2024 NFL Mock Draft: Jayden Daniels Heads to Atlanta, Keon Coleman to Arizona, and Brock Bowers to Cincinnati

Opt-outs in college football mean prospects are declaring their futures, and this 2024 NFL Mock Draft looks at where some of them fit.

It’s opt-out season in college football, and that means we’re getting a glimpse of the 2024 NFL Draft prospects that are ending their collegiate careers. A few top-10 picks in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft haven’t decided their future, including the first overall selection, but that doesn’t change what the NFL teams do.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

1) Chicago Bears: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

This continues to be one of the more intriguing picks of the draft. Will Chicago keep their pick? Will they move down to gain more draft capital? A lot of those answers depend on their decision with the quarterback position.

If Justin Fields is their guy, then a pick like Marvin Harrison Jr. makes a ton of sense. Not only will they support their franchise quarterback, but they’ll invest more in him by adding weapons around him.

2) New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

It’s rebuilding season in New England, and the Patriots’ biggest need comes at their most important position. Drake Maye comes to the Patriots to solve their offensive issues, and his impact should be noticed right away.

Maye’s an underrated athlete with elite arm talent. Give him time to throw, and he typically finds a receiver downfield. The Patriots upgrade their offense with Maye, giving them a great start to this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

3) Arizona Cardinals: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Another team that could decide to stick with their current quarterback. Arizona might rely on Kyler Murray to get them out from the bottom of the NFL, and they can double down on that by giving him more protection.

Joe Alt’s a massive body that can give Murray time to throw, and the only real concern is Murray’s ability to throw over him. The Cardinals have some nice pieces in place, and Murray’s shown that he can be an electric playmaker for the offense, too.

4) Washington Commanders: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

There are a few picks that I like here for the Commanders in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Giving quarterback Sam Howell more weapons wouldn’t hurt, but the defense also needs some help.

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After Montez Sweat and Chase Young were shipped out, defensive end became a big-time need. Washington adds Laiatu Latu here, and they get a prospect who was playing his best ball toward the end of the year. He brings good length and a solid arsenal of pass rush moves to a Commanders defense that will benefit from his presence.

5) Chicago Bears: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

If Chicago is looking for an attitude adjustment on defense, then drafting Dallas Turner will do the trick. Turner’s a ferocious edge defender who’s not afraid to bully his opponent. After losing Will Anderson, Alabama looked for someone who could continue his production.

Turner’s been arguably the heart and soul of the defense this year, and he’s sent a number of messages to his opponents. The power he brings in his frame will make him a potential instant impact player for the Bears next year.

6) Las Vegas Raiders: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

While Caleb Williams falls in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, there might not be a better fit for him than in Las Vegas. Williams is one of the most entertaining players in football right now. His ability to escape the pocket under immense pressure and produce some insane throws make him the perfect fit for the Raiders.

His skill set, combined with his presence off the field, make him a perfect face of the franchise. Williams is already living somewhat of an NFL life at USC, and putting him in Vegas is perfect for the Raiders and the league.

7) New York Jets: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

While everyone focuses on Aaron Rodgers and when he’ll come back, the future of the Jets offense requires an upgrade at tackle. Olu Fashanu brings tremendous upside to New York, and the right coaching would make him an All-Pro. He has all of the raw tools desired by teams, and he just needs a little guidance on how to refine his game.

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

Regardless of whether New York goes with Daniel Jones or Tommy DeVito going forward, they’ll need more weapons out wide to help. With Jalin Hyatt showing off his potential this year, the Giants look to add another young and promising prospect to their passing attack.

Malik Nabers can torch a secondary if they’re not careful. He’s been a huge target for LSU the last couple of years, and he should be able to do the same for New York starting in 2024.

9) Tennessee Titans: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Tennessee needs help on the offensive line, and not just at tackle. So, drafting a guy like JC Latham makes sense. He’s been a team player for Alabama throughout his career, playing both guard and tackle, and he could do the same for the Titans.

At 6’6″ and 360 pounds, he’s a massive player who’s taken big leaps this past year to become a top-10 pick. He’s also part of a unit that struggled early in the season but is now a big reason why Alabama is playing in the College Football Playoff.

10) Los Angeles Chargers: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Los Angeles continues struggling to win games, and that will be even more difficult with Justin Herbert out for the rest of the season. The draft is the perfect time to fix a defense that struggles to stop the pass.

