The NFL’s trade deadline is behind us, and the 2024 NFL Draft class is beginning to take shape. Team needs have been established, and the players to fill them have put themselves on more and more radars.
This mock is based on the current NFL standings after Week 9. The overall picture of how this NFL Draft will look is beginning to take shape, though key players returning from injury could shift this tremendously.
2024 NFL Mock Draft
1) Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
The Arizona Cardinals have been public in their belief in quarterback Kyler Murray being their guy for now and the future. While this could certainly be another “Josh Rosen is our guy” situation, it seems for now that the organization’s trajectory is building around Murray.
2) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
We’ve seen a shift in the quarterback rankings among scouts recently. With Caleb Williams struggling in big games, Drake Maye has vaulted into the top quarterback spot for many.
His style of play is a cleaner transition into the pros, and Maye boasts a superb arm and downfield accuracy. Maye’s ability as a vertical passer is eerily reminiscent of Justin Herbert. (Also, stop with the Mitchell Trubisky comparisons.)
3) Chicago Bears: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State
The Bears can double-dip here. With a new quarterback, it makes sense to invest in protecting him. While Braxton Jones has been fine, especially as a run blocker, Olu Fashanu is a natural pass protector and one of the best tackle prospects in recent memory. This move allows Jones to drop into a swing tackle role and gives Chicago a pair of talented bookends at the tackle spots.
4) New York Giants: Caleb Williams, QB, USC
Sure, Daniel Jones still has a year of guaranteed money on his deal before the Giants can officially cut him. Does anybody think that would stop them from taking Caleb Williams? Williams’ natural playmaking can make up the difference and let head coach Brian Daboll get more creative while the team retools its roster.
5) New England Patriots: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
I thought about a quarterback here for New England. Mac Jones has been an obvious downside of the team, but that whole roster has been a mess this season outside of just a couple of spots.
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With no Maye or Williams here and scouts wanting to see a standout J.J. McCarthy game still, I opted for the best player available in Brock Bowers. New England needs playmakers on both sides of the ball, and there’s nobody better here than Bowers.
6) Los Angeles Rams: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
You could really pick any spot on the Rams’ roster, and there’s a justification for adding a player there. With Stafford playing at a high level still, the Rams should be all-in on keeping him upright.
They’ve been searching for a left tackle since Andrew Whitworth’s retirement and haven’t had a solution emerge since. Joe Alt’s film is teach-tape in pass protection, and he should be a cornerstone for the Rams for the foreseeable future.
7) Green Bay Packers: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
While there have been some questions about Jordan Love, I think Green Bay’s biggest problem continues to be that wide receiver room. They’ve struggled with health and drops all season long and haven’t had a standout player emerge.
Keon Coleman would be the top dog in that room pretty quickly with his elite height/weight/speed combination. He would be Love’s go-to target and draw coverage away from the other receivers.
8) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
Tampa Bay will also likely look to figure out their long-term quarterback situation this offseason. For now, the team has struggled to generate pressure on opposing quarterbacks all season and needs a boost on that side of the ball. Dallas Turner is explosive and has been highly productive all season, two things Tampa’s pass rush is in dire need of.
9) Denver Broncos: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
Denver will have to figure out what’s going on in that wide receiver room long-term and whether or not they want to stick with Russell Wilson, but between Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, and Marvin Mims, they have the talent to look at other options in Round 1.
Their defense has been searching for a cornerback to pair with Patrick Surtain II outside, and Kool-Aid McKinstry could be their long-term solution there.
10) Tennessee Titans: JC Latham, OT, Alabama
The Titans haven’t figured out their offensive line at all this season, and their tackle spots have been a mess all season. JC Latham’s size and run blocking make him a natural fit into Tennessee’s scheme and should help keep Levis upright while he develops.
11) Las Vegas Raiders: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
The jury is still out on Aidan O’Connell, who could give the Raiders enough to pass on a quarterback early as the season goes on, so for now, I’m going to opt to play it safe and give the Raiders a franchise guy for whoever their new staff will be. J.J. McCarthy is a talented quarterback prospect with excellent tools and has grown more and more as a processor as the season has gone on.
12) Washington Commanders: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
After shipping off both Chase Young and Montez Sweat, the Commanders have no real answers at either pass rusher spot. Laiatu Latu has a medical history teams will have to figure out, but he is an advanced pass rusher and a player a team can build around with his motor and production.
13) Atlanta Falcons: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Atlanta will likely be in the quarterback market this offseason, but no matter who the quarterback is, he’ll need more playmakers to throw it to. The Falcons need the kind of speed and route-running Malik Nabers brings to the table.
14) Indianapolis Colts: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
The Colts could also pick a pass rusher here, and I wouldn’t be surprised, but their corner room outside has no solutions yet, and stud nickel Kenny Moore is a pending free agent. Nate Wiggins is a natural fit for what Chris Ballard looks for at cornerback with his length and the quickness to stick with receivers.
15) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
The Cardinals have been effective at generating sacks, but they’ve struggled to bring consistent pressure. They’ve also struggled with runs outside and keeping the edges secured. Jared Verse is a physical edge rusher who can solve both problems and provide a boost for the Cardinals’ depth defensively.
16) New York Jets: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
The Jets tried to land a top wide receiver at the trade deadline and will likely address that in free agency. The team needs to get their offensive line sorted out while Aaron Rodgers is there, and Taliese Fuaga would be a great start to step in at right tackle and lock it down long-term.
17) Los Angeles Chargers: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois
You can pick a spot on the Chargers’ defense and make a justification for any position to be addressed. However, I wanted to give them the best player on the board here defensively to give them a boost up front. Jer’Zhan Newton is a dominant force at defensive tackle, and his presence would solve several problems for the Chargers.
