Tony Catalina’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Jayden Daniels the Future for Washington, Drake Maye the Answer in New England, Brock Bowers a Bengal

It's the calm before the storm, as our latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft hones in on rumored fits and trades percolating around the NFL world.

The 2024 NFL Draft is fast approaching, and we can begin to zero in on information regarding team interests and thought processes shared by each franchise.

This latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft attempts to lock in on the fits and uses the information nuggets at our disposal to try and lock down what may happen in April.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

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

It’s been long suspected that Caleb Williams would be the man in Chicago, and as another week has gone by, nothing will get us to pivot off of this spot now. The Bears present a unique situation for a rookie quarterback, and with the addition of Keenan Allen to the mix, Chicago is loading up to help the young QB from Day 1.

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

The Washington Commanders have been big-time players in free agency, and their approach reeks of a team ready to add a young quarterback to the mix. In my mind, that man will be Jayden Daniels, and he enters the league with a new regime in Washington that looks eager to compete from Day 1.

3) New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, UNC

There have been a lot of rumblings about what the Patriots may do with this pick, with the thought being that it could be a trade target for some teams down the line.

However, there have been conflicting reports on how set in stone they may be with picking at No. 3. Nonetheless, in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they select Drake Maye and hope to have their QB of the future.

4) Minnesota Vikings (From ARI): J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Trade: The Vikings receive the fourth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the 11th and 108th overall picks plus a 2025 first-round selection. 

This is where the draft gets wild. The Vikings have been setting up for this move, and they found a willing partner in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft in the Cardinals.

Arizona loses the chance at Marvin Harrison Jr. with this decision but now holds two first-round picks in consecutive years, allowing them some flexibility this year and next.

The Vikings make an aggressive move and get their guy. J.J. McCarthy looks to be the first eyebrow-raising move of the NFL’s annual selection event, and the Vikings take who they think can be their quarterback of the future.

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The Chargers benefit significantly by holding firm with the fifth overall pick and allowing arguably the best player in the 2024 NFL Draft to fall to them.

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Los Angeles traded Allen to the Bears and released Mike Williams, but they’ll replenish the position with Marvin Harrison Jr., who gives Justin Herbert a top-tier pass catcher to target.

6) New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Malik Nabers is a playmaker in every sense of the word, and even though the Giants do not get one of the top four QB prospects here, the franchise can feel good about adding a premium talent at the WR spot. If Harrison weren’t in it, Nabers would easily be the WR1 in the class, and some still believe he is.

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

The big, physically gifted offensive lineman will be an immediate starter in any offense, and the Titans are the beneficiary here. With Tennessee already adding outside weapons in free agency, landing Joe Alt to help keep Will Levis upright is the right move by a team looking to be well-rounded offensively going forward.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Dallas Turner will provide a real weapon to the pass rush in Atlanta. The Falcons add a skilled edge defender with outstanding athletic traits to a team putting together a quality offseason.

9) Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Bears got their quarterback of the future with the selection of Williams, and now they have another outside weapon alongside DJ Moore and Keenan Allen to help their rookie QB thrive.

Rome Odunze is a highly productive college wide receiver nearly as explosive as the two guys who went before him. The Washington standout has a chance to make an instant impact on a team that looks to be changing quickly.

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

The Jets’ offensive line is upgraded in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft with the selection of Olu Fashanu.

They already signed long-time Cowboys’ star Tyron Smith, and as they move forward, adding help to the line to keep Aaron Rodgers upright will be vital to the team’s success. As long as Rodgers is out there, the team has a chance to be good in the upcoming NFL campaign.

11) Arizona Cardinals (From MIN): Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Trade: The Vikings receive the fourth overall pick of the 2024 NFL Draft; the Cardinals receive the 11th and 108th overall picks plus a 2025 first-round selection.

With the first of their two picks in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Cardinals take Terrion Arnold, who may be the best pure cover cornerback in the 2024 NFL Draft class.

With coverage stickiness, smooth hips, the ability to track the ball, excellent catch-point skills, and a high football IQ, Arnold is everything you want from a CB prospect.

12) Denver Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

The Broncos watched the Vikings make the move of the draft, and while they do not have the chips nor the desire to be as aggressive as them, they still take a QB here that they think can build with in the future. Sean Payton gets his guy, and it is a new day in Denver with Bo Nix under center.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

There are many ways the Raiders could go with this pick. However, they take a much-needed tackle talent, adding a quality piece to their offensive line to protect whoever the QB may be in 2024.

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Taliese Fuaga brings some tenacity to the group as they look to create running lanes and keep their QB1 upright, which was a challenge for them all last season.

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

The Saints add an impact offensive lineman, getting much-needed protection for Derek Carr. The Saints will look to be physical on both sides of the ball, and inserting Troy Fautanu into the mix adds another powerful piece to that puzzle.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

With his ability to play inside or out, the Colts are adding an excellent CB to their defensive backfield in Quinyon Mitchell. The Toledo talent’s rise up draft boards has been fun to watch, and while he settles in as a top-15 pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, it wouldn’t be a shock if he goes even higher.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Graham Barton, G, Duke

Graham Barton landing here at No. 16 to the Seahawks feels like a good spot.

