Will Helms’ 2024 Day 2 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trade Sees Adonai Mitchell Go Early, Keon Coleman and Cooper DeJean Follow

In this Day 2 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Bengals and Bills get aggressive to fill immediate needs while the Cowboys get their running back.

After a wild Day 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft, we have more information to guide our thoughts on Day 2. There are plenty of potential stars yet to be drafted — or traded — and several elite talents still left on the board.

How will it all shake out? Our Day 2 2024 NFL Mock Draft may hold the key to unlocking the secrets of Round 2 and 3.

2024 NFL Mock Draft | Round 2

33) Cincinnati Bengals: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Trade: The Cincinnati Bengals receive the 33rd pick in the 2024 NFL Draft; the Buffalo Bills receive WR Tee Higgins.

Buffalo traded back twice to pick up some more draft capital and perhaps create some cap space for a wide receiver. Brandon Aiyuk is an option, but so is Tee Higgins, who would be a big-bodied, proven wideout for Josh Allen to target.

Like so many other recent trades we’ve seen, this is a 1-for-1 swap for the Bengals, who take Adonai Mitchell to replace Higgins.

34) New England Patriots: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

There was a rumor the Patriots would trade out of the No. 3 spot, but New England stuck to the plan and took Drake Maye. The next step is to get him a legitimate target on the outside.

The Patriots can do that with Keon Coleman, an elite contested catch threat with ability after the catch.

35) Arizona Cardinals: Cooper DeJean, S, Iowa

With their second first-rounder, the Cardinals opted to go with a defensive lineman. Here, they’ll take the best defensive back available in Cooper DeJean.

36) Washington Commanders: Roger Rosengarten, OT, Washington

Many thought the Commanders would be aggressive and move back up into Round 1 and take one of the second-tier offensive tackles. Instead, they held and have the opportunity to take their pick early in the second round with Roger Rosengarten, a guy some thought could sneak into the back of Round 1.

37) Los Angeles Chargers: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, Washington

Honestly, I didn’t expect the Los Angeles Chargers to take the top offensive tackle in the draft. Having done that, receiver is their primary position of need on Day 2.

Here, I have them taking Ja’Lynn Polk, who has great hands and versatility.

38) Tennessee Titans: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Tennessee pulled the trigger on JC Latham in the first round to shore up the offensive line. Brian Callahan wants to beef up the passing attack, so getting a true slot receiver with the ability to create separation, like Ladd McConkey, would be a positive on Day 2.

39) Carolina Panthers: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon.

The Panthers surprised everyone by jumping into Round 1 to get Xavier Legette, partially because they were set to open Round 2. There are holes everywhere, so here, the Panthers elect to take the talented Jackson Powers-Johnson.

40) Washington Commanders: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

The Commanders are staying put, which gives them a great set of young players. Kool-Aid McKinstry was steady and made few mistakes at Alabama.

41) Green Bay Packers: Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

I was a bit perplexed by Green Bay’s pick of Jordan Morgan in the first round, but here, the Packers have their pick of the 2024 NFL Draft linebacker class. Edgerrin Cooper is extremely athletic and excels in coverage.

42) Houston Texans: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

I had no idea which way the Houston Texans might be leaning ahead of the draft, so it took the first round (and perhaps more) to figure out which direction the franchise might go.

Johnny Newton is still available, and Houston gets incredible value at a position of need.

43) Atlanta Falcons: Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

Atlanta shocked the world by taking Michael Penix Jr. in the first round. While the pick may pay dividends in the future, it didn’t address any of the Falcons’ immediate needs, namely edge rusher and corner.

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Based on the way the board has fallen, they’ll go with edge rusher Chris Braswell here at 43.

44) Las Vegas Raiders: Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina

There was a run on quarterbacks early in Round 1, with some suggesting that Penix may have been the pick for the Las Vegas Raiders at pick 13 had he been available. Instead, they went with Brock Bowers, setting themselves up to take Spencer Rattler in the second round.

45) New Orleans Saints, Christian Haynes, G, UConn

New Orleans addressed its most dire need with Taliese Fuaga in Round 1. That gives them a bit of flexibility in Round 2 to go with the best player available, within reason.

In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, the Saints double down with another strong run blocker in Christian Haynes, further cementing their run-first identity.

46) Indianapolis Colts: Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

Laiatu Latu was an excellent pick at No. 15, and it allowed the Indianapolis Colts to wait to fill their needs at deeper positions. Wide receiver is one of them and one of the deepest groups in the class. Any other year, Troy Franklin would be a fringe first-rounder.

