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It's NFL draft season ahead of the 2016 draft, all right.
Draft season never actually goes away, but simmers a tad during the regular season. It's back in full force now with 20 teams out of the running for the Super Bowl and looking toward the future, one defined by what appears to be an iffy quarterback class and loaded almost everywhere else.
Let's kick off draft season, otherwise known as mock season, with a look at the full order and projections for each team.
2016 NFL Mock Draft
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Joey Bosa||DL||Ohio State|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jalen Ramsey||CB/S||Florida State|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|10||New York Giants||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|11||Chicago Bears||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|15||St. Louis Rams||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|16||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Shilique Calhoun||DE||Michigan State|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Jarran Reed||DL||Alabama|
|20||New York Jets||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|21||Pittsburgh Steelers||Desmond King||CB||Iowa|
|22||Seattle Seahawks||Noah Spence||DE/LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|23||Green Bay Packers||Robert Nkemdiche||DL||Ole Miss|
|24||Kansas City Chiefs||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
|25||Washington||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|26||Houston Texans||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|27||Minnesota Vikings||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|28||Cincinnati Bengals||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|29||Denver Broncos||Jason Spriggs||OT||Indiana|
|30||Arizona Cardinals||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|31||Carolina Panthers||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
Best Fit for Top Name: 2. Cleveland Browns, Joey Bosa, DL, Ohio State
If the Tennessee Titans decide to help out Marcus Mariota with some beef up front like they do in this scenario, there's little doubt the Cleveland Browns will pull the trigger on Joey Bosa.
The Browns mustered all of 29 sacks this year, with defensive end Desmond Bryant pitching in six and linebacker Armonty Bryant 5.5.
While strong performances, that's not enough for a team that relies on pressure to relieve the secondary, especially when in recent years the front office has made moves such as signing Paul Kruger and drafting Barkevious Mingo to correct the issue.
For the Browns, picking up Bosa and letting him run wild within the scheme makes sense after he acted as college's most disruptive player last year. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller provided some context:
Matt Miller @nfldraftscout
By my charting, Joey Bosa had 21 QB hits and 40 QB hurries this year. Most combined of any player I saw.12/31/2015, 3:19:47 PM
Bosa doesn't solve all of Cleveland's problems, of course. Some might prefer a quarterback this high, but the team has a few ways it could go with that position outside of the draft, if not taking one it likes later on in the process.
There's no reason to pass on a building block such as Bosa, whose sheer talent and disruptive play masks other concerns besides just his position.
Perfect Spot for Top Sleeper: 27. Minnesota Vikings, Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
Think Ohio State's Michael Thomas isn't underrated?
Go ask most anyone who the Buckeyes' top wideout is and watch them struggle. Thanks to Cardale Jones, J.T. Barrett, the position change of Braxton Miller and the sheer dominance of Ezekiel Elliott, many have let Thomas get lost in the shuffle.
Thomas, though the No. 1 wideout on the offense, only caught 56 passes for 781 yards and nine scores, similar to what he posted the year prior, too.
As Rotoworld's Josh Norris pointed out, though, there's a lot bubbling beneath the surface for Thomas as a draft prospect:
Josh Norris @JoshNorris
I'm not saying Michael Thomas is DeMaryius Thomas, but I could get behind a statement saying they play WR in similar ways.1/1/2016, 8:49:49 PM
A team like the Minnesota Vikings would see the value in Thomas.
Minnesota needs more weapons around Teddy Bridgewater. Adrian Peterson's there, yes, but Stefon Diggs wound up as the team's leading receiver with 52 catches for 720 yards and four scores. Mike Wallace was a good pickup, but caught just 39 passes for 473 yards and two scores.
With Jarius Wright filling nothing more than a niche role and Cordarrelle Patterson looking more and more like a gigantic bust, the Vikings need to get Bridgewater an every-down receiver with reliable hands who can move the chains. The 6'3", 210-pound Thomas looks like the perfect fit.
Underrated Spot for Top Sleeper: 28. Cincinnati Bengals, Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Though he hasn't committed to the draft just yet and folks don't know his name yet, either, most will get to know Oklahoma State's Emmanuel Ogbah in a hurry.
Few players outside of Bosa disrupted games more than Ogbah, who blew away the competition in the Big 12 on the way to gaudy numbers.
ESPN.com's Brandon Chatmon broke down his impact:
Ogbah led the Big 12 with 13 sacks, 16 disrupted dropbacks (sacks/interceptions/batted passes/passes defended) and 17.5 tackles for loss. Not only was he the conference’s most disruptive force, he was exceptionally consistent. Ogbah had just one game, against TCU, without at least half of a sack and had a disrupted dropback in all 12 regular-season outings.
There's a long time between now and the draft for Ogbah's slot to change, but right now he looks to fall in this area.
The Cincinnati Bengals don't have a ton of needs. They brought back Michael Johnson last year and his pairing with Carlos Dunlap, not to mention the presence of Geno Atkins in the middle, wreaked havoc.
But what the Bengals missed was a rotational rusher that has traditionally put the unit over the top. With Wallace Gilberry aging and Margus Hunt struggling to find a role in the NFL, rotating in a player such as Ogbah would keep one of the league's top-scoring defenses right on ticking.
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