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NFL mock draft: Updated projections 2 weeks out

Julian Catalfo / theScore

The 2024 NFL Draft kicks off two weeks from tonight.

While the first pick seems to have been locked in throughout this entire process, it's anyone's guess as to what happens after that. Here's our latest look at how the first round could shake out.

Caleb Williams, QB, USC

General manager Ryan Poles, head coach Matt Eberflus, and new receiver Keenan Allen were all in attendance at Williams' pro day in Los Angeles. The 2022 Heisman winner was his usual brilliant self and essentially cemented the No. 1 overall selection.

Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU

It's tough to ignore the buzz connecting Daniels to the Commanders at No. 2. The LSU product is a dual-threat star whose precision in the vertical passing game could make him a particularly strong fit with offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury.

MOCK TRADE: Vikings move up from No. 11 in deal with Patriots

Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina

Most thought the Vikings were eyeing a trade to grab J.J. McCarthy, but Minnesota opts to package its first-round picks (No. 11 and No. 23) and more to move all the way to No. 3 and take Maye. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder features all the tools you'd want in a first-round quarterback and should benefit greatly from being under the watch of Kevin O'Connell.

Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State

The consensus top three quarterbacks coming off the board to start the draft makes this less likely of a trade spot, but that's just fine with the Cardinals. Sitting tight at No. 4 and coming away with a generational receiver prospect like Harrison is a great way to upgrade the offense.

Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame

There might only be one person alive who doesn't think the Chargers need a wide receiver with the fifth pick. Since that person, Jim Harbaugh, also happens to be the team's new head coach, expect the draft's best offensive tackle to be the selection.

Malik Nabers, WR, LSU

The Giants could go with a quarterback here, but it's tough to force that kind of pick if you're settling for whichever one falls to you. Nabers, who some see as the WR1 over Harrison, fills another massive need in the passing game.

Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

The Titans add a further piece to their offseason rebuild on offense with Fuaga on the line. Fuaga can play either tackle position and will immediately be an elite blocker in the run game for the duo of Tyjae Spears and Tony Pollard.

Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

We've connected Turner to the Falcons for much of the pre-draft process, and we're sticking to it. Atlanta adding the top pass-rusher in the draft makes too much sense after it took care of other needs in free agency.

Rome Odunze, WR, Washington

If the Bears can leave the opening round with both Williams and Odunze, Poles might get handed a contract extension before Day 2. The 6-foot-3, 212-pounder turned in outstanding testing numbers, but it's his tape where he really shines. There isn't a better contested-catch receiver in the draft, and he'll instantly become a favorite target for his new quarterback.

MOCK TRADE: Broncos move up from No. 12 in deal with Jets

J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

With McCarthy falling further than expected, Sean Payton makes the move up to get his quarterback of the future. Sliding back two spots gets the Jets some additional draft capital and ensures that the Michigan star doesn't fall to the Patriots.

MOCK TRADE: Pick received from Vikings in deal for No. 3

Olumuyiwa Fashanu, OT, Penn State

The Patriots traded back to No. 11 likely expecting McCarthy to be available, but they have to pivot after the Broncos moved up to grab the quarterback. That sees them land the 6-foot-6 Fashanu - an intriguing athlete who needs some polish before he can dominate at the pro level.

MOCK TRADE: Pick received from Broncos in deal for No. 10

Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Bowers could be the final piece for a Jets offense that's retooled its offensive line and added Mike Williams at receiver. The Georgia standout has rare playmaking traits for a tight end.

Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington

With four quarterbacks already off the board, the Raiders won't address that position in the opening round. Instead, Las Vegas adds some quality depth to the offensive line with Fautanu, an incredibly physical prospect who can play both guard and tackle.

Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Saints have to upgrade their skill-position talent on offense. Thomas offers a rare blend of size and speed on the outside, making him an outstanding running mate for Chris Olave.

Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The Colts love to take swings on highly athletic prospects with a variety of tools - a description that fits Mitchell perfectly. His testing numbers were off the charts, and he showed throughout his college career that he's as physical a corner as there is in the draft.

Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

A top pass-rusher falling to this spot represents an ideal scenario for the Seahawks. Verse provides a much-needed upgrade on the edge of the Seattle defense.

Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Arnold might be available at No. 17, but he's certainly better than the 17th-best prospect in this draft. NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah has Arnold as the top defensive player in this class, and the Jaguars will be thrilled to grab him this late in the first round.

Adonai Mitchell, WR, Texas

The Bengals could already use another receiver. That position becomes a glaring need if Tee Higgins gets the trade he desires. Mitchell could be an outstanding playmaker alongside Ja'Marr Chase.

Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

There's no way to replace Aaron Donald, but Latu could soften the blow of the All-Pro lineman's departure. The UCLA star led the nation with 21.5 tackles for loss and posted 13 sacks in his final collegiate season.

JC Latham, OT, Alabama

The Steelers have their left tackle of the future in 2023 first-round pick Broderick Jones. Latham being available at this spot offers a unique opportunity to solidify the offensive line with another high-end talent at right tackle.

Byron Murphy II, DL, Texas

The Dolphins address Christian Wilkins' departure in the offseason by taking Murphy at No. 21. The Texas standout is an athletic freak and pops off the page as a game-wrecker in the interior.

Cooper DeJean, DB, Iowa

The Eagles could use some help at both cornerback and safety. DeJean is a supremely gifted cover man who could fit in at either spot.

MOCK TRADE: Pick received from Vikings in deal for No. 3

Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington

If Penix is available at No. 23, the Patriots will likely take a swing after passing earlier in the opening round. There are injury red flags for the Washington star, but there's no doubting his ridiculous arm and production in college.

Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Mims may be lacking in starting experience, but he has all the traits the Cowboys will be seeking in a long-term left tackle. Landing the Georgia product in this spot would also allow Dallas to keep All-Pro guard Tyler Smith in the interior.

Graham Barton, OL, Duke

The Packers need some offensive line depth, and Barton can fill multiple roles with his versatility up front. Barton might not possess the same elite physical traits as the other first-round linemen, but he plays with an edge that'll help him at the next level.

Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama

An offseason trade sending Carlton Davis to the Lions should make cornerback the top need for the Bucs on draft weekend. McKinstry is a pro-ready cover man who would fit nicely opposite Jamel Dean.

Jer'Zhan Newton, DL, Illinois

The Cardinals go with defense at No. 27 and add an impressive athlete at defensive tackle with Newton. The 6-foot-2, 304-pounder unleashed a noteworthy 22.5 tackles for loss and also blocked four kicks last season.

Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Bills can't go into the season without making a major move to replace Stefon Diggs at receiver. Worthy, who ran a combine-record 4.21 40-yard dash, would be a fascinating fit as a vertical threat for Josh Allen.

Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson

To say the Lions' secondary was an issue last year would be a major understatement. Wiggins may lack slightly in size, but he possesses otherworldly recovery speed that he showed with a 4.28 40-yard dash at the combine.

Ladd McConkey, WR, Georgia

The Ravens finally made a major addition to the receiver room with Zay Flowers in the first round last year. Finding him a long-term running mate should be a priority, and offensive coordinator Todd Monken is familiar with McConkey's underrated game as his former play-caller at Georgia.

Jackson Powers-Johnson, OL, Oregon

The 49ers grab Powers-Johnson after the offensive line took a step back last year. The nation's top center has exceptional size and is one of the more powerful players at the position in recent memory.

Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Chiefs don't need to force a receiver pick after landing Marquise Brown in free agency. Waiting to address the left tackle spot isn't an option. Guyton is a good athlete who could be a high-level pass-protector for Patrick Mahomes.

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