1.1 Chicago Bears

QB Caleb Williams (USC)

The Justin Fields trade rumors only grow louder, it seems more and more likely Chicago will move on from Fields and draft Caleb Williams. You can’t help but see some of Patrick Mahomes in Caleb Williams’ game. That’s a lofty comparison, but Williams has earned it.

~JJ Parker (@Jparker1738)

1.2 Washington Commanders

QB Drake Maye (UNC)

There’s been some smoke produced by the media and fantasy football community that Jayden Daniels will/should be the second overall pick, personally I’m not buying it. Maye is a big dude, with a strong arm, he’s also relentless and tough. There’s a certain someone he reminds me of, but I don’t want to compare the first two picks in this draft to the two best QBs in the NFL. I do really love both of these QBs.

~Parker

1.3 New England Patriots

QB J.J. McCarthy (Michigan)

Courtesy of Sports Illustrated

Let’s throw a little bit of a curveball into this one early and a pick that definitely could happen. McCarthy is gaining buzz, and a lot of scouts love him. He’s got all the tools to be an NFL quarterback, and the kid is a winner. McCarthy will be unfazed by the limelight, and he’s a leader. And we all know what happened with the last Michigan quarterback to come to the Patriots in a time of need.

~Dwight Peebles (@FFPeeblesChamp)

1.4 Arizona Cardinals

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State)

It’s almost like this pick is locked in stone, and I see the Cardinals taking the top receiver in the draft more often than not. Granted, they need a weapon, and Harrison would be a massive boon for their offense. I think it’s either Harrison, Joe Alt, or a trade-back.

~Peebles

1.5 Los Angeles Chargers

OT Joe Alt (Notre Dame)

Alt has been able to avoid the attention fatigue that drops the stock of many prospects who have been projected as top talents more than a year out. It is not a stretch to say that he may be a game-changing talent at Offensive Tackle. With a gargantuan frame and textbook fundamentals, Alt is the dream of every Offensive Line Coach out there. His biggest drawback is the very frame that makes his profile so unique. While he moves well for his size, Alt has shown inconsistencies in footwork and has occasionally shown wide elbows. Nevertheless, Alt can be the final infinity stone in the very young and talented Chargers Offensive Line. Harbaugh has become accustomed to top-tier OLs at UM. Alt ensures that Herbert will have every opportunity to finally realize his potential ceiling. The Chargers did re-sign Trey Pipkins III last year, but they have an out after the 2024 season, giving them a solid swing OT option in Alt’s rookie year.

~J Barnabas Lee (@pkjblee)

1.6 New York Giants

WR Malik Nabers (LSU)

As much as fans would like to move on from the Danny Dimes experience, his contract likely ensures his starting position on the team for just one more season. With the selection of Nabers, the Giants take away one of the last excuses that Jones’ camp could make to shift blame away from the Quarterback. In most draft classes, Nabers might be an easy WR1. While there is no remarkable skill that jumps off the tape, the LSU Receiver does most things very well. This gives him scheme and role versatility with no glaring concerns. While he meets every physical threshold that is revealed in the draft process, teams will be concerned about his lack of elite traits. In particular, one may notice that Nabers rarely gets out of breaks in three steps, a benchmark that most position coaches will demand and players should work for. Nabers’ versatility should immediately jump the Giants’ WR room up from the league basement. #LoveThyNabers

~Lee

1.7 Tennessee Titans

RT Taliese Fuaga (Oregon State)

~Colin Decker (@C2CDecker)

1.8 Atlanta Falcons

QB Jayden Daniels (LSU)

The Falcons have to be hoping a QB will fall to them with how poorly Ridder played last year. New HC Raheem Morris and OC Zach Robinson will look to get their QB of the future with Daniels. Daniels is an electric runner and showed significant improvement as a passer in his fifth year. He’ll need to show his 2023 Heisman season wasn’t a fluke to justify this pick. Fortunately, Atlanta has a fully stocked arsenal of offensive weapons to help Daniels.

~Decker

1.9 Chicago Bears

EDGE Dallas Turner (Alabama)

Courtesy of Windy City Gridiron

The Bears take the best player available and also a dire need in the top EDGE in the class to help shore up their defense that finished top five in the 2023 season

~J Michael Vallerie (@FF_DirtyMike)

1.10 New York Jets

OT Olumuyiwa Fashanu (Penn State)

The Jets get some much-needed offensive line help and one that is not a developmental piece. Technically refined, Olumuyiwa should be viewed as a five-year starter.

