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The NFL takes another step toward to the 2024 NFL Draft with the combine playing out in Indianapolis. The decisions made on draft night will be informed by the athletic testing, in-person interviews, on-field drills and detailed medical examinations occurring this week. 

Over the next week, fans will be learning a lot more about the players expected to hear their names called in April. In a brand new two-round mock draft from CBSSports.com, fans can get a head start on familiarizing themselves with several of those names. In today's thought exercise, we explore the strategies teams may employ to support the players already on their respective rosters.

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
General manager Ryan Poles made a comment this week about wanting to do right by Justin Fields if they decide to draft a rookie quarterback at No. 1 overall. The fact that he is even thinking about that could be an indication that the team has made its decision.
Round 1 - Pick 2
LSU • 6'4" / 210 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury has most recently worked with Caleb Williams and Kyler Murray. If Williams is off the board, then the choice comes down to Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye. Could Daniels' capabilities as a runner give him the advantage in that discussion?
Round 1 - Pick 3
North Carolina • 6'4" / 230 lbs
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
New England has a decision to make. They can supplement the roster now so an eventual quarterback has a better chance of having success or they can take the quarterback now. The Patriots have not been in a position to pick this early for quite some time so who knows how long it may before they have the chance again. Drake Maye is a prototypical pocket passer with the ability to roll the pocket and make tight window throws.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Ohio State • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
Arizona is likely to punt on the idea of taking a quarterback this year so that allows them to focus on other positions of need. Marvin Harrison Jr. is still my top prospect overall so taking him at No. 4 overall gives the Cardinals much-needed size in the receiver room.
Round 1 - Pick 5
LSU • 6'0" / 200 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
2nd
The situations with Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are still very much in the air. It is unlikely that both are back next season and Quentin Johnston did not show enough during his rookie season for Los Angeles not to consider a possible replacement for Allen and/or Williams in the first round.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Washington • 6'3" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Rome Odunze gives the Giants a player capable of working underneath and stretching the field vertically. The tandem of Jalin Hyatt and Wan'Dale Robinson is a bit more one-dimensional in that regard. New York is hoping that Odunze can offer the stability the team has been lacking at the position since Odell Beckham Jr. departed.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Notre Dame • 6'8" / 322 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Tennessee has made it known it intends to build around Will Levis. It may or may not work, but it will not be a lack of effort. They invest in that plan at No. 7 overall with the selection of Joe Alt.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Alabama • 6'4" / 242 lbs
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
9th
POSITION RNK
1st
Atlanta will probably look for a quarterback this offseason but it is unlikely the Falcons want to go down the rookie path again so soon. It could be a spot for Michigan's J.J. McCarthy, but they probably prefer a veteran, such as Justin Fields or Kirk Cousins.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Florida State • 6'4" / 260 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
3rd
Chicago's pass rush has improved more than any other team in the league over a six-month period. Opposite Montez Sweat, the Bears add Jared Verse. It would have been ideal to add a wide receiver for the newly acquired Caleb Williams but the organization finds itself in a bit of no man's land at the position in the first round with three off the board.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Penn State • 6'6" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
The Jets should be desperate for offensive tackle help and, fortunately for them, it is a rich year for prospective talent. The buzz is that the team was enamored with Oregon State's Taliese Fuaga at the Senior Bowl, but that could be because they did not anticipate Olu Fashanu being available.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Michigan • 6'3" / 202 lbs
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
4th
Coaches out of the Sean McVay coaching tree have always valued accurate, tough passers and that is J.J. McCarthy. Minnesota has made it known that they want to bring Kirk Cousins back, but could that be a smokescreen as they gauge the market for McCarthy?
Round 1 - Pick 12
Alabama • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Denver will be in the market for a quarterback in some capacity. The situation with Russell Wilson sounds irreparable based on his comments on Brandon Marshall's podcast. If they stand pat at No. 12 overall, then they risk losing out on one of the top quarterback options as they do in this scenario. Instead, they take Alabama cornerback Terrion Arnold and pair him with former Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Texas • 6'1" / 308 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
1st
Las Vegas has a variety of needs but it would not hurt first-year head coach Antonio Pierce's feelings if the organization's first-round pick is used on a defender. The Raiders need offensive linemen, cornerback and a variety of other positions, but use this opportunity to address their defensive interior.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Georgia • 6'4" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
7th
POSITION RNK
1st
Tight end is not the biggest need for New Orleans but Brock Bowers is a blue-chip talent available later than his talent suggests he should be. Juwan Johnson has 79 receptions over the past two seasons, but Bowers offers a more dynamic element.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Toledo • 6'0" / 196 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
Indianapolis has some free agents to address on the defensive line but makes an addition to a secondary that was able to identify some quality depth pieces a year ago. Quinyon Mitchell is a smart, physical cornerback who also plays downhill in run support.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Washington • 6'4" / 317 lbs
Projected Team
Seattle
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
4th
Offensive guard was already a need for Seattle but Damien Lewis also happens to be a free agent. Troy Fautanu played left tackle for the Huskies but is projected inside for some teams.
Round 1 - Pick 17
LSU • 6'4" / 205 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
27th
POSITION RNK
4th
Calvin Ridley is currently slated to become a free agent. The team may need to plan for the future at the position regardless of whether or not he is back. Brian Thomas Jr. has one of the most unique athletic profiles in this draft class. He has the potential to emerge as one of the best receivers in this draft class.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Alabama • 6'6" / 360 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
3rd
After moving to the right side, former first-round selection Jonah Williams is in a position to hit free agency in a few weeks. Cincinnati has a tight budget and other needs. Waiting to find his replacement in a talent rich draft may be a smart, cost-effective move to address a position of need.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Oregon State • 6'6" / 324 lbs
Projected Team
L.A. Rams
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
4th
Los Angeles needs to upgrade protection in front of Matthew Stafford. Most successful offensive lines have two to three former first-round picks on the offensive line but the Rams have zero.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Georgia • 6'7" / 340 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
5th
By selecting Amarius Mims, Pittsburgh now has the luxury of starting two former Georgia Bulldogs at offensive tackle. Broderick Jones played on the right side this year but can flip back to the left side.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Oregon • 6'3" / 320 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
25th
POSITION RNK
1st
Miami has a few interior offensive linemen scheduled to hit free agency next month, including starting center Connor Williams. Jackson Powers-Johnson will be able to start from Day 1.
Round 1 - Pick 22
UCLA • 6'5" / 267 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Philadelphia continues its historical trend of taking offensive or defensive linemen in the first round. The medical check will be important for Laiatu Latu but that also allows the Eagles to get great value later in the round.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Penn State • 6'3" / 254 lbs
Projected Team
Houston
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
4th
Houston continues to invest in its pass rush with the selection of Chop Robinson. The Texans have a capable trio to get after the opposing quarterback in waves.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Clemson • 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
22nd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Stephon Gilmore is a free agent this offseason. DaRon Bland played really well when called into action but the selection of Nate Wiggins allows them to maintain the depth that allowed them to absorb the loss of Trevon Diggs last season.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Alabama • 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
5th
There could be a run on the cornerback position in the latter half of Round 1. Kool-Aid McKinstry joins a secondary that features former first-round selection Jaire Alexander.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Arizona • 6'5" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
7th
Tampa Bay's interior offensive line has been depleted over the past few years losing Alex Cappa, Ryan Jensen and Shaq Mason. Jordan Morgan has played left tackle but has the flexibility to move over at the next level.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Illinois • 6'2" / 295 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
Arizona does not need to concern itself with filling needs but rather taking best player available. Jer'Zhan Newton is a cultural fit, as well as a good player and a solution to a position of need.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Oklahoma • 6'7" / 328 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
7th
Tyler Guyton is an unfinished product but he's similar to Anton Harrison in that he has first-round traits that make him a worthwhile project. Guyton's ceiling is much higher than Spencer Brown and his selection is a way to indirectly invest in Josh Allen.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Iowa • 6'1" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
7th
Cooper DeJean is a smart football player who is also multi-talented. He can start at cornerback but also make invaluable contributions on special teams. Detroit signed a few short-term options at the position last offseason but now have a potential tentpole in the secondary.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Missouri • 6'5" / 296 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
3rd
Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent. The powerful rusher was integral in the team's run defense efforts. Darius Robinson's frame allows him to play on the edge but also slide inside dependent upon the situation.
Round 1 - Pick 31
BYU • 6'6" / 325 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
5th
San Francisco has not made the offensive line a priority since acquiring Trent Williams. San Francisco has been able to reach the game's highest competitive level without that investment, but it is not necessarily a strategy conducive to winning long-term. Kingsley Suamataia is a massive human being who played both tackle spots at BYU.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Florida State • 6'4" / 215 lbs
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
28th
POSITION RNK
5th
Kansas City has now officially moved on from Marquez Valdes-Scantling. Rashee Rice and Mecole Hartman made big plays for that organization in the playoffs but having a fourth pass-catcher who raises the ceiling of the pass attack gives them insurance.

