Vikings sign eight selections from 2019 NFL Draft

 The Minnesota Vikings have announced the following roster moves:

DRAFT PICKS SIGNED:

PLAYER                      POS.       RD./SELECTION                        COLLEGE

Irv Smith Jr…………………. TE………………… 2nd/50th……………………… Alabama

Alexander Mattison……… RB………………. 3rd/102nd………………….. Boise State

Dru Samia……………………. G……………….. 4th/114th…………………… Oklahoma

Cameron Smith…………… LB………………. 5th/162nd………. Southern California

Marcus Epps…………………. S……………….. 6th/191st…………………….. Wyoming

Olisaemeka Udoh……….. OT……………….. 6th/193rd……………………………. Elon

Dillon Mitchell…………….. WR……………….. 7th/239th……………………….. Oregon

Olabisi Johnson………….. WR……………….. 7th/247th…………….. Colorado State

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2019 NFL Draft sets records for fan attendance, viewership

The 2019 NFL Draft is in the books and has set new records in media consumption and fan attendance. With a combined 3.9 HH TV rating and average of 6.1M viewers across NFL, ESPN and ABC TV and digital channels, the 2019 NFL Draft is the highest-rated and most-watched Draft ever, breaking records established just a year ago. In total across Nielsen-measured channels, all NFL Draft telecasts combined to reach more than 47.5 million viewers over the three-day event, up +5% vs. 2018.

The 2019 NFL Draft featured the broadest ever distribution of official NFL Draft video with NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Deportes in addition to NFL and ESPN digital and social properties. This was the second straight year that all seven rounds of the live, three-day event were aired on broadcast television.

The collaborative distribution approach across NFL Media and The Walt Disney Company helped grow the combined rating and viewership by +11% and +8% respectively over 2018.

In addition to media consumption, the 2019 NFL Draft shattered records for attendance as over 600,000 fans fill the streets of Nashville to celebrate the newest class of NFL rookies, easily establishing a new record (250k in 2017 – Philadelphia). Many of those in Nashville not attending the NFL Draft in-person were watching from home, as the market delivered a combined for a 10.6 HH rating – up +104% versus Nashville last year, and up +74% versus the 2018 host city.

“The 2019 NFL Draft was a tremendous continuation of the celebration of the NFL’s 100th season and an opportunity to welcome the next generation of stars,” said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “Dramatic and emotional storylines played out in cities across the country with the energetic host city of Nashville serving as a breathtaking backdrop to hundreds of thousands of passionate fans who lined the streets and enjoyed a unique NFL Draft Experience. We congratulate our newest players and their families and thank the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Convention and Visitors Corp., the City of Nashville, the volunteers, and everyone who made the Draft such a memorable, entertaining, and successful experience.”

Viewership metrics reflect Nielsen Fast Nationals, Nielsen Fast Total Audience Estimates, and ESPN/NFL digital measurement.

Jaguars add 21 undrafted rookie free agents

 The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms with the following 21 undrafted rookie free agents, the club announced today:

NAME POS. HT. WT. SCHOOL
Shane Bowman DE 6-4 290 Washington
Tyre Brady WR 6-3 211 Marshall
Khairi Clark DT 6-1 309 Florida
Donnell Greene OL 6-5 335 Minnesota
Joe Giles-Harris LB 6-2 234 Duke
Tae Hayes CB 5-9 188 Appalachian State
Raphael Leonard WR 6-2 197 Southern Illinois
Carson Meier TE 6-5 254 Oklahoma
Picasso Nelson Jr. CB 5-10 193 Southern Mississippi
Marquez Sanford CB 5-10 189 Murray State
Saivion Smith CB 6-1 199 Alabama
Dredrick Snelson WR 5-11 189 UCF
Bunchy Stallings OG 6-2 324 Kentucky
Connor Strachan LB 6-0 230 Boston College
Michael Walker WR 5-11 194 Boston College
Brandon Watson CB 5-11 198 Michigan
Papi White WR 5-8 188 Ohio
Andrew Williams DT 6-4 294 Auburn
Andrew Wingard S 6-0 209 Wyoming
Zedrick Woods S 5-11 205 Ole Miss
Roderick Young DT 6-1 307 North Texas

Jaguars grab Temple RB RyQuell Armstead in the fifth round

The Jacksonville Jaguars have selected former Temple RB RyQuell Armstead with the 140th overall selection (fifth round). Jacksonville obtained the 35th overall selection (second round), the 140th overall selection (fifth round) and the 235th overall selection (seventh round) in a trade with Oakland for the 38th overall selection (second round) and the 109th overall selection (fourth round). The Jaguars selected OT Jawaan Taylor with the 35th overall selection on Friday night.

