Tony Catalina’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: J.J. McCarthy Goes to Falcons, Graham Barton Is a Seahawk, and Quinyon Mitchell Joins Cowboys

The offseason is officially here. In the latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft, teams get their QB, while others stick to their boards to take the best available player.

We are a full week removed from Super Bowl 58. As the offseason gets into full swing with the NFL Combine fast approaching, this latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft is about chasing the back-to-back champion Kansas City Chiefs and teams sticking to their hypothetical NFL Draft board to get it done.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

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

Despite rumblings, I still feel like a Caleb Williams-to-Chicago move will progressively make more sense. I said last week that anything other than Williams joining the Bears should be viewed as a massive upset, and as I write this today, I still feel that way.

Additionally, I’m beginning to settle in with confidence about how I feel the first four or five picks will go; however, as new information comes in, things will change accordingly.

2) Washington Commanders: Drake Maye, QB, UNC

While the direction Dan Quinn will choose with this pick is uncertain, tying your horse to a quarterback wagon in your first season in charge is a sensible move.

Drake Maye has people around the league who are real fans of his, some putting the North Carolina QB on the same level as Williams. If so, the Commanders can feel good about this selection.

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

The Patriots let the board fall to them in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, watching two quarterbacks fill the first two picks, leaving them to grab who I think they prefer anyway.

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Heisman Trophy-winner Jayden Daniels may fit best for what New England is trying to do offensively. If they don’t ultimately prefer Daniels here for whatever reason, this could easily be the best available player in the NFL Draft. Speaking of which…

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

I have long stated that I believe Marvin Harrison Jr. may be the best pure prospect in this class. His getting pushed down to the Cardinals at No. 4 due to an early run on quarterbacks is a win for them.

The young pass catcher has a chance to change an offense in a flash and instantly elevate the WR group.

5) Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Joe Alt is my OT1 in this class, so for him to come off the board here is a great start to the Jim Harbaugh era in Los Angeles.

The big, physical offensive lineman will be an immediate starter and will be able to keep Justin Herbert comfortable all game long.

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

Malik Nabers is a playmaker in every way and will add to an offense that desperately needs more game-breakers for quarterback Daniel Jones.

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If it weren’t for Harrison, Nabers would easily be the consensus WR1 in this group. Either way, he adds juice to the Giants and is a great pick at No. 6.

7) Tennessee Titans: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Tennessee Titans could go in multiple directions here, but in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they opt to grab a pass-catching talent, adding more weapons to Will Levis’ arsenal.

A highly productive college WR who is nearly as explosive as the two guys who went before him, Rome Odunze has a chance to make an instant impact.

8) Atlanta Falcons: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

The buzz around J.J. McCarthy is becoming too loud to ignore. He’s been previously mocked much lower than this. Still, as I continue to hear more positive things about the Michigan QB, it’s harder to ignore what feels like an inevitable ascent up boards.

Atlanta might be the perfect spot for the national championship winner as Raheem Morris adds a rookie QB to the mix for his first season in the “A.”

9) Chicago Bears: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Chicago grabbed its quarterback of the future to open this mock draft, and now they add a pass rusher to the mix at No. 9 overall — bolstering both sides of the ball at premium positions.

Dallas Turner will provide a jolt to the pass rush, complementing Montez Sweat and scaring opposing passers.

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

Olu Fashanu could easily go to a couple of teams before this, but his “slide” ends here with the New York Jets.

The Jets’ offensive line struggled last year, and with the expectation that Aaron Rodgers gives the franchise a full season of top-tier QB play, it will be advantageous for them to add help up front to keep him clean.

11) Minnesota Vikings: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Terrion Arnold may be the best pure cover cornerback in the 2024 NFL Draft class. With coverage stickiness, smooth hips, ability to track the ball, excellent catch-point skills, and a high football IQ, Arnold is everything you want or need from a CB.

The Vikings, a team in need of help in the secondary, would be ecstatic to see a player of his talent fall to them at No. 11.

12) Denver Broncos: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Brock Bowers may be one of the best pure football players in this class. The Georgia tight end, Williams, and Harrison, are a cut above anyone else.

The Denver Broncos go with the best player available in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, landing a premier pass catcher who also adds multi-phase versatility as a competent blocking TE.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Smooth, productive, and a stellar athlete are all accurate ways to describe former Crimson Tide cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry.

Antonio Pierce and the Raiders add another hard-nosed player to their secondary with the ‘Bama cornerback. Hopefully, he can come in right away and prosper.

14) New Orleans Saints: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Protecting the quarterback is paramount to success. It’s something that the Saints will need to be better at next year.

Insert Alabama OT JC Latham into the mix, and Derek Carr’s team feels they have a piece that will allow him to sit comfortably in the pocket for 2024 and beyond.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

I had the Indianapolis Colts taking UCLA pass rusher Laiatu Latu in my previous mock, and the board fell similarly with this no-brainer of a selection.

The productive pass rusher brings dynamic ability off the edge for their defense.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Graham Barton, G, Duke

Graham Barton is a riser amongst the draft community right now, perhaps due to his film finally getting the full recognition it deserves.

