Easton Freeze’s Mock Draft 1.0: Full First Round + Titans 7-Round Mock

The first pick of the 2024 NFL Draft will be made in less than a month, and that means draft season is in full swing!

This year’s class is a unique one. The talent at many of the premium positions is abundant, and offense is sure to dominate early. If you need a quarterback, wide receiver, offensive tackle, or cornerback, this is the draft for you.

Reports have come out and the tea leaves have been read, so let’s dive into the full first round of the draft followed by all seven rounds for the Tennessee Titans.


First Round Mock Draft 1.0

1. Chicago Bears- Caleb Williams, QB, USC

No surprise here, at this point Caleb Williams going anywhere but Chicago would be as big a draft day shock as we’ve seen in years.

2. Washington Commanders- Drake Maye, QB, UNC

Every year, the draft community overthinks or over-analyzes a top player. I’m confident that the player in 2024 is Drake Maye. A LOT has been made about Jayden Daniels or even J.J. McCarthy being the pick for Washington at number 2. Sorry, I’m not buying it. Maye is comfortably QB2 in this class in my opinion, and I will be surprised if the league doesn’t see it that way as well. He’s got everything you could want in a top QB prospect.

3. New England Patriots- Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

Early on in the draft cycle, Patriots brass practically said out loud that they’d be looking for the best QB available at the 3rd overall pick. They’ve since changed their tune to reflect a more guarded, less certain stance. But I’m expecting them to do what they’ve wanted to do since January: take a QB. It’s been reported that Bill Belichick was high on the Heisman winner out of LSU before he was fired. I think others who are still in that building may feel similarly.

4. Arizona Cardinals- Marvin Harrison Jr, WR, Ohio St.

Last year, Cardinals GM Monti Ossenfort made it clear he’s not afraid to trade down and acquire more capital. There seems little doubt he’ll be fielding calls from teams wanting to move up to the 4th pick to draft a QB. But there comes a time in every rebuild when it’s time to shift your focus from quantity back over to quality. And with this year’s golden boy receiver falling into the Cardinals’ laps at 4, it feels like their time to shift gears is now. Kyler Murray gets his WR1.

5. Minnesota Vikings (via LAC)- J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

The Vikings have already shown their hand: they’re not leaving this draft without a QB. They’ve gone out of their way to acquire two 1st Round picks already, and here they spend them to move to 5 overall. For the Chargers’ part, they’ve been painfully obvious in this draft cycle as well. They’d love nothing more than to trade back. So Harbaugh’s team gets two swings in the 1st round, and the Vikings get their guy.

6. New York Giants- Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

The Giants make a surprise selection, choosing Odunze over Nabers. While an explosives factory like Nabers certainly wouldn’t make Daniel Jones’ job any harder, I think a more traditional WR1 like Odunze is a better fit in New York. The Giants aren’t without talent at receiver, but they lack a true X that can dominate on the boundary. Odunze’s bigger body and contested catch ability give them that.

7. Tennessee Titans- Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

The Titans pass over Nabers, much to the dismay of a large contingent of fans, but do what they think is best for their franchise. Sure, WR remains a big need despite DeAndre Hopkins and the addition of Calvin Ridley. Both star players will be on the wrong side of 30 after this year. But what Tennessee still lacks is a reliable tackle on EITHER side of their line. Their #1 objective this season is to set Will Levis up for success and to determine if he is their future. You simply cannot do that without providing him with some serious upgrades in the protection department. And Alt is the safest way to ensure that happens.

8. Atlanta Falcons- Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Atlanta takes the first defender off the board, and they should be stoked. Not only did they get their top defensive player to fall into their laps at 7, but they’re bringing in some serious pass rush firepower; something they haven’t had since Vic Beasley’s one-hit-wonder season in 2016. New Head Coach Raheem Morris has himself a day 1 starter on defense.

9. Chicago Bears- Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

When the Bears made a pre-draft trade from former Chargers WR Keenan Allen, you had to wonder how much of that had to do with rookie receiver insurance. I think Chicago wants a top-3 receiving talent at 9 overall, but I think they aren’t confident one will fall to them. Allen keeps that from being a huge issue, should it be the case. But in this scenario, perhaps the most explosive player in the entire draft falls into their laps. A receiving trio of DJ Moore, Keenan Allen, and Malik Nabers for rookie QB Caleb Williams? The city of Chicago might not be able to contain themselves waiting for August.

