The 2023 NFL season officially came to an end on Sunday night as the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in Super Bowl LVIII.

From now until the 2024 NFL Draft on April 25 in Detroit, “experts” will release mock drafts almost every week.

This is where you'll find the latest predictions, including top five picks, player ups and downs, surprise picks and potential trades.

This week's featured experts are Pro Football Focus.” Trevor SikkemaCBS Sports Ryan Wilson and NFL.com Cynthia Frelund.

Pick #1 (Chicago Bears)

Sikkema, Wilson: USC QB Caleb Williams

It is believed that the Bears will need “historical export” to retire the No. 1 pick. Until that happens, Chicago should land the 2022 Heisman Trophy winner, who threw for 8,170 yards, 72 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions in 2022-23.

Frelund: Notre Dame vs. Joe Alt

This would be one of the most shocking scenarios, especially since the Bears could likely move down and still sign the 6-foot-8, 322-pound offensive lineman. But then Alt bolstered Chicago's offensive line allowing only four sacks in his collegiate career.

(TRADE) No. 2 pick (Denver Broncos)

Sikkim: UNC QB Drake Maye

The first trade in the 2024 NFL Draft is a huge one, as the Broncos are selecting in the first round of the 2024 draft, in the first and second rounds in 2025, and in the first round in 2026 to acquire a future franchise quarterback. Maye is a bit raw, with only two years of experience to start with. However, he seems to be really good after passing for 7,929 yards, 62 touchdowns and 16 interceptions in 2022-23.

Choice #2 (Washington's Commanders)

Wilson: LSU QB Jayden Daniels

The debate between Maye and Daniels continues, but Wilson believes Daniels is the second quarterback off the board in this case. The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, throwing for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns and rushing for 1,134 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2023.

Sikkim: USC QB Caleb Williams

This is an absolute dream scenario for Commanders and will probably remain so. But never say never.

Pick #3 (New England Patriots)

Sikkim: LSU QB Jayden Daniels

Wilson, Frelund: UNC QB Drake Maye

Pick #4 (Arizona Cardinals)

Sikkema, Wilson, Frelund: Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

The first unanimous agreement among this week's “experts” is the No. 4 pick. This would be an ideal scenario for the Cardinals, who were missing a true No. 1 alpha wide receiver. That's exactly what Harrison Jr. would be, having recorded 144 catches for 2,474 yards in 2022-23 yards and 28 touchdowns.

Dial #5 (Los Angeles Chargers)

Sikkim: Washington WR Rome Odunze

Many “experts” like Sikkema believe the Chargers will add to QB Justin Herbert's arsenal with a first-round pick. Odunze could be the chosen one after hauling in 167 receptions for 2,785 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2022-23.

Wilson: Penn State will face Olumuyiwa Fashanu

However, if Los Angeles likes Herbert's quarterbacking, it may decide to strengthen its trenches. Fashanu would do exactly the same later not allowing the bag in over 680 pass protection snaps over the last two seasons.

Sikkim: Alabama CB Terrion Arnold

Arnold quickly established himself as the top cornerback in this year's draft with 63 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, five interceptions and 12 passes defended in 2023. The Chargers could go a few different ways, but adding Arnold to the secondary could be a good decision with an already talented attack.

Players up

Sikkim: Michigan QB JJ McCarthy (No. 10 pick for Washington Commanders)

Wilson: Michigan QB JJ McCarthy (No. 13 pick for Las Vegas Raiders)

McCarthy's draft numbers have been rising since he led the Wolverines to a national championship. When all is said and done, he could very well be in the top ten, and the “experts” clearly think he's flirting as such now. McCarthy threw for 5,710 yards, 44 touchdowns and just nine interceptions 2022–23.

Players are falling

Sikkim: Georgia TE Brock Bowers (No. 18 pick to Cincinnati Bengals)

Frelund: Georgia TE Brock Bowers (No. 15 pick for the Indianapolis Colts)

Bowers is currently PFF's top quarterback and is ranked No. 6 overall large board after returning 175 catches for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns from 2021-2023. However, other positions may be valued more, which may land you in the lap of a very grateful team.

A selection of surprises

Trevor Sikkema: Oregon QB Bo Nix (No. 30 pick for Minnesota Vikings)

Sikkema believes there could be another deal at the end of the first round, as happened at the top. The Vikings traded a 2024 second-round pick and a 2025 third-round pick to QB Kirk Cousin's replacement. Nix had a breakout season in 2023, passing for 4,508 yards, 45 touchdowns and just three interceptions.

Ryan Wilson: Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. (No. 20 pick for the Pittsburgh Steelers)

It appears the Steelers are still counting on QB Kenny Pickett and will do everything they can to help him succeed in 2024. But if Penix Jr., who has 9,544 yards, 66 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 2022-23, is still available, it would be hard to pass him up.



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