The 2019 NBA Draft tips off this Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. ET, and there seems to be a lot of extra hype around this year's draft. Zion Williamson, Ja Morant and a handful of other household college basketball names will finally see their pro dreams come true when they get to walk across that stage, and there are many teams picking at the top who can't wait to make it official.
Though we here at The Draft Network specialize in the NFL Draft, our love for the draft process has no exclusivity. We will all be watching the NBA draft tonight, as well.
In the spirit of draft night, we thought it would be fun to imagine what a draft might look like if NFL teams had to pick from this current crop of NBA prospects -- including what would be crazy measureables and skillsets coming from a totally different sport.
Using the 2019 NFL Draft order, here's how last April's NFL draft may have looked if each team chose from a pool of basketball's best young athletes instead.
1. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Zion Williamson, TE, Duke
Tight end, defensive end, wide receiver, linebacker; it doesn’t matter. Hell, they could even play Zion at quarterback if they really hated Josh Rosen that much.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound Zion could play wherever he wants.
2. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Brandon Clarke, WR, Gonzaga
Brandon Clarke is a 6-foot-8 wing man with an insane vertical jump, great feet and smooth hips. He would be an auto-mismatch as a wide receiver.
3. New York Jets
Pick: Rui Hachimura, TE, Gonzaga
Back-to-back Gonzaga players in the Top 3 would be the best crop of prospects Gonzaga has sent to the NFL since, well, ever. Hachimura, like Clarke, is 6-foot-8, but he has more size on him at about 230 pounds, so he can make a good TE/WR hybrid.
4. Oakland Raiders
Pick: Ja Morant, RB, Murray State
All you had to do was watch one NCAA tournament game of Ja Morant’s to know that this kid is a special athlete. With how he sees the court, I’d love to find out how well he'd see the field with the ball in his hands.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Cam Reddish, S, Duke
Reddish may not have developed into the consistent shooter we thought, but he’s long, smart and athletic. He would make a rangy, instant starter at safety as a playmaker on the ball.
6. New York Giants
Pick: Jarrett Culver, WR, Texas Tech
No Odell means the Giants need a big time, go-to outside receiver. At 6-foot-7, 200 pounds, Culver gives them that option.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Eric Paschall, TE, Villanova
The Jaguars need a combo tight end to help Nick Foles, and Paschall would’ve been a great choice with size in both height and weight at 6-foot-7, 255 pounds. He could lead the Jags in receiving touchdowns right now.
8. Detroit Lions
Pick: P.J. Washington, EDGE, Kentucky
6-foot-8 and 240 pounds? Yeah, I’ll take that length on the edge. Good luck.
9. Buffalo Bills
Pick: De'Andre Hunter, TE, Virginia
I know Buffalo wanted Ed Oliver over T.J. Hockenson anyways, but the allurement of Hunter’s 7-foot wingspan would be music to Josh Allen’s ears.
10. Denver Broncos
Pick: Darius Garland, CB, Vanderbilt
6-foot-3 may be on the smaller side when it comes to the NBA, but in the NFL that would make you one of the biggest cornerbacks in the league. Garland has the physicality and quickness to keep up, too.
11. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Nassir Little, LB, UNC
The Bengals need a linebacker, and I bet if you strapped some pads on the 6-foot-6, 230-pound Nassir Little that he could bring the pain.
12. Green Bay Packers
Pick: Naz Reid, EDGE, LSU
At 6-foot-10, 250 pounds, I might actually like this Naz Reid pick more than the Rashan Gary pick that actually happened.
13. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Coby White, RB, North Carolina
Speed, quickness, vision and great hair. Coby White would be a great playmaker at tailback.
14. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Tyler Herro, WR, Kentucky
The Falcons already have the best receiving unit in the NFL according to Brad Kelly, so why not make this ridiculous reality even more ridiculous with the 6-foot-5 Herro joining Julio & Company.
15. Washington Redskins
Pick: Romeo Langford, WR, Indiana
If you watched any of Romeo Langford this season, you know how much of a playmaker he can be. I’d love too see him get down at wide receiver with his aggressive style, strong hands and 6-foot-6 frame.
16. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Jaxon Hayes, WR, Texas
All of the Panthers' wide receivers are of the smaller stature, so Hayes, if nothing else, would be hilarious next to them at 6-foot-11.
17.New York Giants (from CLE)
Pick: Tremont Waters, LSU, CB
I know this is a light-hearted, fantasy article, but I would actually love to see the 5-foot-10, 170-pound speedy Waters at cornerback. I honestly think he could start in the league.
18. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Admiral Schofield, EDGE, Tennessee
I didn’t get to watch a ton of Tennessee basketball this season, but I saw enough to know that the 6-foot-5, 240-pound Schofield could absolutely do some damage on the edge as a pass rusher.
19. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Kevin Porter Jr., WR, USC
Porter Jr. can score from anywhere. He’s 6-foot-5, 200 pounds and is quick, fast and explosive. I could see him doing some serious damage with a diverse route tree to play in the slot or by the sideline.
20. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Matisse Thybull, CB, Washington
Thybull was one of the best defenders in the Pac-12 this season, and at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, he would be a physical, long, shut down cornerback the Steelers have needed for years.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Ty Jerome, S, Virginia
I love Jerome’s basketball IQ, and I bet that would translate very well to a single-high safety role in the NFL.
22. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Nickeil Alexander-Walker, CB/WR, Virginia
NAW is a good two-way player, and that’s where I’d see him in he NFL. He’s quick, but not overly explosive as an athlete. He’d be a slot option on both offense and defense.
23. Houston Texans
Pick: Grant Williams, OT, Tennessee
Look, I just picked the guy in the NBA Draft who I thought could make the best transition to offense tackle, because the Texans had one job this draft and did it poorly.
24. Oakland Raiders (from CHI)
Pick: Bol Bol, TE, Oregon
Seven. Foot. Two.
You think Gruden wouldn’t take this guy?
25. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Jordan Poole, CB, Michigan
Poole is a streaky playmaker, but that makes him perfect for the Eagles' secondary.
26. Indianapolis Colts
Pick: Bruno Fernando, TE, Maryland
Bruno Fernando is a 6-foot-10, 235 pound beast of a big man. He’s a great athlete for his size and is really strong, too. Imagine Andrew Luck having this guy over the middle and in the red zone.
I already want to draft him in fantasy football.
27. Oakland Raiders (from DAL)
Pick: Sekou Doumbouya, WR, France
How would Gruden follow up drafting a 7-foot-2 tight end? By drafting a 6-foot-9 wide receiver!
Plus, I could totally see Mayock getting fancy and drafting an international player.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
Pick: Chuma Okeke, EDGE, Auburn
Okeke’s 6-foot-8, 230-pound frame (which could put on even more weight) would be ideal on the edge or on the inside for the Chargers. A late ACL injury is what might cause him to fall in the NBA draft, but getting him this late would be good for any team — even an NFL team.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from KC)
Pick: Miye Oni, WR, Yale
The Seahawks won the D.K. Metcalf sweepstakes later in the 2019 NFL Draft, so they could instead get their offensive playmaker here with Oni, who was a three-time All Ivy League selection for what he could do with the ball in his hands.
30. Green Bay Packers (from NO)
Pick: Jalen Lecque, S/CB, N.C. State
I just had to put Lecque in here because he’s 6-foot-4 with a 43 inch vertical and a 6-foot-7 wingspan. Teach this kid some press coverage technique and it’s over.
31. Los Angeles Rams
Pick: Carsen Edwards, CB, Purdue
If the name Carsen Edwards sounds familar, it’s because he was the guy who dropped a 40 bomb on Virginia and nearly knock the future champs out in the Elite 8.
At 6-feet tall, Edwards is a streak playmaker, but when he’s hot he’s one of the best there is. Such is the case with the Rams' secondary. They need players to take chances, get hot and create turnovers. Hell, I’d even play this kid both ways at running back, too.
32. New England Patriots
Pick: Ignas Brazdeikis, TE, Michigan
Oh, come on, you knew this was going to happen. The Patriots having the chance to draft a 6-foot-7 tight end who will run his mouth, come up clutch and whose name is “Ignas Brazdeikis”?
No better way to end this draft.