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Who are the best players available for Day 2 of the NFL Draft?

With the first round of the NFL Draft in the books, here are the best players to look for in the second and third round

April 27, 2018 - 3:03 am

Nick Lozanovski reporting
@Nick_Lozanovski


With 32 players off the board, the 2018 NFL Draft is only 14.286-percent finished. That means we have a lot of draft left to go.

Often times, the second and third round of the draft can produce very productive players who directly contribute to the sustained success of a franchise. Round 1 gets all of the attention, but the later rounds are where games are won.

Who are the best players available heading into Day 2 of the draft? Here they are broken down by position:

 

Quarterback:

1.) Mason Rudolph - Oklahoma State

2.) Kyle Lauletta - Richmond

3.) Luke Falk - Washington State

Rudolph stands as the lone-remaining quarterback of the batch that was thought to possibly be taken as a first round pick. After Rudolph, there is a decent sized drop off with Kyle Lauletta from Richmond serving as a flyer for a player that can develop into a long-term backup.

 

Running Back:

1.) Nick Chubb - Georgia

2.) Derrius Guice - LSU

3.) Ronald Jones III - USC

Despite three running backs being taken in the first round, the draft pool remains strong at the position. Nick Chubb was part of a dynamic backfield at Georgia that also had 31st overall pick Sony Michel. Guice and LSU were dynamic college runners who should assimilate well into the league.

 

Wide Receiver:

1.) Christian Kirk - Texas A&M

2.) Courtland Sutton - SMU

3.) Anthony Miller - Memphis

4.) D.J. Chark - LSU

5.) James Washington - Oklahoma State

6.) Dante Pettis - Washington

Many high-end wide receivers still remain, with 2018 Belitnikoff Award winner James Washington still available. Though this class didn't have a clear No. 1 wideout, it is a deep one at receiver. LSU wideout D.J. Chark is the lone prospect on this list that doesn't come from a primarily passing offense.

 

Tight End:

1.) Dallas Goedbert - South Dakota State

2.) Mike Gesicki - Penn State

3.) Mark Andrews - Oklahoma

2018 Mackey Award winner Mark Andrews is still on the board as the tight end market has been slow thus far.

 

Offensive Lineman:

1.) James Daniels - Iowa

2.) Will Hernandez - UTEP

3.) Connor Williams - Texas

After Round 1, there are still many good offensive line prospects on the board. None were more high profile than Connor Williams, who was an elite tackle during his time at Texas.

 

Defensive End:

1.) Rasheem Green - USC

2.) Sam Hubbard - Ohio State

3.) Josh Sweat - Florida State

Defensive end sees a strong crop still available, with three accomplished players still available. Sweat, who was the eighth-rated player nationally coming out of high school, will look to realize more of his potential in the NFL.

 

Defensive Tackle:

1.) Harrison Phillips - Stanford

2.) B.J. Hill - NC State

3.) Nathan Shepard - Fort Hays State

Defensive tackle sees a player from an extremely small school poised to be taken. Nathan Shepard hails from Fort Hays State, which plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. Shepard played at the Division-II level in college and will look to silence doubters at the next level.

 

Linebacker:

1.)  Harold Landry - Boston College

2.) Uchenna Nwosu - USC

3.) Josey Jewell - Iowa

Harold Landry will look to continue the run of great Boston College linebackers to play in the NFL, following in the footsteps of Luke Keuchly among others. Landry and USC product Uchenna Nwosu are outside linebackers, while Josey Jewell plays inside.

 

Cornerback:

1.) Josh Jackson - Iowa

2.) Donte Jackson - LSU

3.) Isaiah Oliver - Colorado

Iowa's Josh Jackson remains on the board despite being thought of as a potential first round pick. Teams will take a long look at him and Donte Jackson, who played for LSU as a part of a vaunted SEC defense. Isaiah Oliver will be looking to prove himself at the next level after departing a talented secondary at Colorado.

 

Safety:

1.) Justin Reid - Stanford

2.) Ronnie Harrison - Alabama

3.) Jessie Bates III - Wake Forest

Ronnie Harrison looks to continue a run of Alabama defensive backs who have been drafted highly during the Nick Saban era. A knock on some Alabama defensive backs has been the notion that Nick Saban is able to bring them to their full potential in college, thus rendering them to be complete products. Harrison will look to prove those critics wrong.

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