NFL mock draft 2.0: Steelers think outside the box with run on cornerbacks early

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23. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Smith, CB, South Carolina

There are rumors that the Vikings are really digging into this quarterback class and that they might be willing to take Tennesse QB Hendon Hooker with this pick. If they don't, they greatly need cornerback help, and Cam Smith is arguably the best player at his position still on the board. Smith had outstanding tape in 2021 but took a step back last season. The Vikings value physical, athletic cornerbacks, and Smith fits that profile.

24. Jacksonville Jaguars: Darnell Wright, OT, Tennessee

The Jaguars loaded up during the 2022 free agency period last year, which helped them take a big step forward this past season. Now without nearly as many holes to fill, they can get Trevor Lawrence some help on the offensive line with Tennessee OT Darnell Wright. Wright took a big step up this past season and might be one of the more underrated players in the 2023 NFL Draft.

25. New York Giants: Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

The Giants could desperately use more playmakers on offense for Daniel Jones, but there aren't any worth taking at this point in the draft. Myles Murphy might be the best remaining player, and we've seen that New York isn't afraid to bolster their trenches. They find great value with the 25th pick and they find a quality player to pair with Kayvon Thibodeaux.

26. Dallas Cowboys: Steve Avila, OG, TCU

With the trade acquisition of Brandin Cooks, wide receiver is no longer a huge area of need for the Dallas Cowboys. Though a talent like Quentin Johnston is intriguing at this point, I have them going with fellow TCU standout, Steve Avila. The talented offensive lineman can play anything from tackle to center, but he projects best as a guard. The Cowboys have a need here, and they find a very well-rounded football player with this selection.

27. Buffalo Bills: Zay Flowers, WR, Boston College

At this point in the draft, a twitchy receiver like Zay Flowers becomes solid value. Buffalo's offense was far too inconsistent last year, and they can use another player-maker to help with that. Flowers won't be the second coming of Stefon Diggs, but he's a receiver who could give them a big spark if they just get the ball in his hands.