New Year Mock Draft: Seven QBs, several shocking trades, and a defensive drought

In NFLMocks’ first mock draft of 2024, quarterbacks fly off the board in a hurry. Who will Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels end up with? Can the Vikings and Seahawks find signal-callers of the future?

Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham congratulates USC Trojans quarterback Caleb
Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham congratulates USC Trojans quarterback Caleb / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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A massive mock draft trade sees the New York Giants go all in on QB Caleb Williams

Bears Send:
•No. 1 Overall (2024)

Giants Send:
•No. 5 Overall (2024)
•No. 39 Overall (2024)
•No. 46 Overall (2024)
•Future 1st Round Pick (2025)
•Future 2nd Round Pick (2026)

No. 1: New York Giants (via CHI) — Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The New York Giants need more than Daniel Jones can provide at quarterback. Caleb Williams, a prospect oozing arm talent and star power, becomes the QB1 for Brian Daboll, hopefully evening the playing field in a loaded NFC East.

No. 2: Washington Commanders — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

After witnessing Sam Howell regress mightily, the Commanders should turn the page and start over behind center. Drake Maye boasts pinpoint accuracy, an underrated rushing ability, and plenty of arm strength to utilize the impressive wideouts in D.C.

No. 3: New England Patriots — Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Three signal-callers in a row? While unlikely, that is how the mock draft fell. The Patriots, a team desperate for a pillar at quarterback, find one in Jayden Daniels. The reigning Heisman winner has an exciting blend of arm talent and athleticism.

Marvin Harrison Jr. with Kyler Murray? Yes, Please!

No. 4: Arizona Cardinals — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The Cardinals steal the best player in the 2024 NFL Draft, Marvin Harrison Jr., at No. 4 overall. Harrison Jr. flexes prototypical size, polished route running, and reliable hands. Kyler Murray gets a new weapon.

No. 5: Chicago Bears (via NYG) — Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Earlier in the mock draft, the Bears stuck by Justin Fields and traded down. Now, at No. 5, Chicago takes the best offensive lineman available. Olu Fashanu is an elite pass protector from Day 1 with untapped potential in the run game.