NFL mock draft 2024: How Patriots’ potential Drake Maye vs. J.J. McCarthy debate could shape 2024 NFL Draft

What could be better than a mock draft from one person? A mock draft from two people.

This is the time of year when everyone is submitting a mock draft trying to predict how one of the most unpredictable events in sports will shape up. When only one person is involved in submitting a mock draft, it’s possible certain selections can be impacted based on hoping for certain pairings. But a dual mock draft? That allows for ideal pairings to be poached and can lead to runs on positions as teams scramble to make sure they get their guy.

SN experts Jacob Camenker and Edward Sutelan are the latest to join the mock draft craze, taking turns submitting their picks for what teams will do in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft. There was no pick trading going on, meaning every team wound up selecting in the spots they currently have in the first round.

How did the mock draft shape up? Take a look.

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NFL mock draft 2024

1. Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

Jacob Camenker: Let’s get this out of the way. Williams is going to be the No. 1 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. As fun as it would be to throw things for a complete loop by putting another of the quarterbacks here, it isn’t going to happen. The Bears traded Justin Fields so they could take Williams. Now, Chicago fans will see what it looks like to have a true franchise quarterback … or so they hope.

2. Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Edward Sutelan: The Commanders will have their pick at No. 2 … as long as their pick wasn’t Williams. There’s no debate for this one, right? Brian Kelly already told everyone Daniels is going to be “making plays for Washington,” so there’s real reason to consider anyone else but the dynamic, dual-threat Heisman winner who will be the most exciting quarterback in Washington since Robert Griffin III’s rookie season.

3. Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, UNC

Camenker: The Commanders seemingly favoring Daniels creates an interesting question for the Patriots here. Will they take Maye, the consensus No. 3 quarterback in the draft, or will they shift their focus to the rapidly rising J.J. McCarthy? The Patriots may well like the Michigan produce, but Maye has a higher ceiling. New England also has the infrastructure needed with Jacoby Brissett to be patient with Maye and allow him time to develop before he takes the field. That makes this an ideal landing spot for the UNC star. 

4. Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Sutelan: In a perfect world, the Cardinals are probably trading down here. Load up some more picks, let someone else take J.J. McCarthy, and get your star wide receiver later in the draft. However, if they’re going to pick, they might as well get the best non-QB on the board. Harrison has the skill set to be Kyler Murray’s best friend for a long time.

5. Chargers: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

Camenker: If one of the teams picking in the tweens wants to come up and get McCarthy here, the Chargers would almost certainly be happy to move down. If not, they face a tough choice between a top-tier wideout like Malik Nabers or a plug-and-play offensive tackle like Joe Alt. Jim Harbaugh stressed the importance of having a great offensive line ahead of the 2024 NFL Combine, but I still think he’ll have trouble passing on Nabers, a true No. 1 receiver who will help soften the blow of losing Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this offseason.

6. Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Sutelan: New York has been in desperate need of a star wide receiver since losing Odell Beckham Jr. It’s a bit shocking they won’t have the choice between Odunze and Nabers at No. 6, but they could wind up taking Odunze even if they have the option of either receiver. Odunze is a dangerous deep threat who will add an element to the New York offense that has been missing for a long time.

7. Titans: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Camenker: Ran Carthon got to work rebuilding Tennessee’s roster during the offseason, but it still has a lot of holes. The Titans also need to know whether Will Levis can be the team’s long-term starting quarterback, and the first step to learning about him will be protecting him. Alt can team up with 2022 first-round pick Peter Skoronski to form a stellar left side of the Titans line. That pairing should last a decade-plus if all goes well.

8. Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Sutelan: After Williams, this has to be one of the biggest no-brainers left. Atlanta needs to add some juice to the pass rush, and Turner is the clear best fit for the Falcons in the first round. They won’t be using a first-round pick on underused offensive talent anymore. Raheem Morris might be willing to use Turner a bit more than Arthur Smith used Bijan Robinson and Kyle Pitts.

9. Bears (from CAR): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Camenker: The Bears already added a lot to their offense this offseason, so unless they take Brock Bowers at this spot (or trade down), they will probably look to land a top defensive player to balance their roster. Verse had nine sacks in each of his two seasons at Florida State, and he was one of the most consistent players on the Seminoles’ top-tier defense. Pairing him with Montez Sweat would give the Bears a terrific pass rush, something they have lacked during their recent lean years.

10. Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Sutelan: Aaron Rodgers ain’t getting any younger, and New York’s decision to trade for him indicates it is pushing all the chips in for the near-term. Bowers is a unique tight end who is capable of stretching the field like many wide receivers and giving the Jets another weapon alongside Garrett Wilson to help in the passing game. They could use this pick on an offensive tackle to help make sure their 40-year-old quarterback coming off experimental Achilles surgery is as well protected as possible.

11. Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Camenker: McCarthy could go earlier than this, but in reality, he should be hoping to land with the Vikings. Kevin O’Connell helped Kirk Cousins go from an above-average starter to a legitimate top-10 quarterback during his first two seasons in Minnesota. He could certainly get the most out of the toolsy leader while giving him a chance to work with Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, T.J. Hockenson, and Aaron Jones. Either way, rolling with McCarthy is a lot more appealing than starting Sam Darnold.

12. Broncos: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

Sutelan: The Broncos would love to take a quarterback, but since McCarthy is gone and trading back isn’t an option, maybe Denver will look to improve the defense. Michael Penix Jr. could be a fit, though he’d be a bit of a stretch this high. Mitchell would bring another star corner to Denver alongside Pat Surtain II, and he’d help ensure another 70-spot doesn’t happen again any time soon.

13. Raiders: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

Camenker: The Raiders can take their pick of available offensive linemen here. Taliese Fuaga and Olu Fashanu are among those Vegas could consider, but Latham may end up being the second tackle off the board. The 6-6, 342-pound behemoth is a perfect fit at right guard and has the requisite strength and toughness needed to fit Antonio Pierce’s system and culture. Las Vegas fans may be scared of taking an Alabama tackle early after the Alex Leatherwood debacle, but odds are that Latham will actually plug the right-side hole that Leatherwood never could.

14. Saints: Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Sutelan: In a stunning development, Fashanu is still available for the Saints at No. 14. New Orleans has struggled to find consistent protection at offensive tackle since Terron Armstead left, and Fashanu is a top-of-the-class tackle capable of anchoring any line. That he’s still available here would be a major boost for their hopes of bolstering the line in 2024.

15. Colts: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Camenker: Every mock draft I’ve done for the last decade seems to have at least one part where multiple Alabama players go within a three-pick span. We’ll soon see if that continues in the post-Nick Saban era. Anyway, Arnold is a great option for the Colts here. He’s an instinctive cornerback who racked up five interceptions for the Crimson Tide last season. Indianapolis can trust him as a true, No. 1 corner, something it lacked last season after Isaiah Rodgers’ suspension and release.

16. Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, G, Washington

Sutelan: This pick should be all about the trenches — which side will be the question. Guard play was not ideal for the Seahawks in 2023, and that’s not the strongest area of this draft class. Given that, it would make sense to take advantage of the top guard on the board and snag Fautanu. He’d be an ideal hometown college fit to start early for the Seahawks.

17. Jaguars: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Camenker: Yes, the Jaguars are taking another Clemson player in the first round. No, it isn’t because Trevor Lawrence is pulling the strings. Wiggins has the size (6-1) and speed (4.28 40-time) needed to be a successful NFL cornerback. The only question is about his durability and weight (173 pounds). Interestingly, NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein compared him to Tyson Campbell, who the Jaguars selected early in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft. Perhaps Jacksonville will relish a chance to land another speedster to complement their top outside starter.

18. Bengals: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Sutelan: The moment D.J. Reader decided he preferred square pizza to chili on pasta, this pick was set in motion. The Bengals didn’t match the Lions in trying to bring back the standout DT, and now they’re in desperate need of a run-stopper up the middle. If Murphy wasn’t available, the move is undoubtedly to get a right tackle of the future, but signing Murphy helps this defense more in the present.

19. Rams: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Camenker: The bad news: I thought Murphy would be here for the Rams. He would be an ideal replacement for Aaron Donald had he not gone to the Bengals at 18. The good news: Latu is a polished pass rusher who totaled 23.5 sacks in his two seasons at UCLA. He isn’t a like-for-like swap with Donald, but Latu has the upside to be a double-digit sack artist at the NFL level. Getting him at 19 feels like a bit of a steal.

20. Steelers: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Sutelan: This pick feels destined to be offensive line, and it might just be best available. Fuaga would pair well opposite Broderick Jones to give the Steelers their offensive tackles of the future, and if they find guard is the bigger need, Fuaga can move inside to hold down the fort in there. Given the proclivity of both Russell Wilson and Justin Fields to try and extend plays — and often take sacks — adding better protection will be imperative for Pittsburgh.

