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2024 NFL Draft: Mel Kiper releases updated 2-round mock draft with trades, predictions for picks 1-64

IMG_6598by:Nick Kosko04/10/24


2024 NFL Draft Mel Kiper 2 round mock trades

ESPN’s Mel Kiper released his updated two-round NFL Mock Draft featuring trades and predictions for the first 64 picks.

There will be some shake ups as we get closer to the actual draft. Kiper has quarterback hungry teams making franchise changing moves.

Let’s dive into Kiper’s latest mock draft through the first two rounds, featuring trades!

1. Chicago Bears: Caleb Williams, QB – USC

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Surprise, surprise. We kid of course as Williams has been the projected No. 1 pick since 2024 mocks started.

The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner is in while Justin Fields is out. The latter was traded to Pittsburgh. Williams is now the new face of the franchise and arguably the most talented QB the Bears ever had.

2. Washington Commanders: Jayden Daniels, QB – LSU

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Daniels goes next to become the new face of the Commanders’ franchise. The Heisman Trophy winner has all the tools to succeed at the next level.

Putting him in the right offense is key though. Kliff Kingsbury could certainly unlock more of his dual threat capabilities.

3. New England Patriots: Drake Maye, QB – North Carolina

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The Patriots get their quarterback as well with Maye. He’s got the size, the arm and the IQ to succeed at the NFL level. Kiper is firmly in the camp of Maye to New England.

Now, it’s about the Patriots franchise itself. A new era could mean success as they usher into a different look, style and scheme.

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

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A can’t miss prospect. Harrison Jr. is the best wide receiver in the class and that’s despite him not testing at all ahead of the draft. It doesn’t affect Kiper’s opinion.

Just go look at his tape throughout his college career. Just try and stop him. Doubling him will just open up the rest of the offense or Harrison Jr. will beat you anyway.

5. Minnesota Vikings: J.J. McCarthy, QB – Michigan

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A trade! McCarthy is going to the Vikings after Minnesota used its extra first round pick to move up in the top five with the Chargers.

McCarthy is the fourth quarterback off the board here as well. He lost one game in college, won a national title and has the prototypical tools. But he’s definitely in the second tier behind the top three.

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


The Giants get their playmaker as well and it’s not a bad consolation prize. If you can’t get Harrison Jr., you might as well get Nabers.

Nabers aided Daniels to a Heisman at LSU and he can run the entire route tree. Some analysts might even try to put Nabers above the Ohio State star.

7. Tennessee Titans: Joe Alt, OT – Notre Dame

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So here’s where Alt ends up within the first round of the NFL Draft. He’s been a popular selection around this section anyway and nothing changes here, even for Kiper.

The Titans get a good one though. Alt should be able to protect whoever is taking snaps behind center next season as a day-one starter and be a franchise piece for the next decade.

8. Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, OLB – Alabama

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Dallas Turner was a menace for the Crimson Tide over the course of his college career. He seemingly just fits Atlanta right? He logged 10 sacks last year and 22.5 for his career and put up 32.5 tackles for loss.

Raheem Morris might hit a home run with this type of pick in the 2024 draft. Kiper seems to think so as well. The Falcons could get an instant pass-rushing starter here. Turner’s been penciled into Atlanta all offseason. You might as well write it in pen.

9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR – Washington
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Odunze is the latest wide receiver to go in the first 10 picks and the Bears get a great tandem. Williams and Odunze were on opposite sidelines in college, but now they get to play together.

Boy this would provide such a great amount of juice to the franchise. Odunze could be an instant star in Chicago with a Heisman winner throwing him the football. Kiper loves this fit.

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

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More weapons for the Jets! Bowers can do it all as a pass catcher and blocker and is an elite tight end prospect. Aaron Rodgers is going to have fun with this new weapon.

Bowers is as pro-ready as a prospect can get. At this point, it’d be a crime for him to fall out of the top 10 in this year’s draft.

Mock Draft Picks No. 11 through 32

11. Los Angeles Chargers: JC Latham, OT – Alabama
12. Denver Broncos: Quinyon Mitchell, CB – Toledo
13. Las Vegas Raiders: Taliese Fuaga, OT – Oregon State
14. New Orleans Saints: Olu Fashanu, OT – Penn State
15. Indianapolis Colts: Terrion Arnold, CB – Alabama
16. Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, G – Washington
17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cooper DeJean, CB – Iowa
18. Cincinnati Bengals: Byron Murphy II, DT – Texas
19. Los Angeles Rams: Laiatu Latu, OLB – UCLA
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Graham Barton, OL – Duke
21. Miami Dolphins: Jared Verse, DE – Florida State
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Nate Wiggins, CB – Clemson
23. Los Angeles Chargers: Xavier Worthy, WR – Texas
24. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton, OT – Oklahoma
25. Green Bay Packers: Amarius Mims, OT – Georgia
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Chop Robinson, OLB – Penn State
27. Arizona Cardinals: Darius Robinson, DL – Missouri
28. Buffalo Bills: Brian Thomas Jr., WR – LSU
29. Detroit Lions: AD Mitchell, WR – Texas
30. Baltimore Ravens: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB – Alabama
31. San Francisco 49ers: Roger Rosengarten, OT – Washington
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Legette, WR – South Carolina

Mel Kiper Mock Draft Round 2

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The second round of the draft starts out with another trade at pick No. 33. Don’t worry, this one is a doozy for the New York Giants, moving up 14 spots with the Carolina Panthers.

33. New York Giants: Bo Nix, QB – Oregon
34. New England Patriots: Keon Coleman, WR – Florida State
35. Arizona Cardinals: T.J. Tampa, CB – Iowa State
36. Washington Commanders: Jordan Morgan, OT – Arizona
37. Los Angeles Rams: Michael Penix Jr., QB – Washington (Trade with LAC)
38. Tennessee Titans: Ricky Pearsall, WR – Florida
39. Carolina Panthers: Ladd McConkey, WR – Georgia
40. Washington Commanders: Max Melton, CB – Rutgers
41. Green Bay Packers: Edgerrin Cooper, LB – Texas A&M
42. Houston Texans: Jer’Zhan Newton, DT – Illinois
43. Atlanta Falcons: Kamari Lassiter, CB – Georgia
44. Las Vegas Raiders: Ennis Rakestraw Jr., CB – Georgia
45. New Orleans Saints: Malachi Corley, WR – Western Kentucky
46. Indianapolis Colts: Troy Franklin, WR – Oregon
47. Carolina Panthers: Jackson Powers-Johnson, OL – Oregon (Trade with NYG through SEA)
48. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kris Jenkins, DT – Michigan
49. Cincinnati Bengals: Roman Wilson, WR – Michigan
50. Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Paul, OT – Houston
51. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jalen McMillan, WR – Washington
52. Los Angeles Chargers: Ruke Orhorhoro, DT – Clemson
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Lynn Polk, WR – Washington
54. Cleveland Browns: Braden Fiske, DT – Florida State
55. Miami Dolphins: Christian Haynes, G – UConn
56. Dallas Cowboys: Jonathon Brooks, RB – Texas
57. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zach Frazier, OL – West Virginia
58. Green Bay Packers: Javon Bullard, S – Georgia
59. Houston Texans: Mike Sainristill, CB – Michigan
60. Buffalo Bills: Cole Bishop, S – Utah
61. Detroit Lions: Adisa Isaac, DE – Penn State
62. Baltimore Ravens: Cooper Beebe, G – Kansas State
63. San Francisco 49ers: Dru Phillips, CB – Kentucky
64. Kansas City Chiefs: Kingsley Suamataia, OT – BYU

Now that Kiper’s latest mock draft is in the books, we are mere weeks away from the actual NFL Draft. It’s set for April 25th through 27th in Detroit.