Sadly, the end of the college football season draws closer, but that means it’s time for another 2024 NFL Mock Draft. There’s still plenty of change happening on 2024 NFL Draft big boards, and certain players find their stock rising and falling.
Who’s QB1? Is Keon Coleman better than Marvin Harrison Jr.? We settle that and more below.
2024 NFL Mock Draft
1) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Outside of a cringy nickname (though he seems to like it), there’s not much to worry about with Marvin Harrison Jr. The Ohio State superstar continues to keep the Buckeyes offense afloat at times, and Chicago needs a go-to receiver for Justin Fields.
The consensus surrounding the Bears star quarterback remains up in the air, but they can give him a vote of confidence by giving him a weapon rather than a replacement. Fields is only part of the passing game, and Harrison gives them a huge upgrade in the wide receiver room.
2) New York Giants: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Maye continues to shine for the North Carolina Tar Heels, and his ability to work within the pocket sets him apart from the rest. He’s elevated his draft stock so far this year, and now the Giants get their new franchise quarterback with their first pick of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
3) New England Patriots: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Notre Dame might be out of playoff contention, but there’s plenty of attention being sent their way. Joe Alt continues to be the brightest spot on an offensive line that has struggled at times this year. At 6’8″, he towers over most of his competition, and he brings a stable anchor to the Patriots offensive line.
4) Arizona Cardinals: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Keon Coleman’s rise in college football was expected, but it appears to be entering a new chapter. With everyone talking about Harrison Jr. as the best receiver in the class, it was only a matter of time before people started challenging that notion.
While I don’t agree that Coleman is better than Harrison, I’ll agree that the gap between them has shrunk significantly since the start of the season. Coleman’s athleticism will be a welcomed sight to the Cardinals offense, assuming they stick with Kyler Murray and don’t take a quarterback here.
5) Chicago Bears: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
After Will Anderson Jr. left Alabama, many wondered who would step up in his absence. Dallas Turner’s tenacious play stands out on film (both for good and bad). Turner plays the game hard, and the Bears would embrace that with open arms. He’s been a menace for the teams he faces in college, and Chicago hopes he does the same to the rest of the NFC North.
6) Green Bay Packers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
There are plenty of options for the top offensive tackle, and it seems that nearly every team needs help at the position. Mims’ return to the Georgia lineup last week elevated the play of that group, and it helped them stomp Ole Miss.
Mims brings good size and above-average athleticism to the Packers offense, and that gives Jordan Love more time to find receivers downfield.
7) Los Angeles Rams: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Those in the college ranks haven’t been overly impressed with the Nittany Lions offense, especially the offensive line. Olu Fashanu, in their eyes, has taken a step back from his play in 2022. Yet he’s still a top-10 prospect because of his potential.
He’s a natural when it comes to protecting his quarterback, and there’s still plenty of room for him to grow. The Rams have pieces to work with offensively, and giving Matthew Stafford time to dice up defenses is a priority in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
8) Tennessee Titans: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
If you’ve watched LSU play football this year, Jayden Daniels stands out thanks to his electric abilities as a passer and a runner. When you have a guy like Malik Nabers catching passes, it makes life way easier.
Nabers is a great playmaker for the Tigers, and his explosiveness gives the Titans a weapon that can stretch the field. We’ve seen his potential greatness multiple times this year, and it won’t be long before his name is called by an NFL team.
9) Atlanta Falcons: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Caleb Williams has been under the spotlight ever since he took over as Oklahoma’s starting quarterback in 2021. Since he won the Heisman, everyone has an opinion of him. That’s what happens when you’re this good.
If there’s one thing that Maye has over Williams, it’s the ability to work within structure. Not all of that is Williams’ fault, though. When you watch USC games, you notice that he scrambles out of necessity more than desire.
One thing’s for sure: pairing Williams with Bijan Robinson is a nightmare for anyone facing the Falcons offense. Throw in Drake London and Kyle Pitts, and the Falcons offense is nightmare fuel for defensive coordinators of the future.
10) Washington Commanders: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
After trading Montez Sweat and Chase Young, it became clear that a youth movement would be the Commanders’ path forward. Jared Verse could be plugged into the defensive line right away and make an impact for a team that suddenly needs menacing pass rushers.
11) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
If teams are looking for a playmaker who can service multiple positions, then Brock Bowers is the guy. The Georgia star returned from an ankle injury this past weekend and instantly made an impact.
He’s a tough runner after the catch, so tackling him is more fun in theory than reality. Bowers does a lot of things well, and he gives the Bucs a proven playmaker to help their offense.
12) New York Jets: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Assuming Aaron Rodgers is back, the Jets put off drafting a quarterback in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Giving the offense another weapon downfield would help tremendously, and Garrett Wilson would see less attention his way.
Rome Odunze brings good size to the Jets at 6’3″ and 215 pounds and has been the Washington Huskies’ top receiver for the past two seasons. He’s strong at the catch point and does a solid job of getting open for his quarterback, something that the Jets would love to pair with Wilson’s skill set.
13) Denver Broncos: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois
Denver needs someone to plug up the middle for their defense, and that problem is solved with Jer’Zhan Newton sitting on the board here. Netwon has experience on the edge and up the middle in Illinois’ scheme, something that has helped him develop both his power and agility up front.
14) Los Angeles Chargers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Not only would the Chargers win the nickname battle in the draft, but they’d get a big-time corner in Kool-Aid McKinstry. Los Angeles needs an upgrade at multiple positions defensively, and the secondary feels like the best place to start.
15) Indianapolis Colts: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
If you want to know what Chop Robinson’s ceiling looks like, go back and watch the first half of the game against Michigan. There wasn’t anything the Wolverines could do to stop the Nittany Lions star until they decided to stop throwing the ball.
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Robinson’s explosive first step is a problem for any tackle he faces. His length, paired with that, makes him impossible to block when he times the snap right. He checks off a lot of boxes for a future pro, and the Colts get someone who will wreak havoc for them.
16) Las Vegas Raiders: Kalen King, CB, Penn State
The Raiders secondary room needs someone to be their future lockdown corner, and they get that with Kalen King in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. King’s faced a number of talented receivers this year, including Harrison Jr., and he’s played well against them.
King’s a natural in man coverage, and he can also slide inside if the Raiders need him to cover the slot. If the Raiders bring back Marcus Peters, King can also learn some valuable tips from the veteran to help his game.
17) Buffalo Bills: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
Cooper DeJean remains one of the most underrated defenders in this year’s class. Iowa’s defense continues stifling opposing offenses, and DeJean plays a huge role in that. He’s a good athlete in coverage and also isn’t afraid to help in run support.
Throw in that he’s an above-average returner, too, so the Bills get a weapon who can help them in multiple facets of the game.
18) Cincinnati Bengals: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
The Bengals offense has a number of weapons for Joe Burrow to utilize, but imagine adding Emeka Egbuka to join Tee Higgins and Ja’Marr Chase. Egbuka often gets overlooked for being on the same team as Harrison Jr., but he can be a big-time player for the Bengals.
As long as he can stay healthy, Egbuka’s shown his big play ability frequently, a luxury the Buckeyes get while most other teams don’t. His route running and reliable hands would earn Burrow’s respect early and often.
19) New Orleans Saints: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
Andrus Peat and Ryan Ramczyk aren’t old by any means, but they’re also not getting any younger. The Saints need some youth of the future to help protect their quarterback, and they get that in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft with Taliese Fuaga.
Fuaga has shown a strong anchor against good pass rushers, and he’s been a big reason for the Oregon State offense finding balance. He brings a thick and sturdy frame to the Saints too, and he’s a brick wall at key moments in the passing attack too.
20) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Clemson may not be getting a ton of positive attention due to their struggles this year, but Nate Wiggins has been a nice bright spot for them. He’s made an impact for the Tigers defense since the minute he stepped on campus, and he brings excellent length and quickness to the Cardinals defense.
21) Minnesota Vikings: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
There’s still a scenario where the Vikings bring Kirk Cousins back despite his injury, but that doesn’t mean they won’t look to the long-term future. If Michael Penix Jr. is still around, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them consider selecting him.
