NFL Draft 2024: Picks so far, draft order, live updates

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No. 16 pick: Byron Murphy to the Seahawks

Seattle selected Texas defensive tackle Byron Murphy with the No. 16 pick, continuing the trend of defensive players being chosen, following 15 consecutive offensive picks.

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The Pac-12 is dominating its final draft before realignment

The last season of Pac-12 football produced an outstanding draft performance.

Six players from the conference that will undergo realignment were selected in the top 15 picks, surpassing all other conferences.

Caleb Williams from USC was the first pick, followed by two players from Washington with Michael Penix Jr. at eighth and Rome Odunze at ninth. Oregon’s Bo Nix was drafted at 12th, Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga at 14th, and UCLA’s Laiati Latu at the 15th spot.

Since 2011, the SEC was the only conference to have at least six players chosen in the top 15, achieving this feat seven times, with a peak of nine players in 2020.

That’s offensive: First defensive player isn’t selected until Latu at No. 15

UCLA edge rusher Laiatu Latu became the first defensive player chosen in the NFL draft, picked at No. 15 by Indianapolis, ending a streak of 14 consecutive offensive player selections.

The latest a defensive player was chosen prior to Latu was in 2021 when the Carolina Panthers selected cornerback Jaycee Horn at eighth overall.

This marks the first time in any draft where 14 straight offensive players were picked.

No. 15 pick: Laiatu Latu to the Colts


UCLA defensive lineman Laiatu Latu walks on stage during the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Finally, a team took a defensive player in a city known as The D. Indianapolis selected the UCLA edge rusher with the No. 15 pick overall, ending the longest drought before a defensive player was drafted since 1967.

No. 14 pick: OT Fuaga to the Saints

New Orleans selected Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga, a second-team All-America offensive tackle.

Air show: Receivers and tight ends also flying fast in first round

The pass-happy nature of this draft goes beyond the six quarterbacks in the first 12 picks. There has also been a heavy focus on pass catchers — with three wide receivers and a tight end taken so far. Only the Chargers, Titans and Jets bucked this trend by selecting linemen, and we’re still waiting for the first defensive pick.

Raiders select Brock Bowers at No. 13

Las Vegas kept the run on offensive players going, taking the Georgia tight end with the No. 13 pick, leaving another team to take the first defensive player off the board.

Pick-6: Six QBs go in the first 12 picks for the first time

Denver took Bo Nix with the 12th pick overall, completing a stunning run of half a dozen QBs going off the board with the first 12 picks. This draft ties the record from the famed 1983 draft when a record six quarterbacks were taken in the first round, including Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino. But it took until pick No. 27 for Marino to go off the board that year. It went much faster this time around with Nix following Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, Michael Penix Jr., and J.J. McCarthy.

Bo Nix goes No. 12 to Denver

The Broncos took the Oregon standout to mark the first time six quarterbacks were selected among the first 12 picks in an NFL draft.

OT Fashanu goes No. 11 to the Jets

New York drafted Olu Fashanu with the No. 11 overall pick, banking on the Penn State offensive tackle to help keep quarterback Aaron Rodgers healthy. The Jets traded down one slot with the Minnesota Vikings.

That’s a record 5 QBs in the first 10 picks

The trend of selecting quarterbacks continued, with Minnesota making a move to select J.J. McCarthy as the 10th overall pick, setting a new record for the fewest number of picks for five quarterbacks.

McCathy was chosen after Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and Michael Penix Jr., making it the first time in history that five quarterbacks were selected in the top 10.

The last time the fifth quarterback was picked this early was in 1999 when Chicago drafted Cade McNown at 12th. In that year, Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, and Akili Smith were the top three picks, while Daunte Culpepper was picked 11th.

Vikings trade up and select QB J.J. McCarthy at No. 10

Minnesota traded up to secure the selection of McCarthy.

They traded a fourth- and fifth-round pick to the New York Jets to prevent another team from picking the Michigan quarterback. Additionally, they acquired a sixth-round pick in the first trade of the night.

Latham gives Alabama yet another first-round pick

Tackle JC Latham going No. 7 to Tennessee extended Alabama’s record streak to 16 straight years with a first-round draft pick.

Vikings trade up to No. 10


Minnesota traded up with the Jets to the No. 10 overall pick.

Bears select WR Rome Odunze at No. 9

QBs are being drafted at a record pace

Quarterbacks were selected at a rapid rate following a surprising turn of events in the draft.

After Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye were picked as the top three, Atlanta surprised everyone by choosing Michael Penix Jr. as the eighth overall pick, despite already signing Kirk Cousins to a lucrative deal in free agency.

The previous record was set in 2018 when Baker Mayfield was picked first, followed by Sam Darnold at third, Josh Allen at seventh, and Josh Rosen at tenth.

The Atlanta Falcons surprised everyone by choosing quarterback Michael Penix Jr. as the No. 8 overall pick in the NFL draft, shortly after signing quarterback Kirk Cousins to a lucrative contract.

The Tennessee Titans, with new coach Brian Callahan, selected Alabama offensive tackle JC Latham with the No. 7 pick in the draft.

