# Team Player Pos
1 Caleb Williams
USC
 
QB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Bears Take Caleb Williams With Pick #1

This hasn't changed since last August and I never understood why any other player was in the QB1 conversation these last 4-5 months. Williams is a special talent, and the Bears have done a good job of putting pieces in place to support him.

Rating: 94.07 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Patrick Mahomes
Summary

Caleb Williams is as close to Patrick Mahomes as we've seen since 2017. His footwork looks cleaner in his drop back, he has a plus arm, throws with great accuracy to all three levels, and consistently wins with his legs -- whether he's in the pocket, flushed from the pocket or on designed runs. Added bonuses: does a good job of avoiding hits near the sideline. Can throw with anticipation on intermediate routes, layers the ball well on intermediate routes and has good deep-ball accuracy. Would like to see him stick with his first read a little longer -- he loves to rely on his mobility and playmaking abilities -- but it's hard to argue with the results. There's a long list of QBs who play well off-platform and out of structure; he may already be one of the best.

About
  • 2022 Heisman Trophy winner (1st from USC since Reggie Bush)
  • Career: Most total yards (8,673) and TD (93) in 2-year span in USC history
Strengths
  • The next Patrick Mahomes isn't hyperbole
  • Can throw from every arm angle and do it with pinpoint accuracy
  • Consistently wins with his legs though he doesn't look to run at the first sign of trouble
Weaknesses
  • Tries to do too much at times
  • Needs to do a better job of playing within the offense
  • Will sometimes pass up easy throws looking for the big play

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3633 68.6 30 5
2 Jayden Daniels
LSU
 
QB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Commanders Take Jayden Daniels With Pick #2

No player improved more over the last 12 months than Jayden Daniels. He has a big arm, throws with touch to all three levels and has the athleticism to rip off 50-yard runs and make it look easy.

Rating: 92.83 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Tyrod Taylor
Summary

Jayden Daniels is one of the most improved players in college football over the past two years. He is an experienced passer who doubles as an impact runner. His decision-making has improved immensely since his days at Arizona State. Daniels has enough arm strength to push the ball downfield . He showed the ability to uplift and entire offense this past season.

About
  • 2023: Heisman Trophy winner (led FBS in total YPG and total TD/game)
  • Career: 1st ever with 12,000+ pass yds and 3,000+ rush yds in FBS history
Strengths
  • Impact performer as a runner
  • Over 3,000 college football snaps of experience
  • Throws with touch to all three levels
  • Keeps his eyes downfield when pressured
  • Makes good decisions on read options
Weaknesses
  • Thin frame, but has not missed time due to injury
  • Average arm strength
  • Footwork has made strides but remains a work in progress

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3812 72.2 40 4
3 Drake Maye
North Carolina
MOCK TRADE from NE
QB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Vikings Take Drake Maye With Pick #3

Mock Trade from: NE

This isn't breaking news but the Vikings have to get a QB in this class and I've heard that they prefer Maye at this spot. The problem: it's going to be costly to get up to No. 3 but if Maye is your guy, it's an easy decision.

Rating: 92.87 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Justin Herbert
Summary

Drake Maye is a tall pocket passer with some athletic juice. He has a live arm with a compact release. He drives the football with ease and throws a gorgeous spiral with high regularity. His accuracy to all levels is very good, but there are a few seemingly uncharacteristic misses deep. His misses are typically low/behind. He was utilized in the designed run game in college but it will be somewhat of a stretch to see him succeed doing that in the NFL. Has a flair for making plays on the run and can be a useful, Mahomes-like scrambler. The natural playmaker gene is there, as he rarely gives up on a play. He wants to rip the vertical shot down the seam/numbers. He truly can make every throw, and his arm talent borders on elite. His high-arcing touch is good, not amazing. He can make impressive throws with defenders draped on him. His pocket presence is solid, but sometimes awkward when navigating. He has lots of experience reading the entire field. Overall, he has a great blend of pocket passing, arm talent, accuracy, and athleticism. He's a very impressive QB prospect for the modern-day NFL.

