Thanks to some surprise picks and strategies in Round 1, there is still a ton of talent on the board
Now that the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft is complete, it's time to take a look at some of the best available players heading into Round 2 on Friday. Thanks to a couple of surprise picks and a handful of interesting strategies, there is still plenty of first-round-caliber talent on the board.
This is where teams find the most value — and it's where you build dynasties.
Top Available Players Heading into Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft
Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Williams was rated by many experts as the top cornerback available in the 2019 class. Most years, the cornerback position is in high demand. This year, however, only one corner — Georgia's Deandre Baker — was selected in the first round. Now Williams — a first-round talent and Day 1 starter — is in position to be scooped up as the biggest steal of the draft so far.
Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
Everything said about the cornerback position in regard to Greedy Williams applies here. Some had Murphy as the top player at the position. The difference between Williams and Murray, however, is polish. Murphy is a clean prospect that does everything well and appears to be one of the more NFL-ready players in the 2019 draft.
Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
There were rumors that several franchises were in love with Lock's arm and overall skill set. Some would argue that he is a better quarterback prospect than all three quarterbacks taken in Round 1. Now, with a handful of NFL teams still looking for a franchise quarterback, there may not be a player with more value at this point than Lock. Look for him to go off the board early Friday night.
Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
Taylor was right there in the conversation as the best offensive tackle prospect in 2019. He has all of the physical tools to succeed at the next level, but the knock on him is that he is still raw. Some view him as a project, but he's worth grabbing and sticking on the right side of an offensive line in order to develop him into the blindside protector he has the potential to be.
Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama
We saw the two Iowa tight ends go off the board in the first round. Now Smith is positioned to be the third player at the position selected. He's probably not the athlete that Noah Fant is, but he's a more complete tight end. He does everything you want as a pass-catcher but also is one of the better blockers at his position. Nobody would have been surprised to see him selected in the first round. Now, someone will land him as a starter on Day 2.
— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on SI.com, FoxSports.com, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.