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SNS 2024 Mock Draft 2.0 - Two Round Super Bowl Edition

(Caleb Williams / QB / USC)

The first 18 picks are locked in after the end of the regular season. The order of the remaining picks will be determined by the results of the playoffs with the Super Bowl champion selecting #32, the final pick of the first round.


NOTE: This mock draft does not consider trades. Trades will be included in future mock drafts.


The 2024 NFL Draft will be held in Detroit, Michigan from April 25 – 27.


1.     Chicago (from Carolina)                         Caleb Williams / QB / USC               


The Bears are at a critical crossroads – ride and die with Justin Fields, draft potential generational talent Williams, or trade back an acquire additional draft capital. By selecting Williams, Chicago decides to start over with a new QB with the talent and playing style similar to Patick Mahomes.


2.         Washington                                         Drake Maye / QB / N. Carolina


Washington hired Kliff Kingsbury as their new offensive coordinator, prompting discussion that the Commanders will try to acquire Caleb Williams to operate his offense. In this scenario, Washington selects Maye, an elite prospect with fantastic tools that fills an area of great need in DC.


3.         New England                                        JJ McCarthy / QB / Michigan       


For the first time this century, the Patriots will be led by someone not named Belichick as Jerod Mayo takes over as head coach in New England. The Mac Jones experiment has proven to be a failure and it seems pretty apparent that the Pats need to select a young QB to develop. In this scenario, New England has their choice of Heisman Trophy winner Jayden Daniels, Oregon’s Bo Nix, or JJ McCarthy of the National Champion Wolverines. New England decides to go back to the Michigan well that brought the NFL Tom Brady. McCarthy has elite tools and should be able to be developed into a franchise QB in Boston.


4.          Arizona                                                   Mekhi Wingo / IDL / LSU   


Arizona could go a number of ways here but decide to take the best defensive player available in Wingo, a great athlete with power and agility to create nightmares for lineman up and down the line of scrimmage. Wingo offers great length and size and fits any defensive scheme.


5.          LA Chargers                                          Taliese Fuaga / OT / Oregon State 


Jim Harbaugh is now LA’s head coach and a major reason why is the belief in dominating at the line of scrimmage, especially in the run game. Fuaga is the best run blocker available in the 2024 NFL Draft, with a playing style similar to Penei Sewell (Lions), and would immediately improve the ground game for the Chargers, regardless of who totes the ball.


6.         NY Giants                                                Bo Nix / QB /Oregon    


The Giants decide that Daniel Jones is not the team’s franchise QB and decide that this year’s QB class is a great time to draft his replacement. Nix went from being a bust and a disappointment at Auburn to being an All-American and Heisman Trophy finalist at Oregon, where he completed a FBS record 77.4% in 2023.


7.         Tennessee                                              Olu Fashanu / OT / Penn State


For the better part of 25 years the Titans have been known for their physical playing style, toughness, and running the ball. Unfortunately, this last season the wheels fell off. And yes, QB play was an issue. But the drop off in the quality of the offensive line declined significantly last season and the Titans never replaced OLT Taylor Lewan, which derailed the normally potent run game. Fashanu looks like an ideal replacement as he has the length, feet, agility, and athleticism to play OLT for the next decade.


8.         Atlanta                                                 Jared Verse / Edge / Florida State


It has been years since the Falcons have had a consistent pass rush and new head coach Raheem Morris has a defensive background and realizes that winning at the NFL level is nearly impossible to accomplish without pressuring the opposing QB. Verse is well-rounded, experienced, and consistent at FSU and figures to give Atlanta a threat rushing off the edge.


9.         Chicago                                              Malik Nabers / WR / LSU       


After taking Williams at #1, the Bears acquire a weapon for him to deploy in the passing game. Nabers has great speed, suddenness, and body control to make the acrobatic catch and become a true #1 WR in the Windy City.


10.        NY Jets                                              Brock Bowers / TE / Georgia          


Aaron Rodgers returns for at least one more season and the Jets remain on a “win now” mode and decide that getting an elite weapon, in the mold of Sam LaPorta, for Rodgers is the best short-term path. Bowers is the best TE to come through the NFL Draft in memory with good size, athleticism, hands, YAC ability, and production as the #1 target in the Georgia Bulldog offense.


11.       Minnesota                                          Jayden Daniels / QB / LSU


Kirk Cousins is set to become a free agent in the off season and with the Vikings with little salary cap space, decide to start over and select the Heisman Trophy winner. Daniels is a fantastic athlete with a great arm, throws with accuracy and touch, is a running threat outside the pocket, and a good decision maker with improving field vision.


