2024 NFL Mock Draft: Two trades for QBs in top 5 as Patriots move back; NFC team gets aggressive for DB help

We're in the home stretch of draft season, as only 10 days remain before the 2024 NFL Draft kicks off in Detroit. 

Here at CBS Sports, we publish weekly mock drafts from the beginning of the NFL season in early September, all the way until the Chicago Bears are on the clock with the No. 1 overall pick on April 25. This mock draft, however, was a little different from all the others. In this mock draft, CBS Sports NFL Draft experts Josh Edwards and Chris Trapasso went go through the entire first round in real-time. They alternated picks, and trades were allowed. 

Miss any of the action? See how the entire first round unfolded in the live blog below!

2024 NFL Mock Draft results

1. Chicago Bears: QB Caleb Williams
2. Washington Commanders: QB Drake Maye
3. Minnesota Vikings (via mock trade with New England): QB Jayden Daniels
4. Arizona Cardinals: WR Marvin Harrison Jr.
5. Denver Broncos (via mock trade with Los Angeles Chargers): QB J.J. McCarthy
6. New York Giants: WR Malik Nabers
7. Tennessee Titans: OT Joe Alt
8. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Dallas Turner
9. Chicago Bears: WR Rome Odunze
10. New York Jets: TE Brock Bowers
11. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Minnesota): OT Olu Fashanu
12. Los Angeles Chargers (via mock trade with Denver): OT Taliese Fuaga
13. Las Vegas Raiders: QB Michael Penix Jr.
14. New Orleans Saints: OT JC Latham
15. Indianapolis Colts: CB Quinyon Mitchell
16. Seattle Seahawks: OG Troy Fautanu
17. Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Byron Murphy II
18. Green Bay Packers (via mock trade with Cincinnati): CB Terrion Arnold
19. Los Angeles Rams: EDGE Laiatu Latu
20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Power-Johnson, OG/C
21. Miami Dolphins: OT/OG Graham Barton
22. Philadelphia Eagles: EDGE Jared Verse
23. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Minnesota): WR Brian Thomas Jr.
24. Dallas Cowboys: OT Amarius Mims
25. Cincinnati Bengals (via mock trade with Green Bay): DT Johnny Newton
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Kool-Aid McKinstry
27. Arizona Cardinals: EDGE Chop Robinson
28. Buffalo Bills: WR Adonai Mitchell
29. Detroit Lions: CB Cooper DeJean
30. Baltimore Ravens: OT Tyler Guyton
31. San Francisco 49ers: OT/OG Jordan Morgan
32. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Nate Wiggins

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32. Kansas City Chiefs: Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Kansas City played the fifth highest rate of man coverage last season. With L'Jarius Sneed now a Tennessee Titan, the defending Super Bowl champions have a need at the position. Nate Wiggins has great man coverage qualities and immediately steps into the starting lineup.

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31. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Morgan, OT/OG, Arizona

The 49ers need to plan for the future after Trent Williams and the right tackle spot. Morgan has the build of a guard but enough length to stay on the perimeter and plus mobility to get after it in the run game. He was stellar in pass protection at Arizona, too. 

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30. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

Tyler Guyton is incredibly athletic but still has room for technical growth. Baltimore traded away right tackle Morgan Moses, and that creates a void on that side of the line. Ronnie Stanley has never played a full season, so the contender does not want to find itself in a position of needing two starting offensive tackles. Stanley has missed an average of nine games each of the past four seasons. 

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29. Detroit Lions: Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

Thought about defensive line here, but Alim McNeill and D.J. Reader are quite the intimidating tandem on the inside entering the 2024 season for the Lions. What this defense really needs is a feisty, do-everything playmaker. That's precisely what DeJean is. Awesome tackler, can play in the slot, safety, on the boundary. And he brings serious returning capabilities. 

