Anthony Miller’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears Get Caleb Williams, Patriots Nab Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye Falls to QB3

With QBs being the prime focus of the 2024 NFL Draft, a Marvin Harrison Jr. selection in the top two could change the outlook of the rest of the draft.

The quarterbacks have been the topic of discussion in the 2024 NFL Draft, with some believing they could command the first three picks. Many positions, though, have talent worthy of a top-five draft pick, so any trades at the top will be more geared to those under center.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, trades will be included with only one big one that could occur involving a top-five pick. Selections are based on the final results of the NFL season that saw the Kansas City Chiefs dramatically beat the San Francisco 49ers 25-22 in overtime.

While quarterbacks will get all the attention, watch for offensive linemen and cornerbacks be the most frequent selections in this mock draft.

1) Washington Commanders (From CAR via CHI): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Trade: Chicago receives No. 2 overall and first-round picks in 2025 and 2026; Washington receives No. 1 overall

The hiring of Kliff Kingsbury as offensive coordinator makes this a move that should be made by the Washington Commanders.

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Caleb Williams has the potential to be the next great quarterback, having all the mechanics to be a future NFL star.

2) Chicago Bears (From WAS): Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Chicago will still have a shot to get a quarterback, but the trade should indicate that it wants to build around Justin Fields. Adding Marvin Harrison Jr. to the fold with D.J. Moore makes the Bears instantly one of the top receiving corps in the league.

3) New England Patriots: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

While Drake Maye has gained more attention in this draft cycle, Jayden Daniels has out-of-this-world athleticism. The Patriots have been dealing with Mac Jones and need a quarterback of Daniels’ talents to bring some creativity to the offense as the team tries to find its first franchise quarterback since Tom Brady left.

4) Arizona Cardinals: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Arizona’s offense showed great improvement down the stretch with Kyler Murray returning to the lineup from injury. Jonathan Gannon has a chance to add a dynamic pass rusher in Dallas Turner who can be 2024’s Will Anderson Jr.

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Jim Harbaugh will have to focus on building the offensive line around Justin Herbert to get the offense back on track. Joe Alt is strong and fluid with his movement and strength, making him a good starting tackle who can play on either side of the line.

6) New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Questions at quarterback will have the Giants discussing whether to go with Daniel Jones, Tommy DeVito, or someone else. What isn’t a question is the team needs more weapons at receiver. Malik Nabers is a straight burner who can make players for New York.

7) Tennessee Titans: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Similar to the Chargers, new head coach Brian Callahan will work with QB Will Levis as his starter. The offensive line becomes the focus as the passing game will play a bigger role.

It seems like Derrick Henry won’t return, meaning an uptick in pure dropback passes is inevitable. Olumuyiwa Fashanu is a disruptor on the offensive line and could be ideal to protect Levis’ blind side.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Drake Maye’s fall in the draft could come as a surprise, but after the Patriots, not many teams badly need a starting QB. Atlanta may not have the answer with Desmond Ridder, but Maye showed at North Carolina the natural arm talent that would make him a Day 1 NFL starter.

9) Chicago Bears: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

With Chicago already getting a playmaker on offense, the defense needs a ball hawk to shut down the passing game. Terrion Arnold showed those skills last year with his quickness and athleticism to create incompletions and turnovers.

10) New York Jets: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Jets’ receiving corps got older last year with Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb joining their friend Aaron Rodgers.

New York must get younger at receiver to create a dynamic duo with Garrett Wilson. Rome Odunze is a deep threat and the perfect complement to Wilson.

11) Minnesota Vikings: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Another Alabama cornerback who is tough to throw it on, Kool-Aid McKinstry can be physical which fits with the Vikings’ defense. Minnesota needs to build the youth of the secondary, and McKinstry could be the future of the defense.

12) Denver Broncos: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Denver’s defense took some hits on their defensive line, losing edge rushers Bradley Chubb and Randy Gregory in recent years. They need some interior help, and Jer’Zhan Newton is a good fit to plug up the middle, stopping the run and assisting the pass rush.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Aidan O’Connell didn’t gain a vote of confidence from the fan base after finishing his rookie season as the starter. J.J. McCarthy protects the ball from turnovers and can make plays with his accuracy. He could develop, even if he’s not a Day 1 starter.

