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2024 NFL Mock Draft: How QBs going 1-2-3-4 would shape the rest of the first round


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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Combine medicals, combine schmedicals. The Bears are taking Caleb Williams with the top selection.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Commanders opt for Drake Maye, who has connections to QBs coach Tavita Pritchard and offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Bill Belichick reportedly loved Jayden Daniels. Belichick is no longer with the Patriots, of course, but the Patriots end up agreeing with their former head coach and taking the Heisman Trophy winner.

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

Surprise! There was a lot of talk at the NFL Combine about the Giants’ willingness to trade up for a QB, and they do so here — even with the top 3 off the board. Some may ask: why would New York need to trade up if the Cardinals and Chargers aren’t looking for a QB? Well, the Falcons, Raiders, Vikings and other teams are, and they could be looking to move ahead of the Giants to take McCarthy.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Best-case scenario for the Chargers, who get Justin Herbert one of the best wide receiver prospects in recent years. Jim Harbaugh has seen up close just how good Marvin Harrison Jr. is, and now he’ll get to coach the Ohio State standout instead of going against him.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

1st

With Marvin Harrison Jr. off the board, the Cardinals turn their focus to the defensive side of the ball. Dallas Turner cemented himself as the best edge rusher in the class with an awesome combine performance.

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Then rookie-QB Will Levis was sacked 28 times in nine starts last season. That can’t happen if he’s going to reach his potential as being the franchise guy in Tennessee. To better protect Levis, the Titans take Joe Alt, who’s everything you want in an NFL left tackle.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

If the Falcons add a veteran QB, there’s a decent chance they go defense with this selection. However, QBs going with the first-four picks make Malik Nabers available here, and the LSU star is too good for Atlanta to pass up.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

3rd

First Caleb Williams, then Rome Odunze. Combined with D.J. Moore, the Bears offense would have a bunch of firepower.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Debated giving the Jets Brock Bowers here, but Aaron Rodgers wouldn’t be able to get him the ball if he was constantly running from pressure or on his back. Instead, New York adds much-needed protection in the form of Olu Fashanu, an athletic left tackle who, at just 21 years old, will only continue to get better.

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Terrion Arnold, having arrived at Alabama as one of the top safety prospects in the nation, has only been playing cornerback for a few years. But he has the versatility, athleticism and ball skills (five interceptions, 17 pass breakups in 2023) to elevate the Minnesota secondary for years to come.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

I trust Sean Payton to make the right move at QB following the inevitable release of Russell Wilson. But with the pass-catching situation potentially in flux — do the Broncos try and trade Jerry Jeudy and/or Courtland Sutton — Denver gets a top-10 talent for whomever ends up under center.

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

CBS Sports’ No. 1 ranked CB dominated the combine, running a blazing fast 40-yard dash (4.33 seconds), throwing up 20 reps on the bench and looking smooth during on-field drills. Mitchell replaces impending free agent Amik Robertson.

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

Right tackle Ryan Ramczyk’s NFL future is uncertain as he deals with a knee condition, and the Saints ended up moving guard Andrus Peat to left tackle midseason after Trevor Penning performed poorly and James Hurst got hurt. All that to say this: New Orleans needs a star-studded tackle. Taliese Fuaga has the size, power and technique to be that player.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

4th

Not only do the Colts re-sign Michael Pittman Jr., but they get him a running mate in Brian Thomas Jr. Overshadowed by Malik Nabers at LSU, Thomas ran a blazing 4.33-second 40-yard dash — at nearly 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. Not only can he take the top off the defense, but he can make contested catches for Anthony Richardson in Indianapolis.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

If not for Dallas Turner, Jared Verse would have been the star of the position group at the combine. The Florida State standout had a strong finish to the season, and he kept that momentum going in Indianapolis. New head coach Mike Macdonald starts his tenure in Seattle with a big-time edge rusher.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

A few weeks ago, I had the Jaguars taking defensive tackle Johnny Newton. This time around, I have them taking Byron Murphy. The reasoning remains the same: the Jaguars need to get more pressure from the interior defensive line, and Murphy can be that guy.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Protect Joe Burrow at all costs — that needs to be the goal for the Bengals this offseason. Cincinnati lets right tackle Jonah Williams walk in free agency and replaces him with JC Latham.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Laiatu Latu didn’t test as well as the other top edge rushers, but he’s technically sound and super productive. Those qualities will translate to the NFL.

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

1st

Easy one here. Steelers select the Oregon Mauler to replace the recently released Mason Cole.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

56th

POSITION RNK

4th

With several high-priced stars, the Dolphins need to get younger and cheaper at a multitude of positions. They opt for the interior offensive line here with Troy Fautanu, who played left tackle at Washington but is expected to kick inside as a pro.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

The Eagles once again land a defender who should have been selected higher. Chop Robinson’s length isn’t ideal, but his speed and explosiveness were on full display at the NFL Combine.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

Nate Wiggins’s NFL Combine was cut short due to a hip flexor injury, but he showed what he needed to by running the second-fastest 40-yard dash at the event (4.28 seconds). He’s super light (173 pounds) and needs to show more aggressiveness against the run, but I’d trust DeMeco Ryans to get the most out of the Clemson standout.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

5th

All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith is reportedly going to hit free agency, so the Cowboys find his replacement in Amarius Mims.

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Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

7th

The Packers have used 12 of their past 13 first-round picks on the defensive side of the ball — with the lone offensive player being Jordan Love — and I expect that to continue this year. Green Bay grabs an Iowa player for the second straight year in cornerback Cooper DeJean, who reunites with the team’s 2023 first-round pick, edge rusher Lukas Van Ness.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

8th

It appears as though Mike Evans will be playing elsewhere in 2024, so the Buccaneers draft his replacement. At 6-foot-2 and 205 pounds, Adonai Mitchell ranked third among WRs in the 40-yard dash (4.34 seconds) and first in the broad jump (11-foot-4) and added an impressive 39.5-inch vertical jump. The Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year solidified himself as a Round 1 pick at the NFL Combine.

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Illinois

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 295 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

2nd

A Jones fracture near his pinky toe prevented Jer’Zhan Newton from participating at the NFL Combine, but he’s still a first-round talent and a player the Cardinals could use along their defensive front.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 172 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

5th

If you break the NFL Combine record in the 40-yard dash, you automatically go in the first round of my next mock draft. And Xavier Worthy is more than just the 4.21-second 40 he ran in Indianapolis; he led the Big 12 in receiving yards (2,755) and receiving touchdowns (26) over the past three seasons. With Gabe Davis leaving in free agency, the Bills add the Texas speedster to take the top off the defense and add more firepower for Josh Allen.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Lions make Kool-Aid McKinstry the second Alabama DB off the board to help improve their secondary.

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

6th

One of the better offensive tackles in this class falls right into the Ravens lap. Ronnie Stanley and/or Morgan Moses could be cap casualties this offseason, so Tyler Guyton makes a ton of sense.

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Missouri

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 296 lbs

Three of the 49ers’ top-four edge rushers are set to become free agents, leaving Nick Bosa as the only proven pass rusher for the reigning NFC champions. San Francisco fixes that by adding the big and versatile Darius Robinson.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

55th

POSITION RNK

11th

Daniel Jeremiah said on the NFL Combine broadcast that the rest of the league can’t let the Chiefs draft Ladd McConkey. The other 31 teams don’t listen as Patrick Mahomes gets a much-needed weapon at wideout.





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