Pittsburgh Steelers (Via Bears) Select - Andrew Vorhees (G) University of Southern California
The Pittsburgh Steelers addressed the offensive line in Day 1 with Darnell Wright and now in Day 2 they double-down in the offensive side of the Trenches with Andrew Vorhees. Vorhees is technically sound guard prospect whose only real knock against him is his age at 24. He'd would be an immediate starter on the Pittsburgh line and could dramatically help their interior pass protection.
The Houston Texans need to upgrade the offensive line in a major after drafting their quarterback of the future in C.J. Stroud and Cody Mauch is an excellent selection. Mauch is a bruiser in the run game and looks the part as well and should help this team tremendously in providing some grit when running the football.
Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray has dealt with injuries in his career so far including a season ending torn ACL and improving the offensive line is must when that happens. John Michael-Schmitz is the NFL drafts best center prospect as he plays with excellent toughness and football in the interior and certainly will help keep the interior of the pocket from pushing Murray out into the open.
The Indianapolis Colts lacked the turnover frequency that they normally have been able to achieve and getting ball hawking cornerback to pair with the aging but still productive Stephon Gilmore would give this team a significant boost. Riley Moss has been one of the most productive cornerbacks in the Big 10 the past few years and is one of the top 3 best ball hawks in the draft on the outside.
The Los Angeles Rams finally get there chance to pick here at #37 in the draft and Tucker Kraft to kickoff the draft is a tremendous selection. Kraft is one of the best pure receiving tight ends in the draft with his fluid route-running and hands as well as his ability to create yards after catch.
Pete Carroll loves himself some hybrid defenders that can fill multiple roles on defense and play almost like a chess peice and Nolan Smith fits that mold very well. Smith is a hyper-athletic linebacker/edge rusher that made his bones on teh Georgia defense playing both positions and Carroll certainly can figure out how to properly use a Smith to the best of his abilities.
The Las Vegas Raiders have to improve their horrid defense at some point as they take shot after shot at fixing the problem in NFL drafts to rarely any fruition outside of just pure luck, looking at you Maxx Crosby, but defense can be good without an anchor in the front seven. Siaki Ika is total steal here in Day 2 and will be an immediate improvement for the Raiders defense in both their run defense and pass rush with his ability to clog the trenches and collapse the pocket from the interior.
The Panthers drafted their left tackle in Ickey Ekwonu last year and getting another tackle to man the right side for their new franchise player in Levis. Dawand Jones is a mammoth of a lineman at 6'8" and 380+ lbs. with good movement skills in pass protection and can help lead the way in the run game if Levis wants to utilize his legs.
The New Orlean Saints can't go leave the draft without drafting a quarterback and after losing out of Richardson above they grab the next best one in Hendon Hooker was the Heisman front runner into his season ending knee injury. Hooker is an older player at 25 yrs old but he's proven to be an very good athlete and has exceptional pocket presence to go along with a good arm and excellent throwing mechanics. If the Saints can look past his age and injury, they might have themselves one of the more stable and consistent quarterbacks in the draft and that is exactly what they need currently at the position.
The A.J. Brown trade has looked like a horrible exchange for the Titans in 2022 as Brown is enjoying the Super Bowl and the Titans found themselves on the outside of the playoffs looking in and after an up and down season from rookie Treylon Burks in 2022, getting him a tag team partner opposite him would be a wise move. Hutchinson is a very good route-runner with excellent size and hands at the receiver position and pairing him Burks would give quarterback Malik Willis, or whomever mans the position in 2023, two viable outside options in the passing game.
The Jadeveon Clowney show in Cleveland came to an abrupt end in 2022 as his production was lackluster and the team crumbled and getting his replacement to pair with pro bowler Myles Garrett is a priority in the draft. Tuli Tuipulto is a freaky athlete that lead the NCAA in sacks and although he's a bit of a tweener at 6'4" 290 lbs. he's still got potential be very productive in the interior of the defensive line as well as on the edge opposite Garrett.
The New York Jets upgraded the offensive line in Day 1 of the draft and now they turn to the weakness of the offense in 2022 in tight end by grabbing Dalton Kincaid out of Utah. Kincaid is an excellent receiver at the position who knows how to get open quickly when his quarterback gets into trouble, a frequent issue for the Jets in 2022. He will provide a safety valve target for the quarterback in New York and make this Jets offense a much more consistent unit in 2023.
The Falcons linebacker unit has been a disappointment for quite sometime and getting help to improve it is paramount in Day 2. Drew Sanders is a very athletic pass rushing linebacker that significantly improves the units pass rush ability as well run defense and make the Falcons defense a more potent side of the ball.
The Green Bay Packers need to bolster the safety position in 2023 as Adrian Amos is set test free agency and replacing him in the secondary now becomes a major need in Day 2. Christopher Smith is hyper athletic hard hitting safety that has shown to be a very good coverage safety for a championship defense. He can at the very least fill the void left behind and develop into a similar type of player like Amos in the back end.
The New England Patriots have been an underrated offensive line drafting team for the decades and always draft at least one every year and Anton Harrison in Day 2 of the draft is a very good selection to replenish the unit. Harrison possesses great size and athleticism but is need of significant coaching in pass protection at this point in his career. If the Patriots can do what they do best and improve his mechanics and technique, Harrison could be an immediate starter.