47) New York Giants: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

New York addressed the receiver room by drafting an alpha in Malik Nabers. The Giants could have gone for one of the second-tier QBs to replace Daniel Jones but instead opted to stay put and draft weapons. Kingsley Suamataia can help out as a mauler in the run game.

48) Jacksonville Jaguars: T.J. Tampa, CB, Iowa State

Jacksonville got bigger and faster on the outside on offense. Here, they’ll get more physical at cornerback on defense.

The Jaguars need help in the trenches, but T.J. Tampa brings an aggressive nature that the secondary needs.

49) Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Hall Jr., DT, Ohio State

The Bengals addressed their most significant need in Round 1, and I have them getting younger at receiver to start the second round in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. The next big piece would be on the interior defensive line, where Michael Hall Jr. can step in and contribute immediately.

50) Philadelphia Eagles: Marshawn Kneeland, EDGE, Western Michigan

While I was tempted to mock a Georgia Bulldog here, Marshawn Kneeland is a potentially elite pass rusher. He’d have a year to learn under Brandon Graham before stepping in as a full-time starter.

51) Pittsburgh Steelers: Zach Frazier, C, West Virginia

If Pittsburgh is going to embrace its physical run-first approach, it needs more interior help. Zach Frazier has immediate starter upside at center and could jump in as a strong run blocker.

52) Los Angeles Rams: Max Melton, CB, Rutgers

Max Melton is one of my favorite cornerbacks in the class, with the versatility to play inside or outside. He’d be another piece to strengthen the Rams’ defense.

53) Philadelphia Eagles: Roman Wilson, WR, Michigan

Philadelphia hasn’t had a true slot receiver like Roman Wilson in years. While the Eagles just locked up A.J. Brown, they’ll need a few more pieces on offense to truly be among the league’s elite.

54) Cleveland Browns: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

I’ve had this as a popular spot for Ruke Orhorhoro for a few weeks now. His game fits Cleveland, and it seems like the Browns want a big body in the middle as one of their top draft priorities.

55) Miami Dolphins: Cooper Beebe, G, Kansas State

One of my favorite prospects in the draft, Cooper Beebe won’t wow with his athleticism, but he’s a solid guard prospect who doesn’t make many mistakes. Beebe should be a good fit for a Miami Dolphins program that needs interior line help.

56) Dallas Cowboys: Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

The Cowboys’ love for Jonathon Brooks is one of the worst-kept secrets in the draft. The Texas running back is coming off an ACL injury but was explosive when healthy and worked his way into the RB1 discussion with excellent play early last season.

57) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adisa Isaac, EDGE, Penn State

Chop Robinson got most of the attention at Penn State, but it was Adisa Isaac who had the best production as a pass rusher. He should be able to step into Tampa Bay’s defense and contribute early as a high-motor edge rusher.

58) Green Bay Packers: Mike Sanristil, CB, Michigan

Slot corners are becoming increasingly important in the NFL, especially for teams who have to face the NFC North’s receiving corps.

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Mike Sainristil was one of the best at the position last season, with refined technique and sneaky athleticism.

59) Houston Texans: Patrick Paul, OT, Houston

This has the potential to be the steal of the draft. Patrick Paul‘s underlying pass-blocking numbers are elite, and the Texans can likely get the local product with their second pick on Day 2.

60) Buffalo Bills: Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota

Despite securing their No. 1 receiver earlier in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, I considered having the Bills double down at the position. Instead, they get their safety of the future in Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin, who excels in a center-field role and could be a star in Buffalo.

61) Detroit Lions: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

Detroit could go in several directions here, including doubling down in the secondary or taking another receiver.

Yet, I get the sense that the Lions want another edge rusher across from Aidan Hutchinson, and Bralen Trice offers explosive productivity for an NFL defense.

62) Baltimore Ravens: Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Malachi Corley is at his best when he’s on the move before the snap, and Baltimore is a place that would put him in motion often. He’s built like a running back and excels after the catch.

63) San Francisco 49ers: Kiran Amegadjie, OT, Yale

Several trustworthy analysts believe that Kiran Amegadjie could go sooner than people expect as the first FCS prospect off the board. San Francisco is a good landing spot for Amegadjie, where there isn’t as much pressure to immediately be the star on the offensive line.