About
  • 2022: ACC Player of the Year (First in UNC since Lawrence Taylor in 1980)
  • Only FBS player with 7,000+ pass yards and 1,000+ rush yards in past two seasons
Strengths
  • Arm strength is fantastic
  • Full-field reader
  • Big frame with plus athleticism to scramble and elude rushers inside the pocket
Weaknesses
  • Occasional miss low/behind his WR
  • At times awkward when attempting to navigate the pocket
  • In some instances will try to do too much when things break down

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
12 3608 63.3 24 9
4 J.J. McCarthy
Michigan
MOCK TRADE from ARI
QB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Patriots Take JJ McCarthy with Pick #11

Mock Trade from: ARI

Like the Vikings, the Broncos need a QB, especially in that division, and especially if they can beat their AFC West rivals to the punch.

Rating: 91.43 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Joe Burrow
Summary

J.J. McCarthy is an incredibly efficient passer who operated in a predominantly run-heavy offense. He is slight of frame but has the mobility and accuracy to make plays out of structure. McCarthy does not have the strongest arm but throws with touch to all three levels. He is a tough player who has consistently won at every level of his career.

About
  • 2023: CFP national champion (led Michigan to 15-0 record)
  • 27-1 career record as starting QB (3rd-best in FBS history)
Strengths
  • Sixth-highest completion percentage in 2023 (72.3%)
  • Does a good job manipulating the pocket
  • Throws with touch to all three levels
  • Great ball placement
Weaknesses
  • Ball security in tight pockets
  • Late to see some breakers
  • Average arm strength
Combine Data
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.23 seconds
  • 3-cone drill: 6.82 seconds

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 2991 72.3 22 4
5 Marvin Harrison Jr.
Ohio State
MOCK TRADE from LAC
WR
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Cardinals Take Marvin Harrison Jr. With Pick #4

Mock Trade from: LAC

The Cardinals aren't afraid to move down -- and then back up -- the draft board (see last year) and if they can move down from No. 4, and then get back to No. 5 and still land Marvin Harrison Jr. feels like best-case scenario. (For our purposes here, Arizona moved down from No. 4 to No. 12, then traded back up to No. 5 to get Harrison Jr.)

Rating: 93.83 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Randy Moss
Summary

Marvin Harrison Jr. is arguably the best player in the entire draft class. Father was an NFL Hall of Famer and Harrison Jr. has a chance to be even better because of his physical gifts -- size, speed, huge catch radius and the ability to win running a variety of routes. When he is locked in he's all but unstoppable.

About
  • Career: 2-time unanimous All-American (1st from OSU since Orlando Pace)
  • 1st player in Big Ten history with 14+ rec TD in multiple seasons
Strengths
  • Incredibly strong at the top of routes; he's able to create separation vs. physical CBs
  • Hands-catcher with an enormous catch radius
  • Can stack CBs off the line of scrimmage and has the shiftiness to create separation on every route
Weaknesses
  • Did have a few focus drops during the 2023 season
  • Showed frustrations at times at the level of QB play in 2023

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
12 67 1211 18.1 14
6 Malik Nabers
LSU
 
WR
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Giants Take Malik Nabers With Pick #6

The Giants will try to get Drake Maye and if they can't pull off that trade-up, they have to get Daniel Jones some help.

Rating: 93.57 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Brandon Aiyuk
Summary

Malik Nabers is a super-explosive WR prospect. He gets to top gear in a flash and can sustain that speed down the field. He’s effortless off the line and has serious acceleration. He’s a bouncy athlete when needing to elevate. He has plus wiggle off the line and can get on top of CBs quickly to stack them on vertical routes. Physicality can get the best of him in press, but he’s not a weak player. He works well fighting back to the football/finding it down the field and in the red zone. Natural mover with the ball in his hands. He has RB vision, plus quickness, and his supercharged burst all indicate him being a YAC weapon in the NFL. He won't be an elite burner, but he’s certainly not slow. While not tall for the position, he has a "my-ball" mentality in traffic. Route-running is good, but he didn't run the full route tree. He has the athletic chops to be a star in that area eventually. In most classes, he'd be the clear WR1. His game is tailor-made for today's NFL.

About
  • 2023: Converted 78.7% of his receptions into either a first down or a touchdown, according to TruMedia (second-highest among players with at least 100 target)
  • 2023: Led FBS with 17 catches of 30-plus yards
Strengths
  • Incredible explosiveness
  • RAC ability is elite
  • Will go up and get ball in traffic
Weaknesses
  • Not a huge frame
  • Didn't run many routes in college
  • Occasionally physical press beats him at the line

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 89 1569 17.6 14
7 Joe Alt OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Chargers Take Joe Alt With Pick #5

I desperately wanted to give the Titans a wide receiver here, and new coach Brian Callahan might be leaning in that direction, but instead they get the most NFL-ready left tackle in this class.