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

There is a big difference between the smart decision and the Jets decision when it comes to the 10th overall pick. The smart, franchise-focused choice would be to take advantage of this fantastic pool of linemen at the top of the draft. Get a potential starter and real depth at a position they’ve lacked depth at for a long time. But it’s all-in on Rodgers time, you silly goose. So Robert Salah and Joe Douglass are as ‘win-now” as anyone has ever been, and a stud TE would go a long way for Aaron’s receiving options. Bowers joins the Super Bowl campaign and dominate the middle of the field on Sundays.

11. Los Angeles Chargers (via MIN)- Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon St.

The Chargers now have two first-round picks to play with, and up first on the agenda is better protection for Justin Herbert. Jim Harbaugh just gave a thorough speech on the importance of OL at the annual Owners Meetings in Orlando, and he and his coaching staff have already made it clear they intend to #EstablishTheRun. That makes Fuaga the best candidate, as he’s the most vicious run blocker in the draft and a versatile lineman. He could begin at guard if needed, and has legit tackle ability should they want him moved outside.

12. Denver Broncos- Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The second defender comes off the board at 12, where the Broncos address one of their many needs. I’d be lying if I said this pick wasn’t hard to narrow down, but the best CB in this class is ultimately who I went with. Why, you might ask, pick Quinyon Mitchell when the Broncos already have the best CB in the league in Patrick Surtain II? Because having a premium position group you can hang your hat on is valuable when you have so many holes on your roster. A secondary tandem of Mitchell and Surtain could quickly become the most feared in the entire NFL.

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

Is Michael Penix Jr. a top-15 prospect in this draft? I’m not even sure he’s top 50 to tell you the truth. But the Raiders don’t seem content rolling into 2024 with Aiden O’Connell and Gardner Minshew as their only QB options, and their reported interest in the Washington passer makes a lot of sense. He presents a pretty unique style fit for a team that has some weapons on their roster. The deep-ball accuracy of Penix targeting Davante Adams downfield? That right there could work…

14. New Orleans Saints- J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

The Saints made it clear at the annual Owners Meetings that they’re worried about the progress RT Ryan Ramczyk is making with his knee injury. Tackle was already high on their list of draft needs, as LT Trevor Penning is a former 1st Round experiment that isn’t working out for them. Enter J.C. Latham, a mountain of a man with real left/right versatility. If the immediate need is RT while Ramczyk struggles to get back, you’ve got your guy. If you want him to eventually take over for Penning at LT, you’ve got your guy.

15. Indianapolis Colts- Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

The Colts’ first-round position of choice seems exorbitantly clear: they need a starting outside corner. General manager Chris Ballard has a strictly defined “type” in the draft when it comes to physical and athletic profiles. So while Nate Wiggins or Kool-Aid McKinstry may be better prospects in the eyes of some, his history certainly indicates he’ll be targeting Quinyon Mitchell or Terrion Arnold. And with Mitchell off the board, Arnold is their guy.

16. Seattle Seahawks- Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

Troy Fautanu is viewed as a top-6 tackle by almost everybody, but apparently, many teams see him as a true five-tool lineman. That’s right, some teams would like him to be their starting tackle, and some others (reportedly) see him as an ideal fit snapping the ball. The Seahawks Offensive Coordinator Ryan Grubb is Fautanu’s former OC, and here he gets his guy to be an immediate starter at any position on the line they need.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars- Brian Thomas Jr, WR, LSU

The Jaguars messed around in free agency and lost Calvin Ridley to their division rivals. But those rivals are sure to be annoyed by their ability to find a new WR1, this time younger and cheaper. Thomas Jr. is the consensus WR4 in this class, but make no mistake, he’s got the ability to lead a team’s passing attack. His freaky size/speed profile and ball skills will round out the Jacksonville receiver room perfectly.

