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

Ryan McCrystalFeatured ColumnistMarch 16, 2016

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 10:  Wide receiver Josh Doctson #9 of the TCU Horned Frogs runs into the end zone for the game winning touchdown against the Kansas State Wildcats during the second half on October 10, 2015 at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas.  TCU won 52-45.(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
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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
PickTeamPlayerPosSchool
1Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2Cleveland BrownsJalen RamseyDBFlorida State
3San Diego ChargersJoey BosaLBOhio State
4Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
5Jacksonville JaguarsMyles JackLBUCLA
6Baltimore RavensDeForest BucknerDLOregon
7San Francisco 49ersJared GoffQBCalifornia
8Philadelphia EaglesVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersShaq LawsonDEClemson
10New York GiantsJosh DoctsonWRTCU
11Chicago BearsCarson WentzQBNorth Dakota State
12New Orleans SaintsNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
13Miami DolphinsEli AppleCBOhio State
14Oakland RaidersRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
15Los Angeles RamsPaxton LynchQBMemphis
16Detroit LionsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
17Atlanta FalconsDarron LeeLBOhio State
18Indianapolis ColtsTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
19Buffalo BillsKevin DoddDEClemson
20New York JetsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
21Washington RedskinsSheldon RankinsDTLouisville
22Houston TexansLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
23Minnesota VikingsCorey ColemanWRBaylor
24Cincinnati BengalsMichael ThomasWROhio State
25Pittsburgh SteelersJack ConklinOTMichigan State
26Seattle SeahawksCody WhitehairOGKansas State
27Green Bay PackersReggie RaglandLBAlabama
28Kansas City ChiefsMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
29Arizona CardinalsRyan KellyCAlabama
30Carolina PanthersJason SpriggsOTIndiana
31Denver BroncosJaylon SmithLBNotre 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

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 20: Ryan Kelly #70 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks over the defense before a play against the Florida Gators during the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 20, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Alabama defeated Florida 42-21.
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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.