NFL Draft mock draft predictions: Expert picks, sleepers, busts and more to know about 2024 prospects

The 2024 NFL Draft is nearly here, and with it an end to months of mock drafts, combine overreactions, trade rumors and everything else that makes predicting the draft more fun than watching the draft itself.

We at Sporting News have put together plenty of content to help prepare you for all 257 picks. Our guide to the draft breaks down all there is to know from the moment the Bears make their Caleb Williams selection official down to Mr. Irrelevant.

Here’s a roundup of our experts’ NFL Draft predictions plus the latest news, odds, sleepers and bust picks and more about the 2024 class to help you navigate the draft marathon. 

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NFL Draft order 2024

Round Pick Team
1 1 Chicago Bears (from CAR)
1 2 Washington Commanders
1 3 New England Patriots
1 4 Arizona Cardinals
1 5 Los Angeles Chargers
1 6 New York Giants
1 7 Tennessee Titans
1 8 Atlanta Falcons
1 9 Chicago Bears
1 10 New York Jets
1 11 Minnesota Vikings
1 12 Denver Broncos
1 13 Las Vegas Raiders
1 14 New Orleans Saints
1 15 Indianapolis Colts
1 16 Seattle Seahawks
1 17 Jacksonville Jaguars
1 18 Cincinnati Bengals
1 19 Los Angeles Rams
1 20 Pittsburgh Steelers
1 21 Miami Dolphins
1 22 Philadelphia Eagles
1 23 Minnesota Vikings (from CLE through HOU)
1 24 Dallas Cowboys
1 25 Green Bay Packers
1 26 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
1 27 Arizona Cardinals (from HOU)
1 28 Buffalo Bills
1 29 Detroit Lions
1 30 Baltimore Ravens
1 31 San Francisco 49ers
1 32 Kansas City Chiefs

There are 257 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, including compensatory selections. The Cardinals, Packers and Rams are tied for the most picks in this year’s draft, as each enters with 11. The Bears hold only four picks, the fewest in this year’s draft.

View the complete 2024 NFL Draft order for all 257 picks, by team and by round.

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NFL mock drafts

Sporting News’ seven-round mock draft projects all 257 picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, according to Vinnie Iyer. Below are our predictions for the first round along with additional mock drafts from SN’s draft experts.

  1. Bears (from Panthers): Caleb Williams, QB, USC
  2. Commanders: Drake Maye, QB, UNC
  3. Patriots: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
  4. Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
  5. Chargers: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
  6. Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
  7. Titans: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
  8. Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
  9. Bears: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
  10. Jets: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
  11. Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
  12. Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
  13. Raiders: Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State
  14. Saints: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
  15. Colts: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
  16. Seahawks: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
  17. Jaguars: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
  18. Bengals: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama
  19. Rams: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
  20. Steelers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia
  21. Dolphins: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas
  22. Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
  23. Vikings (from Browns, Texans): Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois
  24. Cowboys: Jackson Powers-Johnson, G, Oregon
  25. Packers: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma
  26. Buccaneers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
  27. Cardinals (from Texans): Troy Fautanu, G, Washington
  28. Bills: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU
  29. Lions: Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
  30. Ravens: Graham Barton, OT, Duke
  31. 49ers: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB, Missouri
  32. Chiefs: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU
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Read Vinnie Iyer’s complete seven-round mock draft here.

More mock drafts from Sporting News experts

NFL mock draft with trades: Vikings, Broncos and Eagles all make big moves up the draft board in our trade projections.

NFL mock draft with player comparisons: Here’s what the top 32 picks in 2024 have in common with pros past and present as we try to project their future.

Three-option mock draft: Every team has options in the draft. We three of them for every pick in the first round, from the most likely selection to a dark horse candidate.

Dual mock draft: Two minds are better than one. SN’s Jacob Camenker and Edward Sutelan take turns making picks for every team, including two top QBs slipping to the second round.

QBs-only mock draft: Most NFL teams are starving for superior quarterback play, so cut right to the chase. Our projections find landing spots for 13 QBs in this year’s class, from Caleb Williams down to Taulia Tagovailoa.

AI mock draft: No, we don’t mean Allen Iverson. This mock draft was assembled with a new twist: We asked Meta AI to predict the 2024 draft picks and these were the results.

Consensus mock draft: Here’s what top draft analysts like Mel Kiper Jr., Daniel Jeremiah and others around the NFL are saying in their latest mock drafts, rounded up for your convenience.

