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2024 NFL Mock Draft 5.1: Draft Day Edition - 4 Major Trades, 6 QBs in Round One, Vikings Trade Up, Chargers Trade Back

It's Draft Day! Tonight marks the start of the 2024 NFL Draft, and today, I’m presenting my final NFL Mock Draft for this cycle. The groundwork is complete, and it's time to see where all the top prospects will land.

This final edition features several trades that will significantly shape the draft's dynamics, particularly in the top ten. The top five picks are expected to be heavily influenced by quarterback selections, which will determine the moves of QB-needy teams.

2024 NFL Mock Draft 5.1

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Here’s a breakdown of my mock draft:
  • No defender in the top 10 picks of this mock draft

  • The Minnesota Vikings have traded up to the 5th overall pick, targeting a franchise quarterback (Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy).

  • The Chargers have strategically moved back to the 11th overall pick, acquiring the 23rd overall pick from the Minnesota Vikings. There is a lot of speculation about the Chargers, like J.C. Latham, the offensive tackle out of Alabama.

  • The Las Vegas Raiders have jumped up to the 8th overall pick to secure their future quarterback, pushing the Falcons back to the 13th overall pick. In this scenario, the Falcons would gain an additional 2024 2nd-round pick and a 2025 2nd-round pick.

  • In another significant move, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded up to the 12th overall in a deal with the Denver Broncos. This is a massive jump, but the Broncos do this to gain a 2024 2nd-round pick, which they do not have; in addition, they gain future 2025 draft capital.

The Top 3 Picks Will Dictate A Lot of Top 5-10 Trade Movement

The outcomes of the 2nd and 3rd picks will be crucial. There are swirling rumors that the Patriots might opt for J.J. McCarthy, potentially leaving Drake Maye or Jayden Daniels available for others. This possibility could trigger further trades among the top teams.

The scenario at the 4th pick, held by the Arizona Cardinals, is particularly noteworthy. Should McCarthy be selected in the top three, and either Maye or Daniels falls, the Cardinals might trade down, providing an opportunity for teams like the Giants—who have shown long-standing interest in Maye—or the Raiders, who might aggressively move to secure Daniels.

The actions taken with the first few picks will dictate the early draft movements and could lead to an unpredictable and exciting first round. I’ll be watching closely to see how these strategic decisions unfold!

Here is how the first round breaks down by position.
  • 6 Total QBs: Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, J.J. McCarthy, Drake Maye, Michael Penix Jr., Bo Nix

  • 7 Total WRs: Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, Rome Odunze, Xavier Worthy, Adonai Mitchell, Brian Thomas Jr., Ladd McConkey

  • 6 Total OTs: Joe Alt, J.C. Latham, Taliese Fuaga, Troy Fautanu, Olumuyiwa Fashanu, Amarius Mims

  • 5 Total CBs: Quinyon Mitchell, Cooper DeJean, Nate Wiggins, Terrion Arnold, Kool-Aid McKinstry

  • 4 Total EDs: Laiatu Latu, Dallas Turner, Jared Verse, Chop Robinson

  • 2 Total IDLs: Byron Murphy II, Jer'Zhan Newton

  • 1 Total TE: Brock Bowers

  • 1 Total IOL: Graham Barton

Mock Draft 5.1

1) Chicago Bears

  • Draft Capital: 1, 9, 75, 122

  • Needs Summary: Positioned to select Caleb Williams, the Bears can address their critical QB need. This move, paired with their significant off-season roster upgrades, could set them up for a turnaround. They also have the opportunity to add talent around Williams, focusing on WR and interior line positions with their remaining high picks.

  • Primary Needs: QB

  • Secondary Needs: WR, DI, EDGE, IOL

The Pick: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Caleb Williams is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback, capable of making big plays both in the pocket and on the move. He possesses excellent arm strength, allowing him to make deep throws with ease, and his mobility enables him to extend plays and evade pressure. Williams is best suited for a modern spread offense that capitalizes on his ability to make plays out of structure, much like Patrick Mahomes in the NFL.

