2024 NFL Draft tracker, takeaways: Round-to-round picks by team, grades, analysis as three-day event concludes

The 2024 NFL Draft has come to an end. In all, there were 257 prospects from different playing backgrounds realizing a dream of becoming a professional football player. It was a year for the record books as multiple benchmarks were topped. 

Here are takeaways from the three-day draft in Detroit:

1. Falcons deliver biggest surprise with Michael Penix Jr. selection

Atlanta's decision to select Penix without giving free agent signing Kirk Cousins much advanced notice is reminiscent of Chicago taking Mitchell Trubisky after signing Nick Foles to a lucrative contract. There is no question that Cousins is closer to the end of his career than the beginning, but the Falcons are hardly maximizing their opportunity to win right away with their prized free agent signing. 

2. Quarterback records set in the first round 

For the first time in league history, six quarterbacks were taken in the first round of an NFL Draft. More impressively, six of the first 12 selections were used on the quarterbacks. The hay is in the barn. Now, the discussion turns to when those players will take the field and their overall outlook as professionals. 

3. No quarterbacks selected on Day 2

For all the action at the position in the first round, there was little to no movement on Day 2. In fact, there was an NFL record 138-pick gap between quarterbacks picked until South Carolina's Spencer Rattler came off the board to the Saints.

4. Michigan falls short of draft record

Georgia still has the record for the most prospects taken (15) over the course of the NFL Draft. Michigan had an opportunity to surpass that total, thanks to Friday's results when six Wolverines were taken. J.J. McCarthy got them started in the first round and there were 13 taken in total. 

5. Sons of NFL legends learn next destinations

Clemson linebacker Jeremiah Trotter Jr. was drafted by the team whose jersey his father adorned most of his career. The Eagles took him off the board in the fifth round. The Chargers selected USC wide receiver Brenden Rice, son of Jerry, in the seventh round

Terrell Owens' son, Terique, is signing with with the 49ers as an undrafted free agent. Frank Gore Jr., son of the future Hall of Famer, is signing with the Bills, also as an undrafted free agent. 

Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. (Cardinals), Michigan defensive tackle Kris Jenkins (Bengals), Notre Dame offensive tackle Joe Alt (Chargers) and Rice wide receiver Luke McCaffrey (Commanders) all had Pro Bowl fathers as well. 

6. The final draft haul of the PAC-12

As the conferences institutions have scattered across the country in the ACC, Big Ten, Big XII and beyond, the 2024 NFL Draft was the final year of PAC-12 representation. There were 24 PAC-12 prospects taken on Day 3. An additional 16, including seven in the first round, were taken over the first two days of the draft. 

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248. Chiefs: IOL C.J. Hanson, Holy Cross
249. Texans: IOL LaDarius Henderson, Michigan
250. Ravens: S Sanoussi Kane, Purdue
251. 49ers: LB Tatum Bethune, Florida State
252. Titans: EDGE Jaylen Harrell, Michigan
253. Chargers: WR Cornelius Johnson, Michigan
254. Rams: OT KT Leveston, Kansas State
255. Packers: CB Kalen King, Penn State
256. Broncos: C Nick Gargiulo, South Carolina
257. Jets: S Jaylen Key, Alabama

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241.  Dolphins: WR Tahj Washington, USC
242. Titans: S James Williams, Miami
243. Browns: DT Jowon Briggs, Cincinnati
244. Cowboys: DT Justin Rogers, Auburn
245. Packers: QB Michael Pratt, Tulane
246. Buccaneers: TE Devin Culp, Washington
247. Texans: DT Marcus Harris, Auburn

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231. Patriots: TE Jaheim Bell, Florida State
232. Vikings: DT Levi Drake Rodriguez, Texas A&M-Commerce
233. Cowboys: OT Nathan Thomas, Louisiana
234. Colts: EDGE Jonah Laulu, Oklahoma
235. Broncos: WR Devaughn Vele, Utah
236. Jaguars: EDGE Myles Cole, Texas Tech
237. Bengals: IOL Matt Lee, Miami
238. Texans: EDGE Solomon Byrd, USC
239.  Saints: OT Josiah Ezirim, Eastern Kentucky
240. Panthers: LB Michael Barrett, Michigan

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221. Bills: IOL Travis Clayton, England
222. Commanders: EDGE Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Notre Dame
223. Raiders: S Trey Taylor, Air Force
224. Bengals: S Daijahn Anthony, Ole Miss
225. Chargers: WR Brenden Rice, USC
226. Cardinals: CB Jaden Davis, Miami
227. Browns: CB Myles Harden, South Dakota
228. Ravens: IOL Nick Samac, Michigan State
229. Raiders: CB M.J. Devonshire, Pittsburgh
230: Vikings: IOL Michael Jurgens, Wake Forest

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NFL bloodlines off the board

The Chargers are taking USC wide receiver Brenden Rice, who is the son of NFL legend Jerry Rice. Chiefs took Air Force safety Trey Taylor, who is the cousin of former Ravens safety Ed Reed. 

