Early 2024 NFL Seven-Round Mock Draft – JMark Version 1.0

Early 2024 NFL Seven-Round Mock Draft - JMark Version 1.0

NFL teams have watched the tape and scouted the Senior Bowl. However, the combine hasn’t happened. Needs haven’t been filled in the free agency. Teams haven’t even fully decided what they’re doing with their own players. So, how do we approach the way too early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft? With chaos.

I know you’re going to heckle me from the very beginning. From the Bears passing on a quarterback at one (though I truly don’t think they’ll pick from that spot). To not enough quarterbacks going in Round 1. Your heckling doesn’t scare me.

I know some of these are dart throws. I know a lot of them have my own personal opinions weighed in. However, I still like how it shook up. Let’s get into it. Shout out if you love your team’s draft. Shout out if you hate your team’s draft. You can find me both here.

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Early 2024 NFL Seven-Round Mock Draft – JMark Version 1.0

In last year’s early mock draft I had Panthers selecting C.J. Stroud. Then, with all the rumors, I caved and gave them Bryce Young, with Stroud falling to the Texans. Perhaps the Panthers should have listened to my early mock draft.

The Chargers probably also wished my mock had gone their way, as I had them taking Jordan Addison, not Quentin Johnston. The Giants got Zay Flowers.

Even the Cowboys probably wish they’d listened to me and taken Michael Mayer instead of Mazi Smith. We can all speculate. We can all guess. However, we’re not owners of teams. We’re not general managers or coaches. The Bears could trade out of the first and end up with Marvin Harrison Jr. and one of the top quarterbacks. Or they could keep Justin Fields.

Plenty of current needs could be fulfilled in the free agency. In fact, I approached it like nobody was resigned to their original team, which we know won’t be the case. It’s all guesswork at this point.

Don’t get me wrong, it was educated guesswork. I spent hours and hours on it. Tweaking picks, changing my mind, readjusting. Seven rounds with at least a little something written about each player.

Truth be told, I will change it again, even before free agency. I’ll change it up to the date of the draft. However, there are no changes between now and when published is hit, so let’s jump into it.

Round 1

I already buried the lead. In my very early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft, the Bears are sticking with Justin Fields. The locker room loves him.

They finished the season pretty strong, and he’s improved every year despite numerous coaching changes. You will see that leads Caleb Williams to fall right to an offensive coordinator he’s familiar with in Kliff Kingsbury. The Patriots take Drake Maye.

Almost everybody else right now is saying there could be five quarterbacks in the first ten picks. I’ve seen as many as seven in the first 12. I have no problem going against the grain in thinking the Bryce Young effect has a couple of the GMs scared. Because of that, my next quarterback doesn’t come until the 12th pick, where the Broncos get a steal in Jayden Daniels.

In total, my mock has six wide receivers going in the first, three quarterbacks, and one tight end. It also includes a reach on a running back and seven offensive linemen. The rest is all on defense, with the highest being Nate Wiggins, a surprise to many.


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Marvin Harrison Jr.WROhio State
Ultimately, I think Caleb Williams goes here. But I don't think it's to the Bears. Commanders or Patriots will try and flip each other to get this pick, pushing the Bears down a spot or two and still nabbing Marvin Harrison Jr.

Caleb WilliamsQBUSC
With Kliff Kingsbury expected to take the offensive coordinator position and the Commanders needing a franchise quarterback, they select Caleb Williams. He'll take his big market desire to Washington to try and turn their franchise around.

Drake MayeQBUNC
There are many different routes the Patriots could go here. But no Brady, no Belichek, and no one thinking Mac Jones is the answer. They could take Daniels, but they turn their franchise over to the more proven quarterback in Drake Maye.

Rome OdunzeWRWashington
Maybe a surprise that he goes above Malik Nabers, but I think the Cardinals look for the length that Odunze brings in his 6-3 stature over Nabers 6-0. Odunze will give Kyler Murray a go-to WR1.

Malik NabersWRLSU
It wouldn't surprise me to see the Chargers trade back and pick up some more draft picks here while a quarterback-needy team trades up and takes Daniels. No trades in this draft however, so the Chargers take Malik Nabers. It's uncertain if Keenan Allen and Mike Williams will be on the team next year. Nabers gives them a reliable receiver.

Joe AltOTNotre Dame
Injuries plagued the Giants again last year. Dan Jones, or whoever leads this team at QB in the long term, needs better protection. Therefore, they take the best tackle in the draft in Joe Alt. He's an anchor tackle that can produce for years. The Giants highest graded tackle was Andrew Thomas, who finished 18th of 81 tackles. The next highest was Tyre Philips, who was graded the 69th of 81

Nate WigginsCBClemson
The Titans need help in their defensive backfield. They could take Cooper DeJean, but the late season injury + Wiggins scoring a higher pass-coverage grade has them flip to Wiggins. He's a 6-2 corner who will be a Day 1 starter.

Laiatu LatuEDAlabama
They could go with a quarterback here. However, their highest-rated edge rusher last year was Calais Campbell. He's a free agent, and the Falcons defensive line needs help. Latu was PFF graded as the top edge defender this year after having 15 sacks, 11 QB hits, and 36 QB hurries.

Olumuyiwa Fashanu.OTPenn State
In my mock, the Bears are keeping Fields. There's a scenario where they trade out of the 1st and still land Jayden Daniels here. However, I have them adding a pass-blocking tackle to help the line protect Fields.

Taliese FuagaOTOregon State
Rodgers says get somebody to help protect me and the Jets do. They would have preferred Fashanu, as he's a better pass-blocker right now. However, Fuaga is still a big upgrade and helps the line take a big step forward.

Jared VerseEDFlorida State
The Vikings have a lot of needs. Questions surrounding if Kirk Cousins will be back, the trenches need help, and the Vikings need help at all levels on defense. Danielle Hunter and Marcus Davenport are set to be free agents so the Vikings grab a big edge rusher who had 11 sacks in 2023, 15 QB hits, 36 hurries, and two batted passes and has more e-year consistency than Dallas Turner.

Jayden DanielsQBLSU
Jayden Daniels slides out of the top-10, but that's stopped at 12 with the Broncos. Sean Payton and the Broncos have a new franchise quarterback. Maybe Russell Wilson sticks around another year as a mentor, but the keys are handed to Daniels sooner, rather than later.

Jer'Zhan NewtonDIIllinois
The Raiders miss out on Daniels by just one pick. It's possible they leap-frog the Broncos as well as other quarterback-hungry teams. However, in this mock we aren't making any trades. Therefore the Raiders pick Jer'Zhan Newton. He's 6-2, 295 pounds, and gets after the quarterback. He and Maxx Crosby are going to make things tough on the AFC West.

JC LathamOTAlabama
The 6-6, 335-pound tackle JC Latham only allowed two sacks out of 443 pass snaps last year. The Saints need the help on the line and Latham is a very well-rounded blocker in both the run and pass game.

Terrion ArnoldCBAlabama
The Colts play CJ Stroud and Trevor Lawrence four times a year. They're top-rated cornerback, Kenny Moore, is a pending free agent. They draft Terrion Arnold out of Alabama who had five interceptions last year. He limited quarterbacks to a 50.7 passer rating and is good at stopping the run as well.

Laiatu LatuEDUCLA
The Seahawks need pass-rush help. Whether they resign Leonard Williams is yet to be seen. Either way, they need pass-rush help I a very competitive NFC West. They get that help in Laiatu Latu. Latu had 15 sacks this year and a PFF grade of 96.3. He's got a high-motor and improved from 2022 into 2023.

Jackson Powers-JohnsonCOregon
Protecting Trevor Lawrence and improving the offensive line should be the top priority for the Jaguars. Their current starting center got a PFF rating of 44.3. Adding Powers-Johnson gives them an anchor to the offensive line they can build around. He played 829 snaps for the Ducks last year and didn't allow a sack or a QB hit.

Amarius MimsOTGeorgia
There are a couple of different routes the Bengals could take here. One of their starting tackles, Jonah Williams, is a free agent. Mims was limited last year, but has high potential. In 168 pass-block snaps he allowed 0 sacks. He's massive at 6-7 and 340 poundsa nd he'll help proect Burrow.

Kool-Aid McKinstryCBAlabama
The Rams top cornerback last year ranked 38th out of 127 qualifying cornerbacks. Bringing in Kool-Aid McKinstry helps their backfield. Wide receivers that Kool-Aid went against were only targeted 39 times. He's better at zone than man coverage, but he's a strong competitor that should be able to make animpact for the Rams.

Cooper DeJeanCBIowa
Concerns about his injury stop here as the Steelers take Cooper DeJean to help bolster their defensive backfield. DeJean doesn't have to change his colors, keeping the black and gold that he wore for the Hawkeyes. He allowed an average passer rating of 43.2 the past two years. He can also help in the return game and on special teams.

Brock BowersTEGeorgia
Brock Bowers is much more talented than this draft position warrants. Kyle Pitts and Sam Laporta have shown that you can draft a tight end early on and they can have success, however, it's still a devalued position. Just when you thought this offense couldn't get any better, they add Brock Bowers. He's a big-time playmaker who will help stretch the field alongside Hill and Waddle.

