# 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

The Bears don't get a "Godfather'' type offer so they do the logical thing and pick Williams No. 1 overall.

2023 College Stats

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

Daniels is a fun, dynamic athlete with awesome downfield touch. He's what the Commanders need offensively.

2023 College Stats

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

With Harrison Jr. and Cousins, the Patriots suddenly are a lot more relevant on offense.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1211 18.1 14
4 Dallas Turner
Alabama, Jr
 
EDGE

After seeing the Texans pick eventual Defensive Rookie of the Year Will Anderson from Alabama after trading with Arizona, the Cardinals get Anderson's former teammate to be the No. 1 outside rusher in the desert.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14
5 Brock Bowers
Georgia, Jr
 
TE

Jim Harbaugh loves old-school football, and possessing a top-tier tight end comes straight from the old school. If Bowers tests through the roof in Indianapolis, he could go this high.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
10 56 714 12.8 6
6 Drake Maye QB

Brian Daboll and Joe Schoen can't wait around anymore at quarterback. They jump at the opportunity to pick Maye here.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3608 63.3 24 9
7 Joe Alt
Notre Dame, Jr
 
OT

The Titans love what they have in Will Levis. He needs to be better protected. Alt needs to get stronger, but had a spectacular career at Notre Dame.

8 Malik Nabers
LSU, Jr
 
WR

The Falcons go offensive skill-position inside the Top 10 for the fourth time with the dynamic wideout from LSU.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 89 1569 17.6 14
9 Rome Odunze
Washington, Jr
 
WR

With Williams at No. 1 and Odunze, the Bears have struck gold here in the first round.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
15 92 1640 17.8 13
10 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State, Jr
 
OT

Home run selection for the Jets for the 2024 season with Aaron Rodgers as quarterback. Fashanu is young with All-Pro upside.

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

McCarthy wasn't a high-volume thrower at Michigan but has the physical goods to settle into a more formidable role in the NFL.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 2991 72.3 22 4
12 Terrion Arnold
Alabama, Soph
 
CB

More secondary help for the Broncos with the super-smooth, highly aware cornerback from Alabama.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 5
13 Kool-Aid McKinstry
Alabama, Jr
 
CB

A lockdown outside cornerback is precisely what the Raiders defense needs to take the next step.

2023 College Stats

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

Latham is a strong and lengthy offensive tackle that can slot into either spot on the edges of the Saints offensive line. Instant impact.

15 Laiatu Latu
UCLA, Sr
 
EDGE

The Colts pass rush has left a lot to be desired in recent years, and Latu has the length and pass-rush move arsenal to provide a huge boost there in Indianapolis.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 2
16 Nate Wiggins
Clemson, Jr
 
CB

While we don't have Pete Carroll in Seattle anymore, new head coach Mike McDonald may very well prioritize adding quality cornerbacks to his roster. And Wiggins is a long and athletic boundary type.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
17 Byron Murphy II
Texas, Jr
 
DL

The Jaguars need a serious presence on the interior of their defensive line and get it with the super-springy Murphy.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
18 Brian Thomas Jr.
LSU, Jr
 
WR

If Tee Higgins has indeed priced himself out of Cincinnati, getting another sizable outside receiver would be sensible for the Bengals.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 68 1177 17.3 17
19 Quinyon Mitchell
Toledo, Jr
 
CB

Mitchell was always around the football in his long and illustrious career at Toledo. He can start his career as the de facto No. 1 outside corner in Los Angeles.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 1
20 Taliese Fuaga OT

The Steelers jump at the opportunity to pick Fuaga here. With him, they'd have two monstrous and athletic blockers on the outside of their offensive front for Kenny Pickett and Co.

21 Jackson Powers-Johnson
Oregon, Jr
 
OL

Powers-Johnson is a rare center prospect who's built like an oversized guard but has supreme athletic gifts.

22 Chop Robinson
Penn State, Jr
 
EDGE

If Haason Reddick is traded, the Eagles could use more outside edge help -- yes, even after drafting Nolan Smith in Round 1 a year ago.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
7
23 Adonai Mitchell
Texas, Jr
 
WR

Mitchell is a young but incredibly smooth athlete who thrived in his first season as a primary target at Texas. Massive upside here for Houston.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
14 55 845 15.4 11
24 Jared Verse EDGE

Given DeMarcus Lawrence's age, the Cowboys plan for the future at the edge opposite Micah Parsons.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13
25 Troy Fautanu
Washington, Jr
 
IOL

The Packers love versatility up front, and Fautanu could probably play all five offensive line spots in the pros.

26 Amarius Mims
Georgia, Jr
 
OT

Mims is a massive, well-balanced blocker who'd be plug-and-play at right tackle with the Buccaneers.

27 Bo Nix
Oregon, Sr
 
QB
HQ Spotlight: Bo Nix NFL Draft Prospect Preview

The Cardinals aren't ready to move on from Kyler Murray, but Nix represents good value here if for nothing else beyond the fact that he's a quarterback.

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
14 4508 77.4 45 3
28 Troy Franklin
Oregon, Jr
 
WR

Franklin has a spindly frame but flies down the field and has the athletic chops to become a quality route-runner in the NFL.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 81 1383 17.1 14
29 Cooper DeJean
Iowa, Jr
 
CB

How fun would Brian Branch and DeJean be in the Lions secondary?

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 2
30 Kamari Lassiter
Georgia, Jr
 
CB

The Ravens go with a SEC-tested boundary cornerback with plus athletic traits.

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12
31 Kingsley Suamataia
BYU, Soph
 
OT

The 49ers plan for the future up front with a highly athletic offensive tackle.

32 Ladd McConkey
Georgia, Jr
 
WR

McConkey can be a 100-catch guy in Kansas City with Patrick Mahomes throwing him the football.

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
8 30 478 15.9 2
# 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
9