With the 2023 NFL Draft process in full swing, it’s time to take a much-to-early look ahead at the 2024 NFL Draft. This is a 2024 NFL Mock Draft for the 1st round, with a predicted draft order. There are no trades, but rather, what I believe these teams will be looking at next offseason. As the year progresses, we’ll release more coverage on the 2024 NFL Draft. This 2024 NFL Mock Draft was built using our 2024 NFL Draft Big Board Top 200 Prospect Rankings, which was also used on our NFL Mock Draft Simulator.
1. Atlanta Falcons
Caleb Williams, QB, Southern California
Desmond Ridder finished the 2022 season with four starts. His best performance came in the season finale against the Buccaneers in which he threw for four touchdowns. However, assuming that they end up with the first overall pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, things haven’t gone well for the franchise.
Caleb Williams put on a dominating performance during the 2022 season, his first at USC. He’s not eligible for the NFL Draft until after the 2023 season. Given that, he should be one of the top overall picks.
2. Houston Texans
Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
The Houston Texans should be able to find a franchise quarterback in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, the roster is a mess and lacks serious talent that not even a franchise quarterback can fix. It’s unclear at this point who the head coach will be in 2023, or if GM Nick Caserio will be the one calling the shots during the 2024 NFL Draft cycle. Regardless, finding a young player to build around on defense should be one of their top priorities.
3. Denver Broncos
Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
The Broncos should be an improved team moving forward with a new head coach, but I still have concerns about Russell Wilson. If he struggles to get going once again in 2023, then they should have a top pick, as they do in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
The Broncos have two cornerbacks, Ronald Darby and K’Waun Williams, that are set to become unrestricted free agents following the 2023 season. As a result, I have them taking the top cornerback on my 2024 big board, Ga’Quincy “Kool-Aid” McKinstry.
4. Chicago Bears
Tyler Davis, DL, Clemson
If the Bears trade out of the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, they should have plenty of draft capital to rebuild their franchise. However, let’s make this pick assuming that they keep the first overall to draft Will Anderson Jr.
Justin Jones is set to hit free agency, and the team lacks a lot of depth and talent on the defensive line. Tyler Davis is one of the top defensive tackles that will be available in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Bears could have a serious conversation about their quarterback position, and whether or not Justin Fields is the long-term answer, but I have them looking elsewhere with this pick.
5. Arizona Cardinals
Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio State
With reports that the Cardinals could trade DeAndre Hopkins, it creates a long-term problem at receiver for Arizona. Losing Hopkins hurts Arizona, but hey have an aging group, along with several pending free agents.
Marvin Harrison Jr should be the top wide receiver heading into the 2024 NFL Draft. If there’s a team in the top ten, such as the Cardinals in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, I fully expect Harrison Jr to come off the board.
6. Indianapolis Colts
Nehemiah Pritchett, CB, Auburn
Stephon Gilmore and Kenny Moore are nearing the end of their contracts, and unless the Colts are able to bring in free agents to replace them, the organization will have to look to the 2024 NFL Draft to replace them.
Nehemiah Pritchett is a prospect that I’m predicting will take a huge jump in 2023, especially with Hugh Freeze taking over head coaching duties at Auburn.
7. Las Vegas Raiders
Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
Maxx Crosby has been lights out for the Raiders since he was drafted in 2019. However, they’ve missed on a few draft picks around him and have had to rely on unrestricted free agents. Finding a young player around him to relieve some of the pressure would be wise for Las Vegas.
8. New Orleans Saints
Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
The Saints have another season with Jameis Winston under contract. However, after that, the future looks bleak for New Orleans. They could look at bringing in another free agent, or even signing Winston to a long-term contract, but if they’re selecting 8th overall in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, I find them unlikely to do so.
Drake Maye is likely to be one of the top quarterback prospects in 2024. If North Carolina is able to get back into contention in the ACC, he’ll certainly see a rise in his draft stock.
9. Carolina Panthers
Tommy Eichenberg, LB, Ohio State
Linebacker is a position that the Panthers haven’t seriously addressed in quite some time. In fact, they haven’t used a first round pick on the position since Shaq Thompson in 2015, who, coincidentally, is set to hit unrestricted free agency.
