Notable players remaining after the first round of the NFL Draft

4/26/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

With the first round of the NFL Draft concluding last night, you may think that all the high-profile impact players are off the board. However, over the past eight seasons, the second round has produced 30 Pro Bowl players. There is still a wealth of talent to be selected in this draft, and while you may not have heard of some of these guys, they could end up making a huge impact at the next level. Let's take a look at the top guys left:

Manti Te'o (LB, Notre Dame): You're probably sick of hearing about him, but this kid is just a rock solid ball player. No one will work harder to succeed than Te'o, and that could easily have a contagious locker room effect. There was heavy speculation that the Vikings were targeting Te'o in the first round, but he somehow slipped past all three of their first-round picks. He could end up being a good value for one of the struggling teams here in the early- to mid-second round.
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Cornellius "Tank" Carradine (DE, Florida State): Carradine's stock shot up late after he ran a 4.75 forty on a knee in which he tore his ACL just a few months ago. He was an explosive, dominant force in college who many considered to be better than his teammate Bjoern Werner (who went 24th overall to the Colts). There were rumors that the Saints were "intrigued" by Carradine at 15th overall. He could provide fantastic value as a pass rusher to a number of teams who desperately need one, such as the Jaguars, Eagles, Jets, Raiders, and Buccaneers.

Keenan Allen (WR, California): Considered the top receiver by many at the beginning of the pre-draft process, Allen dropped steadily leading up to the draft due to a lingering injury, slow forty time, and failed drug test. Having fallen to the second round, some team is going to be thrilled that they have the opportunity to swoop this kid up. Though he lacks elite speed, he has a big body with a large catching radius and could end up being an Anquan Boldin or TJ Houshmandzadeh type receiver. Both of those players - Boldin in particular - ran unimpressive forty times before the draft.

Arthur Brown (LB, Kansas State): Brown could end up being the steal of the draft. With solid tape, Brown was thought to have secured a place in the first round after he reportedly "blew up" his pro day workout. Rotoworld has him ranked as a top-10 overall talent in this draft (yes, including the players who have already been selected), so several teams are likely salivating over the thought that he could fall to them.

Eddie Lacy (RB, Alabama): There are a number of rumors as to why Lacy dropped out of the first round. One is that he was unable to finish his pro day workout due to stamina issues, which Lacy attributes to his lack of preparation (he was fighting a hamstring injury until two weeks before the workout). Others say that teams are scared off by a toe injury. Regardless, Lacy is one of the more physical, punishing backs the draft has seen in recent years, and he pairs it with phenomenal balance. He could be off the board as early as 5th (37th overall) to the Bengals tonight.


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