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New York Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington Odunze offers size, strength, precision and playmaking at all levels of the field.
(Trade) Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington Trade details: Las Vegas trades No.
Ravens: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State 63.
New York Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington Odunze offers size, strength, precision and playmaking at all levels of the field.
(Trade) Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington Trade details: Las Vegas trades No.
Ravens: Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State 63.
Chiefs: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

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Monday’s total solar eclipse will occur during the day over most of North America. The United States and Canada won’t witness such an uncommon event again until 2044.

A perfect NFL mock draft is one of the few occurrences rarer than a solar eclipse. No, this will not be among them either. This eclipse edition has two rounds, which raises the difficulty level. As one of the few teams without a first-round pick, the Browns must be taken into account in the projections as well. I’ll be watching the eclipse in the area around Cleveland.

Caleb Williams, QB, USC, is the Chicago Bears.

Nothing altered. Nothing needs to be changed.

QB Jayden Daniels of LSU is one of Washington Commanders.

Another choice that I won’t alter unless I receive strong evidence to the contrary.

Patriots of New England: J. I. J. McCarthy plays quarterback for Michigan.

It appears that McCarthy will be the focal point of the New England post-Belichick world as the draft process moves forward.

Cardinals in Arizona: Marvin Harrison Jr. WR at Ohio State.

Here, too, there appears to be no change as Harrison is slated to be the first wide receiver selected.

Joe Alt (OT, Notre Dame) is the Los Angeles Charger.

Normally, the Chargers would trade this pick away, but this time, Los Angeles keeps it and adds Alt, a ready-made starter, to create bookends with Rashawn Slater.

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze plays for the New York Giants.

At all fields, Odunze provides size, strength, accuracy, and playmaking. The Giants offense is exactly what Dr. Daboll ordered.

(Trade): Minnesota Vikings: North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye.

Details of the trade: Minnesota makes no. 11, no. 23 to Tennessee for No. 23 and a 2025 third-round selection. 8 and a second-round pick in 2025.

As a result of Maye’s slight stumble, the Vikings are able to seize the opportunity to acquire their desired new franchise quarterback without having to surrender as much. Without suffering too many player availability losses, the Titans can accept this volume return.

Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama; Atlanta Falcons.

Not to be repetitive, but I have been riding the Turner/Falcons combination since the week of the combine, and I’m not going to switch at this time.

Tampa State, EDGE, and Jared Verse are the Chicago Bears.

These projections examine what would happen if the Bears decide to use their own top-10 pick to strengthen the pass rush, following their recent emphasis on offense. Verse wins out due to his excellent finishing ability and steadily increasing upside.

Georgia-born TE Brock Bowers plays for the New York Jets.

Bowers completes the top 10, giving the Jets a weapon that can attack the defense at any level and produce big plays at any position.

(Trade) UCLA, EDGE, Laiatu Latu, Tennessee Titans.

The Titans capitalize on the best pass rusher left, Latu, after trading back. Others may be more athletic, but Latu has shown himself to be a skilled tactician—not a better football player.

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU, was traded to the Carolina Panthers.

Details of the trade: Carolina exchanges No. 33, N.O. 39 to Denver for No. 2025 and a second-round pick. 12, N. 136 and a fourth-round selection in 2025.

Nabers is a top-6 pick in the majority of projections. He slipped through the cracks here, and the Panthers took advantage of the opportunity to sign the explosive LSU playmaker and assist Bryce Young.

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo, Las Vegas Raiders.

Mitchell has amazing athletic potential and is a ready-made starter. Antonio Pierce, the new head coach, is attempting to create a culture that should mesh well with his playing style and attitude.

Olu Fashanu, overtime, from Penn State, is the New Orleans Saints player.

Without ever quite putting it all together for Penn State, Fashanu is a gambler on the incredible athletic potential he displayed. Up until the last edit, Brian Thomas was assigned to this position.

Terrion Arnold, a cornerback from Alabama, plays for the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts, who desperately need a wide receiver, have to sign Arnold right away because he is thought to be better than the other top corners. Mitchell’s injury has made this happen.

Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, offensive lineman from Washington.

In Seattle, Fautanu reunites with his college roommate. Despite being a tackle in college, Fautanu is arguably the best guard prospect available in this draft. The young Seahawks offensive lineman should find the flexibility ideal.

Johnny Newton, a defensive tackle from Illinois, plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Newton has the juice to play 4i/5T and cause issues for the opposition offense, despite being a bit of an odd fit for the Jaguars schematically. Desired Terrion Arnold to be here, but he was short-lived.

Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga, an offensive tackle, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals and their offensive line will always be linked together like a burger and fries, but Cincinnati should all be happy about landing the talented Fuaga, the best right tackle prospect in the class.

Darius Robinson (DL, Missouri) of the Los Angeles Rams.