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211. Chiefs: CB Kamal Hadden, Tennessee
212. Jaguars: K Cam Little, Arkansas
213. Rams: WR Jordan Whittington, Texas
214. Bengals: EDGE Cedric Johnson, Ole Miss
215. 49ers: IOL Jarrett Kingston, USC
216. Cowboys: WR Ryan Flournoy, Southeast Missouri State
217. Rams: IOL Beaux Limmer, Arkansas
218. Ravens: QB Devin Leary, Kentucky
219. Bills: CB Daequan Hardy, Penn State
220. Buccaneers: OG Elijah Klein, UTEP

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201. Colts: CB Micah Abraham, Marshall
202. Packers: OT Travis Glover, Georgia State
203. Vikings: K Will Reichard, Alabama
204. Bills: OT Tylan Grable, UCF
205. Texans: RB Jawhar Jordan, Louisville
206. Browns: LB Nathaniel Watson, Mississippi State
207. Seahawks: OG Michael Jerrell, Findlay
208. Raiders: RB Dylan Laube, New Hampshire
209. Rams: K Joshua Karty, Stanford
210. Lions: OG Christian Mahogany, Boston College

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191. Cardinals: WR Tejhaun Palmer, UAB
192. Seattle: CB D.J. James, Auburn
193. Patriots: QB Joe Milton III, Tennessee
194. Bengals: TE Tanner McLachlan, Arizona
195. Steelers: CB Ryan Watts, Texas
196. Rams: DT Tyler Davis, Clemson
197. Falcons: DT Zion Logue, Georgia
198. Dolphins: S Patrick McMorris, California
199. Saints: DT Khristian Boyd, Northern Iowa
200. Panthers: DT Jaden Crumedy, Mississippi State

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Patriots take a second quarterback in the draft

After taking Drake Maye No. 3 overall, New England takes a second quarterback. Joe Milton has the strongest arm in this draft class but is still very much a vision rather than a finished product.

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181. Chargers: RB Kimani Vidal, Troy
182. Titans: WR Jha'Quan Jackson, Tulane
183. Giants: LB Darius Muasau, UCLA
184. Dolphins: WR Malik Washington, Virginia
185. Eagles: WR Johnny Wilson, Florida State
186. Falcons: RB Jase McClellan, Alabama
187. Falcons: WR Casey Washington, Illinois
188. Texans: LB Jamal Hill, Oregon
189. Lions: DT Mekhi Wingo, LSU
190. Eagles: C Dylan McMahon, NC State

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171. Jets: QB Jordan Travis, Florida State
172. Eagles: IOL Trevor Keegan, Michigan
173. Jets: RB Isaiah Davis, South Dakota State
174. Cowboys: CB Caelen Carson, Wake Forest
175. Saints: LB Jaylan Ford, Texas
176. Jets: CB Qwan'tezz Stiggers, Toronto Argonauts
177. Vikings: OT Walter Rouse, Oklahoma
178. Steelers: DT Logan Lee, Iowa
179. Seahawks: OG Sataoa Laumea, Utah
180. Patriots: CB Marcellas Dial, South Carolina

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New Jets CB has unique story

Toronto Argonauts cornerback Qwan'tezz Stiggers is the newest member of the New York Jets. Stiggers did not play college football and actually played as part of the Fan Controlled Football League before taking on the CFL. 

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Jets trade up for QB

  • Jets receive: 171st overall pick
  • Eagles receive: 185th overall pick and 190th overall pick

The Jets have invested in getting QB depth behind Aaron Rodgers, and they traded up to do so. New York moved up 14 spots to take Florida State signal-caller Jordan Travis.

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Jets add competition at quarterback

Unless Aaron Rodgers announces that he is running for political office, he will be the starting quarterback for the Jets this season. It will be interesting to see what happens behind him as New York now has Florida State's Jordan Travis to compete with Tyron Taylor. Travis suffered a season-ending injury that cost him the opportunity to compete during most of the pre-draft process.

