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NextImg:NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Giants take star WR, Jets get OL for Aaron Rodgers, Bears trade Justin Fields

Post-Super Bowl Mock 1.0, better known as Mock 2.0, won’t give you trades, but it will give you surprises. 

Our Giants and Jets yet again find themselves with top-10 picks, and both need another Sauce Gardner or Garrett Wilson or Kayvon Thibodeau … as opposed to another, say, another Zach Wilson or Ereck Flowers or Eli Apple, or perhaps Evan Neal. 

The Giants are one of the teams who will be exploring a trade for one of the top three quarterback prospects — along with the Falcons, Vikings, Broncos and Raiders. 

In this mock, Big Blue lands their most exciting receiver since Odell Beckham Jr., and the Jets identify a blocker who will only let Pat McAfee anywhere near their 40-year-old quarterback. 

Would Caleb Williams make a stink about preferring to play in his D.C. hometown? Does he have Eli Manning’s cell? Archie Manning’s cell? 

Picks 1-18 in Mock 1.0, Picks 1-20 in Mock 2.0: 

Caleb Williams, QB, USC 

Reset the quarterback financial clock with this elite playmaker and trade Justin Fields for a Day 2 pick plus.

Williams’ upside is too tantalizing to pass on for GM Ryan Poles. The Patriots, Falcons and Steelers should consider making a play for Fields. 

Caleb Williams goes No. 1 in Steve Serby’s Mock 2.0. AP

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU 

Is the slender dual-threat Heisman winner a better fit than Drake Maye for new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury?

That’s a better question for Kliff Kingsbury. 

Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina 

New coach Jerod Mayo gets the 6-foot-4. 230-pound prototype that the former HC of the NEP would have loved in order to chase that elusive seventh Lombardi Trophy. 

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State 

A 6-foot-4, 205-pound target (31 touchdowns in 38 games) will make Kyler Murray forget about losing Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. Pretty nice bloodlines. 

Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame 

Jim Harbaugh lands a blue-chip bookend for left tackle Rashawn Slater to protect franchise QB Justin Herbert with an enthusiasm unknown to mankind. 

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU 

The kind of weapon Daniel Jones has never had.

Joe Schoen’s need for speed hasn’t stopped.

Malik Nabers would provide the Giants the type of weapon they’ve never had for Daniel Jones. AP

Antonio Brown with his head on straight?

A better prospect than Zay Flowers.

Brian Daboll and Mike Kafka can battle over calling plays for this game-breaker. 

Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State 

Will Levis is in desperate need of a blindside protector, and this is a 6-foot-6, 321-pound team captain. 

Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama 

New coach Raheem Morris doesn’t inherit a double-digit sacker, and Calais Campbell will be 38 if he returns. 

Rome Odunze, WR, Washington 

Let Caleb Williams and new offensive coordinator Shane Waldron cook with the ideal 6-foot-3, 215-pound complement for DJ Moore.

NFL Network guru Daniel Jeremiah’s college comp: Larry Fitzgerald. 

Taliese Fuaga emerged as one of the nation’s best tackles at Oregon State. Getty Images

Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State 

Aaron Rodgers will run the card up, assuming he can.

Breece Hall will enjoy running behind this 6-foot-6, 334-pound masher, who can quickly make Joe Benigno forget Mekhi Becton or can be a plug-and-play right tackle. 

Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Coach Kevin O’Connell loves featuring the tight end, and T.J. Hockenson (ACL and MCL surgery) won’t be ready when the 2024 season starts. Why not go “best player available anyway”? Especially if Kirk Cousins is re-signed. 

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan 

Sean Payton is well aware he won’t be a Super Bowl threat with Russell Wilson or Jarrett Stidham, and if anyone doesn’t care about critics shouting that this is a reach, it’s him.

He’ll try to haunt Jim Harbaugh with his old quarterback. 

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Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama 

Coach Antonio Pierce needs a quarterback, but he also needs a No. 1 corner, with Patrick Mahomes and Herbert in the division. 

Jared Verse, Edge, Florida State 

Coach Dennis Allen needs to upgrade his pass rush (34 sacks), providing help for defensive end Carl Granderson. 

Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU 

A 6-foot-4, 205-pound target to pair with franchise-tag candidate Michael Pittman Jr. to make life easier for Anthony Richardson and Jonathan Taylor. 

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas 

Byron Murphy II speaks to the media on Dec. 28, 2023 ahead of the Sugar Bowl. AP

New coach Mike Macdonald inherits the 31st-ranked run defense and eyes a 6-foot-1, 308-pound interior disruptor to help or replace Leonard Williams if he’s too pricey.

G Troy Fautanu is the popular pick, but allow me to watch a little more film on him. 

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo 

Darious Williams and Tyson Campbell will be free agents in 2025 so new defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen gets to develop a 6-foot, 196-pounder with 4.35 speed. 

JC Latham, OT, Alabama 

A 6-foot-6, 360-pounder to replace free agent RT Jonah Williams for Joe Burrow’s health and well-being. 

Bo Nix, QB Rams 

Coach Sean McVay gets a head start on life after Matthew Stafford, which could begin in 2025. 

Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma 

A 6-foot-7, 328-pound easy mover bookend for last year’s No. 1 pick Broderick Jones.