Post-Pro Days updated mock

College basketball's showcase this month has nothing on the March Madness of this year's NFL offseason. And we fully expect April, and the lead up to this year's NFL draft, to be just as head spinning.

 

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In recent weeks, a frenzied free-agent period saw big NFL names change teams at a rather furious rate. High-profile players such as Derrick Henry, Kirk Cousins, Russell Wilson, Justin Fields, and Keenan Allen will don new uniforms in 2024. Other seismic news saw long-time NFL standouts Jason Kelce and Aaron Donald announce their retirements.

 

All of these moves impact how teams will approach the 2024 Draft, held in Detroit (April 25–26). So too will the results of the Indy Combine in February, where NFL front offices took to evaluating great athletes doing activities that had, at best, a tenuous connection to playing actual football. By the numbers, 321 players were invited to participate in the NFL Combine. The upcoming draft has 257 draft slots to fill, yet only 32 of these players will hear their names called by Commissioner Roger Goodell on Day 1, when the first round of the 2024 draft takes place.

 

The one thing we've learned over the years is quarterback is still the glamor position of the NFL — and the most pivotal. But we've also learned that parlaying a high pick into a franchise QB is not a slam dunk. In looking at the signal-callers drafted in the first round since 2015, we find the 2020 class is the major outlier when it comes to teams hitting on a QB who transforms their franchise: Joe Burrow (No. 1), Tua Tagovailoa (No. 5), Justin Herbert (No. 6), and Jordan Love (No. 26) is each a young star (or blossoming into one) and all are projected 2024 starters for the teams which drafted them. But aside from that 2020 draft, team miss on first-round QB picks at an alarming clip. Think back to the 2015 class, where the first two overall picks were Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariotta, respectively. Or 2018, when Baker Mayfield (No. 1 overall), Sam Darnold (No. 3) and Josh Rosen (No. 10) are all now with teams other than the ones who took them.

 

In fact, in the draft clases from 2016–22 (excluding the 2020 class), only seven of the 20 quarterbacks selected in the first-round are still rostered on the teams which drafted them. For those saying "well that's still almost half of them," just remember those seven include the likes of Daniel Jones, Kyler Murray and Zach Wilson, leaving us with only four top-notch starters — Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson and Trevor Lawrence — who remain in their first job right out of college.

 

For the teams that have solidified their quarterback room, this year's class has a plethora of talent in other positions. There is potential to match the 2022 and 2013 drafts with nine offensive lineman taken in the first round. Also, we won’t have to wait very long to hear a wide receiver's name called, as three could be announced in the first 10 picks. With a late run on the position, we may see a record-tying seven wide receivers being picked in the first round — a number reached only once before (2004). There is also a tremendous amount of defensive line and secondary depth in this draft; expect both positions to be showcased as Day 1 unfolds.

 

Who is moving up? Who is moving down? Who are the prized commodities these teams are looking to select? Let's keep mocking through the frenzy!

 

 

 

1. Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB, USC

 

Total Draft Picks: 4

 RD 1: 1, 9  RD 2: none  RD 3: 75  RD 4: 122  RD 5: none  RD 6:  none RD 7:  none 

During the Combine GM Ryan Poles said, “I want to do right by Justin Fields…” In a way he kept his word by trading Fields to the Steelers, but at what expense to the Bears organization? Poles is clearly rolling the dice that he is going to hit on his selection here. However, as we have seen in past drafts, these moves are most likely to crap out in the end. It's amazing the Bears had five picks and Justin Fields on their roster when free agency started and now they have only four picks left after a slew of trades to bring in Keenan Allen, Ryan Bates, and Dan Feeney. Because of this it is still not completely out of the question they will be looking to trade this No. 1 selection for more draft picks. 

As for Caleb Williams, he is considered by many the prize prospect of this draft, drawing comparisons to Patrick Mahomes, though he likely will find it difficult to live up to those lofty expectations at the beginning of his career. He also brings with him a bit of a “diva” reputation after football-related incidents in 2023 had some questioning his discipline and leadership. With the acquisitions of D'andre Swift and Keenan Allen to pair with DJ Moore, “Da Bears” are already providing him with more weapons than they armed Fields with in the three seasons he was there.

2. Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Total Draft Picks: 10

RD 1: RD 2: 36, 40  RD 3: 67, 78, 100  RD 4: 103  RD 5: 139, 152  RD 6: none  RD 7: 222 

The Washington Commanders have made short work at reconfiguring their current roster. They have been extremely active in the free agent market, and also paved the way of moving on from one Carolina Tarheel in trading Sam Howell to the Seahawks, to selecting a new Tarheel in Drake Maye....ahhhhhh, as Lee Corso would say, "Not sooo fast my friends!"

This new development comes from a LSU head coach Brian Kelly interview where he ends it by saying, "He's gonna get the ball out to his playmakers and make plays...FOR WASHINGTON." Considering the success that new offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury has had with developing quarterbacks, such as Kyler Murray, Patrick Mahomes, Baker Mayfield and more. Daniels, will be welcomed to D.C. with open arms with this selection.

3.  Minnesota Vikings (Projected trade w/ New England): Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

 

Total Draft Picks: 9

RD 1: 11, 23  RD 2:  none  RD 3: none  RD 4: 108,129  RD 5: 157, 167  RD 6: 177  RD 7: 230, 232 (Prior to Projected Trade)

The believe here is that the Vikings are interested in JJ McCarthy with this selection. Drake Maye fits the passing attack that Kevin O'Connell has developed more than McCarthy does.

Drake Maye possesses the prototypical size and strength of an NFL quarterback. He may also get some time to develop behind a seasoned veteran in Sam Darnold. This route has paved the way for several successful NFL quarterbacks over the years and the most ideal fit for the organization and player.

4. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

Total Draft Picks: 11

RD 1: 4, 27  RD 2: 35  RD 3: 66, 71, 90  RD 4: 104  RD 5: 138, 162  RD 6: 186  RD 7: 226

The Arizona Cardinal’s are in desperate need at the wide receiver position and find an immediate star in the making by having Harrison Jr. fall into their laps. As with that of Caleb Williams, the presence of Harrison Jr.  in the NFL is eagerly awaited. The ex-Buckeyes standout has great size, speed, and the HOF pedigree of his father Marvin Harrison Sr. He is a big-bodied receiver who can move the chains, be a red-zone presence and make plays as a blocker. He is an automatic number-one receiver for Kyler Murray and will be looking to strike fear into opposing defensive backs as a starter from day one.

5. New England Patriots (Projected trade w/ Los Angeles Chargers)J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

 

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: RD 2: 34  RD 3: 68  RD 4: 103  RD 5: 137  RD 6: 190, 193  RD 7: 231 (prior to projected trade)

There are several University of Michigan connections that go into this scenario. New head coach Jared Mayo, played for the University of Michigan. The Patriots dynasty was built upon the shoulders of a former University of Michigan quarterback, Tom Brady. Now lets do a dosey doe, trade down and back up again with another former University of Michigan quarterback/head coach in one Jim Harbaugh. 

By trading down out of the No. 3 selection the Patriots would be projected to gain the No. 11 and No. 23 selections in this years draft, plus additional future compensation. In this scenario they would be trading the No. 11 and No. 34 toget their new Michigan Man to be the quarterback of their team. They get to keep No. 23 to address their need of a wide reciever later on, keep reading!  

The selection of McCarthy to the Patriots makes more sense than him going to the Vikings. In New England, McCarthy would be in a system that closely resembles the one he is more accustmed to. The Patriots already have a solid run game and defense. They just need a quarterback to manage the game better than Mac Jones and Bailey Zappe provied over the past few seasons. 

 

6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

 

Total Draft Picks: 6

RD 1: 6  RD 2: 47  RD 3: 70  RD 4: 107  RD 5: 141  RD 6: 183  RD 7: none

The last time the New York Giants had two wide receivers break the 1,000-yard mark was during the 2011 season (Odell Beckham Jr. and Victor Cruz). The last time they had a single player break the 1,000 yard mark was in 2018 (OBJ again). During the time frame between then and now, no receiver for the Giants has even recorded more than 751 yards in a season! Pairing the speed of last-year's pick Jalin Hyatt with another wide receiver can only increase their chances of boosting their abysmal pass offense. However, a change at the quarterback position may be needed as well, even though extending Daniel Jones probably means they're committed to the 2019 first-round pick for at least this upcoming season.

