More teams were eliminated from the postseason race this weekend as the Commanders, Cardinals, Jets, and Titans saw their playoff hopes come to an end. That means they can officially start making their plans for the offseason with more teams bound to join them in the coming weeks.
Below, we’ll offer our fourth mock for the 2024 NFL Draft while we upped it to the first 15 picks for this week:
- New England Patriots (via Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears) — Caleb Williams, QB, USC
- Chicago Bears (via New England Patriots) — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
- Arizona Cardinals — Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
- Washington Commanders — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
- Chicago Bears — Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
- New York Jets — JC Latham, OT, Alabama
- New York Giants — Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
- Los Angeles Chargers — Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
- Tennessee Titans — Rome Odunze, WR, Washington
- Atlanta Falcons — Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
- Green Bay Packers — Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois
- Las Vegas Raiders — Dallas Turner, Edge, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks — Laiatu Latu, Edge, UCLA
- New Orleans Saints — Jared Verse, Edge, Florida State
- Denver Broncos — Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
Chicago still owns the No. 1 pick by way of Carolina, and like last week, we have the Bears trading out of the spot. USC quarterback Caleb Williams is still the DraftKings Sportsbook odds favorite to be taken No. 1 overall, but the debate over whether the Bears should stick with current starter Justin Fields rages on. They are 2-2 since he returned from a thumb injury and could’ve been 3-1 had Darnell Mooney not dropped what would’ve been a game-winning Hail Mary against the Browns on Sunday.
So for this mock exercise, we have Chicago swapping spots with New England at Nos. 1 and 2. The Bears decide to get Fields an elite pass-catching weapon in Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. and use their other top-five pick on Notre Dame’s Joe Alt.
As for the Patriots, the questions about Bill Belichick’s future with the organization continue to swirl and we’ll get those answers in the coming weeks. Whether it’s the legendary head coach or a new regime making the decisions in April, the Pats need a hard reset and it starts at QB. Caleb Williams, get ready to eat clam chowder, buddy.
Similar to Chicago, I don’t think Arizona moves on from starting QB Kyler Murray. With MH3 off the board, the Cardinals decide to get him some protection on the offensive line in the form of Penn State tackle Olumuyiwa Fashanu. That means Washington ends up getting the services of North Carolina QB Drake Maye, who will be brought in to replace Sam Howell ... the guy he replaced at UNC.
Jumping ahead to No. 10, we have Atlanta taking Heisman Trophy-winning QB Jayden Daniels from LSU. Given their disastrous loss to the Panthers on Sunday, it doesn’t appear that Arthur Smith will have a job in the coming weeks and the new regime in ATL will make it their top priority to get the QB situation settled once and for all.