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It’s only December 30, so who knows what will actually at the happen at the 2019 NFL Draft in four months, but here’s what we do know: the Arizona Cardinals have the first overall pick for the first time in franchise history. Coming directly after them are the San Francisco 49ers, who own the second overall pick for the second time in three years.

So yeah, the Seattle Seahawks might have a little bit more young talent to have to deal with next year and beyond.

The Seahawks beat the Cardinals on Sunday, guaranteeing them the top pick. They picked quarterback Josh Rosen 10th overall last year and haven’t used a top-9 selection since taking guard Jonathan Cooper seventh overall in 2013, a move that did not work out. Their last top-five pick was cornerback Patrick Peterson at fifth overall in 2011. That’s gone very well. Arizona had a chance at the number one pick in 2003, but beat the Minnesota Vikings in a Week 17 thriller and ended up choosing third instead, which is where they found Larry Fitzgerald. The future Hall of Fame receiver of course was still suiting up for the Cards this week.

Remarkable. Will they find a similar player next year?

Impossible to know right now, or if they’ll stay put at number one. If a great QB prospect steps up, like Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, a team might try to trade up knowing that Arizona is still developing Rosen. If not, Hawkin’s teammate Nick Bosa, a pass rusher and the brother of LA Chargers’ defensive end Joey Bosa, is considered the consensus top overall prospect right now. Which could still change, as we’ve seen happen many times before.

If a team does trade up and select a QB, does that mean that Bosa won’t get into the NFC West? Not likely, as the 49ers could be waiting to catch him at two. San Francisco had the second overall pick in 2017, but traded down with the Chicago Bears rather than picking quarterbacks Mitchell Trubisky, Patrick Mahomes, or Deshaun Watson. Instead they took defensive end Solomon Thomas. Despite taking a defensive lineman in the first round in three of the last four years, I imagine that San Francisco wouldn’t hesitate to do it again if he was the best player on the board.

After all, Thomas and teammate Arik Armstead have not panned out like DeForest Buckner has, and Bosa could transform their 4-3 defense that was among the NFL’s worst this season.

Either way, it’s a defense-heavy class. Other front-seven players considered for the top-five seem to be Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, Auburn’s Derrick Brown, Clemson’s Clelin Farrell, Kentucky’s Josh Allen, LSU’s Devin White, Michigan’s Rashan Gary, and who knows who else will emerge or disappear honestly. The Cards also have maybe the worst offensive line in the NFL, so trading down and targeting a tackle like Alabama’s Jonah Williams is a possibility.

The 49ers could also look at a cornerback like LSU’s Greedy Williams.

There’s a lot of time left to decide, but those are the top two teams right now. The Seahawks and LA Rams won’t know until their playoff runs are over, and that’s a much sweeter reward today.

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