Thanksgiving 2024 NFL Mock Draft: NFL intern predicts a surprise blockbuster at the top of the draft

Front office NFL draft intern gives us his first round mock draft.

2023 NFL Draft - Rounds 2-3
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DT. Illinois . Jer’Zhan Newton. Aamd16. . 16. . Jer’Zhan Newton. 45. player

Jonathan Harris isn't going to cut it as a starting DE for the Broncos. Bringing in a guy like Jer'Zhan Newton transforms that defensive line. He's a bulldozer up front with an innate ability to force his way to the QB for his size. Newton must be doubled most of the game, which will open up many more opportunities for the edge rushers to get home on their own.

. OT. Taliese Fuaga. 17. 56. Aamd17. . Taliese Fuaga. Oregon State. player

Cincy’s O-Line isn't cutting it. After an injury to Burrow, they have to be urgent in fixing their line and ensuring their franchise QB's safety. Taliese Fuaga may be the answer; he's been PERFECT so far and looks to be the hottest rising lineman in the draft, mainly in part to his massive figure and elite athleticism. If Fuaga can keep the Fuego hot, he'd make an excellent addition to fix up this ruptured line.

18. player. . Malik Nabers. . LSU. Malik Nabers. 16. Aamd18. WR

Gabe Davis has been disappointing as the Bills overall haven't met expectations, and there's worry Diggs may be on his way out. Either way, the Bills have an emergence to bring in an elite receiver. Malik Nabers has been the most productive receiver in college football and looks simply electric. He has a smooth route running and is elite after the catch. Nabers would be terrifying in Buffalo, being the next star receiver out of WRU.

player. 15. Aamd19. OT. . JC Latham. JC Latham. 19. . Alabama

They've given up on Penning and moved Peat from guard to LT. It's not working. Carr is smart enough to get the ball out before trouble but has no chance without protection on his blindside. JC Latham is a towering prospect at 6'7 360 and should be pro-ready out of Bama. The Saints desperately need to make this move as they hope fixing up their line will propel their offense to the next level.

Clemson. Nate Wiggens. . CB . 60. . Nate Wiggens. 20. player. Aamd20

The Vikings' secondary may be the worst in the league, and it has been for a while. The first step towards fixing that is bringing in a star corner. Wiggins has great length outside and excellent coverage skills. He can play on one with any receiver and should hold his own. Hopefully, Wiggins would salvage what's been a constant struggle for the team.