The 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone. Held in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee, the annual event attract hundreds of thousand fans. The draft included some big surprises like Josh Allen going to the Jacksonville Jaguars or the New Giants drafting Daniel Jones at number six. Overall, the draft went according to plan for some teams. We took four teams from both the AFC and NFC and left our comments and thoughts.

1. Arizona Cardinals (Grade: A-)
With the first overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Cardinals were poised to select college standout Kyler Murray. Based on his college career, the Heisman award winning quarterback was so coveted that the organization traded its 2018 first round draft pick, Josh Rosen, to the Miami Dolphins. Tbd has been dubbed as the savior of the franchise and the organization hopes he’s Russell Wilson 2.0. We’ll see!

2. Jacksonville Jaguars (Grade A+)
The Jaguars just added depth to their already talented roster. Most draft analysts thought the Jags would go offense with its first pick, but they added another talent to its defensive line. Josh Allen is graded as the second best edge rusher in the draft. Add the fact that he will be mentored by all-pro Calais Campbell and pro bowler Yannick Ngoguwe, the team of Duval county will have several options to get to the quarterback. The Jags has the potential to break the team sack record in the upcoming season. 

The Jaguars also drafted Jawaan Taylor in the second round. Taylor was the highly touted right tackle in the draft. With a first round grade, he was steal for the Jaguars to land in the second round.

3. New York Giants (Grade: C)
Drafting Daniel Jones at number six was a head scratcher. All draft experts, including myself, thought the Giants would take a defensive end (edge), specifically, Josh Allen. He was there for taken and general manager Dave Gettleman took his quarterback instead. There’s arguments that the Giants could have gotten Jones with their 17th pick, but the front office was too Leary that he wouldn’t make that far. That’s understandable. When you have that much conviction about a player, you have to stick to your board and instinct. We actually like Jones as he has good intangibles and comes from the Manning quarterback lineage. The last quarterback from that esteem football heritage was Andrew Luck. If Jones is a poor mans Luck, the organization will be set for years. 

The chatter around the watershed is that you essentially traded away one of the most dynamic receivers over the last decade and his replacement was defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence (17).  It probably would  have been better to pair OBJ with Jones for his rookie seasons. As it stands, the Giants traded OBJ to the Cleveland Browns for DT Dexter Lawrence (1st), DE Oshane Ximines (3rd) and S Jabriel Peppers (S). Time will tell who will be the winner of trade. In the short run, it looks like Browns are in very happy place.

4. Miami Dolphins (Grade: A)
The Dolphins scored big on draft night. They took Christian Wilkins at #13 and traded for Josh Rosen for their second round draft pick. That’s the equivalent of getting two first rounders. Plus, the money they have to pay Rosen is a little bit over 6 million dollars over his rookie contract. There a steal. If Rosen turns out to be the “guy”, this will put the Dolphins in a picture perfect position. The fins also drafted Michael Deiter, Isaiah Prince and Andrew Van Ginkel which all should transition solid to the NFL. 

This team is the sleeper of the division and it really depends on the development and improvement of their second round pick Josh Rosen. 

The 2019 NFL regular season has the anticipation to be one of the all-time greats. #CantWait