2024 NFL Mock Draft: Buccaneers and Commanders Trade up for Caleb Williams, Drake Maye

There is a lot to play out before we get to the 2024 NFL Draft as we approach the college football season. From this far out, the 2024 draft looks to have some top-tier talent. While early mock drafts are impossible to be 100% accurate, it’s a great way to explore players and team fits. Where do these talented prospects potentially fit in the 2024 NFL Draft?

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Latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft

With two mega trades involving both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Commanders moving up to select their quarterbacks of the future, here is the latest 2024 NFL Mock Draft using the PFN Mock Draft Simulator. The draft order is set using reverse Super Bowl odds.

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (From ARI): Caleb Williams, QB, USC

If the Arizona Cardinals are set on Kyler Murray moving forward and want to pass on resetting the quarterback clock, then they will be able to get a king’s ransom in the trade market. While it will cost a team a lot to move up, for the Cardinals, what they can achieve over the 2023/2024 draft cycles would set them up with the ammunition to acquire young, star talent.

For the Buccaneers, Baker Mayfield or Kyle Trask are unlikely to be the answer. To move up the board from No. 7 to No. 1 and win the Caleb Williams sweepstakes would be a coup and would allow them to move forward with a potentially generational QB talent. Williams has undefendable creativity and the undeniable talent to slot in as one of NFL’s future best QBs.

2) Arizona Cardinals (From HOU): Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

For Arizona to come away from the top of the 2024 NFL Draft with a future superstar in Marvin Harrison Jr. and a boatload of future capital would be excellent business.

Harrison is the top prospect on Ian Cumming’s Top 50 Big Board and is being labeled the best player in college football. On his podcast, Joe Klatt said Harrison is “the best WR I’ve seen in college football since Randy Moss.” At 6’4” and 205 pounds, Harrison is a blue-chip player with the talent and ability to take the NFL by storm in a similar way to Ja’Marr Chase.

3) Washington Commanders (From IND): Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

With new ownership usually comes a new front office. If the season doesn’t work out with Sam Howell under center, then Ron Rivera could well be out of a job, and the Commanders will likely be looking to make a splash in the pursuit of their future QB.

After finding a willing trade partner with the Colts to move up to No. 3, the move would signal aggressive intent from Josh Harris and the new ownership in Washington.

Drake Maye is only scratching the surface of his potential. Displaying great athleticism, mechanics, and motion, as well as NFL-caliber arm talent, Maye has the traits that the NFL will fall in love with. If he’s going to challenge Williams for QB1 then Maye will have to develop his footwork and become more consistent in his accuracy, but his growth potential should see him selected early.

4) Tennessee Titans: Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

After a breakout season in 2022, Olumuyiwa Fashanu could well have been a top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Instead, he’s returning for his junior season.

An incredibly gifted, dominant tackle, Fashanu displays all the physicality, athleticism, and agility to be a stalwart NFL tackle. Fashanu is on course to be the top tackle in what looks like a solid offensive tackle class, and ESPN Draft Analyst Jordan Reid has even claimed that Fashanu is in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick.

5) Chicago Bears (From CAR): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Through early scouting, there looks to be a number of premier, blue-chip prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft class, and Jared Verse is another. The speedy edge rusher could have declared for the 2023 NFL Draft but is returning to FSU.

Verse plays with a special pass-rush plan and uses his explosive speed, flexibility, and twitch athleticism to get after quarterbacks. With nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss in 2022, Verse has the traits to be a top-10 pick.

6) Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

It feels like the Falcons have been searching for a pass rusher who will provide double-digit sacks forever. Alabama EDGE Dallas Turner may not be in the same tier as his former teammate Will Anderson Jr., but he has the ability to take a step up in Anderson’s absence and become one of the top prospects at his position.

Turner is an aggressive rusher who uses speed and natural flexibility to get after the passer. He has instant explosiveness, which shows as a stand-up rusher, and his football IQ and variety of pass-rush moves offer exciting upside at the next level.

