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Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 4 of the 2019 NFL season

By Mark Chichester
Oct 1, 2019

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We’re now through the first quarter of the season, giving us a larger sample size to delve into just how each of the 2019 NFL Draft first-round picks has fared so far. Through four weeks, here are how each of the 32 first-round rookies from the 2019 NFL Draft has graded.

Pick No. 1: QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

2019 overall grade: 61.6

Murray showed noticeable improvement in Week 4 and did a great job of limiting the negatively graded and turnover-worthy plays, but he also didn’t get the chance to stretch the field much due to the team’s emphasis on the short passing game. The first overall pick completed 22-of-32 pass attempts for 241 yards (7.5 YPA) and a pick thanks to a great play made on the line of scrimmage by Jadeveon Clowney, but his Week 4 average depth of target of just 5.0 yards downfield is now tied with Joe Flacco (Week 2) and himself (Week 3) for the third-lowest single-game mark of the young season.

Pick No. 2: EDGE Nick Bosa, San Francisco 49ers

2019 overall grade: 68.0

Bosa and the ‘Niners had Sunday off this week, but you can’t say that Bosa hasn’t deserved it. In three games, he’s racked two sacks, four hits and 11 hurries, and his pass-rush grade of 72.0 currently ranks third among 14 rookie edge defenders.

Pick No. 3: DI Quinnen Williams, New York Jets

2019 overall grade: 64.7

Williams managed just 23 snaps in Week 1 before he was forced to leave the game with a foot injury, and that same foot injury has kept him out of his side’s last two games. Through four weeks, Williams’ only regular-season contribution has been a pass-rush win against Bills guard Quinton Spain, so he’ll no doubt be looking to make an impact upon his return after the bye week.

Pick No. 4: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders

2019 overall grade: 47.4

Week 4 saw another so-so performance from the Raiders’ fourth overall pick, who ended this game with sub-60.0 overall grades against the run and as a pass-rusher. However, he did manage to record three hurries from his 41 pass-rushing snaps, and he left the game without missing a tackle for the first time in his career.

Pick No. 5: LB Devin White, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2019 overall grade: 42.9

Thanks to the same knee injury that has kept him out last week, White was forced to miss his team’s Week 4 thriller against the Los Angeles Rams. 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: 63.4

Jones came back down to earth a bit in Week 4 after last week’s comeback win, and this game served as a reminder that he’s still just a rookie and has a ways to go. He struggled throughout the game, completing just one pass beyond 10 yards, and he ended the NFC clash with three turnover-worthy plays and zero big-time throws to his name.

Pick No. 7: EDGE Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 overall grade: 69.7

Almost amazingly, the Broncos’ offensive line kept Josh Allen at bay in Week 4, as he ended the contest with zero pressures from his 23 pass-rush snaps — an impressive feat given that Allen had recorded at least four pressures in each of his last three games. Be that as it may, the seventh overall made his presence felt in the run game instead, where he made two solo tackles and one defensive stop.

Pick No. 8: TE T.J. Hockenson, Detroit Lions

2019 overall grade: 62.7

Week 4 was a much-needed bounce-back week for the first-round tight end, who closed out the game with 70.7 overall game grade after recording sub-45.0 grades in each of the past two weeks. He caught all three of his targets for 27 yards and a touchdown in this one, 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.

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