2024 NFL Mock Draft – Round 1 (1-16) – Charlie Campbell

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Charlie Campbell, Senior Draft Analyst
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1. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

The Bears have zeroed in on Williams for months. It will be interesting to see if he pans out in Chicago. Williams is a different personality and will face a ton of pressure in the Windy City. Shane Waldron’s offense is an interesting fit because Waldron’s protection schemes are lacking, and Williams has problems with holding the ball and fumbling. There is no doubt that Williams has a lot of talent, but don’t be surprised if the Bears don’t have the coaching staff in place to develop him.

In 2023, Williams completed 69 percent of his passes for 3,633 yards, 30 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also notched 11 rushing touchdowns. Williams (6-1, 214) possesses an excellent skill set to become a pro starter because he is an accurate passer with a strong arm. On the ground, Williams is a slippery and dangerous runner who possesses surprising speed and toughness. His greatest strength is his ability to ad lib his team into a big play. Williams is tremendous at scrambling and throwing on the run to make something out of nothing. However, Williams has a huge problem with holding the ball too long and throwing short to open receivers. He puts a lot of pressure on his offensive line, leading to him taking a lot of hits, and having way too many fumbles. Williams possesses real talent, but he needs development for the NFL.

Williams started out the 2021 season as the backup quarterback to Spencer Rattler at Oklahoma, but after Rattler struggled, Williams replaced him as the starter and put together an excellent year, completing 65 percent of his passes for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also hurt defenses on the ground with six rushing touchdowns and lots of yardage. After the 2021 season, Williams transferred to USC to follow former Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley. Williams played well for the Trojans in 2022, completing 67 percent of his passes for 4,537 yards, 42 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Click links to see the Bears' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 22

2. NFL Team Logo for Commanders Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

The new Washington regime can start fresh with its own quarterback. Considering Kliff Kingsbury was hired as the offensive coordinator, I could see the Commanders preferring Jayden Daniels over Drake Maye. I’ve heard that some in the organization prefer Maye, some like Daniels, and there are voices of support for J.J. McCarthy. New general manager Adam Peters is the deciding vote, and he seems inclined to go with Daniels.

Daniels completed 72 percent of his passes in 2023 for 3,812 yards, 40 touchdowns and four interceptions. He notched 10 rushing touchdowns as well. Daniels is a dual-threat quarterback who showed improvement as a passer throughout the 2022 season with LSU. He has a quality arm and is a dangerous runner with shocking speed. While he has plenty of room for growth, he became more consistent with pocket-passing accuracy and reading the field as he gained experience. Team sources said they feel Brian Kelly did a nice job of developing Daniels.

Daniels completed 69 percent of his passes in 2022 for 2,913 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also went for 885 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. While playing for Arizona State in 2021, Daniels completed 65 percent of his passes for 2,380 yards, 10 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was impressive in 2019, showing playmaking ability as a passer and runner while producing points for the Sun Devils, but he did not look as good in the short 2020 season.

Click links to see the Commanders' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Commanders' first second-round pick.  |  Rd: 2 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 36  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 2

3. NFL Team Logo for Patriots New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Mac Jones can be added to the expansive list of poor picks made by Bill Belichick. Without Tom Brady there to cover up the stink, Belichick’s drafting failures were exposed. The Patriots need to find a franchise quarterback. Jacoby Brissett is not a long-term starter, and I find it hard to believe that New England is going to pass on a quarterback. There are rumors of the Patriots trading down and passing on Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy, but that could be smoke to see if a team is willing to give them an insane offer. I think New England is taking Maye or McCarthy, based on what I’m hearing. If the Patriots stick and pick, they will likely take Maye to be their new franchise quarterback.

The 6-foot-4, 223-pound Maye has good size and is very accurate, especially working the middle of the field. He lofts balls well, showing touch and throwing his receivers open. On top of his passing ability, he can make some things happen with his feet and has some mobility. Maye could be a lethal pocket passer in the NFL. Some sources have said Maye could be a more athletic version of Jared Goff.

In 2023, Maye completed 63 percent of his passes for 3,608 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also notched nine rushing touchdowns. Maye exploded onto the college-football scene as a redshirt freshman, showing serious arm talent. In 2022, he completed 66 percent of his passes for 4,321 yards, 38 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Click links to see the Patriots' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Patriots' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 11

4. NFL Team Logo for Cardinals Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Arizona would like to trade down, but late on Wednesday night, there was info from team sources that the Cardinals may have made the pick too pricey for teams like the Vikings and Broncos. Arizona may not get a deal on the clock, and could end up sticking-and-picking at No. 4. I’m torn on whether to go with Harrison or Nabers, but Nabers comes with some character concerns, so that could make the Cardinals more comfortable with selecting Harrison.

