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NFL Draft: Top 30 Players Available

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The first round came and went with plenty of trades, moves, and surprises. However, the core of the draft is on Friday, with the second and third round picks that make up the backbone of the team. Many projected first round picks are still on the board with all of the surprises and wheeling and dealing going on. Heck, many players that were linked to the Steelers at 20th overall are still on the board.

While the Steelers do not pick until 66th overall, there are only 34 spots until their next selection. They should be looking for the unpredictable nature of the draft to push a top 30 player available down the board. With that in mind, here are the top 30 prospects still available entering round two.

1. Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida 

A medical red flag seemed to push a consensus top 10 pick out of the first round. When will someone take the chance on him now that he is not in round one talks?

2. Byron Murphy, CB, Washington

Arguably the top cornerback in the draft, Murphy has the lack of speed and size desired in the first round.

3. Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma

Ford is a mauler of an offensive lineman who can play tackle and guard.

4. Erik McCoy, C, Texas A&M

An SEC center who has handled some of the better interior linemen will not last long tonight.

5. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

A volatile receiver prospect, Hakeem Butler is expected to go at some point early tonight.

6. Dalton Risner, OL, Kansas State

Risner has the versatility to play guard, center and tackle in the NFL. However, some may see a tweener.

7. Julian Love, CB Notre Dame 

Love has great instincts with his feet and has plenty of ball skills. However, bigger wide receivers were able to out-physyical him.

8. Greedy Williams, CB, LSU

Williams is a height, length and speed prospect with questionable desire against the run.

9. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss

Could Brown be the next AB in Pittsburgh? The Steelers would likely have to trade up.

10. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

The combine warrior had too many injury and nuance questions to go in round one.

11. Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia

Juan Thornhill is one of the best pure athletes in this draft and will be a versatile chess piece in the NFL.

12. Chase Winovich, Edge, Michigan

Winovich is a high-effort player with underrated athleticism to give him upside in the NFL.

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13. Miles Boykin, WR, Notre Dame

An extremely raw wide receiver, Boykin had a better combine than D.K. Metcalf.

14. Elgton Jenkins, C, Miss State

Another hard-nosed SEC center will be a great value in round two.

15. Taylor Rapp, S, Washington 

Rapp had round one talk until running a 4.7 40-yard dash at his Pro Day. How far did this affect his stock?

16. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida 

Gardner-Johnson is a chess piece who can line up in the slot, or as a strong and free safety.

17. Greg Little, OT, Ole Miss

Little has the size and reach to be a starting LT in the NFL.

18. Amani Hooker, S, Iowa

A versatile and instinctive defender who can play every position in the back end.

19. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia 

Grier has the chance to be put in a better situation in round two than if a team reached for him in round one.

20. Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

Drew Lock was expected to be taken in the first round

21. Christian Miller, Edge, Alabama

Miller has upside to be an elite talent but has too many injury concerns to be a round one player

22. David Long, CB, Michigan

Long is a physical press cornerback who does not have the length to press in the NFL, but has the footspeed to move into the slot.

23. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina

A short but thick wide receiver who can move with the ball in his hands, think Golden Tate

24. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State

He does not run many routes, but when the ball is in his hands, big things happen.

25. Darrell Henderson, RB, Memphis

Henderson averaged over eight yards per carry at Memphis

26. Sean Bunting, CB, Central Michigan 

Bunting comes from a small school but has elite athleticism and serious upside.

27. Zach Allen, DE, Boston College 

Allen has the length to defend the run on the outside and burst to push pockets from the inside.

28. Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple 

Ya-Sin has long arms and great ball skills to go with high upside as a raw prospect.

29. Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

Layne is a long, former wide receiver who is raw but has plenty of upside.

30. Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama

Thompson has questionable deep speed, but great ball skills as a deep safety.

 

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