It’s officially 2024 NFL Mock Draft season.
1-Round NFL Mock Draft
1) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Caleb Williams, QB, USC
As the NFL season comes to a close and the NFL Scouting Combine nears, it feels like a Caleb Williams-to-Chicago move will progressively make more sense, regardless of the rumblings people overthinking it will tell you.
At this time, anything other than Williams joining the Bears should be viewed as a massive upset and not something I’m comfortable predicting.
2) Washington Commanders: Drake Maye, QB, UNC
In this scenario, the Commanders have their choice of two quarterbacks not named Williams, and they pick the one some feel may be the best QB in the draft. I don’t personally feel that way, but if Dan Quinn sits here and decides that he wants a QB to take into the future with him, Drake Maye may be the guy for the job here.
3) New England Patriots: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
The Patriots let the board fall to them in this scenario and grab who I think they prefer anyway. If Williams were here, that would be the selection, but I don’t see any world where that happens. So, instead, they take the QB they may feel fits best for what they’re trying to do offensively — Heisman Trophy-winner Jayden Daniels.
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 draft class, so when he falls to the Cardinals at No. 4, they have every right to do backflips.
The young WR has a chance to change an offense in a flash and instantly elevates the WR group and the guys around him. The Cardinals feel great about the start of this draft, with another first-round selection to come later.
5) Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Joe Alt is my OT1 in the 2024 NFL Draft, so for him to come to LA has to be something Jim Harbaugh is thrilled with. The big, physical OL will be a Day 1 starter and will be able to keep Justin Herbert upright all game long.
6) New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
There are always people with different opinions; it’s what makes the draft so fun. So when someone says they prefer Malik Nabers to Harrison, you respect and consider it. I’ve heard some say those exact words, and while I don’t necessarily agree, the New York Giants will still sit here feeling great about adding the dynamic wide receiver to their group.
Nabers is a playmaker in every way and will add to an offense that desperately needs more game-breakers.
7) Tennessee Titans: Olumuyia Fashanu, OT, Penn State
The Titans may have found their QB of the future in Will Levis last year, and this year, they should look to add a long-term left tackle option. Keeping the QB upright and building the line is never bad. Olu Fashanu is a Titan in this scenario, and it makes a lot of sense for Tennessee as they usher in a new era.
8) Atlanta Falcons: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
Terrion Arnold may be the best pure cover cornerback in the 2024 NFL Draft class, and in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Falcons agree as they make him a top-10 pick. 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 or need from a cornerback.
9) Chicago Bears: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
The Bears grabbed their QB of the future to open this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, and now they have a nasty pass rusher added to the mix — adding to both sides of the ball at premium positions within the first 10 picks of the draft.
Dallas Turner will come in and provide instant pressure, fitting nicely on the opposite side of Montez Sweat.
10) New York Jets: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
The Jets tried their hardest to surround Aaron Rodgers with weapons, and while nothing went to plan in 2023, they got an instant impact-maker on offense with the 10th overall pick of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
Rome Odunze has a chance to hit the ground running, and with Rodgers slinging him the football, he may be my early favorite for Offensive Rookie of The Year.
11) Minnesota Vikings: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
His teammate went two picks earlier, but take nothing away from Kool-Aid McKinstry here, as he is a star in his own right. Smooth, productive, and a stellar athlete are all accurate ways to describe the former Crimson Tide cornerback. The Minnesota Vikings add to their secondary with a Bama CB, and it feels like a nice player/team fit.
12) Denver Broncos: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
Another CB off the board here and another freak athlete as well. Cooper DeJean may be the best pure athlete of the group in his position, and the Broncos add someone they can put on the other side of Patrick Surtain II.
DeJean also brings special-team abilities, making him even more valuable here at pick No. 12.
13) Las Vegas Raiders: JC Latham, OT, Alabama
Protecting the QB is paramount to success. It is something that the Raiders will want to be better at next year. Insert JC Latham into the mix, and Antonio Pierce’s team feels they have a piece that will allow quarterback comfortability in 2024 and beyond.
14) New Orleans Saints: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
The Saints also need a tackle, and we see the position go back-to-back in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Derek Carr was fighting for his life in 2023, and adding Taliese Fuaga may allow him to breathe a little easier in the upcoming campaign.
15) Indianapolis Colts: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
I had the Colts taking UCLA pass rusher Laiatu Latu in my prior mock, and the board falls the same way once again here.
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: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
The Seattle Seahawks land arguably the biggest steal of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, reeling in Georgia tight end Brock Bowers with the 16th overall selection. There could be a scenario come April where a team may trade up for him to take him, but with no one making a move here, the Seahawks secure an elite playmaker for their offense.
Bowers was productive from the minute he set foot on the field in Athens, and I expect something similar once he gets into the NFL.
17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
Nate Wiggins could easily go sooner than this, but in this first-round scenario, he can go to Jacksonville and thrive. Some view him as the best cornerback in the class. What makes this process so much fun is that Wiggins can make those teams who passed on him in favor of other cornerbacks pay with his play when he reaches the NFL.
