Will Helms’ 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Chaos Sees Both Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix Climb Into the First Round

In his final 2024 NFL Mock Draft, Will Helms has six quarterbacks going in the first round, including a surprise suitor landing Michael Penix Jr.

The week is finally upon us. With the 2024 NFL Draft just a few days away, the time for talking is nearly over. This 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft is meant to be as predictive as possible, with the first round being what I’ll submit for competitions for grading.

We’re nearly there, friends. So without further ado, here’s my final 2024 NFL Mock Draft.

3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 1

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

It’s a foregone conclusion that Caleb Williams will be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. His athleticism, arm talent, and college production make him a tantalizing NFL prospect. On Thursday, he’ll finally be “Chicago Bears QB Caleb Williams.”

2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

The Vegas odds for Jayden Daniels as the second overall pick have finally caught up to where I’ve been for a while. Apparently, an anonymous AFC executive said that Daniels is a better thrower than Lamar Jackson. As much as I like Daniels, I don’t quite buy that, but his ceiling could be similar to Jackson’s.

3) New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Drake Maye has a fascinating profile. He’s elite when he’s on and wildly inconsistent when he’s not. He’s more accurate out of the pocket than in the pocket. He’s either going to be elite or bust. In terms of overall team building and draft strategy, taking a high-risk, high-reward guy this early is the smartest way to build a franchise.

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

I’ve never seen quarterbacks go No. 1-4 in a draft before, and I don’t think it’s going to happen here. Marvin Harrison Jr. is the top prospect on my board and the boards of multiple NFL franchises. Perhaps the Arizona Cardinals will consider trading back, but the opportunity to take an instant impact playmaker might be too much to pass up.

5) Tennessee Titans (From LAC): Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Trade: The Tennessee Titans receive the fifth and 69th picks in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Chargers receive picks 7, 38, and 146.

The Tennessee Titans have been locked in on Joe Alt, and for good reason, as he has the potential to become their franchise left tackle for a decade. While Tennessee might not need to move up to grab him, if they’re married to the idea of taking the Notre Dame OT, the unpredictability of the draft may force their hand.

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

Malik Nabers has the upside to be the best receiver in a class that includes Harrison. I was tempted to mock J.J. McCarthy to New York here, but the Giants are so devoid of weapons that Nabers could justifiably be the pick.

7) Los Angeles Chargers: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Los Angeles Chargers could be willing to trade down again here, but one look at the receiving corps is enough to nix that idea. Rome Odunze has the size, speed, and route running to be a number one option in Jim Harbaugh’s offense.

8) Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Trade: The Vikings receive the eighth and 79th picks in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Falcons receive the 11th and 23rd picks.

Honestly, despite all the signs pointing to the Minnesota Vikings trading up for J.J. McCarthy, I still feel incredibly tempted not to make it happen. The NFL Draft is weird, and things rarely go how they’re predicted. That said, the Vikings wouldn’t have made that trade with Houston a few weeks ago if they weren’t sold on one of the quarterbacks.

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In this scenario, waiting for McCarthy to fall lets Minnesota save its 2025 first-round pick, though the Vikings may have to be willing to pay up if the Raiders or Broncos take an interest in the falling Michigan quarterback.

McCarthy is a polarizing prospect, but his arm strength isn’t in question. Whether or not he can truly be a top guy for a franchise is the more significant concern.

9) Chicago Bears: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

I’ve linked Dallas Turner with the Atlanta Falcons in previous editions of my 2024 NFL Mock Draft, which has — by default — given Jared Verse to Chicago.

However, even if Turner is on the board, the Bears may prefer Verse, the pass rusher with the most upside in the 2024 NFL Draft. Verse is an excellent pure pass rusher, and I’ve been impressed with his power on the second look of his film.

10) New York Jets: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Washington

There’s some serious momentum for Brock Bowers here at No. 10, but I’m not buying it. There’s too big a hole on the offensive line — especially long-term — for a coach who hasn’t historically used tight ends to draft Bowers over a tackle.

I think Olumuyiwa Fashanu will be the second tackle off the board on April 25, even though he seems to be slipping a bit in recent mocks. A pass-blocking tackle, he’d take pressure off of Aaron Rodgers.

11) Atlanta Falcons (From MIN): Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

The Falcons pick up an extra first-rounder here and still grab the guy a bunch of pundits think is their top target. Dallas Turner’s hand usage, explosiveness, and experience make him a potential double-digit sack artist for Atlanta.

12) Denver Broncos: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

I had Denver drafting an interior defensive lineman in my first 2024 NFL Mock Draft of the year way back in December, but haven’t gone back to that position since.

If the board falls this way, Denver will likely pull the trigger on Byron Murphy II at 12. His tape is excellent, and as I dig into the advanced numbers, I’m increasingly impressed with his ability as a pass rusher.

13) Las Vegas Raiders: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

In a division with Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes, the Las Vegas Raiders need an elite secondary. The value at corner is great here, and Quinyon Mitchell is my top outside corner. His ball skills and athleticism are elite.

