4 Players That Could Sneak Into the First Round of the 2019 NFL Draft

AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 03:  Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass in the first quarter against the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 3, 2018 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The NFL Draft is often one of the most unpredictable events of the year. Even though players who fall out of the first round usually grab all of the headlines, there are plenty of instances where a player ends up going much higher than expected, leaping into the opening round.

Here are four players who could sneak into the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

4. Erik McCoy, G, Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS - NOVEMBER 10: Quartney Davis #1 of the Texas A&M Aggies celebrates with Erik McCoy #64 and Jhamon Ausbon #2 after scoring on a 5 yard pass in the fourth quarter at Kyle Field on November 10, 2018 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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There are a lot of teams who need help on the offensive line, and Erik McCoy is as solid an offensive line prospect as they come. While teams are often a little shy when it comes to drafting interior lineman in the first round, Quenton Nelson's success with the Indianapolis Colts could quell a lot of those fears. The Los Angeles Rams decided not to retain their center, John Sullivan, so McCoy could be a possible replacement at No. 31.

3. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State

AMES, IA - OCTOBER 27: Wide receiver Hakeem Butler #18 of the Iowa State Cyclones pulls in a pass as defensive back Jah'Shawn Johnson #7 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders defends in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on October 27, 2018 in Ames, Iowa. The Iowa State Cyclones won 40-31 over the Texas Tech Red Raiders. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)
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Hakeem Butler's performance at the 2019 NFL Combine turned a lot of heads. Butler weighs 227 pounds and stands 6' 5", but he still managed to run a 4.48 40-yard dash. And Butler has the stats to back these measurables up. He amassed 1,318 receiving yards and nine touchdowns last season. All of this should raise Butler's draft stock, and it wouldn't be a shock to see the New England Patriots or Green Bay Packers take a flier on him at the end of the first round.

2. Will Grier, QB, West Virginia

MORGANTOWN, WV - NOVEMBER 23:  Caleb Kelly #19 of the Oklahoma Sooners forces Will Grier #7 of the West Virginia Mountaineers to fumble the football on November 23, 2018 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Quarterback is usually the position that produces the most surprises in the NFL Draft. Teams often unexpectedly fall in love with a quarterback, and that usually manifests itself with a surprising trade up, or a pick that many analysts consider a reach at the time. That trend could benefit Will Grier. While Grier isn't considered a consensus first-round talent, it wouldn't be a surprise to see a quarterback-needy team, like the New York Giants or Washington Redskins, draft the West Virginia product.

1. Jerry Tillery, DT, Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 15:  Jerry Tillery #99 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish awaits the snap against Vanderbilt Commodores at Notre Dame Stadium on September 15, 2018 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Vanderbilt 22-17.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Jerry Tillery is a freak athlete, and with pass rush being such a priority in the modern NFL, he could sneak into the first round. There are questions about his motor, but he has the raw ability to be a star at the next level. If teams are convinced they can maximize Tillery's potential, he could go a lot higher than he's currently being projected.

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