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Draft 2021: the 10 best prospects available for the second round

After the first round, there is still top-line talent available for the second pick day of the 2021 Draft

After the first 32 selections of the Draft 2021, there was a high share of surprises towards the end of Thursday night, with some names being called from the podium that were not necessarily widely regarded by league analysts as first-round certainties.

That means, of course, that there is still a significant talent quota available for the start of the second round.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, Notre Dame

A versatile linebacker with great speed from winger to winger and good instincts in passing coverage, Owusu-Koramoah he can also pressure the quarterback from the edge or help against the run from the inside. Lightly built, linebackers like him don’t always find immediate accommodation in the NFL because they do not necessarily have a traditional role, similar to what happened last year with Isaiah Simmons (who was a superior prospect, yes). Yet such are the athletic qualities of Owusu-Koramoah, which is hard to believe that he will be without a team for long.

Trevon Moehrig, safety, Texas Christian

The best safety available this year, there was no one in his position selected among the first 32 at-bats. However, in a league where the “big nickel” (two cornerbacks, three safeties) is played every time, to try to neutralize the new breed of athletic tight ends without losing too much on the running defense, Moehrig will be a valuable piece in the field. first half of the second round.

Christian Barmore, tackle defensivo, Alabama

Since there were no safeties in the first round, there were also no defensive tackles. Barmore did not have a consistent production in his college career, and that certainly hurt him, but he closed the championship season like a monster of Alabama in 2020, and that should be reason enough for someone to bet on him in the second round as an out on the inside of the line, capable of collapsing the pocket of protection.

Javonte Williams, runner, North Carolina

It is not as massive as Najee Harris, but it is likely to run with greater violence than the now runner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running backs have lost value when it comes to the draft, and Williams was hardly supposed to be a second-round pick, but once time starts to tick off the second 32 picks, he’ll be a valuable addition to a team seeking. to ignite your running game.

Azeez Ojulari, linebacker, Georgia

There are never too many players capable of putting pressure on quarterbacks, and Sites He must be one of the players who waits the shortest time once the event starts on Friday afternoon. An outside linebacker capable of putting his hand on the ground and attacking from technique-9 in obvious passing situations, Sites has qualities to win minutes in a lot of defensive rotations of NFL as a novice.

Terrace Marshall Jr., receptor abierto, Louisiana State

In a draft dominated by relatively small wide receivers – with the exception of Marshall’s LSU teammate, Ja’Marr Chase, now a player of the Cincinnati BengalsMarshall He is a wide receiver capable of winning disputed balls and providing a physical presence in close quarters. It all depends on what each particular team is looking for, but Marshall It can be an interesting option for those looking to add hands to the passing game.

Elijah Moore, receptor abierto, Mississippi

Unlike Marshall, Moore he’s a fixed slot receiver, with excellent short-space exposure and good instincts for spotting weaknesses in the zone. He’s probably more consistent catching balls than Marshall, but again, it all depends on what kind of receiver you’re looking for, because we’re looking at two prospects with very different characteristics.

Asante Samuel Jr., cornerback, Florida State

He’s not at the level of the first two cornerbacks drafted this year, Jaycee Horn O Patrick Surtain II, in terms of pure talent, but Samuel play like it is. He is a reckless cornerback who is not afraid to be aggressive when it comes to physical contact, sometimes overconfidence. There are teams that value cornerbacks a lot with their confidence level, even when they give up big plays here and there.

Nick Bolton, linebacker, Missouri

An absolute tackling machine with range from winger to winger, sometimes linebackers like Bolton they are not as appreciated as first-round prospects. However, there is a tireless engine in Bolton, who has enough talent to start as a rookie in the NFL.

Teven Jenkins, tackle ofensivo, Oklahoma State

Some observers did not see that much distance between Jenkins and a prospect like, say, Christian Darrisaw, like me, but that does not mean that the former player of the Cowboys he will be one of the names to follow at the top of the second round. Possibly an injury that cut short his 2020 season caused him not to hear his name towards the end of the first round.

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