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2024 NFL Mock Draft: Two Rounds

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Two Rounds

As the calendar has turned over to 2024 and 24 teams have already been eliminated in the quest for a Lombardi Trophy, It is time to start looking forward to April’s NFL Draft.

While the eight remaining teams in the playoffs will still be focused on football and their fortunes for another week at least, the fans of the other 24 franchises will be looking to see what talent will be added to their team’s roster and change their fortunes in 2024.

A team of FantasyPros writers has gathered to conduct our way-too-early mock draft, our first of 2024. So, without further ado, here are our predictions for picks 1-64.

Way-Too-Early 2024 NFL Mock Draft: Two Rounds (No Trades)

1. Chicago Bears (from Carolina): Caleb Williams (QB – USC)

The Justin Fields Era in Chicago ends not with a bang but a whimper as the Bears hit reset at quarterback. Caleb Williams isn’t without flaws, but he is one of the best QB prospects since Andrew Luck. The future is bright in Chicago, and Williams will have a fresh OC and an improved roster heading into his first NFL season. – Marco Enriquez (@Marco_NFL)

2. Washington Commanders: Drake Maye (QB – UNC)

The Washington Commanders are starting over as a franchise. While Sam Howell might be a low-end starting-caliber quarterback, he isn’t a franchise-changing one. Fans are hoping that the D.C. native Williams will end up wearing burgundy and gold. However, Maye is an equally good prospect and option for Washington. – Mike Fanelli (@Mike_NFL2)

3. New England Patriots: Jayden Daniels (QB – LSU)

The Patriots look for a fresh start behind center under new head coach Jerod Mayo. Jayden Daniels could provide game-breaking athleticism combined with strong arm talent. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner starts Week 1 for an organization looking to return to prominence. – Chris Schommer (@ChrisSchommer1)

4. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – Ohio State)

The hype around Daniels allows the Cardinals to stand pat and have one of the greatest wide receiver prospects of all time fall into their lap. Marvin Harrison Jr. slots in as the Cardinals’ immediate WR1 and gives Kyler Murray another key piece to pair with Trey McBride in this offense.  Enriquez

5. Los Angeles Chargers: Olu Fashanu (OT – Penn State)

The Los Angeles Chargers would love to land Harrison Jr., especially with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams’ long-term future in question. Unfortunately, that isn’t an option in this mock draft, so the Chargers turn their attention to protecting Justin Herbert. The superstar has struggled to stay healthy the past few years because he takes too many hits. Pairing Olu Fashanu with Rashawn Slater will give Herbert bookend tackles for the next several years.  Fanelli

6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers (WR – LSU)

The Giants have needed a true difference-maker at WR, and Malik Nabers is just that. While he isn’t Harrison Jr., Nabers is an incredible prospect in his own right. Outproducing Ja’Marr Chase and Justin Jefferson is no small feat, and Nabers established himself as the most productive WR in LSU history. The Giants get the best playmaking WR in the class and immediately elevate their offense. Enriquez

7. Tennessee Titans: Joe Alt (OT – Notre Dame)

The Titans have needs all over, so it’s hard to narrow it down to one player. The secondary needs work, but it is a bit early to select a corner or a safety. Hence why, I went with Joe Alt here. Tennessee needs to protect their young QB in Will Levis or whoever is starting for them next season. Alt is one of the premier offensive linemen in this class who excels in both run and pass-game blocking. Tennessee fans should be excited. Garrett Ball (@GarrettBFF)

8. Atlanta Falcons: Laiatu Latu (EDGE – UCLA)

While it’s obvious that the Falcons need a quarterback, all of the best options are off the board at this point. With a new head coach in tow and another big need at EDGE Rusher, the Falcons select Laiatu Latu. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Latu has a case to be the top EDGE in the class. He has dealt with some injuries in his college career but has been a devastating force every time he has stepped onto the field. The Falcons don’t solve their QB problems yet but they make enormous strides on the other side of the ball. Enriquez

9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze (WR – Washington)

In most classes, Rome Odunze would be the unquestioned WR1. As far as consolation prizes go, he is a great one. The Bears should be ecstatic to land Odunze. He profiles as one of the most balanced prospects in the Draft, sporting impressive athleticism and nuanced route running. He is a big-bodied WR, coming in at a projected 6-foot-3, 215 pounds and is the perfect compliment to the already prolific DJ Moore. – Enriquez