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28. Buffalo Bills: Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

With Stefon Diggs gone, there is opportunity for a wide receiver to step up and receive a significant share of the production. Adonai Mitchell gives them that true X-potential at the next level. They should be able to cobble together a productive receiver room with Mitchell, Khalil Shakir and Curtis Samuel. 

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27. Arizona Cardinals: Chop Robinson EDGE, Penn State

The Cardinals are ecstatic to see Verse still on the board this late in Round 1. Premier prospect at a premium position at No. 4 overall -- Marvin Harrison Jr. -- and now another relatively clean prospect at a critical position with Robinson. The Penn State prospect has All-Pro upside because of his burst, bend around the corner and an occasional pass-rush move. Head coach Jonathan Gannon would likely see some Haason Reddick in Robinson's game.

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26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Tampa Bay shipped out Carlton Davis this offseason. Looking at the potential draft options to replace him, Nate Wiggins plays more man coverage and Cooper DeJean is stronger in zone coverage. Tampa Bay was middle of the road in zone coverage, so Kool-Aid McKinstry gives them the best of both worlds.

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25. Cincinnati Bengals (via mock trade with Green Bay): Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

Cincinnati had the opportunity to draft offensive line or cornerback help at No. 18 overall but instead opted to trade down. In the process, they draft a player that upgrades the defensive line. The team signed Sheldon Rankins in free agency and return B.J. Hill but the position now becomes a point of strength for the AFC North franchise. 

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24. Dallas Cowboys: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims has the athletic potential to be the best offensive tackle this draft class produces. There is no clarity on Dallas' offensive line, but the picture comes into focus more with the selection of Mims. He played right tackle for Georgia, but I believe he has the skillset to make the transition to left tackle, which allows Tyler Smith to remain at guard. 

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23. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Minnesota): Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU 

More building for 2025 and beyond for the Patriots, who can attack the quarterback position in the middle rounds of this draft if they so choose, or just give Jacoby Brissett the reins in 2024. Thomas has his best football ahead of him thanks to his size, burst, ball-tracking capabilities and YAC talent.

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

Every year, we seem to talk about really good players falling to Baltimore and Philadelphia. It appears this year will be no exception as the Eagles are in position to select Jared Verse without having to move up the board. They have bigger needs, but Verse gives them long-term flexibility and provides depth at a premium position.

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21. Miami Dolphins: Graham Barton, OT/OG, Duke 

This is not where I'd go, but that's neither here nor there in this mock. Barton has the movement skills and size to play all five positions, and his mobility would be highly sought after in Mike McDaniel's scheme. Miami has to fill a need up front after Robert Hunt's departure, and Barton is a plug-and-play guard in 2024.

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20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jackson Power-Johnson, OG/C, Oregon

I would not personally go in this direction, but there has been a lot of smoke regarding Jackson Powers-Johnson and Pittsburgh. In most instances, I would ignore that smoke, but the Steelers are a team where the pre-draft buzz historically matches reality. He has guard/center flexibility.

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19. Los Angeles Rams: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA 

Playing in the Rams backyard, Les Snead and Co. have gotten a close look at Latu's dazzling career at UCLA. He's been healthy the past two seasons and incredibly productive thanks to impeccable hand work and smooth athleticism around the corner. 

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18. Green Bay Packers (via mock trade with Cincinnati): Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

In this swap, the Packers sent No. 25 and No. 88 to the Bengals for No. 18. Arnold is such an instinctive cornerback in man or zone, a feisty tackler, and has plus ball skills -- all of which led to major productivity in the SEC last season. The Packers are loaded with picks and get aggressive to add a top-flight defensive back to the roster. 

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17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Byron Murphy II, DT, Texas 

Yes, the Jaguars signed Arik Armstead in free agency, but they have a defensive line in need of serious pass-rushing juice on the inside. Murphy provides that in spades and holds up well against the run. He and Josh Allen will be a formidable duo.

