26. Dallas Cowboys – Michael Mayer, TE, Notre Dame
The Cowboys lost Dalton Schultz via free agency, and lucky for them, the top tight end prospect is still on the board. Michael Mayer is as well-rounded as they come, grading out as a solid blocker and an elite pass catcher during his collegiate career. Another weapon for Dak Prescott.
27. Buffalo Bills – O’Cyrus Torrence, OL, Florida
The Bills must establish a reliable running game soon. The quickest way to do that is by drafting a people-mover on the offensive line. O’Cyrus Torrence possesses exceptional lower-body strength, allowing him to anchor in as a pass protector and bulldoze his assignment as a run blocker.
28. Cincinnati Bengals – Emmanuel Forbes, CB, Mississippi State
The defense needs another star cornerback to pair with Cam Taylor-Britt. Emmanuel Forbes can be that star. He exhibits the best ball skills at the position, and although smaller in stature, Forbes rarely looked overmatched in the vaunted SEC. The Mississippi State alum should claim a starting role in training camp.
29. New Orleans Saints – Adetomiwa Adebawore, DL, Northwestern
Adetomiwa Adebawore is coming off the board on day one of the 2023 NFL Draft, but the question is: where? In this mock draft, the NFL Combine standout lasts until No. 29 overall before the Saints scoop him up. Keion White brings juice to the defensive front, giving New Orleans a coveted pocket-collapsing pass rusher capable of lining up inside and out.
30. Philadelphia Eagles – Kelee Ringo, DB, Georgia
What a fall from grace for Georgia’s Kelee Ringo. The polarizing defensive back was once considered an early day-one selection, but in this mock draft, he is taken at No. 30 overall by the Eagles. With Philly, Ringo can serve the recently-vacated CJ Gardner-Johnson role as a rookie. His viability as a boundary corner is in question, but as a slot defender, few in the class bring this upside.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – Calijah Kancey, DL, Pittsburgh
Another player that has gone as early as No. 10 and as low as mid-second round in mock draft exercises. Calijah Kancey dropped jaws at the NFL Combine, posting speed and explosion numbers that players half his size couldn’t produce. Kancey fits perfectly with the Chiefs and will have the chance to learn under Chris Jones before taking over his role on the line when the veteran decides to hang it up.
NFL Mock Draft: Round 2
32. Steelers – Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina
33. Texans – Jack Campbell, LB, Iowa
34. Cardinals – Drew Sanders, LB, Arkansas
35. Colts – Julius Brents, CB, Kansas State
36. Rams – Anton Harrison, OT, Oklahoma
37. Seahawks – Bryan Bresee, DT, Clemson
38. Raiders – Dalton Kincaid, TE, Utah
39. Panthers – Josh Downs, WR, North Carolina
40. Saints – Darnell Washington, TE, Georgia
41. Titans – Cody Mauch, OL, North Dakota St
42. Jets – Jalin Hyatt, WR, Tennessee
43. Jets – Felix Anudike-Uzomah, EDGE, KState
44. Falcons – Daiyan Henley, LB, Washington St
45. Packers – Keeanu Benton, DT, Wisconsin
46. Patriots – Dawand Jones, OT, Ohio State
47. Commanders – Byron Young, EDGE, Tennessee
48. Lions – BJ Ojulari, EDGE, LSU
49. Steelers – Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
50. Buccaneers – Derick Hall, EDGE, Auburn
51. Dolphins – Steve Avila, G/C, TCU
52. Seahawks – Joe Tippmann, G/C, Wisconsin
53. Bears – Mazi Smith, DT, Michigan
54. Chargers – Sam LaPorta, TE, Iowa
55. Lions – Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee
56. Jaguars – Luke Musgrave, TE, Oregon State
57. Giants – Darius Rush, CB, South Carolina
58. Cowboys – Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama
59. Bills – Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA
60. Bengals – Sydney Brown, DB, Illinois
61. Bears – John Michael Schmitz, C, Minnesota
62. Eagles – Will McDonald IV, EDGE, Iowa St
63. Chiefs – Trenton Simpson, LB, Clemson