Dec 2, 2023; Charlotte, NC, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Keon Coleman (4) makes a catch against the Louisville Cardinals in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Bills, Chargers pick receivers to open Round 2 of draft

One day after offense dominated the first round of the NFL draft, the Buffalo Bills and Los Angeles Chargers selected a pair of wide receivers back-to-back to start the second round Friday night in Detroit.

The Bills used the first pick of Round 2 (No. 33 overall) to select Florida State wide receiver Keon Coleman. It marked the first selection of the draft for the Bills, who hope that Coleman will provide quarterback Josh Allen with a deep threat after the team traded wideout Stefon Diggs to the Houston Texans earlier this month.

The Chargers picked Georgia wide receiver Ladd McConkey moments later with the 34th overall pick. McConkey also could fill a void after Los Angeles sent veteran Keenan Allen to the Chicago Bears last month.

Four of the next five picks were defensive linemen. The Atlanta Falcons took Clemson’s Ruke Orhorhoro, the Washington Commanders drafted Illinois’ Johnny Newton, the Tennessee Titans turned to Texas’ T’Vondre Sweat and the Los Angeles Rams nabbed Florida State’s Braden Fiske.

The only team that did not beef up its defensive line in that five-pick stretch was the New England Patriots, who drafted Washington wide receiver Ja’Lynn Polk at No. 37 overall. The 6-foot-1, 203-pound receiver will team up with rookie quarterback Drake Maye, whom the Patriots took at No. 3 overall on Friday night.

Four consecutive cornerbacks went off the board in picks No. 40-43. The Philadelphia Eagles started the run by drafting Cooper DeJean, an All-American out of Iowa whom many had projected as a first-round pick.

The next three picks were Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry to the New Orleans Saints, Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter to the Texans and Rutgers’ Max Melton to the Arizona Cardinals.

Texas’ Jonathon Brooks was the first running back to be selected this year. The Carolina Panthers picked Brooks at No. 46 overall after he rushed for 1,139 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games with the Longhorns in 2023.

Another Longhorns skill player, wide receiver Adonai Mitchell, went to the Indianapolis Colts at No. 52. Mitchell, who hauled in 11 touchdowns among his 55 catches last season, will pair with second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson in Indianapolis.

The Detroit Lions, the host team of the draft this season, selected a cornerback for the second day in a row. The Lions chose Missouri cornerback Ennis Rakestraw Jr. at No. 61 one day after they tabbed Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold at No. 24 in Round 1.

The San Francisco 49ers closed out the second round by selecting Florida State cornerback Renardo Green. He was the third Seminoles player to be selected in the second round, joining Coleman and Fiske.

–Field Level Media

Apr 27, 2023; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kentucky quarterback Will Levis walks the NFL Draft Red Carpet before the first round of the 2023 NFL Draft at Union Station. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2023 NFL Draft: 32 best available players entering second round

With the first round in the books, there is plenty of talent available when the Pittsburgh Steelers open Round 2 on Friday.

Kicking off the second round with the 32nd pick — only 31 first-round picks were made due to the Miami Dolphins being docked their pick for tampering — the Steelers are followed by the Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals and Indianapolis Colts before the Los Angeles Rams make their first selection of the draft.

Here are the 32 best prospects available at pick 32, after the conclusion of the first round based on composite rankings by Field Level Media draft analysts:

1. Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
2. Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
3. Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
4. Brian Branch, S, Alabama
5. Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
6. Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
7. Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
8. Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
9. O’Cyrus Torrence, OG, Florida
10. Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
11. Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
12. Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
13. Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
14. Cody Mauch, OG, North Dakota State
15. Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
16. Keion White, DE, Georgia Tech
17. BJ Ojulari, Edge, LSU
18. Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
19. Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
20. Steve Avila, OG, TCU
21. Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
22. John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
23. Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
24. Adetonmiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern
25. Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
26. Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota
27. Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
28. DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
29. Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
30. Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
31. Matthew Bergeron, OT, Syracuse
32. Derick Hall, Edge, Auburn

–Field Level Media

Mar 3, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Liberty quarterback Malik Willis (QB16) goes through a drill during the 2022 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterbacks nowhere to be found in 2nd round of NFL draft

On a night when many anticipated an early run on quarterbacks, NFL teams instead turned to virtually every other position.

