New Year Mock Draft: Seven QBs, several shocking trades, and a defensive drought

In NFLMocks’ first mock draft of 2024, quarterbacks fly off the board in a hurry. Who will Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, and Jayden Daniels end up with? Can the Vikings and Seahawks find signal-callers of the future?
Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham congratulates USC Trojans quarterback Caleb
Arizona State Sun Devils head coach Kenny Dillingham congratulates USC Trojans quarterback Caleb / Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY
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No. 6: Los Angeles Chargers — Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

The Chargers need help on defense, but the value doesn’t fit here. Instead, L.A. can bring in an explosive playmaker on offense who also excels as a blocker. Tight end Brock Bowers fits the bill.

No. 7: Tennessee Titans — Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

If Will Levis wants any chance at success, the Titans must improve the offensive unit around him. Step one? Draft a franchise left tackle, like Notre Dame’s Joe Alt, and give Levis a fair shake at earning the quarterback job long-term.

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No. 8: New York Jets — J.C. Latham, OT, Alabama

Aaron Rodgers, at the ripe age of 40, will return to the Jets in 2024. To avoid another injury-riddled campaign, New York cannot trot out the same offensive line. J.C. Latham is a plug-and-play right tackle — he will keep Rodgers clean.

No. 9: Atlanta Falcons — Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

It’s popular to give the Falcons a quarterback in any mock draft, and while that could happen, the value elsewhere on the board is too much to pass on. Rome Odunze steps in as the WR2 on the roster, showing top-tier body control and competitiveness at the catch point.

Don’t worry, Atlanta fans; there is more in store for this mock draft — stay tuned.

No. 10: Chicago Bears — Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

Following a nine-player run of only offensive prospects, the drought finally ends. Dallas Turner, an athletic pass rusher from Alabama, is the choice. The Bears can send Turner and Montez Sweat at opposing quarterbacks, forming a dream team off the edge.

No. 11: Las Vegas Raiders — Jer’Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois

Jer’Zhan Newton holds the highest defensive grade on NFLMocks’ current Big Board. The Illinois product is a disruptive presence from the interior, regularly terrorizing opposing quarterbacks and shutting down the run game. The Raiders need all of that.

Similar to the Falcons, stick around for a little bit longer Raider Nation. This mock draft isn’t over.