2024 NFL Mock Draft - Josh Norris' Final

Apr 25th 2024

Josh Norris

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1. Bears - QB Caleb Williams, USC

We’ve known this even before too many Bears fans got in their feelings before Justin Fields was traded

2. Commanders - QB Jayden Daniels, LSU

The reporting around the No. 2 pick is still filled with “other teams believe Washington will select Daniels,” which always leaves a door open for a surprise (read Trey Lance vs Mac Jones). But that is as close as we are going to get from a new front office.

3. Patriots - QB Drake Maye, UNC

There is plenty of buzz that the Patriots will select JJ McCarthy. I have heard about one voice in that room - who will be asked his opinion - will suggest JJ when asked. But this is a JOnathan Kraft and Eliot Wolf selection. Common sense would lead to Maye… but - man - if they do prefer McCarthy, some draft pick gymnastics could easily be done if they move down with the Vikings or the Giants.

Adam Schefter did mention that the Vikings best offer will not be sent until the Patriots are on the phone.

4. Cardinals - WR Marvin Harrison Jr, Ohio State

I could see Monti Ossenfort and Jonathan Gannon loving Rome Odunze, so if the Patriots do take McCarthy, this team could easily move back (and move up again if necessary) to land Odunze. But, in this case, we will stick with the WR1 in this class. This selection could be very similar to when Tom Telesco drafted Joey Bosa, saying “you’ve been the No. 1 player on our draft board for a full year.”

5. Chargers - OT JC Latham, Alabama

I believe this will be offensive lineman over wide receiver - even if I don’t buy “Jim Harbaugh does not care about throwing the ball.” I know the Chargers asked Alt about his comfort playing right tackle. But I have also heard that both the Chargers and Titans really appreciate Latham.

6. Giants - WR Rome Odunze, Washington

I know. Chalk is Malik Nabers as the WR2. But I think specific front offices will be enamored with Odunze and his mentality. Plus, this offense lacks size in their WR room.

And in full transparency, I had the exact same top 11 picks as the fine fellows over at the NFL Stock Exchange, so I had to differentiate myself.

7. Titans - OT Joe Alt, Notre Dame

If Alt is the pick at No. 5 for the Chargers, this could easily be JC Latham.

8. Falcons - WR Malik Nabers, LSU

Shocker! Early Wednesday morning a bit of buzz started brewing linking Nabers to the Falcons. I had slated them for Laiatu Latu in a trade back with the Vikings, but this is spicy. Don’t ask me how they would fit everyone on the field together.

9. Bears - DT Byron Murphy, Texas

From Bears beat writer Adam Jahns of The Athletic. “The most interesting thing that Ryan Poles said yesterday was that an interior pass rusher is “probably a preference when you have an outside guy.” We know the Bears locked in Montez Sweat, so let’s get the interior disruptor.

10. Jets - OL Taliese Fuaga, Oregon State

Brock Bowers is the common link. I can totally see why. But offensive linemen are going to be priority picks for many teams in round one, and Fuaga can immediately start at left guard or shift to a tackle spot when the time comes.

11. Vikings - QB JJ McCarthy, Michigan

The Vikings could move up for McCarthy, but in this scenario they are able to sit and draft JJ (in a range that might have made sense the entire time). No doubt in my mind the Vikings want to move up for Drake Maye - but it might be Mission Impossible.

12. Colts (via Broncos) - TE Brock Bowers, Georgia

Word is Chris Ballard wants to make a move to add pieces around Anthony Richardson. That might be Brandon Aiyuk. It might be Xavier Worthy. But in this case, with Bowers lasting beyond the Jets, that’s the investment.

Compensation: Colts trade 15 and 82 for 12 and 207

13. Raiders - CB Terrion Arnold, Alabama

Antonio Pierce has spoken about top-end cornerbacks elevating an entire defense. Maybe they prefer Quinyon Mitchell, but I’m going with the Alabama prospect.

14. Saints - OT Olu Fashanu, Penn State

“The best available tackle” was the word out of New Orleans. Maybe that is Mims or Fautanu. But Olu can immediately come in and play on the left side.

15. Broncos - EDGE Dallas Turner, Alabama

I could see the Broncos trading back AGAIN from this spot. But in this case they select a pass rusher that many view as the best player at his position.

Perhaps they could package 76 and 82 for Bo Nix in Round 2.

