Pick 36: SF - Deebo Samuel
- Samuel is another weapon in the arsenal for coach Kyle Shanahan and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. He is extremely quick and shifty and is a great threat when running jet motion or handing off to him in the backfield. He is extremely versatile and can play a multitude of positions for the 49ers. He should be on the field early and often Week 1.
Pick 42: DEN – Drew Lock
- Joe Flacco again finds himself in the position of incumbent veteran holding off the incoming rookie. Now he will look across the locker room and see a 12-year younger version of himself. Lock has good size and an NFL caliber arm, he just needs to become a more consistent passer and refine his footwork. He should take over the signal calling at some point in 2019, but likely not Week 1.
Pick 50: MIN – Irv Smith Jr.
- Many had Irv Smith going to the Patriots with the last pick in the first round. Instead, Smith will head north and learn from eight-year veteran Kyle Rudolph. The Alabama product is considered one of the best blocking tight ends in the draft and will give the Vikings flexibility when Rudolph’s contract expires at the end of the 2019 season.
Pick 51: TEN – A.J. Brown
- A darling of the fantasy community was taken from us tonight when Brown’s name got called to the Tennessee Titans. With Marcus Mariota’s inability to stay healthy, he has struggled to get wide receiver Corey Davis to reach his potential as the fifth overall pick in the 2017 draft. Brown will likely go through those same growing pains in an uninspiring Tennessee offense.
Pick 52: CIN – Drew Sample
- Sample is your prototypical inline blocking tight end. He is a 6’5”, 255lb machine in the run game but won’t offer Cincinnati a ton in the passing game. He will likely be a better version of Tyler Kroft, who left in free agency for Buffalo. Expect him to join C.J. Uzomah and the oft-injured Tyler Eifert in the competition for tight end snaps for the Bengals.
Pick 53: PHI – Miles Sanders
- It took almost a full round for the second running back to come off after Josh Jacobs went to Oakland with the 24th pick. Sanders followed up Saquon Barkley nicely at Penn State as he shouldered the load with great contact balance and receiving ability. He will join a crowded running back room of Jordan Howard, Corey Clement, Josh Adams, and Wendell Smallwood but should make his way to the top of the depth chart sooner rather than later. Sanders’ biggest obstacle to success is his oft noted struggles with fumbling in college.
Pick 56: KC – Mecole Hardman
- With a looming suspension coming for speedster Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs went out and found a replacement in Mecole Hardman. Hardman has blazing speed and will get behind defenders in a hurry including in the return game. He is still fairly raw as a receiver and will likely need time to get adapted to the position at the NFL level. Mahomes should have no issue with finding him on go routes early but temper expectations until later in 2019 or even 2020 for Hardman.
Pick 57: PHI – JJ Arcega-Whiteside
- Philadelphia is going to be an extremely difficult team to stop in the red zone in 2019. With Arcega-Whiteside joining fellow rookie Miles Sanders and current Eagle weapons Alshon Jeffery, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert, Doug Pederson should have no issue finding ways to score. Arcega-Whiteside has great jump ball and contested catch ability to go along with underrated athleticism. Targets will be hard to come by but he should be a decent bet to reach the 5-7 touchdown mark in his freshman campaign.
Pick 59: IND - Parris Campbell
- It was only a matter of time until the Colts called a wide receiver's name in Nashville. Campbell now joins T.Y. Hilton, Eric Ebron, and Devin Funchess as the main pass catchers for quarterback Andrew Luck. Campbell provides a go to underneath option with great separation and quickness. His after-the-catch ability will be something that gets him on the field quickly in Frank Reich’s West Coast offense which features quick routes and wide receivers who can separate.
Pick 62: ARI - Andy Isabella
- Isabella is the ideal slot player for a Kliff Kingsbury offense. He is fast, causes great separation, and move to the outside if needed. Playing alongside Larry Fitzgerald will be a great asset for Isabella’s development into a complete NFL receiver. Kyler Murray will have a great arsenal of weapons with Isabella, Fitzgerald, Christian Kirk, and running back David Johnson. Isabella thrived as a volume guy in college but won’t see the same usage in his rookie season in Arizona.
Trade: Rosen to MIA
- Once Arizona took Kyler Murray the writing was on the wall. Rosen gets a fresh start in an offense which is rebuilding. Sound familiar? Rosen will likely have similar struggles as 2018, with a lack of skill position talent in Miami and an offensive line which gave up the same amount of sacks as Arizona did in 2018. The Dolphins are playing the long game and brighter days will be ahead for Rosen as he moves to the 305.
Pick 64: SEA - D.K. Metcalf
- The slide of D.K. Metcalf will be noted by many but a silver lining was found when Seattle called his name at the podium. Superstar quarterback? Check. Targets available? Check. Good offensive coach? Check. Seattle might have been a best-case landing scenario for Metcalf, who will pair up with Tyler Lockett and an aging Doug Baldwin to man the wideout position for the ‘Hawks. Russell Wilson is locked up for the foreseeable future, which bodes well for Metcalf’s long term outlook in Seattle.
Pick 66: PIT – Diontae Johnson
- Diontae Johnson might be one of the more underrated talents in this year’s wide receiver class. Johnson is a twitchy burner who knows his way around the end zone with 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He is underweight at only 183 pounds but will be a threat to house it whenever he gets his hands on the football. Johnson will likely slot into the wide receiver rotation behind both JuJu Smith-Schuster and James Washington.
