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2024 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: 6 Quarterbacks Sneak Into Round 1

The NFL Draft is just four weeks away, and the first wave of free agency is now behind us. With this in mind, it is time for an updated mock draft!

Between Christmas and late April, I have five mock drafts. For mock 3.0, we will be going three rounds long, and I will give analysis for each first-round pick. Trades are projected where deemed necessary.

For clarification purposes, this mock draft is not predicated on what I want to happen, nor is it based on what I would do if I was the GM for each team. It is solely about projection. As the process unfolds, many of these picks will change from picks I think make sense to actual predictions that are based on rumors I am hearing within NFL circles.

With all the formalities out of the way, let’s dive in to mock 3.0!

1. Bears- Caleb Williams | QB | USC
I do not believe it is a foregone conclusion the Bears take Williams first overall, but it is definitely the most likely option as of today. The Bears get to reset the clock on their quarterback situation.

2. Commanders- Jayden Daniels | QB | LSU
After trading Sam Howell, the Commanders have left no doubt in anyone’s mind that they plan to take a quarterback in Round 1. Daniels is my highest-rated quarterback in this class, and his dual-threat ability will do wonders for opening up Washington’s offense.

3. Patriots- J.J. McCarthy | QB | Michigan
It appears as if there is a mixed opinion inside the league surrounding QB3. Personally, I think McCarthy has more momentum than Maye, and he would fit the culture Jerod Mayo wants to build in New England.

4. Cardinals- Marvin Harrison, Jr. | WR | Ohio State
Arizona has needs across the board, so why not take the best player in the draft? Harrison is simply on another level than all the other receivers.

Chargers receive Pick 11 and Pick 23
5. Vikings- Drake Maye | QB | North Carolina
After Minnesota did the work to add an additional first-round pick, they have now put themselves in position to move up for a quarterback. With quarterbacks going 1-3, Minnesota is willing to settle for Maye, who possesses great upside but has issues with consistency.

6. Giants- Malik Nabers | WR | LSU
The Giants could potentially be in play for a quarterback, but with the top options off the table, the Giants opt to give Daniel Jones an explosive weapon who can create after the catch.

7. Titans- Joe Alt | OT | Notre Dame
Alt has separated himself in a deep tackle class as the clear-cut number one tackle. Getting him at Pick 7 is fantastic value, as his tape is nearly flawless.

8. Falcons- Dallas Turner | EDGE | Alabama
This seems to be the consensus selection here, but it’s hard to ignore the fit. Turner is the best defensive player in this class, and he is an excellent fit for Raheem Morris’ new-look defense.

9. Bears- Troy Fautanu | OL | Washington
After adding Keenan Allen at wide receiver, it is possible Chicago opts to add to the offensive line rather than take the best available receiver. Fautanu is perhaps the most versatile lineman in the draft, as he can play any position up front. He would be an immediate upgrade over Braxton Jones at left tackle.

10. Jets- Taliese Fuaga | OT | Oregon State
Rome Odunze would be tempting here, but the Jets must prioritize protection for Aaron Rodgers. Fuaga doesn’t have elite arm length, but he possesses every other trait teams crave in a right tackle.

11. Chargers (projected from Vikings)- J.C. Latham | OT | Alabama
Bowers is a popular selection for the Chargers in mock drafts, especially after letting go of Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. However, Jim Harbaugh always prioritizes the trenches, and I anticipate them doing such in Los Angeles.

Broncos receive Picks 20, 51, and a 2026 4th round pick; Steelers receive Picks 12 and 76
12. Steelers- Rome Odunze | WR | Washington
As a Steelers fan, I do not find value in trading up for a player at the deepest position in the draft. However, the rumors surrounding the Steelers’ interest in Odunze seem legit. He is a physical menace on the perimeter who will be a stalwart of the Steelers offense under Arthur Smith.

13. Raiders- Quinyon Mitchell | CB | Toledo
Mitchell is currently the 10th overall player on my big board, and I could certainly see a scenario in which he goes higher than 13. Nonetheless, the Raiders land a great bargain and grab the best player at the position they have the greatest need at.

14. Saints- Xavier Worthy | WR | Texas
I think this may be a little too high for Worthy, but his explosiveness has been made universally known after running a 4.21 40. After losing Michael Thomas, the team must look to add more weapons for Derek Carr.

15. Colts- Brock Bowers | TE | Georgia
Bowers is a little undersized for a prototypical tight, but he is one of the most explosive playmakers in the draft. He may drop further than expected due to the amount of receivers at the top of the draft, but the Colts can cash in on this circumstance and get a true difference maker across the middle of the field.