12.       Denver                                              Dallas Turner / Edge / Alabama


Denver would clearly like to draft a replacement for Russell Wilson but don’t think that any QB is worth drafting at #12. Denver’s defense was surprisingly strong last year (set aside the debacle against Miami) but they could always use another pass rusher. Turner has a quick first step and has the bend and closing burst you cannot teach that is a characteristic that is difficult to find.


13.       Las Vegas                                          Joe Alt / OT / Notre Dame 


Alt falling out of the top ten picks is unlikely but if he does, the Raiders would jump on the chance to draft the second-generation talent (his father, John, was an All-Pro with the Chiefs in the 90’s). As much as the Raiders would like to draft a QB in the first round, they shouldn’t reach and by drafting Alt, the Raiders improve their offensive line and pass protection, which will benefit whoever takes snaps from center this year.



14.       New Orleans                                      Cooper DeJean / CB / Iowa


New Orleans has had one of the best secondaries in the NFL over the last decade but the quality of play fell in 2023 due to injuries and age. DeJean has the speed, quickness, athleticism, and ball skills to serve as a team’s #1 CB.



15.       Indianapolis                                        Kris Jenkins / IDL / Michigan


The Colts have no huge needs and would like to trade back and acquire more draft picks. But in this scenario, Indy selects the talented Michigan DT, whose father (Kris, Sr.) was a perennial All-Pro DT with the Panthers. The younger Jenkins is a spitting image of his father and has Pro Bowl potential in the NFL.



16.       Seattle                                                   Laiatu Latu / Edge / UCLA


New Seahawks head coach Mike McDonald was the defensive coordinator of the Ravens and he understands the importance of pressuring the QB. Latu is a technician with a variety of pass rushing moves and great production over his last two years in Westwood.


17.       Jacksonville                                           Jordan Morgan / OT / Arizona         


The Jaguars offensive line had difficulty opening holes for the ground game and protecting Trevor Lawrence from the pass rush. Morgan looks like a long-term starter at OLT with the feet, strength, and length to excel at the NFL level.



18.       Cincinnati                                               Jer’Zhan Newton / IDL / Illinois


The Bengals need to infuse some youth across their defensive front and decide to draft the talented Illini DT. “Johnny” Newton is sudden and quick and typically wins with his first step and via outstanding leverage.



19.       LA Rams                                                  Quinyon Mitchell / CB / Toledo       


The Rams have no real need and although they’d love to draft a QB, there isn’t one available worth drafting here so they decide that selecting a potential true lockdown CB in Toledo’s Mitchell is the right way to go. Mitchell had a great Senior Bowl practice week and is rapidly ascending draft boards and may be the first CB picked in April.



20.       Pittsburgh                                              Cooper Beebe / IOL / Kansas State                                     

Historically, when the Steelers are Super Bowl contenders, they feature a dominate running game but the offensive line has not been up to the task. Beebe is one of the best guard prospects to enter the league in years and would have been a first round draft pick last year if he had not chosen to return to college. Beebe would give a boost to both the rushing and passing attacks in the Steel City.



21.        Miami                                                    Chop Robinson / Edge / Penn State


Miami’s defense suffered a precipitous drop in performance once season-ending injuries were suffered by Edge Rushers Jaelen Phillips and Bradley Chubb and decide to strengthen the pass rush with the selection of Robinson. The Nittany Lion DE is a former 5-star recruit and has a skill set made for the NFL with quickness, agility, bend, and closing burst to provide a valuable speed rush from the outside.



22.       Philadelphia                                            Tyler Guyton / OT / Oklahoma    


Philly has had one of the best offensive lines in the NFL for the last decade but age is starting to impact the health and quality of the line. Guyton, a former TE, is huge, has a large wingspan, and moves extremely well for his size. Guyton could play either OLT or ORT and looks like a potential Pro Bowl level player.



23.        Houston (from Cleveland)                    Rome Odunze / WR / Washington


Houston was not planning on selecting a WR with the first-round pick acquired from Cleveland in the Deshaun Watson trade but decide that passing on Odunze would be a mistake. Odunze is a smooth and fluid athlete with reliable hands and great body control. CJ Stroud gets a new toy to deploy in the passing offense.



24.       Dallas                                                      Troy Fautanu / OL / Washington  


The Cowboys’ offensive line play has started to fall off as age and injuries have taken a toll on the quality of play. Fautanu has plenty of experience as a blindside blocker and has the feet and mobility to line up at OLT, although his best NFL position may be at guard.



25.       Green Bay                                               Kool-Aid McKinstry / CB / Alabama                                                       

Green Bay was the youngest team in the NFL last year and the future looks bright for the Packers. They could go a number of ways with this pick – just don’t expect a WR at #25. Jaire Alexander may be on his way out and getting a young, talented CB would be a smart choice. McKinstry has length, agility, feet, and ball skills to become a #1 CB in the NFL.



