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The 2024 NFL All-Draft Team: Standout Defenders Steal the Spotlight

The dust has officially settled on the 2024 NFL Draft, but the discussion is not yet over. Just like Todd McShay’s annual All-Satellite Team and Mel Kiper’s annual draft grades, an annual tradition of my draft coverage here at FFSN is creating my All-Draft team.

If you have not yet listened to this week’s episode of The Steelers Fix, make sure you do so below. This week, Jeremy and I create our All-22 All-Draft teams for 2024. You won’t want to miss it!

This year, we are creating two distinct teams. If you have seen my teams in years past, you are probably familiar with my by-round approach. I choose my favorite selection from each round and then choose three other selections I like as “bench” options for that round. I do it for all seven rounds as well as undrafted free agency. For the second year in a row, however, we will be releasing another team which fills out a starting 11 for both offense and defense. To fill out that roster, I will select three players from each round as well as one undrafted free agent.

Here are the official ground rules for the by-round format created back in 2017:

  • Simply choose your favorite four or five players (or fits) taken in each round of the draft.
  • From those lists of four or five players, choose one that you like slightly above the rest. The others are your “bench” options.
  • You cannot be too obvious with your first pick. In other words, Joe Burrow was not allowed back in 2020, and Penei Sewell and Trevor Lawrence were not allowed in 2021. So this year, no Caleb Williams or Marvin Harrison, Jr. Be reasonable with it. Avoid players who were selected or, in some cases, projected to go in the top 5-10 picks of the draft.

For reference, here is my team from last year.

Round 1- Nolan Smith — EDGE — Georgia
Bench: Will McDonald IV (EDGE), Mazi Smith (NT), Darnell Wright (OT; 10th pick, but not a projected top-10 pick), Jaxon Smith-Njigba (WR)
Round 2- Joey Porter, Jr. — CB — Penn State
Bench: Cody Mauch (OL), Sam LaPorta (TE), DJ Turner (CB), Gervon Dexter (DT)
Round 3- Sydney Brown — S — Illinois
Bench: Darnell Washington (TE), Tyjae Spears (RB), Trenton Simpson (ILB), Dorian Williams (ILB)
Round 4- Clark Phillips III — CB — Utah
Bench: Adetomiwa Adebawore (EDGE), Jake Andrews (C), Chandler Zavala (G), Aidan O’Connell (QB)
Round 5- Chase Brown — RB — Illinois
Bench: Israel Abanikanda (RB), Darius Rush (CB), Yasir Abdullah (ILB), Olusegun Oluwatimi (C)
Round 6- JL Skinner — S — Boise State
Bench: Luke Wypler (C), Parker Washington (WR/RB), Jarrick Bernard-Converse (CB), Andrei Iosivas (WR)
Round 7- Andrew Vorhees — G — USC
Bench: Zack Kuntz (TE), Lew Nichols III (RB), DeWayne McBride (RB), Cory Trice (CB)
UDFA- Bryce Ford-Wheaton — WR — West Virginia
Bench: Steven Gilmore (CB), Ben VanSumeren (ILB), Joey Fisher (OT), Trevor Nowaske (ILB)

Overall, I feel very good about my team from 2023, and I look forward to seeing how those players progress this season.

Now, let’s turn to 2024 and unveil this year’s All-Draft Team.

2024 All-Draft Team (Traditional By-Round Format)

Round 1- Quinyon Mitchell | CB | Toledo
Bench: Troy Fautanu (OL), Graham Barton (G), Teliese Fuaga (OT), Dallas Turner (EDGE)
Round 2- Braden Fiske | DT | Florida State
Bench: Keon Coleman (WR), Mike Sainristill (CB), Zach Frazier (C), Ladd McConkey (WR)
Round 3- Junior Colson | ILB | Michigan
Bench: Zak Zinter (G), Malachi Corley (WR), Jonah Elliss (EDGE), Blake Corum (RB)
Round 4- Jaylen Wright | RB | Tennessee
Bench: Malik Mustapha (S), Will Shipley (RB), Jaden Hicks (S), Mason McCormick (OL)
Round 5- Sedrick Van Pran | C | Georgia
Bench: Jeremiah Trotter, Jr. (ILB), Ainias Smith (WR), Quan’tez Stiggers (CB), Mohamed Kamara (EDGE)
Round 6- Nathaniel Watson | ILB | Mississippi State
Bench: Christian Mahogany (G), Malik Washington (WR), Marcellas Dial (CB), Kimani Vidal (RB)
Round 7- Jaheim Bell | TE | Florida State
Bench: Travis Clayton (OT), M.J. Devonshire (CB), Jaylen Harrell (EDGE), Brenden Rice (WR)
UDFA- Blake Watson | RB | Memphis
Bench: Beanie Bishop (CB), Shon Stephens (CB), Ryan Rehkow (P), Drake Nugent (C)

Which pick was your favorite in this year’s All-Draft Team? Be sure to share your thoughts on this year’s team in the comment section below!


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