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With under two weeks until the NFL's annual selection event, our latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft examines how the latest inside info impacts the class.

We’re less than two weeks away from the first round of this year’s NFL Draft. In this latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft, we’ve updated the future team needs for all teams picking in the first round and the intel for those teams.

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1) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

In terms of pure skill, Caleb Williams possesses all that you look for in a quarterback. However, the one issue is how well he can consistently throw from the pocket, as the former USC quarterback makes many throws off script. He’ll need to develop better timing in Bears OC Shane Waldron’s West Coast scheme, but there is plenty of talent to develop.

First mock draft selection: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Second mock draft selection: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Third mock draft selection: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Fourth mock draft selection: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, DE, C, DT, S, WR

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

We’ve spoken to some coaches around the NFL lately who actually have graded Jayden Daniels above Williams, which is why we continue to believe he’ll go before Drake Maye. The former LSU Tigers quarterback is a more polished passer, is more ready to go, and should start Day 1 for this team.

First mock draft selection: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Second mock draft selection: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Third mock draft selection: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
Fourth mock draft selection: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, DE, LT, G, CB, S, TE

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

Left tackle is still a big need for the New England Patriots, but the 2024 NFL Draft starts at quarterback for this football team, as they don’t have their future at the position sewn up by any means. While Drake Maye still needs a lot of development, his talent is too hard to pass up here.

First mock draft selection: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Second mock draft selection: Olumyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Third mock draft selection: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Fourth mock draft selection: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina 

Pre-Draft Needs: LT, QB, WR, TE, CB, G, DT

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

While rumors persist that the Arizona Cardinals might wind up trading out of this pick, Marvin Harrison Jr. is thought to be the best player overall in this draft class, and it’s hard to imagine that they would pass on him. Plus, his position is their most significant need for the future.

First mock draft selection: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Second mock draft selection: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Third mock draft selection: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
Fourth mock draft selection: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, CB, EDGE, G, DT, LB, C, DT, S

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Currently, the team doesn’t have a clear starting wide receiver, so Malik Nabers, regarded as the best “Z” (move) in this draft, would be an immediate starter. Plus, he’ll be the highest-graded player remaining on most teams’ boards after the top four.

First mock draft selection: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Second mock draft selection: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Third mock draft selection: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
Fourth mock draft selection: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, RB, WR, LB, DT, EDGE, TE, C

6) New York Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The New York Giants badly need to find their future “Xreceiver, and Rome Odunze would fit that profile quite well. Most sources we’ve spoken with believe he’ll be an 8–10-year starter at the next level due to his size, athleticism, and football character.

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First mock draft selection: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Second mock draft selection: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Third mock draft selection: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Fourth mock draft selection: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Pre-Draft Needs: DT, G, WR, RB, CB, S, QB

7) Tennessee Titans: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

The Tennessee Titans must fill their left tackle need for the future, and Joe Alt will fill that void well. The Notre Dame product has been a consistent feature in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft throughout the process.

First mock draft selection: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Second mock draft selection: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Third mock draft selection: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Fourth mock draft selection: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Pre-Draft Needs: OT, EDGE, CB, WR, DT, G, TE

8) Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Dallas Turner is widely expected to go off the board as the first edge rusher. That position just happens to be the Atlanta Falcons’ most significant need on defense, and personnel sources believe that side of the ball will be heavily addressed come next week.

First mock draft selection: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
Second mock draft selection: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Third mock draft selection: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Fourth mock draft selection: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Pre-Draft Needs: EDGE, CB, DT, WR

9) Chicago Bears: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Jared Verse would fit in perfectly for the Bears, who mostly stand up their edge rushers in their 4-3 defensive front. While he’s not as “bendy” as Alabama edge prospect Turner, Verse still figures to be a long-time starter at the next level.

First mock draft selection: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
Second mock draft selection: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
Third mock draft selection: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Fourth mock draft selection: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Pre-Draft Needs: EDGE, C, DT, S, WR

10) New York Jets: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Taliese Fuaga, over time, might turn out to be the best offensive lineman from this draft class. While the Jets are mostly set on their offensive line for this season, they aren’t for future years, and the Oregon State product would be a great selection for this offensive line-needy team.

First mock draft selection: JC Latham, OT, Alabama
Second mock draft selection: JC Latham, OT, Alabama
Third mock draft selection: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
Fourth mock draft selection: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Pre-Draft Needs: OT, WR, S, QB, TE, DT, G, CB

11) Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

While some teams have a second-round grade on Michigan Wolverines QB J.J. McCarthy, the Minnesota Vikings are eying their next franchise signal-caller, and he’s the call in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

First mock draft selection: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
Second mock draft selection: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
Third mock draft selection: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Fourth mock draft selection: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan 

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, CB, DT, G, RB, EDGE, S, WR

12) Denver Broncos: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The cornerback position is certainly one of the Denver Broncos’  top needs, and with no edge rushers left of value other than Laiatu Latu (he may drop due to his neck issue), Quinyon Mitchell is the clear call to start opposite Patrick Surtain.

