Re-Drafting the 2019 NFL Draft
Sometimes it's not who you know but what you know.
Heading into the 2019 NFL draft, teams, media members and fans knew all about the top prospects, or at least most of them. What no one knew was how the coming season would unfold. If that knowledge were available, you can bet that a lot of teams would have approached the first round differently.
How might have things gone? That's what we're going to examine. We'll approach the 2019 draft as if decision-makers had a time machines. This means that everything over the past season—rookie performances, emerging needs, injuries and team fits—will be considered.
We'll be using the post-free-agency, predraft order. This means that early deals like the Khalil Mack, Frank Clark and Odell Beckham Jr. trades are included, but draft-day moves have been axed from the equation.
Let's dig in.
1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
Original Selection: Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma
The Arizona Cardinals took a chance on 2018 Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, drafting him first overall and then trading away 2018 first-round pick Josh Rosen on the same weekend. The organization is probably quite happy with its decision.
The Oklahoma product had an impressive rookie campaign, finishing with 3,722 passing yards, 544 rushing yards, 24 total touchdowns and 12 interceptions. The numbers look even better when you consider the relative lack of talent on the Arizona roster—getting the No. 1 pick was no fluke.
New head coach Kliff Kingsbury did a fine job of crafting an offense around Murray. It's possible that continued growth and an improved roster could lead to a Lamar Jackson-level jump in Year 2.
"It's going to be fun. I think everybody will see how good we can be," Murray said in December, per Kevin Zimmerman of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM.
There's no reason for the Cardinals to go in a different direction in a redraft.
2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Original Selection: Nick Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State
Like the Cardinals, the San Francisco 49ers have no reason to change their original choice. Ohio State edge-rusher Nick Bosa proved to be as good as advertised in Year 1—a campaign that isn't over yet.
Bosa, who amassed 47 tackles and nine sacks in the regular season, helped his team reach Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2. His impact has been bigger than raw numbers indicate, as he's taken over games at times. He had two sacks in Week 5 against the Cleveland Browns, for example, but almost single-handedly derailed the Cleveland offense in a 31-3 rout.
What might be most impressive is that Bosa hasn't hit the dreaded rookie ceiling. He has put plenty of his pass-rushing moves on film, but opponents still don't have an answer for him. He has produced 10 tackles and three sacks in the postseason.
Bosa will probably be the Defensive Rookie of the Year, and he's definitely San Francisco's pick in a redraft.
3. New York Jets: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
Original Selection: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Originally, the New York Jets took a chance on former Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams with the third pick. A legitimate blue-chip prospect, Williams may have been the right choice this high—but not for New York.
Instead of being asked to attack the backfield, Williams is being used as a space-eater in coordinator Gregg Williams' defense.
"Quinnen is handicapped, in my opinion, by the defense. You put him in Philly, he's Fletcher Cox," former NFL edge-rusher Chuck Smith said, per Matt Stypulkoski of NJ.com.
In the redraft, the Jets snag a true edge-rusher who can shine in Williams' defense. Kentucky's Josh Allen, who just finished a 10.5-sack rookie campaign, could be a terror off the edge and would have a much bigger Year 1 impact than Williams (28 tackles, 2.5 sacks).
Finding guys who can occupy blockers is far easier than finding players who can get to the quarterback in a hurry.
4. Oakland Raiders: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
Original Selection: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
In the real draft, the Oakland Raiders—now the Las Vegas Raiders—took Alabama running back Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall pick. The rookie turned in a special season, rushing for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns and catching 20 passes for 166 yards.
Even experienced veterans believe Jacobs has the makings of an elite franchise running back.