LSU had two top-six picks in the draft, with Jayden Daniels going to the Commanders at No. 2 and Malik Nabers to the Giants at No. 6.

Malik Nabers, drafted by the New York Giants, displayed images of his football journey at LSU inside his suit jacket after being selected sixth overall.

The Chargers chose offensive tackle Joe Alt from Notre Dame with the No. 5 pick in hopes of bolstering protection for quarterback Justin Herbert.Marvin Harrison Jr. became part of an exclusive group when he was selected as the 4th pick by Arizona. His father, Marvin Harrison, a Hall of Famer, had a successful career with Indianapolis Colts. Other notable father-son duos in the NFL include Jake Matthews, son of Bruce Matthews, and Kyle and Chris Long, sons of Howie Long.

Jayden Daniels, selected 2nd overall by Washington Commanders in the NFL draft, has garnered high praise from Magic Johnson, part-owner of the Commanders. Johnson expressed excitement for Daniels leading the team to future victories and energizing both players and fans.

In another draft move, the Arizona Cardinals picked wide receiver Marvin Harrison Jr. as the 4th overall selection, marking a significant moment for the team. The first three picks went to quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye.

The draft saw quarterbacks being picked in the first three spots for the second time since 2021, with Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, and Drake Maye leading the charge. This occurrence was only the fourth time in history that quarterbacks dominated the top picks.

Moreover, the New England Patriots chose quarterback Drake Maye as the 3rd pick overall. With qualities like size, arm strength, and accuracy, Maye is expected to bring a new dynamic to the team after their departure from coach Bill Belichick.

Additionally, the draft made history with the top two picks both being Heisman winners, a rare feat that had only occurred once before.“`html

The first two picks in this year’s draft were both Heisman Trophy winners, following a recent pattern where the winners of college football’s top prize are selected early. Of the last seven Heisman winners, five were chosen as the first overall pick – Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow, Bryce Young, and Caleb Williams. The exceptions were DeVonta Smith, who was the 10th pick in his draft, and Jayden Daniels, who went second after Williams.

This marks the second instance of two Heisman winners being chosen in the top five picks. Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota were selected 1-2 in 2015. This is only the eighth time since the common draft era began that two Heisman winners have been picked in the same draft:

-2018 Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson
-2015 Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota
-2011 Cam Newton, Mark Ingram
-2010 Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow
-1992 Desmond Howard, Ty Detmer
-1985 Herschel Walker, Doug Flutie
-1980 Billy Sims, Charles White

Commanders select Jayden Daniels with second pick

Eminem takes the stage with Goodell


Rapper Eminem joined commissioner Roger Goodell, Lions Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Calvin Johnson, and current Detroit players Jared Goff, Aidan Hutchinson and Amon-Ra St. Brown on stage before the Bears selected Caleb Williams as the first pick of the draft.

St. Brown initiated a “Jared Goff” chant, referring to the Lions’ quarterback.

“This is unbelievable, I can’t fathom it,” St. Brown addressed the audience. “But before we step offstage, I need to hear one thing: Ja-red Goff.” Goff reciprocated the chant by stating, “What’s up Detroit, let’s go baby.”

Caleb Williams becomes USC’s sixth No. 1 overall draft pick, joining Carson Palmer, O.J. Simpson, Keyshawn Johnson, Rickey Bell, and Ron Yary. This sets a new record for the most top picks from a single school, surpassing Oklahoma.

Caleb Williams goes No. 1 to the Bears

“`In a recent update, Caleb Williams shared that he plans to offer a gentle hug to Roger Goodell due to the commissioner’s recent back surgery. Stay tuned for this heartwarming moment.

Caleb Williams’ anticipation is reaching its peak as he is on the brink of launching his NFL journey after being speculated as the number one overall pick for months. His pre-draft routine included breakfast, a meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, and a quick nap before the evening’s events.

In what could be a groundbreaking moment, Caleb Williams believes that this year’s quarterback draft class has the potential to make history. With talents like Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and J.J. McCarthy in the mix, we might witness four quarterbacks being selected in the top five picks. Additionally, the inclusion of Michael Penix Jr. and Bo Nix could make it a total of six quarterbacks chosen in the first round, matching a longstanding record set in the 1983 draft.

Star players have started arriving for the NFL draft, setting the stage for an exciting event. Notable figures like Alabama’s Dallas Turner and Missouri’s Darius Robinson have graced the red carpet as they await their futures in professional football.

Please wait for further updates on this unfolding story.

Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold poses on the red carpet ahead of the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold poses on the red carpet ahead of the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Can Roger Goodell deliver on his hugs after back surgery?


When NFL draft fans boo Commissioner Roger Goodell at the start of this year’s draft, they’ll be adding insult to injury.

Goodell mentioned on ESPN that he recently underwent back surgery. Despite the operation, he expects to continue his tradition of giving big bear hugs to players after they are selected. He expressed confidence in his recovery, stating, “I had the surgery in time to allow for healing. It took place three or four weeks ago. I believe I’m in good condition and ready, so I should be good to go.”