Pick 67: SF – Jalen Hurd
- Hurd is the ultimate high-risk, high-reward prospect. He was pegged to go on Day 3 but found his name being called as the second wide receiver drafted by San Francisco. Hurd, a converted running back, will be in a crowded wide receiver room behind Dante Pettis, Marquise Goodwin, and fellow rookie Deebo Samuel. Hurd will likely see few snaps in his first year but has the ability to offer a running dynamic from the wide receiver position.
Pick 69: JAX – Josh Oliver
- The San Jose State standout should find himself atop the tight end depth chart in Jacksonville. In 2018, the Jaguars had five different tight ends get over 100 snaps as the injury bug hit hard throughout the season. Oliver brings a receiving and route running dynamic which will give quarterback Nick Foles a strong security blanket. Foles showed a liking for tight ends during his time in Philly, and Oliver should continue that trend in Jacksonville.
Pick 70: LAR – Darrell Henderson
- On one hand, Henderson is stuck behind one of the best running backs in the game which would seemingly kill his value. However, star running back Todd Gurley was diagnosed with arthritis in his knee this March andlikely led to the Rams wanting to have an insurance option just in case. While he won’t be the starter, Henderson carries a decent ceiling if Gurley has to miss time or be on a snap count for the foreseeable future.
Pick 73: CHI – David Montgomery
- Montgomery heads five hours east from Ames, Iowa to Chicago after Chicago landed him with their first selection in the 2019 draft. Montgomery is a tackle-breaking machine and one of the better receiving backs in the rookie class. He will likely join a committee with Tarik Cohen and free agent addition Mike Davis. Montgomery should get the bulk of the snaps and be the Day 1 starter.
Pick 74: BUF – Devin Singletary
- When you have a running back room with names like LeSean McCoy and Frank Gore, you’re going to need to add some youth in the draft. The Bills did just this, drafting a McCoy-like rookie in Devin Singletary. Nicknamed “Motor”, Singletary has filthy jump cut and runs with decent power for his smaller size. He had some poor combine numbers but his film disagreed showing a good athlete.
Pick 75: GB – Jace Sternberger
- With an aging Jimmy Graham as the starting tight end, the Packers decided to address the position early in 2019. Sternberger will give a great combination of blocking and receiving for new head coach Matt LaFleur. He is a natural pass catcher with good acceleration once he gets his hands on the football. He will need to improve his blocking technique and will likely split snaps with Graham in his first season.
Pick 76: WAS – Terry McLaurin
- McLaurin joins a Redskins squad looking for a playmaker at wide receiver. McLaurin has that ability with good long speed and solid route running. He won’t be flashy but he does the hard work to get open and should be targeted often as he is reunited with his college quarterback in Dwayne Haskins. McLaurin has a chance to start Week 1 if he can beat out either Paul Richardson or Josh Doctson.
Pick 86: HOU – Kahale Warring
- Houston hasn’t lacked for play-making receivers over the past few years with DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller flossing defensive backs on almost a weekly basis. They have, however, struggled at tight end. Warring will be the best pass-catching tight end during the Bill O’Brien era in Houston. He put up solid numbers at San Diego State and was often a mismatch at 6’6” and 250lb. He will likely be their starting tight end Week 1.
Pick 87: NE – Damien Harris
- In a bit of a head-scratching move, Belichick decided to double down on the running game by taking all-purpose back Damien Harris in the third round after drafting Sony Michel in the first round last year. It’s not clear how he will fit into the rushing attack with Sony Michel, Rex Burkhead, and James White all figuring to mix into the rotation. Expect Harris to have some sort of role in September, but unless Michel is injured, it won’t likely be as the starter.
Pick 93: BAL – Miles Boykin
- Boykin ends up being the second wide receiver taken by Baltimore in 2019. While this sounds alarming for his playing time, his skillset perfectly compliments first round pick Marquise Brown. Boykin is a big-bodied receiver with great jump ball ability and body control. He will likely slot in as the Anquan Boldin-like receiver in a John Harbaugh offense. Although the Baltimore offense is fairly run heavy, Boykin should be in contention to lead the Ravens in receptions in 2019. Just don’t expect that number to be extremely impressive.
Pick 96: BUF – Dawson Knox
- Knox had to compete with A.J. Brown, Metcalf, and DeMarkus Lodge for receptions at Ole Miss. Despite it being no easy feat, Knox showed he has the receiving ability to add to an improving Josh Allen-led offense. He is an underrated blocker who works hard and should be the top receiving weapon in the tight end room in Buffalo.
Pick 100: CAR – Will Grier
- Grier is a gritty leader in the locker room who plays above what his talent would suggest. He is undersized with an average arm and inconsistent mechanics, but he constantly gets the job done regardless of all that and will now sit and learn behind Cam Newton in Carolina.
Pick 102: MIN – Alexander Mattison
- With Latavius Murray leaving in free agency, the Vikings had a running back opening on the depth chart. Mattison is a shifty runner with a good jump cut to make the first man miss. He knows how to pick up the blitz and has decent receiving chops out of the backfield. He should be a good handcuff to starting running back Dalvin Cook.