Mock Draft: Patriots trade up, Vikings replace Kirk Cousins, Falcons stack offense

In NFLMocks’ most recent mock draft, the New England Patriots make a bold trade to secure Drake Maye. In addition, the Vikings replace Kirk Cousins and the Falcons find another weapon on offense.

Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10)
Oct 14, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) / Nell Redmond-USA TODAY Sports
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Patriots Go All In For QB Drake Maye

No. 1: New England Patriots (via CHI) — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

A tall, pinpoint passer from the pocket, Drake Maye profiles as a high-floor, high-ceiling signal-caller. He needs better pass catchers, but Maye’s big arm and ability to run the football are enough to pair with a borderline elite defense.

No. 2: Arizona Cardinals — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The Cardinals choose to stay put at No. 2 overall and take the best player in the class — Marvin Harrison Jr. The Ohio State Buckeye has All-Pro potential in Year 1 and will form an instant connection with Kyler Murray.

No. 3: Washington Commanders — Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The Commanders benched Sam Howell and would be hard-pressed to pass on Caleb Williams if he’s available. Williams boasts a significantly higher upside with otherworldly arm talent and the confidence to make the most of a stacked weaponry group in D.C.

No. 4: Chicago Bears (via NE) — Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Sticking with Justin Fields means loading up the roster around him. Olu Fashanu should be the choice, slotting in on Fields’ blindside and keeping it clean as the best pass-blocking lineman in the class.

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No. 5: New York Giants — Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

The Giants don’t have to move anywhere to get a Daniel Jones replacement. Jayden Daniels is a difference-maker with his accurate deep ball and glaring speed as a runner. Head coach Brian Daboll will have fun with Daniels.

No. 6: Los Angeles Chargers — J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

The Chargers should have one thought: Keep Justin Herbert healthy. Slotting J.C. Latham across from Rashawn Slater is a winning recipe. Latham matches Slater’s polish, and a similar rookie impact is in the cards for the Bolts.