The NFL draft doesn't end after round 1. Here is my fantasy football focused rundown of the 2nd round of the 2023 NFL draft.
Will Levis - QB, Kentucky: Tennessee Titans (Pick #33)
After not being drafted in Round 1, the Tennessee Titans traded up in round 2 to select QB Will Levis from Kentucky. He looks to be the QB of the future in Tennessee. However, unless the Titans eventually trade their current starting QB Ryan Tannehill, Levis will have no fantasy value in 2023.
Sam LaPorta - TE, Iowa: Detroit Lions (Pick #34)
The Detroit Lions drafted their T.J. Hockenson replacement in Sam LaPorta after trading Hockenson midway through last season. LaPorta easily becomes the best receiving option for the Lions at TE, but I wouldn't draft him as anything more than TE3 in 2023.
Michael Mayer - TE, Notre Dame: Las Vegas Raiders (Pick #35)
Michael Mayer lands in a great spot in Las Vegas, who lost Darren Waller and Foster Moreau this offseason. He has excellent hands and is a solid route runner. It shouldn't take him too long to jump to the top of the Raiders TE depth chart, but he isn't on my fantasy radar in 2023.
Jonathan Mingo - WR, Ole Miss: Carolina Panthers (Pick #39)
The Carolina Panthers are in desperate need of weapons, and Jonathan Mingo is a step in the right direction. He will provide Bryce Young with a big, athletic target alongside Adam Thielen. Assuming he elevates to the starting lineup by August, he will be a WR5 bench stash with a chance to break out in the second half of the season.
Luke Musgrave - TE, Oregon State: Green Bay Packers (Pick #42)
The Green Bay Packers need as many weapons as they can possibly sign to help Jordan Love's transition to starting QB. Luke Musgrave has the size and athleticism to get open and make things happen in the Green Bay offense. He has chance to start at TE for the Packers, but he should be nowhere near your fantasy lineup in 2023.
Jayden Reed - WR, Michigan State: Green Bay Packers (Pick #50)
The Packers drafted Jayden Reed to be their slot WR right away. He has the quickness to be able to get open out of the slot and provide Jordan Love with a solid target in the middle of the field. I don't expect the Packers offense to be able to support more than 2 pass catchers in 2023, so Reed isn't currently on my fantasy draft radar.
Zach Charbonnet - RB, UCLA: Seattle Seahawks (Pick #52)
Zach Charbonnet was the consensus #3 RB prospect according to "experts", mainly due to his size and power running ability. He has the typical workhorse running back size we love, but Seattle isn't the ideal destination for him for fantasy purposes. As long as Kenneth Walker remains healthy, Charbonnet remains a handcuff that should be drafted as a low level RB4.
Rashee Rice - WR, SMU: Kansas City Chiefs (Pick #55)
Kansas City is the most appealing spot for rookie WRs to land for fantasy purposes, and Rashee Rice has a decent chance to make a fantasy impact in 2023. At 6'1" with a 41" vertical, he will make a nice deep target for Patrick Mahomes in what is currently a mediocre WR core. That said, toss him in the WR5 range among the rest of this WR rookie class.
Luke Schoonmaker - TE, Michigan: Dallas Cowboys (Pick #58)
After letting Dalton Schultz walk in free agency, the Cowboys were eventually going to spend decent draft capital at TE. Luke Schoonmaker has good size and speed, making him the type of TE we love to target in fantasy. If he ends up becoming the starting TE in Dallas, that offense passes enough to make Schoonmaker a low end TE2 option in full PPR and TE premium leagues.
Brenton Strange - TE, Penn State: Jacksonville Jaguars (Pick #61)
The Jaguars have continued to add weapons around Trevor Lawrence, and they continue that trend with drafting Brenton Strange. He is an athletic TE that can be moved anywhere in the formation and still effective. With Evan Engram on the team, Strange won't matter much in 2023. If Engram leaves, Strange will be a sneaky lottery ticket in 2024 fantasy drafts.
Marvin Mims Jr. - WR, Oklahoma: Denver Broncos (Pick #63)
The Denver Bronco offense was a disaster last year, but it will look to improve this year with Sean Payton calling the plays. He loves to utilize speedy WRs, and Marvin Mims fit that description. He will use his 4.38 to separate from DBs, and we have to hope Russell Wilson can get the ball to him. Avoid Mims in lineup setting leagues, but don't be afraid to take him with late round pick in bestball leagues.
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