2024 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 Following Free Agency Wave

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 Following Free Agency Wave

In the NFL, the new league year represents the official start of free agency, but it also serves as the unofficial start of the draft. For example, the Atlanta Falcons signed quarterback Kirk Cousins on the opening day of free agency, making it unlikely that they select a QB with the No. 8 overall pick.

On the other hand, now the Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback to replace Cousins and could target one in the first round. The Tennessee Titans had a major need at wide receiver, but after signing Calvin Ridley, they can afford to look in a different direction.

Check out our latest 2024 NFL mock draft of Round 1 following the first wave of free agency.

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Williams has been the obvious pick for months, but after trading Justin Fields to the Steelers, the USC QB should start looking for houses in Chicago.

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Daniels feels like a better fit for Kliff Kingsbury’s system than Drake Maye and I can’t see Washington passing on the Heisman Trophy winner here at pick No. 2. Head coach Dan Quinn gets a new face for his after moving Sam Howell.

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Despite the hype about McCarthy potentially overtaking Maye, I’m not buying it. The UNC product gives New England the fresh start the team desperately needs under head coach Jerod Mayo.

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Harrison is the best wide receiver in this draft class and the Cardinals just lost Rondale Moore and Marquise Brown.


Nabers is a great consolation prize for a team that just lost its two starting wide receivers, Mike Williams and Keenan Allen.

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Odunze gives Daniel Jones (or whoever ends up playing QB in New York) a true No. 1 option to build around.

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After signing WR Calvin Ridley to a monster contract, the Titans add some beef up front in Notre Dame’s Joe Alt here at pick No. 7.

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After losing Cousins to Atlanta, the Vikings give up a future first-rounder to Atlanta along with pick No. 23 to move up for McCarthy. The Michigan QB is a good fit for Minnesota’s scheme and has an elite upside if he gets time to develop.

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Turner has the kind of length and athleticism that the Bears covet and I don’t think they would hesitate to take the Alabama star with their second top-10 pick.

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After missing the top wide receivers, the Jets give QB Aaron Rodgers a quality offensive lineman to help protect him from another disastrous injury.


After moving up for McCarthy, the Vikings land the best tight end in the draft. Bowers can help fill in for T.J. Hockenson while he recovers from a late-season injury.

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While this is perhaps a bit too early for Nix, the Broncos need their QB of the future and I think Sean Payton pulls the trigger on the Ducks signal-caller.

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Arnold would probably be a top-10 pick if the draft weren’t so top-heavy at quarterback and wide receiver. The Raiders get a future No. 1 cornerback in the former Alabama star.

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The Saints could take a QB here, but landing a potential franchise offensive lineman in Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu is too tempting to pass up on.

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The Colts get a steal here with Mitchell midway through the first round. Some consider the Toldeo playmaker to be the draft’s top cornerback prospect.

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Seattle lands a potential difference-making edge rusher here in Florida State’s Jared Verse. The versatile defensive end gives new head coach Mike Macdonald a nice building block for the future.

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Wiggins is another quality CB prospect likely to be drafted later than his talent warrants. Jacksonville lands some much-needed defensive help.

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Fautanu could fall anywhere from picks 10-20 based on which linemen the other teams prefer. The Bengals land an absolute stud who should help QB Joe Burrow have fewer season-ending injuries.

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This is a no-brainer for Los Angeles after defensive lineman Aaron Donald’s sudden retirement last week. Murphy could easily step into the Rams’ starting lineup for Week 1.

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Latham can help protect Russell Wilson, Justin Fields, and any other quarterbacks the Steelers add this offseason.

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After releasing CB Xavien Howard, the Dolphins land a quality replacement in Iowa defensive back Cooper DeJean late in Round 1.

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While Adonai Mitchell was an option for the Eagles, they go with the more polished player in LSU wide receiver Brian Thomas Jr. here at pick No. 22

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The Falcons are rumored to like Latu and landing him here at pick No. 23 would be a dream scenario for general manager Terry Fontenot. Atlanta has yet to bring back free agents Calais Campbell or Bud Dupree.

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The Cowboys need a receiver after releasing Michael Gallup and I don’t think Jerry Jones could resist taking the speedy Longhorns wideout if he’s on the board.

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The Packers need some help up front and Newton seems like a good fit. The Illinois defensive lineman has great technique and pass-rushing ability.

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The Buccaneers brought back QB Baker Mayfield and WR Mike Evans, but they could use some help along the interior of their offensive line. Powers-Johnson is a good fit here late in Round 1.

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Barton is another example of how deep this offensive line class is. The Duke lineman can help Arizona protect Kyler Murray long enough to get the ball to fellow rookie Marvin Harrison Jr.

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Nubin is arguably the best safety in this class and the Bills just released veteran Jordan Poyer. This one feels like a no-brainer after signing wide receiver Curtis Samuel.

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Lassiter is a good fit in Detroit’s scheme and despite the team’s recent additions, his long-term upside is worth an investment here at pick No. 29.

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McConkey gives the Ravens a little more help at wide receiver and is versatile enough to line up all over the field.

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Mims could potentially start the next 10-12 years for San Francisco. The Georgia standout would be a perfect fit to replace Trent Williams when/if he ever retires.

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After signing wide receiver Marquise Brown, the Chiefs take the best player on the board and continue to build around Pat Mahomes.

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