Rating: 92.80 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Taylor Decker
Summary

Joe Alt made tremendous strides in his career from 2022 to 2023. He looks like a much more flexible prospect capable of digging out smaller rushers. He can struggle with power players that get under his pad level and does not have ideal shock and power in his initial punch. Alt does a great job of adjusting his hands and feet when engaged.

About
  • 2022-23: 2-time first-team All-American (AP)
  • 2023: Highest overall PFF grade (90.7) by FBS OL
Strengths
  • Does a great job adjusting his hands and feet when engaged
  • A much more fluid player in 2023 than 2022
  • Does a good job with punch placement
  • Moves well to mirror defenders laterally
Weaknesses
  • Average job of engaging and sustaining blocks in space
  • Average shock and power in his hands
  • Power players can get under his pads and walk him back
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.05 seconds
  • Bench press: 27 reps
  • Vertical jump: 28 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.51 seconds
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 4 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.31 seconds
8 Jared Verse EDGE
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Bears Take Jared Verse With Pick #9

It'll be interesting to see which edge rusher goes off the board first but Jared Verse can take over games and in Atlanta he fills a huge need

Rating: 92.57 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Joshua Hines-Allen
Summary

Jared Verse is an Albany transfer who was unranked coming out of high school. He would've been a first-round pick after the 2022 season, but he returned to Florida State and will again be a first-round pick in 2024. He plays with heavy hands and is twitchy off the edge. When he is locked in, he is unblockable.

About
  • 2022-23: 2-time first-team All-ACC
  • 2022-23: Most pressures (98), T-most sacks (18.0) in ACC over this span
Strengths
  • Stout at the point of attack
  • Plays with heavy hands and has a quick get-off that consistently beats offensive tackles
Weaknesses
  • Made huge stride in Year 1 at Florida State, but leveled off some in Year 2
  • Very little to not love about his game
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.58 seconds
  • Bench press: 31 reps
  • Vertical jump: 35 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.44 seconds
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.31 seconds

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 41 9 0
9 Olumuyiwa Fashanu
Penn State
MOCK TRADE from CHI
OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Titans Take Olu Fashanu With Pick #7

Mock Trade from: CHI

Saints GM Mickey Loomis ain't afraid to trade up and given their needs at the tackle position (potentially both left and right), this would be the least surprising development of Thursday night.

Rating: 93.07 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Trent Williams
Summary

Olu Fashanu has long arms, a good base, great athleticism, is solid at the point of attack and consistently anchors well against power rushers. He's patient in his pass sets and rarely panics. He's only going to get better.

About
  • 2023: Consensus All-American and first-team All-Big Ten
  • Career: 0 sacks allowed on 697 career pass-blocking snaps
Strengths
  • Physical freak in every regard; can manhandle edge rushers but has the athleticism to get to the second level and bury his target
  • Still young and developing; he's only going to get better
Weaknesses
  • Needs to continue to refine his technique because he sometimes relies on this athleticism to win vs. lesser opponents
  • Had a better 2022 season, so he'll need to show he can play with more consistency
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.11 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 32 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 1 inches
10 Taliese Fuaga OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Jets Take Taliese Fuaga With Pick #10

Even with Rome Odunze still on the board, GM Joe Douglas gets the offensive lineman he was reportedly enamored with going back to the Senior Bowl.

Rating: 92.53 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Jedrick Wills
Summary

Taliese Fuaga is a large, girthy, mobile people-mover at RT. He has shocking burst and lateral quicks given his gargantuan size; some Penei Sewell-ian vibes when he's on the move. He has frequent mashing reps and is a menace at the second level. He’s an authoritative blocker who tries to get his hands on DLs early. Sometimes quality rushers can throw him off balance, but those reps are few and far between and he works hard to recover. Grip strength could improve and he’s not incredibly accurate at the second level, but he gets out there in a flash. Despite his wide frame and easy power, he could actually add more lower-body strength for setting edge/turning DLs. Kick slide is good, not great. Overall, Fuaga is a mostly ready-to-go classic RT with power and mobility.

