2024 NFL Mock Draft: Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Quinn Ewers Lead the Way

    Is Caleb Williams already the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in 2024? Which QBs go after him? We answer those questions and more in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

    As quickly as it arrived, the 2023 NFL Draft has concluded. And we’re not wasting any time looking ahead to the 2024 NFL Draft. What storylines will the 2024 class bring 12 months from now, and how might the board shake out?

    2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1

    The draft order for this 2024 NFL Mock Draft was determined using 2024 Super Bowl odds.

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

    After picking up the Houston Texans’ 2024 first-rounder in a trade that landed Houston Will Anderson Jr., the Cardinals are projected to have a stranglehold on the first round in 2024. Current odds give Arizona the No. 1 and No. 2 picks. One pick might be used to trade down with a QB-needy team and add even more capital, but the choice here is easy.

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    The Cardinals have a hemorrhaging receiving corps. The addition of Michael Wilson in the 2023 NFL Draft is a marginal help, but Arizona will need a new blue-chip WR for Kyler Murray when DeAndre Hopkins leaves. Marvin Harrison Jr. can be that WR. At 6’4″, 205 pounds, he has the size, athleticism, route nuance, and otherworldly instincts to be a star.

    2) Washington Commanders (from ARI via HOU): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

    In a projected trade, the Cardinals move down to eighth overall, adding capital in future years, while the Commanders rise up to take Caleb Williams. If the Commanders are picking eighth, we can assume the Sam Howell experiment didn’t work out. Williams gives Eric Bieniemy the elite arm that Howell lacks, and he’s a special creator out of structure.

    3) Indianapolis Colts: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

    The 2023 NFL Draft doesn’t have a cornerback prospect better than Kool-Aid McKinstry. He could end up being a top-10 pick. He has the short-area twitch, foot speed, and disciplined technique to start right away, and his 15 deflections reflect his ball skills. He’s also exceedingly physical and long at 6’1″, 188 pounds, sharing those traits with Julius Brents.

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

    The Titans came away from the 2023 NFL Draft with a QB, and now the focus shifts to ensuring they’re protected. Olumuyiwa Fashanu is a blue-chip OT prospect, who would have decisively been my OT1 in the 2023 class. His combined mobility, strength, and leverage overwhelm opponents, and Peter Skoronski can slide to guard alongside Fashanu.

    5) Chicago Bears (from CAR): Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

    With Cole Kmet and Robert Tonyan both scheduled to hit free agency in 2024, the Bears add a weapon in Brock Bowers. It’s particularly fun to think about Brock Bowers joining forces with Justin Fields. Bowers is a high-energy athlete at 6’4″, 230 pounds, with elite ability over the middle of the field. He’s a dual-sided catch-point and RAC savant.

    6) Atlanta Falcons: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

    The Falcons pair Drake London with another top-10 WR here, adding Ohio State’s Emeka Egbuka. With London manning the boundary and Kyle Pitts acting as a big slot and move TE, Egbuka can be a versatile movement Z receiver with his nuance, play strength, smooth catching ability, and explosive strides as a RAC threat.

    7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

    After a 2022 campaign that saw him complete 342 of 517 attempts for 4,321 yards, 38 touchdowns, and seven interceptions, Drake Maye has drawn comparisons to Justin Herbert. The 6’4″, 220-pound QB has unnatural mobility for his size, and he also effortlessly layers high-velocity throws with his arm. He helps Tampa reset at the QB spot.

    8) Arizona Cardinals (From WAS): Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

    After trading back with Washington, Jonathan Gannon adds a new threat at EDGE — an athletic specimen to complement BJ Ojulari. At 6’4″, 245 pounds, Dallas Turner is another supremely explosive, bendy rusher with exceptional length. He has a working arsenal of moves, a red-hot motor, and his closing speed in pursuit is jaw-dropping at times.

    9) New England Patriots: Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

    Entering his redshirt sophomore season, the stars may be aligning for Quinn Ewers to have his breakout campaign. The Texas offense has weapons and supporting talent. And Ewers himself has the experience to build on. Once the game starts slowing down for him, he has the live, elastic arm and gunslinger mentality to entice a team like New England.

    10) Los Angeles Rams: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

    The presence of the Ohio State WRs in the 2023 NFL Draft sometimes blots out another legitimate early first-round candidate in Rome Odunze. Odunze caught 75 passes for 1,145 yards and seven scores in 2022. He’s reportedly up to 215 pounds at 6’3″ and dominated spring camp. Size, athleticism, separation ability, hands, physical RAC — he has it all.

