Joe Broback’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Caleb Williams Creates Hope in Chicago, Jayden Daniels to New England

With the NFL Combine right around the corner, it's time to take a look at one final 2024 NFL Mock Draft before the event begins.

While it may seem like the NFL Draft won’t ever get here, there’s good news. The NFL Combine arrives next week, and it’s another data point to add to each prospect’s profile.

Before we get official numbers, we look at one more 2024 NFL Mock Draft. There’s fluctuation towards the end of this mock, and we expect to see draft stock do the same after next week.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

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

Chicago will have its decision on Justin Fields’ future with the team, but that still might not become public right away. If they decide to move on, then the Bears have a great option waiting for them in the draft.

Everyone seems to have an opinion of Caleb Williams, and they tend to be polarizing opinions. Whether it’s his game on the field or his life off of it, Williams is one of the biggest topics of conversation when it comes to the draft. He’s one of the most electric players available, and the Bears should feel confident about their decision if they move on from Fields in favor of Williams.

2) Washington Commanders: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

New leadership most likely means a new franchise player in Washington, and they have options with their pick. Sam Howell still has plenty of good football ahead of him, but will it be with the Commanders? If the answer is no, then the fanbase should prepare for the Drake Maye era.

With the skill position talent on the roster, the Commanders are in a good place offensively if they can get the right guy throwing the ball. Maye can make every throw.

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

It’s a new era in New England, and the biggest question remains: what does new head coach Jerod Mayo do at quarterback? Surely he can’t stick with Mac Jones or Bailey Zappe, right? The answer lies in the coaching staff’s evaluation of Jayden Daniels.

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They could also trade up, but they might have to surrender too much in order to make that happen. If this staff likes what they see in Daniels, they’ll stay put.

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

The Cardinals have plenty of needs, but none appear bigger than their need for a game-changing wide receiver. So this pick seems obvious, and they get this 2024 NFL Mock Draft off to a good start by taking the top receiver in this class.

Marvin Harrison Jr. opens up the playbook for the Cardinals and quarterback Kyler Murray. He gives his new QB an elite option downfield, and there’s not much about his game that needs to be improved. The Cardinals now have a player who can stretch the field for the rest of the offense, and he could bring Murray back to the QB’s 2020 form.

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

New head coach Jim Harbaugh inherits a decent roster that has holes to fill. Tight end remains one of those holes, and the Chargers sitting in a great spot to address that need. Harbaugh’s offense at Michigan this past year featured the tight end position frequently, and he might do the same in L.A.

Brock Bowers gives quarterback Justin Herbert an explosive weapon, and the staff will move him all over the field to provide mismatches for their new star. With the Quentin Johnston experiment failing, the offense needs a reliable pass catcher who can elevate the offense. Bowers solves that problem.

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

A big player headed to the big city. Joe Alt comes in at a towering 6’8″, and he’ll help the New York Giants offense with his presence alone. While the Giants try to figure out the quarterback position, they add a player who can give whoever is under center time to make plays. The offense has weapons, but the QB needs time to make use of his tools.

7) Tennessee Titans: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Tennessee is looking for help up front, and they have options at their spot in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Will Levis must take a step forward in his sophomore season, and upgrading certain positions will help him achieve just that. Drafting a tackle would be a great start.

Taliese Fuaga is one of the biggest risers of the past month, and he should make an instant impact with the Titans. He’s a physical blocker in both the run and pass games and shouldn’t have trouble facing the talent lining up across from him.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

If Atlanta finds its quarterback through free agency or via trade, then the team’s draft needs become simpler. Regardless of who’s playing quarterback, the Falcons will give him another big-time weapon in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

An offense that already features running back Bijan Robinson, wide receiver Drake London, and tight end Kyle Pitts gets even better. Rome Odunze adds another gifted player to a talented offense. He’s a polished player who moves really well for his size, and the Falcons are a dangerous group if they make this move happen.

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

With the quarterback situation resolved, Chicago looks to the defense. Adding a difference-maker on the edge of the defense shows up as the next biggest need, and this class provides plenty of options.

Jared Verse, to some, is the top EDGE prospect in the draft, and his film backs up that claim. He brings a powerful punch in his long frame, and he also comes to the NFL with a chip on his shoulder.

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

Aaron Rodgers’ return comes with high expectations, and the Jets need to keep him upright and healthy. They should upgrade the wide receiver position, but the offensive line has bigger needs right now. With JC Latham sitting on the board, the decision was easy for this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Latham brings a big frame to the Jets offense, and he also has experience at both guard and tackle. He’s been an anchor for Alabama over the past few years, and now he’ll look to do the same with the Jets.

