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2024 Mock Draft - ROUND 1

Updated 4/18/24
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*Pre-Week 18 stats used to account for key starters sitting...

 

 

1) Bears (Via Panthers) - Caleb Williams | 6'1 | 215 | QB | USC 

No explanation needed here, as they clearly are going QB.

 

Needs: QB, EDGE, WR, DT

OFFENSE - Ranked 28th in Passing, 24th in Sacks Allowed, 2nd in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 18th in Passing, 30th in Sacks, 1st in Rushing Yards

2) Commanders - Jayden Daniels | 6'3 | 210 | QB | LSU

Like the Bears, everything points to a QB in this slot.

Needs: QB, O-Line, CB, 

OFFENSE - Ranked 12th in Passing, 28th in Sacks Allowed, 24th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 30th in Passing, 21st in Sacks, 25th in Rushing Yards

3) Patriots - Drake Maye | 6'4 | 225 | QB | North Carolina

Maye is QB3 on my board, as I just see too much Daniel Jones type of play from him. That said, seeing him come off the board here isn't a stretch by any means. The Patriots hope he can turn things around. 

Needs: QB, WR, OT, CB, TE

OFFENSE - Ranked 25th in Passing, 19th in Sacks Allowed, 25th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 13th in Passing, 27th in Sacks, 2nd in Rushing Yards

4) Cardinals - Marvin Harrison Jr. | 6'3 | 209 | WR | Ohio State

This draft is stupid deep when it comes to WR talent, so if the Cards think the separation of talent isn't too wide, they could certainly trade down and get more picks. However, they already have a ton of picks, and MHJ is special. 

Needs: WR, DT, CB, EDGE, RB

OFFENSE - Ranked 30th in Passing, 21st in Sacks Allowed, 6th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 12th in Passing, 29th in Sacks, 32nd in Rushing Yards

5) Chargers - Malik Nabers | 6'0 | 200 | WR | LSU

Harbaugh loves the ground and pound agenda, but it was something the Chargers O-line proved unworthy of doing in 2023. So, Alt could be in play here. However, this team just lost Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. They need to replace at lest one of them, and Nabers is a great option.

Needs: WR, CB, O-Line, DT

OFFENSE - Ranked 11th in Passing, 16th in Sacks Allowed, 26th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 31st in Passing, 6th in Sacks, 16th in Rushing Yards

6) Vikings (via Giants) - J.J. McCarthy | 6'3 | 219 | QB | Michigan

The Vikings package their 1st-rounders to secure the services of McCarthy.

Needs: QB, CB, RB, DT, OG

OFFENSE - Ranked 5th in Passing, 23rd in Sacks Allowed, 27th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 20th in Passing, 14th in Sacks, 9th in Rushing Yards

7) Titans - Joe Alt | 6'8 | 315 | OT | Notre Dame

Tennessee is another team desperate for O-line help. Alt is the nation's best OT, someone who'd bolster them up front.

Needs: OT, EDGE, S, LB, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 24th in Passing, 30th in Sacks Allowed, 18th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 17th in Passing, 12th in Sacks, 14th in Rushing Yards

8) Falcons - Dallas Turner | 6'3 | 247 | EDGE | Alabama

The Falcons need to add more edge depth and firepower. Turner put up explosive numbers at the combine (4.46-40, 40.5 vertical), good enough to cement himself into top-10 consideration.  

Needs: EDGE, CB, OT, DT

OFFENSE - Ranked 22nd in Passing, 15th in Sacks Allowed, 8th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 6th in Passing, 22nd in Sacks, 19th in Rushing Yards

 

9) Bears - Rome Odunze | 6'3 | 212 | WR | Washington 

No matter who's tossing the rock for the Bears, they need get him more help in order to climb out of the passing-yard basement. Keenan Allen is a huge get, but they get even better here.

Needs: QB, EDGE, WR, DT

OFFENSE - Ranked 28th in Passing, 24th in Sacks Allowed, 2nd in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 18th in Passing, 30th in Sacks, 1st in Rushing Yards

 

10) Jets - Brock Bowers | 6'3 | 243 | TE | Georgia

The Jets fortified their O-line in free agency, so the can look elsewhere if they so choose. Bowers is one of the nation's best prospects, regardless of position. He'd give this passing attack a boost.

Needs: O-Line, WR, S, TE

OFFENSE - Ranked 26th in Passing, 31st in Sacks Allowed, 28th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 4th in Passing, 16th in Sacks, 24th in Rushing Yards

11) Giants (via Vikings) - Quinyon Mitchell | 6'0 | 195 | CB | Toledo

The Giants trade down and still get a great, CB1 for their squad with this selection. 

