2019 NFL draft: The best players available entering Round 2
26th April 2019

The first round of the 2019 NFL draft contained several surprises, but there still are plenty of highly rated players available as we move on to the second and third rounds Friday.

The Jets and the Giants don’t have second-round picks as the day begins. The Giants traded their second-round pick to move up to the 30th spot in the first round for Georgia corner Deandre Baker, while the Jets moved their second-round pick in last year’s trade-up for Sam Darnold.

But here is a look at the best available players remaining after Round 1 for the rest of the NFL:

Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Many had Lock rated higher than Daniel Jones, who was shockingly taken sixth overall by the Giants. Will Lock last long enough now to be there when Denver picks ninth in the second round?

Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

Taylor weighed nearly 400 pounds in high school, but his transformation as a Gator (now 312 pounds) nearly landed him in the first round. ESPN’s Todd McShay had Taylor as his 16th-ranked prospect.

Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma

The big-bodied guard is another surprising sinker. Steve Serby had him going 18th to the Vikings in The Post’s final mock draft.

Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

If you like your corners greedy, the 6-2 Williams should be your guy. He also was bypassed by the Giants, who traded up to make Deandre Baker the first cornerback chosen.

Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Another available cover man is Murphy, who had four picks and 13 passes deflected for the Huskies last season to earn second-team All-American status.

Ryan Finley, QB, NC State

Finley, who threw for 3,928 yards last season, and West Virginia’s Will Grier are considered the next tier of available quarterbacks after Lock.

Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple

The run on corners should continue with Rock Ya-Sin, a first-team All-American last season and a first-team All-Name member in this year’s draft class.

DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

The 6-4 burner has 4.33 40-speed, but last season getting cut short by a neck injury likely dropped his draft stock.

Irv Smith Jr., TE, Alabama

He didn’t join his father as a first-round draft pick (New Orleans, 1993), but the junior averaged 16.1 yards per catch last season for the Crimson Tide.

Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State

Saquon Barkley’s replacement as the Nittany Lions’ primary back rushed for 1,274 yards (5.8 per carry) and nine touchdowns as a junior.

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