2) Washington Commanders

  • Draft Capital: 2, 36, 40, 67, 78, 100, 139, 152, 222

  • Needs Summary: With a significant need at quarterback, the Commanders are expected to target one of the top prospects like North Carolina's Drake Maye if available. They also need to address their offensive tackle position to bolster their offensive line, making this a critical draft for rebuilding and setting a foundation for future success.

  • Primary Needs: QB, OT

  • Secondary Needs: WR, TE, EDGE, S, CB

The Pick: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Jayden Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback, combining top-tier mobility and improvisational skills with solid passing ability. His play style is suited for modern RPO (Run-Pass Option) offenses and systems that value mobility and off-script playmaking. He has shown an ability to extend plays with his legs while maintaining downfield vision for big plays.

3) New England Patriots

  • Draft Capital: 3, 34, 68, 103, 137, 180, 193, 231

  • Needs Summary: With a high draft pick, the Patriots are expected to select a quarterback, considering North Carolina's Drake Maye or LSU's Jayden Daniels. The need for a reliable left tackle and a high-impact wide receiver is also pressing, as the team looks to rebuild an offense capable of supporting a young quarterback.

  • Primary Needs: QB, OT, WR

  • Secondary Needs: EDGE

The Pick: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Drake Maye is a dynamic quarterback with a strong arm and the ability to make plays both in and out of the pocket. His vision and ability to make off-script plays set him apart. Maye excels in a spread offense that allows him to utilize his mobility and improvisation skills. He is also capable of fitting into a pro-style system, thanks to his pocket awareness and progression reading. His play style is reminiscent of a mix between Patrick Mahomes for his off-script abilities and Joe Burrow for his pocket poise and accuracy.

4) Arizona Cardinals

  • Draft Capital: 4, 27, 35, 66, 71, 90, 104, 138, 162, 186, 226

  • Needs Summary: With 11 draft picks, including six in the top 90, the Cardinals are well-positioned to significantly bolster their roster. They could target Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr., a top wide receiver, early in the first round. Alternatively, they might trade down to accumulate more picks and still aim to secure a top-three WR by trading back up, taking advantage of their draft capital to address multiple needs dynamically.

  • Primary Needs: WR, CB, LB

  • Secondary Needs: OL, EDGE

The Pick: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Marvin Harrison Jr. is an outside X-receiver known for his polished route running, exceptional hands, and ability to consistently create separation from defenders. He excels in a variety of offensive schemes due to his ability to run precise routes across all levels of the field and his effectiveness in contested catch situations. Harrison's size and body control make him an ideal target in the red zone and on the boundary. His skill set suggests he would thrive in a pro-style offense that values precise route running and the ability to win one-on-one matchups.

5) Minnesota Vikings (Pick Via Chargers)

  • Draft Capital: 11, 23, 108, 129, 157, 167, 177, 230, 232

  • Needs Summary: The Vikings might look to move up to secure a quarterback of the future, with Michigan's J.J. McCarthy as a potential target. They also need to bolster the interior of both lines and could look to improve their secondary, where depth and quality are lacking. Drafting a guard to strengthen the offensive line and a cornerback to solidify the defense would be strategic moves.

  • Primary Needs: G, CB

  • Secondary Needs: QB, WR, TE, S, DI

The Pick: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

J.J. McCarthy plays in a pro-style system, showcasing a balanced mix of pocket presence and mobility. He's suitable for schemes prioritizing a mobile pocket passer with the flexibility to make plays off-script. Best fit for teams using a Shanahan/Payton style offense that leverages his intermediate/short passing game strength and can develop his processing skills.

6) New York Giants

  • Draft Capital: 6, 47, 70, 107, 166, 183

  • Needs Summary: The Giants have the sixth overall selection and are in a position where they might miss out on the top quarterbacks. Their most likely move is to secure a top wide receiver to bolster their passing attack, with prospects like Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. being a prime target. The Giants also need to address their offensive line and could look for a developmental quarterback later in the draft.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: QB, OT, DI, LB, S, CB

The Pick: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Malik Nabers excels with his dynamic playmaking ability, combining speed, explosiveness, and agility to create separation and make plays in open space. His physicality and strong hands make him a reliable target in contested situations. While he continues to refine his route-running, his skill set is a match for offensive schemes that prioritize vertical threats and versatile receivers capable of making an impact across the field.

