Five full weeks of the NFL schedule have been completed, giving us a larger sample size to delve into just how each of the 2019 NFL Draft first-round picks has fared. Through five weeks, here are how each of the 32 first-round rookies from the 2019 NFL Draft has graded so far.
Pick No. 1: QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
2019 overall grade: 70.2
Murray produced an overall grade of 90.4 in his Week 5 game against the Bengals, the very first elite single-game grade of his career. Altogether, he completed 20 of his 32 attempts 253 yards, three big-time throws and didn’t have a single turnover-worthy play, while he connected on 8-of-15 attempts targeted 10 or more yards downfield and 19-of-28 passes from a clean pocket. As good as he was through the air, though, it was Murray’s work as a rusher that eventually led the Cardinals to their first win of the Kingsbury era. The first overall pick totaled 93 total rushing yards from 10 rushing attempts on the day — and 49 yards from designed runs — picking up three first downs, one touchdown and four runs of 10 or more yards in a game that truly displayed his skillset.
Pick No. 2: EDGE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
2019 overall grade: 84.5
Bosa was nothing short of dominant of Monday Night Football and schooled the Browns’ offensive line to the tune of one sack, one strip-sack, three hits and four hurries from just 25 pass-rushing snaps. Since 2006, there have been 549 instances where a first-year edge defender played at least 25 pass-rush snaps in a single game, and among that group, the pass-rush win rate (36.0%) that Bosa produced in this Week 5 game against the Browns ranks first.
Pick No. 3: DI Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
2019 overall grade: 63.5
After missing the Jets’ last two games with a foot injury, the second overall pick returned to action in Week 5, facing off against the Eagles’ offensive line. Despite the tough competition, Williams produced two hurries and a pass-rush win from 24 snaps as a pass-rusher and two solo tackles and a defensive stop from his 22 snaps against the run.
Pick No. 4: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders
2019 overall grade: 47.4
Ferrell was ruled out of the Raiders’ Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears as he dealt with a concussion. It’s been a disappointing start for the former Clemson star, who has managed to produce four sub-60.0 single-game grades in four games so far. As a pass-rusher, he’s recorded only 10 pressures across his 130 pass-rushing snaps — for comparison, the Jags’ Josh Allen has 17 pressures on 152 snaps, and Brian Burns now has 18 pressures on 133 pass-rushing snaps.
Pick No. 5: LB Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 overall grade: 42.9
After sitting out the last two weeks with a knee injury, White looked poised to take the field in Week 5. However, he remained on the sideline all game as a healthy scratch. So far this season, White has played all of 73 snaps and earned sub-60.0 grades in run defense (56.2), in coverage (43.2) and as a pass-rusher (48.7).
Pick No. 6: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants
2019 overall grade: 64.7
Week 5 was another tough outing for the new Giants quarterback. The box score says that he completed 21 of his 38 attempts for 182 yards, one touchdown and one interception, but seven of those completions were passes behind the line of scrimmage, and he managed to complete just four of his 14 attempts that were targeted at least 10 yards downfield. Sure, he made his fair share of big-time throws in the game — three, to be exact — but he also chucked another three turnover-worthy plays, meaning that he was probably lucky to escape this one with a 65.9 passer rating.
Pick No. 7: EDGE Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars
2019 overall grade: 65.3
Allen had somewhat of a disappointing game against the Panthers in Week 5, managing just one sack and one hurry from 32 snaps as a pass-rusher. Still, through five weeks, he ranks third among rookie edge defenders in total pressures (17) and fourth among first-year edge defenders in pass-rush grade (69.8).
Pick No. 8: TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
2019 overall grade: 62.7
Hockenson and the Lions were on a bye this week, so the next chance he’ll get to build on his Week 4 bounce-back performance will be in Week 6 against the Packers. He caught all three of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in Week 4, with 22 of his total yards coming after the catch. Even with his two disappointing games that came in Week 2 and Week 3, Hockenson has still generated a passer rating of 142.2 so far this season, second among tight ends with at least 15 targets.