April 23, 2024

2024 NFL Mock Draft: Dallas Cowboys pull off mega trade, Brock Bowers to KC Chiefs in CBS Sports projection

A mega trade by the Dallas Cowboys and Georgia tight end Brock Bowers sliding to the back of the first round are defining marks in the latest CBS Sports 2024 NFL Mock Draft. A run on quarterbacks is expected early on Day 1 as the Chicago Bears, Washington Commanders and New England Patriots gear up for a new era at the position.

Bowers could end up in the lap of the Kansas City Chiefs at No. 32 if teams are worried about his health after not working out at the NFL Combine or Georgia’s recent Pro Day. Bowers performs on the field in front of scouts April 10 to secure a first-round grade.

One quarterback who continues to ascend in the pre-draft buildup is former Michigan star J.J. McCarthy. Chargers coach Jim Harbaugh called McCarthy the best at his position this cycle last month and expects him to go inside the top 10 — as does this latest mock.

Now that the Bears moved on from Justin Fields and received very little in the return, Caleb Williams is the obvious pick to be a savior of sorts for the franchise. Don’t ask Deion Sanders for his opinion of the situation, however. The Colorado coach strongly encouraged Williams to look away from Chicago and try to play somewhere that is not in frigid temperatures. Williams is anxious to get started at the next level and said last month he has no preference on where he’s selected. Contrary to previous reports of Williams wanting to play for a specific team — specifically in Washington with former USC analyst Kliff Kingsbury — one of the most-talented players said Chicago would be a fine fit recently.

There is always a chance Jayden Daniels goes No. 1 after a terrific recent Pro Day showing, but if not, he won’t be on the board for long. Sam Howell did some nice things in spots, but Washington shipped him to the Seattle Seahawks in a trade that leaves the Commanders without a franchise quarterback. That’s where Daniels steps in. The belief here is Washington will go with the next-best signal caller available after Williams goes to the Bears. Daniels finished with 3,812 yards passing this season and 40 touchdowns to go along with 1,134 yards on the ground and 10 scores.

In a CBS Sports previous mock, Minnesota traded up to No. 3 to take Drake Maye, but there is another passer the Vikings like too that might not cost as much draft capital. First-year Patriots coach Jerod Mayo made it clear that New England is likely going with a quarterback early and not moving out of its spot at No. 3. Maye is one of the career record holders for the Tar Heels after throwing for more than 8,000 yards and finishing with 63 touchdown passes. Most analysts believe he’s a sure-fire, top-five selection despite choosing not to throw or participate in on-field drills at the combine — like Williams and Daniels

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