26.       Tampa Bay                                               Keon Coleman / WR / Florida State


Mike Evans time in Tampa may be coming to an end due to his age, history of injuries, and contract demands. Coleman has only average speed but has soft hands, outstanding leaping ability, and great body control and makes a perfect complement to speedster Chris Godwin on the outside in Tampa Bay.



27.       Arizona (from Houston)                          Xavier Legette / WR / South Carolina                                            

After selecting DT Mekhi Wingo at #4 overall, the Cards decide to get Kyler Murray a weapon to use in the passing game in the Gamecock WR. Legette has height, length, a large catch radius, and dangerous YAC ability after the catch and gives Arizona a big play threat at WR that has been missing in the desert over the last several seasons.



28.       Buffalo                                                      Terrion Arnold / CB / Alabama                       


The Bills have to play the Dolphins twice a season – and trying to keep up with Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle requires having athletes who have the speed and technical proficiency to cover agility in space. Arnold is the less ballyhooed of the two outstanding Crimson Tide CBs available in April but he has the length and short area reaction skills to excel on an island in coverage.



29.       Detroit                                                     Darius Robinson / DL / Missouri     


Robinson was the most dominating defensive player at Senior Bowl practices, has an intriguing combination of size, length, and athleticism with the ability to slide up and down the line of scrimmage and create mismatches. The hope would be that increased pressure on the QB improves the defense’s ability to stop the passing attack.



30.       Baltimore                                                Nate Wiggins / CB / Clemson


The Ravens had the NFL’s top defense last season but KC exposed the holes in the secondary in the AFC Championship game last month. Wiggins has been a steady, reliable CB for Clemson the last couple of seasons and gives Baltimore a plug and play option next season.



31.       Kansas City                                             Xavier Worthy / WR / Texas 


The Chiefs have had issues all season with dropped passes and a big part of the reason are the WR’s inability to create separation against man coverage. Getting open is not an issue for the ultra-quick and explosive Longhorn. Worthy would be the most dangerous KC WR in the open field since Tyreek Hill left for Miami years ago.



32.       San Francisco                                          Christian Haynes / IOL / UCONN                  


The 49ers look to be a contender for a few seasons to come and have no real concerns they need to address in the draft. Haynes is a multiple year All-American at a school with little surrounding talent. In San Francisco, Haynes provides a well-rounded IOL who looks like a potential Pro Bowler down the line.


* Carolina and Cleveland do not have first round selections in the 2024 NFL Draft.


2nd Round

33. Carolina                                                         Roman Wilson / WR / Michigan

34. New England                                                 Kingsley Suamataia / OL / BYU

35. Arizona                                                          Tyler Nubin / S / Minnesota

36.Washington                                                    Brian Thomas / WR / LSU

37. LA Chargers                                                  Blake Corum / RB / Michigan

38. Tennessee                                                     Cedric Gray / LB / North Carolina

39. NY Giants                                                      Audric Estime / RB / Notre Dame

40. Washington (from Chicago)                          Ruke Orhorhoro / IDL / Clemson

41. Green Bay (from NY Jets)                              MarShawn Lloyd / RB / USC

42. Minnesota                                                      Braden Fiske / IDL / Florida State

43. Atlanta                                                           Michael Penix / QB / Washington

44. Las Vegas                                                       Malachi Moore / S / Alabama

45. New Orleans (from Denver)                          Troy Franklin / WR / Oregon

46. Indianapolis                                                   Marist Liufau / LB / Notre Dame

47. NY Giants (from Seattle)                                Payton Wilson / LB / NC State

48. Jacksonville                                                    DeWayne Carter / IDL / Duke

49. Cincinnati                                                       Kalen King / CB / Penn State

50. Philadelphia (from New Orleans)                  Junior Colson / LB / Michigan

51. Pittsburgh                                                      Spencer Rattler / QB / S. Carolina

52. LA Rams                                                         Joe Milton / QB / Tennessee

53. Philadelphia                                                   Lideatrick Griffin / WR / Miss St.

54. Cleveland                                                       Christian Mahogany / IOL / Boston Coll

55. Miami                                                              Patrick Paul / OT / Tulane

56. Dallas                                                              Ja’Tavion Sanders / TE / Texas

57. Tampa Bay                                                      Chris Braswell / Edge / Alabama

58. Green Bay                                                       Keith Randolph / IDL / Illinois

59. Houston                                                         Amarius Mims / OT / Georgia

60. Buffalo                                                             Roger Rosengarten / OT / Washington

61. Detroit                                                            Jackson Powers-Johnson / IOL / Oregon

62. Baltimore                                                        T’Vondre Sweat / IDL / Texas

63. Kansas City                                                     Calen Bullock / S / USC

64. San Francisco                                                 Marshawn Kneeland / DL / W. Michigan


(Darius Robinson / DL / Missouri)


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