Keff Ciardello’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: J.J. McCarthy, Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix Go Top 12

The Minnesota Vikings used their recently acquired capital to move into the top five and secure a QB in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Teams looking to bolster their offenses created quarterback pandemonium with a whopping six QBs taken in the top 12 of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, including five of the top six selections designated for players behind center.

With the PFN Mock Draft Simulator (MDS), you can be the general manager for your favorite team, and every team, or you can even let the sim roll and discover the potential scenarios of the NFL’s annual selection event. That’s exactly what we did for this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

1) Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The Chicago Bears’ front office (and fans) have had their eyes on Caleb Williams since their clock unofficially started when the regular season ended. An organization desperate for a game-changer behind center finally has its man in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

A creative playmaker with dynamic running skills and elite arm strength, Chicago may have snagged its first franchise QB this century.

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

There is a new owner, coach, and now a new QB in Washington. With one Heisman winner off the board, the Washington Commanders opt to grab another with a bit of a surprise by taking LSU slinger Jayden Daniels.

Daniels has gotten better each of his last two seasons at LSU, showcasing an electric, explosive skill set as a dangerous dual threat while developing his skills as a passer.

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

The New England Patriots make it 3-for-3 on QBs at the top of the 2024 NFL Draft, selecting who they hope will be their field general of the future with North Carolina QB Drake Maye.

He doesn’t own a Heisman Trophy like Williams and Daniels, but he makes up for what he lacks on his resume with impeccable intangibles and smooth mechanics despite being the youngest option of the top three QBs at 21 years old.

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

Three QBs in the first three picks of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft make way for the Arizona Cardinals to take arguably the best overall prospect available with Marvin Harrison Jr.

The son of Pro Football Hall of Fame WR Marvin Harrison, Harrison Jr. is considered the top prospect in a deep WR class after demonstrating high-end speed, violent physicality against press coverage, and an aerodynamic frame with dominating length.

Possessing elite size (6’3″ and 209 pounds), skills, and pedigree for a WR that has already proven at the college level that he can elevate mediocre quarterback play, Harrison should improve the Cardinals the day he steps into their locker room.

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

Trade: The Vikings receive the fifth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft; The Chargers receive picks No. 11, 23, 108, and a 2025 NFL Draft second-round pick.

After catching wind that the New York Giants are eyeing a QB at No. 6, the Minnesota Vikings leapfrog them into the top five of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. The Vikings get in on the QB party by taking Michigan signal caller J.J. McCarthy after an assist via trade from his former college coach, new Los Angeles Chargers HC Jim Harbaugh.

McCarthy doesn’t have the accolades or the intangibles of the first two picks. Still, he can generate impressive velocity, possesses sound mechanics, and is a proven winner coming off a CFP National Championship.

6) New York Giants: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

With four QBs off the board in the top five, the New York Giants make a bold move and go for another, securing Washington QB Michael Penix Jr.

It’s a massive reach as Penix is older (24 in May) and had an injury-riddled collegiate career, but he’s remained healthy the last two seasons while possessing elite accuracy and arm strength. As one of three QBs that took a top-30 visit to the Giants, with the other two (Maye and McCarthy) off the board, New York felt comfortable enough from their private meeting and medical evaluation to pull the trigger.

7) Tennessee Titans: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

The Tennessee Titans have a long-term need at WR and are in a favorable position with all but one of the available options still at their fingertips. They decide to scoop up what is considered the second-best WR in the 2024 NFL Draft with LSU speedster Malik Nabers.

Nabers is a lightning-quick vertical threat with top-notch body control that is ready-made right out of the draft.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

After all offense through the first seven picks, the Atlanta Falcons take advantage of a full board of defenders, snapping up their top choice, Alabama EDGE Dallas Turner.

Impressed by Turner’s elite reach, an uncommon combination of explosiveness and bend, and his strong NFL Combine showing, the Falcons can’t pass him up after a glowing top-30 visit.

9) Chicago Bears: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

The Chicago Bears want to protect their new franchise QB Caleb Williams, and shockingly no O-linemen have been taken before their second first-round selection at ninth overall. The Bears sprint to the podium to select Notre Dame OT Joe Alt, widely considered the top OL in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Alt’s rare combination of size — 6’8″ and 310 pounds — and exceptional athleticism born from his time as a tight end make him a top-tier bodyguard for Williams.

