Nashville was rockin’ as 600,000 NFL fans lined Broadway for the 2019 NFL draft. Although we won’t know for a few years how each team drafted, here’s my shot at predicting the future. Below are my winners and losers of this year’s draft.
2019 NFL DRAFT WINNERS
The Broncos first selection was Noah Fant, who is an elite pass catching tight end from Iowa. They then selected Dalton Risner, a rugged offensive lineman from Kansas State.
Drew Lock ,the quarterback from Missouri, who was rumored to go in the first round was available early in the second round and Denver made the call to draft the talented signal caller. With Joe Flacco as the starter, Lock has the chance to sit and learn from a veteran who has won at the highest level. John Elway might have finally found his quarterback of the future.
Josh Allen, who most experts felt was going in the top five, slid to seven and the Jags pounced on the Kentucky defensive lineman. Jawaan Taylor, the lineman from Florida, also fell to them in the second round.
Some underrated players picked by Jacksonville were Josh Oliver, the athletic tight end from San Jose State, and Temple running back Ryquell Armstead. Overall a very good draft for a team that just two years ago was a few minutes away from a Super Bowl berth.
The Steelers traded up to take Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, who should fit in great in Pittsburgh. Since the injury to Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh has had a void on defense so Bush should step right in and be a starter Week 1.
I really like the pick of Diontae Johnson, wide receiver from Toledo. He’s a very smooth receiver who put up huge numbers in the MAC Conference. Another quality pick was Benny Snell out of Kentucky. The running back put up great numbers in the SEC and carried the Wildcat offense. Tough hard nosed player who the coaches will love. He has the ability to be a quality NFL player.
2019 NFL DRAFT LOSERS
New York Giants
Overall I thought the Giants made some good picks with Dexter Lawrence, Deandre Baker, and Oshane Ximines. However, picking Daniel Jones at six is just hard to believe. I’m rooting for him to have a great career considering the abuse he has taken since Thursday night. I can’t remember a player taking this much heat before he even takes a snap.
After the Eagles traded up to snag tackle Andre Dillard, it seemed like the Texans panicked a little and then reached for tackle Tytus Howard. Howard does have some real talent, but he’s raw and will need some development from the coaching staff.
The selection of offensive lineman Max Scharping also seemed about a round too high. I certainly understand the picks considering how many times Deshuan Watson hit the turf last season. Houston needs to protect the quarterback and time will tell if this draft hits the mark.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Really like the pick of Devin White from LSU. He is an explosive player who plays violently and enjoys contact. He will be able to fill in for linebacker Kwon Alexander, who left in free agency and signed a massive deal with San Francisco.
The Bucs then selected three consecutive defensive backs which was questionable considering the need to bolster the offensive line and defensive lines. With Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy likely getting released this off-season, Tampa didn’t draft a potential replacement till the seventh round.
Their last debatable pick is kicker Matt Gay in the fifth round while they still have massive holes on both sides of the ball.
2019 NFL DRAFT PROPS
I finished up a solid 4-1 on my props. The one loss was the over 2.5 wide receivers selected in the first round. Only two receivers were selected over the first 32 picks. Below are some of the interesting draft props that hit.
Under 3.5 QBs drafted in the first round – Three quarterbacks selected
Under 1.5 RBs drafted in the first round – One running back selected
Number of Alabama players drafted in first round over 2.5 – Three Alabama players selected
Defensive Players drafted in first round over 16.5 – 18 Defensive Players selected
SEC players drafted in first round under 11.5 – Nine SEC players selected
Number of Clemson players drafted in first round over 2.5 – Three Clemson players selected