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The NFL Scouting Combine is in the rearview mirror, and the first wave of free agency is currently underway

This week's transactions will have a tsunami-like effect on all 32 teams' draft boards and areas of need for the 2024 NFL Draft. At this point in the draft cycle, there is just one projected trade, but it's a quarterback-starved franchise trying to grab the last clear-cut first-round passer before there is a tier drop-off at the position. 

There will be many more iterations of this mock draft coming every other Tuesday throughout the draft process ahead of the 2024 NFL Draft, which kicks off Thursday, April 25. Welcome to the Podell Mock Draft 3.0. Kick back, relax, and take it in.

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. Listen to the latest episode below!

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
USC • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
PAYDS
3633
RUYDS
121
INTS
5
TDS
41
The Bears' path forward is clear: it's Caleb Williams time. Fields' market has been crickets after the first day of free agency's legal tampering period. Yes, Williams isn't flawless. He could be better at staying on schedule and executing the plays that are called, but his cool demeanor and ingenuity when plays do break down make him a special quarterback prospect. Williams also isn't afraid to speak his mind: he concluded his NFL Scouting Combine press conference by asking if the Bears want to win. That's a leader.
Round 1 - Pick 2
North Carolina • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
PAYDS
3608
RUYDS
449
INTS
9
TDS
33
It's new regime in Washington. General manager Adam Peters and head coach Dan Quinn look to kick off their franchise-altering draft class that includes six of the first 102 picks with their face-of-the-franchise QB. Maye was the only FBS player with 7,000-plus passing yards and 1,000-plus rushing yards in the past two seasons. Maye also said at his combine presser that it didn't seem like the Bears were very familiar with who he was. Maye will be here at number two.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • 6'4" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
3rd
PAYDS
3812
RUYDS
1134
INTS
4
TDS
50
The 2023 Heisman Trophy winner enters the pros with 55 games of experience as a starter (29 at Arizona State, 26 at LSU), and he parlayed that experience into becoming the only player in FBS history with 12,000-plus career passing yards and 3,000-plus career rushing yards. He also became the only FBS player since the turn of the 21st century to average over 300 passing yards per game and 75 or more rushing yards per game in a season this past year. The Patriots signed quarterback Jacoby Brissett to be their bridge quarterback/mentor. Now, all they have to do is get their young gun to Foxborough.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
REC
67
REYDS
1211
YDS/REC
18.1
TDS
15
College football's receiving touchdowns leader across the past two seasons (28) enters this draft as the clear-cut WR1. Marvin Harrison Jr. has drawn comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald and Justin Jefferson early in the draft process. His talent will give Kyler Murray a much-needed top target.
Round 1 - Pick 5
LSU • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
REC
89
REYDS
1569
YDS/REC
17.6
TDS
14
The Chargers will need another pass-catcher after likely needing to make tough salary cap decisions with wideouts Mike Williams and/or Keenan Allen. Los Angeles selected TCU's Quentin Johnston (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) in the first round last year, and this time it selects a receiver with a different build in LSU's Malik Nabers (6-0, 200). He was the most electrifying receiver in the nation last year, and Justin Herbert has one of the most live arms in the entire league. Nabers will allow him to let it rip.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Washington • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
REC
92
REYDS
1640
YDS/REC
17.8
TDS
15
College football's receiving yards leader (1,640) lands with the G-Men, a team starved for receiver production. The last time the Giants had a player total 1,000 receiving yards was Odell Beckham Jr.'s final year in the Big Apple with 1,052 yards back in 2018. Standing at 6-3 and weighing 215 pounds, Odunze can be an immediate help to whoever New York has under center in 2024. The Giants signed a new right tackle in Jermaine Eluemunor in free agency, so they can afford to go best player available here.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Notre Dame • 6'8" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
5th
Alt was a unanimous 2023 All-American as Pro Football Focus' highest-graded offensive lineman last season (90.7). He has been impenetrable as a pass-blocker the last two seasons, allowing just one sack and only 11 quarterback pressures since 2022. Given the litany of injuries Titans quarterbacks have suffered the last two seasons, Tennessee selects the best offensive line prospect in the 2024 class.
  Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 8
Michigan • 6'3" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
4th
PAYDS
2991
RUYDS
202
INTS
4
TDS
25
J.J. McCarthy was an efficient conductor for Michigan's run-first offense the last two seasons, throwing 44 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. The result: a 27-1 record and a 2023 national champion. McCarthy was adept at executing the offense his coaches asked him to run while also showcasing athleticism as a runner and while throwing on the run. He has the velocity to make tight window throws and has no issue taking what the defense gives him. The Falcons decide to trade back after finally procuring a franchise QB, albeit at the Vikings' expense. To make it up to them, Atlanta allows them to move up three spots in the draft to select McCarthy for the price of multiple draft picks.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Alabama • 6'4" / 242 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
The trade and extension of Montez Sweat last season was critical, but Chicago still needs plenty of pass-rush help. The Bears' 30 sacks were the second fewest in the NFL last season, while their 31.2% quarterback pressure rate ranked as the third worst in the league. The only pass rusher who totaled more sacks (22.5), tackles for loss (32.5) and quarterback pressures (117) than Dallas Turner from 2021-23 was former teammate Will Anderson Jr. Turner isn't as polished entering the league as Anderson was, but the physical tools are there. Chicago acquires arguably the most pro-ready edge rusher prospect in the 2024 class.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Penn State • 6'6" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jets' most pressing need is simple: Find help to protect Aaron Rodgers. Their quarterback is now 40 years old and coming off a major leg injury. The last thing New York needs is for him to be running for his life on the MetLife Stadium turf. The Jets cycled through an NFL-most 13 starting offensive linemen, a metric they need to see go way down in 2024. Fashanu didn't allow a sack at all during his 697 pass-blocking snaps in college. He could improve as run-blocker, but this is the kind of anchor at left tackle Rodgers needs. Fashanu ran a 5.11-second 40-yard dash with a 6-foot-6, 312-pound frame. He is a next-level athlete the Jets offensive line desperately needs.
  Mock Trade from Minnesota Vikings
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida State • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jared Verse is arguably this class' best when it comes to bull-rushing opposing offensive tackles into their quarterbacks to blow up plays before they can even get going. He is also sturdy against the run. The Falcons need more juice in their pass rush -- they ranked 25th in quarterback pressure rate (32.7%) -- and Verse will help them greatly in this area.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Terrion Arnold is the hands-down top defensive back in this class, and he goes to a team that already has a Pro Bowl corner in Pat Surtain II. At 6-foot and weighing 196 pounds, Arnold won consistently in the SEC. The first-team All-American co-led the conference with five interceptions and led the entire SEC in targets ending with an incompletion (43). Arnold also didn't allow a touchdown on 445 coverage snaps last season. Denver's secondary will likely take a step back after releasing Justin Simmons. Arnold can help soften his absence, an ability he highlighted with the Crimson Tide.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Alabama • 6'6" / 360 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Raiders lost right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor to the New York Giants in free agency. Latham is a plug-and-play guy at tackle or guard. The second-team All-American allowed just three sacks in 970 career pass-blocking snaps. Latham started every Alabama game (27) at right tackle the last two seasons. He'll fit in quite nicely in Las Vegas.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Oregon State • 6'6" / 324 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
4th
New Orleans whiffed on 2022 first-round pick Trevor Penning. Left tackle Andrus Peat is also a free agent. The Saints add a mountain-like blocker in Fuaga, who is 6-foot-6 and 334 pounds. He is a menace as a run blocker, and he has plenty of upside as a pass blocker. New Orleans, annually strapped for cap space, addresses a key position of need here.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Georgia • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
1st
REC
56
REYDS
714
YDS/REC
12.8
TDS
7
The Colts need another big-bodied target over the middle in addition to Michael Pittman Jr., and Brock Bowers falls into their laps as a one of the best tight end prospects in years. He is the SEC's all-time leader for tight ends in catches (175), receiving yards (2,538) and receiving touchdowns (26) -- and all those figures were also the most among TEs from 2021-2023. He is also the first college football player with 25 or more receiving touchdowns and five or more rushing touchdowns in a career since Tavon Austin did so at West Virginia from 2009-2012. Dynamic to say the least.
