2019 NFL Draft


Quarterback Kyler Murray after being selected first overall in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Carson Keaton, Rooster Reporter

The National Football League Draft. For many this is the time that people start itching for football again. The draft lasts three days, seven roads, and 256 picks. The 2019 Draft was held in Nashville, Tennessee for the first time since the draft started.

The first night of the draft was Thursday, April 25. The first night is the biggest night of the draft. There are only 32 picks but the first round are the players that are supposed to be superstars and immediate starters in the 2019-2020 NFL season. The draft and first round was kicked off with the number one pick, Kyler Murray, quarterback from the University of Oklahoma being selected by the Arizona Cardinals. This is the second year in a row that a Sooner quarterback was taken as the first overall pick. Last year it was Baker Mayfield who led the Browns for a 2017 0-16 season to a 2018 7-9 season that would’ve put them in the payoffs if the Pittsburgh Steelers or Baltimore Ravens lost their Week 17 game.

The second pick was Nick Bosa, defensive end from Ohio State University selected by the San Francisco 49ers. Nick Bosa left Ohio State after the second game due to a abdominal injury that worried him he would be injured worse. Due to his injury he spent from September to February preparing for the NFL Draft Combine. Nick Bosa joins his brother Joey Bosa who is a three year veteran in the NFL. He also played defensive end at Ohio State and now plays for the Los Angeles Chargers.

The biggest shock of the first round was when the New York Giants selected quarterback Daniel Jones from Duke University with the sixth overall pick. Everyone thought that the Giants would pick Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins who ended up going to the Washington Redskins. Haskins had the best throwing performance out of any quarterback at the NFL Combine in February.

Friday, April 26 was the second night of the draft. The second night consisted of the second and third round. Picks 33 to 96 were selected this night. The best selection of the second round was when the Denver Broncos selected quarterback Drew Lock from the University of Missouri with the 42nd pick. The biggest pick of the third round was when the Carolina Panthers took homegrown quarterback Will Grier from the University of West Virginia with the 100th pick. Will Grier who played high school football at Davidson Day School

Saturday, April 27 is the biggest in picks was lowest in attendance and views. But, don’t sleep on these players being picked in the fourth through seventh rounds. A lot of good talent comes from these four rounds. Quarterback Tom Brady of the New England was selected in the sixth round and is now one of the best quarterbacks in NFL History and is a definite Hall of Famer. The best selection was wide receiver Riley Ridley from Georgia who was selected by the Chicago Bears with the 126th pick. Ridley’s brother Calvin was selected 26th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons and had a breakout season.

          The Carolina Panthers had seven picks in this year’s draft. The Panther’s first round pick was defensive end Brian Burns from Florida State University. Burns is supposed to fill retired Panthers veteran Julius Peppers. With the other six picks they selected a quarterback, running back, wide receiver, another edge rusher, and two offensive linemen.

The draft is always the green flag for the NFL season. It is three days that millions of people sit and watch. It is a weekend many kids dream of in their childhood and 256 dreams come true on these days.