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The NFL draft: Arizona selects Murray

Updated June 20, 2019

NFL draft locations announced

    The NFL announced that the 86th NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, Ohio in 2021 at downtown locations around FirstEnergy Stadium, including the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as on the shore of Lake Erie.

The 2022 location is to be determined.

The 2023 NFL Draft will take place in Kansas City in the area around Union Station and the National World War I Museum and Memorial. The announcement was made at the NFL's annual Spring League Meeting.

The NFL Draft has become one of the biggest sporting events of the year. The 2019 Draft was the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever. The 2019 Draft was broadcast over three days and attracted more than 47.5 million total viewers and over 600,000 in attendance. 


Future NFL draft locations

2020    Las Vegas Boulevard and Surrounding Areas   Las Vegas

2021    Downtown Cleveland    Cleveland

2022    TBD  TBD

2023    Downtown Kansas City   Kansas City


The 2019 NFL Draft

  No surprise, the Arizona Cardinals selected University of Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft Thursday night in Nashville, kicking off one of the most unpredictable first rounds in recent years.

"It's been a dream of mine ever since I was a kid," Murray told ESPN. "... This is surreal."

The San Francisco 49ers selected Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa with the second overall pick, the highest draft slot for any Buckeye since left tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 overall to the St. Louis Rams in 1997. The New York Jets picked Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams third overall, while the Oakland Raiders sprung a surprise by taking Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the first of their three first-round picks at No. 4.

The Tampa Bay Buccanneers rounded out the top five by selecting LSU linebacker Devin White before the New York Giants grabbed the second quarterback of the first round, taking Duke's Daniel Jones with the sixth overall pick as a potential heir to Eli Manning.

The pick of Murray means an uncertain future in the desert for Josh Rosen, whom the Cardinals drafted 10th overall out of UCLA last year in the hope that he would be the quarterback of the future. Since then, Arizona finished 3-13 in 2018, head coach Steve Wilks was fired after just one year at the helm and former Texas Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury was hired with the goal of putting up prodigious numbers on offense.

Dwayne Haskins on slide: 

“I’m more motivated than ever, there’s a bigger chip on my shoulder, the league done messed up,” he told ESPN in an interview after being selected by his hometown team. “I’m right down the street, so we’re going to do it right this time. So it’s crazy.”

April 26, 2019

NFL draft: First-round 

     An overview of the first round of the NFL draft on Thursday night.

1. Arizona (3-13)

The Cardinals do take QB Kyler Murray at No. 1. The Heisman Trophy winner goes to Arizona. Now - what to do with Josh Rosen?

Kyler Murray, QB, 5-10, 205, Oklahoma.

Strengths: Athletic with a strong arm, nice touch and solid accuracy.

Weaknesses: Kyler Murray is small. You might have heard.

Fact: First player taken in the first rounds of both the NFL and MLB drafts. Follows former teammate Baker Mayfield as the No. 1 overall choice, making Oklahoma the first school since Southern California in 1968-69 to produce the top pick in back-to-back years.


2. San Francisco (4-12)

The 49ers select OSU DE Nick Bosa at No. 2. He's another edge rusher they have wanted.

Nick Bosa, DE, 6-4, 266 pounds, Ohio State.

Strengths: Quick off the edge and relentless, just like his brother, Chargers star Joey Bosa.

Weaknesses: Maybe some durability concerns because last year's season-ending injury cut short the one season in which Bosa would have gotten a large volume of snaps.

Fact: He's Ohio State's highest draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to the St. Louis Rams in 1997.


3. New York Jets (4-12)

The Jets hold off on trade offers and take Quinnen Williams at No. 3. The best player on most teams boards.

Quinnen Williams, DL, 6-6, 303, Alabama.

Strengths: Nearly unblockable last season with a combination of quickness, power and strong hands

Weaknesses: Could nitpick about his weight as he might be more comfortable playing in the 290s. That's about it.

Fact: One-year starter who made a case as the best player in college football in 2018 and now the highest-drafted Alabama defensive player since Cornelius Bennett in 1987.


4. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

First shocker of the night. Raiders true to their word - surprised us. At No. 4, the first of their three first-rounders, the Raiders, and new GM Mike Mayock, take Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell. 

Clelin Ferrell, DE, 6-4, 264, Clemson.

Strengths: Solid in most areas and good at getting off blocks to finish plays.

