No. 4: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia
The Georgia Bulldogs have sent waves of starting-caliber players to the NFL in recent years. In 2024, it will be more of the same. Bowers is the best tight-end prospect I have ever evaluated. He is a tick undersized on paper, but given the intensity he plays with on-screen, this is easy to look past. Bowers is a cheat code in the modern NFL.
No. 5: Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina
Drake Maye would be the favorite as QB1 in virtually any other class. But the No. 2 spot is a nice consolation prize in the 2024 NFL Draft. The North Carolina signal-caller has absurd accuracy in the pocket and is a deceptive runner in space. Maye evades tackles with ease and typically keeps his eyes glued downfield. He needs to clean up the mechanics when throwing on the run; the sky is the limit.
No. 6: Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State
Verse began his collegiate career at Albany before transferring to Tallahassee for the 2022 college football season. As a result, the Dayton, Ohio native blossomed into one of the premier pass rushers in the country. He may not possess ideal length on the edge, but the fire he exhibits on a snap-to-snap basis will win over an NFL coaching staff early.
Kalen King Is “My Guy” In The 2024 NFL Draft
No. 7: Kalen King, CB, Penn State
A Penn State defensive back has never come off the board on Day 1 at any NFL Draft. I have tried my hardest to lead the way for a member of the Nittany Lion secondary in each of the past few draft cycles. Joey Porter Jr. was my top-rated cornerback, while Jaquan Brisker was a favorite of mine the year prior. Alas, neither heard their name called in Round 1.
Expect that to finally change in 2024. I will continue speaking it into existence until it happens. Kalen King graded as the fourth-best cornerback in coverage last season, allowing only 45.8 percent of passes to find their target. His three interceptions and nine pass breakups showcase top-tier ball skills. Clean up the tackling, and this Penn State drought will end.
No. 8: Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame
If you think Fashanu is a great player, wait until you see Joe Alt. He comes from the much-heralded Notre Dame pipeline on the offensive line. And as you might expect, he fits the bill.
At 6-foot-8 and 315 pounds, Alt is a physically imposing player. He displays power and a strong motor but could show better footwork in pass protection. Furthermore, Alt’s counter moves can be a tad slow against the twitchier pass rushers. But all in all, his tape is clean. He is an easy top-10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft.