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After months of anticipation and mocks, the 2019 NFL Draft was finally this weekend in Nashville, TN. Millions tuned in as the future of all 32 NFL teams was announced on stage.
As with any draft, there were the expected picks, the reaches (often by the Raiders) and then the high value picks. Now just because you get value out of your draft position doesn't mean that the drafted player will be good, but it's a pretty solid start. Here are the five best value picks of the entire draft.
1. Josh Rosen, QB, Miami Dolphins
Rosen technically isn't a draft pick, but he's easily the best value move of the entire NFL Draft. The Dolphins essentially got Rosen, the 10th overall pick in 2018, for the 62nd pick in 2019. A potential franchise quarterback at the end of the second round is a pretty good deal.
2. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Jacksonville Jaguars
Good offensive tackles are at a premium in the NFL, especially for a team like Jacksonville that gave up 53 sacks in 2018. Taylor was seen as one of the best tackles in the draft and some experts had him going in the first 15 picks. Jacksonville getting him at No. 35 overall is a huge steal and should help protect their other new acquisition, Nick Foles.
3. Bryce Love, RB, Washington Redskins
Washington had an incredible draft value wise, but it doesn't get much better than drafting one of the best running backs in the country at No. 112 overall. Love dropped because he tore his ACL during his senior season at Stanford, but he should be healthy by the start of the 2019 season. He's just a year removed from his otherworldly junior season where he rushed for 2,118 yards and 19 touchdowns.
4. Greedy Williams, CB, Cleveland Browns
Cleveland didn't have a draft pick until the middle of the second round, but they certainly made a great first pick. Williams was consistently seen as a first-round talent by evaluators but dropped due to some concerns about his physicality. He's possibly the best coverage corner in the entire draft class and was spectacular at LSU last year.
5. Chase Winovich, OLB, New England Patriots
An absolutely classic Patriots pick. Winovich is one of the best pass rushers in the draft class, but not as flashy as some of the other linebackers that went earlier in the draft. The Patriots managed to grab him at No. 77 overall in the third round and should be able to work him seamlessly into their scheme. Belichick does it again.
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