The NFL draft is one of the most entertaining sports events of the calendar year, in large part because of its shocking results. The 2019 NFL draft will be no exception, especially in the first round.
The 2019 NFL draft is just around the corner and with it comes great drama and intrigue surrounding the first round. The shock and awe that follows players who get selected higher than expected or the free fall experienced by top prospects are what makes the draft must-see television.
It happens almost every year. No matter how hard we try to predict what will happen in the first 32 picks, there’s bound to be several surprises. Whether it’s the quarterback who waits an extra long time in the green room, the offensive tackle who no one pegged as a top-10 pick, or a last-minute controversy impacting a highly-rated player, this year’s draft is certain to provide more than one storyline to feed watercooler talk for days.
Here are four potential surprises that could impact the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.
Missouri QB Drew Lock slides out of the first round
This year’s quarterback class consists of one player who’s likely to be the first overall pick and three others who’ve received varying degrees of first-round grades.
Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray is the odds-on favorite to be the Cardinals’ pick at No. 1, but does anyone really know where Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock or Duke’s Daniel Jones are really going to go?
The New York Giants at No. 6 overall are the first logical landing spot for QB2, whoever that may be, with the Denver Broncos (No. 10), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 11), Miami Dolphins (No. 13) and Washington Redskins (No. 15) all seemingly in the quarterback market as well. But rumors of Haskins’ grade being inflated and Jones’ leapfrogging Lock are proof of how volatile the first round will be for these prospects.
If there’s one quarterback who could experience the dreaded first-round fall, it’s Lock. He has the biggest arm in the class but also has the most erratic and inconsistent tape. And while NFL teams love big-armed passers, they also value accuracy and consistency at the position. That’s why Haskins and Jones may end up getting the call before Lock.
Whoever the fourth quarterback in this year’s class ends up being is going to run the risk of falling out of the first round completely. Sure, a team searching for a new signal caller could trade into the backend of the first round to secure the valuable fifth-year option, but Lock just has that feel of another Derek Carr draft experience. Carr was considered a first-round prospect in 2014 but fell all the way to the Oakland Raiders in the second round that year.