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Nix, Lee head talent available in Round 2 of NFL Draft

Published On: May 09 2014 09:47:59 AM CDT
Updated On: May 09 2014 09:48:23 AM CDT
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With one of the deepest talent pools in NFL Draft history, teams selecting in the first half of the second round Friday night knew they would have an opportunity to land talent usually scooped up much earlier. And as the proceedings played out Thursday night, two players with solid first round grades by NFLDraftScout.com and another 10 with first to early-second round grades were still on the board.

Notre Dame's Louis Nix, the No. 2-rated defensive tackle and No. 24 overall prospect, was the top name still on the board, followed by Southern Cal wide receiver Marqise Lee.

UCLA guard Xavier Su'a Filo (No. 27 overall) is the top-rated offensive linemen entering Day2, while Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr sits in the most interesting position. The Houston Texans hold the top pick in Round 2, and Carr is the clear top-rated passer remaining, but the Texans would be hard-pressed to select the younger brother of the franchise's first ever draft pick - David Carr (2002), who struggled through five inglorious seasons with the expansion team.

The second and third rounds of the draft take place starting at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, with the remaining rounds taking place on Saturday.

TOP 10 AVAILABLE PLAYERS

1. DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

The prototypical nose tackle, teams running a 3-4 scheme will be interested in the Notre Dame product early on day two. Off-season knee surgery is likely the main reason he fell out of the first round, but Nix is too talented of a big man to last long in the second round.

2. WR Marqise Lee, Southern Cal

Considered by some to be a no-brainer first rounder, Lee should begin a run of 5-7 receivers drafted in the second round. He battled some drops and the long-term durability with his slight frame is a concern, but he's a playmaker down the field and dangerous after the catch.

3. OG Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA

A blocker with starting experience at tackle and guard, Su'a-Filo is the top offensive lineman left on the board and one of the top guards available in this class. He needs to clean up a few mechanical flaws, but has the natural skill-set to step in early and be a reliable NFL starer.

4. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

Who will be the first quarterback drafted on day two? The favorite is Carr, who has the golden arm and leadership intangibles that should have him come off the board somewhere in the top 50 picks. The Oakland Raiders at pick No. 36 are a strong possibility to land the in-state product.

5. OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

Just how bad are those knees? Kouandjio was dinged at the NFL Scouting Combine due to long-term durability concerns and although doctors later cleared him, it was enough to push him out of the top 32 picks. He has first round ability so in the second round, he becomes a value pick and worth the risk.

6. DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

A versatile interior player who can stuff the run, rush the passer and occupy multiple blocks, Jernigan's ability to play in any scheme will make him an attractive player on day two. A reported failed drug test at the Combine could be one of the reasons he didn't hear his name called in the first round.

7. DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State

A talented pass rusher, Lawrence emerged the last few seasons as one of the more underrated prospects in the country. He's still rough around the edges and multiple one-game suspensions are a black eye on his resume, but players like him that can bend the edge are always in high demand.

8. WR Allen Robinson, Penn State

One of the most productive targets in this draft, Robinson leaves Penn State second in school history in career catches (177). He isn't the fastest (4.58 40-yard dash) and needs to tighten his routes, but he accelerates well with aggressive hands to attack the ball and out-muscle defenders.

9. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

A player with first round tools, Ealy has very smooth athleticism for his size with excellent movement skills and active hands, but just needs to understand how to use them. While raw in several areas, he is an attractive prospect to groom as left defensive end who can also kick inside to tackle.

10. OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

A mammoth human being, Moses lined up at left and right tackle in college with the length and wingspan to engulf rushers. He needs to improve his leverage and overall consistency, but projects as a reliable starter on either side and moves well for a player his size.

TOP 5 AVAILABLE BY POSITION

QUARTERBACK

1. Derek Carr, Fresno State (6-2, 214)

2. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh (6-4, 228)

3. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (6-2, 226)

4. A.J. McCarron, Alabama (6-3, 220)

5. Zach Mettenberger, LSU (6-5, 224)

RUNNING BACK

1. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (6-0, 230)

2. Bishop Sankey, Washington (5-10, 209)

3. Tre Mason, Auburn (5-9, 207)

4. Jeremy Hill, LSU (6-1, 233)

5. Andre Williams, Boston College (5-11, 230)

WIDE RECEIVER

1. Marqise Lee, USC (6-0, 192)

2. Allen Robinson, Penn State (6-3, 220)

3. Cody Latimer, Indiana (6-3, 215)

4. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt (6-3, 212)

5. Donte Moncrief, Mississippi (6-2, 221)

TIGHT END

1. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (6-5, 265)

2. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6-6, 262)

3. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame (6-7, 270)

4. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa (6-5, 265)

5. Arthur Lynch, Georgia (6-5, 258)

OFFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (6-7, 322)

2. Morgan Moses, Virginia (6-6, 314)

3. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State (6-6, 309)

4. Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6-6, 336)

5. Cameron Fleming, Stanford (6-5, 323)

OFFENSIVE GUARD

1. Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA (6-4, 308)

2. Joel Bitonio, Nevada (6-4, 302)

3. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (6-3, 336)

4. Trai Turner, LSU (6-3, 310)

5. Dakota Dozier, Furman (6-4, 313)

CENTER

1. Marcus Martin, USC (6-3, 320)

2. Weston Richburg, Colorado State (6-3, 298)

3. Travis Swanson, Arkansas (6-5, 312)

4. Gabe Ikard, Oklahoma (6-4, 304)

5. Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt (6-5, 297)

DEFENSIVE END

1. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State (6-3, 251)

2. Kony Ealy, Missouri (6-4, 273)

3. Scott Crichton, Oregon State (6-3, 273)

4. Kareem Martin, North Carolina (6-6, 272)

5. Trent Murphy, Stanford (6-5, 250)

DEFENSIVE TACKLE

1. Louis Nix, Notre Dame (6-2, 331)

2. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (6-2, 299)

3. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (6-6, 304)

4. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota (6-6, 310)

5. Da'Quan Jones, Penn State (6-4, 322)

OUTSIDE LINEBACKER

1. Carl Bradford, Arizona State (6-1, 250)

2. Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6-3, 243)

3. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (6-3, 252)

4. Telvin Smith, Florida State (6-3, 218)

5. Chris Smith, Arkansas (6-1, 266)

INSIDE LINEBACKER

1. Chris Borland, Wisconsin (6-0, 248)

2. Shayne Skov, Stanford (6-2, 245)

3. Preston Brown, Louisville (6-1, 251)

4. Brock Coyle, Montana (6-1, 235)

5. Lamin Barrow, LSU (6-1, 237)

CORNERBACK

1. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (5-8, 184)

2. Phillip Gaines, Rice (6-0, 193)

3. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (6-3, 218)

4. Keith McGill, Utah (6-3, 211)

5. Jaylen Watkins, Florida (6-0, 194)

FREE SAFETY

1. Terrence Brooks, Florida State (5-11, 198)

2. Marqueston Huff, Wyoming (5-11, 196)

3. Dion Bailey, USC (6-0, 201)

4. Ed Reynolds, Stanford (6-1, 207)

5. Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt (6-0, 207)

STRONG SAFETY

1. Brock Vereen, Minnesota (6-0, 199)

2. Dezmen Southward, Wisconsin (6-0, 211)

3. Craig Loston, LSU (6-1, 217)

4. Vinnie Sunseri, Alabama (5-11, 210)

5. Ahmad Dixon, Baylor (6-0, 212)

Dane Brugler is an analyst for www.NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.