2024 NFL Mock Draft: Patriots trade back, still land QB; playoff teams load up on offensive line, cornerback

A mock draft projection for the 2024 NFL Draft, featuring potential trades and selections for the first round.


Round 1

The NFL Combine kicks off this week, so it's a perfect time for another mock draft ahead of the pivotal part of the draft process. How this week unfolds with have a profound impact on how the top of the 2024 NFL Draft plays out. At this juncture, there is only one projected trade in the second edition of this here draft projection, but it's a big one that leads to the selection of two quarterbacks in different neighborhoods of the first 10 picks.

There will be many editions of this mock draft coming every other Tuesday throughout the draft cycle in the lead-up to the 2024 NFL Draft, which kicks off on Thursday, April 25. Welcome to the Podell Mock Draft 2.0, enjoy.

Round 1 - Pick 1

Caleb Williams, a quarterback from USC, is projected to be selected by the Chicago Bears as the first overall pick. While some have argued for the Bears to stick with Justin Fields and trade out of the pick, Williams offers a strong alternative. He is considered a special quarterback prospect.

Round 1 - Pick 2: The Washington football team is projected to select Drake Maye, a quarterback from UNC, as the second overall pick. Maye has been highly impressive in the past two seasons and is seen as a franchise-altering pick for Washington.

Mock Trade from New England Patriots

The New England Patriots make a trade, giving up their third overall pick. In return, the Atlanta Falcons select Jayden Daniels, a quarterback from LSU, as the third overall pick. Daniels brings a wealth of experience and skills to the Falcons, making him a valuable asset for their offense.

Round 1 - Pick 4: The Arizona Cardinals are projected to select Marvin Harrison Jr., a wide receiver from Ohio State, as the fourth overall pick. Harrison Jr. is highly regarded as the top receiver in this class and will provide a much-needed boost to the Cardinals' offense.