2024 NFL Mock Draft with blockbuster trades and a star WR for NY Jets

Our first and only first-round mock draft of the year
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12. Denver Broncos: Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama

The Denver Broncos will draft a quarterback at some point, and I expect them to be very aggressive in an attempt to move up. Unfortunately, their lack of draft capital might make that challenging.

They could consider a trade-down at this spot — the Eagles have been a rumored trade partner — but with Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner still on the board, they didn't want to pass on the opportunity.

Expect the Broncos to target a quarterback like Oregon's Bo Nix early on Day 2 if he makes it that far.

13. Las Vegas Raiders: Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

New Raiders general manager Tom Telesco is known to prefer high-upside prospects from prominent college programs, and Georgia's Amarius Mims absolutely fits that bill.

Mims started just eight games in college and has numerous question marks entering the NFL, but the Raiders need a long-term right tackle solution and his upside is undeniable.

14. New Orleans Saints: Troy Fautanu, OL, Washington

You can go ahead and pencil in an offensive lineman for the New Orleans Saints, especially after James Hurst's retirement this week. The run on tackles continues with Washington's Troy Fautanu.

Fautanu is a contentious prospect who some believe is a better fit as a guard at the NFL level. If the Saints are confident in him as a left tackle, he should be the pick.

15. Indianapolis Colts: Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia

Don't be surprised to see the Colts trade up at some point in the first round, but in this projection, they get the best of both worlds, landing arguably their top target without having to move up.

Brock Bowers could go as high as the top-10, especially if the top wide receivers are off the board when the Jets pick at No. 10 overall. In this case, Bowers falls to a Colts team whose war room is likely exploding with excitement.

16. Green Bay Packers (TRADE): Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State

The Packers really need offensive line help, and with offensive tackles flying off the board, they have no choice but to trade up and secure one of the best remaining tackle prospects in Oregon State's Taliese Fuaga.

Seahawks general manager John Schneider has been known to prefer trade-downs in the draft, and he gets his wish with a sizable haul here. Green Bay moves up to secure a plug-and-play starting right tackle with a nasty demeanor.

17. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama

Terrion Arnold could go as high as No. 8 overall to the Falcons, but he slides all the way to the Jaguars here at No. 17. This is where a little run on defensive players might start.

Arnold joins a cornerback room that features the likes of Tyson Campbell and free-agent signing Ronald Darby, giving Jacksonville another piece to build around on defense. Toledo cornerback Quinyon Mitchell is another candidate at this spot.

18. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnny Newton, DT, Illinois

This is your D.J. Reader replacement for the Bengals. Cincinnati is likely to prioritize the trenches in this draft, and with the top offensive tackles off the board, Johnny Newton is an obvious pick.

Newton honestly has shades of longtime Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins in his game, making this a seamless fit for a Bengals team dealing with some disgruntled stars at the moment.