Updated: Jun 29
Day two of the NFL Draft is set to begin shortly, many teams are looking to continue to fill out their rosters and address their weaknesses throughout. We saw many surprises on day one and many talented players who we thought would get selected, are still waiting to find out where their NFL journey will start. With a plethora of first round talent still available, day two should be a thriller. Let's get into the best players available on day two of the NFL Draft.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB, Notre Dame
I’m very surprised to see Owusu-Koramoah is still available on day two, especially with some of the teams that passed on him in the first round. When Miami passed on him at eighteen, I felt confident that Washington would select him with the very next pick. They also passed, along with every team after him. Owusu-Koramoah is an explosive linebacker who can play sideline-to-sideline and be a day one starter in the league. His name should be called rather early on day two.
Elijah Moore WR, Ole Miss
We saw the receivers we expected come off the board Thursday night, for the most part. But I still thought we would see more wideouts selected than we did. Moore, still being available, is not as surprising as Owusu-Koramoah but it still comes as a shock. One of the most dangerous slot receivers in this class, he can step in and start right away for whoever selects him.
Trevon Moehrig S, TCU
A projected late first-round pick, Moehrig is where some expected he would be on day two. The best safety and ball-hawk in the class Moehrig is the most disruptive defensive player left available on day two. He won’t be sitting and waiting to have his name called long, as he could potentially go to Jacksonville to start round two.
Christian Barmore DT, Alabama
Another projected late first-rounder, Barmore has slipped a little bit potentially due to reports coming out within the last week or so that Barmore is “resistant to coaching” (Bob McGinn, The Athletic). Although Nick Saban has disputed those comments, teams may have pinned that as a red flag on Barmore. Barmore is a great pass rusher from the interior and is an even better run stopper.
Teven Jenkins OT, Oklahoma State
The best offensive lineman left on the board, Jenkins could play either tackle position or guard once he is in the league. I was surprised that nobody decided to potentially reach for Jenkins in round one. Multiple teams could use a young tackle to protect their already established franchise QB or to protect their new face of the franchise that they selected on day one. Either way, Jenkins shouldn’t be on the board very long.
Azeez Ojulari LB, Georgia
The best edge rusher left on the board, many teams passed on Ojulari late in the first round in favor of other edge rushers like Payton Turner, Gregory Rousseau, Jayson Oweh, and Joe Tryon. Ojulari has incredible speed off the edge and can disrupt an offensive game plan if he has the chance. With so many teams needing help with their pass rush, Ojulari will be a sought-after prospect on day two.
Terrace Marshall Jr. WR, LSU
Another receiver that was expected to be taken with one of the last few picks of the first round if taken at all on day one, Marshall is the best route runner left on the board. Marshall’s production was overshadowed at LSU by the stellar season that teammates Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase had but if he was the number one option during his time at LSU, I’m very confident that Marshall would have been selected earlier than where he most likely will be. Most teams picking early in round two either don’t need help at receiver, or they addressed the position last night. Thus said, Marshall could have to wait a little longer to have his name called than some of the others I’ve mentioned.
Nick Bolton LB, Missouri
Another speedy linebacker, Bolton also deserves credit for his great tackling ability. Bolton’s speed and range as a linebacker also allow him to run sideline-to-sideline and make plays, slowing down opposing offenses. I think a great fit and a realistic target for Bolton is Denver, as they have the fortieth overall pick and eighth pick of the second round.
Asante Samuel Jr. CB, Florida State
We saw many teams reach for corners on day one including the Green Bay Packers by selecting Eric Stokes at twenty-nine. Son of former NFL Defensive Back Asante Samuel, Samuel Jr. is slightly undersized but plays bigger than he is. Samuel also deserves credit for his ability to defend the run against opposing offenses. Samuel is the best corner available on day two and could have his name called very quickly on day two
Javonte Williams RB, North Carolina
The top two backs, Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, were selected in the middle of round one but other teams chose to wait on grabbing a running back. At the top of the selection for available running backs comes Javonte Williams. Williams is arguably the hardest running back to get to the ground in the draft as he is constantly breaking tackles and running defenders over. Williams also deserves recognition for his abilities as a pass protector, something that every NFL team needs their starting running back to do in today’s game. A plethora of running backs will hear their names called today in rounds two and three, Williams should be the first.