14) New Orleans Saints: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

New Orleans’ offense never really hit their stride this year, leaving change to be made. They will need to start on the line adding size to it with JC Latham a good option as a mauler with Alabama pedigree.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Indianapolis is just a couple of pieces away from being a playoff team, and pass rush is a need. Jared Verse is quick off the line and a nuanced pass rusher making him a perfect fit for this Colts defense.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Tight end is a position of need as the Seahawks lacked the pass-catching and blocking skills needed at the position. Brock Bowers can do both and more for Seattle, giving Geno Smith a massive target to help draw attention from DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Late in the season, Jacksonville collapsed and lost the division title. The defense played a role in that and saw the coaching turnover to match.

Laiatu Latu is a strong pass rusher who could work with Josh Allen and mitigate the obstacles in Travon Walker’s development.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

The Bengals’ offense showed some promise with Jake Browning taking over for the injured Jow Burrow, but the defense left something to be desired. With pass coverage being a need, Cooper DeJean headlined one of the best defenses in college football.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

It’s been impressive to see the Los Angeles Rams use their lack of draft picks to build a playoff team. Finally getting a first-round pick should pay off as they get Chop Robinson and his strong combination of rushing the passer and stopping the run.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

As a team that loves to build through its offensive line, Taliese Fuaga is a logical pick for Pittsburgh.

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Granted, a quarterback could be in the running — especially with Bo Nix being available — but Fuaga can be a starter on the line this year while Nix may not be an immediate starter.

21) Miami Dolphins: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

There’s no need to add skill-position players to one of the most dynamic offenses in recent memory. Miami’s offensive line needs more support though. Protecting Tua Tagovailoa with Amarius Mims — one of the best pass protectors in the draft — should inspire confidence.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

News of Haason Reddick requesting a trade could convince the Eagles to look at the defensive line in the draft. However, after James Bradberry’s poor performance last year, Nate Wiggins gives Philadelphia a good second corner to pair with Darius Slay.

23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Houston’s improbable run last season was thanks in part to Tank Dell. Yet, his injury exposed the Texans’ need for additional playmakers.

Keon Coleman has great speed and would set up C.J. Stroud with a better supporting cast in 2024.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Tyron Smith is entering free agency, and Tyler Smith could be up to playing tackle or guard. Adding Tyler Guyton gives them the option to keep the latter Smith inside. Dallas has to get younger on the offensive line.

25) Green Bay Packers: Graham Barton, G, Duke

Jordan Love showed the world in the playoffs that he’s the next great Green Bay Packers QB. The running game needs to be more consistent, so the Packers could bring in Graham Barton, who helped Duke’s offense excel despite injuries at quarterback last year.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

The Buccaneers’ offense may face some questions as to whether they can get Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans back. However, pass defense is a bigger and more pressing concern.

Tampa Bay’s secondary could use some more reinforcement with hard-hitting safety Kamren Kinchens.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Gannon will use this draft to get deep at defense with the team needing to improve against the run. Byron Murphy II is a top defensive tackle in this draft who could help put some pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

28) Buffalo Bills: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Another season of Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs knocking the Bills out of the playoffs makes the 2024 NFL Draft that much more important.

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Buffalo needs to make their secondary impossible to throw on. Quinyon Mitchell has been rising the ranks as a great playmaker who would be a good second corner or slot option for Buffalo.

29) Detroit Lions: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

The second-half collapse in the NFC Championship Game should have Detroit only focus on defense in the offseason. Georgia’s Kamari Lassiter is quick and one of the best cornerbacks in the draft in run support, giving some physicality to the Lions’ defense.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Troy Fautanu, G, Washington

Not much went right for the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game, with the offense stalling out and turning the ball over. While this is already one of the best rushing teams in the NFL, Troy Fautanu gives Baltimore more athleticism and versatility on the offensive line.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

It’s back to the drawing board for San Francisco after a tough Super Bowl loss.

Trent Williams is getting older, and with retirement looming, developing Kingsley Suamataia as the heir to his throne is a logical move.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Super Bowl champions couldn’t get enough consistency at receiver to be fully confident in a three-peat.

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Brian Thomas Jr. was hidden by Nabers’ hype at LSU last year but could be a good complement to Rashee Rice.

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