Way-too-early 2024 NFL Mock Draft
The 2023 NFL Draft season may be over, but fans and even some teams will already have their eyes on the 2024 event and what they can do.
A few conversations have already started about the crop of well-regarded QB prospects available, and a couple of NFL name legacies which could yet be continued.
Here is a very, very early mock draft for the 2024 event, with team order based off PPF’s mock draft simulator prediction:
1. Arizona Cardinals – Caleb Williams, QB, USC
The consensus #1 pick with a year to go, Caleb Williams is a freak of nature already in college football. He possesses rare creative traits with incredible athleticism and arm strength. A tough fighter, Williams seems already ready to make the transition into becoming a pro.
For better or worse, Williams is already attracting Patrick Mahomes comparisons. And no matter how good a level Kyler Murray gets back to after injury, this pick would be just too hard to pass on.
2. Arizona Cardinals – Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
His dad may be a Hall of Famer, but Marvin Harrison Jr. is already making headlines without his namesake background links. Yes, at #2, it would be the highest-drafted wide receiver since Calvin Johnson. But Harrison is one of most complete wide receiver prospects to come out of college in recent memory.
6’4″, 205-pound weapon who makes separating look easy, and his ability to convert as a catcher is unmatched. A partnership with Caleb Williams would be a scary prospect if the Cardinals were to hold the opening two picks.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
We don’t know which way the Buccaneers are going to side with regards to the quarterback position in 2023. But fortunately for them, they could be in contention for one of the blue chip prospects at the position in 2024.
Drake Maye is player who makes the game look so easy. He has a smooth, effortless throwing motion, even when under pressure, and can evade rushers with some elite athletic abilities. At 6’4″, with a 220-pound frame, Maye is well suited to come straight in as an NFL starter should he continue to develop in 2023.
4. Indianapolis Colts – Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
5. Washington Commanders – Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
The Commanders are rolling with the fairly unknown Sam Howell in 2023, and while we’re wishing him all the best and hope he performs, the quarterback position is still up in the air.
From one Washington to another, Michael Penix Jr. could be an ideal selection at #5. Good athlete, competent thrower, low turnover rate; ideal. Injury history is a little concern, but if he progresses during the upcoming college season then he’ll have no problem in transitioning with the Commanders.
6. Green Bay Packers – Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
7. Las Vegas Raiders – Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
8. Tennessee Titans – Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
One of the best tight end prospect ever Brock Bowers is already physically ready for the NFL after his freshman years. In two college seasons, Bowers has caught 119 passes for 1,824 yards and 20 touchdowns, all of which already surpass Kyle Pitts’ career totals at Florida from 2018 to ’20.
He would be an ideal weapon for Will Levis to throw to as he develops. His athletic skill, with ball in hand and in making the catch, is second to none in this class.
9. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
10. Chicago Bears – JC Latham, OT, Alabama
11. Chicago Bears – J.T. Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State
12. New England Patriots – Jeremiah Trotter Jr.
Another prospect with famous NFL father figure, I’m sure Bill Belichick will want to get his hands of Jeremiah Trotter Jr., just because of how good his dad was!
The Clemson product doesn’t quite have his old man’s size, but he is a tenacious run defender who could really make an impact on this Patriots team.
13. Atlanta Falcons – Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State
I’m excited for Florida State’s prospects as a team in 2023, and spearheading their attack is QB Jordan Travis. He will be 24 when entering the draft, which could put off potential suitors. But come what may, with another outstanding season, Travis should be high on draft boards this time next year.
The Falcons may be high on Desmond Ridder. But if that fails in 2023, the could look to draft someone like Travis next year.
14. New York Giants – Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
15. Denver Broncos – Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU
16. Seattle Seahawks – J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jer’Zhan Newton, DI, Illinois
18. Minnesota Vikings – Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas
Kirk Cousins is an impending free agent, so it’s time to move to the future at QB. Texas’ Quinn Ewers is still very young and inexperienced, but has the potential to go a look way in the game.
He has great ability in arm strength and talent, and with another year of development, he can easily be an early first round pick.
19. Houston Texans – Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
20. New Orleans Saints – Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
21. Miami Dolphins – Donovan Jackson, IOL, Ohio State
22. Baltimore Ravens – Kalen King, CB, Penn State
23. Los Angeles Chargers – Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
24. Dallas Cowboys – TreVeyon Henderson, HB, Ohio State
We thought the days of first-round running backs were over. But after two were taking in the first 12 picks this year, it seems NFL GM’s don’t feel the same way.
Keeping up with the 2023 tradition then, the Cowboys could look to replace Tony Pollard, playing on the franchise tag in 2023, by taking a running back in TreVeyon Henderson early.
25. Green Bay Packers – Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
26. Detroit Lions – Javon Bullard, CB, Georgia
27. Jacksonville Jaguars – Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
28. Buffalo Bills – Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
Stefon Diggs isn’t getting any younger, and the Bills are fairly short compared to their Super Bowl chasing opponents at the skill-positions. Adding Dalton Kincaid is a great move in 2023, and bringing in someone like Malik Nabers, a solid-route runner from LSU, would give Josh Allen yet another weapon to aim at.
29. Philadelphia Eagles – Kamren Kinchens, S, Miami
30. San Francisco 49ers – Maason Smith, EDGE, LSU
31. Cincinnati Bengals – Calen Bullock, S, USC
32. Kansas City City – Cooper Beebe, IOL, Kansas State