In 2023, Harrison turned 67 catches into 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns. He broke out in 2022, recording 77 receptions for 1,263 yards and 14 touchdowns. The sophomore was a dynamic mismatch weapon for C.J. Stroud. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound Harrison has excellent height and length with speed to get downfield. He runs routes like a smaller receiver, and he obviously learned a lot from his Hall of Fame father. However, the younger Harrison is much bigger than his father and is more like a A.J. Green- or CeeDee Lamb-type receiver for the next level.

Click links to see the Cardinals' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 27  |  Click here to jump to the Cardinals' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 26  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 4  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 6

5. NFL Team Logo for Chargers Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

This pick is a tough to project. If new general manager Joe Hortiz is making the pick, I think he will have the Chargers go with the best player available and take Marvin Harrison Jr. or Malik Nabers. However, if Jim Harbaugh has the final say, I could see the Chargers taking Joe Alt to help establish a strong offensive line for Los Angeles. I think Harbaugh possesses the power and influence to get his guy.

Alt (6-7, 317) broke into Notre Dame’s starting lineup at left tackle as a freshman in 2021 and remained on the blind side for the rest of his college career. He started out his time with Notre Dame playing some tight end before settling in at left tackle. Alt is big with long arms, has good strength in the upper body, uses his hands well, and has good technique. Alt was consistent and productive. However, he has issues with his anchor because he is stiff and doesn’t bend well. That lack of bend will be challenging to fix given how tall Alt is, but he still is a very safe pick to be a good NFL starter.

Click here for a Joe Alt Scouting Report

Click links to see the Chargers' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Chargers' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 5  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 33

6. NFL Team Logo for Giants New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

The Giants clearly need a receiver upgrade and are in great position to land a No. 1 wideout. Between Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers and Rome Odunze, the Giants can land a mismatch weapon. I think the Giants would be thrilled to land Nabers with the sixth pick of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Nabers totaled 89 catches for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2023. While Kayshon Boutte was supposed to be LSU’s No. 1 wide receiver in 2022, Nabers outplayed him and was a steady contributor for Jayden Daniels. Nabers caught 72 passes for 1,017 yards and three touchdowns that season. He has quality size at 6-foot, 195 pounds and is very fast with awesome separation skills. Nabers has special athleticism and route-running that could make him a dynamic outside and slot receiver at the pro level.

Click links to see the Giants' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Giants' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 7  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 7

7. NFL Team Logo for Titans Tennessee Titans: J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

The Titans need better pass protection for Will Levis. Latham is a safe pick to be a solid starter for Tennessee.

The 6-foot-6, 342-pound Latham has a good skill set and a ton of upside. He did not give up a sack in 2022 and allowed very few pressures while manning right tackle. There is no doubt that Latham is a powerful athlete with the ability to generate movement at the point of attack. He makes winning blocks look easy thanks to serious strength and an ability to sustain. However, Latham is more of a right tackle than a left tackle for the NFL given his feet and movement skills. Although, some teams think Latham could move to the left side as a pro.

Click links to see the Titans' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Titans' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 6  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 32

8. NFL Team Logo for Falcons Atlanta Falcons: Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

The Falcons could use more young talent on the edge. Here’s a lightning-fast edge rusher to help hunt the quarterback.

Latu totaled 49 tackles, 13 sacks, two interceptions, two passes batted and two forced fumbles in 2023. He recorded 10.5 sacks and three forced fumbles in 2022. Latu was a dangerous quarterback hunter with the Bruins. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder has very good instincts, motor, and hand usage. He is strong, tough, and has good character. Latu started out his collegiate career with the Washington Huskies, but a neck injury forced Latu to briefly retire before he transferred to the UCLA.

Click links to see the Falcons' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Falcons' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 21

9. NFL Team Logo for Bears Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Bears needs more pass-rush talent to go with Montez Sweat, but they also could use more young receiving talent for Caleb Williams. Here is a weapon to grow with Williams and form a dangerous trio with D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen.

