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2024 NFL Mock Draft: DBro’s First-Round Picks & Predictions (1.0)

2024 NFL Mock Draft: DBro’s First-Round Picks & Predictions (1.0)

It’s Mock Draft SZN. The NFL Draft is quickly approaching. With teams still filling needs with trades and free-agent signings, the NFL Draft landscape is constantly changing. Let’s make some sense of it with my NFL Mock Draft 1.0.

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2024 NFL Mock Draft: DBro’s First-Round Picks & Predictions (1.0)

1) Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams (QB – USC)

This is the chalk pick but it’s not wrong. With Justin Fields gone, the Bears have been loading up on the offensive side of the ball to surround their new quarterback with a laundry list of weapons. An offense headlined by D.J. Moore, Keenan Allen, Cole Kmet and D’Andre Swift with Caleb Williams isn’t too shabby.

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2) Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels (QB – LSU) 

This has always been my pick for Washington. Jayden Daniels fits Kliff Kingsbury’s system and is currently -180 (per DraftKings Sportsbook) to be the second overall pick in the draft. Terry McLaurin finally gets a quarterback upgrade. He and Daniels will be connecting weekly on downfield shots in 2024. In 2021, Kyler Murray ranked fifth in deep ball rate, per Pro Football Focus (PFF). In his final collegiate season, Daniels led all collegiate passers in deep PFF passing grade and deep adjusted completion rate, per PFF.

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3) New England Patriots: Drake Maye (QB – North Carolina)

The Patriots could easily trade down but let’s not get too crazy. As Albert Breer reported, the Falcons knocked on some doors at the Combine with the idea of trading into the top three but none of the teams would budge. The Patriots get their long-term answer at quarterback.

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4) Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy (QB – Michigan) 

*Minnesota trades 1.11 & 1.23 with the Arizona Cardinals*

The writing has been on the wall for weeks. The Vikings need a quarterback. No, Sam Darnold isn’t the answer. He was the break glass in case of emergency option who shares the same hairstylist as Josh McCown.

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5) Los Angeles Chargers: Marvin Harrison Jr. (WR – OSU)

After gutting the receiver room this offseason with the release of Mike Williams and the trade of Keenan Allen, the Bolts give Justin Herbert a new alpha to hyper-target in 2024. Over the last two seasons, Marvin Harrison Jr. has ranked no lower than seventh in PFF receiving grade or yards per route run, per PFF.

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

The Giants would have loved to draft a quarterback this year but it wasn’t in the cards. Instead, they finally secured an elite-level receiving prospect who can operate as their alpha with Jaylin Hyatt stretching the field and Wan’Dale Robinson working underneath as complements. Malik Nabers is a versatile receiver who ranked third in yards per route run and fourth in missed tackles forced last season, per PFF.

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

Tennessee’s front office has done a wonderful job surrounding Will Levis with talent this offseason. The additions of Calvin Ridley and Tony Pollard won’t amount to much if Levis is on his back or if Pollard has zero running lanes. In his final season at Notre Dame, Joe Alt was third in pass blocking grade and second in run blocking grade among all offensive linemen with at least 200 blocking snaps, per PFF.

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8) Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner (EDGE – Alabama)

Atlanta opened up the wallet and got busy in the trade market this offseason on the offensive side of the ball with the additions of Kirk Cousins, Darnell Mooney and Rondale Moore. Now, they need to shore up their pass rush. Last year, Dallas Turner ranked 21st in pass rush grade and 16th in pass rush win rate, per PFF. He’s also no slouch in run defense.

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

The Bears continue to pour it on and add to their offense. With their defense looking stout last season, Keenan Allen is a free agent in 2025 and D.J. Moore an unrestricted free agent in 2026, Rome Odunze can be eased in year one with an eye on him being their long-term alpha with Williams.

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

The Jets made this an easy pick after the acquisitions of Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses to shore up their tackle spots. The addition of Brock Bowers gives Nathaniel Hackett the freedom to bounce between 11 and 12 personnel. A starting lineup consisting of Garrett Wilson, Mike Williams, Breece Hall, and Brock Browers will be a huge upgrade from 2023. 