16. Seahawks- Byron Murphy | DL | Texas
The Seahawks could still use improvement along the defensive line, and Murphy is a solid fit for their 4-3 scheme. Despite lacking ideal length, Murphy is a phenomenal athlete who has only touched the surface of his potential.

17. Jaguars- Brian Thomas, Jr. | WR | LSU
After losing out on Calvin Ridley to the inner-division rival Titans, Jacksonville needs to add a high-profile receiver to pair with Gabe Davis. Thomas is a fast, shifty receiver who is difficult to bring down in the open field.

18. Bengals- Olu Fashanu | OT | Penn State
Fashanu is still a little raw, but his mobility and athleticism are on another level. Cincinnati has no choice but to beef up the offensive line, as they cannot afford to take any unnecessary risks with Joe Burrow coming back from injury.

19. Rams- Amarius Mims | OT | Georgia
The Rams need to get as much out of Matthew Stafford as they possibly can, and in order to do so, they need to add another piece at tackle. Mims is a massive tackle prospects who has shown flashes of dominance despite being fairly inexperienced.

20. Broncos (projected from Steelers)- Bo Nix | QB | Oregon
Pick 20 is even a little rich for my liking as it pertains to Bo Nix, but Denver has yet to add a quarterback, and if they miss out on one of the top four, they will have to settle for either Nix or Penix. Nix appears to be a better fit for Sean Payton’s offense, which is why this pick could make sense by draft day no matter how much I may dislike it.

21. Dolphins- Graham Barton | G | Duke
The Dolphins signed Aaron Brewer at center, but after losing Robert Hunt to the Panthers, Miami still needs to add at least one interior lineman. The choice is simple for Miami here, as Barton projects the best at guard in the NFL, despite playing mostly tackle and center in college.

22. Eagles- Terrion Arnold | CB | Alabama
So much of this seems vanilla from mock 2.0, but in my eyes, free agency did not change most teams’ top need. For Philly, offensive line and defensive line are both in play, but Arnold’s value would be too good to pass up, as he would be an ideal fit across from Darius Slay.

23. Chargers (projected from Vikings)- Adonai Mitchell | WR | Texas
After losing just about every competent weapon on offense, the Chargers need to reload. They begin the process by adding Mitchell, who can step in Year 1 and provide a viable deep threat for the offense.

24. Cowboys- Jackson Powers-Johnson | C | Oregon
With Tyler Biadasz leaving in free agency and nobody brought in to bolster the depth, the cupboard is pretty bare at center in Dallas. Powers-Johnson has emerged as the consensus top center. His feet can be a little slow at times, but his tenacity and power will attract run-first teams.

25. Packers- Cooper DeJean | CB | Iowa
Green Bay has a major need at safety, and DeJean could thrive there as a rookie. His superb instincts will allow him to create much-needed splash plays for a Packers defense in need of improvement.

26. Buccaneers- Laiatu Latu | EDGE | UCLA
Latu would go much higher than this if not for his injury history, but the Bucs can potentially cash in with a late first-round steal. Tampa has recently lost talent at the position, and their pass rush needs to add a little more juice.

27. Cardinals- Nate Wiggins | CB | Clemson
Arizona signed Sean Murphy-Bunting in free agency, but there is still room for improvement at the position. Wiggins is a speedster who possesses good instincts but needs to add more weight to his slight frame.

28. Bills- Malachi Corley | WR | Western Kentucky
Buffalo added Curtis Samuel in free agency, but they could still afford to add another pass catcher to the fold. Corley appears to be a hot name in league circles, as his build and versatility will draw comparisons to Deebo Samuel.

Lions receive Picks 32, 132, and a 2025 5th round pick
29. Chiefs- Tyler Guyton | OT | Oklahoma
While the tackle class is relatively deep, the top talents will fly off the board rather quickly. Securing a top talent that may fall, such as Guyton, would be an ideal move I could see Kansas City making.

30. Ravens- Chop Robinson | EDGE | Penn State
Odafe Oweh 2.0? Robinson is an outstanding athlete who did not put up great numbers during his time at Penn State, but the upside is still tremendous. Baltimore’s defense is best when its pass rush is ferocious.

49ers receive Raiders 2nd and 3rd round picks
31. Raiders- Michael Penix, Jr. | QB | Washington
Quarterbacks tend to get overdrafted when the demand is greater than the supply. Penix has had four season-ending injuries, but he has the talent to be an NFL starter if health provides, and the Raiders merely have Aidan O’Connell and Gardner Minshew at the position.