10. New York Jets: Brock Bowers (TE – Georgia)

With all of the elite-level offensive tackles off of the board, the Jets pivot and select the most talented tight end in this draft class. Brock Bowers will provide veteran quarterback Aaron Rodgers with a talented weapon in the middle of the field, creating space on the outside for dynamic wideout Garrett Wilson to hopefully reap the rewards of a healthy Rodgers in 2024. Bowers possesses all of the elite tools to produce results similar to those of 2023 rookie breakout tight end Sam LaPorta.  Schommer

11. Minnesota Vikings: Kool-Aid McKinstry (CB – Alabama)

Minnesota picked things up on defense towards the end of 2023, but that by no means signals they are fixed on that side of the ball. Kool-Aid McKinstry gives them not only an instant fan favorite name but a top-end corner prospect who played against NFL prospects his entire career.  Ball

12. Denver Broncos: Michael Penix Jr. (QB – Washington)

With Russell Wilson’s departure all but finalized, Denver will likely be in the market for a QB this offseason. While some stopgap free-agent options will be available, Sean Payton will likely angle for a longer-term solution and look to the draft. Michael Penix Jr. is coming off a rough championship game against Michigan, but he has the arm talent and more than enough impressive film to warrant a high draft pick. Sam Smith (@SamSmithBetting)

13. Las Vegas Raiders: Nate Wiggins (CB – Clemson)

With Penix Jr. taken one pick earlier, the Raiders decide to fortify their secondary. The Clemson product is a ball hawk who makes up for his shortcomings against the run by excelling at keeping opposing receivers in front of him. Nate Wiggins should solidify the cornerback position as part of a group with Jack Jones that will look to force more turnovers under whoever is the head coach in 2024 Schommer (@ChrisSchommer1)

14. New Orleans Saints: Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

The Saints have little receiver depth behind Chris Olave and deep threat Rashid Shaheed. Michael Thomas is often injured and in the twilight of his career. A.T. Perry didn’t do much in his rookie year, so enter Keon Coleman. Coleman doesn’t have the strongest production profile, but he has great hands, uses his size well and has athleticism. At 6-foot-4, he could operate either out of the slot to create mismatches or have the route master himself, Olave, help him refine his craft so he can better beat corners on the outside. Ball

15. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Thomas (WR – LSU)

It appears the Colts have found their QB of the future in Anthony Richardson. The next step will be getting him more weapons to work with. Michael Pittman Jr. will be a free agent this offseason, and even if the Colts do end up re-signing him, they’ll be a bit thin at WR after him and Josh Downs. Brian Thomas, a deep threat with exceptional hands, would be an instant upgrade to the Indianapolis WR group. – Smith

16. Seattle Seahawks: Bo Nix (QB – Oregon)

The Seahawks grab the best quarterback still on the board despite having other immediate needs on the defensive side of the ball. The Oregon product can make all the throws at the NFL level while showcasing sneaky athleticism and his footwork. Seattle can also let the talented prospect sit behind veteran quarterback Geno Smith for his rookie season in hopes of turning the talented passer loose when he is ready. – Schommer

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17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrion Arnold (CB – Alabama)

Despite having a dynamic young pass-rush duo in Josh Allen and Travon Walker, the Jaguars ended last season with a bottom-10 pass defense in terms of yards per game allowed. Tyson Campbell hasn’t quite developed into a true No. 1 CB, and it’s a position the Jaguars will have to fill as they hope to improve on last year’s 9-8 record. Terrion Arnold brings exceptional coverage skills and good run defense and will be the second Alabama CB to come off the board here. Smith

18. Cincinnati Bengals: JC Latham (OT – Alabama)

The Bengals have been trying to find the right mix of offensive linemen ever since they drafted Joe Burrow No. 1 overall in 2020. Their biggest weakness is on the right side of the line, and Alabama’s JC Latham would be a huge upgrade over their current starter, Jonah Williams. Alabama tends to produce pro-ready players, so I would expect Latham to slot right in on day one and make a difference. Maybe it’s the difference this team needs, but there’s only one way to find out.  Andrew Hall (@AndrewHallFF)

