2024 NFL Draft: Best available players for Day 2

They didn't hear their names called Thursday night in Round 1 of the NFL Draft. For some, it was a disappointing surprise. For others, Friday evening's Rounds 2 and 3 is where they expected to land.

Here's a look at the best available players, grouped by position, based off of Nate Tice's Top 100 big board of draft prospects and analysis:

A team with an established starter and a good offensive coach looking for a dart throw to find a replacement in the mid-future (say, the Rams) could be a good fit.

Adonai Mitchell, Texas

In the red zone Mitchell is so dangerous when paired with his ability to pick up speed and jump out of the gym (11-4 broad jump and a 4.34 40-yard dash at the combine).

An outside wide receiver who may lack a few limbs on his route tree but makes up for it with his ability to finish alley-oops and adjust for throws all around his body.

He is another player with limitations to be a true No. 1, but McConkey has all the makings of a third-down target monster who can create explosive plays at the underneath and intermediate levels.

Polk might not have true No. 1 option upside, but he can carve out a role in a lot of different types of offenses as a No. 2 option and become a reliable target-eater no matter what’s asked of him.

Franklin is a good route runner with long speed and will snatch throws from all angles that can help him in contested catch situations and in the red zone.

McMillan won’t make a ton of defenders miss, but has some YAC ability as a defender splitter who can plant his foot and get upfield.

Wilson has average size and might not be the best downfield threat, but he will be a nice secondary option in the intermediate and underneath areas.

Corley can create explosive plays with the ball in his hands and has good strength.

He can be frustrating, but I am bullish on Wilson’s 6-6 size and fluid athleticism, with flashes of feel for playing WR.

Ideally he’d be with another back to eat some touches, but Benson has good vision, footwork and big-play ability, and shows off good hands in his limited exposure as a pass catcher.

No running back was drafted in the first round, leaving prime prospects like Florida State's Trey Benson available on Day 2. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)
No running back was drafted in the first round, leaving prime prospects like Florida State's Trey Benson available on Day 2. (Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images)

Estime is a bit of a finesse back in a bigger body, but still consistently runs through contact and shows off good feel and tempo for when to plant his foot and get north through the hole.

Brooks has adequate size and is coming off an ACL injury, but he is a smooth athlete with good vision, balance, hands and could be a strong part of a 1-2 punch at the next level.

Allen does not have home run speed, but he's more than the Wisconsin stereotype of lumbering, oversized tailback.

Corum doesn’t have ideal height, but he has a stout build and is a strong runner between the tackles with tempo and vision that are best used in gap scheme runs.

Irving is undersized and just an adequate athlete, but he knows how to set up his runs and keep hitting singles and doubles with his good vision and footwork.

Overall Lloyd looks like a solid three-down back who can contribute in different schemes.

Davis is not explosive and is more of a singles hitter, which limits his upside, but he can be a nice member of a committee.

Suamataia’s play is inconsistent, his footwork can get out of whack and he can be all over the place with his hands but he is a good athlete who can move like a much smaller player with plenty of pop to his hands when he strikes defenders, and he just turned 21 in January.

The 2023 season was Powers-Johnson’s first full-time experience at center (he also has starting experience at guard and even defensive tackle), and while there are still moments of rawness, he's explosive and powerful and plays with an infectious style.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 1: Jackson Powers-Johnson #58 of the Oregon Ducks reacts during the Pac-12 Championship game against the Washington Huskies at Allegiant Stadium on December 1, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images)
Oregon's Jackson Powers-Johnson could hear his name called on Day 2. (Photo by Brandon Sloter/Image Of Sport/Getty Images)

Haynes’ movement in the run game, intelligence and ability to hold up against better athletes as a pass protector make him a classy guard prospect.

Paul can wallop defenders when he has everything working in the right direction and has real strength to go along with his long arms, but he is going to need consistent coaching and a plan at the next level to focus his ability and reach his high ceiling.

Longer defenders will give Frazier issues at the next level, but Frazier’s high-energy, polished and tenacious style will make for an exhausting day for whoever goes across him on Sundays.

Beebe is a strong interior lineman who consistently stays square to his blocking assignment because of his awareness, athleticism and quickness.

Puni has good size, solid length and is a better run blocker than pass blocker because of his lack of overwhelming athleticism.

Amegadjie is a complete mystery box of a player coming from the Ivy League, yet it is easy to see why he is so intriguing when you see his excellent combination of size and athleticism.

Mahogany is a run-first guard who can wipe out a defensive tackle but is average as a pass protector.

Van Pran is a solid center-only prospect whose experience can help him start on Day 1; he is feisty with good technique and size, but has limited athleticism and length.

Fisher, who improved in the 2023 season, has a great frame, plenty of athleticism and foot quickness to hang at offensive tackle.

Rosengarten needs to get stronger to take on a starting role, but his size, solid length and athleticism give him a chance.

Adams plays with strength and smarts that can bury defenders if he latches his hands into them.

Zinter is coming back from a late-season leg injury and has just average strength, but Zinter’s film isn’t littered with many bad plays and he knows how to accomplish his task.

Johnson has legitimate upside as an in-line tight end, but he can actually stretch the field as a pass catcher with how smooth of an athlete he is in such a large frame.

