“You’re on the Clock”: Best of the Rest (2019 NFL Draft Part 6 of 6)
The “You’re on the Clock” segments are draft analysis series that are put together by HTN contributor Matthew Watson to provide you with some preparation and intrigue before the big night. In this series, Matt provides his thoughts on the top 5 draft slots in the 2019 NFL draft, including depth chart analysis, prospect reviews and team strategies. The series begins on April 15th with the Arizona Cardinals and the #1 draft selection and finishes on April 25th with a summary and final thoughts. Feel free to leave your own comments on the post with your own thoughts about each pick!
We now reach the end of my first “You’re on the Clock” segment. Just to recap the first 5 parts of this series, if no one trades out of the top 5, my predictions are as follows:
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen
4. Oakland Raiders: Quinnen Williams/Dwayne Haskins
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Quinnen Williams/Ed Oliver
However, as we all know the NFL draft does not work like that and there is a high likelihood of lots of movement when we get to the real deal this evening. Any team in the top 5 could trade down if the price is right, and many teams may get caught up in a quarterback frenzy and look to trade into the top 5 to secure a potential star.
Matt’s Top Five Teams Who May Trade Up for a QB
1. New York Giants- Eli Manning is old. Eli Manning doesn’t face the New England Patriots 16 times a season so he can relive his glory days. Eli Manning needs to retire and New York needs to make a move soon to find his replacement.
2. Denver Broncos- I would believe you if you told me John Elway legitimately thinks Joe Flacco is the solution to Denver’s quarterback carousel, but I hope that the Broncos have thought this through. The only way that Elway redeems himself for the Flacco trade is if he was signing him to mentor a young quarterback he was planning to draft in the first round. Denver better have a plan ready for this evening.
3. Washington Redskins- Poor Alex Smith. After last year’s gruesome injury, Washington needs to be ready to move on without him. We all saw new addition Case Keenum’s questionable season in Denver and Washington has been very vocal about drafting a quarterback. With the 15th pick in the draft can Washington outbid its competitors and secure a top 5 pick?
4. Cincinnati Bengals- At some point you have to assume that they’ll move on from Andy Dalton. There’s only so many chances you can give this man before you have to start looking at alternatives.
5. Oakland Raiders- A surprising entry on this list, but if Oakland feels the pressure from these top 4 teams I would not put it past them to jump up in order to avoid being leapfrogged. Don’t be surprised if they pull a Chicago Bears and trade up just a single spot or two to make sure they get their quarterback of the future.
Other Storylines to Watch
1. Can T.J. Hockenson be the first tight end drafted in the top 10 since Eric Ebron?
Tight Ends usually don’t get drafted very high because there are usually other top prospects in important positions that generate more value than a tight end would. However, this year’s offensive skill positions are weak and there are a couple of teams near the end of the top 10 who could really use a Hockenson in their starting lineup (I’m looking at you Buffalo and Detroit). Can T.J. defy expectations?
2. Will any running back be chosen in the first round?
This year’s running back class is not particularly strong and as a result there is the potential for no ballcarriers to be taken in the first round. The best available back is probably Alabama’s Josh Jacobs. Considering Marshawn Lynch’s retirement reports this week, could Oakland be looking for his replacement at 24th or 27th overall?
3. After Frank Clark, will any other big-name players be on the move?
Seattle shipped Frank Clark to the Chiefs for their first round pick, a 2020 second round pick and a swap of third-round picks. Could there be more deals like this on the horizon? With Tyreek Hill’s legal troubles could he be banished from Kansas City? Does Patrick Peterson’s reported dissatisfaction with the Cardinals front office lead to a blockbuster? Is Tampa really ready to move on from Gerald McCoy and how much value could he bring to the table?
4. How many wide receivers go in the first round?
The Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens, New England Patriots and several others are in need of a high-impact playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. How many teams will jump on a receiver in the first round? Will D.K. Metcalf be the first wide receiver to be chosen? The answers are very murky and we may not see the surprises coming until they happen tonight.
5. Who is this year’s Alvin Kamara?
Regardless of what happens in the first round, there are always second, third and fourth round draft picks that wind up turning into NFL superstars. Alvin Kamara was taken with the Saints third round pick in 2017 and has become a superstar and a threat in both the passing and the rushing game. Who will surprise us on day 2 of the NFL draft this year?
Thank you for following this “You’re on the Clock” segment! I hope you enjoyed my analysis and you are ready for tonight’s wild ride. If you haven’t already, make sure to check out Parts 1-5 for expanded predictions on the top 5 picks.
If you still can’t get enough draft analysis or you are tired of reading me ramble on and on, make sure to listen to Episode #11 of the Hot Takes Only podcast. HTN’s own Ben Jackson and Alex Zamin do a fantastic job mock drafting the top 10 and make their own predictions for this evening.
Happy Draft Day football fans!