2024 final first-round mock draft: KC Chiefs land impact starter in round 1

Let's take our final look at the first-round to see who we project the Kansas City Chiefs (and other teams) to take on opening night of the 2024 NFL Draft.
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17. Jacksonville Jaguars - Byron Murphy II, IDL, Texas

Bryce Young, Byron Murphy II
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The Jaguars can instantly become one of the best pass rush units in the league by adding Murphy to the mix. Josh Allen, Travon Walker, and Arik Armstead are a nasty front on passing downs. They can address the receiver and corner concerns on day 2.

18. Cincinnati Bengals - Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State

Olumuyiwa Fashanu
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The Bengals strike gold with the best pure pass protector in the class. Fashanu is much higher on our board, but for some reason, the league hasn't been as high on him. They now have the potential to move Fashanu or Orlando Brown to the right side.

19. Los Angeles Rams - Terrion Arnold, CB Alabama

Terrion Arnold
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The Rams' defense is a work in progress so they get the top defender still on the board. Arnold can come in and instantly be one of their top defenders on the defense.

20. Pittsburgh Steelers - Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas

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After trading Diontae Johnson, the Steelers are short-handed at receiver. They get a nice compliment for George Pickens in Worthy. The Russell Wilson moonball is back to being a factor with 4.21 speed on the field.

21. Miami Dolphins - Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia

Amarius Mims
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The Dolphins get another piece to their offensive line with Mims. He can learn left tackle as Terron Armstead finishes out his career and also provides insurance for injury. Mims is a top 10 talent in the class with several risk factors bringing him down to pick 21.

22. Detroit Lions - Dallas Turner, ED, Alabama

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The slide stops for one of the best athletes in the class. There are reasons why Dallas Turner could slide, but the Lions get aggressive to get their guy. Something they've done in the past. Aidan Hutchinson finally has a worthy running mate.

23. New England Patriots - Jared Verse, ED, Florida State

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After the trade down, the Patriots walk away with Brock Bowers and Jared Verse—a nice haul. They still have more picks from the trade as well. Verse brings a traditional power and run defense profile that the Patriots have liked at edge.

24. Dallas Cowboys - Graham Barton, IOL, Duke

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Cowboys get the best interior offensive lineman on the board. Barton is looked at as a center but could also mix in at guard and survive a game or two at tackle. He was an elite tester at the combine but dealt with injuries last year.