they selected Oliver. Honestly, after that historic pro-day of his, pick 9 feels like a steal if I’m being honest with you. He joins an underrated Bills defensive unit and his upside is tremendous.
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers-Devin Bush/LB/Michigan: The Steelers gave up the 20th overall pick, pick 52, and a 2020 3rd in exchange for this pick and they were ecstatic. They traded up for Bush because, besides Bush and Devin White, this LB class is extremely weak, so they traded up and got their guy! My favorite thing about this guy is that he’s a sideline-to-sideline runner, you can’t teach hustle folks.
  11. Cincinatti Bengals-Jonah Williams/OT/Alabama: Joe Mixon dynasty owners went clubbing after this selection. Williams was arguably the safest lineman in the draft this year. Most importantly, the Bama rookie will replace former NY Giants OT Bobby Hart and will start at RT. I can’t preach how much this helps Joe Mixon’s 2019 stock. Williams, Corey Glenn, and Billy Price, sheesh that’s a good OL.
  12. Green Bay Packers-Rashan Gary/DL/Michigan: Wow is all I have to say. I love this landing spot for the Green Bay Packers because it solidifies the teams Dline. You put the rookie Gary with Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, and Za’darius Smith, you got a great unit on your hands. Honestly, Gary has the potential to be the best of these 4 in the next year or two. When you think of Gary, think of Ezekiel Ansah.
  13. Miami Dolphins-Christian Wilkins/DL/Clemson: The Dolphins had the worst Dl I’ve ever seen on paper coming into this draft. You had guys like Jonathan Woodard, Davon Godchaux, and Charles Harris holding down the fort. Wilkins brings in a leadership mentality and he’s going to have to bring it from day one because he’s already the best player on this teams front-7. Lastly, he’s already a fan favorite due to the fact he almost sacked commish Roger Goodell during Thursdays show.
  14. Atlanta Falcons-Chris Lindstrom/OG/Boston College: A ton of draft viewers saw this as a head scratcher pick but the Atlanta Falcons really don’t have any huge weaknesses on the roster. With that being said, why not boost your offense by protecting your QB? Lindstrom was viewed by many as the top guard in this years class.
  15. Washington Redskins-Dwayne Haskins/QB/Ohio State: Honestly thought this was the coolest thing. All offseason, everyone and they mama said that the Redskins would have to trade into the top-12 to get a QB like Haskins/Lock/Jones, etc. Instead, the Redskins stand put and take Haskins after the Giants passed on him. Haskins will battle with Case Keenum for the starting gig, but I seriously hope we get to see Haskins Vs Giants this season.
  16. Carolina Panthers-Brian Burns/Edge/Florida State: Even though I’m a UF fan, I can’t help but love the way Burns plays the game. Tons of energy and big plays brought weekly. He joins a great Panthers front in Dontari Poe, Kawaan Short, and Bruce Irvin. BTW, he reminds me of Leonard Floyd in terms of playstyle.
  17. New York Giants-Dexter Lawrence/DT/Clemson: Knowing that this was the pick that the Giants got in exchange for OBJ, we knew whoever it was going to be, Giants fans would be against regardless. In my opinion, the Giants should have gone OL to protect Manning/Jones, but don’t get me wrong, the DL needed help too.
  18. Minnesota Vikings-Garrett Bradbury/C/North Carolina ST: Bradbury was the top center coming out this year and it relatively wasn’t even that close. He provides a massive upgrade to this OL and gives a boost to Kirk Cousins and Dalvin Cook.
  19. Tennessee Titans-Jeffery Simmons/DT/Mississippi State: I wasn’t too thrilled for this pick. It was mostly because Simmons might not even play in the 2019 season after suffering a torn ACL. If Simmons can come back and get healthy, he and Jurrell Casey will be scary for Mike Vrabel and company.
  20. Denver Broncos-Noah Fant/TE/Iowa: I don’t mind this pick at all actually. The Broncos defense performed well in the 2nd half of the season in 2018 so I like them going TE here to try and improve the offense. We can’t ignore that new QB Joe Flacco has a history of targeting the TE position so this seems to be a great landing spot for Fant and his fantasy value.