11) Minnesota Vikings: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Depending on how free agency and the trade market develop, the Minnesota Vikings may not need to worry about the quarterback position in the first round. They’ll likely need to draft one eventually, but it’s not as pressing if they sign Kirk Cousins in the offseason.

With Danielle Hunter expected to command so much in free agency, the Vikings most likely don’t have the cap space to bring him back. So they look to the draft here to replace him. Laiatu Latu continues rising up draft boards, and he should fit well in Brian Flores’ system.

12) Denver Broncos: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Pat Surtain II gives the Broncos one of the best cornerbacks in the league, but how great would it be if he had another elite player on the other side of him? While the Broncos have other needs, getting a cornerback to complement Surtain remains a big need too.

Quinyon Mitchell is already making a name for himself with his play at Toledo, followed by a strong Senior Bowl performance. The level of competition he faced will be the biggest worry about his game, but he’s already showing that it shouldn’t be a concern for the team that drafts him.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

A name that should quickly rise on draft boards after the NFL Combine, Byron Murphy II has the physical tools that will make teams rush to the podium to draft him. He played a huge role in Texas’ success up front, and he should do the same for Las Vegas. With teams focusing on Maxx Crosby, Murphy could see plenty of favorable matchups in his rookie year.

14) New Orleans Saints: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

New Orleans’ roster already features a number of physical players who want to bully their opponents, so Dallas Turner shouldn’t have a problem blending in with this group. He has the tools to be effective in his first year in the league, and he should win over the veterans on the team with his physical style of play.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

This cornerback class features players who took big leaps in 2023, and Terrion Arnold fits that mold. We didn’t know much about him before this year, but he took his game to another level this past season.

Arnold is an ultra-competitive player, and his aggressive style put him in positions to make plays for Alabama. While there are a few things that he’ll need to refine, he brings a good foundation to the Colts’ defense.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Seattle could look elsewhere if they’re able to sign Leonard Williams, but he might be too expensive. In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they find a player who can replace Williams while bringing scheme versatility to the roster.

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Johnny Newton dominated for Illinois over the last two years, and that came from all across the line. A natural tackle based on his size and power, Newton also saw time as an edge rusher for the Illini. While he won’t see a ton of time outside, his experience will allow the Seahawks to create unique pass-rush packages.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

One of these tackles is going to fall, and this 2024 NFL Mock Draft sees Olu Fashanu dropping to the Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence welcomes extra protection on the edge, and Fashanu’s game has a lot of potential.

Fashanu is worth a first-round pick, but there are some who believe he’s still fairly raw as a prospect. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it might take some time for him to develop. Given his experience in the Big Ten against future pros, there shouldn’t be too much concern surrounding his game and ability to step up for his new team.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

If Cincinnati can’t get Tee Higgins back, they’ll need a pass catcher to replace him. While it might not necessarily be a wide receiver, there are options. The Bengals need a tight end even if Higgins gets the franchise tag, and Ja’Tavion Sanders remains on the board in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

The gap between Sanders and Brock Bowers isn’t as big as people think, and the film shows that. With everyone’s eyes on pass catchers Xavier Worthy and Adonai Mitchell at Texas, Sanders quietly had a big year for the Longhorns. He’d experience something similar in the Bengals offense if Higgins reunites with JaMarr Chase, and that gives Joe Burrow options.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Cooper DeJean, S, Iowa

Cooper DeJean feels like a guy that Sean McVay would like on his team. He’s an underrated player who’s extremely athletic, and he would make an impact in multiple facets of the game for the Rams. He played corner for Iowa in college, but he could play a number of secondary positions in the NFL.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Graham Barton, G, Duke

Pittsburgh needs help at multiple positions on the offensive line, so why not kill two birds with one stone? Graham Barton comes to the NFL after playing tackle at Duke, but he’ll play on the inside with the Steelers, most likely at center. Barton’s versatility helps him stand out even more, and he allows his new team flexibility when it comes to the depth chart.

21) Miami Dolphins: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon

Miami is set at skill position talent, and they need some cheap options up front given the team’s limited cap space in free agency. If they can get Connor Williams back on a team-friendly deal, then they’re at center. If not, then they’ll look to the draft.

