2019 NFL Draft – Round One

Results of the First Round in the 2019 NFL Draft…. in case you missed it…

Round 1 Pick 1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma. The 2018 Heisman Trophy Winner, Murray has the NFL dream arm, great skill-sets in the pocket, has a quick release in RPO situations, small, fast and elusive. And he likes baseball.

Round 1 Pick 2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa; DE Ohio State University.  Touted as being one of the top two players in the draft, despite missing most of the 2018 college season with a groin injury.  A pass rushing phenom coming from a family of pass rushers.

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Nashville to add music to the 2019 NFL draft

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The 2019 NFL draft is this week in Nashville, TN. When this was first announced, it was a bit hard for me to reconcile Nashville, Music City, with the hard-grinding men of the NFL.

Well, they’ve gone and one it – added music to the list of draft festivities, giving visitors a multitude of options on how to spend time waiting for their team to make a pick!

Here’s all the information from the press release that you’ll need if you are making the trip!

The NFL and the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp announced that MOON TAXI, an indie-alternative rock band founded and based in Nashville, will kick off the 2019 NFL Draft Experience with a free performance on the Draft Main Stage on Thursday, April 25.

The performance is part of the 2019 NFL Draft Experience – a free three-day football festival, held outside of Nissan Stadium, that will feature a variety of activities for fans of all ages.

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The hype of the 2019 NFL schedule release

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @Clvlndk8

I don’t believe any entity in sports knows how to create hype for seemingly innocuous events quite like the NFL.

This week they released the 2019 schedules in prime time. Social media was on fire with love/hate from each fanbase. And some teams spared no expense on video excellence in sharing their schedule with everyone.

Perhaps it’s just because so many teams don’t have a first-round pick in next week’s draft – Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, New Orleans – or maybe fans are just so hungry or anything football related, but the excitement surrounding this year’s reveal was amazing.

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NFL Foundations debuts Legends Impact Grant

Our Turf Football loves to share stories of the good works being done in our communities by teams and players in the NFL.

Today’s story comes from the NFL Foundation, which has announced recipients of the Legends Impact Grant. This grant recognizes the outstanding and ongoing philanthropic efforts of NFL Legends.

Press Release: ​A new component to the NFL Foundation’s Player Foundation Grant initiative, the Award supports NFL Legends’ commitment to making their communities healthy, happy, and safe through their non-profit foundations.

“Philanthropy plays such a large role in NFL players’ lives,” said NFL Executive Director of the NFL Foundation and Senior Director of Philanthropy ALEXIA GALLAGHER. “We are proud to support these incredible NFL Legends who go above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.”

NFL Legends ALAN PAGE, BRUCE HARPER and STEVE YOUNG were selected as the inaugural winners, and were awarded $50,000, $40,000 and $30,000, respectively for their foundations. In 2018, the NFL Foundation awarded $830,000 in Player Foundation Grants to support 68 non-profit foundations led by current players and NFL Legends.

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The Eight “Rookie” Head Coaches of 2019

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Senior Sports Editor

 

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

This season an unprecedented eight NFL teams will have new head coaches. And for six of these coaches, it will be their first time running the whole show.

Bruce Arians has stepped out of the booth and back onto the field in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers have floundered recently and Jameis Winston hasn’t grown or flourished the way we expected him to when he was drafted in 2015. Perhaps promoting former NFL QB turned offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich will be the first step in turning Winston around.

But the seven other coaches have their work cut out for them. Let’s take a look at these “rookies” and, maybe the biggest key to their success, who will be under center as they take the field.

This week’s Blitzed Insider’s featured article!

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Browns get key piece in Odell Beckham Jr.

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As a fan of the Cleveland Browns, I am often on the wrong end of trades or free agent signings.

But things have started to change for this team, and for once they were on the winning side of a deal!

While I have some sympathy for New York Giants fans, it’s every fan for themselves in the NFL. And the addition of Pro-Bowl wide receiver Odell Beckham, Jr., has definitely lifted my hopes from having a winning season to now having playoff and – dare I say – Super Bowl aspirations.

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2019 NFL Competition Committee Meeting

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

It’s that time of year… the NFL’s annual meeting of the Competition Committee is set to commence in Phoenix, Arizona, March 24-27.

During these meetings, the committee and teams can request changes to the Playing Rules, Proposals to change NFL Bylaws and creations of Resolutions.

This year, the biggest emphasis seems to be requests to adjust the scope of Reviewable Plays, whether by going through a representative of the league office, no longer limiting the number of challenges a coach can make, or increasing the scope of plays that can actually be reviewed.

The Philadelphia Eagles had requested a Resolution concerning the Thanksgiving Day games. Traditionally, the Detroit Lions and the Dallas Cowboys host the first two games of the day. Their request was for these games to alternate with one team playing “away” each year. That request has since been withdrawn.

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NFL Free Agency – Quarterback Roulette

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Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

As we near the end of the first week of 2019 NFL Free Agency, Quarterback Roulette seems to be the name of the game.

Many familiar faces have found new homes, while some are still sitting on the bench, waiting to see where they will land.

I guess if former NFL QB Johnny Manziel can get kicked out of Canada and land on the roster of the American Alliance of Football’s Memphis Express…. then there’s hope for everyone!

Let’s take a look at the QB moves from this week!

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AFC North – Everything is about to change

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Let’s face it – the AFC North was a hot mess last year! With Le’Veon Bell sitting out, the once-dominant Pittsburgh Steelers had to root for the Cleveland Browns in Week 17 in order to make the playoffs.

The Baltimore Ravens benched quarterback Joe Flacco and began the new era of Lamar Jackson football. Can Jackson keep being the leading rusher for this team and avoid injury?

The Cincinnati Bengals landed at the bottom of a division where the Browns had held that spot for too many years to count. But the once 0-16 Browns, under the leadership of rookie QB Baker Mayfield, are making their case to take over the division.

Let’s take a team-by-team look at the moves they’ve made so far to get ready for the battle to be “Kings of the North.”

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NFL Free Agent Frenzy – who made a splash?

Kate Arhar
Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

The first day of the NFL’s “Free Agent Frenzy” period is over and a few teams made quite a splash. And even though free agency hasn’t truly started, the legal tampering period has brought some great news to some teams.

This is the time of year where Armchair Experts try to predict what their teams will do and are filled with either excitement over signings or depression when their team isn’t as active as they think they should be.

While the drama surrounding the trade of Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders took a lot of the focus over the weekend, Monday’s free agent activity brought us all back into the mix.

The Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions made the loudest noise in adding talent to struggling teams. Their fanbases seem to be really excited about the possibilities these new players bring, but they aren’t the only teams who were active yesterday.

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