Mock NFL drafts are an inexact science. You can never have all of the information on how each team views its needs, and we are not privy to a team's draft plans and how much one team or another likes a given prospect.
But with the NFL Scouting Combine coming up this week, it's a perfect time to take a look at what each team could do in the first round. We're going to find out a lot more about prospects this week, so here's a roundup before the combine commences.
|1. Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi|
|2. Cleveland Browns||Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State|
|3. San Diego Chargers||Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State|
|4. Dallas Cowboys||Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State|
|5. Jacksonville Jaguars||DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon|
|6. Baltimore Ravens||Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida|
|7. San Francisco 49ers||Jared Goff, QB, California|
|8. Miami Dolphins||Myles Jack, LB, UCLA|
|9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky|
|10. New York Giants||Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame|
|11. Chicago Bears||Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi|
|12. New Orleans Saints||Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State|
|13. Philadelphia Eagles||Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis|
|14. Oakland Raiders||Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame|
|15. LA Rams||Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson|
|16. Detroit Lions||Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville|
|17. Atlanta Falcons||Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson|
|18. Indianapolis Colts||Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State|
|19. Buffalo Bills||Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama|
|20. New York Jets||A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama|
|21. Washington||Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Mississippi|
|22. Houston Texans||Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State|
|23. Minnesota Vikings||Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor|
|24. Cincinnati Bengals||Josh Doctson, WR, TCU|
|25. Pittsburgh Steelers||Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech|
|26. Seattle Seahawks||Leonard Floyd, DL, Georgia|
|27. Green Bay Pakcers||Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson|
|28. Kansas City Chiefs||Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State|
|29. Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida|
|30. Carolina Panthers||Shon Coleman, T, Auburn|
|31. Denver Broncos||Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas|
order via NFL.com
*New England will forfeit its first-round pick as a result of Deflategate.
The Tennessee Titans are now on the clock with the first overall pick. Albert Breer of NFL.com reported the Titans are open to listening to offers for the top selection, but we can't project trades in a mock draft. It would make sense for the Titans to trade the pick for multiple picks which would help fill out the roster.
But here, we have the Titans taking Laremy Tunsil with hope of protecting franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota.
We know the Cleveland Browns will look to take a quarterback. You can color us stunned if new head coach Hue Jackson doesn't look to find his new signal-caller with the second pick. We have Cleveland taking rising star Carson Wentz out of North Dakota State. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report said that's a serious possibility.
The buzz around the Browns and Carson Wentz at #2 is real.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) January 28, 2016
One pick that might catch your eye is the Chicago Bears taking Laquon Treadwell out of Mississippi. Treadwell is widely considered the draft's top wideout, but on the surface this could understandably seem like a luxury pick.
However, Alshon Jeffery is a free agent. As Ian Rapoport of NFL.com notes, the Bears may not be able to retain Jeffery's services.
#Bears tidbit: Assumption has been they'll tag WR Alshon Jeffery. I'm told no decision has been made & there's a chance he hits the market— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 19, 2016
Considering Jeffery's injury history and the fact he will cost an arm and a leg, the Bears could decide to let their top receiving threat walk.
Enter Treadwell. As a rookie, Treadwell would be a much cheaper option at wide receiver. Kevin White is also coming off an injury, so there's no telling how he will respond to more playing time. But pairing Treadwell and White would give the Bears potential to have a young, explosive, one-two punch on the outside.
Sticking with the wide receiver theme, the Cincinnati Bengals selecting Josh Doctson out of TCU may also seem like a luxury pick. After all, the Bengals have one of the game's best wideouts in A.J. Green.
However, adding Doctson would give Andy Dalton another threat to throw to while simultaneously taking some attention off of Green. If teams start having to worry about another receiver, that only makes Green more dangerous.
Like we said, it's always difficult to project what teams will do in the draft. But with the combine right around the corner, we will get a better feel for the top prospects and how they stack up against each other.