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2024 NFL Mock Draft: Version 2.0

By Justin Bales | 4/4/24 |

1.01 Chicago Bears - Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Williams was always going to be the pick, but heís an absolute lock now. Chicago traded away Justin Fields to the Pittsburgh Steelers, solidifying theyíre ready to go in a new direction. There are always rumors swirling before the NFL Draft to make it seem more open than it is, but Williams is the best prospect available. Heís going to be the first overall pick and most donít believe itís close.

1.02 Washington Commanders - Drake Maye, QB, UNC

Speculation is starting to spread whether this is going to end up being Maye or Jayden Daniels. Iím sticking with the player that has been here all season. Maye has flashed tremendous upside, and he has all of the tools to be a franchise quarterback. He has ties to the Washington franchise already, and will help to get this franchise back on track.

1.03 New England Patriots - Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Daniels is coming off of an elite season for LSU, and itís impossible not to compare his rise to former LSU quarterback Joe Burrow. Heís a versatile quarterback who can change the game in several ways under the right scheme. New England finally has a changing of the guard in their staff, and they need someone that has promise under center.

Marvin Harrison Jr.

1.04 Arizona Cardinals - Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Harrison was seen as the best wide receiver prospect since Calvin Johnson prior to the season, but that changed a bit in 2023. He had sub-par quarterback play, which resulted in less than impressive results. Still, heís the top receiver in a loaded class, and heís going to be a WR1 in the NFL for years to come. Arizona needs help on the outside, especially with Marquise Brown now in Kansas City. The Cardinals will give Kyler Murray every chance to succeed this season, and Harrison will be a huge part of that plan.

1.05 Los Angeles Chargers - Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

This is where the draft starts getting interesting. Truthfully, this is probably a trade-up spot for someone like J.J. McCarthy, Malik Nabers, or Rome Odunze. The Chargers could go with a wide receiver to give Justin Herbert another weapon. They could also opt for Brock Bowers, but this feels a bit too high for a tight end. Instead, Jim Harbaugh is going to change the way this offense runs. This is a loaded offensive tackle class, and Alt is arguably the safest option. Look for Harbaugh to stay away from the flashy pick, and grab a player who will help in the trenches.

1.06 New York Giants - Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Nabers is gaining a ton of steam as the offseason progresses. There are some who believe heís a better prospect than Marvin Harrison Jr. but I believe thatís more for the media and clicks. Still, I also believe the conversation for those two is closer than the conversation between Caleb Williams and any other QB in this class. The Giants are in drastic need of an upgrade to their pass catchers, and Nabers is the type of player who can immediately start as their WR1.

1.07 Tennessee Titans - Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

I continue to believe this pick comes down to an offensive tackle or wide receiver. Rome Odunza is worthy here, but Tennessee can shift to their choice of offensive linemen as they need to protect Will Levis after adding Calvin Ridley in free agency. Fashanu is a player who should be able to contribute from day one, making him an outstanding option for the Titans.

1.08 Atlanta Falcons - Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

I feel confident in the position I initially chose in version 1.0, but Iím swapping players. Jared Verse still feels like the safer option, but Turnerís upside could have him moving up draft boards. The latter has the potential to become one of the leagueís premier pass rushers, and thatís something Atlanta is in drastic need of.

1.09 Chicago Bears - Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Chicago got their quarterback of the future with the first overall pick, so they need to get him a weapon. Odunze looks the part of a WR1, and he enjoyed an elite season at Washington. He can immediately make the receiver group better, adding to the potential that Williams can find success early in his career. While Keenan Allen joined the receiver room in Chicago, Darnell Mooney left in free agency and Allen is nearing the end of his career. Odunze will be their wide receiver of the future.

1.10 New York Jets - Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The Jets revamped their offensive line in the offseason, and it isnít as pressing of an issue with Aaron Rodgers returning. Instead, they can get Rodgers a ridiculous mismatch in the passing game. Some are projecting Bowers to fall a bit because of his position, but heís the type of player who can change an offense. If New York can be creative in ways to get him the ball, he can be one of few true game-changers in the NFL.