Odunze played well in 2023, making some clutch catches and using his size to be a weapon on the sideline. He finished the year having caught 87 passes for 1,640 yards and 13 touchdowns. With Michael Penix at quarterback in 2022, Odunze broke out for Washington, recording 75 receptions for 1,145 yards and seven touchdowns. Odunze (6-3, 212) has good size, but he could have problems separating from NFL defensive backs and will have to win on a lot of contested catches. Odunze is phenomenal at winning contested catches along the sideline as he is deadly on back-shoulder throws. Team sources also rave about Odunze being a high-character individual with a great work ethic and being an unselfish teammate.

Click links to see the Bears' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 22

10. NFL Team Logo for Jets New York Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

I’ve heard the Jets are inclined to take Brock Bowers or Rome Odunze if they can’t trade down. The Jets need more playmakers for Aaron Rodgers. Here’s a mismatch weapon.

For the NFL, Bowers is a mismatch receiver who offers quickness, exceptional route-running, great hands, and phenomenal ability after the catch. He could be a dynamic receiving weapon as a pro. When it comes to blocking, Bowers fights hard and does pretty well. However, he is undersized for the NFL and could have issues as an in-line blocker against defensive linemen as a pro. In 2023, Bowers recorded 56 receptions for 714 yards and six touchdowns. He missed some time with a high ankle sprain. Bowers was a freshman sensation for the Bulldogs in 2021 and was a huge receiving weapon in helping them win their first National Championship since 1980. Immediately, Bowers (6-3, 243) was a mismatch threat with excellent speed, athleticism, and run-after-the-catch ability. In 2021, Bowers recorded 56 receptions for 882 yards and 13 touchdowns. He totaled 63 receptions in 2022 for 942 yards and seven touchdowns.

Click links to see the Jets' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 3 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 11  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 9  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 27  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 37

11. NFL Team Logo for Vikings Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

It will be interesting to see if the Vikings move up for McCarthy. They may not need to trade up because he could easily fall to them at No. 11. Minnesota clearly needs a quarterback, and McCarthy could compete immediately with Sam Darnold for the starting job.

McCarthy completed 72 percent of his passes in 2023 for 2,991 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions. He had three rushing touchdowns as well. McCarthy put together a strong 2022 season, leading Michigan to the college football playoff and completing 65 percent of his passes for 2,719 yards, 22 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also did some damage on the ground with 306 yards and five scores. The 6-foot-3, 196-pounder has the upside to improve with experience. He has a good arm, mobility, size, and experience playing in a high-pressure environment. McCarthy lacks some passing instincts and was just a game manager in college. Some NFL team sources have compared him to Will Levis and Daniel Jones.

Click links to see the Vikings' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 1 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 8  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 29  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 22  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 12

12. NFL Team Logo for Broncos Denver Broncos: Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

I think the Broncos would prefer to trade down and then take Bo Nix, but they may not find a trading partner. Nix is a good fit for Sean Payton’s scheme, and Denver must find a long-term solution at the quarterback position for Payton.

Some NFL team sources said they thought Nix is a future starter and will go in Round 1 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Others said they believed he is more of a late first-round, or early second-round pick. Quarterbacks, however, can rise through the draft process, and Nix appears to have both interviewed and worked out well. Nix is an instinctive quarterback who is accurate, mobile, gets the ball out quickly, and knows where to go with it. While he does not have special arm talent, he shows the ability to push the ball vertically. Nix also has developed field vision to go through progressions, can recognize coverage and anticipate. Sources said they feel Nix could be productive in a variety of offenses and is not just the robotic product of a college system. From a physical-talent perspective, some team sources shared they feel Nix (6-2, 217) has a better skill set than other NFL starters like Baker Mayfield, Sam Howell and Kenny Pickett.

Nix completed 77 percent of his passes in 2023 for 4,508 yards, 45 touchdowns and three interceptions. He totaled six rushing touchdowns as well. The Auburn transfer had an ugly start to the 2022 season against Georgia, but he played better over the course of the season. In 2022, he completed 72 percent of his passes for 3,593 yards, 29 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Nix also ran for 14 touchdowns. His 2022 stat line was a big improvement in his passing production over his three seasons at Auburn.