Quinyon MitchellCBToledo
Another cornerback goes off the board. Qyinyon is a lockdown corner who can compete with both the tall receivers and the speedy ones. The NFC East is super competitive and the Eagles limiting the other three teams' passing game is going to be a huge step for helping their picks from the last couple of years get to the quarterback. He has the potential to be the best cornerback in this draft.

Texansvia CLV
Byron MurphyDITexas
The Texans have some good edge rushers but they need some help on the interior of the defensive line. They take Byron Murphy stay in Texas by drafting him. Murphy had a PFF pass-rush grade of 91.5 and had 36 QB hurries.

Jonathan BrooksRBTexas
Two Texas players in a row. This is a reach, but the Cowboys need a running back even if they end up bringing Tony Pollard back. Brooks averaged 6.1 yards per carry and also had 25 receptions. He stays in Texas and lands in an excelelnt spot with the Cowboys. He's elusive, forcing 63 missed tackles but also can plow through, having 732 yards after contact.

Kris JenkinsDIMichigan
The Packers need some interior defensive lineman help. Kris Jenkins gives them that. He still has some things to work on and develop, but the Packers give him a great place to do that. Facing teams like the Bears and Lions twice a year, Jenkins helps stop the run.

Bralen TriceEDWashington
The Bucs exceeded all expectations last year. However, they feel they have unfinished business. Trice probably deserves to go higher than this. He only had 8 sacks, but an amazing 53 quarterback hurries at Washington last year and 46 QB hurries the year before. Trice takes this Bucs defense to the next level.

Cardinalsvia HST
Jordan MorganOTArionza
There's nothing better than seeing somebody get to play in the same state in the pros as they did in college. Jordan Morgan becomes another in the first round as the Cardinals take him with their 2nd selection in this round. Morgan got a PFF pass block grade of 87.3 this year at Arizona and the Cardinals need the help. Paris Johnson only got a 64.2 pass block grade in his first year.

Ladd McConkeyWRGeorgia
The Bills need receiver help. Gabe Davis is a free agent and Stefon Diggs causes a lot of distractions. Ladd McConkey is creeping up draft boards after impressive catches during Senior Bowl practice. Don't let the low production last year fool you. McConkey is going to become a favorite target for Josh Allen.

Ennis Rakestraw Jr.CBMissouri
The Lions beef up the secondary with Ennis Rakestraw. Outside of Brian Branch, the secondary had a rough year. Perhaps slowing some other teams passing games will help them get to the Super Bowl this time around. Rakestraw had a better run defense grade than coverage, but he'll be able to help out right away, likely as the slot corner.

Troy FranklinWROregon
Zay Flowers was a great addition to the Ravens last year. However, they need more help in the receiving game. OBJ put a nice bandaid on the receiving game, but he's a free agent now. They need more youth for Lamar to throw to and Franklin gives them a nice 6-3 frame to toss it up to. He had 14 deep catches and 558 deep yards. He'll help stretch the field along with Flowers.

Kamari LassiterCBGeorgia
The 49ers have a solid defense. However, they could use some help in the backfield. Lassiter had 408 coverage snaps and only allowed 136 yards and a 48.7 passer rating. He didn't come away with any interceptions, but he's a good cover corner that excels at man coverage.

Xavier LegetteWRSouth Carolina
Rashee Rice came on as the year went. However, this year it became very clear that Mahomes needed more receiving options. Legette had 10 contested catches and 554 yards. He averaged 17.7 yards per reception. He'll help stretch the field and open that Chiefs offense back up.

Round 2

If the first round wasn’t crazy enough for you, the second round of my very early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft might be. The Panthers finally get a pick, and they take an edge rusher.

They have a lot of needs, but they can’t pass on Chris Braswell to help elevate their defense. If the real draft starts to shake out like my mock, you’ll start to see a lot of trades happen in the first ten picks.

However, this is a no-trade mock. Once we hit the ten picks into the draft, the Vikings take a quarterback. Remember, I approached this like there were no free agents that signed back with their team, meaning Cousins is gone. This started a trickle effect of the Falcons taking McCarthy and the Raiders taking Penix.

For fantasy football lovers, more wide receivers that could make an impact fell in the second round. This includes Adonai Mitchell falling to the Lions. He could get some nice looks with the attention on Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam Laporta. Speaking of Laporta, I had the Lions taking him through all my mocks last year. It just made sense.


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Chris BraswellEDAlabama
The Panthers are another team that have a lot of needs. Because they traded up to get Bryce Young last year, they're lacking some of the draft picks that could help. They make their first selection and take edge rusher Chris Braswell. This year he had 13 sacks, 10 QB hits, and 33 hurries. Improving the defense is a start.

Devontez WalkerWRUNC
The first thing the Patriots do to help their 1st round and potential franchise quarterback is draft one of his targets. The 6-2 Devontez Walker immediately helps this receiving corp. He'll line up wide and with the current roster, have a shot to become WR1.

Jonah ElissEDUtah
The Cardinals already lifted their offense with a WR and OT in Round 1. Now they bolster the defense with an edge rusher from Utah. Eliss lines up outside the tackle and is a really good pass rusher. In only 332 pass rush snaps he had 13 sacks and 24 hurries. He'll need to elevate to play the run better, but he'll be a great pass-rusher for the Cardinals.

Tyler GuytonOTOklahoma
The Commanders got their QB of the future in Caleb Williams, now they secure a tackle to help protect him. Guyton had some struggles but should impress leading up to the draft. He'll line up on the ride side, opposite Leno to start. He's a big 6-7 with good feet for his size.

T.J. TampaCBIowa State
The Chargers take T.J. Tampa out of Iowa State. He's an outside corner who allowed a 54.8 passer rating in 2023. He's improved year over year and will help the Chargers defense in the defensive back-end.

Troy FautanuOTWashington
The Titans take Troy Fautanu out of Washington to protect Levis' blindside. Fautanu played 984 snaps at left tackle in 2023. Out of 623 pass block snaps he only allowed 2 sacks. He'll need to continue developing but is an improvement to the current Titans' offensive line.

Jermaine BurtonWRAlabama
The Giants need receiver help. Jermaine Burton gives them that. He became a go-to last year at Alabama, finishing with 798 yards and 8 touchdowns. He could line up on the outside or the slot and be a step-up at either for the Giants.

Commandersvia CHI
Chop RobinsonEDPenn State
With the pick they got from trading Montez Sweat away, the Commander select an edge rusher to replace him. Chop was used as more of a situational rusher, but he was excellent when he was on the field in the past two years. PFF gave him a 92.3 pass rush grade with a massive 20.9% pass rush win rate. He could develop into a menace in the NFL.

Packersvia NYJ
Kiran AmegadjieOTYale
Had he gone to a bigger school, Amegadjie could be a first-rounder. With Bakhtiari potentially retiring, or at the very least, slowing down, the Packers find his replacement by making Amegadjie a second-rounder. The 6-5 tackle is more experienced at left tackle but can play both tackle positions.

Bo NixQBOregon
I went back and forth on Bo Nix or J.J. McCarthy to be Kirk Cousins eventual replacement. I like Nix's fit slightly better. Whether Kirk Cousins is back or not, Jaren Hall didn't look like the guy in limited fashion last year. Now they have the guy in Nix. He can start right away if Cousins is gone, or sit behind Cousins for a year.

J.J. McCarthyQBMichigan
McCarthy climbs draft boards leading up to the draft. The Falcons need an answer at quarterback and Desmond Ridder isn't it. McCarthy brings experience and swagger. He has an excellent deep ball delivery that will open it up for Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Top that with the rushing attack of Bijan and Allgeier and the Falcons offense could immediately turn around. He's another guy that could start now or sit behind a bridge quarterback for a year.

Michael Penix Jr.QBWashington
The quarterback grabs continue as the Raiders take Michael Penix Jr. He had a little controversy around the Senior Bowl, with some saying he was outplayed and benched in practice, to others saying he opted out. Regardless, the Raiders grab him here. They may keep Jimmy G one more year as he grooms Penix. Either way, the Raiders get a flashy quarterback who's thrown for over 4600 yards and 30 touchdowns in each of the last two years.

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Brian Thomas Jr.WRLSU
The Saints need somebody to line up opposite Chris Olave that is more reliable than Michael Thomas. They also like to shift Olave into the slot. The 6-4 Brian Thomas gives them that option. He's a true wide-out who had the 3rd most deep catches and 2nd most deep yards. Olave and Thomas will create some problems for defenses.

Tyler NubinSMinnesota
The Colts continue to bolster their secondary by taking Safety Tyler Nubin. He received a 90.1 coverage grade from PFF in 2023. When targeted he allowed a 39.6 passer rating, had five interceptions and four forced incompletions. They'll likely put him at Free Safety but he could upgrade either of the safety positions.

Giantsvia SEA
Zach FrazierCWest Virginia
It may not be flashy, but Frazier helps anchor the center of the line. The Giants had one of the worst overall interior line gradings from PFF and Frazier immediately lifts that. He played 100% of his snaps at center last year, but has the athleticism to play guard as well, if needed. He's also well-rounded in run and pass blocking.

Adisa IsaacEDPenn State
Jaguars pass-rusher Josh Allen is a free agent. Resigning him should be a top priority for them. Even if they do, they need pass-rush help. Adisa Isaac gives them help on the edge. He's good against the run when they play against Jonathan Taylor and the Colts. However, he's also good against the pass. In 208 pass-rush snaps last year he had 9 sacks, 4 QB hits, and 20 QB hurries. When you're hurrying the quarterback on 10% of plays, you're doing something right.

