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Mock drafts are a staple of NFL coverage this time of year, but the reality is that free agency must occur first, and that will impact how these teams design their respective draft strategies. In today's thought exercise, we explore one free agency move for each NFL team and how that could impact its first-round strategy. 

AFC East

AFC West

AFC North

AFC South

NFC East

NFC West

NFC North

NFC South

Without further ado, let's kick this off!

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NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
USC • 6'1" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
The NFL Combine only added to my conviction that Caleb Williams will be the No. 1 overall selection. In free agency, I have the team signing a starting center who can work with Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 2
North Carolina • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Washington released Charles Leno Jr., and its first-round pick is committed to drafting a quarterback. So, I have the Commanders signing offensive tackle Jonah Williams, and then they have a wealth of Day 2 picks that can be used to fill other needs around Drake Maye.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU • 6'4" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Jayden Daniels is the choice for New England at No. 3 overall, but he is not going to have a chance to succeed without an improved offensive line and skill talent. In this scenario, I have the Patriots trading for Broncos wide receiver Courtland Sutton to give Daniels a ball-winner down the field.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Arizona is the first team to draft and not pick a quarterback. Kyler Murray is back for at least the 2024 campaign, so the Cardinals use the choice on an impact skill player: Marvin Harrison Jr.
Round 1 - Pick 5
LSU • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
2nd
If the Chargers are going to release Mike Williams as suggested, then they will need to find another player capable of winning downfield for Justin Herbert. For as well as Rome Odunze performed at the combine, my preference is Malik Nabers.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Washington • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
If this were to occur, then the 2024 NFL Draft would start with three consecutive quarterback selections followed by three consecutive wide receiver selections. Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson are role players right now, so Rome Odunze gives them a player capable of making an impact out of a variety of alignments.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Notre Dame • 6'8" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
2nd
It is a deep, talented offensive tackle class, and there are multiple teams that need to address the position. Tennessee gets the pick of the litter after trading for Brandon Aiyuk in this scenario. It wanted to support Will Levis and accomplished that easily.
  Mock Trade from Atlanta Falcons
Round 1 - Pick 8
Michigan • 6'3" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
Denver traded away Courtland Sutton, which gave it more trade ammunition. The move up the board allows the Broncos to add Russell Wilson's replacement. His dead salary cap hit puts a strain on finances the next few years, so it is important to add a cheap, viable starting quarterback.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Alabama • 6'4" / 242 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
1st
Chicago would love to add another pass-catcher for Caleb Williams, but that is not going to happen unless it moves up in the draft order. As it stands, the Bears pick edge rusher Dallas Turner and pair him with Montez Sweat, who was acquired at last season's trade deadline.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Oregon State • 6'6" / 324 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
4th
New York is all in on its window with Aaron Rodgers. It trades with Green Bay for left tackle David Bakhtiari and then drafts Taliese Fuaga in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Florida State • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Marcus Davenport and Danielle Hunter are slated to hit free agency, so that creates a need at the position. Unless Minnesota gets aggressive in a trade up the board, it could be left without a dance partner at quarterback. Jacoby Brissett is a competent quarterback that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah's former boss, Browns general manager Andrew Berry, signed two years ago and speaks highly of.
  Mock Trade from Denver Broncos
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'0" / 199 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Atlanta moves down a few spots but misses out on the draft's top two edge rushers. Still, the Falcons get a top-tier cornerback and pair him with A.J. Terrell. The team is moving to win now with free agent acquisition Kirk Cousins.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Toledo • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
Las Vegas signs defensive tackle Chris Jones from its division rival and then drafts Quinyon Mitchell. Those two spots have been positions of weakness for the Raiders in recent history, but they may finally have quality answers on their roster.
Round 1 - Pick 14
UCLA • 6'5" / 267 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
New Orleans does not have a lot of room to work with in free agency. The Saints have always fielded a rotation of edge rushers, and the selection of Laiatu Latu allows them to continue without making a splashy free agent signing.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Texas • 6'4" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
36th
POSITION RNK
8th
Comments made by general manager Chris Ballard at the NFL Combine made it clear that the team hoped to have Michael Pittman Jr. back in some capacity, but it also sounded like there was a disconnect in long-term negotiations. After placing the franchise tag on him, both parties could win in the form of a tag and trade. With Pittman out of the picture, the team finds a replacement for Anthony Richardson.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Texas • 6'0" / 306 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
Leonard Williams is gone, and the free agent signing of Michael Onwenu -- who played at Michigan where Mike Macdonald used to coach -- allows the Seahawks to address another position of need in the first round. Byron Murphy II is drafted to fill out the starting defensive line.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
4th
