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2024 NFL Draft: Top 10 Prospects At Each Position

We are less than three months away from the NFL Draft, and the Senior Bowl is officially in the books. With this in mind, it is time to share with you my initial top ten prospects at each position in the 2024 NFL Draft.

This year’s draft is incredibly deep at wide receiver, cornerback, and offensive tackle, while tight end, defensive line, and EDGE are quite thin. Coming off a week at the Senior Bowl, there have been significant changes in the rankings, which makes it a great time to dive into these rankings.

Many of the prospects in these rankings will be early-round picks, but let us not forget that the later-round prospects are significant as well. Brock Purdy and Isiah Pacheco were both seventh-round picks, and the two of them will have a major impact on the outcome of this year’s Super Bowl. We will get into late-round prospects as the draft gets closer.

As always, commentary is welcomed and encouraged. If you have thoughts on these rankings, be sure to share them in the comment section below. Let’s dive in!

Quarterbacks
1. Caleb Williams | USC
2. Jayden Daniels | LSU
3. Drake Maye | North Carolina
4. J.J. McCarthy | Michigan
5. Michael Penix, Jr. | Washington
6. Bo Nix | Oregon
7. Spencer Rattler | Oklahoma
8. Joe Milton | Tennessee
9. Michael Pratt | Tulane
10. Jordan Travis | Florida State

The battle for QB2 will be a fierce one, but for now, I give Daniels the edge over Maye, simply because Daniels displayed multiple “wow” performances. Maye struggled against better competition. Spencer Rattler is an intriguing name to watch as the draft gets closer, as he reminded scouts of his potential during Senior Bowl week. One sleeper who missed the top 10 is Austin Reed from Western Kentucky, who had an outstanding performance in the Shrine Bowl.

Running Backs
1. Jonathan Brooks | Texas
2. Trey Benson | Florida State
3. Blake Corum | Michigan
4. Audric Estime | Notre Dame
5. Rasheen Ali | Marshall
6. Jawhar Jordan | Louisville
7. Dillon Johnson | Washington
8. Bucky Irving | Oregon
9. Dylan Laube | New Hampshire
10. Cody Schrader | Missouri

Brooks may need a good offensive line more than any other running back in this class in order to succeed, as his running style is similar to LeVeon Bell’s: patience to the hole and acceleration through it. Nonetheless, he may have the most upside of any running back in this class. Ali was the heart and soul of the Marshall offense, and he just seemed to do better as games wore on. Jordan is too small to be a three-down back, but he could be an excellent change-of-pace option at the next level.

Wide Receivers
1. Marvin Harrison, Jr. | Ohio State
2. Rome Odunze | Washington
3. Malik Nabers | LSU
4. Keon Coleman | Florida State
5. Xavier Legette | South Carolina
6. Brian Thomas, Jr. | LSU
7. Xavier Worthy | Texas
8. Ladd McConkey | Georgia
9. Adonai Mitchell | Texas
10. Troy Franklin | Oregon

The discussion begins at WR2. I was thoroughly disappointed with Odunze in the National Championship Game, but in all fairness, not all the passes thrown in his direction were accurately thrown balls. Coleman and Legette are freaks of nature, but consistency will be the key moving forward.

Tight Ends
1. Brock Bowers | Georgia
2. Ja’Tavion Sanders | Texas
3. Cade Stover | Ohio State
4. Theo Johnson | Penn State
5. Jaheim Bell | Florida State
6. Ben Sinnott | Kansas State
7. Trey Knox | South Carolina
8. Bryson Nesbit | North Carolina
9. Dallin Hooker | Colorado State
10. AJ Barner | Michigan

This group of tight ends is awful. After Brock Bowers, I do not see any surefire top 50 prospect in this group, and Ja’Tavion Sanders is the only one within striking distance. Theo Johnson is a guy to watch moving forward, as his size will be appealing to many teams. A strong combine performance could push him up boards even more.

Offensive Tackles
1. Olumuyiwa Fashanu | Penn State
2. Joe Alt | Notre Dame
3. Taliese Fuaga | Oregon State
4. JC Latham | Alabama
5. Amarius Mims | Georgia
6. Jordan Morgan | Arizona
7. Dominick Puni | Kansas
8. Kingsley Suamatia | BYU
9. Tyler Guyton | Oklahoma
10. Patrick Paul | Houston

This tackle class is exactly what the NFL needed after a year filled with quarterback injuries. Alt and Fashanu are about as clean of tackle prospects you will ever see coming out of college, and Fuaga and Lathan possess such incredible power. Fuaga looks the part of a future Pro-Bowler at right tackle. Puni is another name to watch, as his performance in Mobile caught the attention of the NFL.

