NFL Mock Draft 2016: Pre-Pro Day Predictions for 1st-Round Prospects

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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Pre-Pro Day Predictions for 1st-Round Prospects
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The NFL combine has come and gone and given scouts one piece of the puzzle in evaluating 2016 draft prospects.

Now, the next tool they can use to assess prospects is on the horizon, as pro day workouts will begin on March 3 and continue through April 6.

Prior to the start of pro days, we'll do another mock draft based on the information we have so far, including the combine, and take a look at where prospects stand.

Though the pro day workouts won't necessarily hurt a prospect who had a great season last year and a good workout at the combine, some prospects who are on the edge can really help their chances with a good pro day workout. 

 

Pick Team Player Position School
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz QB North Dakota St.
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey CB/S Florida State
4 Dallas Cowboys Myles Jack OLB UCLA
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
6 Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff QB Cal
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 Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
14 Oakland Raiders Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
15 Los Angeles Rams Laquon Treadwell WR Ole Miss
16 Detroit Lions Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
17 Atlanta Falcons Darron Lee OLB Ohio State
18 Indianapolis Colts Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
19 Buffalo Bills Robert Nkemdiche DL Ole Miss
20 New York Jets Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
21 Washington Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
22 Houston Texans Connor Cook QB Michigan State
23 Minnesota Vikings Cody Whitehair OG Kansas State
24 Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR Baylor
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple CB Ohio State
26 Seattle Seahawks Shon Coleman OT Auburn
27 Green Bay Packers Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
28 Kansas City Chiefs Jarran Reed DT Alabama
29 Arizona Cardinals Vernon Butler DT Louisiana Tech
30 Carolina Panthers Kevin Dodd DE Clemson
31 Denver Broncos Andrew Billings DT Baylor

Michelle Bruton's picks

 

Breaking Down 1st-Round Combine Standouts Before Pro Days

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

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Cornerback Eli Apple already had a first-round ranking by CBS Sports heading into the combine, and he did nothing to damage that possibility with his impressive performance.  

Apple was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, per the NFL's combine results, running it in 4.40 seconds.

He demonstrated impressive fluidity in his hips and, in true Odell Beckham Jr. style, had an eye-popping one-handed catch

Apple gave scouts something to mull over at the combine and will attempt to convince them even further that he deserves a first-round selection at Ohio State's pro day on March 11.

Given his experience playing in both man and zone coverages, and his athleticism and physicality, Apple seems like an obvious target for the Pittsburgh Steelers at No. 25 overall. 

 

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

CBSSports.com ranks defensive back Jalen Ramsey as the No. 3 overall prospect, and he lived up to that billing with his combine performance. 

Ramsey was a top performer in the 40-yard dash, per the NFL's combine results, completing the drill in 4.41 seconds. In addition to his size, Ramsey also showed off his athleticism with a 41.5-inch vertical jump and an 11'3" broad jump.

"He has above-average anticipation, vision and instincts, seeing the field extremely well with uncanny awareness and timing to create turnovers and get his hands on the ball," Dane Brugler of CBSSports.com noted. 

Now there's no question that Ramsey is the top defender in this class. 

Ramsey makes a ton of sense for the San Diego Chargers, who will likely have to replace Eric Weddle this offseason. He can play both cornerback and safety, and is a rare talent. 

 

Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

One of the many Buckeyes who could be drafted in the first round, Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee had an impressive outing at the combine, showing off his athleticism with impressive results: 4.47-second 40, 35.5-inch vertical and 11-foot broad jump.

Lee, a hybrid safety/linebacker, is an intriguing choice for many teams in the first round but could be especially so for the Atlanta Falcons at 17th overall. 

"Considering the recent success teams have enjoyed with athletic hybrids at WLB (see Arizona and Deone Bucannon), Lee made a lot of money with his strong performance in Indianapolis," NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote of Lee after the combine. 

Lee will have another opportunity to show the Falcons and other teams looking at linebackers in Round 1 what he can do at Ohio State's pro day on March 11. 

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