10. Houston Texans (Via Cleveland Browns)
Cooper Beebe, OT, Kansas State
Per this report from ESPN, Texans LT Laremy Tunsil wants a new deal that will reset the market. Meaning, that Laremy Tunsil wants to be the highest paid left tackle in the NFL.
With the Texans in the middle of a full rebuild, I find it unlikely that they’ll offer a deal that would satisfy Tunsil. Rather, with two first round picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, I believe that they’ll likely use one of an offensive tackle.
11. Los Angeles Rams
Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina
Matthew Stafford has a long-term contract that runs through 2026, but you have to wonder how much longer he’ll play.
Spencer Rattler took a step backwards in 2022, his first at South Carolina. If he can get back on track, his draft stock could rise enough to get him into the first round of this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Brandon Dorlus, DL, Oregon
The Seahawks are in a good position to find a top defensive tackle in the 2023 NFL Draft. With that being said, they should continue to address their defensive line. They have several defensive linemen that are set to hit free agency, and it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to re-sign them all. Brandon Dorlus has been able to penetrate the pocket while at Oregon. He’s versatile enough to play defensive end as well, which Seattle could certainly use.
13. Tennessee Titans
JC Latham, OT, Alabama
Taylor Lewan will be 32 years old when he hits unrestricted free agency following the 2023 NFL season. The Titans are already short on offensive line depth. The organization has other pressing needs that they’ll need to address in the 2023 NFL Draft, such as wide receiver, so they’re likely to upgrade the offensive line with a top pick.
14. New York Jets
Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington
The question for the New York Jets, at this point, should be whether or not they believe in Zach Wilson. He was benched during the 2022 NFL season, and if they Jets have a mid-first round pick in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, then they still haven’t been able to get over the hump.
However, with three quarterbacks off the board thus far, they’re really out of position to find a franchise QB. Rather, I have them selecting one of the top EDGE prospects in this class.
15. New England Patriots
Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
The Patriots have a weak wide receiver group, which they could address in the 2023 NFL Draft. However, with only one receiver off the board in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft, they’re in a fantastic position to find a difference maker that teams will have to game plan for.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers
Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State
The Steelers have a slew of corners set to hit free agency following the 2023 season. For the most part, they really haven’t used the NFL Draft to address the position. Unless they do so early in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Steelers front office should take a hard look at this group of corners in this draft class.
17. Green Bay Packers
Malachi Moore, S, Alabama
I have the Packers selecting Malachi Moore in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. Finding a safety that can also play the nickelback position is a priority for Green Bay. While they might be able to address the need in the 2023 NFL Draft, I think they’d be much more successful in doing so in the 2024 draft cycle.
18. Detroit Lions
Cade Stover, TE, Ohio State
The TJ Hockenson trade to Minnesota netted the Lions some upgraded draft picks, but left a hole at the tight end position. There are several prospects that they could target in the 2023 NFL Draft to replace him, but let’s assume that they opt to address other needs.
Cade Stover is the top tight end on my 2024 board. He’s an athletic receiver that works up the middle of the field really well, along with a solid catch radius, which the Lions are missing following Hockenson’s departure.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
The Jaguars have been much-improved under head coach Doug Pederson. Trevor Lawrence has taken massive steps forward in his development, and the offense is finally functioning on all cylinders. On the defensive side of the ball, I think they could look at EDGE rushers early in the 2024 NFL Draft. Dallas Turner is one of them that should come off the board early, so it’s a bit of a surprise to see him available in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Eyabi Okie, EDGE, Michigan
The Buccaneers could go several directions in the 2024 NFL Draft. If Tom Brady is still on the roster, then they could look for a playmaker or two to surround Kyle Trask as Brady’s eventual replacement. Further, they could also look at some depth on the offensive line.
However, I have Tampa Bay selecting the best available EDGE rusher on the board. Eyabi Okie will provide depth on the defensive front, as well as some much needed youth.
21. Washington Commanders
Kris Abrams-Draine, CB, Missouri
A slot receiver is an option here, such as Ohio State’s Emeka Egbuka. However, I have them addressing the secondary. Kendall Fuller and Bobby McCain are both set to hit unrestricted free agency. Even if they’re able to keep one or both, depth is still an issue.
