Round 1? In the books. As eyes shift to tonight, it’s important to keep perspective on the expectations for these selections. Franchises want starting caliber players in the second and third rounds. The good news? There are starters available. Draft targets tonight are a lot of quality players and scheme specific talent is going to drop throughout the entire second day. If you are bummed about your team’s selection in the first round, look for them to address positions with glaring needs tonight.
With that said, a number of potential blue chip players have fallen into the second day for various reasons:
OT Cam Robinson, Alabama – Robinson was my third rated player this year. His penalties and mental errors are inexcusable but when technically sound and engaged in the game Robinson shows All-Pro abilities. He figures to hear his name called early on Friday night with OL hungry teams like Jacksonville and Seattle in the first few picks.
SAF Budda Baker, Washington – Baker has gotten push back due to his size. Yet Baker (5’10, 195 lbs) has undeniable versatility as a secondary player and has the ability to fit into any scheme in the league to various degrees. Baker is a strong tackler and he’s been largely overthought to this point in the process.
RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma – Media personalities flirted with the idea that Mixon could get bumped into the late first round but you saw one of the prime candidates, Kansas City, move up and go get their Quarterback of the future in Patrick Mahomes. Mixon is a strong candidate to drop right off the board to the Green Bay Packers as we open the second round tonight.
Other names included in my initial top 32 players that are still available after Round 1?
IOL Pat Elflein, Ohio State – Position and scheme flexible player with the ability to win as a Center in power run schemes and as a Guard in zone run schemes.
SAF Eddie Jackson, Alabama – Injuries derailed end career with the Crimson Tide and Jackson recently had screws removed from his previously broken leg. Likely a late Day 2 candidate but can be a quality starter at FS.
SAF Obi Melifonwu, Connecticut – Combine darling has slid but has a lot of suitors in the 30s and 40s. Chess piece style defender who can blanket TEs in the middle of the field.
IOL Dorian Johnson, Pittsburgh – Mauler in the run game. Was a high end recruit coming out of HS as a Tackle. Has long arms and nasty demeanor but plays a low value position.
WR Taywan Taylor, Western Kentucky – Well rounded player with clean polish as a receiver. Does many things well without an outstanding blue chip trait.
CB Fabian Moreau, UCLA – Status as a prospect is marred by pectoral injury from Pro Day. High end athlete with developmental upside due to short time spent on defensive side of the ball.
LB Tyus Bowser, Houston – Versatile player without polish as a pass rusher. But movement skills and ability to play in space is tremendous and provides high end pass cover skills in zone.
RB Wayne Gallman, Clemson – Much like Taylor as a WR, Gallman is a well rounded player without a trait to hand his hat on. Gallman can be a three down back and would do best on inside zone schemes.
RB D’Onta Foreman, Texas – Powerful down hill style runner. Has similar size/explosion to Leonard Fournette athletically but appears to be a bit looser in the lower half to cut off of stuffed up lanes.
There are a plethora of other options throughout the middle rounds. Off of my board, these are the best available and the ones I think you should be excited to see targeted throughout the second day.