With Aaron Donald retiring, the Rams need someone who can play multiple spots and generate power-to-speed pressure from each of them. Robinson can do just that.

Duke’s Graham Barton, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Nothing has changed since the last mockup. Pittsburgh is in need of a center, and although Barton played tackle for the Blue Devils, he demonstrated at Duke’s pro day that he possesses the physical attributes to be an excellent center.

Jordan Morgan, offensive lineman, Arizona, Miami Dolphins.

Despite his potential as a guard in the NFL, Morgan was a solid tackle for Arizona. There’s a concern that the Dolphins’ supply of linemen won’t last until Miami’s next pick because that’s where they sorely need help.

Falcons of Atlanta (Trade).

Trade information: No. is traded by Atlanta. 43, Non. 79, No. 109 to Philadelphia for No. 2025 and a second-round pick. 22 as well as No. 161.

As everyone would expect in this situation, the Eagles trade back. The Falcons, a strong fit for McKinstry both conceptually and emotionally, are a willing taker who jumps at the chance to acquire him.

(Trade) Byron Murphy, DT, Texas, to Tennessee Titans.

The Titans add the dependable Murphy to their middle-of-field defense, which is in need of additional reinforcement, with their bonus pick from the previous trade.

JC Latham, OT, Alabama, Dallas Cowboys.

Although Latham’s need at offensive tackle may not be the greatest in the team’s needs, the Cowboys cannot ignore his high ceiling for talent or his influential style.

Cooper DeJean, Iowa, DB; Green Bay Packers.

The selection of the adaptable Dejean with the Packers, who need help at both outside CB and safety, seems like a wise move, so it didn’t alter from the previous mock.

Chop Robinson, Edge, Penn State are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers players.

Another former matchup that looks too good to pass up is Robinson to the Bucs. Chop gives Tampa Bay’s pass rush more oomph.

Nate Wiggins of the Arizona Cardinals is a CB from Clemson.

Wiggins is a very quick player with a great deal of experience covering wide receivers. He would be a great fit for the Arizona CB group that is currently undergoing significant change.

Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy is a Buffalo Bills.

Squaring up with the explosive Josh Allen could be the best way to make the most of Worthy, the fastest wide receiver to ever attend the combine.

Portland native Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, plays for the Detroit Lions.

It seems like Powers-Johnson is a player in the mold of Dan Campbell. A great selling point for the man known as JPJ is his ability to play center or guard at a high level. Nothing has changed since the last mock, but it’s really hard to avoid Brian Thomas in this situation.

Brian Thomas, WR, LSU, plays for the Baltimore Ravens.

Odell Beckham Jr., an alum of LSU, is essentially replaced by the Ravens. and another in Brian Thomas. The pile of touchdowns he scored for the Tigers in 2023 overshadows his progress in route running.

Michael Penix Jr., of the Las Vegas Raiders, was traded. QB, Washington.

Specifics of the trade: Las Vegas trades No. 44, No. 112 and San Francisco’s first-round selection in 2025 in exchange for No. 31 and No. 132.

Penix is selected by the Raiders in a package deal to become their new starting quarterback.

Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia, Kansas City Chiefs.

Mims, an incredible man and a project, presents exceptional potential at offensive tackle but comes with some real risk in terms of durability and experience.

Phase two.

33. Panthers: Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter, CB.

33. Eagles: Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan, in trade.

Eagles swap the No. 43 and 53 to New England in exchange for No. 34 as well as No. 180.

36. Cardinals: EDGE, Western Michigan; Marshawn Kneeland.

36. Zach Frazier, IOL, West Virginia, is the commander.

36. Roman Wilson, wide receiver, Michigan, is a Charger.

38. Titans: Texas, M, LB Edgerrin Cooper.

38. Ladd McConkey, wide receiver, Georgia, Panthers.

40. Commanders: S. Tyler Nubin, Minnesota.

41. Packers: BYU’s Kingsley Suamataia, overtime.

43. Texans: Florida State’s Braden Fiske, DT.

43. Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State, was traded to the Patriots.

43. T for the 49ers. D. J. CB, Tampa, Iowa State.

Number 45. Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas, Saints.

46. Colts: Western Kentucky’s Malachi Corley, wide receiver.

47. Bo Nix, quarterback; Oregon Giants.

47. Ennis Rakestraw, CB, Jaguars, Missouri.

47. Bengals: Michigan’s Kris Jenkins, defensive lineman.

50. Eagles: Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton, OT.

53. Max Melton, CB, and Rutgers are the Steelers.

50. Rams: Kansas State’s Cooper Beebe, offensive lineman.

54. Patrick Paul, OT, Houston, is traded to the Patriots.

54. Ohio State’s Michael Hall, DT, is a Brown.

55. Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama, is a Dolphin.

