2024 Backward NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

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  1. Seattle Seahawks NFL Draft 2024 Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, G/OT, Washington Washington
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  2. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson Clemson
    The Colts need cornerback help to combat all the firepower the Jaguars and Texans have at receiver. Terrion Arnold is off the board, but Nate Wiggins is almost as good of a prospect.

  3. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints: Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA UCLA
    The Saints wanted Myles Murphy in the 2023 NFL Draft, so they could draft a talented edge rusher to help the mediocre pass rush. Laiatu Lata is a bit early at No. 14, but he’s better at No. 19.

  4. Las Vegas Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington Washington
    Here’s duplicate pick No. 2. I think the Raiders could easily draft Michael Penix at No. 13, so they’d jump at the opportunity at No. 20.

  5. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon Oregon
    And here’s duplicate pick No. 3. The Broncos seem to be favored to select Bo Nix at No. 12, so I’m sure they’d love to secure him with the 21st-overall pick of the draft.

  6. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings: Kris Jenkins Jr., DT, Michigan Michigan
    The Vikings have shown so much interest in defensive tackles during the pre-draft process. They love Byron Murphy, but can’t draft him because of their huge need for a quarterback.

  7. New York Jets New York Jets: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU LSU
    The Jets are no longer locked into a tackle at No. 10 overall in the wake of the Tyron Smith signing. They can afford to go best player available, which in this case is a wide receiver. This is still an area of need because Mike Williams is coming off a torn ACL. Brian Thomas is someone the Jets could draft in real life if they trade down.

  8. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears: Jackson Powers-Johnson, C, Oregon Oregon
    The ninth pick is too early for a center, but the Bears could make this selection in reverse order. I doubt they want Ryan Bates starting for them.

  9. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia Georgia
    The Falcons would reach if they selected a cornerback at No. 8, but as with the Bears and the center pick, it makes sense in reverse order. Atlanta is desperate for a boost across from A.J. Terrell.

  10. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma Oklahoma
    Tyler Guyton is no Joe Alt, but the Titans would draft him in this scenario to finally replace Taylor Lewan.

  11. New York Giants New York Giants: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas Texas
    The Giants have absolutely nothing at receiver, so this is a position they could easily address at No. 6, especially if one of Malik Nabers or Marvin Harrison Jr. were to fall to them.

  12. Los Angeles Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas Texas
    The Chargers lost their top two receivers, so they’re favored to address that position in Round 1, no matter what the order of picks is.

  13. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama Alabama
    The Cardinals would once again be in a position to reach for a receiver if they decided to go with that position. So, for the second time in this backward mock, they’re addressing another big need.

  14. New England Patriots New England Patriots: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia Georgia
    The Patriots have a miserable offense, so they’re in a position where they would be wise to select the best offensive player available. That would almost certainly be one of the tackles.

  15. Washington Redskins Washington Redskins: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona Arizona
    Like the Patriots, the Redskins have a sluggish offense that needs help in most places. One such area is left tackle, which can be addressed with this pick.

  16. Carolina Panthers Chicago Bears: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois Illinois
    The backward mock usually has duplicate picks at the end because teams with the real top picks are drafting at the beginning of the second round. That’s not the case for the Bears, who don’t have a second-round selection. Chicago could stand to beef up their defensive line in this scenario. See what I have them doing in my 2024 NFL Mock Draft.





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