7. Arizona Cardinals (Projected trade w/ Tennessee): Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama

Total Draft Picks: 11

RD 1: 4, 27  RD 2: 35  RD 3: 66, 71, 90  RD 4: 104  RD 5: 138, 162  RD 6: 186  RD 7: 226 (Prior to projected trade)

 

In the world that often now seems defined and driven by social media memes, this is what a GM's reaction should be to a draft prospect's Combine workout. After taking their new number one wide receiver with the No. 4 overall pick, the Cardinals would be more than willing to spend some of their draft capital to move up to get Turner.

8. Los Angeles Chargers (Projected trade w/ Atlanta): Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Jim Harbaugh will want tot solidify his offensive line to protect his franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. At 6-9, 321 pounds, Alt provides an immediate protector of Herbert's blind side. He also comes with an NFL pedigree as his father is in the Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Honor after spending 13 years with their organization. As if that wasn’t enough he also has an older brother, Mark Alt, who is a professional hockey player!

9. Las Vegas Raiders (Projected trade w/ Chicago Bears): Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: 13  RD 2: 44  RD 3: 77  RD 4:  112  RD 5: 148  RD 6: 208 RD 7: 223, 229

The Raiders have been making strides to continue to strengthen the defense by signing DT Christian Wilkins. However, on the offensive side of the ball they released QB Jimmy Garrapolo, replacing him with Gardner Minshew. They also saw RB Josh Jacobs land in Green Bay, and offensive tackle Jermaine Eluemunor sign with the New York Giants. These moves mean that, in this mock, there's a lot of room and reason for the Raiders to go defense with this pick. However, based on their need for a right tackle, Fuagu fits the bill.

Fuaga has established himself as one of the premier run-blockers in this draft class. With nearly 1,600 snaps in his collegiate career, he already possesses the veteran mentality needed to step in to be a day one starter for the Raiders after this selection.

 

10. New York Jets: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

 

Total Draft Picks: 8  

RD 1:  10  RD 2:  none  RD 3:  72  RD 4:  111, 135  RD 5:  none  RD 6: 185 RD 7:  256, 257

Rome Odunze brought elite big-play abilities to the Washington Huskies as they made their CFP run this season, before losing to the Michigan Wolverines in the national championship. Odunze led the NCAA in receiving yards (1,640) and set the single-season yardage record for the Huskies as well. He also had 100 yards receiving in 10 of 15 games, another team record and a giant temptation for a New York offense that needs a running mate alongside Garrett Wilson.

11. Atlanta Falcons (Projected trade w/ Los Angeles Chargers):  Jared Verse, DE, Florida State

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1:  8  RD 2:  43  RD 3:  74, 79  RD 4:  109  RD 5:  143 RD 6: 187, 197 RD 7: none

The Atlanta Falcons spent a lot of resources on the defensive side of the ball last offseason during free agency. However, lackluster play at the quarterback position hampered the defense game in and game out in 2023. Now that the Falcons landed veteran QB Kirk Cousins, the offense figures to improve significantly. The front office can again turn its attention back to defense with this selection.

I bet the Falcons see their first pick putting the "Verse" in "versatility—the ex-Florida State edge player can play with his hand in the dirt or standing up. Verse would be a great fit in a Raheem Morris defense, as the former Rams DC got a steal with linebacker Byron Young, Los Angeles' third-round selection last year. Atlanta will be expecting similar returns from Verse.

12. Green Bay Packers (Projected trade w/ Denver): Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Total Draft Picks: 11

RD 1: 25  RD 2: 41, 58  RD 3: 88, 91  RD 4: 126  RD 5: 169  RD 6: 202, 219  RD 7: 245, 255 (Prior to projected trade) 

The Packers will be looking to continue to add protection to Jordan Love with this selection. This team finally got out from under David Bakhtiari's contract and will look to move up the draft board to select the best available lineman.

