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2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

Draft season is approaching.

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This is entirely too early, I know.  At the very least, this will be something you can look back on in the Spring and laugh at.  Regardless, here's how I see it shaking out right now.

1. Chicago Bears: Jared Goff, QB, California

Cutler's time in Chicago is done.  John Fox is off to an ugly start in the windy city and needs a new direction offensively.  Expect some "system quarterback" labels to follow Goff, but he's been fantastic so far in 2015.  He's separated himself from the pack.

2. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Rob Ryan's defense is a disaster.  They haven't been able to stop anyone this season, especially through the air. Hargreaves is the best pure corner from this class and will immediately offer some relief for Ryan, if he's still there next season.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The Bucs are bad in a lot of places, but protecting your franchise quarterback has to be task number one.  Tunsil has yet to play this season, thanks to an ongoing NCAA probe.  He would allow the Buccaneers to slide Donovan Smith to right tackle and wash their hands of Gosder Cherilus.

4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Every year the Jaguars find a way to mess up an impossible situation to mess up.  Blackmon, Joeckel and Bortles were draft day surprises and an unfortunate injury to Dante Fowler has his career on hold.  Jaylon Smith may be the best player in this draft and could send the Jaguars' front seven over the top.  They could use an upgrade over Paul Posluszny.

5. San Francisco 49ers: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

Things aren't good in San Fran right now.  Colin Kaepernick was Jim Harbaugh's project and is on the decline.  It's a new regime and they may want to go a totally different direction. I don't love Cook this high, but quarterbacks always rise through the process.

6. Washington Redskins: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The Redskins are actually fairly competent defensively this year.  Their front seven has been a surprise thus far. The only weak point has been the secondary. Ramsey is a chess piece that can play any spot in the secondary.  Big value here for Washington.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State

The Browns always find a way to surprise us on draft day.  Bosa isn't really a need, but he's the best player available. Mike Pettine would be more than happy to find a spot in the front seven for Bosa.

8. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

The Lions will officially replace Suh here.  Nkemdiche has been lights out this season, living up to his recruiting hype.  We'll see if he can finish hot.  If he does, he might slide into the number one overall conversation.

9. Tennessee Titans: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Last year's draft was all about the offense.  This year?  Just the opposite.  The Titans have to get better up front defensively.  They need a consistent run plugger up front, which is exactly what Robinson offers.  Robinson can play nose tackle or the five technique if asked.  I wanted to go cornerback here, but with Ramsey and VH3 off the board, Robinson became the best player available.

10. Miami Dolphins: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Dolphins are a disaster.  They need a secondary to pair with their front seven in order to keep up with Tom Brady and the Patriots.  Kendall Fuller

11. Baltimore Ravens: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Steve Smith is going to retire at the end of this season.  Breshad Perriman hasn't hit the field for the Ravens yet. Ozzie Newsome is going to have to address this position early and often this off-season.

12. Houston Texans: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

I think Bill O'Brien wants a shot at Christian Hackenberg.  He may end up getting his shot, but not here.  The Texans opt for receiver help opposite of DeAndre Hopkins.

13. Oakland Raiders: Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee

DJ Hayden just isn't working out.  Cam Sutton has been outstanding at Tennessee and offers you something in the return game too.

14. St. Louis Rams: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

The Rams have a fantastic front four, but they could use some upgrades in their secondary.

15. San Diego Chargers: Su'a Cravens, S, USC

Eric Weddle could be on his way out of San Diego, leaving a big void in the Chargers' secondary. Su'a Cravens does a little bit of everything for USC and would make for a nice replacement.

16. Philadelphia Eagles: Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU

The Eagles can't run the ball right now.  Chip Kelly cut his two starting guards from last season, so it's time to fix that. Alexander is a mauler that should offer the Eagles some relief up front.

17. New York Giants: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Jack blew out his knee in practice a week ago, so it's a wait and see on medicals situation.  Jack may very well return to UCLA, but I think he's still a first rounder if he does declare.

18. New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Chris Ivory and Bilal Powell aren't getting anyone excited.  Elliott is easily the best back in this class.

19. Indianapolis Colts: Jordan Jenkins, EDGE, Georgia

Bjoern Werner has been a massive failure for Indy so far.  There are a lot of holes on that roster, but Jenkins seems to be the best value here.

20. Minnesota Vikings: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt

Teddy Bridgewater could use more weapons.  Charles Johnson is a nice player, but nothing special.  Boyd is very similar to Jordan Matthews and would give Bridgewater someone to rely on.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

If the Chiefs are ready to move on from Eric Fisher, Decker is a nice option near the end of the first round.  Fisher could rank among one of the biggest busts in NFL history.

22. Dallas Cowboys: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

The Cowboys are set to go in any direction here.  I took a best player available approach and bolstered their defensive front with the athletic freak, DeForest Buckner.

23. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Everything is going well for the Bills so far under Rex Ryan.  The trade of Kiko Alonso has left them thin at linebacker, however.  Lee is undersized, but can really move and play in space.

24. Carolina Panthers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson

We'll see what happens with Mike Williams medical situation, (neck injury) but he may be the most talented receiver in this class.  The Panthers' receiver depth chart is a disgrace.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

The Steelers' secondary has been awful for a long time.  Jayron Kearse would bring a physical presence to their defensive backfield -- a group that hasn't had that since Troy Polamalu

26. Seattle Seahawks: Germian Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M

The Seahawks ignored their offensive line this past off-season, giving up Max Unger for Jimmy Graham.  They're paying the price for that too.  Ifedi has experience all over the offensive line and will give them versatility up front.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Dan Quinn found his pass rusher last year, now it's time to find his man in the middle.  Ragland's size and athletic ability would be an asset for any NFL team.

28. Cincinnati Bengals: Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State

The Bengals nearly have it all.  We'll see if they can put it all together this season.  I'll give them Calhoun for now, because you can never have too many pass rushers.

29. Denver Broncos: Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

Denver has had issues at offensive tackle for a few years now.  They need insurance behind Ryan Clady and must address the right tackle spot as well.

30. Green Bay Packers: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona

This just seems like a typical Packers' pick.  Wright would be excellent in the middle of Dom Capers' defense.

31. Arizona Cardinals: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn

Arizona is another roster that is close to complete.  If there's one spot that they are thin at, it's pass rusher.  We'll see if Lawson is healthy enough to get it going this season at Auburn.

32. New England Patriots: No selection, due to inflate-gate.