April 18, 2024

Sports Analytics

NFL Draft

The stage is set for the 2024 NFL Draft. After months of hard work, speculations teams have almost finalized their picks and round 1 is set to begin on Thursday, April 25. Chicago Bears will be taking the top overall pick for the first time since 1947. Last year, the Bears did have the first overall pick but traded it away to Carolina, which selected quarterback Bryce Young. As part of the transaction, Chicago received Carolina's 2024 first-round selection and they will now choose the first overall this year after the Panthers ended with the league's poorest record last season.

This year's draft will take place in Martius Park and Hart Plaza in Detroit, Michigan with the first round set to start soon, with the second and third round on Friday, April 26. The last four rounds will conclude on Saturday, April 27. The Chicago Bears are largely anticipated to pick former USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. But there are many other young stars creating buzz in the market as well like, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, Marvin Harrison Jr., J.J. McCarthy, and Malik Nabers.

NFL Top 10 Picks

Here’s Data Sports Groups’ 2024 NFL mock draft as per the picking order for the top draft picks.

  • Draft Pick: 1
  • Player Name: Caleb Williams
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Drafted By: Chicago Bears
  • Previous Team/College: USC Trojans
  • Pick Type: First Round

Seven of the previous nine first-round choices have been quarterbacks, and the Bears are anticipated to choose Caleb Williams from USC with the first pick this season. In March, the Bears dealt quarterback Justin Fields to the Steelers, marking the beginning of a new era in Chicago. There's little use in considering a scenario in which Williams does not go at No. 1 to Chicago. 

  • Draft Pick: 2
  • Player Name: Jayden Daniels
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Drafted By: Washington Commanders
  • Previous Team/College: LSU Tigers
  • Pick Type: First Round

The confidence that surrounds the top overall choice does not extend to No. 2, at least for the time being. But the new Commanders coach Dan Quinn might select the reigning Heisman Trophy winner at No.2. LSU's Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye are the two names that have been linked to Commanders this season but all signs point towards Daniels being their final choice in the end. 

  • Draft Pick: 3
  • Player Name: Drake Maye
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Drafted By: New England Patriots
  • Previous Team/College: North Carolina Tar Heels
  • Pick Type: First Round

The No. 3 pick, might give the New England Patriots the franchise quarterback they've wanted since Tom Brady left in 2020 and the new Patriots coach Jerod Mayo could be leaning toward Drake Maye. The 6-4, 223-pound passer might even be the best choice for them but keeping their options open, the Pats are likely to pick from at least Jayden Daniels, Maye, and Michigan's J.J. McCarthy, depending on what happens in the earlier picks.

  • Draft Pick: 4
  • Player Name: Marvin Harrison Jr
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Drafted By: Arizona Cardinals
  • Previous Team/College: Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Pick Type: First Round 

Arizona enjoys three picks in the top 35 this year a perfect chance for them to boost their roster with fresh blood and the Cards are looking for another starter even after signing Sean Murphy-Bunting. Arizona has been linked to some of the draft's finest wide receivers, including Marvin Harrison Jr., Malik Nabers, and Rome Odunze, but General Manager Monti Ossenfort has been secretive about the team's thought process. The Ohio State wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. is expected to be the No. 5 pick in the 2024 NFL draft. The 6-foot-3, 209-pound pass-catcher, played three seasons with the Buckeyes, catching 155 passes for 2,613 yards and 31 touchdowns. In 2023, he even picked up the Biletnikoff Award as the nation's finest wideout.

  • Draft Pick: 5
  • Player Name: Joe Alt
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Drafted By: Los Angeles Chargers
  • Previous Team/College: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Pick Type: First Round 

Los Angeles Chargers have been linked with Notre Dame's Joe Alt for the No. 5 pick if they do not opt to trade, which is also a move coach Jim Harbaugh might consider. If the Chargers decide to move out of their spot, Alabama's JC Latham or Oregon State's Taliese Fuaga might be viable choices at right tackle. Both the players show a lot of promise and are strategically better fit with their style of football. 

  • Draft Pick: 6
  • Player Name: J.J. McCarthy
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Drafted By: New York Giants
  • Previous Team/College: Michigan Wolverines
  • Pick Type: First Round

New York Giants will be on the lookout for a quarterback but at No. 6 that seems like a distant possibility for them. If they cannot get their hands on Michigan's J.J. McCarthy or Maye which might include a trade with the Cardinals at No. 4 or the Chargers at No. 5. It will not be easy with the Vikings, Raiders, and Broncos all proving to be a tough competition to beat as they are all looking for a quarterback as well. They could even target Malik Nabers or Rome Odunze, as they lost Gabe Davis to free agency and sold Stefon Diggs in exchange for a second-round selection, they obviously need a wide receiver.

  • Draft Pick: 7
  • Player Name: Joe Alt
  • Position: Offensive Tackle
  • Drafted By: Tennessee Titans
  • Previous Team/College: Notre Dame Fighting Irish
  • Pick Type: First Round

Tennessee Titans have also been liked with Joe Alt at No.7 if he doesn't get picked up by Los Angeles Chargers. They might even choose to trade back and target Penn State's Olumuyiwa Fashanu or Taliese Fuaga. Alt appears to be the ideal player to serve as Will Levis's primary bodyguard along with 2023 first-round choice Peter Skoronski.

  • Draft Pick: 8
  • Player Name: Dallas Turner
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Drafted By: Atlanta Falcons
  • Previous Team/College: Alabama Crimson Tide
  • Pick Type: First Round

Atlanta could have their pick from the top young defensive talents at No. 8. They might choose one from Alabama’s Dallas Turner, UCLA’s Laiatu Latu, and Florida State’s Jared Verse. A dynamic edge rusher is the obvious choice for a team that struggles to bother the opposing quarterbacks.

  • Draft Pick: 9
  • Player Name: Rome Odunze
  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • Drafted By: Chicago Bears 
  • Previous Team/College: Washington Huskies
  • Pick Type: First Round

If one of the draft's best receivers, such as LSU's Malik Nabers or Washington's Rome Odunze, would be available at No. 9, Chicago might add a receiver to their team to aid its rookie quarterback. Odunze is considered to be their top choice for this position taking into account his ability to pull in contested receptions and scary defenses, he'd make an explosive connection with Williams.

  • Draft Pick: 10
  • Player Name: Brock Bowers
  • Position: Tight End
  • Drafted By: New York Jets
  • Previous Team/College: Georgia Bulldogs
  • Pick Type: First Round

Gang Green completed its most critical offseason chore by rebuilding the offensive line with Tyron Smith and Morgan Moses. They could now go for the best player available at No. 10 with Brock Bowers. His run-after-catch threat suggests he might be of great value to the team next to Aaron Rodgers, whom they acquired last season. The Jets do not have a Round 2 pick this year and will have to make the best of their No.10 pick. 

Well, the top NFL Draft picks will remain a subject of speculation till April 25. As the draft unfolds we are eager to see how the landscape of professional football changes with the addition of these young stars. 


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