In our NFL pass happy league teams are always looking to add weapons or a franchise quarterback in the draft. The 2019 NFL Draft Best Offensive Draft Classes takes a look at the teams that were able to improve their offenses the most.
2019 NFL Draft Best Offensive Draft Classes
QB Kyler Murray
WR Andy Isabella
WR Hakeem Butler
WR Keesean Johnson
C Lamont Gaillard
OT Joshua Miles
TE Caleb Wilson
While it’s easy to say the team who took a quarterback first overall would have the best draft but the Cardinals added so much more. Arizona is going through a massive scheme change from whatever Mike McCoy was trying to run to the Air Raid offense that Kliff Kingsbury is going to try to implement into the NFL.
While I wasn’t a fan of the Cardinals for jettisoning Josh Rosen, I do understand that Kyler Murray is a far better fit for the Kingsbury offense and if you’re going all in with Kingsbury you have to go all in.
While getting Murray was crucial, the Cardinals had to remake their receiving core since they’ll have three to four receivers on the field on most downs. Andy Isabella may have been a reach in the second round but he gives the Cardinals another slot receiver to pair up with Christian Kirk and someone who they can use in quick hitters and fly sweeps. Kingsbury also has had a lot of success with bigger receivers. Hakeem Butler will likely be used in the Mike Evans (Kingsbury had at A&M) role while Johnson gives them another big bodied receiver.
Lastly the Cardinals want to get more athletic along the offensive line so they took fliers on some late round prospects hoping to at a minimum find some depth.
C Garrett Bradbury
TE Irv Smith Jr.
RB Alexander Mattison
G Dru Samia
OT Olisaemeka Udoh
WR Dillon Mitchell
WR Olabisi Johnson
After paying Kirk Cousins all that money it was a bit of a disappointment that the Vikings didn’t make the playoffs. Looking to make sure that didn’t happen again the Vikings spent a majority of this draft to help Cousins out.
A big part of the Vikings offensive struggles last year can be traced to their offensive line. Minnesota brought in Gary Kubiak to oversee the offense while Rick Dennison took over as offensive line coach bringing the pure zone scheme. Needing somebody to anchor the offensive line the Vikings were able to get Garrett Bradbury in the first round. Bradbury is a perfect fit for the zone scheme where his athletic ability and anchor will allow him to reach and seal off at any angle. Dru Samia could develop as a quality backup who plays with good toughness while Olisaemeka Udoh is a big, tall tackle who tested well.
In the second round Minnesota helped out Cousins by taking tight end Irv Smith Jr who can not only control the middle of the field but can also be a moveable blocker in the run game. In the seventh round the Vikings took two fliers on receivers Dillon Mitchell and Obisi Johnson. Mitchell was the big play threat for Oregon and has a similar skill set to both Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs. Mitchell should be able to make the team because of a lack of depth at receiver which could allow the Vikings to develop him into a number three receiver.
Minnesota didn’t ignore the running back position either drafting Boise State’s Alexander Mattison to backup Dalvin Cook. Mattison will compliment Cook’s speed with his ability to pound the ball between the tackles while also providing some catching out of the backfield.
OT Andre Dillard
RB Miles Sanders
WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside
QB Clayton Thorson
Philadelphia only had five picks but they used four of them on their offense and were still able to have one of the most impactful groups of offensive prospects. Without many openings on their roster the Eagles got three players in their first three picks that will either be day one starters or at least develop into a starter.
Dillard was a top 10 prospect in our rankings and gives the Eagles an athletic left tackle that can replace the oft injured and aging Jason Peters. Miles Sanders will likely backup Jordan Howard and play the receiving role in the Eagles offense, but he is a complete back that should be starting within a couple of years.
I’m not a huge fan of JJ Arcega-Whiteside, but he gives the Eagles another physical contested catcher. Arcega-Whiteside reminds a lot of people of Alshon Jeffery coming out which should only help him as JJ can work with Jeffery and learn some nuances that helped Alshon make a big jump from his first to second year.