NFL Draft First Round: April 25, 2019 in Nashville, TN
2019 NFL Draft: Top Needs of All 32 Teams
- Arizona Cardinals (3-13)
Needs: OL, WR, CB, (QB?). The Cardinals’ OL is in desperate need of improvement but no offensive lineman in this year’s draft warrants being the first overall pick. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray is schematically a perfect fit into new HC Kliff Kingsbury’s offense and measured out well at the combine; still, it seems too bold to take a 5’10 QB as the first overall pick and it’s too early to give up on QB Josh Rosen. Here, expect the Cardinals to take one of the elite DL/EDGE prospects in the draft.
- San Francisco 49ers (4-12)
Needs: WR, CB, DL. This defensively top-loaded draft class has four elite DL/EDGE prospects in Quinnen Williams, Nick Bosa, Josh Allen, and Rashan Gary. After missing on some defensive linemen in previous drafts, they’ll give it another chance here to select whichever prospect the Cardinals pass on.
- NY Jets (4-12)
Needs: WR, OL, RB, EDGE. The Jets’ cap space opens up in 2019 so expect them to go all out in free agency and get the needed offensive weapons needed to make Sam Darnold’s sophomore season a success. In the draft however, the Jets are in a prime position to select a much-needed elite talent to get after the opposing quarterback.
- Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Needs: Everything. With three first rounds picks, new Raiders GM Mike Mayock in is a position to drastically change the roster and perhaps the draft itself. Potential trades aside, every team needs an elite pass rusher in new pass-happy NFL. The last of the four elite DL/EDGE prospects be taken here.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-11)
Needs: DB, EDGE, OL. According to NFL.com, the Bucs gave up the league’s highest average QB rating at 110.9 in 2019. Although taking any of the DB prospects here would be a reach, new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles still needs sure up a defensive full of holes.
- NY Giants (5-11)
Needs: QB. The Giants passed on finding a replacement for the aging Eli Manning in the loaded 2018 QB class (although Saquon Barkley was quite a conciliation prize). Even with needs in filling out the trenches on both sides of the ball, the Giants have no option but to take a QB. Rumors point to them preferring OSU’s Dwayne Haskins over Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
Needs: OL, WR, QB. With the Eagles passing on placing the franchise tag on Nick Foles, Jacksonville is a prime free agent destination for the Super Bowl winning QB. Although they were disappointing last year, this Jags defense can carry a team deep into the playoffs. Look for them to lock up a QB in the free agency and take the best OL prospect in the draft, Jawaan Taylor, to help the offense and their new quarterback.
- Detroit Lions (6-10)
Needs: EDGE, DB, WR. The loss of Golden Tate hurt Matt Stafford and the Lions offense late last season, but Stafford has never had an issue moving the ball down the field. Help on the defensive side of the ball is the most imminent problem for Matt Patricia’s team.
- Buffalo Bills (6-10)
Needs: OL, WR, CB. The Bills priority this off-season needs to be surrounding second year quarterback Josh Allen with an improved offense. With no surefire elite WR in this class, offensive line seems the way to go.
- Denver Broncos (6-10)
Needs: OL, CB, WR, (QB?). GM John Elway who has been searching for a franchise QB since Payton Manning won the Broncos a Super Bowl. Joe Flacco is nothing more than a bridge QB. Multiple rumors say he’s high on Missouri’s Drew Lock, with Lock himself saying he’d “love” to play for the Broncos. Taking the big armed QB here might be a reach, but if Denver believes in Lock’s upside, they’ll have no choice but to pull the trigger on their QB of the future.
- Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Needs: OL, LB, TE. Its hard to place a true need on a team that has holes on both sides of the ball. GM Duke Tobin needs to consider the value of an offense piece that could restart this sluggish offense against finding a defensive play-maker. As Tyler Eifert continues to be hobbled by injuries, potential top-ten pick TE T.J. Hockenson may be the replacement they’re looking for.
- Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
Needs: EDGE, OL, TE. Defense. Defense. Defense. The Packers need to improve their OL and should be on the hunt to give Aaron Rodgers more weapons, but the Packers haven’t had a pick this high since 2009. Defensive should be addressed here while using the 30th overall pick to address offensive needs.
- Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Needs: OL, EDGE, QB. The Dolphins need a QB of the future but Duke QB Daniel Jones might the only first-round QB left on the board in this relatively weak QB class. Although they could jump the gun and select him, whoever is under center in 2019 needs an improved OL to be successful.
- Atlanta Falcons (7-9)
Needs: DT, EDGE, OL. With Vic Beasley struggling to make in impact rushing the passer in 2018, the Falcons need to focus on bolstering their defense after a disappointing season.
- Washington Redskins (7-9)
Needs: QB, WR, OL. The Redskins offense is surrounded with questions going into 2019. With Alex Smith breaking his tibia and fibula, a return seems unlikely next season as the 34-year-old quarterback won’t want to rush back from injury. If a QB the Redskins believe in is still on the board here, don’t be surprised if they build for the future.
