1: New York Giants — Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Caleb Williams… welcome to the Big Apple. After starring in Hollywood for his college career, the USC signal-caller takes his talents to the other coast, where his star power will grow exponentially. More importantly, Williams can sling the pigskin with the best of them. His arm talent and creativity will allow head coach Brian Daboll to open his playbook fully.
2: Chicago Bears — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
In trading out of pick No. 1, the Bears push all their chips to the center of the table on Justin Fields. It is a risky gamble, but worst-case scenario, the roster will be much better in 2025 if Chicago doesn’t see what they need from Fields. Marvin Harrison Jr. flexes ideal size, hands, and route running and would immediately form a top wide receiver duo in the NFL with D.J. Moore.
Another Trade Shakes The Mock Draft Up!
The Broncos could very well stay put and restart their build with Drake Maye. However, given Russell Wilson’s contract, and the considerable amount of holes elsewhere on the roster, it makes more sense for Denver to recoup assets. They painted themselves into a Sean Payton-Russell Wilson corner — now they have to deal with it.
3: Minnesota Vikings — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
The Vikings benefit from the Bears' decision by trading up for North Carolina’s Drake Maye. Kirk Cousins will be a free agent at season’s end, and Maye is the perfect replacement within Kevin O’Connell’s high-powered offense. The Tar Heel star checks all the boxes physically, displaying an impressive deep ball and deceptive rushing prowess.
4: Arizona Cardinals — Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
No one has risen up boards in 2023 more than Laiatu Latu. The UCLA pass rusher has a checkered past medically, but his superb play this season has made it easier to believe those issues are a thing of the past. Possessing unblockable traits off the edge, Latu is a disruptive presence that head coach Jonathan Gannon can build a system around.
5: Chicago Bears (via CAR) — Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
The Bears got Justin Fields a weapon earlier in the mock draft; now, it is time to beef up the defense. Jared Verse is a polarizing prospect to some in the NFL Draft community, but his improved get-off and overall play strength make him an imposing threat to opposing quarterbacks. Verse is a worthwhile selection early on Day 1.