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2024 NFL Mock Draft: Bears trade down, stay with Justin Fields; Patriots, Giants start over with top-10 QBs

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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

Washington will have a new head coach, a new general manager and an owner looking to jumpstart an organization that has had eight straight losing seasons. It has to get the quarterback right, and while Caleb Williams is my QB1, he will have competition. And if the Commanders think they have their guy, they’ll trade up to get him — even if it’s just one spot — before someone else does. TRADE DETAILS: Washington sends No. 2, No. 41, 2025 first-rounder to Chicago for No. 1 overall pick.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

If the Bears are sticking with Justin Fields, they’ll trade down, stockpile picks and hopefully remain in range for Marvin Harrison Jr.

North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Patriots cannot come out of this draft without a quarterback. Drake Maye could push Caleb Williams for QB1, depending on the team — and Jayden Daniels could be in the QB2 conversation, too. This QB class is deep at the top, so different teams will have different favorites.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

The Cardinals lost on a last-second field goal in Week 18 to remain in range of Marvin Harrison Jr., and if the Bears take a QB at No. 1, Harrison will almost certainly be the pick here. If the Bears take MH2, however, Arizona can bolster the offensive line and bookend last year’s first-rounder, Paris Johnson Jr., with Olu Fashanu.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

The Chargers will have a new coach and GM, but protecting Justin Herbert should remain the priority. Joe Alt will challenge Fashanu for OT1, but if either is available here, L.A. should seriously consider them.

LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

No player did more for their draft stock in the fall than Jayden Daniels, who went from possible Day 3 pick to first-round prospect. He reminds me of Lamar Jackson, and the Giants aren’t tied to Daniel Jones beyond the 2024 season.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Titans could go wide receiver here, but since it’s an incredibly deep class at the position, they instead get some much-needed help for the offensive line with the Alabama right tackle.

Washington

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

4th

Is this too high for Penix? Maybe, but given the way spun it — and ran it — against Texas in the semifinal, not to mention the way he’s played the last two years at Washington, it’s hard to make the case that he won’t be in the mix as a first-round pick. There are some teams that think he’s more of a Day 2 prospect, but let me put it this way: Is this Falcons team better with Penix than the QBs on the roster during the 2023 season?

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Bears trade down, recoup the pick they gave to Washington for Montez Sweat, get him a bookend edge rusher in Dallas Turner, and oh, by the way, also land Marvin Harrison Jr.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

3rd

The Jets would love an offensive linemen here, but with the top 3 already off the board, they take WR2, who is more like WR1.5; Nabers was electric for LSU in 2023, and he will give Garrett Wilson some much-needed help in New York.

Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

2nd

The Vikings could be in the QB market, too, but if they re-sign Kirk Cousins, they could focus their attention on the defense, particularly edge rusher. Jared Verse is coming off another strong season, and he could be in the running for EDGE1.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With four QBs already off the board, Denver would have to trade up to land Russell Wilson’s successor; otherwise, it could target wide receiver — and Rome Odunze, who reminds me of A.J. Brown, has been special for the Huskies this season.

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Quarterback and edge rusher are considerations here, but with Tyree Wilson and Malcolm Koonce coming along as the season progressed, the secondary could be the target here. Nate Wiggins had a solid season for Clemson; he’s long, fast and consistently good in coverage, but he also improved his run support in 2023.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Saints could go wide receiver here, too, but Brock Bowers feels like stealing at No. 14; I’ll repeat what I wrote back on Dec. 4, in my last mock draft: “In the last 20 years, 19 tight ends have gone in the first round. Five of those were selected in the top 10 (Eric Ebron, 10th overall in 2014; T.J. Hockenson, 8th overall in 2019; Kellen Winslow II and Vernon Davis, 6th overall in 2004 and 2006; and Kyle Pitts, 4th overall in 2021). The other 14 were drafted between No. 19 and No. 32. I mention this because I think Brock Bowers is special. In fact, he’s the No. 5 player on my big board. And maybe he’s different; he’ll be the tight end worth taking in the top 10.” For now, though, I have him going in the middle of the round to New Orleans.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

78th

POSITION RNK

16th

Brian Thomas flew under the radar for LSU, which is what happens when you play alongside Malik Nabers and Jayden Daniels. But he’s a legit first-round talent who won consistently on vertical routes and dominated at the catch point.

