NFL Mock's Top 25: 2024 NFL Draft prospect rankings plus position rankings & analysis

In this March draft big board we look what prospects are being overrated and underrated in 2024 NFL Draft.
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2024 NFL Draft safety rankings

Underrated: Cole Bishop, Utah

My second-rated safety in the 2024 NFL Draft is Utah’s Cole Bishop. What stands out about him is his versatility. Against the pass, he shows good range and has the fluid hips to hold up in man coverage. He also is a strong run defender who flies downhill to make the big tackle. Look for Bishop to become an NFL starter early in his career.

2024 NFL Draft prospect Cole Bishop
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Overrated: Jaden Hicks, Washington State

Washington State’s Jaden Hicks was a good in the box safety for the Cougars. However, his lack of agility could present some problems in the NFL. Another area of concern is that he misses some tackles due to his inability to break down in open space.

Non-Power Five player to watch: Jay Stanley, Southern Miss

Another player who will likely go undrafted but should make an impact in the NFL is Southern Miss’s Jay Stanly. Stanly has good size and is a true ballhawk. Last season, he accounted for six turnovers, and over the past two seasons he has picked off eight passes.

NFL team who needs this position: Detroit Lions

One of the biggest needs for Detroit this season is their secondary. Look for the Lions to add several defensive backs in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Overall Rankings (NFL Draft grade I give the player)

1. Tyler Nubin, Minnesota (second round)

2. Cole Bishop, Utah (second round)

3. Kamren Kinchens, Miami (third round)

4. Javon Bullard, Georgia (fourth round)

5. Calen Bullock, USC (fifth round)

6. Evan Williams, Oregon (fifth round)

7. Tykee Smith, Georgia (fifth round)

8. Jaylin Simpson, Auburn (fifth round)

9. Beau Brade, Maryland (fifth round)

10. Patrick McMorris, California (sixth round)

11. Josh Proctor, Ohio State (sixth round)

12. Jaden Hicks, Washington State (sixth round)

13. Kitan Oladapo, Oregon State (sixth round)

14. Malik Mustapha, Wake Forest (seventh round)

15. Jay Stanley, Southern Miss (seventh round)