The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books. In the first round, I correctly predicted seven picks. Not bad, not bad. There weren’t as many trades at the top of the draft, and now there are plenty of cornerbacks, wide receivers, and offensive tackles on the board. Regardless of how the first round went, there’s plenty of talent to be had on the second day. Let’s take a look at how the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft might shake out!
33. Arizona Cardinals – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma
Crazy, I know! It’s incredible that Cody Ford is still on the board, but here we are. He’s still here, and the Cardinals should consider drafting him despite some of the other talent on the board. Murray and Ford were teammates at Oklahoma, and if there’s anyone who knows how Murray is going to play in and out of the pocket, it’s Cody Ford. This makes too much sense, in my opinion.
34. Cincinnati Bengals (mock trade with Indianapolis) – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Byron Murphy is on the board and is a terrific zone corner. The Bengals get two players in the top 10 of my big board and are clearly winning the draft, in my opinion. By getting Murphy, they’re getting a player that can be a day one starter but also gives them options for when Darqueze Dennard potentially hits free agency next year. The Bengals have the ammo to move up in the second round; I think they will.
Colts Receive: 2019 2nd Round Pick (42nd Overall), 2019 5th Round Pick (149th Overall) and 2020 4th Round Pick
Bengals Receive: 2019 2nd Round Pick (34th Overall)
35. Oakland Raiders – Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Do you think the Raiders care who’s on the board? They only care about their board. I agree with the players they took, but I thought they took them a bit too soon. However, they need a starting tight end and this one makes too much sense. I have to get one pick other than Josh Jacobs, right? They go back to the Crimson Tide and get their next starting tight end.
36. San Francisco 49ers – Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
Yes, I know that Jawaan Taylor is on the board and he’s my seventh-ranked player. The 49ers already have their right tackle in Mike McGlinchey, and this time they look for help on the interior. Dalton Risner has 50 career starts at K-State and provides plenty of versatility to play right guard, center, or even right tackle.
37. Seattle Seahawks – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Dear Seahawks Twitter page, I don’t appreciate the guessing game. However, you made a bunch of smart moves and went from having five picks in the draft to nine. Four of them happen in the fourth round. Could they move this pick? Absolutely, especially if a team calls about Drew Lock. For now, I stick to my original idea of them drafting Greedy Williams. He’s a natural fit for their defense and has the length at 6’2″ and 185 pounds that’s coveted in this defense. He’s years away from Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, but Greedy makes a ton of sense.
Jawaan Taylor (RT 65) shows patience and let's the DE come to him. Once he's got him in the right spot – inside hand stab and turn out. pic.twitter.com/k7qLM0Ol0w
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 10, 2019
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
There was certainly some speculation that the Jaguars would go after an offensive tackle or a tight end in the first round of the draft. They went with the pass rusher, Josh Allen. Taylor falls out of the first round due to some medical concerns, but much like Cam Robinson, the Jaguars acquire one of the top offensive tackles of the draft in round two. Taylor is a plug-and-play right tackle.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
The Bucs could consider just about anything else here. Going with my top-ranked safety isn’t a bad idea, and he will provide this secondary with plenty of versatility. I love the play recognition and lower body quickness from CGJ. The Bucs have been trying to figure out this secondary for a while, and this pick should help.
40. Buffalo Bills – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It’s been something I’ve preached for a while. Get a number one receiver for Josh Allen. Cole Beasley and John Brown are nice gadget players, but they’re not Metcalf. He has the potential to be a true number one receiver in this league and has enviable size and speed. If he’s on the board, this pick is automatic.
41. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
This has to be the pick, right? Lock has been rumored to the Broncos since the Senior Bowl, and it works out well for them. Not only do they get a quality tight end, but they also have an additional second round pick to use later tonight. Adding a future signal caller to the room brings plenty of hope and promise for the future. Lock and Elway are meant for each other.
