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2024 NFL Mock Draft: Commanders take Drake Maye at No. 2; Vikings, Steelers trade up into first round


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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

What can be said that has not already been said about Chicago and Caleb Williams? Yes, Justin Fields was finally traded, but no reasonable person believed they were still torn between the idea of keeping Fields or drafting Williams.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PAYDS

3812

RUYDS

1134

INTS

4

TDS

50

Washington traded away quarterback Sam Howell, which removed a layer of discomfort for any incoming rookie within the quarterback room. We can now infer that whichever rookie is drafted No. 2 overall will start from Day 1 because Marcus Mariota assuredly won’t.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PAYDS

3608

RUYDS

449

INTS

9

TDS

33

Quarterbacks are taken 1-2-3 as Jayden Daniels is the latest to come off the board to New England. Is it possible the Patriots would prefer another quarterback from Michigan though? J.J. McCarthy is now the best option remaining for quarterback-needy teams.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

If quarterbacks are taken with the first three selections, then Arizona will likely get some tantalizing trade offers at No. 4 overall. Will it be enough for the Cardinals to pass on selecting Marvin Harrison Jr.? I think that decision would truly be 50-50 dependent upon the trade offer.

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PAYDS

2991

RUYDS

202

INTS

4

TDS

25

While Arizona was not willing to move off its pick in this scenario, Los Angeles was. Head coach John Harbaugh wants to build a physical football team, and that makes it more likely that they select tight end Brock Bowers or an offensive tackle, in my opinion.

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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

If four quarterbacks are gone in the top five overall, then New York’s opinion on luck is based on what you thought the Giants wanted to do with this selection. Were they truly in the market for a quarterback or do they benefit with Malik Nabers falling to this point?

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Tennessee has added wide receiver Calvin Ridley, running back Tony Pollard, center Lloyd Cushenberry and now left tackle Joe Alt to the offense this offseason. Three, potentially four, new starters on that side of the ball. Will Levis is a big winner in their decision-making.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

The first defensive prospect comes off the board at No. 8 overall. There has only been one occurrence since 2000 where the first defensive prospect did not come off the board until No. 8 overall or late; Jaycee Horn was the first at No. 8 overall in 2021. Atlanta gets a difference-maker.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

REC

92

REYDS

1640

YDS/REC

17.8

TDS

15

Some may believe that the trade for Keenan Allen ends any possibility that Chicago may use its second choice in the first round on a wide receiver. I am not in that camp. Allen is a rental. Rome Odunze and D.J. Moore is a long-term plan.

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

New York is going all-in on this season with two 33-year-old offensive tackles and a 40-year-old quarterback. It would be incredibly short-sighted to think that plan is going to be fulfilled without issue. Taliese Fuaga gives them insurance in the event of injury on the offensive line and he is the starter long term.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

After trading back from No. 5 overall, Los Angeles lands potentially the best offensive tackle prospect in the draft. Olu Fashanu would theoretically play left tackle and Rashawn Slater would flip to the other side, which is where he spent time at Northwestern.

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

56

REYDS

714

YDS/REC

12.8

TDS

7

Denver has bigger needs, beginning with quarterback, but the board probably pushes the Broncos toward this route. Patrick Surtain II and Terrion Arnold would be a fun pairing.

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Quinyon Mitchell is the top-rated cornerback for me personally. He has aced every step in the pre-draft process thus far. Las Vegas has been unable to identify long-term fits in that secondary.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

REC

68

REYDS

1177

YDS/REC

17.3

TDS

17

Michael Thomas is gone and that leaves a void next to Chris Olave despite Rashid Shaheed’s emergence. Brian Thomas Jr. has that typical X receiver skill set that would free up Olave to line up around the formation.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

If Pittsburgh wants an offensive tackle, then it may choose to be aggressive in filling that need in the first round. The selection of J.C. Latham would allow Broderick Jones to move back to the left side. The Steelers could really lean on the run game with that offensive line.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

