# Team Player Pos
1 Caleb Williams
USC, Jr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Caleb Williams NFL Draft Prospect Preview

Caleb Williams is the best QB in this class, but the Bears have to decide if, like a year ago, they want to trade down and stockpile picks, or stay put, which also means moving on from Justin Fields.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3633 68.6 30 5
2 Jayden Daniels
LSU, Sr
 
QB

No player did more for their draft stock in the fall than Jayden Daniels , who went from possible Day 3 pick to first-round prospect. He reminds me of Lamar Jackson , and it's not crazy to think that, five years from now, we'll look back and say that Daniels was the best player in this class.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3812 72.2 40 4
3 Drake Maye QB

The Patriots cannot come out of this draft without a quarterback. Drake Maye could push Caleb Williams for QB1, depending on the team -- and Jayden Daniels could be in the QB2 conversation, too. This QB class is deep at the top, so different teams will have different favorites.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3608 63.3 24 9
4 Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ohio State, Jr
 
WR

Best-case scenario for the Cardinals, who get Kyler Murray the best wideout in the class.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1211 18.1 14
5 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State, Jr
 
OT

The Chargers continue to bolster the offensive line -- they've drafted a tackle and a guard in the first round in two of the last three years -- even with a playmaker like Brock Bowers still on the board.

6 Malik Nabers
LSU, Jr
 
WR

Offensive line could be a consideration here, but the Giants opt for Nabers, a big-play receiver who is a threat to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 89 1569 17.6 14
7 Joe Alt
Notre Dame, Jr
 
OT

The Titans go offensive line in Round 1 for the second straight year; they already have their young QB in Will Levis, and now they'll go about protecting him.

8 Dallas Turner
Alabama, Jr
 
EDGE

The Falcons could be in the QB business, but if there isn't a prospect who impresses them this early in the process, pass-rusher is likely priority No. 1. And Turner, who is coming off a great 2023 season for Alabama, will likely be a top-10 pick.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
9 Rome Odunze
Washington, Jr
 
WR

The Bears stay put at No. 1 and get a QB. Then, eight picks later, they get their QB a big-play weapon in Rome Odunze

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
15 92 1640 17.8 13
10 Taliese Fuaga OT

Fuaga is coming off a great season, coupled that with a great Senior Bowl week, and now goes from possible late first-rounder to one of the first offensive linemen off the board.

11 Quinyon Mitchell
Toledo, Jr
 
CB

Mitchell is long, fluid and was a pass-breakup machine at Toledo. And that's exactly who he was at the Senior Bowl -- to the point that he'll be in the CB1 conversation.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 1
12 Jared Verse EDGE

QB is a huge need here, but Sean Payton doesn't have a history of rolling the dice with rookie QBs. Instead, the Broncos bolster the pass rush with Jared Verse.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
13 J.J. McCarthy
Michigan, Jr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Quarterback Rising Up Boards

McCarthy did what he was asked at Michigan. He's not my QB4 based on the 2023 season, but all he does is win and his teammates love him. He has a big arm, is a great athlete, and the Raiders need a QB.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 2991 72.3 22 4
14 Brock Bowers
Georgia, Jr
 
TE

The Saints could go wide receiver here, too, but Brock Bowers feels like stealing at No. 14; I'll repeat what I wrote back on Dec. 4, in one of my previous mock drafts: "In the last 20 years, 19 tight ends have gone in the first round. Five of those were selected in the top 10 (Eric Ebron , 10th overall in 2014; TJ Hockenson , 8th overall in 2019; Kellen Winslow II and Vernon Davis , 6th overall in 2004 and 2006; and Kyle Pitts , 4th overall in 2021). The other 14 were drafted between No. 19 and No. 32. I mention this because I think Brock Bowers is special. In fact, he's the No. 5 player on my big board. And maybe he's different; he'll be the tight end worth taking in the top 10." For now, though, I have him going in the middle of the round to New Orleans.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
10 56 714 12.8 6
15 Terrion Arnold
Alabama, Soph
 
CB

Arnold got some buzz in the fall, but it wasn't clear he would leave Alabama early. Now that he has, he'll be in the mix for CB1, alongside the aforementioned Quinyon Mitchell.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 5
16 Jer'Zhan Newton
Illinois, Jr
 
DL

Newton played on an Illini defense in 2022 that included No. 5 overall pick Devon Witherspoon and Day 2 selections Quan Martin and Sydney Brown. He had a strong 2023 campaign, and the Seattle defense, especially along the defensive line, is in line for some reinforcements.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
17 Laiatu Latu
UCLA, Sr
 
EDGE

The biggest issues facing Latu will be if he's cleared medically after a neck injury sidelined his career a few years ago. Because on the field, he was unstoppable during the 2023 season.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 2
18 JC Latham
Alabama, Jr
 
OT

The Bengals have needs at wide receiver, too, but Latham will anchor the right side for the next decade.

