Three days, seven rounds and 254 picks later, the 2019 NFL Draft is finally in the books. This year’s action had plenty of surprises, a record number of trades and several teams doing outstanding jobs putting themselves in position to succeed not just in 2019, but for years to come.
We’ll be breaking down the draft and analyzing all the interesting developments over the next several days and weeks at CBSSports.com, but if you want to just get a recap of what happened on Day 3, you’re in the right place. We’ll point you to where you can find grades for every pick below, but you can also check out our live blog from the entire weekend at the bottom of this article for running commentary on all the excitement as it unfolded.
The Cardinals got things started on Saturday by taking a big-bodied receiver in Hakeem Butler that some people thought was a first-round talent. Our Chris Trapasso loved the pick, giving it an A grade:
The Cardinals got a huge, fast, contested-catch extraordinaire in Hakeem Butler in the start of the fourth round. Outstanding value. Butler can play inside or outside and dominate with his size and big catch radius.
Trapasso wasn’t a fan of two picks in Round 4, giving both teams a D+ for the selections. You can see.
The most notable pick of the first round may have been the Patriots selecting a quarterback with Tom Brady in his 40s. You can see who they decided to snag early on Day 3.
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Rosen says goodbye to Arizona
Former Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen spent almost exactly one year with the team after being selected in the first round of the 2018 draft, then being traded to Miami on Friday. On Saturday, he sent a heartfelt thank you to his former team and well wishes to Kyler Murray inthat you’re going to want to check out. So much for all the talk about his temperament not being a fit.
The fifth round brought us Trapasso’s only A+ of Day 3 in Ben Burr-Kirven, his favorite linebacker of the entire draft class. Here’s what he had to say about the Seahawks taking him near the top of the round:
Burr-Kirven is an efficient block-shedder who flies around the field and gets to the ball in a hurry thanks to plus twitch and impressive speed. He stars in coverage too, breaking on the football almost instantaneously. Complete, modern-day linebacker.
You can see the rest of his grades for Round 5 , and also be sure to check outand .
Stay tuned to CBSSports.com as we break down the best players to go undrafted, the biggest surprises of the entire draft and the winners and losers from the weekend. You’ll also be able to track where all the undrafted free agents find homes. Thanks for being a part of our 2019 NFL Draft coverage!
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