About
  • 2023: Second-team All-American (AP) and first-team All-Pac 12
  • 2023: Highest PFF run-blocking grade (90.9) in FBS
Strengths
  • Prototypical NFL OT frame
  • Immense athletic gifts for his size
  • Masher at the point of attack
Weaknesses
  • Aggressive style can get the best of him, balance isn't always stellar
  • Needs to add more lower-body strength
  • Good, not great kick slide at times
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.13 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 32 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
11 Rome Odunze
Washington
MOCK TRADE from MIN
WR
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Falcons Take Rome Odunze With Pick #8

Mock Trade from: MIN

The Patriots trade down and and find Rome Odunze sitting in their laps. He's a top-8 talent all day long, but because of all the trade-ups for QBs and OTs, Odunze lasts until pick 11.

Rating: 92.60 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Muhsin Muhammad
Summary

Washington has attempted to manufacture touches for Rome Odunze for years. He is a good route runner with an ability to elude defenders post-catch. He has great size with the range to go high or low. From 2022 to 2023, he added 15 pounds of good weight to improve his physicality through routes. As he gains more reps carrying that additional weight, he should only improve.

About
  • 2023: Consensus All-American (2-time first-team All-Pac 12)
  • 2023: Led FBS with 1,640 rec yards (Washington record)
Strengths
  • Good hand-eye coordination
  • Elusive post-catch
  • Good range to go high or low
  • Does a great job tracking the ball downfield
  • Fluid athlete with good top-end speed
Weaknesses
  • Physicality through his routes
  • Struggles to consistently get off jams at the line of scrimmage
  • Average burst
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.45 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 39 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.03 seconds
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 4 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 6.88 seconds

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
15 92 1640 17.8 13
12 JC Latham
Alabama
MOCK TRADE from DEN
OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Raiders Take JC Latham with Pick #13

Mock Trade from: DEN

Latham's NFL future may eventually be at guard but he'll get every chance to win the RT job where he was dominant for Alabama the last two seasons.

Rating: 91.50 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Teven Jenkins
Summary

JC Latham is a big power/anchor-based RT with vice grips for hands. Good quickness. Best in quick-setting scenario where he can get his hands on EDGEs instantly. Just enough athleticism to get back to secondary rushers on stunts or delayed blitzes. Very patient and collected in pass pro. Glides laterally against inside moves/counters. Could play with more of a mean streak. Not highly effective in space/on the move. Has room to improve as a run blocker. Must add more sand in his pants at the NFL level. Anchoring flashes on film that are awesome. Understands his assignments but can be a tick labored/awkward getting there. At times opens the gate too early -- it shouldn't be as easy to soften his edge. Generates plenty of torque. Size, natural power, and some athletic flashes make him a fun OT prospect.

About
  • 2023: Second-team All-American (AP) and first-team All-SEC
  • 3 sacks allowed in 970 career pass-blocking snaps
Strengths
  • Large, naturally strong frame
  • Plenty of experience in the SEC at multiple positions
  • Rarely out of position
Weaknesses
  • Movements can be a bit labored
  • Not as nasty at the point of attack as his size would indicate
  • Must improve as a run blocker
13 Quinyon Mitchell CB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Jaguars Take Quinyon Mitchell with Pick #17

Vegas needs a QB but if they don't trade up, they'll target the bet OT or CB. In Mitchell, they land the best cornerback in this class.

Rating: 92.77 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Darius Slay
Summary

Quinyon Mitchell checks a lot of boxes for NFL teams. He has great size to be a man coverage cornerback on the boundary. He has a quick click and close to flash downhill in run support. Mitchell has good top-end speed but gets a bit loose in transitions across the field. He is competitive at the catch point and has great ball production over the past two seasons. Mitchell does not have significant exposure against Power 5 competition.

About
  • 2023: Second-team All-American (AP) and first-team All-MAC
  • Most passes defended in FBS (37) over past 2 seasons
Strengths
  • Six interceptions over the past two seasons
  • Great frame to play on the boundary in man coverage
  • Good top-end speed
  • Competitive at the catch point
  • Quick click and close to impact the run game
Weaknesses
  • Gambler by nature, which could lead to big plays
  • Two games against Power 5 competition in his career
  • Gets a bit loose in transitions occasionally
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.33 seconds
  • Bench press: 20 reps
  • Vertical jump: 38 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 2 inches

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 41 0 1
14 Byron Murphy II
Texas
MOCK TRADE from NO
DL
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Seahawks Take Byron Murphy II with Pick #16

Mock Trade from: NO

The Bears could take an edge rusher here and it would make all the sense in the world, or they could take the best defensive player in this class in Byron Murphy II.