32. Lions (projected from Chiefs)- Braden Fiske | DL | Florida State
The Lions are a couple defensive pieces away from being a true Super Bowl-caliber team, and Fiske could be one of those pieces. He overcomes his lack of length with a never-ending motor and great tenacity.

Round 2

33. Panthers- Payton Wilson | LB | North Carolina State
34. Patriots- Ladd McConkey | WR | Georgia
35. Cardinals- Edgerrin Cooper | LB | Texas A&M
36. Commanders- Xavier Legette | WR | South Carolina
37. Chargers- Ricky Pearsall | WR | Florida
38. Titans- Ennis Rakestraw, Jr. | CB | Missouri
39. Panthers- Roger Rosengarten | OT | Washington
40. Commanders- T.J. Tampa | CB | Iowa State
41. Packers- Jared Verse | EDGE | Florida State
42. Texans- Cooper Beebe | G | Kansas State
43. Falcons- Max Melton | CB | Rutgers
44. 49ers (projected from Raiders)- Zach Frazier | C | West Virginia
45. Saints- Jordan Morgan | OT/G | Arizona
46. Colts- Darius Robinson | DL | Missouri
47. Giants- Trey Benson | RB | Florida State
48. Jaguars- Kool-Aid McKinstry | CB | Alabama
49. Bengals- Keon Coleman | WR | Florida State
50. Eagles- Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. | ILB | Clemson
51. Broncos (projected from Steelers)- Mohammed Kamara | EDGE | Colorado State
52. Rams- Tyler Nubin | S | Minnesota
53. Eagles- Christian Haynes | G | Connecticut
54. Browns- Patrick Paul | OT | Houston
55. Dolphins- Cade Stover | TE | Ohio State
56. Cowboys- Jonathon Brooks | RB | Texas
57. Buccaneers- Dru Phillips | CB | Kentucky
58. Packers- Zak Zinter | G | Michigan
59. Texans- Sedrick Van Pran | C | Georgia
60. Bills- Troy Franklin | WR | Oregon
61. Lions- Cam Hart | CB | Notre Dame
62. Ravens- Roman Wilson | WR | Michigan
63. 49ers- Jer’Zhan Newton | DL | Illinois
64. Chiefs- Junior Colson | ILB | Michigan

Round 3

65. Panthers- Ja’Lynn Polk | WR | Washington
66. Cardinals- Christian Braswell | EDGE | Alabama
67. Commanders- Kingsley Suamataia | OT/G | BYU
68. Patriots- Brandon Dorlus | EDGE | Oregon
69. Chargers- Jermaine Burton | WR | Alabama
70. Giants- Trevin Wallace | ILB | Kentucky
71. Cardinals- Kris Jenkins | DL | Michigan
72. Jets- T’Vondre Sweat | DL | Texas
73. Lions- Cole Bishop | S | Utah
74. Falcons- Mekhi Wingo | DL | LSU
75. Bears- Javon Bullard | S | Georgia
76. Steelers (projected from Broncos)- Blake Fisher | OT | Notre Dame
77. 49ers (projected from Raiders)- Ainias Smith | WR | Texas A&M
78. Commanders- Marshawn Kneeland | EDGE | Western Michigan
79. Falcons- Mike Sainristill | CB | Michigan
80. Bengals- Michael Hall, Jr. | DT | Ohio State
81. Seahawks- Christian Mahogany | G | Boston College
82. Colts- Kris Abrams-Draine | CB | Missouri
83. Rams- Devontez Walker | WR | North Carolina
84. Steelers- Ruke Orhorhoro | DL | Clemson
85. Browns- Jaden Hicks | S | Washington State
86. Texans- Kamren Kinchens | S | Miami
87. Cowboys- Ja’Tavion Sanders | TE | Texas
88. Packers- Curtis Jacobs | ILB | Penn State
89. Buccaneers- Dominick Puni | G | Kansas
90. Cardinals- Malik Washington | WR | Virginia
91. Packers- Jaylen Wright | RB | Tennessee
92. Buccaneers- Kiran Amegadjie | OT | Yale
93. Ravens- Mason McCormick | G | South Dakota State
94. 49ers- Bralen Trice | EDGE | Washington
95. Chiefs- Calen Bullock | DB | USC
96. Jaguars- Leonard Taylor | DL | Miami
97. Bengals- Khyree Jackson | CB | Oregon
98. Steelers- Tanor Bortolini | C | Wisconsin
99. Rams- Blake Corum | RB | Michigan
100. Commanders- Dadrion Taylor-Demerson | S | Texas Tech

Which picks in this mock draft made the most sense to you? What do you think of your team’s haul? Be sure to light up the comment section below with your thoughts on this and all things NFL Draft!


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