    11) Green Bay Packers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

    Between David Bakhtiari and Yosh Nijman, the Packers might not have a long-term solution at tackle on their roster. Joe Alt does things you’d never expect a 6’8″, 315-pound blocker to do on the football field. His recovery athleticism and short-area burst for his size are uncanny, and he’s shown he can keep his hands tight and acquire leverage as well.

    12) Chicago Bears: J.T. Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State

    If he has the season he’s capable of having, J.T. Tuimoloau could be the first EDGE off the board. At 6’4″, 277 pounds, Tuimoloau provides a rare mix of size, burst, flexibility, and power — something Matt Eberflus would covet — but his best trait might be his penchant for playmaking. He logged 3.5 sacks and 10.5 TFLs in 2022. The best is still yet to come.

    13) Pittsburgh Steelers: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

    Pittsburgh has a solid rotation of pass catchers, but there’s still one thing missing. Speed is a quality that could help unlock the Steelers’ offense, and Malik Nabers has the speed to both elevate his stock and elevate the passing attack. He can effortlessly stack DBs, his coordination at the catch point is elite, and he has strong RAC ability as a bonus.

    14) Minnesota Vikings: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

    The Vikings will have to meaningfully address the end of the Kirk Cousins era at some point, and the 2024 NFL Draft will offer a good opportunity to do so. Michael Penix Jr. could be a first-round candidate if his medicals check out. He’s a lefty with a laser, who blends together athleticism, competitive toughness, field vision, and fearlessness as a prospect.

    15) Las Vegas Raiders: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

    J.C. Latham is a natural right tackle who has enough refinement to start right away. And at 6’6″, 335 pounds, he’s unnaturally well-leveraged, with flashes of scary short-area correction and power.

    16) Houston Texans (from CLE): Maason Smith, DT, LSU

    An injury kept Maason Smith off the field for nearly the entirety of the 2022 season, but he’s working his way back and is expected to once again become a force on the LSU interior in 2023. He’s a rare athlete with absurd top-end burst at 6’6″, 292 pounds, and his combination of length and quickness could be an asset in DeMeco Ryans’ variable scheme.

    17) Denver Broncos: Michael Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

    Zach Allen and D.J. Jones should play off each other well on the interior, but the Broncos need another dynamic talent at 3-technique to soften the blow of losing Dre’Mont Jones.

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    At 6’2″, 290 pounds, Michael Hall Jr. is an extremely well-leveraged DL with elite burst off the snap and heavy hands at contact. His 4.5 sacks in 2022 exhibit his pass-rushing upside.

    18) Los Angeles Chargers: James Williams, S, Miami (FL)

    Nasir Adderley retired this past offseason, and the Chargers are due to lose Alohi Gilman in 2024. They’ll need a new running mate alongside Derwin James, and who better than a 6’5″, 224-pound obelisk in Miami’s James Williams? Williams, alongside James, would be nightmare fuel for opposing offenses, given his length, athleticism, and physicality.

    19) Seattle Seahawks: Donovan Jackson, G, Ohio State

    The 2023 NFL Draft brought a slight dip in guard talent, but the 2024 cycle should bring the position back up to par. Donovan Jackson, in particular, is a first-round sleeper to watch. He’s a former five-star recruit who earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2022, using his athleticism, shock in his hands, and strength at 6’4″, 320 pounds to stand out.

    20) New York Giants: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

    Off his 2022 tape, Denzel Burke isn’t guaranteed to go Round 1. But we’re banking on a resurgence for the highly-touted recruit who made waves as a true freshman in 2021. He’s still relatively new to the CB position, and at 6’1″, 190 pounds, he has the same high-energy athleticism, length, and tenacity that sold the Giants on Deonte Banks.

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

    The Saints softened the blow of their defensive line deterioration by adding Bryan Bresee and Isaiah Foskey in the 2023 NFL Draft, but they still need more talent to prepare for additional departures. At 6’4″, 249 pounds, Jared Verse has the burst, bend, power, and active hands to be a factor, and he’s on track to exceed his nine sacks and 17 TFLs in 2023.

