One Day Away Mock

published on 4/26/2023

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Round 2

33. Falcons: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

Atlanta needs help across from A.J. Terrell, and Cam Smith is a second round option that I really like.

41. Commanders: Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma

Washington decides to end a bit of a slide for Anton Harrison, who is young for the draft class and shines in pass protection. Last time the Commanders took a left tackle out of Oklahoma, it worked out pretty well (Trent Williams).

44. Texans: Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss

Perhaps it’s because the WR class is weak, but Jonathan Mingo is a name that may have some late helium. Houston really needs a receiver, so they roll the dice on the tall Ole Miss product.

32. Bills: Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson

As I mentioned before, the lines could be Buffalo’s focus early in this draft. Clemson’s Bryan Bresee presents a bit of value here as someone who could possibly be a first round pick. Finally healthy, his best football could be ahead of him.

37. Steelers: Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

Steelers get: Pick 37
Commanders get: Pick 41 and a 2024 4th round pick

Looking to fill a big hole at corner, Pittsburgh moves up for Kelee Ringo. The UGA product has excellent height and speed and has shown some ball skills, but still needs to add polish as he gets beat too often and draws too many flags.

34. Patriots: Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama

Patriots get: Picks 34 and 96
Cardinals get: Picks 46, 76 and 135

New England trades up to get Mac Jones some help in first round caliber talent Jahmyr Gibbs, who has an Alvin Kamara-esque skill set.

35. Colts: Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

Indianapolis still has a ton of holes to fill after a likely first round QB. Julius Brents has enviable traits (long, tall and explosive) that GM Chris Ballard generally likes.

42. Rams: Felix Anudike-Uzomah, DE/OLB, Kansas State

Need and value meet each other here. Felix Anudike-Uzomah could be a late first round pick and I’d have no issue with it. LA got him and picked up a 4th rounder. Shrewd job.

36. Packers: Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

Packers get: Pick 36
Rams get: Picks 42 and 116

Green Bay has taken a few Georgia defenders. Now they grab Darnell Washington, a huge tight end who is an excellent blocker and has underrated receiving skills.

38. Raiders: D.J. Turner, CB, Michigan

4.26 speed doesn’t just grow on trees, and it’s partially why D.J. Turner could sneak into the first round. Cue Al Davis speed jokes if this happens!

46. Cardinals: Joe Tippman, G/C, Wisconsin

Arizona continues its offensive line facelift, going with Joe Tippmann to fill it’s void at center. He’s also a capable guard.

47. Panthers: Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

Carolina is looking for help at corner, receiver or edge rusher, and they go for Biletnikoff Award winner Jalin Hyatt. This guy is a blur on the field in the mold of a DeSean Jackson/Will Fuller. Big play waiting to happen.

39. Seahawks: Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

Seahawks get: Picks 39 and 114
Panthers get: Picks 47, 97 and 154

A competent third receiver is needed in Seattle, and Josh Downs is an explosive slot receiver whose route running is superb. Geno Smith and Hendon Hooker should enjoy a Metcalf/Lockett/Downs trio.

40. Saints: O'Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida

Like a lot of teams, the Saints are looking for help up front. O’Cyrus Torrence is a great value at 40 as the best pure guard in the class.

45. Packers: Isaiah Foskey, DE, Notre Dame

I really feel like Round 2 could be the sweet spot for pass rushers in this draft, and guys like Foskey are why. Despite being a bit raw, he’s very Lon and athletic and has been a big producer for the Irish the past two seasons. The Packers could put him on the Rashan Gary track of rotational piece in Year 1, then eventual double digit sack guy a couple years down the road.

48. Jets: Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson

Connor McGovern was brought back, so the Jets look to fill another need at linebacker. Trenton Simpson has tremendous athleticism and versatility, he’d provide this LB group a much needed upgrade.

43. Lions: Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan

Lions get: Pick 43
Jets get: Picks 48 and 152

Beating Pittsburgh to the punch, the Lions move up for Mazi Smith to help provide some defensive tackle depth. He’s big and very athletic, sort of like a poor man’s Jordan Davis.

