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Jack Follman’s Way-Too-Early 2024 Pac-12 NFL Mock Draft

It has the potential to be another very shallow First Round for Conference pro prospects

Posted on May 1, 2023

  By Jack Follman, SuperWest Sports

The 2023 NFL Draft has wrapped and now everyone is already looking ahead to 2024.

It has the potential to be another very shallow First Round for Pac-12 pro prospects, but the No. 1 pick seems locked in as a player who played in the Conference.

So let’s dive into the picks. (Draft order is based on NFL final standings projections.)

1. WashingtonCaleb Williams, Quarterback, USC

USC QB Caleb Williams | Mark J. Terrill/AP
One of the greatest Pac-12 NFL prospects of all time, Williams is a slam dunk to go No. 1 overall.

So much so, even if a team that doesn’t want a QB at number one lands there they assuredly will trade with a team that does.

2. ChicagoDrake Maye, Quarterback, North Carolina
3. HoustonJoe Alt, Tackle, Notre Dame
4. DenverMarvin Harrison Jr., Wide Receiver, Ohio State
5. IndianapolisOlumuyiwa Fashanu, Tackle, Penn State
6. AtlantaJared Verse, Defensive End, Florida State
7. ArizonaBrock Bowers, Tight End, Georgia
8. ChicagoMichael Hall Jr., Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
9. PittsburghKool-Aid McKinstry, Cornerback, Alabama
10. Green BayJavon Bullard, Safety, Georgia
11. New OrleansEmeka Egbuka, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
12. TennesseeAndrew Mukuba, Safety, Clemson
13. Las VegasJeremiah Trotter Jr., Linebacker, Clemson
14. HoustonDallas Turner, Defensive End, Alabama

15. JetsBralen Trice, Defensive End, Washington

Husky DE Bralen Trice | UW Athletics
Pass rushers come at a premium, so one of the nation’s best from 2022, who should be even better in 2023, should go in the first round.

Trice is the kind of player who gets to the quarterback almost every play.

16. New England Jack Sawyer, Defensive End, Ohio State
17. DetroitDenzel Burke, Cornerback, Ohio State
18. GiantsConnor Colby, Guard, Iowa

19. Tampa BayMichael Penix Jr., Quarterback, Washington

Husky QB Michael Penix Jr. | The Seattle Times
Penix would be a really intriguing QB to build with for the Buccaneers if he can build on his stellar 2022 season and stay healthy.

He’s a local kid with a big arm and an uncanny knack for never leaving plays on the table.

20. RamsBo Nix, Quarterback, Oregon

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix | Sean Meagher/The Oregonian
Penix and Nix are going to be neck-and-neck throughout their college careers it feels.

I also feel like Nix will convince NFL teams that he’s a commodity worth a First-Round pick and an investment in a rookie QB, given what he’s proven on the field in erasing the question marks from early in his career.

21. MiamiJa’Tavion Sanders, Tight End, Texas
22. SeattleSedrick Van Pran, Guard, Georgia
23. BaltimoreAmazon Smith, Defensive Tackle, LSU
24. ChargersXavier Worth, Wide Receiver, Texas

25. DallasCole Bishop, Safety, Utah

Utah S Cole Bishop | Scott Stevens/247Sports
I expect Bishop to have a huge year leading the back of Utah’s nasty defense.

He’ll play his way up to being one of the top safeties in the draft in a year when a lot of teams should need them.

26. JacksonvilleTyleik Williams, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
27. MinnesotaSheridan Jones, Cornerback, Clemson
28. CincinnatiJT Tuimoloau, Defensive End, Ohio State
29. San FranciscoBryce Foster, Guard, Texas A&M
30. BuffaloRaheim Sanders, Running Back, Arkansas

31. PhiladelphiaTroy Franklin, Wide Receiver, Oregon

Oregon WR Troy Franklin | Oregon Athletics
The middle and back of the First Round are light on receivers and teams are dying for them now.

That’s good news for a few Pac-12 prospects, namely Franklin, who is getting some First-Round buzz already.

32. Kansas CityRome Odunze, Wide Receiver, Washington

Washington WR Rome Odunze | Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports
Odunze is a long-proven playmaker with smooth route-running ability and soft hands.

Teams should be looking to reload at WR in 2024 and that should get him off the board in the first round.

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