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Best Players Available on Day Two of the Draft

Who are the best players still available heading into Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft?

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Drew Lock, QB – Missouri

Lock and the Denver Broncos looked like a match made in heaven at pick No. 20 after trading down from the top-10. However, that wasn’t the case. The Missouri product possesses great size, a strong arm, and decent mobility. With the right team Lock could be molded into a solid starter. He should be the first quarterback off the board today.

AJ Brown, WR – Ole Miss

A versatile receiver who can line up in the slot or on the outside, Brown is a big-bodied guy at 226 pounds with great hands and is an effective route runner. He’ll be a guy who can come in and contribute right away. With multiple teams at the top of the second-round in need of another wide receiver, his name should be called early.

D.K. Metcalf, WR – Ole Miss

Everybody knows the story on Metcalf at this point. Superman like abilities, but concerns over a limited route tree, production and injuries caused him not to be selected day one. Of course, he also has massive upside and if he plays to his potential teams might be kicking themselves for passing on him in the first-round.

Jawaan Taylor, OT – Florida

Arguably one of the bigger surprises in the first-round, Taylor was expected to go in top-10 but instead, five other offensive linemen were selected ahead of him. According to Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller, a knee issue could have been the reason teams passed on him.

If his knee holds up he could be the steal of this draft class.

Cody Ford, OT – Oklahoma

Ford was also expected to be one of the first offensive lineman taken. The Oklahoma alum might be better suited as a guard in the NFL and his ability to transition might have left teams hesitant. Should be an early day two pick.

Chase Winovich, EDGE – Michigan

Winovich was actually more productive in college than his teammate Rashan Gary, who went No.12 to the Green Bay Packers, and his stock has risen as of late. The problem is he’s entering the draft at 24-years-old and might have some teams thinking he’s already hit his peak. Nonetheless, he could be a plug-and-play player if the right team drafts him.

Greedy Williams, DB – Louisiana State

Defensive backs were never expected to go early in this draft (only three went during the first day) so there wasn’t much opportunity to be selected. Williams is an elite cover guy, but not a great tackler and carries a small frame. Maybe the real issue had more to do with the fact teams didn’t get a chance to know more about him.

Nonetheless, he should be highly coveted during the early portion of the second-round.

Byron Murphy, DB – Washington  

While maybe not the fastest corner, Murphy has great instincts in coverage and made plays throughout his collegiate career. He’s a bit smaller which could mean he plays more in the slot, thus a reason teams might not have invested in him with their first pick.

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