2024 NFL Mock Draft from ex-NFL GM, 2-time Super Bowl champ: Bills find Stefon Diggs replacement and more

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USC

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PAYDS

3633

RUYDS

121

INTS

5

TDS

41

Ryan Wilson — Unlike last year, the Bears aren’t trading down. Chicago selects Caleb Williams.

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LSU

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PAYDS

3812

RUYDS

1134

INTS

4

TDS

50

Bryant McFadden — Washington has rarely gotten the QB position right over the past few decades, but that could change by selecting the Heisman Trophy winner.

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North Carolina

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PAYDS

3608

RUYDS

449

INTS

9

TDS

33

Rick Spielman — This is a no-brainer for the former longtime Vikings GM. “This kid is big, he is athletic, he can make all the necessary throws, he has tremendous arm talent. I think he’s a great leader. … This year, he probably did too much, forcing too many throws into coverage, which resulted in interceptions, but I think this kid is a perfect fit for (new Patriots OC) Alex Van Pelt’s offense.”

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Michigan

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 202 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

PAYDS

2991

RUYDS

202

INTS

4

TDS

25

Ryan Wilson — The Vikings trade up to select J.J. McCarthy, marking the first time in NFL history QBs were taken with the first four picks of the draft. Bryant McFadden doesn’t necessarily agree. “I like J.J. McCarthy, guys, I really do. But I think this is a spot for J.J. where he’s kind of being overdrafted.”

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

REC

67

REYDS

1211

YDS/REC

18.1

TDS

15

Bryant McFadden — Jim Harbaugh said that having the No. 5 pick is basically like picking first for a team who doesn’t need a QB, and that’s how it shakes out in this mock draft. The Chargers, after unloading Keenan Allen and Mike Williams this offseason, get one of the best WR prospects in recent memory in Marvin Harrison Jr.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

REC

89

REYDS

1569

YDS/REC

17.6

TDS

14

Rick Spielman — The Giants addressed their offensive line in free agency and, in Rick’s words, “stole” Brian Burns from the Panthers via trade. Still, they need playmakers, and Nabers is “the most explosive player with the ball in his hands after the catch (in this class), probably the fastest receiver up in this area, so he’s going to bring an instant impact and big-play ability to the New York Giants offense.”

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Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 322 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Ryan Wilson — This was a no-brainer with the first six picks being QBs and WRs. Joe Alt pairs with last year’s first round pick, guard Peter Skoronski, along the Titans offensive line. “Joe Alt is taller than many trees you might see outside, he moves well in space, he’s a pretty good athlete. … I love this pick, and so does Will Levis.”

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Florida State

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Bryant McFadden — This is his No. 1 edge rusher in the class, and here’s why: “He’s a do-it-all defensive player. We know he can rush the passer and put pressure on opposing quarterbacks, but his ability to be stout against the run is huge, especially when you’re talking about being a difference-maker in the National Football League.”

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 252 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

Rick Spielman — The Bears could look WR here, but they really need an edge rusher opposite Montez Sweat. That’s why Dallas Turner is the pick. “I think he has as quick of a first-step as (fellow former Alabama edge rusher) Will Anderson Jr. … He can also drop into coverage, but this guy is going to make his money rushing the passer.”

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

3rd

REC

92

REYDS

1640

YDS/REC

17.8

TDS

15

Ryan Wilson: Instead of taking one of the top offensive tackles to protect Aaron Rodgers, Wilson has the Jets going with Rome Odunze. Bryant McFadden loves the former Washington standout. “He’s pro ready. When you talk about his measurables, I was really excited to see Rome run in the 4.4s in Indy (at the combine). That was the only concern I had regrading his ability to be a huge, impactful player. … Sure-handed guy, smooth route-runner as well. Just his ability to create separation, at the top of the route, is very, very important because often times, that’s where receivers win when you’re playing against the best in the National Football League.”

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Toledo

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

1st

Bryant McFadden — The Cardinals have a lot of needs, so trading back was smart. With their first of three first-round picks, they go with Quinyon Mitchell. “Talented corner, lockdown corner from Toledo. Had an outstanding collegiate career, but he actually got his stamp of approval down in Mobile at the Senior Bowl. He was dominant in 1-on-1 opportunities, he was dominant in 11-on-11 drills as well. He showcased fluid technique, ball skills and a very, very aggressive mentality that jump him into this spot to where the Arizona Cardinals feel like he’s a difference-maker that that secondary needs.”

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Alabama

• Soph

• 6’0″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

2nd

REC

56

REYDS

714

YDS/REC

12.8

TDS

7

Rick Spielman — Here comes the cornerback run, and Terrion Arnold would pair very nicely opposite Pat Surtain II. Bryant McFadden likes what he’s seen from the Alabama standout. “I love Terrion Arnold. Complete corner. I love his ability to tackle, and he WANTS to tackle.”

