The first round of the 2022 NFL draft was full of surprises, included plenty of trades, and featured a few head-scratching selections.
Some of those surprising picks left plenty of the draft’s top-rated players still available for Day 2, which will feature rounds two and three.
Here are the best players still on the board on the second day of the draft, which begins Friday night at 7 p.m.:
Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean
Despite being a tad undersized (6-0, 225), Dean was the heart of the Georgia defense. He’s a rangy playmaker who fires into gaps and strikes defenders. The only concerns about his game center on his size and the possibility that he might be forced to run around blocks in the NFL.
Liberty quarterback Malik Willis
Willis has a cannon for an arm, and can threaten defenses with his legs. He has the speed and athleticism needed to pick up chunk yardage, and proved that by rushing for 2,131 yards during his college career. The biggest concern is that he has sloppy mechanics, and doesn’t attack the middle of the field consistently.
Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth Jr.
Booth, who pulled down five interceptions in his last two seasons at Clemson, has good size (6-0, 194), long arms and loose hips. He plays the position with the confidence, and route recognition a cornerback needs to cover elite receivers. Problem is, he was only a one-year starter at Clemson.
Georgia cornerback Derion Kendrick
Kendrick is a high-ceiling prospect who has the type of competitive demeanor to play at an All-Pro level in time, and he has excellent body control. Teams must get past a few character concerns for him to become a top-50 selection.
Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon
Gordon, who had a phenomenal final season at Washington, is at his best when he’s in off-man coverage. He’s aggressive in run support and has impressive leaping ability. The fact he can play the nickel spot and has special teams experience makes him a heavy workload option for whichever team drafts him.
Penn State pass rusher Arnold Ebiketie
The Temple transfer showcased explosive pass-rushing traits during his one season at Penn State, where he produced 62 tackles and 9.5 sacks. He’s a tad small (6-2, 250) for an edge rusher, but plays with power and physicality.
Michigan State tailback Kenneth Walker III
Walker led all Power-5 running backs in rushing in his one season at Michigan State after transferring from Wake Forest. He had 1,636 yards and 18 …read more
Source:: The Mercury News