A little over a month out from the 2016 NFL draft, we're in the midst of college pro days; free agency deals, though they have slowed to a trickle, are still continuing to be announced.
So while mock drafts are still extremely variable at this point in the offseason, we at least have a sense of the needs teams will be looking to address when they're on the clock in Chicago in April.
Let's break down this mock draft and examine where some of the most prized prospects in this year's class could land when all is said and done:
|NFL 1st-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|
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Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
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The Cleveland Browns, with the No. 2 overall pick, are in position to have their choice of young quarterback prospects in this year's class, from California's Jared Goff to North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.
At the moment, given everything he brings to the table, Wentz seems like the kind of prospect who has the potential to turn Cleveland's franchise around.
Additionally, per McManamon, Browns director of football operations Sashi Brown said "adding a quarterback with experience in no way precludes the team from drafting a quarterback," and it shouldn't.
There are multiple reasons why that quarterback should be Wentz. As ESPN.com's Britt McHenry reported Monday, the Browns will be taking a look at Wentz at his pro day:
Britt McHenry @BrittMcHenry
Browns HC Hue Jackson likely to be in attendance for Carson Wentz's pro day, according to source.3/21/2016, 8:30:32 PM
What Jackson should see there is a competent and NFL-ready prospect whose poise in the pocket and mobility could be huge assets to a team in desperate need of a rebuild.
Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
There's no question that multiple teams with early selections in the first round of the draft would love to add a defensive stud such as Florida State's Jalen Ramsey to their rosters, but San Diego is in optimal position to land him.
While we can't rule out Tennessee either trading its first overall pick or deviating from expectations by taking Ramsey off the board at No. 1, San Diego seems like a perfect place for the young defensive back to land.
Sure, there are other needs San Diego could pursue with the No. 3 pick; defensive line is arguably more in need of an upgrade than the secondary, even with Eric Weddle departing in free agency.
"This is where I see best available weighing more than the need (in San Diego's case, defensive line)," NFL.com's Maurice Jones-Drew wrote in his mock draft Monday. "Ramsey is a special player who can change your defense from two different positions."
There you have it.
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
Ronnie Stanley won't be the first offensive lineman off the board in April; that honor will belong to Ole Miss product Laremy Tunsil, whether he goes to Tennessee or elsewhere.
But that doesn't mean Stanley isn't a highly prized prospect whom many teams will covet early in the first round.
In this case, the Giants should land Stanley at No. 10, but the Baltimore Ravens could easily opt to give Joe Flacco some help and draft the Notre Dame prospect.
While Stanley still needs some technical refinement, he'll be an instant starter for whichever team selects him.
CBS Sports' Dane Brugler hit the nail on the head in his mock draft: "With Will Beatty no longer on the roster and last year's first-round pick Ereck Flowers struggling on the left side, Stanley would make sense as a plug-and-play left tackle from Day 1."
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