55. Trey Benson, RB, Florida State, is the Cowboy.

57%. Payton Wilson, linebacker, North Carolina State, is a Buccaneer.

58%. Javon Bullard, S, Georgia, is a packer.

49. Michigan linebacker Junior Colson is a Texan.

60. Bills: Clemson, DT, Ruke Orhorhoro.

61. Lions: South Carolina native and wide receiver Xavier Legette.

Number 62. Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State, is a raven.

53. 49ers: Oregon native and wide receiver Troy Franklin.

Number 64. Chiefs: Bralen Trice, Washington; EDGE.

Caleb Williams, quarterback, USC, is the Chicago Bears.

Nothing altered. Nothing has to change.

QB Jayden Daniels of LSU is one of Washington Commanders.

Until I hear convincing evidence to the contrary, I won’t be changing my choice.

The Patriots of New England: J. A. J. McCarthy plays quarterback for Michigan.

McCarthy seems destined to be the focal point of the New England post-Belichick world as the draft process moves forward.

Cardinals of Arizona: Marvin Harrison Jr. , WR, Ohio State.

Not much has changed either; Harrison’s status as the first wide receiver selected appears to be fixed.

Joe Alt (OT, Notre Dame) is the Los Angeles Chargers.

This pick was previously dealt away by the Chargers, but this time Los Angeles keeps it and adds Rashawn Slater, a ready-made starter, to build the bookends.

Rome Odunze, wide receiver, Washington, New York Giants.

In every aspect of the game, Odunze provides size, strength, accuracy, and playmaking. Perfect for the Giants offense, according to Dr. Daboll’s orders.

(Trade): North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye to the Minnesota Vikings.

Details of the trade: Minnesota makes no trades. 11, no. 23 and Tennessee’s third-round selection in 2025 in exchange for No. 8 and a second-round selection in 2025.

When Maye falters a little, the Vikings are able to seize the opportunity to acquire their desired new franchise quarterback without having to make as big of an investment. In terms of player availability, the Titans can accept the volume return in this case.

Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama are the Atlanta Falcons.

Since the week of the combine, I have ridden the Turner/Falcons combination, and I’m not changing it now, not to seem repetitive.

Tampa State, EDGE, and Jared Verse are the Chicago Bears.

These projections examine what would happen if the Bears decide to use their own top-10 pick to strengthen the pass rush, following their recent emphasis on offense. For his consistently increasing upside and finishing prowess, verse wins out.

TE Brock Bowers of the New York Jets is a Georgian.

Bowers completes the top 10, providing the Jets with a weapon that can penetrate every defensive layer and produce big plays at any point.

(Trade) UCLA, EDGE, Laiatu Latu, Tennessee Titans.

The Titans capitalize on the best pass rusher left, Latu, after trading back. Although some people may possess greater physical prowess, Latu has demonstrated that he is a more skilled football player than others.

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU, was traded to the Carolina Panthers.

Specifics of the trade: Carolina trades No. 33, Item No. 39 in exchange for Denver’s 2025 second-round selection and No. 12, N. 136 and a fourth-round pick in 2025.

Nabers is a top-6 pick in most projections. He slipped through the cracks here, and the Panthers pounced to acquire the explosive LSU playmaker to assist Bryce Young.

Quinyon Mitchell, wide receiver; Toledo, Las Vegas Raiders.

With amazing athletic potential, Mitchell is a ready-made starter. His approach to the game and playing style ought to mesh well with the culture that Antonio Pierce, the new head coach, is attempting to establish.

Olu Fashanu, overtime, from Penn State, is the New Orleans Saints player.

Though he never quite lived up to his potential as an athlete, Fashanu is a risk given his incredible athletic potential. Up until the very last edit, I had Brian Thomas in this position.

Terrion Arnold, cornerback, Indianapolis Colts, Alabama.

Since Mitchell is out, the Colts, who desperately need a wide receiver, should sign Arnold right away because he is thought to be better than the other top corners.

Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu (OL, Washington).

In Seattle, Fautanu’s college OC is reunited with him. Fautanu is perhaps the best guard prospect in this draft, despite the fact that he played tackle in college. The young Seahawks offensive lineman should be well-suited to the flexibility.

DT Johnny Newton of the Jacksonville Jaguars is from Illinois.

Although Newton is a bit of an odd fit for the Jaguars schematically, he has the juice to play 4i/5T and pose a threat to the opposition’s offense. genuinely wanted Terrion Arnold to be here, but he was short-lived.

Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga, an offensive tackle, plays for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals and their offensive line are still inseparable, but Cincinnati should all be happy about landing the talented Fuaga, the best right tackle prospect in the class.

DL Darius Robinson of the Los Angeles Rams is from Missouri.

With Aaron Donald retiring, the Rams need someone who can play multiple spots and generate power-to-speed pressure from each of them. Robinson can do this.

