The 2019 NFL draft is finally here! Later today, the first round of the league’s college player selection process will be kicked off and it projects to be a highly interesting one from the New England Patriots’ perspective: the team owns the 32nd and final pick of the round, but has plenty of ammunition to move around the board if it so sees fit — after all, the Patriots own a league-high twelve selections.
We will have plenty of coverage over the next three days (and beyond), so make sure to regularly check back to Pats Pulpit for all the latest news, rumors and analysis. As for day one, here is all you need to know — as well as a) our Patriots rumors tracker and b) our regularly updated live tracker once the event actually gets underway.
Day 1: Round 1
When: Thursday April 25th at 8:00 p.m. ET
Where: Downtown Nashville, TN
Television: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes
Time per pick: 10 minutes
Patriots draft picks
Round 1: #32
Round 2: #56, #64
Round 3: #73, #97, #101
Round 4: #134
Round 6: #205
Round 7: #239, #243, #246, #252
The 32nd overall selection is scheduled to be made between 1:20 a.m. ET and 1:30 a.m. ET at the latest. Realistically, however, it will happen earlier given that not all teams will wait until the end of their 10-minute window to announce their selection. When based on years past, expect New England’s pick to be made at around 11:25 p.m. ET.
Patriots draft needs, potential day one targets
Wide receiver: A.J. Brown, Kelvin Harmon, Deebo Samuel
Tight end: Noah Fant, Irv Smith Jr.
Offensive tackle: Yodny Cajuste, Michael Deiter, Dalton Risner
Defensive tackle: Dexter Lawrence, Jeffery Simmons, Jerry Tillery
Defensive edge: Clelin Ferrell, Rashan Gary, Chase Winovich
The Patriots are rumored to be interested in Duke quarterback Daniel Jones. (source)
The Patriots have “a ton of interest” in West Virginia quarterback Will Grier as a potential first-round option. (source)
At least one Patriots source thinks that the Arizona Cardinals will pick Kyler Murray first overall, potentially making Josh Rosen available via trade. (source)
The Patriots have not spoken with the Cardinals about a potential trade, however. (source)
San Francisco is reportedly shopping 2017’s third overall draft pick, defensive edge Solomon Thomas. After two inconsistent seasons, it appears the club is moving in a different direction — possible Ohio State product Nick Bosa. (source)
New England is “strongly considering” trading up for Noah Fant. The Iowa product is seen as the second best tight end in the draft behind former teammate T.J. Hockenson, and could come off the board in the high 20s. (source)
The Patriots are reportedly neither interested in drafting a quarterback high nor trading for Josh Rosen. (source)
The Patriots are among the teams that could move up in the draft for the right player. As noted above, Iowa’s Noah Fant might be one of their targets. (source)
1-1 Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
For the second straight year an Oklahoma quarterback gets taken first overall: one year after selecting Josh Rosen with the tenth pick, the Cardinals again draft a quarterback — which likely ends Rosen’s tenure and gives Arizona and new head coach Kliff Kingsbury their guy.
1-2 San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State
San Francisco gets the draft’s premier edge rusher by picking the brother of Chargers defender Joey Bosa second overall. Despite playing just three games in 2018, the 49ers got arguably the best player to enter the draft.
1-3 New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
After failing to trade out of the third spot, the Jets selected a premier interior penetrator in Alabama’s Quinnen Williams. Together with Leonard Williams, the rookie gives New York one of the best interior duos in the league.
1-4 Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson
The first surprise of the night belongs to Oakland. While Ferrell is a very good prospect, few had him go in the top-5 — except those that mattered most, of course. A high-upside but inconsistent prospect, Ferrell gives Oakland its potential Khalil Mack successor.
1-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White, LSU
The draft’s best linebacker goes to Tampa Bay: LSU’s Devin White has the ability to become a day one impact-maker for Bruce Arians’ team, especially against the pass. He can cover sideline-to-sideline and effectively rush the passer.
1-6 New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones, Duke
The second quarterback to come off the board is one often linked to the Patriots: Duke’s Daniel Jones, who becomes the likely successor to Eli Manning in New York. While Jones is a solid developmental option, drafting him with the sixth overall pick seems like a reach.
