2019 NFL Draft, what you need to know as round two approaches

The latest on the 2019 NFL Draft

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 2:15 AM

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The Latest on the NFL draft (all times EDT):

12:30 a.m.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell estimates 200,000 turned out for the first night of the NFL draft in Nashville on a rainy night, and Music City has an even bigger show ready in the wings.

Country star Tim McGraw will perform a free concert Friday night on the draft stage once the third round concludes along with fireworks.

Not even rain, at times heavy enough to drip through the massive tent where the media worked, affected all the fans that stuck around for the draft picks, music and fireworks of the first round.

Luckily for Friday, only partly sunny skies are expected.


12:30 a.m.

Another first round of the NFL draft is in the books, and the Southeastern Conference has bragging rights yet again.

The SEC led all conferences with nine players drafted followed by eight from the Atlantic Coast Conference and seven from the Big Ten. National champ Clemson matched Alabama and Mississippi State with three players apiece selected.

Defense had the edge as teams took 18 defenders compared to 14 offensive players, and 19 were underclassmen with three players who graduated early but went to the NFL with eligibility still remaining.

Only one player came from outside the Football Bowl Subdivision. Houston took offensive tackle Tytus Howard from Alabama State from the FCS.


12:30 a.m.

The Indianapolis Colts and the Los Angeles Rams decided to simply sit out the first round, choosing instead to trade out of the round and add picks.

The first round has wrapped up with a total of six trades, including a pair by the Seattle Seahawks.

Colts general manager Chris Ballard stocked up some more second-round selections sending the 26th pick overall to Washington. The Colts now are set to add seven players in the second round over back-to-back drafts.

Pittsburgh got the dealing started, moving up 10 spots in a trade with Denver to grab a linebacker for the defense in Devin Bush. Baltimore dropped down three spots in a deal with Philadelphia, which took an offensive tackle in Andre Dillard to help protect quarterback Carson Wentz.

The Seahawks sent No. 21 to Green Bay, which took safety Darnell Savage, and then it traded No. 30 to the New York Giants, who finished with three selections after trading back into the first round.

The Rams had the final trade of the opening night, sending Nos. 31 and 203 to Atlanta for the 45th pick overall and 79.


12:15 a.m.

The Seattle Seahawks took TCU defensive end L.J. Collier with the 29th pick in the first round, and the New York Giants followed by taking Jim Thorpe Award winner Deandre Baker of Georgia.

Seattle moved up to get Collier via a pre-draft trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. They sent defensive end Frank Clark to the Kansas City Chiefs for the 29th pick, and the teams will swap picks in the third round. Seattle also gets a second-round pick in 2020.

The Seahawks lost their top pass rusher in Clark, but Collier is a prospect who moved up quickly on draft boards after a strong showing in the Senior Bowl and at the scouting combine.

Baker was the first cornerback taken. The All-American made 40 tackles, intercepted two passes and broke up a team-high 10.


11:30 p.m.

Montez Sweat's wait has ended thanks to the Washington Redskins trading up with Indianapolis to grab the Mississippi State pass rusher at No. 26.

Sweat had been rated as a potential top-10 pick before reports of a heart condition found during the NFL combine in February. He originally had committed to attend the NFL draft in Nashville before deciding last weekend to celebrate with his family in Stone Mountain, Georgia.

Indianapolis received Washington's second-round pick at No. 46 overall and a second-round pick in 2020 in the deal.

General manager Chris Ballard got a pair of starters in the second round last year with linebacker Darius Leonard and right tackle Braden Smith.

The Oakland Raiders used their third and final pick in the first round on defense, taking safety Johnathan Abram from Mississippi State. They used two of those selections on defense after grabbing defensive end Clelin Ferrell of Clemson fourth overall.

The Los Angeles Chargers took Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery at No. 28, making him the ninth defensive lineman taken in the first round.


11:10 p.m.

The Houston Texans want to protect Deshaun Watson better, and they took the first player from a non-Football Bowl Subdivision school to help their offensive line.

The Texans drafted tackle Tytus Howard at No. 23 out of Alabama State. The 6-foot-5 can only help a line that gave up a league-worst 62 sacks last season despite winning the AFC South title.

Josh Jacobs became the first running back drafted with Oakland also making him the third Alabama player selected at No. 24.

Baltimore stuck with the run on offensive players and drafted wide receiver Marquise Brown out of Oklahoma, giving quarterback Lamar Jackson a very speedy and shifty target. Brown was an AP All-American last season at Oklahoma with Kyler Murray, though he faced questions about his size at 166 pounds and a foot injury that kept him from running at the combine.


10:30 p.m.

Dexter Lawrence has become the third Clemson defensive player taken in the first 17 selections of the NFL draft.

The New York Giants picked Lawrence at No. 17 to help their defense after drafting a quarterback in Daniel Jones at No. 6. Lawrence joins Clelin Ferrell taken by Oakland and Christian Wilkins drafted by Miami despite being one of three on the Tigers' roster to test positive for a banned substance called ostarine. Wilkins was suspended from Clemson's bowl game along with the other two players and also missed the national championship game.