The Commanders need a reliable linebacker behind their monstrous front seven that can quarterback a defense and sniff plays and nobody did that better in college than Noah Sewell. A true middle linebacker, Sewell is good in coverage as well as a blitzer and behind those big ugly's in front of him his transition into the NFL should be smoother than most others.
The Detroit Lions pass defense was atrocious in 2022 and getting help at the cornerback position is an absolute must. Emmanuel Forbes Jr. is regarded as the best ball hawking corner in the draft with sticky hands and pension for jumping routes effectively. He can get a little aggressive with his need to get his hands on the ball which can cost him on plays and toning down his need to come away could bring a more effective cornerback to Detroit.
The Steelers must improve the cornerback position in 2023 as Cam Sutton and Terrell Edmonds are set to leave in free agency. Devon Witherspoon is an exceptional athlete at the cornerback position that plays with malicious toughness to go along with good ball skills.
Lavonte David is likely to leave the team and test the market opens up room for another to the reigns of the Tampa Bay defense in 2023 and Henry To'o To'o is the perfect fit for them. To'o To'o was the unquestioned leader of the Alabama defense in 2022 and 2021 and has a very high football IQ to quarterback this Todd Bowles defense and make plays behind one of the better front sevens in football.
The Miami Dolphins need to improve the offensive line after the turmoil at quarterback position with numerous injuries to Tua Tagovailoa and company. Joel Tippman is a great addition in Day 2 as he can play both guard and tackle and is a tremendous athlete for his size. His technique and blocking mechanics need work but Wisconsin has a long history of highly productive offensive lineman in the NFL and are usually a safe bet for success.
The Seahawks could use another weapon for quarterback Geno Smith to throw to make this passing attack that much more potent. Jalin Hyatt is probably going to be one of the fastest players in the draft as he possesses rare speed to go along with precious deep routes that made him such a monster for Tennessee in 2022.
The Chicago Bears need receiver help in the worst way and getting a viable outside receiver for Justin Fields in 2023 should be the #1 goal for this front office if they wait till Day 2. Kayshon Boutte is one those athletes that couldn't get foot holed in college but has the tools and ability to make an impact in the pros and pairing him with Chase Claypool and Fields could give the Bears a formidable offense.
Khalil Mack is likely to be a cap casualty in 2023 as the Chargers look to lock up their star quarterback in Justin Herbert and another pass rusher opposite Joey Bosa is a priority. Felix Anudike-Uzomah is a very slick and athletic pass rusher that knows how beat offensive tackles early and often and playing next Bosa will likely increase his rookie year productivity.
The Detroit Lions would be wise to bolster the offensive line in 2023 and Jarrett Patterson would be a nice pick. Patterson can play both guard and center and has been a staple on the Fighting Irish offensive line for the last few years due to his football IQ and technique and would fit very well in the Detroit line.
The Jacksonville Jaguars would be wise to invest in the offensive line in Day 2 of draft as Trevor Lawrence has solidified himself as one of the best young quarterbacks in the league and needs to be protected. Jaelyn Duncan is a big dancing bear at the offensive tackle position with great length and athleticism with mechanics and overall nastiness being his only real faults currently.
The cornerback position for the New York Giants is a huge issue currently and must be addressed in Day 2. Julius Brents is a very tall and athletic cornerback with exceptional ball skills at the position with his only weakness being his agility when dealing with receivers that can out maneuver him.
The Dallas Cowboys are likely to lose safety Jayron Kearse as a potential cap casualty and getting his potential replacement should be a priority. Antonio Johnson is a highly aggressive saftey prospect that can lay the wood as well as patrol the trenches and make plays. His issues currently lie in his coverage ability and severely lacking ball skills and may even need to play a hybrid linebacker role until he gets comfortable playing safety
Jordan Poyer is likely to test free agency and the Bills need safety help if they want to break through in the playoffs. JL Skinner might be the hardest hitting defender in the NFL draft with great size and ball skills at the position with his only real issue being that he's coming from a conference of lesser talented teams.
The Carolina Panthers could bolster the cornerback position to as Jaycee Horn has shown to be a very capable outside cornerback and Eli Ricks would be a good addition to the team. Ricks is an athletic ball hawk from college footballs SEC conference but he possess some character issues that may need addressing, however his potential is very high as an outside cornerback.
The Bengals need to bolster the secondary once more as the AFC North is going to get far more interesting in the passing game as the Steelers Kenny Pickett gets another year under his belt and Deshaun Watson will be a Week 1 starter in 2023. Kyu Blue Kelly is smart and instinctive cornerback with good size and athleticism and could be a very reliable starting cornerback with his first couple seasons.
The Eagles are going to likely let Myles Sanders walk in free agency walk in free agency as this team continues to find talent at the position and why not keep a good thing going by grabbing Roschon Johnson to take his place. Johnson is violent and vicious running back that has shown an innate ability to break tackles and get to full speed quickly.
The Kansas City Chief's need to keep the receiving fresh with rookie bodies to stay dominant in the Josh and Josh Downs out North Carolina is a tremendous pick in Day 2. Downs is a very technically sound route-runner and can create plays on his own and pairing him with Patrick Mahomes would likely make him a very good receiver early in his career.