Each First Round Draft Pick From The 2019 NFL Draft

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That’s it! The first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is over and some of the biggest names are officially off the board. Here are every draft pick from the first round:

Selection No. 1 – Arizona Cardinals: QB Kyler Murray

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Selection No. 2 – San Francisco 49ers: DE Nick Bosa

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Selection No. 3 – New York Jets: DT Quinnen Williams

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Selection No. 4 – Oakland Raiders: DE Clelin Ferrell

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Selection No. 5 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Devin White

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Selection No. 6 – New York Giants: QB Daniel Jones

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Selection No. 7 – Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Josh Allen

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Selection No. 8 – Detroit Lions: TE TJ Hockenson

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Selection No. 9 – Buffalo Bills: DT Ed Oliver

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Selection No. 10 – Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Broncos): LB Devin Bush

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Selection No. 11 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Jonah Williams

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Selection No. 12 – Green Bay Packers: DE Rashan Gary

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Selection No. 13 – Miami Dolphins: DT Christian Wilkins

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Selection No. 14 – Atlanta Falcons: G/T Chris Lindstrom

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Selection No. 15 – Washington Redskins: QB Dwayne Haskins

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Selection No. 16 – Carolina Panthers: OLB Brian Burns

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Selection No. 17 – New York Giants (Via Browns): DT Dexter Lawrence

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Selection No. 18 – Minnesota Vikings: C Garrett Bradbury

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Selection No. 19 – Tennessee Titans: DT Jeffery Simmons

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Selection No. 20 – Denver Broncos (Via Steelers): TE Noah Fant

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Selection No. 21 – Green Bay Packers (Via Seahawks): S Darnell Savage

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Selection No. 22 – Philadelphia Eagles (Via Ravens): T Andre Dillard

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Selection No. 23 – Houston Texans: T Tytus Howard

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Selection No. 24 – Oakland Raiders (Via Bears): RB Josh Jacobs

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Selection No. 25 – Baltimore Ravens (Via Eagles): WR Marquise Brown

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Selection No. 26 – Washington Redskins (Via Colts): DE Montez Sweat

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Selection No. 27 – Oakland Raiders (Via Cowboys): S Johnathan Abram

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Selection No. 28 – Los Angeles Chargers: DT Jerry Tillery

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Selection No. 29 – Seattle Seahawks (Via Chiefs): DE L.J. Collier

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Selection No. 30 – New York Giants (Via Seahawks/Packers/Saints): CB Deandre Baker

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Selection No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons (Via Rams): T Kaleb McGary

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Selection No. 32 – New England Patriots: WR N’Keal Harry

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Top 10 Greatest Saints To Ever Play

Johnathon Vilma, Pat Swilling, Mark Ingram. All dominate Saints players yet they didn’t make the cut for my personal top 10 Saints players. Here is my top 10 Saints players.

Number 10: DE Will Smith

Super Bowl winning DE Will Smith was murdered tragically April 9th, 2016. Will Smith’s greatest play, in my opinion, was Tracy Porter’s game-sealing interception as he laid a key block on Peyton Manning.

Number 9: QB Archie Manning

Although it was another era when Saints fans typically wore paper bags over their heads, there was a shining star at QB by the name of Archie Manning. He gave the Saints hope yet we were typically considered the “laughing stock of the league.”

Number 8: WR Joe Horn

WR Joe Horn was not only a great receiver, he was a hilarious personality to have around New Orleans. He’s iconically know for his cell phone celebration after a touchdown.

Number 7: LB Sam Mills

LB Sam Mills passed away August 3rd, 2005 after a battle with colon cancer. Mills was inducted into the Saints and Panthers Hall of Fame. Mills is the inspiration behind the Panthers’ slogan “Keep Pounding.” He was in “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” was a nickname for the Saints linebacking corp.

Number 6: OL Willie Roaf

OT Willie Roaf, aka “Nasty,” played for the Saints and Chiefs for thirteen seasons. He was such an exceptional tackle, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.

Number 5: RB Deuce McAllister

DEUCEEEEE!!! Deuce McAllister is the greatest running back in Saints history. He was drafted out of Ole Miss in the first round and spent eight seasons with the Saints.

Number 4: WR Marques Colston

WR Marques Colston, the greatest WR to never make a Pro Bowl. After drafted in the seventh round out of Hofstra, he was never looked at tremendously. He has just under 10,000 career yards (9,759) and 72 touchdowns.

Number 3: K Morten Anderson

K Morten Andersen is one of the greatest kickers ever after just being passed by ageless K Adam Vinatieri. Andersen ended his career with 2,544 points. He was inducted into the 2017 Hall of Fame class.

Number 2: LB Rickey Jackson

HOF LB Rickey Jackson was inducted into the 2010 class. Jackson was the leader of the “Dome Patrol.” The “Dome Patrol” consisted of Rickey Jackson, Sam Mills, Vaughn Johnson and Pat Swilling.

Number 1: QB Drew Brees

Although this may be obvious, I placed Brees as the greatest Saint ever because after Hurricane Katrina, the Saints, and quite frankly, the whole city of New Orleans was in desperate need of a hero. The Saints were rumored to be relocated to San Antonio if NOLA couldn’t recover. Within a few years of being signed, Brees brought a Lombardi to NOLA.


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Jayrone Elliott: Saints Best AAF Prospect

Former San Antonio Commanders’ LB/DE Jayrone Elliott would add great depth to the Saints’ defensive line and linebackers.