Terrion Arnold’s stock soared this past season, and now he’s a top-10 pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. He’s an aggressive player, something that should instantly help the Chargers pass defense.

11) Atlanta Falcons: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Atlanta’s offense has so much potential with the pieces already on the roster, and getting a quarterback that can elevate that group is the next step. After winning the Heisman Trophy this past weekend, Jayden Daniels reminded everyone just how far he’s come in his career.

An explosive dual threat, Daniels gives the Falcons the missing piece they need. Even if the offensive line needs an upgrade, his legs will mask some of the deficiencies within the offense. Give this team the right quarterback, and the NFC South has plenty to worry about in 2024.

12) New Orleans Saints: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

People are sleeping on Jared Verse for some reason. His rise from the FCS ranks to a Power 5 program continues to be one of the more impressive journeys we’ve seen this year, and now he’ll be a first-round pick.

Verse brings great size to the Saints’ defense, and his leadership will be another perk that he brings to the locker room. He plays the game with a chip on his shoulder, too, so there shouldn’t be any concerns about his motivation.

13) Seattle Seahawks: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Jer’Zhan Newton’s been one of the few bright spots for Illinois this year, and now he’s pushing the top 10 in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. He brings experience as an end and a tackle, which should help him in the NFL. His power, combined with his underrated quickness, should make him a welcomed addition to the Seahawks’ defense.

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

It doesn’t matter who’s playing quarterback for the Rams next year; keeping them upright is the top priority. Amarius Mims knows a thing or two about that, and it will just come down to how well he can stay healthy. Injuries knocked him out of a couple of games this season, but his absence also reminded everyone just how good he is when Georgia struggled during those times.

15) Denver Broncos: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Russell Wilson takes a lot of sacks, and Denver knows that they need to protect him better. Adding an anchor to the offensive line would be a great start. Taliese Fuaga won’t be the most exciting pick, but sometimes the boring picks are the necessary ones.

16) Arizona Cardinals: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

I’m just imagining where we’d be had Keon Coleman not left Michigan State. Would he be a first-round pick? Probably not, given how much the Spartans offense struggled this year. We probably wouldn’t have been treated to his athleticism as much as we did with Florida State, and it would have been a big “what-if” should he have stayed.

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Coleman upgrades the Cardinals’ passing attack, and that adds another vote of confidence for Murray from this staff. Offense was the focus for Arizona in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, and that unit becomes more electric thanks to that strategy.

17)  Buffalo Bills: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

One thing to watch in the draft is where Kool-Aid McKinstry and Terrion Arnold go. Both are extremely talented, but the question is which one will go first. If McKinstry falls to Buffalo, they won’t complain. Adding a younger player to help the secondary would be huge, and McKinstry would get plenty of valuable reps in practice against guys like Stefon Diggs.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Joe Burrow’s return to the Bengals offense in 2024 could feature a versatile weapon. Brock Bowers showed off his skill set this year with Georgia, and the Bulldogs lined him up at a number of different positions. Cincinnati could use that as inspiration for how they’ll utilize him in their offense, and Burrow should get back on track right away next year.

19) Green Bay Packers: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Pairing an elite corner with Jaire Alexander helps Green Bay’s defense in many ways. Teams already look opposite of Alexander, meaning that Nate Wiggins would see plenty of action in his first year.

The Packers would essentially be throwing him into the fire, but we’ve seen that Wiggins doesn’t mind. Wiggins played right off the bat at Clemson and proved that he’s a fierce competitor ready for anything. His freshman year gave everyone a glimpse of how quickly he can pick things up.

20) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

There’s plenty of potential in the Bucs offense, but they need to do something about the quarterback position. Enter Michael Penix Jr., a big-arm lefty who could give them exactly what they need. The skill position talent around him at Washington prepared him for the next level, and it would just come down to finding chemistry with his new teammates.

21) Indianapolis Colts: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Anthony Richardson’s return in 2024 will come with plenty of hype, and the Colts should add a receiver to add to that excitement. Rome Odunze gives them a 6’3″ and 215-pound receiver to help Michael Pittman out wide, and he’ll be an instant upgrade for an offense with a ton of potential.

Odunze can do so many things for the Colts’ offense, including using his size to shake defensive backs with his quickness. He was the most consistent player for Washington this year, and he won’t have to wait long to hear his name called in the draft.

