2024 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 – Post Combine

After an interesting week of Scouting Combine testing and interviewing for top prospects, many have solidified their stock, while others might fall out of the first round. Without further a due, let’s jump right into my 3.0 post-combine mock.

2024 Mock Draft 3.0

1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina)

Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Nothing new here. Based on recent news, Justin Fields should be traded soon after free agency’s top quarterbacks have been signed.

2. Washington Commanders

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

After positive meetings with teams around the league, the new buzz is that Daniels could likely surpass Drake Maye as the No. 2 quarterback in the class. Daniels has all the athletic ability that Maye doesn’t have and can throw just as well.

3. New England Patriots

Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Although his stock may be trending slightly downward, Maye still has all the tools needed to be a productive NFL quarterback. The jury is still out on whether he has elite potential, but with the lack of free-agent quarterbacks, selecting Maye for the future makes all the sense in the world.

4. Arizona Cardinals

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

With quarterbacks flying off the board early, we’re back to what’s been the most popular pick for Arizona. They may be tempted with trade offers, but getting Kyler Murray’s WR1 for the next decade is invaluable. 

5. Los Angeles Chargers

Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Even with elite offensive playmakers still on the board, the Chargers opt for securing the right tackle spot to keep Justin Herbert upright. He’s been injured far too often and with Alt, the nearly 6’9, 321-pounder with 34-inch arms, nearly all opposing rushers will be kept at a distance. 

6. New York Giants

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

With the top tackle off the board, Joe Schoen’s attention turns to acquiring an elite playmaker in Malik Nabers. The LSU product is a big play waiting to happen with understanding how to control his body in his sharp route running.

7. Tennessee Titans

Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

With the top two receivers off the board, Odunze falls to Tennessee where his high-point talents will be paramount to the development of Will Levis. Outside of DeAndre Hopkins, who is not guaranteed to be on the roster come week one, there’s not much to work with.

8. Atlanta Falcons

JJ McCarthy, QB, Michigan

There may not be a bigger Combine winner than JJ McCarthy. Teams came away from interviews impressed with his game IQ. While he had a couple of bad throws in the drills, he connected on some picture-perfect deep balls. He may not start immediately, but NFL circles are confident that he can become a quality starter. 

9. Chicago Bears

Dallas Turner, DE, Alabama

Unfortunately, Chicago has missed the top three receivers. On the bright side, Dallas Turner is still on the board. A dominant combine performance including an electric 4.47 40-yard dash time has solidified Turner as the draft’s best defensive player. Turner and Montez Sweat will terrorize NFC North quarterbacks for years to come.

10. New York Jets

Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

While the tight end is considered a luxury pick, Bowers could be integral to the potential success of the 2024 Jets’ offense. Outside of Garrett Wilson, Rodgers’ next top target is Allen Lazard. Quality pass catchers are extremely important in the modern NFL and with an elite one still on the board, the Jets pass on an offensive tackle. 

11. Minnesota Vikings

Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

With the possibility of Danielle Hunter, Marcus Davenport, and D.J. Wonnum not being on the roster come April, the Vikings do what they must here. Selecting Latu is one of the safest picks in the draft as he figures to be an excellent edge-setter from day one.

12. Denver Broncos

Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

On the surface, cornerback may not look to be a huge level of need, but Denver desperately needs a running mate for Patrick Surtain II. Their cornerback room has been severely depleted over the last couple of years, forcing them to rely on Fabian Moreau. In Arnold, Denver gets a day-one starter with great physicality and explosive athleticism. 

13. Las Vegas Raiders

JC Latham, OT, Alabama

With Jermaine Eluemunor set to hit the market, the Raiders need offensive line help in the worst way. JC Latham’s immense size and lateral agility make him a prime candidate for this selection. He can step in at right tackle from the start and protect whoever the starter may be. 

14. New Orleans Saints

Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

I see no reason to change this selection from my 2.0 mock. Though he had a couple of drops, Thomas Jr. increased his stock by running a blazing 4.33 40. Selecting the high catch-radius Thomas helps them get the most out of Derek Carr.

15. Indianapolis Colts

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

There won’t be a change here either. After another dominant pre-draft showing, Mitchell has his name written in stone for the CB2 spot. A sub-4.4 40 and an impressive bout on the bench press could even have Mitchell selected above Terrion Arnold. Indianapolis gets their CB1 here.

16. Seattle Seahawks

Jackson Powers-Johnson, IOL, Oregon

In just a couple of years, the Seahawks have found their starting tackles for the future in Abraham Lucas and Charles Cross. The same cannot be said for any of their current starters on the interior. Powers-Johnson instantly upgrades the unit and can play any position on the inside.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

Jared Verse, DE, Florida State

As was noted during this past year’s regular season, the Jaguars have a major pass rush issue outside of Josh Allen. Even though Travon Walker notched 10 sacks last year, he has not lived up to No. 1 overall pick expectations as seen in his low pass rush win rate. They currently don’t have any quality rotational guys which is where Verse could be instant help.

18. Cincinnati Bengals

Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

This mock favors Cincinnati, with many of the top tackle talents falling. Here, they choose Taliese Fuaga to replace Jonah Williams on the right side. Fuaga brings a mauler mentality that will instantly help in the run game. With his size and skill, he’ll be able to develop into a quality pass protector as well. 

