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2020 NFL Draft: Day 2's Best Available Prospects

2020 NFL Draft: Day 2's Best Available Prospects

2020 NFL Draft: Day 2's Best Available Prospects

Truth be told, the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft didn't have much drama. Part of that may have been because of just how deep the talent pool is this season. It seemed as though many teams were fine with waiting for their turn and selecting the best player available.

Looking at some of the talent still on the board, that looks as though it was a great plan.

Top Available Players Heading into Day 2 of the 2020 NFL Draft

Cole Kmet, TE, Notre Dame

There were no tight ends selected in Round 1. Kmet is a big, physical freak who will be a matchup problem in the red zone. He's a day one starter for a decade on most teams in the league.

Xavier McKinney, S, Alabama

McKinney is a natural free safety who has elite instincts when the ball is in the air. There are few safeties already in the league who move as well as he does. McKinney has perennial Pro Bowl potential, and he's there for the taking.

A.J. Epenesa, DE, Iowa

Epenesa may be the safest pick left on the board. He has an NFL body, polished technique in the trenches, and a motor that doesn't quit. He also has NFL pedigree. He's a mainstay on some lucky franchise's defensive line for years to come.

Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, Colorado

Shenault is a big, physical receiver unlike any we've seen go off the board. He'll have no trouble fighting off tight coverage at the line of scrimmage, and will win most jump balls. He's an old-school No. 1 receiver.

Trevon Diggs, DB, Alabama

Diggs is the most dynamic defensive back left on the board. He has the size and athleticism to play corner or safety and excel at either. With some of the offensive sets we're seeing in the modern NFL, Diggs has a ton of value.

Yetur Gross-Matos, DE, Penn State

Gross-Matos is a long defensive end with solid technique and the ability to disrupt passing plays without actually hitting that quarterback. He is rarely out of position and excels against the run as a result.

Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin

Taylor is a power back with sprinter speed and a high football IQ. That — along with his ability to catch the football — is a deadly combination. He's the kind of guy who might lead the league in rushing as a rookie.

Josh Jones, OT, Houston

On tape, Jones is as polished as any of the offensive tackles taken in the first round. There may not be a more athletic player at the position, and he's dynamic enough to shift inside if needed.

— Written by J.P. Scott, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. His work has appeared on,, Yahoo! SBNation and Bleacher Report. He is a three-time FWAA writing contest award winner. Follow him on Twitter @TheJPScott.