At this point, it seems like a given that the Cardinals will select the most recent Heisman winner and he will be the trigger man for Kliff Kingsbury's offense. Say what you want about whether Kingsbury deserves to be in this position or Murray and his 5-foot-10 measurement, but if the Cardinals are going to invest in the coach, they need to let him pick his guy and see what happens. Murray is his guy.
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2.San Francisco 49ers:Nick Bosa, DE/3-4OLB, Ohio State
The 49ers will have their pick of the litter when it comes to defensive linemen. This pick could easily be Quinnen Williams, or maybe they could pull a surprise and grab Josh Allen. Keep an eye out for a trade here if someone gets really excited about one of the remaining quarterbacks or is willing to offer the 49ers a deal they can't refuse to grab Bosa or Williams. But if none of those things happen, the pick is Bosa.
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By the accounts, that I've heard, and I've got a few sources myself, the Jets are in LOVE with Josh Allen. But, I think they also should be in love with the idea of trading down and getting some extra picks because there is no shortage of defensive line talent in the 2019 NFL Draft. If a trade doesn't happen, the pick is Allen.
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Charlie Campbell has heard that the Raiders are extremely high on Williams, and there's a very good he'll be here for the taking since the Jets seem to be leaning toward taking Josh Allen or Nick Bosa. The only real wrench in the Raiders' plans would be if the 49ers have a late change of heart and take Williams themselves. Williams has been a projected top-five pick for much of the draft season, and he's considered a game-changer on the defensive line.
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The Bucs really need a good cornerback, and there just isn't one who is worth the fifth pick. Again, I believe this is a pick that could be had for the right price. If the Bucs go on the defensive line and maybe look at Ed Oliver, that will be a sign that Gerald McCoy is being traded.
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The Giants have needs, one of which is a big need at quarterback, but I think they are looking at that No. 17 pick for their signal-caller. So here they will take Taylor, the best tackle on the board and one who will surely bring back bad memories of the Ereck Flowers pick ... But relax, I think Taylor can play.
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As the 2019 NFL Draft gets closer, I think both of the top tackles in the first round are being graded fairly evenly, which is why it wouldn't be a surprise to see Dillard shoot into the top 10 for the Jaguars. Tom Coughlin has had enough drama for the past week with his blowout at Jalen Ramsey and Telvin Smith, so choosing an offensive lineman at No. 7 would be a nice drama-free selection for him.
Yep, another defensive lineman selected. That's five in the first eight picks. I am not sure if that is a record or anything. I should probably check. The Lions have needs all over the defense, so this is a "best player on the board" sort of selection. Gary has his fans and his detractors, but the talent has always been there.
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The Bills can list everything but quarterback as a team need, so the best thing to do is work on giving the franchise quarterback some good weapons. Hockenson can be a high-volume receiver, and it's a good thing because I believe Josh Allen will be looking his way early and often.
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John Elway has his choice of quarterbacks, all the quarterback options he could possibly want, so of course he is going to take a defensive lineman - this would be six in the top 10. Oliver has all the talent you want, although I have questions about how much he loves the game.
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The Bengals need a quarterback, and there are quarterbacks there for the taking. Haskins also played at Ohio State, and some organizations think that if you bring in a popular player from an in-state college, it helps with selling tickets. I don't buy that, but Haskins might sell the Bengals on his own because he's pretty good.
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The Packers have a pressing need at linebacker, and a top one falls right into their lap at No. 12. Bush has such a competitive fire and work ethic that I believe he's one of the safer picks in the 2019 NFL Draft. He might not be spectacular, but he's going to show up ready to play each week and give consistent performances.
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The Dolphins are going to be bad, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is the type of quarterback who will put together a better-than-expected season for this awful team and take them out of the top five next year. Here's my theory behind taking Jones - the Dolphins need a quarterback and he might be a good one. If they stink and are in a position to take Tua Tagovailoa, they can still take Tagovailoa. All these guys are under rookie contracts; it's worth the risk taking a quarterback because the guy might be a player.
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14.Atlanta Falcons:Brian Burns, DE/3-4OLB/OLB, Florida State
The Falcons might be making moves in this draft. They can dangle some picks and Vic Beasley in a trade if they want. But if they stay here, Burns should be available, and I think he's a little undervalued because Florida State had such a poor 2018 season.
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By all accounts, it appears that Daniel Synder has decided to take this draft into his own hands to get the quarterback he wants. That makes a trade likely, and the Redskins will try to land somewhere in between the No. 3 and No. 5 picks to get his guy. If Washington doesn't make any moves and still wants a quarterback, this is the best one on the board.
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The Panthers didn't get to the quarterback a lot and definitely need a shake up along the defensive line. Ferrell had 11.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss last season with Clemson. He's dynamic around the edge and shown a knack for big plays. The offensive line will also be a thought here for Carolina.
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