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PFF’s live analysis of the 2019 NFL Draft

1 overall player in the 2019 class.
pic.twitter.com/Uf4pf10v1Y — Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019 Pick 4 Oakland Raiders – Edge Clelin Ferrell, Clemson Oakland had the second-lowest team defense grade in 2018, and they have the first-round ammo to take the players they want.
1st overall grade among edges 1st pass-rush grade among all defenders 2nd in pass-rush win rate among edges (29.1) 1st pressure rate among edges (23.4) Detroit Lions – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa The Lions’ offensive coordinator will need to make Hockenson’s receiving prowess a focal point of the Detroit offense in order for this pick to reach value, but he is clearly the most complete tight end in this class.
8 pass-blocking grade in the class No.
His pass-rush win rate of 17.3% ranked 21st among players at his position.
The 10th overall player on the PFF big board, he improved as the 2018 season went on.
10th-highest overall grade in the class No.
pic.twitter.com/h3GCSTJi1i — Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019 Pick 26 Washington Redskins via Indianapolis Colts – Edge Montez Sweat, Mississippi State After grabbing their potential franchise quarterback at pick 15, the Washington Redskins get aggressive and trade back into the first round to snag Mississippi State edge defender Montez Sweat at Pick 26.
He allowed the eighth-lowest passer rating in the class.
10th-highest overall grade among draft-eligible tackles Tied for 30th pass-blocking grade in the class Allowed just 8 total pressures on 494 pass-blocking snaps from right tackle No.

We’re live from the PFF Studios with up-to-the-minute analysis of every pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Follow along below as we give a brief summary and proper analysis for what every pick means for each NFL team.

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Round 1

Pick 1

Arizona Cardinals – QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

Arizona nails the first overall pick, selecting PFF’s No. 1 overall player in the 2019 class. Murray is a game-changer, far and away the best signal-caller and best overall player in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    • Highest overall grade in the 2019 quarterback class in 2018
    • Highest passing grade in the 2019 quarterback class in 2018
    • Second-highest passer rating under pressure in the quarterback class in 2018
    • Highest passer rating from a clean pocket in the quarterback class in 2018

With the 1st overall pick of the 2019 #NFLDraft – the Arizona Cardinals select Kyler Murray! pic.twitter.com/kmmC4QHZgH

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019

Pick 2

San Francisco 49ers – Edge Nick Bosa, Ohio State

Nick Bosa is a dominant pass rusher, and he shows that. GM John Lynch was sticking to his board in taking Bosa, who they viewed as the best player available. Bosa can also help the 49ers’ defense get upfield penetration against the division-favorite Rams’ outside zone runs.

  • Highest overall grade among edge defenders in 2017
  • Highest pass-rush grade among edge defenders in 2017
  • Highest win rate among edge defenders in 2017 (27.9%)
  • fifth pressure rate among edge defenders in 2017 (20.7%)
Pick 3

New York Jets – DI Quinnen Williams, Alabama

The Jets couldn’t find a trade partner and were forced to settle for one of the best defensive players in the draft in former ‘Bama defensive interior Quinnen Williams. The big man is the best interior pass-rusher in this year’s class and well worth the third overall pick. New York’s defense gets a massive upgrade with Williams.

  • Finished the 2018 season tied for first in pass-rush grade among qualifiers
  • Highest overall grade among qualifiers at his position in 2018
  • Most defensive stops in 2018 among qualifiers at his position
  • Highest pressure rate among qualifiers in the DI class in 2018

The highest pass-rush grade in the draft class belongs to Quinnen Williams as he heads to the New York Jets as the 3rd pick of the #NFLDraft2019! pic.twitter.com/Uf4pf10v1Y

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019

Pick 4

Oakland Raiders – Edge Clelin Ferrell, Clemson

Oakland had the second-lowest team defense grade in 2018, and they have the first-round ammo to take the players they want. This seems like a reach anyway you slice it as Ferrell was 35th on our board. Still, his ability against the pass and run improves this defense.

  • Finished the 2018 season ranked 13th among edge defenders in overall grade.
  • Finished the 2018 season with the tenth-most pressures among edge defenders.
  • Tallied the 13th-best pressure rate among edge defenders last season (17.3%).
  • Ranked 10th among edge defenders in pass-rush grade in 2018.
Pick 5

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LB Devin White, LSU

Tampa Bay replaces Kwon Alexander with a huge upgrade in former LSU linebacker Devin White. The former Tiger is an uber-athletic specimen with a sky-high ceiling at next level. His coverage ability is easily the best in the 2019 linebacker class.