18) Buffalo Bills: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
The Bills’ defensive back depth has been a problem for the team this season, and it could get worse in the offseason with Micah Hyde, Dane Jackson, Cam Lewis, and Taylor Rapp set to be free agents.
Cooper DeJean has the talent to play cornerback or safety for the team and is an excellent run defender-something the Bills desperately need. His superb special teams ability is just icing on the cake.
19) New Orleans Saints: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
Michael Thomas is currently slated to be a free agent this summer, and the team’s cap situation might keep them from re-signing him. They’ll need another playmaker opposite of Chris Olave, and Rome Odunze is a star in the making. He brings the route-running that the Saints need, and his ability to get open against man and zone coverages will be a boon for Derek Carr.
20) Minnesota Vikings: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
After seeing how much he means to that team, I’m willing to bet the Vikings are going to bring Kirk Cousins back for at least one more season.
While this could be a quarterback still, they’ll go all-in with Cousins once more in that scenario. With Danielle Hunter and Marcus Davenport slated for free agency, the Vikings need to add to their pass rush. Enter Chop Robinson.
21) Dallas Cowboys: Kalen King, CB, Penn State
DaRon Bland has been a standout, and Trevon Diggs will return next season from a torn ACL, but the rest of that cornerback room has struggled this season. Stephon Gilmore is a pending free agent and well into his 30s. Kalen King has the man coverage ability Dallas will covet and the inside/outside versatility to let them deploy him, Bland, and Diggs in different looks.
22) Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
The cornerback room for the Pittsburgh Steelers has been one of the worst in the league this season, if not the outright worst. Joey Porter Jr. has shown flashes, but the rest of that room leaves much to be desired. Terrion Arnold is a traitsy cornerback whose competitiveness screams Pittsburgh Steeler.
23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
The Texans have become one of the most exciting teams in the league thanks to C.J. Stroud’s play at quarterback. Protecting him is a must moving forward. With George Fant slated to be a free agent, the Texans should opt to get a long-term solution at right tackle. Mims has missed most of this season with an injury, but the talent is undeniable.
24) Cincinnati Bengals: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
Much has been made about the Bengals’ ability to re-sign Tee Higgins, but slot receiver Tyler Boyd is also slated to be a free agent this offseason as well. The Bengals could bring both back, but I don’t know if they will, given the other free agents the team will need to bring back. Emeka Egbuka can step right in to fill that void left by Boyd’s departure.
25) Seattle Seahawks: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson
Seattle was one of the tougher teams to select for in this, given their talent at multiple spots, but given the uncertainty of Leonard Williams’ long-term outlook there and the depth issues Seattle faces on the defensive line, Ruke Orhorhoro feels like a natural fit.
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He is an explosive athlete who is still growing into his athleticism. Seattle fans might want a more ready lineman, but Orhorhoro is a project worth betting on.
26) San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
The 49ers made a move for Chase Young at the deadline and were trying to land a cornerback in a trade as well. Given the corner talent in free agency, I expect the 49ers to address that there and focus on other needs in the draft.
Tyler Guyton is an athletic marvel who could step right into the 49ers’ right tackle spot and fits their mold in a zone-blocking scheme.
27) Miami Dolphins: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State
Xavien Howard is likely out the door in Miami soon, and Nik Needham and Eli Apple are slated to be free agents as well.
While Jalen Ramsey is talented enough to carry their cornerback room, Miami would be smart to add more to that room if they want to compete in the AFC. Denzel Burke‘s athleticism and competitiveness make him an ideal corner for Vic Fangio’s defense.
28) Jacksonville Jaguars: J.T. Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State
The Jaguars have been pursuing additional pass-rush help for months now. While Josh Allen will almost certainly return, and Travon Walker is taking steps forward as a pass rusher, the depth of that room is a problem that could burn them, given the quarterbacks they will face in the AFC.
J.T. Tuimoloau fits the mold of pass rushers Trent Baalke has targeted and brings power against the run and pass up front.
29) Detroit Lions: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
A name I’ve not seen in many mock drafts; I’m expecting Kamari Lassiter‘s to get more and more buzz as time goes on. Lassiter is a highly competitive corner with the ability to play outside and in the slot. His on-field ability and work ethic off the field is a natural fit with the style of player Dan Campbell and the Lions’ front office want to bring onto their roster.
30) Baltimore Ravens: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
It always feels a tad lazy to keep mocking wide receivers to the Ravens, but Odell Beckham Jr. is slated to be a free agent, and the Ravens lack a reliable producer outside at receiver.
At 6’4″, 205 pounds with his speed, Brian Thomas has been a fast riser up draft boards in LSU’s explosive offense and rarely drops the football. He would be a boon for Lamar Jackson and open up coverage for Zay Flowers.
31) Kansas City Chiefs: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington
The Chiefs gambled on their wide receiver room and haven’t found much luck with their youth movement there. The offense is missing a standout receiver not named Travis Kelce over the middle of the field, who is reliable and will make the tough catches to keep the chains moving. Ja’Lynn Polk has been that guy for Washington this season and would be a steady target for Patrick Mahomes.
32) Philadelphia Eagles: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia
The Eagles haven’t figured out their WR3 spot yet, and Julio Jones, Olamide Zacchaeus, and Quez Watkins are all slated to hit free agency.
Howie Roseman has only drafted trench players, wide receivers, and quarterbacks in round one, so we have to stick with the theme. Ladd McConkey’s quickness and hands have made him a standout and would add another dimension to the Eagles’ offense.
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