19. Los Angeles Rams: Quinyon Mitchell (CB – Toledo)

The Rams need to improve what they have in the secondary, and Quinyon Mitchell will certainly be an upgrade. His length and playmaking ability will make him an instant hit in Los Angeles. No team gave up more receiving yards and big plays in the second half of the season than the Rams. Mitchell will take time to adapt. However, he will give them a much-needed presence to stop them getting hurt on the perimeter. Adam “Murf” Murfet (@Murf_NFL)

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taliese Fuaga (OT – Oregon State)

It’s no secret the Steelers need help with their offensive line. Welcome, Taliese Fuaga. Fuaga has been in and out of the top OTs in the draft conversation, but getting him in the late first is exactly the kind of value the Steelers need. When you watch Fuaga’s tape, you see elite power and explosiveness. He is a disciplined player who can make impact blocks in the pass-and-run game. While QB may be a question in Pittsburgh, they’ll get both tackles locked up for the foreseeable future. – Enriquez

21. Miami Dolphins: Jer’Zhan Newton (DT – Illinois)

Christian Wilkins and Raekwon Davis are set to hit free agency this offseason, and even if Miami can retain both of them, they’ll need to upgrade their depth in the trenches if they want their run defense to be respectable in 2024. Jer’Zhan Newton has been the consensus No. 1 defensive tackle in this class for the better part of two years, and luckily for the Dolphins, he’ll fall into their laps in the late first round in this scenario. – Leo Sells (@Leo_Sells)

22. Philadelphia Eagles: T.J. Tampa (CB – Iowa State)

Philadelphia’s defense has struggled this year due to Darius Slay and James Bradberry regressing, and it’s clear that they need some young blood aside from Eli Ricks on the outside. T.J. Tampa isn’t widely mocked as a first-round pick at this point, but he has quietly been one of the best cornerbacks in College Football for the past couple of seasons, and it seems likely that his value will rise in the pre-draft process. He’s a lengthy and big cornerback who projects to excel in man coverage at the next level, which is exactly what the Eagles need if they want to recapture the dominance that they had just a season ago. Sells

23. Houston Texans (from Cleveland): Bralen Trice (EDGE – Washington)

Houston selects another pass-rush option as they continue an accelerated rebuild. The talented Washington EDGE is athletic and can make opposing offensive linemen uncomfortable with the multitude of moves he makes at the line of scrimmage. Bralen Trice should also have plenty of opportunities in one-on-one matchups with second-year stud Will Anderson Jr. on the other side of a suddenly talented Houston defensive line under head coach DeMeco Ryans. The future is very bright for Texans fans. Schommer

24. Dallas Cowboys: Leonard Taylor III (DL – Miami)

Mazi Smith isn’t shaping up to be the player that Dallas hoped he would be when they took him in the first round last year. The Cowboys will need to keep investing in the defensive front if they want to keep it elite for the next few years. Leonard Taylor III is far from a perfect prospect at this point. Still, he has all of the physical makings of an elite defensive lineman in the NFL, and he should be able to develop well as a rotational piece for the Cowboys in his rookie season. – Sells

25. Green Bay Packers: Amarius Mims (OT – Georgia)

David Bakhtiari isn’t getting any younger, and we saw all year that the Packers need some serious help on the offensive line. They’ll be picking too late to grab any of the elite tackles in this class, so they’ll have to settle for someone who isn’t as refined but still carries that elite potential in Amarius Mims. The Georgia product stands at an impressive 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, so adding him to the front five would add some size and aggression they’ve desperately needed in their offense, especially in the running game. – Sells

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dallas Turner (EDGE – Alabama)

Working on the assumption that Mike Evans, Baker Mayfield, Antoine Winfield Jr and Lavonte David stay in Tampa, we are looking for someone to upgrade the D-line to replace Tryon-Shoyinka, who is a first-round bust. Yaya Diaby has been a revelation at the position, but relying on Diaby to reproduce again would be foolhardy of the Buccaneers. Not to mention, getting Dallas Turner at this stage of the Draft can be considered a steal. Therefore, while not the greatest position of need, you can’t turn down the talent here. – Murf