Armstead, 5-11, 220, played in 47 collegiate games and recorded 2,812 career rushing yards and 34 TDs on 573 attempts (4.9 rush avg.). As a senior in 2018, he finished 10th in the nation in rushing TDs (13) and 11th in rushing yards per game (115.8) and earned first-team All-American Athletic Conference honors.

Armstead also recorded a sack in a game against Tulsa, becoming the third player in the FBS since 2000 to rush for 100 yards and register a sack in the same game.

Armstead is the second player from Temple to be drafted by the Jaguars, joining DT Terrance Knighton, who was selected in the third round in 2009.

Giants’ Jones: ‘I’m certainly thrilled to be in New York’

The New York Giants may have found their quarterback of the future, at least that’s the plan. With the sixth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Giants selected QB Daniel Jones out of Duke.

After the selection, Jones addressed the media.

Here is what he had to say:

Q:  Is this beyond your wildest expectations to go to the Giants?

A: Yes, I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations going into tonight. I was just excited to be here, and however it worked out I was going to be thrilled. I’m certainly thrilled to be in New York and I can’t wait to get started.

Q: What do you think you did to impress the Giants?

A: I think I was confident in myself and showed the best version of myself throughout the process. The process is a long one where you are going to be tested in a number of ways. I think more than anything, I stayed confident in myself and stayed true to that.

Q: What is your relationship like with Eli Manning?

A: He’s been up at Duke a couple times to throw with his guys and workout so I have gotten to see him then. I have been down to the Manning (Passing Academy) camp a couple times, so I got to know him through those two things.

Q: I know you’ve been busy so far, have you heard from him tonight?

A: No sir.

Q: When did you know you were the Giants pick?

A: When they called me, 20 or 30 minutes ago.

Q: Did you have any inkling from your meetings with them that they liked you at (pick) six?

A: I thought they went well, and I certainly feel like I connected with them. I certainly liked them a whole lot, I wasn’t sure how it would work out. The draft is a tough thing to predict, I didn’t have a whole lot of expectations. I thought the meetings went well, I thought we connected and that certainly made me confident. Like I said I didn’t have any expectations or any idea what would happen.

Q: How do you feel about the possibility of sitting for a season behind Eli?

A: I think it’s a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback. He is a guy that’s had a whole lot of success in the NFL and there is a reason for that. I’m looking to understand that and do my best to learn as much as I can from him while he’s in New York.

Q: How do you feel being viewed as his successor?

A: I’m going to be myself and not try to be Eli or be anything but myself. I think staying confident in that and staying confident in who I am is what’s going to be key to that process.

Q: What was your interaction like with the head coach when you met him?

A: I thought it was great. I think we connected and he is certainly someone who I have a lot of respect for and he’s been a really good coach in the NFL for a long time. So getting to know him and being able to interact with him through this process was great and I thought it went well.

Q: For those of us who haven’t seen you, what do you do well?

A: I think physically, I can make every throw on the field. My accuracy is certainly I feel a strength of mine, and I think I have the athleticism to extend plays and play outside the pocket if I need to. So physically I think I can do both those things well.

Q: What can you get better at?

A: I think I can get better at times making that decision to lay the ball off or throw it away. Coach Cut (David Cutcliffe) at Duke said understanding when to stop competing, understanding when a play is over with. I think I can do better with that.

Q: How much did Coach Cutcliffe talk about the Manning brothers over the years?
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A: Yeah, we certainly did watch a whole lot. It was cool going to Duke and being with Coach Cut and being able to hear those stories from when Eli and Peyton were in similar positions to me. Whether it was my first year there, second year, whenever it was just hearing those stories and being able to learn from some of those experiences was an awesome perspective for me and certainly a great situation.

Q: The Giants wanted a quarterback that has faced adversity before. What adversity have you faced?

A: If you look back at my recruitment, I came to Duke as a walk-on, a guy who wasn’t recruited very heavily and I think that was part of it. Not being immediately obvious that I would play college football somewhere or at the level I thought I could, but it worked out and Coach Cut gave me the opportunity to walk-on and I eventually earned a scholarship, but I had to overcome it and I’m glad it went the way it went and I wouldn’t do it any other way

23 prospects to attend 2019 NFL Draft

Twenty-three prospects are confirmed to attend the 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tennessee, the NFL announced today.

Two colleges – Alabama and Oklahoma – will each have three players in attendance while two schools – Iowa and Louisiana State – will have two players in attendance. The Southeastern Conference leads all conferences with 11 prospects confirmed to attend the event.

