2024 NFL Draft: CBS Sports predicts 4 QBs in Top 10 picks in latest first-round mock

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CBS Sports has released its latest 2024 NFL mock draft ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl. It features four quarterbacks going in the first eight picks, including Caleb Williams and Drake Maye going No. 1 and No. 2 overall

Some NFL mock drafts have quarterbacks being selected at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3, and there’s not a consensus as far as who is the second best quarterback behind Caleb Williams. However, Tom Fornelli of CBS Sports clearly believes that Williams and Maye have separated themselves.

Here’s his full 2024 NFL mock draft for Round 1:

1. Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB – USC

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There are differing opinions about who is the second-best player in the draft, but everyone seems to agree that Caleb Williams is the top guy. The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner struggled some late last season, but that’s not expected to hurt his draft stock.

The question seems to be if the Bears will keep the No. 1 pick and trade Justin Fields or trade the top pick and build around Fields. Either way, Caleb Williams is predicted to go No. 1 by CBS and just about everyone else.

2. Washington Commanders: Drake Maye, QB – North Carolina

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Drake Maye has moved down some mock drafts as of late, but CBS Sports still has him at No. 2 in its mock draft. This pick would give Dan Quinn and a new-look Washington coaching staff a quarterback of the future to build around.

There’s also speculation that the Commanders could try to trade up in the NFL draft and take Williams No. 1. Washington hired former USC offensive analyst Kliff Kingsbury as their offensive coordinator this offseason. Williams and Kingsbury worked together last season.

3. New England Patriots: Marvin Harrison Jr., WR – Ohio State

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The first non-quarterback CBS has coming off the board in its latest mock draft is former Ohio State receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. The son of NFL legend Marvin Harrison, Harrison Jr. had a record-setting career at Ohio State.

The 6-foot-4 wideout put up impressive numbers this past season, despite being the focus of every defense the Buckeyes played. New England desperately needs playmakers on offense and this would give them arguably the top player in the draft.

4. Arizona Cardinals: Olu Fashanu, OT – Penn State

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Fashanu and Notre Dame’s Joe Alt are viewed as the top offensive tackles in the draft by most. CBS Sports has the Penn State product going higher here at No. 4 overall.

Fashanu had an impressive career with the Nittany Lions and was dominant as a senior. He was named the Rimington-Pace Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors this past season.

5. Los Angeles Chargers: Joe Alt, OT – Notre Dame

Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt is a 2024 NFL Draft prospect.
Notre Dame left tackle Joe Alt. (Chad Weaver/Blue & Gold)

CBS Sports has Fashanu ahead of Alt in its latest 2024 NFL mock draft but not by much. At No. 5, CBS has the Chargers taking Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt.

Alt was a unanimous first-team All-American this past season after being the leader of a Notre Dame offensive line that was one of the best in the country. He was also a team captain for the Irish in 2023.

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

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The New York Giants need to put playmakers around Eli Manning and Nabers is certainly that. The former LSU star led the nation in receiving yards per game this season after catching 89 passes for 1,569 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Nabers is a big-play threat every time he touches the ball. LSU has had plenty of success producing elite receivers such as Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. Nabers could be next.

7. Denver Broncos: JJ McCarthy, QB – Michigan

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CBS Sports has a trade taking place with the No. 7 pick in its NFL mock draft. The site has the Broncos moving up to No. 7 after making a trade with the Tennessee Titans.

In this scenario, the Broncos draft JJ McCarthy of Michigan to be their quarterback of the future. That would certainly create quite the stir for a couple of different reasons. For one, most have Jayden Daniels going ahead of McCarthy. This would also lead to McCarthy being in the same division as his former head coach Jim Harbaugh, who is now with the Chargers.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Jayden Daniels, QB – LSU

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This is likely the dream scenario for the Atlanta Falcons. Atlanta needs a quarterback, and Daniels was as good as anyone in college football last season, leading to him winning the Heisman trophy.

There are some who have Daniels going No. 2 overall, yet in this mock draft, he falls to No. 8. The Falcons have some playmakers on offense already, including Bijan Robinson and Drake London. Adding Jayden Daniels could be just what Atlanta needs.

9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR  – Washington

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The Bears need help at multiple positions, which is why some believe trading the No. 1 overall pick could be the right move. Either way, Chicago would love to add Rome Odunze, who you can make the case was the best receiver in college football last season.

Odunze and DJ Moore would be quite the duo in Chicago for Justin Fields or whoever is playing quarterback. Odunze led the nation in total receiving yards at 1,640 in 2023.

10. New York Jets: Brock Bowers, TE – Georgia

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Brock Bowers dealt with injuries last season, but when healthy, there’s no doubt he’s one of the best players in the draft. In 2022, when he played every game, Bowers had 942 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

He is a complete tight end who would immediately upgrade the Jets offense. New York has a really good running back in Breece Hall and a really good receiver in Garrett Wilson. This would give the Jets an excellent tight end, too.

NFL Mock Draft picks No. 11 to 32

11. Minnesota Vikings: Dallas Turner, DE – Alabama
12. Tennessee Titans: Terrion Arnold, CB – Alabama
13. Las Vegas Raiders: Cooper DeJean, CB – Iowa
14. New Orleans Saints: JC Latham, OT – Alabama
15. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Wiggins, CB – Clemson
16. Seattle Seahawks: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT – Illinois
17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brian Thomas Jr., WR – LSU
18. Cincinnati Bengals: Taliese Fuaga, OT – Oregon State
19. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Verse, DE – Florida State
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB – Alabama
21. Miami Dolphins: Amarius Mims, OT – Georgia
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB – Toledo
23. Houston Texans: Laiatu Latu, DE – UCLA
24. Dallas Cowboys: Jordan Morgan, OT – Arizona
25. Green Bay Packers: Kamari Lassiter, CB – Georgia
26. Tampa Bay Bucs: Chop Robinson, DE – Penn State
27. Arizona Cardinals: Chris Braswell, DE – Alabama
28. Buffalo Bills: Xavier Legette, WR — South Carolina
29. Detroit Lions: TJ Tampa, CB – Iowa State
30. Baltimore Ravens: Byron Murphy II, DT – Texas
31. Kansas City Chiefs: Troy Franklin, WR – Oregon
32. San Francisco 49ers: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB – Missouri

The NFL Draft is scheduled for April 25th to 27th in Detroit (Mich.). It was chosen over Green Bay and Washington D.C. as the host city.