Joe Broback’s 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trades For Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy Send Ripple Effects Across NFL Landscape

It's draft week, and our latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft features multiple trades in the top five picks involving quarterback-needy teams.

It’s finally here! The 2024 NFL Draft is upon us, and the future of NFL organizations is in the hands of the 257 prospects set to be selected over the three days of the NFL’s annual selection event.

In my final 2024 NFL Mock Draft, trades for quarterbacks dominate the top five picks, which could be a feature come Thursday.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

1) Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

One of the more surprising developments this draft season was how quickly everyone accepted the Bears drafting Caleb Williams. Even in past drafts, there wasn’t a consensus on who would go first, but this year is different. It’s also not surprising when you look at his game.

Williams is a magician on the field, and he constantly reminds people of how special he can be when under pressure at USC. The film shows a player who is a playmaker in any situation, and the Bears get an exceptional talent who will be surrounded by great pass-catchers.

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

We finally end the debate about who the Washington Commanders will take for their franchise quarterback. Jayden Daniels took steps forward as a passer, which might be enough to make him the second-overall pick.

Add his dual-threat abilities, and the Commanders get an electric playmaker who can open up the field. If he learns to preserve his body better by taking fewer hits, his durability will improve as well.

3) Minnesota Vikings: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Trade: The Minnesota Vikings receive the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the New England Patriots receive picks 11, 23, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Some think Jayden Daniels possesses more potential than Drake Maye, but that’s hard for me to see. Pro Football Network’s NFL Draft Analyst Ian Cummings loves Maye’s tools, and the film supports that observation. Maye can sling it all over the field and has shown that he can do it consistently.

When it comes down to it, I believe there’s more excitement within the Minnesota Vikings fanbase surrounding Maye than Daniels. If he remains on the board by the third pick, there’s a good chance the Vikings will unload multiple picks and add him to Kevin O’Connell’s system.

That’s the best-case scenario for this organization.

4) Las Vegas Raiders: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Trade: The Las Vegas Raiders receive the fourth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Arizona Cardinals receive picks 13, 44, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Of the first four teams, the Arizona Cardinals sit in the best spot. They don’t need a quarterback and already have multiple first-round picks. So if a team like Las Vegas comes in with a trade like this, there shouldn’t be any hesitation in accepting it.

The Raiders need a quarterback, and the drop-off after J.J. McCarthy is enough for them to move up in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft to get him. McCarthy has a lot of raw tools that teams will like, but can he be the focal point of the offense for once?

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

Trade: The Bears receive the fifth pick and pick 140 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Los Angeles Chargers receive the ninth pick, a 2025 first-round and 2025 second-round pick.

Chicago’s pushing all of their chips in for this year. Even with D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen on the roster at receiver, the Bears can always use more weapons for new quarterback Williams.

Marvin Harrison Jr. joining the Bears would be a great fit. They need a solid third option, and as a bonus, Harrison gets to learn from Moore and Allen. If this pick happens, this would be one of the best trios in the league, and Harrison gives the Bears arguably the most talented third option in the entire league.

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

The Giants ‘ decision becomes clear with the top four quarterbacks off of the board. Regardless of who they start under center, that player needs more weapons to utilize downfield.

Darius Slayton, Wan’Dale Robinson, and Jalin Hyatt are a good start, but adding Rome Odunze would elevate the offense even more. He’s a smooth operator for a guy who’s 6’3″ and 215 pounds, giving the Giants a deep threat who stretches the field for the returning players.

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

It’s tough to envision a scenario where Joe Alt isn’t the first offensive tackle taken in the draft, and the Tennessee Titans are most likely to get him. With a need at tackle, this is the perfect pair for both sides. Alt should start immediately, and he fills a role that the Titans need for their offense to thrive in 2024.

8) Arizona Cardinals: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Trade: The Falcons receive picks 13, 35, and 90 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the eighth pick and pick 109.

Arizona uses its picks well. After trading back to acquire more draft picks, it moves up to address its need at wide receiver. The Cardinals need someone who can be an explosive threat for Kyler Murray, and Malik Nabers gives them exactly what they need.

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Nabers has speed for days and can torch defensive backfields in multiple ways. He’s great after the catch, and he’ll put stress on a secondary deep downfield too. At worst, he allows other receivers more space to operate, and that helps Murray and the offense as well.

