8 Bold Predictions for the NFL Draft | Non-Vikings

NFL Draft 2024 in Detroit, Michigan.

VikingsTerritory writers were asked to provide one bold draft prediction apiece for the NFL on the whole — not regarding the Minnesota Vikings.

9 Bold Predictions for the NFL Draft | Non-Vikings

You can read their bold Vikings draft predictions here.

The NFL draft occurs on April 25th in Detroit, so less than two days away. The predictions are listed in random order.

1. Spencer Rattler Drafted before Bo Nix — and in Round 1

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Prediction Maker = Cole Smith

Not only will Spencer Rattler be drafted higher than Bo Nix, but he will go in the 1st Round.

2. Bills Trade up for WR Brian Thomas

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Prediction Maker = Josh Frey

The Buffalo Bills have a desperate need at the wide receiver position. Josh Allen is great, but he still needs help. Buffalo gets him that help by moving up for one of the best WRs in the class.

3. Packers Trade Up for LT

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks about defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley during a press conference Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.

Prediction Maker = Ali Siddiqui

They need a long-term left tackle David Bakhtiari gone, so they’ll pull the trigger.

4. Packers Trade out of Round 1

Green Bay Packers head coach Matt LaFleur talks about defensive coordinator Jeff Hafley during a press conference Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis. Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin.


Prediction Maker = Adam New

Already loaded with Day 2 picks, Green Bay trades pick 25 to the Los Angeles Chargers for picks 37 and 69. That gives the Packers 6 picks on Day 2 and the opportunity to add a lot of talent to the roster.

5. Dolphins or Rams Draft Xavier Worthy

Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy (1) celebrates a play in the fourth quarter of the Sugar Bowl College Football Playoff semi-finals at the Ceasars Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan. 1, 2024. The Huskies won the game 37-31. © Sara Diggins/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Prediction Maker = Wes Johnson

Dolphins or the Rams will take Xavier Worthy in the 1st Round to create matchup nightmares for opposing defenses. Pre-snap motion will cause chaos.

6. Cowboys Draft RB Jonathon Brooks in Round 1

Texas Longhorns running back Jonathon Brooks (24) celebrates after he runs into the end zone for a touchdown against TCU Horned Frogs in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, November. 11, 2023, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas. © Ricardo B. Brazziell/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK


Prediction Maker =
Dustin Baker

The Cowboys’ RB room is unusually skinny, and they will draft Brooks way too early. The Texas connection is too irresistible, the RB need is obvious, and Dallas has reached for prospects in the past.

Brooks to Dallas, causing head scratches from onlookers.

7. QBs Go 1, 2, 3, 4 in R1 — and Then That’s It

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Prediction Maker = Janik Eckardt

Quarterback-needy teams will snatch the top four passers with the first four selections in the draft while every other team in the market for a signal-caller is comfortable waiting to acquire its favored prospect (Bo Nix, Michael Penix Jr.) in the second round.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream,”The Sopranos” Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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