21. Dolphins: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Camenker: The Dolphins are another team that is probably hoping to land Byron Murphy, but they’ll settle for Newton here instead. Miami needs a replacement for Christian Wilkins, and Newton averaged 4.5 sacks per season at Illinois. Sure, he’s not the biggest defensive tackle at 6-2, 304 pounds, but he has the explosiveness, power, and motor needed to quickly carve out a role for himself in South Beach.

22. Eagles: Graham Barton, C, Duke

Sutelan: This would be such a Howie Roseman pick. Somehow, the Eagles might see a Hall of Fame center leave only for the best center in the class to fall to them. Cam Jurgens is the presumed starter at the position, but having Barton come in would give the Eagles options in replacing a legend while also maximizing that remaining guard spot on the offensive line.

23. Vikings (from CLE): Jackson Powers-Johnson, G/C, Oregon

Camenker: The run on centers begins! Powers-Johnson is viewed as one of the safest players in this year’s draft class and should be a plug-and-play option on the interior offensive line. The Vikings still have Garrett Bradberry under contract, but they could play Powers-Johnson at left guard. They have a hole there after dealing Ezra Cleveland to the Jaguars before the trade deadline and losing Dalton Risner in free agency. They need to fix that for J.J. McCarthy to succeed.

24. Cowboys: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Sutelan: The Cowboys are a prime candidate to trade back, but if they are forced to stay here, landing an offensive lineman like Mims would be a huge win. Though he’s a raw talent, Mims has plenty of upside as a big, athletic lineman capable of replacing Tyron Smith. If it is indeed Dak Prescott’s last year in Dallas, the Cowboys should at least make sure to protect him for one last ride.

25. Packers: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Camenker: The Packers have a rock-solid young offense that seems poised for a potential Super Bowl run with Jordan Love. They need to spend the draft adding resources to their defense, and DeJean should provide them some versatile, athletic insurance behind Eric Stokes and the oft-injured Jaire Alexander. He and former teammate Lukas Van Ness would give Green Bay’s stop unit plenty of upside to match their offense’s high ceiling. 

26. Buccaneers: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State

Sutelan: This pick feels certain to be on one of the lines, whether offensive interior or defensive exterior. Finding Robinson at No. 26 might be too good to pass up for Tampa Bay, especially since it currently lacks any clear threats on the outside to threaten the quarterback.

27. Cardinals (from HOU): Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Camenker: Arizona needs to add talent to its roster by any means necessary. They got a No. 1 wideout earlier in Harrison. Now, they land a potential-packed cornerback in McKinstry who could quickly emerge as Arizona’s top cover man. Their current projected starters at the position are Sean Murphy-Bunting, Garrett Williams, and Starling Thomas V, so drinking the Kool-Aid here seems like a good plan.

28. Bills: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Sutelan: It’s nothing short of a miracle for Buffalo that Thomas is still available. On draft day, the Bills might have to trade up to land a receiver of his talents. This is a deep class for wide receivers, and Buffalo could be well positioned to either move up for Thomas or back to add one of the standouts early in the second round. Getting Thomas here would be ideal, though, as it would give Josh Allen a suitable, drama-free replacement for Stefon Diggs.

29. Lions: Zach Frazier, G/C, West Virginia

Camenker: Guard might not be the Lions’ biggest need after signing Kevin Zeitler, but Frazier is a true kneecap-biter with a wrestling background. That sounds like the type of player Dan Campbell and Brad Holmes would pound the table for. Besides, Zeitler is 34 and Graham Glasgow is 31, so Detroit may want to start building its interior offensive line of the future. That could start with Frazier.

30. Ravens: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Sutelan: The Ravens showed last year how dangerous they can be if Lamar Jackson stays healthy. Critical to that is keeping him upright. Right now, Baltimore’s offensive tackles are Patrick Mekari and Ronnie Stanley. Guyton would give the Ravens the flexibility to move Mekari around the line and provide some insurance for the oft-injured Stanley. 

31. 49ers: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

Camenker: Brandon Aiyuk’s future in San Francisco is as murky as ever. While Jauan Jennings could become a solid No. 2 receiver for the 49ers, they will want to add more upside and depth at the position if negotiating with Aiyuk seems like a lost cause. Worthy ran a record 4.21-second 40-yard dash at the 2024 NFL Combine and would provide the spark of speed the 49ers were hoping to get from 2022 third-round pick Danny Gray.

32. Chiefs: Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

Sutelan: Patrick Mahomes can work wonders with patchwork wide receivers. Imagine what he could do with a route technician like McConkey, who won’t drop passes hitting him in his hands and will be capable of burning defenses with the ball once he gets it. Add in the versatility to play slot or outside, and he’d be a scary sight with Mahomes.

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