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Brad Biggs’ NFL mock draft 2.0: A handful of teams could be interested in moving up into the top 10 for a QB

Nearly everyone expects quarterbacks to go 1-2-3 in the NFL draft, and the big question for a lot of teams, the Chicago Bears included, is when the fourth and fifth QBs will come off the board.

Things will become interesting when one or two of the passers after presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence and No. 2 Zach Wilson come off the board April 29, the opening night of the three-day draft in Cleveland. Which quarterback will be selected next: Ohio State’s Justin Fields, Alabama’s Mac Jones or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance?

A handful of teams could be interested in moving up for a shot at a passer, and movement in the top 10 will be fascinating. In our NFL mock draft 2.0, there is one projected trade up by the Denver Broncos, who are lurking in the quarterback market.

1.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence passes against Ohio State during the first half of the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in New Orleans. (John Bazemore/AP)

There’s zero suspense when it comes to the No. 1 pick. The Jaguars will begin their rebuild under Urban Meyer with Lawrence.

2.

New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

BYU quarterback Zach Wilson throws during the school's pro day on March 26, 2021, in Provo, Utah.
BYU quarterback Zach Wilson throws during the school's pro day on March 26, 2021, in Provo, Utah. (Rick Bowmer)

Wilson has figured to be the guy for the Jets for many weeks, and the trade of Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers all but cemented the move.

3.

San Franciso 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance winds up to throw during the FCS championship game against James Madison on Jan. 11, 2020, in Frisco, Texas.
North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance winds up to throw during the FCS championship game against James Madison on Jan. 11, 2020, in Frisco, Texas. (Sam Hodde/AP)

There has been a ton of buzz surrounding Alabama’s Mac Jones, but Lance dazzled at his pro day and would be a really interesting fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, especially if given the time to develop behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

4.

Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against Kentucky on Nov. 28, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla.
Florida tight end Kyle Pitts runs for a touchdown after catching a pass against Kentucky on Nov. 28, 2020, in Gainesville, Fla. (Brad McClenny / AP)

The Falcons are in prime position to trade the pick to a QB-desperate team or one seeking to make the first selection of a non-quarterback. First-year general manager Terry Fontenot can stay put and add a dynamic playmaker in Pitts for quarterback Matt Ryan.

5.

Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell looks on during a game against Auburn on Aug. 31, 2019, in Arlington, Texas.
Oregon offensive lineman Penei Sewell looks on during a game against Auburn on Aug. 31, 2019, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)

The Bengals can provide Joe Burrow with a high-profile skill-position player such as Ja’Marr Chase or give him some protection after he was sacked 32 times in 10 starts as a rookie.

6.

Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs away from Clemson defenders during the CFP national championship game on Jan. 13, 2020, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) runs away from Clemson defenders during the CFP national championship game on Jan. 13, 2020, at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans. (Jonathan Mailhes/CSM / TNS)

The Dolphins could have remained at No. 12 and gotten an excellent wide receiver. They could not have stayed there and landed Chase, the best wide receiver in a talented class for the position.

7.

Denver Broncos (projected trade with Detroit Lions): Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws during the school's pro day on March 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws during the school's pro day on March 30, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (Paul Vernon)

The Broncos have been lurking in the quarterback market and will make a move to get the fourth one to come off the board.

8.

Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater participates in the school's pro day workout on March 9, 2021, in Evanston.
Northwestern offensive lineman Rashawn Slater participates in the school's pro day workout on March 9, 2021, in Evanston. (Charles Rex Arbogast)

Coach Matt Rhule is entering Year 2 of a seven-year contract, so he has time to see if the Sam Darnold reclamation project works. The Panthers will pass on a quarterback and add needed protection up front.

9.

Detroit Lions (projected trade with Denver Broncos): DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith catches a touchdown pass behind Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade during the first half of the CFP national championship game on Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith catches a touchdown pass behind Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade during the first half of the CFP national championship game on Jan. 11, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Wilfredo Lee)

The Lions could stay at No. 7 and consider a quarterback or trade back, continue to add future draft capital and add a badly needed playmaker on the outside.

10.

Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II looks on during a game against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas.
Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II looks on during a game against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (Ron Jenkins/AP)

The Cowboys need to shore up the offensive line, and Rashawn Slater might fit well here if he’s still on the board. But they also need a cornerback and can get the top one in the class.