~Vallerie

1.11 Minnesota Vikings

EDGE Jared Verse (FSU)

~Cory Pereira (@FF_Guitarist)

1.12 Denver Broncos

EDGE Laiatu Latu (UCLA)

In their first move of the post-Russell Wilson era, Denver makes a flashy risk/reward pick with UCLA’s Latu. He’s a technically sound pass-rusher with the upside to be considered amongst the top of his class, but a murky medical history clouds a promising profile and makes him a wildcard in the first round.

~Pereira

1.13 Las Vegas Raiders

CB Quinyon Mitchell (Toledo)

Corner feels like the biggest need for the Raiders, and they get their pick of the litter. Mitchell was already rising draft boards and I think his showing at the combine solidified his place at one of the top two corners in this draft. His combination of length, strength and speed will be hard for the Raiders to pass up.

~Justice IDP (@Justice_2318)

1.14 New Orleans Saints

EDGE Chop Robinson (Penn State)

The Saints need Edge Rushers and Chop Robinson gives them a great speed/size combination at the position. His athleticism and potential was on display at the combine. Chop is all about unrealized potential and the Saints will be hoping they have the key to unlock it..

~IDP

1.15 Indianapolis Colts

TE Brock Bowers (Georgia)

The Colts won’t pass up an opportunity to get the best Tight End in the draft and add another weapon for the young Anthony Richardson. Bowers is one of the most decorated tight ends in college football history. We have to wait until his pro day at Georgia to get testing results, but expect his athleticism to be on display.

~IDP

1.16 Seattle Seahawks

3T Byron Murphy II (Texas)

Seattle could lose defensive tackle Leonard Williams in free agency, which would make finding a replacement a priority. Murphy was productive at Texas, proving to be a good pass rusher from the interior. He performed well in the combine testing and would make an excellent pairing next to Dre’Mont Jones.

~IDP

1.17 Jacksonville Jaguars

CB Terrion Arnold (Alabama)

The Jaguars address their seventh-worst ranked pass defense by adding a big-time playmaker in Arnold. The top-ranked corner on many evaluator’s boards, Arnold brings size, speed, and versatility to any secondary and will help mitigate the loss of Darious Williams in free agency.

~Pereira

1.18 Cincinnati Bengals

OL Troy Fautanu (Washington)

~Pereira

1.19 Los Angeles Rams

CB Nate Wiggins (Clemson)

Courtesy of 247Sports

The Rams have not had a first-round pick since 2016. They’ve had a need in the secondary, and now they’ve added a player with some of the best closing speed

~Vallerie

1.20 Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Jordan Morgan (Arizona)

Morgan is a solid all-rounder with ideal size, good initial quickness, and a solid anchor. His major downside is his ability to stay healthy; with only one major injury on his profile, he has failed to start an entire season.

~Vallerie

1.21 Miami Dolphins

iDL Jer’Zhan Newton (Miami)

~Decker

1.22 Philadelphia Eagles

iOL Jackson Powers-Johnson (Oregon)

With Jason Kelce’s retirement announcement, Philly will need to replace the heart of their OL. Powers-Johnson has been a riser all offseason, following up an impressive Senior Bowl with a good combine in terms of strength and explosion. JPJ is ready to play right away if he has to and can help the Eagles improve their ground game.

~Decker

1.23 Houston Texans

WR Rome Odunze (Washington)

The Texans are granted an absolute gift in this mock draft. Their WR room is primarily composed of young players yet to reach their full potential. However, the availability of Rome Odunze changes everything, and Nick Caserio can just throw his Draft strategy out the window. Despite a slower 40 time than we were promised, Odunze creates separation with fluid movements and powerful breaks. He won’t be a game-breaker, but he will be a solid contributor to any offense, especially one with a young QB. Odunze is a great compliment to Y1Z-er Nico Collins and route-runner Tank Dell, both in terms of skillset and size. Expect the Texans to open up their offense even more, clearing space for whichever Running Back they choose to select later in the draft.

~Lee

1.24 Dallas Cowboys

CB Kool-Aid McKinstry (Alabama)

This draft leaves the Cowboys in a puzzling situation. With reports that the team is moving in a direction away from Tyron Smith, one might expect Will McClay to target a Left Tackle. Tyler Biadasz’s pending free agency suggests that Center could also be a priority. A team can never have too many EDGEs or Cornerbacks. The way this board has fallen, the Offensive Line prospects for the first round are likely wiped out for the folks in Frisco, and the EDGEs available are poor value propositions for the Cowboys’ current situation. Even with Trevon Diggs returning from injury in 2024, America’s Team still needs to replace Stephon Gilmore with a piece for the two All-Pros in the starting lineup. Kool-Aid McKinstry once led the pack of CB prospects, but outstanding performances by his Crimson Tide teammate and the increasing awareness of MAC standout Quinyon Mitchell have relegated him to third. Teams will criticize McKinstry’s lanky frame and questionable ball skills. However, his high IQ and smooth athleticism will endear him to coaches. Luckily, his teammates in this scenario hold NFL records in Interceptions and Pick-6’s in a single-season, respectively. Simple coverage skills will add variety and round out the secondary for a few years to come.

