2019 NFL Draft

Only 16 Draft Picks Remain Unsigned

Roughly 7% of this year’s draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts, as shown in PFR’s tracker. So far, 238 of this year’s 254 selections have inked their deals.

Here’s the complete breakdown, sorted by round:

First Round (6)

Second Round (3)

Third Round (5)

Sixth Round (1)

Seventh Round (1)

Unsurprisingly, the first round (6) and third round (5) still lead the way in stragglers. First-round picks tend to have the most leverage, which means agents will often haggle on issues such as offset language. Third-round negotiations also tend to drag since there is wiggle room when it comes to their base salaries.

As an unsigned seventh-round pick, Cutting’s situation is an unusual one. The Air Force product has signed an “injury protection agreement” instead of his rookie contract, giving the academy time to render a final decision on whether he can play in 2019. Depending on how things shake out, Cutting may have to leave the team for two years to fulfill his service requirements.

26 NFL Draft Picks Remain Unsigned

Roughly 10% of this year’s draft picks have yet to sign their rookie contracts, as shown in PFR’s tracker. So far, 228 of this year’s 254 selections have inked their deals.

Here’s the complete breakdown, sorted by round:

First Round (10)

Second Round (5)

Third Round (9)

Sixth Round (1)

Seventh Round (1)

As expected, the first round (10) and third round (9) lead the way in stragglers. First-round picks tend to have the most leverage, which means agents will often haggle on issues such as offset language. Third-round negotiations also tend to drag since there is wiggle room when it comes to base salaries.201

8 NFL Teams Have Wrapped Up Their Draft Classes

Roughly one-quarter of the NFL’s teams have signed every player in their draft class, as shown in PFR’s tracker. The front offices of the following clubs have a little bit less on their plate as mandatory minicamps get underway:

  • Cardinals
  • Falcons
  • Browns
  • Lions
  • Chiefs
  • Saints
  • Eagles
  • Steelers

While the league’s rookie slotting system has been criticized by some, there’s no denying that it has streamlined the signing process for the incoming class. Prominent first-round picks like Joey Bosa and Marcus Mariota have squabbled with teams over offset language in recent years and the third round lacks some structure due to flexibility in base salary, but, on the whole, rookies have been quicker to put pen to paper in recent years.

We’ll likely see several more teams wrap up their draft classes before the week is through. The Bills, Bengals, Cowboys, Packers, Texans, Colts, Dolphins, Vikings, Patriots, Seahawks, Titans, and Redskins each have just one straggler remaining. Unsurprisingly, most of those unsigned players are third-rounders. The Vikings are a notable exception – seventh-round pick Austin Cutting is waiting to find out whether the Air Force will permit him to play instead of immediately fulfilling his two-year service requirement.

Patriots Sign Chase Winovich

The Patriots’ draft class is nearly sewn up. On Monday, the Pats signed third-round defensive end Chase Winovich, according to Field Yates of ESPN.com (on Twitter). It’s a four-year deal worth $3.83MM with a signing bonus of roughly $997K. 

With Winovich inked, third-round running back Damien Harris stands as the Patriots’ only unsigned draft pick, as shown by PFR’s tracker:

Winovich began his career at Michigan as a tight end, but shifted to the other side of the ball for his junior season. He immediately found success, racking up five sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss in 2016. He only improved from there, notching 8.5 sacks and 19 TFL in ’17. His stat sheet wasn’t as gaudy last season, but he still managed five sacks on the year and while flashing strong technique.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

200 NFL Draft Picks Have Signed

When Bengals fourth-round quarterback Ryan Finley inked his rookie deal on Thursday, he became the 200th member of the 2019 NFL Draft class to do so. With that, we have only 54 unsigned picks, meaning that nearly 79% of this year’s picks are officially under contract.

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Unsurprisingly, most of the remaining stragglers are third-round picks. Third round negotiations tend to drag since there is wiggle room when it comes to base salaries. In fact, only ten of this year’s 31 third-rounders have signed as of this writing: Cardinals defensive end Zach Allen, Bills running back Devin Singletary, Panthers quarterback Will Grier, Browns linebacker Sione Takitaki, Jaguars tight end Josh Oliver, Vikings running back Alexander Mattison, Patriots tackle Yodny Cajuste, Jets linebacker Jachai Polite, Steelers wide receiver Diontae Johnson, and 49ers wide receiver Jalen Hurd.

We also have 12 unsigned players in the first-round, which also doesn’t come as a shock. First round picks tend to have the most leverage, which means that agents will often haggle on issues such as offset language. Half of those unsigned first-rounders come from the Raiders and Giants, who have three first-round picks each. It’s possible that the agents for each player are playing a bit of a waiting game to see how the team’s other first-round picks fare when it comes to offsets.

Jets Draft Led To Mike Maccagnan’s Firing?

While disagreements about the free agency cost of Le’Veon Bell and C.J. Mosley came up in the wake of the Jets breaking up their newly formed Mike MaccagnanAdam Gase decision-making duo, the team’s draft appears to have played a bigger role.

