2016 NFL Mock Draft: 1st-Round Predictions for Top Prospects After Week 7

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistOctober 26, 2015

MEMPHIS, TN - OCTOBER 17:  Paxton Lynch #12 of the Memphis Tigers rolls out to pass during a game against the Ole Miss Rebels at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium on October 17, 2015 in Memphis, Tennessee.  The Tigers defeated the Rebels 37-24.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The 2016 NFL draft class is beginning to take shape as college football enters the second half of its season. 

It appears to be a loaded class on defense with a sprinkling of big-name players on the offensive side of the ball. 

The storyline of the draft, as usual, will be the quarterbacks. However, this crop more closely resembles the superstar-less 2014 quarterback class than the top-heavy class featuring Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota a season ago. 

With the draft order changing dramatically from week to week, the order depicted in this mock draft is simply an estimate of where the teams may fall at season's end.

2016 NFL Mock Draft
1Tennessee TitansJoey BosaDLOhio State
2Detroit LionsRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
3Chicago BearsJared GoffQBCalifornia
4San Francisco 49ersRobert NkemdicheDLOle Miss
5Houston TexansJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
6Kansas City ChiefsLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
7Tampa Bay BuccaneersTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
8Cleveland BrownsJalen RamseyCBFlorida State
9Jacksonville JaguarsDeForest BucknerDLOregon
10Baltimore RavensLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
11Washington RedskinsPaxton LynchQBMemphis
12San Diego ChargersMichael ThomasWROhio State
13Buffalo BillsJack ConklinOTMichigan State
14New Orleans SaintsVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
15Dallas CowboysEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
16St. Louis RamsCorey ColemanWRBaylor
17Oakland RaidersMyles JackLBUCLA
18Miami DolphinsGermain IfediOTTexas A&M
19Philadelphia EaglesShilique CalhounDEMichigan State
20Minnesota VikingsVadal AlexanderOGLSU
21New York JetsConnor CookQBMichigan State
22Seattle SeahawksAdolphus WashingtonDTOhio State
23New York GiantsShaq LawsonDEClemson
24Pittsburgh SteelersTre'Davious WhiteCBLSU
25Indianapolis ColtsJoshua PerryLBOhio State
26Atlanta FalconsKenny ClarkDLUCLA
27Arizona CardinalsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
28Carolina PanthersJeremy CashSDuke
29Denver BroncosAndrew BillingsDTBaylor
30Cincinnati BengalsEmmanuel OgbahDEOklahoma State
31Green Bay PackersJarran ReedDLAlabama
32New England Patriotsno pick

Notable picks

6. Kansas City Chiefs: Laremy Tunsil

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Just two years after selecting Eric Fisher No. 1 overall, the Chiefs may need to try again in search of their franchise left tackle. 

Fisher has been shifted between left and right tackle during his brief time in Kansas City and has failed to make his mark at either spot.

#Chiefs have moved former No. 1 overall pick Eric Fisher back to left tackle as the starter today

— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) October 25, 2015

Tunsil and Ronnie Stanley are the two premier offensive linemen in this draft class. 

We got our first look at Tunsil on Saturday after he returned from his suspension due to receiving illegal benefits. 

Tunsil was thrown right into the fire against Texas A&M's sophomore pass-rusher Myles Garrett, but the Ole Miss left tackle lived up to expectations. 

According to ESPN.coom's Greg Ostendorf, Tunsil "more than held his own against the SEC’s top pass-rusher and was a major reason why the Rebels dominated the Aggies."

11. Washington Redskins: Paxton Lynch

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The Paxton Lynch bandwagon is quickly filling up, and he's one of the fastest-rising prospects over the past few weeks. 

Lynch burst onto the national scene during Memphis' upset victory over Ole Miss, and he has now established himself as one of the premier quarterbacks eligible for the 2016 NFL draft. 

Paxton Lynch is now in Kiper's top-10 overall for 2016 draft. Kiper is usually really good about being early on guys who go high.

— Ian Kenyon (@IanKenyonNFL) October 22, 2015

ESPN's Mel Kiper has had Lynch on his big board for a few weeks now and recently bumped him up to No. 10 overall. 

Of Lynch's ability, Kiper said, "Lynch has good size with room to fill out, and not just a strong arm, but the ability to get the ball out quickly."

With other highly touted quarterbacks such as Cardale Jones and Christian Hackenberg falling well short of expectations, Lynch looks like the guy who will benefit from their struggles on draft day. 

23. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 10: Justin Thomas #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets scrambles from Shaq Lawson #90 of the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 10, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)
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One of the fastest-rising defensive prospects this season has been Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson. 

Lawson made a lasting impression earlier this season when he battled Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley, and he's been steadily rising ever since. 

Shaq Lawson with the sack vs Miami. Plenty of quickness off the line. @JuMosq compared him to Frank Clark.

— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) October 24, 2015

In 2014, Lawson was overshadowed on Clemson's defensive line by Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett, but now Lawson has emerged as the leader of that unit under the tutelage of defensive coordinator Brent Venables. 

Due to Jason Pierre-Paul's finger injury and the drama that surrounded it, his future in New York is a question mark. The Giants could look to the draft to replace him with a prospect like Lawson.

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