27. Arizona Cardinals (from Houston): Chop Robinson (EDGE – Penn State)

Arizona fills another big need with their second pick in the first round and bolsters their defense. Chop Robinson is an interesting evaluation. He measures around 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, and profiles as a stand-up EDGE rusher. When you think of Robinson you think of the word “relentless.” He has all the tools to be an elite player at the NFL level and but has a few areas of his game he needs to improve on. – Enriquez

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Adonai Mitchell (WR – Texas)

Adonai Mitchell is a raw talent. He seemed to not have been targeted as much at Texas as he should have been, which will be seen as a red flag. However, what the Chiefs have missed this year is a big-bodied receiver who can dominate in the red zone and on the perimeter. He will take some time to acclimatize, but he could unlock this offense and put the troubles of 2023 behind them. – Murf

29. Buffalo Bills: Troy Franklin (WR – Oregon)

The wide receiver corps has not delivered for the Bills this year. And with Stefon Diggs having a down year and not getting any younger, it’s time to replenish the talent at wide receiver. Troy Franklin is good value here and can help keep the franchise producing at the highest level without missing a beat. – Murf

30. Detroit Lions: Jarred Verse (EDGE – Florida State)

The Lions add arguably the most talented EDGE prospect in the Draft late in the first round. Jared Verse attacks from all angles and combines elite-level athleticism with strong technique and a non-stop motor that should endear the Florida State product to Lions head coach Dan Campbell. Verse will join fellow monster EDGE Aidan Hutchinson to wreak havoc in opposing backfields more consistently in 2024 as the Lions continue their upward trend. Schommer

31. San Francisco 49ers: Cooper DeJean (DB – Iowa)

The San Francisco 49ers had one of the top defenses in the NFL this year. Their defensive line and linebacker units stand as arguably the best in the league. However, their secondary can use some help, especially with Charvarius Ward, Deommodore Lenoir and Ambry Thomas set to hit the open market after this upcoming season. – Fanelli

32. Baltimore Ravens: Kamari Lassiter (CB – Georgia)

Assuming the Ravens are picking 32nd means they won the Super Bowl. If that happens, I would be willing to bet that they don’t have any major needs and can draft for talent like always. That said, they could definitely use some depth at DB. Kamari Lassiter should slot in as a starter on day one after playing a pro-style offense at Georgia. The rich get richer yet again. – Hall

33. Carolina Panthers: Xavier Worthy (WR – Texas)

Carolina can go one of two places: offensive line or receiver. But as we saw in 2023, they desperately need weapons for Bryce Young to throw to. So Xavier Worthy hears his name called here. The top end of receivers have all been selected, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t talent still available. Worthy put up a great freshman year in Texas and just coasted from there. So, while he may not have gotten “better” in the eyes of some, he at least didn’t get “worse.” I’m sure the Panthers will gladly take their chances to see what they have in the Longhorns’ 1000-yard receiver. Ball

34. New England Patriots: Ladd McConkey (WR – Georgia)

The Patriots continue to add pieces on offense, selecting the Georgia product Ladd McConkey. The wideout provides first-round quarterback Jayden Daniels with a pass-catching option that can create space over the middle of the field while also flashing speed down the seams for a New England offense desperate for more consistent production at the position. The organization will likely continue to add pieces to return the Patriots to relevancy after two disappointing seasons that led to the departure of head coach Bill Belichick. Schommer

35. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Guyton (OT – Oklahoma)

Arizona again helps fill a big need, potentially drafting their RT of the future in Tyler Guyton. Guyton has incredible upside at the position and only falls to round two due to his lack of experience. 2023 was his only season as a full-time starter, but he showed he had what it takes to be a difference-maker on Sundays. He will need solid coaching to refine his technique, but his raw power alone makes him an exciting addition to the Cardinals’ offensive line. Enriquez

36. Washington Commanders: Ja’Tavion Sanders (TE – Texas)

After securing Drake Maye with their first-round pick, the Washington Commanders work on improving his receiving corps. Logan Thomas has been serviceable but turns 33 before the start of next season and could get cut in the offseason, saving the team over $6 million in cap space. Meanwhile, Curtis Samuel is set to be a free agent and likely won’t return. Ja’Tavion Sanders could be a first-round pick, making him a value early in the second. – Fanelli

