Day 2 NFL mock draft: Projections for Rounds 2 and 3
The opening round of the 2023 NFL Draft featured plenty of unexpected twists and turns, including six Day 1 trades.
Rounds 2 and 3 are up next Friday night, and the fun should only continue as teams seek out more talent.
Here’s a look at our Day 2 projections:
32. Pittsburgh Steelers – Joey Porter Jr., CB, Penn State
Pittsburgh shores up its secondary by picking the son of former Steeler great Joey Porter.
33. Arizona Cardinals – BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
Arizona needs pass-rush help, and Ojulari offers a ton of burst off the edge.
34. Detroit Lions – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Lions continue to ignore positional value and select the versatile Mayer. Offensive coordinator Ben Johnson will love getting a reliable blocker with great hands.
35. Indianapolis Colts – O’Cyrus Torrence, G, Florida
Top-five pick Anthony Richardson continues playing with a Florida teammate. Torrence is an absolute mauler on the offensive line.
36. Los Angeles Rams – Will Levis, QB, Kentucky
The Rams get their quarterback of the future. Levis’ cannon isn’t dissimilar to what current signal-caller Matthew Stafford had in his prime.
37. Seattle Seahawks – John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
John Schneider continues to add instant-impact players. The Minnesota product should start sooner than later.
38. Las Vegas Raiders – Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
Washington helps fill the void left by Darren Waller while upgrading the team’s blocking tremendously.
39. Carolina Panthers – Josh Downs, WR, UNC
No. 1 pick Bryce Young gets a new weapon. Downs’ quickness from the slot complements veterans Adam Thielen and DJ Chark nicely.
40. New Orleans Saints – Keion White, DL, Georgia Tech
New Orleans loves picking up big bodies with versatility on the defensive line. White fits that description to a tee.
41. Tennessee Titans – Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
After taking offensive lineman Peter Skoronski in the first round, the Titans grab their future signal-caller in the second. Hooker’s ACL recovery is going well, and he could take over before the end of the 2023 campaign.
42. Green Bay Packers – Matthew Bergeron, OL, Syracuse
Bergeron can help solidify the offensive line in front of presumed new starter Jordan Love.
43. New York Jets – Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
The Jets need to add bodies on the offensive line, and Jones is one of the biggest bodies available. He could start at right tackle as early as Week 1.
44. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Branch, DB, Alabama
Atlanta adds the versatile Branch to a new-look secondary featuring A.J. Terrell, Jeff Okudah, and Jessie Bates.
45. Green Bay Packers – Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
The Packers lack a proven player at tight end after losing Robert Tonyan in free agency. Enter the supremely athletic Musgrave.
46. New England Patriots – Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota State
Mauch plays with the kind of nasty demeanor necessary to establish the run early and often – something the Patriots love to do.
47. Washington Commanders – Steve Avila, G, TCU
Washington addresses the offensive line after selecting corner Emmanuel Forbes in the first.
48. Detroit Lions – Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
Detroit needs another cornerback, and Cam Smith matches head coach Dan Campbell’s aggressive style.
49. Pittsburgh Steelers – Keeanu Benton, DL, Wisconsin
Benton should enjoy a rotational role early on while learning from veteran Cam Heyward.
50. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
LaPorta can contribute as an intermediate target as the Buccaneers transition into the Baker Mayfield era.
51. Miami Dolphins – Tyjae Spears, RB, Tulane
Spears brings a ton of juice on every snap. He should thrive under coach Mike McDaniel.
52. Seattle Seahawks – Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern
Adebawore tested off the charts. Pete Carroll will love finding mismatches for the Northwestern product.
53. Chicago Bears – Kelee Ringo, CB, Georgia
Ringo has a tantalizing combo of size and athleticism. Coach Matt Eberflus will look to unlock his immense potential.
54. Los Angeles Chargers – Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
Sanders can play up and down the line of scrimmage. He’ll contribute both on the edge and as an off-ball defender.
55. Detroit Lions – Siaki Ika, DT, Baylor
Ika is unlikely to contribute much as a pass-rusher, but there aren’t many players in the draft with this kind of size to eat up blocks in the run game.
56. Jacksonville Jaguars – Tyrique Stevenson, CB, Miami
Stevenson loves battling with receivers at the line of scrimmage and should get plenty of opportunities opposite Tyson Campbell.
57. New York Giants – Joe Tippmann, C, Wisconsin
The Giants fill one of their biggest holes and get better in both the run and pass games as a result.
58. Dallas Cowboys – Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington State
Henley flies all over the football field. He adds a sideline-to-sideline element to the second level of Dallas’ defense.
59. Buffalo Bills – Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson
Simpson’s tools are maybe the best of any linebacker in the draft.
60. Cincinnati Bengals – Tucker Kraft, TE, South Dakota State
Kraft oozes potential. He looks and plays like a modern tight end should.
61. Chicago Bears – Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
Foskey ran an impressive 4.58 40-yard dash that should help him get to quarterbacks at the next level.
62. Philadelphia Eagles – Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
Philly adds a bruising power back to complement offseason addition Rashaad Penny’s explosive running style.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – Cedric Tillman, WR, Tennessee
Kansas City finds a new weapon for Patrick Mahomes with the former Volunteer. Tillman is one of the few big-bodied receivers in this draft, and he’s got the talent to contribute early in his career.
64. Chicago Bears – Luke Wypler, C, Ohio State
65. Houston Texans – Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
66. Philadelphia Eagles – Antonio Johnson, S, Texas A&M
67. Denver Broncos – DJ Turner, CB, Michigan
68. Denver Broncos – Olusegun Oluwatimi, C, Michigan
69. Los Angeles Rams – Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
70. Las Vegas Raiders – Garrett Williams, CB, Syracuse
71. New Orleans Saints – Jonathan Mingo, WR, Ole Miss
72. Tennessee Titans – A.T. Perry, WR, Wake Forest
73. Houston Texans – Isaiah McGuire, EDGE, Missouri
74. Cleveland Browns – Dorian Williams, LB, Tulane
75. Atlanta Falcons – YaYa Diaby, DL, Louisville
76. New England Patriots – Marvin Mims, WR, Oklahoma
77. Los Angeles Rams – Sydney Brown, S, Illinois
78. Green Bay Packers – Christopher Smith, S, Georgia
79. Indianapolis Colts – Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
80. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tuli Tuipulotu, DL, USC
81. Arizona Cardinals – Clark Phillips III, CB, Utah
82. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ji’Ayir Brown, S, Penn State
83. Seattle Seahawks – Devon Achane, RB, Texas A&M
84. Miami Dolphins – Luke Schoonmaker, TE, Michigan
85. Los Angeles Chargers – Nick Herbig, LB, Wisconsin
86. Baltimore Ravens – Jakorian Bennett, CB, Maryland
87. Minnesota Vikings – DeMarvion Overshown, LB, Texas
88. Jacksonville Jaguars – Zacch Pickens, DT, South Carolina
89. New York Giants – Jayden Reed, WR, Michigan State
90. Dallas Cowboys – Roschon Johnson, RB, Texas
91. Buffalo Bills – Moro Ojomo, DL, Texas
92. Cincinnati Bengals – Chandler Zavala, G, NC State
93. Carolina Panthers – Kobie Turner, DT, Wake Forest
94. Arizona Cardinals – Zach Evans, RB, Ole Miss
95. Kansas City Chiefs – Jordan Battle, S, Alabama
96. Arizona Cardinals – Riley Moss, CB, Iowa
97. Washington Commanders – Zack Kuntz, TE, Old Dominion
98. Cleveland Browns – Anthony Johnson Jr., S, Iowa State
99. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Saldiveri, OL, Old Dominion
100. Las Vegas Raiders – Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State
101. San Francisco 49ers – Tre’Vius Hodges-Tomlinson, CB, TCU
102. San Francisco 49ers – Kayshon Boutte, WR, LSU
Blue Jays cut ties with pitcher Anthony Bass amid backlash over anti-LGBTQ social media post – CBC Sports
Reliever Anthony Bass has been designated for assignment by the Toronto Blue Jays.
It’s the latest development in a controversy that began last week when Bass shared a social media post that supported anti-LGBTQ boycotts.
Bass, who made a public apology last week for the post, had been scheduled to catch the ceremonial first pitch by LGBTQ advocate leZlie Lee Kam when the Jays hosted Minnesota on Friday night to kick off their Pride Weekend.
The Blue Jays said pitcher Kevin Gausman would catch the first pitch instead.
WATCH | ‘Distraction’ of Bass saga a factor in parting ways:
The decision to include Bass was met with criticism by some on social media.
Bass has a 0-0 record and 4.95 earned-run average over 22 appearances this season.
Toronto called up right-hander Mitch White in a corresponding roster move.
Bass had shared a since-deleted video post urging others to spurn Target and Bud Light over the support they showed for the LGBTQ community.
He said in a scrum that he initially did not think the video post — which described the selling of Pride-themed merchandise as “evil” and “demonic” — was hateful.
“That’s why I posted it originally,” he said. “When I look back at it, I can see how people can view it that way and that’s why I was apologetic.”
WATCH | Bass apologizes for Instagram post:
Before Friday’s game, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said the decision to cut Bass was primarily motivated by performance and not by the pitcher’s off-the-field circumstances.
“There’s a myriad of variables,” Atkins said. “Performance is usually the driving one and performance was a large aspect of this decision. Distraction was a small part of it and something we had to factor in.”
Atkins refused to say whether Bass would still be on the team if his performance had been better.
“We’re trying to build the best possible team we can build,” Atkins said. “This was a baseball decision to make our team better.”
Atkins also said it was not “a realistic option” for Bass to land in Toronto’s minor league system.
“We won’t stand in his way to be with another organization,” Atkins said.
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Stanley Cup Final: Matthew Tkachuk exits after huge hit, returns to send Game 3 to OT
Matthew Tkachuk is well-known around the NHL for his elite combination of skill and grit, one of the few superstars in the league who can affect the game in a variety of ways.
Tkachuk got a taste of his own medicine in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Thursday night when Vegas Golden Knights forward Keegan Kolesar caught him with a crushing hit in open ice early in the first period.
Tkachuk was slow to get up, stumbling to his feet before slowly skating over to the Panthers’ bench.
The 25-year-old remained in the game for his next shift on the power play, but was visibly uncomfortable. After speaking with trainers on the bench, Tkachuk was seen heading down the tunnel and remained there for the first of the opening frame. While the immediate concern for Tkachuk was a head injury, he was seen favouring his right shoulder on the bench.
He returned to play early in the second period and would finish the game.
And, as he has all playoffs long, Tkachuk came up clutch for the Panthers once again, despite being battered and bruised, tying the game at two goals apiece late in the third period to send Game 3 to overtime.
Florida would go on to win the game in overtime after Carter Verhaeghe‘s shot found its way to the back of the net with none other than Matthew Tkachuk screening Vegas goaltender Adin Hill.
Tkachuk dished out arguably the biggest hit of the postseason in Game 2 when his flattened Vegas star forward Jack Eichel in the second period.
Eichel would eventually return to the game and add an assist to his team-leading 22 points in the playoffs.
Tkachuk leads the Panthers in points with 24, playing a pivotal role in Florida’s unlikely run to the Stanley Cup Final.
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