NFL Draft 2016: 1st-Round Mock Draft After Super Bowl

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NFL Draft 2016: 1st-Round Mock Draft After Super Bowl
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Super Bowl 50 is now in the past, which means all 32 teams are now focused on next season and specifically the 2016 NFL draft.

A lot can and will change in the coming months. Teams will fill some holes while losing other key players, changing the major needs on the roster. Top prospects will move up and down draft boards due to their performances at various events.

Despite the likely adjustments, here is an early look at projections for the first round of the draft in April. 

2016 NFL Mock Draft
No. Team Player Pos. School
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 Cleveland Browns Jared Goff QB California
3 San Diego Chargers Joey Bosa DT Ohio State
4 Dallas Cowboys Myles Jack OLB UCLA
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Jalen Ramsey CB Florida State
6 Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 San Francisco 49ers Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
8 Miami Dolphins Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
10 New York Giants Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
11 Chicago Bears Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky
12 New Orleans Saints A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
13 Philadelphia Eagles Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
14 Oakland Raiders Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
15 Los Angeles Rams Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
16 Detroit Lions Jarran Reed DT Alabama
17 Atlanta Falcons Jaylon Smith OLB Notre Dame
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
19 Buffalo Bills Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
20 New York Jets Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
21 Washington Redskins Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
22 Houston Texans Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
23 Minnesota Vikings Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
24 Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26 Seattle Seahawks Robert Nkemdiche DT Ole Miss
27 Green Bay Packers Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
28 Kansas City Chiefs Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
29 Arizona Cardinals Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
30 Carolina Panthers Vonn Bell S Ohio State
31 Denver Broncos Jason Spriggs OT Indiana

Top Picks

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

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Many teams drafting No. 1 overall are forced to look at the quarterback position. That is clearly not the case with the Tennessee Titans, who drafted Marcus Mariota with the second overall pick a year ago.

While there was some inconsistency, the former Oregon star showed he can be the quarterback of the future for this franchise if he can stay healthy. Of course, that is the challenge after the team gave up a league-high 54 sacks this season. Injuries limited Mariota to just 12 gamesnot exactly what the organization wants to see.

This makes drafting an offensive tackle a no-brainer for the Titans, and they can get a good one in Laremy Tunsil. The athletic lineman has great size at 6'5", 305 pounds, and he is agile enough to handle even the quicker pass-rushers in the NFL.

Tennessee did draft Taylor Lewan in the first round just two years ago, but the team clearly needs more help. Denver Broncos linebacker and recent Super Bowl MVP Von Miller also showed this postseason that it's just as important to protect the front side as the blind side.

Tunsil can step right into the starting lineup and make an immediate impact for this squad.

2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California

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The Johnny Manziel era in Cleveland appears to already be over. New head coach Hue Jackson admitted adding a quarterback is a major need for the organization in an interview on SiriusXM Bleacher Report Radio:

With the Titans unlikely to take one, the Browns will have their pick of the litter when it comes to drafting the best quarterback in the 2016 class. The only question is which is the best.

Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Paxton Lynch all have their supporters and also plenty of reasons to be skeptical of them. Wentz might be the fastest riser after a strong performance at the Reese's Senior Bowl, but he hasn't guaranteed a spot on top of the draft just yet.

Goff still separates himself from the pack thanks to his work within the pocket. He still makes mistakes, but he does a great job of handling pressure in his face while finding a way to get the ball to his receivers.

"Jared Goff makes every throw," NFL Network's Mike Mayock said (h/t Chase Goodbread of "Everybody criticizes the system he's in, but if you really watch enough of his tape, you can find him scanning the field, doing full-field reads, climbing the pocket, making the correct reads and checkdown throws. I really like Jared Goff."

Other quarterbacks might look better in practices or at the combine, but Goff will be the best on the field.

3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DT, Ohio State

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Whether the San Diego Chargers are looking to fill a need or take the best player available, Joey Bosa should be their pick.

Bosa didn't always put up big numbers in college, but he was a dominant force on the defensive line for Ohio State, making plays against both the run and pass. He consistently penetrated into the backfield to blow up an opposing team's play and was almost unblockable in one-on-one situations.

His college head coach, Urban Meyer, had some serious praise for the defensive lineman, per Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports:

Beyond the explosiveness, Bosa also has great versatility to play multiple positions along the line and in various systems. Simply put him on the field, and he will make a positive impact.

This would be perfect for the Chargers, who were especially poor at stopping the run last season. Only two teams allowed more than San Diego's 4.8 yards per carry, while Pro Football Focus rated the unit as by far the worst in the NFL against the run.  

Drafting Bosa would help turn things around on this defense.

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