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NFL Mock Draft 2016: 1st-Round Projections with Trades for Top Prospects

Ryan McCrystal@@ryan_mccrystalFeatured ColumnistApril 12, 2016

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans warms up prior to the Goodyear Cotton Bowl against the Alabama Crimson Tide at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The 2016 NFL draft is less than three weeks away. And after months of breaking down mock drafts, inevitably all of our projections will be shaken up when the trading frenzy begins on draft day.

Draft-day trades are tough to predict ahead of time because so much depends on how the draft begins to take shape and which players are still on the board when any given team is on the clock. 

We can, however, identify a few teams likely to be interested in moving up in the draft for strategic purposes. So in this latest mock draft, let's take a look at a couple of potential swaps that could shake up the first round.

NFL Mock Draft
PickTeamPlayerPosSchool
1Tennessee TitansLaremy TunsilOTOle Miss
2Cleveland BrownsJalen RamseyDBFlorida State
3Philadelphia Eagles*Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State
4Dallas CowboysJoey BosaDEOhio State
5Jacksonville JaguarsMyles JackLBUCLA
6Baltimore RavensEzekiel ElliottRBOhio State
7San Francisco 49ersJared GoffQBCalifornia
8San Diego Chargers*DeForest BucknerDEOregon
9Tampa Bay BuccaneersShaq LawsonDEClemson
10New York GiantsRonnie StanleyOTNotre Dame
11Chicago BearsLeonard FloydLBGeorgia
12New Orleans SaintsSheldon RankinsDTLouisville
13Miami DolphinsDarron LeeLBOhio State
14Oakland RaidersVernon HargreavesCBFlorida
15Los Angeles RamsPaxton LynchQBMemphis
16Detroit LionsTaylor DeckerOTOhio State
17Atlanta FalconsKevin DoddDEClemson
18Denver Broncos*Connor CookQBMichigan State
19Buffalo BillsNoah SpenceLBEastern Kentucky
20New York JetsEli AppleCBOhio State
21Washington RedskinsWilliam Jackson IIICBHouston
22Houston TexansCorey ColemanWRBaylor
23Minnesota VikingsJosh DoctsonWRTCU
24Cincinnati BengalsLaquon TreadwellWROle Miss
25Pittsburgh SteelersJack ConklinOTMichigan State
26Seattle SeahawksCody WhitehairOGKansas State
27Green Bay PackersReggie RaglandLBAlabama
28Kansas City ChiefsMackensie AlexanderCBClemson
29Arizona CardinalsRyan KellyCAlabama
30Carolina PanthersJason SpriggsOTIndiana
31Indianapolis Colts*Derrick HenryRBAlabama
* indicates projected trade

Projected Trades

Philadelphia Eagles Acquire No. 3 Pick from San Diego Chargers

AMES, IA Ð AUGUST 30: Quarterback Carson Wentz #11 of the North Dakota State Bison throws under pressure from linebacker Kane Seeley #29 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half of play at Jack Trice Stadium on August 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa. North Da
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The Philadelphia Eagles have already moved up once in this draft, swapping first-round selections with the Miami Dolphins in a deal that sent Kiko Alonso and Byron Maxwell to Miami. But that move may have only been a precursor to what the Eagles have planned for draft day. 

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Despite re-signing Sam Bradford, the Eagles are still in the market for a quarterback and appear to be considering one early in the draft.

Philadelphia's front office is visiting with the three most highly touted quarterback prospects this week, according to Howard Eskin of Fox 29 in Philadelphia:

3 QB visits to #Eagles next week. Coming in Mon, QB Paxton Lynch, Thur, Carson Wentz, and Jared Goff. Way it stands now. @FOX29philly

— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) April 8, 2016

The Eagles don't have a ton of ammunition for a trade, having already parted with their second-round pick as part of last year's Bradford trade. But with a combination of late-round picks this year and early-round picks in the 2017 draft, the Eagles should be able to work out a deal with a team such as the San Diego Chargers.

The primary attraction of moving up to No. 3 would be jumping the Dallas Cowboys and San Francisco 49ers, both of which could take quarterbacks.

If the Eagles have their sights set on Jared Goff or Carson Wentz, there's no guarantee either will slide to them if they stay put at No. 8.

Denver Broncos Acquire No. 18 Pick from Indianapolis Colts

EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 28: Connor Cook #18 of the Michigan State Spartans runs onto the field before the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Spartan Stadium on November 28, 2015 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State defeated Penn State 5
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The Denver Broncos have been linked to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick throughout the offseason, but it appears as though the two sides are still far apart. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport recently shared his doubt over whether the two sides can work out a trade:

If the #Broncos & Kaepernick want a trade bad enough, it can happen. But the obstacles are many. The Elway meeting didn't solve them.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 2, 2016

If Kaepernick isn't with the Broncos by draft day, general manager John Elway could turn his attention toward landing a quarterback in the first round. 

Unfortunately for Denver, landing a solid quarterback at No. 31 might be a long shot. 

Wentz, Goff and Paxton Lynch will likely be long gone by No. 31, and even Michigan State's Connor Cook could be snatched up by a team such as the New York Jets or Arizona Cardinals. 

Assuming Denver wants to trade up—likely with Lynch or Cook as the target—there should be plenty of teams interested in moving down in an effort to accumulate picks. 

Based on Pro Football Talk's trade value chart, the Broncos' No. 31 and No. 63 picks add up to 876 points, just shy of the 900-point value assigned to the Colts' No. 18 selection.

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