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2016 NFL Draft Reaction: 5 best players still available

So round 1 is in the books. There were a lot of surprises, several trades and a lot of good players who didn


So round 1 is in the books. There were a lot of surprises, several trades and a lot of good players who didn’t get to hear Roger Goodell call their name. Going into day 2 of the 2016 draft there are 67 picks to be made. Let’s take a look at the best players left on the board and where they might go… Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA Earlier today we detailed why Myles Jack tumbled down the board, but his injury risk doesn’t mean he isn’t a great prospect. Jack is a sensational player who excels in space. His coverage skills meant he was pegged at a top 5 talent until the medical evaluations brought up the fact that he may need microfracture surgery. Teams obviously weren’t willing to invest a first round pick in risk like that, but could a team with multiple picks tonight like Tennessee be tempted to take a chance on a guy with such incredible upside? Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama Reed is a monster of a defensive tackle, but with so many quality interior defensive linemen in this years draft some were bound to make it out of the first round. There are plenty of teams at the top of round 2 who could use an immovable object in the middle of their defense, such as Tennessee or Kansas City. Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama I was very surprised Reggie Ragland fell out of the first round. He is a beast in the middle of the field, a run stuffing defensive leader who can take on and shed blocks with ease. Ragland is better in coverage than you would think too and can get after the quarterback. Kansas City or Cleveland could use a man like Ragland in the middle of the defense. Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson Dodd is something of a one-year-wonder, but it was a hell of a year. Dodd is still available probably because his measurables don’t quite live up to his college production. He’s didn’t test as overly fast or agile, worrying scouts and coaches that his production wouldn’t translate against NFL blockers. But as one of the top remaining pass rushers left on the board Dodd could be very highly coveted when the clock starts on day 2. Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson You can never have enough cover guys in the NFL, especially when they are as good in man coverage as Alexander was in college. Teams just didn’t throw on him at all, and when they did it was usually incomplete. On of the flags against Alexander though, is the fact that he went his whole college career without an interception. Alexander can tend to lean on his athleticism rather than use clean technique, and he is also a supreme trash talker which may have turned some teams away from using a high pick on him. Still, his coverage ability is a highly sought after commodity so I can see him getting his name called early in round 2.

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Toby Durant

A passionate and opinionated writer, I am currently the NFL editor for RealSport. However, I also contribute to F1, WWE, Football, and other sections of the site, and I have covered the NFL International Series for RealSport and previously contributed to SB Nation.

 

I also have 10 years playing and coaching experience in American football, starting at the University of Nottingham and including a stint as defensive coordinator at Oxford Brookes University. I may be a Patriots fan but all aspects of the sport interest me, from guard play to special teams.

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