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130 Kiy Hester
131 Juan Thornhill
154 Mook Reynolds
165 Rashad Robinson
167 Derrick Baity
180 Isaiah Johnson
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2019 NFL Live Draft Round 1
Selections 17-32


17 Oakland
Caleb Wilson
    UCLA
    TE
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
235



Make no mistake about it: Jon Gruden has been nothing if not BUSY. In the midst of a roster overhaul, Oakland has signed more than 20 free agents and drafted 9 prospects for the second straight year. At this stage in the offseason, Oakland has the look of a DEEP team that will cut some very solid NFL players to get the roster down to size. Gruden's machinations, the depth of the team, the wildcard nature of this last draft, plus the likelihood that the franchise will be pretty cap-strapped next season, makes predicting needs a challenge. To zero in on most-likely needs, RB, TE, and LB look like the spots needing the most love. Practice reports indicate that Oakland is frequently using multiple TE sets, putting them in motion, and expecting big production from the position. Given that Jared Cook is a potential roster casualty next year and Derek Carrier and Lee Smith (also a potential casualty) are the others likely to make the roster, I would not be surprised to see Gruden and Company make a move early to land a premium prospect at the position. The fact that Oakland doesn't have a recent history of drafting RBs or LBs early also makes this a likely direction.


18 Houston
Joe Jackson
    Miami (FL)
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -2
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
258



Considering the Texans did not participate in the 2018 Draft until RD3, they had a pretty decent haul with their 8 selections. While most folks will concentrate on Justin Reid (RD2 grade) and versatile OL Martinas Rankin, keep your eyes trained on RD4 selection Keke Coutee from Texas Tech. This young man was the epitome of a WRS and Kick Returner, jitterbugging his way through defenders during the 2017 season.

Free Agency brought in a number of players, most notably the Honey Badger. Although only a 1-year deal, this young man is a playmaker! The interior of the OL was fortified with the signings of OG's Senio Kelemete and Zach Fulton, and Bills' swing tackle OT Seantrel Henderson was thrown in for good measure . . . it's no secret that the Texans must do a better job of protecting QB Deshaun Watson. Ah, Mr. Watson . . . an elementary deduction that the rookie was on his way to an MVP-type season before his season-ending injury. His return should put the Texans in a position to challenge Jacksonville for the AFC South crown.

Joe Jackson is a formidable pass-rusher for the Hurricanes and, quite frankly, with a strong 2018 season, he may not even be available at this pick for the Texans . . . but this is the time for dreamers!

- Long Ball, Guest Texans Analyst


19 Kansas City
Jonah Williams
    Alabama
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
296



Lacking picks in RD1 and 5, analysts around the country called for the Chiefs to be creative in the 2018 Draft. They were, and, the response was an overwhelming "Say what?" Time will tell, but the early results do look promising. The Chiefs addressed needs on defense (Safety, Edge, and D-Line) in the 2018 Draft. The team is primarily relying on UDFAs to address their offensive needs for the 2018 season. Expect 2017 UDFA Gehrig Dieter to be the surprise of camp, and have a large contribution in filling the role vacated by Albert Wilson. 2018 UDFA Darrel Williams could supplant Charcandrick West at third-string RB.

Free-agency departures and ho-hum picks from the last two drafts will negatively impact the O-Line in the 2019 season. Starters will be needed at OT and OG sooner than later. Look for those positions to be top priorities in the next draft. Also, even if Mitch Morse is retained, I have concerns at center. Other priorities should be competition for starter at CB, a quality backup TE, and Edge, should the Chiefs choose to move on from the overpriced contracts for Justin Houston and Dee Ford.

~KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst


20 Tennessee
Kaden Smith
    Stanford
    TE
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
242



If this slot projection is any indication of how 2018 will turn out, it looks like Tennessee remained stagnant year over year and just misses out on the playoffs. There's a variety of reasons, especially between the secondary not improving or the offense not making the jump. In this scenario, we'll assume the offense didn't take the step forward it needed.

Looking at the 2018 offense on paper, there is a lot of uncertains. Will Derrick Henry take the big step needed to become a feature RB? Will Corey Davis recover from an injury-laden rookie campaign? Are there enough weapons for Mariota to succeed? Is Delanie Walker going to take a step back?