19. Los Angeles Rams

Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Due to a decline based on play from 2022, Fashanu becomes the fourth tackle taken in this mock. Fashanu has great assets as a blocker showcased by his size and pass blocking technique. He struggles in the run game but with McVay’s genius offensive scheme, that likely won’t be an issue. Fashanu would be a clear upgrade at left tackle. 

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

The Steelers end Nix’s fall here. They’ve made it clear they at the very least, intend to bring in competition for Kenny Pickett. Many in league circles were concerned with Pickett’s low ceiling and it showed in 2023. When he wasn’t injured, Pickett managed to throw only six touchdowns in the 12 games he started. Nix is likely the second most pro-ready quarterback in the draft and could already be better than Pickett.

21. Miami Dolphins

Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

No change here. It’s been confirmed that Miami won’t tag star defensive tackle Christian Wilkins. It’s unclear whether they intend to resign him once negotiations open, but they’ll have plenty of competition for him. Murphy II has elite athletic skills at the defensive tackle position and has plenty of pass-rush moves, as shown in his 40 total pressures.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Troy Fautanu, OT/IOL, Washington

Jason Kelce’s retirement leaves a massive hole in the middle of Philadelphia’s offensive line. Guard Cam Jurgens has been groomed to eventually take over at center, his natural position at Nebraska. This leaves a perfect opportunity for the Fautanu to slide inside to the right guard, where his use of leverage and arm length will be on display. 

23. Houston Texans (via CLE)

Kool-Aid McKinistry, CB, Alabama

With the top interior defensive lineman off the board, Nick Caserio instead opts to upgrade the cornerback position. Houston’s CB2, Steven Nelson, didn’t play badly in 2022 but they could upgrade at that position. McKinstry is physical, smart, and a great fit in DeMeco Ryan’s zone-heavy defense.

24. Dallas Cowboys

Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Everyone knew that Amarius Mims was going to be a riser in the combine. All he needed to do was show up and measure up. He did even more than that. He ran a 5.07 40-yard dash at 6’8 and 340 pounds. Although he doesn’t have a ton of starting experience, he projects to be an above-average tackle at the NFL level. With expected holes at left and right tackle, Mims can help stop the bleeding.

25. Green Bay Packers

Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

No change made here. Not only do the Green Bay Packers covet Iowa’s defensive players, but they have a ton of holes in their secondary. Green Bay has question marks at CB2, slot, free, and strong safety. With DeJean’s elite instincts, he can be a stopgap at any secondary position the Packers play him at.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chop Robinson, DE, Penn State

With Mike Evans resigned, the Buccaneers can now focus on other areas like pass rusher. With Shaquille Barrett released, there’s a hole at strong-side linebacker. While Robinson is raw, he has the elite athletic ability to develop into a dominant speed rusher. His 4.49 40-yard dash will make it difficult for teams in this range to pass him up.

27. Arizona Cardinals (via HOU) Trade w/ Minnesota Vikings

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

At 27, the Cardinals decide to trade their extra first-round pick for future draft assets. With the last of the second-tier quarterbacks still on the board, the Vikings make their move. Kirk Cousins is rumored to be moving on and the Vikings don’t have a suitable replacement. Penix Jr. has a strong arm most suitable for throwing to downfield receivers like Justin Jefferson and Jordan Addison. He passed all medical tests at the combine, clearing him to be a first-round pick.

28. Buffalo Bills

Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Buffalo needed receivers in 2023 with Stefon Diggs and Gabe Davis on the team. With Diggs a year older and Davis set to test the market, the Bills land Mitchell. His impressive footwork helps Mitchell create separation and can maintain it, as shown in his 4.34 40. Off the rip, Mitchell can be a productive No. 2 next to Diggs.

29. Detroit Lions

Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Wiggins’ fall ends here at 29. He has the makings of a good corner prospect; height, arm length, and speed (4.28 40 at the combine). There are little things though that knock him down, like how he struggles to change direction in a short area or his thin frame. Still, with the proper coaching Wiggins can develop into one of the better corners on the team. If taken here, he’d likely compete with Jerry Jacobs for the CB2 spot.

30. Baltimore Ravens

Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

With Odell Beckham Jr. unlikely to come back, the Ravens will again need a receiver. Rashod Bateman is nearing bust territory and Zay Flowers can’t do everything by himself. Here, McConkey reunites with former Georgia Offensive Coordinator Todd Monken. McConkey has incredible short-area quickness and has a route-running polish that is not often found in this range. He could easily become Lamar Jackson’s top target 5-10 yards from the line of scrimmage. 

31. San Fransisco 49ers

Graham Barton, OT/IOL, Duke

Regardless of where Barton lines up, he’s made sure his signal-caller is well protected. He’s played tackle, guard, and center in his years with the Blue Devils. The 49ers could use an upgrade at center, right guard, or right tackle. His power and versatility will make him a valuable asset in Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

32. Kansas City Chiefs

Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Even with Chris Jones rumored to be coming back, the Chiefs could use depth at the defensive tackle position. Jones is currently the only sufficient interior pass rusher on the roster. With Newton’s quick burst and ability to use his leverage, he could contribute immediately as a rotational guy. It’s unlikely Jones stays in Kansas City for more than two years, making Newton an excellent candidate to develop under the future Hall of Famer.


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