The 2019 NFL Draft is underway and two of the Seattle Seahawks’ NFC West rivals possessed the top two picks in the opening round.
As has been long rumored, the Arizona Cardinals have gone with 2018 Heisman Trophy winner and former Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray at #1 overall. This almost certainly means that Josh Rosen is getting dealt before his sophomore season, which is about as fast as I can recall a QB who was drafted top-ten getting the boot from his team without some sort of legal trouble. It’s been reported that Washington is likely to pursue Rosen, and the New York Giants already got Daniel Jones so that presumably takes them out of the running.
Meanwhile, the San Francisco 49ers selected Ohio State pass rusher Nick Bosa at #2. The younger brother of Los Angeles Chargers star Joey Bosa, Nick was targeted as possibly the #1 overall pick even before the 2018 college football season began. He underwent core muscle surgery and then announced he was leaving Ohio State to focus on the draft. Bosa had 8.5 sacks as a sophomore and 5 sacks as a freshman. He’ll join a group that (for now) features Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Solomon Thomas. It’s been reported that the Niners may trade Thomas, who hasn’t quite panned out as hoped.