The first day of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. While a lot of good players were selected, there are still good players available for day two. Here are the best available players left in the 2018 NFL Draft:
Joshua Jackson, CB, Iowa
Three corners were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft, but Jackson did not hear his name called. Denzel Ward, Jaire Alexander and Mike Hughes were all selected and now someone is going to get a steal in early round two.
The lengthy corner had a great last season at Iowa making acrobatic interceptions and even took some back to the house. He was somewhat of a one year wonder at Iowa but was highly productive. Teams likely didn’t like Jackson’s speed, but his length and ball skills make him a steal.
Jackson is the best player available and shouldn’t have to wait long on day two to be selected.
Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
A few interior offensive linemen were drafted in the first round and Hernandez is better than some of them. With teams near the top of the second round needing some offensive line help, a team will likely take him within the first ten picks of the round.
Hernandez is a mauler and a great run blocker. It would not be a surprise to many if he started in the league for 10-plus years. He was able to learn under Sean Kugler, who was his college coach at UTEP, and he has experience coaching NFL offensive lines. Kugler is the offensive line coach in Denver now, who has a pick early in the second round.
He was a top 20 prospect in the class and now a team can get a day one starter who can vastly improve their run game from the trenches.
Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Terrell Edmunds was selected by the Steelers earlier than expected and now Reid (and Ronnie Harrison for that matter) falls to the second round. Reid might be familiar, as his brother Eric is a current free agent at the position.
He has great speed for the position, but sometimes risks too much to make a big play, which ends up costing his team. No one would’ve batted an eye if he went in the first round, but now a team can get great value in the second.
There are several teams picking in the first few picks who could use Reid, including the Giants, Colts and Bucs.
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
Three running backs were selected in the first round, but Guice was left out even though he is the second best running back in the class. The Seahawks reached for Rashaad Penny and the Patriots preferred Sony Michel to Guice, so a team can get a workhorse back on day two.
Guice does have some character issues, including reports that he lied about certain NFL Combine questions being asked, but is a good talent. He has a good combination of size and speed. He did have some injuries in college, but projects to be healthy in the NFL.
Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Tampa Bay and Miami all pick early on in round two and could use a running back like Guice.
Harold Landry, DE/OLB, Boston College
There were only two edge rushers selected in the first round: Bradley Chubb and Marcus Davenport. Landry will not have to wait much longer to be selected.
He had great production two seasons ago, but was unable to reach the same level this season. Landry also lacks the ideal height and length for the position, as he is only 6’2″. His production from two years ago should entice teams to select him.
Teams will have to start selecting edge rushers soon with only the two off the board so far.
Other notable available players: James Daniels C, Connor Williams OT, Maurice Hurst DT, Orlando Brown OT, Mason Rudolph QB