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

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistJanuary 5, 2016

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
1. Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2. Cleveland BrownsJared GoffQBCalifornia
3. San Diego ChargersJalen RamseyCB/SFlorida State
4. Dallas CowboysJoey BosaDLOhio State
5. Jacksonville JaguarsRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
6. Baltimore RavensMyles JackLBUCLA
7. San Francisco 49ersLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
8. Miami DolphinsMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
10. New York GiantsDeForest BucknerDEOregon
11. Chicago BearsShaq LawsonDEClemson
12. New Orleans SaintsJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
13. Philadelphia EaglesPaxton LynchQBMemphis
14. Oakland RaidersJack ConklinOTMichigan State
15. St. Louis RamsMichael ThomasWROhio State
16. Detroit LionsReggie RaglandLBAlabama
17. Atlanta FalconsEmmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State
18. Indianapolis ColtsDarron LeeLBOhio State
19. Buffalo BillsJarran ReedDLAlabama
20. New York JetsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
21. Washington RedskinsJosh DoctsonWRTCU
22. Houston TexansConnor CookQBMichigan State
23. Minnesota VikingsCody WhitehairOGKansas State
24. Pittsburgh SteelersVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
25. Green Bay PackersNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
26. Seattle SeahawksRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
27. Kansas City ChiefsGermain IfediOTTexas A&M
28. Cincinnati BengalsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
29. Denver BroncosHunter HenryTEArkansas
30. Arizona CardinalsEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
31. Carolina PanthersJason SpriggsOTIndiana

Notable Picks

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa will be the No. 1 guy on many draft boards. (He's already there for Brugler and'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

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 passed along an update on Smith from Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly:

Brian Kelly says "significant knee injury" for LB Jaylon Smith

— Doug Lesmerises (@DougLesmerises) January 1, 2016

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

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

Hmm, that kid is dropping VH3 into the 2nd round.

— Mr. Snell (@theebigbossSS) January 1, 2016

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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