7) Arizona Cardinals (From TB): Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

After trading down with the Bucs, the Cardinals are able to select one of the premier offensive tackles in the 2024 NFL Draft. While Fashanu is the leader in the clubhouse when it comes to being OT1, it’s a closer contest than many are giving credit to.

At 6’8” and 315 pounds, Joe Alt is a huge specimen. His intelligence pops on film, his movement skills are agile, and he has strong, quick hands to deal with a variety of different rushing techniques. While he may not be as good a pure athlete as other tackles in this class, Alt is not a bad athlete by any means. And makes up for it with consistent, physical and resourceful performance.

8) Indianapolis Colts (From WAS): JT Tuimoloau, EDGE, Ohio State

JT Tuimoloau combines size, speed, and strength, which is instantly translatable to the NFL. At 6’4” and 277 pounds, Tuimoloau has an NFL-ready frame. However, he needs to develop his pass-rush plan and become more refined.

You can see all the talent, traits, and potential. If it all comes together, then Tuimoloau has all the ability to grow into a top-10 selection with enormous upside.

9) New England Patriots: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

It’s not very often that the NFL Draft produces tight end prospects worthy of the top 10 (only five selections in the last two decades). Yet, Brock Bowers is a prospect who exceeds any superlative.

With Hunter Henry and Mike Gesicki scheduled to be free agents at the end of the 2023 season, Bowers is the perfect fit for the Patriots. With 1,824 yards and 20 touchdowns on 119 catches in his first two seasons, Bowers would add a much-needed dynamic receiving threat in New England.

10) Los Angeles Rams: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

The cornerback position will be one of massive need for Los Angeles when the 2024 NFL Draft rolls around. After having traded Jalen Ramsey to the Dolphins, the Rams are lacking star quality.

Enter Kool-Aid McKinstry, who is the early favorite to be the first corner off the board. With explosive speed, flexible hips, and incredible range, McKinstry could be LA’s new CB star.

11) Green Bay Packers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims may not have seen the field much at Georgia, but he’s shown immense potential and should develop his draft stock into first-round discussion. Mims has the size and physical traits to slot into the NFL while displaying shifty movement skills. He has punchy counter moves and puts together an impressive power game.

Mims will need to become more polished over the 2023 season, especially with his hand usage and balance, but he has the tools to move up draft boards through the season. With more playing time, Mims could follow the trajectory of fellow Bulldog, Broderick Jones, in entering the top-15 discussion.

12) Chicago Bears: Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State

Adding DJ Moore to the Bears’ roster as part of the deal to send the No. 1 pick to Carolina was great business. But Chicago still lacks something from their receiving corps to help build around Justin Fields.

Emeka Egbuka’s explosive, aggressive play style will complement the Bears perfectly. With a high motor, great physicality, and smooth route running, Egbuka can instantly produce in the NFL.

13) Pittsburgh Steelers: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Cooper DeJean is one of the best ball-playing corners in the 2024 NFL Draft. DeJean displays incredible ball skills and ball tracking, leading to five interceptions last year. At 6’1” and 209 pounds, DeJean plays with good control and balance while displaying the flexibility and technique to be a shutdown corner.

With a potential out in Patrick Peterson’s contract ahead of the 2024 season, the Steelers would be wise to again look at this CB class, having drafted Joey Porter Jr. with the 32nd pick of the 2023 NFL Draft.

14) Minnesota Vikings: Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas

Kirk Cousins is set to hit free agency at the end of the season, with the Vikings choosing not to extend his contract beyond 2023. Drafting Quinn Ewers would be a different direction for Minnesota. An athletic player with creative instincts, Ewers has a lively arm that can hit anywhere on the field, and his ability to throw from different angles generates exciting plays.

