Mock Draft 2024: Shrine Bowl Edition

With both the Senior Bowl and Shrine Bowl taking place in quick succession, what better way to preview the two then combining them with a Mock Draft! Imagine a world where the first 32 picks in the draft were solely from the pre-draft events. 

Next on the block is the Shrine Bowl. Remember, this is just an exercise to look at team needs and preview some of the players who will steal the limelight this week, this is NOT a realistic first round mock. So don’t get mad!

Bears, Chicago Bears 2020

1. Chicago Bears

Javontae Jean-Baptiste, Edge, Notre Dame

If we avoid the Bears selecting a QB again, then we are looking for premium positions like edge rusher or offensive tackle. I’ve plumped for Notre Dame edge rusher Javontae Jean-Baptiste. The Ohio State transfer had a particularly strong showing vs his old school and could develop into a decent NFL prospect.

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2. Washington Commanders

Jordan Travis, QB, Florida State

Washington look set to find the new face of their franchise in this draft so let’s stick with a QB. The best one at the Shrine Bowl is Jordan Travis. He won’t play in Frisco but he will get chance to interview with teams. He is undersized but a true playmaker who propelled FSU to the brink of the CFB playoffs.

Patriots, New England Patriots

3. New England Patriots

Isaiah Williams, WR, Illinois

The Patriots are in desperate need of a spark on the offensive side of the ball. If they don’t look to get it at QB then wide receiver is their next best bet. Williams operates primarily from the slot and averaged 12.9 yards per reception at Illinois this season. He’s the most exciting receiver of those attending.

Cardinals, Arizona Cardinals 2020

4. Arizona Cardinals

Leonard Taylor III, DT, Miami

Taylor appeared in many people’s first round mock drafts this offseason and it’s clear why. He has the physical attributes to be a force at defensive tackle but it didn’t translate to production for the ‘Canes. With only 1 sack in 2023, Taylor needs to prove himself this week.

Los Angeles Chargers 2020

5. Los Angeles Chargers

Josh Wallace, CB, Michigan

Josh Wallace formed one of the best cornerback duos in the country with fellow Wolverine Will Johnson. Wallace earned a PFF coverage grade of 84.9 in Michigan’s National Championship winning season and would help re-stock a Chargers’ secondary that has suffered some misses in free agency.

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Giants, New York Giants 2020

6. New York Giants

Christian Mahogany, iOL, Boston College

The Giants have taken offensive tackles high in recent drafts so rather than shifting one inside they could target the interior spots in early rounds. Christian Mahogany missed the 2022 season with injury and was solid on his return, teams will want to dig into that but he remains one of the top prospects at the position.

Titans, Tennessee Titans 2020

7. Tennessee Titans

Walter Rouse, OT, Oklahoma

Walter Rouse transferred from Stanford to Oklahoma to boost his draft stock. The left tackle has the prototypical length that NFL teams look for and he tightened up his performance as a Sooner. He didn’t allow a sack in 2023 and offers mid-round value.

Falcons, Atlanta Falcons 2020

8. Atlanta Falcons

Malik Washington, WR, Virginia

The Falcons don’t need a physically commanding receiver, they have that in Drake London and Kyle Pitts. So let’s introduce a more diminutive slot receiver like Malik Washington. He had 1,384 receiving yards and nine touchdowns after transferring from Northwestern.

Bears, Chicago Bears 2020

9. Chicago Bears

Trente Jones, OT, Michigan

Ryan Poles made a pretty good job of rebuilding the offensive line in Chicago but they could add more depth or shift the starters around to accommodate a player like Jones. He played right tackle for one of the best lines in the country and has plenty of scope to develop.

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Jets, New York Jets

10. New York Jets

JT Sanders, TE, Texas

The Jets have a great defense so you can expect them to focus their early picks on the offensive side of the ball and helping out Aaron Rodgers. Texas tight end JT Sanders is arguably the most talented player on display in the Shrine Bowl and likely the second tight end off the board come April.

