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2019 NFL Draft First-Round Results

Apr 25, 2019 8:00 PM

The 2019 NFL Draft is upon us. RealGM is here to help you track all that goes down -- both here and on Twitter (@RealGMFootball). We'll post the results of the first round as the picks come in.

 

1. Arizona Cardinals - Kyler Murray, Oklahoma QB

2. San Francisco 49ers - Nick Bosa, Ohio State DE

3. New York Jets - Quinnen Williams, Alabama DT

4. Oakland Raiders - Clelin Ferrell, Clemson DE

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Devin White, LSU LB

6. New York Giants - Daniel Jones, Duke QB

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Josh Allen, Kentucky DE

8. Detroit Lions - T.J. Hockenson, Iowa TE

9. Buffalo Bills - Ed Oliver, Houston DT

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver) - Devin Bush, Michigan LB

11. Cincinnati Bengals - Jonah Williams, Alabama OT

12. Green Bay Packers - Rashan Gary, Michigan DE

13. Miami Dolphins - Christian Wilkins, Clemson DT

14. Atlanta Falcons - Chris Lindstrom, Boston College G

15. Washington Redskins - Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State QB

16. Carolina Panthers - Brian Burns, Florida State OLB

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland) - Dexter Lawrence, Clemson DT

18. Minnesota Vikings - Garrett Bradbury, NC State C

19. Tennessee Titans - Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State DT

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) - Noah Fant, Iowa TE

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle) - Darnell Savage, Maryland DB

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore) - Andre Dillard, Washington State OT

23. Houston Texans - Tytus Howard, Alabama State OT

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago) - Josh Jacobs, Alabama RB

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia) - Marquise Brown, Oklahoma WR

26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis) - Montez Sweat, Mississippi State LB

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas) - Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State DB

28. Los Angeles Chargers - Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame DL

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City) - L.J. Collier, TCU DE

30. New York Giants (from Seattle via Green Bay through New Orleans) - DeAndre Baker, Georgia CB

31. Atlanta Falcons (from L.A. Rams) - Kaleb McGary, Washington OT

32. New England Patriots - N'Keal Harry, Arizona State WR

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2019 NFL Mock Draft, Final Version

Apr 25, 2019 8:25 AM

The 2019 NFL Draft is finally here! Months of speculation and guesswork gets proven right or wrong over the next three days.

Here is my final guess at where the players go in the draft. This is my prediction of what NFL teams will do and does not necessarily reflect the decisions I would make in the same situations. Because more of these will likely be wrong that right, I'll keep the commentary to a brief blurb. 

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. Despite the late speculation to the contrary, the rookie coach gets his preferred QB. Best guess on Josh Rosen's fate: traded to Washington for two second-round picks.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State. A long-rumored match and it makes sense, as the 49ers need an EDGE who can create havoc and also snuff the run on the way to the QB. That's Bosa.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama. It's easy to see new Jets DC Gregg Williams banging the table for the best interior rusher in this draft, a perfect fit to set up his blitz-happy D.

Possible trade: Jets trade out, Bengals trade up to snag a QB.

4. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL, Houston. Oliver might be the best player in this entire draft, though there is risk. It's easy to see both Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden loving his potential based on what they've said and done in their respective pasts. I view this spot as Kyler Murray's draft floor, be it the Raiders taking him or a team (Miami?) trading up to get him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU. This has been the hot match since at least the combine and I've not been presented with any compelling reason to swim against the current.

6. New York Giants: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State. Sweat has two double-digit sack seasons in the SEC and the highest athletic upside of any defensive player in this draft. Perfect blend of proven performance and high ceiling that will get GM Dave Gettleman to bite. I don't believe the Giants go QB here but if they do it's Daniel Jones.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida. Another team/player match that has been hotly rumored for months. There are whispers of T.J. Hockenson and Daniel Jones here. One trade scenario that makes sense: the Bengals moving up here from No. 11 to take Dwayne Haskins and the Jaguars landing Taylor at 11.

8. Detroit Lions: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky. Best-case scenario for the Lions, who desperately want to add more pass-rushing oomph to an underrated defense. Plan B is Jonah Williams. Plan C is T.J. Hockenson.

Possible trade: Washington moves up from 15 to 8 and takes Daniel Jones. Lions fall back and select Clelin Ferrell.

9. Buffalo Bills: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa. Dual-threat TE to pair with a dual-threat QB. I can see Andre Dillard or Jonah Williams here too.

10. Denver Broncos: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan. The rangy, hard-hitting Bush is a perfect fit for Vic Fangio's defensive vision. I can definitely envision a QB here too. Drew Lock was linked to this pick for a long time, I have to think that's still within the realm of possibility.

It's at this point where I realize I don't have Daniel Jones slotted in the top 10. I do believe he's going in the top 10 somewhere, but in this scenario, I just couldn't place him. Que tonteria.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State. It certainly could be Dwayne Haskins here, but a couple of sources I respect indicate the team really likes Dillard. Maybe they trade up later to get the potential successor to Andy Dalton. Dillard will help either guy with his elite-level pass protection.

