The NFL Draft dominated the weekend’s sports discussion with every fan eagerly awaiting to find their favorite team’s new players.
It is a special time of the year for sports fans. Basketball and hockey are in the midst of playoff runs to decide their sports champion. Baseball is just kicking off the season with spring making its way back. All those sports still cannot match the NFL’s annual domination of the sports world with the 2019 NFL Draft.
A record 47.5 million viewers tuned in throughout the weekend to watch the NFL Draft. That number is on top of the record 600,000 that were live in Nashville. According to the NFL this was the most watched draft in NFL history, beating out last year’s showing by nearly five percent. If the NFL Draft was a sport it would be in a league of it’s own for viewership.
With the draft firmly in the rear view, it is time for reflection. These draft classes get graded the minute the draft wraps up. Some of those grades will look poor when we look back in a few years and others will hit the nail on the head. That is what makes the NFL Draft so great; even when the event is all said and done, the nature of its entirety makes it a never ending learning experience.
That being said, there are teams that felt like they “won” the draft and others that felt like clear losers. This is a list of ten teams that knocked it out of the park this weekend.
Draft Class: Kyler Murray, QB | Byron Murphy, CB | Andy Isabella, WR | Zach Allen, EDGE | Hakeem Butler, WR | Deionte Thompson, S | Keesean Johnson, WR | Lamont Gaillard, C | Joshua Miles, T | Michael Dogbe, DT | Caleb Wilson, TE
This draft class will be determined by the first pick and first overall of the entire draft. Kyler Murray was the selection atop the draft that sent ripples throughout the entire Arizona Cardinals organization. Regardless of how you feel on Murray against former incumbent Josh Rosen, it is the class as a whole that impressed. It won’t matter though if Rosen tears it up in Miami and Murray is an eventual bust.
Where Arizona general manager Steve Keim won with this class is finding players that can grow together. The trio of receivers, Isabella, Butler and Johnson all bring a unique skill set to the table to maximize as they grow with Murray along with last year’s rookie Christian Kirk. Defensively, the corner and safety pairing are exciting pieces to go with Budda Baker and Patrick Peterson.
This class could land Arizona five-plus starters on a team that is desperately in need of talent. Butler would be the biggest steal with him being a top-five receiver on many peoples big boards. Personally, Butler was the fourth-best receiver in the draft and should immediately start on the outside to give Murray a big body and red zone threat. One thing is certain, Kliff Kingsbury has a ton of weapons at his disposal now and the Cardinals offense will look drastically different next year.