The first night of the 2023 NFL Draft is in the books. As some have suggested, it was one of the most unpredictable NFL Drafts in recent memory. As proof, only two participants on The Huddle Report’s Mock Draft Scoring were able to match 10 of the 31 picks. We head into night two of the 2023 NFL Draft, where we’ve highlighted some of the best available players below to kickoff the evening’s event.
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Joey Porter Jr, CB, Penn State
I was very high on Porter Jr coming into the 2023 NFL Draft, but it’s clear now that the NFL consensus was a bit lower on him. Regardless of that, I still believe that he’s going to be one of the best available players on day two of the 2023 NFL Draft. Currently, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that his father played and coached for.
There are some reports that the Steelers could trade out of the 32nd overall pick, which kicks off day two. If that’s the case, the Lions, Colts, and Raiders could target him instead.
Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
Throughout the pre-draft process, the thought was that we could see three or four tight ends coming off the board in round one. Instead, we only had one as Dalton Kincaid winds up in Buffalo with the 25th overall pick.
If I had to guess, I would say that Mayer would be the top tight end target on day two. However, Sam LaPorta of Iowa and Luke Musgrave of Oregon State are up there, too.
Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
Heading into night one of the 2023 NFL Draft, some draft analysts thought that we could see all of the top four quarterbacks come off the board within the top ten overall picks. We had three of the top four come off the board to start the NFL Draft, but it’s been quiet ever since. As we kickoff day two of the 2023 NFL Draft, Will Levis has to be one of the best available players on the board.
The issue for Levis throughout the pre-draft process has been the game film. At times, he’s really good and distributes the ball with ease. At other times, the film is mediocre at best. The discussion amongst NFL war rooms has to revolve around the evaluation and ranking of a player like that.
Regardless of which teams selects Levis, they’re going to get some really good draft value.
Adetomiwa Adebawore, EDGE, Northwestern
We saw six edge rushers come off the board on night one of the 2023 NFL Draft. Adetomiwa Adebawore stands out as one of the best available players on day two, and for good reason. The Northwestern EDGE rusher finished with 5 sacks last season, including 12.5 for his collegiate career.
He finished with Third-Team All-Big Ten honors last season, as voted on by the Media. However, i don’t think that does his play on the field enough justice. Alongside Georgia Tech’s Keion White, I think Adebawore is going to be one of the first players of the board on day two.
Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
Turn on game highlights from this past season in the SEC and you will likely find some Jalin Hyatt clips. The former Tennessee Volunteer wideout torched several teams this past season, including Alabama. He ran a 4.40 second 40 time at the 2023 NFL Combine, which was tied for the sixth fastest time.
I had Jalin Hyatt ranked above Zay Flowers, who was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 22nd overall selection. There’s no doubt in my mind that Jalin Hyatt is one of the best available players on day two of the 2023 NFL Draft, but rather, where does he fit?
With several players suspended, the Detroit Lions could be a potential fit, as could the Green Bay Packers or Carolina Panthers.