2016 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1 – Picks 17-32

Last update: Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Atlanta Falcons: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson
    O’Brien Schofield saw a ton of snaps this past season. The Falcons would be better off if that didn’t happen – they finished with the fewest sacks in the NFL, racking up just 19 – so it’s possible that they could use a second-consecutive first-round pick on an edge rusher.

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    Pick change; previously Jonathan Allen, DE

  2. Indianapolis Colts: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
    Jerrell Freeman had a terrific 2015 campaign, but he happens to be an impending free agent. Meanwhile, the rest of the Colts’ inside linebackers weren’t very good. Reggie Ragland is one of the top players available, so he makes a ton of sense for Indianapolis at No. 18 overall.

    Pick change; previously Tre’Davious White, CB

  3. Buffalo Bills: Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT, Ole Miss
    I think this is the most natural spot for Robert Nkemdiche. Even before his latest off-the-field issues, the teams we spoke to believed that he was overrated. Both Charlie and I had him in the teens before his recent incident, but he could fall to around 20 or so.

    The Bills might snatch him up in a heartbeat. Rex Ryan has shown that he doesn’t care about character concerns, and defensive tackle is a big need. Kyle Williams, who turns 33 this offseason, is due $7 million in 2016, so the Bills could part ways with him.



  4. New York Jets: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    The Jets haven’t enjoyed strong play from their inside linebackers for quite some time. David Harris has regressed over the past few years and is now a major liability. Yet, he’s still better than the other starter, Demario Davis, who happens to be an impending free agent. New York can fix this in the first round of the draft this year.

    Jaylon Smith tore up his knee, so he’ll drop from the top 10 into the 20s, most likely. I think this is a good spot for him though. Remember, Todd Gurley tore his ACL and still was a top-10 choice. The difference here is that Smith probably won’t be ready to play until late in 2016, but he’s still too talented to pass up.

    Pick change; previously Reggie Ragland, ILB

  5. Washington Redskins: Su’a Cravens, S/LB, USC
    The Redskins have big needs at safety and linebacker, so Su’a Cravens makes a ton of sense for them. They could really use a Deone Bucannon-type player to improve their leaky defense.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB

  6. Houston Texans: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    The Texans were going to take Todd Gurley if he fell to them at No. 16 because the concerns about Arian Foster’s soft-tissue injuries are real. Foster has never been the same since foolishly changing his eating habits, and he’s never going to be a reliable player as a result. Houston will be looking for a new running back this offseason.



  7. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
    Mike Wallace was a predictable bust, and now the word is that he won’t be returning next season. And rightfully so. Stefon Diggs flashed as a rookie, but Minnesota needs to give Teddy Bridgewater another downfield weapon.

    Pick change; previously Darron Lee, OLB

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
    The Bengals need to bolster the interior of their defensive line, as Domata Peko is no longer the same player he once was. There should be a couple of defensive tackles to choose from at the end of the first round.

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
    Kelvin Beachum is an impending free agent. If he’s not retained, something will need to be done about Ben Roethlisberger’s pass protection, which was not pretty to close out the year.

    Pick change; previously Su’a Cravens, S



  10. Seattle Seahawks: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
    The Seahawks might be losing Bruce Irvin this offseason. Irvin is going to hit free agency in March, and he discussed going to Atlanta in the past. If he leaves, Seattle will need a new linebacker to go along with Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright.

    Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT

  11. Green Bay Packers: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
    Will the Packers re-sign B.J. Raji to another 1-year deal? Raji didn’t play well in 2015, so Ted Thompson may opt to find a better run-stuffer.

    Pick change; previously Michael Thomas, WR

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
    Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches. I’ve had him taking an offensive lineman all this time, but he could also find someone for his defensive front. Jaye Howard and Mike DeVito have both been outstanding this season, but they also happen to be impending free agents. It’ll be difficult to keep both around.

    Pick change; previously Jarran Reed, DE/DT



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    Patrick Peterson is obviously one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but the Cardinals could stand to improve what they have across from him. Jerraud Powers has struggled, as he’s been the weak link in that secondary.

    Pick change; previously Jonathan Bullard, DE

  14. Denver Broncos: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
    Denver’s issues on the defensive line have been well established. Given that Ryan Clady will return from injury next year, the interior will have to be addressed, especially with Evan Mathis set to hit free agency in March.

  15. Carolina Panthers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    Carolina’s defense has obviously been terrific this season, and even Charles Tillman played well across from Josh Norman before he got hurt. That will be a problem going forward, however, as Tillman will be a 35-year-old free agent in March.

    Pick change; previously Kendall Fuller, CB



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