1. Marvin Harrison Jr. | WR | Ohio State
Marvin Harrison Jr. is a near-perfect wide receiver prospect. His elite ball skills and body control makes him a universally friendly target for his QB. If this class wasn’t so stacked at quarterback, Harrison Jr. would garner No. 1 overall consideration.
2. Caleb Williams | QB | USC
I’ll be surprised if the Chicago Bears don’t draft Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall selection. Williams possesses the dual-threat skill set necessary to thrive in today’s league.
3. Olu Fashanu | OT | Penn State
I’m not buying the recent hype that Penn State offensive tackle Olu Fashanu should slide down the board on draft day. Fashanu is an elite protector in pass protection with rare movement skills. His run blocking is a work-in-progress, but his pass-pro skills should thrive in a pass-happy league.
4. Drake Maye | QB | North Carolina
Drake Maye shouldn’t escape the opening three selections. He possesses the arm strength and velocity necessary to test tight throwing windows at all three levels of the field. An outstanding athlete to boot, Maye is an agent of chaos that extends faltering pockets.
5. Joe Alt | OT | Notre Dame
Pick your flavor between Joe Alt and Fashanu. Both are blue-chippers with different makeups. Alt is a well-developed run blocker, and is probably the cleanest, most technically sound offensive line prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft.
6. Malik Nabers | WR | LSU
LSU’s Malik Nabers is a big-time playmaker that exploded out of his shell in 2023. Rare explosiveness and acceleration are at the forefront of Nabers’ skill-set. Stop-start ability makes it difficult for opposing defensive backs to keep pace with Nabers.
7. Brock Bowers | TE | Georgia
Positional value will dominate the conversation around Georgia tight end Brock Bowers. Run-after-catch ability helps set Bowers aside from most traditional high-ranking tight end prospects. Bowers can make a profound impact on a passing offense next season.
8. Rome Odunze | WR | Washington
Teams that prefer elite size could draft Rome Odunze ahead of Nabers. The nation’s leader in receiving yards (1,640) this past season, Odune flat-out dominates one-versus-one coverage. This is a prototypical, dominant X receiver.
9. JC Latham | OT | Alabama
Alabama’s JC Latham has better grip strength than any offensive line prospect in the 2024 NFL Draft. When Latham gets his hands on his opponent, the rep is over. Latham possesses plug-and-play tendencies at right tackle.
10. Laiatu Latu | EDGE | UCLA
Laiatu Latu is my top-ranked No. 1 EDGE defender. Active, well-developed hands and a red-hot motor are present when combing through Latu’s tape. The medical checks will be crucial after he was previously forced to medically retire, but Latu was very productive while staying healthy this past season.
11. Jayden Daniels | QB | LSU
No quarterback in the nation improved more than Jayden Daniels this season. The rightful Heisman Trophy winner, Daniels shouldn’t escape the first three selections. He should be quarterbacking Washington or New England next season.
12. Terrion Arnold | CB | Alabama
I’ve long preferred Terrion Arnold to his Alabama counterpart Kool-Aid McKinstry. I’m glad to see the majority of draft analysts come around to that belief. Arnold is a smart corner prospect that also happens to be an excellent athlete.
13. Taliese Fuaga | OT | Oregon State
I planted my flag very early on Taliese Fuaga and I don’t regret that decision. Fuaga is a bonafide first-rounder with rare size and strength. The arm length is slightly disappointing, but it’s not preventative. Fuaga, like Latham, is plug-and-play at right tackle.
14. Quinyon Mitchell | CB | Toledo
No player improved their pre-draft stock and answered lingering questions at the Senior Bowl like Quinyon Mitchell did. Mitchell thrived while proving the step-up in competition was nothing he couldn’t handle. Mitchell predominantly played off-man and zone coverage at Toledo, but he has the athletic profile to play man-to-man coverage on an island at the next level.
15. Byron Murphy II | DT | Texas
League sources tell me Byron Murphy didn’t attend the Senior Bowl because he’s a guaranteed first-rounder. I’ve spoken with scouts that believe Murphy won’t escape the opening 20 selections. Explosiveness gives Murphy the profile of a dominant 3-tech.
16. Jared Verse | EDGE | Florida State
I wanted to see more from Jared Verse this season. While he sustained his previous year’s sack production (9.0), I believe there’s another level he can unlock. Verse possesses the first-step explosiveness and athletic movements necessary to develop into a double-digit sack artist.
17. Dallas Turner | EDGE | Alabama
I’m not quite as excited (top 10) about Dallas Turner as the masses. Play strength and block deconstruction are issues I identified on tape. Turner is definitely a first-round pass rusher, but I don’t see top-10 dominance.
