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The top 10 draft prospects available after round one

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Thursday’s first round included quite a few surprises. New 49ers receiver A.J. Jenkins, Seahawks pass rusher Bruce Irvin, Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, and even Giants running back David Wilson and Vikings safety Harrison Smith were not commonly “mocked” in the top 32.

The St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts will kick off the second round Friday at Nos. 33 and 34, respectively. Here’s a look at the top-ten players left available to them.

1. North Alabama cornerback Janoris Jenkins — Jenkins would have been a top-15 pick if not for severe off-the-field baggage, and he will likely go off the board early in round two. A shutdown corner in the SEC before “transferring” to Division II, Jenkins goes 5-foot-10, 193 and runs a 4.47. He is a playmaker on the ball, can cover outside and in the slot, and is a homerun threat on punt returns. The aforementioned Rams and Colts both visited with Jenkins before the draft.

2. LSU receiver Rueben Randle — Randle has prototype size at 6-foot-3, 212, and ran in the 4.3s at his Pro Day. While his production was limited in LSU’s run-first, passing-unfriendly offense, Randle was still voted first-team All-SEC by the conference’s coaches last season. Randle is a game breaker, averaging nearly 17 yards per career reception. Randle may be the favorite to be the 33rd pick after St. Louis was leapfrogged by Jacksonville for Justin Blackmon on Thursday night.

3. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener — 6-foot-6, 250-pound humans don’t often run in the 4.4s, but Fleener can and he will be a coveted prospect early on day two. Andrew Luck’s college go-to guy could be reunited with this year’s top pick if Indianapolis tabs Fleener to replace Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark at No. 34. What Fleener lacks as a blocker he can make up for as a mismatch down the seam. He scored ten touchdowns last season, and averaged 19.6 yards per catch.

4. Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw — NFL teams soured on Upshaw because he lacks an elite pass-rushing “get off,” but he possesses a non-stop motor and shouldn’t get into the 40s on Friday. Upshaw paced the NCAA’s best defense last season in sacks, tackles for a loss, quarterback hurries, and forced fumbles. While he is a bit of a ‘tweener, Upshaw has a place in the league as an edge-setting run defender on early downs who will rush relentlessly at end in the nickel.

5. Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn — Glenn lacks ideal pass-blocking technique as a “waist bender” at left tackle, but he should have a home at right tackle or guard in the NFL. Glenn moves incredibly well for 6-foot-6, 345-pound behemoth. A 50-game starter and 2011 first-team All-SEC pick, Glenn could join Randle on St. Louis’ radar at No. 33.

6. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still — NFL scouts have openly questioned Still’s motor, and early-career medical flags may have added to teams’ concerns. But Still is a dominant defender when he’s on his game, and he was recognized for his performance with 2011 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year honors. Still seems likely to be drafted in the 30s.

7. Midwestern State guard Amini Silatolu — Google for cutups of Silatolu’s 2011 games, and you’ll see a small-school lineman who ragdolled his competition. Teams are concerned about Silatolu’s intelligence and ability to transition from low-level tackle to NFL guard, but he plays the game like 49ers guard Mike Iupati, and figures to be a high pick on Friday.

8. Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin — Martin is a bit on the soft side for a right tackle, and he’s not quite athletic enough to dominate on the left. But there’s still plenty to like about a 6-foot-5, 312-pound prospect with 34-inch arms and 37 quality starts on Luck’s blind side. Martin was a second-team All American last season. He played in a pro-style offensive system at Stanford, and should have no trouble finding a home in the early to middle portion of round two.

9. Wisconsin guard/center Peter Konz — Konz had too many medical and strength questions for a team to deem him worthy of a first-day selection, but plenty of late first-round teams were high on him and Konz figures to be snatched up pretty quickly on Friday. Baltimore, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Tennessee all showed interest in Konz before the draft.

10. Georgia cornerback Brandon Boykin — Boykin’s stock took a hit when he fractured a leg bone in the Senior Bowl game, but he is a very, very good prospect. He earned the 2011 Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most versatile player, covering the slot in coach Mark Richt’s pro-style scheme and scoring touchdowns both on offense and special teams. In his career, Boykin had five touchdowns as a return specialist, and he covers like Antoine Winfield on defense.

More strong prospects left on the board: Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill, Washington defensive tackle Alameda Ta’amu, Marshall defensive end Vinny Curry, Clemson defensive end Andre Branch, Montana defensive back Trumaine Johnson, Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery, Virginia Tech cornerback Jayron Hosley, Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams, UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes.

