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NFL Draft 2016: Updated 1st-Round Mock Draft with Combine on the Horizon

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Justin NeumanContributor IIDecember 20, 2016

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.

NFL Mock Draft
1. Tennessee TitansLaremy Tunsil, T, Mississippi
2. Cleveland BrownsCarson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego ChargersJoey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
4. Dallas CowboysJalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State
5. Jacksonville JaguarsDeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
6. Baltimore RavensVernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
7. San Francisco 49ersJared Goff, QB, California
8. Miami DolphinsMyles Jack, LB, UCLA
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersNoah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
10. New York GiantsJaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
11. Chicago BearsLaquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
12. New Orleans SaintsDarron Lee, LB, Ohio State
13. Philadelphia EaglesPaxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
14. Oakland RaidersRonnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame
15. LA RamsShaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
16. Detroit LionsSheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
17. Atlanta FalconsMackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
18. Indianapolis ColtsTaylor Decker, T, Ohio State
19. Buffalo BillsReggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
20. New York JetsA'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama
21. WashingtonRobert Nkemdiche, DE, Mississippi
22. Houston TexansEzekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
23. Minnesota VikingsCorey Coleman, WR, Baylor
24. Cincinnati BengalsJosh Doctson, WR, TCU
25. Pittsburgh SteelersVernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech
26. Seattle SeahawksLeonard Floyd, DL, Georgia
27. Green Bay PakcersKevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
28. Kansas City ChiefsMichael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
29. Arizona CardinalsJonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
30. Carolina PanthersShon Coleman, T, Auburn
31. Denver BroncosHunter 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.

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.

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. 

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