Round 1 - Pick 16
UCLA • 6'5" / 267 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Laiatu Latu racked up the hardware at UCLA last season: He was named a unanimous All-American and the 2023 Ted Hendricks Award winner (the best defensive end in college football). He led the FBS in quarterback pressure rate (21.4%) in 2023, and his 23.5 sacks across the last two seasons are also the most in college football. His 96.3 Pro Football Focus defensive grade is the highest by an FBS player in the past 10 seasons. The big question with Latu is how his medical testing goes. He missed two seasons with a neck injury in 2020 and 2021. Leonard Williams is back, and it would be fun to see Latu's development under Mike Macdonald.
Round 1 - Pick 17
Texas • 6'0" / 306 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
Byron Murphy II is exactly what the Jaguars need up front to pair nicely with Josh Allen and Travon Walker on the edges of their defensive front. They were the seventh-worst run defense in football in 2023, and the 6-foot-1, 308-pound mountain of a man could go a long way toward getting back on track. He had the highest quarterback pressure rate (17.0%) by an FBS defensive tackle last season (minimum 250 pass rushes) as well as the highest Pro Football Focus pass-rush grade (91.5) by an FBS defensive tackle in 2023. Jacksonville had the sixth-worst sack rate (6.1%) in the NFL, and Murphy could help fix that.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Georgia • 6'7" / 340 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
5th
Mims is somewhat of a question mark with only eight career starts in 30 college games. He didn't allow a sack in 377 pass-blocking snaps in college. Mims did start in both of Georgia's playoff games en route to a 2022 CFP national title. The Bengals need to protect Joe Burrow long term after making him the highest-paid player in the league on a per-year basis ($55 million average per year), and Mims and his 6-foot-7, 340-pound frame would be an affordable and helpful add to achieve that goal. There aren't many athletes like Mims on this planet: he ran a 5.07-second 40-yard dash at his size. Unreal.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Oregon • 6'3" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
1st
One of the darlings of the Senior Bowl, Powers-Johnson is perhaps the best interior blocker in the entire draft. At 6-foot-3 and 320 pounds, he could play guard or center. Yeah, Los Angeles just spent big on guards Kevin Dotson and Jonah Jackson, but McVay goes all in on making his offensive line a strength. Steve Avila, the team's 2023 second-round pick, started everywhere but left tackle at TCU in college. He could pop out to right tackle and Rob Havenstein could flip to the left side of the line.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Clemson • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
The Steelers could use another young corner to pair with Joey Porter Jr. with Patrick Peterson getting released and both Levi Wallace and Chandon Sullivan hitting free agency. The first-team All-ACC honoree doesn't have the ideal weight some teams look for, though, standing at 6-foot-1 and weighing 173 pounds. However, Wiggins is a long, athletic cornerback with high-end speed as evidenced by his 4.28-second 40-yard dash. Mike Tomlin will have fun with this pick.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Toledo • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
The Dolphins were allocating a ton of money to their cornerback position between Jalen Ramsey and Xavien Howard. Miami made a predictable cap decision on Howard this offseason by releasing him last week. Selecting Mitchell, a 6-foot, 196-pound cornerback equipped with great speed, could help out their defense tremendously both now and later.