18. Cincinnati Bengals- Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn St.

The Bengals land a bit of a luxury pick here with Fashanu falling to them at 18. Now, do I think it’s likely the consensus OT2 is likely to fall this far? Not necessarily. But the point is that with an extremely strong upper crust of tackles in this class, someone will. And for the Bengals, adding big-time talent to their OL room in the draft is overdue. Having recently signed Trent Brown to bookend one side of their line while Orlando Brown mans the other, Fashanu could develop behind them or start inside. But both tackles are older and more injury-prone, and Trent Brown is on a 1-year mercenary deal. He’ll leave, and Fashanu will take over for the foreseeable future.

19. Los Angeles Rams- Byron Murphy, DL, Texas

Perhaps the greatest defensive player of all time just retired, and in his wake, he leaves a hole on the Rams’ d-line so deep it’s practically warping space and time. Aaron Donald out, Byron Murphy in. Luckily for Murphy, he’ll have 2nd-year player Kobie Turner on the interior helping him pick up the slack. Murphy is an explosive 3 tech who can wreak havoc immediately.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers- Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Arthur Smith and Russell Wilson are in the house in Pittsburgh, which means it’s time to beef up this offensive line. Enter Amarius Mims. Mims wins the award for the player in this draft most interesting to look at, because BOY is he big fella. Not only is his 6’7” 340lb frame incredibly daunting, but he’s got arguably the biggest upside of any tackle in this class. What holds him back is the unknown, as he only played in 8 games at the college level. Give Mims to Smith, let him establish an effective ground game, and protect an aging Russ in the process.

21. Miami Dolphins- Jackson Powers-Johnson, IOL, Oregon

Miami’s interior offensive line struggled in 2023, and adding a Jackson Powers-Johnson to the mix would go a long way in fixing that. Powers-Johnson can start on day 1 at either center or guard, and he brings the size and moxie you want to power the interior of your offensive front. He was a standout in Mobile at the senior bowl, and I have little doubt he’ll be a standout player on Sundays.

22. Philadelphia Eagles- Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

Frankly, the Eagles’ once-phenomenal CB group has rapidly turned into a bit of a nursing home. The wrong side of 30 does not treat defensive backs kindly. Darius Slay and James Bradberry can work for now, but it’s time to consider the future. Nate Wiggins is an above-average athlete who can hang in both man and zone coverage. He’d be the youthful infusion that the room needs.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (via MIN)- Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

The Chargers are back on the clock from their trade-back with Minnesota, and it’s time to address the other elephant in the room: wide receiver. With the Keenan Allen/Mike Williams era in the rearview mirror, they’re currently looking at Quentin Johnston, Josh Palmer, and Derius Davis running out of the tunnel every week. They add one of the standout Texas pass catchers Adonai Mitchell, who is a bit of a boom-bust talent. The size, speed, and big-game production from college in undeniable. But he does tend to phone it in on snaps where he isn’t being targeted, and sometimes he disappears from games entirely. Harbaugh is banking on getting the best version of Mitchell to catch passes from Justin Herbert.

24. Dallas Cowboys- Graham Barton, IOL, Duke

The Cowboys continue to bolster Dak Prescott’s protection with Graham Barton, a college tackle who will likely bump inside at the NFL level. He’s an immediate starter at a position the Cowboys saw derail their offense a good deal down the stretch in 2023. Looking to go all-in on another season, Jerry Jones adds a strong and explosive lineman to their roster.

25. Green Bay Packers- Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa

I will go to bat for DeJean as a legitimate NFL cornerback (no seriously, I will fight you) though many expect to see him moved to safety. Whichever ends up being the case, the Packers could really use him in their secondary. He’s got the athleticism and football IQ to be moved around and excel anywhere back there. Oh, and if you’re looking for an elite run-defending DB, he’s arguably the best in the class.

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

Nobody loves a good blitz like Bucs Head Coach Todd Bowles, and he’s adding another weapon to his arsenal in Laiatu Latu. Whether it’s standing up or with a hand in the dirt, Latu is a true natural coming off the edge. His medical concerns and subpar length are the only things keeping him from going off the board higher.

27. Arizona Cardinals- Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida St.

The Cardinals decide to get in on the pass rush party at the 27th pick, taking Florida State’s Jared Verse. The Cardinals are in serious need of some juice at EDGE, and Verse gives them that. Let him get into a 3-point stance and let his high-level power go to work.

