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Mock Draft 1.0


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With the Super Bowl set, Draft Nation is releasing its first mock draft for the 2024 NFL Draft. This mock does not contain trades and is just a straightforward draft from 1-32. We do not expect this to be the finished product and we will be on weekly to make changes. Trades will happen and players will change their outlooks at the combine, so take this mock draft with a grain of salt. 



1) Chicago Bears (via Carolina)- WR- Marvin Harrison Jr.- Ohio State


This is a “no trade” mock draft and Draft Nation really does believe the Chicago Bears can turn this ship around by keeping Justin Fields and doing their due diligence on picks 1 and 9. By taking Marvin Harrison, Jr. the Bears will be selecting the best receiver to come out since— Larry Fitzgerald in 2004? Harrison, Jr. and D.J. Moore will make one of the best 1–2 combos in the game and help improve Fields numbers greatly. Caleb Williams is not a sure bet, and Chicago doesn't want to take a step back and have to wait again on a young quarterback to find his legs.


2) Washington Commanders- QB- Caleb Williams- USC


If Chicago does go with Caleb Williams, this should be either quarterback Jayden Daniels of LSU or Drake Maye of North Carolina. But with Williams falling to pick #2, the Commanders select the highly touted rookie to take over for the inconsistent Sam Howell. Howell had moments where he looked capable but his 21 interceptions were a big reason Washington finished 4-13.


3) New England Patriots- QB- Jayden Daniels- LSU


The Patriots can no longer go with starter Mac Jones. Jones has regressed over the past couple of seasons and the Patriots have a chance to select the hottest prospect on most draft boards. Daniels won the Heisman Trophy in 2023 and his 40 touchdowns and only 4 interceptions in the SEC was very impressive. He goes ahead of Drake Maye.


4) Arizona Cardinals- OT- Olu Fashanu- Penn State


The Cardinals definitely were hoping for Marvin Harrison, Jr. to fall to them at #4 but will go with the best offensive tackle in the draft class to match up with right tackle Paris Johnson. Losing DJ Humphries to a torn ACL has created a huge hole on Kyler Murray’s blind side.


5) LA Chargers- TE- Brock Bowers- Georgia


Jim Harbaugh will want to hook Justin Herbert up with as many weapons as he can, and Brock Bowers has the talent to make plays all over the field. He can line up in every spot in the formation and even be a weapon carrying the ball. Herbert to Bowers should be a consistent connection for several years to come.


6) New York Giants- QB- Drake Maye- North Carolina


The Giants have lost trust in Daniel Jones and jump all over the chance to select Drake Maye. The Giants have many other needs but selecting Maye will solidify their quarterback position and he is mentally tough enough to go through the rigors of a tough season or two in New York. 


7) Tennessee Titans- OT- Joe Alt- Notre Dame


The Titans struggled to protect their young quarterback Will Levis in 2023 and will add Joe Alt to a line that features last year’s #1 pick Peter Skoronksi who was moved inside to guard. They could be tempted at taking a wide receiver here as well with Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze still on the board.



8) Atlanta Falcons- QB- Michael Penix Jr.- Washington


The Falcons need a quarterback to lead their young, explosive offense that consists of Bijan Robinson, Kyle Pitts and Drake London. Penix throws a great deep ball and does a good job of spreading the ball around an offense.


 9) Chicago Bears- CB- Nate Wiggins- Clemson


After already selecting the best wide receiver in the draft class, the Bears select possibly the best cornerback as well. Wiggins will help a defensive backfield that had its issues down the stretch and will be a nice fill-in if Jaylon Johnson walks away as a free agent.


 10) New York Jets- WR- Malik Nabers- LSU


The Jets are going to do something that the Packers never did—get Aaron Rodgers a young, stud receiver in round one. Nabers had an exceptional season at LSU, snaring 89 passes for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns. He will help stretch defenses and open up Garrett Wilson underneath. 


11) Minnesota Vikings- CB- Kool-Aid McKinstry- Alabama


The Vikings need defensive backs, especially a safety. At pick #11, there is no safety worth taking, so Minnesota goes with the highest ceiling cornerback on the board in McKinstry. He is shown all around the first round, but Draft Nation likes him in this spot for the Vikings. Of course, this pick is based on the belief that Kirk Cousins is back for one more season.


 12) Denver Broncos- QB- J.J. McCarthy- Michigan


The Russell Wilson Era is coming to an end and the Denver Broncos select their new field general out of Michigan. J.J. McCarthy may not have the college stats of a Michael Penix or Jayden Daniels but has the type of game that can win in the NFL.


 13) Las Vegas Raiders- QB- Bo Nix- Oregon


13 picks, 6 quarterbacks??? Yep, Las Vegas is yet another team who cannot bet their future on their current quarterbacks, Jimmy Garoppolo and Aidan O’Connell. Garoppolo at 72.5 million is a must cut to help give this team a chance going forward. Nix has come a long way since his early days at Auburn, but still must prove he did not succeed because of the quirky Oregon Ducks offense.

   

14)  New Orleans Saints- WR- Rome Odunze- Washington


The Saints have several needs, but cannot pass on the talented wide receiver who they can match with Chris Olave for a formidable 1-2 punch. Odunze was a deep threat at Washington who also had the talent to make the tough catch over the middle. 