The former Blue Devils left tackle projects to move inside in the NFL and should be able to do so smoothly. Yet, some think he can play tackle, and that shouldn’t be ruled out. Either way, Barton will help the Seahawks’ offensive line from Day 1 — wherever he lines up.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Jaguars welcome Brian Thomas Jr. and instantly add another weapon for Trevor Lawrence, making up for the loss of Calvin Ridley. Landing a premier playmaker for their QB, who is at a pivotal point in his career, seems like an excellent move for the Jags’ offense.

Despite the ability to go in different directions here, adding more outside threats is never a bad idea as they try to maximize their offensive prowess.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The tight end position is an interesting one. Brock Bowers is a top-five talent, but does the return on investment at the position warrant him being selected that highly?

The Bengals take the best player available here, adding an elite weapon to the mix for Joe Burrow as Bowers helps round out an already quality Cincinnati passing game.

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

The productive pass rusher brings dynamic ability off the edge for any defense, and for Laiatu Latu to fall to pick No. 19, it feels like a steal that the Rams will gladly take advantage of.

With the loss of Aaron Donald to retirement, the Rams will be looking for other ways to generate pressure on the QB, and adding Latu is a good start to replace that production.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Offensive tackle help for the Steelers is going to be vital. With Russell Wilson to build around, Justin Fields in the fold, and a solid core of offensive weapons, fortifying the protection up front will be the next priority.

Amarius Mims can be that piece right away as the Steelers look to ring in the Russ/Fields era in the Steel City.

21) Miami Dolphins: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Protecting the quarterback is crucial to offensive success. It’s something that the Dolphins will need to be better at next year.

Insert Alabama OT JC Latham into the mix, and this Dolphins team feels they have a piece that will allow Tua Tagovailoa to sit comfortably in the pocket for 2024 and beyond, giving the already dynamic offense the time it needs to operate.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Jared Verse could easily go in the top 15 of the 2024 NFL Draft, although his stock has been quieting lately. However, stranger things have happened than a former Florida State pass rusher suffering a slide in the NFL’s annual selection event.

The Eagles could go multiple ways with this pick. Yet, they recognize a talent here and capitalize on it by replenishing their pass rush with another talented piece.

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

The Vikings got their QB of the future, then came back around toward the end of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft and selected a disruptor for their defense.

Johnny Newton is a versatile playmaking DT with the strength and athleticism to be a force from any alignment. He will be an excellent piece in the middle of the Vikings’ defensive line, rounding out Day 1 of what can be a transitional draft for the franchise.

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

The Cowboys get their center of the future, hoping he can have a similar impact as Travis Frederick once did for them 11 years ago. Physical, nasty, and intelligent are the best ways to describe Jackson Powers-Johnson, and the Cowboys feel great about helping secure the interior of their offensive line.

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

Nate Wiggins could (and probably should) go sooner than this, and he may even be viewed as better than some of the picks that have gone before him. However, in this first-round scenario, he goes to the Packers and adds big-play ability to their secondary.

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Green Bay should feel excited about adding an excellent CB talent to a group that needs it. In my opinion, Wiggins could end up being the best cornerback in this draft class.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Chop Robinson’s ability, strengths, and experience at Penn State should translate well to the Bucs’ style of defense, and he has a chance to be an instant pass-rushing upgrade to the group they already have.

The Buccaneers could go with a few different options here, but you can never have enough pass-rush help.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Byron Murphy is an interesting piece in this upcoming draft. Some have him squarely in the mix for first-round consideration, while others have him just outside.
For this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, I have him settling in with the Cardinals, and he becomes a tough, big-bodied, run-stopping force in the middle of their defense for years to come.

28) Buffalo Bills: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Keon Coleman is big and physical and attacks the football. Adding the FSU wide receiver to Josh Allen’s arsenal after he struggled at times in 2023 will be a big deal. The productive pass catcher should fit right into their offensive style and make up for the loss of Gabe Davis in free agency.

29) Detroit Lions: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Smooth, productive, and high-level athlete are all accurate ways to describe former Bama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry. The Lions add a productive CB to their secondary and more young talent to a team already loaded with it.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Adding Adonai Mitchell to this Lamar Jackson-led offense will serve the unit well. It’s a great situation for Mitchell, as he can join Zay Flowers to form a potent 1-2 punch for years to come.

The Ravens could go for offensive line help and even look at the running back spot, but instead, they get another outside threat to add to the mix.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Some consider Cooper DeJean a safety, but I think he can be a cornerback and do it all in between. While some are slowly shifting him to being a back-end roamer, I think it’s important not to pigeonhole him. He adds supreme athletic ability to a 49ers team that can find the best way to use him.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Xavier Worthy exploded onto the draft scene after his 4.21-second 40-yard dash time broke the NFL Combine record.

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The blazing-fast former Longhorn is being added to the Chiefs’ offensive attack and provides another much-needed weapon for Patrick Mahomes as they look to reload and attack their quest for a third straight title.

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