2024 Backward NFL Mock Draft

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Last update: Sunday, April 14, 2023.

This is our 15th-annual backward mock draft. It’s what it sounds like: What would the 2023 NFL Draft look like if the order were reversed? Who would the Chiefs take with the first pick? My annual Backward NFL Mock Draft is listed below.

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  1. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State Ohio State
    Caleb Williams would not be the first-overall pick if the 2024 NFL Draft order were reversed. Well, he wouldn’t be prior to any trades. You’d have to think that the Chiefs would trade this pick to the highest bidder, but let’s assume there are no trades in this cruel alternate universe in which the best teams pick first. In that reality, Kansas City would finally fix its receiver woes by selecting either Marvin Harrison Jr. or Malik Nabers.

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  2. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers: Caleb Williams, QB, USC USC
    This is interesting. Would the 49ers keep Brock Purdy and draft either Malik Nabers or Joe Alt, or would they attempt to land another franchise quarterback? After thinking about it, I believe they would explore the latter appoach. Purdy has been great, but there’s no question that Williams is way more talented. Also, Williams would have two more years on his rookie deal, which is extremely valuable. By taking Williams, the 49ers would be able to trade Purdy.

  3. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU LSU
    Zay Flowers had an excellent rookie season, but it’s fair to question if he’ll ever be a true No. 1 receiver. We know Malik Nabers has a great chance to be one for a very long time, so Baltimore could select him to replace another former LSU receiver.

  4. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU LSU
    This is similar to the 49ers pick. Jared Goff has been superb for Detroit, but could the Lions really pass up on a young franchise quarterback if given the opportunity to draft one? Having Jayden Daniels on a rookie deal would allow the Lions to add even more great talent to their roster for the next half decade.

  5. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington Washington
    I’m sure the Bills would love to trade up to obtain Rome Odunze. In a world where the best teams draft first, they wouldn’t have to do so. Rome Odunze would be a great cure for Buffalo’s woes at receiver in the wake of the Stefon Diggs trade.

  6. Houston Texans NFL Draft 2024 Arizona Cardinals: Dallas Turner, DE, Alabama Alabama
    With the top three receivers off the board, the Cardinals will have to look in a different direction. They want to address their lackluster edge rush as well, and they could do so with the top defensive player in this class.

  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina North Carolina
    The Buccaneers re-signed Baker Mayfield, but only because they knew a potential franchise quarterback was way out of reach at No. 26. That’s not true in this reverse order. Tampa Bay would love to land Drake Maye in real life, but that’s not possible.

  8. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame Notre Dame
    The Packers lost David Bakhtiari early last season, and he’s now gone for good. They would jump at the opportunity to obtain someone as talented as Joe Alt to man No Cookie Jordan’s Love blind side.

  9. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: J.C. Latham, OT/G, Alabama Alabama
    Dak Prescott needs more help. The Cowboys could stand to add a better No. 2 receiver to pair with CeeDee Lamb. They also need a new left tackle in the wake of Tyron Smith’s departure. J.C. Latham is the best player available in those two areas.

  10. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan Michigan
    The Vikings may have to trade up to as high as No. 4 to land J.J. McCarthy. In this scenario, Minnesota doesn’t have to do anything, as it can obtain the Michigan quarterback with the selection it acquired from Houston.

  11. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia Georgia
    The Eagles love their Georgia players. I doubt they could resist Brock Bowers if he were available. Yes, Dallas Goedert is on the team, but the Eagles could run some great two-tight end sets with the pair of play-makers.

  12. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Byron Murphy, DT, Texas Texas
    The Dolphins lost Christian Wilkins this offseason, so they’ll have to replace him. Byron Murphy would be a great candidate to do that, but he almost certainly won’t be available for the Dolphins at No. 21 in real life.

  13. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Talies Fuaga, OT/G, Oregon State Oregon State
    The Steelers are desperate for offensive line help. They could still snag Jackson Powers-Johnson in this backward version, but Talies Fuaga could intrigue them more.

  14. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams: Jared Verse, DE, Florida State Florida State
    The Rams can stand to improve their pass rush. Jared Verse would work. He might be available for the Rams in the middle of the first round, but they’d have a better chance of snagging him with this pick.

  15. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State Penn State
    This is the first of a few identical picks, but is bound to happen in the midway point of a backward mock draft. The Bengals continue to have offensive line issues. Jonah Williams has left for the Cardinals and will need to be replaced.

  16. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama Alabama
    The Jaguars have a big weakness at cornerback. They were terrible versus the pass last year, so an upgrade at the position would obviously go a long way in fixing the problem.


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