2016 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Pro Bowl Projections for 1st-Round Prospects

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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Pro Bowl Projections for 1st-Round Prospects
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With many of the top 2016 NFL draft prospects in Mobile, Alabama, for the Senior Bowl this past week, scouts, coaches and general managers were able to take a major step toward finalizing their draft boards. 

A few of the performances in Mobile shook up the outlook for the first round of April's draft. 

Here's a look at the most recent mock draft with a breakdown of a few notable picks, including two Senior Bowl stars who are on the rise.  

NFL Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
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 Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 San Francisco 49ers Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
8 Miami Dolphins Noah Spence LB Eastern Kentucky
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
10 New York Giants Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
11 Chicago Bears Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
12 New Orleans Saints Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
13 Philadelphia Eagles Jared Goff QB California
14 Oakland Raiders Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
15 Los Angeles Rams Corey Coleman WR Baylor
16 Detroit Lions A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
17 Atlanta Falcons Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
18 Indianapolis Colts Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
19 Buffalo Bills Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
20 New York Jets Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
21 Washington Redskins Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
22 Houston Texans Andrew Billings DT Baylor
23 Minnesota Vikings Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
24 Cincinnati Bengals Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26 Seattle Seahawks Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
27 Green Bay Packers Darron Lee LB Ohio State
28 Kansas City Chiefs Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
29 Arizona Cardinals Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
30 Denver Broncos Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
31 Carolina Panthers Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State

Notable Picks

7. San Francisco 49ers: Carson Wentz

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The Carson Wentz hype machine is at full strength after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, but who's brave enough to gamble on an inexperienced quarterback from North Dakota State?

No matter how well Wentz looked at the showcase, there's no ignoring the fact that he attempted just 612 passes while playing primarily against FCS competition. 

One coach who certainly isn't afraid to think outside the box is new San Francisco 49ers boss Chip Kelly. 

If Kelly and the 49ers front office like Wentz's skill set, they're the type of organization that would be willing to roll the dice on one of the riskiest prospects in the draft based on his significant upside. 

 

8. Miami Dolphins: Noah Spence

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Noah Spence is another prospect who significantly elevated his draft stock during the Senior Bowl. 

According to Bleacher Report's Matt Miller, Spence is "too quick, has too much bend in his pass rush and is too powerful with his hands to be blocked in one-on-one drills."

The Dolphins may be looking to replace free-agent defensive end Olivier Vernon, who could prove too expensive given their difficult payroll situation after overspending on Ndamukong Suh last offseason. Adding an explosive pass-rusher like Spence on a rookie deal would make the loss of Vernon easier to handle. 

Teams certainly have questions about Spence's positive drug tests while at Ohio State, but his presence at the Senior Bowl allowed him to speak to teams early in the process.

Assuming the interviews went well, Spence should now be considered a first-round lock and a strong candidate to rise into the top 10.

 

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Jared Goff

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New coaches want new quarterbacks. And when the new coach is a former quarterback, the odds of him wanting to groom his own franchise signal-caller are even greater. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson doesn't have the final say in personnel moves, but it would stand to reason that the front office would strongly consider his opinion before selecting a new quarterback. 

Jared Goff isn't an elite talent, but he's arguably the most NFL-ready option in the 2016 draft class given his accuracy, experience and poise in the pocket. 

The hype surrounding Goff's draft stock has died down since he wasn't at the Senior Bowl, but he should regain some momentum at the combine in late February. 

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