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By The Numbers: 2019 NFL Draft – First Round

With the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in the books, here are some quick notes on how the top agents and agencies performed:

  • Creative Artists Agency- six clients selected in the first round. Todd France had two EDGE rushers go in the top 16 while agent Tory Dandy had a client selected in the top five for the second year in a row (Denzel Ward #4 last year, Devin White #5 this year).
  • Lagardère Sports- four clients selected in the top 17 including three selected in the top nine. Agent Joel Segal extends his record streak of multiple clients selected in the 1st round to 14 consecutive years.
  • Athletes First- 2nd consecutive year where three clients go in the top 20. Agent David Mulugheta had two clients go in the top 15.
  • Young Money APAA- two clients drafted in the first round. Agent Nicole Lynn became the first African American woman to represent a top-five NFL draft pick after the New York Jets selected Quinnen Williams 3rd overall.
  • Select Sports Group- two clients selected in the first round including the first overall pick, Kyler Murray. Murray is represented by agent Erik Burkhardt, who also represents Arizona Cardinals HC, Kliff Kingsbury.
  • Rep 1 Sports Group- two clients selected in the first round and both happen to be Offensive Tackles (Jonah Williams, Andre Dillard).
  • Other Agencies- 13 agencies either represented or co-represented one player in the first round.  This year also marks the 2nd consecutive draft where one player in the first round represented himself (Jeffery Simmons).

Other Round 1 Notes

  • Per NFL Network, last night was the first time in NFL draft history where three defensive linemen from the same school were taken in the first round (Clelin Ferrell, Christian Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence from Clemson).
  • 13 of the 32 picks in the first round were either Defensive Lineman or Edge Rushers. Only two wide receivers and one cornerback were selected last night.
  • If CB Deandre Baker fell past 30th overall and out of the first round, it would have marked the first time since the 1974 draft where a CB wasn’t selected in Round 1.
  • Seven colleges had multiple players selected in the first round. Alabama, Clemson, Mississippi State had three players each while Oklahoma, Ohio State, Michigan, and Iowa had two.
  • The New York Giants had three first round picks- the most in team history.

For a look at each pick’s respective representation team, check out the breakdown below.