28. Buffalo Bills- Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois

Bills faithful would love to see a WR here, but it’s time for them to get back to their roots. Head Coach Sean McDermott’s defense failed them once again last season after a bevy of injuries set them back early. They were completely unable to stop the Chiefs offense in the playoffs, and another promising season came to an end. It’s time to get back to the hockey-shifting ways of their recent past on the defensive front, where they can throw fresh bodies at the QB all game long. Jer’Zhan “Johnny” Newton fits that bill. Newton is a fiery interior penetrator who would pair nicely with DaQuan Jones.

29. Detroit Lions- Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

Alabama’s Kool-Aid McKinstry teams back up with his old Crimson Tide teammate Brian Branch in the Detroit secondary. The Lions employed some of the least desirable CB play in the league last year, and McKinstry comes in ready to play like a seasoned pro. What he lacks in pure athleticism, he makes up for with poise and production.

30. Baltimore Ravens- Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Ravens just shipped off OT Morgan Moses to the Jets, and OT Ronnie Stanley is beginning to deal with injury issues as he ages. The Ravens need to infuse their OL with some youth, so they select Oklahoma’s Tyler Guyton at 30. He comes into the NFL a bit on the raw side, but in Baltimore, he can develop his ideal natural athletic traits into a starting NFL tackle.

31. San Francisco 49ers- Darius Robinson, EDGE, Missouri

The 49ers love to keep a war chest of pass rush options on their roster, so they add to it with Darius Robinson. Robinson is as versatile as they come and can play anywhere on the defensive line. What he lacks in speed he makes up for with power. He’s a prospect who can start in a rotational role and potentially develop into an every-down starter.

32. Kansas City Chiefs- Kingsley Suamataia, OT, BYU

The Chiefs decide to cash in on this year’s glut of OT talent with Suamataia out of BYU. Kansas City had plenty of issues with their tackle play last season, and protecting the best player in the NFL comes in pretty high on their to-do list. As the Champs, they could choose to draft and develop him in his first season to become a franchise tackle for them soon.


Titans 7-Round Mock Draft 1.0

Round 1, Pick 7: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

Alt to the Titans at 7 is a very chalky pick for a reason: it’s very safe and fills a massive need. When the Titans landed the top WR in free agency, all eyes turned to a tackle heading to Tennessee in the first round. And if the consensus OT1 is on the board for them like he is here, he should be their pick.

Joe Alt has everything you want from a top-10 pick at his position. At only 21 years old, he brings the size, strength, speed, and football IQ you’re looking for in a franchise tackle. He has elite footwork for his size, fantastic balance, and offers versatility in different schemes.

If you had to find a weakness, some have pointed to his “finesse” playstyle. If you prefer a tackle who wins with sheer, unadulterated power, Alt isn’t that. He wins with precision, technique, and a very well-rounded set of athletic skills. However, I would argue his playstyle is a preference instead of a true weakness. Plenty of fantastic NFL players win this way in today’s NFL.

*TRADE*

If I could manifest a single thing for the Titans in this draft, it would be trading for another top-100 pick. Whether that comes as a first or second-round trade-down, I’m very supportive of taking advantage of this strong class as Tennessee rebuilds its roster. In this mock, Ran Carthon strikes a deal to trade back with the Steelers.

The Titans receive 2.51 and 3.84. The Steelers receive 2.38 and 7.252.

Round 2, Pick 51: Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

Based on their current roster construction and the landscape of this draft, it’s becoming difficult not to mock a defender to the Titans with their second pick. Offensive players will dominate the first round, and the meat of the 2nd round is on defense.

Harold Landry is healthy and back to being an every-down edge rusher for Tennessee, but they need to find him a running mate. Arden Key proved himself to be a valuable rotational rusher last year, but having a bonafide starter in front of him would be best for everyone involved.

I’m always intrigued by players in Chris Braswell’s situation: in a draft class with a college teammate who played the same position. We’ve got a handful of these instances this year, and I’m always led to wonder if the consensus “worse” player isn’t being undervalued a bit. Were they playing second fiddle so much on their college tape that we don’t know what their true potential is when given the chance to fully blossom? Does living in the narrative shadow of their teammate at the same position simply lead to them being sold short?

Braswell has everything you want to see on paper. 13 sacks, 10 hits, and 33 hurries last season. A wicked first step, great play strength, and strong pursuit speed. He lacks a bit in the consistency department and has a limited bag of tricks. But with all the requisite skills necessary, I have no doubt this NFL starting-caliber athlete can be a serious difference maker in the right situation.

