Top 4 players to watch in the 2019 NFL Draft
Folks, the time is finally here — it’s the 2019 NFL DRAFT.
There has been a crazy amount of chat around this draft and a lot of it is centering around who will go No. 1?
Usually we have a general idea of who we think it will be or the position, but this year there is more intrigue than there has been in 20 years because it could go a number of ways.
Here’s what is for sure — these four players below will 100 P be going, going, GONE in the top 5 picks. Mark my words…
So here they are in no particular order (although, I will elaborate on where I think they’re going)…
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma Sooners QB
Remember how I said this draft can go any way and has an immense amount of intrigue?
Yeah, that pretty much all stems from this guy right here.
You may remember Murray as not only the Oklahoma Sooners QB that lit it up and (eh-hmm) won the Heisman, but you might also remember him as the Heisman winner who insisted he was going off to play baseball in the MLB and not going to the NFL.
The thing is, when you find out just how much money you can make by going as a first round pick (if not No. 1) you’d be surprised how quickly your mind changes from baseball to football!
But seriously, Murray can change how the whole draft goes. Especially if he goes No. 1.
If he goes No. 1, he will dictate the whole draft. (Except for who goes No. 2 — because that shiz is set in stone… We’ll get there.)
Here’s my thing though: Murray will not go No. 1 overall in the draft and here’s why…
The Arizona Cardinals who have the No. 1 pick in the Draft took a QB last year (Josh Rosen) and I don’t think they will be so quick to give up on him, no matter how hard the flutters of new coach, Kliff Kingsbury, being openly obsessed with Murray are.
And the last time a team picked back-to-back QBs hasn’t happened in 10,000 years (probably by the Cleveland Browns).
JK, it was in the 80’s and it was by the Dallas Cowboys.
(Per The Ringer, the Cowboys took Troy Aikman No. 1 overall in 1989 and selected Steve Walsh in the supplemental draft, a pick that cost them their first-rounder in 1990.)
But I digress.
So where do I think Murray is going? Let’s just say John Gruden is also intrigued by the Oklahoma QB… 👀
Nick Bosa, Ohio State Buckeyes LB
Alright so remember my set in stone No. 2 pick? Here it is.
I don’t even need to use words like “may” or “might,” Bosa WILL go to the San Francisco 49ers with the second pick in the draft.
The Ohio State Buckeyes LB is a force to be reckoned with and San Fran needs a pass rusher.
Bosa has the kind of talent that runs deep in a bloodline. His brother, Joey, is on the Los Angeles Chargers, and statistically speaking, he’s better than his brother in all the measurables and his brother is an all pro player. Not to mention his father, John, used to play as well.
And with my prediction, he’s going higher than both of his predecessors.
For comparisons sake, drafting a Bosa is like drafting a Matthews or a Watt.
So yeah, the kid is good.
Plus Bosa is big. His size makes him incredibly intriguing, but some think he might not be as dynamic as another edge rusher further down on this list…
The thing is, Bosa fits San Francisco’s scheme so well.
And for anyone piping up about the extremely talented Tide player on my list going second to SF, move to the next bullet…
Quinnen Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide DT
Here ladies and gents, is your No. 1 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft (if the Cardinals know what’s good for them).
Picture it now with me…
Roger Goodell with the mic: And with the No. 1 Pick in the 2019 NFL Draft the Arizona Cardinals pick – Quinnen Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide Defensive Tackle.
Here’s the tea, kids.
Williams is the best pro ready player coming into the draft. By far. No questions asked.
And yes, let’s give some credit to that laser-focused, Nick Saban-led Crimson Tide team he was raised on.
To address you all saying what about Williams to SF, just no. Or better yet — why?
With Solomon Thomas and DeForest Buckner, two of their first round picks from the past three years (Buckner- 2016, Thomas – 2017) have been defensive line picks and they both remain to be solid.
They don’t need Williams as desperately as some other teams do (cough, cough — Arizona).
The only reason they would pick up Williams is that they could pick him up and trade Solomon away, but I don’t see that happening.
Then again, weirder things have happened.
Josh Allen, Kentucky Wildcats LB
FYI: this is not to be confused with NFL QB and former Wyoming prodigy, Josh Allen — he’s Buffalo’s QB right now.
Still, LB Allen can be compared to the QB Allen because, like him he went to a smaller football school aka Kentucky. So, he kind of flew under the radar a bit, but don’t let that fool you — this edge rusher is the real deal.
Despite being on a relatively low level team (no offense, Kentucky Wildcats) in the hardest college football league in the country — the SEC — he LIT IT UP.
Honestly, some consider Allen to be a safer and more dynamic edge rusher than Bosa.
Still, I see Bosa going to SF and this guy following short behind him in the draft.
Right with Williams, Allen is as close as it gets to NFL ready, according to the analysts.
Where do I think Allen fits? How about the Oakland Raiders?
They are in need of a new Khalil Mack and he could be it. If he’s available at No. 4, he will be too tempting to pass up.
Then again, if the New York Jets don’t trade down and they’re still at No. 3, I think they might snag Allen. They’re also in need of a solid edge.
There you have it, folks!
If you know these four players names heading into the Draft, you’re going to be Gucci in your Draft knowledge… Well, at least for the first five picks.
After that, grab a beer and enjoy the show.
Now that you’re set, go and enjoy the 2019 NFL Draft!
The Draft starts on Thursday, April 25, 8:00 pm ET, on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, NFL Network.