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Free agency has come and gone for the most part, so mock drafts actually mean something.

Unlike our lead NFL Draft analyst Ryan Wilson, I am late to the process when it comes to doing mock drafts. I will do four: this one, another in two weeks, then my who-they-should draft mock (teams should really pay attention to that one) and then the final mock the day of the draft.

Wilson has done 4000 of them, but who is counting?

The only ones that make sense are those that come after free agency and the NFL Scouting Combine. So here is my Mock No. 1. It includes a major trade.

That trade has the Minnesota Vikings moving up to the fourth spot with the Arizona Cardinals to take North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye. The Vikings would give up two first-round picks to do so, one of which they acquired in a trade two weeks ago from the Houston Texans, to land Maye. They would also have to sprinkle in a few more picks to sweeten the deal, but getting a franchise quarterback is a must.

In this mock, I have the quarterbacks going 1-2-3-4, with Caleb Williams going to the Chicago Bears with the first pick, followed by Jayden Daniels to the Washington Commanders at No. 2 and Michigan's J.J. McCarthy to the New England Patriots with the third pick. The Vikings would then take Maye.

The infatuation with McCarthy is strange in my eyes, but the league loves him, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him go ahead of Maye. So for this mock, that's the way it will be — until we mock again in two weeks.

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
USC • Jr • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
PAYDS
3633
RUYDS
121
INTS
5
TDS
41
It's becoming obvious that Caleb Williams is the pick for the Bears. They have had a nice offseason, and if he's the real deal, watch out for this team.
Round 1 - Pick 2
LSU • Sr • 6'4" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PAYDS
3812
RUYDS
1134
INTS
4
TDS
50
They are definitely taking a quarterback and Jayden Daniels should be the pick. He's the most-improved player I've ever seen in the draft process. That matters.
Round 1 - Pick 3
Michigan • Jr • 6'3" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
PAYDS
2991
RUYDS
202
INTS
4
TDS
25
Would I draft J.J. McCarthy here? No way. But he just seems like a Patriots quarterback -- a leader and a winner.
  Mock Trade from Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 - Pick 4
North Carolina • Soph • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PAYDS
3608
RUYDS
449
INTS
9
TDS
33
They make the bold move to go get a quarterback, which they must do. Drake Maye is rumored to be their guy.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Ohio State • Jr • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
REC
67
REYDS
1211
YDS/REC
18.1
TDS
15
With Keenan Allen traded to the Bears and Mike Williams released, they need to get a receiver in the worst way. Marvin Harrison Jr. is considered by most to be the best.
Round 1 - Pick 6
LSU • Jr • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
REC
89
REYDS
1569
YDS/REC
17.6
TDS
14
The Giants lack a true playmaker outside, which is what Malik Nabers can be. I think he's the best receiver in this draft.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Notre Dame • Jr • 6'7" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
They took guard Peter Skoronski last year, so now they take Joe Alt to play next to him. The line in front of Will Levis suddenly would be much improved.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • Jr • 6'4" / 252 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Falcons have seemingly been searching for a top-tier edge rusher for a decade. Dallas Turner has those types of skills. They did a lot for the offense in free agency, so now it's time to add to the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida State • Jr • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The Bears need to add an edge player opposite Montez Sweat. Jared Verse has the speed and power teams love. They could consider offensive line here, but edge makes more sense.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Washington • Jr • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
3rd
REC
92
REYDS
1640
YDS/REC
17.8
TDS
15
They are trying to get more help outside to go with Garrett Wilson. Rome Odunze is a big target who would make a nice complement to Wilson's game -- even with the one-year signing of Mike Williams.
  Mock Trade from Minnesota Vikings
Round 1 - Pick 11
Toledo • Jr • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
They signed Sean Murphy-Bunting in free agency, but you can never have enough corners. They also could look to add a receiver here, maybe Brian Thomas Jr. from LSU
Round 1 - Pick 12
Georgia • Jr • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
1st
REC
56
REYDS
714
YDS/REC
12.8
TDS
7
They don't get a lot out of the position, so taking Brock Bowers would make sense. They could also look to get help for their offensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Oregon State • Jr • 6'6" / 334 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
3rd
You can never go wrong taking a big, powerful offensive lineman. Taliese Fuaga would fit better on the right side than Olu Fashanu from Penn State.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Penn State • Jr • 6'6" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
1st
