NFL Draft 2016: Updated Order and Mock Draft After Saturday's Divisional Results

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NFL Draft 2016: Updated Order and Mock Draft After Saturday's Divisional Results
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Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott leads an intriguing draft class.

The Kansas City Chiefs and Green Bay Packers joined the ranks of those teams looking ahead to the 2016 NFL draft after taking losses in Saturday's postseason action.

In other words, it's time for another mock draft.

With so many teams now charging ahead toward the draft, more and more info will continue to roll out about the impending class before the process even hits Indianapolis for the combine, ensuring the year-round operation holds strong.

Below, let's take a look at a mock based on team need and prospect projection before looking deeper at a few notable selections.

 

2016 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 Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
4 Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa DL Ohio State
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Jalen Ramsey CB/S Florida State
6 Baltimore Ravens Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
7 San Francisco 49ers Myles Jack LB UCLA
8 Miami Dolphins Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
10 New York Giants Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
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 Carson Wentz QB North Dakota 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 Washington Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
22 Houston Texans Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
23 Minnesota Vikings Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
24 Cincinnati Bengals Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
25 Green Bay Packers Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
26 Kansas City Chiefs Corey Coleman WR Baylor
27 Pittsburgh Steelers Tre'Davious White CB LSU
28 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence DE/LB Eastern Kentucky
29 Denver Broncos Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
30 Arizona Cardinals Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
31 Carolina Panthers Eli Apple CB Ohio State

Author's projections.

 

Analyzing Notable Picks

15. St. Louis Rams: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

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Carson Wentz continues to turn heads as scouts work through film.

Say hello to one of the early big risers. 

Most don't know about Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State, but he's blowing up from a stock standpoint now that those who dissect film and scout have had a chance to get to his.

Wentz stands at 6'6" and is 235 pounds, and while he didn't always play against top-tier competition, all the intangibles the NFL wants are easy to see. CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler explained these well: 

Although his internal clock needs maturing, Wentz performs well within structure, but can also improvise when the play breaks down, stretching out his legs to pick up chunk yardage if it's there (949 career rushing yards). He possesses a NFL-style skill-set with his size, athleticism and arm talent, including the field vision to work through reads and make sound decisions. Wentz ideally needs a redshirt rookie season in the NFL, but will be the top senior quarterback on several NFL draft boards.

Or in more simplistic terms, here's NFL Network's Gil Brandt:

A team like the Los Angeles Rams won't find it easy to pass on such upside.

After suffering through Nick Foles and Case Keenum, the Rams could use a new quarterback even without tossing in the logic that a moving franchise could use a new franchise player under center.

At the least, grabbing a high-upside player like Wentz here would provide a shot at a potential franchise quarterback down the line while the team suffers through another year of iffy veteran play.

If that's all it takes to get someone who might compare to Matt Ryan, why not?

 

16. Detroit Lions: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Look, there are a lot of problems in Detroit. 

The defense finished 23rd in scoring at 25 points allowed per game on average, and issues in the offensive trenches almost took down the entire offense on its own.

At some point, though, a team has to simply go with the best player available, a guy who can change the complexion of a game on his own, often despite such issues.

Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott looks like that guy.

Folks know about Elliott, the 6'1", 225-pound sledgehammer who ran for 1,821 yards and 23 scores this year. What folks might not realize is that Elliott's one of the most versatile backs in the class thanks to his fluid ability to run routes and catch passes, not to mention his strong pass-blocking skills.

Yes, Detroit spent a pick on Ameer Abdullah, but the 5'8", 203-pound back isn't a workhorse, and does anyone want to hinge their offensive hopes on Joique Bell, who hits the dreaded age of 30 in August?

Of course not. Elliott can compensate for some of Detroit's issues while the franchise continues to build around him.

 

26. Kansas City Chiefs: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

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Corey Coleman would fit well in Kansas City's offense.

Kansas City's 27-20 loss to New England Saturday showed it well enough—the Chiefs need wideouts in a bad way. 

It's never a good sign in a potential shootout with Tom Brady when a team's leading receivers turn out to be 32-year-old Jason Avant and relative unknown Albert Wilson, while Jeremy Maclin catches just two passes.

Baylor's Corey Coleman is the obvious choice in this range.

Coleman won't blow anyone away with his size at 5'11" and 190 pounds, but he's one of the most explosive wideouts available. While Baylor's offense might have inflated his numbers, it's sort of like Kansas City's 11-game streak against somewhat iffy competition—sooner or later it has to be given credit:

YEAR REC YDS AVG TD
2015 74 1363 18.4 20
2014 64 1119 17.5 11

ESPN.com.

Kansas City could use a game-changing threat such as Coleman, who can keep defenses honest with his ability to line up mostly anywhere and weave his way to paydirt.

Pair Coleman's talent with Maclin and the reliable Travis Kelce, and quarterback Alex Smith wouldn't have too many problems rattling off another strong season and supporting an elite defense well.

 

Stats courtesy of NFL.com and are accurate as of January 17. All advanced metrics courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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