Needs: QB, WR, CB, OG

OFFENSE - Ranked 32nd in Passing, 32nd in Sacks Allowed, 16th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 19th in Passing, 30th in Sacks, 29th in Rushing Yards

12) Broncos - Jared Verse | 6'4 | 253 | DE | Florida State 

The Broncos have a ton of needs, so they should address one of them by selecting the best option available. Opinions vary on Verse, but when he's on, he's a bear to hem up. 

Needs: QB, CB, EDGE, DT, WR

OFFENSE - Ranked 27th in Passing, 27th in Sacks Allowed, 17th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 24th in Passing, 23rd in Sacks, 31st in Rushing Yards

13 Raiders - Taliese Fuaga | 6'6 | 334 | RT/OG | Oregon State

The Raiders could target one of few different positions here, and their need for a new RT might be the greatest. Fuaga is a big-bodied mauler who'd be a nice starter right out the gate. 

Needs: QB, OT, CB, RB, DT

OFFENSE - Ranked 23rd in Passing, 12th in Sacks Allowed, 30th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 10th in Passing, 19th in Sacks, 22nd in Rushing Yards

14) Saints - Troy Fautanu | 6'4 | 317 | LT/OG | Washington

Fautanu is a great player with plus versatility. The fans should love hearing his name called, as he's a mauler with a nasty disposition. 

Needs: O-Line, DT, EDGE, WR

OFFENSE - Ranked 15th in Passing, 7th in Sacks Allowed, 21st in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 7th in Passing, 28th in Sacks, 21st in Rushing Yards

15) Colts - Terrion Arnold | 6'0 | 190 | CB | Alabama

The Colts' 2023 leading WR was Michael Pitman Jr., who was sitting as a FA. He was franchise tagged, so the team can focus on another need. CB help is needed, whilst Arnold is a great player.

Needs: CB, S, EDGE, WR, TE

OFFENSE - Ranked 20th in Passing, 18th in Sacks Allowed, 13th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 16th in Passing, 5th in Sacks, 27th in Rushing Yards

16) Seahawks - Olu Fashanu | 6'6 | 323 | OT | Penn State

The Seahawks will most likely be looking at getting a trench player with this selection. Fashaanu is a top-15 player on many boards. Given his potential and how much help is needed across the O-line, he works nicely here.

Needs: O-line, LB, DT, CB, TE

OFFENSE - Ranked 13th in Passing, 14th in Sacks Allowed, 29th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 21st in Passing, 8th in Sacks, 30th in Rushing Yards

17) Jaguars - Brian Thomas Jr. | 6'3 | 209 | WR | LSU

Thomas Jr. is a fantastic WR, arguably possessing top-10 talent. In most any other draft, he's not on the board here. Calvin Ridely Jr. led the team in receiving yards and TDs, but is now a Titan. Jones and Kirk have both been bitten by the injury bug. Talent meets depth need. 

Needs: WR, DT, O-Line, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 9th in Passing, 21st in Sacks Allowed, 23rd in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 26th in Passing, 25th in Sacks, 8th in Rushing Yards

18) Bengals - JC Latham | 6'6 | 335 | OT/OG | Alabama 

Protecting Joe Burrow has to be the team's top priority. Jonah Williams is gone, making matters worse up front. Latham is a massive talent who can line up outside or inside. If he falls here, he may be too good to pass up.

Needs: D-line, O-Line, WR, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 10th in Passing, 26th in Sacks Allowed, 32nd in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 29th in Passing, 15th in Sacks, 26th in Rushing Yards

19) Rams - Laiatu Latu | 6'5 | 259 | EDGE | UCLA

The loss of Aaron Donald hurts, so much so that they might go with Byron Murphy here. However, this draft is much deeper at DT than it is EDGE. Given how highly ranked Latu is, he gets the nod.

Needs: DT, EDGE, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 8th in Passing, 8th in Sacks Allowed, 10th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 22nd in Passing, 25th in Sacks, 12th in Rushing Yards

20) Steelers - Graham Barton | 6'5 | 314 | O-line | Duke 

The Steelers would be wise to add some O-line depth here if possible. Fortunate for them, the nation's most versatile O-lineman falls into their laps. 

   

Needs: O-Line, WR

OFFENSE - Ranked 29th in Passing, 9th in Sacks Allowed, 12th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 23rd in Passing, 13th in Sacks, 18th in Rushing Yards

21) Dolphins - Byron Murphy II | 6'1 | 297 | DT | Texas 

The Dolphins signed a bunch of D-linemen to help fill the Wilkins'' void, but said signings have been mediocre at best. Meanwhile, Murphy has a very high ceiling.

Needs: DT, EDGE, O-Line, WR

OFFENSE - Ranked 1st in Passing, 5th in Sacks Allowed, 5th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 14th in Passing, 4th in Sacks, 14th in Rushing Yards

22) Eagles - Nate Wiggins | 6'1 | 173 | CB | Clemson

The Eagles desperately need to address their pass defense in order for them to make another run at making the Super Bowl. Wiggins is on the frail side, but he's wicked fast and provides stick coverage.

