Now the dust has settled on day one and round one of the 2021 NFL Draft, it feels time to look ahead to day 2. There’s certainly going to be some great value available early on in the round and the Jaguars, Jets, Falcons, Dolphins and Eagles who own the first five picks on day two will surely be taking a number of calls and entertaining some possible trade scenarios.
But let’s have a quick run through my top 10 remaining best available players shall we?
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame – I had him as my number 15 overall prospect so I’m surprised he’s made it out of round one. I guess its the size concerns but his production and ability to play multiple roles and give a team a bunch of versatility mean he’ll surely go very early tonight.
- Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama – so we ended up with no defensive tackles going in the first round, which with Barmore’s ability to get penetration and bust through gaps is something that I found surprising. May well be top of the Jaguars draft board at 33 given their stated focus of building their defense from the line.
- Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas – I had sort of predicted that a number of the hyped offensive tackle class might find themselves on the outside looking in at the end of round one, but I had expected Cosmi to go at some point in those final 10 or so picks. Maybe needs to sit and develop a bit once he gets to the NFL and maybe that’s why he’s still on the board, but he’s definitely worthy of an early pick in round two.
- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma – a polished, no-nonsense center with a really professional attitude is what Humphrey is. With the Packers and Ravens needs at the position I half expected him to sneak into round one.
- Carlos Basham, EDGE, Wake Forest – with the run on EDGE players we saw at the end of the first round (Payton Turner, Joe Tryon, Jayson Oweh) all of whom are developmental projects, I’m really surprised that someone as productive and potentially a week one ready starter in Carlos Basham didn’t come off the board.
- Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU – the best safety in the class and a bit of a beast by comparison to the others amongst his position group, I’ve always thought he was a late 1st to early 2nd round guy. Makes a lot of sense to the Falcons at 35.
- Walker Little, OT, Stanford – my man crush, and I’m not afraid to admit it. The fact that teams are looking at historical tape and not just at 2020 in making selections such as Gregory Rousseau and Jayson Oweh makes me believe that Little will come off the board a lot earlier than people are expecting. He’s got a prototypical frame and his footwork looked incredibly polished as a sophomore.
- Asante Samuel, CB, Florida State – I don’t personally see a lot of difference between Samuel and Jaycee Horn who went to the Panthers at number 8. He’s slightly undersized compared to today’s prototypical 6ft+ corners but he makes plays on the ball and will have learnt an awful lot from growing up around his eponymous father who had a decent NFL career.
- Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas – Ossai should be the next ‘project’ EDGE off the board if you ask me. In fact I’d have taken him ahead of some of those who went in round one – but I’ve had that rant already so I won’t repeat myself!
- Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU – another of the tall, possession receiver type who will attract a number of the teams with new or young quarterbacks early on day two I expect. Surely the Bengals will go offensive line though and not completely reunite the 2019 LSU team, right?