9) Los Angeles Chargers: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Trade: The Bears receive the fifth pick and pick 140 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Los Angeles Chargers receive the ninth pick, a 2025 first-round and 2025 second-round pick.

It seems like the Los Angeles Chargers will move back the first chance they get, and thanks to a trade with the Bears, they get that opportunity in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. The offense needs to address multiple positions, and protecting Justin Herbert is one of them.

JC Latham brings a big presence to the Chargers offensive line, and he can give Jim Harbaugh’s team a reliable player who can dominate his competition at times.

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

Tackle remains a need even with the Jets’ offseason additions, so this pick might not be as thrilling as the fanbase wants. Olu Fashanu can start in New York and give the franchise quality depth right off the bat.

He’s improved over the last few years and has yet to hit his ceiling, making the future of the Jets’ offensive line bright.

11) New England Patriots: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Trade: The Minnesota Vikings receive the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the New England Patriots receive picks 11, 23, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Adding another draft pick in the first round allows the Patriots to address other needs. It wouldn’t surprise me to see them roll with the quarterbacks they have on the roster right now, and they can always add a signal-caller later in this draft.

Taliese Fuaga is an upgrade for this offensive line. Even without taking a quarterback, the Patriots have other needs offensively. Protecting whoever starts in 2024 is one of them, and Fuaga has proven that he thrives in that category.

12) Denver Broncos: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

The Denver Broncos are in a tough spot. Even after trading for Zach Wilson, they desperately need a quarterback, but they don’t have the necessary capital to move up to get one. The number of picks they need to provide would damage the organization even more, so they sit tight in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Dallas Turner can’t play quarterback but can get after the opposing team’s passer. He brings an elite skill set to become an instant impact player, and the Broncos’ defense would welcome him with open arms.

13) Atlanta Falcons: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Trade: The Falcons receive picks 13, 35, and 90 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the eighth pick and pick 109.

Trading back feels like a smart move for the Falcons. They could add a receiver, but that position feels secure for this year. Their defense could use more talent, especially on the edge, so taking Jared Verse makes a lot of sense here.

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Verse comes to the NFL with a chip on his shoulder for various reasons, and that, combined with his skill set, makes him a good fit for the Falcons. The former FSU edge talent is tenacious when attacking an opposing tackle, and he understands how to use his leverage to win on any given down.

14) New Orleans Saints: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

A healthy New Orleans Saints offensive line doesn’t necessarily need help, but there have been issues there not to mention the lack of early returns from Trevor Penning. Troy Fautanu comes in after leading the best offensive line in college football, and he also brings versatility to the Saints roster with his experience playing multiple positions.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The more I see people sending Brock Bowers to the Colts, the more I like it. With Anthony Richardson returning, the franchise is looking to arm him with more options downfield. With the Georgia TE still sitting on the board in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the selection becomes an easy one.

Bowers can line up at multiple positions for this offense, giving the Colts options for how to utilize him. He’s also a good addition to the rushing attack, so running back Jonathan Taylor will also like this pick.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Cooper DeJean, S, Iowa

Cooper DeJean is one of the more intriguing prospects in this class. DeJean, a cornerback for most of his career, is being projected as a safety at the next level. He’s an athletic player who can play either position for the Seahawks, giving them depth and talent at multiple positions.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Whether it’s a pass catcher for Trevor Lawrence or defending the pass, the Jaguars’ options feel pretty straightforward with this pick. Jacksonville’s secondary needs to add someone to improve upon a group that underachieved last year, which is where Terrion Arnold comes into the picture.

Arnold is a fierce competitor with room to grow, and he’ll help the Jaguars move forward in 2024. While a few pieces of his game need to be ironed out, his drive will make him a solid pro.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Unless a trade of Tee Wiggins goes through, the Bengals’ attention in the first round goes to the defense in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Johnny Newton slips back to the second half of the draft, allowing the Bengals to add youth to the tackle position.

Newton can slide out and play end in a pinch, but he’ll primarily stay inside. His power and quickness make him a great fit in any defense, but here he joins a Bengals front that should improve by adding him to the rotation.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

The Rams look to build upon a year in which they were ahead of schedule in their rebuild. Now, they can add young players who will help them take another step forward in 2024. They could add a tackle with Aaron Donald retiring, but the edge needs help, too.