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

JC Latham has been solid for several seasons at Alabama and fits well with the New Orleans Saints. Latham might be the best pure right tackle in the draft and should be pro-ready.

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Latham is a great place to start as the Saints look to upgrade their protection.

15) Indianapolis Colts: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The Colts are in an interesting spot when it comes to matching value with need. This is a potential trade-back spot, but with Brock Bowers on the board, the Colts have a choice to make.

As a tiebreaker, I always try to give young quarterbacks an embarrassment of riches on the offensive side of the ball. Bowers upgrades two positions at once for Indianapolis.

16) Seattle Seahawks: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

Here’s the first shocking pick of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Seattle has reportedly done a good deal of research on Michael Penix Jr., who has the tools to be a long-term starter in the NFL but could benefit from a year behind Geno Smith.

I like his fit in Seattle if the Seahawks are willing to use a first-rounder on him despite not having a second-round selection.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Terrion Arnold has had a quiet offseason of draft prep but remains one of the smoothest corners in the class. A lot of extremely intelligent draft analysts have Arnold as their top cover corner, including Pro Football Network Draft Analyst Ian Cummings.

18) Cincinnati Bengals: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Taliese Fuaga is a mauler in the running game and would bring more physicality to the Cincinnati Bengals’ offensive line. I think there’s a decent chance the Bengals will take a receiver here, but at some point, they’ll need to address the tackle position.

In a deep WR class, the best strategy might be to take whichever tackle falls in the first round and a receiver later.

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

We’re not privy to NFL Combine medical testing, so there’s always a chance Laiatu Latu plummets due to unresolved neck issues. Assuming he gets a clean bill of health, the UCLA product might be the top edge rusher to come out of this class. His college production was exceptional, racking up 34 tackles for loss and 23.5 sacks in the last two seasons.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

I don’t think it’s a question of if the Steelers will address the offensive line in the first round, but rather, “Which one will they take?”

With Troy Fautanu available, Pittsburgh grabs a guy who could slot in as a starter at either guard or tackle. He’s a strong run blocker and could help Pittsburgh re-establish its run-first identity.

21) Miami Dolphins: Graham Barton, G, Duke

While I think the Dolphins could be trade-down candidates, I expect them to take their favorite offensive lineman here. Graham Barton has experience at center, tackle, and guard, where I expect him to play in the NFL. His mobility would serve him well in Mike McDaniel’s offense.

22) Buffalo Bills (From PHI): Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Trade: The Bills receive the 22nd overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Eagles receive picks 28 and 60.

Few teams are as desperate at a position as the Bills are at receiver. While I’m not sure it makes sense to trade up for a receiver with this draft class, Buffalo’s need may force the issue.

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Brian Thomas Jr. didn’t have a vast route tree in college, but he was the NCAA leader in touchdowns and excellent with the ball in the air.

23) Atlanta Falcons (From MIN): Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Having addressed the defensive line, Atlanta can now turn its attention to its other significant defense needs. Nate Wiggins came in a bit undersized to the NFL Combine but has excellent recovery speed and solid athleticism to boost the Falcons’ secondary.

24) Dallas Cowboys: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

The Dallas Cowboys are probably looking for offensive line help early in the draft, and with two of the top offensive tackles still on the board at 24, they can take their pick of late-first-round litter.

Amarius Mims doesn’t have a ton of experience, but when he was on the field, he was dominant at Georgia.

25) Green Bay Packers: Cooper DeJean, S, Iowa

I’ve agonized over a lot of these picks so far, but this is easy with Cooper DeJean on the board. An athletic corner — or safety — with great college production, the Iowa Hawkeyes standout is as pro-ready as any defensive back in the draft. DeJean could start at any number of defensive alignments for Green Bay.

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

Chop Robinson is among the most athletic edge rushers to come out of the college ranks in the last few years, but his production never matched his potential. Tampa Bay has the luxury of looking to the future of what the Penn State product could be in the NFL.

27) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Johnny Newton has slipped a bit since he hasn’t worked out much this spring, but I’d caution against writing him off. He’s a disruptive interior pass rusher with great tape against strong Big Ten offensive lines.

If he falls this far, Arizona may run to the podium.

28) Philadelphia Eagles: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

It feels like Kool-Aid McKinstry is slipping a bit in mocks, perhaps because a few of the other corners have had more splashy offseasons and careers. In terms of pure ability, though, McKinstry is at or near the top of the board. He was solid in college and opposing quarterbacks simply didn’t throw his way very often.

29) New York Giants (From DET): Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Trade: The Giants receive the 29th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Lions receive picks 47 and 70, plus a first-round pick in the 2025 NFL Draft.

Bo Nix might be there at No. 47 when the Giants pick again, but teams don’t wait on their quarterback of the future. After taking Nabers as an elite receiving threat to lead the receiving corps, Nix can potentially sit a year behind Jones.

