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  • Nick's Post-Senior Bowl 2016 NFL First Round Mock Draft (v2.0)

    Now that the Senior Bowl is firmly in the rear view mirrior, here's an updated look at how things could shake out in the first round of the NFL Draft this year. As always, feedback and constructive criticism is welcome!



    ROUND ONE
    1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
    -Tennessee is second in the league in sacks allowed, and no quarterback when pressured has been sacked at as large of a percentage as Marcus Mariota has been. Tunsil gives the Titans a legitimate left tackle to pair with Taylor Lewan on the offensive line.


    2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California
    -The hype train for Carson Wentz is in full steam, but I'm not ready to put him in the Top 5 as some other people are. I still view Goff as the top QB in the class, meaning he makes a lot of sense for a Cleveland team that is tired of Johnny Manziel's screw ups.


    3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
    -Brandon Flowers was graded out as one of the worst corners in the league by Pro Football Focus, and Eric Weddle won't be coming back. The Chargers could use help in both areas, and Ramsey is capable of excelling at either at the next level.


    4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
    -Will the Cowboys flirt with taking a QB here? Maybe, but I also think Jerry Jones wants to add talent to help this team win now. Greg Hardy likely will not be back, and even though they have Randy Gregory waiting in the wings, I don't think they could pass up on Bosa if he falls to them.


    5. Jacksonville Jaguars: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
    -The Jaguars will get Dante Fowler back next season, which will be a big boost to their pass rush. But they really don't have an option on the other side of him, and as much as they'd like to address the secondary with this pick, I think the value isn't quite there.


    6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
    -Eugene Monroe has played in just 17 games in the last two seasons, but cutting him this offseason would create a lot of dead money for the Ravens. Still, I'm not sure they can count on him long term. Stanley gives them someone who could get his feet wet on the right side before eventually replacing Monroe.


    7. San Francisco *****: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
    -The ***** could be in the market for a quarterback, but it sounds as if new head coach Chip Kelly and the ***** brass want to give Colin Kaepernick one more shot at the job. That doesn't mean they couldn't take a guy to groom behind him, but if they want Kaepernick to succeed, they'll also need to get him some weapons.


    8. Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
    -Linebacker is arguably the Dolphins' biggest need on defense, and they're fortunate in this projection to see one of the best in the class still available to them. Jack will be a force behind a Miami defensive line with a lot of talent.


    9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
    -Tampa's cornerback play last year was simply awful. According to Pro Football Focus, four of their top five cornerbacks allowed QB ratings of over 100 when thrown at. A defensive end or offensive lineman would be tempting, but the Bucs simply have to address that secondary.


    10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    -Rashad Jennings turns 31 years old in March, and while he's an adequate runner, he is what he is at this point in his career. Shane Vereen was added as a change of pace back, but the Giants need to find a true feature 'back to work behind Eli Manning if they want their running attack out of the bottom half of the league.


    11. Chicago Bears: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    -I'm anxious to see how Alexander measures in at the Combine; it could be very big for him. As it stands now, I still consider him a possibility for the Top 15 in this class, and finding a cornerback to assist Kyle Fuller in this secondary will be important for Chicago.


    12. New Orleans Saints: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    -Smith's medical evaluation is going to be key to where he goes in this draft, but when healthy before his injury, he looked like one of the best defenders in the country. He has sideline to sideline potential and, once healthy, would instantly become a playmaker on this New Orleans defense.


    13. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
    -Sam Bradford was reportedly asking for over $20 million a year from the Eagles, which is an outlandish price. One way the Eagles could go this offseason is to tag Bradford and not expose themselves to the dangers of signing the injury prone QB long term. With Bradford back for one season, that gives Carson Wentz enough time to develop into the future franchise player.


    14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
    -Curtis Lofton was one of the worst middle linebackers in the league last year, so the Raiders would be wise to consider some alternatives. Ragland is building some momentum from the Senior Bowl, which has caused him to rise up in my projection a bit.


    15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
    -The Rams clearly need a franchise quarterback, so Lynch could be very appealing here in the first round. He'll need time to develop and prepare for the pro game, so I wouldn't expect him to start immediately. But once he takes over, he has Big Ben type of potential for the next level.


    16. Detroit Lions: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
    -Some would argue that Robert Nkemdiche is the more talented prospect, and they may be right. But his off the field issues might scare away a team that had to deal with the negative media attention of Ndamukong Suh. The Lions do need defensive tackle help, though, so they'll capitalize on the Senior Bowl momentum of Reed.


