2024 NFL Free Agent Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

Posted March 7, 2024.

I’ve done this the past 13 years, and I thought it would be fun to do it again. It’s exactly what it sounds like – if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I’ve excluded all the free agents who are either restricted or previously franchised prior to the published date.

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2024 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 1-16

17. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars: Grover Stewart, DT, Colts. Age: 30.

The Jaguars really need to strengthen their defense. They can do that with this pick, all while poaching a talented player from one of the divisional rivals.

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18. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Whitehead, S, Jets. Age: 27.

Here’s another team that needs a safety. The Bengals really missed Jessie Bates this past season, so here’s a viable replacement for him.

19. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams: Josey Jewell, ILB, Broncos. Age: 29.

The Rams had a better defense than anticipated last year, but they still had some problems at linebacker that must be addressed this offseason.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers: Tyler Biadasz, C, Cowboys. Age: 26.

The Steelers thought they were getting a solution to their center woes when they signed Mason Cole, but they just cut him in the wake of his disappointing play.

21. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins: Lloyd Cushenberry, C, Broncos. Age: 26.

There’s a chance that the Dolphins will have just one returning offensive linemen in 2024. They’ll need to remedy this area, or Tua Tagovailoa will get crushed during the regular season.

22. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles: DeShon Elliott, S, Dolphins. Age: 27.

The Eagles allowed Drew Lock and Sam Howell to look like Joe Montana and John Elway last year. Their pass defense was horrendous, so it’d be shocking if they didn’t use this pick to fix that.

23. Houston Texans Houston Texans: Chase Young, DE, 49ers. Age: 25.

The Texans lost Jonathan Greenard in this scenario, so they’re definitely going to have interest in another pass rusher. Chase Young has been a disappointment thus far, but he has so much potential.

24. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys: Josh Jacobs, RB, Raiders. Age: 26.

Tony Pollard was a huge disappointment last year, so the Cowboys will be looking for a new running back this offseason. I have them drafting Trey Benson in Round 2 in my 2024 NFL Mock Draft, but they could also sign Josh Jacobs.

25. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers: D.J. Reader, DT, Bengals. Age: 30.

The Packers have been terrible against the run for years, so here’s a big run stuffer to help them finally fix that liability.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Lions. Age: 26.

The Buccaneers had a horrendous pass defense last year, so a versatile defensive back like Chauncey Gardner-Johnson would provide a huge boost.

27. Houston Texans NFL Draft 2024 Arizona Cardinals: Andre James, C, Raiders. Age: 27.

The Cardinals drafted Paris Johnson last year, but it shouldn’t surprise anyone if they go after another offensive lineman with this pick. They need to make sure that Kyler Murray can last an entire season for once.

28. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills: Alohi Gilman, S, Chargers. Age: 26.

The Bills already replaced one aging safety (Jordan Poyer) with a young player at the position in Taylor Rapp. They could do the same thing here with replacing Micah Hyde.

29. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions: Darnell Savage, S, Packers. Age: 27.

The Lions were much weaker to the pass than the run, so they could use a play-maker in their secondary to help change that.

30. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens: Lavonte David, ILB, Buccaneers. Age: 34.

The Ravens lost Patrick Queen in this free agency mock draft, so here’s a replacement linebacker. Lavonte David is old, but still should have another strong year or two remaining in the tank.

31. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers: Tyron Smith, OT, Cowboys. Age: 33.

Trent Williams and Tyron Smith as the two tackles almost seems unfair. If Smith can remain healthy for a change, San Francisco would have an incredible tackle tandem.

32. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs: Kenny Moore, CB, Colts. Age: 29.

Cornerback is a possibility for the Chiefs in the first round, as Charlie Campbell wrote in the NFL Hot Press. L’Jarius Sneed was franchised, but is expected to be traded.

 



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