Weaknesses: Sort of the opposite of Rashan Gary; not quite the athlete but plenty of production.

Fact: All-American last season with 21 sacks in his final two years.


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)

The Bucs at No. 5 had their pick of Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, and #LSU LB Devin White - end up taking White. Their target all along.

Devin White, LB, 6-0, 237, LSU.

Strengths: Covers lots of ground and crushes ball carriers when he arrives.

Weaknesses: Can get out of position. More fast than instinctual.

Fact: Butkus Award winner as nation's best linebacker in 2018 led the SEC with 123 tackles.


6. New York Giants (5-11)

The Giants take their future franchise QB. Duke's QB Daniel Jones. 

Daniel Jones, QB, 6-5, 231, Duke.

Strengths: Combo of size and athleticism is top level.

Weaknesses: Decision-making was often questionable and release needs to be sped up.

Fact: Three years as a starter under coach David Cutcliffe, aka the guy who coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.


7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)

The Jaguars take the best athlete available at No. 7, selecting edge rusher Josh Allen from Kentucky.

Josh Allen, DE, 6-5, 262, Kentucky.

Strengths: Size, speed, athleticism are all ideal. Even some room to add a few pounds if necessary.

Weaknesses: Some technique could use polishing, but not much to complain about.

Fact: Won Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy as top defensive player in college football last season.


8. Detroit Lions (6-10)

The Lions grab the top tight end by far, taking Iowa TE TJ Hockenson at No. 8. Their replacement for Gronk.

T.J. Hockenson, TE, 6-5, 251, Iowa.

Strengths: Best combination of athleticism, receiving skills and blocking in the class.

Weaknesses: Needs to fill out and become a more reliable blocker to reach star status.

Fact: John Mackey Award winner as nation's best tight end last year.


9. Buffalo Bills (6-10)

The Bills had talked about moving up in the Top 10, with most teams believing Houston DT Ed Oliver was their target. They get their guy.

x-Ed Oliver, DT, 6-2, 287, Houston.

Strengths: Lateral quickness, burst and ability to finish plays like a linebacker.

Weaknesses: Short and was allowed to roam and slant in college.

Fact: Knee problem cut junior season short, but won Outland Trophy as nation's top lineman as sophomore.


10. Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6)

The Steelers make a big move up, trading with the Broncos for pick 20, 52 and next year’s third. Michigan LB Devin Bush. Their Ryan Shazier replacement.

Devin Bush, LB, 5-11, 234, Michigan.

Strengths: Fast and reliable in pass coverage.

Weaknesses: Undersized, with a frame that might be maxed out, unlike Devin White.

Fact: Led Michigan in tackles the past two seasons.


Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)

The Bengals take one of the top OL in the draft, picking at No. 11 Alabama OL Jonah Williams.

11. Jonah Williams, OT, 6-4, 302, Alabama.

Strengths: Sound technician and good athlete.

Weaknesses: Shorter than ideal arms and relatively small frame for tackle could necessitate move to guard.

Fact: Three-year starter who moved to left tackle as a sophomore and was an All-American as a junior.


12. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)

The Packers need to protect Aaron Rodgers, so what do they do? They grab the top defender on their board.🤔 Michigan DL Rashan Gary at No. 12. His shoulder was flagged for a torn labrum, which is something to keep an eye on.

Rashan Gary, DE, 6-4, 277, Michigan.

Strengths: Top-flight athlete with good power, long arms and sturdy against the run.

Weaknesses: Pass-rush production was spotty. Had 10+ sacks in three seasons, though was often used to tie up blockers.

Fact: Consensus No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school in 2016.


13. Miami Dolphins (7-9)

The Dolphins, with new coach Brian Flores, take a solid, safe prospect in Clemson DT Christian Wilkins.

Christian Wilkins, DT, 6-3, 315, Clemson.

Strengths: Team leader, with position versatility and good athleticism.

Weaknesses: Length and point-of-attack strength are less-than-ideal.

Fact: First Clemson scholarship football player to earn a degree in 2+ years.


14. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

With everyone thinking they were going defense, the Falcons take BC OL Chris Lindstrom.

Chris Lindstrom, OG, 6-4, 308, Boston College.

Strengths: Good bloodlines. Father Chris Lindstrom Sr. is in the BC Hall of Fame and played three years in the NFL. Uncle and brother also played at BC.

Weaknesses: Needs to work on screen blocking.

