2024 NFL Mock Draft Edit by Liam McGuire, Comeback Media

We at Comeback Media have thrown our hats into mocking the 2024 NFL Draft.

We thought it would be fun to do sort of a roundtable mock draft. So, we have six of our writers — Michael Dixon, Robert O’Neill, Sam Neumann, Chris Novak, Reice Shipley, and Matt Clapp — do their best at mocking these selections. The order is a bit funny here. The selection was randomized, and it started off as a standard draft, but in order to accommodate certain folks being able to pick their favorite teams, we snaked back around.

So, without further ado, all six of us took a crack at mocking the draft. Let us know what you think, and yes, we all hate your favorite team(s).

1. Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams | QB | USC

The Chicago Bears selecting USC quarterback Caleb Williams at No. 1 has felt like a lock for several weeks, and that’s become clearer and clearer as we approach the draft. Barring something catastrophic health or off-the-field wise, it will be Williams to the Bears at No. 1. For all intents and purposes, the draft starts at No. 2 with the Washington Commanders. So, we’ll move along and start there.

2. Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels | QB | LSU

In an ideal world, the Commanders would have kept Sam Howell, drafted Marvin Harrison Jr., and re-evaluated the QB position next year. However, once Howell was traded, this pick was destined to be a quarterback. Daniels made a lot of big plays in college with limited mistakes, particularly in his last two seasons. Ultimately, that made him the choice here.

— Michael Dixon

3. New England Patriots: Drake Maye | QB | UNC

With Williams and Daniels off the board, the Patriots select the best available remaining quarterback to try and get things turned around in the first year under new coach Jerod Mayo.

— Robert O’Neill

4. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr. | WR | Ohio State

This is an easy pick for me and the Cardinals. In a Mock Draft that makes trades, perhaps Monti Ossenfort would work the phones, but he’s better served turning in the card that reads a generational wide receiver prospect’s name and looks for value later in the first round.

— Sam Neumann

5. Los Angeles Chargers: Malik Nabers | WR | LSU

After parting ways with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, the Chargers will need a No. 1 threat for Justin Herbert to throw the ball to. Enter Malik Nabers. The star receiver looks to follow a long line of talented LSU receivers in the NFL. He’s shown tremendous abilities, and there’s a reason some think he can challenge Marvin Harrison Jr. to be the best WR prospect in this year’s NFL Draft.

— Chris Novak

6. New York Giants: J.J. McCarthy | QB | Michigan

If the Giants want to select a quarterback like McCarthy in the draft, they may need to trade up from this pick. But in this scenario, they would be more than happy to stick with this pick and select a true quarterback for the future.

— Reice Shipley

7. Tennessee Titans: Joe Alt | OT | Notre Dame

The Titans love how the board fell, leaving them with the opportunity to select the top offensive tackle on their board. I’ll assume that’s Joe Alt, who should immediately slot in as a solid pass protector for Will Levis and has a great chance to be a franchise left tackle.

— Matt Clapp

8. Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner | EDGE | Alabama

For better or worse, the Falcons addressed their quarterback needs in the offseason by signing Kirk Cousins. Now it’s time to address stopping the other team’s quarterback. That leads us to Turner, a versatile edge rusher. His ability to win up front will help keep opposing offenses off schedule and make the Atlanta defense a more formidable group for years to come.

— Dixon

9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze | WR | Washington

The Bears double up on offense with their two top-10 picks. Having just four total picks in the draft, Chicago won’t be able to pass up the allure of getting a premier pass-catcher for Caleb Williams.

— O’Neill

10. New York Jets: Troy Fautanu | OL | Washington

With two older tackles, the Jets desperately need offensive line depth. It’s hard to imagine that either Tyron Smith or Morgan Moses will play an entire 18-game schedule, so the Jets needed better depth than Max Mitchell at offensive tackle. Fautanu is the best offensive lineman not named Joe Alt in this class for me, and he can immediately come in and compete to start at left guard with John Simpson.

— Neumann

11. Minnesota Vikings: Laiatu Latu | EDGE | UCLA

Out of position for a quarterback, the Vikings select an EDGE to help their defensive line. The team lost Danielle Hunter to the Houston Texans this offseason. They have some depth concerns on the line now, so you might as well address it with one of the best EDGE prospects in this year’s draft. Latu had a terrific career at UCLA and will hopefully see his skills translate to the NFL.

— Novak

12. Denver Broncos: Michael Penix Jr. | QB | Washington

I’m not convinced that the Broncos are prepared to head into the 2024-25 season with Jarrett Stidham as their starter. So Sean Payton and company get perhaps the most refined passer in the draft class here at No. 12, just one pick ahead of their AFC West rival, the Las Vegas Raiders, who also seemingly need a quarterback.

— Shipley

13. Las Vegas Raiders: Olu Fashanu | OT | Penn State

The Raiders are left with a great “problem” to have at the 13th pick: take a high-ceiling left tackle or the top cornerback on the board? I’ll go with the premium position on the offensive side. More than a few organizations likely have Olu Fashanu as the top offensive tackle in this class. Las Vegas still needs a quarterback and will likely explore trading up, but landing a high-ceiling left tackle is a big prize that will make things easier on an eventual quarterback solution.

— Clapp

14. New Orleans Saints: Tailese Fuaga | OT | Oregon State

I promise I’m not completely obsessed with offensive tackles, even though I respect the value of premium positions as much as anyone. But these are excellent prospects that keep falling my way! The Saints get substantial value at No. 14 with a versatile offensive lineman in Tailese Fuaga.

— Clapp

15. Indianapolis Colts: Brock Bowers | TE | Georgia

It can be argued that the Colts have more pressing needs at this spot. However, this pick is a pure talent selection that could help completely transcend their offense and greatly help the development of second-year quarterback Anthony Richardson.