In this mock, Olu Fashanu falls down this far, which might be unlikely since he's so talented. The Saints have to fix their line, and he would go a long way towards doing that.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Alabama • Soph • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
They have two young corners they like, but in a division loaded with young passers on the rise, they need more. Terrion Arnold would be a nice addition.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Texas • Jr • 6'1" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
Taking an up-the-field type of player makes sense for new coach Mike Macdonald, who had Justin Madubuike in Baltimore. Byron Murphy II plays a lot like Madubuike.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • Jr • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
REC
68
REYDS
1177
YDS/REC
17.3
TDS
17
They tried to keep Calvin Ridley, but he went to Tennessee. So now they add a speedy, big player to go with Gabe Davis, Christian Kirk and Zay Jones. They could consider corner here as well.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • Jr • 6'6" / 360 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
5th
They need to get a long-term answer at right tackle and JC Latham is a perfect fit. He is a big, power player who will give them a nice right tackle even after they signed Trent Brown to a one-year deal.
Round 1 - Pick 19
UCLA • Sr • 6'5" / 265 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
3rd
With Aaron Donald gone, they need to get help on the edge to help improve the rush. They have some good, young down players, but need edge help. Laiatu Latu can be that guy.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Washington • Jr • 6'4" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
1st
They need more help up front, and Troy Fautanu can play guard or tackle. He is a power player who fits the Steelers.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Georgia • Jr • 6'7" / 340 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
4th
Terron Armstead is getting up in the years and was said to be considering retiring, so it's time to get a long-term left tackle. Amarius Mims can play right guard in 2024 when Armstead is on the field.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Alabama • Jr • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Corner is a big issue for them as age has become a problem with their starters. They need to get a young cover player who can improve the back end.
  Mock Trade from Minnesota Vikings
Round 1 - Pick 23
Oregon • Jr • 6'3" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
33rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
They need to get better inside and center Hjalte Froholdt is in the final year of his contract. Jackson Powers-Johnson would give them a nice player to develop the line around.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Clemson • Jr • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
Corner help is needed with Stephon Gilmore gone. Nate Wiggins has outstanding cover skills, but some scouts have knocked him for his tackling. But he's not as bad on tape as that sounds.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Iowa • Jr • 6'1" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
5th
They need help at corner and Cooper DeJean would make sense. He could also move inside to safety if they needed to do that down the road.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Duke • Sr • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
51st
POSITION RNK
8th
The center spot was an issue for them last year, so taking Graham Barton makes sense. He played tackle last year, but most teams think he's better off inside.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Texas • Jr • 6'1" / 172 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
32nd
POSITION RNK
7th
REC
75
REYDS
1014
YDS/REC
13.5
TDS
6
They need deep speed in their offense. Xavier Worthy blew away the 40-yard dash at the combine, so he could be that guy. He isn't big, but he can fly.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oregon • Jr • 6'3" / 187 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
10th
REC
81
REYDS
1383
YDS/REC
17.1
TDS
14
Troy Franklin is thin, but he can fly. The Bills need a burner to help open up the passing game. Franklin has that type of ability.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Missouri • Sr • 6'5" / 296 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
5th
They signed Marcus Davenport in free agency to a one-year deal, but they need more help. Darius Robinson could be a major steal in this spot playing opposite Aiden Hutchinson.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Missouri • Jr • 6'0" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
7th
The Ravens need to inject some youth into their corner spot. They also lost Ronald Darby to the Jaguars in free agency. Ennis Rakestraw Jr. didn't test great, but he plays faster than his times.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Penn State • Jr • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
They signed Leonard Floyd, but they need more help rushing the passer. Chop Robinson has the speed that would show up in their defense.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Texas • Jr • 6'4" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
REC
55
REYDS
845
YDS/REC
15.4
TDS
11
They signed Marquise Brown to a one-year deal, but they need long-term help. Adonai Mitchell can stretch the field, which they need. Could also consider corner here.

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