18. Jer’Zhan Newton | DT | Illinois
I’m not sure Jer’Zhan Newton gets drafted this highly, but I’ve been high on his skill-set for a long time. Newton is extremely powerful and disruptive. A well-balanced defender, Newton carries three-down potential as a run defender and pass rusher.
19. Brian Thomas Jr. | WR | LSU
Brian Thomas Jr. is a massive riser. The nation’s leader in touchdown catches (17) this season, Thomas Jr. is a big-bodied vertical playmaker. Top-end speed allows Thomas Jr. to routinely take the top off defenses. That’s an in-demand ability.
20. Graham Barton | IOL | Duke
I wish Graham Barton was healthy enough to participate at the Senior Bowl. There’s some Peter Skoronski to Barton’s game. He’s a technically sound blocker who thrived at left tackle, but lacks the arm length required to consistently play tackle moving forward. Barton will be an All-Pro interior blocker.
21. Tyler Guyton | OT | Oklahoma
Tyler Guyton possesses the most upside of any offensive tackle in this class, and that includes Fashanu and Alt. Guyton is a rare athlete with easy movement skills for the position. Technically, he’s a work-in-progress, and that was evident throughout the up-and-down reps in Mobile.
22. Nate Wiggins | CB | Clemson
Nate Wiggins possesses excellent size to play the outside corner position. He pairs terrific length with ball skills and instincts. Wiggins’ long speed has been questioned. I’m ranking him highly, but am paying close attention to his NFL Scouting Combine results.
23. Chop Robinson | EDGE | Penn State
Chop Robinson is a toolsy pass rusher and those types get drafted highly. Robinson needs to develop some secondary counters, and he must do a better job identifying run fits. But Robinson’s rare traits make him an exciting moldable clay-piece.
24. Amarius Mims | OT | Georgia
I wish Amarius Mims played more football at Georgia, but the traits are present. Mims will measure in around 6-foot-6, 325 pounds with outstanding arm length. He remains an exciting work in progress with a desirable wingspan. Mims also possesses outstanding foot speed to protect the edges.
25. Kool-Aid McKinstry | CB | Alabama
Fluid hips and quickness allow Kool-Aid McKinstry to play press-man coverage. I wish McKinstry did a better job handling physicality given his size/stature. McKinstry is a first-round cornerback, but there are some technical warts for a secondary coach to correct.
26. Troy Fautanu | IOL | Washington
Washington’s Troy Fautanu is a versatile offensive line prospect that played left tackle for the Huskies this past season. The official arm measurements will be crucial, but I believe Fautanu is likely a guard at the next level. Either way, he possesses starting-caliber potential with a mauling mentality.
27. Adonai Mitchell | WR | Texas
Texas’ Adonai Mitchell possesses an incredibly high ceiling at the next level. Mitchell is a big-bodied receiver that creates separation down the field. He’s a big-play threat waiting to happen, and I wouldn’t be shocked if he developed into a 1,000-yard receiver on an annual basis.
28. Jordan Morgan | OT | Arizona
Jordan Morgan’s 32 7/8″ arms were a disappointing measurement at the Senior Bowl, but they’re not preventative to playing tackle. Morgan possesses the athleticism necessary to thrive in one-versus-one situations at the next level. He’s a top-32 selection.
29. Cooper DeJean | CB | Iowa
I’m slightly lower on Cooper DeJean than most. Perhaps his NFL Scouting Combine results will convince me to bump him up my board. DeJean is a high-level zone defender and ideal fit for Cover 3 schemes. I’m not sold on his press-man coverage ability.
30. Jackson Powers-Johnson | C | Oregon
Oregon center Jackson Powers-Johnson was among the biggest winners at last week’s Senior Bowl. Powers-Johnson is a mammoth of a blocker that’s an incredibly easy mover for a man of his size and stature. Powers-Johnson will spearhead an NFL offense next season.
31. Keon Coleman | WR | Florida State
Keon Coleman is a big-bodied receiver that dominates contested catch situations. I’m a little concerned with his ability to sink his hips and change direction on in/out-breakers. Coleman turns 50-50 balls into 75-25, a skill-set that will satisfy pass-happy offenses.
32. Payton Wilson | LB | NC State
Payton Wilson stayed healthy in 2023 after suffering a pair of season-ending injuries in previous years. When Wilson is healthy, he’s an extremely productive and athletic linebacker. I truly believe that Wilson has Luke Kuechly-like potential. He’ll be among the most divisive prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft due to the medical checks.
33. Ennis Rakestraw Jr. | CB | Missouri
It’s a shame that Ennis Rakestraw Jr. didn’t end up attending the Senior Bowl. The Missouri standout would have been a big riser in Mobile. I possess a first-round grade on Rakestraw Jr., who pairs instincts with length and athleticism.