11.

New York Giants: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

Miami lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) celebrates after intercepting a pass against Florida State on Sept. 26, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Miami lineman Jaelan Phillips (15) celebrates after intercepting a pass against Florida State on Sept. 26, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Michael Laughlin/Sun Sentinel)

The Giants made strides on defense during Joe Judge’s first season but need more juice off the edge. Phillips can step in and help immediately.

12.

Philadelphia Eagles: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn drops back into coverage against Mississippi on Nov. 14, 2020, in Oxford, Miss.
South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn drops back into coverage against Mississippi on Nov. 14, 2020, in Oxford, Miss. (AP Photo/Bruce Newman)

The Eagles have pressing needs for a playmaker on the outside to aid Jalen Hurts and at cornerback. In a deep draft for wide receivers, the Eagles can grab Horn here.

13.

Los Angeles Chargers: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle carries the ball against Auburn on Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala.
Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle carries the ball against Auburn on Nov. 30, 2019, in Auburn, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)

The Chargers can use help on the offensive line and at cornerback too, but it would be exciting to see what Justin Herbert can do with an electric performer on the outside in Waddle.

14.

Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw smiles after drills during the school's pro day on March 26, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va.
Virginia Tech offensive lineman Christian Darrisaw smiles after drills during the school's pro day on March 26, 2021, in Blacksburg, Va. (AP Photo/Matt Gentry)

The Vikings have been trying everything to rebuild the offensive line for a couple of years and get a big man who can play tackle. But don’t be surprised if Mike Zimmer pushes for help to aid a defense that couldn’t stop anyone in 2020.

15.

New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

Alabama quarterback Mac Jones walks the field at the end of the Senior on Jan. 30, 2021, in Mobile, Ala.
Alabama quarterback Mac Jones walks the field at the end of the Senior on Jan. 30, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Matthew Hinton/AP)

The Patriots might have to move up to get a quarterback, and you cannot rule out help elsewhere on offense, but they need a plan beyond Cam Newton.

16.

Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, right, intercepts a pass intended for Miami wide receiver Dee Wiggins, left, on Oct. 5, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla.
Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley, right, intercepts a pass intended for Miami wide receiver Dee Wiggins, left, on Oct. 5, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (Lynne Sladky/AP)

The Cardinals need a cornerback to replace Patrick Peterson and can get a good one — if medical reports on Farley’s back issue are accurate.

17.

Las Vegas Raiders: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) tackles Rutgers tight end Johnathan Lewis on Nov. 30, 2019, in State College, Pa.
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) tackles Rutgers tight end Johnathan Lewis on Nov. 30, 2019, in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Some believe Parsons could be a top-10 pick, but that would be a rich investment for an inside linebacker in today’s game. Whatever the Raiders do, they need to invest in the defense.

18.

Miami Dolphins: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

Michigan defensive lineman Kwity Paye lines up against Michigan State, on Oct. 31, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Michigan defensive lineman Kwity Paye lines up against Michigan State, on Oct. 31, 2020, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Paye compares in a lot of ways to another former Michigan edge rusher, Brandon Graham, in that he’s a little shorter and powerful.

19.

Washington Football Team: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah participates in Notre Dame's pro-day workout on March 31, 2021, in South Bend, Ind.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah participates in Notre Dame's pro-day workout on March 31, 2021, in South Bend, Ind. (Robert Franklin/AP)

Washington could be in the mix for a quarterback. Ron Rivera also needs a few more pieces on defense to get that unit where he wants it, and the versatile Owusu-Koramoah would be a nice fit.

20.

Chicago Bears: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore runs for yardage during a game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 31, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn.
Mississippi wide receiver Elijah Moore runs for yardage during a game against Vanderbilt on Oct. 31, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Wade Payne/AP)

If the Bears cannot get into position to draft a quarterback, they need to find another way to get more explosive on offense. Trading back, if Ryan Pace can find a willing partner, would make sense. Moore would add an element missing from Matt Nagy’s offense.

21.

Indianapolis Colts: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State

Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh rushes against Ohio State on Oct. 31, 2020, in State College, Pa.
Penn State defensive end Jayson Oweh rushes against Ohio State on Oct. 31, 2020, in State College, Pa. (Barry Reeger/AP)

The Colts will be looking for help on the offensive line and at cornerback but also need to beef up the pass rush.

22.

Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia

Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari (13) celebrates with his teammates after a sack against Mississippi State on Nov. 21, 2020, in Athens, Ga.
Georgia linebacker Azeez Ojulari (13) celebrates with his teammates after a sack against Mississippi State on Nov. 21, 2020, in Athens, Ga. (Brynn Anderson/AP)

The Titans ranked 30th in sacks last season with only 19, and Mike Vrabel needs more help even after making a splash signing in free agency with Bud Dupree.

23.

New York Jets: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II, left, breaks up a pass intended for Purdue wide receiver David Bell on Nov. 14, 2020, in West Lafayette, Ind.
Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II, left, breaks up a pass intended for Purdue wide receiver David Bell on Nov. 14, 2020, in West Lafayette, Ind. (Michael Conroy/AP)

The fourth cornerback to come off the board is a little hard to identify. The Jets have a clear need, and Newsome has the speed to step in and contribute immediately.

24.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC

USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker participates in the school's pro day on March 24, 2021, in Los Angeles.
USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker participates in the school's pro day on March 24, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Vera-Tucker has the ability to be a high-caliber guard, and some believe he’s suited to play tackle, where the Steelers have a clear need.

25.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

TCU safety Trevon Moehrig (7) comes down with an interception on a pass intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Dillon Stoner on Nov. 2, 2019, in Stillwater, Okla.
TCU safety Trevon Moehrig (7) comes down with an interception on a pass intended for Oklahoma State wide receiver Dillon Stoner on Nov. 2, 2019, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Jaguars need upgrades across the board and could seek help to protect Trevor Lawrence. Or they could opt for a playmaker in the secondary.

26.

Cleveland Browns: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins celebrates after scoring a touchdown on Oct. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla.
Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins celebrates after scoring a touchdown on Oct. 23, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. (Mark LoMoglio/AP)

Collins is a throwback at 6-foot-3, 260 pounds and can move like a lot of the smaller linebackers in today’s game. He would be a perfect fit for an AFC North team.

27.

Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) is tacked by Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday after a reception during a game on Oct. 31, 2020, in Auburn, Ala.
LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (6) is tacked by Auburn defensive back Smoke Monday after a reception during a game on Oct. 31, 2020, in Auburn, Ala. (Butch Dill/AP)

An edge rusher would make a lot of sense here, and the Ravens have been considering veteran options. But they need to add playmakers to help quarterback Lamar Jackson.

28.

New Orleans Saints: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Florida receiver Kadarius Toney runs during a Senior Bowl practice on Jan. 27, 2021, in Mobile, Ala.
Florida receiver Kadarius Toney runs during a Senior Bowl practice on Jan. 27, 2021, in Mobile, Ala. (Matthew Hinton/AP)

The Saints need help in the secondary, but imagine how creative Sean Payton would be with an electric athlete like Toney.

29.

Green Bay Packers: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, top, tackles Mississippi wide receiver Demarcus Gregory during the first half of a game on Oct. 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky.
Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, top, tackles Mississippi wide receiver Demarcus Gregory during the first half of a game on Oct. 3, 2020, in Lexington, Ky. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Figure the Packers will draft a wide receiver for Aaron Rodgers this year in another strong draft at the position — but not in Round 1. Davis can strengthen the middle of the defense right away.

30.

Buffalo Bills: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami

Miami's Gregory Rousseau (15) tackles Duke's Deon Jackson during a game on Nov. 30, 2019, in Durham, N.C.
Miami's Gregory Rousseau (15) tackles Duke's Deon Jackson during a game on Nov. 30, 2019, in Durham, N.C. (Chris Seward/AP)

The Bills need more production off the edge, and Rousseau has slid a little after an underwhelming pro day. He will contribute right away.

31.

Kansas City Chiefs: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, left, and Ry Schneider, right, participate in a drill at the school's pro day on April 1, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla.
Oklahoma State offensive lineman Teven Jenkins, left, and Ry Schneider, right, participate in a drill at the school's pro day on April 1, 2021, in Stillwater, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

The Chiefs need help on the offensive line, and even if Jenkins projects as a right tackle, he can slide in and start from Day 1.

32.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas.
Alabama defensive lineman Christian Barmore celebrates a sack against Notre Dame during the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

The Buccaneers are getting older in the middle of the defense, and Barmore can provide immediate help in the rotation for a team that’s bringing back nearly all the key parts from its championship run.

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