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NASHVILLE White Chris Hogan Jerseys , Tenn. (AP) — A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray’s name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a signal caller. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.NFL teams simply don’t do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade.“My job is to come in every day, work hard and get better each and every day, do what I can to make this team better,” Murray said. “I’ve known Josh since high school, so me and him are cool. We got along really well, so I’ve always been fond of him. But us being teammates now, I can’t control anything but going in there and working hard.”Resplendent in a pink suit — nothing close to the Cardinals red he will be wearing in Arizona — Murray was a first-round baseball pick by the Oakland A’s. He becomes the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall and is the second straight Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.“BACK TO BACK!!!!! CONGRATS K1!!!! Well deserved my brotha!!!” Mayfield tweeted.As for bypassing baseball, Murray has no qualms about the decision.“I love playing multiple sports. I grew up playing multiple sports,” he said. “I just think there’s no reason to limit yourself to one sport. I love to compete, so it wasn’t a big deal for me.”With quarterbacks so in demand these days, the Giants might have reached a bit for Duke’s Daniel Jones at the sixth spot, and the Redskins did just the opposite to get Dwayne Haskins. They stayed put at No. 15 and the Ohio State star fell to them.Perhaps serendipitously, he held a bowling party about 30 miles away Thursday night.“I’m just going to work on getting my head in that playbook,” said Haskins Chris Hogan Jerseys 2019 , a one-year starter for the Buckeyes. “I’m going to do all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys that’s coming in with me in this rookie class.”After Murray, though, defense became the order of the night. Of the first 20 picks, 12 were for that side of the ball, all of them pass-rushing threats.Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.“I see him as a three-down player,” general manager John Lynch said. “He’s got to come in and do it, but he plays the run well. His best strength is rushing the passer, but he can play all three downs and play in all situations.”Bosa’s older brother, Joey, plays for the Chargers and was the 2016 Defensive Rookie of the Year. Their father also played in the NFL.“Good genes, man,” Bosa said with a laugh. “It was just excitement all around. My brother wanted me to go higher than he did (third overall), so just for my dream to come true and my family to be there to watch, it was pretty great.”Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997. He missed all but three games last season with a core muscle injury, but already had exhibited the kind of playmaking that lifts players to loft status. Such as the second pick in the draft.The Jets, widely speculated to trade the third pick, used it on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Not even a starter until 2018, he won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama’s highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.More defense with Clemson end Clelin Ferrell going to Oakland and LSU linebacker Devin White to Tampa Bay White Eric Rowe Jerseys , both addressing huge needs.The Giants, looking for Eli Manning’s eventual successor, took Jones, the Senior Bowl MVP. Jones generally was not considered a first-round prospect when the college season ended. But he’s been tutored at Duke by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.“I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback, Jones said of Eli Manning.“He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.”Kentucky edge rusher Josh Allen followed to Jacksonville, then it was Iowa tight end T.J. Hockenson to Detroit and Houston DT Ed Oliver to Buffalo.Finally, in the 10th spot, a trade: Pittsburgh sending the 20th spot, the 53rd selection and a third-rounder next year to Denver. The Steelers, with Hall of Famer Joe Greene making the announcement, selected Michigan linebacker Devin Bush — a player apparently coveted by AFC North rival Cincinnati at No. 11.The Bengals grabbed Alabama tackle Jonah Williams instead.Three consecutive picks were dealt later in the round. Denver had gotten No. 20 from the Steelers and took Noah Fant, the second Iowa tight end chosen Thursday night. Green Bay acquired the next pick from Seattle and got Maryland safety Darnell Savage, a somewhat surprising choice. Then the Eagles dealt with Baltimore and probably got a replacement for longtime left tackle Jason Peters with Tytus Howard of Alabama State, the initial non-FBS player chosen.One spot later, at No. 24, Oakland used its second pick on Alabama’s Josh Jacobs, the first running back to go. The Raiders‘ third selection was Mississippi State safety Johnathan Abrams.Baltimore’s new GM Eric Rowe Jerseys 2019 , Eric DeCosta, made his first choice in charge of the draft Oklahoma receiver Marquise Brown, who also wept upon being called.Through its bartering, Seattle had consecutive spots at 29 and 30, selecting TCU’s L.J. Collier — yet another defensive lineman — before sending the 30th to the Giants, who grabbed cornerback DeAndre Baker of Georgia. That gave New York three first-rounders.One team that stuck to the trenches, but on the offensive side, was Atlanta. Desperate for blocking help, the Falcons drafted Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Washington tackle Kaleb McGary, who they got by trading back into the opening round to get the Rams’ 31st spot.New England concluded a first round that saw 18 defensive players taken (only three in the secondary) and 14 on offense with