The Jets’ pre-draft process did not consist of much input from Gase, with Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reporting Maccagnan did not want his new head coach affecting his scouts’ views on prospects. Gase then remained quiet during the Jets’ draft-related meetings and was not a factor in the team’s decision-making on draft night.

It pissed Adam off,” a Jets source told Mehta of Maccagnan limiting his input before the draft. “Mike didn’t want him to speak up too much. It’s a weird philosophy.”

While Mehta adds Maccagnan used this strategy with Todd Bowles as well, Gase took his discontent to another level. The new Jets HC, who “badly” wanted to make recommendations on the types of players he wanted for his system, voiced frustration to many in league circles and prior to the draft moved his seat in the team’s war room — which was captured on video for the networks airing the event — away from camera view.

Draft weekend did not feature any Gase objections to Maccagnan’s picks and scant input from what Mehta refers to as a “detached” coach. This marked Maccagnan’s fifth and final draft with the Jets.

(Gase) literally took his seat and moved it,” a Jets staffer in the war room informed Mehta. “That was extreme.”

The Jets, who currently have Gase in the interim GM role, have taken understandable heat due to the timing of this firing. Some members of the franchise’s brain trust would have given the go-ahead for CEO Christopher Johnson to fire Maccagnan in January, when Bowles was axed, but Johnson was leery of his ability to conduct simultaneous searches for a new coach and a new GM, Mehta reports. However, the awkwardness in the Jets’ draft room looks to have pushed the relatively new decision-maker to break up the Maccagnan-Gase duo.

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Bengals Attempted To Trade Up For OL

With their first pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Bengals addressed the offensive line by taking Alabama product Jonah Williams at No. 11. They attempted to do the same by trading up in the second round when a handful of projected first-round offensive linemen slipped, but nothing came to fruition, Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson writes.

According to Hobson, the team couldn’t make a deal to draft Jawaan Taylor, Cody Ford or Greg Little, all of whom went in the first six picks of the second round, because it coveted its fourth-round picks.

“They tried trading up in the second round for one of those first-round offensive lineman that slid. But they were also adamant. They coveted one of those guys, but they were holding on to their fourth-rounder. And later their fifth. They came into the draft believing the fourth round was where they could make some hay,” Hobson writes.

Cincinnati ended up with three picks in the fourth round, and used those selections on NC State quarterback Ryan Finley, Arizona State defensive tackle Renell Wren and Ohio State guard Michael Jordan.

Without making that move, the Bengals offensive line projects to feature Williams at right tackle, with Cordy Glenn on the opposite side, Clint Boling and John Miller at guard, and 2018 first-round pick Billy Price at center.

North Rumors: Browns, Duke, Lions, Snacks

Although Browns running back Duke Johnson has requested a trade, and Cleveland is believed to have shopped him, there’s seemingly no guaranteed he will be moved, as head coach Freddie Kitchens indicated to Tony Grossi of ESPN.com“Duke’s under contract. I’ve said this for a month now, I don’t know where all this trade talk started happening,” said Kitchens. “People just assumed we would trade him because we signed another good football player [Kareem Hunt]. I like good football players, and I like as many as I can get.

“At this point in time, him asking for a trade doesn’t matter to me. He’s a Cleveland Brown. Duke’s the type of the guy who’s going to show up and he’s going to do his job and he’s going do his job well. That’s all I can ask for as a coach. His demands, I’m not impacted by that one bit.”

Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the 2019 season, so the Browns will need a back to play behind starter Nick Chubb. Johnson, 25, is under contract through 2021 thanks to the three-year, $15.6MM extension he signed last summer. While he handled only 40 carries a year ago, Johnson managed 47 catches and was one of the NFL’s most efficient receiving backs, per Football Outsiders.

Here’s more from the NFL’s two North divisions:

  • Defensive tackle Damon Harrison isn’t participating in the Lions‘ offseason program, but his absence isn’t related to his request for a new contact, general manager Bob Quinn told Justin Rogers of the Detroit News. “The offseason program is voluntary,” Quinn said. “We have different guys, in different stages and different things in their lives, just like we have every year. So, Damon hasn’t been here the last couple of weeks, but we’ve communicated with him, talked to him multiple times and I’m sure we’ll see him here soon.” Harrison, whom the Lions acquired from the Giants last year in exchange for a fifth-round pick, has two years remaining on his current deal, with cap charges north of $7MM in each season.
  • The Ravens were attempting to sign Arizona defensive tackle P.J. Johnson to an undrafted free agent deal when he was selected by the Lions with the 229th overall pick, according to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “It was kind of funny,” Johnson said. “I tried to be as polite as possible,” Johnson said, “but get off fast: ‘Excuse me, but the Lions are calling. I’ve got to go.’ ” Baltimore did not have a selection after No. 197, so the club would have had to trade back up (using 2020 capital) in order to land Johnson.
  • Miami defensive tackle Gerald Willis surprisingly went undrafted before reportedly inking a UDFA deal with the Ravens, and his fall was likely caused by a few off-field issues, as Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic writes. Willis allegedly got into an altercation with Skyler Mornhinweg (son of ex-Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg) before being dismissed at Florida, while some former Miami coaches also bad-mouthed Willis, per Zrebiec. The current Hurricanes staff, however, praised Willis.