64) Kansas City Chiefs: Payton Wilson, LB, NC State

Kansas City has already proved it likes speed. With linebacker as one of the top needs, Payton Wilson fits the high-upside, downhill linebacker profile. He excelled in coverage and can tackle as well.

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Will Helms' 2024 Day 2 NFL Mock Draft: Blockbuster Trade Sees Adonai Mitchell Go Early, Keon Coleman and Cooper DeJean Follow

65) Carolina Panthers: Ben Sinnott, TE, Kansas State

Dan Morgan’s goal in his first year as GM should be to leave no doubt about whether Bryce Young is the quarterback of the future. Accordingly, the Panthers are loading up on skill players, and Ben Sinnott is the second-best tight end in the draft.

66) Arizona Cardinals: Christian Mahogany, G, Boston College

Arizona has a ton of early picks and needs to continue loading up on talent. Christian Mahogany has the upside to start early and protect Kyler Murray.

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

Once considered a fringe first-rounder, Kamren Kinchens saw his stock drop last season at Miami. He’s still highly athletic and has the tools to play early and often in the NFL.

68) New England Patriots: Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas

Get Maye weapons. While the defense still has some holes to fill, it’s more important to load up around the former North Carolina Tar Heel and support his development. Texas tight end Ja’Tavion Sanders has great size and speed.

69) Los Angeles Chargers: Ennis Rakestraw Jr, CB, Missouri

Ennis Rakestraw Jr. has cracked the top 32 of multiple mocks, including one of my previous 2024 NFL Mock Drafts. He’s not the most athletic corner, but he has a high coverage IQ and fluid hips.

70) New York Giants: Trey Benson, RB, Florida State

It’s a matter of when, not if, the New York Giants take a running back in the draft.

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The value seems fair to pounce on Trey Benson here, whose contact balance and long speed make him some analysts’ top running back in the 2024 NFL Draft class.

71) Arizona Cardinals: Austin Booker, EDGE, Kansas

Explosiveness? Check. High-motor? Check. Play strength? Almost there.

Austin Booker has an incredibly high ceiling, with the athleticism to put NFL offensive linemen off balance.

72) New York Jets: Jalen McMillan, WR, Washington

Jalen McMillan checks many boxes but gets bumped down in a deep receiver class. Even in Round 3, the Jets are likely looking for an NFL-ready prospect, and the former Washington Husky standout fits the bill.

73) Dallas Cowboys: Sedrick Van Pran-Granger, C, Georgia

Many people thought Dallas should have grabbed Graham Barton instead of trading back in the first round. Here, the Cowboys take another capable center in Sedrick Van Pran-Granger with the extra pick they received from Detroit.

74) Atlanta Falcons: Kris Jenkins, DT, Michigan

Atlanta’s first pick certainly didn’t scream “win now,” but Kris Jenkins is a guy I think could become one of the better interior defenders in the league. He’s extremely explosive and twitchy for a 300-pound DT.

75) Chicago Bears: Braden Fiske, DT, Florida State

Few players enjoyed the kind of NFL Combine performance that Braden Fiske had, and he shot up draft boards once his athleticism was on full display.

Chicago needs an interior pass rusher, and Fiske can be that guy.

76) Denver Broncos: DeWayne Carter, DT, Duke

The run on interior defensive linemen continues as the Denver Broncos take Duke’s DeWayne Carter here. He’s known for his leadership qualities and excels on the field with great speed-to-power moves.

77) Las Vegas Raiders: Caelen Carson, CB, Wake Forest

In the AFC West, teams need corners who can match up in man coverage rather than getting picked apart in zone. Caelen Carson is a man-heavy defender who can mirror athletic receivers.

78) Washington Commanders: Junior Colson, LB, Michigan

The Commanders are more set on offense than some of the other teams that took QBs early, so solidifying all three levels of the defense is a must. Junior Colson has the potential to be the most disruptive linebacker to emerge from this class.

79) Atlanta Falcons: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

One of the better zone corners in the class, Kamari Lassiter fell a little out of favor as the 2023 college football season progressed and with a so-so offseason. It’s good value for the Falcons here to take a guy who could start immediately in the NFL.

80) Cincinnati Bengals: Andru Phillips, CB, Kentucky

This is a sneaky slot class, and Andru Phillips is one of my favorites. He can match up with bigger receivers and even tight ends in the AFC North.

