Notable players remaining after the first round of the NFL Draft

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

Sept 22 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals running back Jeremy Wright (28) is tackled by Florida International Golden Panthers defensive tackle Joshua Forney (96) and safety Johnathan Cyprien (7) in the third quarter at FIU Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY SportsJonathan Cyprien (FS, FIU): Some analysts had Cyprien ranked as their top safety prospect, and he was a popular pick for the Bengals at 21st overall in mock drafts. This athletic specimen who has the ability to cover an immense amount of the field has some raw attributes, but could very well turn into an exceptional pro. Some may consider him a boom-or-bust prospect, but he should come off the board relatively early on Friday night.

Menelik Watson (OT, Florida State): Offensive line was the theme early on Thursday night, and we could see another tackle come off the board early in the second round as well. Watson is considered a very high-upside prospect, as he only began playing football a few years ago (grew up in Manchester, UK), but displayed fantastic athleticism at the combine.

Damontre Moore (DE, Texas A&M): Perhaps the biggest free-faller of the pre-draft process, Moore was dropped out of first-round mock drafts after a horrendous showing at the combine. Teams question his ability to win with technique and athleticism, as well as his off-field work habits, and believe his college success may have simply been a result of his relentless motor (which only gets you so far in the NFL). Regardless, his top notch college production (12.5 sacks in 2012) is sure to get a team to swipe him up on Day Two.
Sept. 8, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Southern California Trojans wide receiver Robert Woods (2) carries the ball during the third quarter against the Syracuse Orange at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports
Robert Woods (WR, USC): One of the more complete, polished receiver prospects in this draft. This guy has it all - precise route running, strong hands, explosiveness after the catch, and a high football IQ. I think someone is going to be lucky to pick this kid up in the second round.

Kawann Short (DT, Purdue): The best defensive tackle prospect left, in my opinion. I actually had Short ranked above first-round selection Sylvester Williams. He's a potentially game-changing interior presence who generates a great pass rush for a defensive tackle, racking up 19.5 sacks over his past three seasons at Purdue.

Margus Hunt (DE, SMU): Workout warrior who completely dominated the combine at the size of 6'8'', 277. Scouts question his ability to play with a low pad level due to his height, but he's probably got the best strength, length, and athleticism combination of anyone in this draft.

Zach Ertz (TE, Stanford): The No. 2 tight end on most people's draft boards should come off relatively early in Round 2, perhaps to the 49ers with the 2nd pick in the round.

All the Quarterbacks!: You were probably wondering where the hell Geno Smith was, but I was saving him to group with the whole rest of the bunch. In the 20 drafts previous to 2013, a quarterback was selected first overall 12 times. Not only did we not have a quarterback go first, we didn't see one go until 16th, and another one wasn't selected for the whole rest of the round. As a result, we have several high-profile names available at the highest-profile position. Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib, Tyler Wilson, and Mike Glennon all await their name being called on Friday night. The top of the second round has plenty of quarterback-needy teams, with the Jaguars, Eagles, Cardinals, Jets, Raiders, and even the Buccaneers selecting in the top-11 tonight.
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