22. New York Giants
JT Tuimoloau, DL, Ohio State
The New York Giants have a potential out in Leonard Williams’ contract this offseason. While I find it unlikely that they take the out, they do have a couple of options. They could opt to restructure his contract into something long-term that’s more friendly on the cap. However, they could also look for a cheap alternative by way of the 2024 NFL Draft, which I predict will happen here in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
23. Los Angeles Chargers
Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
The offensive line should be a position of priority for the chargers this offseason. However, I’m not sure if they can fully address those needs this offseason alone. Rather, I have them circling back for an offensive tackle in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft. It’s not a sexy move for the Chargers, but certainly one that can pay dividends down the road.
24. Baltimore Ravens
Blake Corum, RB, Michigan
Gus Edwards and JK Dobbins are both heading for unrestricted free agency in 2024. I find it likely that Baltimore will be able to bring one of them back. but I’m doubtful that both will be back with the Ravens. Instead, let’s mock them the best running back, in my opinion, in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft.
25. Minnesota Vikings
Shadeur Sanders, QB, Colorado
One has to wonder how far Kirk Cousins will be able to take the Vikings. They just lost a close game to the New York Giants in the Wild Card Round. Given the amount of talent on both sides of the ball in Minnesota, we might be nearing the time for the Vikings to move on and find a replacement at quarterback.
If Shadeur Sanders can play as well at Colorado as he did at Jackson State, the sky is the limit for his NFL Draft future. He’s certainly a polar-opposite of what the Vikings have in kirk Cousins, but should be able to open up the offense a tremendous amount.
26. Dallas Cowboys
Tyler Nubin, S, Minnesota
Finding some depth in the secondary is the goal in this 2024 NFL Mock Draft for the Dallas Cowboys. Tyler Nubin began to crawl up draft boards before announcing his decision to return to Minnesota for the 2023 season. If he continues to play like he did this season, it’s a real possibility to see him come off the board in the first round.
27. Miami Dolphins
Jeremiah Trotter Jr, LB, Clemson
I think there should be some real concern at quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. Tua Tagovailoa has played well at times under HC Mike McDaniel. However, given the amount of concussions and inconsistency, one has to wonder if there are better options on the table.
With that being said, I’m predicting that the Dolphins will win a couple of game sin the NFL Playoffs, putting them in a solid position at the quarterback position. Therefore, let’s add some depth at linebacker. Jerome Baker is set to hit unrestricted free agency, and the Dolphins lack a ton of solid depth at the second level.
28. Kansas City Chiefs
Jack Sawyer, EDGE, Ohio State
Unless the Kansas City Chiefs want to invest a good amount of money into Chris Jones and Frank Clark, they’ll have a hole on the defensive front. I’m mocking the Chiefs the best available EDGE defender on the board in Ohio State’s Jack Sawyer. A defensive tackle is an option here, but I think Sawyer brings a bit more versatility.
29. Philadelphia Eagles
Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
I have the best available slot receiver, Emeka Egbuka, mocked here to the Philadelphia Eagles. They currently lack a playmaker at that position, although they’ve been able to make it work for them. Quez Watkins, their current slot receiver, is poised to hit free agency in 2024.
30. Cincinnati Bengals
Korey Foreman, DL, Southern California
HC Zac Taylor has, seemingly, turned this Bengals team around under QB Joe Burrow. However, with that being said, there are several top defensive players set to hit free agency. DJ Reader, Trey Henderson, and Josh Tupou headline that list. With several defensive tackles on the board, it makes sense that the Bengals would take a look at selecting one of them here.
31. San Francisco 49ers
DJ James, CB, Auburn
I have the San Francisco 49ers taking the best available player on the board. DJ James doesn’t fill a pressing need for the 49ers, but with Emmanuel Moseley hitting free agency this offseason, it could become one.
32. Buffalo Bills
Leonard Taylor, DL, Miami (FL)
DaQuan Jones, Ed Oliver, and Tim Settle are three defensive tackles that are set to hit unrestricted free agency for the Buffalo Bills. They’ve all made an impact on this defense, but I’m not sure how the front office can keep all three of them in the building.