The third day of the NFL Draft could be viewed as a casting audition for HBO’s “Hard Knocks.”
Players who are selected in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds are more likely to spend training camp on the roster bubble. That makes them automatic candidates for a featured role on the reality TV show that is at its best when it makes viewers care about players whose pro football career seemingly hangs in the balance of some practices and preseason games.
While it has not yet been announced which team will be the focus of “Hard Knocks” in 2019, according Newsweek, the five candidates are the Oakland Raiders, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins. Continue reading
After the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft was dominated by linemen and linebackers, the second and third rounds saw teams turn more attention to the pass-catchers and defenders that are so crucial in the passing game.
The first two picks of the second round were cornerbacks, kicking off a day in which 16 defensive backs, 11 wide receivers and six tight ends came off the board.
The Arizona Cardinals, who started things on Thursday by choosing Heisman-winning quarterback Kyler Murray with the No. 1 overall pick, were again on the clock at the beginning of the second round on Friday. The Cards used that 33rd overall pick on University of Washington cornerback Byron Murphy. Continue reading
For the second year in a row, the first pick of the NFL Draft is a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from the University of Oklahoma. Kyler Murray is that man in 2019, going to the Arizona Cardinals, following Cleveland Browns signal-caller Baker Mayfield in 2018.
After this year’s top pick, the first round was loaded with linemen and linebackers. To be exact, 21 of the first 32 selections in this draft were players who should fill spots on the offensive line or the defensive front seven.
Defensive backs were an afterthought on Thursday, with two safeties and one cornerback going in the first round. Continue reading