Chicago Bears get two stud defensive linemen in first round mock draft 1.0

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Chicago Bears, Jordan Addison
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The Chicago Bears witness the Packers add a receiving threat

12) HOU (via CLE): Jordan Addison, WR – USC

After selecting their franchise quarterback second overall, the Texans turn around and immediately get him a number-one receiver in Jordan Addison. With the size and speed to take the top off the defense and carve out open spaces in the middle of a defense, Addison’s ability to play inside and outside makes him a great safety blanket for a rookie quarterback like Stroud. Together, they could create one of the best QB-WR duos from the same draft class in recent memory.

13 LV (via NYJ): Kelee Ringo, CB – Georgia
NYJ receives R3 2024, QB Derek Carr
LV receives #13, 2024 R1

Acquiring an extra first-round pick by shipping Derek Carr to the Jets, the Raiders add Kelee Ringo into a secondary that has underperformed in recent seasons. Ringo is a nearly can’t-miss prospect, shadowing number-one receivers in the SEC for the past season. With a dominant defensive end like Maxx Crosby, Ringo’s start in the NFL should be a fluid transition as he may not have to cover receivers for very long.

14) NE: Brian Branch, S – Alabama

One of the most versatile players in this draft, Brian Branch would be a perfect fit in Bill Belichick’s defense that often utilizes three safeties. Branch, who can play either safety position as well as in the slot, has the size and speed to track down passes over the middle and come up and hit any running back in the NFL. Branch can be trusted to be a day-one starter in the secondary, and could eventually take over the free safety position from 35-year-old veteran Devin McCourty.

15) GB: Michael Meyer, TE – Notre Dame

This pick might be too little too late to keep Rodgers in town and make another run at a Super Bowl, but Michael Meyer’s upside as a tight end could be too much to pass up for an offense that lacks explosiveness at times. Meyer is a prototypical tight end as he is an excellent blocker and pass catcher, and whether the quarterback next season is Rodgers, Love, or someone else, the Notre Dame product should be able to make an immediate impact in the run-and-pass games.