NFL Draft 2016: Post-Pro Bowl Selection Order and 1st-Round Mock Draft

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NFL Draft 2016: Post-Pro Bowl Selection Order and 1st-Round Mock Draft
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Carson Wentz lived up to his first-round status over the weekend.

Noah Spence, Dak Prescott and others stole the show at the 2016 Senior Bowl, the first major landmark on the path to the 2016 NFL draft.

The league-related festivities didn't stop there, with the Pro Bowl going down from Hawaii this last weekend, too. 

While the results of both don't have a rather large impact on the first round of the upcoming draft, there are notables to understand from the event in Mobile, Alabama. For example, Prescott has swung the door pretty wide open at quarterback, making the order the position comes off the board more interesting than some would have thought.

The draft process is over the hill and picking up speed as it heads down the slope. As it does, let's take a look at a mock based on prospect value and team need.

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 Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
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 Los Angeles 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 Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
23 Minnesota Vikings Michael Thomas WR Ohio State
24 Cincinnati Bengals Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Kendall Fuller CB Virginia Tech
26 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence DE/LB Eastern Kentucky
27 Green Bay Packers Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
28 Kansas City Chiefs Corey Coleman WR Baylor
29 Arizona Cardinals Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
30 Denver Broncos Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
31 Carolina Panthers Eli Apple CB Ohio State

Author's projections.

Notable Post-Senior Bowl Selections

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

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DeForest Buckner didn't hurt his stock by missing the Senior Bowl.

The Senior Bowl was a haven for elite defensive line play, as strong rushers silenced notable quarterbacks besides Prescott. 

Oregon's DeForest Buckner would have certainly helped, but he chose to decline his invitation. In fact, he was one of just three players to decline an invitation, as CBSSports.com's Dane Brugler pointed out:

Maybe Buckner's on to something, though.

He might not be a household name, but Buckner is an athletic monster who doesn't really have an equal in the class. This, combined with a relentless play style and solid all-around game, is why someone such as ESPN's Mel Kiper mocks him No. 4 to the Dallas Cowboys: 

You get a 6-foot-7, 290-pound defensive end who can put a tackle on skates right into his own quarterback. The No. 1 thing you love about Buckner: major motor. He plays hard. He could have been taken relatively early last year, but came back and put an exclamation point on it.

A scheme-versatile player, most teams in the top 10 have to love what Buckner brings to the table. This especially applies to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that got 38 sacks last year but could use a more unpredictable rush to mask a struggling secondary.

Some will knock Buckner for missing the event in Mobile, but he has plenty of in-game film, and the league can see him shine in practices at the combine. His stock hasn't suffered.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

One of the Senior Bowl's biggest winners?

Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State.

Many entered the event doubting Wentz, who has come out of nowhere as of late to see his name make the rounds in first-round talk. It speaks both to the somewhat weak quarterback class about to enter the league and how much Wentz (6'6" and 235 lbs) pops on tape when it comes to franchise-quarterback traits.

As Fox Sports' Charles Davis captured, some critics turned into believers after Wentz put on a show in practices:

CollegeFootball 24/7 provided the thoughts of Mike Mayock, one of Wentz's biggest vocal supporters after the event:

Wentz didn't post gaudy numbers this past season, and it ended on a sour note with an injury. But scouts wanted to see up close and personal if the hints of a developmental talent on tape were truly there.

It turns out they are, and a team like the Los Angeles Rams won't have any problem jumping all over the opportunity. The Rams cannot afford to suffer through another year of Nick Foles and Case Keenum, or whoever else, unless there is a franchise quarterback waiting in the wings.

Wentz might be that for the Rams, a franchise in need of a new face in a new locale. The rebuild is far from over, but skimping on the most important position of all is a good way to find oneself stuck in rebuilding limbo.

30. Denver Broncos: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

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Jason Spriggs put on a clinic at the Senior Bowl.

Jason Spriggs seemed to solidify his first-round status in Mobile.

It's early to say such a thing, but all folks needed to see from the Indiana product was the same play he showed on tape, but against some of the best senior competition the draft class has to offer.

Let's just say Spriggs delivered, taking home some individual hardware in the process, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson: 

In a game dominated by rushers, Spriggs stood tall and lived up to the hype, his 6'6", 305-pound frame and elite athleticism from his days as a tight end helping him counter almost any and all challengers.

As Brugler paired with colleague Rob Rang to conclude, Spriggs has an easy fit in the NFL:

Scouts looking for tackles to play in a zone blocking scheme will certainly want to check out Spriggs, a former tight end who has maintained his athleticism while getting bigger and stronger to start the past four years at left tackle for the Hoosiers. Quick and agile, Spriggs is very effective blocking on the move and has the length and balance to mirror in pass protection. He's not particularly stout, however, and may struggle acclimating to the power he'll face in the NFL. 

There's no better fit in the first round for Spriggs than with the Denver Broncos. 

Denver, Peyton Manning or not, continues to employ a zone-blocking scheme to protect its men under center and pave the way for runners.

The Broncos could use an upgrade on the edges, especially with Ryan Clady on injured reserve. Depth is never a bad thing, especially if Manning chooses to give it another go. And even if he doesn't, perfect fits don't fall into a team's lap often, and especially not at the end of the first round at one of the most important positions of all.

Stats courtesy of NFL.com and are accurate as of February 1. All advanced metrics courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

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