If Calvin Ridley is gone, then Jacksonville needs another go-to outlet for Trevor Lawrence. Lawrence had ball winners at Clemson, but he has not had that big body to target since arriving in the NFL. Brian Thomas Jr. is still a bit rough around the edges but has the profile of an impactful X-receiver at the next level.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • 6'6" / 360 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Cincinnati signs free agent tight end Noah Fant, which allows the franchise to focus on other positions of need. JC Latham replaces right tackle Jonah Williams, who departed in free agency.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Penn State • 6'6" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Olu Fashanu lasting until this stage of the first round would come as a surprise, but that is how it played out in this scenario. Los Angeles benched Joe Noteboom last season, and although his dead salary cap hit is uncomfortably large, there may not be a way around moving forward without releasing him.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Georgia • 6'7" / 340 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
5th
Pittsburgh acquires Justin Fields in exchange for a Day 2 selection in this scenario, then uses its first-round pick to draft a Georgia offensive tackle in the first-round for the second consecutive year. Fields began his career at Georgia ironically.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Georgia • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Brock Bowers has no business lasting this long in the first round, but the positional value will hurt him. Mike McDaniel had George Kittle in San Francisco and now has his own dynamic pass-catching tight end in Miami. The interior offensive line is an issue, but the Dolphins salvage the group a bit by retaining Connor Williams.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Penn State • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
4th
It has been reported that Brandon Graham and the Eagles have a mutual interest in continuing their union, but that cannot last forever. There was also some speculation that Haason Reddick is on his way out the door. Derek Barnett was waived midseason. With so much turnover at the position, the Eagles reinvest with a first-round pick.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Alabama • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
4th
Houston acquires defensive tackle Jonathan Allen from Washington, then drafts Kool-Aid McKinstry. The Texans are quickly stockpiling talent on defense with Will Anderson Jr., Derek Stingley Jr., Allen, McKinstry and others.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Texas • 6'1" / 172 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
5th
Dallas releases Michael Gallup and then replaces him with the NFL Combine's fastest man and former Texas Longhorn Xavier Worthy.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Washington • 6'4" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
4th
Green Bay parted ways with veteran left tackle David Bakhtiari, and the team is probably not looking to move Zach Tom from the right side. It has been speculated that Troy Fautanu may be destined to play inside at the next level, but his footwork is good enough to earn a look at left tackle.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Oregon • 6'3" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tampa Bay first prioritized retaining Antoine Winfield Jr. and Mike Evans, and then attention shifts to Baker Mayfield. The team also needs to address its interior offensive line; signing Robert Hunt and drafting Jackson Powers-Johnson accomplish that objective.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Clemson • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
The situation in Arizona was saddled with pros and cons for Jonathan Gannon, but it really was a clean slate; essentially every move the Cardinals make is going to be an upgrade to the roster. They sign ascending edge rusher Chase Young, then draft Marvin Harrison Jr. and Nate Wiggins.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Duke • 6'5" / 314 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
46th
POSITION RNK
8th
Buffalo has parted ways with veteran center Mitch Morse. It was reported that the team would move Connor McGovern to that vacancy, but Graham Barton is a more viable long-term solution. He is pegged inside next to last year's Day 2 selection, O'Cyrus Torrence.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Arizona • 6'5" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
7th
Jonah Jackson has signed elsewhere in this scenario, so Detroit drafts Jordan Morgan. Morgan played left tackle at Arizona but moves inside for the Lions. Dan Campbell has created a physical football team, so if a piece to that Jenga tower is removed, then it must be replaced or the whole thing is at risk of toppling down.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Missouri • 6'5" / 296 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
26th
POSITION RNK
6th
Baltimore makes a splash free agent signing in Saquon Barkley, so that means the budget gets tighter in other areas. The selection of Darius Robinson helps replace Jadeveon Clowney, who may no longer fit the team's plans.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Oklahoma • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
6th
San Francisco has one former first-round pick on its offensive line, and the successful teams usually have multiple. The selection of Tyler Guyton gives that unit some stability in the Brock Purdy era. Starting right tackle Colton McKivitz is on a reasonable deal that could make him a valuable reserve.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Illinois • 6'2" / 295 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
20th
POSITION RNK
2nd
At the end of the day, I think Chris Jones and the Chiefs come to an agreement that will keep him in Kansas City. However, the two parties took it down to the wire a year ago, and his absence would create a glaring hole at the heart of that defense. The team fills it with Johnny Newton.

Teams without a first-round pick

34. Panthers - WR Keon Coleman, Florida State

Carolina needs to continue investing in Bryce Young. They need to build his confidence back up and the only way to do that is surrounding him with players capable of making a difference.

54. Browns - DT Braden Fiske, Florida State

Defensive tackles Jordan Elliott, Maurice Hurst and Shelby Harris are all free agents. Cleveland will need to find more depth at the position. 

The 2024 NFL Draft will take place from April 25-27 in Detroit. More draft coverage can be found at CBSSports.com, including the weekly updated draft order and a regularly available look at the eligible prospects