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

In an effort to better protect veteran QB Aaron Rodgers, the New York Jets fortify their offensive line with Penn State OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu.

The Penn State product hasn’t attracted the same attention as some other OTs as the cycle has progressed, but he’s a highly intelligent football player with impressive technique and a days-long reach at 6’6″, 321 pounds.

11) Los Angeles Chargers: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Trade: The Chargers receive picks No. 11, 23, 108, and a 2025 second-round pick; Minnesota receives the fifth overall pick.

Trading No. 5 for two firsts and some future capital, the Los Angeles Chargers address an immediate need with Toledo CB Quinyon Mitchell.

A proven ball-hawk with six picks in the last two seasons matched with elite recovery speed, Mitchell is a versatile DB who can play anywhere in the defensive backfield.

12) Denver Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

The Denver Broncos have a massive need behind center and limited options with five QBs going in the top six picks of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Realizing their chances of landing a top-level QB in later rounds are dwindling with every QB taken in the first round, they pounce early on Oregon QB Bo Nix.

Denver takes a flyer on the 24-year-old collegiate journeyman, believing in his smooth mechanics and unquestioned leadership.

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

Las Vegas Raiders’ defensive-minded coach Antonio Pierce laughs at all the options left on his favorite side of the ball before opting to address the team’s biggest need, taking Alabama CB Terrion Arnold.

A ready-made, shutdown corner, Arnold is as polished and experienced as any DB in the draft.

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

Trade: The Chiefs receive the 14th overall pick; the Saints receive picks No. 32 and 64 and a 2025 second-round pick.

Not content with two Super Bowls in a row, the Kansas City Chiefs recognize they’ve built a dynasty through the NFL Draft and want to continue that trend. With that in mind and a glaring need at WR, the Chiefs trade up with the New Orleans Saints to take LSU’s Brian Thomas Jr.

A bit of a reach this early, but the Chiefs didn’t want to wait and were enamored by his supremely fluid route running paired with enough physicality and length (6’3”) to win 50/50 balls in the red zone.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The Indianapolis Colts stayed calm as they watched one of the top TE prospects the last few years fall to them at pick No. 15 in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Brock Bowers is a ready-made starter who brings reliability, physicality, and a high football IQ. He boasts impressive speed for his size (6’3″, 245 pounds), which should make for a nice security blanket for second-year QB Anthony Richardson.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Seattle Seahawks circumvent other glaring needs on both sides of the LOS to keep Washington WR Rome Odunze in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle has a decent WR group in tow already with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba, but Lockett is older (31), and WR depth outside of those three needs to be addressed.

With exemplary route-running skills and masterful hands, Odunze would be a top-10 pick in most drafts, but he falls to the Seahawks with this cycle’s abundance of top-tier WRs and a QB carousel in the top 12.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

A plethora of offensive players flying off the board leaves the Jacksonville Jaguars with plenty of options on the defensive side of the field. They take the fastest one available, grabbing Clemson CB Nate Wiggins.

Clocking the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Combine (4.29 seconds), Wiggins also possesses top-level route recognition and coverage instincts.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

The Cincinnati Bengals need help on the OL and have plenty of options in a deep class at the position. They snatch up one of the most experienced options available with Alabama OT JC Latham.

A massive prospect (6’6″, 305 pounds) that explodes off the line, Latham is a dominating anchor that thrives in pass sets.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

With a surprising amount of OL choices this late, the Los Angeles Rams address a need at tackle with Oregon State OT Taliese Fuaga.

Despite concerns with his length prompting iOL consideration, Fuaga is a ferocious blocker who erupts off the ball and plays relentlessly through the whistle.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Powers-Johnson, OC, Oregon

The Pittsburgh Steelers need a center and have the pick of the litter with only four OLs taken, whether tackles or potential guards, up to this point in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. The Steelers scoop up Oregon OC Jackson Powers-Johnson a little early, servicing a need over value.

A quick accelerator and lateral-mover, Powers-Johnson is going early, but here, talent outweighs the traditional perceived positional value for the Rimington Trophy winner.

21) Miami Dolphins: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington

Offensive linemen start flying off the board and the Miami Dolphins get in on the action by grabbing Washington OG Troy Fautanu.

A fourth-straight OL selection in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, Fautanu goes a tad early here, but he has the pedigree, talent, and versatility playing tackle and guard to warrant the Dolphins taking a chance on him.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

With a need at WR, specifically in the slot, and an affinity for drafting Georgia Bulldogs, the Philadelphia Eagles decide to bolster their receiving core with Georgia WR Ladd McConkey at pick 22.

