2024 NFL Mock Draft: Five QBs, five trades as Jets make surprise splash; Broncos, Vikings add signal-callers


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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PAYDS

3633

RUYDS

121

INTS

5

TDS

41

Nothing much to say here. Williams is considered a potential game-changer with dual-threat dynamism, and the Bears desperately need an answer at quarterback after punting on the Justin Fields project.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PAYDS

3608

RUYDS

449

INTS

9

TDS

33

Tough call between Daniels and Drake Maye, but new coach Dan Quinn will be leaning heavily on offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury, who’s admitted a preference for an electric athlete. Daniels’ fluid legs and effortless arm check those boxes.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PAYDS

3812

RUYDS

1134

INTS

4

TDS

50

In a perfect world, the Patriots would be able to move back, still get a quarterback and also reinforce his supporting cast. But Maye is arguably the total physical package as a contemporary pocket passer, likely making him too good to pass up.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

67

REYDS

1211

YDS/REC

18.1

TDS

15

A move down would give Arizona even more darts to throw, but Harrison might be the safest bet of the entire class — a ready-made No. 1 wideout who can give Kyler Murray a sorely needed safety valve on the outside.

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

PAYDS

2991

RUYDS

202

INTS

4

TDS

25

Is it a reach for McCarthy? Maybe. But the Vikings are all in on securing a next-generation passer following Kirk Cousins’ exit, and they can’t afford to let the Broncos, Giants or Raiders swipe the Michigan product. What this kid lacks in sizzling arm talent or prototypical bulk he makes up for with pro-style poise and rhythm passing — two critical skill sets for a playoff-caliber lineup led by Kevin O’Connell. He’s also three years younger than counterparts Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

REC

89

REYDS

1569

YDS/REC

17.6

TDS

14

Another investment up front wouldn’t be unwise, but Nabers is the kind of game-breaking home-run hitter who could single-handedly uplift the rest of the Giants’ offense, with or without Daniel Jones as the starting signal-caller.

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It’s not sexy, but it makes sense. Will Levis is a bulldozer at quarterback, but even he can’t afford to take as many hits as he did as a rookie. Alt is the consensus top blocker of the class, and could provide a Day 1 upgrade at left tackle.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

REC

92

REYDS

1640

YDS/REC

17.8

TDS

15

Splash! Eager to make good on their “all-in” support of Aaron Rodgers, the Jets leapfrog the Bears here to snag the last of the consensus top three wideouts, giving the sure-footed Odunze a chance for instant stardom opposite Garrett Wilson in the Big Apple.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Another weapon for Caleb Williams might be nice, but this is still Matt Eberflus’ team, remember. And Turner is the clear-cut favorite of this year’s edge class, making him a potential plug-and-play partner for Montez Sweat. Consider it the Bears’ version of the Texans’ C.J. Stroud-Will Anderson Jr. pairing of a year ago.

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

After a projected move down courtesy of the Jets, the Falcons still have a clean path to upgrading their rising defense. Arnold may be the most NFL-ready of all the top cover men, which could aid new coach Raheem Morris’ bid for an immediate playoff run after the Kirk Cousins investment.

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

After collecting additional picks in the projected deal with Minnesota, Jim Harbaugh’s Chargers opt to bolster the trenches for Justin Herbert. Fuaga’s combo of size, speed and explosiveness could allow him to start immediately at right tackle.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Seattle is a candidate to move up in an effort to get new coach Mike Macdonald a splashy building block for the defense. Latu could be just that as a high-upside blitzer for a front seven in need of more pass-rushing juice behind Leonard Williams and Co.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Everyone thinks quarterback here, but new general manager Tom Telesco has a history of prioritizing the trenches up top, and Fashanu could be too good to miss here, offering enviable physical traits as a potential Day 1 right tackle and long-term left tackle.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

After a projected move down, we’ve got the Broncos making yet another move, this time dealing with old friends in New Orleans to land the kind of rugged pass rusher they sorely need. A corner would also make sense, but Sean Payton values the trenches, and Verse is a potential tone-setter for the entire “D.”

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

56

REYDS

714

YDS/REC

12.8

TDS

7

No one likes to overdraft a devalued position like tight end, but when the prospect in question is a potential No. 1-level receiving threat like Bowers, the conversation is different. The Colts could also use some added firepower for young quarterback Anthony Richardson.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Saints let Andrus Peat walk in free agency, and varying questions surround the availability/reliability of both starting tackles. That’s bad news for Derek Carr and Co. But Fautanu’s strong frame could enable him to start immediately on the interior, if not slide to a bookend spot down the road.

