Chicago Bears Land Caleb Williams in Post NFL Free Agency Mock Draft

A new era for the Chicago Bears

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QB. Michigan. J.J. McCarthy. 5. JJ Mccarthy. . . J.J. McCarthy. player. 60

vikings/chargers

The Minnesota Vikings send both of their first-round picks to the Los Angeles Chargers to move up six selections and select J.J. McCarthy. Coming off a national championship just a season ago, McCarthy has all the physical and mental tools to become a great NFL quarterback. Still, there remains the question of whether or not someone will be able to put it all together for the young QB, but if anybody could do it, it would be Minnesota head coach Kevin O'Connell.

McCarthy would benefit from having perhaps the league's premier receiver duo in Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison, and would even have great safety valves in T.J. Hockenson and recently signed Aaron Jones to lean on. Of course, this deal could only be done with the approval of McCarthy's college coach and current Chargers' coach Jim Harbaugh, but with his blessing, McCarthy could be one of two new quarterbacks coming to the NFC North.

. Malik Nabers. player. 31. nabers. 6. WR. . LSU. Malik Nabers

After striking out on the top four quarterbacks, the New York Giants decide to stay with quarterbacks Daniel Jones and the recently signed Drew Locke, and add an elite offensive playmaker in Malik Nabers. Nabers enjoyed his most statistically dominant season in 2023 to the tune of 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns, and he seems to be the next great Tiger receiver to join the NFL ranks.

After the retirement of Darren Waller and Saquon Barkley's departure, the Giants are short on offensive weapons, and Nabers would quickly become the franchise's top option. Regardless of who starts at quarterback next season, Nabers will be a reliable target and could be a top Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate based on his potential volume in the Giants' offense.

35. . . Notre Dame. Joe Alt. LT. Joe Alt. 7. player. alt

Perhaps one of the most perfect player to team fits of this draft is Joe Alt to the Tennessee Titans. The Titans need to reestablish their identity in the trenches, especially offensively, and adding the 6'8", polished left tackle in Alt would quickly improve the line play immediately.

Alongside last year's first-round pick in Peter Skoronksowi, the Titans could cement the left side of their offensive line for the next five-plus years, with Alt serving as day one starting tackle. Alt has impressive physicals and with an experienced collegiate career at Notre Dame, he deserves to be the first offensive lineman selected come April.

turner. Alabama. player. . EDGE. Dallas Turner. Dallas Turner. 8. . 44

After spending big on the offensive side of the ball during free agency, the Atlanta Falcons use their first-round selection to bolster their defensive line by adding Dallas Turner. The first defensive player selected in this class, Turner is a long, athletic edge rusher who exploded in his final season at Alabama to the tune of 10 sacks and 53 total tackles.

Over the last decade, the Falcons have taken a number of shots at landing a franchise-caliber edge rusher in the draft, but from Vic Beasley to Takkarist McKinley, Turner has the best shot of any to turn into an elite NFL threat. The Falcons could be going all in with Kirk Cousins, and adding a high-end rusher early during his stint in Atlanta would immediately improve the defense.

9. Olumuyiwa Fashanu. player. . Olumuyiwa Fashanu. 56. fashanu. . LT. Penn State

bengals/bears

After losing Jonah Williams in free agency, the Cincinnati Bengals are eager to jump another tackle-hungry, AFC team in the Jets and send their first and second-round picks to the Chicago Bears. With the ninth overall pick, the Bengals add tackle Olu Fashanu to bolster the offensive line and secure the bookend positions.

The biggest thing keeping the Bengals from making post-season runs in recent seasons has been Joe Burrow's health, but adding a player like Fashanu would immediately improve the star QB's protection. Fashanu excelled at left tackle, but could realistically flip to the right if necessary. Fashanu is a rare talent physically, and he has a lot of the athleticism necessary to compete with the top edge rushers in the division like T.J. Watt and Myles Garrett.

RT. Oregon State. fuaga. . 30. . Taliese Fuaga. Taliese Fuaga. 10. player

The New York Jets stick with their plan to add an offensive lineman and select an impressive right tackle prospect in Taliese Fuaga. At 6'6" and 315 lbs, Fuaga possesses prototypical size for an NFL tackle, and his thick upper body makes him an ideal fit on the right side of the line, where he can truly displace players in both the passing and rushing attacks.

Opposite the recently signed Tyron Smith, Fuaga would immediately improve the protection for Aaron Rodgers, who is returning from an Achilles injury. Protecting Rodgers over the next few seasons should be a top priority, and Fuaga would bring a level of intensity that the offensive line lacked in previous seasons.

Washington. . 11. player. . 13. odunze. WR. Rome Odunze. Rome Odunze

After trading out of the fifth overall selection, the Los Angeles Chargers are still able to find an elite offensive weapon in Rome Odunze. The Chargers traded Keenan Allen to the Bears and released Mike Williams, so they are desperate for receiver help, and Odunze would be a great number-one option for quarterback Justin Herbert.

In the past, the Chargers have coveted size at the receiver position, and while new minds run the operations in LA now, Harbaugh still appreciates big, physical players at any position. Odunze is exactly that, and not just for a receiver. He would have been a solid selection at their original spot, but being able to land him in a trade-down would be a dream come true.