7) Tennessee Titans

  • Draft Capital: 7, 38, 106, 146, 182, 242, 252

  • Needs Summary: The Titans' top priority is to secure a top offensive tackle to protect quarterback Will Levis and facilitate their run game, with Notre Dame’s Joe Alt being a potential early pick. They also need to strengthen their defensive interior to improve their run defense and overall defensive line effectiveness.

  • Primary Needs: OT, DI

  • Secondary Needs: WR, DI, LB, CB, S

The Pick: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Joe Alt showcases a rare blend of size, length, and athleticism that makes him a formidable force in both pass protection and run blocking. His ability to maintain excellent recovery balance and keep his equilibrium throughout plays demonstrates his high level of adaptability and technical refinement. This combination of skills makes him an ideal candidate for any team seeking a franchise left tackle, especially those that utilize zone-based schemes where his mobility and skill in engaging defenders at the second level can be fully utilized​​​​.

8) Las Vegas Raiders (Pick Via Falcons)

  • Draft Capital: 13, 44, 77, 112, 148, 208, 223, 229

  • Needs Summary: The Raiders are rebuilding and could focus on strengthening their offensive line to better protect quarterback Aidan O’Connell, who showed potential in his rookie season. The cornerback position could also be addressed early in the draft to improve their secondary. Depending on how the draft progresses, they might also look for a developmental quarterback in the middle rounds.

  • Primary Needs: OL

  • Secondary Needs: LB, CB, QB

The Pick: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

Michael Penix Jr. is characterized by his classic pocket passer approach, accented with the ability to read defenses and execute precise throws, particularly on deeper routes. While he demonstrates some improvisational skills, his best performance comes from structured play, where his significant arm strength and accuracy come into play. Ideal for a pro-style or West Coast offense, Penix's transition into the NFL will largely depend on the alignment of his skills with the offensive scheme and the provision of a supportive team structure that enhances his pocket passing strengths while minimizing mobility demands.

9) Chicago Bears

  • Draft Capital: 1, 9, 75, 122

  • Needs Summary: Positioned to select Caleb Williams, the Bears can address their critical QB need. This move, paired with their significant off-season roster upgrades, could set them up for a turnaround. They also have the opportunity to add talent around Williams, focusing on WR and interior line positions with their remaining high picks.

  • Primary Needs: QB

  • Secondary Needs: WR, DI, EDGE, IOL

The Pick: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Rome Odunze's versatility allows him to play both in the slot and out wide, making him a valuable asset to any NFL offense. He is particularly skilled in making contested catches and using his body to shield defenders, a trait that will serve him well against the physicality of NFL cornerbacks. His ability to operate as a high-volume target means he can be a reliable option in critical situations.

10) New York Jets

  • Draft Capital: 10, 72, 111, 134, 185, 256, 257

  • Needs Summary: The Jets have a well-rounded roster capable of making a playoff run, especially with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback. However, adding a dynamic tight end like Georgia's Brock Bowers with the 10th selection could significantly enhance their offensive firepower. Depth at wide receiver and offensive tackle will also be crucial for sustaining success throughout the season.

  • Primary Needs: WR, OT, QB, DI, S, TE, RB

The Pick: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Brock Bowers is a versatile, athletic tight end who can make plays in both the passing and the running game. He has been compared to some of the best tight ends in the NFL, including George Kittle, Travis Kelce, and Darren Waller. Bowers would fit well in a scheme that values athletic, pass-catching tight ends and takes advantage of his abilities in the middle of the field and down the seam.