    17. Atlanta Falcons: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma
    -Atlanta has mustered only 19 sacks all season, the league low. Vic Beasley has shown some promise, but they need an answer on the other side. Ogbah could step in and be that answer after amassing 13 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss this season.


    18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
    -There's no question the Colts need to provide some better protection for their quarterback, and the steady Decker could line up at multiple spots. Decker's Combine agility testing will be key in reaffirming to organizations that he's capable of remaining at left tackle as a pro.


    19. Buffalo Bills: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
    -Kyle Williams is anticipated to come back to Buffalo in 2016, but it's not without question marks. He's turning 33 years old and might not be ready for the offseason program. Nkemdiche is a superior talent that could be groomed to replace Williams, assuming Rex Ryan is willing to take on the question marks.


    20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
    -Demario Davis did not play well in 2015 and is likely on his way out in New York. The team is considering bringing back Erin Henderson, but his combination of age and past issues don't make him a long term answer. Lee is an incredible talent and his versatility would be welcomed in New York.


    21. Washington Redskins: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
    -Both Terrance Knighton and Kedric Golston are scheduled to hit free agency this offseason, which leaves Washington with practically nothing at the nose tackle spot. They'd be wise to bring one of them back as a stop gap player, but nabbing a talent like Robinson in this spot would be ideal.


    22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
    -For the Texans in the passing game, it was DeAndre Hopkins and then... Nate Washington? Clearly Houston would benefit from adding more talent to stretch the field. They would also be wise to consider a quarterback, but the best remaining on the board - Connor Cook - isn't impressing anyone with his final college game and decision to skip the Senior Bowl.


    23. Minnesota Vikings: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
    -The Vikings have an outstanding linebacker in Anthony Barr, but could use an upgrade opposite him. Chad Greenway has been a stable presence on their defense, but his production has dipped and he might not be back next year. Floyd is very good value here and also has the benefit of filling a need.


    24. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
    -Domata Peko will be 32 years old this season and has not been a particularly effective part of the Bengals defensive line. Additionally, the Bengals face the prospects of losing two back-up defensive tackles to free agency. Billings is a disruptive player who could excel while playing next to another disruptive force, Geno Atkins.


    25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
    -Apple is a redshirt sophomore who could work his way into the first round with an excellent Combine performance, showing off his athleticism and legitimate size for the professional level. The Steelers have a big need at the position, and would be enticed to take a bite out of Eli if he checks out.


    26. Seattle Seahawks: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
    -Seattle has developed a reputation of having one of the best defenses in the league, but that defense is poised to lose both starting defensive tackles to free agency. While Jordan Hill might be able to step in and fill one of those spots, the other could be filled by a newcomer. Clark is a dependable defender who can help the Seahawks right away.


    27. Green Bay Packers: Noah Spence, LB, Eastern Kentucky
    -Nick Perry and Mike Neal are both hitting free agency, and Julius Peppers just celebrated his 36th birthday. Even if the Packers kick Clay Matthews back outside, they're going to need someone else across from him. Perhaps no prospect created as much buzz during the Senior Bowl as Noah Spence, so he could be an option for the Pack here if he' still available.


    28. Kansas City Chiefs: Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU
    -Jeff Allen is scheduled to hit free agency, and simply put, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif isn't particularly good. We know that Andy Reid likes bolstering his lines when he gets the chance, and Alexander is someone who could sneak into the bottom part of the first round.


    29. New England Patriots (forfeited)


    30. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
    -Calias Campbell has one defensive end spot locked down, but the Cardinals need to do something to improve their production from the other spot. Bullard has the brute strength and pass rush ability to help improve a Cardinals team ready to go the distance in the post-season.


    31. Denver Broncos: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
    -Left tackle Ryan Harris, signed to help ease the loss of Ryan Clady to an ACL injury, has played poorly this season. Clady himself has missed significant time in two of the last three seasons. Perhaps it's time to look at some other options to strengthen that offensive line, especially if Peyton Manning - who has been so good through his career at masking OL deficiencies - moves on after this seson.


    32. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
    -The Panthers are desperate for pass rush help, which is one reason they traded for Jared Allen. But they need to look to the future and try to find a young talent to groom into a double digit sack artist. Dodd doesn't have a lot of experience, but he has the raw tools to possibly become that type of player.
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