New York Giants – Round 1 / Pick 6
The New York Giants shook up the NFL world when they selected Daniel Jones with the sixth pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Jones wasn’t expected by many draft analysts to go inside the top 10, let alone with the sixth overall pick. However, if there is one group of people who does more homework on potential draft prospects than NFL draft analysts, it’s got to be NFL coaches and scouts. With that being said, the Giants see something in Jones that other teams and analysts do not. Dave Gettlemen, the Giants’ general manager, expressed his fondness of Jones when he watched him play during the Senior Bowl. Will he be the immediate starter over Eli Manning? No, but Jones is slated to be the heir apparent to him. Fortunately for all fans and critics of Giants’ first selection, time will answer all our questions.
Carolina Panthers – Round 3 / Pick 100
Will Grier finally came off the board with the 100th pick of the draft, when the Panthers selected him with their third pick. Grier finished off his second and final year at West Virginia with a 67% completion percentage, 3,864 passing yards, and 37 passing touchdowns to just eight interceptions. He was in the talks for the Heisman for the better part of the 2018 season, leading West Virginia to a 8-4 record with a win over #15 ranked Texas and a three-point loss to #6 ranked Oklahoma, at the time. Grier’s performance against Oklahoma was impressive, out-dueling the number one pick Kyler Murray through the air. Grier finished the game with 32/49 pass attempts, 539 passing yards, four touchdowns, and zero interceptions. This came against a team who would go on to be in the College Football Playoff. Although Grier will be backing up Cam Newton, that’s not to say he won’t find himself starting for an NFL team at some point in the future.
Washington Redskins – Round 4 / Pick 112
Bryce Love had a monstrous junior season at Stanford, rushing for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns. He had hit the 1,000 yard rushing mark by just the fifth game of the season, which averages out to 200 yards per game prior. He also ran for 250 yards in back to back games, and ran for 301 yards in a single game, which is a Stanford school record. He finished as the runner-up for the Heisman for his junior season. With these kind of numbers, he could have been a potential top 10 pick. However, Love struggled during his senior season; battling injuries throughout the year and rushing for just 739 yards and six touchdowns. It’s unknown just how successful Love can be at the professional level, but the talent is there. If Love can get back to his junior season days of running the football, the sky is the limit.
Oakland Raiders – Round 5 / Pick 149
Hunter Renfrow possesses some of the cleanest route running among all receivers in the 2019 NFL Draft. Renfrow has put this on display season after season, in big game after big game. In the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship, he caught two touchdown passes against the NFL-caliber defense of Alabama. The following year, Renfrow went on to catch the game-winning touchdown against Alabama, once again in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Players like Julian Edelman have made a career off their clutch performances in the playoffs. Renfrow has proven himself as a consistently clutch player at the highest collegiate level. If he can prove himself once again at the professional level, he will have a very successful career.