NFL Draft prospects 2024

Here are the top 10 overall prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft, according to SN’s Vinnie Iyer:

  1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC
  2. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
  3. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
  4. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
  5. Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
  6. Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
  7. Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
  8. Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
  9. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
  10. Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

View Sporting News’ complete 2024 NFL Draft big board for the top 250 player profiles and our position-by-position rankings:

You can also check out SN’s expert NFL Draft scouting reports with stats, player comparisons and more on each of the top prospects:

NFL Draft pick odds

Unlike some years, there’s very little suspense over who will be picked No. 1 overall in the 2024 NFL Draft. USC quarterback Caleb Williams has been at the top of most draft boards for months and has near-sure thing odds (-20000) to be picked first overall by the Bears, according to Caesars Sportsbook.

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Things get more interesting at the No. 2 pick with LSU’s Jayden Daniels favored at -300, followed by Drake Maye (-190 at No. 3), Marvin Harrison Jr. (-230 at No. 4) and Malik Nabers (+200 at No. 5) to round out the top five selections.

Pick Number Player Odds
1. Caleb Williams -20000
2. Jayden Daniels -300
3. Drake Maye -190
4. Marvin Harrison Jr. -230
5. Malik Nabers, Marvin Harrison Jr. +200
6. Malik Nabers +150
7. Joe Alt -160
8. Dallas Turner +150
9. Rome Odunze +140
10. Brock Bowers +170

You can check out the latest odds for every pick in the first round here (last updated: April 24).

NFL Draft expert predictions

Safest NFL Draft picks: NFL teams can rest easy if they pick one of these eight high-floor prospects in the first round.

Riskiest NFL Draft picks: These seven first-round prospects have high ceilings, but are just as likely to bust.

Biggest NFL Draft sleepers: These 11 under-the-radar prospects could be huge steals on Days 2-3, led by Spencer Rattler.

Small-school steals: Keep these 14 players from FCS, HBCU and other small schools in mind as potential late-round gems.

Most likely trade scenarios: Here are nine potential scenarios for teams looking to trade up or down, with QB wild card J.J. McCarthy in the middle of all the draft buzz.

When is the NFL Draft in 2024?

  • Thursday, April 25: Round 1, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT)
  • Friday, April 26: Rounds 2-3, 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT)
  • Saturday, April 27: Rounds 4-7, noon ET (9 a.m. PT)

The 2024 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin Thursday, April 25 with the first of seven rounds. The draft continues Friday, April 26 with the second and third rounds, and it concludes Saturday, April 27 with the last four rounds.

Over the span of three days, a total of 257 NFL Draft picks will be made by the NFL’s 32 teams.

Date Rounds Start time (ET)
Thursday, April 25 Round 1 8 p.m.
Friday, April 26 Rounds 2-3 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 Rounds 4-7 Noon

How to watch 2024 NFL Draft

  • TV channels: ABC, ESPN, NFL Network (U.S.) | TSN1, TSN4 (Canada)
  • Live streams: ESPN and NFL apps | ESPN+ | Fubo | TSN+, DAZN (Canada)

The entirety of the 2024 NFL Draft will broadcast live on three different TV networks simultaneously — ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. That doesn’t include ESPN Deportes, which will present a Spanish edition of ESPN’s broadcast.

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Anybody with access to broadcast TV (even without cable) can watch the NFL Draft on ABC. All the major cable networks carry both ESPN and NFL Network.

NFL Draft live streams can also be found on multiple platforms and can be viewed on multiple devices. As for live TV streaming services, Fubo, YouTube TV, Hulu Plus Live TV, Sling TV and DirecTV Stream all carry at least one of the channels broadcasting the 2024 NFL Draft.

Viewers in Canada will be able to catch the NFL Draft on TSN. TSN will carry coverage of the first round while its affiliate, TSN4, carries coverage of Days 2 and 3 of the draft.

Round Date Start time (ET) TV channels (U.S.)
Round 1 Thursday, April 25 8 p.m. ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Rounds 2-3 Friday, April 26 7 p.m. ABC, ESPN, NFL Network
Rounds 4-7 Saturday, April 27 Noon ABC, ESPN, NFL Network

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NFL Draft rumors tracker: Keep up with the latest buzz about trades, rumors and prospects rising or falling on draft boards.

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NFL Draft pick trade value chart: How Jimmy Johnson, Rich Hill shaped the way that teams evaluate draft picks in trades.

Biggest busts in NFL Draft history: This is the one list each player in every NFL Draft class wants to avoid.

Each team’s worst NFL Draft regret: The player your favorite NFL team drafted turned out to be awful. And it looks even worse when you see who they could have gotten instead.

Biggest steals in NFL Draft history: The NFL Draft hype belongs to the first round, but the gems often surface much later.

Best Mr. Irrelevants in draft history: The NFL Draft’s final pick has produced some memorable underdog stories, most recently driven by 49ers QB Brock Purdy.

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