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

Last update: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016. Major changes.
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  1. Atlanta Falcons: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
    The Falcons finished at the bottom of the NFL in sacks. Something obviously has to be done about this, so I could see them pulling the trigger on a pass-rusher in the first couple of rounds. Emmanuel Ogbah may qualify as the top prospect available, so Atlanta could target him at this spot.

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    Pick change; previously Laquon Treadwell, WR

  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.

  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 early 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: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
    The Jets will have to find a long-term answer at left tackle soon, given that D’Brickashaw Ferguson will be 33 at some point during the 2016 campaign. In the meantime, an upgrade at right tackle would be welcome, as Breno Giacomini struggled last year.

  5. Washington Redskins: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    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.

    Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley, will be free agents in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Mason Foster and Will Compton played at the end of the year, but neither was that great.

  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: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
    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 Michael Thomas, WR

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
    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 toward the end of the first round.

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Steelers haven’t selected a first-round cornerback in a very long time, but that’s exactly what everyone said about them and an edge rusher, and the Chiefs and a corner, and the Cowboys and a lineman. These things change, and Pittsburgh’s current status in terms of its secondary could prompt the front office to go against recent trends.

    Kendall Fuller is a talented prospect who would be in top-15 consideration if it weren’t for an injury. Thus, the Steelers could continue their strategy of taking the best player available.

    Pick change; previously Vernon Butler, NT



  10. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
    The Seahawks almost have to upgrade their offensive line, don’t they? Russell Wilson was constantly running for his life early in the season. Seattle made some great adjustments at the halfway mark, but the front office still has to look at improving the blocking.

  11. Green Bay Packers: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
    The Packers have been trying to add speed to their defense the past couple of offseasons. However, they haven’t been able to find a talented inside linebacker while doing so, but perhaps that’ll change this April. That would be the case with Darron Lee, who could be selected several picks earlier than this.

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
    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 past season, but they also happen to be impending free agents. It’ll be difficult to keep both around.



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
    Outside of Calais Campbell, the Cardinals aren’t all that talented on their defensive line. Plus, Campbell isn’t getting any younger, as he’ll turn 30 this upcoming offseason. Jonathan Bullard is a talented edge rusher who could be selected several spots earlier than this, so the Cardinals are getting a solid value choice here.

  14. 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.

    By the way, special thanks to Mackensie Alexander for publishing his Draft Diary on this site. It’s a great read if you haven’t checked it out yet.

  15. Denver Broncos: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    The Broncos have a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but the latter will be a free agent come March. It’ll be difficult to retain him after re-signing Wolfe. Adolphus Washington has some character concerns, but teams we’ve spoken to don’t view them as a big deal. Besides, the Broncos took a chance on Shane Ray, so why wouldn’t they do the same with Washington?

    Pick change; previously Hunter Henry, TE



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