First-round mock draft: Quarterback overload knocks top talent to Chiefs

In our first edition of a round one mock draft, we see a serious positional run on quarterbacks knock premiere talent all the way down the draft board.

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9. Chicago Bears

SELECTION: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

What a draft for the Chicago Bears. They truly could come out of it with the best player on both sides of the ball. Jared Verse is explosive as he flies off the ball quickly. While he lacks the length that many greats at the EDGE position possess, he is instinctual and powerful and makes up for the lack of length. Verse would make for an excellent addition to put on the other side of Montez Sweat.

10. New York Jets

SELECTION: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Look, as much as they might like to take Brock Bowers here, the Jets need to invest in the offensive line for the long term. Fuaga could play guard, or he could play tackle. They need both. Fuaga is a massive human that can do a little bit of everything. There is some concern about dealing with faster EDGE players, but he will have time to learn from excellent veterans Morgan Moses and Tyron Smith while they decide whether to keep him outside or to start him this season at the guard position.

11. Minnesota Vikings

SELECTION: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

Is this crazy? Maybe, but the Vikings are out of options. They could not face the noise from their fans if they allowed Kirk Cousins to walk and went into next season with Sam Darnold as the only viable option. Michael Penix Jr. has seemingly seen a resurgence in his draft stock after a great pro day. There is legitimate concern about his longevity and ability to stay healthy as he has racked up a long history of injuries. That being said, the Vikings need someone who can push the ball downfield to Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison. Penix certainly fits the bill.

12. Jacksonville Jaguars (Projected Trade with Denver Broncos)

SELECTION: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

This is the move that needs to be made by Jacksonville. The Broncos just watched their hopes and dreams of drafting a top quarterback in the class evaporate. Jacksonville has one glaring need and that is at cornerback. The Jaguars getting Terrion Arnold could not just make them better, it could change the trajectory of their season. One player that can stop the bleeding in defending the pass could make all the difference and Arnold is the best cornerback in the class.