2016 NFL Mock Draft: Post-Week 17 Breakdown for 1st-Round Prospects

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Tennessee Titans certainly made it interesting, but backup quarterback Alex Tanney's comeback fell short against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday afternoon. However, the loss wrapped up the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL draft for the Titans

The draft order for nonplayoff teams, provided by CBS Sports' Dane Brugler, is now set, with the rest of the order falling into place over the next few weeks. 

Brugler is also tracking the underclassmen to declare for the draft, which will continue to change leading up to the underclassmen deadline on January 18. 

Based on the current order and eligible prospects, here's an early look at how the 2016 draft may play out in April.  

NFL Mock Draft
1. Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2. Cleveland BrownsJoey BosaDLOhio State
3. San Diego ChargersRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
4. Dallas CowboysMyles JackLBUCLA
5. Jacksonville JaguarsJalen RamseyCB/SFlorida State
6. Baltimore RavensTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
7. San Francisco 49ersJared GoffQBCalifornia
8. Miami DolphinsDeForest BucknerDLOregon
9. Tampa Bay BuccaneersMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
10. New York GiantsShaq LawsonDEClemson
11. Chicago BearsReggie RaglandLBAlabama
12. New Orleans SaintsKenny ClarkDLUCLA
13. Philadelphia EaglesPaxton LynchQBMemphis
14. Oakland RaidersJack ConklinOTMichigan State
15. St. Louis RamsVernon Hargreaves IIICBFlorida
16. Detroit LionsJarran ReedDLAlabama
17. Atlanta FalconsJonathan BullardDEFlorida
18. Indianapolis ColtsDarron LeeLBOhio State
19. Buffalo BillsJaylon SmithLBNotre Dame
20. New York JetsEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
21. Washington RedskinsLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
22. Houston TexansCarson WentzQBNorth Dakota State
23. Minnesota VikingsMichael ThomasWROhio State
24. Pittsburgh SteelersDesmond KingCBIowa
25. Green Bay PackersNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
26. Seattle SeahawksArtie BurnsCBMiami FL
27. Kansas City ChiefsJonathan AllenDLAlabama
28. Cincinnati BengalsA'Shawn RobinsonDTAlabama
29. Denver BroncosGermain IfediOTTexas A&M
30. Arizona CardinalsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
31. Carolina PanthersCorey ColemanWRBaylor

Who Goes No. 1?

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The Titans are now officially on the clock with the No. 1 pick, but a lot has to fall into place before we have an idea of which way they may be leaning. 

For starters, the coaching situation needs to be resolved. 

As reported by Jim Wyatt of Titans Online, interim head coach Mike Mularkey hopes to earn the full-time gig. But as long as Marcus Mariota's former coach Chip Kelly remains on the free-agent market, speculation of a reunion will persist. 

Another offseason issue which could impact the Titans' decision is the future of right tackle Byron Bell, who is set to become a free agent in March. 

Bell and left tackle Taylor Lewan fared well as the bookend tackles in Tennessee this year, which may persuade the team to pass on Ole Miss left tackle Laremy Tunsil, this year's top offensive line prospect. 

If the Titans pass on Tunsil, Joey Bosa would presumably be their target. 

The Ohio State defensive lineman has a rare blend of strength and explosive athleticism, making him an elite prospect in any defensive scheme. 

How Many Buckeyes Land in the 1st Round?

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Brace yourself for a lot of talk about Ohio State in the months leading up to the draft. 

The Buckeyes roster was loaded with NFL talent this year, and should produce a minimum of three first-round picks. 

Bosa, offensive lineman Taylor Decker and running back Ezekiel Elliott should be considered first-round locks barring any offseason injuries or off-field issues in the next few months. 

They could be joined by a few others, including wide receiver Michael Thomas, linebackers Darron Lee and Joshua Perry and defensive lineman Adolphus Washington.

Even more Buckeyes will come off the board later in the draft, including safety Tyvis Powell, tight end Nick Vannett and quarterback Cardale Jones. 

Aside from Bosa, Jones may be the most talked-about Ohio State prospect over the next few months. 

Despite limited success as a junior in 2015, Jones still possesses as much raw talent as any quarterback in this class. Some team is sure to gamble on his potential on the second or third day of the draft. 

How Will Underclassmen QBs Shape Draft Boards?

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Now that the college football season is over for every team other than Clemson and Alabama, the early entries are flying in. 

Two of the most notable prospects to throw their names into the ring are the top quarterbacks, California's Jared Goff and Memphis' Paxton Lynch

ESPN.com's Todd McShay lists Goff and Lynch among his top 15 prospects in the draft. 

The two top quarterbacks will also be joined by other underclassmen such as Cardale Jones and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg.

In one of the weakest quarterback classes in recent memory, quarterback-needy teams will be left with some difficult decisions this year. 

All of the quarterback prospects come with flaws, especially those who will likely fall to the second and third day of the draft. Their flaws, coupled with their inexperience as underclassmen, could cause this draft class to have more quarterbacks falling deeper in the draft that we've seen in recent years. 


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