Day one of the 2023 NFL Draft is in the books and what a first round it was! Trades, unpredictable picks and surprises at every turn as teams confound the myriad of online prognosticators and draftniks. It is almost time to do it all again as rounds two and three are set to take place tonight, so here is a handy guide of the top five players at every position who still remain available. Stay ahead of the curve with this day two NFL Draft Big Board.
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All offensive prospects ranked here, and all defensive prospects here.
Day Two NFL Draft Big Board: Offense Top 5 By Position
1. Will Levis — 3rd overall prospect/1st round grade
2. Hendon Hooker — 58th overall prospect/Late 2nd round
3. Dorian Thompson-Robinson — Late 4th round
4. Tanner McKee — Late 5th round
5. Jake Haener — Late 5th round
Levis is the headline act of this group and deserved to be taken in round one. The Colts’ reported interest appears now to have been all smoke and mirrors, but that will make the Kentucky product all the more determined to prove his doubters wrong. Watch Detroit, L.A. Rams, Seattle, Minnesota and Las Vegas as potential suitors on day two.
Beyond Levis, Hendon Hooker has his admirers, but his value is more appropriate for day two. Concerns about the basic nature of his collegiate offense, impressive as it was, raise questions about how quickly he will be able to adapt to a full NFL playbook. His advanced age and injury also left room for doubt about his worth in round one.
Thompson-Robinson, McKee and Haener round out the top five quarterbacks still available on our day two NFL Draft Big Board, but are all likely career backups at the next level.
1. Zach Charbonnet — 42nd overall prospect/2nd round
2. Israel Abanikanda — 59th overall prospect/2nd round
3. Tyjae Spears — 70th overall prospect/3rd round
4. Zach Evans — 91st overall prospect/Late 3rd round
5. Kendre Miller — 93rd overall prospect/Late 3rd round
Charbonnet is a certainty to be selected tonight and come off this day two NFL Draft Big Board. He is a runner who has a perfect blend of size, power, vision and quicks and is an effective receiver out of the backfield.
After that comes the explosive Abanikanda, who runs with terrific contact balance, potency and purpose and Senior Bowl standout Spears. The former Tulane man is a do it all bundle of electricity who can slash through traffic, is dynamic with the ball in his hands and changes direction on a dime.
1. Jonathan Mingo — 23rd overall prospect/Late 1st round
2. Cedric Tillman — 29th overall prospect/Early 2nd round
3. Josh Downs — 32nd overall prospect/Early 2nd round
4. Michael Wilson — 50th overall prospect/Mid-2nd round
5. Jalin Hyatt — 64th overall prospect/3rd round
Four receivers went in round one and there are four more graded with a second-round tag or better on this day two NFL Draft Big Board. Jonathan Mingo stands out as a riser who should have gone at the back end of round one. Mingo has great size, speed, soft and sturdy hands and can work inside and out with equal effectiveness.
Tillman is the higher graded of the two Tennessee wideouts and should be taken a round earlier than Hyatt thanks to his more well-rounded game and preferable measurables. Hyatt took advantage of his time to step up in 2022, but teams are likely to value Tillman higher. Hyatt is currently a bit of a one-trick pony, but has one thing that keeps him intriguing: speed.
The ex-Tar Heel Downs offers a safe bet, possessing a game that is easily translatable from a skillset point of view, he just lacks size. Wilson suffered injuries throughout his time at Stanford but has a great frame, is an advanced route runner and played with impressive short-area quickness and twitch for his size.
1. Michael Mayer — 10th overall prospect/1st round
2. Sam LaPorta — 49th overall prospect/Mid-2nd round
3. Luke Schoonmaker — 61st overall prospect/Late-2nd round
4. Darnell Washington — 77th overall prospect/Mid-3rd round
5. Josh Whyle — 80th overall prospect/Mid-3rd round
Whoever drafts Mayer will get a major steal. He is a premium player and should become a top-ten tight end within the NFL for the next decade.
LaPorta is a chain mover. He is less flashy than Dalton Kincaid in the passing game and not quite as sure-handed as Mayer, but LaPorta nonetheless is an exciting prospect with a legitimate NFL skillset. He already has a varied route tree and line up anywhere, can block, and will not be overawed when he reaches the NFL.
Schoonmaker is a player with excellent size and looks like a traditional NFL tight end. He possesses terrific power and aggression and looks to dominate his opponent. He has a great blend of everything that makes a successful tight end. High floor if he avoids injury.
Washington will immediately become a threat on seam routes, in the red zone, and within soft spots against zone schemes. He is the best blocker of the group. Finally, Whyle looks like a massive wideout and plays like it. He is an excellent route runner and has real YAC ability.
1. Dawand Jones — 24th overall prospect/Late 1st round
2. Steve Avila — 34th overall prospect/2nd round
3. John Michael Schmitz — 36th overall prospect/2nd round
4. Joe Tippmann — 48th overall prospect/2nd round
5. Luke Wypler — 53rd overall prospect/Late-2nd round
Interior prospects dominate this top five and will litter the second round. Dawand Jones will be disappointed to have been the odd man out in the tackle class during round one, but he should be selected early on day two.
Avila has multi-position versatility across the interior and will be admired for this, Schmitz is a clean projection as a high floor center, as is Tippmann. Wypler is the one who has been a bit forgotten about up to this point, but he does not show a discernible drop-off in talent and so if a team gets him a round later, then he could be a real bargain in round three.