11) Los Angeles Chargers (Via Vikings)

  • Draft Capital: 5, 37, 69, 105, 110, 140, 181, 225, 253

  • Needs Summary: With significant changes at wide receiver, drafting a top talent like Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. or LSU's Malik Nabers could be a priority to replenish the roster. The Chargers might also consider trading down to collect additional picks, which they could use to address needs at offensive tackle, defensive interior, and edge rusher.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: OT, DI, EDGE, RB, LB

The Pick: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

J.C. Latham is a prototypical offensive tackle with the size, strength, and athleticism required for the position at the highest level. His quickness, lateral agility, and powerful hands allow him to excel in pass protection and offer significant upside in the run game. Latham's ability to move to the second level and engage with linebackers demonstrates his scheme versatility, fitting well in both zone and power run schemes.

12) Philadelphia Eagles (Via Broncos)

  • Draft Capital: 22, 50, 53, 120, 161, 171, 172, 210

  • Needs Summary: The Eagles are set to remain competitive in the NFC, having secured key parts of their offensive line. They might use their first-round pick to add a future starter at cornerback or wide receiver, aiming to replenish talent and maintain depth on a roster poised for another deep playoff run.

  • Primary Needs: WR, LB, CB

The Pick: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Quinyon Mitchell is a versatile and energetic cornerback with a knack for playmaking. Known for his excellent ball skills and physicality, Mitchell has a strong, well-built frame, ideal for press-man and zone schemes. His speed lets him erase windows quickly and effectively pinch receivers against the boundary.

13) Atlanta Falcons

  • Draft Capital: 8, 43, 74, 79, 109, 143, 187, 197

  • Needs Summary: The Falcons could be the first team to pick a defensive player in the draft, with Alabama’s Dallas Turner, known for his impressive 19.6% pass-rush win rate, as a prime candidate. This would strengthen their pass rush significantly. The presence of Kirk Cousins at QB allows them to prioritize other areas in the early rounds.

  • Primary Needs: EDGE

  • Secondary Needs: OL, QB, CB

The Pick: Laiatu Latu, ED, UCLA

Laiatu Latu's play style is characterized by his explosive quickness off the edge, adept hand usage, and body control, which makes him a formidable pass rusher, able to shake off offensive linemen and create pressure on quarterbacks. He also has the flexibility to drop back into coverage, although his change of direction could be a limiting factor in man coverage situations. In terms of scheme fit, Latu would thrive in an odd front scheme as an edge rusher where his pass-rushing skills can be maximized, and his ability to set the edge against the run can be further developed with enhanced strength. His physicality and relentless motor also suggest a good fit in aggressive, attacking defensive schemes.

14) New Orleans Saints

  • Draft Capital: 14, 45, 150, 168, 170, 175, 190, 199, 239

  • Needs Summary: The Saints face uncertainty at the tackle positions. Addressing the offensive line early in the draft is crucial to protect their investment at quarterback and enhance their offensive output. Depth at quarterback and receiver are also areas of potential focus in the draft.

  • Primary Needs: OT

  • Secondary Needs: QB, WR, EDGE, S

The Pick: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Fuaga is a powerful and physical offensive tackle with a dominating presence in the run game. He exhibits a mean streak and an ability to punish defenders, making him a cornerstone for a run-first offense. His ability to move quickly out of his stance and reach second-level defenders highlights his fit in schemes that prioritize zone concepts and play-action passes. Although his pass protection shows room for improvement, especially in terms of footwork and over-aggressiveness, his overall skill set makes him versatile enough to play both guard and tackle positions at the next level. Fuaga is best suited for teams looking to bolster their offensive line with a strong run blocker who can also hold his own in pass protection.

15) Indianapolis Colts

  • Draft Capital: 15, 46, 82, 117, 151, 191, 234

  • Needs Summary: The Colts are in a rebuilding phase with Anthony Richardson showing promise despite a tough rookie season. The most pressing need is at cornerback, where they lack depth and top-end talent. Enhancing the secondary could be their top priority, with potential picks like Iowa's Cooper DeJean if available. Additionally, improving the receiving corps and the offensive line will be crucial to support Richardson's development.

