Where JJ McCarthy, Top QBs are selected in Mocks

The NFL draft kicks off on Thursday night and everyone seems to know how it will start.

Just about every mock draft you come across starts with the Chicago Bears taking USC quarterback Caleb Williams. However, things can twist and turn behind him.

However, Williams seems to be the only quarterback who knows for sure where he is going. As a review of recent expert mocks shows, the other top quarterbacks in this class could end up in a different spot.

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Last season’s Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels won’t have to wait long before his name is called on draft night.

Of the three expert mocks used for this exercise – from’s Chad Reuter, CBS Sports’ Tyler Sullivan and the combination of Fox Sports’ David Helman and Carmen Vitali – two featured Daniels with the Washington Commanders in the second place landed. In the other (the Fox Sports mock), Daniels went third overall to the New England Patriots.

He also placed third on the B/R NFL Scouting Department’s latest mock, which is 28 spots higher than where he sits on their big board. Still, team need plays a role in the discussion, and the Pats clearly have a glaring void under center.

“New England is coming out of a Mac Jones/Bailey Zappe era that completely lacked explosive power,” B/R’s Derrik Klassen wrote. “Daniels changes everything.

“Daniels is a top-level speedy threat with a sweet deep ball. These two traits alone will change the makeup of the Patriots offense. Better yet, Daniels brings a decent floor with his accuracy and ball security.”

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It shouldn’t be a long draft night for Drake Maye either.

Mock drafters essentially just put him in the top-three spot where Daniels isn’t. So Maye was the third choice for Reuter and Sullivan and the second for the Fox Sports crew.

“If I’m wrong, then I’m wrong. But I just don’t buy Jayden Daniels’ smoke with Washington,” Helman wrote. “I think Drake Maye’s enticing upside makes him worth the investment at No. 2, and I won’t be deterred by pre-draft smokescreens.”

Speaking of that upside, the BR NFL Scouting Department is completely sold on Maye’s potential. He is their top-ranked quarterback and third overall.

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JJ McCarthy’s chances of landing in the top five continue to rise. In these three expert spots, that’s exactly where he’s going.

Both Reuter and the Fox Sports crew mocked McCarthy in fourth place, but not in the same spot. While Reuter had the New York Giants moving up for McCarthy, Fox Sports saw the Minnesota Vikings do the same.

“The Daniel Jones era could be coming to an end in New York,” Reuter wrote. “Remember, he wasn’t this administration’s pick, and the Giants signed Drew Lock in March to the kind of deal a team often gives to a veteran before selecting a first-round quarterback.”

Sullivan, meanwhile, got McCarthy to No. 5 before Minnesota moved up to take him there.

“There’s a reason why so many people point to this spot as the place where the Vikings made their debut. It just makes sense,” Sullivan wrote. “LA doesn’t need a QB and needs to bring in young/cheap talent, so taking a step back is a logical step. The Vikings are getting a fascinating QB prospect who has won just about everywhere in his football life.”