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2024 NFL Draft: Trades shake up latest CBS Sports mock draft following Super Bowl

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With just over a week until the 2024 NFL Scouting Combine gets underway, mock draft season is in full swing. The projections continue to roll in, including one from CBS Sports featuring plenty of movement on the board.

Of course, all eyes are on the No. 1 pick as the Chicago Bears hold the selection for the second straight year. They have a decision to make on Justin Fields, and CBS Sports projected a trade to the New England Patriots for a 2024 third-rounder and a 2025 third round pick that could turn into a second-round selection.

That leaves Chicago to take Caleb Williams atop the board, although there were multiple trades throughout CBS Sports’ latest 2024 mock draft.

1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers) – Caleb Williams, QB, USC

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Caleb Williams has been projected to go atop the 2024 NFL Draft for some time, and that doesn’t seem to be changing anytime soon. The Bears will get the first chance at selecting the former USC star after acquiring the Panthers’ pick in last year’s trade.

Williams won the Heisman Trophy in 2022 as he totaled nearly 5,000 yards – 4,537 passing and 382 rushing – and 52 touchdowns. His 2023 season was still strong as well with 3,633 yards and 30 touchdowns with 142 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns, although USC finished the year 8-5 thanks in large part to struggles on defense.

2. Washington Commanders – Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

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Jayden Daniels’ spectacular 2023 season not only won him the Heisman Trophy, but also has him in strong consideration to be one of the top picks in the 2024 NFL Draft. In fact, CBS Sports projects the former LSU star to be the second quarterback off the board and hopefully become the Washington Commanders’ quarterback of the future.

Daniels led the nation in total offense this past season, averaging 412.2 yards per game and totaling 50 touchdowns. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. has called him one of the biggest risers over the last year, and it could lead him to become a top-three pick.

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

Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
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After CBS Sports projected the Patriots to trade for Fields, it also had them taking one of the best playmakers on the board. They’d take Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. at No. 3, forming quite a duo with Fields taking the snaps.

Harrison is widely viewed as the best receiver on the board and was a Heisman Trophy finalist this past season. He also won the Biletnikoff Award as he 1,211 yards and 14 touchdowns as the biggest piece of Ohio State’s offense.

4. Arizona Cardinals – Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

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After Harrison, there’s some debate about who could be the second wide receiver off the board. According to CBS Sports’ latest mock draft, Rome Odunze would go to the Arizona Cardinals to give Kyler Murray a crucial weapon on the outside.

Odunze was the top target for Michael Penix Jr. at Washington this past year, hauling in an FBS-leading 1,640 yards to go with 13 touchdowns. His big-play ability makes him especially intriguing for NFL teams, and by teaming up with Murray, Arizona would be able to stretch the field more.

5. New York Giants (via mock trade with Chargers) – Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

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At No. 5, CBS Sports projected its first trade with the New York Giants moving up a spot to take Drake Maye out of North Carolina. While many analysts have Maye as QB2 this year, CBS Sports has him as the third quarterback off the board.

The Giants still have Daniel Jones after signing him to an extension, but there’s a chance they still take a quarterback to develop this year. Maye put up impressive numbers at North Carolina in 2022 with 4,321 yards and 38 touchdowns, and while those dropped to 3,608 yards and 24 touchdowns, he’s still projected to have a high ceiling in the league.

6. Los Angeles Chargers (via mock trade with Giants) – Taliese Fuaga, OL, Oregon State

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As Oregon State put together an impressive year before the Pac-12 effectively splits, Taliese Fuaga was a critical part in the offense’s success. The Beavers allowed 15 total sacks this year, but Fuaga was one of the highest-graded players in the country this year, per PFF.

Fuaga would join an offensive line that would protect Justin Herbert in new coach Jim Harbaugh’s scheme. At Michigan, Harbaugh emphasized winning in the trenches, and that would likely be a focus again if Los Angeles selects Fuaga in the 2024 NFL Draft.

7. Tennessee Titans – Olu Fashanu, OL, Penn State

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Olu Fashanu would’ve been a sure-fire first-round draft pick last year. Instead, he returned to Penn State, and he didn’t allow a sack in 2023 in his 365 offensive snaps.

The Titans could give Fashanu a look to bolster their offensive line, which allowed 64 sacks a season ago. He could serve as a centerpiece protecting Will Levis as Tennessee looks to bounce back from a 6-11 record in 2023.

8. Atlanta Falcons – Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

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After coming out of medical retirement and transferring to UCLA, Laiatu Latu put together two impressive seasons in Brentwood. In 2023, he set new career-highs with 21.5 tackles for loss and 13 sacks as he became the projected top pass-rusher on the board.

The Falcons are in an interesting spot heading into the draft with a new coaching staff coming in and multiple playmakers on offense. However, they still have some question marks at quarterback – although CBS Sports projects Atlanta to go with Latu to bolster the pass rush.

9. Chicago Bears – Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

LSU WR Malik Nabers
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By holding the No. 9 pick in addition to No. 1, Chicago has an opportunity to pair Caleb Williams with a playmaking wide receiver to go opposite DJ Moore. In CBS Sports’ mock draft, Malik Nabers gets the nod after leading LSU in receiving during Jayden Daniels’ Heisman-winning season.

Nabers’ 120.7 receiving yards per game led the nation, and his 1,569 total receiving yards ranked second in the FBS. By joining forces with Williams and Moore in new coordinator Shane Waldron’s scheme, Chicago’s offense would have multiple playmakers to usher in a new era.

10. New York Jets – Joe Alt, OL, Notre Dame

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A stalwart on the Notre Dame offensive line the last few years, Joe Alt was again one of the top left tackles in the country this year. He anchored a Fighting Irish offensive line which ranked No. 13 in the nation in sacks allowed, protecting Sam Hartman.

The Jets have been looking for help on the offensive line to protect Aaron Rodgers, who’s set to come back from an Achilles injury suffered in the 2023 season opener. Alt would be an exciting option at left tackle and add to the foundation with Rogers preparing to return.

Picks 11-32 of CBS Sports’ 2024 NFL mock draft

11. Minnesota Vikings – J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan
12. Denver Broncos – Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
13. Las Vegas Raiders – Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints – JC Latham, OL, Alabama
15. Indianapolis Colts – Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson
16. Seattle Seahawks – Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
17. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brian Thomas, WR, LSU
18. Cincinnati Bengals – Jordan Morgan, OL, Arizona
19. Los Angeles Rams – Kamren Kinchens, safety, Miami
20. Pittsburgh Steelers – Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo
21. Miami Dolphins – Jackson Powers-Johnson, OL, Oregon
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
23. Houston Texans (via Cleveland Browns) – Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
24. Dallas Cowboys – Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
25. Green Bay Packers – Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
27. Arizona Cardinals (via Houston Texans) – Byron Murphy, DL, Texas
28. Buffalo Bills – Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon
29. Detroit Lions – Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri
30. Baltimore Ravens – Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois
31. Denver Broncos (via mock trade with San Francisco 49ers) – Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas