The 2019 NFL draft is a little over a month away, and the first-round picture is starting to take shape.
The final weeks are all about pro days and predraft visits, as teams get their last looks at all the top prospects. This allows each team to put the finishing touches on their grades and step closer towards completing their draft boards.
Most of the prospects in the first round will have high grades from the majority of teams, but a few prospects always remain divisive throughout the process. After running through a first-round mock draft, let's take a closer look at the draft stock of two of those controversial prospects.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Nick Bosa, DE, Ohio State
2. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
4. Oakland Raiders: Montez Sweat, DE, Mississippi State
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Burns, DE, Florida State
6. New York Giants: Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State
8. Detroit Lions: Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
9. Buffalo Bills: D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
10. Denver Broncos: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
11. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
12. Green Bay Packers: Devin White, LB, LSU
13. Miami Dolphins: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
14. Atlanta Falcons: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
15. Washington Redskins: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
16. Carolina Panthers: Clelin Ferrell, DE, Clemson
17. New York Giants (from CLE): Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
18. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
19. Tennessee Titans: Garrett Bradbury, OL, NC State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
21. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Rapp, SS, Washington
22. Baltimore Ravens: Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
23. Houston Texans: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI): Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Deandre Baker, CB, Georgia
26. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
29. Kansas City Chiefs: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO): Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
31. Los Angeles Rams: Nasir Adderley, S, Delaware
32. New England Patriots: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
How High will D.K. Metcalf Go?
Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf is one of the most fascinating prospects in this draft class due to his blend of size and speed. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Metcalf measured 6'3", 228 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in a blazing 4.33 seconds.
However, Metcalf also posted poor times in the three-cone drill and the 20-yard shuttle—two drills that test change-of-direction ability more than straight-line speed.
His performances in these drills matched up with his performance at Ole Miss, where he was almost exclusively used on vertical routes that required minimal lateral movement. So now NFL teams must decide: Is Metcalf a one-trick pony on the deep ball, or can they develop other parts of his game?
One of the teams that may not care is the Buffalo Bills, who are in need of a deep threat to pair with Josh Allen, who throws downfield at the highest rate in the league:
The Bills already have some smaller speedsters on the roster, but Metcalf would give Allen a much-needed bigger target to find downfield.
Could Kyler Murray Go No. 1?
Everywhere you look there are pundits speculating that Kyler Murray is headed to the Arizona Cardinals with the No. 1 pick. The NFL draft is wildly unpredictable, so no one should rule out that scenario, but there are a few reasons to be skeptical.
The first reason to doubt the Murray/Cardinals connection is general manager Steve Keim's history. As a longtime Cardinals front office exec he's played a role in the team acquiring Carson Palmer, Blaine Gabbert, Kurt Warner, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Logan Thomas, just to name to a few. All of these are strong-armed, traditional pocket passers, which also describes his 2018 first-round draft pick Josh Rosen.
For Keim to draft Murray, he'd not only have to abandon the quarterback he drafted a year ago, but also the entire prototype of quarterback he's believed in throughout his career. Opinions can change, so the move is possible but unlikely.
The other reason to doubt Murray going No. 1 is the connection to head coach Kliff Kingsbury. While Kingsbury's style of offense does fit Murray well, it's unlikely that a first-year head coach will have a significant say in the draft process. Even if Kingsbury tells Keim he wants Murray, if Keim disagrees, Kingsbury isn't going to get his way.
Arizona is likely showing interest in Murray to create the perception that they might take him No. 1 overall, which could drive up the price for a trade. For example, they could tell an interested trade partner: "as of now, we're taking Murray, but if you add in another first-round pick we could be persuaded to stick with Rosen."
If the Cardinals do pass over Murray, it's difficult to pinpoint an obvious landing spot. The most quarterback-needy teams immediately following the Cardinals—Giants and Broncos—have extremely traditional front offices and are unlikely to even consider a 5'10" quarterback.
If Murray slides past Arizona, he may need a team to trade up in order to land in the top 10.