19 Nate Wiggins
Clemson, Jr
 
CB

Nate Wiggins had a solid season for Clemson -- he's long, fast and consistently good in coverage, but he also improved in run support in 2023.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
20 Michael Penix Jr.
Washington, Sr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Michael Penix Jr. NFL Draft Prospect Preview

The Steelers hired a new OC in Arthur Smith , which is good news for this offense. Still, if they don't think Kenny Pickett is the long-term solution, Penix Jr. could (should?) be a consideration here.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 4903 65.4 36 11
21 Jackson Powers-Johnson
Oregon, Jr
 
OL

Powers- Johnson is the most reliable offensive lineman in this class, and he can play either guard or tackle position in the NFL.

22 Keon Coleman WR

Yes, the Eagles have A.J. Brown and Devonta Smith , but there is little depth behind them, and Coleman, who also has return ability, showed his ability to take over games in 2023.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 50 658 13.2 11
23 Chop Robinson
Penn State, Jr
 
EDGE

Will Anderson Jr. was dominant as a rookie, and even if the team re-ups Jonathan Greenard, you can never have too many edge rushers. And Chop Robinson played with one of the highest motors in college football.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
7
24 Cooper DeJean
Iowa, Jr
 
CB

The ball-hawking DeJean can line up just about anywhere (and he's an asset in the return game, too) and that versatility and rare athleticism are what make him such an enticing prospect.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
25 Kool-Aid McKinstry
Alabama, Jr
 
CB

The Packers have a history of only drafting defensive players in the first round, so I'm not going to break tradition here; Kool-Aid has legit NFL cover skills -- the only question will be his deep speed, and that would be the only reason he'd still be available here. Otherwise, there's a lot to love about his game. Added bonus: he can be an asset in the return game, too.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
26 Brian Thomas Jr.
LSU, Jr
 
WR

Baker Mayfield had to go to Tampa to rediscover his game, and he's playing some of the best football of his career. If the Bucs bring him back, they can focus on other parts of the offense, specifically, wide receiver. Brian Thomas flew under the radar for LSU, which is what happens when you play alongside Malik Nabers and Jayden Daniels. But he a legit first-round talent who won consistently on vertical routes and dominated at the catch point.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 68 1177 17.3 17
27 Darius Robinson
Missouri, Sr
 
DL

Robinson quietly had a dominant season for the Tigers, and followed that up with a not-so-quiet Senior Bowl week, where he showed he can play both as an edge rusher, or kick inside.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
28 Adonai Mitchell
Texas, Jr
 
WR

Bills fans desperately want WR help, so who am I to deny them of that? CB could be a consideration here, but Mitchell is the pick. The Texas WR is long and fast, but showed the ability to win on short and intermediate routes, too.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 55 845 15.4 11
29 Byron Murphy II
Texas, Jr
 
DL

I can't imagine Murphy lasting this long; it's just that I couldn't find a place to slot him above. Either way, the Lions get a steal here with arguably the twitchiest interior defensive linemen in the class.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
30 Amarius Mims
Georgia, Jr
 
OT

Mims has top-10 potential when he's healthy, something he struggled with for much of the 2023 season.

31 Troy Fautanu
Washington, Jr
 
IOL

Fautanu, who has excelled at left tackle for Washington this season, could kick inside at the next level.

32 Tyler Guyton
Oklahoma, Jr
 
OT

Left tackle Donovan Smith is a free agent after the season and right tackle Jawaan Taylor has been inconsistent at times. Rookie Wanya Morris has been capable in spot duty, but NFL teams are intrigued by Tyler Guyton's size and athleticism.

# Team Player Pos
1 Caleb Williams
USC, Jr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Caleb Williams NFL Draft Prospect Preview

Because Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye are stellar prospects in their own right, there'll be some debate as to whether or not the Bears should trade out of No. 1 (again). At this point, I doubt they do.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3633 68.6 30 5
2 Jayden Daniels
LSU, Sr
 
QB

Kliff Kingsbury has worked with Williams, but he should be able to tap into the skills of the dynamic Daniels too, right?