Round 2 

33. Panthers: OG/C Graham Barton, Duke
34. Patriots: WR Adonai Mitchell, Texas
35. Cardinals: CB Kamari Lassiter, Georgia
36. Commanders: EDGE Bralen Trice, Washington
37. Chargers: DT Kris Jenkins, Michigan
38. Titans: WR Ladd McConkey, Georgia
39. Giants: QB Bo Nix, Oregon
40. Commanders (via CHI): CB Ennis Rakestraw, Missouri
41. Packers (via NYJ): OT Patrick Paul, Houston
42. Vikings: EDGE Chris Braswell, Alabama
43. Falcons: WR Xavier Worthy, Texas
44. Raiders: QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington 
45. Saints (via DEN): EDGE Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan
46. Colts: WR Ja'Lynn Polk, Washington
47. Giants (via SEA): OG Cooper Beebe, Kansas State
48. Jaguars: DT T'Vondre Sweat, Texas
49. Bengals: TE Ja'Tavion Sanders, Texas
50. Eagles (via NO): LB Junior Colton, Michigan
51. Steelers: C Zach Frazier, West Virginia
52. Rams: CB Kris Abrams-Draine, Missouri
53. Eagles: OT Blake Fisher, Notre Dame"
54. Browns: WR Malachi Corley, Western Kentucky
55. Dolphins: EDGE Adisa Isaac, Penn State
56. Cowboys: S Tyler Nubin, Minnesota
57. Buccaneers: LB Edgerrin Cooper, Texas A&M
58. Packers: S Javon Bullard, Georgia
59. Texans: DT Brandon Dorlus, Oregon
60. Bills: WR Troy Franklin, Oregon
61. Lions: DT Ruke Orhorhoro, Clemson
62. Ravens: CB T.J. Tampa, Iowa State
63. 49ers: EDGE Austin Booker, Kansas
64. Chiefs: S Kamren Kinchens, Miami

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