Do you feel and hear that? The sun bearing down, whistles are being blown, and shoulder pads are being buckled. It is football season! Training camp is firing up this week and I felt it was fitting to drop my first official early 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Let’s have some fun!
Reminder: The draft order for this 2024 NFL Mock Draft is determined by current 2023 Super Bowl odds, adjusted to represent the proper amount of AFC and NFC teams for each playoff round (i.e. how the real draft order is determined at season’s end).
2024 NFL Mock Draft
1. Arizona Cardinals
Caleb Williams QB, USC
Out goes Kyler Murray, in comes Caleb Williams. Williams is viewed as one of the best QB prospects we’ve seen in the last decade. His combination of arm talent, escapability, and wizardry is enticing for a franchise looking to turn the corner after years of mediocrity. Resetting in the front office, coaching staff, and now at QB is a step in the right direction.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via ARI/HOU)*
Drake Maye QB, North Carolina
Traded from Arizona
The Buccaneers’ brass bypassed adding any available QB talent during the 2023 NFL Draft. This will not repeat itself in 2024. Drake Maye is the consensus QB2 behind Caleb Williams. Maye is a three-level passer with the athleticism to force defenses to play 11-on-11. Adding him to an offense with talented weapons is sure to put Tampa Bay back in contention for the NFC South.
3. Indianapolis Colts
Olu Fashanu OT, Penn State
Anthony Richardson is set to be the Colts’ QB for the foreseeable future. Improving the protection of his blindside is paramount. Olu Fashanu is an outstanding athlete and mover on the front line. Giving Richardson more time in clean pockets only helps his development as a pocket passer.
4. Arizona Cardinals (via TB)*
Marvin Harrison Jr. WR, Ohio State
Traded from Tampa Bay
Doubling up with Williams and a new number-one wide receiver is a huge pull for Arizona. Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best WR prospect since the likes of Ja’Marr Chase. His route-running, ability to separate, and ball skills are top of the class. He and Williams will create a dynamic duo in the desert for years to come.
5. Tennessee Titans
Jared Verse EDGE, Florida State
Can the Titans draft a quarterback three years in a row? Absolutely not lol. They will add the best EDGE on the board in FSU’s Jared Verse. He was a projected top-20 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft before returning to school. He’d bring speed, power, and tenacity off the edge for the Titans’ defense.
6. Los Angeles Rams
Quinn Ewers QB, Texas
Sean McVay goes from Jared Goff to Matthew Stafford to Quinn Ewers? This sounds like a great problem to have if you ask me. Picturing Ewers in the outstanding scheme McVay runs is a match made in heaven. His pacing, touch, and flashes of accuracy would mesh well with this offense.
7. Las Vegas Raiders
Joe Milton III QB, Tennessee
First SHOCK pick of this 2024 NFL mock draft?? I am sure it is. Joe Milton III is one of the more toolsy QB prospects we have seen. The combination of height, weight, athleticism, and elite arm talent cannot be taught. The Raiders need a QB of the future and if Milton can have anywhere near the season Hendon Hooker had in the Volunteers offense with his tools/traits, he can be Las Vegas’ answer.
8. Washington Commanders
Brock Bowers TE, Georgia
The Commanders have a new offensive coordinator/assistant head coach and, most importantly, a new owner at the helm. Positive changes keep coming with the selection of Brock Bowers. Bowers would give Eric Bieniemy his athletic pass-catching tight end to fill the Travis Kelce role in Washington’s offense. This bodes well for Sam Howell to have a complete arsenal of weaponry at his disposal.
9. Chicago Bears
Emeka Egbuka WR, Ohio State
Justin Fields receives more explosiveness in the wide receiver room with this pick. Emeka Egbuka has the talent to be a strong WR2 at worst in the NFL. There is an upside as a WR1. He would pair well with D.J. Moore to create a dynamic duo for Fields to attack defenses vertically.
10. Chicago Bears (via CAR)
Chop Robinson EDGE, Penn State
The Bears use back-to-back picks to add more explosiveness to their roster, this time with EDGE Chop Robinson. Robinson will give them a go-to pass rusher to hopefully fill the void still vacant after the Khalil Mack trade. Robinson is an ascending edge defender in college football.
