NFL Draft 2016: Mock Draft for Every Selection in Star-Studded 1st Round

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NFL Draft 2016: Mock Draft for Every Selection in Star-Studded 1st Round
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The 2016 NFL draft season is officially underway for the 20 teams that wrapped up their season Sunday. 

The draft order for nonplayoff teams is now set, passed along by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, with the rest of the order falling into place over the next few weeks. 

With underclassmen beginning to declare, the draft class is also taking shape, and will be finalized following the underclassmen deadline on January 18.

Taking into account the updated draft order and the official draft class list, here's a look at how April's draft may play out. 

NFL Mock Draft
Pick/Team Player Position School
1. Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2. Cleveland Browns Jared Goff QB California
3. San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey CB/S Florida State
4. Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa DL Ohio State
5. Jacksonville Jaguars Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
6. Baltimore Ravens Myles Jack LB UCLA
7. San Francisco 49ers Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
8. Miami Dolphins Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
10. New York Giants DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
11. Chicago Bears Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
12. New Orleans Saints Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
13. Philadelphia Eagles Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
14. Oakland Raiders Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
15. St. Louis Rams Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
16. Detroit Lions Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
17. Atlanta Falcons Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
18. Indianapolis Colts Darron Lee LB Ohio State
19. Buffalo Bills Jarran Reed DL Alabama
20. New York Jets Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
21. Washington Redskins Josh Doctson WR TCU
22. Houston Texans Connor Cook QB Michigan State
23. Minnesota Vikings Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State
24. Pittsburgh Steelers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
25. Green Bay Packers Noah Spence LB Eastern Kentucky
26. Seattle Seahawks Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
27. Kansas City Chiefs Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
28. Cincinnati Bengals A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
29. Denver Broncos Hunter Henry TE Arkansas
30. Arizona Cardinals Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
31. Carolina Panthers Jason Spriggs OT Indiana

Notable Picks

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa

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Joey Bosa will be the No. 1 guy on many draft boards. (He's already there for Brugler and ESPN.com's Todd McShay). Due to team needs, however, there's a chance he'll fall a few spots on draft day. 

Bosa's slide likely won't take him past the Cowboys at No. 4. 

The addition of Bosa would add a premier pass-rusher to the Cowboys defense while also giving them an excuse to part ways with Greg Hardy, who brought more headaches than production in 2015. 

Bosa offers significant value due to his versatility, as McShay points out: "With experience playing DE on both sides and moving inside to DT on obvious pass downs, Bosa brings a lot of scheme versatility to the table."

 

12. New Orleans Saints: Jaylon Smith

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Placing Jaylon Smith in a mock draft is a fool's errand until we know more about his knee injury. 

Following the Fiesta Bowl, Doug Lesmerises of Cleveland.com passed along an update on Smith from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly:

Assuming "significant knee injury" implies a few months of rehab, Smith likely won't be able to work out for teams at 100 percent health, if at all, prior to the draft. Additionally, the injury may prevent teams from doing a medical check on Smith at the combine. 

Last year, while rehabbing from a knee injury, Todd Gurley refused to submit his knee to medical tests at the combine on the advice of Dr. James Andrews

Since Gurley's injury happened in November and Smith's occurred in January, it's certainly plausible that Smith's doctors will give him similar advice prior to the combine. 

If Smith is unable to work out for teams and they cannot examine his knee, he becomes the biggest wild card in the draft. 

Should he start to fall, however, a team such as the Saints, who are desperately in need of defensive talent, may be willing to make the gamble. 

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vernon Hargreaves III

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Aside from those suffering injuries, perhaps no prospect hurt his draft stock with his bowl performance more than Vernon Hargreaves. 

Hargreaves was burned by Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson on multiple occasions, including one for a deep touchdown pass. 

OnlyGators.com analyst Shannon Snell, a former Gators offensive lineman, was not optimistic about Hargreaves' draft stock after the performance: 

A second-round fall may be a bit extreme, as Hargreaves is still an elite athlete with great ball skills and a willingness to step up in run support. However, it has become clear that a gap exists between him and Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey, who remains a potential top-10 selection. 

 

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