  • Primary Needs: CB

  • Secondary Needs: WR, G, TE, EDGE

The Pick: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

DeJean's traits and style make him an ideal fit for zone and off-man schemes. His size, combined with his space management skills, make him versatile enough to play in various alignments, including the boundary, slot, and possibly field safety at the NFL level. He’s known for his explosive athleticism and has the rapid closing speed, ideal for managing space and reacting quickly to plays.

16) Seattle Seahawks

  • Draft Capital: 16, 81, 102, 118, 179, 192, 235

  • Needs Summary: With significant needs on the interior offensive line, the Seahawks could target someone like Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson with their 16th pick, although they may find better value later. They are also likely to consider improving their pass rush and secondary depth throughout the draft.

  • Primary Needs: iOL

  • Secondary Needs: EDGE, S, C

The Pick: Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

Troy Fautanu showcases a balanced blend of power and technique, making him a versatile offensive tackle capable of adapting to various schemes. He has demonstrated proficiency in pass protection, utilizing his above-average hand placement and footwork to effectively counter edge rushers. Fautanu's run blocking is solid, though there's room for improvement in consistency and technique at the second level. His agility and ability to sustain blocks can be leveraged in zone-blocking schemes, where lateral movement and maintaining blocks are critical. However, his skill set also aligns well with power-run schemes due to his physicality and finishing ability.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Draft Capital: 17, 48, 96, 114, 116, 153, 212, 236

  • Needs Summary: The Jaguars are set with their starting lineup but will look to bolster depth and address minor weaknesses to remain competitive in the AFC South. The cornerback position could see an addition if they choose to upgrade over their current options with a potential first-round pick. The draft could also provide opportunities to strengthen the guard position and add another pass rusher.

  • Primary Needs: G, EDGE, CB, WR

The Pick: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Nate Wiggins is a long and lean cornerback known for his efficiency of motion and disruptive range. His searing closing speed and explosiveness, combined with his long-strider speed, make him effective against vertical threats. He has great foot speed and twitch, which are essential for short-area agility. His hinge fluidity and ability to recognize routes nearly instantaneously are key assets in coverage. Wiggins fits well in schemes that require cornerbacks to be adaptable, patient, and disciplined, especially in off-man coverage. His ability to track and high-point passes, along with his flexibility and length as a tackler, are notable.

18) Cincinnati Bengals

  • Draft Capital: 18, 49, 80, 97, 115, 149, 194, 214, 224, 237

  • Needs Summary: With foundational pieces like Joe Burrow and a solid free agency, the Bengals can afford to let the draft come to them. They might select a TE like Georgia's Brock Bowers if available, or continue to bolster their offensive line and receiving corps, enhancing their balanced attack.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: WR, OL, TE, DI

The Pick: Byron Murphy II, IDL, Texas

Byron Murphy II exhibits a powerful and aggressive style of play. He is particularly effective in run defense, using his strength and explosiveness to disrupt plays. His agility, though above average, is not his standout trait, which makes him better suited for traditional 4-3 defensive schemes where he can focus on stopping the run and pushing the pocket.

19) Los Angeles Rams

  • Draft Capital: 19, 52, 83, 99, 154, 155, 196, 209, 213, 217, 254

  • Needs Summary: Post-Aaron Donald, the Rams face a crucial draft needing to find a potential replacement on the defensive interior. They could target players like Texas' Byron Murphy II or Illinois' Johnny Newton to fill this void. Additionally, the receiver position needs attention, and finding a quarterback to eventually succeed Matthew Stafford could be considered in the mid to late rounds.

  • Primary Needs: WR, DI

  • Secondary Needs: OT, EDGE, LB, CB, QB

The Pick: Dallas Turner, ED, Alabama

Dallas Turner exhibits strong first-step explosiveness and fluidity, making him a versatile piece in modern NFL defenses. His ability to rush the passer and play in space aligns well with schemes favoring positionless players. He fits best as an EDGE rusher in a 3-4 defense or as an outside linebacker where his speed and athleticism can be maximized.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Draft Capital: 20, 51, 84, 98, 119, 178, 195

  • Needs Summary: The Steelers have addressed some needs through free agency but will look to the draft to find a starter at center and possibly at one of their offensive tackle spots. They also need to enhance their receiving corps, and drafting a wide receiver in the early rounds could provide a much-needed boost to their aerial attack.

