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2024 NFL Mock Draft: First & Second Round Picks

2024 NFL Mock Draft: First & Second Round Picks

Originally, I had intended to revisit the first round of the NFL Draft in light of any coaching/front-office changes over the past two weeks. Still, upon realizing that, for the most part, my projection hadn’t changed much, I decided to build on last time’s effort, adding a second round to get a feel for how things could continue to play out on the second day.

Read on to see what your favorite team might do in the next round of the draft, and make sure to check out our 2024 NFL Draft guide, which features scouting reports on virtually all of the players mentioned here and many more!

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Second-Round Picks & Predictions

First Round

You can find my latest first-round 2024 NFL Mock Draft here.

Second Round

33. Carolina Panthers: Xavier Legette (WR – South Carolina)

Getting help for Bryce Young has to be the priority here, as Carolina’s receivers struggled to gain consistent separation this past season. New head coach Dave Canales knows how valuable big receivers are, as he’s worked with D.K. Metcalf in Seattle and Mike Evans in Tampa Bay. This would add an element of power and physicality.

34. New England Patriots: J.J. McCarthy (QB – Michigan)

We still don’t know who will be serving as the offensive coordinator for the Patriots next season, but after taking Marvin Harrison Jr. in the first round, a quarterback is at the top of the list. J.J. McCarthy didn’t have to carry Michigan offensively, but there are a lot of pro-style reads and throws on his tape, and he has impressive arm talent.

First-round selection: Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – Ohio State)

35. Arizona Cardinals: Troy Franklin (WR – Oregon)

Narrowly missing out on Marvin Harrison Jr. in the first round should have the Cardinals looking for wide receiver help on Day 2. While Michael Wilson had a solid rookie year, the team is still missing a big-bodied No. 1 type. Troy Franklin isn’t the sturdiest player, but he’s a tall vertical threat with great body control.

First-round selection: Joe Alt (OT – Notre Dame)

36. Washington Commanders: Kamari Lassiter (CB – Georgia)

With a new franchise quarterback in Drake Maye, Washington can afford to turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball, where they had a bit of a fire sale this past season. This defense ranked last in points, yardage and pass defense. Kamari Lassiter could form a corner trio with Kendall Fuller and Emmanuel Forbes.

First-round selection: Drake Maye (QB – North Carolina)

37. Los Angeles Chargers: Quinyon Mitchell (CB – Toledo)

Drafting another offensive weapon would be a sexy pick, but this defense really struggled last year. After the failed J.C. Jackson experiment, the league’s 30th-ranked pass defense could use another corner. Quinyon Mitchell is a patient off-coverage corner who has strong route recognition skills and makes a lot of plays on the football.

First-round selection: Olu Fashanu (OT – Penn State)

38. Tennessee Titans: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU)

New head coach Brian Callahan was brought in to make sure Will Levis develops into a franchise quarterback, and part of that will involve cleaning up the protection. In Cincinnati, he ran a lot of gap concepts with big, physical blockers. Kingsley Suamataia is one of the thickest linemen in the draft, with impressive athleticism for his size.

First-round selection: Malik Nabers (WR – Louisiana State)

39. New York Giants: Brandon Dorlus (DL – Oregon)

This pick could almost be a pure “best player available” selection, as few positions on the roster are solid enough to overlook a great talent. With Wink Martindale and the team parting ways, we don’t know what the new defensive scheme will look like, but the front badly needs pieces to complement Dexter Lawrence and Kayvon Thibodeaux.

First-round selection: Rome Odunze (WR – Washington)

40. Washington Commanders: Jonah Elliss (DE – Utah)

I’m hesitant to mock Jonah Elliss here because Washington often favors bigger players, but we have no idea what the coaching staff will look like, and the team doesn’t have a go-to pass-rusher after trading both Montez Sweat and Chase Young this past season. He’s my top pure pass-rusher available, with impressive technique.

Previous selections: Drake Maye (QB – North Carolina) & Kamari Lassiter (CB – Georgia)

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

So many players stepped up for the Packers this year that this almost seems like a luxury pick. One possibility is an inside linebacker, but it might be a bit too early for the players there. With their top three safeties and nickel back all set to hit free agency, maybe they’d draft an instinctive slot/safety hybrid from one of their favorite programs.

First-round selection: Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (CB – Missouri)

42. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Penix Jr. (QB – Washington)

An edge defender is a major consideration here, as players like Danielle Hunter, Marcus Davenport, D.J. Wonnum and Jonathan Bullard are all impending free agents. Kirk Cousins will probably be back, but he will be a 36-year-old coming off a torn Achilles, so maybe Minnesota will look to bring in his heir apparent this year.