22) Minnesota Vikings: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

After beating Las Vegas 3-0 this past weekend, multiple things became obvious for the Minnesota Vikings. Drafting a quarterback remains one of them, but upgrading their pass rush was also up there.

Chop Robinson brings a similar vibe to what the Vikings got in Danielle Hunter. With their star player all but out the door this offseason, they’ll need a younger and cheaper option. Robinson brings good length and explosiveness to the defense, and Brian Flores can help his new rookie refine his game to become a menace for Minnesota.

23) Pittsburgh Steelers: Graham Barton, OG, Duke

There’s too much talent at the skill positions in Pittsburgh to waste it, so drafting an offensive lineman should be the move. The Steelers need help at a couple of positions, so Graham Barton is the perfect fit for them. He’s a versatile weapon who can move along the line if needed but fills a need at center for the Steelers.

24) Houston Texans: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Houston’s offense hurts without Tank Dell, making it more obvious that another wide receiver is needed. Adonai Mitchell gets at least one more chance to showcase his skill set in the College Football Playoff, and it could be enough to solidify him as a first-round pick.

Mitchell’s a clutch player capable of making acrobatic catches. When Texas needed big plays this year, it was often Mitchell coming through in the clutch. In close games at the next level, that aspect of his game will make him incredibly valuable.

25) Kansas City Chiefs: T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

While it would be fun to give the Chiefs a fast wide receiver (or one that could line up correctly), there are other needs as well. Given the amount of veterans on the defensive line, adding T’Vondre Sweat seems like a great decision.

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Sweat’s been a force for Texas this year. His stats don’t stand out, but the film doesn’t lie. He eats double teams with ease, but he also has plenty of power in his frame to shed those blocks and live in the backfield.

26) Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Trevor Lawrence can always use more weapons, and it just so happens that LSU produced a couple this year. Brian Thomas Jr. is getting a lot of traction as a potential first-round pick lately, and it’s easy to see why.

Thomas stepped up this year when Malik Nabers was out of the lineup or getting extra attention from the defense, and he’s a big reason why Jayden Daniels saw so much success through the air. He gave the Tigers a reliable deep threat, and he’ll do the same for the Jaguars next year.

27) Detroit Lions: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Detroit’s already had success taking an Iowa defender in Jack Campbell, so they dip into the well for another. Cooper DeJean is recovering from an injury, but he’s an electric player when healthy.

He’s an underrated corner who’s also a good returner, so the Lions are getting good value in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. DeJean’s a fierce competitor and has been one of the best players on Iowa’s defense for the last couple of years. Detroit has a young and promising defense, and DeJean adds to that excitement.

28) Philadelphia Eagles: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

Howie Roseman isn’t shy about his love for the Georgia Bulldogs. Not because he’s a fan of the school, but he’s getting good returns on his investments in their players. Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean, and Jalen Carter all came to Philadelphia from Athens, and that trend continues.

Kamari Lassiter is the latest Georgia Bulldog defender to enter the first round, and he joins an Eagles secondary looking for a youth infusion. With the number of former Bulldogs on this defense, he should feel right at home.

29) Miami Dolphins: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Arizona had a big year in college football, and it was the offense that shined brightly. Jordan Morgan came into the year with a few people knowing his name, but now the spotlight has grown thanks to his performance. Miami’s always looking to keep Tua Tagovailoa upright, and Morgan’s a great addition to make that happen.

30) Dallas Cowboys: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

BYU had a rough inaugural year in the Big 12, but Kingsley Suamataia gave them a bright spot on a tough season. His size made him an intriguing prospect coming into the 2023 season, and his play turned him into a potential first-round pick. He’s a competitor who loves being physical, and that will help him fit into the Cowboys offense quickly.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

Patrick Paul can learn a ton from Trent Williams, mostly because there are many similarities in their games. Paul brings a nasty attitude to blocking and also brings good length to the NFL. His draft stock is slipping a little as of late, but there’s still a possibility of him landing in the first round.

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

When Baltimore is healthy, they have one of the more entertaining offenses in the league. Lamar Jackson’s electric, and now they add an electric wide receiver in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Xavier Legette brings freakish abilities to the Ravens offense, and his size and speed combination will make him a valuable asset to Jackson.

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