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

After cutting Darious Williams for financial reasons, the Jaguars could use more ball-hawking skills on the perimeter. Mitchell’s feisty coverage could allow Jacksonville to maintain playoff aspirations without relying too heavily on insurance like Ronald Darby.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

5th

Trent Brown is in tow as a veteran right tackle, but the Bengals could stand to double-dip up front, where Joe Burrow’s protection is paramount. All indications are Latham is built to start on the right side from Day 1.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Word is Sean McVay strongly prefers to help the offense on Day 1, but unless it’s a surprise move for a future Matthew Stafford successor, the quick-footed Murphy could make the most sense as an interior “replacement” for the retired Aaron Donald.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

REC

68

REYDS

1177

YDS/REC

17.3

TDS

17

As soon as the Steelers dumped Diontae Johnson via trade, the clock started ticking on the next shoe to drop. It may well be Thomas, a big and versatile target who could instantly thrive opposite George Pickens, regardless of whether it’s Russell Wilson or Justin Fields under center. No one produces wideouts like Pittsburgh, remember.

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

2nd

It might not thrill the masses, but the Dolphins badly need reinforcements up front, and Powers-Johnson is regarded as a complete, refined prospect capable of suiting up all along the interior, including at center. That could really appeal to Mike McDaniel.

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Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Eagles rarely sit tight under Howie Roseman, and they’ve also shied away from Day 1 cornerback investments. But DeJean is a Swiss Army knife who could also rotate at safety, making him a potential star for an aging secondary, not to mention on special teams as a return man.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

REC

68

REYDS

1177

YDS/REC

17.3

TDS

17

Taking the Vikings’ spot in a projected move down, the Chargers satisfy their receiver need after addressing the O-line earlier. Mitchell projects as a Day 1 starter with prototypical size plus deep speed, offering Justin Herbert some help as a downfield man.

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Duke

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

52nd

POSITION RNK

9th

Dallas has been quiet this offseason, and a pick like this may not do much to silence the skeptics. But the Cowboys have a history of prioritizing the trenches early, and Barton’s resume at Duke — experience at left tackle and along the interior — could appeal to a club needing more protection for Dak Prescott.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

Green Bay has some in-house answers for David Bakhtiari’s departure, but that doesn’t mean the Packers shouldn’t also try to secure more upside at bookend, with Jordan Love just coming into his own under center. Mims is massive and could see time right away at right tackle.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

The one area the Bucs could really stand to address despite an applauded “run-it-back” offseason is pass rusher, and Robinson’s raw explosiveness could be a gift for coach Todd Bowles, lining up behind a physical front anchored by Vita Vea.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

If the Cardinals help Kyler Murray early in Round 1, it stands to reason they’ll look to aid Jonathan Gannon’s defense here. And Wiggins, while slender and not nearly as physical against the run, has the deep speed and length to be a potential off-coverage difference-maker.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 172 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

7th

REC

55

REYDS

845

YDS/REC

15.4

TDS

11

The Bills just need weapons in the wake of their wideout overhaul, and with Curtis Samuel onboard as a gadget-type route-runner, Worthy makes sense as more of a Gabe Davis replacement, giving Josh Allen a deep threat with historic speed.

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Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

7th

Cameron Sutton’s abrupt exit has Detroit in need of additional secondary help. And Rakestraw fits the bill of a Dan Campbell/Brad Holmes favorite, leaving Missouri with a knack for flying around with reckless abandon.

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Oregon

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

6th

PAYDS

4508

RUYDS

234

INTS

3

TDS

51

Michael Penix Jr. may well be the more dynamic talent, offering pinpoint deep-ball accuracy and underrated legs, but Nix is like a Sean Payton prototype, drawing lofty Drew Brees comparisons for his safe, quick-timed, efficient pocket passing. If Payton is going to break his own mold and turn to a rookie quarterback rather than a vet, it makes sense he’d pull the trigger on an older, more system-dependent prospect like Nix, even if it means “overpaying” to come back into Round 1.

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

So much of Kyle Shanahan’s Super Bowl-caliber offense starts up front, and while Trent Williams remains a bona fide answer at left tackle, the 49ers could use longer-term investments on both sides. Guyton is less experienced but offers top physical traits.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

REC

30

REYDS

478

YDS/REC

15.9

TDS

3

Even with Marquise Brown in the room, the Chiefs could suddenly use more wideout depth with Rashee Rice’s status in question. And McConkey is the kind of proven multipurpose route-runner who could complement Brown’s speed seamlessly, giving Patrick Mahomes yet another over-the-middle safety valve.





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