49. Steelers: Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor

Here’s some defensive line help for Pittsburgh. Cam Heyward compared Siaki Ika to former Steeler Casey Hampton. High praise.

50. Buccaneers: Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State

Unfortunately, the Bucs missed out on the first round caliber offensive tackles, so they go with Ohio State’s Dawand Jones here at 50. The massive Ohio State tackle would become the new right tackle, pushing Tristan Wirfs over to left tackle.

57. Bears: Derick Hall, OLB, Auburn

Chicago traded back and still got the guy they wanted in Derick Hall to help add some juice to the pass rush.

53. Giants: Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas

Giants get: Pick 53
Bears get: Pick 57 and a 2024 4th round pick

I mentioned in the first round that Jack Campbell could be a dark horse pick for the Giants. For that reason, I’ll have them surrender a 2024 fourth rounder to the Bears to move up for Sanders, who draws some Tremaine Edmunds comparisons. He also excels as a pass rusher.

55. Lions: Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State

Had it not been for an injury two games into the season, Luke Musgrave may have been on his way to an amazing season and gone in the first round. As it is, he’s shown he’s healthy. Musgrave is another mismatch tight end who could be a much more productive pro than college player. With the Lions having Jameson Williams suspended the first six games, Musgrave could be an early contributor.

59. Bills: Matthew Bergeron, OT/G, Syracuse

It's possible Matthew Bergeron is long gone before the Bills get on the clock in Round 2, but if he's available here, he'd be a great pick for a team in need of some O-Line help. He's got guard/tackle versatility. Some feel like his best fit is inside at guard. We'll see how the NFL team that takes him feels.

51. Dolphins: Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa

Linebacker and tight end are two major needs for the Dolphins coming into this draft. Linebacker isn't as deep as tight end, so I'll give Miami Jack Campbell. The Iowa standout is tough and excels in coverage.

52. Seahawks: John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

Schmitz is someone the Seahawks have shown a lot of interest in during the draft process. It makes sense given their need for a long-term center.

54. Bengals: Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

Bengals get: Pick 54
Chargers get: Picks 60 and 131

Iowa’s Sam LaPorta has gotten some first round buzz. The Bengals really need some help at tight end, and surrender their 4th rounder to the Chargers, who don’t need LaPorta after taking Dalton Kincaid in Round 1.

63. Chiefs: B.J. Ojulari, DE, LSU

This isn’t the best scheme fit, but B.J. Ojulari is my best pure pass rusher still on the board. If the Chiefs preferred a better schematic fit, USC’s Tuli Tuipulotu could be taken instead. I think Ojulari compares very favorably to older brother Azeez, who has been a potent pass rusher when healthy.

56. Jaguars: Will McDonald, DE, Iowa State

Edge rusher Josh Allen doesn’t have a long term deal in place, so here’s some depth for the Jags in the form of Will McDonald. Iowa State’s all-time leader in sacks has excellent bend around the edge.

58. Cowboys: Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

Dallas needs some depth and long-term starting pieces at defensive tackle, particularly ones capable of defending the run. Keeanu Benton fits that bill and fits this general draft range, so this makes sense.

61. Bears: Steve Avila, C, TCU

Chicago grabs some guard/center versatility here with Steve Avila. He'll likely start out at guard, but could take over for Cody Whitehair at center in the not too distant future.

60. Chargers: Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati

Weird. The Chargers traded down with Cincinnati and draft a player from Cincinnati. Receiver may not seem like a big need, but Keenan Allen and Mike Williams aren't exactly the most durable players, and they aren't under contract for much longer anyway. Tyler Scott has seen his name vault up draft boards. He'd be an excellent #3 or 4 target for Herbert to start before working into a more prominent role in 2024/2025.

62. Eagles: Cody Mauch, G, North Dakota State

Offensive line depth for the Eagles with Cody Mauch. The NDSU product played left tackle in college, but is likely going to be mostly a guard in the NFL who could maybe fill in at tackle in an emergency situation. He could compete for reps with Cam Jurgens in 2023 before becoming a starter down the line.