2024 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 – Projecting Raiders Pick, More

Today, we bring you a first-round mock draft, predicting who the Las Vegas Raiders and the rest of the league will select.

 

 

The 2024 NFL Draft is just a little under two months away.

 

Teams, including the Las Vegas Raiders, are looking for young stars who they hope will improve their team long-term.

 

The NFL Scouting Combine wrapped up a few days ago, and many teams hope they now have a better understanding of which players they want to add to their team.

 

That said, here is our first official mock draft of the 2024 cycle.

 

 

This seems like the direction the Bears are going to go. They still have Justin Fields on the roster, but he seems to be on the way out. Chicago begins a new era at quarterback.

 

 

The Commanders get the next best quarterback in the draft, but in their—and many teams’—book, Maye is the best quarterback. Maye threw for 63 touchdowns in his Tar Heels career and can also make plays with his legs.

 

 

Quarterbacks go 1-2-3 for the first time since 2021 as the Heisman Trophy winner kicks off the Jerod Mayo era in New England. Daniels is a thin quarterback but throws with precision and excellent touch.

 

 

Harrison might be the best wide receiver prospect since Calvin Johnson. The 6-foot-3, 202-pound Buckeye had 2,613 yards in his career and can do virtually everything on the field. He gives Kyler Murray a true No. 1 receiving threat.

 

 

If Harrison weren’t in this class, Nabers would be the best receiver. He is an explosive player who can create yards after the catch. The Chargers will need another receiver due to Keenan Allen’s age and the potential departure of Mike Williams.

 

 

After three straight quarterbacks, three straight wide receivers go off the board. The Giants need a No. 1 receiving option, and the explosive, dynamic Odunze could provide that for them.

 

 

The Titans took an offensive lineman in the first round last draft but get themselves their left tackle of the future in Alt this year. The 6-foot-8 All-American allowed just one sack in two seasons.

 

 

The Falcons have struggled to rush the passer for a long time. Turner has the tools to be a dominant edge rusher in the NFL. He posted 22.5 sacks in his Crimson Tide career.

 

 

The Bears already have a productive tight end in Cole Kmet, but Bowers is too dynamic and unique a prospect to pass up. New Offensive Coordinator Shane Waldron will have fun utilizing the two together.

 

 

The Jets struggled with injuries along their offensive line last season and need to find a long-term answer at left tackle. Fashanu can be that, with extreme athleticism and keen pass-blocking acumen.

 

 

The Kirk Cousins era in Minnesota could be over, so they go with a quarterback like McCarthy, who did not lose much in college. While his passing volume was lower than some of the other QBs in the class, he flashed some impressive throws on tape.

 

 

The Broncos need a quarterback after the release of Russell Wilson, but they also need a dominant pass rusher. Verse could be that. A toolsy, strong, and fast player, Verse could be the true No. 1 threat off the edge the Broncos need.

 

 

Arguably the best cornerback in the draft, Arnold becomes the No. 1 cornerback for the Silver and Black. He has incredible IQ, instincts, and athleticism despite running a 4.5 40-yard dash at the Combine.

 

 

Andrus Peat is a free agent, and the Saints need to add their left tackle of the future. Fuaga is a mauler in the run game with room to grow as a pass blocker.

 

 

The Colts are searching for a No. 1 cornerback as Kenny Moore hits free agency. Mitchell is a competitor with great athleticism and shut-down coverage. According to Pro Football Focus, he did not allow a touchdown in coverage in 2023.

 

 

Boye Mafe led the Seahawks in sacks in 2023 with nine, but the Seahawks need another threat off the edge next to him. Latu is an athletic freak with great size and the ability to defend the run or pass.

 

 

The 2024 NFL Draft provides an opportunity to every team in the league to find star players.

 

 

The Jaguars drafted an offensive lineman in the first round last season but could add another tackle to protect Trevor Lawrence in a 6-foot-7, 330-pound monster like Mims. Although he doesn’t have much starting experience, his tools are hard to pass up at this point.

 

 

A player who exploded at the Combine, Fautanu has the athleticism to play guard or tackle. The Bengals select him here to find some long-term protection for Joe Burrow.

 

 

The run of offensive tackles continues as the Rams find their left tackle of the future. Latham has the size and strength to be an efficient pass-blocker in the NFL.

 

 

The Steelers land the best center prospect in the draft in Powers-Johnson. They recently released Mason Cole and need a player to move defenders in the run game.

 

 

The Dolphins have decided not to pay Pro Bowler Christian Wilkins, so they may need to replace him in the middle of their defense. Newton is arguably the best defensive tackle in this class and could disrupt offensive lines in the AFC.

 

 

The Eagles need help in their secondary and, fortunately, have their pick of the litter at this position. Wiggins is a great athlete with incredible speed who could add some youth to that position group.

 

 

The Texans already have some young talent in their secondary, but adding DeJean gives them some flexibility in what they can do. DeJean is an incredible athlete who can play both cornerback and safety.

 

 

By adding Murphy, the Cowboys create a young defensive tackle duo with him and Mazi Smith, who they drafted last year. Teams won’t be running on the Cowboys. Murphy posted 15 tackles for loss and eight sacks in his college career.

 

 

The Packers value versatility in their offensive lineman, and Barton can play multiple positions. They could plug him into any spot on the line, and he will give immediate production in the run game.

 

 

The Buccaneers brought back Mike Evans and still have Chris Godwin on the roster, but they could add Thomas to their WR room and make for a dynamic trio. Thomas caught 24 touchdowns in his career at LSU.

 

 

Despite a Jones fracture in his foot, McKinstry still finds himself in the first round. The Cardinals could use a No. 1 cornerback for Jonathan Gannon’s defense, and McKinstry’s athleticism and competitiveness could make him a perfect fit.

 

 

The Bills need a receiving option next to Stefon Diggs. Mitchell, with his elite size and speed, could create chemistry with Josh Allen. 

 

 

The Lions need an edge rushing presence across from Aidan Hutchinson, so they find one in one of the freakiest athletes in the class. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Robinson ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the Combine.

 

 

The Ravens have five cornerbacks entering free agency, so they need to find a long-term option. Lassiter is a physical, technically proficient corner who could be the next excellent piece in the Ravens’ defense.

 

 

The 49ers could upgrade their offensive line by adding one of the best centers in the class. Frazier, a First-Team All-Big 12 member in 2023, is one of the best run blockers in the draft.

 

 

Worthy, the record-setting runner at the Combine, could provide lots of speed to the Chiefs’ passing game. He caught 197 passes for 2,755 yards and 26 touchdowns in his career.

 

The NFL Draft will be held in Detroit, Mich., on April 25-27, 2024. The Las Vegas Raiders currently hold the No. 13 overall pick.

 

 

Gideon Canice

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