Ja'Lynn PolkWRWashington
Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd are both free agents. If neither come back, the Bengals will need receiver help and they get it in Ja'Lynn Polk. At 6-2, 204, he has experience as a wideout and a slot. Last year he played 222 snaps at the slot and 317 outside. He also was tied 16th in NCAA with 13 contested catches. He was used in multiple different ways from deep throws to screens. He'll help the Bengals out in multiple ways.

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Mekhi WingoDILSU
Fletcher Cox is a free agent. He could leave or he could retire, however, the Eagles need to think about replacing him either way. Wingo steps in as a B Gap player who can line up next to last year's pick Carter and create a fierce interior defensive line.

Brandon DorlusDIOregon
The Rams play with three interior defensive lineman and only Aaron Donald graded above 73 per PFF (he was a 90). Donald isn't getting any younger. Dorlus steps in on the other side of the interior and immediately helps them. He had 10.5% pass rush win rate and had 35 QB hurries last year.

Graham BartonOT/b>Duke
The Steelers could use help at both tackle positions but I think they take Graham Barton here to fill in at left tackle. He had a better season in 2022, but has the intangibles to be a good starting tackle in the NFL. He's also well-balanced at pass and run blocking. In 2023 he only allowed two sacks.

D.J. JamesCBAuburn
After getting a fun weapon for the offense in the first round, the Dolphins focus on the defense in the second round. D.J. James should be able to come in and compete right away for an outside corner position. He excels in man coverage.

Jeremiah Trotter Jr.LBClemson
Jeremiah Trotter Sr. played for the Philadelphia Eagles, and now Jeremiah Trotter Jr. will play for them. The Eagles need linebacking help and trotter will help provide that. He has an almost equal pass rush and run defense grade and can drop in coverage. Like father, like son, Trotter will help the Eagles elevate their defense.

T'Vondre SweatDITexas
With Shelby Harris hitting free agency the Browns take T'Vondre Sweat. He's 6-4 and 362 pounds. He's a hard-nosed run stopper that can also get after the quarterback. Both his pass rush win rate and run-stop win rate are impressive. Lining up by Myles Garrett will only make him better.

Kamren KinchensSMiami
The Cowboys safeties left a lot to be desired. They draft Kamren Kinchens here to come in and compete right away. He had a much better grading in 2022 than in 2023, but he'll look to bounce back to that form from 2022 where he can work as a run-stopping safety that also improves in coverage.

Christian HaynesGUCONN
Last year's starting guard for the Packers was 6th-round Jon Runyan. PFF graded him at 56.5. They skip top player to go for top need here and take Christian Haynes. He has lined up at right guard three years in a row for UCONN and playe dvery well. He grades out almost equally in run blocking and pass blocking and is a smart player. He'll help the interior line immediately.

Keon ColemanWRFlorida State
Keon Coleman's slide stops here as he stays in the state of Florida to play for the Bucs. I doubt the Bucs let Mike Evans walk. However, we can't assume anything before free agency. Coleman is a big-bodied 6-4 who has played at both wideout and slot. He had double-digit touchdowns last year and gives Baker Mayfield (or whoever starts at QB) a big redzone target. With Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Cade Otton, and Keon Coleman, this team will be tough to stop in the redzone.

Patrick PaulOTHouston/b>
The Texans got a lot of looks at Patrick Paul as he played for Houston. In 496 pass blocks last year he only allowed one sack. He's used to playing left tackle, but that's Tunsil's spot. George Fant was not great at the Right Tackle spot for the Texans and is a free agent. I doubt he's back and Paul steps in his spot and improves the protection of CJ Stroud.

Edgerrin CooperLBTexas A&M
The Bills take Cooper here and can line him up in multiple spots on the field. He can be a linebacker or an edge rusher. He can take snaps from Leonard Floyd as a rusher, but will most likely take the Sam linebacker spot of Baylon Spector.

Adonai MitchellWRTexas
The Lions have Amon-Ra St. Brown and Sam LaPorta. Beyond that the pass-cathcing options are a little limited. Jameson Williams still hasn't shown that he can be the guy. So the Lions draft a guy they think can line up on the outside in 6-4 Adonai Mitchell. He can step in and help them immediately as they look to lead the NFC North for a 2nd year.

Kalen KingCBPenn State
The Ravens need cornerback help. Kalen King took a step back last year from his 2022 season. However, they like his speed and ability to help in both coverage and run-stopping. He showed improvement towards the end of the year, especially against Rutgers and Michigan State. He'll look to elevate his play on a strong Ravens' defense.

Brenden RiceWRUSC
The 49ers take one of Caleb Williams' favorite targets to play opposite Brandon Aiyuk. This leaves Deebo in the slot where he excels. The 6-3 Rice had 12 touchdowns last year and becomes another offensive weapon in Kyle Shanahan's scheme.

Leonard Taylor IIIDIMiami
The Chiefs bolster the defensive line by taking Leonard Taylor III. He's an interior lineman who excels at pass-rushing. Chris Jones is a free agent and their other starting interior lineman, Tershawn Wharton, has struggled. Taylor can become an immediate starter, which makes him an excellent end of 2nd-round pick.

Round 3

Round three of the early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft contained another quarterback or two. First, it starts with the Panthers grabbing a wide receiver in Ricky Pearsall. I also have Michigan reaching a little bit and taking Blake Corum. Jim Harbaugh gets his guy.

The Giants select Michael Pratt out of Tulane. I don’t think they’re ready to give up on Daniel Jones. However, they need to start grooming another option. Pratt has a lot of potential. The Rams also grab a quarterback to compete for a backup spot. Last year, they drafted Stetson Bennett in the fourth.

However, he’s had a mysterious illness. So they take Spencer Rattler who is a polarizing quarterback that Sean McVay may fall in love with.

The deeper you get in the draft, the harder it gets to peg which players go where. Everybody has a very similar Top-50 board. Once you advance beyond that, players are going to be valued differently based on a bunch of data. Their combined performance, their team meetings, how they looked on tape, who has a gut feeling about them, and much more.


Ricky PearsallWRFlorida
Will Adam Thielen return to Carolina for another year? It's hard to say. Regardless, the Panthers need help in the receiving game and need weapons for Bryce Young. Pearsall played more snaps at slot in 2022 and 2023. Last year he had 963 yards on 65 receptions, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He can be a good chunk-yardage receiver that Bryce Young will rely on when it's third down.

Payton WilsonLBNC State
The Cardinals continue improving by taking Payton Wilson out of NC State. Wilson can be lined up as an edge rusher or as a linebacker. He's got great cover skills and can rush the quarterback too. Last year he had three interceptions and allowed a passer rating of 47.2, 17th among linebackers. He played 490 snaps in the box and 173 on the d-line. He's versatile and helps the Cardinals fill multiple needs.

Cooper BeebeGKansas State
The Commanders continue to build a better line to protect Caleb Williams. Their left guard, Charles, struggled last year. Cooper Beebe starts immediately. He's an above average run blocker and a really good pass blocker. He's also played 1738 snaps at left guard in the last two years. He has experience at both tackle positions and both guard positions, making him an excellent versatile lineman.

Javon SolomonEDTroy
Javon Solomon feels like a Mayo pick. He went to a smaller program in Troy but was an absolute beast in 2023. Out of 335 pass rush snaps, he had 17 sacks, 10 QB hits, and 21 QB hurries. He also has a pass-rush win rate of 17.1%, which is one of the better win rates in the draft. He elevates the Patriots pass rush.

Blake CorumRBMichigan
With Austin Ekeler likely hitting the free agency, Harbaugh gets a guy he's very familiar with in Blake Corum. Corum becomes the thunder in the Chargers backfield while Josh Kelley can stick around and play passing snaps like he did in 2023 (263 of his snaps were passing snaps versus 128 rushing snaps).

Michael PrattQBTulane
Maybe Dan Jones is still the guy. However, the Giants at least need backup help. I don't think Pratt is ready anyways. He can sit behind Jones as the QB2 and as the understudy be ready to take over when needed, whether that's performance or injury related.

Cardinals/>via TEN
Caelen CarsonCBWake Forest
The Cardinals have enough early draft picks to really make a difference in this draft. They continue the improvement by taking Caelen Carson out of Wake Forest. They need some desperate help in the secondary and Carson can come in and compete for a job.

Xavier WorthyWRTexas
Rodgers asks Jets to go get the speedy kid from Texas and they do. 26 screen catches, 189 screen yards, you'd think he was more of a slot receiver. The Longhorns played him more outside but I think he could line up anywhere. He played 491 passing snaps last year and had 1014 yards, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. That's good usage and the Jets could use the receiving help.

Lionsvia MIN
Javon BullardSGeorgia
The Lions continue to improve their secondary by taking Javon Bullard. There are some other safeties ahead of him that are currently showing a higher ADP. However, Bullard is more well-rounded and excellent in coverage. He alowed only a passer rating of 34 and had a 26.9% forced incompletion rate.