2019 NFL Draft Results By Round

Listed below are all 254 picks of the 2019 NFL draft, broken down by round, and featuring trades.

Here are the complete 2019 NFL draft results:

Round One:

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB (Oklahoma)
  2. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE (Ohio State)
  3. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DT (Alabama)
  4. Oakland Raiders: Clelin Ferrell, DE (Clemson)
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB (LSU)
  6. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB (Duke)
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Allen, DE (Kentucky)
  8. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE (Iowa)
  9. Buffalo Bills: Ed Oliver, DT (Houston)
  10. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Denver): Devin Bush, LB (Michigan)
  11. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonah Williams, T (Alabama)
  12. Green Bay Packers: Rashan Gary, DE (Michigan)
  13. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DT (Clemson)
  14. Atlanta Falcons: Chris Lindstrom, G (Boston College)
  15. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB (Ohio State)
  16. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE (Florida State)
  17. New York Giants (from Cleveland): Dexter Lawrence, DT (Clemson)
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Garrett Bradbury, C (North Carolina State)
  19. Tennessee Titans: Jeffery Simmons, DT (Mississippi State)
  20. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh): Noah Fant, TE (Iowa)
  21. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle): Darnell Savage, S (Maryland)
  22. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): Andre Dillard, T (Washington State)
  23. Houston Texans: Tytus Howard, T (Alabama State)
  24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago): Josh Jacobs, RB (Alabama)
  25. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia): Marquise Brown, WR (Oklahoma)
  26. Washington Redskins (from Indianapolis): Montez Sweat, DE (Mississippi State)
  27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas): Johnathan Abram, S (Mississippi State)
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: Jerry Tillery, DT (Notre Dame)
  29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City): L.J. Collier, DE (TCU)
  30. New York Giants (from New Orleans via Green Bay and Seattle): Deandre Baker, CB (Georgia)
  31. Atlanta Falcons (from Los Angeles Rams): Kaleb McGary, T (Washington)
  32. New England Patriots: N’Keal Harry, WR (Arizona State)

Round Two:

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Byron Murphy, CB (Washington)
  2. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets): Rock Ya-Sin, CB (Temple)
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Oakland): Jawaan Taylor, T (Florida)
  4. San Francisco 49ers: Deebo Samuel, WR (South Carolina)
  5. Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants via Seattle): Greg Little, T (Ole Miss)
  6. Buffalo Bills (from Jacksonville via Oakland): Cody Ford, T (Oklahoma)
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sean Murphy-Bunting, CB (Central Michigan)
  8. Oakland Raiders (from Buffalo): Trayvon Mullen, CB (Clemson)
  9. Denver Broncos: Dalton Risner, T (Kansas State)
  10. Denver Broncos (from Cincinnati): Drew Lock, QB (Missouri)
  11. Detroit Lions: Jahlani Tavai, LB (Hawaii)
  12. Green Bay Packers: Elgton Jenkins, OL (Mississippi State)
  13. New England Patriots Los Angeles Rams (from Atlanta via Los Angeles Rams): JoeJuan Williams, CB (Vanderbilt)
  14. Cleveland Browns (from Washington via Indianapolis): Greedy Williams, CB (LSU)
  15. Seattle Seahawks (from Carolina): Marquise Blair, S (Utah)
  16. New Orleans Saints (from Miami): Erik McCoy, OL (Texas A&M)
  17. Indianapolis Colts (from Cleveland Browns): Ben Banogu, LB (TCU)
  18. Minnesota Vikings: Irv Smith Jr., TE (Alabama)
  19. Tennessee Titans: A.J. Brown, WR (Ole Miss)
  20. Cincinnati Bengals (from Pittsburgh via Denver): Drew Sample, TE (Washington)
  21. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): Miles Sanders, RB (Penn State)
  22. Houston Texans (from Seattle): Lonnie Johnson, CB (Kentucky)
  23. Houston Texans: Max Scharping, T (Northern Illinois)
  24. Kansas City Chiefs (from Chicago via New England and Los Angeles Rams): Mecole Hardman, WR (Georgia)
  25. Philadelphia Eagles: JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR (Stanford)
  26. Dallas Cowboys: Trysten Hill, DT (Central Florida)
  27. Indianapolis Colts: Parris Campbell, WR (Ohio State)
  28. Los Angeles Chargers: Nasir Adderley, S (Delaware)
  29. Los Angeles Rams (from Kansas City): Taylor Rapp, S (Washington)
  30. Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans via Miami): Andy Isabella, WR (Massachusetts)
  31. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams): Juan Thornhill, S (Virginia)
  32. Seattle Seahawks (from New England): D.K. Metcalf, WR (Ole Miss)

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2019 NFL Draft Results By Team

Listed below are all 254 picks of the 2019 NFL draft, broken down by team. You can find a complete breakdown of the draft results by round right here.

Here are the complete 2019 NFL draft results by team:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Carolina Panthers

Chicago Bears

Cincinnati Bengals

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

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