Rating: 92.20 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Javon Hargrave
Summary

Byron Murphy II is a long armed, squatty, explosive DT. His first-step quicks are a problem for interior OLs, and he gets his hands into their chest in a flash. He resets the line of scrimmage with speed-to-power conversion and effortlessly works across the frame of blockers to soften their edges. He has a nice rip move and uses an occasional swipe. He’s a very fluid athlete with loose hips who can track the football down the line of scrimmage. He will occasionally drop to one knee to anchor against doubles, but it's not a clear strength. He’s surprisingly powerful at the point of attack given his size. His hands are never complacent, and he works noticeably hard against the run and is rarely on the ground. He’s best in a pure up-the-field pass-rush role. He has good block-shed ability. He doesn't have enough pure strength to counter off the initial rush, but that rush is almost always super explosive.

About
  • 2023 Second-team All-American (AP) and first-team All-Big 12
  • 2023: Highest PFF pass-rush grade (91.5) among FBS DT
Strengths
  • Exudes explosiveness
  • Pass-rush moves he deploys are highly effective
  • 100% effort on every play
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't always have a counter ready if his first move fails
  • Smaller size gets him washed out against the run at times
  • Won't be great against doubles
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.87 seconds
  • Bench press: 28 reps
  • Vertical jump: 33 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
13 29 5 0
15 Brian Thomas Jr.
LSU
 
WR
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Steelers Take Brian Thomas Jr with Pick #20

The Colts could be in the market to trade up for a WR but instead stay put and land one of the best deep threats in this class.

Rating: 91.87 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: George Pickens
Summary

Brian Thomas Jr. is a tall, decently sculpted perimeter wideout with plus ball-tracking capabilities. He’s not super explosive, but he can win off the line to the inside or outside or with physicality. Some wiggle to his game, which also pops after the catch. Surprising agility for a taller WR. Deceptive long speed, and his build-up speed surprises DBs. He has some high-point ability and will find the ball over his shoulder/in-traffic with good regularity. He shows flashes dipping past DBs in his route. Nothing about his game stands out more than the rest; he’s just a solid all-around WR prospect with a relatively polished game and fair amount of upside due to his age.

About
  • 2023: Third-team All-American (AP)
  • 2023: Led FBS with 17 rec TD last season (T-5th most in SEC history)
Strengths
  • Complete game, rock-solid in every element of playing WR
  • Tracks the football downfield with ease
  • Plus cutting skills after the catch for a taller WR
Weaknesses
  • Not incredibly explosive
  • Sometimes, physicality disrupts him
  • Not a contact-balance type after the catch
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.33 seconds
  • Bench press: 11 reps
  • Vertical jump: 38.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 6 inches

2023 College Stats

GP REC YDS AVG TDS
13 68 1177 17.3 17
16 Michael Penix Jr. QB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Broncos Take Michael Penix Jr with Pick #12

This feels out of left field, but there are the obvious connections too; Ryan Grubb, the Seahawks new offensive coordinator, was Penix's OC and QB coach for the Huskies. Geno Smith, meanwhile, will be 34 in October and his contract expires after the 2025 season.

Rating: 88.43 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Tua Tagovailoa
Summary

NFL decision-makers have a wide array of opinions on Michael Penix Jr.’s abilities; some like him in Round 1, while others think he's a Day 3 target. It's hard to argue that he's the best deep ball thrower in this draft class, and he arrives in the league with a ton of experience.

About
  • 2023: Heisman Trophy runner-up (best finish in Washington history)
  • 2022-23: Most pass yards (9,544) in 2-year span in Pac-12 history
Strengths
  • Best deep-ball thrower in this class
  • Throws with anticipation on intermediate routes
  • Very good at putting the ball in position to maximize YAC
Weaknesses
  • Injury history will be a concern for many NFL teams
  • Can he consistently throw the ball accurately over the middle of the field on intermediate routes?

2023 College Stats

GP PYDS PCT TDS INT
15 4903 65.4 36 11
17 Dallas Turner EDGE
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Dolphins Take Dallas Turner with Pick #21

Turner could be off the board 8 or 9 picks earlier but somehow lasts until the middle of Round 1. He'll be EDGE1 on a lot of teams' boards.

