2024 NFL Draft questions for teams with top 10 picks
The 2023 NFL season is over for 28 teams, and now their sights are set on the offseason. Each team is considering free agency in March and planning for the 2024 draft in April.
This semester once again offers a lot of excitement, starting at the top. The Chicago Bears have the top spot for the second year in a row and have another difficult decision to make — trade him and add more draft capital, or move on from Justin Fields and sign another quarterback. The Bears also own the No. 9 overall pick. There are multiple teams in desperate need of a franchise passer in this draft, which will add to the suspense over the next few months.
Let’s focus on the teams scheduled to be selected in the top ten. We asked NFL Nation reporters to answer one big question about those nine teams — two for Chicago — to look ahead to how the franchises they cover will handle their picks. Sure, a few teams don’t have head coaches yet, but we can get an early idea of how each pick will change.
What are the Bears’ latest plans at Nos. 1 and 9? What are the chances the Patriots take a quarterback at third? Are the Falcons considering a quarterback or defenseman at the eighth position? Let’s dig.
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CHI (No. 1) | WSH| NE | ARI | LAC
NYG | TEN | ATL | CHI (No. 9) | NYJ
Based on what you know now, are the Bears more likely to draft a QB here and trade Justin Fields or keep Fields and trade with the pick?
General manager Ryan Bowles said he plans to make his decision on what to do with the No. 1 overall pick in April. If the team is willing to send significant draft capital to Chicago for Fields before then, the Bears will have a clear path on what to do in the draft. Last year, the Bears traded up to No. 1 overall in early March and received a huge gain.
This franchise-altering move carries as much on-field impact as it does financial. It’s hard to know which direction Poles is leaning right now, but once the Bears hire an offensive coordinator, it will be easier to see if Fields or another quarterback fits into Chicago’s 2024 plans. –Courtney Cronin
What can new GM Adam Peters’ history tell us about what leaders might do?
Peters was part of the 49ers front office that took a big swing on Trey Lance in the 2021 draft and missed. It came down to Brock Purdy as the last pick in the 2022 draft, meaning the ramifications of Lance’s selection weren’t felt much. Peters was part of Super Bowl-winning organizations in New England and Denver — with Hall of Fame quarterbacks. Perhaps his history is less important than what the leaders really need: a midfielder with a high ceiling. It’s hard to imagine Peters going anywhere but as a starting quarterback with this pick. — John Kim
Give us percentages on these three outcomes: (1) adding a QB with this pick, (2) adding a QB in the draft after No. 3 and (3) adding a QB via free agency or the trade market.
1.75%. 2.25%. 3.99%. My early hunch is that the Patriots will have buy-in on two of the best quarterbacks in this draft. So 75% reflect the fact that they have no control over what happens at choices #1 and #2.
As for free agency and the trade market, the Patriots should have learned a lesson from 2023, as not acquiring a more experienced quarterback was costly. It will be a surprise if they repeat the same mistake. – Mike Reese
What will it take for Arizona? no Wide identification with this selection?
Really, the only way they don’t take a receiver here is if Marvin Harrison Jr. (Ohio State) is off the board by the time the Cardinals are on the clock. If that happens, they will likely trade and allow general manager Monte Ossenfurt to continue stockpiling picks to move down and draft a needed player where the value aligns with the position. Harrison is the widely consensus top pick in this category. -Josh Winfus
Take the GM and coaching searches out of the discussion: What does the Chargers’ No. 1 roster need this offseason?
Right now, the Chargers’ biggest need is at No. 1 cornerback after they traded J.C. Jackson in free agency in 2022 and rank 30th in yards allowed per game (249.8) this season.
Their needs are difficult to assess, however, because the Chargers could look vastly different in the coming months as the new regime makes decisions on the futures of some of the team’s highest-paid players to hit the salary cap. The priority could easily shift to a wide receiver or edge rusher depending on what happens. –Chris Ream
How can the Giants set up Daniel Jones for success with this pick?
It’s a wide receiver draft at the top, and the Giants know they need to find a No. 1 pick that Jones can build a relationship with. Harrison, Malik Nabers (LSU) or Roma Udunze (Washington) would all fit the bill.
If for some reason their preferred wide pick is off the board, they could look to fortify the offensive line to protect Jones. Either way, they will meet a glaring need. –– Jordan Ryan
Is this an obvious spot for one of the top offensive tackles in the class, or do the Giants have other huge needs?
If Joe Alt (Notre Dame) or Olumuyiwa Fashanu (Penn State) are available, the Giants would likely choose either one given how Jaylen Duncan and Andre Dillard combined to allow 29 sacks at left tackle last season.
Tennessee also has a shortage of playmaking receivers, with 2022 first-round pick Trelon Burks catching just 16 passes in 11 games in his sophomore season. This draft class includes three players who are talented enough to go in the top ten. Don’t be surprised if one of them ends up with the Giants. -Toron Davenport
Is it safe to assume that general manager Terry Fontenot will reserve a defenseman with this pick?
not at all. The biggest need is at center because the team does not have a player on the roster that the new coach can rely on to be a starter. Depending on what happens in free agency — and who is hired to be the coach — selecting a quarterback at No. 8 would be the sensible option.
If there isn’t an attractive quarterback here or the team signs a veteran player in free agency, Atlanta will likely look at an edge rusher or cornerback. At this point, this place is unpredictable because of all the other unknowns surrounding the organization. –Michael Rothstein
What are the biggest holes on the Bears’ roster heading into the offseason?
Chicago’s pass rush saw an immediate improvement after the Bears acquired Montez Sweat from the Chiefs at the trade deadline. Now imagine how much better the defensive line would look when a dominant edge rusher plays versus a Pro Bowl defensive end.
Regardless of who plays quarterback, the Bears also need to prioritize adding another wide receiver to take pressure off No. 1 receiver DJ Moore. While Harrison is likely to be long gone from this selection, Odunze could be a perfect fit. — Cronin
With no second-round pick, what does an ideal pick look like for the Jets here?
They are hurting for help both short- and long-term at both the tackle positions, so it seems like the ideal scenario would be Alt or Fashanu if one of the offensive tackles slips up. Mekhi Becton and Duane Brown are heading to free agency, and Max Mitchell and Carter Warren are considered better suited for backup roles. So, yes, intervention is the No. 1 need.
If Alt and Fashanu leave, perhaps they can replace them with the second-round tackle, and get back a second-round pick in the process. — Rich Cimini