Fact: He joins a Falcons offensive line that needs help after giving up 108 quarterback hits and was 31st in runs for no gain or losses.


15. Washington Redskins (7-9)

While Haskin's Dad has raised concerns lately with his behavior, the Redskins overlooked it. The Redskins considered trading up for OSU QB Dwayne Haskins, instead keep their powder dry and take him at No. 15. They feel like he needs a year to develop. The Josh Rosen trade market is stagnant.

Dwayne Haskins, QB, 6-3, 230, Ohio State.

Strengths: Big guy with a big arm who commands his offense.

Weaknesses: Heavy-footed and prone to fall back against pressure. Only 14 career starts.

Fact: Led the nation with 4,831 yards passing and 50 touchdowns last season.


16. Carolina Panthers (7-9)

The Panthers select one of the fastest risers, FSU pass-rusher Brian Burns. He gained 20 pounds before the Combine and had an insane workout.

Brian Burns, DE, 6-5, 249, Florida State.

Strengths: Super quick and agile.

Weaknesses: Light, with thin frame. Could be more of a third-down pass rusher than every-down player.

Fact: Seven forced fumbles and three blocked kicks in his three-year career.


17. New York Giants (5-11)

With the Odell Beckham pick, the Giants take Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence. This is all GM Dave Gettleman doing. Does he know what he's doing?

x-Dexter Lawrence, DT, 6-4, 342, Clemson.

Strengths: Massive, but pretty light on his feet.

Weaknesses: Limited pass-rush potential, could slow him in pass-happy NFL.

Fact: Suspended for last season's College Football Playoff for failing an NCAA test for performance-enhancing drugs. Has said he had no idea why he failed the test.


18. Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings take the top center on the board, going with NCState C Garrett Bradbury. He'll help Kirk Cousins.

Garrett Bradbury, C, 6-3, 306, North Carolina State.

Strengths: Strong, lean and instinctive.

Weaknesses: Better in pass protection than drive blocking for the run.

Fact: High school tight end who developed into All-America center.


19. Tennessee Titans (9-7)

With the hometown pick, the Titans in Nashville selects MSU DT Jeff Simmons, who has a torn ACL and is unlikely to play this season. He's a top 5 talent.

Simmons was extremely honest about this video and what led to it. The explanation was he was protecting his sister after a verbal assault that was as bad as can be imagined. It does not excuse anything. But teams felt comfortable with the player. (Via Tom Pelissero)

x-Jeffery Simmons, DT, 6-4, 301, Mississippi State.

Strengths: Big, perfectly proportioned athlete who consistently produces.

Weaknesses: Tore a ligament in his left knee in pre-draft workouts.

Fact: Was involved in a fight with a woman, whom he punched several times, while still in high school. Pleaded no contest to simple assault charge.


20. Denver Broncos (6-10)

After trading back, the Broncos don’t take a QB at No. 20. Iowa TE Noah Fant. A big-time weapon for Joe Flacco.

x-Noah Fant, TE, 6-4, 249, Iowa.

Strengths: Speed and athleticism aplenty.

Weaknesses: Might be more of a slot receiver, motion-type tight end.

Fact: Fant was the hyped Iowa tight end going into last season, but Hockenson's emergence probably held down some of his production. Fant had 39 catches for 519 yards and seven touchdowns.


21. Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)

The Packers need to protect Aaron Rodgers, so what do they do? With their second pick in the first round - they take another defensive guy. 🤔

Seahawks trade the No. 21 pick to the Packers. With the 21st overall pick in the 2019 Draft, the Packers select DB Darnell Savage.

Darnell Savage, S, 5-11, 198, Maryland.

Strengths: Playmaking ability and athleticism.

Weaknesses: Not ideal size for a safety and he needs to polish his open-field tackling.

Fact: Ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and moved up draft boards after that.


22. Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)

With the 22nd overall pick in the 2019 Draft, the Eagles select OT Andre Dillard.

Andre Dillard, OT, 6-5, 315, Washington State.

Strengths: Excellent athleticism and carries his weight comfortably.

Weaknesses: Needs to show more power as a run blocker.

Fact: Former two-star recruit who redshirted as a freshman and became a three-year starter at tackle.


23. Houston Texas (11-5)

The Texans select Alabama State OT Tytus Howard. 

