The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is in the books! We laughed, we cried, we freaked out, and there’s still a long way to go in this process. There are six rounds of drafting left, followed by the priority free agents getting gobbled up as soon as it ends.
Taking a league-wide view of how the draft board looks after the first round, I’ll use two resources to show who are the best available players left entering day two. First, here’s how things look on The Draft Network predictive board. This was done using their Mock Draft Machine.
According to The Draft Network, the biggest slide in the draft was Jawaan Taylor, the big tackle from Florida. Right before the draft Tony Pauline reported that Taylor was flagged by some teams for a medical issue. That must be the case, as Taylor has seen a massive slide.
Outisde of Taylor, the top players left are Drew Lock (QB, Missouri), Cody Ford (OT, Oklahoma), and Rock Ya-Sin (CB, Temple). In terms of positional stacks, the cornerback position has the most quality depth available. There are six players left at the position ranked within the top 50.
According to my personal big board, the player who fell the most and represents the best player available is Taylor again.
Beyond Taylor, the top players left include a repeat from Ford and then Nasir Adderley (S, Delaware), and DK Metcalf (WR, Ole Miss). For my money, the strongest position heading into the second round is wide receiver, with six players remaining in my top 50. This could be in plays for the Philadelphia Eagles in round two.
The biggest positional run in the first round was EDGE with seven players picked in the top thirty-two selections. Still, there’s talent to be found at the position, with Christian Miller (Alabama) and Chris Winovich (Michigan) still available.
Two days remain in the 2019 NFL Draft. As we prepare ourselves for what comes next, there are plenty of quality players available heading into the second round. Hold your butts, it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!