First-round selection: Cooper DeJean (CB – Iowa)

43. Atlanta Falcons: Devontez Walker (WR – North Carolina)

Solidifying the defensive front by lining up a replacement for either Calais Campbell or Bud Dupree – both impending free agents – is possible here. But how about trusting Raheem Morris to take care of things defensively and investing in another weapon for Jayden Daniels, especially a deep threat to take advantage of his accuracy?

First-round selection: Jayden Daniels (QB – Louisiana State)

44. Las Vegas Raiders: Byron Murphy II (DL – Texas)

The Raiders finished ninth in points allowed and 15th in yards allowed last year, but teams had some success running the ball on them, and all three of their top interior linemen in snaps played – John Jenkins, Bilal Nichols and Adam Butler – are set to hit free agency. Byron Murphy II has been rising up boards as a stout, energetic lineman.

First-round selection: Brock Bowers (TE – Georgia)

45. New Orleans Saints: Ladd McConkey (WR – Georgia)

How sure are the Saints that Derek Carr is their quarterback of the future? They can get out of his contract next year and save $40 million against the cap. However, I’d give him one more year and focus on replacing injury-prone receiver Michael Thomas instead. Another consideration would be a big, strong edge rusher, but it seems early.

First-round selection: Amarius Mims (OT – Georgia)

46. Indianapolis Colts: Kamren Kinchens (DB – Miami)

Will Michael Pittman Jr. be back next season? If he’s not, this looks like a good time to take a wide receiver. I think they’ll try to bring him back, so maybe they could look for another pick in the secondary, as Julian Blackmon is a free agent, and they could use someone to complement Nick Cross. Karen Kinchens is a versatile ball-hawk.

First-round selection: Terrion Arnold (CB – Alabama)

47. New York Giants: T.J. Tampa (CB – Iowa State)

If the Giants are open to giving up on the Evan Neal experiment, this could be a tackle, and the interior of their line is also a mess. That seems a bit early, so given Adoree’ Jackson‘s status as an impending free agent, maybe they’d like another big, physical cornerback to complement Deonte Banks, last year’s first-round pick.

Previous selections: Rome Odunze (WR – Washington) & Brandon Dorlus (DL – Oregon)

48. Jacksonville Jaguars: Xavier Worthy (WR – Texas)

Jacksonville’s facing the potential loss of several top-edge rushers in free agency, but this seems slightly early to draft one of the remaining players there. Calvin Ridley is set to hit free agency, and Christian Kirk‘s contract seems a bit rich, so a receiver could work. Either Texas wideout would make sense, but Xavier Worthy may fit better.

First-round selection: Tyler Guyton (OT – Oklahoma)

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49. Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Tavion Sanders (TE – Texas)

How do the Bengals feel 2022 fourth-rounder Cordell Volson played this year? The Bengals could potentially lose any or all of their tight ends in free agency and/or Tee Higgins/Tyler Boyd. Joe Mixon is entering a contract year, D.J. Reader is a free agent and the linebacker position could use upgrades. I see a tight end as the most likely need.

First-round selection: J.C. Latham (OT – Alabama)

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

True, this pick is driven in part by nostalgia for what Jeremiah Trotter Jr.’s father did in Philadelphia, but with Zach Cunningham and Shaquille Leonard set to hit free agency, a third linebacker could be a legitimate need. Trotter Jr. would play alongside 2022 third-rounder Nakobe Dean and edge rushing specialist Haason Reddick.

First-round selection: Leonard Taylor III (DL – Miami)

51. Los Angeles Rams: Calen Bullock (DB – USC)

Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is in Atlanta now, and it’s hard to say what the Rams scheme will look like next season. But their secondary wasn’t particularly dynamic last season, and three starters –Ahkello Witherspoon and safeties Jordan Fuller and John Johnson III – are set to hit free agency. A local ballhawk might be nice.

First-round selection: Dallas Turner (DE – Alabama)

52. Pittsburgh Steelers: Adonai Mitchell (WR – Texas)

Improving the offense will be the top priority for the Steelers, and traditionally, they’ve been effective at finding second-day wide receivers. A big, savvy receiver like Adonai Mitchell would greatly complement George Pickens. Cutting or trading contract-year wideouts Diontae Johnson or Allen Robinson would save $10 million each.

First-round selection: Kool-Aid McKinstry (CB – Alabama)

53. Miami Dolphins: Jackson Powers-Johnson (OC – Oregon)

As mentioned in the first round of this mock, Miami has plenty of impending free agents that could significantly affect this pick. Assuming they try to bring back most of their top players, they could look for help along the interior line, where pivot Liam Eichenberg and guard Lester Cotton struggled. Connor Williams is a free agent, too.

