21. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa
Joey Porter Jr. has shown flashes in limited action so far as a rookie, but the cornerback room needs more, even when JPJ takes over as CB1. Cooper DeJean is amongst the best athletes in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Iowa star sports a track and field background and displays consistent technique on tape. DeJean is the spark the Pittsburgh secondary is searching for.
22. Tennessee Titans - Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA
If Laiatu Latu gets positive results from his pre-draft medical check, expect the gifted pass rusher to be a top-ten selection come April. But as of now, the Titans get a steal at No. 22 in this mock draft. Latu is unblockable in one-on-one situations and has Defensive Rookie of the Year potential.
23. Seattle Seahawks - Graham Barton, OL, Duke
Graham Barton can play anywhere on the offensive line, whether it be tackle, guard, or center. He possesses a stout frame and advanced hand usage when thwarting oncoming pass rushers. Barton can be more consistent in the run-blocking phase, but Seattle’s coaching staff has a track record for ironing out these types of shortcomings.
Jerry Jones Rolls The Dice On An Exciting Pass Catcher From Texas
24. Dallas Cowboys - Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas
Full disclosure: Xavier Worthy is not a first-round player on my current Big Board. The exciting wideout from Texas still holds a strong Day 2 grade, and if he can fix his drop issues, that makes him worthy of Day 1 consideration. Jerry Jones has never been shy to bet on upside, and Worthy has plenty of it with his deep ball tracking and home-run hitting ability.
25. Detroit Lions - Kamren Kinchens, DB, Miami
The Lions look the part of a contender in the NFC. The offense is clicking, and the defense is coming around for coordinator Aaron Glenn. Throwing in a ball-hawking safety like Kamren Kinchens would only improve the secondary. Kinchens sports exceptional range and is underrated as a run defender.
26. Miami Dolphins - Ja’Tavion Sanders, TE, Texas
Mike McDaniel’s offense has caught the NFL by storm in 2023. With a healthy Tua Tagovailoa leading the way, the skill position group is showing out and posting gaudy numbers week in and week out. Ja’Tavion Sanders would give the Dolphins another cheat code in the passing game, as the Texas tight end is more of a souped-up wide receiver.