By: Josh Shippen
I always love reading a good re-draft, and maybe I will do a few more in the future, but for now here is the 2019 Draft if we had seen this year of play. For the sake of continuity, all trades will stay the same.
- Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB
Murray has not had that huge MVP season everyone thinks he will have one day but he is still an effective quarterback, which is what the Cards really needed.
- San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE
Bosa was a great pick at 2 for a team whose defensive line turned into one of the best in 2019. I wouldn’t change this pick, and I don’t think the 49ers would either.
- New York Jets: Ed Oliver, DT (Original: Quinnen Williams, DT)
I think they would go for the same position, but I think we can all be reasonably certain that Ed Oliver has been a better NFL player than Quinnen Williams who has not played like a 3 overall pick, and has been an organizational headache at times.
- Oakland Raiders: Maxx Crosby, DE (Original: Clelin Ferrell, DE)
The Raiders’ initial pick of Ferrell hasn’t been a bad one, but the star rookie of the show in Oakland was Maxx Crosby who I believe the Raiders would nab at four.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, ILB
White has been a stud for the Bucs who now have one of the best linebacker corps in the NFL with White. We can be pretty certain that the Bucs would not change their pick.
- New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB
People will say that Jones is wildly overrated, it’s even possible that they are right, but I think they really love Jones in their system because of how similar to Eli he is that they would not take a different quarterback at this position.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, OLB
Allen has been a star pickup for the Jaguars, and was one of two rookies in the top 10 to land a pro bowl. The Jags made a good pick here, and probably would not change it.
- Detroit Lions: Josh Jacobs, RB (Original: TJ Hockenson, TE)
If you’re looking at the position that carries more weight between tight end and running back, RB is way more. So if you have a problem at both positions you want to draft higher in a position that’s going to benefit you heavily. You can’t tell me the Lions would’ve rather had Josh Jacobs that Bo Scarburough.
- Buffalo Bills: AJ Brown, WR (Original: Ed Oliver, DT)
If you’re grooming a quarterback with a big arm and a lot to prove, what better to get him than a physical receiver who can line up in contrast to the speedy John Brown. Think of how fun that connection would have been!
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Devin Bush, ILB
Bush has had a lot of injury issues, but when healthy Bush has been a stud for this Steelers defense which is VERY nasty. The Steelers wouldn’t change this pick.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, OT
Williams was not able to play due to injury, but based on how awful that line is I would say that Williams is still the right pick here. If Williams is healthy, Dalton gets less killed behind this line.
- Green Bay Packers: Marquise Brown, WR (Original: Rashan Gary, OLB)
A burgeoning need for the Packers for the last few years has been a solid receiver to complement Davante Adams, and Brown would have been that final piece. Gary has been decent, but the Packers offense could potentially make up for that if the offense had this extra piece.
- Miami Dolphins: Clelin Ferrell, DE (Original: Christian Wilkins, DT)
With the departure of long time defensive lineman Cam Wake, Ferrell would have been a great piece to begin developing on this atrocious Miami line. Wilkins did not do anything for Miami, and I think they would definitely consider other options.
- Atlanta Falcons: Rashan Gary, OLB (Original: Chris Lindstrom, G)
The Falcons have needed desperately to fix their defense for a VERY long time, and picking offensive line is a huge gamble in any case. Gary took a year to develop, but ended up looking like a decent pick who I think would work great in this defense.
- Washington Redskins: Miles Sanders, RB (Original: Dwayne Haskins)
Haskins falls to the second round in this scenario so the Redskins still land him, but running back has been a huge question mark for them. Adrian Peterson was never a long term solution, Love and Guice were always injured, and behind them there is nobody good. Sanders would solidify the number one role in Redskins and be a great addition to an offense that desperately needs him.
- Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE
Burns has had moments in Carolina where he has looked great, and I think the Panthers would make the same pick to line him up with Shaq Thompson.
- New York Giants: Tytus Howard, OT (Original: Dexter Lawrence, DT)
When you have a young fresh quarterback, you want him to be nice and protected especially when your line has a recent history of being terrible. Howard would at least be a decent addition to the Giants’ lackluster line.
- Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C
Bradbury started out playing poorly, but has improved down the stretch. I believe the Vikings would stick with him again because that line desperately needed some help, and they were pretty set at most other positions.
- Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT
Simmons has made a huge year 2 jump, and has looked incredible for the Titans. They would be crazy to pick anyone else at this position, especially after giving away Jurrell Casey for a bag of spoons in the offseason.
- Denver Broncos: Irv Smith, Jr., TE (Original: Noah Fant, TE)
Fant has been great for the Broncos, but I feel like Smith could be even better. Smith is doing a great job as a 1B waiting for Kyle Rudolph to keep aging until he inevitably takes over, but his potential is too massive for that. Denver could have used him to increase the effectiveness of their passing game.
- Green Bay Packers: Darnell Savage, S
I still like Savage to get drafted in this position because he had a pretty decent first year for the Packers, and they would have already landed a strong pick in Marquise Browns earlier.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Devin Singletary, RB (Original: Andre Dillard, OT)
The Eagles did not have a solid core with Jordan Howard and Corey Clement. Cue Singletary to come in and be dominant behind a good offensive line and a quarterback who (used to) make everybody else around him better.
- Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OT (Original: Tytus Howard, OT)
Same position, different player. The Houston Texans had an awful line before the draft, and landing Ford would have been a massive improvement over Matt Kalil (who they had as a starter.
- Oakland Raiders: David Montgomery, RB (Original: Josh Jacobs, RB)
With all of the good backs off the board, the Raiders would use this opportunity to make sure they can get Montgomery before any other lower tier backs. Jacobs would be so much better but he would be taken off the board by the Lions.
- Baltimore Ravens: Mecole Hardman, WR (Original: Marquise Brown, WR)
The Ravens would draft Hardman, who is currently the best option, to start along Miles Boykin as a speed based receiver, and a good special teams option.
- Washington Redskins: Quinnen Williams, DT (Original: Montez Sweat, DE)
Drafting Williams here would mostly be to see what kind of upside you could get after he has fallen so far in the draft. Williams would start alongside Daron Payne to make a very nasty front 7 to deal with.
- Oakland Raiders: Drew Lock, QB (Original: Jonathan Abram, S)
The Raiders would snag Lock for a great value at the end of the first round to put pressure on Derek Carr to perform well, and if he is no longer needed he could be used as trade bait for the next draft. The Raiders had so many picks that this could have been a great investment.
- Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT
Tillery has had a very quiet career with the Chargers, but he has not shown that he has no promise so I think the Chargers would still invest a pick in him.
- Seattle Seahawks: DK Metcalf, WR (Original: LJ Collier, DE)
The Seahawks would pick up the receiver a round earlier because we know that the kid can ball. Metcalf would do the same things he did when he was picked in the second round, and be a great addition for Seattle.
- New York Giants: Greedy Williams, CB (Original: Deandre Baker, CB)
The Deandre Baker pick went south very quickly, and the Giants are still in need of a cornerback. Out of all the cornerbacks left, Greedy Williams has had the biggest impact, and would be the quickest guy to come out and immediately start playing well.
- Atlanta Falcons: Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Original: Kaleb McGary, OT)
The Falcons whiffed on both of their offensive line picks, especially when they should’ve been going for defense. Rock Ya-Sin would be the perfect piece for their secondary and bring something new to the table for Atlanta’s defense.
- New England Patriots: Noah Fant, TE (Original: N’Keal Harry)
Honestly it’s counterproductive to redraft the Pats because Bellichick always just does whatever the hell he wants, but Fant would have been a great player for Brady/Cam to use as an athletic tight end, and certainly would have been a better add than N’Keal Harry.