~Lee

1.25 Green Bay Packers

OT Amarius Mims (Georgia)

The Pack get an insanely athletic, huge tackle. Mims is light on his feet and has the agility to move laterally, picking up blitzes and late rushers. He only started eight games in three seasons at Georgia, so he may need time to develop.

~Peebles

1.26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OT J.C. Latham (Alabama)

Latham is a well-rounded tackle prospect with a broad, thick frame and active hands. He’s got great balance and power and excels equally in run and pass-blocking.

~Peebles

1.27 Arizona Cardinals

CB/S Cooper DeJean (Iowa)

Courtesy of USA Today Sports

Can DeJean break the 20-year-long curse?! DeJean is an athlete who can play in different positions. In a deep corner class DeJean stands out with his unique physicality and huge arms.

~Parker

1.28 Buffalo Bills

WR Brian Thomas Jr. (LSU)

After the recent string of Gabe Davis’s Instagram posts, it seems that the Bills will be losing a top-five receiver in the league, according to Davis. But seriously, with the aging Stefon Diggs, Josh Allen is looking for more weapons to get off the hump that is Patrick Mahomes. Thomas is long and athletic, and after posting a 4.33 in the 40 at 6’3″ and 223 lbs, teams can’t help but freak out over him. He played second fiddle to Nabers at LSU but he was extremely productive, I can see him continuing to climb up draft boards and Buffalo might be lucky to snag him here.

~Parker

1.29 Baltimore Ravens

OT Tyler Guyton (Oklahoma)

Guyton is a big Right Tackle that is fluid in motion and moves well for his size. He’s a bit of a rawer prospect because of his experience but has the tools to be a great tackle in the NFL. Coming out of Manor, Texas, I knew Tyler in High School, and I’m excited to see his development in the league.

~Parker

1.30 Detroit Lions

CB Ennis Rakestraw Jr. (Missouri)

A competitive and smart corner is what the Lions need in a prospect. The Lions allowed 257 passing yards per game last year ranking second to last, they look to reduce this number next year by selecting Rakestraw Jr.

~Parker

1.31 San Francisco 49ers

OT Kingsley Suamataia (BYU)

The 49ers are in a wonderful position to not have many glaring needs but offensive tackle is one. Suamataia has a thick build and good burst, with quickness to engage oncoming defenders and get them off-balance.

~Peebles

1.32 Kansas City Chiefs

WR Xavier Worthy (Texas)

As Alfred the Butler says, “Some men just want to watch the world burn,” and this pick would light the fantasy world ablaze. Sticking the fastest man in Combine history with Patrick Mahomes would be insane, and Mahomes has been used to throwing to receivers with drop issues. Worthy’s speed would be lethal, and the Chiefs have been missing this element since Tyreek Hill’s departure.

~Peebles

2.33 Carolina Panthers

OL Graham Barton (Duke)

Graham Barton was one of the leaders on the resurgent 2023 Duke team. The Panthers are desperately looking to solve their talent deficit, and Barton should help ameliorate the situation in whatever way they deem fit. While he played Left Tackle for the Blue Devils, evaluators have noted that teams are looking at playing Barton at Guard or even Center. The former bookend probably doesn’t have the movement skills to stick on the outside at the next level, but his grip strength and anchor should more than hold up on the interior. Bryce Young was running for his life on practically every play in 2023. Many are mocking a receiving weapon for the Panthers to address the dearth of options in the passing game. However, adding a blocker likely pays higher dividends in the short and long terms.

~Lee

2.34 New England Patriots

WR Jalen McMillan (Washington)

Stay tuned for the Official Campus2Canton 2024 NFL Draft Big Board! One strong stance that the Draft Team has settled on is the talent and potential of Jalen McMillan. Many forget his 1b status in the Washington offense in 2022 due to an injury-marred 2023 run. Out of all the Wide Receiver prospects from Washington, McMillan is easily the best route-runner from Seattle. With a smooth pin step, he has a textbook pinch step to accelerate out of his break. DeBoer’s scheme and playing against Pac-12 defenses mean that we don’t have a good idea about McMillan’s release package. But that shouldn’t be too much of an issue with the defenses in the AFC East. Athleticism may be an emphasis for the Patriots this offseason, but I think they can eschew that trend to pick a Wide Receiver who creates just as much separation as the speed demons in this class. This isn’t to say that McMillan is a bad athlete, as he logged metrics at the necessary thresholds at Indianapolis as well.