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) January 22, 2019
42. Indianapolis Colts (Mock Trade with Cincinnati) – Charles Omenihu, DL, Texas
I know there’s been interest from the Colts and their defensive coaches have gotten quite the feel of what kind of player he can be. With that being said, the Colts moved back, got extra picks, and can still end up with one of their top-ranked defensive players. Despite some of the cornerbacks on the board, this one makes too much sense for their need along the defensive line.
43. Detroit Lions – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
Staying in the Big Ten, the Lions get a long corner who will press receivers all day long. His long speed isn’t exactly ideal, but he’s a talented cornerback that fits the man coverage needed for the Lions’ defense. Playing opposite Slay is more than ideal in this situation.
44. Green Bay Packers – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Dear Packers, you could have had the better Michigan defensive end, Chase Winovich, here, but whatever you need to tell yourselves to sleep better at night. The Packers have a need for a slot receiver and a player who can go opposite Davante Adams. Brown has worked out for the Packers and, now that the Lions have taken a cornerback, the Packers can add another receiver to help create chaos for defenses trying to stifle Aaron Rodgers.
45. Los Angeles Rams – Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
In the first round, I thought the Rams were a destination for other defensive tackles. They moved back, so I have to think that going after a player like Dre’Mont Jones is certainly on the table. Maybe they consider one of the interior offensive linemen like Erik McCoy or Elgton Jenkins, but Jones being paired with Brockers and Donald is too much fun.
I was amazed watching Deebo Samuel get to the back corner of the end zone and then bring this down with one hand. pic.twitter.com/XL6N2wHklJ
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 14, 2019
46. Indianapolis Colts – Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Putting Samuel in the slot for this offense would be fun, and I think this would make Andrew Luck happy. Despite the need for some secondary help, the Colts can’t pass on this opportunity for a talented receiver in Samuel.
47. Carolina Panthers – Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss
Not the spot I would take him, but Greg Little has potential. If his hand placement can get better, he can become a bright spot on the Panthers’ offensive line. They need to address the offensive tackle position at this spot, no question.
Amani Oruwariye (CB 21 – Penn State) does his job playing outside-in on this run. It's tough to get over that far when you're matched over the TE but he forces the RB to try and cutback inside and with that Amani O assists the LB with the tackle. pic.twitter.com/yTCv3csAe0
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 23, 2019
48. Miami Dolphins – Amani Oruwariye, CB, Penn State
Maybe this is the spot that Josh Rosen gets traded, but if not, the Dolphins should go defense. They have a need for another cornerback opposite Xavien Howard, and my top ranked corner here is Oruwariye. He’s a good tackler and does a nice job in both man and zone coverage. Physical, too. Brian Flores will covet his ability on the outside.
49. Cleveland Browns – Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Giving Jabrill Peppers to the Giants doesn’t necessarily mean the Browns will take a safety, but they can literally grab just about anyone they want. Juan Thornhill has the versatility that is coveted by defensive coordinators with his ability as a cornerback, in the slot, or over the top as a safety. He’s got great ball skills and would become a promising player on the back end of this defense.
50. Minnesota Vikings – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
Double dipping into the offensive line makes a ton of sense, but it wouldn’t surprise me if the Vikings consider an edge rusher. It’s not the biggest need, but putting Winovich in this defense screams Mike Zimmer.
Compare Hakeem Butler to whoever you want. Here's a clip of him taking long strides, looking like he's basically jogging while defensive backs are absolutely lost. He then comes back to an under thrown pass and brings it down for a TD. Butler is athletic and talented as hell pic.twitter.com/YcKENqc7M9
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) December 29, 2018
51. Tennessee Titans – Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
You want a big wide receiver with an impressive wingspan that can create mismatches, right? Butler is that type of player. He’s not going to do things that McLaurin or Campbell from Ohio State can do with their speed, but he’d be a solid complement to Corey Davis. Patience has to be running thin with Mariota, so giving him a solid weapon is crucial at this point in the draft.
