NFL mock draft: Bears shift course; OTs everywhere

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1. Chicago Bears

Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Upside for days. Justin Fields had three seasons to show he's a franchise quarterback.

2. Washington Commanders

Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Maye is the best pro-style fit in the "Air Raid" derivative offense Kliff Kingsbury operates --if the Commanders fix their offensive line. Already equipped with very good skill talent, Maye lands in the ideal spot with WRs Terry McLaurin and Curtis Samuel on his side to help the transition.

3. New England Patriots

Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio State

Size, speed and pedigree, this pick is based on an educated hunch the Patriots are focused on a veteran QB solution.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Nabers is 20 years old, a big-play machine and warrants comparison to the most recent LSU products at the position such as Ja'Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson.

5. Los Angeles Chargers

Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Bowers instantly becomes a No. 1 target in Jim Harbaugh's offense.

6. New York Giants

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Tempted to ride it out with Daniel Jones, the Giants roll the dice with Daniels, a dynamic playmaker not unlike head coach Brian Daboll's previous star pupil in Buffalo, Josh Allen.

7. Tennessee Titans

Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

GM Ran Carthon gets a shot at his preferred OT1. Protecting potential franchise quarterback in Will Levis rates as a first step ahead of adding more weapons outside.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

Tempting to add a receiver, the Falcons know there are no pass rushers on their roster better than Turner. He has plus athleticism and a conversion of speed to power that should entice Raheem Morris as he brings his 3-4 scheme to the state of Georgia, and Turner should play well in an OLB role.

9. Chicago Bears

Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

A teeth-gnashing conundrum for the Bears, who want more pass rush and better blocking in front of their franchise quarterback. In tandem with DJ Moore and TE Cole Kmet, Odunze sets up Williams and Chicago's offense for instant success.

10. New York Jets

Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Mekhi Becton can't stay healthy and the rotation of tackles alongside him has been sketchy at best. Bringing in Alt allows for an anchor on at least one side of the line to protect 40-year-old Aaron Rodgers.

11. Minnesota Vikings

Jared Verse, DE, Florida State

The Vikings prioritize length in their edge group and Verse has it in spades, combined with explosive athleticism and decent technical refinement. Verse should raise the floor of a depleted defensive line and elevate Brian Flores to new heights as a defensive coordinator.

12. Denver Broncos

Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Patrick Surtain needs a partner in the cornerback room. The Alabama connection with Arnold, a feisty man corner who made a splash with high pass deflection numbers and great ballhawk tendencies, would appeal to head coach Sean Payton.

13. Las Vegas Raiders

Tailese Fuaga, OL, Oregon State

Fuaga provides the flexibility to replace ineffective 2023 starters. His power profile and run-blocking ability suggest he fits as a top-end guard, but Fuaga has the length and footwork to operate outside of a phone booth as a tackle.

14. New Orleans Saints

JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Trevor Penning isn't the answer for the Saints, and the passing game has suffered because of it. Latham brings strength and incredible footwork to a team that should contend for the division title again.

15. Indianapolis Colts

Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Lead receiver Michael Pittman Jr. isn't a lock to return. Thomas is the perfect replacement for Indianapolis. GM Chris Ballard typically prioritizes flashy athletes and Thomas possesses impressive size, speed and agility to partner alongside Josh Downs if Pittman does depart. Thomas would instantly lock down the outside receiver spot.

16. Seattle Seahawks

Jer'zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Jarran Reed is long in the tooth and new head coach Mike Macdonald will emphasize the front seven. Enter Newton, a forceful prospect who uses his hands perfectly to create pressure and plug holes. He brings skill to the heart of the defense and would increase the overall production of the group.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Based on last season, the Jaguars need to find CB Tyson Campbell a better running mate. Wiggins' tenacity and physicality to jam receivers at the release point and speed to carry them through the route would make Jacksonville's secondary a force.

18. Cincinnati Bengals

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Murphy should help provide stability to the defensive line rotation, adding athletic upside and powerful mitts to spice up the pass-rush production.

19. Los Angeles Rams

Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

Latu's technical refinement fits the Rams' group of very refined young athletes on the defensive line. Latu could eventually be the marquee feature alongside Kobie Turner and Byron Young, turning the unit into something to be feared.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Mims will need time to adjust but brings the prototype build and athleticism you're looking for in an offensive tackle. QB Kenny Pickett may receive protection just yet.

21. Miami Dolphins

Graham Barton, OL, Duke

There are multiple levels of concern on the offensive line in Miami, but Barton brings the potential to fill the center spot or step into another vacancy.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

Philadelphia's secondary was broken last season. DeJean should fix at least one problem. He can play cornerback and safety with top-end speed and vision across the field.

23. Houston Texans

Darius Robinson, DT, Missouri

Robinson combines the length of a high-upside defensive end with the strength and stoutness of a quality defensive tackle. A good showing during the pre-draft process can push Robinson into this range. He should bring interior pressure to the Texans' defensive line alongside Will Anderson.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Chop Robinson, OLB, Penn State

The Cowboys do not really have anyone partnered with Micah Parsons for the long term, and the All-Pro's contract conversation looms large. Another Penn State product, Robinson can explode off the line at an elite level and would give the Cowboys a feared pass-rush tandem.

25. Green Bay Packers

Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon

Powers-Johnson could play guard or center for the Packers. After a big showing at the Senior Bowl and some added weight, more teams are convinced he's destined to be a big-time mauler.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Nix may be a move to consider regardless of how contract talks with Baker Mayfield are resolved. If Nix can show off the arm he had at Oregon and work in more NFL concepts, he can be a top-end quarterback.

27. Arizona Cardinals

Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Kool-Aid has almost become underrated as a cornerback prospect. His sticky coverage ability and zone aptitude make him perfect for Arizona, where he becomes an instant defensive headliner.

28. Buffalo Bills

Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

The Bills are looking for a better big receiver to partner with Stefon Diggs, who consumes a serious chunk of the salary cap. Coleman is tall and a suitable target for Josh Allen, who needs another target who can go up and get it in contested-catch situations.

29. Detroit Lions

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Toledo and Detroit ran shockingly similar defensive concepts with heavy amounts of soft zone under Aaron Glenn. Mitchell would immediately fit right in for the Lions and provide some ballhawk ability plus great straight-line speed.

30. Baltimore Ravens

Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

Fautanu can play guard or tackle. No matter where you station him along the offensive line, Baltimore is getting a quality run blocker who has mauling tendencies.

31. Kansas City Chiefs

Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Morgan will need to evolve technically and improve his footwork, but coach Andy Reid will always protect his Patrick Mahomes investment.

32. San Francisco 49ers

Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

San Francisco understands Trent Williams is approaching 36 years old and can't play at his current level forever. The 49ers can shape athletic freaks into high-end linemen, and Suamataia has star potential.

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