Based on the pick, we're assuming that Walker regresses in 2018, and Jonnu Smith doesn't show any development that assures he can be the TE of the future. This would be a huge blow to Tennessee's passing game, as Walker has been incredible since he showed up in Nashville, averaging 71 receptions, 831 yards, and five touchdowns in his five years. That's a huge chunk of the offense to lose, and while Davis has looked great in OTA's, we still need to see a huge step forward to make up that production.


21 LA Chargers
Ryan Finley
    NC State
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +14
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
210



Two things to know about the San Diego Chargers' roster heading into 2018: 1) It's well-constructed and loaded with talent, particularly on defense. 2) The oldest guy on the roster - Quarterback Philip Rivers -- is the most important and there's no clear successor in place. This year shapes up as a strong playoff push for Rivers and Co., with an outstanding coaching staff ready to reap what they've sown in a winnable AFC West. Pick-wise and cap-wise, the Chargers can afford to invest in a new QB, even with Rivers signed through 2020. Based on early returns, the accurate and prolific Ryan Finley will be heading west after his third-straight 3,000-yard season at North Carolina State. Finley doesn't have the strongest arm, but he completes more than 65 percent of his passes with touch to all areas of the field, and he's athletic and durable. If we've learned anything from Rivers' 14-year run, those are traits the Chargers are smart enough to value. Other areas of focus will be continuing to build that defense, particularly up front, and adding downfield weapons at the tight end and wide receiver positions.

- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst


22 Green Bay
Raekwon Davis
    Alabama
    DL5T
    Reach/Value:     +4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
306



With two picks in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Packers have to do a better job than they have done in recent memory at selecting talent with their top picks. Aaron Rodgers may very well be the Most Valuable Player in the NFL on a year-to-year basis, but the Pack's shortcomings in the early stages of the draft have left him in situation that is reminiscent of Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, where any possible success rests on one player's shoulders. Since drafting Rodgers in 2005, the Packers have used 12 first-round draft picks, with only four making a Pro Bowl, and two of those (A.J. Hawk and B.J. Raji) were selected in the top 10. On the other hand, players like Derek Sherrod and Justin Harrell hardly played in Green Bay; Datone Jones and Damarious Randall were seen as disappointments, as well. The talent level is just not there for a team that, based on their quarterback play, should be competing for Super Bowls. With Ted Thompson's days of making football decisions long gone, new GM Brian Gutekunst will need to make sure that they get these early picks right.


23 Dallas
Christian Wilkins
    Clemson
    DL3T
    Reach/Value:     -4
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
300



The Dallas FO executed their strategy admirably during the off-season, filling many of the roster deficiencies during the 2018 Draft and Free Agency period. There are currently only 3 players on the 90-man roster who are 30 years of age or older: Long Snapper L. P. Ladouceur (37), LB Sean Lee (31), and PK Dan Bailey (30). In the words of the age-old expression "Youth Be Served", 61 of the 90 players are no more than 25 years old . . . quite a makeover, I'd say!

HC Jason Garrett has declared that he wants competition at every position. Depending on the performance by the new additions to the roster, it appears he accomplished this goal . . . with one exception. There are limited options at DT, and the best one on the roster (Maliek Collins) broke his left foot during the team's off-season conditioning program, resulting in a 2nd surgery on this foot since January of this year. Combine that with the broken right foot he suffered during the 2016 OTA's and one has to question if Collins still has a good foot to stand on!

Clemson's Christian Wilkins has been a force in both run defense and pass rush . . . he would be an excellent addition to DC Rod Marinelli's corps of "Rush Men"!

- Long Ball, Cowboys Analyst


24 Carolina
Marvell Tell III
    USC
    S
    Reach/Value:     -12
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
195



The Carolina Panthers are making a lot of changes this offseason and started at the very top with a new owner. New Wide Recievers and a new Running Back. The Secondary is totally different, too. But the core of Cam and Luke is still in place. Looking at this year, the success comes down to the Offensive Line and the Secondary. Keep an eye on both Tackle positions, and note the next pick off the board, OT Michael Deiter. Matt Kalil can not be a speed bump and Darryl Williams is in a contract year. That, along with how the Secondary holds up, will dicate the draft plans in 2019. A Safety seems to be the logical selection at this point in time.





