2024 NFL Mock Draft: Three teams trade up for non-QBs, including Brock Bowers; Steelers, Bills take WRs


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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PAYDS

3633

RUYDS

121

INTS

5

TDS

41

There is little more that could be said about Caleb Williams and Chicago at this point. It has felt like the obvious choice for months and remains that way.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PAYDS

3608

RUYDS

449

INTS

9

TDS

33

As the process has moved forward, I have felt that Drake Maye is the second best quarterback prospect in this draft class and that Washington is likely to take him at No. 2 overall.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PAYDS

3812

RUYDS

1134

INTS

4

TDS

50

With two quarterbacks off the board, the selection at No. 3 overall boils down to how New England feels about the remaining quarterbacks. If it does not love one of them, then there is no reason to force the matter. The Patriots could trade down and address other positions of need if they are not in love with Jayden Daniels or J.J. McCarthy.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

It makes a lot of sense for Arizona to trade out of this pick if it gets a big offer, but the idea of taking Marvin Harrison Jr. may be too good to pass up. The Cardinals stick at No. 4 overall and add a weapon for Kyler Murray.

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PAYDS

2991

RUYDS

202

INTS

4

TDS

25

Los Angeles trades out of the No. 5 overall selection, which puts it in a position to do what it really wants, which is take an offensive lineman. Minnesota is given the opportunity to take a quarterback, but it comes at a great cost.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

REC

89

REYDS

1569

YDS/REC

17.6

TDS

14

The race to draft quarterbacks atop the draft benefits teams like the Giants. If New York does not get aggressive in pursuit of a quarterback, then Malik Nabers is the next best option. He would give the Giants a playmaker at the position that they’ve lacked for years.

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

There is no easier projection than the Titans taking an offensive lineman. Everything that they have done this offseason has been to support second-year quarterback Will Levis, and that continues in the first round, as they take an offensive lineman in consecutive years.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Atlanta gets some juice off the edge as Dallas Turner pairs nicely with Grady Jarrett and Arnold Ebiketie. The Falcons hired a defensive-minded head coach, and Raheem Morris is not going to want his unit to perform poorly. Dallas Turner is the first defender off the board.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

REC

92

REYDS

1640

YDS/REC

17.8

TDS

15

It is likely that one of the top wide receivers is available for Chicago at No. 9 overall given all that is projected to occur before its pick. Caleb Williams walks into a great situation throwing to Keenan Allen, D.J. Moore and Rome Odunze.

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Aaron Rodgers has proven he can do more with less at the wide receiver position, so the position isn’t as desperate a need as maybe it outwardly seems. I think general manager Joe Douglas understands that going into the season with two 33-year-old offensive tackles is more risky than its current tackle situation, especially after how last season played out.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

JC Latham over Olu Fashanu may come as a surprise, but the Chargers may be more inclined to draft a right tackle than force Rashawn Slater to switch positions. Offensive line is probably the direction head coach Jim Harbaugh wants to address with tight end Brock Bowers being the dark horse.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

56

REYDS

714

YDS/REC

12.8

TDS

7

Wide receiver has often been linked to Indianapolis, but there are other ways to support a young quarterback. Anthony Richardson is now throwing to a few players with wider catch radii. Shane Steichen comes from a situation in Philadelphia where he had Dallas Goedert and Zach Ertz.

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Las Vegas needs to come out of this draft with at least one and probably two offensive line starters, but cornerback is also a position of need. Quinyon Mitchell is highly competitive, and his floor is pretty high as a result, in my opinion.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Trevor Penning has not grasped the left tackle position with control, and now there are reports about the structural integrity of right tackle Ryan Ramczyk’s knee. I cannot imagine that a franchise who consistently invests in the offensive line will feel comfortable going into next season with its current offensive line.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Denver needs to be realistic regarding its current situation. The Broncos do not have the ammunition that Minnesota does in a potential trade-up situation. Los Angeles is probably not going to help facilitate a division rival moving up for a quarterback, either. If they miss out on the top quarterback prospects, rather than get desperate and overdraft the position, the Broncos pick up additional draft capital and address multiple areas of need.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

The interior offensive line remains a priority for Seattle this offseason. Troy Fautanu being available is the dream situation for the Seahawks. First, he has a prior relationship with offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb and offensive line coach Scott Huff. Fautanu has positional flexibility so, if both tackles get hurt as they did a year ago, then Fautanu gives them insurance at a premium position.

