2019 NFL Draft Recap
The 2019 NFL Draft is now behind us, and the 32 NFL teams have now taken the first steps toward adding rookie players to their ranks. As with every year, there were some major winners and losers from this year’s NFL Draft, which took place April 25-27.
New England Patriots: Continuing their tradition of excellence in the draft, the Patriots continued their trend of filling their needs and putting faith in their rookies. Their first-round pick of N’Keal Harry fills a critical need at wide receiver, while Joejuan Williams, the 45th-overall pick which was picked up for a third rounder will help to round out the Pats’ secondary.
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens brought in a number of players that complement their existing setup well and can help smooth over their weaknesses. Marquise Brown, the highly dynamic WR out of Oklahoma, will add more speed to Baltimore’s receiving corps. Additionally, the selections of LB Jaylon Ferguson and RB Justice Hill complement developing 2nd-year players in Tim Williams and Mark Ingram at LB and RB respectively.
Dallas Cowboys: While the Cowboys gave up a great deal – their 1st round pick – to land WR Amari Cooper, they gained a receive that has the potential to be a serious threat in their lineup for many years. The Cowboys also filled many spots on defense that are sorely needed – including DT Trysten Hill, as well as CB Michael Jackson and DE Joe Jackson, both of Miami. Keeping the high-performing defense fresh will be critical to allowing Ezekiel Elliot and the Cowboys offense breathing room.
New Orleans Saints: The Saints lacked a first-round pick this year due to a trade up that resulted in landing rusher Marcus Davenport. This gave away perhaps too much draft capital, although they were able to pick up C Erik McCoy, predicted by many draft experts to have been gone by the time the Saints landed him at 48th overall. Even this is a questionable move going forward, as there could have been a Center with as much talent later on in the draft. The Saints will have to hope that their later round defensive selections will pay dividends going forward.
Tampa Bay Buccanneers: With their first 5 picks of this year on defense, including LSU LU Devin White, taken at 5th overall, it’s clear that the Buccaneers are investing heavily on that side of the ball. In doing so, however, they ignored needs at RB and on their OL – offenses always look impressive when playing from behind – pickups that will be necessary to help out with their anemic run game.
Houston Texans: The Texans have perhaps one of the more frustrating three days in Nashville – outfoxed by the Eagles, who landed OT Andre Dillard at 22nd overall. The Texans then selected OT Tytus Howard, who, while coming from FCS Alabama State, does have the promise of NFL-level athleticism. Many draft analysts also came away with concern that OT Max Scharping was taken far too early at 55th overall.