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2016 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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Let's check in on the status of the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

1. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

Johnny Manziel can't get out of his own way.  Just when it looked like he was set to get his true shot, he messes up once again.  Time to move on.  Paxton Lynch has soared up draft boards this season and is very much in play to go number one overall, especially if Cleveland maintains this pick.

2. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Chargers are suddenly a mess.  They can't stop anyone and have struggled with injuries up front on defense. Bosa will help immediately, offering both pass rush and run stuffing ability.

3. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

If you're like me, you probably hate this pick.  It seems like Tennessee has invested so much in their offensive line for so little in return.  That may be the case, but either way -- it has to be fixed.  Enough is enough.  This move would likely kick Taylor Lewan to the right side, freeing up the left tackle spot for Tunsil. It isn't sexy, it isn't even fun, but it's what it's going to take to turn this thing around.

4. Baltimore Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

The Ravens need to get younger on defense and Ramsey is the perfect guy for the job.  Some believe he's a corner, others think he's a difference making safety.

5. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

The Lions have taken a step backwards since losing Suh and Fairley.  Time for an upgrade. Nkemdiche would fit nicely into Detroit's 4-3 scheme.

6. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Goff, QB, California

Colin Kaepernick is finished in San Fran. Blaine Gabbert isn't the answer.  Goff has fallen a bit through the season, but desperation could force the 49ers hand.

7. Dallas Cowboys: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

The Cowboys must get tougher up front.  They haven't been able to stop the run all year long.  Buckner is a powerful guy that sports a 6'7, 290+ frame.

8. Miami Dolphins: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Matching need with value here. Smith is an athletic freak that will be a difference maker instantly in the NFL.  He should bolster the middle of Miami's front seven.

9. Oakland Raiders: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

Dream scenario here for Oakland.  The Raiders badly need corner help and would be thrilled to get a shot at Hargreaves.  Adding a shutdown corner to pair with Khalil Mack would be deadly.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Jacksonville actually has a nice core going defensively.  Adding Jack could be one of the final pieces to that front seven group.  Jack might be the best pure athlete in this class.

11. St. Louis Rams: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

St. Louis can generate pressure, now let's get them a shutdown corner.  Alexander is a name that you might not have heard, but you will.  He's on par with Ramsey and Hargreaves.

12. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Washington just flat out needs an upgrade at linebacker.  Ragland has spent his last four years playing in Nick Saban's famed Alabama defense.  He's stepped into a lead role the last two seasons and has really shined.

13. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The Bears can't pass on Stanley here.  An aging Jermon Bushrod could open the door for Stanley in Chicago.

14. Philadelphia Eagles: Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU

The Eagles had been impressive up front (until last week) defensively, but have been awful on the backend.  White has been a three year starter at LSU, vaulting up into top 15 consideration.

15. New Orleans Saints: Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor

The Saints need difference makers on defense, no matter what the position.  Billings is a powerful player that should cause plenty of disruption in the NFL.

16. New York Jets: Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia

Todd Bowles has all the talent you could ask for in the secondary.  He also has a talented defensive interior.  Now time to add to the pass rush.

17. Kansas City Chiefs: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Treadwell slides all the way down to Kansas City.  The Chiefs seem like they are against taking receivers high, but surely they wouldn't pass on a talent like Treadwell.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vadal Alexander, OL, LSU

Jameis Winston is coming along nicely, time to get him some more help up front.  Alexander should be able to clear the road for Doug Martin and Charles Sims for year to come.

19. Seattle Seahawks: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Seattle's line has been a mess since the Max Unger trade.  Russell Okung is in the final year of his deal and could hit the market.

20.  Houston Texans: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Arian Foster's time in Houston may be done.  I don't think their back of the future is currently on their roster and this is the range that I expect Elliott to come off the board.  Don't be surprised if the Texans are involved in a lot of trade up talks for Lynch or Goff.

21. Buffalo Bills: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Mario Williams isn't getting any younger.  You can never have too many pass rushers, and you know Rex is always looking to add to his defense.

22. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

For the second year in a row, the Falcons take a pass rusher from Clemson.  Quinn had numerous rushers while in Seattle, so taking another one shouldn't come as a surprise.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

This is such a Pittsburgh pick.  Robinson is a plug and play player that should thrive in the Steelers' 3-4 system.

24. Minnesota Vikings: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Minnesota has nearly totally overhauled their linebacking core over the past two seasons, why not finish the job? Lee can be Chad Greenway's replacement, giving the Vikings more athleticism on defense.

25. New York Giants: Cam Sutton, CB, Tennessee

The Giants secondary has been brutal this season.  They took their safety last year in Landon Collins, now it's time to land a corner.  Sutton has excellent man skills and would offer an instant upgrade.

26. Indianapolis Colts: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

The Colts could choose to add protection for Andrew Luck, but they've shown no interest in doing so in recent years. Clark would bolster their defensive front, something that the Colts desperately need also.

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

This just feels like a Packers' selection.  Pairing Scooby with Clay Matthews just feels right.  What a fun unit that would be to watch.

28. Denver Broncos: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

Little bit of a surprise here, but don't rule it out.  Denver whiffed on Montee Ball, but will look to get their bellcow here. With Manning on his way out, the Broncos will need to make sure they can run the ball.

29. Cincinnati Bengals: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

Domata Peko isn't getting any younger.  The Bengals could pair Reed and Geno Atkins together and be set for the next five years.

30. Arizona Cardinals: Carl Lawson, EDGE, Auburn

Lawson came back healthy and ready to go against Ole Miss and beat up Laremy Tunsil.  Injuries are a concern, but the Cardinals could afford to be patient with him.

31. Carolina Panthers: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson

Carolina continually schemes safety success in their defense.  Time to get a true difference maker.  Kearse is huge and can really move.  He would walk into one of the best situations in the NFL.

32. New England: Forfeited