The Cardinals Trade Down, Still Secure Marvin Harrison Jr.
No. 3: Arizona Cardinals (via NYG) — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
After trading down one spot, the Cardinals still land the prize of the 2024 NFL Draft. Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best prospect available, regardless of position, thanks to his 6-foot-4 frame and polished route running. Kyler Murray gets a superstar pass catcher in this mock draft.
No. 4: New England Patriots — Olu Fashanu, OL, Penn State
After struggling to find a bonafide starter at left tackle over the years, the Patriots snag the best available lineman at No. 4 overall. Olu Fashanu is an immediate starter on the blindside, boasting the size, speed, and strength to protect whoever lines up under center next season in New England.
No. 5: Chicago Bears — Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
The Bears made a league-altering move by trading a second-round pick for Montez Sweat. While many assume this move took Chicago out of the pass-rushing discussion in Round 1, I disagree. Pairing Laiatu Latu, on a rookie deal, with the uber-expensive Sweat is the best way for the front office to use its resources.
No. 6: Chicago Bears (via LAR) — Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Sure, the Bears traded a lucrative pick for Sweat, but they recouped that value — and more — in a trade down with the Rams. Now, after adding Latu, the offense gets a stud playmaker in Brock Bowers. The Georgia tight end would give Justin Fields another go-to option alongside D.J. Moore.
No. 7: Green Bay Packers — Joe Alt, OL, Notre Dame
The Packers cannot rely on the current batch of starters to stay healthy, so drafting Joe Alt makes too much sense not to happen. Alt can be the long-term replacement for David Bakhtiari at left tackle with his polished technique and impressive length on the outside.