"We have to have guys that can be bodyguards for Deshaun Watson man, and you're going to be that guy." (Houston Texans)

Tytus Howard, OT, 6-5, 322, Alabama State

Strengths: Athletic and hard-working, he transitioned from playing quarterback in high school and gained 87 pounds and grew 2 inches in college.

Weaknesses: Raw physically and needs to raise his offensive line play IQ.

Fact: First Alabama State player to go in the first round.


24. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

Gruden finds his Marshawn replacement.

x-Josh Jacobs, RB, 5-10, 220, Alabama.

Strengths: Bursts through holes and knocks tacklers back. Complete back who can block and catch.

Weaknesses: Will need to be better at avoiding contact at the next level.

Fact: Thanks to Alabama's wealth of talent, Jacobs left college with only 299 touches from scrimmage.


25. Baltimore Ravens (10-6)

With the 25th overall pick in the 2019 Draft, the Ravens select WR Marquise Brown.

x-Marquise Brown, WR, 5-9, 166, Oklahoma.

Strengths: Explosive speed and elusiveness.

Weaknesses: Skinny and short.

Fact: Cousin of Antonio Brown is nicknamed ''Hollywood'' for his Florida hometown and star qualities.


26. Washington Redskins (7-9)

The Redskins trade all the way up to take MSU pass-rusher Montez Sweat. He stays in the first round at No. 26.

Montez Sweat, DE, 6-6, 260, Mississippi State.

Strengths: Among freaky athletes, Sweat might be the freakiest with his 4.4 speed.

Weaknesses: A little top heavy means he needs to upgrade against the run.

Fact: Two-time first-team all-Southeastern Conference and second-team All-American last season.


27. Oakland Raiders (4-12)

The Raiders select MSU safety Johnathan Abram with the No. 27 pick. Very high character player.  The top safety off the board.

Johnathan Abram, S, 5-11, 205, Mississippi State.

Strengths: Tough against the run.

Weaknesses: Could be limited to playing close to the line of scrimmage.

Fact: Mississippi high school product who signed with Georgia originally, but transferred to the Bulldogs after a stop in junior college.


28. Los Angeles Chargers (12-4)

Big news for Notre Dame DT Jerry Tillery, a potential 1st rounder, after his appointment with top shoulder doctor, Peter Millett in Vail: Tillery is ahead of schedule in his rehab from March 6 shoulder surgery & fully expects Tillery to be ready for full activities in early July. (Ian Rapoport)

Jerry Tillery, DT, 6-6, 295, Notre Dame.

Strengths: Long, quick and agile pass rusher.

Weaknesses: Plays tall and inconsistent against the run.

Fact: Was suspended for bowl game as a freshman and was caught on camera kicking a USC player as a sophomore, but seemed to mature as an upperclassman.


29. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)

At No. 29, with back to back picks, the Seahawks… head-scratcher...passed their time to themselves. Never seen that before. Anyway, they pick and trade No. 30 to the #Giants — who do end up with 3 1s.

L.J. Collier, DE, 6-2, 283, TCU

Strengths: Excellent size and aggressiveness.

Weaknesses: Lacks explosiveness.

Fact: Did not get much recruiting attention coming out of high school and didn't start until his senior season at TCU.


30. New York Giants (5-11)

At No. 30, with their third 1st rounder, the Giants take Georgia CB Deandre Baker, the first CB off the board.

Deandre Baker, 5-11, 193, Georgia.

Strengths: Steady, tough and disruptive.

Weaknesses: On the small side and left some potential turnovers on the field.

Fact: Jim Thorpe Award winner as nation's best defensive back last year.


31. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)

With the 31st pick of the Draft,  the Falcons select OL Kaleb McGary. 

Kaleb Mcgary, OT, 6-7, 317, Washington

Strengths: Remarkable and agility and size.

Weaknesses: He could struggle against edge rushers because of mediocre footwork.

Fact: He and his family have battled illnesses, his family lost its farm when he was in high school and a fire burned down their home, according to his draft profile on NFL.com.


32. New England Patriots (11-5)

With the last pick of the first round, the Patriots pick at No. 32 - ASU WR N’Keal Harry.

x-N'Keal Harry, WR, 6-2, 228, Arizona State

Strengths: Physical route runner, great hands.

Weaknesses: Change of direction.

Fact: Born on the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and moved to Arizona with his grandmother.

Ran DeBord - All Access Sporting News

Source: NFLCommunications, NFLNetwork; AASNSports  



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