We are now less than a week from the time NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell steps to the podium in Nashville, Tennesee to announce the Arizona Cardinals first overall pick, along with thirty-one others, in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
While this is not unlike other key periods on the NFL calendar, it is extremely difficult to sift through the double-talk, rumors and general attempts to “throw us off the scent” and identify what NFL decision-makers are actually thinking heading into next weekend’s draft. I won’t pretend I can be successful at that either, but I’m here to round up the latest reports, suggestions and ideas that are leaking out as the draft nears.
Giants beat writers are not viewing their team as a likely landing spot for Cardinals QB Josh Rosen, who could be on the move if Arizona selects Heisman winner Kyler Murray. The Giants are reportedly unwilling to part with either of their first-round picks but may also be hesitant to send Arizona the early second-rounder. We should be focusing on Washington as the primary potential landing spot for Rosen.
Speaking of the Giants, they seem to be locked into selecting a quarterback with their sixth overall pick in the first round. While Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins makes the most sense from a projected draft capital sense, there is growing buzz that GM Dave Gettleman could instead opt for Duke’s Daniel Jones. This would be shockingly high for a player who was not expected to be a first-round pick just a few weeks ago. Regardless of which signal caller they do select, it does seem that the G-Men are ready to find Eli Manning’s successor.
While Murray is still the clear favorite to be selected first overall by the Arizona Cardinals, some, including NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah, began to doubt that when Murray agreed to visit the Washington Redskins, who pick in the middle of the round. Ultimately, that visit was canceled and is almost certainly a story that was overblown.
NFL Network’s Jeremiah recently shared his quick thoughts on how the first round of the draft could unwind. Among his suggestions were the Baltimore Ravens potentially trading down in the first round, with Ohio State WR Parris Campbell as a possible target. DJ also predicts that Alabama RB Josh Jacobs will be selected in the “20s or 30s” which is in line with the conventional idea that the former backup to RB Damien Harris will be the top back off the board. Finally, Jeremiah hinted that WRs Hakeem Butler, Miles Boykin and Riley Ridley would all be day two picks. This trio of wideouts has been among the most divisive players in this pre-draft process.
Other NFL News
The story continues to unfold for Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill. The Kansas City Star reported that Hill’s son has been removed from his parent’s care as the investigation into a possible abuse situation continues. Fantasy players are quickly reacting to this report, though it doesn’t seem to be a new development, only new news. With that said, it is obviously not a positive thing for Hill’s outlook…Texans WR Will Fuller, coming off an ACL tear last season, expects to be ready for Week One…Bengals HC Zac Taylor suggested disappointing WR John Ross would be given a “fresh start”…The Seattle Seahawks signed WR David Moore to a one-year deal, keeping him in Seattle…The New England Patriots signed veteran WR Demaryius Thomas, who is expected to miss at least part of the 2019 season recovering from a torn Achilles. While Thomas may still have some name value, there is no guarantee he ever plays in the league again…The Cowboys plan to exercise the fifth-year option in RB Ezekiel Elliott’s contract and are also engaged in extension talks with WR Amari Cooper…Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette will not face any team discipline after being arrested following a traffic stop last week…Chargers TE Hunter Henry said that he is “pretty much full-go” as he returns from an ACL tear a year ago. This is not surprising considering Henry was actually able to return for the NFL playoffs in limited capacity…The Chargers signed WR Travis Benjamin to a one-year extension through the 2020 season. This seems to be a deal more about creating 2019 cap space than rewarding Benjamin in any way, but with WR Tyrell Williams now in Oakland, Benjamin could play a larger role as the Chargers’ vertical threat…