5th

Seahawks head coach Mike MacDonald has seen firsthand the impact Mark Andrews has had on an offense. Seattle gets its own dynamic talent at the position despite re-signing Noah Fant.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Jacksonville had to part ways with Darious Williams for salary cap purposes so that creates a need in the secondary. Nate Wiggins is a high-end man-coverage cornerback who is still a bit inconsistent.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

32nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Cincinnati has filled the right tackle position, but bringing in Troy Fautanu allows the Bengals to upgrade the interior offensive line in the short term and potentially give them a long-term solution to either tackle situation.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

Aaron Donald has announced his retirement and that creates a void along the Rams’ defensive line alongside Kobe Turner. They really need a bigger body that can impact the run defense, but Byron Murphy II is a well-rounded interior defender.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

Indianapolis is able to trade back, pick up some additional draft resources and still make an impact addition at cornerback, which is likely the position it would address with its initial pick anyway.

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jackson Powers-Johnson has positional flexibility along the interior so the free agent signing of Aaron Brewer should not deter them from going in this direction. The team lost guard Robert Hunt in free agency.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

It feels like Philadelphia is motivated to move on from Josh Sweat this offseason, which is a curious move unless the Eagles have a plan to bring in someone else. Bryce Huff, Haason Reddick and Nolan Smith are not exactly expected to hold up against the run.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Los Angeles addressed its biggest needs in the first round as it rebuilds around quarterback Justin Herbert; first offensive tackle and now wide receiver with Adonai Mitchell.

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Duke

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

49th

POSITION RNK

8th

Dallas lost left tackle Tyron Smith and center Tyler Biadasz from last year’s offensive line. Graham Barton has positional flexibility so his presence allows the Cowboys to get their five best on the field; Terrence Steele, Zack Martin and Tyler Smith are obviously a part of that equation.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

5th

Amarius Mims has the athletic ability that would allow him to transition from right to left tackle. Green Bay and veteran David Bakhtiari finally parted ways this offseason, which creates a hole on the left side.

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Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

41st

POSITION RNK

7th

Carlton Davis is no longer on the roster so the selection of Cooper DeJean allows that position to remain a strength for the organization.

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Illinois

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 295 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Arizona adds a key piece to its defense with the selection of defensive tackle Johnny Newton. Newton is a high-motor interior defender who will help the organization move opposing quarterbacks off their spot.

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

6th

REC

55

REYDS

845

YDS/REC

15.4

TDS

11

Buffalo recommitted to Dion Dawkins this offseason, but the franchise must continue its investment in Josh Allen’s protection. Right tackle Spencer Brown is coming off his best season, but he has been inconsistent.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Laiatu Latu would be a steal at this stage of the first round. He is a great complement to Aidan Hutchinson and Josh Paschal in that defense. The defensive line has now added D.J. Reader and Latu this offseason.

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Missouri

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 296 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

6th

Baltimore has lost a few key pieces on the offensive line so it is difficult to see it not addressing that unit in the first round. The Ravens may love a future with Ben Cleveland, Andrew Vorhees as their starting offensive guards and Patrick Mekari as their starting offensive tackle, but there are too many unknowns for a contender to feel comfortable. Despite all that, a run on the position has already taken place and the franchise is left filling the void of Jadeveon Clowney.

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BYU

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 325 lbs

San Francisco signed right tackle Colton McKivitz to a one-year extension, but it is essentially the equivalent of a swing tackle contract in the NFL. The selection of Kingsley Suamataia gives the 49ers more stability along the offensive line for the next five years.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

8th

REC

50

REYDS

658

YDS/REC

13.2

TDS

11

Kansas City needs size to go along with Rashee Rice because Travis Kelce is not going to be able to play forever. Keon Coleman has not tested well, but he plays faster. When it is all said and done, he will likely get squeezed out of the first round.





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