— Shipley

16. Seattle Seahawks: Byron Murphy II | DL | Texas

Seattle has made some excellent draft picks over the past two seasons. With a team hoping to compete in the NFC West this year, the Seahawks should address their defensive line this year. Taking Byron Murphy out of Texas is one way to do it. Some think he’s one of the best interior DL prospects in the draft, if not the top one. So Seattle would make good by taking the talented Murphy.

— Novak

17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr. | WR | LSU

A deep threat with size and an elite ability to stretch the field, the Jaguars have other pressing needs. Still, it’s hard to imagine that after losing Calvin Ridley in free agency, they would pass up on a wide receiver prospect as underrated as Thomas, who would immediately start alongside Christian Kirk and Gabe Davis.

— Neumann

18. Cincinnati Bengals: Amarius Mims | OL | Georgia

The Bengals have Joe Burrow under contract for the rest of the decade. With Orlando Brown Jr. looking like a likely cap casualty next offseason, Mims will serve as a more than suitable replacement

— Shipley

19. Los Angeles Rams: Quinyon Mitchell | CB | Toledo

Mitchell had the highest score of any cornerback at the combine, and it’s not hard to see why. He has an ideal blend of strength, size and speed for the modern cornerback position. Mitchell tends to tip his hand too early if there’s a flaw. But if you can get a talent like this at this part of the draft, you gladly take the good with the bad.

— Dixon

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Wiggins | CB | Clemson

We can’t call Wiggins a safe pick. He relies on his speed to play catch-up, which is a risky game to play in the NFL. But his speed is fantastic. If he can bulk up and grow into his longer frame, he can play closer to receivers, thereby eliminating the need to play catch-up. There’s definitely boom or bust potential here. But against the AFC’s best quarterbacks, you can’t be timid.

— Dixon

21. Miami Dolphins: Jared Verse | EDGE | Florida State

The Dolphins add another big-time pass rusher as the FSU standout stays in-state. Verse feels like the type of player who could make an instant impact in the right situation.

— O’Neill

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Cooper DeJean | CB | Iowa

It’s hard to imagine DeJean being available when the Eagles are picking. Still, Howie Roseman should run to the podium and not think twice about it if the Iowa cornerback is available. James Bradberry and Darius Slay aren’t getting any younger, and an athletic freak like DeJean could slide right into a zone-heavy scheme.

— Neumann

23. Minnesota Vikings: Darius Robinson | EDGE | Mizzou

You can never have too much talent on the line. While Jer’Zhan Newton is still on the board here, the Vikings take Darius Robinson here. Mizzou has had no problem sending quality pass-rushers to the NFL over the past few years. Robinson hopes to be the next one, and the Vikings taking two EDGEs in the first round means that they can address depth in other areas in the remainder of this draft.

— Novak

24. Dallas Cowboys: Jer’Zhan Newton | IDL | Illinois

The Cowboys have some established stars off the edge, such as Micah Parsons and Demarcus Lawrence. However, some added pass rush on the inside could benefit them greatly, and Newton provides that in spades at this pick.

— Shipley

25. Green Bay Packers: Terrion Arnold | CB | Alabama

Even in a mock draft, it makes me sick as a Bears fan that Terrion Arnold falls to the Packers at No. 25. I highly doubt he gets close to this pick in the actual draft. For example, I’d be less surprised if he went as high as No. 8. He’s arguably the top cornerback in this class.

— Clapp

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: JC Latham | OL | Alabama

He’s another prospect who probably doesn’t fall this far in the actual draft (and I almost took him at the Packers’ pick). Like Arnold, Latham could very well go in the top-10 as well. It’s a huge steal for the Bucs.

— Clapp

27. Arizona Cardinals: Chop Robinson | EDGE | Penn State

Robinson’s production at Penn State leaves a bit to be desired. But he would present the Cardinals with a highly raw, athletic pass rusher with great explosiveness that can certainly make him a better player at the pro than he ever was in college. The upside warrants the selection here for the Cardinals.

— Shipley

28. Buffalo Bills: Troy Franklin | WR | Oregon

Josh Allen won’t have Stefon Diggs or Gabe Davis to throw to this year. That sounds like it might become an issue. So, to solve that, the Bills have their pick of the litter at receiver with this pick. We’ll be biased and take Troy Franklin. Franklin’s combination of speed and burst made him one of the most exciting receivers in the Pac-12. The Ducks star also became Oregon’s best WR ever throughout his career in Eugene. So he’s got the pedigree, certainly. Franklin would be a great addition to the Bills as they enter their next chapter.

— Novak

29. Detroit Lions: Jackson Powers-Johnson | IOL | Oregon

There’s not much more to say than this seems like a match made in heaven with Dan Campbell. The Lions don’t have a lot of weakness, and shoring up the interior of their offensive line for years to come seems like a good idea.

— Neumann

30. Baltimore Ravens: AD Mitchell | WR | Texas

Could Mitchell be the receiver the Ravens have seemingly been looking for for years? He’s a perfect fit for the offense and gives Lamar Jackson another deep threat.

— O’Neill

31. San Francisco 49ers: Graham Barton | OL | Duke

While we’re listing Barton as a tackle, he’d probably slide in at either center or right guard but has the size and athleticism needed for a tackle. A versatile lineman ready to immediately contribute is ideal for a team that was probably a few good blocks away from winning a Super Bowl last season.

— Dixon

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Ladd McConkey | WR | Georgia

The rest of the NFL world groans as Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs get a versatile, sure-handed, crisp route-running, and flat-out dynamic receiver in Ladd McConkey.

— Clapp

 

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