2016 NFL Mock Draft: Projections for 1st-Round Prospects in Midst of Free Agency

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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Projections for 1st-Round Prospects in Midst of Free Agency
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The NFL draft is just over six weeks away, and the majority of the biggest names in free agency have settled on their new homes. 

With teams filling needs and departures creating other holes, the NFL draft picture is starting to come into focus. 

Here's an updated look at how the first round could play out based on the recent free-agent moves.  

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

Notable Picks

10. New York Giants: Josh Doctson

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The New York Giants' spending spree in free agency filled their most glaring holes on the defensive line and in the secondary, which may allow them to add another weapon on offense with the 10th pick. 

Since Eli Manning is getting up there in age (he turned 35 in January), it would make sense for the Giants to target a prospect with NFL-ready traits. 

Josh Doctson is not quite on Odell Beckham's level as a prospect, but he wins in many of the same ways. 

Like Beckham, Doctson has elite hands and does an exceptional job positioning himself to come down with contested catches. 

These traits often allow for a smooth transition to the NFL and would make Doctson an impact rookie in New York. 

23. Minnesota Vikings: Corey Coleman

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The Minnesota Vikings entered free agency with serious concerns on the offensive line, but after adding guard Alex Boone, the team can entertain other options in the first round. 

With the protection around Teddy Bridgewater improved, the next step is to provide him with more weapons. 

Baylor's Corey Coleman would give the Vikings another deep threat, providing them with an upgrade over the recently released Mike Wallace

Coleman isn't the most polished product, but his ability to stretch the field will offer immediate value in Minnesota. 

29. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Kelly

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According to Adam Green of Arizona Sports, Arizona Cardinals offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin recently joked that he was trying to get into playing shape to fill the team's void at center. 

Longtime starter Lyle Sendlein is a free agent, and based on Goodwin's comments, it certainly sounds like the team is preparing for life without him. 

Journeyman backup A.Q. Shipley currently tops the depth chart, but he's started just 22 games since entering the league in 2009. 

Kelly was a three-year starter for the Crimson Tide and winner of the 2015 Rimington Trophy, given to the nation's top center. 

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