Following the kickoff of the NFL draft, there were many surprises and moves. Day One consisted of three trades, five quarterbacks, and a run of seven offensive players in a row to start things. After the dust cleared and the smoke faded away here is what’s left in the sizable of draft-eligible players. There are some true diamonds in this ruff and hopefully, the right teams can capitalize and mold these second and third-rounders into stars:
Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, LB, Notre Dame:
For me, this was the biggest stunner. In some mock drafts, this is a guy who was going as high as the top ten. Though I didn’t think he would be off the board that soon, I was almost certain he would have been a day one pick. Well, here we are.
The Fighting Irish hybrid backer is big, but when it comes down to it, he has had the ability to cover even in the slot. Outside of open field tackling troubles, he has shown the upside of a multiposition guy with the arm length and speed to get both coverages and pass-rushing done.
Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia:
Just a sophomore at Georgia, Azeez has had a lot of praise for his quick decisive steps and moves. He has the absolute raw power to legitimately bull rush the offensive tackles or guards in front of him. He has had some previous ankle issues and with less experience, there may have been just enough concerns to disdain from the first round, but it was still a shock for some. He is likely to go earlier in Round Two as his upside is tough to match.
Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama:
When hot, this guy can become one of the most prolific defensive tackles there are. He has such a quickness for his size it can be tough to comprehend. He had all the tools for a typical mid-first rounder, but likely fell or sat to his ranking because of bigger needs being had for most teams.
Expect whatever team snag him on day two to be happy with one of the stronger players to mend. If he can stay healthy and learn the way around NFL linemen, he will be a solid starter for years to come.
Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State:
I couldn’t put this guy any lower even if I was bribed; I like him THAT much. Of course, being the son of a former pro helps and a good one at it. Though he is a bit undersized, he is pedals to the metal quick and plays at a pace that not every day you see in corners. His instincts and reaction time when defending a ball are stellar.
He absolutely gives himself a chance on every ball thrown his way, and even if he gets beat by the size difference, he is there for the tackle. With a high football IQ on top of his various skills, he’s sure to go high on day two.
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue:
I’m personally much higher on him than most; he is just a talent no often seen. Fast and very fast are two categories Moore may not show up in every single time, but he can not be taken to the ground. A consistent leader in broken tackles (as a wide), and he’s got one great highlight tape for sure.
He has an injury history that may continue his slide, but many teams are receiver needy, and his upside should outweigh his risk. He can fit on the outside or slot, so it will be seen just what he may excel in the NFL.
Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri:
A run game linebacker who brings a lot of energy to the game. Again, as has been the script for this draft, he is undersized. He can match up with tight ends but may get beat. His coverage can improve but he is a rounder rush defender and has blitzing skills as well. Overall, I wouldn’t think he lasts into another day of the draft. He has the skills to be an average to above-average league starter when all is said and done.
Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State:
The offensive tackle is going to be called on a lot on day two. There are so many good ones left it isn’t funny. Teven though, is a beast at run blocking. He has 90 grades across the board for his production and had legitimate first-round material to bring to the board. Nonetheless, he will be an absolute steal in the second round, and if he slides further, a team might as well of be gifted a great blocker.
Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU:
Much higher on most lists, for me, there is nothing different to Trevon. That is no knock on the guy, he is the best safety left by far and can absolutely ball. He is physical and fast. Tall enough to defend most, Trevon will get up and get the ball when needed, and defend it hard as well. He is a very safe and sure pick as you can get a good game out of him. He most likely will round out as an average starter.
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