Compensation: Broncos received 15 and 82 for 12 and 207

16. Seahawks - DB Cooper DeJean, Iowa

This is one of my favorite prospect fits in the entire class. At Michigan, Mike MacDonald used Dax Hill as a versatile corner and safety hybrid. In Baltimore, he utilized Kyle Hamilton in an even further elevated role of that. His defense will not function to its highest level without one of those types, and Cooper DeJean fits it the best in this class.

17. Cardinals (via Jaguars) - EDGE Laiatu Latu, UCLA

If a great talent at a pillar position starts to fall, the Cardinals have the draft picks to make a move. Latu is widely viewed as a plug and play pass rusher, with hand use of a veteran with 24 games under his belt.

Compensation: Cardinals trade 27 and 66 for 17

18. Bengals - CB Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo

Wide receiver is an obvious need beyond 2024 thanks to Tee Higgins trade request, and likely final season on the roster. Trey Hendrickson also requested a trade. If the Bengals are all in, they decline both trade requests.

19. Rams - WR Xavier Worthy, Texas

Worthy needs to find a home in my mock. Again, there are rumblings that he is a Colts target. But in this case, I trust Peter Schrager’s confidence that Sean McVay will spend his first first round pick as a head coach on offense, and this is a suped up version of Tutu Atwell. Maximize your window with Matthew Stafford.

20. Steelers - OL Graham Barton, Duke

The Steelers are not great at hiding their prospect links, and the most heavily connected player is Barton to play Center. So either we hit it again, or they have changed and we are all wrong.

21. Dolphins - EDGE Jared Verse, Florida State

Jaelen Phillips and Bradley Chubb are both coming off significant injury, and there’s a future out in Chubb’s contract.

22. Eagles - OL Amarius Mims, Georgia

The Eagles love to plan ahead along their OL. Cam Jurgens was drafted years before Jason Kelce retired, as Jason Kelce’s eventual replacement. Mims is the same for Lane Johnson, but can shift to Guard for the time being.

23. Vikings - DL Jer’Zhan Newton, Illinois

The Vikings lack an interior disruptor in Brian Flores’ defense. Newton is a force on a number of plays in every single game.

24. Cowboys - OL Troy Fautanu, Washington

I’m sure this is later than where Fautanu sits in most mock drafts. Albert Breer reported his knee was flagged. That won’t be an issue for every team, and for the Cowboys this gives them a LT or LG starter, depending on where they want to play Tyler Smith.

25. Packers - OL Tyler Guyton, Oklahoma

Guyton does have 70 career snaps at left tackle, but far more on the right side. The Packers are very good at finding a spot for their best five, and right tackle Zach Tom has plenty of position flex.

26. Bucs - EDGE Chop Robinson, Penn State

The Bucs are another team that could move up for one of the top edge rushers. In this case they stick with the high ceiling, uber athlete.

27. Jaguars - CB Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama

I keep hearing corner when asking about the Jaguars. Kool-Aid might be third of three on that list, but dropping down 10 picks and still adding him is good process.

Compensation: Jaguars receive 27 and 66 for 17

28. Bills - WR Brian Thomas Jr., LSU

I expect the Bills to take multiple shots at pass catcher in this draft. It has been reported that Thomas will need labrum surgery. He would offer a vertical skill set that no one on the roster currently boasts - with the hope is game can grow from there.

29. Lions - EDGE Darius Robinson, Missouri

The Lions love these outside to inside types. John Cominsky, Josh Pascal. And most importantly they need a pass rushing threat other than Aidan Hutchinson, who teams started game-planning out of series.

30. Ravens - OL Jordan Morgan, Arizona

The Ravens are replacing Kevin Zeitler and Morgan Moses, while already rotating their tackles last season.

31. Raiders (via 49ers) - QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington

I might have been the only person to not put Will Levis in their first round last year. I did not bite on the Hendon Hooker round one buzz. I am biting here for Penix.

Compensation: Raiders trade 44, 112 and a 2025 2nd for 31 and 135

32. Chiefs - T Kingsley Suamataia, BYU

Left tackle is a massive need for the Chiefs. Even if BYU Kingsley needs time to start, the run on offensive linemen will be immense, and the Chiefs might struggle to wait until their next selection.

33. Panthers - EDGE Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan

Josh told me to add this for Panthers fans.