The draft begins with the first round on Thursday night, April 25 and continues Friday, April 26 with Rounds 2-3. The draft will conclude on Saturday, April 27 with Rounds 4-7.

The NFL Draft, which was held in Dallas last year, will be hosted in the state of Tennessee for the first time in league history.

The players confirmed to attend this year’s NFL Draft:

1) Josh Allen LB Kentucky   13) Drew Lock QB Missouri
2) DeAndre Baker DB Georgia   14) D.K. Metcalf WR Mississippi
3) Nick Bosa DE Ohio State   15) Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma
4) Marquise Brown WR Oklahoma   16) Ed Oliver DT Houston
5) Brian Burns DE Florida State   17) Montez Sweat DE Mississippi State
6) Devin Bush LB Michigan   18) Jawaan Taylor T Florida
7) Andre Dillard T Washington State   19) Devin White LB Louisiana State
8) Noah Fant TE Iowa   20) Christian Wilkins DT Clemson
9) Cody Ford T Oklahoma   21) Greedy Williams CB Louisiana State
10) T.J. Hockenson TE Iowa   22) Jonah Williams T Alabama
11) Josh Jacobs RB Alabama   23) Quinnen Williams DT Alabama
12) Daniel Jones QB Duke          


2019 NFL DRAFT FACTS & FIGURES​

WHAT: 84th Annual National Football League Player Selection Meeting.
 
WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee.
 
WHEN: 8:00 PM ET, Thursday, April 25 (Round 1).
7:00 PM ET, Friday, April 26 (Rounds 2-3).
Noon ET, Saturday, April 27 (Rounds 4-7).
The first round will conclude on Thursday by approximately 11:30 PM ET. In 2018, the first round consumed three hours and 25 minutes. The second and third rounds will conclude on Friday by approximately 10:30 PM ET. The second and third rounds took a combined three hours and 44 minutes in 2018. The draft will conclude by approximately 6:30 PM ET on Saturday with the final four rounds. Rounds 4 through 7 took six hours and 39 minutes in 2018.
DRAFTING: Representatives of the 32 NFL clubs by telephone communication with their general managers, coaches and scouts.
ROUNDS: Seven Rounds – Round 1 on Thursday, April 25; Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday, April 26; and Rounds 4 through 7 on Saturday, April 27.
There will be 254 selections, including 32 compensatory choices that have been awarded to 15 teams that suffered a net loss of certain quality unrestricted free agents last year.
The following 32 compensatory choices will supplement the 222 regular choices in the seven rounds –

Round 3: Washington, 33; New England, 34; Los Angeles Rams, 35; Los Angeles Rams, 36; Carolina, 37; New England, 38; Baltimore 39. Round 4: Indianapolis, 33; Dallas, 34; Atlanta, 35; Philadelphia, 36. Round 5: New York Giants, 33; Atlanta, 34; Washington, 35. Round 6: New England, 33; Washington, 34; Arizona, 35; Philadelphia, 36; Minnesota, 37; Cincinnati, 38; Cincinnati, 39; San Francisco, 40; Cincinnati, 41; Kansas City, 42. Round 7: Minnesota, 33; Arizona, 34; Arizona, 35; Minnesota, 36; Los Angeles Rams, 37; New England, 38; Washington, 39; Arizona, 40.

 
TIME LIMITS: Round 110 minutes per selection. Round 2: Seven minutes per selection. Rounds 3 through 6, including compensatory picks: Five minutes per selection. Rounds 7, including compensatory picks: Four minutes per selection.
TELEVISION & RADIO: The 2019 NFL Draft will be televised nationally by NFL Network, ABC, ESPN and ESPN Deportes, and can be heard nationwide on Westwood One Radio, SiriusXM NFL Radio, TuneIn Radio and ESPN Radio.
INTERNET: On Thursday, April 25Draft Tonight on NFL.com streams immediately following the conclusion of NFL Network’s coverage of the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Host of NFL Network’s Good Morning Football Kay Adams and Tennessee Titans Pro Bowl offensive tackle Taylor Lewan interview top draftees in Nashville once they’re selected.

Draft Tonight on NFL.com continues Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27 each day following NFL Network’s live draft coverage. Host Matt “Money” Smith anchors the coverage each day from Los Angeles, joined by analysts Bucky BrooksMaurice Jones-Drew and Lance Zierlein providing analysis and reaction to Rounds 2-7, as well as overall draft winners and grades for the 2019 selections.