"I feel like he's going to be one of the best backs in this league for a long time," Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram II said at the Pro Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
With the league well aware of what Jacobs can accomplish, there's no way the Raiders can expect to still land him at 24. In the redraft, they make the bold move to snag him with the fourth pick, which they originally used on Clemson pass-rusher Clelin Ferrell. This leaves the organization searching for a pass-rusher but in possession of one of 2019's best rookies at any position.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB, LSU
Original Selection: Devin White, LB, LSU
Last April, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers used the No. 5 pick on LSU linebacker Devin White. A do-it-all defender, White can play every role that a linebacker can be asked to fill—coverage man, pass-rusher, run-stuffer. He proved as much during his rookie campaign.
Despite playing just 13 games because of injury, White finished 2019 with 91 tackles, 2.5 sacks, three passes defended, an interception and three forced fumbles. He has emerged as the face of Tampa's defense and should become a perennial Pro Bowler.
The only reason the Buccaneers might want to go in a different direction is if they think they'll move on quarterback Jameis Winston in 2020. However, no rookie quarterback—aside from perhaps Murray—appeared to be a sure thing this past season.
Tampa does the smart thing and grabs White in the redraft.
6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Original Selection: Daniel Jones, QB, Duke
Though he may not be a sure thing, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones showed a lot of promising traits as a rookie. His athleticism, running ability and arm strength were on full display, and he finished with 3,027 passing yards, 279 rushing yards and 26 total touchdowns in 13 games (12 starts).
Of course, Jones also struggled with pocket awareness and ball security. He turned over the ball 23 times and had another seven fumbles that weren't recovered by the opposition.
Still, Jones showed enough potential that picking him at No. 6 again makes sense. With the time machine, knowing that Eli Manning will retire in January, New York doesn't have other enticing alternatives—waiting till the 17th pick isn't an option.
General manager Dave Gettleman may not be quite as "in love" with Jones this time around, but he'll still get his man.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan
Original Selection: Josh Allen, EDGE, Kentucky
With Allen off the board, the Jacksonville Jaguars need to examine the best defensive players available. Defensive tackle Ed Oliver gets some consideration. However, the Jaguars just used a 2018 first-round pick on defensive tackle Taven Bryan.
So, in the redraft, Jacksonville passes on Oliver to snag versatile linebacker Devin Bush. The fast-moving, hard-hitting linebacker was a force for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2019, helping their defense approach elite status.
Bush appeared in all 16 games, amassing 109 tackles, a sack, two interceptions and a forced fumble.
Partnering Allen with Myles Jack and Telvin Smith gives Jacksonville a trio of sideline-to-sideline defenders who can dominate the second level.
8. Detroit Lions: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
Original Selection: T.J. Hockenson, TE, Iowa
While the Jaguars pass on Ed Oliver, the Detroit Lions do not. They need defensive help—Detroit finished the year 31st in total defense—and Oliver is the best defender still on the board.
While an edge-rusher or cornerback would also make sense, Oliver is too rare a talent to bypass. He can stonewall runners at the line of scrimmage and penetrate the backfield to disrupt opposing quarterbacks. This season, he amassed 43 tackles, five sacks, two passes defended and a forced fumble with the Buffalo Bills—who originally drafted him one spot later.
Originally, the Lions took former Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson in this spot. While his upside is intriguing, Hockenson was limited to 12 games and seven starts. He flashed at times but finished his rookie season with just 367 receiving yards and two touchdowns on 32 catches.
Oliver is the safer pick and fills the greater need, so Detroit grabs him.
9. Buffalo Bills: A.J. Brown, WR, Mississippi
Original Selection: Ed Oliver, DT, Houston
With Ed Oliver off the board, the Bills look to fill one of their biggest needs—one they'll have to address in the 2020 offseason: Buffalo needs a No. 1 wide receiver.
Here, Buffalo scoops up former Mississippi wideout A.J. Brown, who was nothing short of phenomenal as a rookie. Operating in the run-oriented Tennessee Titans offense, he caught 52 passes for 1,051 yards and eight touchdowns in the regular season. He would likely have similar numbers in the Bills offense, also a run-first, run-often scheme.
Moving forward, Buffalo has to develop quarterback Josh Allen and put more weapons around him. Allen got the Bills into the postseason but didn't have the firepower to outduel Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans in the Wild Card Round.