The Jaguars should feel good about adding an excellent cornerback talent to the group, while Wiggins has a chance to ascend even further on the right team.
18) Cincinnati Bengals: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Amarius Mims to the Bengals is a nice fit. They take an exciting Georgia prospect who has a chance to make an immediate impact. With Jonah Williams set to hit free agency, Cincinnati has a natural replacement in the draft if they decide not to sign him to a second contract.
19) Los Angeles Rams: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
The landing spot is so pivotal to NFL success. Almost as important as the talent level is the fit and environment a prospect finds themselves in for their professional career. For Chop Robinson and the Rams, the fit is perfect.
Robinson’s ability, strengths, and schematic experience at Penn State should translate well to the Rams’ style of defense.
20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
The Steelers will be looking to bring more juice to their offense, but it starts with the guys up front. In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they add youth and skill along the offensive line to start that process. Tyler Guyton has a chance to be a plug-and-play addition to the group as they look to improve the protection for whoever may be the QB next year.
21) Miami Dolphins: Graham Barton, OG, Duke
Graham Barton is a dawg. The Dolphins add a tough, mauling offensive lineman to their group to protect Tua here, and it is a great move at pick 21. The former Blue Devil has positional flexibility, having played at left tackle but perhaps having a long and successful career on the interior of an NFL offensive line.
This is an excellent addition to a high-powered offense and one Dolphins fans have been crying out for.
22) Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
The Eagles get an excellent cornerback prospect here, one that some believe could be the best of the group. With Philadelphia getting older in the secondary, adding a talented young CB like Quinyon Mitchell to the mix will help an Eagles defense coming off an underwhelming 2023 campaign.
23) Houston Texans (From CLE): Keon Coleman, WR, FSU
Adding Keon Coleman to the wide receiver group of Tank Dell and Nico Collins feels like the perfect thing to do when you have the Offensive Rookie of The Year at quarterback. C.J. Stroud gets another weapon to throw the ball to, maximizing his game-changing potential in this Houston offense.
24) Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
The Cowboys have obvious needs to address, such as the linebacker room and running back, but with neither of those positions presenting themselves with viable options at this juncture, they opt to shore up their line for the future.
The team seems determined to keep Tyler Smith at left guard, where he had an All-Pro season, but with Tyron Smith possibly on his way out, this adds another talented piece to their tackle room to take into the future.
25) Green Bay Packers: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington
The Packers add an impact-making guard coming off a run to the College Football National Championship Game, getting protection for their young rising star quarterback. A wide receiver falling to them could make sense despite spending significant capital on the position a year ago.
That scenario doesn’t present itself in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, so rather than reach for a second-round talent, they take Troy Fautanu to secure their line.
26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
Earlier in the week on Radio Row, a hot mic caught Baker Mayfield maybe tipping the fact he plans to stick around in Tampa for the long haul. Either way, the Buccaneers see a chance to add a QB talent late in the first round, and they take it.
Some teams could move up to get J.J. McCarthy, but stranger things have happened than a draft day slide. There are other picks the Buccaneers could make to help them immediately, but having a possible QB of the future under control for five years is never a bad thing.
27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Jared Verse, EDGE, FSU
Jared Verse has gone earlier in prior mocks that I’ve done, but he falls here due to the way the board falls, with new information around strategy and team needs emerging every day as the cycle progresses.
The Cardinals are more than happy to add a quality pass rusher to their team at the back end of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft after adding Ohio State wide receiver Harrison earlier. It’s a home run of the first round for the Cardinals.
28) Buffalo Bills: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia
Very few people saw their stock rise higher following the Senior Bowl week than Ladd McConkey. The Georgia wide receiver landing in Buffalo would be an outstanding fit for QB Josh Allen and an offense that may be looking to replace some leaving production.
McConkey is a smooth route runner, a freakish athlete, and a dynamic threat with the ball in his hands. Putting him with Allen here feels almost unfair.
29) Detroit Lions: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
Kamari Lassiter is a quality cornerback in this draft. However, the Georgia standout isn’t getting the recognition he should due to some more recognizable names stealing the spotlight, facilitating a slide to the latter end of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
The Lions won’t hesitate to run up to the podium to secure more talent for their secondary as they load up to make another run in 2024.
30) Baltimore Ravens: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois
The Baltimore Ravens shore up the middle of their defense with an excellent defensive tackle. Jer’Zhan Newton can be an immediate presence in the middle of an already nasty defense, a plug-and-play piece for a team looking to take it up another level next season.
31) San Francisco 49ers: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon
Another one of those Senior Bowl guys who made himself some money during the week of work. Jackson Powers-Johnson came into Mobile and was dominant. Physical, nasty, and smart are the best ways to describe the former Duck, and adding him to the 49ers’ offensive front makes perfect sense.
The Chiefs add much-needed firepower to complement Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce. With the chance to add more talent to a group that had its struggles on the run to another Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs add Adonai Mitchell to the fold and try to reload and get back to the biggest game in the sport once again.
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