These guys should come off the board early on Friday night
Round One of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books and it went, for the most part, as advertised. Quarterbacks and Alabama players dominated the night, and teams moved up and down the board to position themselves to be able to grab players in places that made the most sense from both a talent and value standpoint.
Thanks to the run on quarterbacks, a handful of players who — in most other years — probably would have been first-round picks are now still on the board as we head into the second day of the NFL draft.
Here are the best remaining players in the 2021 NFL Draft heading into Day 2.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Some think Owusu-Koramoah is the best all-around football player in this draft class. He's a linebacker who can run with receivers and be effective against the run and as a pass rusher. He won the Butkus Award in 2020 as the nation's top player at his position.
Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
Ojulari is a physical special who reminds some of Von Miller with his quickness off the edge. He's probably the pass rusher remaining in the draft.
Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
Barmore has a lot of upside as an interior defender. He is an elite disrupter on the inside. His full skill set was on display when he dominated the Ohio State Buckeyes in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Moore has elite speed and quickness that can help a team in both the passing game and on special teams. He likely lands as a prototypical slot receiver, but he has Tyreek Hill-like potential.
Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
In what seems like a thin class at the offensive tackle position, Cosmi is one of the last NFL-ready players on the board at his position. He has experience protecting an improvising quarterback who moved around in the pocket quite a bit. That should makes him a nice fit for a handful of teams.
Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
Nixon has arguably more upside than any player in the draft at the defensive tackle position. The track record of Iowa players who dominate in the trenches at the collegiate level helps make him a safe project pick.
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
Moehrig is a Bob Sanders-type of player who can change the identity of a secondary. He won the Thorpe Award in 2020 as college football's best defensive back.
Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Marshall is the most complete prototypical wide receiver left on the board. From moving the chains to taking the top of a defense, he can do it all and could end up having the best career of any receiver in the class.
Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
Basham is a high-energy playmaker off the edge. He'll remind some of Dwight Freeney. He was able to become a star in college football despite playing on a mediocre Wake Forest team.
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Moses is an NFL-ready, plug-and-play linebacker in any defense. He has great vision and sideline-to-sideline speed. He has household name potential depending on where he lands.
— 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.
(Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah photo courtesy of und.com)
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Azeez Ojulari, Christian Barmore, Rondale Moore, Samuel Cosmi, Daviyon Nixon, Trevon Moehrig, Terrace Marshall Jr., Carlos Basham Jr., Dylan Moses