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2024 NFL Mock Draft: Teams prioritize protecting franchise QBs as offensive linemen fly off the board Round 1


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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Has the final chapter of Justin Fields’ story been written? No, but I don’t think the next chapter begins in Chicago. The Bears do not have clarity on the quarterback position and Fields is entering the fourth year of his rookie contract. The franchise can’t pass up the opportunity to draft a quarterback at No. 1 overall.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Caleb Williams is probably new Commanders OC Kliff Kingsbury’s preference given his year-long relationship with USC, but that is unlikely to happen considering Williams is off the board. Washington can only play the hand they are dealt.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

No Tom Brady. No Bill Belichick. Now on the throne sits new head coach Jerod Mayo, so it is a great opportunity to start fresh with a new quarterback as well. Jayden Daniels is coming off a super productive season and has dual-threat ability.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Kyler Murray is likely back for another season so the selection of Marvin Harrison Jr. can be sold as investing in Murray, but it is also an investment in the future quarterback if Murray does not pan out. Harrison profiles as an impact player at the next level.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Los Angeles is deep in salary cap debt so it is not unreasonable to think they could part ways with Keenan Allen and/or Mike Williams. In doing so, they create a void among their wide receiver room. Malik Nabers is a downfield threat and would be a good compliment to Quentin Johnston in the event he continues developing.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

As New York begins identifying young skill talent to build around, running back Saquon Barkley and tight end Brock Bowers are two of those tent poles. There is not a lot of sense in building around an almost 32-year-old tight end making $14 million+ over the next three years when you are multiple years away from contention.

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

“Hey, dad. Thank you for leaving some really well paid offensive linemen in Cleveland to come coach for me. As a reward, I’d like to use the No. 7 overall selection on an offensive lineman for you!” That should be the conversation Titans head coach Brian Callahan is having with his father, Bill, who’s now Tennessee’s O-line coach.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Atlanta hired Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris as head coach, and it would not surprise anyone if Morris used his first draft choice to address his side of the ball. The pass rush is one area that should be addressed.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

In five years, if we look back on this draft class and Laiatu Latu was the best pass rusher to emerge, it would not be a surprise. Latu is the most well-rounded of the top pass rushers at this point.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

One would think that the Titans and Jets have already earmarked their respective first-round selections for the offensive tackle position. New York gets a young, ascending talent in the back end of the Top 10.

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Drafting a cornerback in the first round has not played out well for Minnesota in the past, but that has to be a consideration even if it is not their biggest need. Edge rusher and cornerback are a few other spots that could draw their attention.

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

Russell Wilson is under contract for the 2024 regular season but it would be pretty awkward if he were back as the team’s starting quarterback. J.J. McCarthy is a winner and he is accurate. I could see Sean Payton falling in love with those qualities and bringing the national champion to the Rocky Mountains.

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

7th

Outside of primarily playing non-Power 5 competition, there is nothing to not like about Quinyon Mitchell. He has the size, speed, aggressiveness and ball production that teams often seek from an impact performer.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

New Orleans is in an odd place. They have a few spots that need improved play next season, like quarterback and the offensive line, but now may not be the right time. The Saints can build around Rome Odunze and Chris Olave in that receiver room.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

4th

Indianapolis should be able to apply pressure from a variety of spots this season with Kwity Paye, Dayo Odeyingbo, DeForest Buckner and now Verse. The Colts exceeded expectations this season but cannot lose self-awareness in where they are with the rebuild, like the Giants last year.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

When naming Seattle’s best players, fans will think of DK Metcalf, Devon Witherspoon, Riq Woolen, Abe Lucas, Charles Cross, Tyler Lockett, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Kenneth Walker, etc… A lot of that young talent was added over the past few years. They continue stockpiling talent with a stout, but effective, interior defender in Round 1.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

It is an important offseason for Trevor Lawrence and the Jaguars. They need to re-establish an upward trajectory, and heavily investing in the offense is a way to do just that. Jacksonville has a good group of young skill talent locked up for a few years with Travis Etienne, Evan Engram and Thomas. They just need to bring Calvin Ridley back into the fold now.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Jonah Williams is slated to hit free agency and Cincinnati gets great value with Alabama right tackle J.C. Latham lasting until the late teens.

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

Los Angeles is at a crossroads yet again. Do they continue trying to maximize their window with Matthew Stafford or do they build around the talent they assembled last offseason and embrace the future? Taliese Fuaga is a pick that satisfies both approaches.

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

8th

Broderick Jones can flip back to the left side, which would allow Tyler Guyton to play right tackle as he had in Norman. He was still technically rough at the beginning of the season but continues to show improvement each time he touches the field.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

1st

Connor Williams, Robert Hunt and Isaiah Wynn are all slated to hit free agency. Robert Jones is a restricted free agent. Miami’s starting five and depth could be challenged depending how those situations play out, so the selection of Troy Fautanu allows them to maintain.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

If giving another offensive lineman or defensive lineman to Philadelphia, despite needs at linebacker and cornerback, sounds like a broken record that is because the Eagles’ philosophy is tried and true. They will always prioritize those spots and the defensive line upheaval over a three year period could be significant.

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Illinois

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 295 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Houston head coach DeMeco Ryans adds another high motor soldier to the defensive front. The Texans are bound to continue on an upward trajectory with C.J. Stroud at quarterback.

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Arizona

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

53rd

POSITION RNK

9th

Tyron Smith is a free agent and he is advanced in his career. If he were to not return, Dallas would likely need to draft another offensive lineman to account for his absence. Tyler Smith and Jordan Morgan would each have experience playing left tackle.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

6th

If left tackle David Bakhtiari does not return after battling injuries the past few years, then Amarius Mims is a prospect capable of filling his massive shoes.

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

196th

POSITION RNK

16th

Buccaneers center Ryan Jensen’s illustrious career has come to an end. Tampa Bay already needed help along the interior offensive line but Jensen’s retirement only exacerbates the situation. Jackson Powers-Johnson is a prospect beloved by many in the draft community.

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Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Arizona essentially created a competitive practice setting in the first round by picking Marvin Harrison Jr. first and now Cooper DeJean. The Cardinals roster is devoid of talent and simply needs reinforcements.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Is this going to be another offseason of Stefon Diggs drama? They could use another consistent ball winner and that is what Keon Coleman has been throughout his career.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

A year ago, Detroit plucked defensive back Brian Branch out of Tuscaloosa. Dan Campbell identifies another Nick Saban protégé in the first round to upgrade the secondary.

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Missouri

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

138th

POSITION RNK

13th

Darius Robinson played on the edge a lot for Missouri but has the size to slide inside when necessary. Baltimore likes to be multiple and deploy defenders in a variety of ways, so Robinson is an ideal fit regardless of whether or not Jadeveon Clowney returns.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

I often give the Chiefs a defensive tackle or a wide receiver. Cornerback is not a primary need but adding a lockdown cornerback like Nate Wiggins to go along with L’Jarius Sneed and Trent McDuffie has to be appealing for Kansas City.

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Duke

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

San Francisco has directed a significant portion of its resources towards the defensive line, skill talent and the failed Trey Lance experiment. They need to divert some of those assets towards the offensive line, and they do here with the selection of Graham Barton.





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