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2019 NFL Draft Thoughts: First Round Reaction

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  • Kliff Kingsbury got his desired quarterback and now the rest of the league waits to see if it’ll actually all work out magically for both Kingsbury and Kyler Murray. Its going to be a fun experiment to watch as a neutral observer. Murray was a great prospect but I am more curious to see if Kingsbury is the real deal now. He was handed the perfect quarterback for his offense. Not many will expect a miraculous turnaround in Arizona, but if the team remains awful the blame will likely fall on Kingsbury first.
  • Clelin Ferrell is a really good player with a lot of production, but this was the first surprise of the draft. Taking him fourth overall is not the value you want with that selection.
  • It wasn’t long before there was another reach, with the Giants taking Daniel Jones sixth overall. My thoughts on Jones are well documented; he’s a project player that is unlikely to pan out. The Giants then added big DT Dexter Lawrence at 17 and CB Deandre Baker at 30 overall. Lawrence is a good player but they passed on more premium pass rushers for Jones and then landed Lawrence, who is more likely to affect the rush than the pass. It sure seems like they are following an outdated model for building a football team. Are these picks really going to change their 2019 outlook at all?
  • It wasn’t a complete shock, but Brian Burns falling all the way to 16 raised some eyebrows. Ron Rivera will certainly be happy to add the stellar pass rusher to his defense. To me this was one of the best picks in the draft, both overall and when looking at value.
  • For years the Baltimore Ravens were a bland football team. Then last season they nabbed one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson and now add in human highlight reel Marquise Brown at receiver. There are still a bunch of question marks for how it will all come together, but adding Brown should spark some deep throws and space out the field for a team that emphasizes the run.
  • A lot of digital ink has already been written here on the Titans’ selection of Jeffery Simmons, so I won’t start it all over again. This selection should affect how the team proceeds tonight though. They have spoken a lot about taking the next step and going from good to great. Simmons will help that but certainly not early on due to the injury. The Titans need to find early contributors in these middle rounds to make that leap.
  • Both the LA Chargers and New England Patriots had great prospects just fall to them at the end of the first. Jerry Tillery has the chance to become a dominant DT in this league for LA, while Harry slides right in to a position of need for New England. The Patriots have changed offensive styles over the years depending on their personnel, and now with Rob Gronkowski gone it will be interesting to see the next progression. Harry will be a YAC star for New England.
  • Dalton Risner should be a top offensive line target for the Titans heading into the second round. He can play guard immediately but can move out to right tackle if Jack Conklin continues to struggle post-injury. Ideally I’d love to see Tennessee add an offensive lineman and receiver tonight (say, JJ Arcega-Whiteside).