NFL Draft

2024 Final NFL Mock Draft

Caleb Williams

Only a few days until the Chicago Bears choose USC quarterback Caleb Williams as the first choice at the 2024 NFL Draft. This year’s draft seems like a potentially busy year for trades. Normally, I like to stick to where teams are picking, but this year, I got crazy. The following is Gridiron Experts final mock draft for 2024

1. Caleb Williams

QB | USC

This is a lock, let’s skip the analysis

2. Jayden Daniels

QB | USC

Jayden Daniels has progressed more than any other player during the past 12 months. He has a big arm, throws with touch to all three levels, and has the athleticism to rip off 50-yard runs and make it look easy.

3. J.J. McCarthy [TRADE]

QB | Michigan

I think the Vikings are set on moving up the board to lock in their quarterback of the future. In this trade, the Patriots would receive both of the Vikings’ first-round picks. Head Coach Kevin O’Connell has experience coaching young quarterbacks and with Sam Darnold on the roster, I don’t think McCarthy is rushed into action in his first year.

4. Drake Maye [TRADE]

QB | North Carolina

Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch, Brock Osweiler, Case Keenum, Joe Flacco, Brandon Allen, Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater and Russell Wilson… just stop. The Broncos can’t keep plugging in old quarterbacks or trying to make things work with league-wide backups —It’s time to invest in a high-profile young QB for the future. Maye checks all the boxes when you’re talking about the measurables.

5. Marvin Harrison Jr.

WR | Ohio State

Hey, look what I found! Jim Harbaugh is gifted a dream scenario to re-start his NFL career after years at Michigan. Malik Naber (LSU) may be chosen above Harrison Jr. because of his ability to be a big play threat; nevertheless, Harrison Jr. is still regarded by many as the best non-QB prospect in this draft class and would provide Justin Herbert a top target.

6. Malik Nabers

WR | LSU

Part of me believes the Giants in this situation still find a way to mess this up, but hopefully, there are enough scouts in the war room to keep the Giants’ front office from doing something dumb. Nabers is huge talent and would help the GMEN day one.

7. Joe Alt

OT | Notre Dame

I think almost everyone has Joe Alt mocked to the Titans; this is one of the most easily predicted picks of the draft. Alt graded out as one of the nation’s most consistent offensive linemen last season.

8. Dallas Turner

EDGE | Alabama 

Physically gifted, explosive, and tall, these are the qualities an NFL pass rusher needs to make an impact. Although his outstanding closing burst and first-step speed are strong foundations, Turner should continue to hone his technique from start to finish. He will thrive in Atlanta.

9. Byron Murphy II

EDGE | Texas

A powerful, dynamic player with the potential to contribute as a three-down defender in the ideal system. As a pass rusher or gap shooter, he is a nightmare to defend against. Murphy has a lot of strength and experience taking on double teams. His motor and enthusiasm produce an activity level that coaches will adore. The Bears need playmakers, and they’ll get one with Murphy on the field.

10. Rome Odunze

WR | Washington

There is a chance the Jets go Brock Bowers here, but with the history of first-round Tight Ends not living up to the hype and with Aaron Rodgers’s age limiting the window, I feel the Jets can get more out of Odunze right away and will have a solid receiving group for years to come.

11. Quinyon Mitchell [TRADE]

CB | Toledo

The Patriots need a lot of help, and in this scenario, they trade back and get two players who can help their team improve now.

The first pick is cornerback Quinyon Mitchell. He has running back speed with the strength of a safety and the pass-defending ability of a cornerback. Mitchell is considered an elite defensive back. While practicing against the best receivers at the Senior Bowl, Mitchell stood out as the undisputed top cornerback, demonstrating his versatility on the field.

12. Terrion Arnold [TRADE]

CB | Alabama 

Athletically gifted, twitchy man-cover corner who possesses the tools necessary to provide consistent coverage. Arnold brings the ideal blend of aggressiveness and tenacity to the field in all of his roles. The Cardinals, much like the Pats, stockpile talent by trading back.

13. Olumuyiwa Fashanu

OL | Alabama

I don’t feel the Raiders are as desperate as other teams in the league about drafting a quarterback in the first round. I could see the Raiders trading up on day two to select someone, but I feel offensive line depth is more critical. Aidan O’Connell is the team’s current QB1; the fourth-round pick from Purdue went 5-4 during the end-of-the-year stretch last season.

14. Taliese Fuaga

OL | Oregon State

Fuaga is a strong right tackle who can still perform at a high level even if he doesn’t have the best pad level or lower-body bend. Fuaga has an aggressive demeanor when playing. He has to put in extra effort to sustain and finish since he is a one-pop blocker and has trouble clinching into run blocks.

Fuaga has exceptional pass protection technique and the agility to mimic and keep up with edge-to-edge rush moves.

15. Nate Wiggins

CB | Clemson

The AFC South continues to get better as a whole in the passing game. With Diggs to the Texans, Calvin Ridley to the Titans, and Gabe Davis to the Jaguars, drafting cornerback depth is a forward-thinking move. Wiggins’ combination of coverage talent and traits could make him a defensive coordinator’s dream.

16. Troy Fautanu

OL | Washington

The Seahawks do their own thing on draft day, rarely trading back to stack additional picks. They can always hang their hat on their excellent 2012 draft class, for which they were publicly criticized for, yet produced Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, and Russell Wilson. This team does things differently but have been more cookie-cutter in recent years. In my opinion, the top need is beefing up their offensive line. Selecting local Washington Huskie Troy Fautanu would be a popular pick and a smooth transition for the 6’4″, 317lb Senior.

