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Best Available Talent - Day Two



1. Joey Porter / CB / Penn State

2. Hendon Hooker / QB / Tennessee

3. John Michael Schmitz / IOL / Minnesota

4. O’Cyrus Torrence / IOL / Florida

5. Michael Mayer / TE / Notre Dame

6. Trenton Simpson / LB / Clemson

7. Ji’Ayir Brown / S / Penn State

8. Keion White / Edge / Georgia Tech

9. Will Levis / QB / Kentucky

10. Keeanu Benton / DT / Wisconsin

11. Kelee Ringo / CB / Georgia

12. Josh Downs / WR / North Carolina

13. Matthew Bergeron / OT / Syracuse

14. Cam Smith / CB / South Carolina

15. KJ Henry / Edge / Clemson

16. Antonio Johnson / S / Texas A&M

17. Braeden Daniels / OL / Utah

18. Sam LaPorta / TE / Iowa

19. Brian Branch / S / Alabama

20. Darnell Washington / TE / Georgia

21. Isaiah Foskey / Edge / Notre Dame

22. Cody Mauch / OT / North Dakota State

23. Jammie Robinson / S / Florida State

24. Sean Tucker / RB / Syracuse

25. Drew Sanders / LB / Arkansas

26. Jalin Hyatt / WR / LSU

27. Riley Moss / CB / Iowa

28. Sydney Brown / S / Illinois

29. Olusegun Oluwatimi / IOL / Michigan

30. Darius Rush / CB / South Carolina

31. Jordan Battle / S / Alabama

32. Emil Ekiyor / IOL / Alabama

33. BJ Ojulari / Edge / LSU

34. Zach Charbonnet / RB / UCLA

35. Dawand Jones / OT / Ohio State

36. Noah Sewell / LB / Oregon

37. Tucker Kraft / TE / South Dakota State

38. Tyrique Stevenson / CB / Miami, Fl

39. Nathaniel “Tank” Dell / WR / Houston

40. Christopher Smith / S / Georgia

41. Siaki Ika / DT / Baylor

42. Jakorian Bennett / CB / Maryland

43. Andrew Vorhees / IOL / USC

44. Dee Winters / LB / TCU

45. Jartavius “Quan” Martin / S / Illinois

46. Xavier Hutchinson / WR / Iowa State

47. Julius Brents / CB / Kansas State

48. Henry To’o To’o / LB / Alabama

49. Steve Avila / IOL / TCU

50. Tyler Steen / OT / Alabama

51. Luke Musgrave / TE / Oregon State

52. Jarrett Patterson / IOL / Notre Dame

53. Devon Achane / RB / Texas A&M

54. Cedric Tillman / WR / Tennessee

55. Adetomiwa Adebawore / Edge-5T-DT / Northwestern

56. Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson / CB / TCU

57. Byron Young / Edge-LB / Tennessee

58. Blake Freeland / OT / BYU

59. Luke Wypler / IOL / Ohio State

60. Dorian Thompson-Robinson / QB / UCLA

61. Jason Taylor / S / Oklahoma State

62. Jayden Reed / WR / Michigan State

63. Clark Phillips / CB / Utah

64. Joe Tippmann / IOL / Wisconsin

65. Chase Brown / RB / Illinois

66. Kayshon Boutte / WR / LSU

67. Daiyan Henley / LB / Washington State

68. Daniel Scott / S / California

69. DJ Turner / CB / Michigan

70. Zack Kuntz / TE / Old Dominion

71. Dante Stills / DT / West Virginia

72. Tuli Tuipulotu / Edge-5T / USC

73. Jaelyn Duncan / OT / Maryland

74. Zacch Pickens / DT / South Carolina

75. Derick Hall / Edge / Auburn

76. Evan Hull / RB / Northwestern

77. Jalen Wayne / WR / South Alabama

78. Adonis Boone / OL / Louisville

79. Andre Carter / Edge / Army

80. Darrell Luter / CB / South Alabama

81. Will Mallory / TE / Miami, Fl

82. DeWayne McBride / RB / UAB

83. Clayton Tune / QB / Houston

84. Jerrod Clark / DT / Coastal Carolina

85. Bryce Ford-Wheaton / WR / West Virginia

86. Jaxson Kirkland / OL / Washington

87. Nick Hampton / LB-Edge / Appalachian State

88. Davis Allen / TE / Clemson

89. Tanner McKee / QB / Stanford

90. Jose Ramirez / Edge / Eastern Michigan

91. Cameron Mitchell / CB / Northwestern

92. Marvin Mims / WR / Oklahoma

93. Tyjae Spears / RB / Tulane

94. AJ Finley / S / Mississippi

95. Cameron Latu / TE / Alabama

96. Dorian Williams / LB / Tulane

97. Kei’Trel Clark / CB / Louisville

98. Puka Nacua / WR / BYU

99. Gervon Dexter / DT / Florida

100. Ali Gaye / Edge / LSU


DRAFT THOUGHTS AFTER NIGHT ONE


