John Ellsworth 2024 Mock Draft – Round 1

2024 NFL Mock Draft

Updated: April 23rd, 2024

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Round 1:

1) Chicago Bears (from car) – Caleb Williams QB, USC 6’1″ 214 lbs
This is the easiest selection since the Jags took Trevor Lawrence 1st overall a few years ago. If they take someone else or trade down everyone’s mocks are going to avalanche & it will have a ripple effect all through the 1st round.

2) Washington Commanders – Jayden Daniels QB, LSU 6’4″ 210 lbs
It’s Daniels or Maye here & I think OC Klingsbury prefers a dual option QB so this is the pick. He had 3812 yards passing to go with 40 touchdowns & only 4 interceptions in 2023. Also, he had 1134 yards rushing & 10 touchdowns. Oh, he won the 2023 Heisman Trophy as well.

3) New England Patriots – Drake Maye QB, North Carolina 6’4″ 223 lbs
New HC Mayo has to take Maye here. They need a starting QB & they need a new direction to go in. Maye has the big arm to make all of the NFL throws. Loves the deep ball & likes to go there
often. Also, he has a decent set of wheels to escape the pocket when the pressure is on.

4) Arizona Cardinals – Marvin Harrison Jr. WR, Ohio St. 6’4″ 209 lbs
I don’t think the Cards are going to listen to any trade down offers. Harrison can put their offense in another gear. He has it all. Good speed, runs a solid route tree, sticky fingers & a good red zone weapon. Also, not to mention awesome bloodlines.

5) Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Nabers WR, LSU 6′ 200 lbs
I believe HC Jim Harbaugh would like to take OT Joe Alt here but after losing both Keenan Allen & Mike Williams WR is a bigger need. He had an outstanding season in 2023 & followed that up with a hot combine & an over the top pro day.

6) New York Giants – Rome Odunze WR, Washington 6’3″ 212 lbs
With the top 3 QB’s off the board & not wanting to reach the G-men take a polished WR to help out QB Daniel Jones who is skating on thin ice. Odunze led the FBS with 92 receptions for 1640 yards & 13 touchdowns for a 17.8 avg in 2023.

7) Tennessee Titans – Joe Alt OT, Notre Dame 6’9″ 321 lbs
The Titans will sprint to the podium if Alt’s still on the board. They can plug n play him next to last year’s 1st pick Peter Skoronsky & young QB Will Levis will have a nice wall in front of him. Has all the tools to develop into a All Pro OT. Also, has great bloodlines being the son of John Alt who was a pro bowl OT for many years in the NFL.

8) Atlanta Falcons – Dallas Turner EDGE, Alabama 6’4″ 252 lbs
They could consider a QB here but, EDGE is a bigger need & he will have an immediate impact on the Falcons defense. He was the Tides defensive leader on the field & in the locker room. Also, he had a powerful combine to solidify his position here.

9) Chicago Bears – Jared Verse EDGE, Florida St. 6’4″ 254 lbs
They could consider a WR here but after acquiring Keenan Allen they decide to go where they need more help. Verse had 41 tackles & 14.5 tackles for loss in 2023. but, he had 9 sacks in each of the last 2 seasons opening the Bears eyes to his potential. Look for the Bears to go WR in the 3rd round if the right selection is there.

10) New York Jets – Brock Bowers TE, Georgia 6’3′ 243 lbs
QB Aaron Rodgers could use a good safety valve in a big way. Bowers can run the seam or sidelines for chunk gains. He’s a decent blocker though his frame is a little slight. He has strong hands & is hard to bring down when he gets up to speed. Also, he played on 2 National Championship teams. Makes clutch plays at critical times.

11) Minnesota Vikings – J. J. McCarthy QB, Michigan 6’3″ 219 lbs
The Vikes get their wish without having to trade up. J.J.’s stock was really on the rise since the combine but has cooled down a little after scouts & coaches took a deeper look at his film. Tons of potential & upside here. He just needs to learn how to manage the game & not put it all on his shoulders. HC Kevin O’Connell has a brilliant offensive mind & is a solid QB guru.

