Hours to days following the 2019 NFL draft, analysts from all over the country begin to dissect each team and try to gauge which teams hit home runs or which teams whiffed. In this post AFC East draft article, I asked Jordan Reid, an NFL Draft Staff writer for @Cover_1_, and also host of The Draft Board Podcast for some insight.
This week I’ll be looking at the AFC and NFC South and how they did with their drafts. I’ll ask 3 questions about each team. Did they address their biggest need? Who will have the biggest impact? What could 2019 look like?
Let’s start with the Indianapolis Colts. After having a pretty strong offensive line, quarterback Andrew Luck, and Pro Bowl tight end Eric Ebron, the Colts focused on defense. 7 of their 10 picks were defensive.
Who could have the biggest impact? Former Michigan State safety Khari Willis. He worked hard and was an impact player. I think he’ll fit in nicely. 2019 for the Colts? If their defense lives up to its potential, it could be tough sledding for the rest of the AFC South.
Since the Cleveland Browns are “my” team, I thought I’d try to take an objective look at the AFC North division overall and see who did the most to improve their roster. I said I’d TRY to be objective, but no promises…
When it comes to numbers, the division kind of stair-stepped up: Cleveland had 7, Baltimore had 8, Pittsburgh had 9 and Cincinnati chose a whopping 10 players.
As to positions, Defense has 17, Offense had 16 and there was one kicker taken. Yes, you read that right… my Browns took a kicker in the 5th round… we’ll talk more about that later…
The Bears won the NFC North last season with a 12-4 record. Without any picks in the first two rounds, the Bears had to take the best player available while filling team needs. With that being said, the Bears chose a running back to replace Jordan Howard, whom they traded to the Philadelphia Eagles. Montgomery fits what Nagy wants to do with a three-down back. Fans did not expect the Bears to pick a wide receiver with their next pick but Ridley was still on the board, and with these two new additions they give quarterback Mitchell Trubisky more firepower.
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.
What can I say about the draft that hasn’t already been said? Not too much. We’ve already had an infinite amount of mock drafts. There’s been tons and tons of speculation about whose stock is rising, and whose is falling. We’ve broken down pretty much every play from every game of the possible top 10 draft picks and then some. We’ve heard the different trade scenarios.
I know who I want my team to take, I know who I don’t want them to take. I know that their GM has ideas of his own that could throw a wrench into my hopes and dreams, and I’ve
We’re all trying to look into a giant crystal ball to see how it’s going to shake out, but none of us know how it’ll actually will. Which is why this is my least favorite time of the NFL year. I’m sorry. I’ve tried to get around it, but I can’t.