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NFL Draft is coming up!
As the first week of NFL Draft month progresses, so many questions are running through my head, and chief among them is: Will we get that massive trade up into the top five from one of the teams looking for a quarterback BEFORE the draft? Like soon? That’d be fun, wouldn’t it? With pro days complete and 95% of my prospect evaluations done, I’m starting to feel a little antsy. Thankfully the draft starts April 25 this year, the earliest start date since 2020. (Plus, shortly after I wrote this newsletter, the Bills traded Stefon Diggs to the Texans! More on that below.)
I will say — while there’s always an inherent craving for more certainty in the draft — and life — the uncertainty does add some spice to this time of year. There’s absolutely a part of me that wants no trades to have been consummated before the draft and the deals to go down while a team is in the pressure cooker that is being officially “on the clock.” 
If you’re new here, I got you covered. We’re rebranding the Pick Six newsletter through the end of April. I, CBS Sports NFL Draft analyst Chris Trapasso, will be with you every step of the way. Honored. 
Before I begin, this paragraph will be your daily reminder to tell all your buddies and that one uncle who’s always texting you the importance of drafting mid-round offensive linemen to sign up for the With the First Pick newsletter. All you have to do is click here and then share this link with them. 
It’s hilarious to me when I’m featuring my own mock draft, but mine is the freshest on the CBS Sports site today, so this is not just blatant self-promotion. 
1. Chicago Bears — Caleb Williams, QB, USC
2. Washington Commanders — Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
3. New England Patriots — J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
4. Arizona Cardinals — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
8. Atlanta Falcons — Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
13. Las Vegas Raiders — Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
16. Seattle Seahawks — Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
24. Dallas Cowboys — Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
30. Baltimore Ravens — Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State
This would represent maybe the highest conceivable draft position for McCarthy — unless you want to believe the Commanders adore him — and it’d lead to a bit of a drop for North Carolina’s Drake Maye. I’ve mocked the Cardinals trading back about 204 times since the season ended, but running through scenarios in which Arizona simply stays put and picks Harrison Jr. is an exercise worth doing. 
And while I didn’t feature them here, I can assure you there are three first-round trades in my brand spanking new mock, and only one features a club trading up for a quarterback. Although there’s a nifty way another club acquires a quarterback. And with the Fiske selection to the Ravens … he doesn’t fit the mold of defensive linemen Baltimore traditionally likes, but with a new defensive coordinator and former assistant GM Joe Hortiz now with the Chargers, should we be prepared for some new draft flavors from Eric DeCosta’s crew?
In the latest episode of the podcast, Rick Spielman and Ryan Wilson run through their top 5 prospects for the edge rusher, defensive line, and linebacker positions in the 2024 draft class. You’ll hear plenty of recognizable names like Dallas Turner, Byron Murphy II and Jared Verse and get draft ranges plus pro comparisons for each. Beyond all that juicy info, a neat nugget in this episode is the under-the-radar prospects at each position from former defensive lineman Leger Douzable. Spoiler — Douzable loves Colorado State edge rusher Mo Kamara, and I do too! Smaller but super-disruptive, bendy, and surprisingly powerful. Listen to the entire, evaluation-based episode right here.
Benson deserves more love! And here by “love” I’m talking draft love, of course. He legitimately checks every single box for me. Ready? Feature-back size? Yep. Elite long speed? Yep. He ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash at the combine. Elusive? Ab-so-lutely. Benson forced 124 missed tackles on his 310 carries at Florida State. Which brings me to … his mileage. Only 310 carries at Florida State? Heck, Wisconsin’s Braelon Allen nearly toted the rock two times as many times in college (596 carries for the Badgers). Oh, and lastly, Benson’s receiving ability is apparent on film and in the stat book. He caught 32 passes at more than 11 yards per snag in 2022 and 2023 combined for the Seminoles. I really think he deserves Breece Hall-like love as a prospect. 
No one on staff at CBS Sports — or maybe the world — knows more about the Bengals than our very own John Breech, so naturally he was given the plum assignment to piece together a seven-round mock for Cincinnati
Joe Burrow‘s club is armed with 10 selections in the 2024 draft, and unsurprisingly, John started in the trenches for a team that lost D.J. Reader in free agency. After back-to-back defensive tackle selections — with two prospects with differing styles — John added offensive tackle depth before giving Burrow some new toys at receiver and tight end. Bengals fans, this is a dandy of a mock from John. Enjoy. 
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