Top Predictions For The 2019 NFL Draft – First Round
The 2019 NFL Draft season is soon going to kick off, with the event scheduled to begin on Apr. 25 in Nashville Tennessee. Months of speculation and prediction will culminate in this highly anticipated draft that is oozing with talent from top to bottom.
Crazy things can always happen, but here are five NFL Draft predictions Nitrogen Sports Blog expect to go down in Nashville this 2019.
New York Jets
Josh Allen, DE/OLB, Kentucky
Allen will probably be the best player on the board when the Jets get their turn on the clock for the third pick in the 2019 NFL draft. After missing out on Anthony Barr, the Jets would jump at the chance to grab a disruptive defensive force in Allen. The Kentucky product is known for his amazing athleticism, but the Jets also love his work ethic. Allen trains hard and works seriously on his technique. His lunch pail attitude will serve him well in the Big Apple.
New York Giants
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Eli Manning can’t be the Giants’ starting quarterback forever, so expect the team to consider taking a signal-caller in the first round. Dwayne Haskins could be the man for that job. The Giants have shown a lot of interest in the Ohio State QB and even met him this week, further fanning the flames of one of the hottest NFL Draft predictions in 2019 — that the former Buckeye is headed to the Giants.
Experts think Haskins has the makeup and arm strength NFL teams are looking for. Urban Meyer even once called Haskins the best QB prospect he’s ever seen. At one time, Haskins was considered the consensus top choice at QB. But the emergence of Kyler Murray opened up the possibility that Haskins will be available for Big Blue when they make their second choice at 17. While there are rumors that the Giants will not spend their No. 6 pick on Haskins, that could just be a ploy by New York to mess with other teams’ draft plans.
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Newly hired Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury has a long history with Kyler Murray. Kingsbury recruited Murray at Texas Tech and coached him until he transferred to Oklahoma. Evidence of the Cardinals’ inclination to take Murray has also appeared in the form of Josh Rosen trade
rumors. Murray can make a huge difference for the Kingsbury’s Cardinals. Pairing his dynamic combination of arm and legs with backfield monster David Johnson could do wonders for the Cardinals’ offense that ranked last season in scoring, total offense, passing yards, and rushing yards.
The Number 2 Pick
Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The San Francisco 49ers own the second pick of this year’s draft. But they keep reiterating their willingness to trade down. Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa is considered by many to be the most talented player in the draft. But the Cardinals’ affinity for Kyler Murray could let Bosa fall to the rebuilding 49ers. Many teams would be willing to pony up multiple picks for Bosa and the 49ers could be content in trading down in exchange for more assets, which is one of the NFL Draft predictions that could happen this 2019.
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Jaguars are going to need protection for their new big money QB in Nick Foles, who inked a four-year $88 million deal with Jacksonoville back in March. The Jags definitely need to do something about their porous offensive line that allowed the second most sacks (56) last season, and drafting the massive and mobile Jawaan Taylor could help tighten up their QB protection. Taylor has all the tools needed to thrive in the NFL with seemingly little downside. Many scouts even think Taylor has room to grow. With some work to perfect his blocking technique, Taylor could one day become a Pro Bowl offensive lineman. The addition of Taylor will no doubt open things up and lower sacks allowed totals for the Jags.
The 2019 NFL Draft will infuse youth and fresh talent to the league. The Arizona Cardinals hold the first pick overall, and what they are going to do with it is something that will remain uncertain until the draft day itself arrives, regardless of how many times it gets speculated in 2019 NFL Draft predictions sites. The same is true with the other 31 teams, each having different needs and intentions. If you want to lay money on the 2019 NFL Draft props and on NFL games, you can check out first our sports betting guide on how to bet on sports.