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12 players to watch during Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft

The dust from the initial chaos has settled. We've reached Day 2 of the NFL draft.

Thirty-two players are off the board, but plenty of quality prospects remain for the Browns, who select at No. 49.

Here are 12 players to keep an eye on as the second round begins Friday.

CB Byron Murphy, Washington

Murphy is my favorite corner in the draft for many of the same reasons Denzel Ward was my favorite in last year's draft: He's a natural cover corner. He has loose, oily hips, plays bigger than his listed size, has an innate nose for the ball and is a playmaker. It wouldn't take Browns fans long to fall in love with Murphy, especially lined up opposite Ward.

CB Greedy Williams, LSU

Williams saw a late slide after being projected early as possibly the first cornerback to be selected in the draft. That position wasn't chosen until the 30th pick, so it's not a knock on Williams, who brings a natural athleticism to the position and owns the height (6-foot-2) to make plays on larger receivers. He'd be a nice complement to Ward and would be great value for the Browns at No. 49.

T Jawaan Taylor, Florida

Taylor was projected as a top-15 player for almost the entire pre-draft process. His slide into Round 2 raises an eyebrow (knee issues could be the reason), but for a team that has its starting left tackle on a one-year contract and not much of a contingency plan behind him, Taylor would be a sensible pick if his health checks out.

The staff of decided to gather for one last mock draft before the actual draft takes place Thursday-Saturday in Nashville. Since the Browns don't own a first-round pick, we went two rounds deep. View photos of our picks for the Browns.

S Taylor Rapp, Washington

Rapp landed in Cleveland in Browns senior media broadcaster Nathan Zegura's final mock draft, and he'd fit into the Browns' secondary nicely. He's another defensive back who hits above his weight and can play in and out of the box, despite only weighing 208 pounds. He's not afraid to come downhill and hit and would stand as instant competition for Morgan Burnett with a bright future.

TE Irv Smith, Alabama

Smith one-upped former first-round pick O.J. Howard by catching 44 passes for 710 yards and an Alabama record (for tight ends) seven touchdowns in 2018, his first season playing without Howard in Tuscaloosa. His dad has NFL roots, and his blend of athleticism and size fits perfectly with what today's NFL tight ends have become. Evan Engram found himself in the end zone plenty as a rookie in New York with a similar skill set, though Smith is bigger. He has all the physical tools and natural ability to become a very productive tight end, and if the Browns take him, he'll play for the same team his dad played for way back in 1999.

T Dalton Risner, Kansas State

Risner has a future in politics if football doesn't work out. He's a charismatic, charming person who also happens to be a very reliable and effective offensive lineman.'s Lance Zierlein says Risner's pro comparison is Cody Whitehair, a player who is the lynchpin of one of the NFL's better, more cohesive lines in Chicago. That also gives a peek at potential versatility for Risner, who would begin as a tackle but transition inside if needed.

WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford

This name and position might surprise some folks, but while the Browns have an extremely exciting receiving corps, they don't have the tallest bunch of targets there. At 6-foot-3, Arcega-Whiteside would add height to the group, and also a fantastic red-zone target. He was a machine inside the 20 at Stanford, winning jump ball battles and coming down with back-shoulder fades and throws to the corner pylon. When the Cardinal got inside the 20, it was reasonable to guess the ball was going to Arcega-Whiteside. With Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry out there, he'd likely get plenty of one-on-ones to win, too.

The Browns continued voluntary minicamp practices Wednesday in Berea. Take a look at some of the best photos from Day 2.

S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida

Garder-Johnson's film will make you say "wow" because of how he flies around the field, almost with reckless abandon. Florida loved to send him off the edge as a blitzing defensive back and he wasn't afraid of contact. In fact, he's not afraid to hit at any level. He's rangy, another ballhawk and could end up being one of the better safeties in this class as long as his aggression doesn't leave him out of position too often in the NFL.

CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple

Some had Ya-Sin going in the first round, but he only brings one year of FBS experience to the table and as a result, lacks a lot of game tape. That doesn't mean he won't be good -- obviously if one is projected to the first or second round, the ability is there -- he just is one who might need more playing time to show his true potential. The physical tools are definitely there; now, he just needs coaching and playing time.

DT Dre'Mont Jones, Ohio State

Potentially more likely at 80 than 49, Jones had an excellent pre-draft process to cap off a stellar career at Ohio State. He doesn't carry the attention his teammate, Nick Bosa, did into the draft, but he's almost as effective. Jones grew up in Cleveland, attended St. Ignatius and was a lifelong Browns fan until he realized he might have to support the NFL team that employs him. He'd add versatile depth to the Browns' front seven and make his family ecstatic in the process.

LB Germaine Pratt, N.C. State

Another Zegura favorite, Pratt landed in Bucky Brooks' top five linebackers (at No. 5) on Two of those players from that group are already gone (Devin White, Devin Bush), and linebacker is a position group the Browns might want to address. After finding a gem in Genard Avery in the fifth round last year, the Browns spending a third-round pick on a rangy, sideline-to-sideline defender with a safety background would make sense, even if he still needs to work on fully becoming a linebacker in the NFL.

T Greg Little, Ole Miss

Little was once projected as a first-round selection, but a rough pre-draft process saw him tumble out of the first round. That doesn't mean he can't still be an effective pro, though, and with the aforementioned uncertainty at the position, the Browns could find another steal in Little in the second or third round. This might be a game of monitoring positioning within the draft, but Little still has the upside that once saw him mentioned in the top 10.

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