2024 nfl mock draft

published on 10/25/2023

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Round 1

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1. Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Until draft night in april we'll be discussing whether Caleb Williams or Drake Maye will be the number one overall pick.

Williams was the favorite before the season started but this year he's been less dominant.

It will all depend on what the team picking first wants in a QB since both guys have different strenghts.

It's unfair to compare a rookie with Patrick Mahomes but Williams can make those ad lib big plays.

Maye on the other hand has more composure in the pocket, throws more accurately and will make less turnover worthy plays.

I'm giving Williams the slight edge at the moment because I think his ceiling is higher.

2. Cardinals: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

The Cardinals have Kyler Murray on a big contract but that deal was negotiated by the former regime.

If the Cardinals end up with a top two pick I see them moving on to a new guy under center.

Murray is anything but a leader, he's injury prone and as a mobile QB he might be over his athletic peak when the Cardinals have rebuilt this roster.

That's why they can bite the bullet on Murray's dead cap when they trade him.

3. Bears: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The word generational talent is used way too much. But Marvin Harrison will be a top 10 receiver the moment he enters the league.

The Bears badly need a left tackle but I just can't see them passing on such an elite prospect.

4. Broncos: Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

The edge class is deep this year but there's one guy standing out. Laiatu Latu combines great technique with athletic traits.

The only downside is the strange story of his medical history. While at Washington the medical staff didn't clear him for play. He quit football but eventually landed at UCLA where he did get medically approved.

Some NFL teams might remove him from their draft boards because of this.

5. Giants: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

If Brock Bowers entered the league today his height and weight would rate at the bottom 10 percent for tight ends.

But Bowers isn't a normal tight end. While he is a willing blocker he lines up in the slot or outside half the time. He's a phenomenal pass catcher and has tremendous football IQ.

An offensive guru like Brian Daboll could unlock his full potential and give Daniel Jones an amazing target.

6. Patriots: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Both tackle spots are up for grabs in New England. Joe Alt isn't my favourite tackle prospect in this class but he would be a great fit in New England on the right side of the line as a run blocker.

7. Vikings: Jared Verse, DE, Florida State

The Vikings are blitzing almost 60% of the time because they can't generate much pressure otherwise.

Kirk Cousins will probably be gone after this season so the rebuild is finally on in Minnesota. Meaning Danielle Hunter will probably be traded soon.

Jared Verse is a high floor prospect with excellent strenght. He would be a great building block for this defensive line.

8. Titans: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

The OT-class is loaded this year and a lot of analysts have different guys at different spots. It will be interesting to see where all of these will end up.

The Titans are rebuilding their O-line. Last year they got Peter Skoronski. He plays guard for them so they still need help at the tackle position.

I think Joe Alt would be their first choice since he's a phenomenal run blocker but Amari Mims is a nice consolation prize.

9. Packers: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

David Bakhtiari is still one of the best pass blockers in the league but he just can't stay on the field. Fashanu is the best pass protector in this draft so he would be an ideal replacement.

10. Chargers: Kalen King, CB, Penn State

The Chargers traded JC Jackson because they realised the guy they spent a ton of money on doesn't fit in their system.

They will need to replace him because Pat Mahomes will be quarterbacking in their division for the next decade or so. Kalen King is a well rounded prospect.

11. Saints: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

The Saints obviously need a QB but I don't see any value here at the moment. The defense is carrying this team so offensive weapons are key.

Here's another Ohio State stud for them who can take over from Michael Thomas who probably will never return to his old form.

12. Falcons: Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

The Falcons have drafted three skill players in a row in the first round. Their defense has been sneaky good this year so I could see them getting a WR 2 here for Kirk Cousins to throw to.

13. Cardinals: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia

Lassiter is not the most flashy player but he plays hard. He's a force against the run and he covers well.

Arizona needs to draft the best possible players at premium positions in their rebuild. Jonathan Gannon will love this guy.

14. Raiders: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

I would be highly surprised if the Raiders picked this low in april. It's time to throw McDaniels out, trade Davante Adams and rebuild.

The Raiders have a gaping hole at RT. They should fortify their O-line for the rookie QB they'll be drafting soon.

15. Colts: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

I wouldn't be surprised if McKinstry went way higher than this because he has amazing tape with a lot of spectacular plays.

The only concern I have is that he is a pure press corner who might struggle in zone. So I wouldn't be surprised either if he fell out of the first round like Joey Porter did last year.

16. Commanders: Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami

The commies have invested a lot in their D-line but their secondary needs more juice. Especially since Emmanuel Forbes has been looking rather bleak in the first half of the season.

I just love Kamren Kichens. He's an instinctive free safety with excellent ball skills.

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