Vikings, Minnesota Vikings

11. Minnesota Vikings

Dwight McGlothern, CB, Arkansas

There’s still some work to do in the Vikings secondary and a long, rangy corner like Dwight McGlothern could offer a solution. The LSU transfer blossomed at Arkansas and this season was his best. He recorded 3 interceptions and 4 pass breakups, to go with a 91.8 PFF coverage grade.

Broncos, Denver Broncos 2020

12. Denver Broncos

Sundiata Anderson, Edge, Grambling State

One of the most important parts of the Shrine Bowl is allowing smaller school prospects to face off against higher profile players. One player looking to impress will be Grambling State’s Sundiata Anderson. The edge rusher has six years of college experience and in that time has contributed 19 sacks.

Raiders, Las Vegas Raiders

13.Las Vegas Raiders

Edgerrin Cooper, LB, Texas A&M

Linebacker value is dropping in the NFL and while Edgerrin Cooper might not be a first round prospect he could be the highest player drafted from this group. He has ideal size at 6’3, 230lbs and is a strong tackler as well as contributing 10 sacks for the Aggies.

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Saints, New Orleans Saints 2020

14. New Orleans Saints

Caedan Wallace, OT, Penn State

Wallace is the lesser heralded offensive tackle from Penn State. Playing across from Olu Fashanu is always going to make you look slightly inferior but he had the best year of his five in State College. There were struggles against tougher opposition like Michigan, so he will need to prove those as an exception.

Colts, Indianapolis Colts 2020

15. Indianaoplis Colts

Fabien Lovett, DT, Florida State

Florida State’s Fabien Lovett hasn’t reached the potential that his four-star rating suggested but ended up being a solid part of the Seminole’s defensive front rotation. There is a lack of production with only six career sacks so ideally you want to see him generate some pressure in the 1-on-1’s.

Seahawks, Seattle Seahawks 2020

16. Seattle Seahawks

Matt Goncalves, OL, Pittsburgh

Seattle has secured two young offensive tackles in recent drafts so they may not be an obvious destination for Pitt’s offensive tackle Matt Goncalves. However, he does have some experience playing guard. His last season was derailed by injury so he will be keen to remind everyone of his talents.

Jaguars, Jacksonville Jaguars 2020

17. Jacksonville Jaguars

Kenny Logan Jr, S, Kansas

Logan could have declared for the draft last year but he was coming off a poor season. He bounced back this year with an 84.0 coverage grade from PFF. He would help bring more energy to the defensive backfield in Jacksonville.

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Cincinnati Bengals 2020

18. Cincinnati Bengals

Jonathon Brooks, RB, Texas

Don’t expect the Bengals to draft a running back in round 1 but also don’t be surprised if they have some interest in Brooks. He is a three-down back who could carry the workload for an NFL side. Injury stopped him being a part in Texas’ playoff appearance but he was a major reason for their early-season success.

Los Angeles Rams 2020

19. Los Angeles Rams

Curtis Jacobs, LB, Penn State

The Rams defense wasn’t elite but it was much better than expected. The team was stacked with inexperienced, younger players on that side of the ball but it was clear the front office had found some gems. The athletic Jacobs would mesh nicely with the more experienced Ernest Jones.

Steelers, Pittsburgh Steelers 2020

20. Pittsburgh Steelers

Jarrian Jones, CB, Florida State

Another Seminole gets the nod here in the form of defensive back Jarrian Jones. Joey Porter was an excellent selection for Pittsburgh last year and a player like Jones would be ideal for the slot role. Jones moved inside in 2023 having struggled at outside corner. It was a move that paid off as he snagged three interceptions and showed significant improvement.

Dolphins, Miami Dolphins 2020

21. Miami Dolphins

Karsen Barnhart, OT, Michigan

Terron Armstead is not a long-term solution to the tackle spot in Miami. So, you can expect them to look heavily at offensive line prospects. Barnhart had an up-and-down year in Michigan as he was moved from left tackle to right, and then into the interior. He has good length but it will be interesting to see where his best position ultimately is.

