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2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
With the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select...
1) Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss Before the Titans swapped picks with the Rams on Thursday, this seems like an obvious choice. Marcus Mariota was sacked 38 times in 2015 tied for sixth most in the league. You have to protect your investment.
2) Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz QB NDSU There was an article I read recently about Carson Wentz and the 2 days leading up to his pro day. It screams out to me that the Browns will pick him second overall. A nugget to borrow from that article, he is the anti-Johnny Football.
3) San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner DT Oregon The Chargers need some talent on the defensive line.
4) Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey CB/S Florida State The Cowboys haven't had a defensive back selected all-pro on their roster since Roy Williams in 2003. Ramsey will be a difference maker for Dallas.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack LB, UCLA Seems like another obvious choice here. Pairing Jack with Dante Fowler, Jr on opposite ends will pay off very well.
6) Baltimore Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida Hargreaves will add life to an ailing secondary.
7) San Francisco 49ers: Reggie Ragland LB, Alabama Jared Goff would seem like the logical choice, but I still think Colin Kaepernick will be on the 49ers roster when the season begins so there won't be a need to select a quarterback here. This seems like a bit of a reach but I think Ragland and NaVorro Bowman will compliment each other.
8) Philadelphia Eagles: Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State Elliott arriving to Philly will push Ryan Mathews to a better suited back-up role.
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joey Bosa, DE Ohio State Joey Bosa falls to Tampa Bay but will give them depth at the defensive line for 2016.
10) New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley OT, Notre Dame The Giants allowed 27 sacks in 2015 which is tied for the fourth fewest in the league. However, adding Stanley will move last year's first round pick Ereck Flowers to RT.
11) Chicago Bears: Darron Lee, OLB Ohio State The Bears have several outside linebackers on their roster, but adding Lee will help out in pass coverage.
12) New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson DE Clemson New Orleans needs immediate help on the defensive line. Last year, they allowed the second most rush yards and Cameron Jordan accounted for 10 of the teams' 31 sacks. Lawson will be a big improvement.
13) Miami Dolphins: Eli Apple CB Ohio State Miami needs a cornerback in the most desperate way.
14) Oakland Raiders: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State The Raiders could use some youth at the offensive tackle position.
15) Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff QB California The Raiders land their guy without having to dish out a kings ransom to Tennessee.
16) Detroit Lions: Laquan Treadwell WR Ole Miss There is a bit of a void at wide receiver despite signing Marvin Jones from the Bengals. Detroit needs another receiving threat.
17) Atlanta Falcons: Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky Spence and his potential fills a need at pass rusher for Atlanta.
18) Indianapolis Colts: Jack Conklin Michigan State The Colts have to go offensive line in the first round. Even if it is a trade with somebody else. A healthy Andrew Luck makes all the difference as Indianapolis tries to get back on top in the AFC South.
19) Buffalo Bills: Kevin Dodd DE Clemson Nothing of value to add for the offensive line or linebacker positions. Adding Dodd, however, will help the defensive line after the release of Mario Williams.
20) New York Jets: William Jackson III CB Houston Not a big need, but Darrelle Revis will be 31 when the season starts and Jackson will give the Jets secondary some added height.
21) Washington Redskins: Ryan Kelly C Alabama The Redskins continue to strengthen the offensive line.
22) Houston Texans: Corey Coleman WR Baylor Houston adds a speedster in Coleman as a second option behind DeAndre Hopkins.
23) Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson WR TCU Treadwill could be the pick here but since he is already taken, the Vikings get their next best receiver to help Teddy Bridgewater.
24) Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller WR Notre Dame Probably a top-4 receiver in this draft, Fuller will start right away for the Bengals. In time, Fuller, A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert will be quite the trio.
25) Pittsburgh Steelers: Vonn Bell S Ohio State This much can be said, the Steelers need to add talent to the secondary. Will they go corner or safety is the question. With no corners available who can start right away, Vonn Bell will be selected to help the safety position.
26) Seattle Seahawks: Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame Seattle takes a gamble on Smith's injury but hope he will be ready for 2017. If all checks out, Smith could be the best defensive player in this draft. The way the Seahawks draft, they make their living in the later rounds.
27) Green Bay Packers: A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama A force on defense, Robinson is just scratching the surface.
28) Kansas City Chiefs: Leonard Floyd LB Georgia Outside linebacker Justin Houston might not play a down in 2016 after having surgery on his ACL in February. Tamba Hali will be 33 as the season ends too. Selecting Floyd looks to be a good choice.
29) Arizona Cardinals: Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson Alexander will give the Cardinals depth at the corner position.
30) Carolina Panthers: Jarran Reed DT Alabama The best available defensive tackle helps out Carolina for the future as Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei will be free agents soon.
31) Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch QB Memphis Mark Sanchez could be the answer for 2016 but I do think Lynch will take over in the future.
New England Patriots: Michael Thomas WR Ohio State If New England had a first round pick, Michael Thomas could be a selection. At 6'3, Thomas will be another big target for Tom Brady and for whoever takes over when he retires.
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