How Patriots competition in AFC did in first round of NFL Draft

Nick Friar
April 26, 2019 - 8:12 am

The Patriots mixed things up this year by actually using their first-round pick in NFL Draft, taking wide receiver N’Keal Harry. He is the first wide receiver they’ve selected in the opening round since taking Terry Glenn in 1996.

New England was the only team in the AFC East to draft a skill position player in the first round. Only one other AFC playoff team from last season took one.

Here’s what the teams chasing the Patriots in the AFC did in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft:

 

New York Jets, Third Overall

After ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the Jets were looking to trade out of the third overall pick, New York elected to take defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. The Alabama product checks in at 6-foot-3, 303 pounds and posted a 4.83 time in the 40 at the combine.

The AP first-team All-American led Alabama with 18.5 tackles for loss in his sophomore campaign. He’s slippery, so can create some havoc up the middle. But in a battle of strength, Williams may find himself overpowered from time-to-time.

 

Buffalo Bills, Ninth Overall

Six picks after the Jets took a defensive tackle the Buffalo Bills decided to go with one of their own, taking Houston’s Ed Oliver. Oliver measures in at 6-foot-2, 287 pounds. He was a third-team All-American in his senior campaign after finishing with 14.5 tackles for loss.

Oliver’s athleticism and fast-twitch capability give him serious upside. However, his size at the defensive tackle position presents cause for concern.

 

Miami Dolphins, 13th Overall

Former Patriots coach Brian Flores followed suit with the rest of the AFC East, taking a defensive tackle, as well. The Dolphins took Clemson’s Christian Wilkins, who also happens to be a Springfield, Mass. native.

The first-team All-American had 15 tackles for loss as a member of the National Championship-winning Clemson defensive line. He’s good in short bursts, but there is definitely room for improvement. Playing for a defensive-minded head coach could help Wilkins maximize on his abilities.

It also seems pertinent to note Wilkins is a Power Rangers fan. That, of course, guarantees he’ll be a great locker room guy.

 

Houston Texans, 23rd Overall

The Texans decided to get some protection for quarterback Deshaun Watson in the first round, taking offensive tackle Tytus Howard from Alabama State. The 6-foot-5, 322-pound tackle is more than a big body. He was a quarterback in high school and originally walked on at Alabama State as a tight end. Howard’s athleticism provides reason to believe he’ll be able to adapt to Watson’s dynamic play.

 

Baltimore Ravens, 25th Overall

Baltimore traded the 22nd pick to the Eagles for the 25th pick, a fourth-rounder (127th overall) and a sixth-rounder (197th overall).

With their first-round pick, the Ravens selected the highest-ranked wide receiver entering the 2019 NFL Draft despite his 5-foot-9, 166-pound build. Marquise Brown was an Associated Press first-team All-American in his junior year at Oklahoma.

He’s quick and elusive, but will need to add some size to hang in on a week-to-week basis in the NFL.

 

Los Angeles Chargers, 28th Overall

Former Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tillery will now call Los Angeles his home. The Chargers selected a 6-foot-6, 295-pound tackle that has shown potential to be a force in the league, but has some issues with consistency.

Tillery was named an AP second-team All-American after finishing the 2018 season with 10.5 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

 

Indianapolis Colts and Kansas City Chiefs, No Picks

The Colts traded the 26th overall pick to the Washington Redskins for a 2019 second-round pick and another in 2020.

The Chiefs traded the 29th overall pick (along with a 2020 second-round pick and swap of 2019 third-round picks) three days before the draft to the Seahawks for defensive end Frank Clark.

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