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2024 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Daniels, Maye Still Jockeying for No. 2

About the only thing certain as the 2024 NFL Draft approaches is do not believe anything you hear or read about what teams are planning to do when the draft gets underway on Thursday night. Anything getting leaked the week of the draft is usually being done with the hope that they can sucker another team into giving away valuable draft picks.

When looking at the NFL Draft odds, there is more drama surrounding the No. 2 pick than what will happen with the first selection. USC quarterback Caleb Williams was seemingly locked in at No. 1 from the time he declared for the draft.

2024 NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Daniels, Maye Still Jockeying for No. 2
Jayden Daniels #5 of the LSU Tigers/Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFP

The first pick has already changed hands thanks to a 2023 trade that resulted in the Chicago Bears dealing the No. 1 overall selection to the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers finished with the worst record in the NFL, so the first-round selection that headed back to Chicago is the top pick – and that will be Williams.

Three of the top four picks in last year’s draft were quarterbacks. The NFL rumors are beginning to intensify at the possibility of the first three selections being quarterbacks – and perhaps even the top four selections will be QBs if the Arizona Cardinals get a good deal and are willing to trade down.

Here’s a look at how the top 10 could shake out in this week’s NFL Draft. The draft begins on Thursday night with the first round.


NFL Mock Draft 4.0 Picks

No. 1 Chicago Bears (from Carolina) – Caleb Williams, QB, USC: Life is about to get pretty good for the former Heisman Trophy winner with Williams getting to throw to D.J. Moore and Keenan Allen. Running back D’Andre Swift is also coming on board. It has been awhile since a quarterback taken first overall has this proven NFL talent to work with as a rookie.

Williams is now priced at -20000 by the Vegas NFL odds to be the player chosen first overall. Those wondering about a potential trade-down scenario, keep in mind that Williams is also at -20000 to be picked by the Bears.

Led by Williams, three of the top six players in the top 150 of former NFL scout Daniel Jeremiah’s top 150 prospects are quarterbacks.


No. 2 Washington Commanders – Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU: Daniels and North Carolina’s Drake Maye couldn’t be more different as quarterbacks and it will come down to which passer the Commanders prefer. If their recent draft history is any indication, they will make the wrong choice.

Washington would have loved to land Williams, a local product, but the asking price to move up one spot would be rather pricey. Could Washington trade down? Yes. But that is a risky proposition with the way that the quarterbacks are supposed to be flying off the board.

The only quarterbacks on the Washington roster are Jake Fromm and Marcus Mariota so obviously the Commanders will be addressing the quarterback position. Will it happen at No. 2 or does Washington trade down? The odds are at -160 for Daniels to be that pick compared to +140 odds for Maye to go second overall.


No. 3 New England Patriots – Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina: Opinions are all over the place on Maye, who had much better numbers during the 2022 season than he did in 2023.

Mac Jones has been dealt away so the post-Bill Belichick era will begin with a new quarterback to lead the team.

Maye has helped his draft stock since the end of the season and he looks the part of a franchise quarterback. Will he have enough talent around him to succeed? The Vegas NFL odds have Maye at -140 to be the third pick.


No. 4 Arizona Cardinals – Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State: While plenty of mock drafts have proposed trades that resulted in a quarterback being taken here, we’re not going down that road.

During the 2021 season, Ohio State’s group of receivers included Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave and Jaxson Smith-Njigba – and Harrison was said to be the best of the lot. Arizona shouldn’t overthink this and it should take the best player in the draft.

Harrison is the overwhelming front-runner according to the BetUS sportsbook odds to be the first non-quarterback selected. He is at -225 to be the No. 4 pick.

Harrison would give Kyler Murray a big-play threat to throw the ball to and that is just what the Cardinals need to take the next step.


No. 5 Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Nabers, WR, LSU: New coach Jim Harbaugh must love the fact that the rest of the NFL is waiting to see what he will do. There are four players with odds ranging from +200-+425. Two are receivers, one is an offensive lineman and the other is J.J. McCarthy, Harbaugh’s former quarterback at Michigan. With wideouts Keenan Allen and Mike Williams gone, the obvious choice would seem to be receiver, but Harbaugh is anything but predictable.

He knows Harrison pretty well from his days trying to draw up defensive game plans, so if the Ohio State star drops, he would be a natural fit with the Chargers. LSU WR Malik Nabers has the best odds of +200 to be the pick here.


No. 6 New York Giants – Rome Odunze, WR, Washington: The Giants haven’t been known to take receivers this early in the draft. However, there is nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver on the Giants roster right now and that could change with the addition of Odunze.


No. 7 Tennessee Titans – Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame: Perhaps if one of the top three receivers fall into this spot, Tennessee will go that route. However, picking up the best offensive lineman to protect second-year QB Will Levis could be the best option. Alt comes in at -180 in NFL lines to be the pick here.


No. 8 Atlanta Falcons – Dallas Turner, LB, Alabama: Atlanta has been loading up on offensive playmakers early in recent drafts and could have its pick of the top defensive players. Atlanta needs an impact pass rusher and Turner could be just what the Falcons need.


No. 9 Chicago Bears – Laiatu Latu, DE, UCLA: Assuming NFL teams aren’t spooked by Latu’s previous neck injury, he makes a lot of sense here. He has the size to play on either side of the line of scrimmage and form a dynamic 1-2 duo with Montez Sweat at defensive end.


No. 10 New York Jets – Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia: There has been chatter of Bowers falling into the teens and that sounds like typical NFL Draft misinformation.

Putting Bowers and receiver Garrett Wilson together will give the Jets a dynamic passing offense and make Aaron Rodgers a happy guy – or as happy as somebody like Rodgers can be.



Questions of the Day

Who has the best odds to be the top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams is priced at -20000 to be the first player selected in next month’s draft.

Who has the first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft?

The Chicago Bears not only pick first overall thanks to a trade with the Carolina Panthers but also own the No. 9 selection.

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