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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
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
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
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
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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