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The Top 15 Talents Available Heading into Day 2

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The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books, and it certainly was an exciting one. Now we move on to Day 2, which will see another two rounds worth of NFL prospects come off the board. While we saw some of the premier talents hear their names called during Day 1, there’s still a significant amount of ability available on Day 2.

With that in mind, here’s a look at the best available players as Day 2 gets under way.

Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Charles Sims
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Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

Charles Sims
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My top rated running back of the 2014 draft class, Sims offers all of the tools of a three-down back. Whether he’s catching the football or making people miss in the open field, he routinely finds ways to pick up big chunks of yards. Sims might not be the first runner off the board, but he could end up being the best.

Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

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Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

Troy Niklas
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My next best tight end available, Niklas offers a well-rounded skill set that translates well to the NFL. While he might not be as great of a receiver as Jace Amaro, he is an underrated pass-catcher and also owns the best blocking ability of the top tight ends still available.

Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo
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Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Jimmy Garoppolo
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While he’s not the best quarterback still on the board, Garoppolo could hear his name called quickly on Day 2 if a certain team is smitten with the small-school passer. He offers good accuracy and tremendous pocket presence, but can get rattled and doesn’t have a rocket. Still, he’ll be taken before Day 2 is over.

Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

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Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Scott Crichton
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The best pure pass rusher still on the board, Crichton has the motor and tenacity to be a disruptive force at the next level. However, he needs work as a run defender and doesn’t have the ideal size of an NFL defensive end. Don’t think for a second that Crichton can’t make an impact at the next level, though.

Marcus Martin, C, USC

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Marcus Martin, C, USC

Marcus Martin
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Seen by many as the best center prospect of the 2014 draft class, Martin is expectedly still available heading into the second round. Whoever gets him, though, will be adding a tough, overpowering blocker to the mix who can anchor an offensive line for years to come.

Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Cyrus Kouandjio
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Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Cyrus Kouandjio
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Once considered one of the top tackle prospects of the 2014 class, Kouandjio has since seen his stock drop significantly. Still, he’s a promising talent who has the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL. If he can live up to his potential, Kouandjio will become a steal for whoever takes him on Day 2.

Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Ra'Shede Hageman
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Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Ra'Shede Hageman
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If it wasn’t for the questionable work ethic, Hageman would already have found himself a home in the NFL. He has tremendous athleticism and upside, but shows an inconsistent motor on film. Despite that fact, there’s enough potential in Hageman to warrant an early second-round pick today.

Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

Lamarcus Joyner
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Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

Lamarcus Joyner
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One of the top cornerbacks still available, Joyner should see him name roll across the screen before long. Although he only has the size to play slot in the NFL, he’s a fiery player who flies around the field. Despite his physical limitations, some team will see the value and take him off the board soon.

Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

Joel Bitonio
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Some would argue that Kouandjio is the better tackle still available, but Bitonio’s versatility and athleticism put him higher on my list. The Nevada product is an underrated talent who shows the ability to play several positions at the next level. He’ll make some team very happy in the first half of the second round.

Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III
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Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

Louis Nix III
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By far the top nose tackle of the 2014 draft class, Nix shouldn’t be surprised he fell out of the first round. He dealt with numerous injuries throughout his collegiate career, and also comes with a questionable motor. Still, his ability to anchor the line and penetrate on passing downs should get him drafted soon.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Marqise Lee
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Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Marqise Lee
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One of the top receivers still available, it’s a bit of a surprise that Lee didn’t hear his name in the first round. Still, it shouldn’t take too long for the USC product to come off the board on Day 2. He’s a sparkplug after the catch and will provide someone with a reliable target moving forward.

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Derek Carr
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Considered the best quarterback still available, Carr shouldn’t be on the board for too much longer. Teams are wary of his bloodlines, but should have no problem overlooking them due to his big arm and impressive film. There are still several teams looking for a quarterback, and Carr will certainly be a consideration.

Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

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Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Kony Ealy
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The best available defensive end, Ealy was expected to come off the board in the first round. However, due to a lack of speed and production, it’s understandable why the Missouri product slid to Day 2. However, he’ll come off the board soon seeing how thin the defensive end class is in 2014.

Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

Xavier Su'a-Filo
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Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA

Xavier Su'a-Filo
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The best interior offensive lineman on the board, Su’a-Filo was considered a fringe first-round talent. Even though he didn’t hear his name on Day 1, someone will get a steal during the second round. Su’a-Filo is big, powerful, and possesses the road-grading ability that NFL teams love from their guards.

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Allen Robinson
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Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

Allen Robinson
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Arguably the top receiver still available, Robinson is going to make some team very happy near the top of the second round. While he doesn’t have amazing straight-line speed, he’s electric after the catch and was extremely productive during his time at Penn State. He’ll be gone before long on Day 2.

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