Can Quinn Ewers Be “That” Guy For The Upstart Atlanta Falcons?
12: Atlanta Falcons — Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas
Finally, the third quarterback comes off the board. Quinn Ewers is far from perfect. But what he is, is a talented passer with clear room for improvement. His deep ball is a work in progress, but Ewers’ overall ball placement and ability to command an offense will give the Falcons what Desmond Ridder cannot provide. Plus, reuniting the Longhorn alum with his former teammate, Bijan Robinson, is a story fit for the big screen.
13: Arizona Cardinals (via HOU) — Kalen King, CB, Penn State
The Cardinals already got a premier defender at No. 4 in this mock draft, but why not more? Kalen King is neck-and-neck with McKinstry for the title of CB1. King is a sticky cornerback who loves to shut down his opponent and then let them hear about it. His personality is exactly what the Arizona defense needs.
14: Las Vegas Raiders — Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington
The Raiders can't trust Jimmy Garoppolo to stay healthy, and fourth-round rookie Aidan O’Connell profiles as a long-term backup — not a franchise centerpiece. Michael Penix Jr., on the other hand, will have one of the strongest arms in the league upon arrival. The Husky signal-caller can stretch defenses in ways that Garoppolo and O’Connell simply cannot.
15: Indianapolis Colts — Malik Nabers, WR, LSU
The Colts need some defensive reinforcements; however, the temptation to add Malik Nabers to an Anthony Richardson-led offense is too much to ignore. Nabers is a gifted athlete with homerun-hitting ability on every touch. He is a nice foil to Michael Pittman Jr. and Josh Downs.
16: Washington Commanders — Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama
The Commanders might lose Chase Young to free agency in a few months, but even if they retain the Ohio State alum, it would behoove Washington to add another premium pass rusher in the 2024 NFL Draft. Dallas Turner is a natural at hounding quarterbacks and should be a Defensive Rookie of the Year favorite.
17: New York Jets — Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State
The Keon Coleman hype train has officially left the station. Frankly, being available at No. 17 overall might be unrealistic by the time April rolls around. But as of this mock draft, Coleman is still available for the New York Jets. The Florida State product is a jump-ball specialist with a remarkable burst after the catch. Garrett Wilson’s skill set meshes perfectly with his new partner in crime.