Mike SainristilCBMichigan
The Falcons draft Sainristil and he immediately slides into the slot corner position where Mike Hughes struggled. PFF gave Sainristil an 85 coverage grade. He played 403 snaps at lot and 151 outside corner. He even lined up in the box 100 times. He's really good at zone coverage but can keep up in man coverage. In 2023 Sainristil had 6 interceptions.

Christian MahoganyGBoston College
I'm prepped to take heat on Bears passing on Caleb Williams in my mock. As a Bears fan, I still think the best thing for them is to trade out of that spot, whether they keep Fields or not. Now, I'm passing on some other higher-rated players to take Christian Mahogany. He missed 2022, but in 2021 and 2023 he lined up at the right guard spot. He's an immediate improvement for the Bears and a Day 1 starter.

Ruke OrhorhoroDIClemson
Denver is going to find themselves wishing they had more picks to build around Jayden Daniels. Still, they opt to beef up the defense with Ruke Orhorhoro. He'll line up as their Nose Tackle. He's 6-4 and 295 pounds which will look a little undersized at Nose Tackle but he will help be a run stopper in the middle. He played most of his snaps at the B Gap which he should be able to translate right into the NT spot.

Kingsley SuamataiaOTBYU
Raiders take Kingsley Suamataia to help protect their new quarterback. He'll be able to start Day 1 at the right tackle position but has experience playing both sides. Only allowing 2 sacks last year at LT, he allowed 0 the year before at RT.

Dominick PuniOTKansas
The Seahawks take Dominick Puni. They need help along the line in multiple positions. Puni finished this year with a 90.5 pass grade from PFF after taking 728 snaps at the LT position. In 2022 he played 848 snaps at the LG spot. He can play all along the line, making him a valuable third-round pickup for a team that will look to build the best line out of versatile players like Puni.

Jamari ThrashWRLouisville
Christian Kirk is the only reliable receiver that we know for sure will be on the Jaguars next year with Ridley being a free agent. They draft Jamari Thrash out of Louisville to line up outside. In 2023, Thrash had 848 yards and averaged 13.7 yards a catch. That was a slight step down from 2022 where he had 1123 yards and 18.1 yards per catch. Thrash will fit well with the Jags.

Dwight McGlothernCBArkansas
The Bengals need secondary help and Dwight McGlothern gives them that. He'll come in and compete for a starting cornerback spot right away. Quarterbacks throwing his way have averaged a 48.0 passer rating in the past two years. He received a 90.4 zone coverage grade from PFF and an 80.3 man coverage grade. He'll be a playmaker and lift this Bengals defense.

Seahawksvia NO
Calen BullockSSeattle
The Seahawks continue the revamping of their secondary that they started last year by drafting safety Calen Bullock. Bullock is a good cover-safety who should be able to compete for a starting spot right away.

Javon BakerWRUCF
The Colts need more weapons for Anthony Richardson. Javon Baker can play outside, leaving Josh Downs at the slot or they can switch. He had 1139 receiving yards for Wake Forest last year and seven touchdowns. At 6-1, 208, he'll also be good at getting open when Richardson starts moving the pocket.

Spencer RattlerQBSouth Carolina
The Rams need to start thinking of a replacement for Matt Stafford and a mysterious illness has kept Stetson Bennett off the field. Spencer Rattler thre for 3000 yards in each of the last two years. His completion percentage wasn't as good as in 2021, but I think Sean McVay will like what he sees. Rattler is already impressing leading up to the draft and he'll continue to do so.

Junior CarlsonLBMichigan
Junior Carlson isn't the best pass-rushing linebacker available and the Steelers don't need him to be. Dropping into coverage and playing the run will be his main two jobs and he does these well. With an overall PFF grade of 81.7, the Steelers get a blue-collar player that helps their defense in the third round.

Carryover punishment - Dolphins forfeit this pick.

Texansvia PHI
Tahj WashingtonWRUSC
The Texans take Tahj Washington to play the slot. Suddenly Nico, Tank, and Tahj are one of the best receiving trios in the NFL and all very young. He had 1062 yards last year and eight touchdowns playing primarily out of the slot. He only had a 1.7% drop rate and won 66.7% of contested catches.

Roman WilsonWRMichigan
Two slot receivers in a row, the Browns take Roman Wilson out of Michigan. He played 206 snaps in the slot and finished with 789 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 16.4 yards per catch. With only 1 drop on the season he becomes a reliable target for the Browns.

Renardo GreenCBFlorida State
The Cowboys nab Renardo Green to bolster their secondary. He's top-notch at man coverage and fits into their defense well. If they end up Trevon Diggs, DaRon Bland and Renardo Green, on the field, it'll be tough going for opposing quarterbacks.

Jarvis Brownlee Jr.CBLouisville
The Packers get some secondary help by taking Jarvis Brownlee Jr. out of Louisville. Opposite Jaire Alexander, the Packers struggled to find consistency. Brownlee steps in and starts competing for that spot right away. He helps in pass and run coverage.

Marshawn KneelandED/b>Western Michigan
Don't let the smaller school of Western Michigan fool you. The 6-3 edge rusher improved every year. Last year on 288 pass rush snaps he had 6 sacks, 3 QB hits, and 28 QB hurries. He also gets his hands up to bat balls down. He has a 17.3% pass rush win rate in 2023. After three rounds, the Bucs have a young pass rush that will make life hard on opposing QB's

Cardinalsvia HST
Darius RobinsonEDMissouri
He's 6-5 and 296 pounds but can still get after the quarterback. The added size on the Cardinals' defensive line gives them the flexibility to move him around. He had 9 sacks and 27 QB hurries last year and slides later in the draft than he probably should have.

Packersvia BUF
Tykee SmithSGeorgia
The Packers continue improving their secondary with Tykee Smith from Georgia. Smith improved year after year and last year earned an 85.8 coverage grade and a 73.3 run defense grade. He's an immediate starter and improvement at the free safety position.

Braden FiskeDIFlorida State
The Lions work on improving their defensive line with Braden Fiske. He took a step back last year after having 8 sacks and 35 QB hurries in 2022. However, he's got a lot of potential and is a big body that moves well.

Austin BookerEDKansas
The 6-6 edge rusher out of Kansas has untapped potential. He only has 505 snaps in college, however he was able to make a big impact in 2023. In 237 pass rush snaps he had 9 sacks and 27 QB hurries. Landing on the Ravens gives him time to hone his skills and work into rotation.

Sione VakiSUtah
The 49ers have one of the better rosters in football. That gives them flexibillity throughout the draft. Vaki drops from his pre-draft ranking and original ADP due to team needs and still needing development. He can develop perfectly on the 49ers. With Tashaun Gipson being a free agent he may be needed sooner rather than later.

Ja'Tavion SandersTETexas
Rumors are swirling about Travis Kelce's possible retirement. Regardless, he's not getting younger and the Chiefs need to start thinking about a player to take over. Sanders isn't Travis Kelce, but he is a receiving tight end. He had 682 yards last year and 15.2 yards per reception. He also came down with seven contested catches with an over 50% contested catch win rate.

JaguarsComp Pick
DeWayne CarterDIDuke
He took a step back last year, but he's a big bodied 6-3, 305 pounder that can develop into a nice run stopper that also can pressure on passing downs. In 2022 he had 8 sacks and 39 QB hurries. He'll look to get back to that form on the Jags.

Comp Pick
Jalen McMillianWRWashington
Eagles need some help at the slot position and Jalen McMillan is a slot receiver. In 2022 he had 1098 yards and 9 touchdowns before being a little more limited in 2023, finishing with 553 yards and 5 touchdowns. He's a speedy 6-1 receiver that can be used in different ways

49ersComp Pick
Sedrick Van PranCGeorgia
49ers need some interior line help so they take Sedrick Van Pran. He's a three-year starter from a very good Georgia team. He is an improvement for the 49ers and they get a Day-1 starter at the end of the third round.

BillsComp Pick
Jarrian JonesCBFlorida State
Jarrian Jones had a really good year for Florida State in 2023, allowing 0 touchdowns and having three interceptions. He's excellent in man coverage and will be a good fit for the Bills.

CommandersComp Pick
Kris Abrams-DraineCBMissouri
Commanders take Kris Abrams-Draine to help in the secondary. He allowed a 54.7 passer rating in 2023 and is equally good in man and zone coverage. He'll be able to step in and compete for a starting position right away for the Commanders defense that has to play some talented quarterbacks year in and year out.

Round 4

In my 2023 mock, the Bears probably wished they had taken my advice and drafted Jayden Reed. Not only would they not have to face him twice a year, but he would have elevated their receiving game. In my early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft, maybe they’ll listen and take a quarterback.

I have them taking Jordan Travis out of Florida State. Is he an NFL starting quarterback? I’m not sure. However, I think he could be a decent backup for them and run the offense well. I also have several running backs going in this round. That includes the Giants replacing Saquon Barkley with Jaylen Wright.

This draft class doesn’t have a Bijan Robinson or a Jahmyr Gibbs. It does still have some value and talent at the running back position though.

Also, note that I started this mock draft so early some of the comp picks have changed slightly. Check for updated picks post-free agency.


Christian JonesOTTexas
As I said earlier, the Panthers have a lot of needs. They focus on protecting Bryce Young by taking tackle Christian Jones. He has experience at both takcle positions and only allowed one sack in 511 pass block snaps last year.

