Thanksgiving Mock Draft w/ Trades

published on 11/23/2023

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

TRADE: New England trades to #1 to select Drake Maye.

In this scenario, Jim Harbaugh is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears. He decides Justin Fields played well enough to warrant another year while he builds the foundation, the Chicago Bears may decide to trade this pick and continue to build around him. The Bears only move down 2 spots while picking up future draft capital. This also puts Maye in the AFC where the Bears will not need to compete against him for playoff seedings.

The Mac Jones era is finished and, if Bill Belichick is still the head coach, Maye is the mold of his type of QB: high-floor quarterback with sneaky athleticism.

2. Raiders: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

TRADE: Las Vegas trades to #2 to select Caleb Williams.

Arizona sticks with Kyler Murray and receives a big haul of present and future draft picks. Arizona also trades with an AFC team in the chances Caleb Williams becomes a star.

After moving to a new city and new stadium, Mark Davis may be desperate to make a splash. In this scenario, the Raiders stick with Antonio Pierce as their head coach and hire Eric Bieniemy as the offensive coordinator. In order to compete against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs, the Raiders trade multiple first and second round picks in order to select the QB who is compared to him and even hire the coach who worked with him for years to coach this "generational" QB.

3. Bears: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

After trading down with the Patriots, the Bears select Marvin Harrison Jr. to pair with DJ Moore as great 1-2 punch with Darnell Mooney and Cole Kmet creating a very impressive passing attack for Fields.

4. Bears: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

After improving the receiving corps, the Bears try to protect Fields with this pick. The lineup might not be what you typically read. In this scenario, Olu Fashanu will start at left tackle with Braxton Jones moving to right tackle. The Bears have their finesse tackles in place with Teven Jenkins at left guard and Darnell Wright sliding inside to right guard as the mauling bullies to keep Fields upright. Nate Davis will be the swing guard or compete at center for a starting spot.

5. Giants: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Daniel Jones has been oft-injured so the Giants need to make a change. Jayden Daniels may skyrocket up the boards come draft season and his willingness to make plays with his legs will remind Brian Daboll of Josh Allen. I'm not sure if he also lives at home with his mom but Jayden Daniels has a strong arm and can bring some excitement to the locker room.

6. Titans: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Will Levis looks like the future at quarterback but the Titans' offensive line has a major issue. Joe Alt will bring stability at left tackle to help the offense stay on schedule.

7. Commanders: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

New owner, Josh Harris, will want to clean house and bring in a new coaching staff. This could be Ben Johnson's team. He saw first hand in Detroit how a strong offensive line can help an offense. Enter possibly the strongest offensive lineman in the draft, JC Lathom, to play right tackle.

8. Falcons: Chop Robinson, OLB/DE, Penn State

Atlanta adds youth and athleticism to their pass rush in Chop Robinson.

9. Packers: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Christian Watson and Romeo Dubbs have flashed potential but the Packers add a WR1 in Malik Nabers. Nabers has the speed and ability to take short passes to the house. The Packers need to put Jordan Love in the best position to succeed and Nabers is a big addition.

10. Rams: Tallies Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

TRADE: The Rams trade up to #10 to jump the Jets and select Taliese Fuaga. The Rams will reload along the offensive line and Fuaga is a fantastic run fit for their zone blocking scheme. In this scenario, Fuaga slides to the left tackle spot.

13. Buccaneers: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Tampa Bay adds a long cornerback in Nate Wiggins to add youth and talent to the secondary.

11. Jets: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

With the top tackles off the board, the Jets grab Keon Coleman to be a big-bodied, jump ball receiver to complement the route running specialist in Garrett Wilson. Aaron Rodgers will love working with this duo.

12. Chargers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Brandon Staley is out as head coach and Brian Callahan (OC of the Bengals) is in. The Chargers' offense has enough talent for Callahan to bring some of the Bengals' success to Los Angeles but the defense is bad, particularly the secondary. Kool-Aid McKinstry is a big outside cornerback who can take over CB1 duties, allowing cornerbacks like Asante Samuel Jr. to become CB2.

14. Cardinals: Jer'Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

The big trade down from #2 to #14 allows the Cardinals to add draft capital and still select Jer'Zhan Newton in a better spot. Jonathan Gannon comes from Philadelphia where he could deploy multiple defensive linemen to attack the offense and Newton would be a big upgrade to the interior of the defensive line.

18. Jaguars: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

TRADE: Jacksonville trades with Buffalo to select Adonai Mitchell. The Jaguars continue to build around Trevor Lawrence with a high-upside receiver.

15. Colts: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Brock Bowers is only still available due to the perceived lack of positional value. Indianapolis loves adding players with freaky athletic traits and Bowers matches his freaky athleticism with production. He will become a big part of Anthony Richardson's development.

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