Now's the appropriate time to take in everything we witnessed during the NFL season and re-examine the 2019 NFL Draft.
A career isn't made or broken after one season, but factoring in rookie years and projecting forward, let's piece together a redraft for the 2019 class.
With this redraft we are assuming:
- All rookies from the 2019 class (including undrafted free agents) have been removed from their respective NFL rosters and are free to be selected.
- If a rookie is not included in the top 32 here, they would revert back to the round in which they were originally drafted and to the team that picked them. Original first-rounders not included in this first round would stay with their current teams too.
- All veteran transactions made during the 2019 season are intact.
- The below selections are what I would do as the GM of every team (while considering coaches' schemes, etc.), not what I think the GMs of each teams would do.
- The draft order is based on the real order on April 25, 2019, before the draft began.
Let's get to it.
Round 1 - Pick 1
Kyler Murray QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'10" / 207 lbs
Murray had a pretty good -- albeit not spectacular -- rookie season, especially given the porous nature of the offensive line and a less-than-stellar wide receiver group. Arizona would still make him the pick today.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Nick Bosa EDGE
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 266 lbs
Bosa was seven minutes away from winning the Super Bowl MVP the day after he won Defensive Rookie of the Year. He's already one of the best pass rushers in football. Two easy, same-as-reality picks to start.
Round 1 - Pick 3
A.J. Brown WR
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'0" / 226 lbs
The Jets picked Quinnen Williams here, and he had a mostly forgettable rookie campaign. New York goes with Brown here to round out the receiver group with a YAC monster.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Josh Allen EDGE
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 262 lbs
The Raiders got considerably better contributions from mid-round Maxx Crosby in 2019 than first-rounder Clelin Ferrell, but they go with Allen here. He had a quietly disruptive season against the run and getting after the passer.
Round 1 - Pick 5
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 311 lbs
Even with Earl Watford and Alex Cappa playing decently well at guard in 2019, neither look like cornerstone players. Jenkins did in Green Bay as a rookie, displaying established veteran type sturdiness in pass protection.
Round 1 - Pick 6
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'1" / 225 lbs
Minshew was better than Daniel Jones as a rookie. There's really no way around that. Neither were in fantastic situations, either. Jones was far from absolutely brutal and made a handful of impressive throws downfield but too often put the ball in harm's way in the air and by way of the fumble.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Jamel Dean CB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'1" / 206 lbs
Dean wasn't a regular starter until midway through the season for the Buccaneers but was ridiculously productive over the final two months of the season. The explosive leaper with awesome speed registered 17 pass breakups with two picks in what amounted to grand total of eight games. The Jaguars get a Jalen Ramsey replacement.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Ed Oliver DL
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'1" / 287 lbs
The Lions had Oliver sitting there, ready to be taken, in the 2019 draft but opted for T.J. Hockenson instead. Oliver would give Detroit the interior pass rush it desperately needs.
Round 1 - Pick 9
DK Metcalf WR
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 229 lbs
Metcalf was a trendy mock draft pick for the Bills during last year's pre-draft process, but Oliver fell into their lap. Now, in this redraft, Buffalo gets Josh Allen a big, ultra-fast downfield weapon.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Drew Lock QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 228 lbs
Lock flashed in December when he got some time as Denver's starter, and the Broncos can't pass on him here given the state of that position on their roster.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Dre Greenlaw LB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'0" / 230 lbs
The Bengals have myriad needs, and chief among them (beyond quarterback) is linebacker. Greenlaw went on the third day of the 2019 draft and ultimately became a high-quality coverage linebacker for San Francisco. He's the type of second-level defender Cincinnati must add this offseason.
Round 1 - Pick 12
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'0" / 210 lbs
Hey, look, it's a first-round offensive player for Aaron Rodgers! McLaurin was dynamic as a rookie in Washington during a season with a quarterback change. He'd give the Packers a dynamic secondary receiver behind Davante Adams.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Maxx Crosby EDGE
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 255 lbs
The Dolphins played well down the stretch for a team supposedly tanking as hard as any team in NFL history. I mean, they won five games in 2019. Miami needs more pass rush at every spot on the defensive line, and Crosby had a standout season on the edge in Oakland.