McKinnley JacksonDITexas A&M
For a team that had a strong defensive line just two years ago, it's been gutted at this point. Commanders continue working on building it back up by taking McKinnley Jackson. He has lined up in multiple positions on the interior of the d-line and help in both pass rush and run stop game.

Nelson CeaserEDHouston
The Patriots take Nelson Ceaser out of Houston. In 2023 he had 10 sacks and 19 QB hurries. That's less QB hurries than 2022 but more sacks. He's produced more sacks on less snaps and had a 13.6% pass rush win rate. Mayo is going to like using him to get after QB's and after back to back edge rushers, this defense is ready to roll.

Zak ZinterGMichigan
The Cardinals highest rated guard by PFF in 2023 was only rated 66. Zak Zinter is a three-year starter, mostly at the right guard spot. He can run block and pass block and will be an improvement on their line.

Maason SmithDILSU
Chargers add a nice piece on the defensive line. Smith will jump into the rotation as a pass rusher while he hones his skills. He only played 8 snaps in 2022 but bounced back nicely in 2023.

Johnny WilsonWRFlorida State
The Titans draft a 6-7 monster. Wilson has some skills to hone, but his athleticism is too much to pass up. Levis has a big target that could line up wide or maybe even shift to tight end in two tight-end sets. Between 2022 and 2023, he averaged 18 yards per catch.

Jaylen WrightRBTennessee
Saquon Barkley is a free agent so the Giants bring in Jaylen Wright to replace him. He's a stout back who had a 7.5 yard per carry average last year, rushing for 1010 yards. He doesn't contribute a ton in the receiving game, but he has a high elusive rating and had a 4.35 yard after contact average.

Trey BensonRBFlorida State
The Vikings wanted Jaylen Wright but he goes one pick early. So they take Trey Benson - who had 905 yards, and a 5.8 yard per carry average. He also had 14 touchdowns. Alexander Mattison didn't look like the guy last year and they need somebody who can grind out tough yards. He's a big back who could be a bruiser.

Matt GoncalvesOTPitt
The Falcons take Matt Goncalves. He only played three games due to injury this year but has experience at both tackle positions. He can be moved around on the line and has some untapped potential. I don't know if he starts Day 1, but he could develop into a really nice piece on the o-line .

Jordan TravisQBFlorida State
The Bears need a backup plan in my mock draft in the event Fields doesn't progress again. His passer rating has been 108 or higher the past two years. In 2023 he thre for 2755 yards, 20 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He has a good deep pass grade as well. Even though he's smaller than Fields, he has similar athleticism, averaging over 5 yards per carry and rushing for seven touchdowns - he finished fifth in Heisman Trophy voting . Bears can trade out of the top spot and still land a playmaker at the QB position.

Malachi CorleyWRWestern Kentucky
The Jets add another receiver for Rodgers to throw too in Malachi Corley. He played most of his snaps at slot but can line up outside too. In 2023, Corley finished with 985 yard and 11 touchdowns. He's a smaller speedster that finished first in screen yards among receivers.

Jacob CowingWRArizona
The Raiders draft a slot receiver to help out their new quarterback. Cowing finished the year with 868 yards and 13 touchdowns. He had a better year in 2021, where he averaged 19.7 yards per reception and finished with 1361 yards. However, in the right system I think he can flourish and be an impact player.

Ainias SmithWRTexas A&M
Around this time last year there were all sorts of rumors on Jerry Jeudy being moved in a trade. Those rumors are going to pick up again this year as the Broncos need some draft collateral and Jeudy is one of the few that could bring some. Broncos draft Ainias Smith as his replacement. He finished last year with 795 receiving yards after playing 278 snaps in the slot. He's small and shifty and they'll utilize him in a variety of ways.

Khyree JacksonCBOregon
The Jaguars continue adding to a draft class that will improve the defense. Going against young quarterbacks CJ Stroud, Anthony Richardson, and Will Levis twice a year, they'll have to be top notch. Kyree Jackson gives them a player who can step in right away. He's a better zone coverage DB that is also good at stopping the run.

Drake NugentCMichigan
The Bengals continue to improve the offensive line by drafting Michael Hall Jr. out of Michigan. He started the last three years as the center anchor of the Wolverines o-line and can immediately step in and compete to take the starting job on the Bengals.

Jaguarsvia NO
Dadrion Taylor-DemersonSTexas Tech
The defensive ramp-up continues for Jacksonville, who take safety Dadrion Taylor-Demerson. Taylor-Demerson can compete to be a Day 1 starter after Jacksonville struggled to find consistency at both safety positions last year.

Michael Hall Jr.DIOhio State
One of last year's starting defensive lineman, Grover Stewart, is a free agent. Michael Hall gives them an option to step in and contribute in Day 1, taking Stewart's place. That's a good find in the 4th round.

Beaux LimmerCArkansas
Seattle waits a little long to address the offensive line issues but they start by taking Beaux Limmer at center. He's a better run blocker than pass-blocker, but follows Seattle's plan of getting back to running the ball first.

via LA
Malik WashingtonWRVirginia
Despite who's throwing the ball for Pittsburgh, they'll need some receiving help. Malik Washington is an interesting prospect. He's a little undersized, but is a very speedy slot receiver. He pulled in 1384 yards and 9 touchdowns for Virginia last year and finished first in yards from the slot. Tomlin finds ways to get him involved in the offense.

via LA
Jaden HicksSWestern Kentucky
Pittsburgh uses their second pick in the fourth to address the defense and safety position. Jaden Hicks is a good cover safety who could line up opposite of Fitzpatrick and contribute.

Broncosvia MIA
Nehemiah PritchettCBAuburn
There are rumors the Broncos could move Patrick Surtain to move up in the draft. I think they keep him. Either way, they need somebody to play opposite Surtain. Pritchett can compete right away for a starting job after a really nice 2023 season. He improved year after year the last three years.

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Mohamed KamaraEDColorado State
The Bears defense really picked up towards the end of last year, especially after the trade for Montez Sweat. They still need somebody who can pressure the defense on the other side though. Mohamed Kamara had a 19.4% pass rush win rate. He finished the year with 14 sacks, 12 QB hits, and 38 QB hurries. If he is still around and the Bears can nab him here, it's a steal.

Texansvia CLV
JD BertrandLBNotre Dame
The Texans need better play at the linebacker spot outside of Cashman. JD Bertrand can give them that. He improved year after year and had a really good 2023 season for Notre Dame. He's played over 1900 defensive snaps for the Irish over the last three seasons and can step right in and contribute.

Joshua CephusWRUTSA
Cowboys keep Joshua Cephus in the state of Texas, drafting him in the fourth. Cephus had a really solid career at UTSA, and elevated his game play even more in 2023. He finished the season with 1151 yards and 10 touchdowns. He played around 2/5 of his snaps from the wideout position this year compared to previous years where he was almost primarily a slot receiver. At 6-3, he has the versatility to line up at either.

Bucky IrvingRBOregon
AJ Dillon is a free agent. Aaron Jones has started getting banged up and the Packers need a backup RB as well as somebody that can spell Jones and potentially take over in a year or two. Bucky Irving could do that. He rushed for 1192 yards and 11 touchdowns last year at Oregon and PFF graded him a 91.6 rushing grade. He's elusive, had 69 missed tackles forced, and elevated his pass-catching game year after year.

Josh NewtonCBTCU
The Bucs continue their focus on defense and draft cornerback Josh Newton. Newton had a PFF grade of 77.2 in 2023 and allowed an average passer rating of 64.8 when targeted. He can step in and compete for a starting job right away.

Xavier ThomasEDClemson
Texans add some edge rusher help with Xavier Thomas out of Clemson. He finished 2023 with 32 QB hurries. Thomas didn't play much of 2022 but bounced back in 2023 and had a pass rush win rate of 17.1%. He'll help pressure mobile quarterbacks like Anthony Richardson.

Kristian BoydDIUNI
Bills draft an interior defensive lineman who has a lot of potential. He played very well as a 3-year contributor at UNI but elevated his game the last two years. Landing with the Bills, his untapped potential will get tapped and he could be a steal in the fourth. Don't let the small school fool you, the 6-4, 300+ pounder will be a beast in the middle of the defensive line.

Vikingsvia DET
Max MeltonCBRutgers
The Vikings work towards improving a secondary that was one of the worst in the leagues by drafting Max Melton. Melton improved year after year. In 2021 he allowed a passer rating of 92.3. By 2023, that passer rating had dropped to 65.7. He also had 3 interceptions and only allowed 24 catches on 44 targets to receivers he was covering.

Audric EstimeNDNotre Dame
The Ravens have been trying to find an answer at running back for awhile. Unfortunately, health has come in to play too often as JK Dobbins and Gus Edwards are often-injured. They draft Audric Estime, a bruising back in the fourth. Estime finished with 1341 yards, 18 touchdowns, and had 22 carries of 15+ yards.

49ersComp Pick
Gabriel MurphyEDUCLA
The 49ers grab some edge-rusher help here with Gabriel Murphy. Murphy had a 18.4% pass rush win rate. He also plays the run fairly well. In 355 pass-rush snaps he had 8 QB sacks and 40 QB hurries in 2023. Now he gets to stay in California and play for the 49ers.

