Monday, May 20, 2024

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Five QBs go in top 12, Patriots trade up for WR in ‘what teams should do’ edition

It’s draft week and here’s what I think teams should do

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With just two days to go before the 2024 NFL Draft, I’m doing something a little different in my next-to-last mock draft. CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco has been doing this for years — a mock draft on what teams should do — and his ’24 version came out Tuesday. It’s a great idea because it gets you on the record, plus it gives fans an easy way to point out where you were criminally wrong. (In case you’re wondering, here’s my 2023 version.)

So here it is, what I think NFL teams should do on Thursday, during the first round of the draft. A sneak peak: five QBs come off the board in the first 12 picks (no trades, however!), and the first defensive player off the board is neither an edge rusher nor a cornerback. All told 10 offensive linemen go in the first round, and a team trades back up into the first round to get a wide receiver.

Added bonus: I included picks for teams that I had trading out of the first round, as well as those real-life teams that currently aren’t selecting among the top 32 selections.

OK, let’s get to it.

For more draft coverage, you can hear in-depth analysis twice a week on “With the First Pick” — our year-round NFL Draft podcast with NFL Draft analyst Ryan Wilson and former Vikings general manager Rick Spielman. You can find “With the First Pick” wherever you get your podcasts: Apple PodcastsSpotifyYouTube, etc.  

Round 1

2024 NFL Mock Draft

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place from April 25-27 in Detroit. More draft coverage can be found at, including the weekly updated draft order and a regularly available look at the eligible prospects

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