2024 NFL Draft Goals – Picks 17-32

Posted April 19, 2024.
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What does every team need to accomplish in the 2024 NFL Draft? We’ll look at each team’s goals on this page, as well as possible selections for each squad. Also see how the goals are being addressed in the 2024 NFL Mock Draft (will be updated tomorrow).

Back to 2024 NFL Draft Goals: Picks 1-16.
  1. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars:
    The Jaguars had a miserable pass defense last year, which absolutely must be addressed with the improved quarterback situation of the teams in the AFC South. Adding more protection for Trevor Lawrence will be crucial as well.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    17. Terrion Arnold, CB
    48. Cooper Beebe, G
    96. Brandon Dorlus, DT
    114. Marcellas Dial, CB
    116. Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB

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  2. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals:
    It seems like an annual requirement for the Bengals to improve their offensive line, but that’s the case yet again. Joe Burrow is not protected well, so that must change. The Bengals must also address their secondary, which lost plenty of talent recently, and defensive tackle because of the D.J. Reader departure.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    18. Taliese Fuaga, OT/G
    49. Kamren Kinchens, S
    80. T’Vondre Sweat, NT
    97. Matt Goncalves, OT
    115. Nathaniel Watson, DE/OLB

  3. Los Angeles Rams Los Angeles Rams:
    The Rams did a fine job of fixing their secondary in free agency, so they’re free to focus on the rest of the defense. Their front seven needs to be re-worked, especially in the wake of Aaron Donald’s retirement. Finding a potential successor for Matthew Stafford wouldn’t be the worst idea either.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    19. Byron Murphy, DT
    52. Edgerrin Cooper, LB
    83. Adisa Isaac, DE
    99. Spencer Rattler, QB

  4. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers:
    The Steelers have two new quarterbacks, so to make sure one of them succeeds, they’ll need to beef up the offensive line. Two new blockers will be needed. The Steelers will also have to find at least one new receiver for their new signal-callers in the wake of the Diontae Johnson trade.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    20. Taliese Fuaga, G/OT
    51. Ladd McConkey, WR
    84. Malachi Corley, WR
    98. Sedrick Van Pran, C
    119. T.J. Tampa, CB

  5. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins:
    The Dolphins have just two picks in the top 150, so they’ll need to trade down to acquire more resources. These resources will have to be used to strengthen the trenches on both sides of the ball. Miami lost so much pass-rushing talent this offseason, while the blocking continues to be a problem.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    25. Laiatu Latu, DE
    55. Cooper Beebe, G
    126. T.J. Tampa, CB

  6. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles:
    The Eagles had one of the worst pass defenses last year. They signed Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, but need much more to bolster their secondary. They’ll also need to focus on acquiring another receiver, some blocking depth, and another defensive lineman.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    22. Terrion Arnold, CB
    50. Ladd McConkey, WR
    53. Javon Bullard, CB/S
    120. Christian Haynes, G

  7. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns:
    With no picks in the first or fourth rounds, the Browns would do well to trade down from their first pick, which is at No. 54. Cleveland has to focus on upgrading the defense, which improved last year with some short-term solutions. Better players for the long term are needed.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    63. Jonah Elliss, DE
    85. Maason Smith, DT
    135. Junior Colson, LB

  8. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys:
    The Cowboys’ top priority is finding a left tackle in the wake of Tyron Smith’s departure for the Jets. They also have some other glaring holes, including receiver (No. 2 option across from CeeDee Lamb), defensive tackle, and linebacker. Dallas also needs a new running back with Tony Pollard now in Tennessee.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    24. Troy Fautanu, OT/G
    56. Trey Benson, RB
    87. Edgerrin Cooper, LB

  9. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers:
    The Packers have a young offense that will continue to grow as the players gel. The defense, on the other hand, needs some upgrades. The secondary and the defensive line, in particular, must be bolstered. With extra picks, the Packers can move up for a stud defensive back.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    16. Terrion Arnold, CB
    41. Chop Robinson, DE/OLB
    88. Calen Bullock, S
    91. Blake Corum, RB
    126. Kalen King, CB

  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    The Buccaneers reached the second round of the playoffs last year, but have a lot of work to do to reach that plateau again. Offensive line upgrades must be made, while the defense needs to be completely re-worked. The secondary, in particular, is problematic. Tampa Bay also needs to find a young receiver to eventually replace Mike Evans and/or Chris Godwin.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    26. Amarius Mims, OT
    57. Ricky Pearsall, WR
    89. Ennis Rakestraw, CB
    92. Adisa Isaac, DE
    125. Jeremiah Trotter Jr., LB

  11. Houston Texans NFL Draft 2024 Houston Texans:
    The Texans reached the second round of the playoffs last year before anyone expected. Now with Stefon Diggs, Houston is expected to take the next step. To do that, the team will have to find upgrades in the trenches on both sides of the ball. Finding some more talent for the secondary will be crucial as well.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    42. Graham Barton, G
    59. Michael Hall, DT
    86. Tyler Nubin, S
    123. Ro Torrence, CB
    127. Jackson Sirmon, LB

  12. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills:
    The Bills lost their top two receivers this offseason, so they need to find a new No. 1 target for Josh Allen in order to compete with the other top teams in the AFC. With extra picks, the front office can make that happen. Buffalo also has to find some more talent defensively to compensate for some departures this offseason.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    24. Brian Thomas Jr., WR
    60. Kris Jenkins, DT
    133. Calean Carson, CB

  13. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions:
    Detroit’s biggest weakness last year was stopping the pass. More talent needs to be added to the secondary. Outside of that, the Lions have some small upgrades to make at receiver, guard, and defensive tackle.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    29. Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB
    61. Layden Robinson, G
    73. Max Melton, CB

  14. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens:
    The Ravens often draft a talented player who inexplicably falls to them. If that doesn’t happen again, Baltimore will instead have to focus on the offensive line after losing three blockers to free agency this offseason. The Ravens also lost Patrick Queen and some receivers, so replacements will be needed.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    30. Tyler Guyton, OT
    62. Ladd McConkey, WR
    93. Zak Zinter, G
    130. James Williams, LB

  15. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers:
    Outside of Trent Williams, the 49ers did not have great blocking last year. They’ll have to focus on finding a couple of offensive linemen to help Brock Purdy next year. The secondary and receiving corps must be addressed as well. Of course, the defensive line won’t be neglected, as the 49ers love bolstering their pass rush each draft.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    31. Amarius Mims, OT
    63. Marshawn Kneeland, DE
    94. Tanor Bortolini, G/C
    124. Brenden Rice, WR
    132. Marcellas Dial, CB
    135. Junior Colson, LB

  16. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs:
    Wide receiver was a huge weakness for the Chiefs last year. They signed Marquise Brown, but with Rashee Rice facing a possible suspension, the position must still be addressed. The offensive line must be upgraded as well, and finding a replacement for Travis Kelce in the near future must be considered, too.

    Ideal 2024 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    32. Adonai Mitchell, WR
    64. Cooper Beebe, G
    95. Tez Walker, WR
    131. A.J. Barner, TE

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