Malik MustaphaSWake Forest
The Chiefs defense was legit in 2023. However, improved safety play could have made it even better. They take Malik Mustapha here, a safety out of Wake Forest who can cover and play the run. Mustapha is a versatile player who has lined up in the deep safety position, in the pox to play the run, and as a slot corner.

RavensComp Pick
Blake FisherOTNotre Dame
The Ravens take Blake Fisher to help with offensive line depth. He's primarily played at right tackle and only allowed 3 sacks in 366 pass-block snaps last year, which was down from 5 sacks in 2022.

CardinalsComp Pick
Tyler DavisDIClemson
The Cardinals continue to revamp their defensive line by selecting Tyler Davis. Davis is a very highly graded run defense lineman, which is important when you play San Fransico and Seattle twice a year.

PackersComp Pick
Cedric GrayLBNorth Carolina
It's not a top need for the Packers, but they don't pass up on adding Cedric Gray to their defense. Gray had 115 tackles in 2022 and 80 in 2023. He flies all over the field and can also play good pass coverage. He'll work in to rotation and potentially start right away.

Comp Pick
Justin EboigbeEDAlabama
The Saints draft Justin Eboigbe out of Alabama. He's listed as an edge player but has lined up all over the defensive line for Alabama in the past three years, including 182 snaps in the middle this year. He's a run-stopping lineman who they may shift inside.

Comp Pick
Ray DavisRBKentucky
DeAndre Swift played very well last year. However, he's a free agent and we're treating this mock as if free agents are off the team. Ray Davis ran for 1131 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. He's a stout back who can grind out tough yards for the Eagles. No need to run the tush push every short down yardage attempt with Davis in the backfield.

Round 5

Have you ever seen a western movie where it’s set in the wild wild west and everybody is just shooting from the hip? That’s what an early 2024 NFL seven-round mock draft feels like once you get into the fifth, sixth, and seventh rounds. Some of these guys won’t make teams. Some will land on practice squads. Others will jump out right away at training camp and surprise us all.

One of the more interesting picks here is the Saints grabbing quarterback Joe Milton out of Tennessee. More shake-ups at the compensatory picks from when I started this. A revamped version will correct this.


Brownsvia CAR
James WilliamsSMiami (FL)
The Browns have a strong defense, but their safety spot needs an upgrade. James Williams can come in and help upgrade that spot and compete.

Cade StoverTEOhio State
Both Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki are free agents leaving the Patriots very thin at tight end. Cade Stover finished last year with 576 yards and 5 touchdowns. He caught 6 contested catches, 11th best among tight ends.

Cam HartCBNotre Dame
At this point the Cardinals have drafted 8 players, giving them the liberty to take best available for team needs. Cam Hart is a nice cover corner who allowed 0 touchdowns in 2023. He will be able to compete for a starting job and at the very least provide excellent depth at the position.

Marist LiufauLBNotre Dame
One of the remaining needs for the Commanders is a linebacker. Liufau is a good cover linebacker. He'll play in rotation while working on elevating his run defense. But on third and long he'll be able to help cover seem routes.

AJ BarnerTEMichigan
Harbaugh is a big fan of "his guys". AJ Barner is one of his guys. Gerald Everett is a free agent and while I think Donald Parham and Stone Smartt can pick up some of the work, Barner is a really good blocking tight end who will elevate the run game.

Grayson MurphyEDUCLA
The Giants get some edge defender help with Grayson Murphy. He's got a 14.8% pass rush win rate and while he only had 8 sacks in 2023, he had 21 QB hits and 23 QB hurries. He has the opportunity to grow into a really good situational pass-rusher that gets in the heads of QBs.

Brennan JacksonEDWashington State
Titans add a 6-4 pass-rusher who had 26 QB hurries. He's really good at getting his hands in the air even if he doesn't get to the QB, having three batted passes last year. He's used to playing outside tackle and is very balanced in playing the pass and run.

Marcus Rosemy-JacksaintWRGeorgia
Falcons add another pass-catcher to help out their new quarterback in Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint. He didn't drop a single pass last year and is a reliable receiver who still has room to develop more.

Marshawn LloydRBUSC
They likely address running back position in the free agency. However, the Bears normally draft an RB in rounds 4 or 5. Marshawn Lloyd averaged 7.1 yards per carry last year and had 9 touchdowns. He and Roschon Johnson will make a good backfield.

Andru PhillipsCBKentucky
Jets add Andru Phillips to help their defensive backfield. He's a good zone cover back who could has experience at slot and corner.

Trevor KeeganGMichigan
Vikings select Trevor Keegan out of Michigan. He's played the last three years at left guard. He needs to elevate his run blocking but his pass blocking is good as he's only allowed 3 sacks in the last three years.

Jaylen HarrellEDGEMichigan
Harrell hurried QBs 21 times last year and sacked them six times in only 217 pass rush snaps. He had a 19.7% pass rush win rate and could develop into a really nice DE. He struggles against the run so would be a situational player to start.

Chau Smith-WadeCBWashington State
In this division you have to have some strong cover corners. Smith-Wade finished with a PFF coverage grade of 76.3, which is a really good graded corner for the fifth round of the draft. He didn't get any interceptions last year, but he had two dropped interceptions. He's played a little all over and despite limited play this year, he had a pretty good 2022.

Ben SinnottTECincinnati
The Bengals need some help at the tight end position. Sinnott had a really nice 2023 season where he played 378 pass snaps, some in-line at TE and some at slot. He had 669 receiving yards and six touchdowns and he's also a decent run blocker.

Joe MiltonQBTennessee
Joe Milton bounced back from injury last year with 2809 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and a 102 passer rating. He has a lot of developtment to do as most the offense was built more on short passing success. Still, the Saints could use some youth in the quarterback room outside of Jake Haener.

Braiden McGregorEDMichigan
Colts add some edge rusher help with Braiden McGregor. He's a big guy at 6-6 with a 14.5% pass rush win rate. With some more development, he could be a nice rotation player.

Michael BarrettLBMichigan
Seahawks take Michael Barrett who's a really good pass rushing linebacker. They'll find unique ways to get him involved and get him after the quarterback. He's alright (above a 70 grade) at run defense and coverage but PFF gave him a 92.3 pass rush grade in 2023 despite limited pass rush snaps.

Walter RouseOTOklahoma
Jaguars add some line depth help with a pass-blocking left tackle in Walter Rouse. He allowed 0 sacks on 480 pass block snaps last year. He'll provide good depth at first and eventually could take a tackle spot.

Jalen SundellOTNorth Dakota State
Jalen Sundell played 865 snaps at left tackle last year after playing all his snaps at center in 2022 and 2021. He's also played a snap at right tackle and at left guard. In other words, he can line up everywhere. He only allowed one sack in 406 pass block snaps in 2023 and 0 QB hits. He played at a smaller school but could develop into a starting left tackle for the Rams.

via PIT
Steve LintonEDTexas Tech
Rams draft Steve Linton to bring in on pass-rushing downs. He has a 18.9% pass-rush win rate and out of only 126 pass rush snaps he had 15 QB hurries and 3 sacks. He could develop into a really nice rotation player.

Javon FosterOTMissouri
The Dolphins select Javon Foster here. He's a balnaced run and pass blocker who only allowed 1 sack last year in 449 pass block snaps last year. The Dolphins may want to start him at right tackle instead of left, but he's talented enough to pick that up despite majority of his experience is at left tackle.

Brownsvia PHI
Tyrone TracyRBPurdue
The Browns have Nick Chubb. However behind him Jerome Ford's play was a little hit and miss.Tyrone Tracy had a 6.3 yard average. He finished with 714 yards and 8 touchdowns. He's elusive and will help spell and compliment Chubb.

Vikingsvia CLV
Jordan JeffersonDILSU
The last time the Vikings drafted a guy named Jefferson out of LSU it worked out alright. Jordan Jefferson feels a need along the d-line as a rotational player who can help in run defense.

Chiefsvia DAL
Kamal HaddenCBTennessee
The Chiefs are very good at drafting and developing. Kamal Hadden needs to work on man coverage, however, he's a very highly rated coverage corner. In just 184 coverage snaps he allowed 0 tocuhdowns, had three interceptions, and allowed a passer rating of 7. That's not a typo, a passer rating of seven.

Billsvia GB
Isaiah AdamsOTIllinois
The Bills take some line depth here with Isaiah Adams. Adams is a versatile lineman can help them, especially in the run game. He's played at least 100 snaps at left tackle, left guard, and right guard over the last two years.

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Beau BradeSMaryland
The Eagles take Beau Brade out of Maryland to help the defensive backfield. He took a step back last year but will be good depth as well as help out on special teams.

Trey TaylorSAir Force
The Texans take a shot on Air Force safety Trey Taylor. He's played in the box, deep, as well as slot cornerback over the last three years. He's gotten better each year and PFF gave him a 89 coverage grade for 2023.

Luke McCaffreyWRRice
While Ed was hoping he'd fall to Denver, and Christian was hoping he'd land with him on the 49ers, Luke gets an opportunity to make a name for himself in Buffalo. McCaffrey has a unique skill set and put up 992 yards and 13 touchdowns for rice last year.

Sataoa LaumeaOTUtah
Sataoa Laumea spent the last two years at right tackle and 2021 at right guard. He's a three yaear starter with experience and a large 6-4 frame. Ithink he'll be moved back to guard in the NFL, but he can play both positions which makes him a valuable depth player.

