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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No. 19: Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Baker Mayfield has shown enough to keep the quarterback conversation at bay, but the defense needs reinforcements — and it needs them now. Nate Wiggins is a sticky cornerback with top-tier mirroring technique. He will be a shutdown CB1 on Sundays.

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No. 20: Indianapolis Colts — Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

The Colts go all in for another weapon on offense. Anthony Richardson expects to be back in 2024; if having Michael Pittman Jr., Josh Downs, Alec Pierce, and Troy Franklin at his disposal doesn’t intrigue you — I don’t know what will. Franklin’s top speed and release package are second to none.

No. 21: Seattle Seahawks — T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

The Seahawks need to stop the rushing attack better. T’Vondre Sweat is a superstar run defender — a match made in heaven. Sweat is also an impressive pass rusher from the interior, using violent hands to work his way into the pocket.

No. 22: Jacksonville Jaguars — Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims has franchise left tackle potential, but it’s still a long way to go before he realizes it. Mims boasts the requisite size, athletic profile, and SEC pedigree to make the risk feel less risky, especially for a Jaguars squad begging for someone to keep Trevor Lawrence safe.

No. 23: Los Angeles Rams — Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

The Rams are on the cusp of a playoff berth if the final two weeks go the right way. Still, a few positions, including cornerback, have the possibility to improve. Terrion Arnold is a strong, quick reactor at cornerback who thrives in one-on-one scenarios.

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No. 24: Buffalo Bills — Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

The Bills have two safeties over the age of 30 and very few cornerbacks worth a roster spot. Cooper DeJean can kill several birds with a single stone. DeJean has the instincts to play anywhere in the secondary for Buffalo; he could be a Defensive Rookie of the Year dark horse.

No. 25: Kansas City Chiefs — Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Chiefs have so much invested in Patrick Mahomes behind center; they must address the line around Creed Humphrey. Tyler Guyton is a right tackle prospect, and Jawaan Taylor is best served there, but the talent is too much to pass up — Guyton or Taylor could reasonably flip to the left side and give KC bookends for a decade.