12. Green Bay Packers: Jonah Williams, OL, Alabama. A safe pick with positional versatility and a strong history of playing well against top competition, Williams makes sense for the rebuilding-on-the-fly Packers.

13. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State. Probably the best-case outcome for Miami, which sorely needs a long-term solution at QB and in this case doesn't need to move up to land one. Haskins slotting this draft season has been an exercise in futility.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary, DL, Michigan. Too much potential in Gary for him to fall too far, and he offers the Falcons an injection of athleticism on the defensive front.

Possible trade: If Ed Oliver starts to drop, the Falcons get aggressive and move up as far as 7 or 8 to snag him.

15. Washington: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke. Rather than try to forecast the trade up to land Jones, I'll just marry the player and team here in the original Washington slot. I expect Jones to come off higher and the rumors of the Skins looking to move up -- way up -- to get him have been present for some time.

16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson. Rock-solid productive pass rusher and he's a local for the Panthers, making it a great fit for a position where they desperately need youthful help. This is also the range where Oakland or Seattle could move with their extra firsts.

17. New York Giants: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri. During Senior Bowl week the Giants media could not get enough of Lock, which tells me they've either been tipped the Giants had a real interest or are easily drawn to talented but flawed QB prospects. Tough to ignore Cody Ford or Andre Dillard here too.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C/OG, North Carolina State. I suspect this is a popular pick, matching the best center with the team that needs center more than any other.

19. Tennessee Titans: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson. Those close to coach Mike Vrabel have strongly hinted he's a huge fan of the huge man on the DL. He and Jurrell Casey together make for a very difficult day for opposing offenses.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple. It might not happen at 20, but the Steelers interest in Ya-Sin appears legit. This is Devin Bush's absolute floor. Keep an eye on Oakland moving up here.

21. Seattle Seahawks: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State. After the Frank Clark trade, it's hard to see the Seahawks not aggressively targeting a pass rusher. Burns brings sizzle and speed off the edge despite questions about his size and run defense. They could trade back and still get him, and a team looking to snag a top corner or safety (Chargers, Rams?) might indulge them.

22. Baltimore Ravens: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss. Tough choice here as I think they like both Erik McCoy and Cody Ford a lot, but the chance to get a lottery ticket in Metcalf at a position of need will woo new GM Eric DeCosta. At least one member of their scouting staff ranks the athletic freak WR considerably higher than this slot.

23. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma. Expect the Texans to aggressively address the league's worst offensive line. Ford can play tackle or guard and Houston desperately needs help at both. They could draft as many as three linemen (and multiple CBs) this weekend.

24. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa. More of a supersized WR, Fant would nicely replace Jared Cook. It's a bigger need than gets widely publicized, and Fant has potential to be a great NFL receiver.

25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State. Simmons would likely have been a top-10 pick if he didn't tear his ACL in December. The Eagles have enough depth they can afford to take a redshirt guy with big upside. I can see Marquise Brown here too.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame. Tillery posted several game tapes where he looks worthy of being drafted much higher than this. He's a nice fit and value for the monster of a youthful Colts defense GM Chris Ballard is building.

27. Oakland Raiders: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU. It came down to a playmaking corner or running back, and both after a trade; I expect the Raiders to make this pick very early on Friday instead of at No. 27. Williams brings size and ball skills to a secondary lacking both. New England moving up for a TE or Cleveland aggressively jumping in for a CB both make sense as trades.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State. Talented, versatile (he can play RT, either G spot or C) and physical, Risner is a great fit for what the Chargers want up front.

29. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy, CB, Washington. Arguably the best CB in this draft (he's my top CB), Murphy helps restock a secondary in transition without having to relocate far from college.

30. Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma. A pick that would firmly distinguish GM Brian Gutekunst as a definitive new leader, Brown is a high-risk/reward prospect. No other WR can come close to his dynamic skills, but at 166 pounds and coming off a potentially career-altering foot injury, it's a leap of faith. I suspect Aaron Rodgers would approve.

31. Los Angeles Rams: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland. He can play safety, he can play cornerback, he can play both in the same series without needing to sub out. Savage is a good fit for a team that figures to face a lot of pass attempts.

32. New England Patriots: Dawson Knox, TE, Ole Miss. A surprise pick for some, but little birdies have been chirping about Knox since the Combine. Just don't say he's replacing Gronk; Knox is a different kind of TE. I can definitely see a trade down from here to snag Knox a few picks later too. Wild card would be a QB.

Second round

The picks from here on out are much more about matching player to slot than team to player.