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Tez Walker (WR – UNC)

The Los Angeles Chargers will have some decisions to make this offseason. They are well over the salary cap, and Williams is a likely cap casualty. The veteran receiver is in the last year of his contract and will save the team $20 million with his release. Even after using a 2023 first-round pick on Quentin Johnston, the Chargers must use an early draft pick to improve Herbert’s weaponry. – Fanelli

38. Tennessee Titans: Kamren Kinchens (DB – Miami)

Tennessee needs help in the secondary, and Kamren Kinchens is a great place to start. He’s a ballhawk who will join a secondary that ranked dead last in interceptions this season with six, one fewer than Kinchens had by himself in 2023 at Miami. He’s also adept in run defense, one of the strengths of the Titans’ defense over the past several years. Ball

39. New York Giants: Jordan Morgan (OT – Arizona)

The Giants are in desperate need of help in the trenches. Snagging a difference-making tackle like Morgan in the second round is exactly what the doctor ordered. Morgan is strong and quick off the line. He is one of the more versatile linemen in the class with a high football IQ. While he may convert to Guard in the NFL, the Giants are upgrading with a first-round talent as they roll into round two. Enriquez

40. Washington Commanders (from Chicago): Graham Barton (OL – Duke)

The Washington Commanders gave up 65 sacks during the 2023 season, the second-most in the NFL. While part of the problem was Howell holding onto the ball for too long, the offensive line needs improvement. Graham Barton played left tackle at Duke but could slide inside to guard in the NFL. While the Commanders’ defense was awful this season, the team should do everything possible to support Drake Maye during the NFL Draft. – Fanelli

41. Green Bay Packers from (New York Jets): T’Vondre Sweat (DT – Texas)

Green Bay allowed the fifth-most rushing yards per game in 2023, and that needs to be fixed for next year if they want to make a push for the Super Bowl. T’Vondre Sweat would be a great pickup for them. He would only cost a day-two pick, and he has everything that you’re looking for in a plug-and-play run stuffer on the inside. He’d be an instant upgrade for this defensive front. – Sells

42. Minnesota Vikings: Jonah Ellis (EDGE – Utah)

After taking a corner in McKinstry in round one, the Vikings keep hammering the defensive side of the ball with Jonah Ellis. Ellis had 13 sacks for the Utes in 2023 with 24 hurries. He’s slightly on the smaller side, but if the top EDGE talent is gone by this point, I doubt Minnesota will care and be excited for a young prospect like Ellis to help their rebuilding defense. – Ball

43. Atlanta Falcons: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

While the Falcons are likely to involve this pick in a deal for a QB upgrade if they were to keep it, continuing to improve their offensive line is critical for whoever is handed the reigns at QB. Kingsley Suamataia’s burst and quickness are impressive. He is a young and unrefined prospect but has all the physical tools to be a staple for Atlanta as they look to the future. He brings experience at both tackle positions, and that versatility could prove invaluable for an offense that is still figuring out its identity. Enriquez

44. Las Vegas Raiders: Blake Corum (RB – Michigan)

With Josh Jacobs uncertain about returning to the organization in 2024, the Raiders snag Blake Corum. The talented runner makes up for his lack of size with a non-stop motor and game-breaking burst to make opposing defenders miss while fighting for tough yards between the tackles. Paired with 2022 day-three pick Zamir White, the Michigan product offers Las Vegas the ability to punish opposing defenses with physicality while taking pressure off of whoever is behind center for the organization next season. Schommer

45. New Orleans Saints (from Denver): Troy Fautanu (OL – Washington)

Troy Fautanu made First and Second-Team All-PAC-12 as a starter at Washington, including third-team All-American. New Orleans had a decent offensive line in 2023 but it never hurts to improve. His game needs some refining, but he is athletic and uses his size to his advantage. At worst, Fautanu could provide depth, and at best, he is a starter who could give them solid play on a cheap rookie deal on a team struggling mightily with cap space. Ball

