So we made it through the First Round of the 2015 NFL Draft. And for the people unhappy with their draft picks, and are saying that the draft has been ruined for their team, there are six more rounds! Hooray! In all seriousness, there is actually a lot of talent remaining on the Board. As I saw on Twitter yesterday: “Ereck Flowers, Cedric Ogbuehi, and Damarious Randall being drafted in the 1st just shows that the NFL hates good players.” There are a lot of difference makers left, as Mel Kiper’s 12th overall player was the #32 selection. There’s some serious value here in the 2nd round. I expect all of these players to be drafted today. Here are some of my top remaining available:
RB Ameer Abdullah Nebraska 5’9” 195
The deceptive back from Nebraska is Pro-Ready and provides help in the run game as well as catching the ball.
RB Jay Ajayi Boise State 6’0” 222
The former Bronco has fallen recently due to injury concerns with his knee. He still provides great Day 2 value.
RB Duke Johnson Miami (FL) 5’9” 207
“The Duke” was the catalyst for the ‘Canes offense a year ago, could be the catalyst for a turn around in 2015.
RB T.J. Yeldon Alabama 6’2” 220
The next in line of Crimson Tide RBs, Yeldon is a pro player right now, and could eventually be a starter.
RB Tevin Coleman Indiana 5’11” 206
The big speedster from Indiana also ran for 2,000 yards last year and looks to make a difference on Sundays.
WR Devin Funchess Michigan 6’3” 232
Once a top WR prospect, we don’t know if he’s a WR or TE. Either way, he’s a big pass catcher, he’ll be a good one.
WR Dorial Green-Beckham Missouri 6’5” 239
Maybe the most talented WR in this draft. Can he keep things clean off of the field and reach his potential?
WR Devin Smith Ohio State 6’0” 196
The deep threat from Ohio State is still on the board, and should be salty that Phillip Dorsett went before he did.
WR Jaelen Strong Arizona State 6’2” 217
The big bodied WR excels at the catch point, and he looks to make an impact in the league.
TE Maxx Williams Minnestoa 6’4” 249
The draft’s top TE is still looking for a home. Where does he land?
OT La’El Collins LSU 6’4” 305
Legal issues aside, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab Collins today, since he said he’ll re-enter next year if he doesn’t.
OT T.J. Clemmings Pittsburgh 6’5” 309
A big-time risk reward at Tackle. Can he be groomed to successfully protect the QB’s blindside? His talent says yes.
OT Jake Fisher Oregon 6’6” 300
Can start at all 5 spots in a Zone Blocking Scheme, Fisher will be looking for another successful QB to block for.
DL Michael Bennett Ohio State 6’2” 293
The disruptive Defensive Tackle will be looking to find out where he’ll be causing havoc next.
DL Carl Davis Iowa 6’5” 320
Davis can be as good as he wants to be, teams will have to decide what scheme he’ll fit in best.
DL Mario Edwards Jr. Florida State 6’3” 279
The son of a former NFL player, Edwards is looking to create his own legacy, and his own pay day.
DL Eddie Goldman Florida State 6’4” 336
The wide-bodied Goldman can do more than plug holes, needs work on his motivation and work ethic.
DL Jordan Phillips Oklahoma 6’5” 329
The big man from Oklahoma looks to prove his worth, but will his chronic back issues allow him to?
DL Preston Smith Mississippi St 6’5” 271
The bad man D-Lineman from Mississippi St looks to ensure dark days ahead for Offenses, wherever he goes.
LB Randy Gregory Nebraska 6’5” 235
The former thought to be #2 overall player, a failed drug test has dropped him this far, I don’t see him getting to 40.
LB Eli Harold Virginia 6’3” 247
An athlete that plays on the EDGE, Harold needs some development, but could be an impact player.
DL Owamagbe Odighizuwa UCLA 6’3” 267
“Owa Diggy” as he’s been tagged by Draft Twitter, he’s an animal on the field, but can his hips hold up?
LB Nate Orchard Utah 6’3” 250
The Utah pass-rush specialist looks to find his way in the NFL. Teams will have to determine what scheme he fits in.
LB Eric Kendricks UCLA 6’0” 236
The instinctive Linebacker will look to prove his critics wrong, just as his older brother did a couple years ago.
LB Benardrick McKinney Mississippi St 6’4” 246
The prototype Linebacker from Mississippi State has bad intentions for ball carriers, he could be a Ram by tonight.
LB Denzel Perryman Miami (FL) 5’11” 236
The much-heralded Linebacker for Miami that wears #52, who else did that again?
DB Jalen Collins LSU 6’2” 195
The long, lanky Corner from LSU has only started 10 games as a collegian, do NFL teams see that as good or bad?
DB Landon Collins Alabama 6’0” 228
The best Safety in this draft won’t be the first one taken, but I expect him to be one of the first picks on Friday.
DB Ronald Darby Florida State 5’11” 193
One of the two Corners from Florida State, Darby looks to take his track background to the NFL.
DB Steven Nelson Oregon State 5’10” 194
The fiesty and pesky Nelson looks to shut down NFL Wide Outs.
DB P.J.Williams Florida State 6’0” 194
The other Corner from Florida State, Williams was a shut down defender in Tallahassee, can he do it in the NFL too?
I’d be shocked if any of these players, with the potential exception of La’El due to his legal issues, are remaining to be drafted. Good luck to all of these athletes.