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2016 NFL Mock Draft 7.0

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My last mock of the year. We're almost there!

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1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The local beat writers say Wentz, the national guys say Goff. I'll stick with my gut here -- Goff is far more prepared to play from day one. I don't think the Rams trade up for a guy that will have to sit.

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles made me scrap this entire mock draft last week when they made the bold move to come up to the two slot. Every indication is that this move was made for a quarterback, which should end up to be Wentz.

3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Now the fun begins. The Chargers are sitting pretty here. They've got their choice of the special players in this draft. This could easily be Tunsil, but I keep hearing scheme fit concerns with him. Ramsey will slide into their secondary and give them a difference maker in the back half.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

I think the Cowboys would love a shot a Ramsey, but Elliott is going to offer so much return on investment immediately. I've been saying the 2017 class would push Elliott down the board, but I can't help but think how valuable a guy like Elliott would be to this offense.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The Jaguars are a tough projection. They could go a couple different directions here, but with the Myles Jack injury concerns I think they go safe with Bosa. He's not an explosive edge rusher, but he's solid as a rock and will give a huge boost to the rush defense.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, LT, Ole Miss

This scenario seems likely for the Ravens. What a steal this would be for them with the sixth pick. They get their left tackle for the next 12 years.

7. San Fransisco 49ers: Jack Conklin, RT, Michigan State

Here's where things get really interesting. Most of the special talents from this class are off the board, but someone still has to pick. I'd pick DeForest Buckner without hesitation here, but it certainly seems like the 49ers have zeroed in on a tackle with this selection.

8. Cleveland Browns: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

This slot screams trade. This is where you could see the Titans jump up for Ronnie Stanley or even DeForest Buckner. The Browns are in a tough spot here and may be forced to take Buckner if they don't like a quarterback.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Bucs have to get more pass rushing help and Lawson would certainly help. He can with with quickness or power off the edge.

10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Back to back tackles in consecutive years for the Giants. Stanley is a good pass protector that would allow Beckham and Cruz to work down the field.

11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia

The Bears continue their 3-4 transformation with another pass rusher. Floyd needs to bulk up, but is highly athletic.

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

Another puzzle piece for this defense they've been trying to build. They got a difference maker at linebacker last year, now they add one up front.

13. Miami Dolphins: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Your guess is as good as mine as to where Jack lands. Rumors are that the medical re-checks weren't kind to Jack. He may be a risk, but the athletic upside here is too large to pass up.

14. Oakland Raiders: Vernon Hargreaves III

The Raiders badly need secondary help and Hargreaves would fit that bill. He has elite short area skills but may be vulnerable to speed on the outside.

15. Tennessee Titans: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

If they don't move up, Decker will likely be the lone tackle to choose from. They could get better value here by going receiver or even defensive line, but Decker is an old school right tackle that will solidify that spot once and for all.

16. Detroit Lions: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

The Lions get a lot better up front with the heady Ryan Kelly. He brings instant leadership and dependability.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Dan Quinn is looking for an athletic speedster to plug into his front seven and Lee fits that bill beautifully.

18. Indianapolis Colts: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Who really knows what Ryan Grigson is thinking this year. No one saw Phillip Dorsett coming last season. My best guess is Robinson -- a stout run defender that would boost a front that really needs it.

19. Buffalo Bills: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

If it were up to me, Hackenberg doesn't get drafted. The tape is putrid, but the NFL has proved time and time again that they will take terrible quarterbacks very high. The rumor mill has Hackenberg going higher than we all think. Here's my best guess.

20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

It looks like Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Jets are a long way off, so I'm fully expecting them to consider quarterback here. Lynch could be a nice future piece with a little seasoning.

21. Washington Redskins: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

Joseph is a Bob Sanders clone. He's rangy and will lay you out, but can he stay healthy?

22. Houston Texans: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

The Texans have almost nothing outside of DeAndre Hopkins. Time to change that. Treadwell is a throwback tough-guy receiver that wins at the catch point.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Minnesota hit on Stefon Diggs last season, now it's time to go get a big receiver. Doctson can jump out of the stadium -- he's a special play maker down the field.

24. Cincinnatti Bengals: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

No Marvin Jones or Mohammed Sanu? In steps Fuller. He should attract plenty of safety attention over the top.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: William Jackson, CB, Houston

The Steeler secondary has been rough for a couple of seasons. Time to change that. Jackson is long and has plenty of speed to keep up with NFL receivers.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

Spriggs seems to fit that athletic Seahawk mold. A tight end convert, Spriggs will need a little time to make the jump to the NFL. He must get stronger.

27. Green Bay Packers: Vernon Butler, DL, Louisiana Tech

Long, girthy and powerful. Butler is a steal here. He can play anywhere he wants to up front.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Electrifying receiver. A little rough around the edges, but tremendous upside. Will need some time to learn an NFL playbook.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Dodd, EDGE, Clemson

The Cardinals add a pass rusher here, which could sent this unit over the top.

30. Carolina Panthers: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

Ifedi is sloppy right now, but has the athletic ability to grow into a nice right tackle one day.

31. Denver Broncos: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Don't rule out quarterback here, but Ragland can step in here and fill a huge need in the middle of the Bronco's defense.


Round Two

32. Cleveland Browns: Cody Whitehair, C, Kansas State

33. Tennessee Titans: Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State

All of these defensive line prospects can't go in round one. Some will fall and I think Jones would offer you a nice piece with upside. He shows an explosive first step and an ability to shed blocks. He would certainly give you more pass rush than someone like DaQuan Jones.

34. Dallas Cowboys: Kenny Clark, DL, UCLA

35. San Diego Chargers: Robert Nkemdiche, DL, Ole Miss

36. Baltimore Ravens: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt

37. San Francisco 49ers: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Artie Burns, CB, Miami

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

40. New York Giants: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

41. Chicago Bears: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

42. Miami Dolphins: Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky

43. Tennessee Titans: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Alexander's fall ends in Nashville. The Titans have been in on Alexander for much of this draft season, so I wouldn't be surprised if he lands here. He would offer the Titans youth and upside at a position where they sorely need it.

44. Oakland Raiders: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State

45. Tennessee Titans: Keanu Neal, S, Florida

Another prospect the Titans have been in on here. Neal is an in the box safety, something that the Titans really don't have currently on the roster. This would create nice depth with Neal, Johnson and Searcy.

46. Detroit Lions: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State

47. New Orleans Saints: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

48. Indianapolis Colts: Josh Garnett, G, Stanford

49. Buffalo Bills: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

50. Atlanta Falcons: Emmanuel Ogbah, EDGE, Oklahoma State

51. New York Jets: Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech

52. Houston Texans: Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame

53. Washington Redskins: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma

54. Minnesota Vikings: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Kamalei Correa, EDGE, Boise State

56. Seattle Seahawks: Deiondre Hall, CB, Northern Iowa

57. Green Bay Packers: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford

58. Pittsburgh Steelers: TJ Green, S, Clemson

59. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Murray, CB, Minnesota

60. New England Patriots: Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers

61. New England Patriots: Justin Simmons, S, Boston College

62. Carolina Panthers: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame

63. Denver Broncos: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State