2024 NFL Mock Draft: 1 premier first-round selection for each NFC North team

In this 2024 NFL Mock Draft preview, the Chicago Bears get aggressive while a few new faces at quarterback join the NFC North.

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QB. J.J. McCarthy. 29. 50. . J.J. McCarthy. Michigan. player. J.J. McCarthy.

The Lions' first pick of the 2024 Midseason Mock Draft, at 29th overall, is J.J. McCarthy, quarterback from Michigan. McCarthy's passing skills and leadership ability make him a strong contender for the Lions' quarterback position.

Detroit has Jared Goff, and he is performing exceptionally well. That allows McCarthy a season or two to develop and mature at the NFL level under intense scrutiny and pressure. Additionally, the Lions will have a fantastic offensive line when he steps into the starting role, along with an impressive arsenal of weapons. Much like the last few draft classes, this is an all-around win for general manager Brad Holmes. 

McCarthy is a force to be reckoned with. His performances have led the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoffs. McCarthy's precision, poise under pressure, and ability to change the game's dynamics have earned him a special place in the hearts of many fans.

J.J. McCarthy's scouting report highlights his strengths, including a whip-like arm that can fit throws into tight coverage, a crisp release, and the athleticism to bend and accelerate out of would-be sacks. He possesses good aerial accuracy and can layer velocity and touch on throws to hit receivers in stride. He also can look off safeties and work high-to-low on progressions. Additionally, he has good competitive toughness as a runner and is willing to finish forward.

With McCarthy leading the offense and superstar pass rusher Aidan Hutchinson holding down the defense, the Lions will have a duo of Wolverines to chase that elusive Super Bowl. 

It was an exciting first round that broke well for the NFC North teams. Stay tuned for Day 2 of the mock draft, when the Bears turn their No. 3 overall pick into five much-needed players in Rounds 2 and 3.