Rating: 92.57 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Jevon Kearse
Summary

Dallas Turner is a quick edge rusher with good first-step quickness. He could stand to add more mass to take his game to another level but is not deficient in that regard. Turner has great waist bend at the high side of his rush to flatten and become a heat-seeking missile towards quarterbacks. He should quickly become a factor for a team at the next level.

About
  • 2023: Consensus All-American and SEC Co-Defensive POY
  • Career: 22.5 sacks and 32.5 TFL (both 2nd in SEC in span)
Strengths
  • Great waist bend at the high side of his rush
  • Good quickness to shoot gaps and get on the hips of blockers
  • Builds speed quickly
  • Plays to the whistle
  • Works back when getting too deep in his rush
Weaknesses
  • Could stand to add more weight to hold up in run support
  • Needs a runway to create power as a rusher
  • Inconsistent job of getting off blocks
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.46 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 40-5 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 7 inches

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 53 11 0
18 Terrion Arnold
Alabama
MOCK TRADE from CIN
CB
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Colts Take Terrion Arnold with Pick #15

Mock Trade from: CIN

The Eagles need to solidify the secondary and they're trading up here to do it.

Rating: 92.43 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Jaycee Horn
Summary

Terrion Arnold is a boundary cornerback with good size. He has average top-end speed but has little difficulty carrying routes up the boundary. Arnold gets a bit loose in routes transitioning across the field and can do a better job of breaking his feet down in space to make a form tackle. He is a high-energy cornerback who will occasionally lose patience and grab the receiver during routes. Over the past two years, Arnold has tremendous ball production. He is not afraid to play downhill in run support and jam at the line of scrimmage.

About
  • 2023: First-team All-American (AP)
  • 2023: 5 INT (T-most in SEC)
Strengths
  • Not afraid to be physical, jam receivers at the line of scrimmage
  • Versatility to play on the boundary or in the slot
  • Willing to play downhill in run support
  • Good size for the position
  • Great ball production over the past two years
Weaknesses
  • Gets a bit loose transitioning across the field
  • 11% missed tackle rate in 2023, per TruMedia
  • Loses patience and grabs in coverage occasionally
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.5 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 37 inches
  • Broad jump: 10 feet, 9 inches

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 63 1 5
19 Laiatu Latu
UCLA
 
EDGE
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Patriots Take Laiatu Latu with Pick #23

The Rams could target defensive line here but if they've cleared Latu medically, he would make a lot of sense.

Rating: 92.17 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Jaelan Phillips
Summary

Laiatu Latu is a tall, well-built edge rusher. He tends to rush a tick high, but he has a nasty, often-used swim move. He’s fast and effective with it. He’s a highly capable athlete. He dips/leans around the corner and retraces when he's past the QB. Everything about his rush skill set is very natural and smooth. He has never-stopping hands, and there's some power to them. Swipe and rip are there, too. He wins with leverage and using OTs (and OGs) momentum against them when countering. Burst is great but not elite. At times, his higher rushes and desire to use the swim leave his midsection susceptible and his power sapped. He works hard against the run. He has a large tackling radius and can be a menace against OGs inside when they don't get up and under him. Good bend for his size, but it’s not a trademark attribute. Closing speed is impressive. He needs to add a bull rush. Overall, Latu is a three-down edge rusher in the NFL and an All-Pro talent with polish.

About
  • 2023: Unanimous All-American (First from UCLA since Maurice Jones-Drew in 2005)
  • Led FBS with 23.5 sacks in past two seasons
Strengths
  • Towering, lengthy frame
  • Wins with a variety of pass-rush moves
  • Bend/speed around the corner are awesome for his size
Weaknesses
  • Doesn't have a consistent bull rush, lacks some power
  • Rushes can get high
  • At times, leaves his midsection open to blockers
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 4.64 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 32 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 8 inches

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
12 49 13 2
20 Troy Fautanu IOL
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Saints Take Troy Fautanu with Pick #14

The Steelers could go in any number of directions here, from WR to CB to interior offensive line, but they target the tackle position with Fautanu, who has the flexibility to play all five positions.

