NFL Check-In: What Will the 2024 Top 5 Picks Look Like?

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1. Arizona Cardinals

WR Marvin Harrison Jr. from Ohio State presents an intriguing option for the Arizona Cardinals with their first pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The team faces a critical decision as Kyler Murray is set to return. They must decide whether to continue with Murray and enhance their offensive arsenal, or potentially seek a new franchise quarterback in the coming weeks. The most prudent choice would be to have faith in Murray’s return to his pre-injury form and to add the dynamic talent of Harrison. He is a receiver who has demonstrated exceptional abilities, making him one of the most outstanding in recent years.

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2. Chicago Bears

With the pick acquired from the Carolina Panthers, USC quarterback Caleb Williams will now be in the Chicago Bears’ radar. Justin Fields’ inconsistency and injury concerns will make it challenging for the Bears to extend him, especially when Williams is in the 2024 draft class. Chicago is placing its bet on Williams, banking on his exceptional attributes over the safer choice of Drake Maye. The Bears have talent on offense and Justin Fields has the trade value for the team to get draft picks, start over, and get more talent.

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3. Chicago Bears

Protecting Williams is key. That’s where Olumuyiwa Fashanu, an offensive tackle from Penn State, comes into the picture. Fashanu stands out as one of the premier offensive linemen of this class. Projected as a top-10 pick last year, Fashanu instead returned to Penn State, which disappointed a lot of teams. This year, he has solidified himself as a generational offensive tackle prospect, so selecting Fashanu should be an easy decision.

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4. New York Giants

The Daniel Jones and Brian Daboll partnership is ending in 2023, despite promising signs in Daboll’s first year as head coach. The team’s cap situation may restrict them from making a move in 2024 but, with a possible out in 2025, the New York Giants would be wise to invest their premium pick in their future quarterback: Drake Maye.

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5. New England Patriots

Instead of immediately selecting a quarterback, the Patriots must attend to various issues across their team. Adding a dynamic playmaker like Keon Coleman from Florida State checks that box. New England’s offense has been lacking playmaking ability. Coleman is tailor-made to be a quarterback and offensive coordinator’s most valuable asset. Having a 6-foot-4, 215-pound wide receiver with a great catch radius will remove the pressure on whoever takes charge of New England’s offense.

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