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The first round of the NFL 2019 draft is complete. Who won and who lost on the opening night of the league's annual "Player Selection Meeting"? Read on to learn some instinctive reactions …
Nashville: More than 200,000 people attended, or approximately 10% of the population of the metropolitan area, to the festivities, since the league transformed the center of Music City into a soccer party that was unleashed despite the little rain. Maybe the NFL should take this city more seriously for an even bigger event at the beginning of the calendar …
Kyler Murray: The first man to be captured in the first round of the NFL and Major League Baseball draws will probably land with the perfect team and the perfect coach with Air Raid devotee Kliff Kingsbury now in charge of the Cardinals. It should be really fun to see what Murray can do given what seems like the optimal fit for his abilities.
Drama: Everyone knew that Murray was going to number 1 in general … obviously … right? Congratulations to the Cardinals for giving the second guesstors the maximum time to spin alternative narratives by taking their full 15 minute assignment on the clock before making the official selection.
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John Schneider: Just a few days ago, the Seattle general manager had four low selections in the league. After sending Frank City to DE Frank Clark, tagged by the franchise, and then working the board Thursday night, the Seahawks now have nine selections – and we know they do their best work in the middle rounds.
Mike Mayock: It was not fully sold in the decision of the NFL turned Raiders-GM to remove Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell from the ramp in No. 4, but he is definitely a good player and a good character. The landing RB Josh Jacobs and S. Johnathan Abram later in the evening felt like possible home runs for Oakland.
Rashan Gary and Montez Sweat: Medical concerns really tormented these two talented passers, even after both had a sublime performance of combined exploration. Neither of them got the top 10 status they could have deserved, but it's good to see both of them called on opening night.
The Bosas: Like the Mannings, the NFL royalty, if it ever existed, now have two brothers (Nick and Joey) who join dad (John) as first-round picks.
Kyle Long: Bravo to the Bears' linemen for the way he expressed his distaste for not being part of the Manning-Bosa club by shading his Hall of Fame father, Howie.
Josh Allen: He drafted seventh place in the overall standings in 2018. He drafted seventh place in the overall standings in 2019. We know who is the seventh pick in 2020, but we do not know which team is getting Josh Allen 3.0.
Linemen More than half of the boys selected in Round 1 (19) live in the trenches. We thought this was a passing league! (Of course, it is difficult to pass if your field marshal is not protected … which, of course, is the point of prioritizing all these pilots and bodyguards).
Christian Wilkins (Clemson) celebrates with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected as the thirteenth Miami Dolphins in the first round of the NFL's 2019 draft. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA Today Sports)
Christian Wilkins: Many players over the years have wanted to get out of the edge and fire Roger Goodell. Obviously, you were having fun, Christian, but it was fair to assume that several of your new colleagues were living indirectly through you just a little.
Oklahoma: The first school to have quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield and Murray) ranked No. 1 overall in consecutive shots. The Sooners also tied USC with the most No. 1 (5) picks in draft history.
Clemson: First school to place three defensive linemen (Ferrell, Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence) in the first round of the same draft.
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Matt Ryan: Writing two relatively unknown blockers (Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary) might not move the needle much in Atlanta, but should help the 2016 MVP sleep (and play) better to move forward.
Marcus Mariota: Funny to see the low-profile Titans quarterback, they tried in vain to make the local boos out of Goodell's back when the draft began.
Browns They did not make a selection, so how can they be winners if you ask? Because they cashed in their 17th overall pick by Odell Beckham Jr. It's worth it. It's probably worth it.
Saints They did not make a choice, so how can losers be questions? Because they exchanged two Round 1 selections, including this year's one, in 2018 to get DE Marcus Davenport. Coach Sean Payton insists that Davenport "is going to be a dominant player for us," but he did not make an impact as a rookie and was not a factor in the loss of the New Orleans NFC Championship Game. And it will not improve much: the Saints are scheduled to select in the second round, but then remain inactive until Round 5.
Josh Rosen: Literally lost in the desert. The Arizona first-round pick in 2018 set some kind of record when he saw his successor, Murray, taken a year later. And because the Cardinals could not or did not want to negotiate with Rosen, the outlook seems even more grim, since guys like Daniel Jones and Haskins fill the QB positions that could have occupied at some point.
Marcus Mariota: When entering a contract year, he probably would have preferred to see the Titans choose a game creator to help him instead of a D-lineman (Jeffery Simmons) who might have to play again in 2019 while rehabilitate a tear ACL.
The Joker: I'm sorry, buddy, apparently Murray paved your closet right under Batman's nose.
RG3:Way to do it about you …
Perimeter players: The emphasis on pig mollies did not leave much prominence for the fast men who catch the passes or break them. Only two widths (Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and N & # 39; Keal Harry) and one corner (Deandre Baker) were selected on Thursday, none among the first 24 selections.
N.W.O.: Ole Miss "Nasty wideouts", A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf, they are winning on Instagram, but neither of them heard the ring of their phone with the desired call on Thursday. Apparently, the pack of eight crunches will only get you that far.
Drew Lock: At one point, Mizzou's field marshal armed with a rifle looked like a first-round lock. Oh!
Pac-12: For the first time in the common draft era, which began in 1967, no player in the conference was selected in the top 20.
Jeans They jumped you and you lost the head of the state of Washington Andre Dillard with Philly. Now Houston will basically regret having taken a strong position to take Tytus Howard of Alabama State with the next team?
Dave Gettleman: The Giants finished with three selections in Round 1 and took Duke QB Jones, Lawrence and Baker. I'm sorry, Dave, but the world is deviating from its axis when the New York market is calling the Jets at the time of the draft and is destroying Big Blue. (Of course, the story has a way of changing the fully formed opinions five seconds after the elections are announced). For the record, it seems that the Giants ruined it.
Tom Brady: You're probably excited about Harry's arrival. But while you were shooing your avocado ice cream, three hungry defensive linemen (Quinnen Williams of the Jets, Ed Oliver of the Bills and Wilkins of Miami) entered the AFC East zip code. It seems you'll be fighting more than Time this season, Tommy.
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