52. Denver Broncos – Erik McCoy, OC, Texas A&M
Maybe the Broncos would consider a linebacker at this spot, but they have a need for an interior offensive lineman. They put a focus on the future of their offense with Noah Fant, Drew Lock, and now McCoy. This is a plug-and-play interior offensive lineman at guard or center with his stout lower body and grip strength.
53. Philadelphia Eagles – Amani Hooker, S, Iowa
Getting Andre Dillard in the first round is one of my favorite picks in the entire draft, and now getting Amani Hooker is an even bigger plus for the Eagles. He will provide versatility and ball skills to their aging group of safeties. Love this pick, too.
54. Houston Texans – Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis
Going after another offensive lineman is very much on the table for the Texans, but they pick on consecutive turns and Henderson has the potential to be an RB1 in the future. He’s an explosive running back with good jump cuts and vision through the hole. Lamar Miller is set for free agency after this season, so this makes a lot of sense.
55. Houston Texans – Julian Love, CB, Notre Dame
Love is an instinctive cornerback with great ball skills and tons of experience. The Texans lost Kareem Jackson to free agency, so there’s a need for a cornerback. Love makes a ton of sense and would be a great addition to this defense.
56. New England Patriots – Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
Gronkowski is gone. Despite the addition of N’Keal Harry, I’m still sold on the Patriots looking at more offense. They have 12 picks in this draft, and getting a new tight end makes too much sense. Sternberger is fluid when getting vertical up the field and is a good route runner. He pairs up nicely with Brady.
57. Philadelphia Eagles – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Some might prefer Blake Cashman, and I’m okay with that, too. Cashman is a good player, but so is Mack Wilson. He should have stayed one more year, but he’s available and there’s a need for a linebacker in Philadelphia. If he can get better at tackling and his overall pursuit, he’ll become a good linebacker. He has Jim Schwartz coaching him, so this should work out.
58. Dallas Cowboys – Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Going defense makes a ton of sense, but McLaurin is 45th on my board, and without Cole Beasley in the mix, the Cowboys find the perfect replacement. McLaurin is a great route runner, but he’s also good at stretching the field and can be a player for Dak to find underneath coverages. I’ve often said that McLaurin is destined for Dallas.
59. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
Long speed is a question, but there’s no doubt that Rapp is a productive player. He’s 43rd on my board and can fit in the box and cover tight ends. He comes downhill hard and would be a great fit next to Malik Hooker.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – Yodny Cajuste, OT, West Virginia
Injuries have really hurt Yodny Cajuste. There’s some concern about his knees, but he’s a good player with all the physical tools. The Chargers took Tillery in the first round and go back to the trenches, this time on offense. He has the upside to become a starting left tackle or right tackle at the next level, the Chargers shouldn’t hesitate when turning in the card.
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
There’s a need for some help in the secondary, but for now, the Chiefs get a speedy wide receiver that can help stretch the field. The Tyreek Hill situation forces the Chiefs to consider bringing in a weapon for Patrick Mahomes.
Finley under throws this but Harmon with terrific body control. Harmon should have an immediate role in the red-zone next year pic.twitter.com/b53yEearbm
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) November 19, 2018
62. New Orleans Saints – Kelvin Harmon, WR, North Carolina State
The Scouting Combine didn’t help Kelvin Harmon. There’s a chance he goes much sooner than this because he’s a talented receiver with strong hands, does well with contested catches, and is a great run blocker. But this pick makes a lot of sense. The Saints need to find another weapon to go with Michael Thomas, and this should become a nice pairing for them.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Shockingly, he’s on the board. The Chiefs take an aggressive press corner who can help right away. There’s no overthinking this pick.
64. New England Patriots – Zach Allen, EDGE, Boston College
Losing Trey Flowers hurts, but the Patriots know they can acquire plenty of edge rushers in this class. I don’t know if Zach Allen gets any better than he already is, but he provides length and power off the edge. He should contribute right away in stopping the run and chasing after the quarterback.