    22) Miami Dolphins: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

    Jer’Zhan Newton was a dominant defender on a dominant Illinois defense in 2022, amassing 61 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks. At 6’2″, 280 pounds, he’s a bit light, but he has great natural leverage, and he’s incredibly flexible. He can flex to absorb power in run defense, and he’s a multifaceted pass rusher with precise hands.

    23) Jacksonville Jaguars: Andrew Mukuba, S, Clemson

    The Jacksonville Jaguars are gearing up to be competitors in the AFC for a long time. One of the few remaining pieces left to add is an elite slot defender. Andrew Mukuba has the tools to fill that role. He’s already proven his versatility at the collegiate level, and he has the fluidity, short-area athleticism, and playmaking ability to be a mainstay in coverage.

    24) Baltimore Ravens: TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State

    The Ravens are finally giving Lamar Jackson weapons, having added Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham Jr. Their long-term RB situation is trepidatious, but TreVeyon Henderson could be the final piece. At 5’10”, 214 pounds, he’s a dense, explosive runner with dynamic speed in space, and he also has the receiving ability to be a versatile offensive weapon.

    25) Detroit Lions: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

    Bralen Trice was one of the nation’s most prolific sack-getters in 2022, and he offers one of the most appealing power profiles in the 2023 NFL Draft EDGE class. He’s 6’4″, 260 pounds, with tremendous straight-line explosion and heavy hands. And for a team that may lose Romeo Okwara and Charles Harris in 2024 free agency, he’d be a welcome addition.

    26) Green Bay Packers (from NYJ): Kalen King, CB, Penn State

    The Jets are currently projected to pick 26th overall, according to Super Bowl odds. If they pick this high, it’s likely that Aaron Rodgers played more than 65% of snaps. Thus, this pick conditionally shifts hands from the Jets to the Packers.

    The Packers tend to be anticipatory when it comes to needs at cornerback. Eric Stokes’ long-term future is unclear, and slot CB Keisean Nixon is a free agent in 2024. With his 5’11”, 188-pound frame and fleet-footed playstyle, Kalen King projects well into the slot, and he has the combined ball skills and gritty playstyle to complement Jaire Alexander.

    27) Dallas Cowboys: Jason Marshall Jr., CB, Florida

    After a 2022 campaign that saw him log a pick and eight pass deflections, Jason Marshall Jr. is gearing up to emerge in the 2024 NFL Draft. At 6’1″, 198 pounds, he has great size and length to go along with effortless burst out of transitions and high-end recovery speed. Opposite Trevon Diggs, he’d present quarterbacks with a formidable challenge.

    28) Buffalo Bills: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

    There was talk that Ruke Orhorhoro might declare for the 2023 NFL Draft after a standout 2022 campaign. He instead returned, but he’s an early candidate to crack the early rounds in 2024. Orhorhoro, at around 6’4″, 300 pounds, has elite length and explosiveness. His violent energy wears down blockers, and he can line up everywhere from 1-tech to 5-tech.

    29) Cincinnati Bengals: Oronde Gadsden II, WR, Syracuse

    Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are both free agents in 2024. Oronde Gadsden II can help fill the void if they lose one of those two. In fact, he exudes elements of both in his game.

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    At 6’5″, 216 pounds, Gadsden has the size and length of a move tight end, but he has the foot speed and hip looseness of a true WR. And at the catch point, his sense of timing and coordination is near the top of the 2024 class.

    30) Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

    If Ewers has a good enough season to go top-10 overall, odds are Xavier Worthy is a big part of that season and helps his own stock in the process. Worthy is a bit of an outlier with his undersized frame, but he’s an elite speed threat who tracks vertically with rare proficiency. He’d be an upgrade over Quez Watkins if the Eagles move on from the latter.

    31) San Francisco 49ers: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

    Kyle Shanahan has proven he can almost win a Super Bowl with any quarterback, but there’s still a sense that the 49ers need a talented starter before they can go the distance. Bo Nix brings that talent with his high-level creation capacity and arm elasticity, and he’s become much more measured and accurate as a pocket operator in recent years.

    32) Kansas City Chiefs: Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson

    With Willie Gay and Drue Tranquill scheduled to be free agents in 2024, Kansas City might need LB help. Barrett Carter isn’t just an LB, of course. He’s a defensive weapon. His 10.5 TFLs and 5.5 sacks from 2022 highlight his value as a 6’1″, 225-pound homing missile in the box, but he also has the skills to be a vulture over the middle of the field in coverage.