11. New England Patriots
Amarius Mims OT, Georgia
Did you run to Google to find out who this prospect is? If so, I do not blame you. Amarius Mims is a physically-gifted OT prospect. He is strong/physical and athletic to work in multiple run schemes. Bill Belichick likes to run the football and Mims will help in that department greatly.
12. Atlanta Falcons
Jack Sawyer EDGE, Ohio State
The Falcons continue to seek help to rush the passer. Jack Sawyer is a member of one of the best defensive lines in college football. His motor, quickness, and hand usage show what he can become. Falcons need a true edge presence and Sawyer has the makings of a player to fill that role.
13. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jeremiah Trotter Jr. LB, Clemson
The Steelers could use an upgrade at the middle linebacker position. Jeremiah Trotter Jr. has football bloodlines with his father playing 11 years in the NFL. Trotter Jr. is instinctive, athletic, and a tackling machine. His leadership fits in on a Mike Tomlin-coached defense.
14. Denver Broncos
Sedrick Van Pran-Granger IOL, Georgia
Sean Payton has to fix a lot on the Broncos’ offense. Even if Russell Wilson rebounds, improving the offensive line remains a high priority. Sedrick Van Pran-Granger is a battle-tested champion that brings leadership and communication to the offensive line. He can operate well within a zone-based blocking scheme and is athletic to get out as a lead blocker in space. Payton gets the “QB” of his offensive line with this pick.
15. New York Giants
Johnny Wilson WR, Florida State
Daniel Jones received his payday this offseason. To ensure the Giants get the full return on their investment, adding as much talent around Jones as possible is essential. Johnny Wilson is a 6-foot-7, 230-pound target that moves well at his size to play wide receiver. Pairing him and tight end Darren Waller would give Jones a duo of window-extending weapons to work with in Brian Daboll’s offense.
16. Green Bay Packers
Joe Alt OT, Notre Dame
David Bakhtiari has battled injuries since late 2020. If the Packers feel this trend does not improve, they can opt to find a replacement through the draft. Notre Dame LT Joe Alt is a massive human being with solid footwork. Alt makes rushers’ lives difficult with his frame and ability to meet them at the apex of their rush. He is still developing technically but the foundation is set for a potential long-term starting OT in the NFL.
17. Houston Texans (via CLE)
Kool-Aid McKinstry CB, Alabama
Head coach DeMeco Ryans is one of the best defensive minds in the NFL. He has two foundational building pieces in his secondary but let’s fill out the plan. Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry is an impressive man-to-man cornerback. He has a good combination of height, weight, and wingspan. Pairing him with Derek Stingley Jr. and Jalen Pitre would give Ryans one of the more talented young secondaries in the league.
18. Miami Dolphins
JC Latham OT, Alabama
The Dolphins will go as far as Tua Tagovailoa can take them. Protecting his blindside as a left-handed passer is important. Alabama RT JC Latham can step in as a day-one starter opposite of Terron Armstead and give Tagovailoa the protection he needs.
19. New Orleans Saints
Donovan Jackson IOL, Ohio State
The Cesar Ruiz experiment has not provided great results for the Saints. After paying Derek Carr to be their starting quarterback, ensuring he is protected along the interior offensive line makes sense. Donovan Jackson is tough and quick off the ball. He has the traits to step into camp and battle for the starting gig right away.
20. Minnesota Vikings
J.T. Tuimoloau EDGE, Ohio State
Za’Darius Smith was released this offseason and signed with the Cleveland Browns. This left a need on the edge opposite of Danielle Hunter. J.T. Tuimoloau is a well-built athletic and versatile edge defender. He plays the run and pass well to make his impact felt. He can help improve one of the lesser defensive units in the league.
21. Seattle Seahawks
Christian Mahogany IOL, Boston College
The Seahawks know who their QB is and that’s half the battle. Improving the offensive line to protect Geno Smith and open running lanes is vital to their success. Christian Mahogany was viewed as one of the top IOL prospects for the 2023 NFL Draft. His movement skills, functional strength, etc. keep him in that regard for the 2024 class as well.
