By Michael LangfordAssociated Press writerBy Michael LangillotteAssociated Press – PHILADELPHIA (AP) For the second straight year, the NFL draft will feature a number of players drafted in the first round who will have to battle for the No. 1 overall pick, as the Philadelphia Eagles enter Thursday night’s draft with just two spots remaining.
There are no surprises on the way, as eight of the top 10 picks — and three of the bottom five — are projected to go in the second round, while two other players — Tennessee’s Justin Hunter and UCLA’s Marcus Mariota — are considered to be the third or fourth-best players in the draft.
The Eagles will be one of five teams remaining at the top of the first and second rounds with the first two picks and a third-round pick in the top four.
The other three teams are the Denver Broncos, New York Giants and New Orleans Saints.
The first-rounders include: Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott (5-10, 215), Alabama wide receiver Sammy Watkins (5/10, 193), Oklahoma wide receiver Tyreek Hill (5.52, 178), Ohio State cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (5 and a half, 181) and UCLA defensive tackle Akiem Hicks (6-4, 280).
The second-round picks include: LSU linebacker A’Shawn Robinson (6/7, 241), Texas A&M running back Leonard Fournette (6.39, 229), UCLA cornerback Josh Rosen (6 3/4, 232), Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer (6 5/8, 232) and Alabama defensive end Haason Reddick (6 7/8 1/4).
The third- and fourth-round selections are UCLA cornerback Marcus Maye (6 4/8 5/9), Auburn running back Dalvin Cook (6 1/8 6/9) and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6 2/8 7/10).
The fifth-round selection is Wisconsin wide receiver Corey Davis (6 6/8 9/10) and Texas A & M defensive tackle Laremy Tunsil (6 10/10 11/11).
The sixth-rounder is Michigan cornerback Darqueze Dennard (6 8/8 11/13).
The seventh-round and eighth-round prospects are Oregon quarterback Marcus Marioto (6 11/9 11/14) and TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (6 9/9 12/14).
The ninth-round prospect is Clemson wide receiver Amari Cooper (7 9/13 11/15) and Washington linebacker D.J. White (7 12/15 12/16).
The 10th-round player is LSU quarterback Tre’Davious White (8 11 6/13) and Clemson wideout Calvin Ridley (8 14 7/14), the first time the Eagles have used a pick in a draft where only three players were drafted in consecutive years.
All 11 players projected to be taken in the third round or later will be eligible to play in the NFL this year.
A new era begins with the second week of the draft, as no team has had more picks in the previous four years than the Eagles, who have used just seven picks in that time frame.
The Philadelphia Eagles were projected to have nine selections in the 2015 draft, but were one of two teams to lose the pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The next-highest projected pick in Thursday’s draft is Oklahoma cornerback Josh Robinson (11), who was ranked the No 4 overall player in the 2019 NFL Draft by ESPN.com.
Robinson had 15 tackles in 2017.
The Cowboys are projected at No. 6 with No. 11 and No. 12 selections.
The Jets have nine picks in this draft, with No., 17, No. 20 and No, 24 selections projected.
The Falcons have 11 picks in Thursday night, with two of them projected to fall to the Titans and the rest being available.
The Chargers have nine players projected at 10th and 11th, with the Bills taking No. 14 and the Jets taking No., 20.
The Jets have 11 projected at 12th and 13th, and the Chiefs have 12 projected at 14th and 15th.
The Vikings are projected by ESPN to have 13 selections in Thursday, with six of those projected to come from the top five picks in next year’s draft.
The Titans are projected with seven players projected in the final two rounds.
The Panthers have 12 picks at 14, the 49ers have 13, the Ravens have 14, and Giants have 14.
The Jaguars have 15 projected at 15, the Chiefs with 16 and the Giants with 16.
The Dolphins have 16 projected at 16, the Patriots have 17, the Cardinals have 17 and the Seahawks have 17.
The Giants have 17 projected at 17 and 18, the Vikings with 18, and Broncos have 18.
The Steelers have 17 picks at 19, the Browns have 18, Saints have 19