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2018 NFL Draft: Day 2's Best Available Prospects


Now that the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books, it's time to take a look at some of the best available players heading into the Round 2 on Friday. There are still a lot of players on the board with first-round grades according to many experts. Many of these players taken on the second day will be starter in the first year.

Stanford Cardinal DT Harrison Phillips

If you are looking for value, this is where you find it.

Top Available Players Heading into Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft

James Daniels, C, Iowa

Daniels is the best center on the board and was considered by many to be the best in the class. He has an NFL pedigree, as the younger brother of Leshun Daniels. He also comes from an offensive line factory in Iowa City, where Kirk Ferentz seems to churn out NFL road graders regularly. He's one of the best athletes at the position to come along in a long time. He'll be a Week 1 starter.

Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Rudolph might be the second-best pure passer in the draft behind only Josh Rosen. Playing in Oklahoma State's wide-open shotgun-oriented scheme seems to have scared some teams away from taking him in the first round. He is deadly accurate with his deep ball and has the potential to be a solid starter in the NFL for a long time.

Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

Like James Daniels, Phillips (above, right) is the best athlete at his position in the 2018 NFL Draft. The former state champion wrestler has a high football IQ and a motor that rivals Dwight Freeney's in his prime. His strength and athleticism will help him be one of the better disruptors at defensive tackle immediately.

Will Hernandez, G, UTEP

Hernandez is the best available lineman in a draft where linemen have been slightly undervalued so far. He's an aggressive mauler and a comparable talent to Notre Dame's Quenton Nelson — who went sixth overall to the Indianapolis Colts. Hernandez' quickness will allow him to recover from mistakes and react to exotic blitzes. He'll be a starter for a long time.

Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

Jackson was thought by many to be the second-best corner in the draft for a long time leading up to Thursday's events. The run on quarterbacks combined with a couple of other corners improving their stock at the Scouting Combine and/or pro days caused Jackson to fall. He's a big-bodied corner who can run with and defend the biggest receivers in the NFL. He's a pure playmaker who always seems to be in the right place when there's a ball up for grabs.

Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis

Miller is a shifty receiver in the mold of Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown or Detroit's Golden Tate. He's a solid route runner with dependable hands who plays much bigger than his size. He'll be a safety net for the quarterbacks who throw to him and a PPR monster in fantasy football.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! and Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.