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161. Commanders: S Dominique Hampton, Washington
162. Cardinals: OT Christian Jones, Texas
163. Packers: C Jacob Monk, Duke
164. Colts: S Jaylin Simpson, Auburn
165. Ravens: RB Rasheen Ali, Marshall
166. Giants: RB Tyrone Tracy Jr., Purdue
167. Jaguars: RB Keilan Robinson, Texas
168. Bills: EDGE Javon Solomon, Troy
169. Packers: S Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State
170. Saints: WR Bub Means, Pittsburgh

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151. Colts: S Jaylon Carlies, Missouri
152. Eagles: WR Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
153. Jaguars: CB Deantre Prince, Ole Miss
154. Rams: EDGE Brennan Jackson, Washington State
155. Eagles: LB Jeremiah Trotter Jr., Clemson 
156. Browns: WR Jamari Thrash, Louisville
157. Panthers: CB Chau Smith-Wade, Washington State
158. Dolphins: DL Mohamed Kamara, Colorado State
159. Chiefs: C Hunter Nourzad, Penn State
160. Bills: LB Edefuan Ulofoshio, Washington

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Eagles add another Trotter

Linebacker Jeremiah Trotter had a long, distinguished career with the Eagles and now his son will have the opportunity to do the same. Philadelphia moved up to select the Clemson linebacker in the fifth round.

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A player trade! 

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Quarterback drought ends

Oregon's Bo Nix was the last quarterback off the board at No. 12 overall to the Broncos. There were an NFL record 138 picks between Nix and South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler. Tulane's Michael Pratt is next best available.

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141. Bills: C Sedrick Van-Granger, Georgia
142. Colts: WR Anthony Gould, Oregon State
143. Falcons: LB JD Bertrand, Notre Dame
144. Bears: EDGE Austin Booker, Kansas
145. Broncos: CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
146. Titans: CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr., Louisville
147. Broncos: RB Audric Estime, Notre Dame
148. Raiders: LB Tommy Eichenberg, Ohio State
149. Bengals: CB Josh Newton, TCU
150. Saints: QB Spencer Rattler, South Carolina

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Best prospects available

1. OT Christian Jones, Texas
2. CB D.J. James, Auburn
3. WR Ainias Smith, Texas A&M
4. QB Spencer Rattler, South Carolina
5. IOL Beaux Limmer, Arkansas
6. CB Dwight McGlothern, Arkansas
7. CB Myles Harden, South Dakota
8. WR Malik Washington, Virginia
9. QB Michael Pratt, Tulane
10. DT Leonard Taylor III, Miami

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Bears trade back into 2024 NFL Draft!

  • Bears receive: 144th overall pick
  • Bills receive: 2025 fourth-round pick

After having just four picks in the 2024 NFL Draft, Chicago gave away a future selection to trade back into Round 5 and select EDGE Austin Booker from Kansas.

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131. Chiefs: TE Jared Wiley, TCU
132. Lions: RB Sione Vaki, Utah
133. Chiefs: S Jaden Hicks, Washington State
134. Jets: RB Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
135. 49ers: WR Jacob Cowing, Arizona

Fifth Round

136. Seahawks: CB Nehemiah Pritchett, Auburn
137. Chargers: CB Tarheeb Still, Maryland
138. Cardinals: EDGE Xavier Thomas, Clemson
139. Commanders: LB Jordan Magee, Temple
140. Chargers: CB Cam Hart, Notre Dame

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Eagles make another deal

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121. Seahawks: TE A.J. Barner, Michigan
122. Bears: P Tory Taylor, Iowa
123. Texans: TE Cade Stover, Ohio State
124. 49ers: S Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest
125. Buccaneers: RB Bucky Irving, Oregon
126. Lions: OT Giovanni Manu, British Columbia
127. Eagles: RB Will Shipley, Clemson
128. Bills: RB Ray Davis, Kentucky
129. 49ers: RB Isaac Guerendo, Louisville
130. Ravens: CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State

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Lions trade up ahead of the Eagles

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111. Packers: S Evan Williams, Oregon
112. Raiders: CB Decamerion Richardson, Mississippi State
113. Ravens: WR Tez Walker, North Carolina
114. Jaguars: OT Javon Foster, Missouri
115. Bengals: TE Erick All, Iowa
116. Jaguars: DT Jordan Jefferson, LSU
117. Colts: C Tanor Bortolini, Wisconsin
118. Seahawks: LB Tyrice Knight, UTEP
119. Steelers: OG Mason McCormick, South Dakota State
120. Dolphins: RB Jaylen Wright, Tennessee

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