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Grading all 32 first-round picks after Week 2 of the 2019 NFL season

The second full week of the NFL regular season schedule is complete, giving us our first real look at this year’s first-round rookies. While some of the 32 first-rounders saw plenty of action, others did not qualify for a grade either based on small snap counts or not playing altogether. Through Week 2 of the 2019 season, here are how each of the 32 first-round rookies from the 2019 NFL Draft has graded in their first professional action.

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Pick No. 1: QB Kyler Murray, Arizona Cardinals

2019 overall grade: 60.0

This past Sunday, Kyler Murray became the second quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 300 yards in each of his first two career games, and that's no small feat for the first overall pick. Murray showed a marked improvement in his second game as a pro, cutting his turnover-worthy play count from two in Week 1 to zero in Week 2 while raising his clean-pocket passer rating (from 87.0 to 94.5), his adjusted completion percentage (61.7% to 74.3%), his passing grade (52.6 to 66.3) and his passer rating on throws of 20 or more yards downfield (67.9 to 118.8). The results haven't been there for the Cards thus far, but Murray is certainly trending in the right direction.

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

2019 overall grade: 70.5

Nick Bosa's Week 2 outing (61.2 pass-rush grade) wasn't quite as good as his debut (74.6), but he was productive nonetheless. He notched four hurries from his 20 pass-rushing snaps on the afternoon, taking his season total up to 10 total pressures — the most among rookie defensive players.

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 kept him out of his side's Week 2 clash against the Cleveland Browns. Through two weeks, Williams' only regular-season contribution has been a pass-rush win against Titans guard Quinton Spain, so he'll no doubt be looking to make an impact upon his return.

Pick No. 4: EDGE Clelin Ferrell, Oakland Raiders

2019 overall grade: 45.6

Granted, it's only been two games, but so far, Ferrell's production has not matched his draft spot. He managed just three quarterback hurries across his 38 pass-rushing snaps in Week 2 against the Chiefs, taking his season total up to six total pressures — and only one sack — on his 69 pass-rush snaps so far. Making matters worse, the former Clemson edge defender has earned two consecutive sub-40.0 tackling grades having missed a tackle in each of his past two outings.

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

2019 overall grade: 42.9

The Bucs' first-round linebacker played just six snaps in Week 2 before a knee injury forced him to miss the rest of the game. He did manage to find the stat sheet, however, with two assisted tackles.

Pick No. 6: QB Daniel Jones, New York Giants

2019 overall grade: 27.0

Make no mistake, Jones' time is coming; it's just not come yet. So far, the former Duke signal-caller has seen only five snaps of action — in garbage time in Week 1 against the Cowboys — and his grade is in bad shape because of a late-game fumble. But the way things are going, chances are that he'll get an opportunity to right that wrong sooner rather than later.

Pick No. 7: EDGE Josh Allen, Jacksonville Jaguars

2019 overall grade: 58.7

The seventh overall pick feasted on Houston's inept offensive line this weekend, recording one sack, one hit and three hurries on 24 pass-rushing snaps. Through two weeks, Allen's 70.5 pass-rush grade ranks second to only Nick Bosa (70.9) among first-year edge defenders, while his pass-rush win rate of 20.0% ranks third. Up to this point, the only thing pulling his overall grade down is his two missed tackles that came in Week 1, something that will undoubtedly right itself as the season progresses.

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

2019 overall grade: 68.0

The NFL pendulum had swung all the way back against Hockenson by the time Week 2 was over, as the Iowa product left the field having made just one catch for seven yards — a stark difference from his 6-of-9, 138-yard, one-score performance of Week 1. The biggest difference in the two performances — target count aside — was his work in pass protection. After keeping a completely clean slate on his four pass-blocking snaps in Week 1, he allowed a hurry on one of his two pass-blocking matchups in Week 2.


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