After an exciting Week 10, there is an entirely new order for the 2024 NFL Draft. There has been quite a bit of movement in the order this week after some big upsets.
One thing is consistent: Quarterback, wide receiver and offensive tackle will be drafted early and often.
Here’s a look at the potential first round of the 2024 NFL Draft.
2024 NFL Mock Draft
Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
We are just a week or so away from seeing Bears QB Justin Fields back in action. It’s very likely a trade could happen here, but standing pat with Fields while adding a weapon on offense could be an option for the Chicago Bears. It shouldn’t shock anyone if Chicago takes a quarterback here, but if the Bears still want to give Fields the chance, Marvin Harrison Jr. is the best option for Fields' development at the top of the draft.
Caleb Williams, QB, USC
It’s pretty safe to assume the Daniel Jones era in New York is over. A disaster of a season for the New York Giants means they will be in a prime position to draft a quarterback if they decide to do so (they should). Jones received a $40 million-per-year contract in the offseason, but with his play reverting to the pre-2022 Jones, plus the torn ACL, the Giants would be wise to draft one of the top two quarterbacks early in the 2024 NFL Draft. Caleb Williams is neck-and-neck with Drake Maye for the top one in this class.
Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
The Arizona Cardinals got Kyler Murray back in action in Week 10, and while the results weren’t great, he’s coming off a torn ACL, and it’s still very early to make rash decisions on the quarterback position. Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu is one of the more dominant offensive line prospects we’ve seen coming out of college. Fashanu would help solidify things up front for the Cardinals.
Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
The Mac Jones era in New England appears to be coming to an end. Jones has been benched multiple times throughout the 2023 season, and an embarrassing effort in Week 10 against the Indianapolis Colts places the New England Patriots in a prime spot to land their next franchise quarterback. Drake Maye had an outstanding performance against Duke, and the race between Maye and Caleb Williams is getting tight.
Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
After grabbing an offensive weapon and one of the best overall players in this draft in WR Marvin Harrison Jr., the Bears use their next pick to fill their most pressing need by adding Alabama CB Kool-Aid McKinstry. Chicago CB Jaylon Johnson requested a trade at the deadline, but issues were resolved — at least for now. Even if Johnson is re-signed long-term, adding to the secondary is a must for the Bears. McKinstry would be a great option to add to a rebuilding defense.
Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
The Green Bay Packers' offense has been a mess in 2023. Whether you want to blame the quarterback, supporting cast or play-calling (all deserve blame), there have been far too many instances of play-makers not showing up in big moments. Washington WR Rome Odunze is coming off a monster game against Utah, and his skill set would be an instant upgrade for coach Matt LaFluer and the Green Bay offense.
Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
Offensive tackle has been an issue for the Los Angeles Rams since Andrew Whitworth retired. Some of the Rams' issues have come because of injury, and some have been due to poor play, but they need to find an answer to try to keep Matthew Stafford upright. Joe Alt is the calming presence Sean McVay and the Rams offense need to get back to form.
Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
It’s to be determined if Tennessee Titans QB Will Levis is the long-term answer or not. However, Levis has shown positive signs in his limited time, which should give the Titans’ front office optimism heading into 2024. Adding weapons to the offense should be a priority no matter what direction the Titans go at quarterback. DeAndre Hopkins is a free agent at the end of the season, and Treylon Burks has yet to hit his stride since being drafted in the first round in 2022. LSU WR Malik Nabers brings size, speed and production to be a high-ceiling WR1 for whoever is running the show for the Titans in the future.
Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
It should not shock anyone if the Denver Broncos use this pick on a quarterback, but having the 32nd-ranked EPA/play defense would suggest the unit needs some much-needed help. Penn State EDGE Chop Robinson flashed his first-step quickness and explosiveness over the weekend against Michigan, and his pass rush ability would allow the Broncos’ secondary to work its way back to its 2021-22 form.
Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
The Atlanta Falcons’ offense has been a disaster in 2023. Making changes at quarterback has not fixed their issues, and adding more talent at receiver might not, either (looking at you, Arthur Smith). But they have to do something to create a spark to help out an impressive defense. Keon Coleman provides just that spark with his monster frame, athletic profile, elite ball skills and catch radius. Coleman won’t fix it all, but he can be a reliable safety blanket to pair with Drake London, Bijan Robinson and Kyle Pitts.
Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
A likely theme you’ll see in these weekly mock drafts is the Washington Commanders adding an edge rusher. That’s normally what happens when you trade your best two at the position at the trade deadline, looking to rebuild. UCLA EDGE Laiatu Latu is in close competition with Chop Robinson, Jared Verse and Dallas Turner for the EDGE1 crown in this class.
Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Brock Bowers is undoubtedly one of the most talented players in the 2024 Draft class. Bowers also plays one of the least valuable positions in the NFL and has battled injuries for most of the season. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in an interesting spot at the quarterback position, but with Mike Evans expected to leave in free agency, the best “offensive” player available should be at the top of the list for Tampa Bay.
J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama
The New York Jets and offensive linemen in the 2024 NFL Draft should get to know each other. With Aaron Rodgers expected to return to full health next season, keeping him upright will be a top priority for the Jets. J.C. Latham is a rock-solid option for the Jets to be a plug-and-play right tackle. Latham also has some experience playing guard, which will add value to his stock as draft day gets closer.
Kalen King, CB, Penn State
The Los Angeles Chargers’ defense had another embarrassing outing against the Detroit Lions. Giving up 41 points in another tough loss has given Chargers fans a feeling they have felt far too often recently. Kalen King had a monster showing against a tough Michigan offense. While the arrow for King was pointing down after a tough outing against Ohio State, bouncing back against Michigan was a big step in the right direction for King’s draft stock. If he closes out the season like he’s capable of, the Chargers may have to lose more games than expected to get the opportunity to draft him.
Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
Georgia OT Amarius Mims got back on the field this weekend and did not disappoint. The Indianapolis Colts’ offensive line has taken some major steps back over the last few seasons, and protecting their investment in Anthony Richardson needs to be priority No. 1. Mims has limited tape in 2023. Still, he’s got all the traits you dream of, as well as good tape when healthy, to be a Day 1 starter for the Colts.
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
The race to QB3 will be one with many twists and turns. J.J. McCarthy had a rougher outing against Penn State over the weekend, so Washington QB Michael Penix and Oregon QB Bo Nix may see a bump in the competition. Whoever the quarterback may be, standing here today in November, I would be stunned if the Las Vegas Raiders’ pick wasn’t a quarterback. Nix had an awesome outing against USC, out-dueling Caleb Williams. Nix may not have the ceiling that the top two guys have, but he’s a smart and efficient quarterback who keeps his offense on schedule and has shown the ability in 2023 to put the team on his back when needed.
Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
After spending a first-round pick on Florida CB Kaiir Elam in the 2022 NFL Draft, the cornerback position for the Buffalo Bills behind Tre'Davious White has been tough sledding. Iowa CB Cooper DeJean is one of this class's more exciting cornerback prospects. The Bills must find injury insurance for White and a better option to pair with White and nickel CB Taron Johnson when healthy.
Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
It’s still hard to trust the Cincinnati Bengals’ pass rush in neutral game situations. Trey Hendrickson has been a really good player for the Bengals, but the depth behind him has been an issue for multiple years. Jared Verse’s three-down ability as a pass rusher and run defender helps bolster a Cincinnati defense that has played well for most of the 2023 season.
Jer’Zhan Newton, iDL, Illinois
The New Orleans Saints have a hole in the interior of their defensive line, and Illinois defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton is the top-graded defensive tackle in the 2024 NFL Draft. This selection makes too much sense because it is excellent value and fills a big need for the Saints’ defense.
Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
The fans in Arizona should throw a parade if they come out of Day 1 with OT Olu Fashanu and EDGE Dallas Turner. Outside of finding a top-five quarterback, finding impact players in the trenches is the next best thing for the Cardinals. Turner would fit in nicely as a value and team-need selection here and would give the Cardinals a much-needed boost rushing opposing quarterbacks.
Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
The Minnesota Vikings are getting some impressive play from Josh Dobbs in Kirk Cousins’ absence. The peak into Dobbs' style of play should open up the window for the Vikings to go with a more athletic option at quarterback to help with some of the off-schedule plays in their offense. Penix has some development to do before he’s ready to win consistently in the NFL, but his athleticism and pure arm talent give Kevin O’Connell a lot to work with. And the Vikings possess some talented young weapons on that side of the ball.
Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
The Dallas Cowboys could go in multiple directions with their first-round pick. They need help on the offensive line and potentially need a receiver to pair with CeeDee Lamb and a cornerback to pair with Trevon Diggs and DaRon Bland because Stephon Gilmore will hit free agency. Cornerback is a sneaky position of need for Dallas, and Nate Wiggins would slot in nicely with Diggs and Bland and allow the vaunted Dallas pass rush to continue to wreak havoc on opposing offenses. Wiggins fits the size, speed and length threshold that Dan Quinn and Will McClay like to target in their defensive backs, and Wiggins' ball skills and ball production fit right in with the Dallas defense.
Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
Rookie Broderick Jones has had a solid rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers, but he’s playing out of position at right tackle. Getting a natural right tackle in the lineup and getting Jones back to his natural position on the left side would be a win-win for everyone involved.
Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
The Houston Texans have gotten a lot out of rookie Tank Dell and veterans Noah Brown and Robert Woods, but giving rookie sensation C.J. Stroud a legit, long-term option such as Emeka Egbuka at receiver to pair with Dell would make the turnaround in Houston even more exciting than it already has been.
Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona
The bye week for the Miami Dolphins couldn’t have come at a better time. After a tough loss to Kansas City in the NFL’s international series, the offensive line issues are still at the top of the list of concerns for the Dolphins heading into the 2024 draft. Jordan Morgan is an NFL-ready left tackle who could play right away if needed or sit and learn behind Terron Armstead until he decides to retire.
Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
The Seattle Seahawks have an interesting decision to make when it comes to the quarterback position. While the Geno Smith story has been a tremendous one to follow, I’m not sure anyone in the Seattle front office thinks he’s the long-term answer. Jayden Daniels is having a Heisman-winning-caliber season and would be an excellent pairing in Seattle with DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Kenneth Walker and Jaxon Smith-Njigba.
Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
The San Francisco 49ers got back on track with a dominant win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 10, but issues at right tackle cannot be ignored. Tyler Guyton won’t get the buzz that some of the other top tackles in this class do, but he shouldn’t get lost in the mix in this loaded offensive tackle class.
Braelan Trice, EDGE, Washington
Despite raking out favorably in defensive DVOA so far in 2023, the Jacksonville Jaguars took a big punch to the mouth this weekend against one of the NFL’s best offenses, the 49ers. Adding to the defensive trenches should be a top priority for the Jaguars. Travon Walker is starting to show why he was picked first overall in 2022, so keeping pressure off of him by adding more talent to the defensive line would be a great idea. Washington EDGE Braelan Trice led college football in pressures heading into this weekend, and his name should pick up more steam as we get closer to draft day.
Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
Make it three in a row? While it’s tough to imagine the Baltimore Ravens using back-to-back-to-back first-round picks on a wide receiver, it’s one of the most glaring issues on the Ravens’ roster through Week 10. Even with Lamar Jackson playing some of the best football of his career, adding a weapon of Troy Franklin’s caliber just feels like it would allow Jackson and the Ravens to take another step forward.
Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
Detroit Lions OC Ben Johnson has done a tremendous job of scheming things up, but you have to wonder how things will play out in January if defenses can slow down the Lions’ running game. After adding Sam LaPorta and Jahmyr Gibbs with their first-round picks in 2023, solidifying the passing game weapons in Detroit would make the offense even scarier than it already is.
Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas
It's no secret wide receiver is one of the Kansas City Chiefs' biggest needs heading into 2024. The offense is too reliant on Travis Kelce and Patrick Mahomes, so adding a playmaker at receiver via the draft is a must. Rookie WR Rashee Rice has been a nice surprise for Kansas City, but Texas WR Adonai Mitchell has legit WR1 upside and brings a size/speed element to the Chiefs offense that currently does not exist in Kansas City.
Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson
There are very few holes on the Philadelphia Eagles roster, but one of them is at linebacker. Nakobe Dean has struggled to stay healthy, and even when healthy, the results have been inconsistent from him and his running mate Zach Cunningham. Clemson LB Barrett Carter may not get the name recognition as his teammate Jermiah Trotter Jr., but he’s the better prospect as of today. Philadelphia normally avoids spending high picks on lower-value positions such as linebacker, but doing so would immediately improve one of the weakest spots on its roster.