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2024 Mock Draft - ROUND 1

Updated 9/4/23
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1) Buccaneers (via Cardinals) - Caleb Williams | 6'1 | 220 | QB | USC 

The Bucs would be a prime candidate to acquire this pick, and would select the nation's top-rated QB. This of course assumes that the Mayfield/Trask experiment doesn't work out. 

 

2) Cardinals (via Texans) - Marvin Harrison Jr. | 6'4 | 205 | WR | Ohio State

Now that Nuke Hopkins is gone, the Cardinals lack a true #1 WR. Harrison is a big target who routinely dominates. has shown that he can produce regardless of who's defending him. 

3) Cardinals (via Buccaneers) - Jared Verse | 6'4 | 248 | DE | Florida State 

Cameron Thomas and Myjai Sanders were solid Round-3 selections back in 2022, but neither is expected to replace the production from the departures of  J.J. Watt and Zack Allen. Verse has a high ceiling.

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

The Commanders may need some serious help at their edge position next season, as both Chase Young and Monte Sweat are impending free agents. Tuimoloau is a very gifted prospect who should continue to turn heads, would be a good replacement option.

5) Bears (Via Panthers) - Olu Fashanu | 6'6 | 323 | OT | Penn State 

Justin Fields was mighty dangerous using his legs last season, but the Bears need a better game plan to ensure his health longer term. Fashanu is a great option. 

6) Colts - JC Latham | 6'6 | 335 | OT | Alabama

The Colts are another team that really struggled to keep defenders out of their backfill last season. Anthony Richardson's mobility should help matters, but they have to make sure he has ample protection. 

7) Raiders - Kool-Aid McKinstry | 6'1 | 195 | CB | Alabama

If Jimmy G. comes back from his injury in great or even good fashion, the Raiders will most likely look at a position other than QB here. McKinstry could end up being the nation's top cover-man. 

8) Rams - Joe Alt | 6'7 | 315 | LT | Notre Dame

The Rams gave up a slew of sacks last season, with Steve Avilla being the only notable addition to their O-line. Unless they have a major turn around in this department, I could see an OT going here. 

9) Packers - Dallas Turner | 6'4 | 242 | EDGE/LB | Alabama

If the Packers land anywhere in the top ten of the draft, then one would have to assume that Jordan Love isn't in their long term plans. However, they'll have to look elsewhere with this selection.

10) Patriots - Emeka Eguba | 6'1 | 205 | WR | Ohio State

The Patriots have a collection of cast-offs within their WR room, none of which could be seen as a true number one target. Egube is very gifted. 

11) Titans - Brock Bowers | 6'4 | 235 | TE | Georgia

The Titans aren't stellar at the TE position, but even if they were, it'd be hard to see them passing on Bowers if he fell here. He's an amazing weapon who can do it all, would make an team's offense better. 

12) Bears - Rome Odunze | 6'3 | 200 | WR | Washington

It's well known that the Bears need to improve their passing game. While they appear to have the requisite talent at the WR position to make it happen, they'll be looking for more help if things don't click in 2023.

13) Falcons - Bralen Trice | 6'4 | 267 | DE | Washington

Calais Campbell has been great for years, but he's not expected back after this season. Trice is a gifted pass-rusher with sand in his pants against the run. He'd fill in well. 

14) Steelers - J.T. Tuimoloau | 6'4 | 270 | DE | Ohio State

Markus Golden may end up being a decent pick up to operate as a third pass-rusher off the edge, but he's a 1-year option. Meanwhile, Alex Highsmith is also an UFA. Turner is a gifted player to fill at least one of the stated voids.  

15) Giants - Jer'Zhan Newton | 6'2 | 295 | DT | Illinois 

The Giants inked Dexter Lawrence to a big deal, but Leonard Williams is an UFA. Even if they are able to retain him, they'll be looking for some younger, cheaper depth. 

16) Broncos - Maason Smith | 6'6 | 315 | DT | LSU 

The Broncos could use this selection to address one of many needs, but simply may opt to go with the best player available on their board. Smith is a huge dude who's  poised to have a big year, could establish himself as DT1.

