The first round of the NFL Draft is in the books and the Dallas Cowboys received an “A” grade, as in A for Amari. Now that all the fun of unwrapping new presents is completely over with for all teams, it feels really good to know the Cowboys came away with one of the top wide receivers in the National Football League. But all that is done now and it’s time to get ready for round two.
Only one cornerback was selected on Thursday, so that means there will be quite a good selection of players available on Day 2. The top guys like Byron Murphy and Greedy Williams are still there. They aren’t likely to make it, but it could push some of the other top ones down the board. Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf wasn’t drafted, but two WR’s were - Marquise Brown and N’Keal Harry.
So, who are the best players available for the Cowboys second round pick? Let’s check with our handy little draft board and see who’s left:
21 DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson - drafted 17th overall by the New York Giants
23 DT Jeffrey Simmons, Mississippi State - drafted 19th overall by the Tennessee Titans
24 TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama - a great run blocker that can be a very productive target for Dak Prescott. He’s a crafty route runner with playmaking ability.
30 S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida - most complete safety in the draft. Physical against the run and always making plays on the ball
31 DT Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame - drafted 28th overall by the Los Angeles Chargers
33 CB Justin Layne, Michigan State - long, ballhawking corner who is a smooth runner. This former wide receiver continues to get better at corner and is on the rise.
34 S Juan Thornhill, Virginia - super athletic defensive back that has the flexibility to do it all. He can cover a lot of ground in a hurry and times his jump like a seasoned pro.
36 CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan - super athletic corner who not only has great size, but great speed as well. He’s an aggressive player will a lot of fight.
38 WR N’Keal Harry, Arizona State - selected 32nd overall by the New England Patriots
45 S Taylor Rapp, Washington - most intelligent defensive back in the track. Don’t let the workout numbers fool you, this guy has first-rate instincts to run down the ball carrier.
47 WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina - route running specialist who has big playmaking ability.
49 CB Deandre Baker, Georgia - drafted 30th overall by the New York Giants
50 S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State - drafted 27th overall by the Oakland Raiders
56 DE Zack Allen, Boston College - he can rush the passer and defend the run. Despite the lack of athleticism, he’s NFL ready.
58 WR Hakeem Butler, Iowa State - huge receiver with great speed once he gets in the open field. There’s not a better contested catch receiver in this draft.
59 S Darnell Savage, Maryland - drafted 21st overall by the Green Bay Packers
Here is a quick little list of some of our favorites for each round.
Which players are you hoping make it to Dallas at 58?