It’s a somewhat surprising pick given other players available, but McConkey has flown up the WR ranks after showing off his crisp route-running at the Senior Bowl.

23) Los Angeles Chargers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Trade: The Chargers receive picks No. 11, 23, 108, and a 2025 second-round pick; the Vikings receive the fifth overall pick.

After addressing one of its two biggest needs at pick 11 with a CB, the Los Angeles Chargers address their next biggest with their second first-round pick, taking Georgia OT Amarius Mims.

A second consecutive Georgia Bulldog off the board, Mims has untapped potential, exceptional talent, and dominating athleticism for his size (6’7″, 340 pounds), but he’ll have to overcome his injury history and relative inexperience.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

With Micah Parsons already on the roster, the Dallas Cowboys have visions of flanking opposing QBs from both sides and are thrilled that UCLA EDGE Laiatu Latu has inexplicably fallen to pick No. 24.

They waste no time calling his name, getting a relentless, explosive attacker with great size (6’4″, 260 pounds), agility, and bend.

25) Green Bay Packers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

The Green Bay Packers ignore their need for OL reinforcements to address the one they have at corner, scooping up Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry.

An experienced, steady corner that routinely finds himself in the right place at the right time, the Packers reach a little on McKinstry but are getting a player who will be ready to go on Day 1.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Known for its vaunted defense over the years, Tampa Bay can’t resist seeing a player like Florida State EDGE Jared Verse drop despite other pressing needs that should be addressed.

Keeping Verse in the Sunshine State, the Buccaneers get a high-octane rusher with seemingly endless pursuit energy and impressive size at 6’4″, 254 pounds that inexplicably falls to them at pick No. 26 in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

27) Las Vegas Raiders: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

Trade: The Raiders receive pick No. 27; the Cardinals receive Nos. 44 and 112 and a 2025 sixth-round pick.

Seeing its AFC West rivals making trades to secure multiple first-rounders in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Las Vegas Raiders decide to jump back into the first round, sending three picks to take one of the Cardinals’ two first-round selections.

With a corner already secured, the Raiders address their next biggest need at RT with BYU OT Kingsley Suamataia. At 6’4″, 326 pounds, Suamataia is an explosive yet fluid tackle who can play on either side.

28) Buffalo Bills: Johnny Newton, DL, Illinois

Despite a need to shore up their receiver core, the Buffalo Bills opt to focus on the interior of their DL first, taking Illinois DT Johnny Newton.

A tenacious defensive tackle with violent hands and rare quickness despite his 304-pound frame, Newton could be an early rotational player for the Bills.

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

In dire need of an EDGE rusher, defensive-minded Detroit Lions coach Dan Campbell is ecstatic to find Penn State EDGE Chop Robinson there for his taking late in the first round.

A dense, explosive pass rusher with loads of burst, twitch, and a violent first step, Robinson is the fourth EDGE off the board as defense starts gaining traction toward the conclusion of the round.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Baltimore Ravens need a WR and decide the best possible way to address it is with the fastest man in NFL Combine history, Texas WR Xavier Worthy.

Worthy has question marks on his size, weighing in at just 165 pounds, but an impressive route tree and record-setting speed with a 4.21-second 40-yard dash catapult him into the first round.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Graham Barton, OG, Duke

Coming off a Super Bowl loss, San Francisco needs help on the interior of its OL, so the 49ers decide to grab Duke OG Graham Barton.

The ninth and final OL taken in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, he has elite explosiveness despite his imposing size at 6’5”, 313 pounds. Still, concerns over his arm length could pigeonhole him into an interior spot at the NFL level despite his experience at LT for the Duke Blue Devils.

32) New Orleans Saints: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Trade: The Saints receive picks No. 32 and 64 and a 2025 second-round pick; the Chiefs receive the 14th overall pick.

After trading back, the New Orleans Saints covet a tall pass-catcher and opt for Florida State WR Keon Coleman with the last pick in the first round.

A less-than-desirable Combine showing for Coleman almost dropped him out of the first round, but the Saints thought highly enough of his effortless acceleration and rangy but physical size (6″3″, 213 pounds) to take a chance on him in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

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Vikings don’t have a 2025 2nd round pick to trade.

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