Joe Broback’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Minnesota Moves Up To Get Drake Maye, Quinyon Mitchell Joins the Top 5

As the NFL postseason barrels toward the Super Bowl, this 2024 NFL Mock Draft gets the offseason excitement going with a huge trade.

As the NFL playoffs wind down, the draft order continues solidifying, and that also means it’s time for another 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Rumors have been flying around recently about what certain teams will do, and one team makes a big splash to get us started.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

1) Minnesota Vikings (From CHI): Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Bears get Nos. 11, 42, 126, and 2025 first and second-round pick; Vikings get No. 1 and 2025 sixth-round pick

There’s a growing belief that Minnesota wants to move up in this draft, but at what cost? To get Drake Maye or Caleb Williams, the Vikings give up significant draft capital. How much remains to be seen, but it’s likely they’ll need more if they trade with Chicago.

Maye is a great fit in Minnesota’s offense. He has the arm talent to move the ball down the field on all three levels, and that’s a major crux as to why he’s considered a top-two pick. He’ll do well under Kevin O’Connell’s tutelage, but Maye also gives the Vikings an aspect that they didn’t have with Kirk Cousins.

One of the biggest gripes with Cousins was his inability to escape pressure frequently. Maye’s mobility allows this team to breathe more easily, and now the fan base can wait to see how he develops.

2) Washington Commanders: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The new regime for Washington most likely moves on from Sam Howell, but who knows? It’s tough to sell a fan base on a guy who didn’t solidify his role with the team, and even harder when a guy like Caleb Williams is available.

Moving back wouldn’t be bad, but passing on Williams might also start a riot. Williams brings the magic to Washington in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, giving the Commanders’ offense new life. He’s a great dual threat who can make plays with his arm and legs, rekindling the buzz for the Commanders.

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

Jerod Mayo has a tough decision to make with the third pick. With Williams and Maye already off the board, Mayo must decide if Jayden Daniels is the real deal or if he wants to move back.

The offense needs a boost, so Mayo’s hands might be tied here. Daniels brings a lot of excitement to the Patriots, something they didn’t have with Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe consistently.

Don’t be surprised if Mayo wants to move up, either. It’s his first year, so getting the right guy from the start might be worth it.

4) Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

If Arizona wants to stick with Kyler Murray, they have plenty of options when they get on the clock. In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they don’t overthink it.

Marvin Harrison Jr. should be the first receiver taken in this year’s draft, and he gives the Cardinals a verified deep threat that they desperately need.

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Before we freak out, there’s serious talk about Quinyon Mitchell being the best corner in this draft class. While the quality of competition he faced remains a concern, there’s plenty to like about his game.

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Regardless of who the new coach ends up being, the Chargers need to stop the pass better, and Mitchell’s a certified playmaker who can help in that regard.

6) New York Giants: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Again, teams wanting a quarterback either have to trade up or wait, and the Giants are one of those teams. Without any good options here, they go with their next significant need.

Joe Alt provides stability on the offensive line for New York. Alt’s a huge tackle who can protect the quarterback better than most, and he’ll help the offense even if he’s not throwing the ball.

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

The new coaching staff must address the offensive line, but they’re fortunate that this class provides plenty of options. Olu Fashanu gives the Titans a player who’s still on the rise but also someone who can be an immediate difference-maker. While he’s still working on his game, there’s plenty of upside to make him a top-10 pick.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Atlanta better be willing to move up or identify their guy later in the draft if they want to find a new franchise QB. If they somehow win the Kirk Cousins sweepstakes, this pick opens up. They can focus on other positions, such as who will get after the quarterback on defense.

Jared Verse can sometimes be a bully, and that’s the attitude that Atlanta’s defense has needed for a while. Pair Verse’s mentality with his size and leadership, and there are plenty of reasons why he should be a top-10 pick.

9) Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

With Chicago making a statement on Justin Fields, the Bears shift their focus to loading up the offense for him. Another wide receiver certainly would help the offense, so they take Rome Odunze with their first pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Some believe Odunze is the best receiver in this class, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him drafted higher. There shouldn’t be much debate if he’s still available when Chicago picks here.

10) New York Jets: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

With Aaron Rodgers set to return to the offense next year, the Jets turn their focus to a position of need. New York has struggled to stay healthy at tackle this year, so at worst, JC Latham gives them depth in case that issue arises again.

Latham also gives New York a player with experience at guard, which creates more value for him in the draft. He’s a huge player at 6’6″ and 360 pounds, so it’s easy to see why teams would be enticed to draft him within the top 10.

