2014 NFL Draft, Day 1 Recap: Best Players Remaining After Round One

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Several big names are still available after the first round of the draft.

After 32 picks, the Green Bay Packers will be up on the clock again on Friday evening with the 53rd pick, the 21st selection of round two. They will have another pair of picks in the third round as well, numbers 85 and 98 overall. They should end up with a few more solid players on day two, but who will those players be?

We want to take a look ahead to the best players still on the draft board after Thursday's round one to see who might be a fit for Green Bay at 53. The full ranking is available over at SB Nation, but we'll pick out a few interesting things that we might see in round 2 and players who would make the Packers jump for joy if they fell.

The first (and possibly most hilarious) scenario is that the Houston Texans, who need a quarterback, will start day two on the clock with Derek Carr as the highest-rated quarterback on the board. The reason it is hilarious is because Carr's brother David was the first draft pick in Texans history, back in the expansion year of 2002, and the Carr legacy could live on in Houston.

Anyway, back to the Packers. There are a number of players still available who should excite Packers fans. The top player on SB Nation's board, Louis Nix, would be a nice fit in the middle of the Packers defense. Fellow defensive linemen Ra'Shede Hageman from Minnesota and Stephon Tuitt (Nix's teammate at Notre Dame) would also be excellent values if they somehow slip to the 53rd spot.

On the offensive side of the ball, wide receivers are still out there in Marqise Lee of USC and Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt. Tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington would be appealing as well. On the other hand, a couple of centers are possibilities for the Packers on day 2 as well with Colorado State's Weston Richburg and USC's Marcus Martin topping the board at that position.

There is no shortage of depth in this draft, and with the safety position addressed with the Packers' first pick, there's no reason to think that Ted Thompson will deviate from the Best Player Available strategy. It will be a fun second day, and we hope to see you back at APC for rounds two and three on Friday evening.

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