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jacksonville released Darious Williams for salary cap purposes, and that created a massive void at the position. Terrion Arnold is the top cornerback prospect in this class for some, so that is great value at this stage of the first round.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

With so many top offensive tackle prospects off the board, Green Bay cannot afford to be patient any longer. Green Bay has made a trade involving its first-round pick in six of the past nine drafts. It drafts Amarius Mims to be the replacement of long-time left tackle David Bakhtiari.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Los Angeles explored the idea of trading for Brian Burns a few years ago and, if it had its druthers, it would like to have a respectable pass rusher to plug in opposite Byron Young, who had a really promising rookie season.

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

After taking Marvin Harrison Jr. No. 4 overall, Arizona turns around and adds an important piece on defense. Jared Verse has the frame that NFL personnel love and the athletic testing that could allow him to be a high impact player at the next level.

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Jackson Powers-Johnson could play guard or center. Miami happens to need both positions after Robert Hunt departed in free agency. Aaron Brewer was signed to play center in free agency, so the team now has options.

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Duke

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

51st

POSITION RNK

8th

Graham Barton has positional flexibility, which is what Philadelphia looks for out of its offensive linemen, especially when there are not any pressing needs. Barton is insurance for now.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

REC

68

REYDS

1177

YDS/REC

17.3

TDS

17

By trading back, Los Angeles is in a position to address two massive needs rather than one. First, the Chargers took the right tackle. Now they throw another body into the wide receiver room. The Chargers wide receivers coach will have to earn his money with last year’s first-round pick, Quentin Johnston, and now Brian Thomas Jr.

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BYU

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

7th

A bit of stability would be great for Kingsley Suamataia’s development. The cousin of Lions offensive tackle Penei Sewell transferred from Oregon after the 2021 season, spent the 2022 season at right tackle and then transitioned to left tackle in 2023. His presence on the left side will allow Dallas to keep Tyler Smith at guard.

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Illinois

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 295 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Cincinnati lost D.J. Reader to the Lions but countered by signing Sheldon Rankins to pair him with B.J. Hill. The Bengals add some depth to the room with the selection of Jer’Zhan Newton.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Tampa Bay shipped Carlton Davis to Detroit this offseason and Sean Murphy-Bunting is long gone, leaving Jamel Dean as the Will Smith meme looking around an empty living room. The Buccaneers have a lot of needs, but one of those is filled with in the first round with the selection of Nate Wiggins.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

6th

REC

30

REYDS

478

YDS/REC

15.9

TDS

3

Steelers fans will probably not be fans of the team’s decision to trade out of the opportunity to select one of the perceived top interior offensive linemen, but they still address a position of need while adding draft resources in the process.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

REC

55

REYDS

845

YDS/REC

15.4

TDS

11

Following the Stefon Diggs trade, Buffalo has a clear need at the wide receiver position. Adonai Mitchell is a bit more of a vision than a finished product, but he brings a much-needed explosive element to the Bills offense.

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Western Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 275 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

92nd

POSITION RNK

8th

Marshawn Kneeland gets into the first round. After beginning his career in a rotation with Marcus Davenport, Kneeland will eventually take over as the full-time pass rusher opposite Aidan Hutchinson.

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

6th

Right tackle Morgan Moses was traded to New York. Offensive guard Kevin Zeitler signed with Detroit. Left tackle Ronnie Stanley has battled injuries lately. The Ravens need to find stability, and that could mean using their first-round selection on Moses’ replacement.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

A run on offensive linemen has left those spots pretty bare, so San Francisco will have to go in another direction. It is never shy investing in the edge rusher position, and the depth chart essentially features one-year mercenaries opposite Nick Bosa.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Kansas City has a need at the cornerback position after trading away L’Jarius Sneed. It fills that void in the first round with the selection of Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry.





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