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

Ryan Wilson — Huge trade from the Cowboys! Jerry Jones moves up 11 spots to select Tyron Smith’s replacement. It’s unknown what Dallas would have to pay to make this move, but Rick Spielman loves the fit. “You got the second-best left tackle and one of the biggest needs on my offensive line, and maybe on my football team.”

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Oregon State

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 334 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bryant McFadden — 2022 first-round pick Trevor Penning has yet to live up to expectations, so the Saints select Taliese Fuaga to pair with former All-Pro right tackle Ryan Ramczyk. “Another outstanding, athletic offensive lineman from Oregon State. This is a big-time plus and opportunity to get better because you talk about having a bookend tackle opposite Ryan Ramczyk. … Not only do you provide more talent to the offensive tackle spot, but you also provide an element of competition.”

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Iowa

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

5th

Rick Spielman — Looking at Gus Bradley’s defense last year, it was obvious to Spielman that it needs help on the backend. “So I got an opportunity to get a guy that’s a very good football player that can be physical in run support, that can play nickel, he can play outside, I think he can play safety if he had to. He’s just too good of a football player to pass up. ALSO, I think he’s going to be a legit punt returner.”

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Oregon

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Seattle

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Ryan Wilson — The Seahawks bolster their offensive line in Jackson Powers-Johnson.

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Clemson

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Bryant McFadden — The former NFL cornerback goes back to the CB well by giving the Jaguars the ultra-speedy Nate Wiggins.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 360 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

5th

Rick Spielman — The Bengals get Joe Burrow another pass-protector in JC Latham instead of a pass-catcher like Brock Bowers.

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 308 lbs

Projected Team

L.A. Rams

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

1st

Ryan Wilson — With Aaron Donald retiring, the Rams attempt to fill that massive hole by selecting Byron Murphy II.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 340 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

4th

Bryant McFadden — McFadden’s former team selects an offensive tackle from Georgia for the second straight year.

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Washington

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 317 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

1st

Rick Spielman — The Dolphins replenish what they lost along the offensive line in free agency by taking Troy Fautanu.

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Missouri

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 188 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

7th

Ryan Wilson — The Eagles address their aging secondary with the energetic and physical Ennis Rakestraw Jr.

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LSU

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

REC

68

REYDS

1177

YDS/REC

17.3

TDS

17

Bryant McFadden — The Cardinals missed out on Marvin Harrison Jr. by trading back, but they still land a difference-maker at wideout with Brian Thomas Jr.

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Washington

• Sr

• 6’3″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

5th

PAYDS

4903

RUYDS

8

INTS

11

TDS

39

Rick Spielman — The Raiders trade down, then make Michael Penix Jr. the fifth QB off the board in Round 1. “He is the best-deep ball throwing in this year’s draft class. Very experienced, six-year player. … I have Davante Adams, and now I’ve got a quarterback that can actually get the ball 30-plus down the field to him? This was a no-brainer for me.”

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Oklahoma

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 328 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

38th

POSITION RNK

6th

Ryan Wilson — The Packers cushion the blow of the departed David Bakhtiari by adding Tyler Guyton.

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Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 254 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

4th

Bryant McFadden — The Buccaneers replenish the pass rush with Chop Robinson coming in after Shaquil Barrett signed with the Dolphins.

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UCLA

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 265 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Rick Spielman — The Cardinals scoop up the falling Laiatu Latu, who’s one of the top edge rushers in this class (as long as he can stay healthy).

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Texas

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

5th

REC

55

REYDS

845

YDS/REC

15.4

TDS

11

Ryan Wilson — After trading Stefon Diggs to the Texans, the Bills need another WR badly. They signed Curtis Samuel in free agency, and now they draft Adonai Mitchell, who was awesome at Texas last season and showed out at the NFL Scouting Combine.

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Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Bryant McFadden — The Lions could stand to improve the back end of their defense, which they do here with Kool-Aid McKinstry.

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Arizona

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

52nd

POSITION RNK

9th

Rick Spielman — The Ravens get younger and cheaper at offensive tackle after trading Morgan Moses to the Jets.

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Missouri

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 296 lbs

Ryan Wilson — Kyle Shanahan will love having the versatile Darius Robinson play up and down the 49ers defensive front.

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Georgia

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Kansas City

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

1st

REC

56

REYDS

714

YDS/REC

12.8

TDS

7

Bryant McFadden — Move over Travis Kelce?? Not so fast, says McFadden. “If Brock is sitting here at 32, that’s the easiest pick for me. He’s a difference-maker, and he’ll get an opportunity to learn from Travis Kelce. Whenever Travis Kelce decides to call it quits and get ready for his invitation to Canton in the Hall of Fame, you have his heir apparent right there WAITING in the wings, right there in the building. So this was super easy for me, and just imagine the offense that has Travis Kelce, Brock Bowers, Hollywood Brown, Rashee Rice, Isiah Pacheco along with everything they have along the offensive line. Good luck trying to slow them down.”

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