Carolina also stayed with the defensive theme of the first round, taking Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns at No. 16. Tennessee gambled by taking defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons from Mississippi State at No. 19 despite him tearing his left ACL in February.

Minnesota took the seventh offensive player of the round with the 18th pick, selecting center Garrett Bradbury from North Carolina State.


9:50 p.m.

When Michigan linebacker-defensive end Rashan Gary was told he'd gone 12th overall to Green Bay, he broke down in tears at home. Gary, who has formed his own agency to represent athletes, is quick, strong and was a two-time All-Big Ten choice.

More defense -and another lineman- followed as Miami shored up its trenches with Clemson DE Christian Wilkins. He played four seasons for the Tigers and was a terror for several of them, making All-America. He had 53 tackles for no gain or a loss in his career.


9:39 p.m.

One spot after Pittsburgh jumped in front of them, the Cincinnati Bengals bolstered their offensive line by grabbing Alabama tackle Jonah Williams.

He can play either side of the line, is strong and mobile, and technically sound.

Just like Michigan linebacker Devin Bush, the player the Steelers traded up ahead of the Bengals, to get, Williams should be an immediate starter.


9:27 p.m.

The first trade of the 2019 NFL draft lifted Pittsburgh from 20th to 10th, swapping with Denver.

The Steelers, with all-time great Joe Greene making the announcement, then selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush - a player apparently coveted by AFC North rival Cincinnati at No. 11.

Denver now has the 20th spot, the 52nd overall pick, and a third-rounder in 2020.

Pittsburgh doesn't often make such bold moves in drafts, but after missing the playoffs last season, and with Ryan Shazier unlikely to play again because of a severe injury, getting Bush was a key to rebuilding the defense.


9:20 p.m.

Buffalo also shored up its defensive line with tackle Ed Oliver, a three-time All-AAC player who didn't have a great 2018 season after being dominant the previous years, including first-team All-America in 2016.

He had 50 tackles for loss or no gain in the past three years, leading FBS.


9:15 p.m.

Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson, who seemed destined for Jacksonville before Josh Allen fell to the Jaguars, went at the eighth pick one spot later to Detroit.

Hockenson is an all-around tight end with blocking skills, speed and savvy. He finds open areas in defenses and doesn't drop the ball.


9:09 p.m.

Kentucky's Josh Allen, the national defensive player of the year (Bednarik Award) and a fast, physical linebacker, went to Jacksonville at the seventh spot.

The Jaguars have some significant needs on offense, but Allen generally was projected to go in the top five picks.

It's the second successive draft in which Josh Allen went seventh. Buffalo took the Wyoming quarterback by the same name in 2018.


9:04 p.m.

The Giants ended that mini-run of D-linemen when they took Duke quarterback Daniel Jones, who has learned under Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe - the same man who tutored Peyton and Eli Manning.

Jones was considered an outsider to go in the opening round until recently, and the Giants clearly feel he can do some more learning under Eli Manning before taking over as their signal caller.

Jones was the MVP of the Senior Bowl.


8:58 p.m.

Up next was Tampa Bay, which had a sieve of a defense last season. So the Buccaneers, with new coach Bruce Arians - and offensive mastermind- chose LSU linebacker Devin White, the Butkus Award winner who led the SEC in tackles.

He's exactly the kind of playmaker the unit has lacked for several years and had the highest percentage of pass pressures in FBS last year.


8:50 p.m.

Oakland, which owns three first-round spots, took the third straight defensive lineman in a draft loaded with them, selecting Clelin Ferrell of Clemson.

A two-time All-ACC player who has pass rushing skills on the edge, he is the first of several national champion Tigers likely to go very high from their outstanding D-line.


8:40 p.m.

The New York Jets held onto the third pick and took defensive tackle Quinnen Williams of Alabama, a dominant man in the trenches accustomed to playing in big games. The Jets were widely speculated to want to trade down, but instead got a building block for their defense and new coach Adam Gase.

Not even a starter before 2018, Williams won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama's highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.


8:30 p.m.

Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.

Bosa is considered the top pass rusher in this group. His older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.

Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997.

Bosa missed all but three games last season with a core muscle injury, but already had exhibited the kind of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. Such as the second pick in the draft.


8:25 p.m.

Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the first pick in the NFL draft, going to Arizona and immediately creating a quarterback quandary.

A year after the Cardinals traded up to the 10th spot to grab Josh Rosen, they went with Oklahoma's dynamic Heisman Trophy winner. The team apparently believes Murray is a better fit running the offense of new coach Kliff Kingsbury, who worked in the Big 12 that Murray dominated last season.

Murray is the second straight Sooners quarterback taken atop the draft, following another Heisman recipient, Baker Mayfield, who went to Cleveland last year. Mayfield had a superb rookie season, and the Cardinals can only hope Murray has a similar impact in the desert.

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