NFL Draft Best Available: Top Remaining Players Heading Into 2023 NFL Draft Day 2

NFL Draft Best Available: Top Remaining Players Heading Into 2023 NFL Draft Day 2


The 2023 NFL Draft Round 1 was filled with surprises and trades (a lot of trades). The Texans not only took CJ Stroud at No. 2 overall after many projected they would select a defensive player, but they also traded for the No. 3 overall pick and selected Alabama defensive end Will Anderson -- a guy most thought they would take at No. 2.

Multiple teams traded up one spot to ensure they got their guy. The Cardinals initially traded back, then back up. Round 1 was a whirlwind and we could be headed toward more craziness on Friday night for Rounds 2 and 3.

There is still a ton of talent left on the board as Day 2 of the event prepares to kick off.

Heading into Rounds 2 and 3, here are the best remaining prospects after Day 1, per Mel Kiper's 2023 NFL Draft rankings.

Best Available NFL Draft Round 2

1. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky

Levis was the odd man out at quarterback on Day 1. The rumors around the Kentucky gunslinger even went as far as to predict him going No. 1 overall in the days before the draft. Levis has all the physical tools NFL teams could dream of, but there are certainly some question marks in his game. He is pretty much a lock to go somewhere in Round 2, especially with QB-needy teams like the Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons in the top half of the round. Don't exclude teams like the Detroit Lions, Los Angeles Rams or even the Seattle Seahawks, who could all be looking for a new QB in the next couple of years as well. This would give Levis more time to learn and develop.

2. Michael Meyer, TE, Notre Dame

Meyer was surprisingly not the first tight end off the board in the draft. That distinction went to Utah product Dalton Kincaid when the Buffalo Bills selected him at No. 26. Meyer is a stud out of Notre Dame and projects to be a Day 1 contributor if given the opportunity, even with the lack of success from past rookie tight ends.

3. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State

Four defensive backs went ahead of the Penn State standout in Round 1, where many projected Joey Porter Jr. to come off the board. Porter has tremendous size for his position and has the speed and athleticism to stay with bigger receivers on the outside in the NFL. Teams like the Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Lions and Rams -- all at the top of Round 2 -- could use a guy like Porter.

4. Brian Branch, S, Alabama

Some projected Branch to go as high as the late teens or early 20s. The history and pedigree around Alabama safeties is pretty damn good, and Branch should be no different as a key piece to a dominant Crimson Tide defense under Nick Saban. He can be a ballhawk, a do-it-all type safety for his team at the free safety position in the NFL or even play some nickel coverage.

5. Luke Musgrove, TE, Oregon State

6. Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee

Hooker is another intriguing prospect with all the physical tools and an impressive college resume, even more impressive than Levis'. But there are concerns about his abilities translating to the pro level, especially coming out of the Tennesse offense, which was not a pro-style offense. There projects to be a learning curve with Hooker coming into the NFL and he'll need some more time to develop. Not to mention, he's also coming off a torn ACL in his final collegiate season.

7. Steve Avila, OG, TCU

8. Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin

9. Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss

10. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia

11. Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin

12. Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami

13. O'Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida

14. Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa

15. Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State

16. Keion White, DE, Georgia Tech

17. BJ Ojulari, OLB, LSU

18. Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State

19. John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota

20. Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee

21. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia

22. Adetomiwa Adebawore, DE, Northwestern

23. Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse

24. Cody Mauch, OT, North Dakota State

25. Trenton Simpson, ILB, Clemson

26. DJ Turner, CB, Michigan

27. Dawand Jones OT, Ohio State

28. Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee

29. Marvin Mimms, WR, Oklahoma

30. Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State

31. Riley Moss, CB, Iowa

32. Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina

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