  • Primary Needs: C, WR, OT

  • Secondary Needs: CB, DI

The Pick: Graham Barton, IOL, Duke

Graham Barton is a versatile and experienced offensive lineman who has shown proficiency in both run blocking and pass protection. He excels in a zone-based run scheme due to his good quickness, hand placement, and ability to sustain and steer blocks. His play strength and competitive toughness suggest he could transition well to guard or center in a multiple run scheme. However, his pass protection skills, particularly against twists and stunts, need refinement. His ability to deal with space on an island at tackle is somewhat shaky due to his arm length and inconsistent strike timing.

21) Miami Dolphins

  • Draft Capital: 21, 55, 158, 184, 198, 241

  • Needs Summary: Despite a strong team, the Dolphins have areas to improve, particularly on the offensive line and at tight end. They may look to draft a long-term solution at left tackle or a dynamic tight end like Georgia's Brock Bowers if he falls to them. Strengthening the defensive interior will also be a priority given their losses in free agency.

  • Primary Needs: TE, OL, DI, S, WR, CB

The Pick: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Much like Tyreek Hill, Xavier Worthy could excel in a vertical-oriented offense due to his game-changing speed and ability to stretch defenses. Similar to DeSean Jackson, his skill in route-running and speed could fit well in a slot receiver role, while his return skills could enhance a team's special teams. Despite not being physically imposing, like D.J. Moore, he compensates with speed, agility, and separation ability. Overall, his skill set, mirroring elements from Hill, Jackson, and Moore, makes Worthy an exciting prospect for the upcoming NFL draft.

22) Denver Broncos (Via Eagles)

  • Draft Capital: 12, 76, 121, 136, 145, 147, 203, 207

  • Needs Summary: With significant needs at QB and other key positions, the Broncos might find themselves deciding between drafting a potential franchise quarterback or addressing multiple other needs like center and edge rusher. Their strategy could heavily depend on the availability of top QB prospects and their draft position movements.

  • Primary Needs: QB, C, EDGE, CB

  • Secondary Needs: WR

The Pick: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Bo Nix is best described as a mobile pocket passer with the ability to extend plays and make throws off-script. His improvisational skills, combined with a strong arm and good accuracy, make him a threat in various offensive schemes, particularly those that value mobility and off-script creativity. Nix's fit seems most natural in systems that employ RPOs (Run-Pass Options), spread concepts, or schemes that allow for quarterback mobility.

23) Los Angeles Chargers (Via Vikings)

  • Draft Capital: 5, 37, 69, 105, 110, 140, 181, 225, 253

  • Needs Summary: With significant changes at wide receiver, drafting a top talent like Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr. or LSU's Malik Nabers could be a priority to replenish the roster. The Chargers might also consider trading down to collect additional picks, which they could use to address needs at offensive tackle, defensive interior, and edge rusher.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: OT, DI, EDGE, RB, LB

The Pick: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

Adonai Mitchell is a versatile and athletic wide receiver, proficient in deep routes and tracking the ball effectively. His long arms and frame enable him to play bigger than his size, making him a threat in various passing situations. Mitchell's strengths lie in his ability to make big plays, his strong hands, and route-running skills. He fits well in schemes that utilize vertical threats and require receivers to create separation and make big plays downfield.

24) Dallas Cowboys

  • Draft Capital: 24, 56, 87, 174, 216, 233, 244

  • Needs Summary: Faced with gaps in the offensive line and at receiver post-Tyron Smith, the Cowboys may look to draft an OL early, possibly focusing on centers or versatile linemen who could also play guard. They also need to address the receiver position, potentially adding another top talent to complement CeeDee Lamb.

