The Denver Broncos won Super Bowl 50 because their defense dominated the supposedly superior Carolina Panthers.
Defense may also be the signature of the offseason, at least when it comes to the NFL draft. Defensive players, led by Ohio State's Joey Bosa, may dominate the first round.
Here's our mock draft and a closer look at four likely first-round players who should have an impact in their rookie seasons.
|2016 Mock Draft|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Noah Spence||LB||Eastern Kentucky|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||DeForest Buckner||DL||Oregon|
|10||New York Giants||Reggie Ragland||LB||Alabama|
|11||Chicago Bears||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota State|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|16||Detroit Lions||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Eli Apple||CB||Ohio State|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|20||New York Jets||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|21||Washington Redskins||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|22||Houston Texans||Connor Cook||QB||Michigan State|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Vernon Butler||DT||Louisiana Tech|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Michael Thomas||WR||Ohio State|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Leonard Floyd||LB||Georgia|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Noah Spence||DE||Eastern Kentucky|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Shon Coleman||OT||Auburn|
|31||Denver Broncos||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
DE Joey Bosa, Cleveland Browns, No. 2 pick
Joey Bosa may not be another J.J. Watt, but the Ohio State stud has many of the same explosive characteristics as the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year winner.
Bosa has a mean streak and is hungry to get after the passer at all times. He is single-minded in his determination, and he has the physical strength and first-step quickness to become an immediate impact player in 2016.
He says the NFL player he would like to emulate is Kansas City's Tamba Hali.
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Bosa is as solid against the run as he is when it comes to rushing the passer, and he is not going to let many running backs slip through his grasp.
He has the core strength that makes it very difficult for opposing blockers to handle him in one-on-one situations.
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer explained to Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports why Bosa is so difficult to block.
"He had the unique combination of just incredible power and strength and speed," Meyer said, "but also, I call it getting skinny. He was able to turn sideways, and the offensive line had such a hard time blocking him."
Bosa has the ability to give the Browns the kind of defensive identity that would excite their long-suffering fans.
FS Jalen Ramsey, Dallas Cowboys, No. 4 pick
This is the position that can turn a good defense into a dominating unit.
Free safety is one of the most instinctive positions on the field, and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey has the kind of instincts that can impress the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff from the early days of training camp.
Ramsey has the ability to cover receivers like a top cornerback, but there is so much more to his game than that.
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He is smart and has the kind of feel for the game that enables him to realize what the offense is trying to do. As a result, he is often in the right place at the right time.
The adjustment period for Ramsey should be short and sweet. He has the confidence that the position requires, and he is likely to play head games with receivers very early on. That fits in with the Cowboys, who like players with swagger.
He also has the talent to back up that kind of behavior. Ramsey should be a game-changer early in his career.
ILB Reggie Ragland, New York Giants, No. 10 pick
The defense paved the way for the Alabama Crimson Tide to win the national championship, and few players did more to help Nick Saban's team pick up the title than Reggie Ragland.
Ragland is a powerful hitter at 6'1" and 259 pounds, and while he may not have the speed to go from sideline to sideline, he can read the play, throw off the blocker and make the tackle.
He does his job on a consistent basis. He had 102 tackles to lead the Crimson Tide, and that included 6.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. Ragland was voted the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year.
The New York Giants need tremendous help on defense after getting beaten badly on that side of the ball last year.
He may be the ideal inside backer for them since the Giants need consistent productivity.
QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia Eagles, No. 13 pick
In a class that does not have many top quarterback prospects, Wentz has emerged as a signal-caller with all the tools needed to be successful in the NFL.
Look for the Philadelphia Eagles to draft him and give rookie head coach Doug Pederson a quarterback with special talents.
Whether he can put those talents to use is a legitimate question because he did not face the level of competition that many scouts want to see. It's somewhat of a gamble for scouts to recommend using a first-round draft choice on a player from a smaller school.
Wentz has the size and arm strength that NFL teams are looking for, as he checks in at 6'5" and 233 pounds, and he has enough velocity to be successful. Wentz is a tough competitor who came back five days after his broken wrist had healed and led his team to a 37-10 playoff victory with a TD pass and two more on the ground.
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Wentz faced a major test with the upgrade in competition at the Senior Bowl, and he showed his competitive fire and talent, and was one of the more impressive players in Mobile, Alabama.
He also has a clean background, and that could help teams that may be on the fence about the lower level of competition he faced during his college career. It's clear that Wentz has much to prove as draft season picks up in intensity.
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