All eyes are on the top NFL draft prospects at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama this week.
As scouts, coaches and general managers get a close look at the prospects, a number of players are solidifying their spots on draft boards, or potentially elevating their stock.
It's still early in draft season, but the Senior Bowl is a major step forward in the evaluation process.
Based on the reports out of Mobile, here's an updated mock draft, and a look at some of the major developing storylines of the 2016 NFL draft.
|2016 NFL Mock Draft|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|3||San Diego Chargers||DeForest Buckner||DL||Oregon|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|10||New York Giants||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|11||Chicago Bears||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|16||Detroit Lions||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Noah Spence||LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|20||New York Jets||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|21||Washington Redskins||Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|22||Houston Texans||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Corey Coleman||WR||Baylor|
|25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Hunter Henry||TE||Arkansas|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Robert Nkemdiche||DT||Ole Miss|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Jarran Reed||DL||Alabama|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|30||Denver Broncos||Jason Spriggs||OT||Indiana|
|31||Carolina Panthers||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
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In this mock draft scenario only two quarterbacks land in the first round and none in the top 10. That contradicts most other mock drafts out there, but this wouldn't be the first time high expectations are set for a quarterback class, only to have reality set in later.
In 2013, for example, Geno Smith and Ryan Nassib were touted as the top quarterbacks in the class for much of draft season. Pete Prisco of CBS Sports even had Smith going No. 1 overall in his mock draft as late as February 19.
Both Smith and Nassib ended up falling out of the first round.
Early in the process, those of us on the outside looking in tend to try to fill every vacant quarterback job with an up-and-coming prospect. But when there is as much disagreement over the prospects as there was in 2013, and appears to be this season, the early predictions rarely pan out.
Jared Goff and Carson Wentz appear to be legitimate first-round talents, but are they strong enough prospects to entice a team such as the Cleveland Browns or San Francisco 49ers to snag them in the top 10?
It's certainly not out of the question that they could solidify themselves in that position. Carson Wentz is already doing his part with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:
Leaving Mobile after 3 days and a lot of football. Clear Carson Wentz is gonna dominate our timelines this spring. Had a good few days— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 27, 2016
It's still very early in the draft evaluation process, however, and it's worth considering the alternative scenarios where none of the quarterbacks emerge as elite prospects in this class.
The "Character Concerns" Prospects
Two potential first-round prospects carry the dreaded "character concerns" label this year: Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence and Ole Miss' Robert Nkemdiche.
Spence was suspended after failing two drugs tests while at Ohio State, before being ruled ineligible by the Big Ten and transferring to Eastern Kentucky. He's since spoken at length about his issues with Ecstasy—detailed by ESPN.com's Brian Bennett.
Nkemdiche's issues are more recent, having been arrested for marijuana possession in December and suspended from Ole Miss' bowl game. The bizarre incident, which involved Nkemdiche falling from a hotel balcony, is sure to raise questions during the interview process at the combine.
Despite the issues, both prospects land in the first round in this mock draft.
Teams are as cautious as ever about off-field issues, but certain talents are worth the gamble.
Spence has proven to be among the elite pass-rushers in this class, and he may have solidified his spot in the first round at the Senior Bowl.
Kyle Crabbs of NDT Scouting has declared Spence one of the Senior Bowl winners:
Winner from the South squad today was definitely Noah Spence. Ran circles around every OT he lined up across from.— Kyle Crabbs (@NDTScouting) January 27, 2016
Nkemdiche, who left Ole Miss after his junior year, will have his opportunity to answer to questions at the NFL combine in Indianapolis in February.
As one of the premier talents in this draft class—Bleacher Report's Matt Miller ranks him No. 13 overall—Nkemdiche should remain a first-round option so long as more red flags aren't uncovered this offseason.