2023 NFL Draft Day 2: Winners and Losers

The second and third rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft featured a lot of impact players, but not every team shined with their selections. Here are some of the winners and losers from Day 2.

The New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers both added studs to their rosters. The Patriots drafted Georgia Tech defensive end Keion White in the third round, while the Steelers selected Joey Porter Jr., whom many regarded as a first-rounder, and talented defensive tackle Keeanu Benton. The Cowboys also added a top-flight tight end in Michigan’s Luke Schoonmaker, while the Giants got Jalin Hyatt in the third round, a big-time playmaker who some mock drafts had going in the first round. Green Bay also added two tight ends and a wide receiver to help out their new starting quarterback, Jordan Love.

Will Levis, who went undrafted in the first round, found a home in Nashville with the Titans. Ryan Tannehill remains under contract, meaning Levis does not have to play right away, and that’s probably a good thing because inconsistencies exhibited by Levis concerned some talent evaluators.

The Panthers and Jaguars, however, failed to deliver. The Panthers only had a total of five picks this draft, and the Jaguars didn’t seem to get great value for their picks on Day 2, reaching on Penn State tight end Brenton Strange and selecting Auburn running back Tank Bigsby.

Malik Willis, Tennessee’s 2022 third-round pick, was supposed to be the quarterback of the future, but after struggling mightily in his three-game stint as a starter as a rookie last season, he appears to be the odd man out after Tennessee traded up to get Levis. Jared Goff, who just led the Lions to their most successful campaign in seven seasons, also appears to be on his way out, as Detroit took Hendon Hooker in the third round.

Draft prognosticators also took a hit, as a number of players projected by draft analysts to go on Day 1 slid into the second and third rounds. This shows that draft analysts either don’t watch film in the same manner that NFL talent evaluators do and/or they don’t spend much time picking the brains of those NFL scouts, coaches, GMs and assistants to ensure they get an accurate picture of how teams rate prospects.

Source: The Athletic

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