Mock Draft: Rams, Giants trade up for Drake Maye, Caleb Williams — It’s a quarterback frenzy

In our latest NFL Mock Draft, the quarterbacks come off the board at a breakneck pace. The Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants trade considerable draft capital to move up and select Drake Maye and Caleb Williams, respectively.
Sep 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10)
Sep 23, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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No. 8: Tampa Bay Buccaneers — J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

The Buccaneers have received solid play from Baker Mayfield in 2023, but that won’t stop them from seeking a higher-upside option in this mock draft. J.J. McCarthy is an ascending signal-caller, using his God-given physical traits and improving processing to propel his draft stock into top-10 pick status.

No. 9: Denver Broncos — Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Patrick Surtain II, a former Alabama standout, is already one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Adding a fellow Crimson Tide alum, Kool-Aid McKinstry, would immediately make Denver a no-fly zone. McKinstry excels in press coverage, but his time in Tuscaloosa has transformed him into a scheme-versatile player at the next level.

No. 10: Tennessee Titans — J.C. Latham, OL, Alabama

Let’s assume the Titans roll with Will Levis for the 2024 regular season. Upgrading the offensive line around Levis will take precedence, with J.C. Latham serving as the perfect choice. Latham will start from the jump in Nashville.

No. 11: Atlanta Falcons — Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

The Falcons benched Desmond Ridder last week, and no matter how much Arthur Smith tries to deflect, the writing is on the wall. A new quarterback is needed. Michael Penix Jr. displays top-tier arm strength and underrated ball placement on passes downfield.

No. 12: Washington Commanders — Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Jared Verse arrives to the Nation’s capital as a replacement for the recently traded Chase Young and Montez Sweat. Verse has the power and motor to be a sack threat on every snap. His prowess as a run defender makes the Florida State star a legitimate Day 1 prospect.

No. 13: Indianapolis Colts — Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Anthony Richardson’s development is the most important thing for the Colts. In 2024, Richardson could have a weaponry group of Michael Pittman Jr., Josh Downs, Jonathan Taylor, and Malik Nabers. Nabers is over 1,000 yards for LSU this season, highlighting the type of production he can bring to an NFL offense.