17. Cooper DeJean [TRADE]

CB | Iowa

As a cornerback, DeJean is large and stocky, with strong arms and tight hips. Although he has a great knack for getting interceptions, he lacks the fluidity and ease of movement required for man coverage at the next level. With his eyes forward, he can use his instincts to take on quarterbacks and his enormous downhill sprint to smash anything that needs it. Bonus: Extremely valuable on special teams.

The Eagles want to find players who can help them return to the Super Bowl while also adding depth for the future. DeJean fits that role. He’ll see the field in 2024 on this defense.

18. Brock Bowers

TE | Georgia

Some mock drafts have Bowers going as high as 10, but history has shown that tight ends who struggle to block don’t get on the field in their first year. Bowers is better than most of the over-hyped tight ends we’ve seen the last few years, but I think the trend of reaching on them has ended. Bowers is super-talented and would be a perfect addition to the Bengals.

Bowers’ has shown his ability to rip through tacklers and rack up yardage after the catch. He would make for an excellent upgrade to the tight-end position, giving Joe Burrow a reliable target over the middle, which would help to push a trade for Tee Higgins out the door.

19. Kool-Aid McKinstry

CB | Alabama 

The Rams don’t overthink it here; they go with the best player available on defense. Last year, the Rams ranked 21st in defensive passing yards allowed per game. They have talent but lack depth.

20. JC Latham

OL | Alabama

The Steelers are masterful at finding wide receiver talent through the draft, but quarterbacks… not so much. The free agency additions of Russell Wilson and Justin Fields is a result of being frustrated at the quarterback position for far too long. One of these guys is going to take the starting job and run with it, so added protection in the pocket will help with their future goals.

21. Graham Barton

OL | Duke

Barton brings positionall flexibility, he can play anywhere on the offensive line. The Dolphins need to keep Tua Tagovailoa healthy. Tua took 29 sacks last year, in his first season playing all 17 games. Added protection is necessary.

22. Laiatu Latu [TRADE]

DE | UCLA

In my mock draft, I have the Eagles and Jags making a trade. The Jaguars add some additional picks and add 23-year-old Laiatu Latu from UCLA. At 6′ 5″ 259 lbs, Latu ran a 4.64 at the NFL combine. He is an excellent combination of speed and strength. Latu possesses the kind of rare maturity to his game that you usually see from NFL veterans. He should thrive under head coach Doug Pederson in DC Ryan Nielsen’s system.

23. Bo Nix [TRADE]

QB | Oregon 

The second part of the Patriots trade is adding Oregon Ducks QB Bo Nix. There is a real divide amongst NFL Draft gurus when it comes to Nix, but I personally watched all of his games last year, and think he could be a success in the right system. Nix is smart, he gets the ball out quick and is better than most at reading defenses. If the Patriots don’t put too much on his plate in year one, he could lead them to a successful season.

24. Amarius Mims

OL | Georgia

Athletically gifted tackle prospect with promising NFL attributes and a stunning physique. Regarding hand placement, Mims is head and shoulders above the competition. His athleticism is adequate for making blocks on the move, and his size and bend allow him to generate movement, though he isn’t always reliable. Mims is 6′ 8″ and 340lbs. He’s the perfect addition to a Cowboys OL in need of an upgrade.

25. Brian Thomas Jr. [TRADE]

WR | LSU

After trading back, I have the Cardinals moving up to the 25th pick in a trade with the Packers. The Cardinals decide to stockpile picks in my Mock Draft, but that doesn’t mean they’ll walk away without a wide receiver. I like the Cards moving up to select Brian Thomas Jr.

Thomas isn’t perfect, but he shows promise as a future WR 1/2 in the NFL. He ran a 4.33 at the NFL combine. At 6’3, 209lbs, he’ll be hard to cover.

26. Chop Robinson

DE | Penn State

Robinson may have the biggest motor of anyone in this draft class, regardless of position. He is an excellent pass rusher. At 6’7, 340 lbs with a 4.48 40 time, Robinson will be a threat in the NFC South on day one.

27. Mike Sainristil [TRADE]

CB | Michigan

Consistent and strong, Sainristil has the speed and potential to develop further into a top nickel corner. As a zone defender, Sainristil has an impressive level of field awareness and precision, despite his background as a receiver. He possesses the necessary footwork and quickness to maintain connection with routes in man coverage, but he might benefit from additional experience at the position to improve his route recognition and feel.

28. Adonai Mitchell

WR | Texas

This one is easy. The Bills must replace Stefon Diggs and selecting Adonai Mitchell adds 4.34 speed to take the top off of defenses. However, Mitchell isn’t just a burner; he has shown a wide range of skills and can make plays after the catch. His NFL comparison is George Pickens.

29. Darius Robinson

DE | Missouri

Iron sharpens iron. The Lions caused havoc last season with their defensive line. Adding Darius Robinson gives them that much more depth to make quarterbacks miserable.

30. Tyler Guyton

OL | Oklahoma

Not the sexy pick that Ravens fans will like, but the truth is the strength of their offensive system is running the ball and creating holes for the ball carrier to run through. Guyton is 6’8, 322 lbs. The Ravens were close last season, and I think Guyton makes them even stronger up front.

31. Ladd McConkey

WR | Georgia

Brandon Aiyuk wants out, and the team should draft his replacement.

McConkey has excellent route-running ability that fits the 49ers system. 4.39 speed that will help stretch defenses.

“Really smart. You can tell he watches a ton of tape with how good he is at picking up on how to attack guys he’s facing.” – NFL scouting director.

32. Jackson Powers-Johnson

C/G | Oregon

Andy Reid knows the key to success is giving his superstar quarterback time in the pocket. Unlike years past when the Chiefs took a luxury pick (that didn’t pan out) like Clyde Edwards-Helaire, I believe this pick is easy and obvious. Add depth to the line.

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