Some draftniks project Fashanu as a top-10 selection. However, with the top quarterbacks and wide receivers gone, highly rated tackles are being pushed down the board. Fashanu, may have some durability concerns; he was nursing a quad injury sustained at the NFL Combine, though he did gut out his pro day. Those teams already in love the Penn State All-American probably won't be too concerned with that specific injury.

13. Philadelphia Eagles (Projected trade w/ Chicago): Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: 22  RD 2: 50, 53  RD 3: none RD 4: 120  RD 5: 161, 171, 172  RD 6: 210 RD 7: none (Prior to projected trade)

The Philadelphia Eagles and the rest of the NFL got the word that Jason Kelce officially retired after 13 seasons. As a result, Philly will be looking to find another stellar interior lineman to replace the perennial Pro Bowl center. However, they also created a new need by trading their All Pro pass rusher, Hasson Reddick to the New York Jets.

The biggest question mark surrounding Latu as the draft nears will be how his medicals check out. After taking a two-year medical leave in college because of a neck injury, Latu made his mark as a defensive force for UCLA last season. He can bring a much-needed pass rush to an Eagles defense looking to offset a leaky secondary.

14. New Orleans Saints: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

Total Draft Picks: 9 

RD 1: 14  RD 2: 45  RD 3: none  RD 4: none  RD 5: 150, 168, 170, 175  RD 6: 190, 199  RD 7: 239 (prior to projected trade)

The Saints are finally letting go of WR Michael Thomas and are now entering the season with only Chris Olave, A.T. Perry, and Rashid Shaheed as their starting receivers. The transition from the bayou of Baton Rouge to the "Big Easy"  should be a smooth one for this LSU star. The tandem of Thomas Jr. and Chris Olave should  help Derek Carr and the New Orleans passing attack improve on an up-and-down 2023 season. 

15. Indianapolis Colts: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo 

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1:  15  RD 2:  46  RD 3:  82  RD 4:  117  RD 5:  151  RD 6:  191  RD 7:  234

The Indianapolis Colts find themselves in a division filled with young gunslingers — C.J. Stroud (Houston), Trevor Lawrence (Jacksonville), and Will Levis (Tennessee) — and they will be looking to counter that air power by bringing in a talented corner to play opposite their 2023 second-round pick, Julius Brents. That the aging Kenny Moore is set to enter free agency only intensifies the need to upgrade the cornerback spot.

It’s only fitting that Toledo’s Quinyon Mitchell’s stock has been on a rocket-like trajectory as we get closer to the draft. The former Toledo star is drawing comparisons to last year's top-five selection Devon Witherspoon. Making him a steal if the Colts are able to land him with this selection!

The lanky and long Wiggins showcased his recovery speed at the Combine, and established himself as one of the more physically talented corners in this draft class. However, NFL evaluators might find fault with his lack of toughness in run support, a trait that likely puts his stock down below that of Quinyon Mitchell. Still, having a shot at Wiggins at No. 22, the Colts would rightly feel they got a steal.

16. Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, IOL, Washington

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1: 16  RD 2: none  RD 3: 81  RD 4: 102, 118  RD 5: none  RD 6: 179, 192  RD 7: 235 (Prior to projected trade)

 

In recent drafts, the Seahawks parlayed picks they received from Denver in the Russell Wilson deal into some promising young talent. They have two fine bookends on their offensive line in tackles Charles Cross — who was drafted with a first-round pick acquired in the Wilson trade to Denver — and Abraham Lucas, a third-round selection in 2022.

The selection of Fautanu will bring some scrappy, tenacious energy to the Seahawks offensive line, especially if they move him inside to one of the guard positions. He is a great run blocker and shows nimble feet and powerful hand placement in pass protection. Because of his size and Pacific Northwest collegiate background, Fautanu might remind some of Detroit's Pro Bowl tackle Penei Sewell; Seattle would be overjoyed if he plays anywhere near Sewell's level.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chop Robinson, DE, Penn State

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: 17  RD 2: 48  RD 3: 96  RD 4: 114, 116  RD 5: 153  RD 6: 212  RD 7: 236

Jacksonville is coming off an end-of-the-season collapse that cost them a division title and a trip to the playoffs. The Jaguars franchise-tagged edge rusher Josh Allen and watched as free-agent LB K’Lavon Chaisson signed with the Panthers, leaving Jax in need of replenishing its defense.

