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The Grueling Truth - Where Legends Speak / Grading Every Player Picked in the First Round of the 2019 NFL Draft

Grading Every Player Picked in the First Round of the 2019 NFL Draft

NFL Draft round 1 grades
Publish Date: 04/26/2019
Fact checked by: Simon Briffa

1. ARIZONA CARDINALS: QB KYLER MURRAY

I do not like this pick. Number one, they drafted Josh Rosen in the first round last year and number two, I am not sold on Murray as an NFL Quarterback and it has nothing to do with size. My problem is the intangibles. I don’t like the body language when things are not going well. Plus Kliff Kingsbury is the Head Coach in Arizona, which already was a bad move. This has disaster written all over it.

Grade D+

2. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS: DE NICK BOSA

Bosa is a great edge rusher and when you put him on the same line as Deforrest Buckner and Dee Ford, the Niners defense may just be playoff ready.

Grade A

3. NEW YORK JETS: DT QUINNEN WILLIAMS

A versatile player who can move all over the defensive line and make an impact. Williams is one of the most disruptive forces in this draft.

Draft B+

4. OAKLAND RAIDERS: DE CLELIN FERRELL

The Raiders need an edge rusher and they picked the wrong one here. Ferrell is a solid player, but you don’t pick a solid player at number 4, you pick a game changer.

Grade D

5. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS: LB DEVIN WHITE

White is fast, but a little on the light side; great speed though. The questions I have are on his instincts.

Grade B

6. NEW YORK GIANTS: QB DANIEL JONES

Really? This will not work out well!

Grade F

7. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS: DE JOSH ALLEN

The Giants and Raiders will regret not picking Allen.

Grade A

8. DETROIT LIONS: TE T.J. HOCKENSON

Matt Patricia may have found his very own Gronk. This is an outstanding pick!

Grade A

9. BUFFALO BILLS: DT ED OLIVER

Oliver has been a little inconsistent, but he could be a big-time player. My only concern here is I don’t think have a big need at defensive tackle.

Grade C+

10. PITTSBURGH STEELERS (TRADE WITH DENVER BRONCOS): LB DEVIN BUSH

I am not a huge Bush fan, but his style of play fits well with the Steelers defense.

Grade B

11. CINCINNATI BENGALS: G JONAH WILLIAMS

The Bengals need help at Center, Guard, and Tackle and Williams, in my opinion, is the best Offensive Lineman in this draft.

Grade A

12. GREEN BAY PACKERS: EDGE RASHAN GARY

Gary is an under-achiever who has a tendency to just bull rush the man he is against. That usually is not a good thing.

Grade C-

13. MIAMI DOLPHINS: DT CHRISTIAN WILKINS

Wilkins is perfect for Brian Flores’ defense, which means he stunts well. I like this pick as I think he fits well here.

Grade B+

14. ATLANTA FALCONS: G CHRIS LINDSTROM

Great pick and it fills a huge need. The Falcons seem intent to improve an offensive line that has been going downhill the last two years.

Grade A

15. WASHINGTON REDSKINS: QB DWAYNE HASKINS

Owner Daniel Snyder is obviously running this draft and the biggest question should be when will Head Coach Jay Gruden pay for this poor choice? My guess is this year, or at least by the end of it.

Grade D

16. CAROLINA PANTHERS: DE BRIAN BURNS

Could develop into a good player but as of right now he is not an every-down guy.

Grade C

17. NEW YORK GIANTS (VIA BROWNS): DT DEXTER LAWRENCE

Lawrence is a solid player, but there was some quality edge rushers still on the board. This pick does not fix the defense.

Grade D

18. MINNESOTA VIKINGS: C GARRETT BRADBURY

The best outside zone blocker in this entire draft, which makes him a perfect fit for the Vikings offense.

Grade A

19. TENNESSEE TITANS: DT JEFFERY SIMMONS

Weird pick by the Titans because the defensive line is not an immediate need. Plus he won’t be able to play until late in the year at best. In the long run, this could very well be a B or even an A.

Grade C+

20. DENVER BRONCOS (FROM PITTSBURGH STEELERS): TE NOAH FANT

Doesn’t block well, but Fant is a terrific threat as a receiver.

Grade B

21. GREEN BAY PACKERS (VIA SEATTLE SEAHAWKS): S DARNELL SAVAGE JR.

I love Savage! Big-hitter who flies around. He’s mainly a downhill player but could develop into something special.

Grade B

22. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (VIA BALTIMORE RAVENS): T ANDRE DILLARD

If he had to start right away this grade would be a C, but Jason Peters will be an outstanding player to learn from and a few years from now this pick could pay off big-time.

Grade B-

23. HOUSTON TEXANS: T TYTUS HOWARD

Not sold on this, but with good coaching, he could be a solid player.

Grade C

24. OAKLAND RAIDERS (VIA BEARS): RB JOSH JACOBS

The best running back in this draft will help the Raiders right away.

Grade B+

25. BALTIMORE RAVENS (VIA PHILADELPHIA EAGLES): WR MARQUISE BROWN

I LOVE Brown and he will be a huge help in the development of Quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Grade B+

26. WASHINGTON REDSKINS (VIA INDIANAPOLIS COLTS): DE MONTEZ SWEAT

Jim Tomsula is one of the best defensive line coaches in all of football and that’s why I think this is a good pick. Tomsula will get Sweat up to speed quickly.

Grade B

27. OAKLAND RAIDERS (VIA COWBOYS): S JOHNATHAN ABRAM

Box-thumper in the mold of Landon Collins. I do think other choices would have been better though.

Grade C+

28. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS: DT JERRY TILLERY

Tillery has some off-field issues but is a very talented player.

Grade C+

29. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (VIA CHIEFS): DE L.J. COLLIER

Collier will take the place in the Seahawks defense of Frank Clark, but Collier is a huge reach here.

Grade D+

30. NEW YORK GIANTS (VIA SEAHAWKS VIA PACKERS VIA SAINTS): CB DEANDRE BAKER

Baker is a good player but I think Greedy Williams and Byron Murphy are going to be better.

Grade C

31. ATLANTA FALCONS (VIA LOS ANGELES RAMS): T KALEN MCGARY

McGary is a weird pick to me as I think there are better players that were left at this spot.

Grade C

32. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS: WR N’KEAL HARRY

The Patriots fill a notable area of need, I like this move.

Grade B

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