You didn’t ask for a 2024 NFL Mock Draft, but you’re getting one. Sure, the 2023 NFL Draft is barely in the rearview mirror, and much will change between now and the 2023 college football season — let alone 2024 draft season. But looking ahead and getting a feel for next year’s draft class is still fun.
It’s even more fun with the Chicago Bears having two first-round picks.
Here is my way-too-early 2024 NFL mock draft. Don’t worry; you won’t see another one from me for a while.
First, some logistics. I used the current Super Bowl odds from BetMGM to determine the NFL Draft order and then selected for each team from the NFL Mock Draft Database’s 2024 Top 100 Big Board. Currently, two teams will have two selections in the first round, and both are back-to-back: Arizona and Chicago.
With that out of the way, let’s get to the mock!
- Arizona Cardinals (via HOU): Dallas Turner – EDGE, Alabama
- Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr. – Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Pete’s Take: I know Caleb Williams is the likely first-overall pick. If the Cardinals end the year with the top choice, they’ll likely trade down for one of the biggest trade returns in recent NFL Draft history. But since I’m not making trades in this mock draft, the Cardinals use the first two picks on players with a strong argument to be the top non-quarterback in the class.
- Indianapolis Colts: Kool-Aid McKinstry – Cornerback, Alabama
- Tennessee Titans: Olumuyiwa Fashanu – Offensive Tackle, Penn State
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Caleb Williams – Quarterback, USC
Pete’s Take: Caleb Williams is being talked about as a Patrick Mahomes-type prospect, the one teams will move Heaven and Earth to get to the front of the line for. He is almost certain to go first overall, but for this mock, Tampa Bay wins the Williams sweepstakes at fifth overall and immediately alter their franchise’s future.
- Washington Commanders: Drake Maye – Quarterback, North Carolina
- New England Patriots: Joe Alt – Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
- Los Angeles Rams: Jared Verse – EDGE, Florida State
- Atlanta Falcons: J.T. Tuimoloau – Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Michael Hall Jr. – Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
- Seattle Seahawks: Maason Smith – Defensive Tackle, LSU
- Green Bay Packers: Brock Bowers – Tight End, Georgia
- Chicago Bears: Emeka Egbuka – Wide Receiver, Ohio State
- Chicago Bears (via CAR): Jack Sawyer – EDGE, Ohio State
Pete’s Take: The Bears miss out on Marvin Harrison Jr., but they get his teammate, who looks to be a budding superstar in his own right, as well as a pass rusher with exciting potential.
- New York Giants: Xavier Worthy – Wide Receiver, Texas
- New Orleans Saints: Andrew Mukuba – Safety, Clemson
- Minnesota Vikings: Michael Penix Jr. – Quarterback, Washington
- Las Vegas Raiders: Zion Tupuola-Fetui – EDGE, Ohio State
- Denver Broncos: Kingsley Suamataia – Offensive Tackle, BYU
- Houston Texans: Troy Franklin – Wide Receiver, Oregon
Pete’s Take: The Texans traded away their first-round pick to the Cardinals during the 2023 draft but kept the selection they received from Cleveland in the Deshuan Watson trade. They use it to give CJ Stroud another weapon.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Javon Bullard – Safety, Georgia
- Baltimore Ravens: J.C. Latham – Offensive Tackle, Alabama
- Miami Dolphins: Bralen Trice – EDGE, Washington
- Los Angeles Chargers: Jeremiah Trotter Jr. – Linebacker, Clemson
- Detroit Lions: Sedrick Van Pran – Center, Georgia
Pete’s Take: Van Pran probably would have been selected somewhere late in Day 2 or early Day 3 in this year’s draft, but staying in school for another year could push him into the first round.
- Dallas Cowboys: Donavan Jackson – Guard, Ohio State
- New York Jets: Kamari Lassiter – Cornerback, Georgia
- San Francisco 49ers: Bo Nix – Quarterback, Oregon
Pete’s Take: This pick may be controversial, but I believe San Francisco will bungle their quarterback situation. It sounds like they’re trying to trade Trey Lance and move forward with the 259th pick of the 2022 draft, which will almost certainly end in disaster. They may need to spend a first-rounder on a new rookie quarterback in 2024.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Zion Nelson – Offensive Tackle, Miami (FL)
- Philadelphia Eagles: Raheim Sanders – Running Back, Arkansas
- Buffalo Bills: Johnny Wilson – Wide Receiver, Florida State
- Kansas City Chiefs: Rome Odunze – Wide Receiver, Washington
Pete’s Take: The rich keep getting richer.