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NFL Draft: Top Prospects Available After Day 1

April 28, 2017 • John Ulecka • Front Page, Lists, NFL Draft

There’s still a lot of talent left on the big board after last night’s first round. Here’s a list of the top 10 guys still on the board heading into the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft:

10. CB Sidney Jones — Washington

I have put Jones here even with the injury concern, because he is a talented cornerback and may be able to suit up by week 7.  Jones would have easily been a top 15 pick if not for the injury he suffered.

9. DL Malik McDowell — Michigan State

McDowell is a physical player who can line up in a 4-3 DT or a 3-4 End, His character flaws caused him to slide a bit, but a team is going to get a force on their defensive line with McDowell. (fits the Raiders perfectly)

8. G/T Cam Robinson — Alabama

Robinson is a player who may fit as a RT or Guard in the NFL, he doesn’t possess the feet to play on the left side against speed rushers.  I expect him to go early in the Second Round especially if you see a run on offensive lineman.

7. QB DeShone Kizer — Notre Dame

Many pundits mocked Kizer in the first round after the college season, but after reviewing of tape and workouts found him needing a bit more coaching to reach his potential.  Kizer has all the tools with his Size, Arm Strength, and Mobility as a starting signal caller in the NFL.

6. RB Joe Mixon — Oklahoma

Character is the real reason Mixon is here, the talked about video of him is what hurt his stock, but if you look at his tape and watch him, he is a first round talent.  A team will take a chance on him and hope he realizes the privilege he has and it can be taken away.

5. WR Zay Jones — East Carolina

Jones does nothing but produces at the collegiate level and excelled at the Senior Bowl, Jones may be best suited in the slot and can produce because of his size and work ethic are exceptional.

4. RB Alvin Kamara — Tennessee

Kamara brings a dual combination of catching and running the ball.  Kamara is a back who blossomed after Jalen Hurd decided to transfer and showed scouts he can be a feature back in an offense.

3. RB Dalvin Cook — Florida State

Cook has some red flags but you cannot deny the talent he has, a three down back who can run routes and run between the tackles.  He showed up in big games, especially the bowl game versus a stout Michigan defense.  I classify him as a steal in the second round.

2. G Forrest Lamp — Western Kentucky

Lamp is a blue collar player who will work his tail off.  I could see him playing RT but may be best suited to play the guard position in the NFL, he may be the first OL drafted on Day2.

1. CB Chidobe Awuzie — Colorado

Physical is the best word to describe Awuzie, will stick his nose into the running game.  The control he has for coverage and ability to stick receivers makes him a possible starter year one.

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