17) Texans (via Browns) - Kalen King | 5'11 | 188 | CB | Penn State

The Texans might be ok at the CB position right now, but going forward they need some quality depth there. Kalen King should be able to solidify himself as a Round-1 CB. 

18) Chargers - TreVeyon Henderson | 5'10 | 215 | RB | Ohio State

Austin Ekeler is a very good RB, but he's currently sitting as an UFA, without much proven talent on the roster backing him up. Henderson is yet another Buckeye who should get early attention.

19) Seahawks - Quinn Ewers | 6'2 | 205 | QB | Texas

Geno Smith is just fine for now, but the Seahawks would be smart to onboard his understudy now, prepare him for the future to come. Ewers is expected to have a Round-1 caliber type of year. 

20) Jets - Kingsley Suamataia | 6'5 | 320 | LT | BYU

The Jets have struggled to find answers across their O-line. Mekhi Becton is now a back-up, and Duane Brown is an old UFA. Suamatia may certainly be a reach here, but the Jets are needy for help.

21) Vikings - Jeremiah Trotter | 6'0 | 230 | LB | Clemson

Kirk Cousins will be playing under the final year of his contract, but it wouldn't shock me to see him back for another year or two. Trotter is a very good LB, so they draft him to pace their defense for years to come. 

22) Saints - Barret Carter | 6'1 | 225 | LB | Clemson

The Saints' LB corps needs an infusion of young talent, or at the very least more credible depth. Carter is on the small size, but he gushes athleticism and should test out very well. 

23) Jaguars - Michael Hall | 6'2 | 285 | DT | Ohio State 

The Jaguars may be looking to get younger at the DT position, or at a minimum add depth. 

24) 49ers - Sedrick Van Pran | 6'4 | 310 | C | Georgia

The rich get richer here. Van Pran is the nation's best pivot man,, and it's not even close at this juncture. Jake Brendel has been a solid veteran, but would be upstaged in this scenario. 

25) Dolphins - Cooper Beebe | 6'4 | 330 | OG/OT | Kansas State

Despite trying to fortify their O-line via the draft and free agency, the Dolphins have proven to fall short. Beebe is an absolute dawg, would seemingly start right out of the gate at LG.

26) Lions - Cooper DeJean | 6'1 | 209 | CB | Iowa

It wouldn't surprise me to see the Lions grab a QB like Nix or McCarthy here if either looks the part this year. However, I think Hendon Hooker could end up being a starter for them. Instead, they grab some much needed depth at CB. 

27) Ravens - Xazier Worthy | 6'1 | 165 | WR | Texas

Zay Flowers should end up being a great sparkplug for the Ravens, but their WR corps still lacks future depth. Worthy is undersized, but very dangerous, making for a deadly duo.

28) Bills - Andrew Mukuba | 6'0 | 185 | SAF | Clemson

The Bills are a stacked team with a great defense. That said, they a very thin at the safety position when it comes to long term depth. Mukuba is great at the position, will challenge to be the first one taken in this draft. 

29) Cowboys - Denzel Burke | 6'1 | 180 | CB | Ohio State

The Cowboys will most likely go with the best player available here, agnostic of his position. If they guy ends up being at a spot where they do need depth, it'll be a no-brainer. Burks will get many Round-1 looks. 

30) Bengals - Donovan Jackson | 6'4 | 300 | OG | Ohio State 

Keeping Joe Burrow safe and out of harm's way will continue to be a priority for this team. Jackson is the OG1 on many draft boards, would be a welcomed in-state addition. 

31) Chiefs - Malik Nabers | 6'0 | 195 | WR | LSU

The Chiefs' passing game should be very good again in 2023. However, they know the importance of keeping the WR pipeline wet. Nabers celebrated a great season in 2022, should be a top pick if he repeats. 

32) Eagles - Raheim Sanders | 6'2 | 225 | RB | Arkansas

The Eagles have a collection of adequate RBs, but three of them are sitting as UFA's. While they of course could re-sign all of them, Sanders would be a big upgrade, making them even deadlier.

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