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8 trades, including 2 in the top 5 highlight AP’s final mock draft

The NFL Draft madness begins as the final edition of the 2024 AP Mock Draft begins.

Eight exchanges in the first round. Two exchanges in the top five. A team goes down and goes back up. Another completes three trades, going down twice before moving up to snatch a quarterback. A division champion is eliminated in the first round.

It’s no secret the Chicago Bears are selecting Caleb Williams first overall. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner at USC has been listed for the first selection in months.

Washington commanders should choose between LSU Jayden Danielsthe 2023 Heisman winner and that of North Carolina Drake Maye at No. 2.

Next, the New England Patriots should take the remaining quarterback.

Or will they?

Here is the AP’s 3.0 simulated project:

1. Chicago Bears: CALEB WILLIAMS, QUARTERBACK, USC

Williams is the consensus No. 1 pick. The Bears have already traded Justin Fields, their 2021 first-round pick, and may finally have a long-term answer at the most important position.

2. Washington Commanders: JAYDEN DANIELS, QUARTERBACK, LSU

The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner is a perfect fit for new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who has had some success with the dual-threat QB. Kyler Murray in Arizona.

3. Minnesota Vikings (mock trade with New England): DRAKE MAYE, QUARTERBACK, NORTH CAROLINA

Despite signing Sam Darnold to a one-year, $10 million deal after losing Kirk Cousins In Atlanta, the Vikings are looking for a franchise QB. They send picks No. 11 and 23 plus a 2025 first rounder to New England for picks No. 3 and 2025 third and sixth rounds.

Maye won’t have to start right away but could replace Darnold after a few games.

4. Buffalo Bills (mock trade with Arizona): MARVIN HARRISON JR., WIDE RECEIVER, OHIO STATE

Harrison, the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Marvin Harrison, was the best WR on the field last season. His stock has dropped because he skipped offseason workouts, but his tape is good enough. The Bills are under pressure to win a Super Bowl and need a No. 1 after trades Steve Diggs. This blockbuster deal sends the No. 28 pick, a second round (60), a fourth (128), a fifth (160) and a 2025 first and second to Arizona for the No. 4 and a 2025 fourth.

5. Los Angeles Chargers: MALIK NABERS, WIDE RECEIVER, LSU

New Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh loves offensive linemen, but Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are gone. Justin Herbert needs playmakers. Nabers gives them a physical receiver with elite ball skills and explosive route running ability. He caught 89 balls for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

6. New York Giants: ROME ODUNZE, WIDE RECEIVER, WASHINGTON

Odunze has the size, speed and skills to be elite. He had 92 catches for 1,640 yards, 13 touchdowns in 2023. The Giants haven’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since Odell Beckham Jr. in 2018.

7. Tennessee Titans: JOE ALT, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, NOTRE DAME

The 6-foot-9, 321-pound Alt is an athletic, versatile player widely considered the best blocker in a strong draft class. His father, John Alt, was a two-time Pro Bowl left tackle in Kansas City. The Titans must protect Will Levis after allowing an AFC-high 64 sacks last season.

8. New England Patriots (mock trade with Atlanta): JJ MCCARTHY, QUARTERBACK, MICHIGAN

After falling from No. 3, the Patriots add the Michigan quarterback, hoping McCarthy can have just a fraction of the success the former Wolverines QB has. Tom Brady had in New England.

Despite playing in a high-scoring offense, McCarthy’s stock rose after leading Michigan to a national championship. He’s a winner who brings a lot of intangibles as well as a strong arm. With veteran Jacoby Brissett returning to New England, McCarthy won’t need to start immediately.

To get No. 8, the Patriots send No. 11 and a second rounder (34) to Atlanta and get a third (74) and a fifth (143).

9. Chicago Bears: DALLAS TURNER, EDGE, ALABAMA

The Bears are turning to defense after taking Williams first and getting the best passer in the draft. Turner is an athletic rusher with size, speed and burst to tackle playmaking QBs.

10. New York Jets: BROCK BOWERS, TIGHT END, GEORGIA

After addressing the offensive line in free agency, the Jets give Aaron Rodgers another playmaker by selecting the best tight end in the draft. Bowers has the versatility to line up anywhere and is a reliable blocker.

11. Atlanta Falcons (mock trade with New England via Minnesota): QUINYON MITCHELL, CORNERBACK, TOLEDO

Mitchell ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the combine and gave Atlanta a potential cornerback after the Falcons bolstered the offense in free agency, adding Cousins ​​and WR. Darnell Mooney.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (mock trade with Denver): JC LATHAM, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, ALABAMA

Latham is an athletic and powerful right tackle who can play on the left side. He can slide into the right guard position and possibly replace Lane Johnson at right tackle. The Eagles like the strength of the offensive line and general manager Howie Roseman is known for being aggressive. They send No. 22, a second rounder (50) and a sixth (210) for this pick and a fifth (136).

