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2017 NFL DRAFT

2016 NFL Mock Drafts

Pete Prisco
By Pete Prisco
CBSSports.com Senior NFL Columnist


Whew.

Finally, I can reveal the final mock of the 2106 draft season. It?s been a long process, including 11 other mocks, but this is the one that counts.

This is the one I will get ripped apart for when it all goes bad. And when it does, so be it.

They?re called mocks.

That?s because they make a mockery of us all.

At the least, I think I got the first two picks right in this one. Don?t we all? After that, who knows?

So dive in, eat it up, and get back to me late Thursday night when you see how wrong we all are.

NFL Mock Draft - 04/28/2016
Round 1
1. Los Angeles Rams

(7-9)
Jared Goff, QB, California: The Rams won't say who they are taking, but it's the worst secret out there. They will take Goff, the best quarterback in the class.
2. Philadelphia Eagles

(7-9)
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: The Eagles made the trade up to land this kid, and he will be their franchise passer. They hope anyway. He's got a long ways to go.
3. San Diego Chargers

(4-12)
Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: They could go for corner/safety Jalen Ramsey or Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner. But they need to improve the line and Tunsil is the best of this class.
4. Dallas Cowboys

(4-12)
Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State: There are some inside the Cowboys who would like to see Ezekiel Elliott as the pick. But I think wiser heads will prevail and they will take Ramsey.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars

(5-11)
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: They would love to take Myles Jack here, but I think his knee is a major concern. Joey Bosa is possible, but Buckner might be too good to pass up.
6. Baltimore Ravens

(5-11)
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: They have major issues at left tackle. So why not take a guy who can step in and protect the backside of Joe Flacco. He does need to work on his run blocking.
7. San Francisco 49ers

(5-11)
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: He?s been compared a bunch to Justin Smith, who was with the 49ers. Smith was a big part of their dominant defense when they went to the Super Bowl. Bosa would be a nice pick.
8. Cleveland Browns

(3-13)
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: OK, so they traded down and still landed a quarterback. That makes sense now. There is talk Hue Jackson likes Lynch.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(6-10)
Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: They have to get corner help, and this kid from right down the road would help. He is a talented player who can step in and start right away.
10. New York Giants

(6-10)
Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: They need some more help at linebacker and this is a player who can run and chase and rush the passer. The Giants love those types of players.
11. Chicago Bears

(6-10)
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: This would seem high for me, but the Bears are said to like him. I think this might be a case of a team over-drafting a player.
12. New Orleans Saints

(7-9)
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: It just makes too much sense. They need inside help and Rankins is a good inside pass rusher. Give him to the Saints to help that defense.
13. Miami Dolphins

(6-10)
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: They need a back. Elliott is the best back in the draft. So that trade back with the Eagles lands them two defensive starters and they get a big weapon for their offense going forward.
14. Oakland Raiders

(7-9)
William Jackson III, CB, Houston: I think he's the best corner in this draft. He has great size and he can play man coverage. He would team with Sean Smith to give them a nice duo on the outside.
15. Tennessee Titans

(3-13)
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: They need tackle help and after moving down they get a player a lot of scouts love. He is tough and will battle. But he is limited athletically.
16. Detroit Lions

(7-9)
Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: hey have issues inside on their defense. Reed is a big, powerful player with a lot of talent. He would help right away
17. Atlanta Falcons

(8-8)
Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State: Speed is king in the league and Lee can fly. That gives him the edge over Reggie Ragland of Alabama. The Falcons have to get faster.
18. Indianapolis Colts

(8-8)
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama: The middle of their line is a mess. They need to keep Andrew Luck cleaner from the inside. Kelly is the best of the center class.
19. Buffalo Bills

(8-8)
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: They have some age at the position (Manny Lawson) and they need help at the other spots. Ragland can step in and play right away and be the thumper in the run game.
20. New York Jets

(10-6)
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: Darrelle Revis isn?t a kid and turns 31 this year and Dee Milliner hasn?t lived up to the hype. They need to get a corner to help take over for Antonio Cromartie, who was cut.
21. Washington Redskins

(9-7)
Karl Joseph, SS, West Virginia: He is coming off an ACL, but he is the best pure safety in this draft. The Redskins have a glaring need, and they filled their corner need by signing Josh Norman.
22. Houston Texans

(9-7)
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: He's the best receiver in this class, and the Texans need a playmaker there. If Joseph were still on the board, he would be a possibility.
23. Minnesota Vikings

(11-5)
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: They get a Dez Bryant clone to help the passing game. Teddy Bridgewater needs help and Treadwell, despite not having blazing speed, can get down the field.
24. Cincinnati Bengals

(12-4)
Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech: I thought they might go receiver, but they can wait on that. They need help inside next to Geno Atkins. When in doubt, go big.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers

(10-6)
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: They have to get corner help, and with Apple off this board they go with the Clemson man-cover player. He is brash, but they need help there.
26. Seattle Seahawks

(10-6)
Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA: They lost Bruce Irvin and they are a team that can take a chance on Jack. With his speed, he would fit in perfectly with the Seattle scheme.
27. Green Bay Packers

(10-6)
Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA: When you watch Jack on tape, Clark shows up. The Packers have a major need inside and Ted Thompson loves picking big people.
28. Kansas City Chiefs

(11-5)
Artie Burns, CB, Miami (Fla.): They need to get a corner opposite Marcus Peters and Burns has a lot of ability. The one knock on him is consistency.
29. New England Patriots (Forfeited pick)

(12-4)
30. Arizona Cardinals

(13-3)
Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State: He can play any of the positions on the line, but he is smart and would be able to step in and play center for them right away. They have issues there.
31. Carolina Panthers

(15-1)
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Their tackle spots were a big problem in the Super Bowl. So why not take a guy who could play either side?
32. Denver Broncos

(12-4)
Bronson Kaufusi, DE, Brigham Young: He could step in and take over the role for Malik Jackson. He's a bit older at 25, but he has the tools to be a solid NFL starter.

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