81) Seattle Seahawks: Dominick Puni, G, Kansas

Some metrics suggest Dominick Puni could be the steal of the interior line class. He’s become one of the favorites of stats nerds around the country. On the field, he’s solid and would receive good coaching in Seattle.

82) Indianapolis Colts: Cole Bishop, S, Utah

Cole Bishop is another of my favorites in the draft. He’s as explosive and athletic as they get.

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The NFL doesn’t seem to be quite as high on Bishop as I am, but I think he could be a key player on the Colts’ defense for years to come.

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

This linebacker class has a few really solid players at the top. LB-needy teams will need to take their pick on Day 2 to get the best available.

The Rams do that in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, taking North Carolina’s Cedric Gray.

84) Pittsburgh Steelers: D.J. James, CB, Auburn

Having addressed OL in Round 1, the Steelers can turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball. D.J. James is on the smaller side, but he’s explosive and solid in coverage.

85) Cleveland Browns: Blake Fisher, OT, Notre Dame

While Joe Alt got most of the attention at Notre Dame, Blake Fisher was nearly as solid on the other side of the line. He’d find a scheme fit in the Browns’ downhill running attack.

86) Houston Texans: Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri

A former wide receiver, Kris Abrams-Draine has elite ball skills for a cornerback. He’s not the most athletic player in the class, but he makes up for it with solid technique and a high IQ.

87) Dallas Cowboys: T’Vondre Sweat, DT, Texas

T’Vondre Sweat has had some off-the-field issues that have dropped him down draft boards. However, the massive interior defender plays the run well and would beef up a weak Cowboys run defense.

88) Green Bay Packers: Javon Bullard, S, Georgia

An instinctive safety, Javon Bullard plays the run well but is at his best in zone coverage. He adds one more piece to the Packers’ versatile secondary.

89) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Wilson, WR, Florida State

Johnny Wilson is a bit clunky as a route runner, but you can’t teach size. While the 6’6″ receiver runs well, I still think his future is at tight end or as a big slot receiver.

90) Arizona Cardinals: Will Shipley, RB, Clemson

Will Shipley possesses rare explosiveness but struggled to stay healthy in college, often picking up aggravating lower body injuries. Yet, when he hits the hole downhill, there are few backs as electric as Shipley.

The Clemson standout also adds special-teams value and doubles as a reliable receiving outlet.

91) Green Bay Packers: Malik Washington, WR, Virginia

With the Packers possessing so many early draft picks this season, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them take a chance on a high-upside receiver. Malik Washington led the country in receptions last season and has traits that should translate to the next level.

92) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Renardo Green, CB, Florida State

I have Tampa Bay doubling down on FSU players in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, snagging the versatile and effective Renardo Green at 92. He’s comfortable in both off-man and zone.

93) Baltimore Ravens: Jalyx Hunt, EDGE, Houston Christian

Baltimore likes to bet on traits for its edge rushers, with mixed results. Jalyx Hunt has one of the more unique paths to the draft, as just two years ago, he was still a safety at Cornell.

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

San Francisco lost a lot along the defensive line in the offseason. The 49ers covet size on the outside, and Brandon Dorlus gives them that, plus a great first step.

95) Buffalo Bills: Devontez Walker, WR, North Carolina

With the extra pick it picked up from Kansas City, Buffalo can target another receiver. I like their depth in the slot, but the Bills need another X-receiver for Josh Allen, so they take Devontez Walker here.

96) Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyler Davis, Clemson, DT

Jacksonville has had success with Clemson players in the past, but Tyler Davis isn’t as high-upside as some of those other guys. Still, he’s a solid run defender who can play the nose, 1-technique, or 3-technique.

97) Cincinnati Bengals: Mason McCormick, G, South Dakota State

Mason McCormick is a mauling FCS interior lineman who could become the next small-school star up front. Cincinnati can afford to bring him along slowly in hopes that he hits his potential.

98) Pittsburgh Steelers: Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama

Pittsburgh needs more threats at receiver, and Jermaine Burton has the route-running savvy and hands to step in immediately in either the slot or outside.

99) Los Angeles Rams: Delmar Glaze, OT, Maryland

The tackle value isn’t great in the middle rounds, but if the Rams like a guy, they should pounce to build quality depth, someone like Maryland’s Delmar Glaze.

100) Cincinnati Bengals: MarShawn Lloyd, RB, USC

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

Marshawn Lloyd played half his college career at about 80% as an ACL tear in his first collegiate practice hindered his development. At USC last season, he shined as a big-play threat and pass catcher.

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