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Drafting for the Future: The Generational 2024 NFL Draft

The 2024 National Football League (NFL) draft included a wide variety of talent, with many skilled players ready to redefine the league. Many analysts saw this draft as “generational” due to its depth and diversity across positions.

The most impressive group was the Quarterbacks. The headliner was USC star Caleb Williams, chosen first overall by the Chicago Bears. His exceptional on-field talent and football knowledge make him a franchise cornerstone. However, Williams wasn’t alone in the spotlight. Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye, and J.J. McCarthy with many others emerged as top-tier prospects, each with the potential to become their new franchise’s starting quarterbacks.

Although six quarterbacks were taken in the first 12 picks, and the first 14 were offensive players, the draft showcased many defensive weapons. Laitatu Latu, a dominant pass rusher coming out of UCLA, was drafted 15th as the first defensive player off the board, instantly elevating the Colt’s defense. Other standouts like Byron Murphy, Dallas Turner, and Terrion Arnold are promised to disrupt offenses with their athleticism and skill. 

There were also some hidden gems in the draft. Adonai Mitchell, a top prospect, ended up falling to the Colts in the middle of round two. As such an athletic and dominant force, analysts believed he was a late first-round talent. Impressed by his work at the Combine, and outstanding college career at Georgia and Texas, Mitchell landed himself a spot on a young and very talented Colts offense. With determination and talent, he’s destined to make a mark.

While there were many eye-opening picks and generational athletes who hoped to be franchise players, the most talked about pick of the entire draft was the Atlanta Falcons selection of QB Michael Penix Jr. out of Washington with the 8th pick in the entire draft. While he is a great talent and has a bright future ahead, the NFL world was completely shocked when this pick was made. This is because only a few weeks before the draft, the Falcons signed QB Kirk Cousins to a four-year 180 million-dollar contract. With Penix already being 24 years old, and his rookie contract ending around when Cousins’s contract ends, this pick was mind-boggling.

The media on the 2024 NFL draft is unbelievable. The 2024 draft, held in Detroit, hosted a staggering 700,000 fans over the three days. This shattered previous records, leading the 2024 NFL draft to be highlighted as one of the greatest drafts ever. All the talk about the draft is thrilling, but the real action begins once the season kicks off. Now we can only wait.

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