Illinois

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 295 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

1st

Newton played on an Illini defense in 2022 that included No. 5 overall pick Devon Witherspoon, as well as Day 2 selections Quan Martin and Sydney Brown. He had a strong 2023 campaign, and the Seattle defense, especially along the defensive line, is in line for some reinforcements.

Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

5th

All the Jaguars had to do was beat a banged-up Titans team in Week 18 to win the division. Instead they lost, missed the playoffs altogether, and head into the offseason with more questions than answers. Trevor Lawrence struggled, and while he bears much of the responsibility, the offensive line did him no favors.

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Bengals have tried to fortify the offensive line, but it just hasn’t worked. They shouldn’t quit; Mims has top-10 potential when he’s healthy, something he struggled with for much of the 2023 season.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Packers have a history of only drafting defensive players in the first round, so I’m not going to break tradition here. Kool-Aid has legit NFL cover skills — the only question will be his deep speed, and that would be the only reason he’d still be available here. Otherwise, there’s a lot to love about his game. Added bonus: he can be an asset in the return game.

Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

4th

Baker Mayfield had to go to Tampa to rediscover his game, and he’s playing some of the best football of his career. If the Bucs bring him back, they can focus on other parts of the offense, specifically wide receiver, where Keon Coleman’s size, speed and playmaking ability could see him go off the board earlier in the round.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

6th

The Cardinals landed an offensive tackle with the No. 4 pick and circle back here (with the pick from the Texans) to get Kyler Murray a playmaking wide receiver. Mitchell is long, physical and fast, but he also runs short and intermediate routes like a shifty slot receiver.

Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Sean McVay hasn’t had a first-round pick since arriving in Los Angeles, but no team had a better draft then the Rams last spring: Steve Avila, Kobie Turner, Byron Young, Puka Nacua — the organization could legitimately have both the offensive and defensive rookies of the year, one a fifth-rounder, the other a third-rounder. I mention all that to say: expect whomever the Rams use a first-round pick on to be a future first-ballot Hall of Famer. (That’s a lot of pressure on, in this case, Cooper DeJean, who is one of the best corners in this class and has return ability. Some teams even think he’ll be able to play all over the secondary at the next level.)

Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

48th

POSITION RNK

7th

Depending on where Pittsburgh ends up in the final draft order, I think it should seriously consider trading up for a QB. I don’t expect that to happen, though, and instead it could look for interior offensive line help, or help in the secondary. Lassiter’s long and he’s physical, both in coverage and in run support. The ball production isn’t there yet, but that’ll come.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

46th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Dolphins’ O-line battled injuries all season, and Fautanu, who has excelled at left tackle for Washington this season, could kick inside at the next level.

Duke

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

Barton played left tackle his final three seasons at Duke, and he was the anchor of that unit, but his NFL future will be inside, either at guard or center.

Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

8th

Left tackle Donovan Smith is a free agent after the season, and right tackle Jawaan Taylor hasn’t lived up to his contract. Rookie Wanya Morris has been capable in spot duty, but NFL teams are intrigued by Tyler Guyton’s size and athleticism.

UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

The biggest issues facing Latu will be if he’s cleared medically after a neck injury sidelined his career a few years ago. Because on the field, he was unstoppable during the 2023 season.

Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 274 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

Trice only had seven sacks during the season — including two against Texas and Quinn Ewers in the semifinal matchup — but he also led all of FBS in QB pressures with 77 in 14 games. Now line him up opposite of Aidan Hutchinson in Detroit and imagine what that looks like.

Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK
POSITION RNK

The Bills have six defensive linemen who could be free agents after the season, and while T’Vondre Sweat deservedly gets a lot of the pub, teammate Byron Murphy II is a twitched-up playmaker who could find his way into Round 1.

Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

5th

We’ve been talking about Mitchell on the “With the First Pick” podcast for much of the fall, and while he’ll need to refine his technique, he has all the physical tools you look for in an NFL cornerback. He’s also a PBU machine.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

There are very few holes on this roster, but Chase Young, Cle Ferrell and Randy Gregory could be free agents after the season. Chop Robinson plays with one of the highest motors in football.

Arizona

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

44th

POSITION RNK

7th

Morgan is an athletic tackle who moves well in space. He’ll need to get stronger at the point, but you can’t coach his movement skills.





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