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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19. Los Angeles Rams: Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA

The Rams overachieved with a young and unproven roster last season, and while their defense exceeded expectations, they're still looking for building blocks in the front seven — especially after Aaron Donald's retirement.

They get a little lucky landing UCLA's Laiatu Latu, a player who some believe is the best edge rusher in this class, at No. 19 overall. Latu's injury history is a genuine concern, but his tape is as impressive as any defensive player in this draft.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brian Thomas Jr., WR, LSU

The Steelers love to draft wide receivers, and after trading Diontae Johnson in the offseason, they could certainly use another receiver to pair with George Pickens. Brian Thomas Jr. feels like the perfect prospect for them.

Thomas has an outstanding blend of size and speed, and while he's still rough around the edges as a route runner, his game-breaking athleticism should make him a dangerous weapon in Pittsburgh's offense.

21. Miami Dolphins: Graham Barton, OL, Duke

The Dolphins will be looking for offensive line help in this draft, specifically along the interior offensive line. Duke's Graham Barton is a versatile, do-it-all offensive line prospect who projects as a potential center at the NFL level.

Barton started 34 games at left tackle in college, but he has experience at center and many believe he should transition well to guard in the NFL. Miami snags some much-needed offensive line help for Tua Tagovailoa.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinyon Mitchell, CB, Toledo

The Eagles are a prime candidate to trade up in the first round, but they stay put in this projection and still land a very promising defensive player. Quinyon Mitchell's stock rose significantly throughout the pre-draft process, and some believe he's the best cornerback in his class.

Philadelphia gets younger at cornerback with Darius Slay and James Bradberry, specifically the latter, clearly on the decline.

23. Los Angeles Chargers (TRADE): Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

The Chargers finally add some wide receiver help with a first-round pick acquired in the trade with the Vikings earlier in this mock. Xavier Worthy helped his stock at the NFL Combine when he recorded a record-breaking 4.21 40-yard dash.

Worthy's speed and playmaking will be a massive boost to an unproven Chargers' receiving corps, and while this may be a little high for him, his skill set should complement Quentin Johnston and Josh Palmer very well.

24. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Guyton, OT, Oklahoma

The Cowboys will draft a running back at some point, but in a weak running back class, the second round feels like a more likely spot for someone like Jonathon Brooks. Instead, they address an offensive line that lost Tyron Smith in the offseason.

Tyler Guyton has experience playing both left and right tackle, but with just 15 career starts under his belt, he's still a work in progress. Still, the local Texas native makes plenty of sense at this spot.

25. Seattle Seahawks (TRADE): Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State

The Seahawks move down nine spots and still land a player they probably would've considered at No. 16 in Florida State's Jared Verse. Verse gives Seattle another pass rusher to pair with the likes of Boye Mafe and Uchenna Nwosu.