15) Indianapolis Colts- Edge- Dallas Turner- Alabama


The Colts could use a cornerback and will likely pick between edge rush Dallas Turner or his teammate at Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold. Turner more than likely should be off the board earlier but teams are shoring up their quarterbacks in this mock draft. Turner is the best edge rusher in this class, just ahead of Florida State’s Jared Verse.


16) Seattle Seahawks- Edge- Laiatu Latu- UCLA


After not coming off the board for 15 picks, the run on edge rushers is on. The Seahawks lacked a pass rush in 2023 and affected them all over on the defensive side of the ball. Latu is relentless and has the capability to be a game changer off the edge.


17) Jacksonville Jaguars- WR- Keon Coleman- Florida State


Trevor Lawrence gets himself a well deserved burner on the outside in Keon Coleman. The Jaguars lack a definitive #1 receiver and Coleman has a chance to become that with his speed and playmaking ability.


18) Cincinnati Bengals- OT- J.C. Latham- Alabama


With veteran tackle Jonah Williams set to get paid big bucks in free agency, the Bengals are ecstatic to be able to select a tackle with J.C. Latham’s talent at #18.


19) Los Angeles Rams- Edge- Jared Verse- Florida State


The Rams continue to try and get younger on the defensive line as their veterans are in the twilight of their careers. This is a no-brainer for the Rams if the talented Verse drops down to them at #19.


20) Pittsburgh Steelers- OT- Amarius Mims- Georgia


The Steelers can go in a number of different directions and if this plays out they have a decision between Mims and cornerbak Terrion Arnold of Alabama who has surprisingly stayed on the board. The Steelers love the run game and with Broderick Jones being moved to left tackle (where he belongs) the Steelers decide to take care of both tackle spots by drafting his Georgia teammate. Both Dan Moore and Chukwuma Okorafor have been underwhelming to say the least.


 21) Miami Dolphins- OT- Tyler Guyton- Oklahoma


The Dolphins saw what happened when Terron Armstead went down with injuries and their offensive line suffered. They grab their long term plan in Guyton who could fill in right away in case of injuries on the Dolphins line.

 

22) Philadelphia Eagles- CB- Terrion Arnold- Alabama


This could be the steal of round one. The Eagles will jump all over Arnold if he is available at pick #22. The secondary became a liability down the stretch and they will need to replace James Bradbury, Arnold will be a great fit.


23) Houston Texans (via CLE)- OT- Patrick Paul- Houston


The Texans improve the protection of their star quarterback C.J. Stroud with the selection of a hometown kid, Patrick Paul, out of the University of Houston. The Texans have 36 free agents in 2024 and will have needs and holes everywhere. But at the end of the day, protecting Stroud is the first objective.


24) Dallas Cowboys- DT- Jer’Zhan Newton- Illinois


The Cowboys struggled up the middle with their defense in 2023. They could use either a defensive tackle or inside linebacker. With Newton’s overall athleticism and pass rush skills the Cowboys can fill that void up the middle.


25) Green Bay Packers- CB- Kamari Lassiter- Georgia


The Packers have holes at cornerback and safety and this could be a good spot for Tyler Nubin out of Minnesota. Lassiter has the potential to be a shutdown cornerback for Green Bay and help to solidify the position.


26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- G/T- Graham Barton- Duke


The Buccaneers need depth on their offensive line at both tackle and guard, and selecting a player who has the capability to play both makes sense in Barton. Barton can back up for a year of two while adding the depth they have lacked the past couple of years.


27) Arizona Cardinals (via Houston)- WR- Brian Thomas- LSU


After missing out on Marvin Harrison, Jr. at #4 and selecting offensive tackle Olu Fashanu, the Cardinals nab a wide receiver for Kyler Murray at #27. Thomas was overshadowed at LSU by Malik Nabers but is a proficient receiver in his own right. He has excellent body control and is a physical 50/50 receiver that will be put to use in Arizona.


28) Buffalo Bills- S- Kamren Kinchens- Miami, FLA


The Bills have Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde at safety, but both are 33-years-old. Kinchens is a perfect prospect to bring in to play a year or two under these veterans before taking over a starting job.


29) Detroit Lions- CB- Cooper DeJean- Iowa


The Lions have a major need at cornerback and will most likely lose Kindle Vildor to free agency. DeJean has that feel of being a Dan Campbell type player. He plays hard and has produced at Iowa, and can be used in different formations and still be successful.


 30) Baltimore Ravens- T/G- Troy Fautanu- Washington


Both of Baltimore’s starting guards are free agents (John Simpson and Kevin Zeitler) and selecting Fautanu who played tackle at Washington but projects as a guard will help get Baltimore a brawler on the interior.


31) Kansas City Chiefs *- WR- Adonai Mitchell- Texas


Adonai Mitchell had an excellent season in 2023 and overtook teammate Xavier Worthy on most draft boards, including ours. The Chiefs hit on Rashee Rice, but did not on Skyy Moore or Kadarius Toney. Marquez Valdes-Scantling will most likely be a cut due to his high salary.


32)  San Francisco 49ers- *- OT- Jordan Morgan- Arizona


The 49ers' offensive line is aging and they lack depth behind Trent Williams and Colton McKivitz. With so much money tied up in other positions, the 49ers will have to draft to get younger at offensive tackle. Morgan has got the size and speed to be a solid tackle in the NFL.


*- Picks 31 and 32 can still be changed based on the Super Bowl.

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