Taulia TagovailoaQBMaryland
Lamar Jackson is coming off an MVP season. However, they still need a player that can develop behind him and take over in event of injury. Tua's borther, Taulia, has a really nice deep throw. Last year he threw for 3386 yards and 25 touchdowns. He has a lot of development but under the tutelage of Harbaugh and Jackson, that development could happen.

via SF
Johnny DixonCBPenn State
The Pantehrs add some more defensive help, taking Johnny Dixon out of Penn State. For the past three years quarterbacks have averaged a 64.3 passer rating when targeting receivers he's covering.

Vikingsvia KC
Isaiah WilliamsCBLouisville
He plays mostly in the slot, but can play out wide. Last year Isaiah Williams had 1055 yards and 5 touchdowns. He had 24 missed tackles forced. They'll find creative ways to get him involved. Jefferson, Addison, and Williams could develop into quite the trio and he's an upgrade over KJ Osborn.

Comp Pick
Justin RodgersDIAuburn
Justin Rodgers needs some development, but he's a big 6-3, 346 pounder who can stuff the middle.

ChiefsComp Pick
Kimani VidalRBTroy
The Chiefs take Kimani Vidal for depth at running back. He's gone over 1000 yards the past two years at Troy. In fact, in 2023 he had 1661 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also added 200 receiving yards. In the right scheme, he could add a lot of value.

Comp Pick
Hunter NourzadCPenn State
I'm not saying he can replace Jason Kelce by any means. However, Hunter Nourzad plaed all last year at center. The previous years he played guard and tackle in 2021. He can play any position on the line which makes him a valuable depth piece.

BengalsComp Pick
Marcus HarrisDIAuburn
Marcus Harris could be a rotational player right away, especially on rushing downs. He's a much better run defender than pass rusher. He finished 2023 with a 10.2% run-stop rate.

CowboysComp Pick
Tommy EichenbergLBOhio State
I'm not sure Leighton Vander Esch plays football again. Tommy Eichenberg may not be able to replace him, but it's a start. He had an excellent 2022 season with 120 total tackles. 2023 wasn't as good for him, but he's got potential.

ChiefsComp Pick
Cornelius JohnsonWRMichigan
Chiefs get more receiver help with 6-3 Cornelius Johnson out of Michigan. Johnson gives Mahomes a big target to throw to in the end zone. Last year he came down with 81.8% of contested catches.

Comp Pick
Cole BishopSUtah
Saints draft Cole Bishop to help at safety depth. He's played safety and slot cornerback. He had a better 2022 but he'll look to bounce back in a pretty good Saints' defense.

49ersComp Pick
Nathan ThomasOTLouisiana
49ers take Nathan Thomas who has been starting the last two years as the Louisiana Ragin Cajun's left tackle. He is a balanced run and pass blocking tackle.

Comp Pick
Jasheen DavisEDWake Forest
Eagles take Jasheen Davis to help them rush QB's. He got progressively better every year. In 2023 he had a 14.4% pass rush win rate and finished with 8 sacks, 7 QB hits, and 30 QB hurries. He also batted 2 passes. He can be disruptive.

Round 6

What can you say about sixth-rounders? Some could end up being diamonds in the rough. Others will fight for roster spots. Taking my best guess based on team needs and PFF grading.


Vikingsvia CAR
Hayden HattenWRIdaho
Vikings add more receiving depth with Hayden Hatten. He had a productive last two years at Idaho with 1200 receiving yards in each. He averages around 14 yards per catch and had 9 touchdowns this year and 16 last year.

via ARZ
Zion LogueDIGeorgia
Panthers add depth to the defensive line with Zion Logue. He's played all over on the line but is normally in the middle. He's a 6-5, 310 pounder with potential.

Jaheim BellTEFlorida State
Logan Thomas has a hard time staying healthy. Jaheim Bell had 503 yards last year on 39 catches. He was 8th among tight ends with 12 missed tackles forced.

Marcellas DialCBSouth Carolina
Patriots take Marcellas Dial. In 2023 he took a big step forward and PFF graded him a 79.1 with man coverage grade of 75.2.

Brian UgwuEDMiami (OH)
Chargers take Brian Ugwu out of Miami (OH). On 399 pass rush snaps he had 8 sacks, 10 QB hits, and 46 QB hurries. He could be a nice rotational player. In college he lived in the backfield of opposing QBs.

Cody SchraderRBMissouri
He had 1611 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns in 2023. Titans take Cody Schrader and he can fit great complimenting Tyjae Spears.

Khalid DukeEDKansas State
Giants add another edge defender out of Kansas State in Khalid Duke. He'll provide depth in their rotation.

Dolphinsvia CHI
De'Corian ClarkWRUTSA
When you have a solid team you can take some chances in the draft. Dolphins have a solid team and take a chance on De'Corian Clark. He's two surgeries in now on a gruesome knee injury - but he's a talented 6-3 receiver that can bring a little different element to plug along their speedy receivers if he can get healthy.

Sam HartmanQBNotre Dame
Sam Hartman has some development still to make it at the NFL level. However, he's a three year starter at Notre Dame. In those three years he threw for over 10,000 yards and 101 touchdowns. Can he sit behind Rodgers and turn into a future NFL starter? Time will tell.

Cardinalsvia MIN
Carter BradleyQBSouth Alabama
Cardinals likely fill this need in the free agency, however they need somebody to compete for the backup spot behind Kyler Murray. Currently they have Clayton Tune who they like, but competition is always good. Carter Bradley provides competition.

Jaylin SimpsonSAuburn
The Falcons nab Jaylin Simpson who is an excellent 6th round value. He had a 20% forced incompletion rate and PFF gave him an 87.4 coverage grade. He's not a run stopping safety, but can be a very solid cover safety. Watch his tape against Georgia.

Edefuan UlofoshioLBWashington
In the 6th round the Raiders grab Edefuan Ulofoshio out of Washington. He may be the linebacker with the best coverage skills in the draft.

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Darius MuasauLBUCLA
The Rams also get a good linebacker in the 6th round in Darius Muasau from UCLA. He's a pretty balanced in both pass rush, run defense, and coverage.

Javion CohenGMiami
The Saints add some offensive line depth with Javion Cohen out of Miami. He has played over 2200 collegiate snaps at left guard. In those he allowed 9 QB hits and only one sack.

Erick AllTEIowa
He's not Sam Laporta, or TJ Hockenson. However, he's a 6-5 tight end from Iowa, who teaches their tight ends very well.

Devin LearyQBKentucky
Seahawks add some competition at backup QB spot with Kevin Leary. It's a new era in Seattle and how long Geno will start is yet to be seen.

Anthony GouldWROregon State
Jaguars add Anthony Gould out of Oregon State. He's undersized but speedy and can often beat man coverage.

Jo'quavious MarksRBMississippi State
The Bengals add some running back depth in Jo'quavious Marks out of Mississippi State. He has a lot of untapped potential and is a very good receiving back. He's receptions dwindled each year, but in 2021 he had 92 targets and 78 receptions.

Billsvia LA
Braelon AllenRBWisconsin
Bills add running back depth in a bruising 6-2, 245 back out of Wisconsin, Braelon Allen. Allen had 12 touchdowns and 982 yards last year. He's scored double-digit touchdowns the past three years and could be a bruiser for them. He's the thunder to to Cook's lightning.

Kedon SlovisQBBYU
The Steelers draft Kedon Slovis to compete for a roster spot. In 2022 he played 11 games and threw for 2394 yards. In 2023 he only played 8 games and threw for 1705 yards and 12 touchdowns. He's a project quarterback but Steelers need some competition at the position.

Cedric JohnsonEDMississippi
Dolphins add some depth to their defensive line with Cedric Johnson out of Ole Miss. He's a three-year contributor with over 20 QB hurries each year.

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Willie RobertsCBLouisiana Tech
Saints add Willie Roberts for depth in their defensive backfield. He's played both outside corner and slot corner the past three years. In 2023 he allowed only a 47.0 passer rating and had the 2nd most forced incompletions.A steal at pick 200

Falconsvia CLV
Myles MurphyDINorth Carolina
Falcons add defensive line depth in Myles Murphy out of North Carolina. He's a 6-4 middle d-lineman that is better at stopping the rn than pass rushing.

Billsvia DAL
Kenny Logan Jr.SKansas
The 6-0 safety had an 18.8% forced incompletion rate and PFF gave him an 84 coverage grade. He got more consistent as the year went on and will fit the Bills defense.

Bru McCoyWRTennessee
Packers add some more receiving options and competition with the 6-3, 220 Bru McCoy. He doesn't have a long list of collegiate stats but could fight his way on to the roster.

Ethan DriskellTMarshall
Bucs take Ethan Driskell. He's a 6-7 massive mountain. He's more of a pass blocker than a run blocker.

Brownsvia HST
Steele ChambersLBOhio State
Browns nab Steele Chambers, a coverage linebacker out of Ohio State. He had 93 total tackles last year.

Zion Tupuola-FetuiEDWashington
Bills take a 6-5 run-stopping interior defensive lineman in Zion Logue. Georgia has good pedigree and he played over 300 snaps in each of the last two years.