Nabbing Brown here would ensure Allen has a No. 1 pass-catcher.
10. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
Original Selection: Devin Bush, LB, Michigan (by Pittsburgh, post-trade)
Last April, the Denver Broncos drafted former Missouri quarterback Drew Lock in the second round. While Lock didn't get the opportunity to start until late in the season, he showed a lot of potential during his limited audition.
Through five starts, Lock passed for 1,020 yards with seven touchdowns and three interceptions. He completed 64.1 percent of his passes and, most importantly, posted a 4-1 record. Presumably, he'll be Denver's starting quarterback moving forward.
"Don't like to show our hand, but I think it's unrealistic to say we're going in a different direction," president of football operations John Elway said, per Aric DiLalla of the team's official website.
Originally, the Broncos traded this pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers. In the redraft, they're staying put and ensuring they don't miss out on Lock.
11. Cincinnati Bengals: DK Metcalf, WR, Mississippi
Original Selection: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
In real life, the Cincinnati Bengals used the 11th pick in the draft on former Alabama offensive tackle Jonah Williams. But a shoulder injury cost Williams his rookie campaign. While there's still a chance he will return to form and become a franchise left tackle, the Bengals go with the sure thing here and snag former Mississippi wideout DK Metcalf.
Metcalf, who caught 58 passes for 900 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie, looks to be a future No. 1 receiver. This is important, as Cincinnati now knows it won't have A.J. Green in 2019 and could lose him in 2020 free agency.
The Bengals also know they're going to secure the No. 1 pick in the 2020 draft. Cincinnati will probably use that selection on a quarterback, likely LSU's Joe Burrow.
With the long-term in mind, the Bengals could look to provide their next quarterback with either a No. 1 target or a high-end offensive tackle. Either would make sense, but with Williams' NFL future still unknown, Metcalf becomes the pick in the redraft.
12. Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Original Selection: Rashan Gary, EDGE, Michigan
The Green Bay Packers originally drafted former Michigan edge-defender Rashan Gary, which may have been the wrong move. It's not that Gary doesn't have the potential to be a star. He just didn't play a lot because he was stuck behind veteran edge-rushers Za'Darius Smith and Preston Smith.
According to Football Outsiders, Gary played just 23.3 percent of defensive snaps in 2019.
Instead of grabbing Gary, the Packers get a No. 2 wide receiver by taking Oklahoma's Marquise Brown.
Brown, who caught 46 passes for 584 yards and seven scores as a rookie, is a burner who could stretch the field for Green Bay and take advantage of the coverage Davante Adams commands.
As a deep threat, Brown would also take full advantage of Aaron Rodgers' ability to buy time in the pocket. This means that shading Adams with a safety would no longer be an option for opponents.
13. Miami Dolphins: Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama
Original Selection: Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson
The Bengals passed on Jonah Williams in the redraft, but the Miami Dolphins will not. Why? He fits the team's long-term strategy.
The 2019 season was always going to be about tanking. Therefore, it wouldn't be that big of an issue for Williams to miss his rookie year. Part of the tanking process involved trading left tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Texans, so Williams would eventually fill a notable need too.
In all likelihood, the Dolphins are going to use one of their three 2020 first-round picks on a quarterback. As long as Williams can fully recover from shoulder surgery, he will give that quarterback a strong blocking presence.
This pick was originally used on former Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, who had 56 tackles and two sacks as a rookie. Wilkins looks to be a fine NFL defender, but building around Miami's new quarterback has to take precedence.
14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
Original Selection: Chris Lindstrom, G, Boston College
With the 14th pick in the 2019 draft, the Atlanta Falcons took former Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom. They're doing the same in the redraft, even though Lindstrom was limited by injury as a rookie.
He spent most of the season on injured reserve but did make five starts, and he showed a lot of promise in those starts. According to Pro Football Focus, Lindstrom didn't allow a sack and committed one penalty.