Jackson Powers-Johnson put together an impressive season with Oregon, and he’s been using the offseason to elevate his draft stock even more. He’s an effort guy who will win over his new teammates quickly, and he’s a nasty finisher who loves sending a message to an unsuspecting defender.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Despite what some might think, quarterback is not a position of need. Philadelphia needs fresh blood in the secondary, and they get their guy in Kool-Aid McKinstry. He joins a veteran secondary with the Eagles, and his play, combined with that knowledge, has the potential to be a problem for the NFC East.

McKinstry is a calm player on the field. He shows his poise early in routes and doesn’t typically get beat because he lets the receiver take him to where they’re going.

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

While it’s not the team’s biggest need, Houston adding a wide receiver adds to the hype built from the 2023 season. C.J. Stroud took the AFC by storm with his play, and the Texans will look to make even more noise next year.

If not for Tank Dell’s injury, this offense could have posted even bigger numbers. Adding Malik Nabers gives them another big-time player who can make this offense even more explosive.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Dallas boasts a talented offensive line, but they also need to look toward the future. Regardless of whether they can re-sign Tyron Smith, the Cowboys need someone who can either add depth or replace him.

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Amarius Mims, when healthy, dominated for Georgia. His presence made the Bulldogs better, and his absence showed the lack of depth behind him. If the Cowboys have Smith next year, he can pass down his knowledge to an up-and-coming Mims to be the future anchor of this line.

25) Green Bay Packers: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Even if David Bakhtiari gets back to full strength, the Green Bay Packers need a future star on the edge. In a class that boasts plenty of options at tackle, they’ll see a talented player fall to them. With Jordan Love on the rise, the offense just needs to give him time.

Kingsley Suamataia comes to the NFL yearning for team success. He’s been a standout at BYU for a couple of years, but the offense struggled despite his dominance. He brings a good frame to the Packers offense, and he’ll learn plenty from David Bakhtiari and the other veterans.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Assuming that Tampa Bay either signs or franchise tags Baker Mayfield, they’ll need a wide receiver — especially if Mike Evans does not return. If Evans is back, then they might turn their attention to defense, but for now, they address the passing attack.

Keon Coleman‘s stock has taken a little hit lately, but he’s still a potential top-10 pick in this year’s draft. He brings athleticism that not many possess, and he’d be a great fit in the Bucs’ offense.

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

A big winner from the Senior Bowl, Darius Robinson joins a Cardinals defense that needs a difference-maker on the edge. He displayed his power and athleticism at the all-star showcase and put himself in the first-round conversation because of it.

28) Buffalo Bills: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

As the season progressed, it became obvious that Buffalo needed another receiver. From Gabe Davis’ pending departure to Stefon Diggs’ struggles at times, the Bills must realize they need someone else to help Josh Allen.

While Troy Franklin isn’t a consensus first-round pick, the talent is there to make him one. He put in work over the last two years to become more of a savant in route running, and that skill set pairs well with Diggs.

29) Detroit Lions: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Detroit seemed destined to have success in 2023, but a disappointing end to the Lions’ season left them wanting more. The offense has exciting talents like running back Jahmyr Gibbs and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, but they still need more.

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Adonai Mitchell is arguably the most clutch player in this class. Throughout his collegiate career at Georgia and Texas, he made big plays at the biggest moments. If he can do the same in the NFL, he’ll become one of the best in the league.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Honestly, the thought of Lamar Jackson with a blazing-fast wide receiver was too good to pass up. The reigning NFL MVP needs help in the passing attack, and there aren’t many better at creating space for themselves than Xavier Worthy.

Drops might be a concern for Worthy, though he appeared to address that last year. Good luck finding a player who produced more separation in their routes on a consistent basis. Worthy torched college defensive backs, and his presence would make Jackson an even more dangerous passer.

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

San Francisco’s offensive line sputtered at times in the Super Bowl, showing that there’s still a need upfront. The 49ers need a younger player to join the ranks, and there’s a miniature (kind of) version of all-star OT Trent Williams waiting to be that guy.

Patrick Paul stands 6’7″, so he’s not a literal miniature version of Williams. But he’s a player who has a nasty streak. While penalties hurt Paul at times at Houston, Williams can teach him how to harness that aggression into something positive.

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

With Travis Kelce set to turn 34 this year and Rashee Rice as the only other reliable option, Kansas City needs another pass catcher. While Ja’Lynn Polk isn’t a consensus first-round pick, he has first-round potential.

Polk lived in the shadow of Odunze, but that didn’t stop the proverbial second fiddle from stealing the spotlight every once in a while in 2023. He brings a good frame to the Chiefs’ offense, and he showed that he can be a big-time player in big games for the Washington Huskies offense.

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