Chop Robinson had himself a showing at the Combine. He demonstrated great speed in the 40 yard dash (4.48), and explosiveness in his broad jump (10’ 8”). He’s drawn comparisons to Myles Garrett and Micah Parsons, making him a steal if he falls to the Jaguars at this spot.

18. Cincinnati Bengals: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Total Draft Picks: 10

RD 1:  18  RD 2:  49  RD 3:  80, 97  RD 4:  115  RD 5: 149  RD 6:  194, 214  RD 7:  224, 237

Due to the recent acquisition of Trent Brown to fulfill the right tackle position for the Bengals. The Bengals need to stabilize the tight end position for Joe Burrows and this offense. This position has seen the likes of CJ Uzomah, Hayden Hurst, Irv Smith Jr. and now Mike Gesicki enter the revolving door pf players at this position. 

Brock Bowers is a generational talent and would bring stability to the posiiton for the Bengals. The hope is to see his playing abilities from his collegiate days in Georgia, translate to the NFL, in a way that Sam Laporta did for the Detroit Lions this past season. 

19. Los Angeles Rams: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas

Total Draft Picks: 11

RD 1: 19  RD 2: 52 RD 3: 83, 99  RD 4: none  RD 5: 154,155  RD 6: 196, 209, 213, 217  RD 7: 254

After years of ridding themselves of draft picks in order to bring in veteran players, the Rams need to take the opposite approach this offseason. They could go in a number of directions with this pick, but the retirement of eventual HOF defensive tackle Aaron Donald may force their hand.

Based on his stats in college — six sacks and a remarkable 34 QB pressures — Murphy could very well be a commendable replacement for Donald and bolster the Rams' pass defense.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1:  20  RD 2:  51  RD 3:  84, 98  RD 4:  119  RD 5:  none  RD 6: 178, 195  RD 7:  none

Pittsburgh continued its winning ways under Mike Tomlin in 2023, though the play of its offense was very up and down. Certainly, a better 2024 depends on whether newly acquired quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Justin Fields can take command of the offense — something that Kenny Pickett struggled to do on a consistent basis, and a big reason why he now finds himself in Philly backing up Jalen Hurts.

Armaris Mims' stature alone is intimidating to defenders. However, the real morale buster comes from his athleticism, strength and lateral movements in his pass protection. This is exactly what the Steelers need to improve their passing attack, regardless if it is Wilson or Fields calling plays for them this season.

21. Miami Dolphins: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

Total Draft Picks: 6

RD 1: 21  RD 2: 55  RD 3: none  RD 4: none  RD 5: 158  RD 6: 184, 198  RD 7: 241

As do the Rams, the Miami Dolphins find themselves this offseason having lost a stalward interior defensive lineman, when Christian Wilkins signed a four-year, $110 million contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.

Newton established himself with a great career playing for the Fighting Illini. He was a two-time All-American selection, and is coming off a 2023 season where he earned Big Ten defensive Player of the Year. He has the skill set to be a disruptive force both in stopping the run and rushing the quarterback.

22. Chicago Bears (Projected trades w/ Las Vegas, and Philadelphia): JC Latham, OT, Alabama

Total Draft Picks: 4

 RD 1: 1, 9  RD 2: none  RD 3: 75  RD 4: 122  RD 5: none  RD 6:  none RD 7:  none

The Bears will be looking to gain more draft capital if they do decide to keep the No. 1 over all selection to take Caleb Williams. In this scenario they move down not once, but twice! The first trade being with Las Vegas would get them the No. 13 and No. 77. The second trade would get them No. 22 and No. 53 from Philadelphia.

The Bears continue to provide Caleb Williams with all the tools he needs to be a successful signal-caller in the NFL. In JC Latham, they will be looking for another bookend to pair with last year's first-round selection, OT Darnell Wright.

