NFL Draft 2019: D.K. Metcalf, Greedy Williams among best available on day two

NFL Draft 2019: D.K. Metcalf, Greedy Williams among best available on day two

Finding value outside of the first day is the key to a strong NFL draft. With the opening round in the rear-view mirror, there are still plenty of talented prospects available.

Defensive and offensive line prospects largely dominated the first round, but teams in need of help at receiver or in the secondary should be able to find a day-two bargain.

But who should be at the top of the draft boards heading into rounds two and three?

We look at some of the best players available on day two in Nashville.

D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown – Wide receivers, Ole Miss

The consensus had been that one of this Ole Miss receiving duo would be taken in the first round, particularly after Metcalf’s incredible athletic performance at the combine.

Any team in love with his freakish blend of size and speed now has a chance to land him at a much cheaper price. Yet the discussion in many draft rooms may be whether Brown, a superior route-runner and excellent after the catch, represents a better use of resources.

Jawaan Taylor – Tackle, Florida

The former Florida Gator was seen by many as the top tackle on the board. Taylor is still somewhat raw, but his physical gifts and brute power give him the chance to be a starting tackle for the next decade. He will now be a steal regardless of when he goes on day two.

Chase Winovich – Defensive end, Michigan

Many of the top-tier pass rushers came off the board on day one, including Winovich’s former Michigan teammate Rashan Gary. Winovich is not as athletically blessed but outperformed Gary at Michigan and recorded 18.5 sacks through use of an impressive repertoire of moves. There is little to suggest he will not produce to the same level in the pros.

Greedy Williams – Cornerback, LSU

Concerns over a perceived fluctuation in his effort may have contributed to Williams falling out of the first round. However, if a team can make sure motivation is no issue then he can be a true lockdown corner on the outside, having shut down Metcalf in LSU’s meeting with Ole Miss last season.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson – Safety, Florida

As the NFL seemingly heads towards more of a position-less future, players who can operate in multiple ways grow ever more valuable. Gardner-Johnson is one of the most versatile players in the draft, with the safety able to cover deep in the middle, play as a slot defender and also as a boundary corner.

He brings physicality in run defense, can cover receivers downfield and make plays on the ball. It is a mystery why he was not seen as a first-rounder, but Gardner-Johnson will be a massive asset to the team that eventually ends his slide.