  • Primary Needs: RB, OL, WR

  • Secondary Needs: DI, EDGE, CB

The Pick: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Fashanu is a prototypical left tackle with the size, strength, and agility needed to excel at the highest level. His ability to mirror pass rushers, combined with his strength in anchoring, makes him a formidable pass protector. In the run game, his athleticism allows him to be effective in space, making him a fit for schemes that value mobility and versatility in their offensive linemen. Fashanu’s high motor and ability to finish plays add value to any offensive line unit. He would thrive in a zone-blocking scheme that can utilize his mobility and leverage his skills in space.

25) Green Bay Packers

  • Draft Capital: 25, 41, 58, 88, 91, 126, 169, 202, 219, 245, 255

  • Needs Summary: The Packers could draft a player like Arizona’s Jordan Morgan, who could start at guard and potentially transition to tackle. This would address immediate needs on the offensive line due to recent departures and retirements, ensuring Aaron Rodgers has solid protection.

  • Primary Needs: G

  • Secondary Needs: OL, DL, S

The Pick: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Arnold is a lean, muscular cornerback known for his physicality and tackling prowess. He often lines up in press-man coverage but tends to lose leverage when engaging physically with receivers. His aggressive style makes him effective against running plays and screens. However, his technique needs refinement, particularly in coverage where he sometimes allows large cushions and struggles with route recognition.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Draft Capital: 26, 57, 89, 92, 125, 220, 246

  • Needs Summary: The Buccaneers need to rebuild their interior offensive line to protect quarterback Baker Mayfield and pave the way for their running game. They could use their first-round pick on a top center or guard. Adding depth at wide receiver and tight end will also be essential to enhance their offensive capabilities.

  • Primary Needs: iOL

  • Secondary Needs: WR, TE, EDGE, LB, CB

The Pick: Jared Verse, ED, Florida State

Jared Verse stands out as a multifaceted edge rusher, able to adapt and make an impact in diverse defensive schemes. His ideal fit within the 4-3 defense is evident, but he also showcases potential for the 3-4 defense, emphasizing his adaptability. This versatility mirrors that of Josh Sweat from the Eagles, who has carved out a reputation for his ability to excel in various roles and schemes.

27) Arizona Cardinals

  • Draft Capital: 4, 27, 35, 66, 71, 90, 104, 138, 162, 186, 226

  • Needs Summary: With 11 draft picks, including six in the top 90, the Cardinals are well-positioned to significantly bolster their roster. They could target Ohio State's Marvin Harrison Jr., a top wide receiver, early in the first round. Alternatively, they might trade down to accumulate more picks and still aim to secure a top-three WR by trading back up, taking advantage of their draft capital to address multiple needs dynamically.

  • Primary Needs: WR, CB, LB

  • Secondary Needs: OL, EDGE

The Pick: Chop Robinson, ED, Penn State

Chop Robinson's physical attributes and play style make him an ideal candidate for a stand-up EDGE role in 3-4 defensive schemes or as a designated pass rusher. His ability to generate pressure from various alignments is a valuable asset, and his high motor and athletic base suggest he could make an immediate impact in the NFL. However, to reach his full potential as an every-down player, he will need to continue developing, particularly in anchoring against the run.

28) Buffalo Bills

  • Draft Capital: 28, 60, 128, 133, 144, 160, 163, 200, 204, 248

  • Needs Summary: The Bills are likely to draft a WR in the first round, especially after trading Stefon Diggs, to bolster a receiving corps led by less proven talents. They may look to draft a player like Ohio State's Emeka Egbuka to provide a reliable target for Josh Allen and maintain their competitive edge.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: OL, RB, EDGE, IDI, CB, S

The Pick: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Brian Thomas Jr. is a tall, physically imposing wide receiver. His size and ball-tracking ability make him an ideal fit for offenses that emphasize a deep passing game. He needs to improve in route running precision and physicality in run blocking. His style is well-suited for a vertical or spread offense where he can utilize his deep route and jump-ball abilities.

