In what s considered the deepest NFL draft class in ten years, teams will be eager to make their selections in the second and third rounds.
Multiple prospects with first-round ability are still available, particularly along the offensive and defensive lines.
Here are the top 10 available prospects as teams prepare for Day 2 of the NFL draft:
1. Louis Nix, NT Notre Dame
2. Kony Ealy, DE Missiouri
3. Marqise Lee, WR USC
4. Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
5. Xavier Su a-Filo, OG UCLA
6. Ra Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota
7. Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama
8. Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech
9. Chris Borland, LB Wisconsin
10. Kyle Van Noy, LB BYU
Others expected to come off the board include: Virginia OT Morgan Moses, Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, DE Demarcus Lawrence, Indiana WR Cody Latimer and Nevada OT Joel Bitonio.
Of the Top 10 prospects available, there are concerns with each that caused their current availability.
Nix is a pure 3-4 nose tackle that isn t considered scheme diverse. Some teams are considering the possibility of moving Ealy from defensive end to defensive tackle. Lee struggled as a junior with multiple injuries and inconsistency. Carr s toughness in the pocket has been questioned. Su a-Filo doesn t hold much positional value as the No. 1 rated guard. Hageman ran hot and cold his entire career. Kouandjio has knee concerns. Amaro isn t an inline blocker. Borland is short with a bad shoulder. And Van Noy wasn t as productive as expected as a senior.
However, the talent of all these players will eventually trump a team s earlier trepidation. Each of them should expect to hear their named called before the end of tonight s festivities.