First-round selection: Nate Wiggins (CB – Clemson)

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Kalen King (CB – Penn State)

Kalen King didn’t play quite well enough this past season to live up to this spot, but he was excellent as the Nittany Lions’ second cornerback in 2022 opposite Joey Porter Jr. None of Philadelphia’s slot corners played very well in 2023. Another possibility would be a running back if the team somehow doesn’t bring back D’Andre Swift.

Previous selections: Leonard Taylor III (DL – Miami) & Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (LB – Clemson)

55. Cleveland Browns: Mekhi Wingo (DL – LSU)

This is a team with few needs at the moment. Still, key defenders like Za’Darius Smith, Maurice Hurst, Shelby Harris and Jordan Elliott are hitting free agency. They could also upgrade from WR Elijah Moore, who was somewhat inefficient. I think they could stand to bring in help at defensive tackle since re-signing all three veterans seems tough.

First-round selection: N/A (traded)

56. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Paul (OT – Houston)

Some good values remain at left tackle, with several highly athletic options available. Tyron Smith is 33 years old and set to hit free agency, so it’s possible they could lose him. Either way, given his previous injury history, it’s probably a good idea to start grooming a future replacement like the long-armed Patrick Paul.

First-round selection: Tyler Nubin (DB – Minnesota)

57. Green Bay Packers: Jonathon Brooks (RB – Texas)

This could be a future-oriented pick. It wouldn’t be a shock if the team moved on from long-time left tackle David Bakhtiari, although Rasheed Walker played pretty well this season. Ultimately, I went with a running back because A.J. Dillon is set to hit free agency, while Aaron Jones will turn 30 this coming season. Plus, I love the value.

Previous selections: Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (CB – Missouri) & Javon Bullard (DB – Georgia)

58. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cole Bishop (DB – Utah)

I wouldn’t rule out a double-dip to improve the rushing attack, but both Buccaneers safeties are also set to hit free agency, as well as both of their inside linebackers. I don’t quite love the value at linebacker here as scheme fits, but they could take a versatile, pro-ready safety like Cole Bishop, who can step in right away if needed.

First-round selection: Troy Fautanu (OL – Washington)

59. Houston Texans: T’Vondre Sweat (DL – Texas)

What happens to this team when free agency hits, given the sheer number of major contributors whose contracts are expiring? I have to assume the Texans will try to bring back most of their biggest pieces, but the interior of their defensive line is closer to serviceable, so although they have taken one D-lineman, I could see a double-dip.

First-round selection: Kris Jenkins (DL – Michigan)

60. Buffalo Bills: Ja’Lynn Polk (WR – Washington)

While I think Gabe Davis is worth bringing back if the price is right, drafting a big, strong gamer like Ja’Lynn Polk at this point would be an excellent value. It’s also worth mentioning that Trent Sherfield took nearly 500 snaps on offense this past season, so even with Davis in the fold, another receiver could make sense here.

First-round selection: Chris Braswell (DE – Alabama)

61. Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan Morgan (OT – Arizona)

This season, the Chiefs have primarily run a lot of zone concepts in the run game, and the tackle play has been questionable, so I could see them looking for more protection here. Donovan Smith is still a penalty machine at left tackle, so how about bringing in a smooth, athletic and (perhaps most importantly) pro-ready option like Jordan Morgan?

First-round selection: Brian Thomas Jr. (WR – LSU)

62. Detroit Lions: Josh Newton (CB – TCU)

Aaron Glenn has had trouble finding a coverage configuration that’s worked this year, so I could imagine a polished and versatile corner like Josh Newton being a good fit here. He’s not quite the run defender Detroit’s cornerbacks are, but he has solid man-coverage skills and would be willing to step in earlier than most other available options.

First-round selection: Bralen Trice (DE – Washington)

63. San Francisco 49ers: Adisa Isaac (DE – Penn State)

Upgrading the pass rush was an in-season priority for the 49ers, as they brought in both Chase Young and Randy Gregory. Young is set to hit free agency, and Gregory didn’t quite meet expectations, so I could imagine them potentially looking for an edge here. This is a bit early for me, but Adisa Isaac has seemingly been rising up draft boards.

First-round selection: Graham Barton (OL – Duke)

64. Baltimore Ravens: Kiran Amegadjie (OT – Yale)

Having addressed their most likely offseason need at wide receiver, this pick was brutal, as the Ravens have almost no needs. One possibility is a tackle. Blindside protector Ronnie Stanley has missed considerable time over the past four years, and if he goes down, it’d be nice to have another athletic option to hold down the fort.

First-round selection: Keon Coleman (WR – Florida State)

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