During every NFL Draft, some prospects get selected in the first round that no one saw coming (Hello, Jack Campbell!) and at least one top prospect tumbles down the draft board. Will Levis, the Kentucky QB, fell out of the first round even though he was thought to be a sure Top 10 selection. Medical issues were certainly a factor – his foot was flagged by several NFL teams – but Levis is far from a finished product and is not the second coming of Josh Allen. Levis’ wait should be fairly quick tonight. The Rams (36), Raiders (38), and Saints (40) are all possible landing spots for the strong-armed Wildcat.


The Steelers have a decision to make at the top of the draft tonight. Several teams are likely to be interested in acquiring Levis and the Steelers will listen. If they stick at #32, Joey Porter / CB / Penn State would be the likely selection. Porter, the son of the Steeler great of the same name, is the best player available and addresses a team need in Western Pennsylvania.


First Round winners


o Philadelphia. Eagles GM Howie Roseman has been operating on a different level than every other NFL executive. The Eagles had two picks last night and they knocked both picks out of the park, selecting Jalen Carter / DT / Georgia at #10 and Nolan Smith / LB-Edge / Georgia. Carter is immensely talented but his maturity and decision making are concerning. The Eagles are a perfect fit to provide him structure and mentorship. Smith, SNS #13 ranked prospect, fell to the Eagles at #30 and it’s like mana from heaven in Philly. Smith is a natural leader, is highly intelligent, and is a fantastic athlete with speed and agility to burn. Great night for the defending NFC champs.


o Houston. The Texans were aggressive in addressing their two major needs, selecting CJ Stroud at #2 and then trading up to #3 to get the best prospect in this year’s draft in Edge Will Anderson. The Texans came into last night with two significant needs and addressed both. Houston just got significantly better.


o Seattle. The Seahawks drafted Devon Witherspoon at #5, perhaps changing the draft plans of the Lions (see below), and then followed that with drafting Jaxon Smith-Njigba and initiating the run on WRs at the end of the first round. Seattle is in position to contend for another Super Bowl, at least partially because they have a draft plan and they execute that plan. Seattle should rule the NFC West in 2023.


First Round losers

o Detroit.

WTH?

Don’t get me wrong, I love Jahmyr Gibbs and Jack Campbell as football players. They are both solid additions to the team and have the character and attributes that GM Brad Holmes prioritizes. But the NFL Draft, when a team does well, it’s because they get value commensurate with the pick. It’s basic Econ 101. It isn’t so much about the prospect acquired but more about the opportunity cost of making that pick. The Lions selected Gibbs, losing the opportunity to select Christian Gonzalez and Calijah Kancey, and then selecting Campbell and losing out on Kancey and possibly Joey Porter (who should be gone by the Lions next pick (34)). Holmes has a plan. And he executed it. Time will tell if the fan base eventually agrees.


o Tampa Bay. The Bucs signed Baker Mayfield this off season but it seemed like he was destined to be the short-term starter. And perhaps, that is still the plan but you wouldn’t know that by how the Bucs drafted on Thursday. Not only did they pass on Levis but they drafted the ultra-quick and explosive Kancey at #19. Tampa has been predominantly a 3-4 defense the last few seasons and Kancey does not fit that scheme based on his lack of size, short arms, and power deficiencies. So, it remains to be seen how Kancey is incorporated into the Bucs defensive system.


Random Musings


o Expect Detroit RB D’Andre Swift to be dealt today. Detroit has no third-round picks and will be interested in acquiring some draft capital for a player who clearly is no longer in the team’s plans.

o Will Hendon Hooker be drafted before Levis? Very likely. Hooker was the better player in college and handles pressure much better than Levis.

o If Levis falls past New Orleans at #40, he could fall to the third round – an unfathomable thought just 24 hours ago.


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