~Lee

2.35 Arizona Cardinals

EDGE Bralen Trice (Washington)

Trice didn’t do himself any favors at the combine. He came in significantly underweight and still ran slow. But his on-field production and presence are still impressive. He’ll have to redeem himself at his pro day to stay this high. But ARI needs EDGE help after ranking 30th in sacks last year, which could make Trice’s production appealing at this spot.

~Decker

2.36 Washington Commanders

EDGE Chris Braswell (Alabama)

~Decker

2.37 Los Angeles Chargers

CB T.J. Tampa (Iowa State)

Courtesy of Iowa State Athletics

New HC Jim Harbaugh loves to build his team through his defense, and he’ll be drafting a hard-hitting CB in TJ Tampa.

~Vallerie

2.38 Tennessee Titans

OC Zach Frazier (West Virginia)

Titans finally commit to the rebuild and start with their offensive line; after grabbing a top OT, they grab their center in Frazier.

~Vallerie

2.39 New York Giants

5T Darius Robinson (Missouri)

~Pereira

2.40 Washington Commanders

CB Kamari Lassiter (Georgia)

Three top-40 picks means the Commanders can address multiple areas of concern in the draft, including their 32nd-ranked pass defense in 2023. Lassiter is a versatile corner who can line up on the inside or outside and didn’t allow a touchdown in coverage last year.

~Pereira

2.41 Green Bay Packers

3T Braden Fiske (Florida State)

Fiske should provide the Packers with some needed interior defensive line help and depth. Fiske possesses athleticism and pass-rush abilities from the interior that were on display at Florida State and the Senior Bowl. He then solidified things with an impressive performance at the combine.

~IDP

2.42 Minnesota Vikings

1T T’Vondre Sweat (Texas)

The Vikings need interior defensive line help to go along with Harrison Phillips. Sweat, the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Outland Trophy winner signifying him as the Nation’s top interior offensive or defensive lineman should fit in nicely with the Vikings and certainly fill a big need.

~IDP

2.43 Atlanta Falcons

WR Troy Franklin (Oregon)

Courtesy of USA Today Sports

~IDP

2.44 Las Vegas Raiders

5T Kris Jenkins (Michigan)

~IDP

2.45 New Orleans Saints

OT Patrick Paul (Houston)

Paul has done well for himself this offseason, starting with a strong Senior Bowl showing and capping it off with a solid combine performance. At 6’7″ and 331 pounds with four years of starting experience, the mammoth-size tackle addresses a major area of concern for the Saints with Ryan Ramcyzk’s troubling knee condition and the slow development of Trevor Penning.

~Pereira

2.46 Indianapolis Colts

S Tyler Nubin (Minnesota)

~Pereira

2.47 New York Giants

TE Ja’Tavion Sanders (Texas)

The Giants need a ton of help on offense and draft the best overall TE talent in the draft. JT Sanders can inherit Darren Waller’s offensive duties while offering blocking ability to help protect the QB.

~Vallerie

2.48 Jacksonville Jaguars

OG Cooper Beebe (Kansas State)

~Vallerie

2.49 Cincinnati Bengals

5T Ruke Orhorhoro (Clemson)

Courtesy of Post and Courier

~Decker

2.50 Philadelphia Eagles

CB Khyree Jackson (Oregon)

~Decker

2.51 Pittsburgh Steelers

CB Nehemiah Pritchett (Auburn)

During our coverage of the Senior Bowl, we noted that the Auburn Defensive Backs were showing out as vocal and physical leaders. Pritchett is probably the best of that bunch, with ideal length and 31 5/8″ arms. The rail-thin Cornerback is competitive throughout the route and disruptive at the catch point. With the recent release of Patrick Peterson, Pritchett can slide into a contributing spot fairly early. With the improvements of a professional strength and conditioning program, we can hope to see the addition of good weight and the translation of his route physicality to run support.

~Lee

2.52 Los Angeles Rams

EDGE Marshawn Kneeland (Western Michigan)

Introducing this year’s First Off the Bus candidate. Kneeland is a hulking 6’3″ at 270 pounds, with a densely built frame and 34″ arms. Playing in the MAC, it may be hard to garner attention from the NFL scouting community. Kneeland did a good job of putting that to rest by thriving without his running mate Braden Fiske, who himself went on to a ridiculous season at Florida State. The EDGE rusher is a pure power player without much speed to rely on against the pass but with the added versatility of kicking inside on obvious passing situations. Consider someone like Dorance Armstrong an 75th percentile projection. The Rams’ defense really struggled last year, taking the shine off of the emergence of Puka Nacua and Kyren Williams. The additions of Wiggins and Kneeland from this mock draft would give the Rams speed and physicality, respectively, that should shore up some of the free agency losses and positions of weakness from a year ago.