  21. Green Bay Packers-Darnell Savage/S/Maryland: The Packers traded up, drafted Savage, and completed the team’s goal of revamping the defense this offseason. In just the offseason, the Packers added Za’darius Smith, Preston Smith, Adrian Amos, and drafted Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage tonight. Sheesh.
  22. Philadelphia Eagles-Andre Dillard/OT/Washington State: After letting Nick Foles walk in free agency, the Eagles know they don’t have an above average back up to step in if Carson Wentz gets hurt so the Eagles are investing early draft capital in attempts to keep him up straight.
  23. Houston Texans-Tytus Howard/OT/Alabama State: Although Jawaan Taylor should have been drafted here, You can’t knock the Texans for trying. They were smart enough to realize that they had one of the worst offensive lines in recent memory, and here they are trying to fix it.
  24. Oakland Raiders-Josh Jacobs/RB/Alabama: This was a great pick by the Oakland Raiders. They have a competent QB and Ol, they have an elite WR and field stretcher, now they just need a reliable RB and that’s where Jacobs comes in. Reluctantly beast mode Marshawn Lynch just retired so the rookie will get every chance he can get to be the starter this upcoming season.
  25. Baltimore Ravens-Marquise Brown/WR/Oklahoma: I’m actually optimistic on this landing spot. I’m skeptical because I had Brown as my top rated WR coming into this draft but now he has Lamar Jackson throwing him the ball. Jackson isn’t really known for having a reliable deep ball if you know what I’m saying. With this being a run-first offense, I don’t think Brown makes a huge impact this season.
  26. Washington Redskins-Montez Sweat/Edge/Mississippi State: Now that we know the Redskins picks for this draft, I can safely say that they were the winners of round one of the draft. Haskins and Sweat and the chance to be top-10 picks this season and fell right into the skins lap. Sweat will get to pass rush with Ryan Kerrigan, Reuben Foster, Jonathan Allen, and Daron Payne.
  27. Oakland Raiders-Jonathan Abram/S//Mississippi State– This was my least favorite pick of the first round and here’s why. First off, Abram is ranked way lower to me than fellow rookie safeties Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Nassir Adderly. Secondly, Safety wasn’t even a need for the Raiders because they have Karl Joseph and Lamarcus Joyner.
  28. Los Angeles Chargers-Jerry Tillery/DT/Notre Dame- At first I wasn’t feeling this pick but then you think about the DL of Joey Bosa, Brandon Mebane, Tillery, and Melvin Ingram, then your opinion will quickly change. The Chargers don’t really have any holes on the team’s roster so they really just needed depth and they got it.
  29. Seattle Seahawks-L.J. Collier-DE/TCU: You know what, I take back my statement on the 27th overall pick because this pick was the worst. Collier only had one season as a full-time starter, his reaction off the snap is rather slow, and looks to be a consistent sack finisher.
  30. New York Giants-Deandre Baker/CB/Georgia: The Giants traded up and got the only CB in the first round. I think it was a great pick overall because Baker is a stud. The man hasn’t allowed a single TD since 2017 and still almost didn’t get drafted in the first round. His press coverage is above average and his game shows that he is consistent and competitive.
  31. Atlanta Falcons-Kaleb McGary/OT/Washington: So after going with Lindstrom at pick 14, the Falcons double down on OL in round 1. Putting these 2 solid rookies on the line with Jake Matthews and Alex Mack will give Matt Ryan all the time in the world. This is just another reason to love Devonta Freeman as well.
  32. New England Patriots-N’keal Harry/WR/Arizona State: I really expected the Patriots to snag QB Drew Lock but they get the rookie WR with the most upside for HOF QB Tom Brady. Harry reminds me of Allen Robinson with his consistency and big-play ability. He joins a stable group of WR’s with Julian Edelman, Demaryius Thomas, Phillip Dorsett, and Bruce Ellington.