11) Chicago Bears (From MIN): Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Teams looking for juice will get exactly that with Dallas Turner. Chicago needs new energy on both sides of the ball, and Turner’s arrival adds to a rebuild with a ton of promise.

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Turner’s an explosive player on the edge who can dominate his opponents, and his aggressive nature will help him see the field sooner rather than later.

12) Denver Broncos: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Denver’s defensive line needs an upgrade, and there aren’t many better ways to do that than by adding Laiatu Latu. He was a game-changer at UCLA for most of the year and will be the same for the Broncos.

Latu brings good length to Denver, and he’s shown an evolving set of pass-rush moves that should only expand with more coaching. He’s a player whose stock rose drastically over the last month of the season, and he’s hoping to keep that trajectory going in the NFL.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

If you’re not on the Cooper DeJean bandwagon yet, you better hurry. The former Iowa star is getting more attention by the day as more people look at his player profile in depth.

While he’s recovering from a season-ending injury, that shouldn’t affect DeJean’s draft stock. He’s an extremely athletic player who can compete with the best receivers in the country. The Raiders need a player like that in their secondary.

14) New Orleans Saints: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

While the Harrison vs. Odunze WR1 debate rages on, Keon Coleman remains on the board for the Saints. New Orleans’ offense needs receiver help alongside Chris Olave, and Coleman could be that guy.

He’s still learning the position, but Coleman’s athleticism and size make him an incredible deep threat. With the right coaching, the former FSU wide receiver could be a nightmare for the NFC South.

Derek Carr may manufacture a big year if the Saints can bring Coleman to town, giving the New Orleans’ QB a significant downfield target.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Corner is such an interesting position in this class. Terrion Arnold could be the first one taken, but there’s so much fluctuation right now. Indianapolis needs help at CB, so they’re in a great position regardless of who falls to them.

Arnold’s still learning the nuances of the position, but he’s proven to be a quick learner. Pair that with an aggressive play style, and the Colts should get a guy who can make an immediate impact.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

While the Seahawks wait to take a quarterback in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they give the offense someone who can immediately compete for a starting spot. Taliese Fuaga was the definition of an anchor for Oregon State’s offense this year, and it’s a big reason why he’s considered a first-round pick.

Getting through or around Fuaga required a special effort, and few could do it. Seattle’s looking to him for a replication of that performance, and it gives the offense more stability in the trenches.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

If the Jaguars can’t bring back Calvin Ridley, they must look at receivers in free agency and the draft. Even if they can bring him back, drafting another weapon for Trevor Lawrence won’t upset the fan base.

Adonai Mitchell made plenty of noise towards the end of the season. Against good competition, he showcased his impact ability, and now he’s someone who could be a first-round pick.

It feels like we’ve yet to see Mitchell’s best football, another part of his game that makes him so intriguing.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

While Joe Burrow recovers from injury, the Bengals are trying to figure out how to retool the offense for him. If they can’t bring back Tee Higgins, then the draft could be a way to find replacements.

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Although Brock Bowers doesn’t directly replace Higgins, he gives Cincinnati’s offense a big-time weapon in the passing game. Cincinnati already has a blueprint on how to utilize their new tight end, too, as Georgia showed the various ways to use Bowers in a pro-style offense.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Los Angeles is a year ahead of schedule, and now they’re looking to have a great offseason to keep momentum going. Protecting the quarterback remains a concern for this team, so they draft a tackle in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Amarius Mims has the potential to be the best tackle in this class. If he can figure out how to stay healthy, he gives the Rams a reliable and dominant player. Georgia sorely missed him when he got hurt this year, and his returns instantly elevated the Bulldogs’ offense.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Pittsburgh needs to draft someone to compete in the trenches, and they’ll have several players that can fit into their culture quite well. Kingsley Suamataia is one of those guys.

Sumataia thrived during a year where BYU struggled, and he took a business approach to this season. He didn’t see the spotlight much, but he’ll get what he’s due when the draft comes.

Sumataia brings good size to the Steelers’ offense, and his presence should help a group with so much potential at the skill positions.

21) Miami Dolphins: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

If there was ever a time to capitalize on having Jalen Ramsey on the roster, it’s now. From winning to developing talent behind him, the Dolphins are in a great spot defensively.

In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they add a player with the tools to become great. He just needs a veteran to help him get there.

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Kool-Aid McKinstry plays the game calm and collected, so he’ll learn to break out of that shell with Ramsey. He gives the Dolphins another top-tier DB, and Miami finds themselves with one of the most talented groups in the league if they can make this happen.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

If anything, Philadelphia needs better effort from their secondary. Too often this year, we saw opposing teams turn regular plays into huge gains because certain players were missing tackles.

If they can get Nate Wiggins on the roster, they’ll get a player who fights on every play. Wiggins hit the ground running at Clemson and will do the same with Philadelphia.

This secondary needs to get younger, but they also need someone like Wiggins. Not only is he a talented player, but he’s also a fighter who never quits on a play. He can change the attitude of the secondary while learning how to become an even better player at the same time.

23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

One of the biggest things we learned in the NFL in 2023 is that the Texans’ offense is in a great place with C.J. Stroud. They just need to build around him.

Tank Dell gives them one piece, but Houston adds another weapon in this mock draft.

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Malik Nabers has been cooking defensive backs for a couple of years now, and it’s a big reason why he’s considered a first-round pick. The consensus surrounding his draft stock is still in the air, but it would be a shock to see him fall to Day 2.

With Houston set on the short routes with Dell, they add a vertical threat in Nabers, which complements their young receiver.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Kalen King, CB, Penn State

Maybe this is an overreaction to watching Jordan Love make play after play on the Cowboys’ defense, but it wouldn’t hurt for Dallas to add a quality corner in the draft. Their defense has plenty of talent to be great, but they have a few holes to fill.

Kalen King‘s biggest question is if he can handle a full year of facing NFL talent. His only consistent test at Penn State was against Ohio State’s Harrison, but he passed those with flying colors.

King has the talent to be an impact player, and the Cowboys need another guy like that in their secondary.

25) Green Bay Packers: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

Green Bay’s young roster grew up this year, and they’re in a great position heading into 2024. The defense has plenty of exciting talent, but they need someone to elevate the play at safety.

Kamren Kinchens was the definition of a ball hawk at Miami. He intercepted 10 passes over the past two seasons and hopes to keep that production going into the NFL. Green Bay doesn’t have many holes to fill, but they get an impact player at safety to make another playoff run in Kinchens.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Graham Barton, G, Duke

Baker Mayfield’s development this year erased the need at quarterback for this draft, so the Bucs turn their attention to the guys in front of him. Graham Barton is a versatile player who can play every position, so Tampa Bay gets depth at multiple positions by taking him.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Like Barton, Jer’Zhan Newton brings a versatile profile to the Cardinals’ defense. He has experience at both tackle and end, which gives Arizona options regarding where to line him up.

He’ll play tackle, but Newton also knows how to win on the outside. It allows them to put in certain packages with him on the edge, and they’ll feel confident that he can win regardless of where they put him.

28) Buffalo Bills: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Watching Josh Allen throw several incredible passes only to watch them hit the turf had to be dejecting for the Bills and their quarterback. Simply put, he deserves better. But it might be tough for Buffalo to sign top talent with Allen set to make $47.1 million next year.

Fortunately for the Bills, the draft provides plenty of options at receiver, and they find one in this mock draft.

While most people focus on Nabers, Brian Thomas Jr. also made a name for himself at LSU. His ability to command the spotlight will be perfect in this offense and make Allen happy.

29) Kansas City Chiefs: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

Kansas City has some exciting pieces at receiver, but they won’t be opposed to adding another in the draft.

Ja’Lynn Polk gives the Chiefs a big-bodied receiver who can stretch the field vertically while providing reliable hands for Patrick Mahomes to hit. Polk thrived in Washington’s offense last year and can do the same for KC in 2024.

30) Detroit Lions: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

Detroit’s such an easy team to root for, and they’re going nowhere in 2024. Their defense needs a few tweaks, and drafting a corner is the most likely move they’ll make.

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While most of the top options are gone, Kamari Lassiter is an underrated player in this class. He joins a defense full of energy and on the rise, which will help him quickly get up to speed.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Anyone who gets to learn from Trent Williams and the veterans in San Francisco should find success. Jordan Morgan made a name for himself this year, and now he gets the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from one of the best.

He’s still developing as a tackle, but Morgan has a lot of upside that can help the 49ers even more.

32) Baltimore Ravens: Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

It’s been so fun to watch Lamar Jackson prove everyone wrong during his career, and the Ravens are in a place where they’ll build around him. Zay Flowers appears ready to be a reliable pass catcher for the Baltimore QB, but here, they complement Flowers with Xavier Legette.

While still learning the position, Legette is a freak at 6’3″ and 227 pounds. His 40-yard dash will be closely watched as he’s rumored to run one of the fastest times in this class. If he does, watch for his draft stock to skyrocket.

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