Duke’s Graham Barton, an offensive lineman for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

From the previous mock, nothing has changed. Although Barton played tackle for the Blue Devils, he demonstrated at Duke’s pro day that he possesses the athleticism to be a great center, which is something Pittsburgh needs.

Jordan Morgan, offensive lineman, Arizona, Miami Dolphins.

For Arizona, Morgan was a decent tackle, but he might be a better guard in the NFL. There is concern that the Dolphins’ supply of linemen may run out before Miami’s next selection, as that is where they most urgently need assistance.

The Atlanta Falcons (Trade).

Atlanta makes a trade of No. 43, Non. 79, No. 109 and Philadelphia’s second-round selection in 2025 in exchange for No. 22 as well as No. (161).

In this case, the Eagles, as everyone knows, trade back. The Falcons are willing to take McKinstry, who fits well with their defense both conceptually and emotionally. They jump at the chance to acquire him.

Byron Murphy, DT, Texas, is traded to the Tennessee Titans.

JC Latham (OT, Alabama) for the Dallas Cowboys.

Iowa DB Cooper DeJean plays for the Green Bay Packers.

This is another pick that remained the same from the previous mock; in my opinion, the Packers made a wise choice in matching the adaptable Dejean with their need at safety and outside wide receiver.

Chop Robinson, Edge, and Penn State are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Another past fit that looks too good to resist is Robinson to the Bucs. Chop gives Tampa Bay’s pass rush more oomph.

Arizona Cardinals: Clemson’s Nate Wiggins, CB.

Wiggins is a very quick player with a great deal of experience covering wide receivers. He would be a good fit for the Arizona CB group that is currently undergoing significant change.

Xavier Worthy, wide receiver, Texas, Buffalo Bills.

Squaring up with the explosive Josh Allen could be the best way to make the most of Worthy, the fastest wide receiver to ever attend the combine.

Detroit Lions: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon.

Powers-Johnson screams “Dan Campbell type of player” everywhere. A great selling point for the man known as JPJ is his ability to play center or guard at a high level. Brian Thomas is extremely hard to avoid in this situation, but nothing has changed from the previous mock.

Baltimore Ravens: Wide Receiver Brian Thomas (LSU).

The Ravens have successfully replaced Odell Beckham Jr., an alumnus of LSU. , and Brian Thomas has another. The pile of touchdowns he scored for the Tigers in 2023 overshadows his progress in route running.

Michael Penix Jr., Las Vegas Raiders, (Trade). QB, Washington.

Specifics of the trade: Las Vegas trades No. 44, No. 112 and San Francisco’s first-round selection in 2025 in exchange for No. 31 and No. 132.

Penix is selected by the Raiders as their new starting quarterback in a package deal.

Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia, Kansas City Chiefs.

Mims is an incredible player with great potential at offensive tackle, but he carries a real risk in terms of experience and durability.

Phase two.

33. Panthers: Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter, CB.

34. Eagles: Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan (Trade).

Eagles exchange No. No. 43 and 53 to New England. 34 as well as NO. 180 degrees.

33. Marshawn Kneeland of EDGE, Western Michigan, is a Cardinal.

36. Zach Frazier of IOL in West Virginia is the commander.

36. Roman Wilson, Wide Receiver, Michigan, is a Charger.

37. Titans: Texas A&M’s Edgerrin Cooper, linebacker.

39. Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia, is a Panther.

forty. Commanders: S. Tyler Nubin, Minnesota.

Number 41. Packers: BYU’s Kingsley Suamataia, overtime.

42. Texans: Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State.

42. Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State, was traded to the Patriots.

44. 49ers: T. A. J. Tampa, Iowa State; CB.

Number 45. Texan wide receiver Adonai Mitchell is a Saint.

46. Malachi Corley of Western Kentucky is a wide receiver for the Colts.

47. Oregon quarterback Bo Nix plays for the Giants.

48. Ennis Rakestraw, CB, Jaguars, Missouri.

49. Bengals: Michigan’s Kris Jenkins, defensive lineman.

50. Eagles: Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton, OT.

51. Steelers: Rutgers, CB, Max Melton.

51. Cooper Beebe, Kansas State’s offensive lineman, is a Ram.

51. (Trade) Patriots: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston.

53. Michael Hall, DT, Ohio State, is a Brown.

56. Chris Braswell of EDGE in Alabama is the Dolphins.

55. Cowboys: Florida State’s Trey Benson, running back.

57. Payton Wilson, linebacker, North Carolina State, is a Buccaneer.

58. Packers: Georgia’s Javon Bullard, S.

59%. Junior Colson, LB, Michigan, is a Texan.

60. Bills: Clemson, DT, Ruke Orhorhoro.

61. South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette is a Lion.

62. The Washington State Ravens’ Jaden Hicks, S.

53. Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin is a 49er.

64. Chiefs: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington.

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