Round 1 - Pick 22
LSU • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
4th
REC
68
REYDS
1177
YDS/REC
17.3
TDS
17
Thomas is massive, standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing 205 pounds, and he used that frame well in 2023, leading the nation in receiving touchdowns with 17. The Eagles struggled to find a reliable third receiver after A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith, which hindered what they were able to do through the air last season. Thomas fixes those issues and provides Philly with a potent trio of wideouts.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Iowa • 6'1" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
7th
Cooper DeJean is one of the top athletes in the entire draft, not just at his position. Iowa moved him around a ton, utilizing his skill set at outside corner, inside corner and at both safety spots. His high school basketball tape is filled with dunks. The 2023 unanimous All-American didn't allow a touchdown on 374 coverage snaps last season, and he also led the Big Ten in punt return yards (406) the last two seasons. DeJean could be a nice complement across from Derek Stingley Jr. in Houston.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Oklahoma • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
6th
The Cowboys are unclear on what Tyron Smith's future is in Dallas, as the 33-year-old is set to enter free agency in March. They could use a long-term answer at that spot with a number of other contracts needing to be addressed soon. Guyton (6-foot-7, 328 pounds) is the anchor they need at left tackle, especially if the long-term plan is to keep Pro Bowler Tyler Smith at left guard.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Washington • 6'4" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
4th
The 2023 Morris Trophy winner (the best offensive lineman in the Pac-12) is the type of lineman the Packers crave: A versatile player who can line up at tackle and guard. Head coach Matt LaFleur loves to use the term "best five" when talking about deciding which linemen will start in Green Bay, focusing less on specific position placement. Fautanu was a college left tackle, and he could fill in there for David Bakhtiari, who has been released. He could also slide inside to guard, and either Rasheed Walker or Zach Tom could be the long-term blindside protector of Jordan Love.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Texas • 6'4" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
34th
POSITION RNK
6th
REC
55
REYDS
845
YDS/REC
15.4
TDS
11
The 2023 Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of the Year could make a major impact with the Buccaneers in Year 1. After Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, there is an opening at the WR3 spot. There wouldn't be many other places for a young receiver to come learn how to win at the NFL level than in Tampa with Evans and Godwin. The Buccaneers continue to support Baker Mayfield by giving him another playmaker.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Duke • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
8th
Kyler Murray's health is of the upmost importance in Arizona, and the selection of Duke's Graham Barton is a great way to ensure Murray stays upright. He was a left tackle in college, but he profiles as more of a guard or center in the pros. Barton has quick reflexes, an unrelenting base and a physical finish to his blocks.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Illinois • 6'2" / 295 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Newton, a 2023 consensus All-American and the 2023 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, racked up 102 quarterback pressures the last two seasons, the most by an FBS defensive tackle in that span by 35 pressures. Buffalo will always have Kansas City in mind when building out its roster, and having a stout defensive tackle next to Ed Oliver who also has pass rush chops is critical for the Bills when they face Patrick Mahomes again.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Penn State • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
Chop Robinson is explosive. He ran a 4.48-second 40-yard dash while standing at 6-foot-3 and weighing 254 pounds. Detroit couldn't find a pass-rush complement to Hutchinson last season, so it gets a dynamic athlete at that spot here. That should give the Lions defense a critical boost with the team squarely in contention for NFC supremacy.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Florida State • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
8th
REC
50
REYDS
658
YDS/REC
13.2
TDS
11
Keon Coleman is the bigger-bodied target (6-foot-4, 215 pounds) at wide receiver that Lamar Jackson needs. Coleman can line up anywhere, and he is a slick route-runner with phenomenal knowledge of how to best utilize his body to maintain leverage against defenders. Coleman has an argument for being the best contested catcher in this class. He's a great athlete, and he will be a red zone monster in the NFL.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Arizona • 6'5" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
7th
Chiefs All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones had way too many unblocked runs at Brock Purdy in the Super Bowl. The 49ers' offensive line needs an upgrade, and Jordan Morgan can help out at tackle or guard. He was a pure left tackle at Arizona, but the 6-foot-5, 325-pound lineman could also play guard in the NFL. San Francisco desperately needs help inside if it is going to get over the hump in the Super Bowl.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Texas • 6'1" / 172 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
7th
REC
75
REYDS
1014
YDS/REC
13.5
TDS
6
Xavier Worthy ran the fastest 40-yard dash in NFL Scouting Combine history, clocking in at 4.21 seconds to break John Ross' record. He even said his ideal destination is the Chiefs. "In a perfect world, I definitely would want to go to the Chiefs," Worthy said, via USA Today. "Just the way Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs improvise and use you. They had Tyreek Hill. The way they used him, I feel like that would be a perfect fit for me." The Chiefs grant Worthy's wish and secure the turbo-charged wideout they have been looking for since they traded Hill away to the Miami Dolphins two years ago.