25 Atlanta
Michael Deiter
    Wisconsin
    OT
    Reach/Value:     -3
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
328



The Falcons' roster is in excellent shape headed into the summer. They have a young and improving defense, a QB capable of putting up an MVP season, and depth at the offensive skill positions. The primary roster concern at the moment is likely the ability to manage the salary cap as players price out of their rookie contracts. The Falcons have already extended Matt Ryan, and Grady Jarrett and Jake Matthews would seem to be next in line for big paydays. Remaining under the cap will be a challenge, and the Falcons' draft seemed designed to create the necessary depth at positions like CB, WR, and RB to allow the Falcons to move on from players like Mohamed Sanu and Tevin Coleman if there's a need to do so. Atlanta is in a "win-now" window, and Arthur Blank no doubt wants to see his team play a home game in Super Bowl LIII. The roster is ready, the cap is full, and all eyes are on Steve Sarkisian to see if he can get the talent in the best position to succeed.


26 Green Bay
Montez Sweat
    Mississippi St
    EDGE
    Reach/Value:     -9
Height:
6'6"
Weight:
241



After discussing some of the Packers' recent missteps with picks like these, let's talk about where the picks should be spent. The defense has to get more talented as a unit. The addition of Muhammad Wilkerson was a good one if he is motivated and Mike Daniels has always been steady, but when this positional group was at their best, they were rotating defensive linemen regularly. Raekwon Davis is one of the most-intriguing players in college football because of his outstanding combination of size, power, and athleticism. For those who may not know him, go back and watch both Alabama's games in the college football playoff last year. Dalvin Tomlinson wasn't the only defensive lineman making plays, and I expect to hear quite a few Calias Campbell comps between now and next April. At linebacker, no one should consider their job safe. The edge rushers should be especially worried if injuries continue to pile up at the position, which is a why a player like Sweat makes sense. Green Bay's secondary is young and promising, but it seems like that has been the narrative for the better half of a decade. They still continue to be lacking. The offensive line has continuously needed help and that hasn't changed, and at some point it is going to become necessary for them to dedicate a high pick to the running back position in order to take some of the pressure off of Rodgers who will turn 35 in the second half of the season. Overall, the pass-catch process is about the only thing on the Packers that seems to have both talent and depth, and the Packers need to change that.


27 Pittsburgh
Devin White
    LSU
    ILB
    Reach/Value:     -6
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
255



Out of one side of their mouth the Steelers' front office will tell you that there just weren't many 3-down linebackers in this past draft. From the other side they'll tell you how truly excited they are to see Tyler Matakevich start at linebacker. "Dirty Red" is a heady, well-prepared player but he's not going to be mistaken for a 3-down linebacker any time soon. Posting a 4.81 forty time out of college and only 6'1" tall, Matakevich is a player with physical limitations who will never be a complete linebacker

The other starter Vince Williams is on the last year of his contract. FA signing Bostic figures to start over Matakevich but he's only on a 2-year deal, so the team stands to remain in the market for an inside linebacker next season. Other considerations may be at running back if Bell doesn't sign a long term deal or along the O-Line where Pouncey and Foster are getting up in years.


28 Jacksonville
N'Keal Harry
    Arizona State
    WRF
    Reach/Value:     +2
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
216



The Jaguars are coming off a surprise season where they won a road playoff game in Pittsburgh and almost won in Foxboro. After the draft and Free Agency, there is a lot of optimism surrounding the 2018 squad. The defense should continue to be the driving force of this team. They added talent there with RD1 pick Taven Bryan, a raw, but highly-athletic defensive lineman who should get some snaps across the line. Ronnie Harrison, picked at RD3#93, is a versatile safety who will likely be a rotational player this year, before taking over for Tashaun Gipson or Barry Church, both of whom could be cap casualties next year. The offense is looking up, as well. Big-ticket free agent Andrew Norwell will step right in at Guard and boost the power running game. Ground and pound should be what the offense leans upon, but the big question will still be with Blake Bortles. This is a team with Super-Bowl aspirations, and there will be times where they're going to need plays from Bortles to get a win. The Pittsburgh game showed some promise, but will that be the Bortles that shows up in 2018?

Looking at this year's team, it's hard not to think they'll be going to the playoffs. Wherever the Jags pick in the draft, there will be a few paths they could follow. We went with a receiver here, because they could still use another playmaker, but Safety, Pass Rusher, Defensive Line, and Offensive Line are on the table as well, as there are many contracts expiring in the next couple of years at those positions. Depending on how Bortles looks, they could surprise us and take a QB.