1.11 Minnesota Vikings Ė J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Love him or hate him, it seems as if McCarthy is going to be selected extremely early in this draft. Some scouts have fallen in love with him, and heís been consistently connected to Minnesota. I donít believe theyíre going to get him with this particular pick, but I donít project trades. That said, I do believe the Vikings are going to move up for him.

1.12 Denver Broncos - Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

This may come as a shock to some, but we know quarterbacks always get over-drafted. Nix has some great traits, and his odds of being drafted in the first round are increasing as the days go by. Denver is a team connected to him, and they have a major need at quarterback. If four quarterbacks are selected in the first five picks of this draft, it wouldnít be shocking if others reach on players like Nix or Michael Penix Jr.

1.13 Las Vegas Raiders - Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Without a truly viable quarterback option here, Iím expecting Las Vegas to build around the offensive line position. Granted, they could have their pick of the cornerbacks, but they need to build a viable starting offensive line if any quarterback is going to find success for them. Fuaga is a player who can immediately start and help the unit.

1.14 New Orleans Saints - Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

The Saints could reach for an edge here, but itís more likely that they take an offensive lineman at this point in the draft. New Orleans didnít have success with Trevor Penning, and Fautanu can help them rearrange their offensive line. There are some who believe heís going to have to shift inside to guard in the NFL, but that isnít a given. If the Saints donít believe he can stay outside, Amarius Mims is another option.

1.15 Indianapolis Colts - Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

The AFC South needs all the secondary help they can get with the Houston Texans taking the NFL by storm. Arnold is generally seen as the best cornerback in this draft, and he comes with tremendous upside as a player. He is a big play waiting to happen, and there are very few cornerbacks who can truly change the game the way Arnold may be able to in a couple of years.

1.16 Seattle Seahawks - Jared Verse, Edge, Florida State

The Seahawks are sitting in a great spot. They have needs along the offensive and defensive line, and theyíre going to have their pick of who they want. There are great options at both interior offensive and defensive line along with offensive tackles and edge rushers. Iím opting for the edge rusher here, as Verse arguably has top-10 talent, and heís one of the safest picks at this point in the draft.

1.17 Jacksonville Jaguars - Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Houston has one of the most stacked offenses in the NFL, and the AFC South is going to be loading up on cornerbacks to try to slow them down. How can you possibly stop Stefon Diggs, Nico Collins, and Tank Dell? There are a few cornerbacks who could hold claim to the most talented in this draft, and it depends on who Jacksonville likes the most. Mitchell has as much upside as anyone and he can quickly turn into a CB1 for the Jaguars.

1.18 Cincinnati Bengals - JC Latham, OT, Alabama

The most obvious position of need for Cincinnati is a tight end, but there arenít any worthy of this pick. Instead, the Bengals can shift their focus to an offensive tackle. Latham is an NFL-ready option, who can help the Cincinnati line immediately. Their top priority should be keeping Joe Burrow healthy, and thatís what Latham will do.

1.19 Los Angeles Rams - Laiatu Latu, Edge, UCLA

The Rams need help along the defensive line, specifically with edge rushers. Latu lacks the raw upside of someone like Dallas Turner, which is why heís falling a bit in the draft. Heís a relatively safe player though, who will be a contributor throughout his career. At this point in the draft, thatís a solid option, specifically for a team looking for immediate help.

1.20 Pittsburgh Steelers - Jackson Powers-Johnson, iOL, Oregon

The Steelers can use more help along the offensive line, and Powers-Johnson is somewhat of a perfect option. Heís likely to play inside in the NFL, but there are some who believe he could potentially move to tackle. I donít expect that to be the case, and I do believe that heís going to be one of the top interior offensive linemen in the NFL in a few years. The Steelers are building a young foundation, and Powers-Johnson is a safer option.

1.21 Miami Dolphins - Graham Barton, OL, Duke

The Dolphins could use help along the offensive line, and they can draft one of the most versatile options in the draft here. Barton can start his career on the interior, but he has the ability to move outside. He could also play a swing tackle position with the ability to cross-train several positions. Simply put, he adds a ton of versatility to any offensive line.