Penn State's Theo Johnson could be the second tight end drafted after Brock Bowers was the only player at the position to be selected in the first round. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Sanders is a receiving tight end who will have to be moved around the formation to maximize him.

Barner is a good blocker with good technique, strength and ability to bend and stay on his blocks through the whistle, while also being a solid athlete with good hands.

Wiley plays like an oversized wide receiver but is a capable blocker who can scrap in the run game.

Stover moved around positions in college and is a bit of a wild horse of a player at tight end, often rumbling on his routes and with the football through defenders after the catch.

Sinnott is more of an old H-back than traditional tight end, but he can be a good role player in the right situation because of his ability to contribute as a secondary pass catcher and blocker on the move.

Newton isn’t a bendy athlete and lacks the bulk to hold the point consistently against double-teams, but he can jolt linemen in singled-up situations and provide instant-win explosive plays when he times up the snap.

There aren’t many giant defensive tackles — 360-plus pounds — who can sideswipe interior linemen like Sweat did.

It’s a bit of a risk because of his low snap count in college, but Hall has serious upside as a disruptive interior defender who can play every down.

Kneeland is built like a defensive end more than an outside linebacker, and plays with heavy hands and has a frame to grow into.

Dorlus is versatile and can move along the defensive front depending on the down and play call, which will intrigue certain defensive coaches.

Trice is a power-first defender who can consistently push the pocket and impact the run game.

Washington's Bralen Trice is a versatile edge rusher who is likely to get drafted on Day 2. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Washington's Bralen Trice is a versatile edge rusher who is likely to get drafted on Day 2. (Photo by Daniel Dunn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Braswell wins with more effort than high-end athleticism.

Jenkins’ game is more flashes than fully formed, but he has the upside of a three-down defensive tackle with potential to be a disruptive pass rusher from the inside.

Booker was productive in his one year at Kansas, and that was despite no real plan as a pass rusher and lack of consistency with his game, often being a non-factor for long stretches.

Orhorhoro has a ton of talent and flashed his amazing traits at times in college, but never consistently put it together or impacted games during his time at Clemson.

Smith is a gamble of a player but his combination of size (6-5, 306 pounds, 35-inch arms), short-area quickness and ability to impact all three downs are going to be intriguing for teams at the next level.

Fiske tested like a monster at the scouting combine and can create explosive plays, but his short arms give him little room for error or ability to recover, and will often put him in a bad position if he is unable to win right after the snap.

Isaac will often take himself out of a play because of his lack of a plan and hands ending up all over the place, yet Isaac shows the ability to be a strong run defender and plenty to work with as a pass rusher.

Elliss is a non-factor when defending the run because of his size (6-2, 243 pounds) and will likely start his career as a designated pass rusher-type, but with room to grow into a more every-down player.

Colson is a smart player and an OK athlete, but can hold up in coverage because of his play recognition ability.

Michigan's Junior Colson has a chance to be the first off-ball linebacker to be drafted this year. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Michigan's Junior Colson has a chance to be the first off-ball linebacker to be drafted this year. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Cooper has real length (34-inch arm length) and speed, but lacks ideal size (only 230 pounds) and his play recognition can be up and down.

Gray is a run-and-hit type of linebacker, but in a weak class, he provides as good of a package as any in terms of size, length, athleticism and tackling ability.

Eichenberg was not a net negative in coverage, although he can be overmatched against top-tier receiving tight ends and running backs.

Wilson, a straight-line athlete who has battled injuries in his college career, plays with outstanding effort and will make some fun plays chasing down ball carriers with his speed.

A top-shelf athlete who has Pro Bowl potential at outside cornerback, slot, safety or punt returner, DeJean is competitive, a strong tackler and loves to press receivers when working on the outside, with clean hands to avoid penalties and the coordination and speed to stay in lockstep.

It was a bit of surprise to see Iowa's Cooper DeJean fall out of the first round. He should hear his name early on Day 2. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
It was a bit of surprise to see Iowa's Cooper DeJean fall out of the first round. He should hear his name early on Day 2. (Photo by Keith Gillett/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

McKinstry is a crafty cornerback, one who wins with control and understanding of the position and using his length and intelligence.

Lassiter isn’t a great athlete and lacks ideal size, but he is a competitive and smart player who sees the game well and is constantly in the right position.

Rakestraw’s ability to hold his own against different types of wide receivers, with potential to play snaps in the slot, gives Rakestraw a path as a starter.

Mustapha is this year’s best tackling defensive back prospect.

Nubin is a good athlete who can play in the box or from depth; he will be best in a quarters-based system with another like-bodied safety.

Tampa can match up with bigger receivers and also is a smart player when in zone coverages.

Bishop is versatile with two-way upside at safety, being able to play in coverage or fill the run with equal aplomb and doing so with long strides.

Bullock has good size and tight footwork, and is a better overall coverage player.

Bullard has a clear path to start at the next level because of his coverage ability and intelligence.

Sainristil has below-average size but is a good athlete and smart player who could provide depth and be a possible starter at all five defensive backfield positions and also on special teams.

Melton is a supreme athlete with solid size who is best right now playing in off coverage.

Kinchens is aggressive, productive and always on the hunts for big plays, but his below-average athleticism will often give him little chance to recover.