2019 N.F.L. Draft is ongoing in Nashville, with 254 picks being spread over three days. Day 1 will include the first round (32 picks), and will undoubtedly change the wealth of several franchises.
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4th Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE
6-foot-4, 264 pound
In a specialization age, Ferrell is about as versatile as they come in defensive end. He can be effective against the race while finding his way to the quarterback with relative ease, and there is no reason to believe he couldn’t start right away. His ceiling is somewhat limited due to lack of internal movements and conditioning problems that have seen him wear when playing games, but his floor is very loud.
3rd New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT
6-foot-3, 303 pounds
It seems that one day comes when every team has a dominant decorator from Alabama. Williams may be the latest in a wide range of players who fit the general description, but it should not remove how effectively he could be from day one provided a team plays to his forces. Williams is a natural athlete who has repeatedly shown good instincts in the field, but the only real concern with him is that he can fight to keep the mass needed to handle double layers. He must prove that he can either add weight or successfully use his speed and technique to compensate for what is disadvantageous.
How he fits: Jets best need was an edge rusher, but they decided to go with an inner linear instead. They ended up with a player who was at the top of some lists of potential in this draft. Passing on Josh Allen seems quite surprising, as well as the decision not to act in hopes of filling the team’s naked cabinet faster. The animals must think that Williams can take on the mass needed to dominate from the tacking position.
2nd San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE
6-foot-4, 266 pounds
A remarkably strong player from head to toe, Bosa can create built-in power as a tackle while still being has the skill and speed levels of an end. He comes from a football family, with his father, John, who played for Miami and his brother Joey starring Los Angeles Chargers. Nick, who had 17.5 sacks in limited measure for three years, may have to compete with Joey to be the most successful Bosa, but for many talent evaluators he was the head and shoulders of any other player in this draft of the class, even after that he missed most of the 2018 season as a result of nuclear surgery. It was a gentle hubbub of comments he made on Twitter, but the only thing that kept him from being No. 1 pick was the perfect fit for Murray and Kingsbury.
How he fits: 49ers already had a star defensive tackle in DeForest Buckner, and they put Dee Ford together to strengthen their line, but they needed at least one edge rusher and Bosa is by far the best one in the this draft. There may be some blowback in the Bay Area based on Bosa’s social media post earlier – especially the post that called Colin Kaepernick a “clown” – but from a football point of view he could not be better fit. San Francisco will now have to figure out how to add a no. 1 wide receiver.
first Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB
5-foot-10, 206 pounds
Murray had the incomprehensible task of following in Baker Mayfield’s shoes in Oklahoma. Not only did he live up to Mayfield by holding the Heisman Trophy at the school for a second raktid, but in many ways he surpassed the top choice in last year’s draft. Murray figure was staggering: 42 touchdown passes (with only seven eavesdropping), 4,361 passenger and 12 rushing touchdowns. His athleticism is so outrageous that he was the ninth overall pick in last year’s M.L.B. Draft, with talent evaluators saying he had the potential to have a Rickey Henderson-like effect on that game. The biggest question mark about Murray is how a player with his height and weight can succeed in the modern pass, but there is also at least reason to worry that he only has one season under his belt as a full-time starter.
How he fits: Cardinals are undoubtedly in love with using the top choice of a quarterback a year after using the 10th overall pick at Josh Rosen, but the mating of Murray with Coach Kliff Kingsbury is too perfect to pass. Kingsbury will probably install an Air Raid-style crime, and short of Mayfield or Patrick Mahomes, there are some quarterbacks in the world that are more suited to it than Murray. Arizona must sort out what to do with Josh Rosen, but the second quarter of U.C.L.A. Should have some trading value for a team hoping he can build on his modest rookie season.