receiver N’Keal Harry of Arizona State.Overall, the SEC had nine players, the ACC eight and the Big Ten seven. Clemson, Alabama and Mississippi State had three draftees apiece. New England picked up the Alabama man with the 87th overall selection."WhitePatriots News Opinion and Analysis Contribute! FanPostsFanShotsAbout the Site List of Patriots Twitter AccountsWrite For Pats Pulpit!New User Welcome and Commenting GuideCommunity GuidelinesMastheadTopics Patriots Off-Season CoveragePatriots Opinion/AnalysisPatriots NewsPatriots Draft CoverageSportfolio ManagementNFL DraftPatriots Opinion/AnalysisNFL Draft GradesPC’s Picks: My take on the Patriots selecting Damien Harris in round three of the 2019 NFL draftNew,63commentsRead more:How Damien Harris fits the Patriots offenseEDTShareTweetShareSharePC’s Picks: My take on the Patriots selecting Damien Harris in round three of the 2019 NFL draftMatthew Emmons-USA TODAY SportsWith the 87th overall selection in the draft, the New England Patriots made a rather surprising decision by addressing one of the deepest positions on the team: the Patriots drafted running back Damien Harris out of Alabama.87th Overall - Damien Harris RB My first reaction to the news was not positive. I wouldn’t say I was apoplectic but I felt there were better options available. I think out of all the draft picks my opinion of this one has seen the most positive improvement from where I was when it was first picked. Grade: B What I LikeI want to take you back to a press conference with Tom Brady where he specifically mentions the deep desire for the offense to have a short yardage back. At the time he was discussing the pick in the context of Sony Michel. It was an intriguing answer but it also left me a bit perplexed. Michel is not a short yardage specialist, so it did not appear like the need matched up with the talent. You know what player does match the short yardage specialist profile? Damien Harris.Be warned future fantasy players, I see some nice Michel-dominated drives that end with Harris swooping in to take the touchdown. I think it is clear the Patriots have a specific role in mind for Harris and I think he has the capacity to fulfill that role admirably. Everything about him screams short yardage back. He has the build, the efficiency White LaAdrian Waddle Jerseys , the technique and the power. Michel and Harris are both two-down backs but their skills are not entirely duplicative.Another thing to like about Harris is his pass protection. He displays well above-average skill in this arena which will make it very easy to put him on the field as a rookie. Another thing to like about Harris are his hands. He doesn’t have the speed or route running skills to be an adept pass catcher but his hands are quite natural meaning he at least gives you something in the passing game.Another element to like about Harris is his leadership qualities. Like Sony Michel he was a two-time team captain who was given impressive marks for his character. Harris can also participate on special teams. I think the best case scenario for Harris fills an (apparently) critical role as a short yardage guru who pass protects well and offers a sprinkle of versatility through dump off passes and special teams. What Concerns MeTo be perfectly honest I don’t have a lot of concerns with Harris. If the concerns with Chase Winovich and Joejuan Williams are that their major physical deficiencies limit their floor, the concern with Harris is that his physical deficiencies limit his ceiling. He is the classic high-floor, low-ceiling prospect in my eyes. People have compared him to Michel because he was productive out of a committee but make no mistake: the former first-rounder is a superior talent, which is reflected in where he was picked.Pats Pulpit reacts to the Damien Harris and Yodny Cajuste picksSubscribe to the Pats Pulpit podcast for more draft reactions!That leads us to the issue of value. On one hand, the Patriots have been had issues with running back both in 2015 and 2018. On the other hand, how much do you really want to value the fourth depth option of the least important position in football? The Patriots would be fine if Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel or James White missed a game. Would they be okay if Julian Edelman or N’Keal Harry did the same?People bring up the injury concerns with Michel and Rex Burkhead, but I could levy the same concern at nearly every position. Not to mention you can grab solid running backs through free agency, through the last four rounds of the draft, or even through undrafted free agents. It’s much harder to do that with other positions. The potential cap gains are also limited.Harris does not do what Burkhead or White do so I’m not convinced this lets us move past either. But even if he causes New England to move past Burkhead it only saves the team a few million in cap relative to another position that might save them significantly more. I think the realistic worst-case-scenario is that Harris offers minimal value for a third round pick, not necessarily him busting as a prospect. Closing Thoughts on the GradeAs for Harris, the B is purely the result of his limited value. He’s a safe pick. I think he will fill a need the team desired to fill. I don’t see very much upside here. As long he fills his role at a high level I can be satisfied with taking him at the bottom of the third, hence a B grade. Overall, I think the Patriots did well for themselves on day two. There is definitely some significant risk but there is also some legitimate upside. You are going to have to take risks when consistently picking at the bottom of the draft. In this case I think these risks are calculated ones, with better than even odds of paying off in big way.

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