34. Troy Franklin | WR | Oregon
Few receiver prospects in the 2024 NFL Draft can make vertical plays down the field like Oregon wide receiver Troy Franklin can. Franklin will stretch NFL defenses by taking the top off the secondary. Franklin is a difficult assignment in single coverage without safety help over the top.
35. Bralen Trice | EDGE | Washington
Bralen Trice made himself some money during the College Football Playoff. Trice possesses the first-step explosiveness required to win the outside shoulder. He’s also extremely active with a red-hot motor and diverse pass-rush arsenal.
36. Tyler Nubin | S | Minnesota
This safety class lacks a guaranteed top-32 selection, but Minnesota’s Tyler Nubin is an excellent candidate to be the first one off the board. High-level instincts and range led to five Nubin interceptions in 2023. Nubin is a physical tone-setter that comes downhill like a heat seeking missile.
37. Kamari Lassiter | CB | Georgia
I love Georgia cornerback Kamari Lassiter. Lassiter is a little light in the pants (listed at 180), but he plays combative like a 200-pound corner. Testing numbers and measurements will be crucial to ultimately determining Lassiter’s pre-draft stock.
38. Ladd McConkey | WR | Georgia
Ladd McConkey has Cooper Kupp-like potential. Part of me hates to make that comparison for obvious reasons, but his ability to locate open spaces in zone coverage is extremely familiar. McConkey may struggle to defeat man coverage with consistency, but I expect his pro offensive coordinator to move him around formations in search of advantageous matchups.
39. Patrick Paul | OT | Houston
Patrick Paul possesses the physical tools necessary to develop into a high-level starter. With vines for arms longer than 36-inches, Paul has the unteachables. He’s a little raw technically, but the baseline traits of an All-Pro tackle are present.
40. T’Vondre Sweat | DT | Texas
I’m a fan of any defensive linemen with the nickname “Snacks.” T’Vondre Sweat has rare size and strength at approximately 350 pounds. Sweat generates momentum as a dominant run defender. Is Sweat a two-or-three-down defender? That question will impact his next-level value.
41. Kingsley Suamataia | OT | BYU
Length, athleticism, and flexibility are at the forefront of Kingsley Suamataia’s make-up as an offensive tackle prospect. Suamataia approaches every rep with an extremely physical mindset. Hand placement needs work, but an offensive line coach will be excited about the ceiling.
42. Edgerrin Cooper | LB | Texas A&M
Edgerrin Cooper has sideline-to-sideline range. He’s an explosive linebacker prospect with rare downhill trigger ability. Cooper handles middle-of-field coverage responsibilities.
43. J.J. McCarthy | QB | Michigan
I personally don’t see the first-round hype with J.J. McCarthy. Does McCarthy have any legitimate high-end traits? McCarthy’s age (21) leaves room for growth, but I’m skeptical about his true potential.
44. Xavier Worthy | WR | Texas
Xavier Worthy is a vertical field stretcher. Physicality and size are concerns, but Worthy can make a massive impact in the right offense. Explosive playmakers are always welcomed.
45. Darius Robinson | DL | Missouri
I’m thrilled to see the rest of the nation catching up to Darius Robinson after a successful Senior Bowl. Robinson is a rocked-up prospect with outstanding size and production. Robinson also possesses outside-inside versatility.
46. Michael Penix Jr. | QB | Washington
No quarterback prospect throws a better deep ball than Michael Penix Jr. Penix Jr. thrives within structure, but still must answer questions about his ability when the pocket breaks down. Accuracy declines when forced to escape pressure.
47. Bo Nix | QB | Oregon
Bo Nix’s year-by-year improvement since joining Oregon from Auburn has been admirable. Outstanding athleticism gives Nix dual-threat abilities. I see Ryan Tannehill as Nix’s performance ceiling.
48. Zach Frazier | C | West Virginia
West Virginia center Zach Frazier is recovering well from a devastating leg injury. Frazier even showed up to Mobile as a non-physical participant. Frazier will start for an NFL team next season.
49. Dominick Puni | OG | Kansas
Dominick Puni handled his transfer from D-II program Central Missouri to Kansas with poise. Puni had a great Senior Bowl, and will continue rising up draft boards throughout the process. Puni is versatile enough to play both tackle and guard.
50. Adisa Isaac | EDGE | Penn State
Chop Robinson’s running mate, Adisa Isaac had a quality Senior Bowl. Isaac loves working back inside to get pressure on quarterbacks. He’s unrefined as a run defender, but expect Isaac to continue improving under the tutelage of an NFL defensive line coach.