Atlanta also went 4-0 after Lindstrom's return from injured reserve.
Lindstrom has All-Pro potential. That's obvious to the Falcons, who wouldn't hesitate to grab him given a second chance at the pick.
15. Washington Redskins: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
Original Selection: Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State
Originally, the Washington Redskins used the 15th overall pick on former Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins. Given the fact that owner Daniel Snyder pushed to draft Haskins, it wouldn't be a shock to see Washington take him a second time.
Given what Washington now knows, however, that'd be hard to do at this spot.
Haskins was not ready to be a rookie starter. He was overwhelmed most of the season and finished with just 6.7 yards per pass attempt, seven touchdowns and nine turnovers. The Redskins won a mere two games in seven tries with him as the starter.
Washington also hired Ron Rivera to be its new head coach, and there's been no indication that Haskins is Rivera's guy. So in the redraft, the Redskins take one of Rivera's guys, former Florida State edge-rusher Brian Burns.
Burns was originally picked by the Carolina Panthers at No. 16 and finished his rookie campaign with 25 tackles and 7.5 sacks.
16. Carolina Panthers: Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama
Original Selection: Brian Burns, EDGE, Florida State
With Brian Burns off the board, the Panthers look to strengthen their defense in another way: They put a stop to Quinnen Williams' first-round slide.
Though Williams didn't have an impressive rookie season with the Jets, he has too much value to pass up. Williams can also fill out a succession plan of sorts for Carolina.
Last offseason, the Panthers signed defensive lineman Gerald McCoy to a one-year deal. McCoy had a strong season, amassing 37 tackles and five sacks. By drafting Williams, the Panthers would get a young down lineman to develop under McCoy and who can eventually take over as the starter.
The Panthers would be down a pass-rusher, but they'd have a prospect with top-10 potential instead.
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
Original Selection: Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
Former Clemson defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence showed some promise in his first season with the Giants. However, he wasn't quite the impact defender New York hoped to land with the 17th pick.
Lawrence finished 2019 with 38 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
In the redraft, the Giants target a player who did make an immediate impact in 2019, pass-rusher Maxx Crosby. The Eastern Michigan product lasted until the fourth round originally, but that won't happen this time around.
Crosby finished his rookie campaign with 47 tackles and 10.0 sacks, and he showed the promise of an elite edge-rusher. New York snaps him up here, pairing him with free-agent find Markus Golden—who played on a one-year deal this season—to give the Giants a pair of 10-sack guys in 2019.
18. Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
Original Selection: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
In the 2019 draft, the Minnesota Vikings used the 18th pick on former NC State center Garrett Bradbury. They'll do the same here, as Bradbury rounded into form to become a major piece of the interior running game late in the season.
Did Bradburry have issues in pass protection? Absolutely. He could have been far worse, though. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed four sacks and committed eight penalties as a rookie. As an athletic run-blocker, Bradbury was able to get out in front and get to work in open space. For Minnesota's run-first offense, he is a solid fit, and he showed plenty of promise.
"Bradbury struggled in pass pro early in the season, but he quickly improved," NFL Network's Daniel Jeremiah wrote during his midseason rookie rankings (Bradbury was 20th). "He's always been excellent in the run game with his ability to reach and cut off defensive tackles."
Bradbury played 97 percent of snaps, too, according to Football Outsiders. It was the highest figure on the team.
Center was a need for the Vikings entering the draft, so grabbing Bradbury a second time makes sense.
19. Tennessee Titans: Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Original Selection: Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State
The Tennessee Titans relied on rookie wideout A.J. Brown to fuel their passing attack in 2019. However, he's already off the board, so Tennessee would grab another promising pass-catcher instead.
In the redraft, Tennessee snags former South Carolina wide receiver Deebo Samuel. The 49ers originally got him with the 36th overall selection, but his production as a rookie makes him worthy of the 19th spot.
