Despite countless ‘mock drafts’ and hours of media speculation, the NFL Draft will always contain an element of surprise. Of course, the top 3 picks went according to plan. The Arizona Cardinals stuck with their guy, QB Kyler Murray as they enter the Kliff Kingsbury phase. San Francisco scooped up Nick Bosa, the best pass rusher in the draft and the Jets continue to improve its team by adding Quinnen Williams. After 1-2-3, things got interesting. Here are our biggest surprises from Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Jawaan Taylor Makes It Through Day 1:
During his time at Florida, Taylor has developed into an outstanding run blocker with smooth footwork. Perhaps teams are concerned over his knee injury or the need to improve the technical element of his game. Whatever the reason, you can expect Jawaan Taylor to be selected in the second round.
The Steelers Trade Up:
Pittsburgh traded a second and third-round pick for the 10th pick (via Denver) and selected Devin Bush. It was an unexpected move by the Steelers but the team needed a playmaking linebacker.
The Giants Pass on Montez Sweat:
When the Giants were on the clock at 17th overall, many expected them to select the best player available, Mississippi State’s Montez Sweat. Instead, New York took defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence. The Giants are getting a great player in Lawrence who has the potential to become a dominant player in the NFL but he does not address the team’s glaring need for a pass rusher.
Clelin Ferrell Goes 4th Overall:
Ferrell is a character player with great leadership qualities. He’s also capable of making an immediate impact at the NFL level. With that being said, the Raiders and Mike Mayock went off the board with this selection. Highly touted players like Josh Allen, Ed Oliver, Devin White, and Devin Bush were all still on the board and the Raiders could have probably selected Ferrell with a later pick.
There is a New QB in New York:
The fact that the Giants selected a quarterback in this draft is not a surprise. Eli Manning’s reign has all but come to an end and David Gettleman needs someone to step in and become the new face of the franchise. Few expected Daniel Jones to be the guy for the Giants and even less believed he would be selected with the sixth pick, especially with considering the quality of players still on the board. Eli is expected to be the starter for 2019 and Jones, who many are considering a ‘Manning 2.0,’ will likely start the following season.