3 Biggest Losers From Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft

Max Staley
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Both the Oakland Raiders and New York Giants shipped out numerous stars this offseason in order to compile picks in this year's NFL Draft. Unfortunately for both franchises, the early returns on those trades do not appear to have worked out.

With those two teams in mind, here are arguably the three biggest losers from the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

3. Houston Texans

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The Houston Texans stunned lots of NFL Draft pundits when they selected Alabama State's Tytus Howard at No. 23. Most projected Howard going in either the second or third round. If Howard was Houston's guy all along, the prudent move would've been to trade back and acquire some extra picks along with the tackle. Considering there were highly-touted lineman like Jawaan Taylor and Cody Ford still on the board, this pick feels like a massive reach.

2. Oakland Raiders

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The Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for first-round picks in this year's draft, but the selections they made were questionable at best. At the No. 4 pick, Oakland selected Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell, who most analysts had graded as a mid-first-round talent. Again, Ferrell would've likely been available a few picks later, so Oakland could've traded back and still drafted the guy they wanted. The Raiders then followed that potential mistake up by selecting Josh Jacobs at pick No. 24. While Jacobs is in a good fantasy situation, picking a running back that high while Oakland has so many other pressing needs feels like it could be a mistake.

1. New York Giants

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When the Raiders selected Ferrell, it looked like Kentucky's Josh Allen was going to fall right into the New York Giants' lap. But in classic Dave Gettleman fashion, the Giants decided to go in a different, and possibly much worse, direction. New York selected Daniel Jones at No. 6 overall, even though more accomplished quarterbacks like Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock were still on the board. Gettleman then drafted defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence at No. 17. While Lawrence is a good player, defensive tackle was arguably the lone strength of this Giants' defense, making this pick a bit redundant. Giants fans are probably shaking their collective heads after the first round, but at least the team has a bunch of picks left on Day 2 and 3 to potentially rectify what looks to be a possible bust of a first round.


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