First mock draft selection: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
Second mock draft selection: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
Third mock draft selection: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Fourth mock draft selection: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, DT, CB, EDGE, RB, TE, S

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

With the value for the quarterback position not there in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders could turn their attention to the cornerback position, where Terrion Arnold would be an immediate starter on the outside.

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First mock draft selection: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Second mock draft selection: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois
Third mock draft selection: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
Fourth mock draft selection: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, CB, G, DT, OT, RB, DE, WR

14) New Orleans Saints: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Future needs are plentiful for the New Orleans Saints, but left tackle remains a big question mark due to the lack of development of 2022 first-round pick Trevor Penning, who was benched for several weeks last season.

Olu Fashanu would be an immediate upgrade at left tackle and could solve their issues at the position for the future.

First mock draft selection: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
Second mock draft selection: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa
Third mock draft selection: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
Fourth mock draft selection: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Pre-Draft Needs: EDGE, G, RB, WR, QB, OT, S, DT

15) Indianapolis Colts: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

The missing piece to the back end of the Colts’ defense is at cornerback, opposite second-year pro — JuJu Brents. Nate Wiggins has ideal speed and coverage ability to start right away and this should be the area where he goes off the board.

First mock draft selection: Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami (FL)
Second mock draft selection: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Third mock draft selection: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
Fourth mock draft selection: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Pre-Draft Needs: EDGE, WR, CB, G, S, TE

16) Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

As noted in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft since January, Byron Murphy II will go off the board in the first round. He’s seen as a little better prospect than Jer’Zhan “Johnny” Newton and is also the most explosive interior defensive lineman available in this year’s NFL Draft.

First mock draft selection: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois
Second mock draft selection: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas
Third mock draft selection: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas
Fourth mock draft selection: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

Pre-Draft Needs: LB, S, G, EDGE, C, QB, DT, S

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Kool-Aid McKinstry is the last of the top cornerbacks left on the board here for the cornerback-needy Jacksonville Jaguars. The expectation around the league is that their draft will be mainly devoted to the defensive side of the ball, and the Alabama cornerback would be an immediate starter in their secondary.

First mock draft selection: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Second mock draft selection: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Third mock draft selection: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Fourth mock draft selection: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, CB, G, LT, DT, EDGE

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The Bengals have not been able to fill their void at tight end adequately over the years, and Brock Bowers, if he makes it this far to them, would be tremendous value. The Georgia tight end has rare movement ability and acceleration for his position and would be an immediate starter for the Bengals.

First mock draft selection: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
Second mock draft selection: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Third mock draft selection: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Fourth mock draft selection: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Pre-Draft Needs: TE, G, RB, WR, CB, DT, RT

19) Los Angeles Rams: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

For the first time since 2016, the Los Angeles Rams actually have a first-round pick, and they happen to have a lot of future needs.

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Currently, left tackle is being held down by fourth-year pro Alaric Jackson, who started 15 games for the team last season. However, JC Latham would be a clear upgrade, and he could also eventually replace veteran RT Rob Havenstein down the line.

First mock draft selection: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Second mock draft selection: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Third mock draft selection: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa
Fourth mock draft selection: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Pre-Draft Needs: DT, EDGE, CB, QB, S, RB, OT, WR

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Broderick Jones last season to eventually play left tackle, and with Troy Fautanu still on the board, they could move Jones from right tackle.

Fautanu projects to play inside at guard or right tackle and would be an excellent value for the Steelers if he drops to them here.

First mock draft selection: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
Second mock draft selection: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
Third mock draft selection: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington
Fourth mock draft selection: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, DT, CB, G, C, DT, QB, S, LB

21) Miami Dolphins: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Remember, the draft is less about current needs and more about the future. Veteran LT Terron Armstead, who agreed to a pay reduction for this season, carries a non-guaranteed salary of just over $13.3m for 2025 and a very high salary cap number of over $22m.

Amarius Mims has enormous potential, and the raw but talented prospect will be prepped this season to start in the future.

First mock draft selection: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
Second mock draft selection: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
Third mock draft selection: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
Fourth mock draft selection: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Pre-Draft Needs: DT, G, LT, S, LB, C, EDGE, RB, TE, WR

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Laiatu Latu, known in scouting circles as one of the top edge rushers available for this NFL Draft, also possesses quite possibly the best hand technique. However, he’s still on the board in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft because of uncertainty regarding whether he’ll be cleared medically by all 32 teams.