1-7 Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Josh Allen, Kentucky
The highest player left on the board, the Jaguars boost their defense with All-American edge defender Josh Allen. Bringing tremendous athleticism to the table to succeed from day one on, the Kentucky product adds another playmaker to an already talented defensive front.
1-8 Detroit Lions: TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa
The most complete tight end in the draft gets picked up by former Patriots assistant coach Matt Patricia: T.J. Hockenson goes to Detroit and immediately upgrades the team’s position as a dominant run blocker and very good receiver.
1-9 Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver, Houston
With both Clelin Ferrell and Daniel Jones going earlier than anticipated, the Bills are able to grab Ed Oliver with the ninth overall pick. One of the best interior defenders in the draft, Oliver is a slightly undersized but high-upside pass rusher.
1-10 TRADE Denver Broncos —> Pittsburgh Steelers: LB Devin Bush, Michigan
Broncos trade: Pick 10.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Steelers trade: Pick 20, 52 and a 2020 third round pick.
Trade analysis: The Steelers paid a premium roughly equal to the 100th overall to move up the draft board.
Pittsburgh finds it successor for Ryan Shazier by picking a physical and versatile linebacker in Michigan’s Devin Bush. A prototypical linebacker for today’s NFL, Bush has the range to succeed in coverage while also being able to attack downhill.
1-11 Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams, Alabama
A strong and technically sound offensive tackle, Cincinnati adds a day one starter and 2018 All-American selection: Jonah Williams, who did not give up a sack last year playing in college football’s best conference.
1-12 Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary, Michigan
Green Bay continues to bolster its defense by picking defensive edge Rashan Gary. An outstanding athlete that failed to consistently translate his talent into production, Gary has the skills to become an impact player for the Packers right away.
1-13 Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Miami adds a great defensive tackle in Wilkins to build up the interior of the defense. Wilkins is both an elite run defender and pass rusher and from Springfield, Massachusetts. All three AFC East teams have added a defensive tackle to both pressure Tom Brady and to stop the emergent New England rushing attack.
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1-14 Atlanta Falcons: OL Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
Atlanta stays put to add a versatile offensive lineman to Matt Ryan’s supporting cast. Outstanding as both a run blocker and a pass protector, Chris Lindstrom could play both guard and tackle at the next level.
1-15 Washington: QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
The protégé of former Patriots cornerback Shawn Springs goes to Washington: the team stops Dwayne Haskins’ fall down the board and makes him the third quarterback to go in round one. As such, Haskins will be Alex Smith’s successor and the club’s new franchise quarterback.
1-16 Carolina Panthers: DE Brian Burns, Florida State
The tenth defender to come off the board, Carolina picks one of the most pro-ready pass rushers in the draft at #16. Florida State’s Brian Burns has a quick first step, sound technique, and intriguing versatility.
1-17 New York Giants: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
Lawrence is the third Clemson defensive lineman to go in the first round and he’s a mountain of a player against the run with some ability to push the pocket against the pass. The Giants needed to replace the recently-departed Damon Harrison and Lawrence fits that mold.
1-18 Minnesota Vikings: IOL Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Minnesota needs a lot of help on the offensive line and they’ve added one of the best prospects in the draft. Bradbury is a day one starter as a rookie and should be a decade-long fixture on the offensive line.
1-19 Tennessee Titans: DT Jefferey Simmons, Mississippi State
Jeffery Simmons is an investment in the future considering that he tore his ACL during a workout in February. Nevertheless, the Titans are getting an outstanding talent at #19 — one that could have a huge impact on Mike Vrabel’s defense in 2020.
1-20 TRADE Pittsburgh Steelers —> Denver Broncos: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
A potential Patriots target comes off the board at #20: the Denver Broncos pick Iowa tight end Noah Fant. While Fant is not as well-rounded as fellow Iowa product T.J. Hockenson, he still is a tremendous weapon as a receiver with upside as a blocker as well.
1-21 TRADE Seattle Seahawks —> Green Bay Packers: S Darnell Savage, Maryland
Seahawks trade: Pick 21— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Packers trade: Pick 30, Pick 114 and Pick 118.
