It’s time for the second round of the 1QB Mock Draft 2.0. The 2024 running back class is a conundrum. The waters are murky at best with the changing tides at the running back position in the NFL and the new NIL deals in college. The team dives into the mock and gives some direction as to where the running back values may lie.
For Round 1, check it out HERE.
2.01 Blake Corum, RB, 5’8″ 200
Corum was draft-eligible last year, and many had him as a top-seven running back until he decided to return to Michigan for another year. The allure of a national title paid off as Michigan finished the season undefeated. Now, Corum turns his sights on the NFL, where his toughness and nose for the endzone will make him an excellent member of a committee backfield.
2.02 Xavier Worthy, WR, 6’1″ 160
At 14th overall in one quarterback format, it feels like solid value for Texas wide receiver Worthy. He brings track speed, route running, and YAC ability to the table. A really clean overall prospect profile was highlighted by day one production. Worthy should hear his name called on day one or early day two this April.
2.03 Ladd McConkey, WR, 5’11” 187
McConkey will be someone I’m higher on than most, but with that being said, he’s already becoming a darling of the analytics community. Though he has a slighter frame, Ladd lined up consistently on the outside for Georgia while also showing versatility by playing in the slot and getting creative, line-of-scrimmage touches out of the backfield. He is one of the best separators in the class and sells his routes with ease.
2.04 Adonai Mitchell, WR, 6’4″ 196
I really like Mitchell. He can win jump balls, is a solid route runner, and has good athleticism. When I watch Mitchell, I see a lot of Tee Higgins in his game. I think he’s capable of being an NFL team’s top receiver. I can definitely see him going to Carolina at pick number 33 and reaping the benefits of being Bryce Young’s top receiver.
2.05 Drake Maye, QB, 6’5″ 220
2.06 Xavier Legette, WR, 6’1″ 223
Despite the recent up-and-down plays at the Senior Bowl, Legette shined in his senior at South Carolina. Legette has the speed to play at the next level. He is a raw prospect but has the upside to be good if he can be coached up right. Legette has always been an underdog player with a chance at the NFL level.
2.07 JT Sanders, TE, 6’4″ 256
Any conversations involving the tight end position in the 2024 NFL Draft will start with Brock Bowers, but Sanders is one of the other safe bets in this class. While you could see him come off the board much earlier, Sanders is a solid value that likely will be a Day 2 pick in the draft, giving him a solid ceiling.
2.08 Malik Washington, WR, 5’9″ 192
Washington is a dynamic playmaker with the ball in his hands. He blistered the ACC in 2023 after transferring to UVA from Northwestern. He shares some similarities to fellow East-West Shrine Game alum Zay Flowers. He will be a natural playmaker in the slot at the next level and should be a dynasty asset for your squad.
2.09 Bucky Irving, RB, 5’10” 190
Irving is undersized, but his burst, speed, and contact balance are top-notch. His production profile is decent, headlined by an excellent 1,192 yards and 69 MTF this season. Look for him to blaze at the combine and be a draft riser.
2.10 Ja’Lynn Polk, WR, 6’2″ 190
Largely overlooked due to Rome Odunze’s outstanding season, Polk was a reliable target for Penix and the Huskies’ high-powered pass attack. While not an upper-echelon athlete, Polk can separate in the vertical third and is sensational at making contested catches. A strong combine likely pushes Polk into the top 50 picks in the upcoming NFL Draft.
2.11 Ray Davis, RB, 5’8″ 220
Everyone coming into Senior Bowl week who didn’t know who Davis was knows now. He’s been one of “My Guys” for several years. He’s a compact runner and creative in finding space to run, using his size to squeeze through the smallest holes. Davis has excellent hands and can catch the ball out of the backfield, making defenders miss in space. He’s got enough speed to break away and should be one of the top three backs in this class when all is said and done.
2.12 Devontez Walker, WR, 6’1″ 197
Walker is a guy who I think will test very well and is likely to rise up draft boards. He’s a natural playmaker and needs to get the ball in his hands. He has size, speed, and agility but is also a little raw. The landing spot may provide him with an opportunity for early playing time.
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