2016 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Prospects to Watch

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2016 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions and Prospects to Watch
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As the 2016 NFL Scouting Combine continues, teams are starting to reshape their draft boards as they see prospects up close and personal. 

A number of players have altered their draft stock based on their combine performances, and the first round of the draft is evolving as a result. 

Here's a look at an updated mock draft, with some alterations based on the first few days of the combine. 


NFL Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 Cleveland Browns Joey Bosa DL Ohio State
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State
4 Dallas Cowboys Myles Jack LB UCLA
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky
6 Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff QB California
8 Miami Dolphins Darron Lee LB Ohio State
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers DeForest Buckner DL Oregon
10 New York Giants Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
11 Chicago Bears A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins DL Louisville
13 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
14 Oakland Raiders Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
15 Los Angeles Rams Corey Coleman WR Baylor
16 Detroit Lions Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
17 Atlanta Falcons Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
18 Indianapolis Colts Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
19 Buffalo Bills Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
20 New York Jets Eli Apple CB Ohio State
21 Washington Redskins Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
22 Houston Texans Derrick Henry RB Alabama
23 Minnesota Vikings Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State
24 Cincinnati Bengals Jaylon Smith LB Notre Dame
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Xavien Howard CB Baylor
26 Seattle Seahawks Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
27 Green Bay Packers Reggie Ragland LB Alabama
28 Kansas City Chiefs Braxton Miller WR Ohio State
29 Arizona Cardinals Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
30 Carolina Panthers Jason Spriggs OT Indiana
31 Denver Broncos Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech

Prospects to Watch

Derrick Henry, Alabama Crimson Tide

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After a stellar performance at the combine, Derrick Henry has a chance to join former Ohio State Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott in the first round. 

Entering the combine, there were concerns about Henry's speed but as Bleacher Report's Bryan Fischer noted, those questions were answered:

The Houston Texans are one of the potential landing spots for Henry, especially given their franchise's successful history with bigger running backs. 

Henry would be an ideal replacement for veteran Arian Foster, who has just one year remaining on his contract and has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. 

Some teams may still view Henry as a second-round prospect due to his size and the lack of running backs sustaining success in the pros with his body type, but he certainly answered any questions about his athleticism at the combine. 

Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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The combine brought devastating news for Jaylon Smith, who will reportedly miss the 2016 season, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:

Knowing Smith will miss the season is certain to drop him on most draft boards, but in the late first round a team could still gamble on him if they're comfortable with his ability to fully recover. 

The major issue for Smith is the report of nerve damage, which is typically a longer recovery process than muscle or ligament ailments, and also harder to predict. 

The Cincinnati Bengals could be a team willing to take a chance on Smith given their recent draft history. 

In the last few years the Bengals have been willing to essentially redshirt some of their rookies, allowing them to learn on the bench before stepping into larger roles a year later. 

In 2015, for example, the Bengals selected Texas A&M lineman Cedric Ogbuehi with the 21st pick, knowing his 2015 season was in jeopardy. Like Smith, Ogbuehi suffered a knee injury (torn ACL) in his final collegiate game. 

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