But for Ewers to be a first-round pick, he’s going to have to show big developments in his footwork and mechanics. Ewers’ footwork can feel rushed and unnecessary, while his unconventional throwing motion doesn’t generate the accuracy the NFL needs. However, if Ewers can fix some of these fundamentals, a player with great potential is waiting to be unlocked.

15) Las Vegas Raiders: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Moving to left tackle for the 2023 season, JC Latham is a physically gifted tackle that plays with aggression and brutality. Latham shows burst and acceleration in the pass and run games and packs a powerful punch to create leverage.

Latham is also versatile, having played RT in 2022, so he also has the positional flexibility to replace Jermaine Eluemunor and give the Raiders a pair of bookend tackles.

16) Houston Texans (From CLE): Maason Smith, DT, LSU

DeMeco Ryans will want the Texans to become more physical up front. Step up, Maason Smith.

Smith is a colossus in the trenches. With pure, dominant strength, he was a Bruce Feldman’s Freak’s List member in 2022, where he was called “one of the most gifted players in college football.” Reportedly, Smith hit 19.5 mph and has an 11-foot vertical jump — all this at 6’5” and 200 pounds.

With his insane power and explosive burst, Smith could thrive under Ryans’s tutelage. After tearing his ACL at the start of the 2022 season, he’ll have to show he can get back to his 2021 form. With four sacks and five TFLs as a true freshman, Smith showed an abundance of promise.

17) Denver Broncos: Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington

The Broncos’ pass rush is starved of talent in 2023, and it has been made even more sparse after Eyioma Uwazurike’s indefinite suspension due to gambling policy violations.

At 6’4” and 260 pounds, Bralen Trice has commanding strength and explosive urgency. With 10 sacks in 2022, Trice has displayed a relentless motor, while his aggression, burst, and length make him a physical tackler.

18) Los Angeles Chargers: Kalen King, CB, Penn State

On paper, the Chargers’ secondary looks promising. However, Michael Davis’ contract expires after the 2023 season, and there are still question marks over how J.C. Jackson will play going forward.

Kalen King is an effective cover corner who had three interceptions in 2022. With outstanding ball skills, King has the length, agility, and acceleration to stick with shifty receivers. If he can cut out some of the unnecessary penalties and improve his physicality, then he’ll be a first-round corner.

19) Seattle Seahawks: Barrett Carter, LB, Clemson

Despite bringing in Bobby Wagner and Devin Bush, the Seahawks need a long-term answer at linebacker. Barrett Carter is a super athletic prospect who fits what Seattle looks for in draft prospects.

He’s a super athletic linebacker with the versatility to do everything from the position. Carter’s sideline-to-sideline speed gives him incredible range, while his physicality makes him a perfect fit as a Will LB.

20) New York Giants: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Wide receiver was a trendy pick for the Giants during the 2023 NFL Draft cycle, and it’s set to be again in 2024. New York attacked the position during the 2023 offseason, but it doesn’t appear that they’ve found their true outside receiving threat.

At 6’3” and 201 pounds, Rome Odunze is exactly that. A contested-catch conqueror who has field-stretching ability, Odunze will provide Daniel Jones with a WR1.

21) New Orleans Saints: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

The New Orleans Saints hit it out of the park with their selection of Chris Olave in the 2022 NFL Draft. And in 2024, Malik Nabers would be a great partner to him for Derek Carr to throw to. A crisp route runner who is elusive, Nabers shows the explosive speed, twitchiness, and vision to be a big-play threat in the NFL.

22) Miami Dolphins: Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

The importance of the Dolphins protecting Tua Tagovailoa’s blindside goes without saying, and Austin Jackson hasn’t shown anywhere near enough to think he can be the future.

Kingsley Suamataia is a hulking tackle with exceptional athleticism and mobility at 6’6” and 315 pounds. Suamataia uses his length to his advantage, and his hand placement and physicality make him one of the most effective OTs in the 2024 draft class. Suamataia has been playing RT at BYU but looks set to move over to left tackle for the 2023 season.