- Carolina Panthers (7-9)
Needs: OL, EDGE, DB. Cam Newton needs better protection and the defensive side of the balls needs a play-maker outside of Luke Kuechly. Offensive linemen like Washington State’s Andre Dilland and Mississippi’s Greg Little should be on the board in the middle of the first round, but taking an EDGE here would be equally as necessary.
- Cleveland Browns (7-8-1)
Needs: OT, DL, WR. Perhaps the most interesting team going into 2019 is light-years away from their talent depleted 2017 roster. With a well-built roster on both sides of the ball, look for the Browns to make moves to facilitate success in QB Baker Mayfield’s sophomore season or pair up DE Myles Garrett with another top DL prospect.
- Minnesota Vikings (8-7-1)
Needs: DT, LB, OL. With Kirk Cousins taking up nearly 14% of the Viking’s salary cap in 2019 and a similarly considerable percentage in subsequent years, the Vikings have no choice but to draft well in order to be successful going forward. Losing a couple players on the defensive side of the ball might push GM Rick Spielman to take a defensive player rather than strengthening that offensive line.
- Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Needs: EDGE, OL, WR. If Marcus Mariota continues to develop, this team seems just a few pieces away from taking the next step. RB Derrick Henry’s breakout season and WR Corey Davis flashing potential in 2018 give us reason to be optimistic about this team’s offensive future. Defensive minded HC Mike Vrabel needs another play-maker on defense to compliment the team’s offensive promise.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-6-1)
Needs: CB, ILB, EDGE. This Steelers’ defense is a far cry from where the Steelers have been throughout their franchise history. This teams lacks a true CB1 to lock up the opposing WR1. Washington’s Bryon Murphy or Georgia’s Deandre Baker would give the Steelers a young rangy corner to stick on the outside.
- Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
Needs: OT, DT, EDGE. The Seahawks we have seen over the last half decade is nearly unrecognizable as Russel Wilson and Doug Baldwin are the only core pieces left from that 2014 Superbowl team. They’re in need of upgrades in the trenches on both sides of the ball.
- Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Needs: WR, EDGE, OL. Lamar Jackson needs more weapons on the outside. The electric young quarterback’s accuracy was questionable throughout the 2018 season as he completed less than 60% of his passes. With the Ravens releasing Michael Crabtree, the Ravens need to find a true WR1 in their first draft after the Ozzie Newsome era. 6’3” 230lb Mississippi WR D.K. Metcalf checked into the NFL Combine with an absurd1.6% body fat and is undoubtedly going to wow scouts with his workout. Adding a big receiver on the outside will accelerate Jackson development in the pocket.
- Houston Texans (11-5)
Needs: OL, DB, RB. According to NFL.com, the Texans gave up a league high 62 sacks in the 2018 season. The success of this team rests on Deshaun Watson’s shoulders, and as such, they need to take the steps necessary in this draft to protect their franchise QB.
- Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Needs: Everything. With an EDGE or DE locked up with the 4th overall pick, the Raiders are unrestricted in the direction they can go with picks late in the first round. Their roster on both sides of the ball needs to be filled out with talent.
- Philadelphia Eagles (9-7)
Needs: OT, RB, CB: Even with the emergence of CB Crevon LeBlanc, CB Ronald Darby’s impending free agency, CB Rasul Douglas’s inconsistent play, and the question marks surrounding former first round CB Sidney Jones leave the Eagles secondary slim. It’s time for this team to locate a CB for the future.
- Indianapolis Colts (10-6)
Needs: DL, DB, WR. You could make the case that the 2018 6th overall pick G Quenton Nelson should have been Rookie of the Year. He single-handedly turned around the Colts offensive line. Hopefully, the Colts can replicate their draft success in 2019, this time on the defensive side of the ball.
- Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Needs: Everything. The Raiders continue to fill out their 52-man roster with young talent.
- LA Chargers (12-4)
Needs: DT, LB, OL. With four DT’s potentially hitting free agency, the Chargers need to lock down that position through the draft. If not, they need to get a versatile inside linebacker to secure their back seven.
- Kansas City Chiefs (12-4)
Needs: DB, DL, RB. The Chiefs don’t need to reach and take a running back like Alabama’s Josh Jacobs here. The Andy Reid offense is near unstoppable as he found a perfect quarterback in Patrick Mahomes to run the show. Adding depth to the defensive side of the ball needs to be a priority.
- Green Bay Packers (6-9-1)
Needs: TE, EDGE, TE. This is a perfect pick for the Packers to get another weapon for Aaron Rodgers. Maybe the most talented QB in NFL history has continuously been surrounded by sub-par receiving talent.
- LA Rams (13-3)
Needs: EDGE, DT, OL. With expiring contracts on the defensive side of the ball, the Rams could bolster their defense to make up for potential losses in Dante Fowler and Ndamukong Suh. On the other hand, their Superbowl loss showed how important it is to give QB Jarad Goff time in the pocket. OT Andrew Whitworth returns for his 14th season, but the time to find his replacement might be now.
- New England Patriots (11-5)
Needs: DL, WR, TE. There’s a lot of questions for the reigning Superbowl champions with many of their key defensive players entering free agency. However, Tom Brady continuing to take a pay cut leaves cap space for the Patriots to make moves in free agency. Getting a potential starter on the DL should be a priority with this pick.