23. New England Patriots (Projected trade w/ Minnesota): Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State

 

Total Draft Picks: 8

 

RD 1: RD 2: 34  RD 3: 68  RD 4: 103  RD 5: 137  RD 6: 190, 193  RD 7: 231 (prior to projected trade)

In this mock scenario the Patriot's elect to trade the No. 3 selection to the Minnesota Vikings for No. 11, No. 23, and future compensation. They proceed to trade the No. 11 and No. 34 selections to the Los Angeles Chargers to take JJ McCarthy. With this selection they address the second need on the offense, by drafting a wide receiver.

Keon Coleman’s acrobatic skill set is legit — athletic, explosive player who's prone to making the spectactular contested catch — This former in-state rival of McCarthy will quickly become his new best friend if this scenario plays out on draft day. 

24. Dallas Cowboys:Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1: 24  RD 2: 56  RD 3: 87  RD 4: none  RD 5: 174  RD 6: 216  RD 7: 233, 244

The Cowboys came into the offseason over the salary cap, which played a role in them losing long-time left tackle Tyron Smith, who signed as a free agent with the New York Jets. While Jerry Jones might want to address Dallas' cornerback situation, the need to fill the void caused by Smith's departure will make it difficult to pass on the Sooner's Guyton, with this selection.

After transferring from TCU, Guyton emerged in 2022–23 as a stellar pass blocker. In those two seasons, playing right tackle, he logged almost a thousand snaps but allowed just one sack and 11 quarterback hurries.

25. Denver Broncos (Projected trade w/ Green Bay): Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: 12  RD 2: none  RD 3: 76  RD 4: 121  RD 5: 136, 145, 147  RD 6: 203, 207  RD 7: none (Prior to projected trade)

The Denver Broncos elected to eat the remaining $85 million of the Russell Wilson contract when they released him from their roster earlier in March. They also traded Jerry Jeudy to the Cleveland Browns for peanuts and a box of Cracker Jacks — they got in return from Cleveland a fifth- and sixth-round pick in the upcoming draft. With only Jarrett Stidham and Ben DiNucci as their only active quarterbacks under contract, Bo Nix has to be the selection here, right?

After spending his first three collegiate seasons at Auburn, Nix transferred to Oregon, playing his last two seasons there, where his production spiked dramatically. His decision-making also improved from his time in the SEC, as he cut down on turnovers and limited the number of sacks he took. Nix could be a blessing in blaring display for head coach Sean Payton, especially after the coach's rep as an offensive guru took a hit when Wilson failed to pan out. Now Payton lands a productive prospect who some think has a ton of upside.

 

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

 

Total Draft Picks: 7

RD 1: 26  RD 2: 57  RD 3: 89, 92  RD 4: 125  RD 5: none RD 6: 220  RD 7: 246

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept their core group of guys on the offensive side of the ball together when they re-signed Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans. However, they did trade cornerback Carlton Davis to the Detroit Lions and might be looking to replace him with this selection.

Having played at Alabama under Nick Saban, Arnold has big-game experience and has played a ton of reps against top-flight SEC receivers. He is similar in size to the departed Davis, but the speed flashed by Mitchell and Wiggins at the combine is the prime reason I have Arnold falling to third in the cornerback pecking order.

27. Tennessee Titans (Projected trade w/ Arizona): Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Total Draft Picks: 8

RD 1: RD 2: 38  RD 3: none  RD 4: 106  RD 5: 146  RD 6: 182  RD 7: 221, 227, 242

The Titans inability to find quailty play out of their recent draft picks at the cornerback position compounded their need to trade for L'Jarius Sneed this offseason. By trading down in this scenario the Titans gain valuable draft stock and also find themselves in a position to select a dynamic corner to play opposite of Sneed.

The lanky and long Wiggins showcased his recovery speed at the Combine, and established himself as one of the more physically talented corners in this draft class. However, NFL evaluators might find fault with his lack of toughness in run support, a trait that likely puts his stock down below that of Quinyon Mitchell. Still, having a shot at Wiggins at No. 22, the Colts would rightly feel they got a steal.