Click here for a Bo Nix Scouting Report

Click links to see the Broncos' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 3 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 21  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 1  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 10  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 31  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 36

13. NFL Team Logo for Raiders Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

In a division with Pat Mahomes and Justin Herbert, the Raiders know they need a quarterback who can generate points and big plays with his arm. Penix is a good fit for Antonio Pierce and Luke Getsy. The big question is if GM Tom Telesco is on board with Penix being his franchise quarterback. There are some similarities between Penix and Justin Herbert in terms of experience and arm talent, so perhaps Penix is a good fit for Las Vegas. If the Raiders want Penix, I’m not sure they can wait by trying to trade up from their second-round pick to get him. I think Penix could easily go between picks No. 8-16.

In 2023, Penix completed 65 percent of his passes for 4,903 yards, 36 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He scored three rushing touchdowns as well. The former Indiana Hoosier turned in a breakout season for Washington in 2022. His previous high total of 1,645 yards in 2020 was almost tripled, as he threw for 4,641 yards while completing 65.3 percent of his passes for 31 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for four touchdowns.

The Tampa, Florida product Penix has a live arm and can fire missiles downfield. He is at his best throwing downfield outside the numbers as Penix deep ball is superb. Penix needs to improve his footwork, and field vision as he will throw into coverage constantly. The 6-foot-3, 214-pounder has some athleticism and running ability to make some things happen with his feet, but he needs development to become a more consistent passer and see the field adequately to start at the pro level. Penix’s accuracy can be inconsistent, and teams have concerns about his age alongside having already suffered two torn ACLs.

Click links to see the Raiders' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Raiders' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 12  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 13  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 32  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 9

14. NFL Team Logo for Saints New Orleans Saints: Troy Fautanu, G/OT, Washington

The Saints go with the best player available to add more protection for Derek Carr. I think Fautanu makes a lot of sense for New Orleans. If Ryan Ramczyk is unable to play, Fautanu or Trevor Penning could replace him at right tackle. If Ramczyk is able to play, Fautanu could compete to start for the Saints at left tackle or kick inside to left guard. The versatile Fautanu is a nice scheme fit for Klint Kubiak as well.

Fautanu (6-3, 317) was a very reliable and steady left tackle for Michael Penix Jr. in 2023. Fautanu became the starting left tackle in 2022 and was a consistent contributor for Washington. Multiple team sources said they like Fautanu and see him as an first-rounder for the 2024 NFL Draft. Some project him as a second-round pick with a potential move to guard because of length limitations. Others said they think Fautanu could be a first-round offensive tackle because he has 35-inch arms, similar to Rashawn Slater. Pro evaluators like Fautanu’s athleticism, but he is not real powerful and his anchor is just okay. Fautanu is viewed as very versatile with the potential to possibly start at every position on the offensive line except center.

Click links to see the Saints' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Saints' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 33  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 35  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 40  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 14  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 23  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 19

15. NFL Team Logo for Colts Indianapolis Colts: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

The Colts are a difficult team to project because they could go with a cornerback, defensive tackle, or tight end – if Brock Bowers gets to them. With Bowers off the board, Indianapolis could address the defensive line in the first round and then look to find secondary help on Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft. Murphy would be a great fit for Gus Bradley’s defense.

Murphy impressed team sources in 2023, showing the ability to defend the run and contribute to the pass rush. On the year, he totaled 29 tackles and five sacks. Murphy has good speed, functional size, and is tough at the point of attack. The 6-foot, 297-pounder is shorter and lacks some length, but he possesses some quickness and athleticism with developed strength.

Click links to see the Colts' picks across all rounds:
Click here to jump to the Colts' second-round pick.  |  Rd: 3 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 5 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 15  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 14

16. NFL Team Logo for Seahawks Seattle Seahawks: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Seattle could use offensive line talent, but there has been a lot of buzz about the team adding more cornerback talent to go with Devon Witherspoon and Riq Woolen. I’m torn between Wiggins and Quinyon Mitchell, but I lean toward Wiggins because Mitchell needs more development.

Wiggins has height to go along with serious speed and athleticism. The 6-foot-1, 173-pounder is fast and fluid to run the route and prevent separation. He needs to add some strength to tackle as a pro, but he is the most talented cover corner in the 2024 NFL Draft in terms of keeping receivers from getting open. In 2023, he recorded 28 tackles, six passes broken up, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a sack. Wiggins broke into the starting lineup in 2022 with 39 tackles, an interception and 11 passes defended.

Click links to see the Seahawks' picks across all rounds:
Rd: 3 Pk: 17  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 2  |  Rd: 4 Pk: 18  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 3  |  Rd: 6 Pk: 16  |  Rd: 7 Pk: 15