2019 NFL Draft Winners and Losers from Day 1
The NFL Draft is one of the greatest days in the life of football fans. Especially for the young men that get Drafted to make dreams and their family’s come true. NFL Franchises are made and broken on this day. Who will be the next generational player to rule the league for the next decade? Every year we have winners and losers of the NFL Draft. Some teams hit it out of the park and others wish they had another chance.
Washington started their great draft by nabbing the possibly the best QB in the draft in Dwayne Haskins. Haskins unbelievably slid to #15 after the Giants elected to choose Duke QB Daniel Jones with the 6th pick. They then traded back into the 1st round and took Montez Sweat at #26 overall. Montez Sweat was projected by many to be a Top-10-pick. With them being able to get NC State WR Kelvin Harmon in the 6th round was an absolute steal, along with getting CB Jimmy Moreland. Selecting Bryce Love was not too shabby either.
Minnesota picked Center Garrett Bradberry 18th overall, which now gives them flexibility with their Offensive-Line. They can now move Pat Elflein back to Guard and improve protection for Kirk Cousins. Irv Smith Jr. was an absolute MONSTER pick for Minnesota at #50 overall. Irv Smith Jr. is a first round talent of a player and some even had him mocked as Rob Gronkowski’s replacement for New England at #32. Irv Smith Jr’s athleticism will help boost the Minnesota Vikings currently strong core of Wide-Receivers. They can now move on from Kyle Rudolph if they so choose or develop Irv under him. I also really like the pick of speedster Dillion Mitchell in the 7th round. He has all the makings of a sleeper.
The Cardinals got themselves a Heisman winner! Not only were they able to get rid of Josh Rosen but they got him for a 2nd round pick. Not to mention they selected top Cornerback – Byron Murphy, Wide-Reciever – Hakeem Butler, Wide-Reciever – Andy Isabella, Defensive-End – Zach Allen and Safety – Deionte Thompson. Things might actually heat up again in the desert. Tampa Bay does face the Arizona Cardinals at home for the Bruce Arians rematch this fall.
Imagine you’re a Top Quarterback prospect in the NFL Draft and you get drafted to a team where you probably can’t really succeed, your best options on offense are a RB coming off of injury and a Wide-Reciever in his mid 30s. After said, a bad season and a coach who the organization hired one year ago gets fired. Sounds familiar? That is the world of Josh Rosen. He had to play in one of the worst offenses last year, had a nonexistent Offensive-Line and no room to go. It was bad enough that he fell to the Cardinals at #10 overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. Remember the last Quarterback that fell to the Cardinals at #10? Oddly enough, he was a California kid too. I wonder what happened to that guy? Anyways, your team makes it known early that they want to go on to replace you. On draft day too. Then they sent you to a team that can almost guarantee you’ll get a top-5 pick the next year. Hopefully Josh Rosen can flourish on his new team but he’s easily a loser in this case.
Did Houston do any scouting? Tytus Howard at pick #24? Are you guys serious? This guy was a 4-5th round at best. Jawaan Taylor, Dalton Risner and Cody Ford all still on the board. DeShaun Watson got sacked over 60 times last year and this is supposed to help? Then you pick Max Scharping in the 2nd? What’s the matter with you guys? How do you reach on your first two picks? Do I need to say anything else?
New York Giants
Dave Gettleman. If those two words don’t make you mad Giants fans, then I don’t know what will. You had the 6th overall pick, a Heisman runner up, who threw 50 touchdowns to 9 interceptions in a single season and you chose a QB from Duke? When has Duke University every had a great Quarterback? Daniel Jones was a reach big time. He would’ve been available in the 2nd round or even at pick #17 if you really wanted too. Then you double down and get DT Dexter Lawrence. Um hello? Earth to Giants? Don’t you remember you took a QB at 6? Maybe you should get him some line help? Maybe a Wide-Receiver since you randomly traded Odell Beckham Jr. Then you tripled down and got CB DeAndre Baker who was your best pick in the draft. Dave Gettleman should be on the hot seat right next to Daniel Jones this year. Giants receive an L.
Cincinnati, where to begin with you. You probably wanted Devin Bush but Pittsburgh wanted it more. Jonah Williams was a great get but that’s pretty much where it ends. Really, a TE in the 2nd round. You didn’t have more pressing needs? You didn’t draft a QB until Round 4. Not to mention you took two RBs and one of them has injury issues. With Andy Dalton set to take the field to start next year and almost everyone in your division getting better(especially Cleveland). Look to be toward the bottom in the AFC North.
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