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Charles Davis (2020) NFL mock draft 3.0: Vikings grab Drake Maye; Pats choose J.J. McCarthy at No. 3

For the 2024 NFL Draft, which will take place in Detroit, I wanted to provide one last prediction on how Round 1 would go.

 

When the tournament begins on Thursday night, trades will undoubtedly play a significant role, but like with all of my mocks, I’m keeping everyone in their current draft positions.

With this selection, the only suspense left is wondering how long it will take the Bears to submit the card. This young man is destined for big things.

There is a lot of discussion about what Washington could do with No. 2, but I think the Commanders stay with their choice. The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner is chosen by new general manager Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn after a rigorous review.

SUCCESS! For a while, I was certain that Drake Maye would eventually settle in New England, but I’m starting to have second thoughts about that. According to this forecast, the Pats decide to “run history back” in a way by selecting a different Michigan player to lead them after considering a number of trade offers, even though he was selected 196 draft spots higher than where they selected Tom Brady almost 25 years ago.

GM Monti Ossenfort is accepting new hires, and this is a crucial position for teams looking for a quarterback. (Broncos? Vikings? Assailants?) However, in this case, the Cards remain unchanged. Expect another elite wide receiver to arrive in Phoenix on the first day of the draft if they decide to trade this pick.

Another general manager who always has his phone handy and takes calls cheerfully is Joe Hortiz. He and the new head coach Jim Harbaugh both adore their offensive linemen, but Harbaugh might turn his focus to the Buckeye receiver in order to avoid letting his rivalry with Ohio State stand in the way of his newfound NFL aspirations if Arizona trades out of the No. 4 spot and Marvin Harrison Jr. is still available when the Chargers are in the clock.

There’s a lot of QB talk going on here, which makes sense. But the Giants need to offer Daniel Jones playmakers if they want to give him the best chance to succeed, and Brian Daboll enjoys the kind of dynamic player that Nabers is.

Is GM Ran Carthon willing to go back? Yes. And while I (along with many others) have praised Joe Alt a lot here, Latham is someone that Bill Callahan, the new offensive line coach, would welcome. As the seasoned coach did with another former Alabama RT, Jedrick Wills, just a few years ago in Cleveland, Callahan might be able to prepare him to play LT.

The Falcons select the greatest all-around pass rusher available in this selection because Atlanta is ready to compete in the NFC South right now and because edge is their most pressing need.

For this rapidly improving team, head coach Matt Eberflus wants someone to assist the incredible Montez Sweat in going after the quarterback.

Here, a premier wide receiver is involved. Brock Bowers, the best tight end in the draft, has also seemed like a good fit. However, Jets general manager Joe Douglas needs to exert every effort to keep Aaron Rodgers on the field, and he may not want to rely solely on his experienced offensive tackle signings, Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses, to accomplish the job.

With the addition of a second first-round pick last month, the Vikings are prepared for battle and ready to advance if needed to land their target. They do nothing yet still manage to get him in this mock.

No, Denver is still in the running for a quarterback despite this week’s trade for Zach Wilson, the former No. 2 overall pick. While head coach in New Orleans, Sean Payton never shied away from using future draft money to acquire a player he desired. The Broncos will probably have to give up their 2025 first-round pick in order to advance this year. However, what if they are not required to?

Another club that is very interested in advancing to fulfill its aspirations of becoming a quarterback. Here, among the first 13 picks, Las Vegas takes the sixth signal-caller. Penix’s tendency to pass the ball downfield is in line with the daring past of the Raiders.

The Colts’ second-year quarterback, Anthony Richardson, is excited about how the rush on quarterbacks forces a receiver with top-10 skill down to this area.

The Hawks don’t need to look far to bolster their offensive line with the addition of this adaptable University of Washington blocker. Staying in the city, Fautanu continues to work with his offensive coordinator and offensive line coach from college.

In this scenario, the Jaguars have it all when they receive their first choice when they are most in need.

Not to worry, another top-10 talent was pushed down by QB maneuvers! Beginning training with Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who will utilize Bowers quickly and deftly, lessens the impact.

Murphy is incredibly talented and will work nicely with Kobie Turner, the rookie phenom from the previous season, even though he won’t be Aaron Donald. Another Texas product that the Rams might choose is wide receiver Xavier Worthy. There may be no player in NFL Scouting Combine history faster than Tutu Atwell.

In an effort to prepare this raw but incredibly gifted young player for the position of right tackle, the Steelers are bolstering their offensive line, which has forced Broderick Jones, the team’s first pick from the previous season, to take his rightful place on the blind side. We will also take into account grabbing a center in this instance. (Barton Graham? Jackson Johnson Powers-?)

Physically and intellectually agile, Barton transitions from left tackle in college to center in the NFL (he did start five games at the pivot early in his Duke career) and provides the cornerstone for Mike McDaniel’s explosive offensive approach.

Throughout the pre-draft process, the Toledo product has only impressed (see his blazing athletic display at the combine and his lockdown of Power Five receivers during Senior Bowl week). With this ballhawk, the Eagles strengthen their secondary.

Verse, a small-school phenom who attended Albany for his first three years of college, used talent, perseverance, and hard work to rise from prominence to the Power Five (he spent his final two years at Florida State). Elite edge rusher Danielle Hunter’s free agency exit is lessened with his assistance.

When Dallas selected center Travis Frederick in the first round of the 2013 NBA Draft, they struck gold. The Rimington Trophy winner from the previous season (college football’s best center) is acquired by the Cowboys as they mine at the position once more. JPJ is a strong man with good movement skills.

DeJean is so versatile that I classed him as a DB rather than a CB. He is an exceptional punt returner in addition to being able to run, cover, tackle, and catch. DeJean and All-Pro kick returner Keisean Nixon would provide further special teams support for Green Bay.

Tampa is counting on this quick edge rusher, whose stats should rise in the NFL, to fulfill his potential and rise to the occasion. Here, too, I believe a center is possible.

Nick Rallis, a rising defensive coordinator, will have many opportunities to use this dedicated worker. Darius Robinson, the hybrid DE/DT from Missouri, has to be discussed as well. And it’s worth considering the cornerback position as well.

Prior to Stefon Diggs being traded to Houston, this was a need. This quick and astute receiver, who likely attract a lot of interest from potential suitors on draft night, will be coached by quarterback Josh Allen.

With his down-in/down-out tenacity, McKinstry fits right in with the Lions’ well defined ethos. The young man knew he required foot surgery, but nonetheless, he went through his pro day and did really well.

Guyton will assist head coach John Harbaugh in improving the offensive line, as he has acknowledged doing. Although he played right tackle in college, the former tight end has the skills to switch to the blind side.

After missing out on a first-round selection in the previous two years, the 49ers have several options going forward. Although Rosengarten matches San Francisco’s RT profile and has performance reminiscent of another former Washington tackle, Kaleb McGary, Arizona’s Jordan Morgan, an offensive tackle, must be considered.

This draft’s best Longhorn receiver, in my opinion. It’s expected that Kansas City will choose an offensive lineman, ideally one with LT skills. However, in light of Rashee Rice’s precarious condition, the Chiefs select a playmaker to complement their quarterback of choice, Patrick Mahomes.

 

 

 

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