Layden RobinsonGTexas A&M
Lions grab Layden Robinson out of Texas A&M. He's started the last three years at right guard for the Aggies.

Brownsvia BLT
Donovan JenningsOTUSF
Browns take Donovan Jennings who improved last year at left tackle. He's a pass-blocking tackle who has over 1800 snaps of experience.

Evan AndersonDIFlorida Atlantic
49ers take Evan Anderson to compete for a rotation spot on their defensive line. He's 6-3 but 356 pounds. He is a nice run defender that plugs up the middle.

Delmar GlazeOTMaryland
The Chiefs take Delmar Glaze out of Maryland. He's played both tackle spots in the last two years for over 1700 snaps and only allowed 7 sacks and 2 QB hits.

JaguarsComp Pick
Jaylan FordLBTexas
Jaguars take Jaylan Ford out of Texas. He's a really good linebacker against the run. In 2022 he had 90 solo tackles. That dipped to 69 in 2023 but he was still all over the field.

CowboysComp Pick
LaDarius HendersonOTMichigan
Cowboys take LaDarius Henderson who has played both left tackle and left guard. He only allowed 2 sacks in 2023.

49ersComp Pick
Tory TaylorPIowa
We know the 49ers like special teams players, and they get one of the better punters in the draft in Iowa's Tory Taylor. Field position is important.

Comp Pick
Dylan McMahonCNC State
Rams take center Dyaln McMahon. He's played all interior positions on the offensive line in the past couple years.

49ersComp Pick
Frank Gore Jr.RBSouthern Miss
49ers take a legacy pick in Frank Gore Jr. Everybody remembers Frank Gore Sr. Junior has gone over 1000 yards in each of the last two years, over 200 receiving yards, and had double digit touchdowns in 2023.

Comp Pick
Will ShipleyRBClemson
Broncos follow the 49ers lead in taking a running back towards the end of the sixth. They take Will Shipley out of Clemson who finished 2023 with 840 yards and 5 touchdowns. In 2022 he had 1171 yards and 15 touchdowns.

PackersComp Pick
Ty'Ron HopperLBMissouri
Packers take a midwest player in Missouri's Ty'Ron Hopper. He took a big step back alst year, but they like what they saw in 2022.

Comp Pick
Theo JohnsonTEPenn State
Rams take tight end Theo Johnson out of Penn State. He finished 2023 with 341 yards and 7 touchdowns and caught 75% of contested catches.

PackersComp Pick
Dominic LovettWRGeorgia
Packers keep adding receiving competition with Georgia's Dominic Lovett. He had 614 yards in 2023 and 4 touchdowns. He's good against man coverage and is a speedy guy.

BuccaneersComp Pick
Dallin HolkerTEColorado State
Bucs take Dallin Holker to add depth behind Cade Otton. Holker had 766 receiing yards and 6 touchdowns last year for Colorado State. He's 6-5 and a big redzone target.

Comp Pick
Jalen GreenSMississippi State
Rams take Jalen Green, a safety out of Mississippi State. He missed last year due to an injury but they liked what they saw in 2021 and 2022.

Round 7

Much like the sixth round, the seventh has a lot of guesswork in it. Going off what multiple websites list as the team needs and using PFF’s grading and ranking, I did my best to find some value for teams. This is another one where, after completing all the write-ups and the draft, the NFL and PFF changed a couple of picks and organizations. We’ll hit on that after free agency.


Andrew CokerOTTCU
Andrew Coker played both left and right tackle spots the past three years. In three years and 1300 pass blocking snaps, he only allowed 6 sacks and 13 QB hits.

Jase McClellanRBAlabama
Commanders take another Alabama running back for depth in Jase McClellan. Jase had 888 yards this past season and 8 touchdowns.

Raidersvia NE
Brandon ColemanOTTCU
Raiders take a 6-6 tackle Brandon Coleman out of TCU. He's played tackle and guard on both sides and in the last two years played 1727 offensive snaps.

Dylan LaubeRBNew Hampshire
Cardinals take running back Dylan Laube out of New Hampshire. Over the past two years he's combined for 1950 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. He's also a really good pass catcher and was targeted 88 times in 2023.

Roger RosengartenOTWashington
Chargers take Roger Rosengarten out of Washington. He onlyhas two years experience but allowed 0 sacks in those two years.

Cardinalsvia NYG
Keith Randolph Jr.DIIllinois
Cardinals grab 6-5 interior defensive lineman Keith Randolph Jr. He's got a 9.4% pass rush win rate and had three sacks from the interior in 2023.

Tanner McLachlanTEArizona
Titans take tight end Tanner McLachlan. He had 540 yards and four touchdowns last year and averaged 11.8 yards per reception.

Brant KuitheTEUtah
Jets take tight end Brant Kuithe. He has had injury problems the past two years, but in 2021 had 611 receiving yards and 6 touchdowns with a 12.2 yard per catch average.

Isaac GuerendoWRLouisville
Vikings take Isaac Guerendo to compete for a running back spot. In 2023 he had 11 touchdowns and 810 yards along with 234 receiving yards.

Brownsvia ATL
Moose Muhammad IIIWRTexas A&M
Browns take Moose Muhammad III out of Texas A&M. He has a yards per catch average over 12.8 the past three years.

Patriotsvia CHI
Julian PearlCOregon
Patriots grab another tackle in Illinois' Julian Pearl who started at their left tackle spot the past two years.

Jared WileyTETCU
Broncos take a tight end out of TCU, Jared Wiley. Wiley had 520 receiving yards and 8 touchdowns in 2023.

Raiders add competition on the defensive line in J.J. Weaver out of Kentucky who had 5 sacks in 2023.

J.C. DavisOTNew Mexico
Don't let the small school fool you. Colts selection J.C. Davis is a pretty good graded offensive tackle with two years starting experience.

Jaden CrumedyEDMississippi St.
Seahawks take Jaden Crumedy out of Mississippi State. He has a big but leaner frame and can get his hands up to bat passes down even if he isn't hitting the QB.

Miyan WilliamsRBOhio State
Jaguars take running back depth with Miyan Williams. He couldn't stay on the field in 2023, but in 2022 had 825 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Trey KnoxTESouth Carolina
Bengals take Trey Knox, tight end out of South Carolina. He lined up mostly as tight end but did have 80 slot snaps.

Texansvia NO
Jordan WhittingtonWRTexas
Texans take Jordan Whittington out of Texas. They keep him in the state of Texas after he averaged over 12 yards a catch the past three years.

Broncosvia LA
Zakhari FranklinWRMississippi
Broncos take wide receiver Zakhari Franklin. He only played 4 games due to injury in 2023, but in 2022 he had 1128 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Harrison MevisKMissouri
Steelers take place kicker Harrison Mevis out of Missouri.

Andrew RaymCOklahoma
Dolphins take Andrew Raym out of Oklahoma. The 6-4 center played on the line at center for the Sooners the last three years.

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Trevin WallaceLBKentucky
Eagles add Trevin Wallace at the linebacker spot. He'll be a special teamer for them.

Falconsvia CLV
Josh ProctorSOhio State
Falcons take Josh Proctor, who falls to the 7th but is a really good run-defending safety. He also had a 21.9% forced incompletion rate.

Jontrey HunterLBGeorgia State
Cowboys take linebacker Jontrey Hunter out of Georgia State. He had over 100 total tackles in 2023 and can help in coverage as well.

Jordan MageeLBTemple
Packers take Jordan Magee out of Temple. He can be used as a linebacker/edge rusher hybrid who received a 90.7 pass rush grade from pFF.

Dallas GantLBToledo
The linebackers keep falling off the board as Bucs take Dallas Gant out of Toledo. He had 88 solo tackles this year and is all over the field.

Tim SmithDIAlabama
Texans take some Alabama pedigree in Tim Smith. He's only been a contributor for the Tide, but he's a competitor.

Anthony BeltonOTNorth Carolina State
Bills take Anthony Belton who started left tackle in the past two years. He allowed only 2 sacks and 0 QB hits in 489 pass block snaps.

Tanor BortoliniCWisconsin
Lions take Tanor Bortolini out of Wisconsin. He's played every position on the line the last three years and only allowed three sacks in over 1800 snaps.

Nathaniel WatsonLBMississippi State
Ravens take linebacker Nathaniel Watson who has played for the Bulldogs and contributed the last three years. He had 105 total tackles in 2023.

Bryson NesbitWRNorth Carolina
49ers add competition to the receiving room with Bryson Nesbit out of North Carolina. He has averaged over 14 yards a catch three years in a row for the Tar Heels.

Is Harrison Butker retiring? Some rumors swirled after he said something to Tswift and she asked what he was going to do now. Maybe not. However, if so, Chiefs take Cam Little out of Arkansas here.

BengalsComp Pick
David UgwoegbuEDHouston
Bengals take David Ugwoegbu, edge defender out of Houston. He had 4 sacks and 15 QB hurries this year on 208 pass-rush snaps.

JetsComp Pick
Demani RichardsonSTexas A&M
Jets take Demani Richardson, who's lined up all over in the defensive backfield from safety to slot to blitzing. He's a good run defender.

JetsComp Pick
Cal HaladayLBMichigan State
Mr. Irrelevant goes to Cal Haladay out of Michigan State this year. He's played over 2300 defensive snaps in the past three years for the Spartans.
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