With the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft in the books, it’s time to take a look at some of the top available players heading into Round 2 on Friday night. Plenty of players with first-round grades from both teams and analysts are still on the board, and most of the players taken on Friday are going to find their way into their respective team’s starting lineup sometime during the 2017 campaign.
Top Available Players Heading into Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State
Cook was projected by several outlets and scouts to be the first running back off the board just a few weeks ago. Injury concerns caused him to fall out of the first round, but he probably won't last very long on Day 2. He's a surefire starter in a hybrid mold of Todd Gurley and Devonta Freeman. He's almost the perfect back for the modern NFL offense.
Forrest Lamp, G, Western Kentucky
Lamp is perhaps the most intriguing lineman in the draft. His only real question mark is the competition he played against in college, which history shows isn't that big of a factor. He has the prototypical size of an offensive tackle with the ability to play anywhere on the offensive line. He'll be off the board quickly in the second round to a team looking to bolster its front line.
Desmond King, CB, Iowa
The 2015 Thorpe Award winner is a Week 1 starter in any secondary in the league due to the multiple-receiver sets that have become the norm in today’s offenses. He brings the added bonus of being a dependable return man on special teams.
Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
He got lost in the shuffle a bit this year due to the household names at his position at the top of this draft class. He’s a do-everything back with decent size and excellent on-field speed. If he’s not the primary ball carrier immediately, he’ll share carries at the very least wherever he ends up.
Pat Elflein, C, Ohio State
He’s been the best center in college football for a couple of years now. Getting him on the second day is nothing short of a steal, as he’ll likely walk into the locker room of his new team and hold down the starting job for the better part of a decade.
Dan Feeney, G, Indiana
Feeney is the top pure guard in the draft and an elite run blocker. Look for one of the teams that took a running back in the first round to add Feeney on Day 2, immediately energizing their ground game.
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
Mixon is possibly the most complete back in the draft. From a talent and athleticism standpoint, there are arguments that he’s the closest thing in this running back class to Ezekiel Elliott. Any team that decides they are willing to deal with the public relations fallout as a result of his off-field history is going to end up upgrading its offense exponentially.
Chris Godwin, WR, Penn State
Godwin is not considered a sexy pick, but there’s nothing not to like about him. He has good size, great speed and goes after every ball in the air – usually winning the battle on every jump ball. All he does is make big plays and it’s not a stretch to think he could develop into one of the top receivers in the league in in a couple of years.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.