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21 Responses to “The top 10 draft prospects available after round one”
  1. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Apr 27, 2012 12:34 AM

    Vikings / Pats day 1 winner

  2. babyjebus says: Apr 27, 2012 1:10 AM

    I can’t believe I have gone undrafted once again . . . I’m going to have to throw another draft day party again tomorrow and hope for the best. Reload the coolers.

  3. eaglesfan247 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:11 AM

    The amount of first round talent left in the second is looking good.

  4. Mike Hallihan says: Apr 27, 2012 1:22 AM

    No Stephen Hill?

  5. redrifle14 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:26 AM

    Day 2 will be interesting. Definatley one of the deepest drafts in memory. Thank goodness my Cincy Bengals will be drafting 5 of the top 93 players ;)

  6. mwcarolina says: Apr 27, 2012 1:33 AM

    i think the Colts SHOULD draft Fleener and team him up with Luck and the Rams should get Randle.

  7. phillychzstk2012 says: Apr 27, 2012 1:55 AM

    loads of players that can step in and start right away in the second round. Eagles have 2 picks, they damn well better make them count. no more victor abiamiris or trevor laws etc. trade up for WR Jeffery for a redzone threat, and get a corner who can play nickel

  8. babyhorsemorgan says: Apr 27, 2012 2:15 AM

    Fleener, Randle, Hill, Jones, Jeffery, Sanu, all sitting there and “Missing Gene” Smith had to TRADE UP for a toad like Blackmon. Freaking hell.

  9. geo91 says: Apr 27, 2012 2:34 AM

    If Boykin is as good as this article makes him sound, ill be very upset if the Lions don’t jump up a few spots to snatch him or take him if he falls. Get serious about winning!

  10. bleed4philly says: Apr 27, 2012 2:53 AM

    Eagles had a great day, let’s see them get some more LB help. How Upshaw would fit in a wide nine I do not know.

  11. sasquash20 says: Apr 27, 2012 3:00 AM

    I’m hopinh my Eagles move up in the 2nd and draft J.Jenkins. We have 2 2nd round picks and a 3rd so I think we should be able to. I’m not sold at all on DRC and NA. But I must say I love the trade for D.Ryans and the drafting of F.Cox. Go EAGLES!

  12. bcdeputy says: Apr 27, 2012 5:44 AM

    This would be an excellent year to move out of the first and stockpile 2nd, 3rd and 4th round picks and try to get picks for next years draft too.

  13. lostsok says: Apr 27, 2012 5:57 AM

    I’d put Andre Branch in there.

  14. cuda1234 says: Apr 27, 2012 7:20 AM

    Illinois sends two kids to the NFL, Florida none, but Ron Zook is unemployed and Urban Meyer has yet another multi-million-dollar deal? Just goes to show you better have the media on your side if you want to be perceived as successful.

  15. chuckxx says: Apr 27, 2012 8:14 AM

    Three years from now we will all look back and say “how could the Chiefs have picked Poe at the #11 spot in the first round”. He will be another Ryan Sims/Junior Savaii. For those of you who don’t know those names just think of Ryan Leaf.

  16. jimr10 says: Apr 27, 2012 8:33 AM

    chuckxx says:
    Apr 27, 2012 8:14 AM
    Three years from now we will all look back and say “how could the Chiefs have picked Poe at the #11 spot in the first round”. He will be another Ryan Sims/Junior Savaii. For those of you who don’t know those names just think of Ryan Leaf.

    AMEN

  17. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Apr 27, 2012 8:35 AM

    Other than Back-Up Quarterback, there’s not one position at which the Dolphins don’t need help.

    Reminds me of the 2007 draft. There wasn’t one position that wasn’t a need. It was impossible to screw up. The only way to screw it up was to pick undersized, injured, punt returner from a good family at #9. And…..so…..yeah.

  18. thcnote says: Apr 27, 2012 8:39 AM

    Why didn’t the Broncos stay at 31 and take Martin. Thought that was their move. Guess not.

  19. millvale says: Apr 27, 2012 3:06 PM

    cuda1234 says:
    Apr 27, 2012 7:20 AM
    Illinois sends two kids to the NFL, Florida none, but Ron Zook is unemployed and Urban Meyer has yet another multi-million-dollar deal? Just goes to show you better have the media on your side if you want to be perceived as successful.

    Or you could win 2 national championships!! Unbelievable

  20. lionsdetroitcom says: May 5, 2012 12:22 PM

    Janoris Jenkin is gonna be great mark my words.

  21. detroitlionsnfl says: May 5, 2012 12:31 PM

    I wish the Lions could have scooped up Cordy Glenn, guy is gonna be good for years and years….

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