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2024 NFL mock draft: Caleb Williams tops two-round projections after the Super Bowl

Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

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With another victory over the San Francisco 49ers, this time in Super Bowl LVIII, the Kansas City Chiefs remain the dragon the rest of the NFL will continue to chase and attempt to slay as long as two-time MVP Patrick Mahomes makes Arrowhead his home office.

The focus of the pro football world now shifts toward the Motor City, where the 2024 NFL draft will take place at the end of April.

Of course, most of the intrigue begins with what the Chicago Bears will once again do with the first overall pick.

Bears general manager Ryan Poles could continue to build around Justin Fields by drafting Marvin Harrison Jr. (a generational talent) or he could select Caleb Williams to replace Fields. Or Poles could trade the top pick for a king's ransom to a quarterback-needy team — there are plenty of those in the NFL.

The Commanders, Patriots, Falcons, Vikings and Raiders are at the top of the list.

The situation with Russell Wilson seemed to sour in Denver toward the end of the season. The Giants (Daniel Jones), Saints (Derek Carr) and Steelers (Kenny Pickett) will at least do their due diligence with this crop of signal-callers.

 

Of course, some of these teams might prefer trading for Fields. The discount would be significant. Trading up to the top spot would likely require multiple first-rounders, plus other assets, while dealing for the former Buckeye would probably take a Day 2 and a Day 3 pick.

If Poles can't find the "Godfather Offer" he's seeking for the first overall pick, my guess is he'll stay put and take Williams, then trade Fields to the top bidder.

We have the next two-plus months to dissect the possibilities, and every other aspect of the draft.

The NFL offseason is a myth. Draft season has officially begun.

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