  • T-No. 11 overall grade in the draft class among linebackers
  • No. 1 coverage grade among draft-class linebackers
  • 6th in draft class with 33 total pressures among off-ball linebackers
  • T-No. 17 in class with 56 total stops

With the fifth overall pick in the 2019 #NFLDraft – the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select LSU LB Devin White! pic.twitter.com/eQ0vTwBGi2

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019

Pick 6

New York Giants – QB Daniel Jones, Duke

They didn’t get their quarterback in 2018, but the Giants get their guy in Duke quarterback Daniel Jones this year. Jones didn’t have a great supporting cast in 2018 at Duke, but Jones was still the 70th-ranked player on our big board heading into tonight.

  • Jones ranked 11th among quarterbacks in overall grade last season.
  • He finished 13th among draft-eligible signal callers in passing grade.
  • He finished 11th among the class in adjusted completion percentage.
  • His passer rating from a clean pocket ranked 25th among his classmates.
Pick 7

Jacksonville Jaguars – Edge Josh Allen, Kentucky

With Oakland and New York going against the grain, Jacksonville gets a steal at No. 7 overall in former Kentucky edge defender Josh Allen. He’s an outstanding pass-rusher with sneaky good coverage ability that can play multiple roles in any defense in the NFL.

  • 1st overall grade among edges
  • 1st pass-rush grade among all defenders
  • 2nd in pass-rush win rate among edges (29.1)
  • 1st pressure rate among edges (23.4)
Pick 8

Detroit Lions – TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa

The Lions’ offensive coordinator will need to make Hockenson’s receiving prowess a focal point of the Detroit offense in order for this pick to reach value, but he is clearly the most complete tight end in this class. The Lions gave former Steelers TE Jesse James a big contract in March, thus the addition of Hockenson means Detroit is now possibly the most tight end-invested team in the league.

  • Hockenson led the draft class with an 89.5 overall grade in 2018.
  • His receiving grade was good for second among his classmates.
  • He had the lowest drop rate of any tight end in the FBS that saw 50-plus catchable targets (2.0%).
  • No tight end picked up more chain-moving receptions on third-down last season (15).

With the 8th overall pick of the 2019 #NFLDraft – the Detroit Lions select Iowa TE T.J. Hockenson! pic.twitter.com/WVEx7PfAjb

— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 26, 2019

Pick 9

Buffalo Bills – DI Ed Oliver, Houston

Buffalo gets an explosive, uber-athletic defensive interior in former Houston standout Ed Oliver. He’s a high-floor run defender that should only get better rushing the passer as a primary three-technique at the next level.

  • 2nd overall grade among DI
  • 3rd pass-rush grade among DI
  • 2nd run-defense among all defenders
  • 5th pass-rush win rate among DI (15.8)
Pick 10

Pittsburgh Steelers via the Denver Broncos – LB Devin Bush, Michigan

The Steelers rarely move spots in the draft, but with Ben Roethlisberger on the tail end of his career and the need to fill the void left by the injury to Ryan Shazier, Pittsburgh makes a big trade up for Michigan LB Devin Bush. One of the best cover linebackers in the draft, Bush has the sideline to sideline speed to defend the run, get after the QB, and cover running backs and tight ends in the passing game.

  • Earned the 21st-highest overall grade in the draft class among linebackers.
  • Ranked sixth among his classmates in pass-rushing productivity.
  • He allowed the class’ 33rd-lowest passer rating on throws into his coverage.
Pick 11

Cincinnati Bengals – OT Jonah Williams, Alabama

Cincinnati gets PFF’s top offensive tackle on the board in Alabama’s Jonah Williams at No. 11 overall. He can play guard or tackle at the next level, and wherever he plays, he’s going to excel. Slotted as the No. 4 overall player on PFF’s final big board, Williams is a star in the making that Bengals fans should enjoy in Cincy.

  • 2nd-highest overall grade among draft-eligible tackles
  • No. 8 pass-blocking grade in the class
  • No. 3 run-blocking grade among draft-class tackles
  • Allowed just 12 total pressures on 482 pass-blocking snaps from left tackle
Pick 12

Green Bay Packers – Edge Rashan Gary, Michigan

A former No. 1 overall recruit coming out of high school, Gary’s play at Michigan never quite matched his hype, especially when rushing the passer. He needs to develop a more advanced arsenal of moves if he’s to reach his impressive athletic potential for the Packers.

  • Gary’s 80.4 overall grade ranked 21st among edge defenders last season.
  • His pass-rushing grade didn’t fare as well, ranking 46th among his peers.
  • His pass-rush win rate of 17.3% ranked 21st among players at his position.
  • His 15.0% pressure rate was good for 27th.

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