Round one of the 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone without the fireworks that this offseason has familiarized us with. Months of manic discussion over the fate of Marcus Mariota ended with the Tennessee Titans standing pat, selecting their franchise quarterback. In a draft where the strongest value on many boards rests in the 25-60 range, however, the remaining names in round two set the stage for an exciting second day of the NFL Draft.
Outide of Malcolm Brown, the talented Longhorn who slid to the New England Patriots, few prospects had a drastic, unexpected tumble through round one. Randy Gregory remains an absolute wildcard despite his impressive ceiling, while La’el Collins could be entirely undraftable while caught in one of the strangest predicaments that this offseason has seen.
Teams at the top of round two find themselves in a premium position today. While we hear a great deal about each draft holding just 16-20 prospects with a first round grade, there are several prospects still available who were projected to go much earlier. Both Tampa Bay and Tennessee can add a second franchise cornerstone behind their new quarterbacks, while teams like Jacksonville, New York, Atlanta, Cleveland and Dallas can dip into the impressive second tier of skill position players.
After a first round with fewer trades than expected, those talks could pick up tonight as the price of movement decreases at a rate much more rapid than the decrease of player talent. Players like Landon Collins, T.J. Clemmings, Jaelen Strong and Eli Harold were squarely in the round one discussion, and will offer an opportunity for a team picking early to take a step back while building picks through this valuable section.
Ahead, we take a look at the top remaining prospects at each position on the football field.