46. Indianapolis Colts: Kris Jenkins (DE – Michigan)

After going WR in the first round, look for the Colts to improve their D-Line in round two. Indy could use depth on the defensive line, and Kris Jenkins will provide a boost for both the pass and run defense. He’s a big DE that would fit well in Gus Bradley’s 4-3 defense. – Smith

47. New York Giants (from Seattle): Braelon Allen (RB – Wisconsin)

Braelon Allen has a case to be the RB1 of this class. The likely departure of Saquon Barkley this offseason leaves a huge hole to be filled in this offense, and Braelon Allen should be a day-one starter for the G-Men. Only 19 years old, Allen is a big, bruising back who has a surprising ability to do damage as a pass-catcher. He has some consistency issues, but that is expected, being such a young player. He has unlimited upside and should see volume early and often. Enriquez

48. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cooper Beebe (OL – Kansas State)

Jacksonville’s interior O-Line was the weak spot on an offense that largely disappointed in 2023. They may be looking for replacements at center and at least one of their guard positions this offseason. Cooper Beebe would be an instant fit at one of those guard slots. Beebe looked capable as both a pass and run blocker at Kansas State and would be a logical choice at a position of need for the Jags here. – Smith

49. Cincinnati Bengals: Cam Hart (CB – Notre Dame)

The Bengals’ defense needs a lot of things, the depth being one of the most important. I think Cam Hart has round-one upside and should be a good fit for Lou Anarumo’s speedy defensive style as long as he stays the defensive coordinator. Hart might not need to play Week 1, but if he does, I think he can hold up nicely as he gains experience. – Hall

50. Philadelphia Eagles (from New Orleans): Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (LB – Clemson)

If you want to blame Philadelphia’s defensive struggles on one position group, place it on the linebackers. Aside from Nakobe Dean, who was hurt for much of the year, the players in the middle of the defense have failed to play well for the Eagles. The team was hopeful that Shaquille Leonard would be able to recapture some of the elite play he had earlier in his career, but that didn’t happen. They need someone to step up and be reliable for them. Who better than Clemson’s Jeremiah Trotter Jr.? He’s a smart and reliable player who should help solidify this position for Philadelphia in 2024 and beyond. – Sells

51. Pittsburgh Steelers: Malachi Corley (WR – Western Kentucky)

In a loaded WR class, the Steelers capitalize in the second round, adding to their already impressive core of Diontae Johnson and George Pickens. Malachi Corley is a route-running aficionado who plays bigger than his frame. He needs to expand his route tree a bit more to unlock his true potential, but Corley could be a steal in the second round, profiling as a less refined DJ Moore. Enriquez

52. Los Angeles Rams: Patrick Paul (OT – Houston)

While the Rams have finally sorted the left tackle position, there are still some questions on both the right tackle position and depth at the position. Patrick Paul is a very solid prospect and will be able to compete for the starting job on day one. While this might not be the best tackle class we have seen in recent years, there are several solid starters, and Paul easily fits into this category. – Murf

53. Philadelphia Eagles: Gabriel Murphy (EDGE – UCLA)

The Eagles only registered 43 sacks in 2023, a stark difference from the 70 they logged in 2022. They took Nolan Smith and Jalen Carter in the first round last year, but they still need more talent in the front seven, so taking UCLA’s Gabriel Murphy seems like a good idea. He’s flying a bit under the radar right now, but he has high potential and could develop into a great player for Philadelphia within the next couple of years. – Sells

54. Cleveland Browns: Trey Benson (RB – Florida State)

There are some question marks at running back for Cleveland. Chubb is coming off another season-ending injury and is heading to the final year of his contract. The Browns can get out of Chubb’s nearly $16 million contract this year for just $4 million. And while Jerome Ford has done an incredible job this season, it is unlikely Kareem Hunt is the future of the franchise that cut him 12 months ago. Therefore, drafting Benson makes a lot of sense and allows the Browns to move on from Chubb’s contract and utilise that money in other areas of the roster in free agency. – Murf

55. Miami Dolphins: Kalen King (CB – Penn State)

It’s clear that Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard aren’t the same players they used to be, and it’s time for the Dolphins to start rebuilding this unit with some young talent. Kalen King was widely regarded as a potential first-round pick before the season, and although he didn’t quite live up to that this year at Penn State, he’s still very good and will likely go on day two of the draft. Doubling up on defense is a good idea for a Miami team that will be stuck playing against Josh Allen and Aaron Rodgers twice in 2024. – Sells

56. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. James (CB – Auburn)

Stephon Gilmore might not be back for the Cowboys in 2024, and Trevon Diggs will be returning from a torn ACL that ended his 2023 season early. That’s going to cause some issues for a Dallas secondary that already lacks depth, so they should look to grab someone like D.J. James with their second-round pick. He’s more than capable of becoming a year-one starter for this team. They could’ve used someone like him in the beatdown they suffered at the hands of the Packers in the Wild Card round. – Sells

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57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (CB – Missouri)

The Buccaneers have a corner entering the final year of his contract and relied on undrafted free agents as cover for the position in 2023. While this was necessary due to the $80 million dead cap hit, the Buccaneers need to improve on the back end. Enter Ennis Rakestraw Jr. Having recovered from a torn ACL, Rakestraw was a dominant corner in the SEC and will be ready to play from the jump for the Buccaneers. – Murf

58. Green Bay Packers: Javon Bullard (DB – Georgia)

The Packers will need some serious help at the safety position in 2024. Darnell Savage, Jonathan Owens and Rudy Ford are all set to hit the open market this offseason, so they will need to bring in some fresh new talent to compensate for that. Luckily for them, Javon Bullard recently declared for the NFL Draft, and he will be available at this pick. He had a great career at Georgia and would have a real shot to start for them in his first year. – Sells

59. Houston Texans: Jonathon Brooks (RB – Texas)

With the Texans addressing a pass-rushing need with their first-round selection, the organization adds a piece to their offense by selecting Jonathon Brooks. The versatile running back has flashed plenty of explosive play-making ability despite limited touches out of the loaded Texas backfield before the 2023 season. In addition, his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and make defenders miss provides breakout 2023 rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud with another option that likely makes the Texans’ offense even more lethal in 2024. Schommer

60. Kansas City Chiefs: Mekhi Wingo (DL – LSU)

The Chiefs need to improve in the trenches, and Mekhi Wingo is a high-ceiling defensive lineman prospect. After transferring from Missouri, he put up great production in two years as a starter at LSU. While he did get injured after seven games this season, he did return for the ReliaQuest Bowl on Jan. 1. Wingo could become a decent rotational piece in his rookie year before growing into a starting role before the season is out. – Murf

61. Buffalo Bills: Edgerrin Cooper (LB – Texas A&M)

Edgerrin Cooper is a steal at this point of the Draft. The Bills have struggled to find a partner for Matt Milano for a while now. And, with Milano suffering a season-ending injury, the position has been highlighted as a great weakness for the Bills. Cooper was exceptional last year on a disappointing Aggies team and will certainly add competition to a weak linebacker room. – Murf

62. Detroit Lions: Junior Colson (LB – Michigan)

The Lions continue to add impactful pieces on the defensive side of the ball and select Junior Colson. The linebacker is a strong sideline-to-sideline tackler who also takes the right angles in pursuit of opposing ball carriers when on the field. Pairing the Michigan product with 2023 draftee Jack Campbell and veteran Alex Anzalone will form a linebacker group that never quits for head coach Dan Campbell. Schommer

63. San Francisco 49ers: Xavier Legette (WR – South Carolina)

The San Francisco 49ers have an elite pair of wide receivers in Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk. However, one likely won’t be on the roster past next year. Aiyuk is heading into the final year of his rookie contract. More importantly, Brock Purdy is eligible for a massive extension after the 2024 season. Whether the 49ers trade Samuel or let Aiyuk leave in free agency, they should prepare for the future and beef up their receiving corps. – Fanelli

64. Baltimore Ravens: Ja’Lynn Polk (WR – Washington)

The Ravens were likely considering a wide receiver in the first and are very happy getting Ja’Lynn Polk with their second. He’s a great asset at 6-foot-2 and 205 for a team looking for weapons. He should pair nicely with Zay Flowers and Mark Andrews to give the offense a solid boost heading into the 2024 season.

Adam Murfet is a featured writer at FantasyPros. For more from Murf, check out his archive and follow him @Murf_NFL.

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