Laiatu Latu stays in California with this selection, and he looks to become an instant impact player for the Rams’ defense. He’s put in work this offseason to keep his first-round draft stock, and now he’s just looking for a chance to show what he can do on the field.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Graham Barton, OG, Duke

The Pittsburgh Steelers need help at multiple positions on the offensive line, and Graham Barton can fill all of them. Not at once, but you get the point. The Duke offensive lineman’s versatility has been his strongest selling point, and the Steelers will try him out at all three positions on the line.

21) Miami Dolphins: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

It’s intriguing to mock a wide receiver to the Dolphins’ offense, but their needs in the trenches outweigh the potential excitement of a receiver. This class is deep at that position, allowing them to wait until later.

Getting a player like Byron Murphy II helps this defense tremendously. Losing Christian Wilkins hurt, but it was a necessary move. Adding Murphy gives them an explosive player who could potentially replace Wilkins by himself and helps a defense with a big hole at the tackle position.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

It’s no secret that the Philadelphia Eagles need help in the secondary, but the right guy could fix things immediately. This group has plenty of experience and talent, but last year, they struggled. Adding a younger player like Quinyon Mitchell infuses youth and energy into a group looking to unload their knowledge to the future generation.

23) New England Patriots: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Trade: The Minnesota Vikings receive the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the New England Patriots receive picks 11, 23, and a 2025 first-round pick.

Again, the Patriots’ decision to trade the third pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft isn’t as bad as it might seem on the surface. This rebuild won’t happen overnight; the organization might wait for their quarterback later in this draft.

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After adding a tackle to their offense, the Patriots add a weapon to their passing attack in Brian Thomas Jr. The former LSU star can be a burner for the current quarterback situation, and his speed helps the guys around him too.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Jackson Powers-Johnson, OC, Oregon

With Tyler Smith’s ability to slide to tackle, the Cowboys have some flexibility in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. While Jackson Powers-Johnson comes to the NFL as a center, he also has experience as a guard who could help an experienced offensive line.

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

Pairing Jaire Alexander with another elite corner would make the Packers’ secondary one of the best in the league. Adding Nate Wiggins gives them a competitor who will feed off Alexander’s energy. From there, it’s all about what the Clemson standout can learn from the star cornerback.

Wiggins brings speed to the Packers’ secondary, and he’s faced plenty of adversity that will allow him to compete at the next level. He was thrown into the starting lineup early in his time with Clemson, proving he can recover from any struggles.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Baker Mayfield’s return to Tampa Bay gave the Buccaneers more flexibility in the draft. They no longer need a quarterback, so they can focus elsewhere.

Kool-Aid McKinstry joins a secondary that has a lot of potential this year. They just need to add the right cornerback to the mix. McKinstry gives them a corner who can shut down opposing receivers, and he does it in a calm and collected manner.

27) Arizona Cardinals: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

With the Cardinals adding a receiver earlier in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they add another explosive weapon to the roster. The defensive line needs an upgrade, and they find one great at getting to the quarterback.

Chop Robinson is the most explosive edge player in this class, and that’s evident on film with his first step. He’s so quick at the snap that tackles often struggle in the leverage battle because he’s around the edge quicker than anticipated. If he can figure out how to use that in defending the run, he’ll be a star.

28) Buffalo Bills: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

With Stefon Diggs off to Houston, the Buffalo Bills need a wide receiver, and they have the right draft class to address that need. Adonai Mitchell can do many of the same things that Diggs did for this offense, and he just needs the experience to harness his skillset even more.

29) Detroit Lions: Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

Detroit’s defense plays with infectious energy, and now they need to find the right guys who can elevate the talent level. Tyler Nubin comes from an infectious energy program with P.J. Fleck’s Minnesota Golden Gophers, making him a great fit.

Nubin is also a certified playmaker and has been the best player on defense for the last couple of years. He’s a ballhawk with a knack for getting the ball back to his team’s offense, and the Lions will love having that on the back end of their defense.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Baltimore Ravens’ best-case scenario involves Rashod Bateman and Zay Flowers putting it all together, but they must also plan like that won’t happen. Injuries have limited Bateman, and Flowers’ future is uncertain right now.