29) Detroit Lions

  • Draft Capital: 29, 61, 73, 164, 201, 205, 249

  • Needs Summary: After a strong season, the Lions might look to add depth rather than immediate starters. They could aim to strengthen the interior offensive line and add another pass rusher or cornerback to supplement their playoff-caliber roster.

  • Primary Needs: iOL, EDGE, CB, S

The Pick: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Kool-Aid McKinstry is known for his excellent zone coverage awareness, utilizing his length effectively to disrupt passes. He's skilled in bump and run, mirroring receivers with quick footwork and fluid hips. His ball skills are particularly notable when facing the quarterback, and he's physical at the top of routes. McKinstry's lack of panic when out of position and his solid tackling ability in the open field make him a reliable defensive back. Additionally, his communication skills within Saban’s defense are a significant asset, and he brings added value as a punt returner. His versatility allows him to fit well in various NFL schemes, particularly those that utilize complex zone coverage systems.

30) Baltimore Ravens

  • Draft Capital: 30, 62, 93, 113, 130, 165, 218, 228, 250

  • Needs Summary: Having lost several starters, the Ravens could focus on rebuilding their offensive line and adding depth across key positions. Patrick Mekari might fill the right tackle spot, but the team could use their high picks to secure the best available players in positions of need, ensuring both immediate impact and depth.

  • Primary Needs: OT

  • Secondary Needs: WR, OL, EDGE, LB, CB, S

The Pick: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims exhibits a dynamic combination of size, strength, and agility that makes him a formidable force on the offensive line. His play style is characterized by quick footwork, exceptional lateral movement, and an ability to engage and neutralize defenders effectively in both the run game and pass protection. Mims fits exceptionally well in zone-blocking schemes, where his agility and movement skills can be maximized. His versatility also allows him to potentially excel in various offensive line positions, including both left and right tackle, making him a valuable asset for teams seeking flexibility along their offensive front.

31) San Francisco 49ers

  • Draft Capital: 31, 63, 94, 124, 132, 135, 176, 211, 215, 251

  • Needs Summary: As favorites in the NFC, the 49ers have few glaring needs but will look to the draft to add depth, particularly along the offensive line and in the secondary. Their strategy will likely focus on acquiring the best available talent to fill out the roster, ensuring they have adequate depth to handle the rigors of a potential Super Bowl run.

  • Primary Needs: WR, OT, DI, EDGE, CB

The Pick: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Ladd McConkey is a versatile wide receiver known for his route-running precision and ability to create separation. His agility and speed make him a threat in the open field, capable of turning short catches into significant gains. While he excels in the slot due to his quickness and understanding of defensive schemes, McConkey's ability to track the ball and his hands make him a reliable target on the outside as well. His run blocking is an area for improvement, suggesting a better fit in a spread offense that leverages his open-field abilities rather than a run-heavy scheme requiring extensive blocking from its receivers.

32) Kansas City Chiefs

  • Draft Capital: 32, 64, 95, 131, 159, 173, 221

  • Needs Summary: After a championship season, the Chiefs aim to maintain their high level of play. The wide receiver position remains a concern, especially if uncertainties around Rashee Rice persist. They could target a receiver like Georgia’s Ladd McConkey late in the first round. Also, bolstering the defensive line and adding depth to the offensive tackle and cornerback positions could be on their agenda.

  • Primary Needs: WR

  • Secondary Needs: CB, OT, DI, EDGE

The Pick: Jer'Zhan Newton, IDL, Illinois

In terms of scheme fit, Newton's skill set makes him well-suited for modern, versatile defensive schemes that prioritize quickness and technical prowess over sheer bulk. His best fit appears to be as a 3-tech or in hybrid fronts, where his explosive athleticism and refined hand technique can be most effective. Despite some size constraints, his potential as a dynamic playmaker on the defensive line is highly regarded. With further refinement in his pass-rush strategy and consistent leverage, Newton has the potential to reach Pro Bowl or All-Pro levels in the NFL.


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