Mel Kiper Big Board: Best remaining players for Day 2 and are they a fit for Bengals

2023 NFL Draft - Round 1
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Mel Kiper big board for Day 2 of 2023 NFL Draft

Brian Branch - Ranked 34th

The Bengals lost both of their starting safeties this offseason but they'll be replaced by Dax Hill and Nick Scott. Hill was the team's first-round pick in last year's draft while Scott was signed by them in free agency. Branch could make sense with the team as a depth piece but they'd likely have to trade up to snag the Alabama product.

Trenton Simpson - Ranked 35th

Cincinnati doesn't really need another linebacker unless they don't think they can extend Logan Wilson this offseason or keep him beyond the 2023 campaign. They re-signed Germaine Pratt this offseason and Wilson is entering the final year of his deal and these guys have been huge for the defense. Simpson could maybe be a dark-horse pick for this team but don't count on it.

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Sam LaPorta - Ranked 36th

Another tight end highly thought of entering the draft was Iowa's LaPorta, who visited with the Bengals virtually last week. If the Bengals want a tight end in the second round, LaPorta might be on the board when their time to draft comes and he'd fit their system well.