2024 NFL Mock Draft: One exciting first-round selection for each AFC East team

A Week 7 look at which player each AFC East team should target in the 2024 NFL Draft based on current record and needs.

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The Miami Dolphins' focus for the 2024 NFL Draft seems to strengthen their defense. With the No. 27 pick, the Miami Dolphins select Illinois DL Jer'Zhan Newton, known for his explosiveness and first-step quickness.

Newton, who was recruited by ESPN as a 3-star recruit and given a 3-star rating by 247 Sports, attended Clearwater Central Catholic High School and joined Illinois. During his freshman year in 2020, he took part in 8 games, playing 329 snaps, and ended the season with 15 tackles and 11 assists, alongside 13 stops. As a pass rusher, he had six total pressures, 5 QB hurries, no QB hits, and one sack.

The following year, Newton featured in 12 games and took part in 611 snaps. He recorded 27 tackles, 17 assists, and 19 stops, as well as 15 total pressures, 9 QB hurries, 3 QB hits, and three sacks.

 In 2022, he participated in 12 games, contributing to 666 snaps, with 35 tackles, 15 assists, and 34 stops. As a pass rusher, he registered 54 total pressures, 32 QB hurries, 18 QB hits, and four sacks. His strengths are his power, initial quickness, violent hands, broad base, and low center of gravity, all used with impressive precision.

His motor is excellent, and his spin move is already of an NFL standard. His balance from high school wrestling days is especially noteworthy, as he rarely goes to the ground.

Newton's addition to the Dolphins' lineup could be a game-changer for their defensive strategy. His length, athleticism, and strength make him a versatile player on the line, and his inclusion could significantly enhance the Dolphins' defensive capabilities.

An exciting 2024 NFL Draft ahead

The 2024 NFL Draft promises to be an exciting event. From the potential addition of Caleb Williams to the Patriots, the Jets' focus on their offensive line, the Bills' strategic move to bolster their offense, and the Dolphins' defensive focus, each team is looking to make impactful selections. These decisions will shape the teams' future strategies and determine their success in the upcoming NFL season.

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Only time will tell how these potential draft picks will perform on the field, but one thing is sure—the 2024 NFL Draft will be a pivotal moment for these AFC East teams. Stay tuned for day two of the NFL Mocks AFC East mock draft.