12) Denver Broncos – Bo Nix QB, Oregon 6’2″ 214 lbs
The QB roll is on & the Broncos can’t be left out. Nix has had 5 years of solid production at Auburn & Oregon. He sees the field well, goes through his progressions quickly & finds his 2nd & 3rd receivers.

13) Las Vegas Raiders – Michael Penix Jr. QB, Washington 6’3″ 216 lbs
The Raiders have been linked to Penix & take their shot here. Has a strong arm & likes to stay in the pocket so pass pro needs to be upgraded. He guided the Huskies to the CFP Championship game. In 2023 he produced 4903 yards passing, 36 touchdowns & 11 interceptions.

14) New Orleans Saints – J.C. Latham OT, Alabama 6’6″ 342 lbs
The Saints need better pass protection for QB Carr. Latham was a 2 year starter for the Tide. He ‘s rock solid in pass pro & can open up big running lanes for the rush game. Very well coached by Nick Saban & his staff in Tuscaloosa.

15) Indianapolis Colts – Quinyon Mitchell CB, Toledo 6′ 195 lbs
The Colts could use a potential CB1 from this draft. He had a good season in 2023 but opened up all the scouts & coaches eyes at the Senior Bowl & followed that up with a solid combine performance. His only drawback is that he played against inferior competition in college. His best stat is that he had 38 passes defended the last 2 seasons. This Cat can cover!!!

16) Seattle Seahawks – Troy Fautanu G/OT, Washington 6’4″ 317 lbs
This player is slowly moving up draft boards. The Hawks need some help on the interior of their offensive line. He played LOT for the Huskies but is projected to move inside at the next level. He could play OT & help out in a pinch.

17) Jacksonville Jaguars – Brian Thomas Jr. WR, LSU 6’3″ 209 lbs
The Jags lost WR Calvin Ridley in FA so they need a replacement. I like this player a lot & believe he will be an immediate impact player for the Jags in his rookie year. This guy can pick them up & put them down in a hurry. Needs a little work on his route tree but everything else is in place & ready for takeoff. Good speed, long arms to pluck the ball out of the air, can stretch the field & knows how to get open. QB Trevor Lawrence is going to love this player & what he can bring to the table. If Malik Nabers wasn’t on this team he stats would be out of sight. Also, he led FBS with 17 touchdown receptions in 2023.

18) Cincinnati Bengals – Taliese Fuaga OT, Oregon St. 6’6″ 324 lbs
It is paramount that the Bengals protect face of the franchise QB Joe Burrow at all costs. With him they can win it all without him they don’t make the playoffs. Powerful in the run game but needs to be coached up a little in his pass pro. Could help out at G in a pinch.

19) Los Angeles Rams – Laiatu Latu EDGE, UCLA 6’5″ 259 lbs
The Rams will strongly consider Byron Murphy here due to the vacancy created by Aaron Donald’s retirement. Edge is a bigger need. They haven’t had much there since Von Miller left. This will come down to his medical reports. His stats were the best of all ER’s in the draft in 2023 when he produced 49 tackles, 13 sacks, 2 passes defended, 2 interceptions & 2 forced fumbles.

20) Pittsburgh Steelers – Olu Fashanu OT, Penn St. 6’6″ 312 lbs
Fashanu’s slide stops here & the Steelers need some big help on their offensive line. He’s good at pass protection & leans on defensive linemen real well in the rush game. Should be a long term starting OT in the NFL. I just feel that he lacks elite skills.

21) Miami Dolphins – Jackson Powers -Johnson C/G, Oregon 6’4″ 328 lbs
Here’s a powerful, strong & experienced interior offensive lineman for the Dolphins. They need better blocking for their rush game & could use some better interior pass protection. Looked great at the Senior Bowl & backed that up with a solid combine performance.

22) Philadelphia Eagles – Terrion Arnold CB, Alabama 6′ 189 lbs
It seems like the Eagles are always looking for secondary help. Their CB’s are ageing & some new blood is needed. In 2023 he had 63 tackles, 1 sack, 12 passes defended, 5 interceptions & 1 forced fumble. Sticks to WR’s like glue.

