Catalina’s 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bengals Take Quinyon Mitchell, Steelers Lock in Taliese Fuaga

2024 NFL Mock Draft season is full steam ahead, and with so much left to be decided over the offseason, player/team fits are a blank canvas.

And then there were two. With only the Super Bowl left to be played, 30 of the 32 possible 2024 NFL Draft slots have been solidified.

That means just one thing for fans of the other franchises — it’s officially the 2024 NFL Mock Draft season.

1-Round NFL Mock Draft

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

As the college football all-star cycles come to a close and we draw closer to the NFL Scouting Combine and the eventual draft, it feels like a Caleb-Williams-to-Chicago move will progressively make more sense. Anything other than Williams with an orange “C” on the side of his helmet next year should be viewed as a massive upset.

2) Washington Commanders: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

There are rumblings that new Commanders head coach Dan Quinn may lean in another direction than QB here with pick No. 2. If that’s the case, go out and get a baller. Marvin Harrison Jr. is an instant upgrade to any offense, and regardless of who is throwing him the football, he is going to be able to make plays.

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

In this scenario, the Patriots have their choice of quarterbacks, if that is how they choose to play it. With Harrison off the board, the temptation to hit another spot is gone at No. 3, and here the Patriots select Drake Maye to lead them into the future.

4) Arizona Cardinals: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

With Harrison off the board and the idea that Arizona is riding with Kyler Murray for now, this pick becomes interesting for the Cardinals. In this case, they opt to take a talented pass rusher in Dallas Turner and add a disruptor to their defense.

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

Joe Alt is a massive man who has all the athletic ability in the world to be a stellar tackle in the NFL. Jim Harbaugh understands the value of protecting the QB and opts to do just that with his first selection as the head guy in L.A.

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

The Giants need weapons, and they got one here in Malik Nabers. The LSU wideout is dynamic and can take the ball and score from anywhere. The Giants can go a few different spots with this pick, but adding playmakers will never be frowned upon.

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

Protection and pass rush are the two main keys to victory in this league. The Titans elect to address the protection side here in with pick No. 7 with Penn State’s massive Olu Fashanu. Fashanu will be tasked with keeping Levis upright as they move into a new era of Titans football.

8) Atlanta Falcons: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

In this scenario, there are no movers in the trade world, and because of that, the Falcons see a QB they can build with deep into the future fall into their lap at pick No. 8. Jayden Daniels joins new head coach Raheem Morris as the two begin their first year in Atlanta, hoping to right the ship and get the most out of a solid group of offensive weapons around him.

9) Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Williams and Rome Odunze double-up within the first 10 picks will completely change the look of this Bears offense. The idea of adding the two of them to a group that already features Cole Kmet and DJ Moore has to be an enticing notion for Bears fans.

10) New York Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Brock Bowers is a playmaker. There’s no other way around it, the Bulldogs tight end is as productive as they come. From the day he walked onto campus at Georgia, he was making plays. With the 10th pick, the Jets are hoping for something similar from him in the NFL as well.

11) Minnesota Vikings: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

I’ve already mocked Terrion Arnold to the Vikings a couple of times, and I can’t look at the selection and talent available and make a change away from it just yet.

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The fit makes sense, the board keeps falling as such to make the pick a reality, and when it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. The Vikings get a quality cornerback added to their secondary and are going to be happy because of it.

12) Denver Broncos: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

The Broncos shore up the middle of their defense with an excellent defensive tackle. Jer’Zhan Newton can be an immediate presence in the middle of the Denver defense, a plug-and-play piece for a Broncos team looking to be a threat in 2024.

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

The Raiders defense under new head coach Antonio Pierce is going to play with an edge and a swagger that will resonate on the field. Players will want to be a part of it, but it will take the right kind of player to fit in and make an impact. Kool-Aid McKinstry fits the bill, and the Raiders take the ‘Bama CB at No. 14 and feel good about adding the talent to their defense.

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

Protecting the QB is paramount to success. It is something that the Saints flat-out struggled to do last year. Insert JC Latham into the mix, and the Saints feel they have a piece that will allow for the QB to be much more comfortable in 2024 and beyond.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

The Colts have to feel good about Laiatu Latu falling to them in this scenario. The productive pass rusher brings instant pressure-generating ability off the edge for their defense. Adding Latu to their defensive unit makes the Colts a better football team from Day 1.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Graham Barton, OG, Duke

Graham Barton‘s film and the rumblings around his stock have become too loud to ignore. The Duke offensive lineman has position flexibility, but he looks to be a guard at the next level, and a good one at that. The Seahawks get a stud of an offensive lineman that scouts have been ranting about.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Jared Verse, EDGE, FSU

Jared Verse can come in and be disruptive on Day 1. Like many prospects, he still has things to fine-tune, but the idea of letting him pin his ears back and get after the passer will be exciting to those fans in Duval County.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toldeo

Quinyon Mitchell has risen draft boards over the last couple of months, perhaps because people are smartening up to the type of prospect he is rather than anything additional he’s done. His film and body of work speak for themselves, and in this scenario, the Bengals are ecstatic to add a CB to their room that can be the best of the bunch when it’s said and done.