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3812 72.2 40 4
3 Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ohio State, Jr
 
WR

Now with Fields and Harrison, the Patriots offense looks significantly more explosive than it's been in the post Tom Brady era.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1211 18.1 14
4 Rome Odunze
Washington, Jr
 
WR

The Cardinals are desperate for a quarterback-friendly boundary receiver, and they'd get that with Odunze.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
15 92 1640 17.8 13
5 Drake Maye
North Carolina, Soph
MOCK TRADE from LAC
QB

Mock Trade from: LAC

The Chargers, with new GM Joe Hortiz, may very well be interested in more picks. If Maye is available at No. 5, they'll field plenty of calls. To ensure they get their guy, the Giants trade up one spot.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3608 63.3 24 9
6 Taliese Fuaga
Oregon State, Jr
MOCK TRADE from NYG
OT

Mock Trade from: NYG

The Chargers continue the previous regime's build-the-trenches-early philosophy with Fuaga. Instant plus starter at right tackle. Los Angeles gets pick No. 70 (third-round) in this swap.

7 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State, Jr
 
OT

The Titans send this pick in as soon as graphic flips to their logo as on the clock. Franchise left tackle for Will Levis.

8 Laiatu Latu
UCLA, Sr
 
EDGE

The Falcons add a premier, NFL-ready outside rusher to the defense. Huge need filled.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 2
9 Malik Nabers
LSU, Jr
 
WR

Williams and Nabers can be a tremendous All-Pro caliber duo in Chicago. Don't forget about D.J. Moore either.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 89 1569 17.6 14
10 Joe Alt
Notre Dame, Jr
 
OT

There's a touch of projection with Alt -- he needs to get stronger. Technically, he's all set. This Jets have to address the offensive front with Aaron Rodgers set to return in 2024.

11 J.J. McCarthy
Michigan, Jr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Quarterback Rising Up Boards

The Vikings go with McCarthy, who has plus arm talent and athleticism, two things the quarterback spot has lacked in Minnesota during the productive Kirk Cousins era.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 2991 72.3 22 4
12 Brock Bowers
Georgia, Jr
 
TE

Sean Payton knows the impact an electric tight end can have on an offense, and can't pass on Bowers here.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
10 56 714 12.8 6
13 Terrion Arnold
Alabama, Soph
 
CB

Arnold is a super-fluid athlete who became a ball-hawking corner in his final season at Alabama. Huge boost for the Raiders secondary.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 5
14 JC Latham
Alabama, Jr
 
OT

With an SEC pedigree at multiple positions, Latham is a smart selection here for the Saints during the Derek Carr era.

15 Nate Wiggins
Clemson, Jr
 
CB

Wiggins is a sleek athlete on the perimeter who was around the football often in the air for the Tigers in 2023.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
16 Cooper DeJean
Iowa, Jr
 
CB

DeJean is a do-everything defensive back who'll be a fun chess piece for Mike McDonald right away.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
17 Brian Thomas Jr.
LSU, Jr
 
WR

Thomas is a sizable, athletic, well-rounded weapon, which is needed in Jacksonville.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 68 1177 17.3 17
18 Jordan Morgan
Arizona, Sr
 
OT

The Bengals know how vital it is protecting Joe Burrow, so Morgan is added as one of the best pass-blockers in the class.

19 Kamren Kinchens S

Kinchens can be the quarterback of the Rams defense and make an impact in a variety of ways from his safety spot.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 5
20 Quinyon Mitchell
Toledo, Jr
 
CB

How about a cornerback pairing of Mitchell and Joey Porter Jr. for the next 5-7 years in Pittsburgh?

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 1
21 Jackson Powers-Johnson
Oregon, Jr
 
OL

If Connor Williams isn't re-signed, uh yeah, the Dolphins have a gaping hole at center, and Powers-Johnson is one rather large and athletic blocker at that position.