~Lee

2.53 Philadelphia Eagles

LB Edgerrin Cooper (Texas A&M)

The Eagles potentially lose a couple of linebackers to free agency, and have a need to get younger at the position. Cooper emerged this year and would give them a linebacker that can play all three downs, blitz, and cover.

~Peebles

2.54 Cleveland Browns

1T Michael Hall Jr. (Ohio State)

Hall has a tweener size and will need to work to fit into a more defined position in the NFL. But he’s a strong interior lineman who can push around an offensive lineman if he gets into a power battle.

~Peebles

2.55 Miami Dolphins

iOL Christian Haynes (UConn)

The Dolphins need to add depth to the offensive line, with one guard currently being rostered. Haynes fits well in McDaniels scheme and can lead the way for Achane when he pulls.

~Parker

2.56 Dallas Cowboys

OT Kiran Amegadjie (Yale)

With Tyron Smith potentially leaving in free agency, the Cowboys have big shoes to fill. Amegadjie is a 6’5″ 326 lbs left tackle; he’s big and athletic with long arms. However, in 2023, he only played four games due to a torn left quad.

~Parker

2.57 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

S Kamren Kinchens (Miami)

Tampa Bay addresses their bottom 5 ranked passing defense that allowed 250 yards per game, with Kinchens. Kinchens started as a true freshman at Miami and has developed into a versatile safety that can be used in multiple ways.

~Parker

2.58 Green Bay Packers

S Javon Bullard (Georgia)

Bullard is a smaller safety and an average athlete but smart at the position. He can help the Packers secondary, as well as roll down and make open-field tackles.

~Parker

2.59 Houston Texans

CB Max Melton (Rutgers)

Melton is likely a slot corner, which fits really well into what he can do. He displays excellent awareness in zone coverage and plays close to the line of the page aggressively well.

~Peebles

2.60 Buffalo Bills

LB Payton Wilson (NC State)

Wilson is my favorite linebacker in the class but he’s got some warts. He’s going to be 24 this year and has a littered injury history. But he’s athletic as heck, just ran a 4.43 40 at the combine, and plays with his hair on fire. Wilson is a really fun player to watch on tape and will make an NFL defense very happy.

~Peebles

2.61 Detroit Lions

OG Christian Mahogany (Boston College)

Detroit faces the possibility of losing three interior Offensive Linemen to free agency this year, so the addition of Christian Mahogany will ease the financial struggles of trying to replicate their 2023 results. Mahogany famously has allowed no sacks or QB hits in 2023, resulting in a bit of a hype train during the evaluation process. Though he can get a bit lost in space, his power and ability to sustain blocks give him a high ceiling as an interior blocker. His ACL injury in 2022 will concern some evaluators. However, his athleticism didn’t seem to substantially hinder him this past season. The Lions will love his kneecap-biting demeanor and moderate versatility, having filled in at Offensive Tackle on occasion.

~Lee

2.62 Baltimore Ravens

LB James Williams (Miami)

Eric DeCosta is able to draft according to his evaluations due to the separation of business decisions from football decisions within the Ravens organization. James Williams is a good football player who doesn’t really have a defined role yet. He likely projects as a Linebacker, thanks to his 6’4” frame and lack of elite speed. Miami played Williams as a hybrid/overhang player the majority of the time. This means that he has plus coverage ability for the next level while fully leveraging his physicality by aligning in the box. With a green first-time play caller in former Linebacker Zach Orr (Go Mean Green), we can expect Williams will be fully utilized to his tweener abilities because of positional favoritism.

~Lee

2.63 San Francisco 49ers

CB Kris Abrams-Draine (Missouri)

Courtesy of Missouri Athletics

~Decker

2.64 Kansas City Chiefs

EDGE Jonah Elliss (Utah)

With KC resigning Chris Jones, that addresses one of their biggest needs this offseason. KC chose to place the franchise tag on CB L’Jarius Sneed, which also will address another significant need. KC’s most pressing need remaining is probably an LT, but the massive run on OTs left none worth this selection. Instead, KC can take an EDGE rusher to provide depth at a position where they may be without Omenihu for a significant portion of 2024 while he recovers from his torn ACL suffered in the AFC Championship game.

~Decker

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