It’s a steep price to pay, but New York wants to be a quick-hitting offense, so taking a guy who maximizes yards after the catch for his receivers is a wise investment. A potentially lackluster 2025 NFL Draft QB class eases the pain of giving up a future first-round pick.

30) Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

For a taller tackle, Tyler Guyton maintains solid pad level and leverage in both the passing and running games. Baltimore is seemingly always looking for more offensive line help, and Guyton is athletic enough to help when Lamar Jackson breaks the pocket. I think Baltimore needs another receiver, but plenty will be available in the later rounds — tackles with Guyton’s brand of tools won’t be.

31) New England Patriots (From SF): Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Trade: The Patriots receive the 31st overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the 49ers receive picks 34 and 103.

I’m not typically a fan of trading up — and New England historically isn’t either — but this seems like a no-brainer, as the Patriots jump two receiver-needy teams for their choice of first-round pass catcher, getting a fifth-year option in the process.

Adonai Mitchell has improved yearly and still has room to reach his potential. Getting another weapon for Maye is a must.

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

Xavier Worthy to the Chiefs feels like one of those draft night, “Wait, the rest of the league let them get that guy?” moves.

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The Texas standout has every bit of Tyreek Hill’s speed and is a far better route runner than Hill was entering the NFL Draft.

3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

Will Helms' 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Chaos Sees Both Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix Climb Into the First Round

33) Carolina Panthers
Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon

34) San Francisco 49ers (From NE)
Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

35) Arizona Cardinals
Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

36) Washington Commanders
Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

37) Los Angeles Chargers
Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

38) Los Angeles Chargers (From TEN)
Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

39) Carolina Panthers
Xavier Legette, WR, South Carolina

40) Washington Commanders
Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri

41) Jacksonville Jaguars (From GB)
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

Trade: The Jaguars receive the 41st pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Packers receive picks 48 and 114.

42) Houston Texans
T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

43) Atlanta Falcons
Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

44) Las Vegas Raiders
Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

45) New Orleans Saints
Christian Haynes, G, UConn

46) Indianapolis Colts
Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

47) Detroit Lions (From NYG)
Adisa Isaac, EDGE, Penn State

48) Green Bay Packers (From JAX)
Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

49) Cincinnati Bengals
Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

50) Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

51) Pittsburgh Steelers
Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia

52) Los Angeles Rams
Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri

53) Philadelphia Eagles
Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

54) Cleveland Browns
Michael Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

55) Miami Dolphins
Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

56) Dallas Cowboys
Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

57) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ricky Pearsall, WR, Florida

58) Green Bay Packers
Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

59) Houston Texans
Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan

60) Philadelphia Eagles (From BUF)
Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

61) Detroit Lions
Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State

62) Baltimore Ravens
Cole Bishop, S, Utah

63) San Francisco 49ers
Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

64) Kansas City Chiefs
Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

Round 3

Will Helms' 3-Round 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Complete Chaos Sees Both Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix Climb Into the First Round

65) Carolina Panthers
Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

66) Arizona Cardinals
Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

67) Washington Commanders
Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami (FL)

68) New England Patriots
Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest

69) Tennessee Titans (From LAC)
Renardo Green, CB, Florida State

70) Detroit Lions (From NYG)
Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky

71) Arizona Cardinals
Mason McCormick, G, South Dakota State

72) New York Jets 
Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

73) Detroit Lions
Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami (FL)

74) Atlanta Falcons
DeWayne Carter, DT, Duke

75) Chicago Bears
Jamari Thrash, WR, Louisville

76) Denver Broncos
Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

77) Las Vegas Raiders
Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina

78) Washington Commanders
Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

79) Minnesota Vikings (From ATL)
D.J. James, CB, Auburn

80) Cincinnati Bengals
T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

81) Seattle Seahawks
Tanor Bortolini, C, Wisconsin

82) Indianapolis Colts
Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

83) Los Angeles Rams
Cedric Gray, LB, North Carolina

84) Pittsburgh Steelers
Malik Washington, WR, Virginia

85) Cleveland Browns
Matt Goncalves, OT, Pittsburgh

86) Houston Texans
Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB, Clemson

87) Dallas Cowboys
Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

88) Green Bay Packers
Mike Sainristil, CB, Michigan

89) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

90) Arizona Cardinals
Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin

91) Green Bay Packers
Christian Mahogany, G, Boston College

92) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sedrick Van Pran, C, Georgia

93) Baltimore Ravens
Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington

94) San Francisco 49ers
Brandon Dorlus, EDGE, Oregon

95) Kansas City Chiefs
Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

96) Jacksonville Jaguars
Tyler Davis, DT, Clemson

97) Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon Coleman, OG, TCU

98) Pittsburgh Steelers
Johnny Dixon, CB, Penn State

99) Los Angeles Rams
Javon Foster, OT, Missouri

100) Cincinnati Bengals (From WAS)
MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

Trade: The Bengals receive the 100th pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Commanders receive picks 115, 194, and 214.

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