Xavier Worthy gives Lamar Jackson a blazing-fast receiver who will surprise many with his route running and toughness. Yes, he’s fast, but Worthy can do much more than just run past people.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Injury concerns could help pair Amarius Mims with Trent Williams, and that’s terrifying. Mims needed to prove to teams that he could stay healthy, but a hamstring injury limited him in the NFL Combine and Georgia’s Pro Day.

When healthy, Mims is a mauler who can be an instant impact player for the 49ers. If he can figure out how to stay on the field, he’ll be a huge addition to an experienced offensive line.

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

A deep wide receiver class gives the Chiefs options even without trading up. Ja’Lynn Polk remains one of the more underrated receivers in this class, and the Chiefs quickly snatch him up in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

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Polk has big play ability and is an underrated player after the catch. Throw in the ability to block at a high level, and Polk might be higher on multiple draft boards than many people realize.

3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

Joe Broback's 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trades For Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy Send Ripple Effects Across NFL Landscape

33) Carolina Panthers
Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

34) New England Patriots
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

35) Atlanta Falcons
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Trade: The Falcons receive picks 13, 35, and 90 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the eighth pick and pick 109.

36) Washington Commanders
Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

37) Los Angeles Chargers
Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

38) Tennessee Titans
Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

39) Carolina Panthers
Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri

40) Washington Commanders
Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

41) Green Bay Packers
Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

42) Houston Texans
Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

43) Atlanta Falcons
Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

44) Arizona Cardinals
T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

Trade: The Las Vegas Raiders receive the fourth pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Arizona Cardinals receive picks 13, 44, and a 2025 first-round pick.

45) New Orleans Saints
Adisa Isaac, EDGE, Penn State

46) Indianapolis Colts
Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

47) New York Giants
Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

48) Jacksonville Jaguars
Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

49) Cincinnati Bengals
Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida

50) Philadelphia Eagles
Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

51) Pittsburgh Steelers
Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

52) Los Angeles Rams
Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami (FL)

53) Philadelphia Eagles
Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

54) Cleveland Browns
Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

55) Miami Dolphins
Christian Haynes, OG, UConn

56) Dallas Cowboys
Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

57) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zach Frazier, OC, West Virginia

58) Green Bay Packers
Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

59) Houston Texans
Michael Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

60) Buffalo Bills
Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

61) Detroit Lions
Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan

62) Baltimore Ravens
Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

63) San Francisco 49ers
Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

64) Kansas City Chiefs
Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

Round 3

Joe Broback's 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trades For Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy Send Ripple Effects Across NFL Landscape

65) Carolina Panthers
Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, OC, Georgia

66) Arizona Cardinals
Cooper Beebe, OG, Kansas State

67) Washington Commanders
Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest

68) New England Patriots
Renardo Green, CB, Florida State

69) Los Angeles Chargers
Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

70) New York Giants
Beau Brade, S, Maryland

71) Arizona Cardinals
Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

72) New York Jets
Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington

73) Detroit Lions
Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

74) Atlanta Falcons
Cole Bishop, S, Utah

75) Chicago Bears
Austin Booker, EDGE, Kansas

76) Denver Broncos
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

77) Las Vegas Raiders
Christian Mahogany, OG, Boston College

78) Washington Commanders
Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

79) Atlanta Falcons
Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

80) Cincinnati Bengals
Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

81) Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Dorlus, EDGE, Oregon

82) Indianapolis Colts
Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State

83) Los Angeles Rams
Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina

84) Pittsburgh Steelers
Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

85) Cleveland Browns
Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson

86) Houston Texans
D.J. James, CB, Auburn

87) Dallas Cowboys
Will Shipley, RB, Clemson

88) Green Bay Packers
Javon Bullard, CB, Georgia

89) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Trevin Wallace, LB, Kentucky

90) Atlanta Falcons
James Williams, LB, Miami (FL)

Trade: The Falcons receive picks 13, 35, and 90 in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the eighth pick and pick 109.

91) Green Bay Packers
Maason Smith, DT, LSU

92) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Malik Washington, WR, Virginia

93) Baltimore Ravens
Dominick Puni, OG, Kansas

94) San Francisco 49ers
Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan

95) Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Newton, CB, TCU

96) Jacksonville Jaguars
Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

97) Cincinnati Bengals
Khyree Jackson, CB, Oregon

98) Pittsburgh Steelers
Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

99) Los Angeles Rams
Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky

100) Washington Commanders
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan

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