22. Los Angeles Chargers
Tyleik Williams IDL, Ohio State
The Chargers continue to struggle with opposing rushing attacks. Adding more talent on the interior defensive line is sure to help. Tyleik Williams is a big, physical defender with impressive quickness/twitch in his lower body. He works into lanes and the backfield to create pressure quickly. There is a three-down upside with Williams that should make the Chargers’ defensive staff happy.
23. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jason Marshall Jr. CB, Florida
Offensively, the Jaguars are in a nice place. Defensively, there is still room for improvement. Jason Marshall Jr. gives them an athletic press-man corner that plays with the swag and confidence needed at the position. Jacksonville’s pass rush is expected to take a jump and the secondary will need to follow suit as well.
24. Baltimore Ravens
Denzel Burke CB, Ohio State
If there is any spot on the Ravens’ defense that worries me, it is their secondary. Marlon Humphrey and Rock Ya-Sin are a good starting duo but what about depth? Denzel Burke is still developing from a technical aspect, but his tools cannot be denied. He has the ability to play tight man-to-man coverage on the outside.
25. Detroit Lions
Kalen King CB, Penn State
The Lions made necessary changes to their defensive secondary this offseason. Is it enough? I don’t think so. Adding Kalen King gives defensive coordinator Aaron Glen a physical-hitting, sticky cover corner. King plays with patience, toughness, and competitiveness all around. This move only elevates the Lions’ defense heading into 2024.
26. New York Jets
Patrick Paul OT, Houston
Mekhi Becton has yet to be reliable since his promising start as a rookie. Even if he stays healthy, their other starting OT, Duane Brown, is closing in on 38 years old. Patrick Paul has scouts buzzing with his outstanding physical stature and tools. The Jets need more youth and talent at the OT position and Paul offers that.
27. Dallas Cowboys
Malik Nabers WR, LSU
The Cowboys must give Dak Prescott as much help as possible. Malik Nabers is an explosive and tough wideout. He can move all around the offensive formation. I love the potential of pairing him with CeeDee Lamb, giving Prescott a nice 1-2 punch at wide receiver.
28. Cincinnati Bengals
Calen Bullock SAF, USC
Jessie Bates III was not brought back this offseason as he departed for Atlanta. If Dax Hill is going to be more of the versatile/hybrid strong safety, Calen Bullock would be an ideal fit as their rangy free safety. Bullock is a big-play eraser in the back end. He would only help increase the impact of the Bengals’ tough defense.
29. San Francisco 49ers
Jordan Morgan OT, Arizona
You can never have too many good offensive tackles. Jordan Morgan is a tough, strong, and athletic OL prospect. I believe he can play on the right side of the OL if needed. The 49ers need to build the best possible front line regardless of who is under center. Morgan will work nicely in their zone running scheme and on the perimeter in pass pro.
30. Buffalo Bills
Tommy Eichenberg LB, Ohio State
The Bills lost Tremaine Edmunds to the Chicago Bears during free agency. Time to replace him with one of the best inside linebackers in college football in this NFL mock draft. Tommy Eichenberg is an impressive defender that reminds me of the throwback linebackers of the past. He’s athletic enough to make plays on the perimeter and as a spot dropper in zone coverage. Head coach Sean McDermott would enjoy having Eichenberg lead his defensive front.
31. Philadelphia Eagles
Xavier Worthy WR, Texas
Quez Watkins is an ok WR3, but he should not stop the Eagles from adding an explosive and dynamic player like Xavier Worthy to the mix. Worthy can work on the outside and in the slot. His speed only makes Jalen Hurts and this offense even more scary and potent!
32. Kansas City Chiefs
Maason Smith IDL, LSU
Chris Jones is 1A-1B with Aaron Donald in regard to the best defensive tackles in football. That said, Maason Smith has the size/frame and athleticism to be a highly-disruptive defensive tackle. Putting him alongside Jones seems incredibly unfair.
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