Round 1 - Pick 14
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'0" / 205 lbs
The Falcons need to rebuild the secondary, so they jump on the chance to get a ball-hawking free safety for the deep middle of Dan Quinn's defense.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Daniel Jones QB
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 220 lbs
NFC EAST SWAP. Haskins flashed -- a bit -- late in the season, but Jones will bring a larger sample size of quality play into his second season, and his scrambling skills were often on display.
Round 1 - Pick 16
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 342 lbs
The Panthers got gashed on the ground in 2019, something strange to see for a Luke Kuechly-led defense. Now, with Kuechly retired, Carolina turns its attention to a front in dire need of more horses. Lawrence is a rather large one and got after the passer quite well as a rookie.
Round 1 - Pick 18
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'11" / 210 lbs
With myriad free agents on defense, the Vikings go with the best, most versatile defensive back in the 2019 class in Gardner-Johnson. He did it all on the back end for the Saints as a rookie.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Deebo Samuel WR
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'0" / 215 lbs
With Brown gone, the Titans add a similar YAC-based receiver to their offense in Samuel. He'd bring fun elements to the run game too. And while Derrick Henry was heartbeat of the Tennessee offense in the playoffs, we saw the Titans utilize tight end Jonnu Smith as a tailback in 2019, so the desire to be creative on the ground is there.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Devin Bush LB
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'11" / 234 lbs
While not overly consistent, Bush showed glimpses of high-end play as a rookie, and I think the Steelers would be perfectly happy picking him again with the board falling this way.
Round 1 - Pick 21
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'1" / 194 lbs
With Metcalf gone, the Seahawks add another burner wideout with speed in the 4.3s who's taller than 6-foot in Slayton, a rookie who repeatedly flashed for the Giants, particularly down the field.
Round 1 - Pick 22
NFL Draft • 5'11" / 175 lbs
Despite Brown dealing with some nagging injuries in 2019, he was a fun vertical element in Baltimore's aggressive attack and took attention off the team's trio of tight ends.
Round 1 - Pick 23
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 315 lbs
Tytus Howard actually fared decently before an injury struck, and even with Laremy Tunsil in the mix, they'd love to have Dillard at the right tackle spot for the long term.
From Chicago Bears
Round 1 - Pick 24
Josh Jacobs RB
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'10" / 220 lbs
Jacobs was a tackle-breaking machine for the Raiders this past season, and made a real case for Offensive Rookie of the Year. While the positional value isn't there, the Raiders have their feature back for the next few seasons.
Round 1 - Pick 25
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'11" / 198 lbs
No receiver is worthy of this pick, and Dillard is gone. Hmmm. The Eagles managed to win the NFC East without a stellar secondary, and Savage had a solid debut season for the Packers at safety.
Round 1 - Pick 26
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 218 lbs
Haskins gives the Colts some upside and is a nice fit in Frank Reich's West Coast offense because he's a quick processor and gets the football out quickly but won't make many plays outside the structure of the play.
From Dallas Cowboys
Round 1 - Pick 27
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'1" / 235 lbs
Okereke was a part-time player for the Colts in 2019 but really flashed across the board. He's tall, with long arms, a good amount of athleticism, so he fits the mold of the modern-day linebacker and would instantly upgrade the Raiders linebacker group.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Erik McCoy OL
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'4" / 303 lbs
This is a major steal for the Chargers this late in Round 1. McCoy was a steady pivot for the Saints as a rookie and gives the Chargers the heir apparent to Mike Pouncey.
Round 1 - Pick 29
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'10" / 187 lbs
While he wasn't a high-volume player for Kansas City, Hardman took the roof off defenses a handful of times as a rookie. The Chiefs get him again, just a round earlier.
From New Orleans Saints
Round 1 - Pick 30
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'2" / 228 lbs
Blake Martinez is destined to sign elsewhere in free agency because of a lack of coverage skills at the linebacker spot. Tranquill was a sub-package player but displayed his athletic talents in coverage often.
Round 1 - Pick 31
NFL Draft • Soph • 6'5" / 312 lbs
Just like he was during his long career at Kansas State, Risner was a rock for the Broncos on the interior of their offensive line in 2019. The Rams need a young stud like him up front.
Round 1 - Pick 32
NFL Draft • Soph • 5'10" / 183 lbs
Tom Brady wants receivers who can separate? At this juncture of the draft, Johnson is easily the best option based on how the board fell. He displayed the ability to get open, track it down the field, and make defenders miss with the ball in his hands as a rookie.