The former Blue Devils left tackle projects to move inside in the NFL but should be able to do so with a smooth transition. He can help the Seahawks’ interior offensive line immediately.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

The Jaguars take the first defensive tackle off the board in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, strengthening the middle of their defense with a quality pick.

There will be other flashier options on the board for Jacksonville, but make no mistake about it — Jer’Zhan Newton would make the Jags better from Day 1. Playing the run and being disruptive in the middle cannot be understated, and he brings that to Duval County.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Athletic freak. The best way to describe Cooper DeJean is simply those two words. The former Iowa Hawkeyes cornerback has the potential to play all across the secondary in the NFL.

DeJean could come in and be the most well-rounded athlete on the Cincinnati Bengals’ defense, giving them a playmaker on defense and a special-teams weapon.

19) Los Angeles Rams: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Almost as important as the talent level are the fit and environment a prospect finds themselves in. For Chop Robinson and the Rams, the fit is perfect.

Robinson’s ability, strengths, and experience at Penn State should translate well to Los Angeles’ style of defense.

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

Another one of those Senior Bowl guys who made himself some money during the week. Jackson Powers-Johnson came into Mobile and was dominant.

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Physical, nasty, and smart are the best ways to describe the former Duck, and the Steelers would love getting their center for the next decade here at pick 20.

21) Miami Dolphins: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

There’s no secret that the Dolphins have weapons but need help on the offensive line.

Taliese Fuaga brings that and adds some tenacity to the group as they look to create running lanes and keep Tua Tagovailoa upright. A tackle is a good choice for Miami, and they can’t go wrong with the former Beaver.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Nate Wiggins could (and probably should) go sooner than this, but in this first-round scenario, he can go to Philly and add talent to their secondary.

The Eagles should feel excited about adding an excellent CB talent to an aging group. Wiggins could end up being the best cornerback in this draft class.

23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Keon Coleman, WR, FSU

Adding Keon Coleman to a receiving corps with Tank Dell and Nico Collins is the perfect thing to do when you have the Offensive Rookie of the Year at quarterback.

Coleman adds to this already potent Texans offense, giving C.J. Stroud another weapon to throw the ball to in order to create explosive plays downfield.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

With Mike Zimmer in the fold, the way the Cowboys approach their desired prospect on defense will change. Quinn was a traits guy and liked his players with certain frames and athletic builds. Now, Dallas may lean toward “pure football players” and production, putting Quinyon Mitchell at the forefront of its plans.

With the ability to play inside or out, adding Mitchell to a group that includes Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland could give Dallas the best young three-headed monster of cornerbacks in the entire league.

25) Green Bay Packers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Tackle help for the Packers is going to be important. With a young QB in Jordan Love to build around, and an even younger corps of productive WRs, ensuring solid protection upfront will be the next most important thing for them to do. Amarius Mims can be that piece right away.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

I’ve had the Bucs going QB in my previous two mocks. However, with the possibility of Baker Mayfield sticking around longer than expected, coupled with McCarthy’s ascent, the franchise could turn its attention to protection.

In that scenario, Oklahoma Sooners standout Tyler Guyton would be a welcomed addition. His stock has been steadily rising following a stellar showing at the Senior Bowl.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Jared Verse, EDGE, FSU

Jared Verse could easily go top 15 in the 2024 NFL Draft, but stranger things have happened than a former Florida State pass rusher suffering a slide once the NFL’s annual selection event gets underway.

In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, Arizona takes advantage of a falling star to add a top-tier playmaker at a position of need. After securing one of the best offensive players in this class earlier, the Cardinals add talent to the other side of the ball with the sensational Seminoles pass rusher.

28) Buffalo Bills: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami

The Buffalo Bills could go cornerback here, but safety is also a need. And with a chance to inject some youth into the room, Buffalo adds an intriguing safety prospect in Kamren Kinchens.

The Miami Hurricanes standout brings an edge, can do everything you would ask of a safety, and could be a quick contributor to a good Bills defense.

29) Detroit Lions: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

The Lions choose to bolster their CB room with a productive Georgia corner. Kamari Lassiter seems to be slipping through the cracks while others get lifted around him.

Still, Lassiter can play ball. He’ll be someone who can help Detroit early on and add another athletic piece to the stout defense Campbell and Co. hope to build.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Troy Fautanu, G, Washington

The Ravens add an impact-making guard, getting protection for their two-time MVP quarterback.

Baltimore likes to be physical on both sides of the ball, and adding Troy Fautanu to the mix fits into their modus operandi.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

The 49ers have a situation brewing with Brandon Aiyuk that could see them trying to take a WR here. However, the board falls in such a way here that there’s an additional option to explore.

With Trent Williams on the left side being about as rock solid as you can get, Kingsley Suamataia should compete to be the starting RT immediately or be an excellent swing tackle early in his career.

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

The Chiefs did it once again. But they did it with less WR production than they would have liked to see.

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Insert Brian Thomas Jr. here and let him prosper with the best QB in football. Patrick Mahomes getting another weapon seems like an obvious move for the Chiefs’ front office as they begin their journey in pursuit of their third straight Lombardi Trophy.

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