23) Jacksonville Jaguars: Denzel Burke, CB, Ohio State

Jacksonville doesn’t have a great deal of CB depth, and they’re going to have to deal with contracts for starters Tyson Campbell and Darious Williams next season. Denzel Burke combines great ball skills, flexibility, and speed to be a future CB1.

24) Baltimore Ravens: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Jer’Zhan Newton combines strength with speed and is one of the top interior defensive linemen eligible for the 2024 NFL Draft. Newton shows accurate hand placement and imposing power, leading to 5.5 sacks and 14 TFLs in 2022. With a “never give up” attitude, Newton will fit right in as a Raven.

25) Detriot Lions: Jason Marshall Jr., CB, Florida

The Lions may have put a band-aid over the cornerback room for the 2023 season, but they must do more in order to address the future.

Jason Marshall Jr. is an instinctive corner who thrives when working the sidelines. With toughness, fluid hip movement, and impressive length, Marshall can make an impression on the 2024 CB group, especially if he can improve his tackling and show more ball production in 2023.

26) Green Bay Packers (From NYJ): Andrew Mukuba, S, Clemson

This pick will belong to the Packers if Aaron Rodgers meets the threshold of playing 65% of snaps during the 2023 season for the Jets, which is likely if he avoids injury.

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The safety position looks baron after the 2023 season, and Andrew Mukuba is a projected first-round safety who fits with Green Bay. An extremely versatile safety, Mukuba can line up across the Packers’ secondary. He uses his great athletic profile to track the ball and stick with routes fluidly, but he also has the power and physicality to succeed in run support.

27) Dallas Cowboys: Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

While the Cowboys have core players on the offensive line, they still have some sorting out to do. It hasn’t been made easier by Zack Martin holding out from training camp.

Troy Fautanu is a college tackle that projects best at guard, as explained by Senior Bowl Director Jim Nagy. That would allow Tyler Smith to kick outside. Fautanu displays quick hands and footwork with shifty mobility while retaining overwhelming power.

28) Buffalo Bills: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT, Clemson

With expiring contracts in their interior defensive line, it’s likely Buffalo will need to address the position next offseason. Ruke Orhorhoro has elite explosiveness at 6’4” and 303 pounds, and his ability to convert speed to power makes him dominant penetrating through the middle. With all the tools, if Orhorhoro can continue his trajectory, he has the potential to be one of the top DT prospects.

29) Cincinnati Bengals: Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

At 6’1” and 163 pounds, Xavier Worthy isn’t your typical first-round receiver. But he’s an elusive and fiery playmaker who’s a big play waiting to happen. With Tyler Boyd out of contract after 2023, Worthy could be the future of the slot position in Cincinnati.

30) Philadelphia Eagles: Jack Sawyer, EDGE, Ohio State

The Eagles always attack the trenches with their first-round picks. They did the same in 2023 by drafting Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith, but we know that GM Howie Roseman can never load up on enough defensive linemen.

Jack Sawyer has a powerful bull rush and deploys great toughness and physicality. He uses his size and core strength to create leverage, and with an increased role in 2023, Sawyer is an edge rusher who could rocket up draft boards.

31) San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona

The 49ers don’t have much depth at tackle, and after losing Mike McGlinchey in free agency, San Francisco heads into the 2023 season with Colton McKivitz as their slated starting RT.

Jordan Morgan is an exceptional run blocker and would fit the Kyle Shanahan scheme perfectly. A nasty finisher, Morgan displays intense physicality and fluid footwork while being smooth and composed in pass protection.

32) Kansas City Chiefs: Tyleik Williams, DT, Ohio State

Outside of Chris Jones, the Chiefs don’t have much to offer on the interior of the defensive line after the 2023 season. Tyleik Williams is a versatile defensive lineman who can attack from multiple different alignments. He has elite initial burst, and at 6’3” and 320 pounds, Williams boasts a 10-yard split of 1.62 seconds and a Freak’s List membership.

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