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16. Seattle Seahawks: Troy Fautanu, OG, Washington

One of my favorite team-player pairings in this entire first-round projection has been Troy Fautanu and the Seahawks. Seattle dealt with injuries at the offensive tackle positions last year, and as the Huskies' left tackle, Fautanu offers positional flexibility despite being projected to guard at the next level. Damien Lewis signed with Carolina in free agency, and Fautanu has familiarity with the franchise's new offensive coordinator and offensive line coach.

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15. Indianapolis Colts: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The Colts have a long history of drafting freaky athletes, and Mitchell ran 4.33-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot and more than 200 pounds at the combine. Beyond that, he had 45 pass breakups and 6 interceptions in his final three seasons at Toledo. He fits the mold of the modern-day, large, suffocating outside cornerback.

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14. New Orleans Saints: JC Latham, OT, Alabama

The Saints are known to draft for need. They acquired an additional first-round pick two years ago so they could draft a wide receiver and an offensive tackle in the first round rather than having to choose. Latham is thrown into the conversation to replace Ryan Ramczyk, whose knee is reportedly not responding to treatment. 

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13. Las Vegas Raiders: Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

To some, this will be too early for Penix. For others, it'll be considered a perfect landing spot for him on a team potentially a quarterback away from truly competing in a loaded AFC. Penix can make all the throws and doesn't take many sacks but doesn't provide much outside of structure.

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12. Los Angeles Chargers (via mock trade with Denver): Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

After trading back, this is a dream scenario for Los Angeles and will make Jim Harbaugh the happiest man on Earth. Fuaga is a massive road-grader with a stellar pass-protection track record. Plug-and-play right tackle for a club in dire need of that type. Plenty of upside too given his length and athleticism.

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11. New England Patriots (via mock trade with Minnesota): Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

After the trade back, the Patriots add a young left tackle with massive potential due to his length, balance, strength beyond his years, and pass-pro polish. This is a pick with the long-term future in mind, and in an ideal world for New England, the two tackle spots can be solidified for an early-pick quarterback to be added in 2025.

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10. New York Jets: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia 

New York is a difficult team to figure out because, yes, it did address the offensive tackle positions, but with 33-year-olds who have been unable to stay healthy. I could still see them taking a tackle with guard flexibility but also understand that they are pushing all of their chips into the middle in a small window with Aaron Rodgers. Bowers may have a bigger impact on the upcoming season than Taliese Fuaga or any other offensive lineman they would select here. 

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9. Chicago Bears: Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

Let's gear up early for Caleb Williams. Odunze is the best contested-catch winner in the class, gets open with reasonable regularity at his size, and proved to be a capable athlete at the NFL combine. With this pick, Chicago would have a receiver who wins at all three levels of the field -- Keenan Allen underneath, D.J. Moore intermediate and Odunze deep. 

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8. Atlanta Falcons: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Atlanta has done a really nice job solidifying all of their needs on the offensive side of the ball, which takes a lot of stress out of roster management. The Falcons still have a lot of needs to fill on the defensive side of the ball for the present and the future. Dallas Turner gives them a skillset that they have lacked for many years. He is a wiry strong, dynamic pass rusher who should be able to make the opposing quarterback uncomfortable and move him off his spot. 

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6. New York Giants: Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

With Marvin Harrison Jr. off the board to Arizona, it is an easy choice for the Giants. I think Malik Nabers gives them the exact skillset that they are lacking in that room. Jalin Hyatt has the vertical speed to stretch defenses, while Wan'Dale Robinson has the shiftiness to work underneath. Nabers offers inside-outside versatility and a twitchy skill set to create plays post-catch. 

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5. Denver Broncos (via mock trade with Los Angeles Chargers): J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

Trade! Denver will send No. 12 overall, No. 136 overall and a 2025 first-round pick to Los Angeles in exchange for the rights to the No. 5 overall selection. With that choice, the Broncos are selecting Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy. Sean Payton has not typically worked with rookie quarterbacks in the past, but McCarthy brings desired intangibles to the table and should provide much-needed stability at that position.

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