Trade analysis: The Packers got a bargain and paid roughly the equivalent of the 110th overall pick below market value.
With Ha Ha Clinton-Dix no longer in Green Bay, the Packers go after an explosive and versatile safety to fill his former role: Maryland’s Darnell Savage. Registering eight interceptions in his last three years, the Packers are getting a playmaker to solidify their secondary.
1-22 TRADE Baltimore Ravens —> Philadelphia Eagles: OT Andre Dillard, Washington State
Ravens trade: Pick 22— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Eagles trade: Pick 25, Pick 125, Pick 197.
Trade analysis: This is roughly a perfectly equal trade between the two teams.
The Eagles knew they needed to jump ahead of the Texans to get the offensive tackle of their choice. Dillard offers some of the best upside in the position, while already being the best pass protecting offensive lineman, and should provide the Eagles with a great blocker for years to come.
1-23 Houston Texans: OT Tytus Howard, Alabama State
Playing tight end in high school, Tytus Howard is a nimble player for his size and weight that needs to improve his footwork at the next level and learn to play off his length. That being said, he offers a solid foundation as a developmental offensive tackle for the Texans — especially after they missed out on Andre Dillard.
1-24 Oakland Raiders: RB Josh Jacobs, Alabama
The Raiders get their replacement for the recently-retired Marshawn Lynch. Oaklans still has one more pick to make in the first round and they’ve definitely focused on getting more physical.
1-25 Philadelphia Eagles —> Baltimore Ravens: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
The speedy Brown is a perfect Ravens receiver for Lamar Jackson. Brown knows how to get open deep down the field and make players miss. He’s a little small and he can drop a few passes, but he’s a good fit.
1-26 Indianapolis Colts —> Washington: DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State
Colts trade: Pick 26.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Redskins trade: Pick 46 and a 2020 second-round pick.
Trade analysis: Washington gets a bargain with this trade and pays roughly the equivalent of the 90th pick under value.
Sweat’s slide ends here! The top 10 talent slid down boards due to a heart condition, but he should get the opportunity to use his impressive athleticism to make a major impact on defense.
1-27 Oakland Raiders: S Jonathan Abram, Mississippi State
Abram is the second-straight Bulldog selected and he’s considered to be an elite strong safety prospect. Abram will pair with Lamarcus Joyner to form a solid safety tandem, while 2016 first round safety Karl Joseph should probably now be available for trade.
1-28 Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame
Tillery was the top player left on my board and is one of the best defensive lineman prospects in the class. He can rush the quarterback as well as any player as a three-down player and is scheme flexible in both the even- and odd-man fronts. Great pick-up.
1-29 Seattle Seahawks: DE L.J. Collier, Texas Christian
Seattle needed to replace Frank Clark and they’ve added a promising talent that’s improved every season and dominated the post-draft camps. While his combine performance wasn’t great, he’s a flexible end that could remind Seahawks fans of Michael Bennett.
1-30 TRADE Green Bay Packers —> Seattle Seahawks —> New York Giants: CB Deandre Baker, Georgia
Seahawks trade: Pick 30— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Giants trade: Pick 37, Pick 132, Pick 142.
Trade analysis: This is another equal trade between these two teams.
Baker is the first cornerback off the board as the Giants try to revamp their defense. Baker and Lawrence should be immediate impact players, as Baker is a great man coverage corner that should allow Janoris Jenkins to stand out, too.
1-31 Los Angeles Rams —> Atlanta Falcons: OT Kaleb McGary, Washington
Rams trade: Pick 31, Pick 203.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 26, 2019
Falcons trade: Pick 45, Pick 79.
Trade analysis: This is another equal trade between these two teams.
The Falcons add a project offensive tackle to help protect Tom Brady. Atlanta drafted two first round offensive linemen this year, which should help the rest of the offense for the next few years. The Falcons clearly felt like they had to get ahead of the Patriots to make this pick.
1-32 New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona
The Patriots take a wide receiver in the first round for the first time in the Bill Belichick era, one year after taking a running back in the first round. Harry is a fierce competitor and strong route runner with a penchant for yards after the catch and fighting for jump balls. He’s a dominant outside receiver for Tom Brady to play with.