13. Las Vegas Raiders: TERRION ARNOLD, CORNERBACK, ALABAMA

Arnold is an exceptional cover guy, tough enough to be an asset against the run and has excellent ball skills. The Raiders have already made a splash on defense in free agency, signing DT Christian Wilkins.

14. New Orleans Saints: OLUMUYIWA FASHANU, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, PENN STATE

Fashanu, 6-6 and 321 pounds, is already an elite pass blocker on the right side. He did not authorize a referral to the university.

15. Indianapolis Colts: NATE WIGGINS, CORNERBACK, CLEMSON

Wiggins has elite speed, he is versatile and is a playmaker. He strengthens a pass defense that finishes in the middle of the pack.

16. Seattle Seahawks: LAIATU LATU, EDGE, UCLA

Latu was the university’s best defensive end last season, winning the Lombardi and Ted Hendricks awards. He will give the Seahawks a passer with game-changing skills.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars: JARED VERSE, EDGE, FLORIDA STATE

Verse has the skills to be an elite passer for a team that finished 25th in the league in sacks.

18. Cincinnati Bengals: BYRON MURPHY, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, TEXAS

The Bengals strengthen the interior of their defensive line by placing the powerful Murphy in the middle.

19. Los Angeles Rams: JER’ZHAN NEWTON, DEFENSIVE TACKLE, ILLINOIS

Newton is a disruptive interior defender who brings a physical presence to the middle of the line as well as an exceptional ability to get to the quarterback. He would help replace future Hall of Famer Aaron Donaldwho retired.

20. Dallas Cowboys (mock trade with Pittsburgh): TALIESE FUAGA, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, OREGON STATE

The massive Fuaga, 6-6, 324, excels in pass protection and is a mover as a run blocker. He can play any tackle position and the Cowboys lost two starting offensive linemen in free agency. Dallas sends No. 24, a third (87) and a sixth (216) for this pick, a sixth (178) and a fourth in 2025.

21. Miami Dolphins: CHOP ROBINSON, EDGE, PENN STATE

Robinson is a freak athlete and three-down player who improves a defense that has lost top rushers. Bradley Chubb and Jaelan Phillips seriously injured last season.

22. Kansas City Chiefs (mock trade with Denver via Philadelphia: BRIAN THOMAS JR., WIDE RECEIVER, LSU

Thomas totaled 1,177 yards on 68 catches and had a combined 4.33 40-yard dash. The Chiefs added Marquis “Hollywood” Brown in free agency and have won two Super Bowls since their trade. Hill Tyreek but I can’t pass up a potential superstar.

They send No. 32, a third rounder (95) and a 2025 third to the Broncos, who go back down.

23. New England Patriots (mock trade with Minnesota): ADONAI MITCHELL, WIDE RECEIVER, TEXAS

The 6-3 burner ran a 4.34-second 40 at the combine and gives the Patriots a true No. 1 seed.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (mock trade with Dallas): TROY FAUTANU, OFFENSIVE LINEMAN, WASHINGTON

A versatile lineman who can play tackle or fill a need at guard.

25. Green Bay Packers: GRAHAM BARTON, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, DUC

Barton is a versatile pass protector who can play tackle or guard.

26. Carolina Panthers (mock trade with Tampa Bay): JACKSON POWERS-JOHNSON, OFFENSIVE LINEPLAYER, OREGON

Powers-Johnson is the No. 1 middle/interior offensive lineman in the draft. The Panthers send the first pick in the second round (33), a fourth (96) and a fifth (141) to move up seven spots.

27. Arizona Cardinals: TROY FRANKLIN, WIDE RECEIVER, OREGON

Franklin has elite speed and gives the Cardinals a playmaker to stretch the field.

28. Arizona Cardinals (mock trade with Buffalo): AMARIUS MIMS, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, GEORGIA

The Cardinals have a superstar on the roster in Mims, who has exceptional speed for a Giant (6-7, 340) and slots in immediately at right tackle.

29. Detroit Lions: KOOL-AID MCKINSTRY, CORNERBACK, ALABAMA

He’s a tough, physical cornerback with speed and quickness to bolster the secondary.

30. Denver Broncos (mock trade with Baltimore): MICHAEL PENIX JR., QUARTERBACK, WASHINGTON

After trading down twice to add draft capital, the Broncos move up and grab their quarterback. Penix said the Broncos were tough on him in their combine meeting, pointing out his poor plays. Playing for Sean Payton won’t get any easier for the talented left-handed QB. Denver sends No. 32, a fifth rounder (136) and a sixth in 2025 to move up two spots.

31. San Francisco 49ers: TYLER GUYTON, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, OKLAHOMA

Guyton is a mammoth tackle (6-8, 322) versatile enough to play both ends. May start on the right side and eventually move over to replace Trent Williams.

32. Baltimore Ravens (mock trade with Denver): JORDAN MORGAN, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, ARIZONA

Morgan is a versatile lineman who has played tackle but can move to guard.

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This story has been corrected to show the Titans had 64 sacks last season, a high in the AFC, not the NFL.

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