Needs: S, CB, LB

OFFENSE - Ranked 18th in Passing, 10th in Sacks Allowed, 9th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 28th in Passing, 18th in Sacks, 11th in Rushing Yards

23) Giants (via Vikings, Texans, Browns) - Jer'Zhan Newton | 6'2 | 295 | DT | Illinois

The Giants were flat bad in stopping the run and creating sacks. Newton is a stout player who can help them in both regards.

Needs: QB, WR, CB, OG

OFFENSE - Ranked 32nd in Passing, 32nd in Sacks Allowed, 16th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 19th in Passing, 30th in Sacks, 29th in Rushing Yards

24) Cowboys - Jackson Powers-Johnson | 6'3 | 334 | C/OG | Oregon 

Tyron Smith did end up leaving, so the the team will most likely have Tyler Smith fill that void. They do have  hole at center, however. JPJ can play there or kick one spot over to OG.

Needs: O-line, RB, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 3rd in Passing, 17th in Sacks Allowed, 14th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 5th in Passing, 17th in Sacks, 21st in Rushing Yards

25) Packers - Kool-Aid McKinstry | 6'1 | 195 | CB | Alabama

The Packers will be looking to add some secondary help . McKinstry was once thought of as the nation's top, draft-eligible CB. While he no longer carries that clout, he's still a 1st-Rounder.

Needs: O-Line, CB

OFFENSE - Ranked 17th in Passing, 3rd in Sacks Allowed, 15th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 11th in Passing, 20th in Sacks, 28th in Rushing Yards

26) BuccaneersCooper DeJean | 6'1 | 209 | CB/S | Iowa

The Bucs are yet another team that needs help in their secondary. As it stands now, their pass defense is the most suspect, so they add a gifted player that can play CB or SAF. 

Needs: CB, EDGE, O-Line, WR

OFFENSE - Ranked 16th in Passing, 11th in Sacks Allowed, 31st in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 32nd in Passing, 11th in Sacks, 6th in Rushing Yards

27)  Cardinals (via Texans) - Chop Robinson | 6'3 | 254 | DE/EDGE | Penn State

The Cardinals have gobs of needs, but I think their biggest focus will be getting talented guys that fit their scheme while addressing weaknesses. Robinson is a good choice here, as he can create pressure off the edge.

Needs: WR, DT, CB, EDGE, RB

OFFENSE - Ranked 30th in Passing, 21st in Sacks Allowed, 6th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 12th in Passing, 29th in Sacks, 32nd in Rushing Yards

28) Bills - Adonai Mitchell | 6'4 | 195 | WR | Texas

The Bills are a great team, but they need more reliable targets, especially now that Diggs is gone. Mitchell has gobs of talent, could be a difference maker for them.

Needs: CB, S, WR, C

OFFENSE - Ranked 15th in Passing, 1st in Sacks Allowed, 7th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 8th in Passing, 3rd in Sacks, 15th in Rushing Yards

29) Lions - Keon Coleman | 6'3 | 215 | WR | Florida State

The Lions were a great success story this year, but they need just a bit more to take over then NFC. Coleman isn't a blazer, but he's a big body who wins in contested situations. He fills a void at the position.

Needs: CB, OG, EDGE

OFFENSE - Ranked 6th in Passing, 4th in Sacks Allowed, 4th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 25th in Passing, 26th in Sacks, 5th in Rushing Yards

30) Ravens - Amarius Mims | 6'7 | 340 | OT | Georgia

The Ravens are looking a little suspect across their O-line, so if a gifted prospect falls into their laps, I see them pulling the trigger. Mims comes with question marks, but his ceiling is high. 

Needs: WR, CB, OT, OG

OFFENSE - Ranked 21st in Passing, 13th in Sacks Allowed, 1st in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 9th in Passing, 1st in Sacks, 13th in Rushing Yards

31) 49ers - Tyler Guyton | 6'7 | 327 | RT | Oklahoma

The 49ers are another team that will be looking for O-line help.  Guyton is another raw prospect who could become great in time. 

Needs: O-Line, CB, DT, EDGE, RB

OFFENSE - Ranked 2nd in Passing, 6th in Sacks Allowed, 3rd in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 15th in Passing, 9th in Sacks, 3rd in Rushing Yards

32) Chiefs - Xavier Worthy | 5'11 | 165 | WR | Texas

One would think that the Chiefs will keep the pipe wet with receiving talent. The rich get richer here

Needs: WR, OT, CB, DT, EDGE

OFFENSE - Ranked 7th in Passing, 2nd in Sacks Allowed, 19th in Rushing Yards

DEFENSE - Ranked 3rd in Passing, 2nd in Sacks, 17th in Rushing Yards

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