NFL free agency is officially upon us, which makes all mock drafts published before March 9 essentially useless.
Okay, that's not entirely fair—even early mock drafts are useful for, if nothing else, pinpointing team needs ahead of the new league year.
But it's true that free agency drastically alters the landscape of the draft.
Some teams, such as the Houston Texans, New York Giants and Jacksonville Jaguars, addressed what was projected to be their biggest need in Round 1 in free agency instead.
The updated mock draft below reflects the moves made on Day 1 of free agency. Keep in mind that New England does not own a selection in Round 1 due to Deflategate sanctions.
|NFL First Round Mock Draft|
|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||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||DeForest Buckner||DL||Oregon|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Jared Goff||QB||Cal|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles (MIA)||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|10||New York Giants||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|11||Chicago Bears||Noah Spence||DE||Eastern Kentucky|
|12||New Orleans Saints||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|13||Miami Dolphins (PHI)||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|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||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|20||New York Jets||Leonard Floyd||OLB||Georgia|
|22||Houston Texans||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Will Fuller||WR||Notre Dame|
|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||Cody Whitehair||OG||Kansas State|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Robert Nkemdiche||DL||Ole Miss|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|31||Denver Broncos||Jarran Reed||DT||Alabama|
|Michelle Bruton's picks|
Predictions for Top Prospects
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Accordingly, the projection for them at No. 2 overall is still a quarterback, and in this mock draft specifically it's North Dakota State product Carson Wentz.
Wentz went 20-3 as a starter for North Dakota State and has proven that he can succeed in a pro-style offense even.
He may not have faced top defenses in college, but he's continuing to make a case for being the first quarterback taken off the board with his offseason workouts.
At the combine, Wentz stood out in the 40-yard dash (4.77 seconds), broad jump (118 inches) and three-cone drill (6.86 seconds), per NFL.com.
Wentz may still be developing after playing only two years in an FBS program, but he's the perfect prospect around whom to build a franchise. And that's exactly what Cleveland needs right now.
DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon
The Baltimore Ravens could definitely pursue an offensive lineman in the first round of the draft, but addressing the defensive line makes just as much if not more sense with their first selection.
After losing Chris Canty to free agency, the Ravens need to beef up their run defense without committing a ton of money toward their salary cap.
Buckner accomplishes both goals.
He's also not too shabby at rushing the passer; in 2015, his senior year at Oregon, Buckner amassed 10.5 sacks, 17.0 tackles for loss and 83 total tackles.
"He plays with explosive movements and terrific body control for his size, flashing heavy hands and initial power to be a disruptive force," wrote Brugler.
Stocking the defensive line with Buckner, Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan would be a power move by the Ravens sure to pay dividends in the competitive AFC North.
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Dallas Cowboys may have addressed their front seven in free agency when they signed defensive lineman Cedric Thornton Thursday, as NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported.
But that doesn't mean they can't look to double down on beefing up their defensive front through the draft as well, and that's where Ohio State product Joey Bosa comes in.
Bosa may be a better fit as a 4-3 defensive end, but he could also be a strong 3-4 rush linebacker for the right team.
Brugler wrote that Bosa is "active on stunts with experience lining up inside and outside—a proven threat anywhere in the front seven."
With Randy Gregory suspended for the first four games of the season and given that Dallas was lackluster in getting after the passer last season, Bosa makes a ton of sense for the Cowboys.
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