1. Chicago Bears - Caleb Williams, QB, USC
No surprise here. The Justin Fields experiment is not working, and barring an unforeseen turnaround, the Bears should zero in on Caleb Williams. The USC signal-caller can get a bit wild at times, but his arm talent is off the charts, and he would allow Chicago to smash the reset button.
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2. Chicago Bears (via CAR) - Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
But wait! There’s more! Why stop at Caleb Williams? Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison is widely considered as one of the best wide receiver prospects in years. With the Bears, he would form a Joe Burrow/Ja’Marr Chase-esque tandem that Chicago can build around for the next decade-plus.
3. Las Vegas Raiders - Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
The Raiders are a mess currently. Head coach Josh McDaniels does little to inspire faith in the fan base, and the same is true regarding starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. But perhaps Drake Maye will turn the tide for Raider Nation. The Tar Heel signal-caller boasts NFL size and has a near-perfect deep ball. Davante Adams is already smiling.
4. Denver Broncos - Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
With the top two quarterbacks off the board, the Broncos pivot to a different position to find a blue-chip prospect for the defense. After famously allowing 70 points to the Dolphins, it’s clear Denver needs more juice. Enter Jared Verse. The powerful defender would be the top pass rusher for the Broncos from Day 1.
5. Minnesota Vikings - Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas
This is a good time to remind readers that today is a predictive mock draft — not a “what would Hunter Haas do” mock draft. That being said, I am still a fan of Quinn Ewers, even if top-five is rich. For the Vikings, Ewers’ playmaking ability and improving accuracy would give Kevin O’Connell a higher-upside quarterback than Kirk Cousins.
6. New York Jets - Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Perhaps the easiest pairing in the entire first round is Penn State’s Olu Fashanu and the New York Jets. Quarterback could be in the cards if Aaron Rodgers retires, but either way, the offensive line needs a massive upgrade. Fashanu, at only 20 years of age, boasts franchise cornerstone traits at left tackle.