23) Minnesota Vikings (from cle) – Byron Murphy III DL3T, Texas 6’1″ 297 lbs.
This isn’t the biggest need for the Vikes but it will make their defensive line much better for the next 8 -10 years. This would be a BPA selection for the Vikes. He had a lot to do with the Longhorns making it to the CFP.

24) Dallas Cowboys – Amarius Mims OT, Georgia 6’8″ 340 lbs
Mims slides a little due to the rush on QB’s & WR’s. Mims is a massive OT who played ROT for the Dawgs but has the talent & athleticism to move over to LOT. Is a wall in pass protection & can open up huge running holes for the ground game. The Cowboys have a good history of developing offensive linemen.

25) Green Bay Packers – Tyler Guyton OT, Oklahoma 6’8″ 322 lbs
The Pack needs better pass pro for young QB Jordan Love. Guyton is young but extremely talented & has a ton of upside & potential. Has a nice kick slide to get him in position for pass pro. Likes to play smash mouth football & can get physical.

26) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Chop Robinson EDGE, Penn St. 6’3″ 254 lbs
The Bucs haven’t had much on the EDGE since Barrett left so they grab an immediate starter.
Robinson didn’t have a big stat year with 15 tackles, 4 sacks, 1 pass defended & 2 forced fumbles in 2023. HIs stats don’t reflect the presence he had on the field & the leadership he showed. I think this is another player who will have an impact season in his rookie year.

27) Arizona Cardinals (from hou) – Cooper DeJean FS/CB/PR, Iowa 6’1″ 203 lbs
The Cards decide to take a player that can help them out at any position in the secondary & on special teams as a punt returner. This player has a boatload of moxie & is not afraid to come up into the tackle box & lay out some vicious hits. In 2023 he produced 41 tackles, 5 passes defended & 2 interceptions. In 2022 he was all over the field for the Hawkeyes with 75 tackles, 8 passes defended & 5 interceptions 2 of which he took to the house.

28) Buffalo Bills – Adonai Mitchell WR, Texas 6’3″ 205 lbs
The Bills lost 2 starting WR’s to FA so some help is needed. The Bills have been linked to him for awhile. Long WR with long arms & strong hands. Has the speed to get behind DB’s & pick up big gainers. Should be XLNT in the red zone. Could work on his route tree a little but should start opening day if all goes well at camp. Helped take the Longhorns to the CFP.

29) Detroit Lions – Graham Barton G/C/OT, Duke 6’6′ 313 lbs
The Lions lost 2 interior offensive linemen to FA so grab some help in that area. Barton played LOT for the Bluedevils but projects inside at the next level. 3 year starter at Duke & an intelligent player. He can contribute anywhere on the offensive line & could potentially start on opening day.

30) Baltimore Ravens – Xavier Worthy WRS/WR, Texas 6′ 165 lbs
The Ravens could use a deep threat & QB Lamar will utilize this player to the max. He tore the roof off the combine with a record breaking 4.21 40. Has good moves & can get by DB’s in a blink. An exciting player & DC’s will be up late at night trying to figure out how to cover him. He seems to be very coachable & the Ravens have great coaching.

31) San Francisco 49’ers – Ladd McConkey WR/WRS, Georgia 6’186 lbs
McConkey has looked great all off season & has been scootin’ up draft boards. Looks like Auyit or Deebo might be moved so they decide to grab some reinforcements. He has decent speed, a quiver full of moves & has played on National Championship teams. He should fit right into HC Kyle Shanahan’s offensive schemes.

32) Kansas City Chiefs – Kingsley Suamatia OT, BYU 6’5″ 329 lbs
The Chiefs need an LOT & they can get that here. Played ROT in 2022 & allowed only 1 sack. They switched him to LOT in 2023 he gave up zero sacks. He also has a nice kick slide to set him in position for pass pro. Steady player who doesn’t make mistakes. Plus BYU players are real clean & don’t have any habits. Right up HC Andy Reid’s alley from his Alma Mater.

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