Penix brings a strong arm to an offense that features to major vertical threats in Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison. The lefty might need some to gel with his new receivers, but he’s no stranger to big-time talent out wide, thanks to his current trio of great receivers.
22) Dallas Cowboys: Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson
With Leighton Vander Esch out for the year, the Cowboys faithful should get to know the future of their defense. Since arriving on campus at Clemson, Jeremiah Trotter has been a playmaking machine for the Tigers, and now he’s in the conversation for the first round of the draft.
Trotter’s not a flashy player by any means, and that’s not a bad thing. You can tell he prepares well for his opponent, and it makes his plays easy because he knows where to go as soon as the ball is snapped. He’s also shown the ability to cover well.
23) Pittsburgh Steelers: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
Anyone who lines up opposite T.J. Watt should see plenty of favorable matchups, and the Steelers give Laiatu Latu the opportunity to do that with this pick. Latu’s a dynamic pass rusher who also brings a solid frame to the Steelers defense. Some believe he’s a potential top-10 pick, so this brings good value to the Steelers draft.
24) Houston Texans (From CLE): Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
Tank Dell’s proving that size doesn’t matter in the NFL. If you’re quicker and faster than everyone, you’ll find success. Houston’s offense has become one of the more intriguing groups in the league, thanks to Dell and C.J. Stroud. Give them Xavier Worthy, and you’d better watch out.
Worthy’s another smaller receiver who can blow past anyone. He’s that fast. Drops have been a concern at times, but the man knows how to create separation like the best of them.
25) Miami Dolphins: Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota
An underrated name to keep an eye on in this class is Tyler Nubin. While Minnesota tends to be overlooked as a program, Nubin’s been making a name for himself. He’s an elite ballhawk who seems to always make a timely play when the Gophers need one, and the Dolphins get that skill set on the back end of their defense.
26) Seattle Seahawks: Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson
Barrett Carter gets overshadowed by Trotter Jr., but he’s just as much a first-round prospect as his teammate. Carter’s athleticism jumps out on tape, and he’s good in space when it comes to tracking down ball carriers and route runners. The Seahawks have plenty of experience to help him adapt to the NFL game quickly, too.
27) Jacksonville Jaguars: Donovan Jackson, G, Ohio State
Questions about the tackle play for the Buckeyes remain, but Donovan Jackson continues to be a steadying force for the offense. He’s a dominant player at times, and the Jaguars offense will love having him protect Trevor Lawrence and open up running lanes for Travis Etienne.
28) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston
If you’re looking for the closest thing to Trent Williams, Patrick Paul is your guy. Don’t get me wrong, Paul has a lot of developing to do before he can become the best tackle in the league, but he has a good foundation that will get him there.
Like Williams, Paul’s constantly looking to punish a defender. While that does get him in trouble at times, it’s a mentality that will get him far when he hones in his skill set. He wants to win so badly that he’s willing to play through the whistle. If he can learn when to time his aggression, he’ll be an incredible player.
29) Baltimore Ravens: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas
Baltimore’s been trying to solve their wide receiver room for a while, but injuries haven’t helped in that department. Rashod Bateman struggles to stay healthy, but Zay Flowers and Mark Andrews give the Ravens a solid duo.
Insert Adonai Mitchell, a guy who seems to always make a big play in the biggest moments. He’s a good vertical threat who’s an acrobatic catcher when the ball isn’t thrown accurately, and Lamar Jackson gets more peace of mind with him on the roster.
30) Detroit Lions: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)
All Kamren Kinchens does is make plays, and he has 10 interceptions in the past two seasons. A natural at the safety position, Kinchens gives the Lions another young and promising defender to help keep them at the top of the NFC North.
31) Kansas City Chiefs: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
It’s clear that the Chiefs need an upgrade at wide receiver, and they can do that by adding Troy Franklin to their roster. Franklin’s proven that he can cook any defender he faces, and that separation gives Patrick Mahomes easier throws. Franklin’s speed fits well with what the Chiefs have wanted in a receiver, and adding some weight to his frame would give him more durability.
32) Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington
Good luck stopping an offense that already has A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith. Adding Ja’Lynn Polk almost seems unfair, but that’s what happens when you have the luxury the Eagles do.
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