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11) Arizona Cardinals: Quinyon Mitchell (CB – Toledo)

*Minnesota trades 1.11 & 1.23 with the Arizona Cardinals*

Yes, are Cardinals fans mad at me and their franchise for bypassing Marvin Harrison Jr.? Yep, but Arizona will be able to rebuild their defense with this trade back. Also, Arizona still has the 35th overall pick and three third-round picks to play with in a draft class filled to the brim with receiving talent. Don’t rule out Arizona using some of that extra third-round equity to trade back up into the second to nab two wideouts.

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12) Denver Broncos: Jared Verse (EDGE – FSU) 

Denver’s pass rush was almost non-existent last year as they ranked 29th in pressure rate and 30th in hurry rate. Last season, Jared Verse ranked sixth in pass rush win rate and fourth in QB hits, per PFF.

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13) Las Vegas Raiders: Taliese Fuaga (OT – Oregon State)

The Raiders fill a need after the loss of Jermaine Eluemunor to the New York Giants. Taliese Fuaga will start Week 1 at right tackle. Antonio Pierce will love Fuaga, who led all tackles in run-blocking grade last season after ranking 17th the year prior, per PFF. He also allowed zero sacks and only two QB hits in his final season.

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14) New Orleans Saints: Byron Murphy (DT – Texas)

The Saints could have gone with a wide receiver or a tackle here but they opted to patch the interior of their defense and give Trevor Penning another year to see if he can figure it out. Their pass rush should be improved this season with the addition of Chase Young to pair with the ageless Cam Jordan.

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

Brian Thomas Jr. adds a different element to Shane Steichen’s offense that was lacking last year. Alec Pierce was the downfield weapon tasked with creating explosive plays (tied for 30th in deep targets), but sadly he fell on his face. Last season, Thomas Jr. ranked second in deep receiving yards behind only Rome Odunze and first in yards per route run with targets 20 yards or farther downfield, per PFF.

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16) Seattle Seahawks: Jackson Powers-Johnson (C – Oregon)

With Evan Brown a free agent and an underperformer last year, Seattle needs a center. Jackson Powers-Johnson ranked second in pass-blocking grade and first in run-blocking grade, last year among all collegiate centers with at least 200 blocking snaps, per PFF.

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

The Jaguars added Ronald Darby in free agency to address their needy cornerback room. They continue to turn a weakness in 2023, hopefully, into a strength in 2024. Jacksonville allowed the seventh-most passing yards and passing touchdowns last season.

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

People might be surprised to see J.C. Latham’s name here, but the Bengals signed Trent Brown to a one-year deal, and Orlando Brown didn’t play well last season. Last year, among 99 qualifying tackles, Orlando Brown ranked 60th in run blocking grade and 49th in pass pro grade (per PFF). Latham might be seen as a luxury pick by some, but having offensive line depth is never a bad thing. Cincinnati can get out of Orlando Brown’s contract next season with a 15.5 million dead cap hit if he underperforms again. He could also be trade bait during camp if injuries arise for another team’s offensive line. Latham is a versatile player and a well-rounded pass protector who can also clear a path in the run game as the 11th-highest overall graded tackle in college football last season (minimum 200 blocking snaps).

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19) Los Angeles Rams: Olumuyiwa Fashanu (OT – Penn State)

If you keep Matthew Stafford upright, good things happen in Los Angeles. Olumuyiwa Fashanu is an immediate upgrade over Alaric Jackson. Last year, Fashanu ranked fourth in pass blocking grade as he didn’t surrender a sack or quarterback hit, per PFF.

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20) Pittsburgh Steelers: Amarius Mims (OT – Georgia) 

The Steelers addressed their cornerback need with the trade for Donte Jackson. This allows them to head back to Georgia to address their offensive line. Broderick Jones had an up-and-down rookie season while displaying flashes. He had one of his best games against Baltimore in Week 5 at left tackle before moving to the right side of the line for the rest of the season. Drafting Amarius Mims allows Jones to move back to left tackle. Mims has posted at least an 80.0 pass-blocking grade in each of the last two seasons, per PFF.