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

Almost as important as talent is fit. For Chop Robinson and the Rams, the fit is excellent. Robinson’s ability, his strengths, and the things he is used to doing all translate well to the Rams’ style of defense.

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He may not be the perfect fit in everybody’s group, but in Los Angeles, he has a chance to make an instant impact.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

There is a chance that there will be a large run of offensive linemen going in the first round, and when it happens, Taliese Fuaga has a chance to be near the top of the list of names to be called. The Steelers add a good one and are happy about adding talent to the important position.

21) Miami Dolphins: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims to Miami has been something that has felt like a natural fit for me all along. I could see them taking a center if one presents itself at this point in the back end of the draft, but in this scenario, the board doesn’t fall that way. Instead, the Dolphins take an exciting Georgia prospect who has a chance to make an immediate impact.

22) Philadelphia Eagles: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

The Eagles can go a multitude of ways with this pick and a lot of it would make sense. Adding one of the best pure athletes in the draft is never going to be a bad idea, and Cooper DeJean cannot only help on defense, but he can serve as an immediate special-teams weapon as well.

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

Tank Dell is a smaller-bodied shifty wide receiver, and Nico Collins can do a bit of everything. Adding Keon Coleman to the mix gives the Texans another weapon that can stress a secondary and three legit wide receiver threats to go with C.J. Stroud into the future.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

The Cowboys took Mazi Smith with their first pick of the first round last year for his run-stopping prowess, and in 2024, they take the same approach. All hope isn’t lost for Smith heading into his second season, but inserting Byron Murphy II into the group will add some reinforcements and another big-bodied space-eater that can disrupt the middle of an offense.

25) Green Bay Packers: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Packers have a young stable of pass catchers on offense, and now they could use some more youth and skill along the offensive line. Tyler Guyton comes in and has a chance to be a plug-and-play addition to the group as they look to improve the protection for Jordan Love.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami

The Buccaneers add to an already good safety room with the best in class for 2024. Kamren Kinchens stays in the state and forms an elite 1-2 punch with Antoine Winfield Jr. as the Buccaneers secure their back end with pure talent.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Nate Wiggins could easily go far sooner than this, and he may even be picked before some CBs that went before him in this exercise. But in this first-round scenario, he can go to Arizona and bring the chip on his shoulder to this defense.

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Wiggins is a playmaker who has put good film together and has a game that will translate to the NFL. The Cardinals get another good defensive piece with their second first-round selection.

28) Buffalo Bills: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Bills very well could be losing Gabriel Davis this offseason. In response, they add Brian Thomas Jr. from LSU to serve as another big-play weapon for Josh Allen. There is also uncertainty when it comes to Stefon Diggs and his future with the team, so adding reinforcements via the draft will be key for Buffalo.

29) Detroit Lions: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

The Lions add more offensive firepower to complement Amon-Ra St. Brown, Jahmyr Gibbs, and Sam LaPorta. This feels like a luxury pick for the Lions, but with a playmaker on the board and a chance to continue to add to their high-powered group, the Lions add Adonai Mitchell to the fold and keep the good times rolling.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

It will look different on defense for the Ravens this year with the departure of their defensive coordinator to the Seattle Seahawks, but the idea of adding talent to that group and keeping a strength a strength will be important.

Kamari Lassiter is a quality cornerback, but he probably isn’t getting talked about as much as he should because of the others in the group. The Ravens add him in the back end of the first round and feel good about doing so.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Leonard Taylor, DT, Miami

The 49ers add another presence in the middle of their defense after a Super Bowl run. At the back end of the first round you are at the mercy of the board, and with them picking in the second-to-last spot here, San Francisco opts to take Leonard Taylor, who’s viewed as the best player available at a position that could use fresh talent.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington

The Chiefs add a guard after another Super Bowl title in this scenario and feel good about continuing to protect the best QB in football. A wide receiver falling to them here that makes sense is ideal for a group that can use more weapons, but they don’t reach for a second-round talent and take Troy Fautanu to secure their line.

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