The top available player left at every position in the NFL Draft
Wow. Day 1 of the 2016 NFL Draft certainly did not disappoint, although some prospects were left disappointed. Day 2 which kicks off tonight at 7pm EST will have no shortage of drama and there are a lot of fantastic players left on the board. Some, that were worthy of hearing their name-called last night, but for whatever reason they were left out. Below is the top available player left at every position, and those who should hear their name called tonight.
Dak Prescott– It’s not so much that I’m a Prescott fan, but rather not a fan of many of the QB’s left in the draft. Behind Goff, Wentz and Lynch the gap is large. Prescott has all the intangibles and leadership you look for in your signal caller, but struggles with accuracy. I expect a team to over-draft him on Day 2.
Honorable Mention: Connor Cook– I’m on the record saying I believe Cook will be a BUST at the next level, and would not draft him if I were an NFL GM. To me, if you aren’t named a captain as the QB of your team in college that shows huge red flag. Nonetheless, there will be a team that will view Cook as a QB of the future, and he is likely the first quarterback off the board on Day 2.
Devontae Booker– Booker has immense talent but his meniscus injury has scared away some teams. He is a capable three-down running back who can take the abuse from a full workload. While he does not possess elite speed, he can have a nice NFL career.
Honorable Mention: Derrick Henry- I hate to even mention his name, but I guess I will. Derrick Henry. In my mind he is a HUGE bust at the next level, as I’ve outline here. But due to those who believe he is a capable running back in the NFL I am putting him here. He will hear his name called tonight.
Sterling Shepard– He is my No.1 WR and due to his size I expected him to fall into Round 2. My bold prediction is that he will be gone within the first five picks in Round 2. You can check out his draft profile and scouting report here.
Honorable Mention: Tyler Boyd– The former Pittsburgh Panther is one of the most decorated WR in the school’s history, breaking many records held by Larry Fitzgerald. He can stretch the field and has great hands. Likely fell due to a DUI arrest before the start of last season.
Hunter Henry– He is the consensus No.1 TE in a weak class. That being said, I expect his name to be called early on Day 2, and it would not surprise me if a team who needs a TE will trade up early in Round 2 to snag him. You can check out his draft profile and scouting report here.
Honorable Mention: No one should be selected in Day 2 from this position. No one.
Jason Spriggs– I thought Spriggs could go at the end of Round 1, but he was forced to wait one more day. He can come in and contribute right away if needed, just needs to add some strength to his frame.
Honorable Mention: Cody Whitehair- I thought OG Whitehair would go before Joshua Garnett who the 49ers traded up at the end of Round 1 to grab, surprisingly. His versatility should be noted, playing both tackles positions before settling at right guard for Kansas State. He is my top guard in the draft and can be a starter his rookie season.
Noah Spence– Spence has first round talent, but due to his off-the-field issues his name was not called. He is considered the top pass rusher in the entire draft and whoever snags him is getting a Pro Bowl caliber player…as long as he keeps his nose clean.
Honorable Mention: Jarran Reed– I was somewhat surprised to see Reed slip into Day 2, but he is not an elite pass rusher and a lot of teams are looking for more than a run stopper who is not considered versatile along the defensive front. He won’t last long tonight.
Myles Jack– He was supposed to go in the Top 5, but due to questions about his knee (rumored to need microfracture surgery at some point) scared away basically every team in Round 1. He shouldn’t have to wait too long in Round 2.
Honorable Mention: Su’a Cravens– A converted safety, Cravens is very similar to Deone Bucannon from the Cardinals. He is a hard-hitting speed linebacker who will excel in a team’s nickel defense. He could be one of the best steals of the draft.
Mackensie Alexander– Alexander has all the talent in the world and I believe he is a better corner than Eli Apple, who the Giants for some strange reason took 10th overall, but rumors of his ego and personality have rubbed teams the wrong way.
Honorable Mention: Sean Davis– The former Terrapin has risen draft boards as of late, and scouts love his size at 6’1. He needs some help with technique in man coverage but he is a tough, physical corner who will not back down from a challenge.
Vonn Bell– Some scouts see Bell as a corner at the next level, but he can lay a hit down like a safety, and lacks elite speed you look for in a cover corner. He will continue the Buckeye draft barrage on Day 2.
Honorable Mention: Darian Thompson– Thompson has slid as of late, with a bad 40-time (4.69) and a lack of football instincts on tape. But this 2-time All American should hear his name called tonight.
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