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Nine best players left in the 2014 NFL Draft

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We've had 32 picks so far in the 2014 NFL Draft and some of them have been shock selections. Ja'Wuan James, Marcus Smith and Dominic Eastley were all expected to be Round 2 guys and went up, obviously forcing some players down.

Here we'll take a look at those that dropped, and the other talented playmakers that are left for the second round tonight....

1: Marqise Lee

The wide receiver out of USC was a lock to be a pick to be in the first round, but ended up slipping more than a certain Johnny Manziel did. Will almost certainly be an early pick later tonight. A real playmaking wide receiver with good speed and route running to boost.

2: Derek Carr

It's not that much of a surprise that the quarterback dropped out of the first but he will feel he is as good or if not better than Bortles, Manziel or Teddy Bridgewater before him. The Fresno State man could be the very first guy in the 2nd taken by the Houston Texans, linking up with Jadeveon Clowney.

3: Timmy Jernigan

Jernigan was considered by most to be the second best Defensive Tackle in the draft after Aaron Donald, but obviously the 2013 BCS Champion was a steep drop off from Donald. The fact that he failed a drugs test at the combine won't help him either.

4: Carlos Hyde

Considered by many to be the best running back in the draft, 30 years ago Hyde would've been a top 10 pick without a shadow of a doubt. But with the NFL being such a passing league now, all runners drop down. But whoever gets him will be loving their move.

5: Xavier Su’A-Filo

Offensive guards didn't get a lot of love in the first 32 picks with teams looking at the left tackles with much more vigour. Xavier kept a great pocket for quarterback Brett Hundley at UCLA in his time there and will be missed by the Bruins.

6: Louis Nix III

The big man from Notre Dame could easily have gone in the first round but it wasn't to be. Will be fighting with Jernigan to be the next D Tackle off the board. Has an amazing personality and will certainly be loved by his teammates and fans.

7: Ra’Shede Hageman

Another defensive tackle that could've gone in the first but teams went another way. Had a great time at Minnesota, leading the Golden Gophers and pulling his teammates on to better things than they would have got without him.

8: Jimmy Garoppolo

The quarterback out of Eastern Illinois. Broke a lot of the records that Tony Romo set in the FCS and could go on to have just as successful a career as the Cowboys franchise man. Would need time to sit however.

9: Jace Amaro

Amaro was never considered to go in the first round but he'll still want to go as high as possible. Not quite on Eric Ebron's level but the Texas Tech star shone in Kliff Kingsbury's offense.

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