2019 DRAFT RECAP- AFC EAST

2019 DRAFT RECAP-
AFC EAST

BUFFALO BILLS Overall Assessment: B+
Rd 1-Pick 9 (9) Ed Oliver, DT Houston
Rd 2-Pick 6 (38) Cody Ford, G Oklahoma
Rd 3-Pick 11 (74) Devin Singletary, RB Florida Atlantic
Rd 3-Pick 33 (96) Dawson Knox, TE Mississippi
Rd 5-Pick 9 (147) Voesean Joseph, LB Florida
Rd 6-Pick 8 (181) Jaquan Johnson, S Miami
Rd 7-Pick 11 (225) Darryl Johnson, Edge N. Carolina A&T
Rd 7-Pick 14 (228) Tommy Sweeney, TE Boston College

Buffalo filled a lot of weaknesses with young talent in this draft. They also got tremendous value for their picks. Trying to build around their young passer the Bills injected youth into many key positions. Ed Oliver and Cody Ford were both taken after they were projected to go. Both players are plug and play starters that will improve the Bills play in the trenches. Adding Devin Singletary not only takes the load off an aging LeSean McCoy, but also a potential replacement as well. After moving on from Charles Clay the pick of Dawson Knox makes sense. While Knox is still raw, his athleticism will make him a valuable weapon at the next level. Voesean Joseph was taken in the range where you would expect. He provides depth and special teams help. Jaquan Johnson and Darryl Johnson are talented defenders that will compete to find a defensive role. Their main focus will be earning spot on special teams. Tommy Sweeney will compete to fill in the depth at tight end. The Bills are re-working the position so the injection of youth will bring fresh legs and talent to the roster.

NEW YORK JETS: Overall Assessment: B-
Rd 1-Pick 3 (3) Quinnen Williams, DT Alabama
Rd 3-Pick 4 (68) Jachai Polite, Edge Florida
Rd 3-Pick 29 (92) Chuma Edoga, T USC
Rd 4-Pick 19 (121) Trevon Wesco, TE West Virginia
Rd 5-Pick 19 (157) Blake Cashman, LB Minnesota
Rd 6-Pick 24 (196) Blessuan Austin, CB Rutgers

The New York Jets were looking to get one step closer to the Super Bowl Champions this offseason. New head coach and new direction. Among the moves was bringing in Greg Williams to run the defense. You couldn’t start off any better than to give him the best defensive tackle in this draft class. Quinnen Williams is just what the doctor ordered. He is a disruptive force that will compliment Leonard Williams. Jachai Polite fell to the 3rd round but should help with edge pressure. Polite may not be forced to start, but he can fit into a rotation. Chuma Edoga will help protect Sam Darnold. Trevon Wesco provides a run blocker and solid pass catcher for Darnold. Wesco helps as a move blocker and as an option on play-action passes. Blake Cashman and Blessuan Austin will provide depth and special teams help.

MIAMI DOLPHINS Overall Assessment: C
Rd 1-Pick 13 (13) Christian Wilkins, DT Clemson
Rd 3-Pick 15 (78) Michael Deiter, G Wisconsin
Rd 5-Pick 13 (151) Andrew Van Ginkel, LB Wisconsin
Rd 6-Pick 30 (202) Isaiah Prince, T Ohio State
Rd 7-Pick 19 (233) Chandler Cox, RB Auburn
Rd 7-Pick 20 (234) Myles Gaskin, RB Washington

The Dolphins made the best of their draft picks not only by getting big body DT Christian Wilkins in the 1st, but also trading their 2nd round pick to Arizona for QB Josh Rosen. They added G Michael Deiter to bolster the interior of the O-line. He will be joined by Ohio State T Isaiah Prince. Chandler Cox and Myles Gaskin will provide depth behind Leveon Bell. The trade from Arizona to get Rosen was the best part of their draft. Overall, not even Wilkins can save them from a C.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Overall Assessment: B+
Rd 1-Pick 32 (32) N’Keal Harry, WR Arizona State
Rd 2-Pick 13 (45) Joejuan Williams, CB Vanderbilt
Rd 3-Pick 14 (77) Chase Winovich, EDGE Michigan
Rd 3-Pick 24 (87) Damien Harris, RB Alabama
Rd 3-Pick 38 (101) Yodny Cajuste, T West Virginia
Rd 4-Pick 16 (118) Hjalte Froholdt, G Arkansas
Rd 4-Pick 31 (133) Jarrett Stidham, QB Auburn
Rd 5-Pick 21 (159) Byron Cowart, DT Maryland
Rd 5-Pick 25 (163) Jacob Bailey, P Georgia
Rd 7-Pick 38 (252) Ken Webster, CB Mississippi

I wanted to give the Pats an A, but there are things in this draft that bother me. N’Keal Harry is a talent, but I am worries he isn’t a fit for the New England Offense. Joejuan Williams and Chase Winovich will have immediate impacts. Damien Harris and Yodny Cajuste will compete for starter reps. Hjalte Froholdt was a surprise for me. He seemed like a reach for a lineman with limited upside as a developmental player. Jarrett Stidham will round into a solid backup for years to come. Cowart and Webster will compete for roster spots. Bailey gives them a young punter that will do things the Patriot way. I thought A except for that Harry pick. I could see other receivers that fit the Patriots mold. Other than Randy Moss, big receivers tend to fade out in the Patriots scheme. Harry relies on athleticism to win. I’m concerned that is potential for a big miss there

Jeff Barnes
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Born in the Bronx, NY Jeff attended Mount Saint Michael Academy. He played Defensive back and Halfback, and was a member of the Catholic High School Football League 1992 City Championship team. During his Senior Year he led CHSFL with 4 Interceptions as a cornerback. In 1994, Jeff attended Grambling State University. After leaving school in 1995, he started playing in the United Football League. He would play for 8 years earning 3 Allstar nominations in the UFL and GSFL ( Garden State Football League). After retiring, he decided that coaching was his next challenge, he would start out as a Defensive Backs coach. He was elevated to Defensive Coordinator the following season. He would later shift his focus to offense becoming an offensive coordinator, and was even named Head Coach in 2009. He would serve as a coordinator reaching 4 league championship games. The highlight was his final season as offensive coordinator winning the New England Football League AAA Championship in 2016 with the Western Connecticut Militia. He picked up a knack for developing players with little to no experience as well as former collegiate athletes. Jeff has knowledge of several offensive systems such as Air Coryell, West Coast, Spread and Wishbone. Jeff has coached both 4-3 and 3-4 defenses. Jeff is also a Sports Management Worldwide Alumni having been mentored in a scouting and General Manager course by Russ Lande, Mark Dominik and John Wooten. Jeff joined the Major League Football show MLF Weekly as a studio analyst in 2017. He would leave the show in 2018 as he relocated to Florida. He has returned to coaching at the high school level.

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