Samuel caught 57 passes for 802 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie. Those numbers aren't what Brown produced with Tennessee (52 catches for 1,051 yards and eight scores), but it's worth noting Samuel wasn't Jimmy Garoppolo's go-to target. That was tight end George Kittle, and Emmanuel Sanders got plenty of looks after he was acquired in a midseason trade. For the Titans, Samuel could fill the No. 1 receiver role opposite 2017 first-round pick Corey Davis.
Former Mississippi State defensive tackle Jeffery Simmons was the original pick here. While he had a fine rookie campaign—32 tackles and two sacks in nine games—Tennessee needs to find its No. 1 pass-catcher.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Gardner Minshew, QB, Washington State
Original Selection: Noah Fant, TE, Iowa (by Denver, post-trade)
Just about everyone missed on former Washington State signal-caller Gardner Minshew II, who lasted until the sixth round in the 2019 draft. Minshew started 12 games for the Jaguars, passing for 3,271 yards with 21 touchdowns and just six interceptions.
"I think the biggest thing for me is that I helped my team win, and I did that better than any [first-round] rookie quarterback, so that gets me fired up," Minshew said, per Garry Smits of the Florida Times-Union.
Minshew won six games—more than Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones or Dwayne Haskins.
The Pittsburgh Steelers would pull the trigger on Minshew five rounds early for two reasons. One, they know Ben Roethlisberger will be lost for the season and that the tandem of Devlin Hodges and Mason Rudolph won't get them into the playoffs. Second, based on what they showed in 2019, both Hodges and Rudolph may be ill-suited to be Roethlisberger's heir.
With a defense that allowed just 18.9 points per game, and with Minshew leading the way on offense, the Steelers would probably be a playoff team in 2019—and they might be contenders for the foreseeable future.
21. Seattle Seahawks: Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Clemson
Original Selection: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland (by Green Bay, post-trade)
Originally, the Seattle Seahawks traded this pick to Green Bay. After moving down, they traded again, allowing the Giants to move up for cornerback DeAndre Baker. Here, they stay put to address one of their biggest needs: the pass rush.
The Seahawks added Ziggy Ansah and Jadeveon Clowney during the offseason but still only produced 28 sacks—tied for 29th in the league. Clowney was dominant at times, but Ansah was largely an afterthought.
So, Seattle takes a chance on Ferrell. While the former Clemson star was outshined by Maxx Crosby in the Raiders defense, he did show flashes. For example, he had a dominant 2.5-sack performance in a Week 10 win over the Los Angeles Chargers. Playing opposite Clowney, he may have been far more productive for the Seahawks.
As a worst-case scenario, Seattle lands a premier pass-rushing prospect late in Round 1.
22. Baltimore Ravens: Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia
Original Selection: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington State (by Philadelphia, post-trade)
Though Marquise Brown didn't produce eye-popping numbers as a rookie, his downfield ability was crucial to the Baltimore Ravens' offensive success. Lamar Jackson would still probably be the MVP, but would he be as effective as a runner and passer without Brown stretching defenses? Possibly not.
Brown's ability to get deep kept defenses on their heels. This opened up running lanes for Jackson and Mark Ingram II and gave Jackson a lethal deep threat.
With Brown off the board, the Ravens take another speedster, Georgia product Mecole Hardman.
Hardman caught 26 passes for 538 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie. More importantly, he showed the ability to burn through secondaries—he averaged 20.7 yards per reception. This is more than a round earlier than Hardman was originally drafted, but it's worth snagging him here to ensure the Ravens have the deep threat they need.
23. Houston Texans: Andre Dillard, OT, Washington
Original Selection: Tytus Howard, OT, Alabama State
Since the Ravens stayed put at No. 22, the Philadelphia Eagles can't move up to snag former Washington State offensive tackle Andre Dillard ahead of Houston. With Dillard still on the board, the Texans race to turn in his draft card.
