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Mel Kiper drops new big board for the 2024 NFL Draft

Tackles and receivers make up a significant portion of the top prospects in the upcoming draft class.

NFL: APR 29 2023 Draft Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The most famous draftnik in the world, ESPN’s Mel Kiper, just updated his 2024 NFL Draft big board. With the Green Bay Packers dropping their last two games, the team is now slated to pick 11th in April’s draft — if the season were to end today. As playoff hopes seem to be slipping away, there’s probably no better time to check out who the Packers might take in the first round of next year’s draft.

Mel Kiper’s Big Board

  1. Caleb Williams, QB, USC (#3 on consensus draft board)
  2. Marvin Harrison Jr., WR, Ohio State (#1)
  3. Drake Maye, QB, North Carolina (#2)
  4. Brock Bowers, TE, Georgia (#6)
  5. Rome Odunze, WR, Washington (#13)
  6. Shedeur Sanders, QB, Colorado (#2 in c/o 2025)
  7. Olu Fashanu, OT, Penn State (#7)
  8. Jayden Daniels, QB, LSU (#8)
  9. Malik Nabers, WR, LSU (#4)
  10. Laiatu Latu, EDGE, UCLA (#10)
  11. Dallas Turner, EDGE, Alabama (#9)
  12. Keon Coleman, WR, Florida State (#15)
  13. Cooper DeJean, CB, Iowa (#18)
  14. Troy Fautanu, OT, Washington (#32)
  15. Joe Alt, OT, Notre Dame (#5)
  16. Jared Verse, EDGE, Florida State (#12)
  17. Taliese Fuaga, OT, Oregon State (#21)
  18. Jer’Zhan Newton, iDL, Illinois (#16)
  19. Amarius Mims, OT, Georgia (#20)
  20. Xavier Worthy, WR, Texas (#35)
  21. Kool-Aid McKinstry, CB, Alabama (#11)
  22. JC Latham, OT, Alabama (#14)
  23. Kamari Lassiter, CB, Georgia (#31)
  24. Nate Wiggins, CB, Clemson (#17)
  25. Jordan Morgan, OT, Arizona (#45)

Notable players missing:

  • #19 Chop Robinson, EDGE, Penn State
  • #22 Terrion Arnold, CB, Alabama
  • #23 Bralen Trice, EDGE, Washington
  • #24 Emeka Egbuka, WR, Ohio State
  • #25 Bo Nix, QB, Oregon

Most of the players you’d expect to be in Kiper’s top 25 players were included. The biggest name to not make the cut is Penn State’s Chop Robinson, who is ranked 19th on the consensus draft board. Still, Kiper did have a few hot takes on the class.

Players he’s higher on than the consensus include Washington receiver Rome Odunze, Washington tackle Troy Fautanu, Texas receiver Xavier Worthy, Georgia cornerback Kamari Lassiter and Arizona tackle Jordan Morgan. Players he’s lower on include Notre Dame tackle Joe Alt, Alabama cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry and Alabama tackle JC Latham.

Positional Count

  • QB: 4
  • RB: 0
  • WR: 5
  • TE: 1
  • OT: 7
  • iDL: 1
  • EDGE: 3
  • ILB: 0
  • CB: 4
  • SAF: 0

When looking at the positional count of these players, it’s clear that the spine of the defense isn’t very strong at the top of the draft. Among interior defensive linemen, off-ball linebackers and safeties, only one player at these positions was ranked in Kiper’s top 25: Illinois defensive tackle Jer’Zhan Newton. If you thought the Packers would use their first-round pick to get tougher in the middle of their defense, you’re probably going to be disappointed.

It’s also worth noting that there is no first-round caliber running back in this class. You could argue that running back, tackle and safety are Green Bay’s biggest positions of need heading into next offseason, considering that Aaron Jones has an enormous cap hit in 2024 and AJ Dillon is in a contract season this year. Thankfully, the top of the class is at least stacked at the tackle position.

If you want to check out Kiper’s reasoning for his rankings, his full 54-minute breakdown of the top players in the class is linked below.