22 Kool-Aid McKinstry
Alabama, Jr
 
CB

The Eagles absolutely need to address their secondary early in the draft, and McKinstry has long looked like a future first-round pick on the field.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
23 Chop Robinson
Penn State, Jr
 
EDGE

If the Texans lose Jonathan Greenard in free agency, they'll likely be in the edge market early in the draft, and Robinson has freaky athletic gifts around the corner.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
7
24 Jared Verse EDGE

Given that DeMarcus Lawrence is in the twilight of his career, the Cowboys want to restock the edge-rusher shelf, and do so here with Verse.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
25 Kamari Lassiter
Georgia, Jr
 
CB

Lassiter pieced together a fine season at Georgia and possesses first-round-caliber traits. The Packers haven't been shy about drafting defensive backs in Round 1.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
26 Dallas Turner
Alabama, Jr
 
EDGE

Turner enjoyed a productive 2023 at Alabama and has plus athleticism around the corner.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
27 Byron Murphy II
Texas, Jr
 
DL

The Cardinals are ecstatic about Murphy being available this late in Round 1 given his incendiary first step and pass-rush move arsenal.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
28 Troy Franklin
Oregon, Jr
 
WR

Franklin is a tall speedster whose numbers increased in each of his three seasons at Oregon. There's some after-the-catch juice to his game, too. Precisely what the Bills need offensively.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 81 1383 17.1 14
29 Darius Robinson
Missouri, Sr
 
DL

Robinson could actually go higher than this, but if he's here, the Missouri star would be sensible for a Lions club that needs another rusher up front opposite Aidan Hutchinson.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
30 Jer'Zhan Newton
Illinois, Jr
 
DL

Another beefy but polished defensive lineman for the Ravens. Newton was awesome at Illinois and can really rush the passer.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
31 Bo Nix
Oregon, Sr
MOCK TRADE from SF
QB
HQ Spotlight: Bo Nix NFL Draft Prospect Preview

Mock Trade from: SF

To get that extra year on the rookie deal, the Broncos move back into Round 1 for Nix, who Payton will likely love due to his vast collegiate experience and the maturation he showed as a quick decision-maker from the pocket at Oregon. In this deal, the 49ers move this selection and a 2025 fourth-round pick and receive Denver's 2025 first-rounder and No. 76 in this draft (third round).

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
14 4508 77.4 45 3
32 Adonai Mitchell
Texas, Jr
 
WR

Mitchell is just scratching the surface as to how good he can be. With plus size and super-smooth movement skills the sky is the limit in Kansas City.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 55 845 15.4 11
# Team Player Pos
1 Caleb Williams
USC, Jr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Caleb Williams NFL Draft Prospect Preview

I believe Chicago has known that it was going to draft a quarterback when it made the offensive coordinator change. I still believe that today. Caleb Williams is the best of the bunch in my opinion.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3633 68.6 30 5
2 Jayden Daniels
LSU, Sr
 
QB

Kliff Kingsbury has been working with the dual-threat capable Caleb Williams. Jayden Daniels has proven even more capable of making an impact on the ground. Coming off a Heisman-winning season, Daniels played better than any quarterback in the nation. He parlays that into a lucrative rookie contract in Washington.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3812 72.2 40 4
3 Drake Maye
North Carolina, Soph
MOCK TRADE from NE
QB

Mock Trade from: NE

Minnesota has perused the rookie quarterback market over the past few years and has not been in a position to pounce. I tend to think New England WILL draft a quarterback, but the possibility that it is not in love with the quarterback prospects available has to be considered. In this instance, the Patriots give the Vikings the heir apparent to Kirk Cousins.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3608 63.3 24 9
4 Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ohio State, Jr
 
WR

Arizona has gone from towers at the wide receiver position -- Larry Fitzgerald, DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, etc. -- to the league's smallest wide receiver room in 2023. The Cardinals add more size to the room with Marvin Harrison Jr.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1211 18.1 14
5 Joe Alt
Notre Dame, Jr
 
OT

If Los Angeles takes an offensive tackle at No. 5 overall, the decision will be either 1) move left tackle Rashawn Slater back to the right side and draft Joe Alt, or 2) draft Olu Fashanu and move him to right tackle. It is likely that this choice is used on the offensive side of the ball, though.

6 Malik Nabers
LSU, Jr
 
WR

New York does not have a true No. 1 wide receiver. I believe Malik Nabers can be that player. His body control down the field is the best in the class. The room looks a lot better when Wan'Dale Robinson and Jalin Hyatt slot into roles more aligned with their skill sets.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 89 1569 17.6 14
7 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State, Jr
 
OT

With Joe Alt off the board, Titans head coach Brian Callahan rewards his father's choice to join him in Nashville with another first-round selection to protect Will Levis. The other consideration here would be tight end Brock Bowers.

8 Dallas Turner
Alabama, Jr
 
EDGE

Raheem Morris is back as Atlanta's head coach after serving as the team's interim head coach in 2020. His first action is strengthening his defense with a player who can manufacture his own pass rush off the edge. Dallas Turner is still a relatively young prospect in the COVID era, so his best football is likely ahead.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14