Yesterday, he had no difficulty embracing players:

Big Sean helps fire up estimated 150,000 fans at NFL draft


On the opening night of the 2024 NFL draft in Detroit, Big Sean energized a crowd estimated by the NFL at 150,000 fans. In between his performances, he gave shoutouts to his local team, the Lions, including coach Dan Campbell and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown.

The draft was anticipated to attract 300,000 people throughout the three-day draft weekend and was projected to generate $160 million in revenue for businesses in Metro Detroit.

QBs are taking center stage. That doesn’t mean they’ll all stick


In the NFL draft, quarterbacks are expected to be the highlight. It’s likely that quarterbacks will be chosen with the first three picks, a situation that has happened only a few times in history. The current top picks are projected to be Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and possibly J.J. McCarthy.

Previously, the last time quarterbacks were chosen 1-2-3 was in 2021 with Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, and Trey Lance. However, it’s worth noting that Wilson and Lance were released by their original teams before their fourth NFL season. The occurrence of three consecutive quarterbacks being selected at the start of the draft has only happened in 1971 and 1999 in addition to 2021.

For more details, you can read more here.

AP mock NFL draft: Williams and Daniels go 1-2, then things get wild

The Chicago Bears are expected to pick Caleb Williams as the No. 1 overall selection. Williams, the winner of the 2022 Heisman Trophy while at USC, has been the favorite for this top spot for quite some time.

The Washington Commanders are likely choosing between LSU’s Jayden Daniels, the projected 2023 Heisman winner, and North Carolina’s Drake Maye for the second pick. The New England Patriots are anticipated to select the remaining quarterback, although uncertainty lingers over this decision.

For the complete AP mock draft, you can read more here.

How do they get names on NFL draft jerseys so fast?


2024 draft jerseys at the 2024 NFL football draft Thursday, April 25, 2024 in Detroit. (Doug Benc/AP Images for the NFL)

The team at STAHLS’, responsible for quickly personalizing jerseys for each first-round NFL draft pick, is conveniently located near the selection stage in Detroit. They have to personalize each jersey in under two minutes backstage at the NFL Draft Theater, a task they have done for the past 13 years.

For more details, you can read more here.

Will the Pats trade down? Fans in Detroit are hoping they take Maye

Ben Chowaniec and Jason Scheinbart, New England Patriots supporters, are optimistic that their team will select North Carolina quarterback Drake Maye. They even crafted makeshift Maye jerseys with duct tape nameplates to showcase their support at the draft. The Patriots have the third pick in the draft, following the Chicago Bears and Washington Commanders.

The NFL draft red carpet is open

Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams poses on the red carpet ahead of the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2024, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

On the red carpet ahead of the NFL football draft in Detroit, Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams struck a pose. This year, 13 players are gracing the event, a decrease from 17 last year in Kansas City and 22 two years ago in Las Vegas. Some players opted out this time to celebrate in private with friends and family.

UNC quarterback Drake Maye is among those present at the Detroit event. He expressed his excitement about being one of the 13 players enjoying the red carpet experience, stating they are just having fun and making the most of the moment.

Moving on to the NFL draft fan swag bags, attendees at the NFL Draft Theater can find goodies like a football autographed by Hall of Famer Barry Sanders, a bag with the 2024 NFL draft logo, a blanket featuring the draft logo, and a pack of chocolate candies.

Regarding school transfers and their impact on NFL prospects, it’s no longer frowned upon for players like Caleb Williams or Jayden Daniels to switch schools due to the rise of name, image, and likeness deals on campuses and more relaxed transfer regulations. In the past, the NFL viewed transfers suspiciously, but now about one-third of the prospects invited to the NFL scouting combine have transferred at least once during college.

In Detroit, bars and restaurants are bustling with patrons due to the NFL draft. Establishments like American Coney Island are experiencing increased sales as draft attendees flock to these local spots. The draft is anticipated to bring in around an additional $160 million in revenue for the city, from hotel stays to food sales.

Lastly, players are all set to showcase their unique styles on the NFL draft red carpet, adding a touch of glamour to the event.

Quinyon Mitchell was all prepared and dressed up well before stepping onto the red carpet.

The Toledo cornerback, anticipated to be selected No. 11 in the latest AP mock draft, was accompanied by representatives from Baynes + Baker and a personal shopper to his Detroit hotel room to try out his custom-made black silk tuxedo with his name embroidered on the inside of the jacket.

Upon wearing his Prada shoes, Mitchell invited his family to his room for their opinions, which were extremely positive.

“I want to look good,” Mitchell mentioned with a smile.

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Big Sean set for hometown NFL draft performance

Motor City will include music as part of the NFL draft celebrations.

Detroit rapper Big Sean was scheduled to perform on Thursday night, just under two hours before the announcement of the No. 1 pick.

The Detroit Youth Choir will have a moment in the spotlight on Friday, an hour before the draft begins. Singer Bazzi, a native of the Motor City, will be the featured artist on Saturday following the draft conclusion.

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