Though Dillard made just four starts as a rookie, that was largely because of the presence of nine-time Pro Bowler Jason Peters. Dillard was considered one of the best offensive line prospects in the draft.
"While he could play with a little more ferocity as a finisher, he has the athletic ability to make all the blocks and the protection talent to become a good, early starter on the left side," NFL Media's Lance Zierlein wrote.
With Dillard on board, the Texans may not have dealt two first-round picks and a second-rounder to Miami in the Laremy Tunsil trade.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
Original Selection: Josh Jacobs, RB, Alabama
With Josh Jacobs already in the fold, the Raiders turn their attention in the redraft toward filling a need in the secondary. Here, they grab former Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean, who was originally drafted by the Buccaneers in Round 3.
Though Dean started only five games in 2019, he was a force in coverage. He defended an impressive 17 passes and notched two interceptions. According to Anthony Treash of Pro Football Focus, Dean was phenomenal after a slow start.
"Since [Week 9], Dean ranks second to only Stephon Gilmore in PFF coverage grade; he also ranks first in forced incompletion rate at 30.3 percent and first in passer rating allowed at 29.1," Treash wrote.
Dean has the potential to be a star cornerback, which the Raiders could use. They dealt 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley to the Texans at midseason.
25. Philadelphia Eagles: Terry McLaurin, WR, Ohio State
Original Selection: Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma (by Baltimore, post-trade)
With Andre Dillard gone, the Eagles instead address a position that became a major need toward the end of the regular season: wide receiver. In the redraft, they take former Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin.
McLaurin, originally a third-round pick of Washington, proved to be wildly undervalued. Despite dealing with inconsistency at quarterback, he finished his rookie season with 58 receptions, 919 receiving yards and seven touchdowns in 14 games.
"He's going to have a long future in this league," Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said of McLaurin, per The Athletic's Ben Standig.
Injuries left Philadelphia lacking at the wideout position late in the regular season, and receiver is a question mark moving forward. Nelson Agholor, a 2015 first-round pick, has been a disappointment and is likely to depart in free agency.
Carson Wentz would likely love to replace Agholor with the more reliable McLaurin on the perimeter.
26. Indianapolis Colts: Darnell Savage, S, Maryland
Original Selection: Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State (by Washington, post-trade)
The Packers didn't trade up for Maryland safety Darnell Savage in the redraft, so the Indianapolis Colts snag him. Clayton Geathers was underwhelming in 2019, and adding Savage would be a boon to a defense that ranked just 23rd against the pass.
Pairing Savage with Malik Hooker would at least give the Colts a promising tandem on the back end, though the jury is still out on Hooker.
Savage started 14 games for the Packers as a rookie, amassing 55 tackles, five passes defended, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Indianapolis originally traded out of the 26th spot, but with Savage still on the board, it'll pick him and not think twice.
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Montez Sweat, EDGE, Mississippi State
Original Selection: Jonathan Abram, S, Mississippi State
In the redraft, the Raiders pass on Clelin Ferrell and miss out on Maxx Crosby, which means they need to grab an edge-rusher. The Colts didn't trade back, and former Mississippi State defensive end Montez Sweat is here for the taking.
Sweat didn't get as much media run as some of the other rookie edge-defenders, but he was efficient for the Redskins. Often rushing from the linebacker position, he racked up seven sacks to go with 50 tackles.
According to Football Outsiders, Sweat played 63.6 percent of Washington's defensive snaps. He started all 16 games.
In the Raiders' 4-3 base scheme, Sweat would be asked to play defensive end, but at 6'6" and 262 pounds, that wouldn't be a problem. This pick would mean the Raiders exit Round 1 with a premier corner, a workhorse running back and a promising young sack artist.
28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Original Selection: Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame
The play of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers fell off in 2019, but that wasn't the only reason the offense struggled. The line was a major problem, as left tackle Russell Okung missed 10 games and the right tackle spot was a veritable turnstile.