Round 3, Pick 84: Javon Baker, WR, UCF

When the Titans traded for Calvin Ridley, the wide receiver indicator on their dashboard went from flashing red to solid yellow. They certainly don’t NEED another starting receiver in 2024, but beyond that, the picture quickly starts to blur. Both Ridley and Hopkins will be on the wrong side of 30 by the end of the year, and both could be gone from the team in the next two seasons.

That being said, getting younger in a hurry is something the Titans could stand to do. And with the top of their WR depth chart in very good hands for at least one more season, they can afford to look for a more developmental prospect than somebody who has to contribute right away.

Javon Baker fits that bill perfectly. The former Alabama signee finally saw serious production in college when he transferred to UCF. There he became the alpha, racking up 1139 yards and 7 touchdowns in his final season. He had an above-average contested catch rate (56.3%) and a fantastic yards per route run metric (3.21) in 2023. At 6’1 208lbs, he’s got the size and strength to play outside comfortably. With NFL ball skills, a strong understanding of speed variation to create separation and a natural element to his game, Javon Baker is one of my favorite reasons why the Titans should seriously consider adding a third top-100 pick this year.

Round 4, Pick 106: Cedric Gray, LB, UNC

I simply do not know how the Titans plan on fixing their glaring hole at LB. At the annual Owners Meetings in March, team brass made it pretty clear that you should start including linebackers in your mock drafts, and so here we are. But unless they plan on using a top-75 pick on one of the (very) few immediate impact guys in this class, they’re likely to begin the 2024 season with this position as a serious weakness for them.

I like Cedric Gray for what he can provide a team long-term, however. The Titans need a future green-dot middle linebacker for the franchise, and Gray has shown he can develop into a team’s do-it-all fixer at the heart of the defense. He was highly productive in college and has NFL length and play speed. When he cuts it loose and plays fast, he’s serviceable in both the run fit and in coverage. Gray will start as a rotational backup and hope to develop into a starting role.

Round 5, Pick 146: Malik Mustapha, S, Wake Forest

Safety is another position on defense that the Titans really should address this offseason. Amani Hooker and Elijah Molden are all they’ve got at the moment, so let’s add Malik Mustapha to the mix. Mustapha is a strong safety option who does his best work when he can keep the play in front of him from a two-deep shell. He’s a very strong blitzer, even from lined up deep, who is not afraid to lay the wood. He needs to clean up his missed tackle rate (12.4% in 2023), but he’s well-rounded with a high motor and impressive toughness. He’s a great draft-and-develop candidate with future starting upside.

Round 6, Pick 182: Khristian Boyd, DL, Northern Iowa

When Khristian Boyd showed up to the Shrine Bowl this year, he was determined to make everybody leave the event with “Boyd” written on their to-watch list. On tape, he simply looks like a future NFL player. The Titans desperately need help along their DL, and he’d provide them with the rotational depth they need. He’s a big body who flashes serious explosiveness and interior rush ability, and his run defending ability is nothing to sniff at either. Boyd tallied 3 sacks, 9 hits and 28 hurries his final year at Northern Iowa.

Round 7, Pick 227: Nathaniel Watson, LB, Mississippi St.

Watson first grabbed my attention at the Senior Bowl in January. A balanced player who can hang on any assignment, he’s a developmental defender who will start on special teams. He’s a throwback LB with good length and good athleticism, and is best when used as a disrupter in the run or blitz game. Inconsistency on tape and failure to excel in any one category is why he’ll be available in the 7th.

Round 7, Pick 242: Tanor Bortolini, IOL, Wisconsin

There is no such thing as too much quality depth in your OL room, so the Titans add an interior player to finish off their draft. Bortolini checks the most important box you can at this stage of the proceedings: be a freak athlete. at 6’4 303lbs, he tested north of the 88th percentile in the broad, vertical, and 40-yard dash. Bill Callahan gets a very raw, developmental player to mold.

Author: Easton Freezeis a Nashville native who loves covering the NFL. He is the host of The Hot Read Podcast, and when he isn't watching or covering sports, he's spending time with friends and family.

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