Interior Offensive Linemen
1. Troy Fautanu | Washington
2. Sedrick Van Pran | Georgia
3. Graham Barton | Duke
4. Jackson Powers-Johnson | Oregon
5. Zach Frazier | West Virginia
6. Zak Zinter | Michigan
7. Christian Haynes | Connecticut
8. Cooper Beebe | Kansas State
9. Javion Cohen | Miami
10. Layden Robinson | Texas A&M

Frazier and Powers-Johnson helped themselves greatly at the Senior Bowl, but Van Pran is still my guy. I believe Van Pran has All-Pro potential at center and deserves to be in the first-round conversation. Fautanu and Barton both played tackle in college, but they both project best on the interior at the next level. Their potential is much higher at guard or even center.

Defensive Linemen
1. JerZhan Newton | Illinois
2. Darius Robinson | Missouri
3. T’Vondre Sweat | Texas
4. Byron Murphy II | Texas
5. Kris Jenkins | Michigan
6. Braden Fiske | Florida State
7. Leonard Taylor III | Miami
8. Justin Eboigbe | Alabama
9. McKinnley Jackson | Texas A&M
10. Maason Smith | LSU

Newton still holds the top spot for me, but Darius Robinson definitely caught my attention at the Senior Bowl. He had more talent around him in college than Newton did, but his production in 2023 still speaks for itself. Sweat, on the other hand, was rather unimpressive at the Senior Bowl, but for a man his size, he still moves incredibly well. What limits his ceiling is the fact that he is not a three-down lineman.

EDGE Rushers
1. Laiatu Latu | UCLA
2. Dallas Turner | Alabama
3. Christian Braswell | Alabama
4. Jared Verse | Florida State
5. Adisa Isaac | Penn State
6. Jonah Elliss | Utah
7. Chop Robinson | Penn State
8. Bralen Trice | Washington
9. Brandon Dorlus | Oregon
10. Javon Solomon | Troy

I am not as excited about the top prospects at EDGE as I expected to be, but there is still a decent level of talent. Latu and Turner should both test off the charts, and Adisa Isaac is coming off a strong showing in Mobile. Javon Solomon may not have ideal length, but he could be a really solid situational pass rusher in the NFL.

Linebackers
1. Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. | Clemson
2. Edgerrin Cooper | Texas A&M
3. Junior Colson | Michigan
4. Jaylan Ford | Texas
5. Payton Wilson | North Carolina State
6. Cedric Gray | North Carolina
7. Tommy Eichenberg | Ohio State
8. Marist Liufau | Notre Dame
9. Edefuan Ulofoshio | Washington
10. Tyrice Knight | UTEP

The gap between Trotter and Cooper could not be thinner right now, but I give the edge to Trotter, simply because I believe in pedigree. He has shown us everything he needed to on tape. Colson’s 40 time will either make or break his draft stock, as he is one of the best tacklers in this draft. He may not be the vibrant personality in the locker room, but he knows when to shut up and do his job.

Cornerbacks
1. Quinyon Mitchell | Toledo
2. Terrion Arnold | Alabama
3. Nate Wiggins | Clemson
4. Cooper DeJean | Iowa
5. Kamari Lassiter | Georgia
6. Ennis Rakestraw, Jr. | Missouri
7. Kool-Aid McKinstry | Alabama
8. Chau Smith-Wade | Washington State
9. Max Melton | Rutgers
10. Mike Sanristill | Michigan

It took awhile for a true CB1 to emerge in this class, but I think Mitchell is deserving of it. The tape is phenomenal, his body is well-built, and his competitive nature was on full display at the Senior Bowl. For both Alabama corners, their 40 time will be vitally important. For teams looking at a zone coverage specialist, DeJean fits the bill to a tee.

Safeties
1. Kamren Kinchens | Miami
2. Javon Bullard | Georgia
3. Tyler Nubin | Minnesota
4. James Williams | Miami
5. Tykee Smith | Georgia
6. Cole Bishop | Utah
7. Jaden Hicks | Washington
8. Beau Brade | Maryland
9. Kitan Oladapo | Oregon State
10. Malik Mustafa | Wake Forest

Williams is the only true strong safety that could be selected in the first few rounds, as the game has shifted to hybrid safeties who can cover many responsibilities tasked to nickel corners. Kinchens, his teammate, has impressive ball skills and coverage ability, which may be enough for him to secure his status as the top safety in the class.

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