Teams that seemingly needed a young quarterback such as the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons both passed twice on drafting a signal-caller in round two of the NFL draft Friday night.

That left QBs such as Liberty’s Malik Willis, Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, Ole Miss’ Matt Corral and North Carolina’s Sam Howell all waiting to hear their name called as the Las Vegas event moved into round three.

One of the most popular positions once again was wide receiver, as seven were picked in the second round after six wideouts were chosen in Thursday’s first round.

Only one quarterback was chosen in the first round — Pitt’s Kenny Pickett, by the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 20.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began Round 2 by choosing Houston defensive end Logan Hall. The pick originally belonged to the Jacksonville Jaguars before they moved up six slots in a trade with Tampa Bay on Thursday evening, allowing Tampa Bay to kick off Thursday night’s action.

The Green Bay Packers then traded up to select Aaron Rodgers’ newest weapon, North Dakota State wideout Christian Watson. The Packers sent two second-round picks (Nos. 53 and 59) to the Minnesota Vikings to move up for Watson.

Two picks later, the New York Jets traded up with their crosstown rival Giants to choose Iowa State’s Breece Hall, the first running back off the board in the 2022 draft. Thursday marked the first time since 2014 that no running back was selected in the opening round.

Many expected Seattle to choose a quarterback with either the 40th or 41st pick with Russell Wilson now in Denver. However, the Seahawks opted to go with a pair of Big Ten standouts — Minnesota linebacker Boye Mafe and Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker III.

Meanwhile, Atlanta had a pair of second-round picks and chose two defensive players — Penn State defensive end Arnold Ebiketie at No. 38 and Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen 20 picks later.

The New England Patriots (Baylor’s Tyquan Thornton at No. 50), Pittsburgh Steelers (Georgia’s George Pickens at No. 52) and Kansas City Chiefs (Western Michigan’s Skyy Moore at No. 54) chose wide receivers in Round 2.

–Field Level Media

Oct 3, 2020; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia defensive back Tyson Campbell (3) breaks up a pass from Auburn quarterback Bo Nix (10) to Auburn wide receiver Seth Williams (18) during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Georgia and Auburn in Athens, Ga., on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. Georgia won 27-6.  Mandatory Credit: Joshua L. Jones-USA TODAY NETWORK

Jags pick Georgia CB Tyson Campbell to open Round 2

One day after the Jacksonville Jaguars picked a potential franchise quarterback to open the NFL draft, the team turned its attention to the opposite side of the ball.

Jacksonville selected Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell on Friday to begin a busy night of drafting. Teams made their second- and third-round picks, and they will return to action Saturday to conclude the draft with Rounds 4-7.

Campbell, 21, started 24 games in three seasons with Georgia. He was a five-star recruit out of high school in Florida and ranked as the second-best cornerback in his class behind only Patrick Surtain Jr., who was a first-round pick by the Denver Broncos at No. 9 overall on Thursday night.

The New York Jets followed by taking Ole Miss wide receiver Elijah Moore with the second pick of the second round at No. 34 overall. The Broncos took North Carolina running back Javonte Williams at No. 35, the Miami Dolphins selected Oregon safety Jevon Holland at No. 36, and the Eagles picked Alabama center Landon Dickerson at No. 37.

The New England Patriots maintained their strong pipeline with Alabama when they selected Crimson Tide defensive tackle Christian Barmore with the sixth pick of the second round. Barmore will reunite with college teammate Mac Jones, whom New England drafted at No. 15 overall in the first round.

Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. had to wait until the middle of the second round until the Los Angeles Chargers selected him at No. 47 overall. Samuel Jr. led the Seminoles with three interceptions and served as a team captain in 2020 before opting out after eight games.

Notre Dame pass rusher Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah slid to No. 52, when the Cleveland Browns selected him. Many draft analysts had projected the former Fighting Irish star to be a first-round pick after a junior season in which he was a first-team All-American, Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year and won the Butkus Award.

Kyle Trask was the only quarterback to go in Round 2. The former Florida Gators signal-caller was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he will learn under Tom Brady after throwing for 4,283 yards, 43 touchdowns and eight interceptions with the Gators in 2020.

–Field Level Media