2016 NFL Mock Draft: How Does Titans-Rams Trade Impact Round 1?

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 14, 2016

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 28:  Jared Goff #16 of the California Golden Bears drops back to pass against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the second half of their NCAA football game at California Memorial Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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The 2016 NFL draft was turned on its head when the Los Angeles Rams announced a trade with the Tennessee Titans to take control of the No. 1 overall selection. With the Rams officially on the clock and the Titans sitting pretty with six selections in the top 76, every mock draft before now is irrelevant. 

As ESPN's Adam Schefter reported, the trade details are as follows: The Rams receive the No. 1 overall pick, as well as No. 113 and No. 177, while the Titans get No. 15, No. 43, No. 45 and No. 76 this year as well as a first- and third-rounder next year.

The Rams need a quarterback, with only Case Keenum, Nick Foles and Sean Mannion currently on the roster. There are two top-tier quarterback prospects in this class: Cal's Jared Goff and North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.

After months of speculation about which quarterback would go No. 2 overall to the Cleveland Browns, it's now the Rams controlling the quarterback market. The decision at No. 1 will have a massive ripple effect on the entire draft. Will three quarterbacks (including Memphis' Paxton Lynch) go in the top 10? Will we see a team like Philadelphia try to trade up in front of Dallas to secure a passer?

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Titans): QB Jared Goff, California

— The Rams must make a hard decision between Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, but multiple league sources have told me Goff is the pick all the way. He's the top quarterback on my board and gives the Rams a franchise quarterback to build around.

2. Cleveland Browns: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

— The Browns get a top quarterback to learn behind Robert Griffin III. As a prospect, Wentz is on par with last year's No. 2 pick, Marcus Mariota.

3. San Diego Chargers: T Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss

— The Chargers are paying big money to King Dunlap, but an upgrade at tackle is too tempting to pass on. Tunsil is the top prospect on many teams' boards.

4. Dallas Cowboys: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

— The Cowboys continue to build a dynamic secondary by pairing Ramsey, the top player on my board, with last year's first-round pick, Byron Jones.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Myles Jack, UCLA

— Gus Bradley gets his Bobby Wagner in Jack, a versatile linebacker with the coverage skills of a safety on third down.

6. Baltimore Ravens: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

— Bosa sees a small draft-day fall but lands in an ideal situation with the Ravens, where he can play as a stand-up pass-rusher and also bump down to defensive end in their hybrid defense.

7. San Francisco 49ers: DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon

— The 49ers miss out on the top two quarterbacks but land a blue-chip defensive lineman. It's Oregon Ducks in back-to-back first rounds for the Niners, but new head coach Chip Kelly won't mind that.

8. Philadelphia Eagles (from Dolphins): T Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

— The Eagles want a quarterback and may consider Paxton Lynch with this pick, but instead they get a blue-chip left tackle to replace Jason Peters down the road.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

— After a quiet offseason, the Buccaneers get their pass-rusher. Lawson will step in as a right defensive end from day one. 

10. New York Giants: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

— The top running back in this year's class goes in the same slot last year's top back went, and the New York Giants get their three-down star.

11. Chicago Bears: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida

— The last front office drafted Kyle Fuller, and the new regime may not be sold on him long-term. Hargreaves doesn't have great size, but he's a fighter with excellent leaping ability.

12. New Orleans Saints: DL Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

— A true 3-technique with top-notch pass-rushing tools, Rankins is exactly what the Saints need in a 4-3 defense.

13. Miami Dolphins (from Eagles): CB William Jackson III, Houston

— The Dolphins were heavily rumored to be interested in cornerbacks in the last draft. This year they get their outside starter to replace Brent Grimes and pair with Byron Maxwell.

14. Oakland Raiders: T Jack Conklin, Michigan State

— Donald Penn is back at left tackle, but he's getting long in the tooth. Conklin was battle-tested in the Big Ten and was the only tackle to handle Joey Bosa and DeForest Buckner in one-on-ones.

15. Tennessee Titans (from Rams): T Taylor Decker, Ohio State

— The trade back helps the Titans rebuild the roster and lets them get a capable (and experienced) right tackle. Decker has some of the best technique in the draft.

16. Detroit Lions: T Jason Spriggs, Indiana

— A reach on my board, Spriggs has the athleticism to wow teams much like Ereck Flowers and Andrus Peat did last year. He's the type of tackle the Lions can draft to move Riley Reiff away from the left side.

17. Atlanta Falcons: LB Darron Lee, Ohio State

— The Falcons added Courtney Upshaw at strong-side linebacker but still need an athletic, rangy playmaker at the position. Darron Lee can cover slot receivers or rush the quarterback as a defensive weapon.

18. Indianapolis Colts: OLB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

— A top-10 player in this class based on what he did on the field, Spence's off-field issues cause a drop to the middle of the round. He's the twitchy pass-rusher the Colts have lacked.

19. Buffalo Bills: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia

— An upside prospect with eye-popping length and burst, Floyd is exactly who Rex Ryan needs to replace Mario Williams. 

20. New York Jets: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis

— The third quarterback falls to No. 20, and the Jets get their signal-caller of the future. Lynch compares to Blake Bortles as a prospect and could be the starter in 2017.

21. Washington: DL Andrew Billings, Baylor

— A true Scot McCloughan draft pick, Andrew Billings is a stout space-eater at nose tackle and quick enough to chase outside the hashes. 

22. Houston Texans: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

— The Texans need speed opposite DeAndre Hopkins, and Coleman has a ton of that. He can take the top off the defense and will open up Hopkins on underneath routes.

23. Minnesota Vikings: WR Josh Doctson, TCU

— A bigger receiver who dominates over the top, Josh Doctson will be Teddy Bridgewater's new best friend thanks to his jump-ball playmaking ability. 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State

— The loss of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu opens the door for a wide receiver in Round 1, and Michael Thomas has the ideal body type and playmaking ability to line up opposite A.J. Green.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

— The Steelers have ignored needs at cornerback in every draft, but now is the time to grab a big cornerback who can jam at the line of scrimmage. Eli Apple has the tools to be a starter in this defense.

26. Seattle Seahawks: T Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

— The Seahawks love length and athleticism, and Germain Ifedi has excellent scores in both areas. He can play guard or tackle and can help alleviate the loss of Russell Okung on the line.

27. Green Bay Packers: DL Jarran Reed, Alabama

— B.J. Raji is out, and Reed is in. A mammoth run defender, Reed shows remarkable movement skills for a 307-pounder.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: OLB Kevin Dodd, Clemson

— Tamba Hali is getting older, Justin Houston is coming off a knee injury and Dee Ford has yet to establish himself as a player. Dodd is NFL-ready at outside linebacker and has the length and speed general manager John Dorsey loves.

29. Arizona Cardinals: DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State

— A potential top-15 player in the class, Jones lining up opposite Calais Campbell should terrify the NFC West. The Cardinals may go safety come draft day, but Jones is too good to pass up.

30. Carolina Panthers: SS Keanu Neal, Florida

— A hard-hitter with big range, Neal has the skills to play right away as a nickel linebacker or safety with a talented, deep defense.

31. Denver Broncos: LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

— Danny Trevathan left Denver in free agency, and while the Broncos would love to get a quarterback or offensive lineman here, grabbing a rock-solid linebacker at No. 31 is a John Elway move.


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