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Recap: NFL Draft first round pick-by-pick analysis

Nolan Bianchi
The Detroit News
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks ahead of the first round of the NFL Draft.

32. New England Patriots: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State

With the last pick of the first round, the Patriots get an absolute weapon at wide receiver. At 6-2, 228 lbs., Harry meshes a strong build with great breakaway speed and ability to pick up yards after the catch.

31. Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Rams): Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington

Think the Falcons want to protect Matt Ryan? Atlanta trades back into the first round to pick up their second offensive lineman of the draft in McGary.

30. New York Giants (from Seattle): Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia

The Giants and Seahawks have been quite busy this evening, as Seattle dishes its pick acquired in an earlier trade with the Packers to Dave Gettleman and the G-Men.

After the Daniel Jones debacle, the Giants actually make a pretty solid pick here.

29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City): L.J. Collier, DE, TCU

Collier replaces recently-traded defensive end Frank Clark, and there are a lot of things to love: He's great with his hands, uses above-average strength to his advantage, and he's got a high motor.

28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

The Chargers grab an extremely quick defensive lineman in Tillery. At 6-7, Tillery is taller than your average defensive tackle but can split a pair of guards like few others in this draft.

27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Johnathan Abram, S, Mississippi State

With its third first-round pick tonight, the Raiders finally address their secondary with a speedy, hard-hitting safety in Abram. That's the second consecutive Mississippi State Bulldog to go.

26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis): Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State

Sweat's stock skyrocketed during the NFL combine and was projected as a top-ten pick in a number of mock drafts, thanks in part to a 4.42 40-yard dash.

Still, because of a diagnosed heart condition, Sweat fell deep into the first round before eventually landing with the Redskins, who traded with the Colts to grab the young edge rusher.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma

Brown, a cousin of Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown, becomes the first wide receiver to come off the board.

While a bit undersized at 5-6, 166 lbs., Brown's speed is world-class and his presence in a Ravens offense featuring Lamar Jackson is sure to be interesting.

24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama

Jacobs is the first running back to go in the 2019 draft. Jacobs brings great speed to the table, can catch out of the backfield, and is extremely solid in pass protection.

With Marshawn Lynch calling it a career just a day ago, the Raiders immediately fill a major void in the offense.

23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State

Another offensive tackle comes off the board. Like the pick before it, Houston's selection helps give a young quarterback some protection on the edge.

22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State

Philadelphia moves up three spots in a trade with Baltimore.

With pick No. 22, the Eagles get an iron man in Dillard to help in pass protection for franchise quarterback Carson Wentz, who has missed significant time with injury over the last two seasons. 

21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle): Darnell Savage Jr., S, Maryland

The Packers have added another first-round pick in a trade with the Seahawks.

With that pick, Green Bay gets a defensive back that has shot up the draft board as of late and will bring a lot of versatility to the Packer secondary.

20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa

Make that two Iowa tight ends to come off the board in round one. T.J. Hockenson's parter in crime is headed to Denver, coming a season in which the junior racked up 519 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State

Simmons' selection is covered with the details of an assault committed by Simmons in high school. The new first-round pick was involved in an altercation with his sister, mother and a 30-year old woman that resulted in Simmons attacking the woman, ESPN's Trey Wingo explains.

Many teams had taken him off their board because of this incident that happened while Simmons was in high school.

18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C, North Carolina State

The first center of the draft comes off the board in Bradbury.

Third-year running back Dalvin Cook will finally get some help up the middle, with Bradbury's ability to clear running lanes being the most notable asset of his loaded arsenal.

17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson

Clemson has its third first-round pick of the evening. Weighing 342 lbs., Lawrence is an absolute force between the tackles and a bonafide run stopper. Heck, he might even turn into the next Damon Harrison.

16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, OLB, Florida State

Burns, who appeared in a number of mock drafts at No. 8 overall for the Lions, slides all the way down to Carolina at 16.

Burns led all Power-5 defenders last season with 69 total pressures, per Pro Football Focus.

15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

The draft board really couldn't have fallen any better for Washington, who was in desperate of a quarterback with Alex Smith still battling back from a gruesome leg injury suffered last season.

There were whispers that the Redskins could trade up to nab Haskins in a quarterback class that lacked depth, but that proved unnecessary as the Giants selected Daniel Jones and the Bengals grabbed Jonah Williams.

