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2024 NFL Draft First-Round is an Elite Offensive Class

The future is offensive. The 2024 NFL draft might have the most loaded class of first-round offensive players in recent years.
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The future is offensive. The 2024 NFL draft might have the most loaded class of first-round offensive players in recent years.

In the past, football experts believed that “Defense wins championships”. However, with the NFL shifting towards a high-scoring league, this belief is no longer relevant. As a result, the 2024 draft class is filled with talented offensive players, making it one of the strongest classes in recent history. The first 32 picks of this draft are expected to focus heavily on offensive players, with several future stars set to join the NFL. Overall, the 2024 NFL draft will bring in a wave of talented offensive players that will undoubtedly impact the league in the years to come.

Prolific Passers

The first round may see five quarterbacks come off the board. Several teams are looking to draft new quarterbacks and plenty of options. Picks one and two will undoubtedly be USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye. Two fantastic prospects, Williams and Maye have all the traits that NFL evaluators are gravitating towards. After those two come some experienced passers with lingering questions about their age or durability. Oregon’s Bo Nix and Washington’s Michael Penix have both found new homes and flourished. Michigan’s JJ McCarthy is a wildcard prospect having a phenomenal season. McCarthy has flashed some tremendous ability this season.

High-level Trench players

The 2024 tackle class has the potential to be just as loaded as any we have seen in recent memory. At the top is a name that has no business being in this class. Penn State’s Olu Fashanu could have easily been the first tackle taken in the 2023 NFL Draft but chose to return to State College for one final season. Behind Fashanu, Notre Dame’s Joe Alt and Oregon State’s Taliese Fuaga are two guys who make their name in run blocking but are still likely top-ten picks. Some other names to watch are Duke’s Graham Barton, Georgia’s Amarius Mims, and Alabama’s JC Latham. A late riser who is a first-round talent but may fall to the second is Houston’s Patrick Paul.

Elite skill at the top

The top two skill players in this draft are as elite as it gets. At wide receiver, Ohio State legend Marvin Harrison Jr is perhaps the best wide receiver prospect in a half-decade. With almost no weaknesses in his game, Harrison is very likely to be the first non-quarterback off the board. Down South, Georgia tight end Brock Bowers has been waiting for this day for nearly three years. Bowers burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2021 and has been the runaway best tight end in the country since then.

After Harrison, the receiver class’s second tier is incredibly talented. Malik Nabers, a speedster from LSU, is having another stellar season with Heisman hopeful Jayden Daniels. At Florida State, transfer Keon Coleman has been unstoppable all season long since opening up the year with a three-touchdown performance against LSU. Washington’s Rome Odunze is the alpha in the room for the best receiver room in the country. Harrison’s running mate Emeka Egbuka and Texas’ Xavier Worthy round out an incredible list of potential first-rounders. The receiver class is so deep that some incredibly talented players may fall to the second round of the draft.

Main Photo: [Adam Cairns/Columbus Dispatch] – USA Today Sports


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