The 2016 NFL draft is about to take center stage after the small matter of Super Bowl 50 is decided.
We're less than two months away from the top college prospects finding new, professional homes, as NFL teams will look to improve their rosters via the draft.
Here is my latest first-round mock draft. As a reminder, there are 31 picks in the first round because the New England Patriots had to forfeit their selection due to Deflategate:
|2016 NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round|
|1||Tennessee Titans||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss|
|2||Cleveland Browns||Jared Goff||QB||California|
|3||San Diego Chargers||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||Jalen Ramsey||CB||Florida State|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.|
|8||Miami Dolphins||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Emmanuel Ogbah||DE||Oklahoma State|
|10||New York Giants||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon|
|11||Chicago Bears||Leonard Floyd||DE||Georgia|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Myles Jack||LB||UCLA|
|13||Philadelphia Eagles||Paxton Lynch||QB||Memphis|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State|
|15||Los Angeles Rams||Mackensie Alexander||CB||Clemson|
|16||Detroit Lions||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson|
|18||Indianapolis Colts||Jaylon Smith||LB||Notre Dame|
|19||Buffalo Bills||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor|
|20||New York Jets||Darron Lee||LB||Ohio State|
|21||Washington Redskins||A'Shawn Robinson||DT||Alabama|
|22||Houston Texans||Ezekiel Elliott||RB||Ohio State|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Tyler Boyd||WR||Pittsburgh|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Jarran Reed||DT||Alabama|
|25||Pittsburgh Steelers||Su'a Cravens||S||USC|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Robert Nkemdiche||DT/DE||Ole Miss|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Kevin Dodd||DE||Clemson|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville|
|29||Arizona Cardinals||Shilique Calhoun||DE/LB||Michigan State|
|30||Denver Broncos||Shon Coleman||OT||Auburn|
|31||Carolina Panthers||Kendall Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech|
The elite FBS talent has some company from an FCS player in North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
Coming off an FCS national championship, Wentz played in just seven games due to a wrist injury. After an eight-week hiatus, he was able to come back for the national championship game against Jacksonville State and lead the Bison to their fifth straight title.
He's 6'6", 235 pounds and is a pro-style quarterback. He has a big arm and brings a confident presence to the pocket. Yet he isn't afraid to bring the ball down and run if forced to. Wentz has good speed given his size and could surprise a lot of scouts moving forward.
While ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. says in the video above that Wentz is a second- or third-round selection, the quarterback has skyrocketed up mock drafts by impressing a lot of NFL teams during the week of the Senior Bowl.
NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah explained what he saw from Wentz:
North Dakota State QB Carson Wentz entered this week facing more pressure than any other prospect in Mobile. He was by far the highest-rated passer heading into the week of practice and everyone was eager to see how he would respond to the pressure and higher completion level. He responded with an outstanding performance. He displayed ideal size, arm strength and most importantly, poise. This moment wasn't too big for him. I'm looking forward to watching him play on Saturday, but he's already done enough to earn his spot in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
A number of teams could draft a quarterback this year. Unfortunately for them, the pickings are somewhat slim. Only Wentz, Memphis' Paxton Lynch and California's Jared Goff are bona fide first-rounders.
Michigan State's Connor Cook and Penn State's Christian Hackenberg are options, but I don't see them going until later on in the draft.
That means Wentz could go early to the likes of the Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers or Philadelphia Eagles.
Wherever he goes, the general consensus seems to indicate that Wentz is ready for the pros.