Rating: 89.67 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Tyler Steen
Summary

Troy Fautanu is a smaller, compact, quickness-based OT prospect with plus awareness and quality feet. He's a quick setter. Clearly he has to get stronger, as anchoring capabilities are not where they need to be. Because of power deficiency, he has to lean into his blocks, which makes it easier for DLs to get off him against the run. He's further ahead as a pass protector right now, which isn't the worst dynamic. Lateral quicks to follow inside moves into the pocket. Not enough sustained juice in his kick slide to get to speedy outside rushers. He may have a future at guard because he doesn't possess a classic NFL OT frame. He's very mobile and gets to the second level in a hurry, though he's not very accurate finding LBs there. Grip strength must improve at the next level. Despite that, he has outstanding hand work; he swats down hands, constantly looking to reset his hands to control defenders. He's very capable picking up stunts. Overall, the physical tools are there for Fautanu, but he has to get stronger and learn to get more depth/speed in his traditional pass-blocking sets.

About
  • 2023: Morris Trophy winner (best OL in Pac-12)
  • 2023: Fifth-best PFF pass-block grade (88.2) among FBS OT
Strengths
  • Plus athlete, light on his feet
  • Awareness is awesome, will get to inside moves, blitzes, and stunts
  • Comfortable in space on screens and combos at the second level
Weaknesses
  • Not quite explosive enough to get to outside speed rushers in traditional pass set
  • Has to get significantly stronger at the NFL level
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.01 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 32.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 5 inches
21 Graham Barton
Duke
 
IOL
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Packers Take Graham Barton with Pick #25

Barton played left tackle at Duke but his NFL future will be inside at either guard or center.

Rating: 85.53 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Peter Skoronski
Summary

Graham Barton is a short-area quickness, hustle, technique based OT in somewhat of an OG body. Works the angles awesomely. Tends to lean into blocks when getting across the line. Occasionally late with his hands -- and they get outside -- but his sweet feet kept him in position in pass pro. Effortlessly slides against inside moves. Doesn't have enough length or power to anchor around the corner with great consistency. Plus accuracy getting to the second level because he trusts his athleticism. Very aware of stunts, and will get to most of them. Definitely has a nasty demeanor finishing blocks. Probably a guard at the next level but has enough juice to play center, too. Versatility and relatively clean film at OT are his biggest selling points.

About
  • 2023: Second-team All-American
  • 2022-23: 2-time first-team All-ACC
Strengths
  • Light feet when executing all blocks
  • Works the angles/leverages awesomely
  • Plus accuracy finding LBs at second level
Weaknesses
  • Lacks power, doesn't have much anchor
  • Tends to get off balance against bigger rushers
  • Minimal length
22 Amarius Mims
Georgia
MOCK TRADE from PHI
OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Eagles Take Amarius Mims with Pick #22

Mock Trade from: PHI

Brock Bowers is still out there but the Bengals consider the offensive line a bigger need here.

Rating: 91.83 (All-Pro)
Pro Comparison: Evan Neal
Summary

Amarius Mims has the athleticism and talent to become the best offensive tackle from this draft class. Injuries have limited the right tackle's availability, but his performance against Ohio State in 2022 put him on the national radar. He does a good job adjusting his feet when engaged in pass protection and drives his feet on contact in the run game. Mims can do a better job of adjusting his hands when engaged and would be better served working on his punch placement and being more aggressive at the point of attack.

About
  • 2021-22: 2-Time CFP national champion (starter in 2022)
  • Career: 0 sacks allowed on 377 career pass-blocking snaps
Strengths
  • Absorbs contact well
  • Does a great job adjusting his feet when engaged
  • Drives feet on contact in the run game
  • Great upper body strength
  • Good foot quickness
Weaknesses
  • Limited playing experience due to injuries
  • Can do a better job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Punch placement can improve
  • Would like to see him dictate action at the point of attack more often
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.07 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 25.5 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 3 inches
23 Tyler Guyton
Oklahoma
MOCK TRADE from MIN
OT
HQ Spotlight Mock Draft: The Cowboys Take Tyler Guyton with Pick #24

Mock Trade from: MIN

Guyton played right tackle at Oklahoma but some teams think he has the ability to move to the left side, which is a huge need for the Patriots.

Rating: 87.30 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Anton Harrison
Summary

Tyler Guyton is a right tackle who moves really well for his size and has good ankle flexion to recover when balance is lost. Most of his balance issues stem from not adjusting his hands when engaged and punch placement. Guyton can use varied timing in his punches to confuse defenders. He has good eyes to handle exchanges and pick up stunts into his gap.

