The Minnesota Vikings selected North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury with the No. 18 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He's the first center off the board in the 2019 draft. Bradbury was also a star catcher in high school. He's a smart football player with great character and nice athleticism. Minnesota's offensive line has been a mess of late, so Bradbury will hopefully become an anchor on the O-line for years to come. It's great news for Dalvin Cook.
The New York Giants selected Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence with the No. 17 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. This is the pick that the Giants acquired from the Browns in the trade that sent receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to Cleveland. Lawrence is the third defensive lineman taken from Clemson in the first round, believe it or not. He was 360 pounds as a freshman recruit. Lawrence is a hog molly on the D line that will take up space and help smother the run. Despite his size, he has solid speed and an ability to push the pocket as well.
The Carolina Panthers selected Florida State edge rusher Brian Burns with the No. 16 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. Burns will bring the heat off the edge for the Panthers in his rookie season. He's an athletic freak and put on some weight without losing any speed before the NFL combine. Burns has quick-twitch speed and will help a Carolina D that really needs to rush the passer much better. He should make an immediate impact in 2019.
The Washington Redskins selected Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins with the No. 15 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. The Redskins wanted to potentially move up into the top 10 to take Haskins, but they didn't even have to move at all to get him. Some teams didn't even have a first-round grade on Haskins, so there is some bust potential, but the 'Skins don't mind gambling on him. They traded for Case Keenum in the offseason, but he's not the long-term answer and Alex Smith (leg) may never play in the NFL again. Haskins may wind up making starts in 2019, but don't count on it. He can do it all in the pocket and has great accuracy and touch. He'll be a popular pick in dynasty drafts.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Boston College offensive guard Chris Lindstrom with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Lindstrom was extremely durable in college and should bring stability to a Falcons offensive line that has been pretty solid in its own right in the last few years. He played some tackle in college, but he should be a pure guard in the NFL. Lindstrom is big and physical and could wind up being the best offensive guard in this draft. Atlanta should have an easier time running the ball up the middle with Lindstrom around for the long term.
The Miami Dolphins selected Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins with the No. 13 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. He becomes the second Clemson defensive lineman to go in the first round this evening behind Clelin Ferrell, who went to the Raiders at No. 4. Wilkins might've been Clemson's best defensive lineman, though, and he can do amazing things for his size. Wilkins can move laterally and has excellent speed and is versatile in different defensive schemes.
The Green Bay Packers selected Michigan defensive end Rashan Gary with the 12th overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. He's the second Michigan player to be taken in the first round of this draft, following Devin Bush. The knock on Gary is that he never really panned out as the No. 1 college recruit in his time with Michigan. Gary is a physical specimen, but he'll need to work harder to be productive in the NFL. Green Bay's coaching staff has their hands full, but there remains plenty of potential in Gary.
The Cincinnati Bengals selected Alabama offensive guard Jonah Williams with the No. 11 pick of the 2019 NFL draft. Williams was a rock on the offensive line for Alabama in his three seasons as the starter. Cincinnati could really use some offensive line help for their running game and to keep quarterback Andy Dalton upright. There's a chance Williams could become an excellent left tackle in the NFL, but he's versatile and is the best offensive line prospect in this draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded up with the Broncos and selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush with the No. 10 overall pick of the 2019 NFL draft. The Steelers had trouble defending tight ends and the middle of the football field last year, so the inside linebacker will help with that immediately in 2019. Bush is an excellent tackler and runs downhill toward the line of scrimmage. Pound for pound, he could become the best player in this draft.
The Buffalo Bills selected Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver with the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The 300-pounder will help the Bills replace Kyle Williams on the defensive line. There have been comparisons to Aaron Donald of the Rams. While that's a bit optimistic, Donald is a very special talent inside and is great at disrupting the backfield with his bull-rush power. Oliver will need to improve to take the next step at the next level, but there is a lot to like with his potential.