Mock Draft: Patriots add Marvin Harrison Jr., Bears start over, Raiders find a QB

In the first post-regular season mock draft of the year, the Patriots add Marvin Harrison Jr. to the wide receiver room, the Bears start over with Caleb Williams, and the Raiders find an answer at quarterback.

Nov 18, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) checks
Nov 18, 2023; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (18) checks / Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch / USA
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No. 27: Houston Texans (via CLE) — Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Will Anderson Jr. can only do so much for the Texans pass rush. Chop Robinson, a raw but traitsy edge rusher, would be a superb addition to DeMeco Ryans’ defense. Robinson regularly gets into the backfield using his long arm and impressive bend around the edge.

A Trade Between Detroit And New England Nets The Patriots An Answer At Quarterback

Patriots Send:
•No. 34 Overall
•Future Second-Round Pick (2025)

Lions Send:
•No. 28 Overall

No. 28: New England Patriots (via DET) — Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

The Patriots come back into Day 1 to secure a quarterback of the future, adding Bo Nix to a haul that already includes Marvin Harrison Jr. Whether Bill Belichick returns or not, I can guarantee one thing: Mac Jones nor Bailey Zappe will be QB1 in New England.

Nix, although far from an elite prospect, couldn’t find a better landing spot than the Patriots — assuming the roster is upgraded in the offseason. The Oregon standout started the most games ever in college football, and his mix of arm talent and rushing ability is enough to be a mid-tier starter as a rookie. The question is his ceiling.

No. 29: Buffalo Bills — Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

The Bills swung and missed on Kaiir Elam a couple of drafts ago, but that shouldn’t dissuade them from taking another cornerback in Round 1. Terrion Arnold wins by out-muscling his assignments, consistently knocking receivers off their spot, and throwing off the rhythm for opposing quarterbacks.

No. 30: Dallas Cowboys — Graham Barton, OL, Duke

Graham Barton is a rare offensive line prospect who can actually play all five positions. The Cowboys have a strong unit already but with constant injuries -- and rising age across the group -- a youthful influx is necessary. Barton is a high-floor option that flexes a high ceiling on top of it.

No. 31: San Francisco 49ers — Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The 49ers have a few weaknesses, but one of them is undoubtedly the secondary. Quinyon Mitchell is a fast riser and owns some of the best zone instincts I’ve ever evaluated. It doesn’t hurt that Mitchell is essentially a wide receiver on defense, as he is proficient in recognizing the routes before they unfold.

Ravens Add An Explosive Weapon To Cap Off Latest Mock Draft

No. 32: Baltimore Ravens — Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

The Ravens hit a home run by taking Zay Flowers at last year’s NFL Draft. They cap off NFLMocks’ latest mock draft by selecting yet another exciting pass catcher in Oregon’s Troy Franklin.

The lanky wideout has impeccable footwork off the snap, mixing it with a lightning-fast first step to frequently get behind the defensive backfield. Franklin needs to add some strength to his frame, but defending an offense with Flowers, Franklin, Mark Andrews, and Lamar Jackson? That sounds like a nightmare.

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