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

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistFebruary 1, 2016

North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz warms up before the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Ladd–Peebles Stadium, in Mobile, Ala. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
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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
PickTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2Cleveland BrownsJoey BosaDEOhio State
3San Diego ChargersDeForest BucknerDLOregon
4Dallas CowboysMyles JackLBUCLA
5Jacksonville JaguarsJalen RamseyDBFlorida State
6Baltimore RavensRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
7San Francisco 49ersCarson WentzQBNorth Dakota State
8Miami DolphinsNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
10New York GiantsJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
11Chicago BearsReggie RaglandLBAlabama
12New Orleans SaintsMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
13Philadelphia EaglesJared GoffQBCalifornia
14Oakland RaidersTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
15Los Angeles RamsCorey ColemanWRBaylor
16Detroit LionsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
17Atlanta FalconsShaq LawsonDEClemson
18Indianapolis ColtsJack ConklinOTMichigan State
19Buffalo BillsKevin DoddDEClemson
20New York JetsEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
21Washington RedskinsSheldon RankinsDTLouisville
22Houston TexansAndrew BillingsDTBaylor
23Minnesota VikingsLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
24Cincinnati BengalsVernon ButlerDTLouisiana Tech
25Pittsburgh SteelersEli AppleCBOhio State
26Seattle SeahawksRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
27Green Bay PackersDarron LeeLBOhio State
28Kansas City ChiefsBraxton MillerWROhio State
29Arizona CardinalsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
30Denver BroncosJason SpriggsOTIndiana
31Carolina PanthersEmmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma 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.