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Eagles, Philadelphia Eagles 2020

22. Philadelphia Eagles

Dominique Hampton, S, Washington

While the Washington offense got most of the plaudits on their run to the National Championship, their defense also turned in some big plays. Safety Dominique Hampton showed well against Texas and the free safety is an imposing 6’3. He had seven pass breakups in 2023 and has bags of experience being a 6-year player.

Texans, Houston Texans 2020

23. Houston Texans

Blake Watson, RB, Memphis

After three seasons at Old Dominion, running back Blake Watson made the move to Memphis. He continued to enjoy success as he rushed for 1,044 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2023. Devin Singletary has been a good piece for Texans but Watson would add further depth.

Cowboys, Dallas Cowboys 2020

24. Dallas Cowboys

Christian Roland-Wallace, CB, USC

Christian Roland-Wallace will be hoping NFL teams don’t ‘scout the helmet’ down in Frisco. The USC defense had another disappointing season that ended in coordinator Alex Grinch losing his job. The corner actually had a solid season, only conceding one touchdown and contributing 8 pass breakups.

Packers, Green Bay Packers

25. Green Bay Packers

Frank Gore Jr.

NFL teams love bloodlines. Frank Gore Jr comes into the league with his dad’s career still fresh in the memory. Gore was super productive for Southern Miss, rushing for over 1,000 yards in both of the last two seasons. Can he follow in his father’s footsteps?

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Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2020

26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cornelius Johnson, WR, Michigan

Before I go into Cornelius Johnson, he is NOT Mike Evans. However, there is a good chance that the Bucs could be on the lookout for a big-bodied pass catcher. Johnson played second fiddle to Roman Wilson at Michigan this year, but his size makes him an intriguing prospect.

Cardinals, Arizona Cardinals 2020

27. Arizona Cardinals

Steele Chambers, LB, Ohio State

Chambers is the kind of guy on defense who will go in the mid-rounds and be a solid contributor for many years. He had 63 tackles for the Buckeyes and also earned a PFF grade of 77.4 in coverage. He has a good chance to boost his draft stock at the Shrine Bowl.

Bills, Buffalo Bills 2020

28. Buffalo Bills

Mohamed Kamara, Edge, Colorado State

You can’t beat production and that is one thing that Colorado State’s Mohamed Kamara has going for him. He had 64 pressures including 14 sacks for the Rams. While he played exclusively off the edge in college, his lack of length may mean some teams will be interested in seeing how he fairs as an off-ball linebacker.

Chiefs, Kansas City Chiefs 2020

29. Kansas City Chiefs

Tahj Washington, WR, USC

It was a competitive receiving corps in USC but Tahj Washington managed to make the slot role his own. He is only 175lbs, but the likes of former teammate Jordan Addison are proving that lightweight receivers can thrive at the next level. Kansas City found Rashee Rice but they could do to add more weapons for Mahomes.

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Lions, Detroit Lions 2020

30. Detroit Lions

Matt Lee, C, Miami

From one USC player to a former one. Center Matt Lee made the move to Miami in the offseason and continued to show his ability as a pass blocker. His size (295lbs) may make him a center only in the NFL but he would be a solid depth piece for a team from the get go.

49ers, San Francisco 49ers 2020

31. San Francisco 49ers

Tylan Grable, OT, UCF

Trent Williams won’t go on forever. With that in mind the 49ers will be exploring the offensive tackle market. Grable didn’t allow a sack from the left tackle spot for the Knights last year, however his lack of bulk shows up in the run game, that will need to be an area of focus moving forward.

Baltimore Ravens

32. Baltimore Ravens

Trajan Jeffcoat, Edge, Arkansas

The Ravens never miss an opportunity to draft versatile players at already well-stocked positions. Edge rusher Jeffcoat is 6’4 and 281lbs, which would suggest he could operate from the inside as well from defensive end. That shift could make him more of a danger since he only recorded five sacks in Arkansas this season.

Rory-Joe Daniels

CFB Contributor