Additionally, NFL.com’s Draft Tracker has live coverage of every selection in the draft, including video and analysis of the picks as they happen.

MOBILE: Live NFL Network coverage of the 2019 NFL Draft is available across devices (smartphone, PC, tablet and connected TVs) through the NFL app or NFL.com/watch for subscribers of participating NFL Network providers. For more information, go to NFL.com/nflnetwork.

 

2019 FIRST ROUND DRAFT ORDER

# Team
1. Arizona Cardinals
2. San Francisco 49ers
3. New York Jets
4. Oakland Raiders
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. New York Giants
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
8. Detroit Lions
9. Buffalo Bills
10. Denver Broncos
11. Cincinnati Bengals
12. Green Bay Packers
13. Miami Dolphins
14. Atlanta Falcons
15. Washington Redskins
16. Carolina Panthers
17. New York Giants (from Cleveland)
18. Minnesota Vikings
19. Tennessee Titans
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
21. Seattle Seahawks
22. Baltimore Ravens
23 Houston Texans
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
25. Philadelphia Eagles
26. Indianapolis Colts
27. Oakland Raiders (from Dallas)
28. Los Angeles Chargers
29. Kansas City Chiefs
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans)
31. Los Angeles Rams
32. New England Patriots

List of players who be announcing picks at the 2019 NFL Draft

In the NFL’s continuous effort to connect the game’s greats with the next generation of stars, 64 NFL Legends and active players will add to the excitement of the 2019 NFL Draft by announcing various selections and participating in festivities in Nashville.

Round 2 Draft selections will be announced by previous NFL club first-round picks, while Round 3 will be announced by players who were drafted in later rounds.

In addition to announcing NFL Draft selections, players will be on-site to mentor the prospects and give back to the city of Nashville through participation in a variety of community service events.

Below is the list of players currently scheduled to make selections in Rounds 2 and 3 of this year’s NFL Draft:

PLAYER ANNOUNCEMENT ROUND TEAM
Shaun Alexander 2 Seattle Seahawks
Willie Anderson 2 Cincinnati Bengals
David Andrews 3 New England Patriots
Geno Atkins 3 Cincinnati Bengals
Carl Banks 2 New York Giants
Keith Brooking 2 Atlanta Falcons
Jurrell Casey 3 Tennessee Titans
Brent Celek 3 Philadelphia Eagles
Larry Centers 3 Arizona Cardinals
Kam Chancellor 3 Seattle Seahawks
Earl Cooper 2 San Francisco 49ers
Trent Dilfer 2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kenyan Drake 3 Miami Dolphins
Carl Eller 2 Minnesota Vikings
Jahri Evans 3 New Orleans Saints
Eddie George 2 Tennessee Titans
Darrell Green 2 Washington Redskins
Dante Hall 3 Kansas City Chiefs
Santonio Holmes 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
DeAndre Hopkins 2 Houston Texans
Dexter Jackson 3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joe Jacoby 3 Washington Redskins
Charles Johnson 3 Carolina Panthers
Stevie Johnson 3 Buffalo Bills
Ed Jones 2 Dallas Cowboys
Steve Jordan 3 Minnesota Vikings
Aaron Kampman 3 Green Bay Packers
Brett Keisel 3 Pittsburgh Steelers
Christian Kirksey 3 Cleveland Browns
Olin Kreutz 3 Chicago Bears
Shane Lechler 3 Oakland Raiders
Jamal Lewis 2 Baltimore Ravens
James Lofton 2 Green Bay Packers
Nick Mangold 2 New York Jets
Deuce McAllister 2 New Orleans Saints
Christian McCaffrey 2 Carolina Panthers
Karl Mecklenburg 3 Denver Broncos
Shawne Merriman 2 Los Angeles Chargers
Terrell Owens 3 San Francisco 49ers
Orlando Pace 2 Los Angeles Rams
Mike Quick 2 Philadelphia Eagles
Josh Scobee 3 Jacksonville Jaguars
Cory Schlesinger 3 Detroit Lions
Billy Sims 2 Detroit Lions
Jackie Slater 3 Los Angeles Rams
Brad Smith 3 New York Jets
Fred Taylor 2 Jacksonville Jaguars
Adalius Thomas 3 Baltimore Ravens
Jessie Tuggle 3 Atlanta Falcons
David Tyree 3 New York Giants
Reggie Wayne 2 Indianapolis Colts
Richmond Webb 2 Miami Dolphins
Al Wilson 2 Denver Broncos
Eric Wood 2 Buffalo Bills
Charles Woodson 2 Oakland Raiders
Rayfield Wright 3 Dallas Cowboys