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NFL mock draft 2024: Belichick takes QB, ends Jones/Zappe era

With the month of December underway, we offer our second mock for the 2024 NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Chargers v New England Patriots Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Week 13 of the NFL season has just about wrapped up with a few primetime games left to be played. We got our first team to be officially eliminated from playoff contention on Sunday and more will be on the way in the coming weeks. That means we’ll start getting a better idea of who will be making the top picks in the draft this April.

Below, we’ll offer our second mock for the 2024 NFL Draft and stick with the top 12 picks now.

  1. Chicago Bears (via Carolina Panthers) — Caleb Williams, QB, USC
  2. New England Patriots — Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
  3. Arizona Cardinals — Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State
  4. Washington Commanders — Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU
  5. Chicago Bears — Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
  6. New York Giants — Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State
  7. New York Jets — Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
  8. Tennessee Titans — JC Latham, OT, Alabama
  9. New Orleans Saints — Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
  10. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama
  11. Las Vegas Raiders — Bo Nix, QB, Oregon
  12. Los Angeles Chargers — Jer’Zhan Newton, DT, Illinois

USC quarterback Caleb Williams is still the favorite to be taken No. 1 overall with -435 odds at DraftKings Sportsbook and we still have him going to the Bears with the No. 1 overall pick. There is still a debate over whether Chicago should stick with Justin Fields for another year and for now, we’ll predict the franchise going into a different direction.

As a result of their 6-0 loss to the to the Chargers, the Patriots are now positioned in the No. 2 spot and were helped by the Cardinals beating the Steelers in a game that featured multiple weather delays. At No. 2 in this mock, Bill Belichick mercifully ends the failed Mac Jones/Bailey Zappe era by taking UNC QB Drake Maye and the Cards follow them by getting Kyler Murray some help with Marvin Harrison Jr.

Rounding out the top five are the Commanders and Bears, the latter of whom are still in line to have two top five picks. It looks like Washington is poised to completely clean house in the offseason and what better way to start fresh than with the potential Heisman Trophy winner in LSU’s Jayden Daniels. Right afterwards, Chicago provides some protection for Williams with Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt.

We’ll be back next week with another mock draft as the NFL regular season inches closer to a conclusion.