The Titans are ranked second after adding 6 potential starters to their roster. The Bills picked up some explosive talent to land at third.
3. Buffalo Bills
Round 1: (9) Ed Oliver, DT, Houston.
Round 2: (38) Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma.
Round 3: (74) Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic; (96) Dawson Knox, TE, Mississippi.
Round 5: (147) Vosean Joseph, LB, Florida.
Round 6: (181) Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami.
Round 7: (225) Darryl Johnson, edge, North Carolina A&T; (228) Tommy Sweeney, TE, Boston College.
Big-time players make big-time plays, and big-time plays, win games. The Buffalo Bills did a great job of picking up some big-time players in this year’s NFL Draft. The Bills kicked things off by selecting Houston Defensive Tackle, Ed Oliver, with the 9th pick of the draft. We covered Ed Oliver in a Quick Profile here! Oliver was a top 5 talent but the Bills were able to snatch him up with pick number 9. This draft pick is tremendous value for a team that is lacking star power. The pressure will be up on the Bills’ coaching staff to put Oliver in situations that will unlock that star potential. The team’s next draft pick was used to bolster the offensive line. In the 2nd round (pick 38), the Bills selected Offensive Lineman Cody Ford. Ford is a versatile lineman who spent time at both Guard and Tackle in college. Ford was a big-time player for Oklahoma, playing in 29 total games for the Sooners over the course of three seasons. This past college football season, many considered the Oklahoma front five to be the best offensive line in football. Getting Ford in the 2nd round was an absolute steal for Buffalo.
Buffalo used their 3rd round pick on a very interesting prospect. Florida Atlantic Running back Devin Singletary was selected with the 74th pick in the draft. Standing at 5’7 and weighing around 200 lbs, Singletary is a mighty mouse on the football field. His small stature caused him to slide to the 3rd round, but Singletary had the production of an elite college player. David Singletary ran for 4,684 yards and 67 touchdowns (!) during his three seasons at FAU. That kind of production is truly incredible. He is a shifty and explosive runner, that does a good job of making defenders miss in space. This small runner has some power behind him as well. Singletary should end up being the perfect replacement for current Bills’ Running Back Lesean McCoy.
The remaining picks for Buffalo were solid to say the least. The Bills were able to add two key players who should be superstars on special teams right away. Vosean Joseph from Florida was selected in the 5th round. Joseph is a hard-nosed Linebacker, who was a big time hitter in college. Jaquan Johnson was selected in the 6th round by Buffalo. The Safety out of Miami was a leader for that unit, and is a player with a lot of upside. Both picks are exciting, late round players to add to a roster. Look out Bills Mafia, things are looking up for your franchise!
2. Tennessee Titans
Round 1: (19) DI Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Round 2: (51) WR AJ Brown, Ole Miss
Round 3: (82) G Nate Davis, Charlotte
Round 4: (116) S Amani Hooker, Iowa
Round 5: (168) Edge D’Andre Walker, Georgia
Round 6: (188) LB David Long Jr., West Virginia
The Tennessee Titans hosted the 2019 NFL Draft. Their fans were great, and brought major energy to the event. When this group of players hits the field, the fans will have even more to cheer about. The Titans absolutely crushed this draft. They got things started by selecting Defensive Tackle Jeffery Simmons from Mississippi State. Simmons was a highly touted prospect after dominating the interior of the Bulldogs’ defensive line. After tearing his ACL while training for the NFL Draft, the stud defensive lineman slide on draft day. Simmons was selected with the 19th pick in the draft, but is regarded as a Top 10 talent in this draft class. Simmons will likely end up missing the entire 2019-2020 NFL season. Drafting a redshirt player isn’t the most exciting thing in the world, but if Simmons can make a full recovery, he will be an elite player for the Titans.
The remaining 5 draft picks for the Titans were all home-runs. The Titans added value with each pick, and didn’t reach to fill needs. Patience is a virtue, and GM Jon Robinson showed it on draft weekend. The Titans 2nd round pick was used to select Ole Miss’ Wide Receiver, AJ Brown. Brown is your prototype NFL slot receiver, and should be a day 1 starter on this team. The Titans desperately need to make a decision regarding the future of QB Marcus Mariota. Mariota has one more season to prove he can be a franchise quarterback. Getting him weapons for this offense was crucial for this front office. The Titans used pick 82 in the 3rd round to select Offensive Guard, Nate Davis, out of Charlotte. Davis is an athletic interior lineman, and he should compete for a starting job immediately.
The final three picks of this team’s draft were just as impressive as the first three. With pick 116, the Titans selected Iowa Safety Amani Hooker. Grabbing Hooker in the 4th round is an excellent value pick for Tennessee. Hooker was a highly graded safety, and was thought of as a 2nd or 3rd round pick. This defensive back is outstanding in zone coverage, and could be a big time player in that Mike Vrabel defense. The Titans 5th round pick was used on EDGE defender D’Andre Walker. Walker isn’t the most polished player yet, but served as an impact player for the Georgia Bulldogs. The last pick of the Titans draft may end up being their most valuable. David Long Jr. out of West Virginia University was drafted with the 188th pick in the draft. Long Jr. was a force in the 3-3-5 Stack defense at WVU. He plays downhill, and knows how to find the football. If he can clean up some technique issues and develop in pass coverage, the Titans could be looking at a starting inside linebacker. The 2019 NFL Draft was an all-around, fantastic event, for the hosting team.