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21) Miami Dolphins: Troy Fautanu (OT – Washington)

After Miami signed Aaron Brewer to fill their need at center, the team can now turn to drafting a tackle. This can allow Austin Jackson to compete with Isaiah Wynn for the left guard spot. Jackson played primarily at left guard during the 2021 season.

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22) Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Wiggins (CB – Clemson) 

The Eagles will sprint the card to the podium if Nate Wiggins makes it to them. Philly desperately needs to get younger at corner. Last season, Wiggins allowed only a 43.9% catch rate and 44.4 passer rating in coverage, per PFF.

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23) Arizona Cardinals: Laiatu Latu (EDGE – UCLA)

*Minnesota trades 1.11 & 1.23 with the Arizona Cardinals*

The Cardinals continue to remake this defense. Jonathan Gannon and defensive coordinator Nick Rallis might need to double-check their shorts after this pick. They could easily pee their pants if the draft unfolds this way. Laiatu Latu ranked second in pass rush win rate and third in sacks among defensive ends last year, per PFF.

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24) Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Morgan (OT – Arizona) 

Losing Tyron Smith was not great for Dallas, as he was easily their best pass protector last year. Jordan Morgan is a talented young tackle who gave up only one quarterback hit last year while ranking seventh in pass pro grade, per PFF.

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25) Green Bay Packers: Graham Barton (iOL – Duke)

Draft Graham Barton and figure out later where you want to play him. The Packers have needs at center and right guard. Barton could fill either spot in 2024.

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26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chop Robinson (EDGE – Penn State) 

The name of the game is pass rush and the Buccaneers need it badly. Last year, despite ranking third in blitz rate, they were 21st in pressure rate.

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27) Arizona Cardinals: Jer’Zhan Newton (DT – Illinois)

Yep, it’s official. I hope Gannon and Rallis packed a second set of clothes. Arizona continues to add players along the defensive line that can bring the pain as pass rushers. The Cardinals ranked 31st in pressure rate last season. Jer’Zhan Newton was second in sacks and eighth in hurries among collegiate defensive tackles last year, per PFF.

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28) Buffalo Bills: Cooper DeJean (CB – Iowa) 

The Bills have needs at corner and safety, so why not add a player who can help out with a little of Column A and a smidge of Column B? This makes losing Micah Hyde a little less painful. Cooper Dejean had five interceptions last year while allowing only a 49.7 passer rating in coverage, per PFF.

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29) Detroit Lions: Kool-Aid McKinstry (CB – Alabama) 

The Lions have plugged a ton of holes with smash additions this offseason. They could add a receiver at this spot, but with Carlton Davis and Emmanuel Moseley free agents after this season, Detroit can take a swing at a corner who can be with them for the long haul.

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30) Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Guyton (OT – Oklahoma)

The Ravens are set to reload along the offensive line during the draft after trading Morgan Moses and losing Kevin Zeitler to Detroit. Tyler Guyton is a plug-and-play right tackle who will start Week 1.

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31) San Francisco 49ers: Kingsley Suamataia (OT – BYU) 

Speaking of plug-and-play right tackles, the 49ers addressed their right tackle needs at the end of the first round. Kingsley Suamataia has posted at least an 80.9 pass pro grade in each of the last two seasons, and he played all of 2022 at right tackle.

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32) Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Worthy (WR – Texas)

Yes, the Chiefs signed Marquise Brown but he can’t be guaranteed to stay healthy at this juncture with his list of foot injuries growing yearly. Worthy can stretch a defense, win at all three levels and is an underrated route runner. A starting trio of Brown, Worthy and Rice would be scintillating.

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We’ve compiled mock drafts from the top experts based on their history of NFL mock draft accuracy. You can also create a consensus mock draft using any of our experts here. Here are a few early predictions for the 2024 NFL Draft. We’ll continue to add our 2024 NFL Mock Drafts leading up to the start of Round 1.

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