Tony Catalina’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: J.J. McCarthy Goes to Giants, Amarius Mims Is a Dolphin, and Xavier Worthy Joins Chiefs

Pro days are off and running, and with free agency set to begin this week, this 2024 NFL Mock Draft brings a bit more clarity to what teams may do.

The NFL’s legal tampering period begins at noon ET tomorrow, and with much about to change for the rosters of all 32 teams, we look at how things stand right now ahead of free agency in our latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

Needs will change, boards will solidify, and rosters will be filled, but here’s where we think things stand for the 2024 NFL Draft.

2024 NFL Mock Draft

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

This is the time of year for smoke screens and prospect fatigue. All those factors come into play on the media side of things and are fun to discuss. However, as far as Caleb Williams being a Bear goes, I am as sold as I have ever been on that prediction.

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

There are reports that Dan Quinn and the Commanders are doing extensive research on Jayden Daniels. The stack between the top three QBs could go many different ways, but as I read through tea leaves and the information I hear, it’s becoming clearer that the Commanders prefer Daniels over Drake Maye.

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

Drake Maye has people around the league who are real fans, some putting the North Carolina QB on the same level as Williams. If so, the Patriots can feel good about getting him to fall into their laps with the third pick as they reportedly look to trade incumbent QB Mac Jones.

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

To me, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best pure prospect in this class. Some have put Malik Nabers in the same tier as Harrison, and to that, I say to each their own, but I know who I am riding with on this.

Harrison’s natural push down to the Cardinals at No. 4 due to an early run on quarterbacks is a win for the franchise, and now they have a Day 1 weapon to build their offense around.

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

Joe Alt has been and will remain my OT1. The big, physically gifted offensive lineman will be an immediate starter in any offense, and the Chargers are the beneficiary here. Alt will be able to keep Justin Herbert upright all season long.

6) New York Giants: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

The J.J. McCarthy discourse is going to continue to be fascinating leading up to the draft. He’s been mocked much lower than this, but there seems to be a growing sentiment that he goes earlier than some expected.

It’s getting harder to ignore what feels like an inevitable ascent up boards right now. The Giants seem unpleased with their QB situation, and adding McCarthy could shake things up in New York.

7) Tennessee Titans: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

The Titans’ offensive line is upgraded in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. As they move forward under new head coach Brian Callahan, adding help up front to keep Will Levis clean will be advantageous, and Olu Fashanu can do that.

Address the offensive line first and foremost, then add skill talent via free agency and later in the draft.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Malik Nabers is a playmaker in every sense of the word and will add to an offense that already possesses some game-breaking talent.

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If it weren’t for Harrison, Nabers would easily be the consensus WR1 in this group, and some believe he may be better anyway. Either way, he adds juice to the Falcons and is a great pick at No. 8, despite some thinking the Falcons may try and go QB with this pick.

9) Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Bears could go in multiple directions here following the drafting of Williams with the first overall selection. However, in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they grab a pass-catching talent, adding more weapons to his arsenal.

A highly productive college WR nearly as explosive as the two guys who went before him, Rome Odunze has a chance to make an instant impact for a team that looks to be changing quickly.

10) New York Jets: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

There are a bunch of ways the Jets could go with this pick, including WR or defensive help. However, they take a tackle and feel good about adding a quality piece to their offensive line to protect Aaron Rodgers.

Taliese Fuaga brings some tenacity to the group as they look to create running lanes and keep Rodgers upright.

11) Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Dallas Turner will provide a real weapon to the pass rush, adding a skilled edge defender with outstanding athletic traits to a Vikings defense that could use more playmakers.

12) Denver Broncos: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

The Broncos are changing things up a bit after releasing Russell Wilson, with quarterback an obvious need for head coach Sean Payton.

However, with no QB they like falling their way, Denver takes another productive player who will toughen up their defense. Johnny Newton is strong, tough, and disruptive and will be an excellent piece in the middle of the Broncos’ defensive line.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

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

Insert Alabama OT JC Latham into the mix, and this Raiders team feels they have a piece that will allow them to sit comfortably in the pocket for 2024 and beyond, regardless of the QB that is under center.

14) New Orleans Saints: 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, and his landing here at No. 14 to the Saints 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 Saints’ offensive line from Day 1.

15) Indianapolis Colts: 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 from a CB prospect.

The Colts add to their secondary with the CB some view as the best of the bunch and feel great about it.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

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

The Seahawks can go multiple different ways with this pick, including taking an offensive linemen, but they recognize a talent here and capitalize on it with a best-player-available approach.

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

Insert Brian Thomas Jr. and let him prosper with Trevor Lawrence. Landing a weapon for their young QB seems like a great move for the Jags’ offense, and 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 tight end position truly warrant him being selected that high?

It’s a question teams will struggle with, but not the Bengals. They add an elite weapon to the mix for Burrow, and 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 all the way to Pick 19 feels like a steal that the Rams will gladly take advantage of.

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I had previously mocked other pass rushers here for them, but the Rams get arguably the best of the bunch while not having to move up to do it.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

With his ability to play inside or out, the Steelers 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-20 pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, it wouldn’t be a shock if he goes even higher.

21) Miami Dolphins: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Tackle help for the Dolphins is going to be important. With a QB to build around and a solid core of offensive weapons, ensuring solid protection up front will be the next priority. Amarius Mims can be that piece right away as the Dolphins look to keep their high-powered offense rolling.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: 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 can go to Philadelphia and add big-play ability to their secondary.

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

23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

The Texans add an impact-making offensive lineman, getting protection for budding star C.J. Stroud. Houston likes to be physical on both sides of the ball, and inserting Troy Fautanu into the mix adds another powerful piece to that puzzle and keeps the streak of drafting well going for Houston.

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

A Senior Bowl guy who made himself some money during the week. Jackson Powers-Johnson came into Mobile and was dominant from Day 1, and it has helped solidify his first-round status.

The Cowboys get their center of the future, which they hope can have a similar impact as Travis Frederick once did for them. Physical, nasty, and smart are the best ways to describe the former Duck, and the Cowboys feel great about helping secure the interior of their offensive line.

25) Green Bay Packers: 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 Packers team that needs it.

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, including an offensive lineman, but adding pass-rushing help is never a bad move.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Smooth, productive, and high-level athlete are all accurate ways to describe former Bama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry. The Cardinals add a productive CB to their secondary after taking my favorite draft prospect earlier.

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 to make up for the expected departure of Gabe Davis will be a big deal. The productive pass catcher should fit right into their offensive style.

29) Detroit Lions: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Byron Murphy II is gaining crazy steam amongst the draft community. The physical Texas DT has been getting buzz lately with the belief that he will be a first-round selection.

His toughness and skill set are a great fit for a Dan Campbell-coached team, and adding him to the mix in Detroit feels like a no-brainer.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Adding Adonai Mitchell to Lamar Jackson and this offense will serve them well. It’s a great situation for Mitchell as he can join Zay Flowers and be a 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: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Oklahoma Sooners standout Tyler Guyton is another offensive line piece that can be physical and help the 49ers well-oiled offensive machine.

His stock has been steadily rising following a stellar showing at the Senior Bowl, and this pick is a good one for the 49ers to add to an offense that seems never to miss a beat.

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

Xavier Worthy exploded onto the draft scene after his 4.21 40-time broke the NFL Combine record. The blazing-fast former Longhorn being added to the Chiefs’ offensive attack with Patrick Mahomes seems almost unfair.

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Mahomes will be able to stretch the field like never before with Worthy out there, adding another element the Chiefs’ offense has been missing.

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