2019 NFL Draft: 32 Best Players Available After First Round

2019 NFL Draft: 32 Best Players Available After First Round

2019 NFL Draft

2019 NFL Draft: 32 Best Players Available After First Round

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10. S Taylor Rapp, Washington

It was a brutal first round for defensive backs. Mississippi State’s Johnathan Abram went to Oakland, and Green Bay took the speed of Maryland’s Darnell Savage, but Rapp is better than both of them – he just doesn’t have the raw tools they possess. He’s ultra-physical who’ll be someone’s leader of a secondary.

Original Projection: First Round

9. RB David Montgomery, Iowa State

The Raiders took Josh Jacobs because they’re the Raiders, they had lots of picks, and they could afford to grab the Bama backup with the 24th pick. Jacobs has the bigger upside, but Montgomery is the safest all-around call. He’s be a great fit for Tampa Bay, but someone will take him in the second round.

Original Projection: Second Round

8. LB Mack Wilson, Alabama

This is a ba-rutal draft for traditional linebackers. The edge rushers are there, but there isn’t a whole lot else at the position. LSU’s Devin White went fifth overall to LSU, and Michigan’s Devin Bush went tenth to Pittsburgh. Wilson will probably end up with more tackles than either of them next season – and he’ll pack a thump, too.

Original Projection: First Round

7. DE/OLB Jaylen Ferguson, Louisiana Tech

As expected, Josh Allen (Jacksonville), Montez Sweat (Washington) and Brian Burns (Carolina) all went in the first round. None of them hold the honor of being the greatest pass rusher in college football history. Ferguson is a sack machine despite not quite having the athleticism of the other stars in this class, but pass rushers like him are worth at least a second round flier.

Original Projection: Second Round

6. OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma

It’s not that teams blew it in the first round, but Atlanta way reached for Boston College’s Chris Lindstrom at the 14 – the versatile Ford will be an outstanding pick somewhere in the top 50. He’s as safe a guard pick as they come, and he can be tried out at tackle.

Original Projection: First Round

5. QB Drew Lock, Missouri

Someone was going to be without a chair when the music stopped. It wasn’t that no one didn’t like Lock, it’s that Josh Rosen isn’t fetching more than a third round pick fo this services, and as the first round went on, everyone figured out that the value of quarterback was sinking like a rock. Lock has first round skills, but quarterback is the new running back considering everyone is okay at the position – you can get him in the third round.

Original Projection: First Round

4. CB Greedy Williams, LSU

You could see this drop coming. Originally in the process, he was considered a sure-thing top 15 overall pick and the first corner off the ball. But through the process, and in this draft full of good corners, there wasn’t any love for him in the scouting world. He’s got the 4.3 speed, and he made a whole lot of plays for the Tigers, but he’s not quite the right fit at a too-thin 6-2 and 185. Even so, he’ll be off the board almost immediately on Friday.

Original Projection: First Round

3. WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss

Oh does he have to be really, really ticked off that Arizona State’s N’Keal Harry was taken ahead of him by New England. The workout god is a rocked up 6-3 and 228 with 4.33 speed and otherworldly explosiveness. Health issues knocked him out of the first round, but he won’t be unemployed for long.

Original Projection: First Round

2. WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State

There wasn’t much of a question that he was going to go somewhere in the 50s, but he’s the best wide receiver prospect in this draft. He’s faster than Hollywood Brown and he’s bigger, with the explosion and the 4.3 wheels to take the top off of any defense. He ate everyone for lunch in various offseason workouts and drills – he’s uncoverable.

Original Projection: Second Round

1. OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida

One massive caveat here – he could drop way into the midway point on Saturday if the medical evaluations really are that bad.

He’s the No. 1 tackle in this draft – unless you count Alabama’s Jonah Williams as a guard – and he should’ve gone in the top 15. So why did three other offensive tackles go and he didn’t?

Concerns about a knee injury caused tackle to slide, but when he’s okay – and if he gets there – he’s a perennial Pro Bowl talent. He can get up to 320ish and be a guard, work as a quick 310-poundish tackle, or anywhere in between – if his knee is okay and someone can make sure his weight stays the same.

Original Projection: First Round

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