28. Buffalo Bills (Projected trade w/ Seattle):Jackson Powers-Johnson, IOL, Oregon

Total Draft Picks: 11

RD 1: 28  RD 2: 60  RD 3: none  RD 4: 128, 134  RD 5: 144, 160, 163  RD 6: 189, 200, 204 RD 7: 248 (Prior to projected trade)

The Buffalo Bills have already learned that Gabe Davis signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, now rumors are stirring that Buffalo's other starting receiver, Stephon Diggs, may be joining his brother Trevon in Dallas. With Dalton Kincaid’s success last season the Bills will be looking to bring in another dynamic pass catcher for Josh Allen to develop with. they may have to wait until later in the draft to do this as their offensive line has taken some major hits this offseason.

The Bills offensive line has taken a major hit this offseason as they lost two centers Mitch Morse (Jaguars) and Ryan Bates (trade w/ Bears). JPJ will be an immediate impact player from either the center or guard position and will provide Josh Allen with protection from any inside pass rush the defense throws their way.

 

29. Detroit Lions: Graham Barton, IOL, Duke

 

 

Total Draft Picks: 7 picks 

RD 1: 29  RD 2: 61  RD 3: 73  RD 4: none  RD 5: 164  RD 6: 201, 205  RD 7: 249

The Detroit Lions saw an immediate impact from their 2023 rookie class, the production of which played such a pivotal role in getting this team to the NFL Championship Game. If there's one thing we learned from Detroit's draft strategy is that the Lions do not necessarily take the best player available but rather the best available player at a position of need. Will that position be the interior offensive line or cornerback?

Barton is a versatile player who would fit well in most offenses. Although he did spend the past three years at left tackle, Barton, because he has shorter arms, is projected to move to guard in the NFL. What he lacks in length, Barton makes up for in technique and tenacity as a run blocker. In pass protection, he stands his ground, displaying quick feet when engaging a defender, and his agility to get out in space in the screen game leaves opposing defensive backs in a no-win situation. 

 

30. Baltimore Ravens: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

 

Total Draft Picks: 8 picks

RD 1: 30  RD 2: 62  RD 3: 93  RD 4: 113, 130  RD 5: 165 RD 6: none RD 7:  228, 250

The Baltimore Ravens are primarily built to win games by running the ball and playing stellar defense. They will be looking to continue that trend after signing ex-Tians RB Derrick Henry this offseason. However, this approach typically gets them only so far in the playoffs; it happened again last season when they lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the conference championship game. WR Zay Flowers showed his big-play capabilities as a first-round rookie in 2023, and I see the Ravens looking to find another playmaker here to line up opposite him.

Mitchell has all the measurables and the skill set to be a dominant wide receiver in the NFL. He can get downfield in a hurry with his 4.3 speed, or he can box out defenders with his 6-2, 205-pound frame, which should make him a formidable red-zone threat. One question is whether Mitchell has the patience to play in a run-heavy system — will he play hard and take advantage when called upon in the passing game? Or will he get frustrated when so few passes are thrown his way?

31. San Francisco 49ers: Darius Robinson, DE/DT, Missouri

Total Draft Picks: 10 picks

RD 1: 31 RD 2: 63 RD 3: 94  RD 4: 124, 131, 133  RD 5: 176  RD 6: 211, 215  RD 7: 251

Continuing his quest west, Robinson has come a long way from his roots in Canton, MI. His workouts in the upcoming weeks will determine if he has solidified himself as a first-round selection or not. His versatility to play on the outside or inside might be what the 49ers need considering — Javon Kinlaw (Jets) , Chase Young (Saints), Randy Gregory (unsigned) and Clelin Ferrell (Commanders) —  have been lost this offseason from all along the defensive front. 

32. Kansas City Chiefs: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Total Draft Picks: 7 picks

RD 1:  32  RD 2:  64  RD 3:  95  RD 4: 132  RD 5: 159, 173  RD 6: none  RD 7: 252

The Super Bowl champs will be looking to reload their roster as they prepare for another title run next season. I believe acquiring WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown changes where the Chiefs go with this pick. They are currently in flux with their best cornerback, L’Jarius Sneed. Do they try to sign him long term or look to trade him? For the time being, they have franchise-tagged him, which puts a $19.8-million hit on the team's cap number for 2024.

DeJean is simply a splendid athlete who should at the very least contribute on special teams as a punt returner in his first year. He does have some experience, though limited, at the safety position; this versatility and his playmaking prowess as a returner will entice the Chiefs into taking him DeJean.

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