According to Pro Football Focus, Sam Tevi was responsible for allowing eight sacks, while Trey Pipkins was responsible for an additional four. Knowing what's in store for their offensive line, the Chargers scoop up former Florida tackle Jawaan Taylor.
Now, Taylor had his own issues in pass protection as a rookie—he allowed eight sacks, per PFF—but he has more upside than either Pipkins or Tevi and manned Jacksonville's right tackle spot for the full season.
Former Texas A&M center Erik McCoy also gets consideration, as Mike Pouncey was healthy for only five games. Presumably, though, Pouncey will be back in the lineup next season. L.A.'s original pick, defensive tackle Jerry Tillery, produced just 17 tackles and two sacks.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City): Diontae Johnson, WR, Toledo
Original Selection: L.J. Collier, DE, TCU
With the early run on wide receivers robbing the Seahawks of a shot at DK Metcalf, they'll look to address the position here. To do so, they'll grab former Toledo wideout Diontae Johnson, originally drafted in Round 3 by Pittsburgh.
Johnson came on late in the season and proved to be one of Pittsburgh's biggest receiving threats. He didn't start the first two weeks of the season but still finished with 59 receptions, 680 yards and five touchdowns. Considering the limitations of the Steelers quarterbacks in 2019, that's impressive.
Adding Johnson would give Russell Wilson a quality downfield target on the outside to pair with Tyler Lockett. The 5'10", 183-pound Johnson may not have the size or the catch radius of Metcalf (6'4", 229 lbs), but he can stretch the field with the best of them.
This pick was originally used on defensive end L.J. Collier, who had just three tackles as a rookie. With Seattle also grabbing Clelin Ferrell earlier in Round 1, there's no need to consider Collier.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans): Noah Fant, TE, Iowa
Original Selection: DeAndre Baker, CB, Georgia (by Giants, post-trade)
In this redraft, the Packers double down on pass-catchers, grabbing former Iowa tight end Noah Fant late.
Fant was streaky as a rookie in Denver, but his ability to create mismatches was hard to ignore. He appeared in 16 games and caught 40 passes for 562 yards and three touchdowns. In Week 9, he had a catch-and-run of 75 yards for a score.
Jimmy Graham was serviceable at tight end in 2019, but he's more of a possession guy than a deep threat at this point in his career. With Fant, Marquise Brown and Davante Adams in the lineup, Aaron Rodgers would be able to threaten all areas of the field on virtually every play.
Green Bay originally traded up from this spot to get Darnell Savage, which isn't an option in this redraft.
31. Los Angeles Rams: Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M
Original Selection: Kaleb McGary, OT, Washington (by Atlanta, post-trade)
Last offseason, the Los Angeles Rams parted with center John Sullivan and guard Rodger Saffold III, which proved to be a mistake. L.A. struggled to solidify the interior of its line, and that was one reason why the offense struggled.
"Those were really good football players, and it's not fair for these young guys to even have the expectation that they're going to play like that yet," Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth said on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
Since the Chargers passed on Erik McCoy in favor of a different right tackle, the Rams can grab him. McCoy was beyond solid for the New Orleans Saints as a rookie. According to Pro Football Focus, he allowed just a single sack.
This pick was originally traded to the Falcons, but with a Pro Bowl-caliber center on the board, the Rams cannot pass him up.
32. New England Patriots: Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
Original Selection: N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
The New England Patriots always knew replacing tight end Rob Gronkowski wasn't going to be easy. However, they struggled to even put a threatening tight end on the field in 2019. This is why they'd pass on former Arizona State receiver N'Keal Harry in the redraft and scoop up former Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr.
Smith's numbers as a rookie weren't overwhelming—he caught 36 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns—but he was splitting time with two-time Pro Bowler Kyle Rudolph. He would be New England's primary pass-catching tight end and a huge part of the offense.
Harry was not that. An ankle injury limited him to just seven games, but he was mostly a non-factor upon his return from injured reserve.
Harry finished his rookie year with 12 catches, 105 yards and two touchdowns.