Elliott, who led the AAF in sacks with 7.5 in just 8 games, was a Packers linebacker a few years back and already spent time in New Orleans during the preseason.

With the Saints losing DT Sheldon Rankins for the beginning of the season due to a torn achilles and the lack of depth at the linebacker position for us, Jayrone Elliott could supply us with “breathing room” per se. Elliot is a great pass rusher and for him to learn with one of the game’s best in Cam Jordan can be very beneficial for him.

The 6’3″, 255lbs linebacker nearly missed the 53-man roster cut off and had to sign with the AAF in the meantime.


Fun Fact: LB Jayrone Elliott, CB Marshon Lattimore, WR Ted Ginn Jr, and ST/CB Justin Hardee all attended Glenville High School in Cleveland, OH.

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The Boston Celtics Turn Adversity into NBA Finals Certainty

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We’re getting to the finals, no question about it.”

This quote from the Celtics young star, Jaylen Brown, displays the tremendous amount of confidence Celtics players and fans immediately gained after coming 1 game short of reaching the NBA Finals.  The ensuing offseason did nothing but reassure their confidence with Lebron’s reign as “The King” of the East over as he headed to the bright lights of Hollywood.  Not only was their main threat GONE but the Celtics have their two-star players, Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, returning to the lineup for a full season. Las Vegas Odds forecasted the Celtics as the FAVORITE to win the East along with the 2nd best odds to win the NBA Title.

The obvious assumption was that with the return of their stars they would easily rise to the next level and compete for a championship, and with these odds, the Celtics felt invincible.

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Not so fast my friends, not so fast.

The Celtics started out the season with a disappointing 10-10 record, sending Celtics fans everywhere whimpering into their closets.  This team was lacking patience, effort, and were getting straight-up outplayed night in and night out. The Celtics were experimenting with many different lineups in an attempt to maximize the immense talent this roster had, but this led to a season full of extreme highs and extreme lows.  Then, the experimenting finally started to yield much-anticipated results with the Celtics winning 9 of their next 11.  Veteran Celtics leader Al Horford said, “I think going through this has made us stronger because if we were winning, all of the underlying issues would still be there, but now they have been addressed thoroughly”.  Little did he know, this was only the beginning of their roller-coaster season.

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INCONSISTENCY

This word has been the storm looming behind the hills for the Celtics all season long.  As the calenders turned from 2018 to 2019 the same inconsistencies continued to plague this team.  They go on stretches with beating the leagues best team on great shooting and ball movement to losing to the leagues bottom feeders (sorry Knicks fans) with horrendous defense and no energy.  Not knowing which Celtics team you were going to get on a nightly basis took its toll on the team.

The NBA’s new Television show: Keeping Up With Kyrie Irving

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NBA media sources always look for drama around the league, and with the Celtics struggling, they turned to Kyrie Irving for the answers. 

The only issue?  He didn’t have the answers. 

As NBA fans, we all expect the leader to help get their team through struggles and adversity, so when he blamed their struggles on his young teammates the media had an absolute field day with him.  Kyrie said,”  Playing with the expectation that every day you have to be great.  These are some of the things that some of my teammates haven’t faced.  If they think it’s hard now, what will happen when we’re trying to get to the Finals?”  Although he is looking out for the benefit of his team, the media twisted and turned his words to create false headlines such as “Kyrie Irving Isolates Himself From The Team”.  Turning a group of men into a team is already such a difficult job, and with the media continuing to pile up on their issues the Celtics season looked as if it was spiraling towards the dumpster. 

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Celtics headed into the All-Star Break a disappointing 37-25

For the next month, the Celtics suffered losing streak after losing streak, and things would only take a turn for the worse.  The fact that Kyrie Irving’s name kept surfacing in reports of leaving the Celtics didn’t help their struggles at all.  Not only were they struggling but everyone around the league started to make the consensus that the Celtics were better off without Kyrie on the floor.  All of this drama made the life of the Celtics absolutely miserable.  

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There are always two sides to every story.

The media will always, ALWAYS post a more controversial, negative story that creates drama than a positive story about team chemistry.  Ever since the rumors about Kyrie leaving the Celtics, the team has made tremendous progress to create a family atmosphere.  The Celtics consistently have enjoyable 3 point shooting competitions at the end of their practices to finish off hours of hard work they put in. 

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March 4, 2019- The Boston Celtics beat the Golden State Warriors 128-95 on the heels of a 12-hour plane ride.  The plane ride was widely acknowledged to help the team chemistry.

Celtics Hit Their Stride At the Perfect Time

The Celtics traveled to California preparing to take on the NBA’s number one team, the Warriors.  The Celtics would go on that night to demolish the Warriors with a score 128-95, but what will be lost in the sea of NBA news is the plane ride to the Oakland.  Al Horford, Kyrie Irving, and Gordon Hayward all agreed that the plane ride helped the team relax and forget about all of the outside drama.  Little moments like these are the type that has completely changed the mindsets of this youthful team.

This Celtics are regaining their confidence at the perfect time with the playoffs looming.  The Eastern Conference is loaded with talented rosters but this Celtics roster is good enough to defeat any team in this league in a seven-game series.  With all of this said, this seasons success rests on the back of not one sole player, but this team as a whole.

This team has taken baby steps towards achieving their goal of an NBA Title, but it’s time to grow up, put on their big boy pants and eat with the men.  Once they do, good luck stopping them.

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