First mock draft selection: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State (Returned to school)
Second mock draft selection: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Third mock draft selection: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri
Fourth mock draft selection: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, S, EDGE, LB, OG, DT

23) Minnesota Vikings (From CLE via HOU): Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

We expect two interior defensive linemen to go off the board in the first round, and Johnny Newton would fit in well for the Vikings, who need interior defensive line help for the future.

First mock draft selection (HOU): Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama
Second mock draft selection (HOU): Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami (FL)
Third mock draft selection (HOU): Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
Fourth mock draft selection: Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

Pre-Draft Needs: QB, CB, DT, G, RB, EDGE, S, WR

24) Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

With veteran LT Tyron Smith moving on to the New York Jets, the Cowboys need to find his replacement.

They could slide LG Tyler Smith over from guard to left tackle, considering that he was originally drafted to replace the 14-year pro eventually. However, the third-year lineman has improved so dramatically that the coaches may ultimately decide to keep him inside.

In any event, Tyler Guyton has a ton of upside and would certainly upgrade their offensive line for the future.

First mock draft selection: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington
Second mock draft selection: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington
Third mock draft selection: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Fourth mock draft selection: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Pre-Draft Needs: RB, C, LT, G, EDGE, LB, CB, S

25) Green Bay Packers: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

Cooper DeJean, who some evaluators feel would fit in best as a safety or matchup DB at the next level, could go off the board anywhere within the top 25 selections, and he would be able to fill the starting job opposite S Xavier McKinney.

First mock draft selection: Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa
Second mock draft selection: Graham Barton, G, Duke
Third mock draft selection: Graham Barton, G, Duke
Fourth mock draft selection: Graham Barton, G, Duke 

Pre-Draft Needs: LT, CB, G, S, DT, LB, RB

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

Graham Barton, one of the most versatile offensive linemen available for this year’s NFL Draft, could line up at LG initially for the Buccaneers — where there’s an immediate opening — but is capable of playing other positions if needed.

First mock draft selection: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Second mock draft selection: Keon Coleman, WR, FSU
Third mock draft selection: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
Fourth mock draft selection: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, G, TE, LB, EDGE, S, WR, RB

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri

We’re told Darius Robinson should go off the board in the 20’s, and he would be an immediate starter in head coach Jonathan Gannon’s 3-4 defensive front.

First mock draft selection: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
Second mock draft selection: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
Third mock draft selection: Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri
Fourth mock draft selection: Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri

Pre-Draft Needs: WR, CB, EDGE, G, DT, LB, C, DT, S

28) Buffalo Bills: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

With both 2023 starting wide receivers playing elsewhere next season, the position becomes the top need of many for the Bills. Xavier Worthy, we’re told, is almost certain to go off the board in the first round and is the top deep threat available overall.

First mock draft selection: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)
Second mock draft selection: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)
Third mock draft selection: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
Fourth mock draft selection: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas  

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, WR, G, EDGE, DT, S, RB

29) Detroit Lions: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

The Lions, though they made the NFC Championship game last season, still have significant needs and they reside on the defensive side of the ball.

As one league source told us recently, they still need to add a few significant pieces on defense if they want to return to where they were last year in January, or go even further.

Chop Robinson and Chris Braswell are the best edge rushers left on the board here, but Robinson has more explosiveness and upside, making him the call in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

First mock draft selection: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
Second mock draft selection: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Third mock draft selection: Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama
Fourth mock draft selection: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, EDGE, G, WR, S, DT

30) Baltimore Ravens: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

Jordan Morgan is the best offensive tackle left on the board for the Ravens, who could be looking for veteran LT Ronnie Stanley’s replacement in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Stanley, who agreed to a pay reduction this season, is now on the final year of his contract, and Morgan would be a solid value in back of the first round.

First mock draft selection: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
Second mock draft selection: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
Third mock draft selection: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
Fourth mock draft selection: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Pre-Draft Needs: DT, WR, CB, OT, G, RB

31) San Francisco 49ers: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

As noted previously, the San Francisco 49ers tried hard to acquire a starting cornerback opposite veteran Charvarius Ward at the October trade deadline but couldn’t find that upgrade. Georgia cornerback Kamari Lassiter would fill that void.

First mock draft selection: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
Second mock draft selection: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri
Third mock draft selection: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
Fourth mock draft selection: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, EDGE, TE, S, G, DT, RB

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

Based on our conversations with several sources, Brian Thomas Jr. should be the fourth or fifth player off the board at his position, one that has been a significant need for the Chiefs for several seasons. Thomas would be their “X” for the future.

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First mock draft selection: Graham Barton, G, Duke
Second mock draft selection: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
Third mock draft selection: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
Fourth mock draft selection: Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

Pre-Draft Needs: CB, WR, TE, LT, RB, DT, G

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