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    2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

    33) Arizona Cardinals
    Fabien Lovett, DT, Florida State

    34) Houston Texans
    Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

    35) Indianapolis Colts
    Will Shipley, RB, Clemson

    36) Tennessee Titans
    Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

    37) Carolina Panthers
    Princely Umanmielen, EDGE, Florida

    38) Atlanta Falcons
    Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia

    39) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Will Sheppard, WR, Vanderbilt

    40) Washington Commanders
    Jack Sawyer, EDGE, Ohio State

    41) New England Patriots
    Jalin Conyers, TE, Arizona State

    42) Los Angeles Rams
    Tony Grimes, CB, Texas A&M

    43) Green Bay Packers
    Raheim Sanders, RB, Arkansas

    44) Chicago Bears
    Keon Coleman, WR, Michigan State

    45) Pittsburgh Steelers
    Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

    46) Minnesota Vikings
    Khordae Sydnor, EDGE, Purdue

    47) Las Vegas Raiders
    Leonard Taylor, DT, Miami (FL)

    48) Cleveland Browns
    Calen Bullock, S, USC

    49) New Orleans Saints (from DEN)
    Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State

    50) Los Angeles Chargers
    Seydou Traore, TE, Colorado

    51) Seattle Seahawks
    Barryn Sorrell, EDGE, Texas

    52) New York Giants
    Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State

    53) Philadelphia Eagles (from NO)
    Jaylen Harrell, EDGE, Michigan

    54) Miami Dolphins
    Brandon Dorlus, EDGE, Oregon

    55) Jacksonville Jaguars
    Graham Barton, OL, Duke

    56) Baltimore Ravens
    Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington

    57) Detroit Lions
    Quinton Newsome, CB, Nebraska

    58) New York Jets
    Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

    59) Dallas Cowboys
    Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

    60) Buffalo Bills
    Jaden Hicks, S, Washington State

    61) Cincinnati Bengals
    Ja’quan Sheppard, CB, Maryland

    62) Philadelphia Eagles
    MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

    63) San Francisco 49ers
    Rod Moore, S, Michigan

    64) Kansas City Chiefs
    Mekhi Wingo, DT, LSU

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    2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 3

    65) Arizona Cardinals
    Tyreek Chappell, CB, Texas A&M

    66) Arizona Cardinals (from HOU)
    Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

    67) Indianapolis Colts
    Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

    68) Arizona Cardinals (from TEN)
    Matthew Lee, C, Miami (FL)

    69) Carolina Panthers
    Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

    70) Atlanta Falcons
    Paris Shand, DT, LSU

    71) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin

    72) Washington Commanders
    Danny Stutsman, LB, Oklahoma

    73) New England Patriots
    Omar Speights, LB, LSU

    74) Los Angeles Rams
    Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

    75) Green Bay Packers
    Braiden McGregor, EDGE, Michigan

    76) Chicago Bears
    Devin Kirkwood, CB, UCLA

    77) Pittsburgh Steelers
    Tyreem Powell, LB, Rutgers

    78) Detroit Lions (from MIN)
    Darius Robinson, DT, Missouri

    79) Las Vegas Raiders
    Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson

    80) Cleveland Browns
    Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

    81) Denver Broncos
    J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

    82) Los Angeles Chargers
    Fentrell Cypress III, CB, Florida State

    83) Seattle Seahawks
    Jeff Sims, QB, Nebraska

    84) New York Giants
    Carson Steele, RB, UCLA

    85) Denver Broncos (from NO)
    Mario Williams, WR, USC

    86) Miami Dolphins
    Pick Forfeited

    87) Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jaylin Noel, WR, Iowa State

    88) Baltimore Ravens
    Jestin Jacobs, LB, Oregon

    89) Detroit Lions
    Dorian Singer, WR, USC

    90) New York Jets
    Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

    91) Dallas Cowboys
    Devin Neal, RB, Kansas

    92) Buffalo Bills
    LaDarius Henderson, OL, Michigan

    93) Cincinnati Bengals
    Jaheim Bell, TE, South Carolina

    94) Philadelphia Eagles
    Terrance Ferguson, TE, Oregon

    95) San Francisco 49ers
    Micah Pettus, OT, Ole Miss

    96) Kansas City Chiefs
    Trikweze Bridges, DB, Oregon

    97) San Francisco 49ers
    Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

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