14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College

Well, Lindstrom won't be there in the second round for the Lions. A guard that many projected hoped Detroit would nab with its second pick doesn't even make it halfway through the first round, going 14th to the Falcons, though, that shouldn't necessarily come as a surprise, as Lindstrom ranked as the No. 1 guard in the draft by Pro Football Focus.

13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

Wilkins gives Roger Goodell a flying chest bump as he arrives to the stage, which automatically makes him a solid pick in my book.

But if you want to talk tape, Wilkins has it all. He can get end to end on the line with ease and has scheme versatility to boot.

12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

A division rival of the Lions picks for the first time, selecting Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary.

While he brings a long list of exceptional measurables to the table, the knock on Gary is that his production in Maize and Blue didn't match his athletic ability, and it could be the reason he slipped out of the top ten.

11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

Perhaps another surprising pick, Cincinnati takes Williams with Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins still sitting in the green room. 

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver): Devin Bush, ILB, Michigan

The Steelers trade up for the first defensive player drafted out of Ann Arbor, and it's not defensive lineman Rashan Gary. 

Michigan linebacker Devin Bush comes off the board, and his world-class closing speed will look even faster in black and gold. 

9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

And there goes Oliver. One of the most versatile linemen in the draft is off the board.

8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa

Well, this isn't the sexy pick, with Houston pass rusher Ed Oliver on the board and memories of choosing Eric Ebron over Los Angeles Rams All-Pro Aaron Donald still fresh.

Still, it's a pick that brings a lot of dimension to a Lions offense that desperately needs it. At 6-4, 251 lbs., Hockenson has drawn comparisons to former New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, and while that's an aggressive projection, the arsenal is there.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, DE, Kentucky

The Lions are officially on the clock as Jacksonville takes Allen off the board. Ed Oliver remains an enticing pick at No. 8 for the Lions, but with Dwayne Haskins yet to go, there's a possibility that Detroit could trade down.

Update: ESPN analyst Adam Schefter says otherwise. The pick is in.

6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

This pick is, uh ... something. Jones shot up the big board of many experts as the draft approached, but it's pretty much a surprise to everybody that he'd go this high. 

The Dave Gettleman era in New York continues to excite.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU

White is the first inside linebacker off the board. The former Butkus Award winner adds some speed to the Buccaneer defense, with his top-end sideline-to-sideline quickness being the most enticing trait in his repertoire. 

Josh Allen and Ed Oliver — and Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, for what it's worth — remain on the board as the New York Giants, who have been rumored to be eyeing Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, head to the podium.

4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson

With their first of three first-round picks this evening, the Raiders surprise everybody by taking Ferrell off the board at No. 4. The 6-4, 264 lb. lineman is a bit of a reach with so much talent still on the board, meaning that Ed Oliver, Josh Allen and Devin White are all still on the board with the Lions just four picks away.

3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

The Jets take the draft's first interior defensive lineman off the board with Williams. That's good news for Lions fans hoping that Kentucky defensive end Josh Allen slides to the eighth pick, as the Jets were one of a few teams ahead of Detroit with apparent interest in Allen.

2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Nick Bosa, the younger brother of San Diego Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa, goes No. 2 overall to the 49ers. Bosa played just three games during his junior year at Ohio State, electing to forgo the end of his season after sustaining a left groin industry in a win over TCU on Sept. 15.

1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury gets the man to lead his air-raid offense, drafting the 5-10, 207 lb. Oklahoma Sooner No. 1 overall. The pick comes just one year after Arizona selected former UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen with its first-round pick. 

Whether or not Rosen will be moved remains to be seen, but it's worth noting that the Detroit Lions visit Arizona in Week 1 of the 2019 season. Should Murray win the starting position, it'll be the second consecutive year that the Lions will face a rookie quarterback in their first game. And if you're reading this, you probably don't need a reminder of what happened when Sam Darnold and the New York Jets came to town last September.

The NFL Draft has finally arrived. The big event gets underway Thursday night with the first round, and if the Lions don’t make a trade, they will make the No. 8 selection. Follow every pick here with news and analysis by Nolan Bianchi of The Detroit News.


When: Thursday, 8 p.m.; Friday, 7 p.m.; Saturday, noon

Where: Nashville, Tenn.

TV: NFL Network, ESPN, ABC

Lions: They have nine selections – No. 8 in the first round; No. 43 in the second round; No. 88 in the third round; No. 111 in the fourth round; No. 146 in the fifth round; Nos. 184 and 204 in the sixth round; and Nos. 224 and 229 in the seventh round.


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