29 Minnesota
Julian Love
    Notre Dame
    CB
    Reach/Value:     +6
Height:
5'11"
Weight:
193



The 2018 season is shaping up to be an exciting one for the Minnesota Vikings. Expectations are high after the huge signing of Kirk Cousins to shore up the Quarterback position for the next three years, at least. It will be pivotal for Coach Zimmer and his staff to keep the team focused and not allow the lofty goals to get to their heads. That said, it also helps that teams like the Packers, Saints, and Rams seem to all be stealing the national media headlines as the "hyped-up" favorites in the NFC, as the Vikings are seemingly being overlooked. As far as the roster is concerned, there is a number of key players that have contracts expiring after this season, including Stefon Diggs, Danielle Hunter, Anthony Barr, and Sheldon Richardson. GM Rick Spielman has assembled a strong, deep roster, and he's been very good at signing key free agents before they hit the street, but it will be extremely tough to keep all of these players in purple after the season is done. The 2019 draft strategy will likely center around filling holes on the players he fails to retain.


30 LA Rams
Dexter Lawrence
    Clemson
    DL1T
    Reach/Value:     -1
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
340



Considering the many moves the Rams made the last offseason, adding impact players on each side of the football, one would think the team is in fine shape moving forward. Brandin Cooks should prove to be better than Sammy Watkins and give Jared Goff a great threat downfield. The defensive secondary should be the strongest in the league in 2018. Ndamukong Suh is 'jelling in perfectly' on the Rams' powerful defense line. Rookie Justin Lawler should prove to be a surprise upgrade at OLB.

Concern lingers over the possibility of DL Aaron Donald reaching Free Agency. Negotiating higher-dollar contract extensions is nothing new to Donald's agent, Todd France. He made Bills' DL Marcell Dareus NFL's second-highest-paid NFL interior D-Lineman behind Suh at $15.85M per year. The team should look at edge rusher to replace Robert Quinn. Also, they should look to replace aging veterans Andrew Whitworth (36) and John Sullivan (32) on the offensive line.


31 New England
Justin Herbert
    Oregon
    QB
    Reach/Value:     +7
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
225



After years of drafts where the Patriots traded back to stockpile picks, Bill Belichick in 2018 selected twice in RD1 and once in RD2. The goal was to select a few good men that could immediately start (Wynn, Michel, Dawson), giving the team one last, best shot at winning another Super Bowl under Tom Brady's stewardship. Yeah, much has been said about Brady playing until age 45, but look at the Free Agents coming off contract in 2019, and it's obvious Now is their Normandy; this is their year.

As far as 2019 draft targets, it'd have to be QB or WR. Belichick has been drafting potential Brady replacements for many years now; since they skipped on a QB in the 2018 Draft, the position becomes a prime target for 2019. With the massive WR defections in FA, wideout will also be a major need position, although the Pats haven't had much success at the position via the draft.


32 Philadelphia
Dalton Risner
    Kansas State
    OT
    Reach/Value:     +3
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
300



Wow, the offseason sure does seem a lot shorter when your season doesn't end until February, followed by a three-month period of wallowing around in championship-bliss like a fatso in a hot tub full of gravy. Unlike many Super Bowl champs, the Eagles' roster wasn't poached and ripped apart in the subsequent Free Agency period. The boys over at Bleeding Green Nation pointed out that the Eagles are only one of five teams league-wide to return their entire starting offensive line for the 2018 season. Sure, the team lost a few 2017 contributors, and is keeping an eye on several key players recovering from offseason surgery, but compared to most teams, the Eagles will enter Training Camp largely intact. By far, the biggest story over the summer will be Carson Wentz's recovery (so far, so good on that front).

But enough of the Super Bowl reminiscing, obsessing on the recovery of their MVP-worthy QB, and on the upcoming attempt to defend their championship...let's move on to the main event: the 2019 Draft. Since the team had so few picks this year, and because they used their top pick on TE Dallas Goedert (who, while very talented and possibly the BPA, was not a need), the same long-term needs for the 2019 Draft will be eerily similar to the needs we discussed prior to the 2018 Draft. In my opinion, the top needs in order of importance are Offensive Tackle (Jason Peters can't play until he's 50, can he?), D-End (age is becoming a factor here), D-Tackle, Running Back, Safety, and Linebacker. This week, the Eagles select Wildcat O-Lineman Dalton Risner, who is listed as a tackle here, but very well might end up at guard. It's tough to find a franchise-type tackle at the tail end of RD1, so unless the team is willing to package some of their many picks to move up, they may need to address another position to avoid reaching. There is a bumper crop of D-Line talent in this class, and because DE and DT are Needs #2 and #3, don't be surprised to see this area addressed early and often.

-Broz, Eagles Analyst

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