Now that the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, there are still players on the board who have All-Pro potential.
As the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft has come and gone, there are still players on the board that were projected by many to be picked early in round one.
In a draft that was supposed to be dominated by defensive players in the first round, it was much closer than many of the experts anticipated.
With 18 defensive players and 14 offensive players selected tonight, there is still a lot of talent left on the board for day two and three especially on the offensive side of the ball.
1. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Many GMs across the league thought of Jawaan Taylor as a top-10 pick in the draft. After holding down the line for Florida for the past couple of season, Taylor is a great prospect. Even though Taylor wasn’t selected in the first round on Thursday, he should be off the board very early on day two of the 2019 NFL Draft.
2. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Drew Lock has arguably the most arm talent in this entire draft class, yet he slipped into the second round. With most teams trying to fill current needs rather than drafting for the future in round one, this one makes more sense. Lock shouldn’t be on the board for long during day two and a team will get a great quarterback.
3. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Mississippi State
After his impressive showing at the combine in March, many expected Metcalf to go anywhere from number 9 overall to number 22 overall. As the first round came to an end, the Patriots were on the clock. In need of a pass catcher, the Patriots went with Arizona State receiver N’Keal Harry over Metcalf. Metcalf has all the tools to be a great receiver in this league, and he won’t be around for long in the second round.
4. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Byron Murphy could be the best corner from the 2019 draft class when it is all said and done, but DeAndre Baker of Georgia was selected in the first round. With only one corner picked in round one, there will be a lot of quality corners picked on day two of the draft, Murphy being one of them. Murphy who is a very physical corner will be in the NFL for a very long time.
5. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
As the corner with possibly the best ball skills in this entire draft class, many expected Greedy Williams to be a first-round pick. Williams will be a great fit wherever he ends up and if he can learn to love tackling and making plays in the run game he will be a perennial pro-bowler in the NFL.
6. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
After being the anchor in the Oklahoma offensive line in 2018, Ford found himself on the outside looking in on the first round of the 2019 draft. While Ford played tackle for the Sooners in 2018, he might be best suited at the guard position in the NFL. No matter which position he ends up at, he will make an immediate impact for a team with a hole in their offensive line.
7. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State
While Risner is gentle off the field, he is one of the most physical linemen in this draft class. Risner can play either inside or outside and much like Cody Ford or Jonah Williams, he will be a plug and play guy at any position along the line the team that takes him needs.
8. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Deebo Samuel may be the most versatile receiver in the 2019 draft class. Able to get consistently open on the outside as well as in the slot, Samuel will be a 100 reception player at some point in his career. The best landing spot for Samuel would be somewhere with a young quarterback, whom he could build a rapport with over the next couple of seasons.
9. Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
A lot of the experts expected Irv Smith Jr. to end up in New England and act as the replacement for the legendary Rob Gronkowski. Instead, the Patriots picked N’Keal Harry. With many teams needing an upgrade at tight end, don’t expect Smith Jr. to be available for long.
10. Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
As a small school guy, Nasir Adderley gained a lot of hype in the months heading into the NFL draft. Though it wasn’t enough to make him a first-round pick, he has the chance to be the first safety off the board in the second round.
Adderley has the physical build that will allow him to play either corner or safety, a team will pick him and have a solid DB for years.