In what has seemed like the blink of an eye, we're now almost at the halfway point of the 2019 season, and first-round rookies league-wide have started to make a name for themselves in NFL circles — some in a positive way, others not so much. Through Week 7, here is how each of the 32 first-round picks has graded so far.
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Pick No. 1: QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals
2019 overall grade: 69.8
Murray's Week 7 stat line far from catches the eye, but his unspectacular numbers against the Giants are more a product of play-calling rather than poor performance. In total, he completed 14 of his 21 pass attempts for 104 scoreless yards, but 16 of those pass attempts were thrown shorter than 10 yards downfield on a combination of sweeps, screens and underneath throws. Not surprisingly, given his average depth of target, Murray failed to put up a big-time throw in the Week 7 game, though he did get away with a turnover-worthy play on one of the four pass attempts that traveled at least 10 yards downfield. Without the throws that are needed to move the needle from a PFF grading standpoint, Murray ended the game with a W but a career-low single-game grade of 49.6.
Pick No. 2: EDGE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers
2019 overall grade: 82.9
It wasn't pretty. In fact, it was far from it, but Bosa and the 49ers still came away with the Week 7 win over the struggling Redskins. Given the weather conditions and the game script, Bosa wasn't given much of an opportunity to rush the passer in this one, but he still managed to add a sack on one of his 15 pass-rushing snaps. Bosa's contribution didn't stop there, however, as the second overall pick notched two defensive stops against the run-heavy Washington offense, ending the game with a run-stop percentage of 9.5% that topped all first-year edge defenders this week.
Pick No. 3: DI Quinnen Williams, New York Jets
2019 overall grade: 63.3
Williams played 41 snaps in the Jets' blowout loss to the Patriots and flashed throughout the game. He notched one quarterback hurry that led to an errant throw and an interception by Tom Brady, he managed to bat down a pass at the line of scrimmage and he came up with two defensive stops against the run. He ended the game with an overall grade of 65.5, the highest single-game grade of his career to date.
Pick No. 4: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders
2019 overall grade: 46.8
The fourth overall pick once again failed to surpass the 60.0 threshold, this week ending his game with an overall game grade of just 51.8. He did manage to record a quarterback hurry on one of his 24 pass-rush snaps, but that was really the only contribution he made to the Raiders' defensive efforts. Through seven weeks, he's won just 6.5% of his 139 pass-rush matchups, a figure that ranks 67th among 69 qualifying edge defenders.
Pick No. 5: LB Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2019 overall grade: 41.2
White secured eight solo tackles, three defensive stops and a quarterback hurry from a blitz in Week 6, but he also missed a tackle and allowed three receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown on throws into his primary coverage. He'll look to bounce back when he and his team return from the bye week.
Pick No. 6: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants
2019 overall grade: 63.0
As has pretty much been the case all year, Jones showed some positives on Sunday, but those positives came with their fair share of negatives. Altogether, Jones completed 22 of his 37 attempts for 223 yards, one touchdown and one interception, and he had very limited success from a clean pocket, completing 13-of-23 such attempts for 120 yards, an interception and a passer rating of just 52.8. While his four big-time throws caught the eye of many a Giants fan, he also let go of three turnover-worthy passes in the game, which is tied for the most among quarterbacks this week. Through seven weeks of the NFL season, only Jameis Winston (18) has more turnover-worthy plays than Jones (14).
Pick No. 7: EDGE Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars
2019 overall grade: 63.6
Allen produced a sack, a hit and a hurry across 31 pass-rush snaps against the Bengals in Week 7, making handy work of a flailing offensive line. Through seven weeks, Allen's 15.0 pass-rush win percentage ranks 33rd among the 69 edge defenders who've played at least 100 snaps so far.
Pick No. 8: TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions
2019 overall grade: 61.3
Hockenson was targeted five times in Week 7, though only three of those passes were deemed to be catchable. He caught all three of those passes for 32 yards and 11 yards after the catch, moving the chains twice in the game. After exploding for 131 receiving yards in his Week 1 debut, the former Iowa tight end has managed just 88 yards at an average of 0.87 yards per route run over his last four games combined.