2019 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Combine Notes
Oklahoma Quarterback and reigning Heisman trophy holder, Kyler Murray, was the media talk of the town for the whole week. The media focused on his height and weight as being the only variable that needed to be checked for him to become the next Baker Mayfield. Will he be under 5’10” or slightly over 5’10”? Will he weigh 200lbs? For a General Manager in the NFL, these numbers are really irrelevant. This just in…” he’s a small man in a big man’s game”. Sure, the Mel Kuiper’s of the world will tell you he’s “number one on his big board” and another draft guru will say “he’s dynamic athletically” and that his escape ability will set him apart on an NFL field just like it did in the college game. If I’m a GM with pressure to solve my QB issue at the top of this year’s NFL draft, this Combine charade did NOTHING to push my decision along any further at all. The questions remain:
1. Can he lead “men” in a game, when these men are taxed and pushed beyond their comfort zones each Sunday?
2. Can he operate/ process from the pocket and throw with accuracy?
These two questions were not answered in Indy, trust me. Been there, done that. The work is just starting for decision makers on Kyler Murray. It has not concluded like the draft-pundits would like you to believe because of anything that was gleaned out of the “Underwear Olympics” in Indy.
The dismantle and craziness around Arizona’s much-maligned and soon to be second-year QB, Josh Rosen, spun out of control. Veteran NFL GMs all shook their collective heads when it was rumored that the new rookie head coach, Cliff Kingsbury, had decided to move on from Rosen. It was comical, to say the least. Rumors persisted that the Cardinals would have to take a 3rd round pick discount on their 1st round investment that is less than a year old. Trust me, teams who are looking for a QB for the future will line up if they are that foolish as to give up on a talent that many teams wish they had. Josh Rosen had no chance last year in a calamity of an environment that saw a very good coach, Steve Wilks, fail in a 1 and done setting due to “very little of his own doing”. The Cardinals were a bad team, even with Vince Lombardi as their coach (insert “eye-roll” here).
Moreover, if you let a rookie Head coach, who comes from a failed college program and whose next NFL game will be his FIRST, determine the fate of your most important position as his first task is the equivalent of handing out straight “crazy pills” in my opinion. I would almost guarantee that the New England Patriots would love to get their hands on Josh Rosen and will be plenty ready to give a first round pick to do it in order to groom him behind Tom Brady for a year or two. Josh Rosen will be a very good NFL QB if somebody can surround him with an above average NFL roster and NFL IQ on the sideline and in the front office.
Creating Discussion for Draft Weekend
Post-Combine Mock Drafts are a valuable tool for the intel of NFL decision makers even though these media forecasters have no idea who will be picked where at this date. What this exercise does do is create discussion in draft rooms to help teams prepare and strategize for draft weekend. I always valued opinions and discussion, and these drafts can help spark both. Most specifically, in round one. Any mock draft beyond round one is like blindly throwing darts. I used to use all of these “mocks” as a whole, to help create some discussion and thought, even if they were crazy off the mark. After all, the main goal for decision makers is to be ready FOR EVERYTHING. These Mock Drafts help you do that.
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