1.22 Philadelphia Eagles - Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

The Eagles were exposed in the secondary last season, and they need immediate help. McKinstry was found to have a Jones fracture in his right foot at the NFL Combine, which stopped him from participating. That said, heís expected to be ready for the start of the season. There was a case to be made for him being the best cornerback in this draft at one point, and Philadelphia is getting a high-upside option here, even if he comes with some risk.

1.23 Minnesota Vikings - Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Truth be told, I donít believe Minnesota is likely to have this pick on draft night. Theyíre most likely going to use it to trade up for J.J. McCarthy, but that isnít the case in this draft. Instead, they add another dominant receiver to pair with Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison. K.J. Osborn is out of town, but Thomas is a wide receiver who can play a dominant WR2 role with Jefferson being the top option and Addison playing mostly out of the slot. Overall, this pick would give Minnesota arguably the best wide receiver room in the NFL for their rookie QB.

1.24 Dallas Cowboys - Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Cowboys have the ability to solidify their tackle positions for years to come with this pick. They need help, and Guyton can pair with Tyler Smith as a great young tackle duo. Both players have the upside to play left tackle, so there is a bit of safety to having both on the team. This is a pick that comes with upside and a solid floor.

1.25 Green Bay Packers - Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

The Packers let David Bakhtiari go during the offseason, and they absolutely need help along the offensive line. Mims only played right tackle at Georgia, which could hurt his draft stock, but there are reports that teams believe heíll be able to shift to the left side. Regardless, heís an NFL-ready player, who will be able to help this offense from the start of the season. They can shift their line around how they want, but they need to add another body with this pick.

1.26 Tampa Bay Bucs - Chop Robinson, Edge, Penn State

The Bucs could use help in their secondary here, but they can also help their secondary by taking a high-upside pass rusher. Robinson isnít ready to play every down at this point, but he has unteachable characteristics that you often canít get at this point in the draft. He comes with incredible upside down the line, and heís a player who comes with the ability to potentially change the game at the defensive end.

1.27 Arizona Cardinals - Darius Robinson, Edge, Missouri

The Cardinals took Marvin Harrison Jr. with their first overall pick, so they switch to the defensive side of the ball here. Robinson is a versatile option along the defensive line. Heís listed as an edge, but Iím not entirely sure that is the best way to list him. He could stay at end, using his power to rush the quarterback and set the edge. Thereís also a chance that he adds weight and moves inside. His versatility is what could be appealing for Arizona.

1.28 Buffalo Bills - Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Buffalo lost Gabriel Davis in free agency, and they recently traded away Stefon Diggs to Houston. Itís clear that theyíre going to be going after wide receivers in this draft. It all depends on who they want. Mitchell is a smooth option, who has the ability to be a true WR1 at the next level. Thatís likely the most important aspect of this pick at the moment, which is why heís the option over some others.

1.29 Detroit Lions - Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

The Lions could use some help in their secondary, and DeJean is an elite option at this point in the draft. He has all the tools to find success at cornerback, but some people believe he could be a better safety than corner. Detroit needs help at both positions, and the versatility is an added bonus.

1.30 Baltimore Ravens - Byron Murphy, DT, Texas

The Ravens are the type of team that finds a steal no matter where they draft. Thatís the case once again as Murphy comes with the ability to change the game from the defensive tackle position, and itís a position of need for Baltimore. Granted, they could find another wide receiver or cornerback here, but Murphy is too good to pass on at this point.

1.31 San Francisco 49ers - JeríZhan Newton, DT, Illinois

With Javon Kinlaw finding a home with the Jets via free agency, Newton is a player who can immediately come in and make an impact in the run game. He's a bit undersized, but is explosive off the ball which helps him rushing the passer.

1.32 Kansas City Chiefs - Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Kansas City is in need of help with Travis Kelce aging and Rashee Rice being their only other promising option on the outside. Granted, they signed Marquise Brown, but Rice is in some trouble with the law at the moment. Worthy recently broke the 40-yard-dash record (4.21) at the NFL Combine, and heíll be able to take the top off of defenses. Heís an elite fit to go along with Kelce and Riceís skillsets. He also has the versatility to develop into more than a downfield threat for the Chiefs.

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