About
  • 2023: All-Big 12 honorable mention
  • 2023: 0 sacks allowed on 335 pass-blocking snaps
Strengths
  • Moves really well for his size
  • Good ankle flexion to recover
  • Good eyes to handle exchanges and stunts into his gap
  • Good first-step quickness
Weaknesses
  • Can do a better job of adjusting his hands when engaged
  • Can do a better job of varying punch pace to confuse defenders
  • Punch placement can improve
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.19 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 34.5 inches
  • 20-yard shuttle run: 4.71 seconds
  • Broad jump: 8 feet, 11 inches
  • 3-cone drill: 7.5 seconds
24 Jordan Morgan OT

Morgan played left tackle at Arizona and he may kick inside at the next level; wherever he ends up, he'll play alongside Tyler Smith.

Rating: 85.50 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Bernhard Raimann
Summary

Jordan Morgan is a fluid, highly capable athlete with a classic NFL OT frame, despite slightly shorter arms than what's normally desired. Wingspan is fine. Fires out of his stance fast and naturally. Glides. Super loose hips, which help him mirror against all types of counter moves. Awesome in that regard. Moves like a large tight end. Hand work is mostly good but inconsistent. Almost seems like he leans on his athleticism too much and doesn't fire his hands early enough. Anchor is great -- clean back bend -- but certainly room for improvement overall. Has the frame to add 10 to 15 pounds without sapping athletic gifts. Combo-blocking capability pops on film. While he doesn't possess the strongest grip strength, he carries out blocks on the move as well as any blocker in the class. Pass-blocking is a speciality because of all the ways he can win at the point of attack, although there's an occasional lackluster rep when his edge is softened too easily. Overall, Morgan is an NFL-ready blocker with loads of upside because of his natural smoothness and gifted feet.

About
  • 2023: First-team All-Pac 12
  • Allowed 3 sacks on 880 pass-blocking snaps in past 2 seasons
Strengths
  • Sturdy, NFL OT build with plus wingspan
  • Smooth movement in every direction
  • Stellar pass protector (mirroring + anchor)
Weaknesses
  • Needs to get more nasty in run game
  • Hand work needs to be more consistent
  • Could stand to add 10-15 pounds to his frame for power purposes
Combine Data
  • 40-yard dash: 5.04 seconds
  • Vertical jump: 28 inches
  • Broad jump: 9 feet, 2 inches
25 Cooper DeJean
Iowa
 
CB
Ryan Wilson's NFL Mock Draft: Philadelphia selects CB Cooper DeJean at No. 22

The Packers could go offensive or defensive line, but instead add depth to the secondary. I like DeJean as an outside CB but some teams think he'll be best suited at nickel or safety.

Rating: 89.53 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Jaycee Horn
Summary

Cooper DeJean is an extremely physical cornerback at the catch point who has big size and great speed. He can run with any wide receiver and is very smooth when flipping his hips and staying in phase on vertical routes. He also adds something in the return game.

About
  • 2023: Unanimous All-American (2-time first-team All-Big Ten)
  • 2022: 5 INT (including Iowa single-season record 3 pick-sixes)
Strengths
  • Extremely physical at catch point, even if he gets beaten earlier in route; has ability to recover and make play on ball
  • Even from off man, can drive downhill and close separation gap in a hurry on in-breaking routes
  • Has return ability
Weaknesses
  • Is his NFL future at CB or safety?
  • Can get too handsy at times in coverage

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
10 41 0 2
26 Kool-Aid McKinstry CB

The Bucs could love an interior offensive lineman here but they also need to improve the secondary and McKinstry could be a target here.

Rating: 89.13 (High-level starter)
Pro Comparison: Antoine Cason
Summary

Kool-Aid McKinstry has been a key contributor for the Alabama defense since his freshman campaign. He has good top-end speed, but it is not always evident on film. McKinstry is a smart player with good route recognition, but he can do a better job of tracking the ball downfield. He shows good foot quickness to mirror receivers up the boundary and transition across the field.

About
  • 2023: First-team All-American (2-time first-team All-SEC)
  • Career: 0 TD allowed on 1,206 coverage snaps
Strengths
  • Good top-end speed
  • Does a good job transitioning across the field
  • Good foot quickness to mirror receivers
  • Smart cornerback who understands his responsibilities
Weaknesses
  • Can catch him leaning at the stem in man coverage
  • 8.1% missed tackle rate in 2023, per TruMedia
  • Downfield tracking

2023 College Stats

GP TKL SACKS INT
14 32 0 0
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