33. Cardinals:  Erik McCoy, OG/OC, Texas A&M

34. Colts: Nasir Adderly, S, Delaware

35. Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

36. 49ers: N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

37. Giants: A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

38. Jaguars: Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

39. Buccaneers: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

40. Bills: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

41. Broncos: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida

42. Bengals: D’Andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia

43. Lions: Chris Lindstrom, OG/OC, Boston College

44. Packers: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

45. Falcons: David Long, CB, Michigan

46. Washington: Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State 

47. Panthers: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

48. Dolphins: Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

49. Browns: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

50. Vikings: Christian Miller, EDGE, Alabama

51. Titans: Blake Cashman, LB, Minnesota

52. Steelers: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

53. Eagles: Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

54. Texans: Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State

55. Texans: Elgton Jenkins, OG/OC, Mississippi State

56. Patriots: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford

57. Eagles: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State

58. Cowboys: Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

59. Colts: Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State

60. Chargers: Taylor Rapp, S, Washington

61. Chiefs: Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame

62. Saints: Emanuel Hall, WR, Missouri

63. Chiefs: Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

64. Patriots: Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas

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Saints, Titans Had Legitimate Interest In Antonio Brown

Apr 14, 2019 4:03 PM

The New Orleans Saints and Tennessee Titans had legitimate interest in trading for Antonio Brown at points during the process.

While the New England Patriots had interest in Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers had no intention of trading him to a rival.

Brown blocked a trade to the Buffalo Bills before eventually being acquired by the Oakland Raiders.

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Sean Payton On Cowboys: I Have Fleur-De-Lis Tattoos

Apr 12, 2019 11:05 AM

Sean Payton has consistently been linked to the Dallas Cowboys, but he tried to downplay the topic during an interview on Thursday.

“I’ve got fleur-de-lis tattoos that can’t be erased!" Payton said.

Jason Garrett is entering the final season of his contract in 2019.

“I’m in my 13th year. I don’t know how to answer it,” Payton said. “I feel like it’s every other year; it’s on the odd number years, so 2019 it comes up and then we’ll hear it in 2021.”

With regards to staying in New Orleans, Payton said, “That’s clearly the plan.”

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Jared Cook Won't Back Out Of Deal With Saints After Gronk's Retirement

Mar 25, 2019 9:45 AM

Jared Cook committed to sign with the New Orleans Saints last week, but won't reconsider his decision following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski.

The New England Patriots had a sense last week that Gronkowski was likely to retire, but now the free agent tight end market is incredibly thin.

Martellus Bennett also considered coming out of retirement to rejoin the Patriots after they acquired his brother Michael Bennett, but he said he will remain out of the game.

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Saints Nearing Deal With Jared Cook

Mar 21, 2019 8:33 AM

The New Orleans Saints are close to a deal with Jared Cook, according to a source.

Cook, 31, had a career-high 68 catches for 896 yards with the Oakland Raiders last season. He scored six times.

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Saints Sign Nick Easton To Boost Offensive Line

Mar 18, 2019 8:26 AM

The New Orleans Saints have agreed to a four-year, $24 million deal with guard/center Nick Easton, according to a source.

The addition came shortly after news broke that Pro Bowl center Max Unger is retiring.

The Saints plan to play Easton at center. He missed all of last season because of surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. But he started a total of 17 games at both guard and center for the Minnesota Vikings in 2016 and 2017.

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Saints Surprised By Max Unger's Retirement

Mar 17, 2019 8:01 AM

Max Unger has decided to retire, leaving a large hole in the middle of the New Orleans Saints' offensive line.

Unger, who turns 33 next month, was officially placed on the NFL's reserve/retired list Saturday. He had one year left on his contract. He's a veteran of 10 years.

The Saints will save $6.95 million in cash and salary-cap space that he was due in 2019.

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Teddy Bridgewater Re-Signs With Saints On One-Year, $7.25M Deal

Mar 14, 2019 8:56 PM

Teddy Bridgewater has agreed to re-sign with the New Orleans Saints on a one-year, $7.25 million deal worth up to $12.5 million in incentives.

Bridgewater also met with the Miami Dolphins. Bridgewater is originally from Miami.

Bridgewater is apparently willing to wait to find the perfect long-term fit, even though he has started just one game over the past three seasons.

Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury in the summer of 2016, tearing his ACL among other ligaments and structural damage.

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Saints Restructure Drew Brees' Contract To Create Cap Space

Mar 14, 2019 8:59 AM

The New Orleans Saints have created some cap space by restructuring Drew Brees' contract.

According to a source, the move created $10.8 million in space.

Brees will still get the $23 million in cash he's due in 2019, but the simple restructure will push the cap figure to 2020, freeing up space to use now.

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Mark Ingram Agrees To Three-Year, $15M Deal With Ravens
The Saints' best offer to Mark Ingram was for four years, $17 million with only $5 million guaranteed.

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Judge Won't Order 'Do-Over' Of Rams-Saints Game
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Brandin Cooks caught seven passes for 107 yards in the NFC Championship Game, but it was one pass that he didn't catch that propelled the Rams to victory.

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Benjamin Watson Calls On Roger Goodell To Be Leader On Non-Call
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Saints Fans File Lawsuits, Put Up Billboards In Atlanta
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Rams Contend Refs Also Had Blatant Facemask No-Call
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Late Window Ratings Up, Early Game Down For Championship Sunday
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Sean Payton: Referee Chief Admitted Blown Call
Sean Payton says the NFL's head of officials told him the officials "blew the call" by not penalizing the Rams for pass interference late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC Championship Game.

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