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

Last update: Wednesday, March 23, 2016. Major changes.
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The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the current NFL Draft Order.

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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, who has tested extremely well, is exactly the sort of prospect Atlanta covets.

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    Pick change; previously Jonathan Bullard, DE

  2. Indianapolis Colts: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
    Will general manager Ryan Grigson actually do it? Will he finally upgrade Andrew Luck’s awful pass protection? It could happen here, but only if Jack Conklin is available. Right tackle is a big problem area that can be addressed with this selection, allowing Jack Mewhort to stay inside on a permanent basis, where he performed very well this past season.

    Pick change; previously Reggie Ragland, ILB

  3. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
    The Bills generally did not have quality play from their linebacking corps this past season. Manny Lawson was just OK, while Nigel Bradham struggled in Rex Ryan’s scheme. Bradham went on to sign with the Eagles this offseason, so a replacement is needed. Darron Lee, one of the top players available, projects well to Ryan’s scheme.

    Pick change; previously Reggie Ragland, ILB



  4. New York Jets: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
    Like their in-state, divisional counterparts, the Jets lost an underwhelming linebacker in free agency. I thought Demario Davis had to be upgraded anyway, so Reggie Ragland being selected here made sense even prior to the start of the new league year.

    Pick change; previously Paxton Lynch, QB

  5. Washington Redskins: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Redskins have needed help at cornerback for quite some time now. Perhaps they’ll finally fix the position in the 2016 NFL Draft, beginning with this pick. Kendall Fuller is a very talented cornerback, but is being pushed down by an injury. A healthy Fuller would be a top-10 choice, so the Redskins are getting great value here.

  6. Houston Texans: William Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
    William Fuller was chosen over Laquan Treadwell in a previous mock draft. That’s not the case here, but it’s still possible. Based on what I’m hearing, Fuller is getting some serious buzz from some of the teams in the latter stages of the first round, and he makes more sense for the Texans than Treadwell because the team needs a deep threat to complement DeAndre Hopkins.



  7. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
    The Vikings, on the other hand, would love a possession receiver, so Laquon Treadwell fits more what they are looking for. Treadwell isn’t available here, but Josh Doctson is. Doctson had a terrific Combine and should now be chosen in the first round. Doctson fits exactly what the Vikings are looking for, so it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s the pick at this juncture.

  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 toward the end of the first round.

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: William Jackson, CB, Houston
    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.

    William Jackson is seen by many as a fringe first-round prospect, but he could certainly be chosen this high after his performance at the Combine. Jackson, who already had terrific tape, posted eye-popping numbers in Indianapolis and also looked great in the field drills. Like another Houston cornerback, D.J. Hayden, Jackson could make a big leap in a weak class, and it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he’s chosen in the early teens.



  10. Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida
    The Seahawks lost Brandon Mebane in free agency, so some reinforcements are needed in the interior of their defensive line. The pass rush from the defensive tackles was pretty weak anyway, so this was going to be addressed anyway. Seattle seems like it could love Jonathan Bullard’s great athleticism.

    Pick change; previously Darron Lee, OLB

  11. Green Bay Packers: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    The need for a defensive lineman isn’t exactly dire for the Packers, but it’s an area that should be addressed now in the wake of B.J. Raji’s unexpected retirement. The Packers do have a number of options at this spot, however, so I can almost guarantee that there will be a different selection here in the final edition of my mock draft.

    Pick change; previously Eli Apple, CB

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
    Whoa! There aren’t many mock drafts that have this happening, and probably for good reason. It’s still a possibility, however, if history is any sort of indication.

    Alex Smith is 31. That’s not old for a quarterback by any means, but Donovan McNabb was 31 as well when Andy Reid spent the 36th pick in the 2007 NFL Draft on Kevin Kolb. And according to my nifty Windows 10 calculator, that’s just eight selections later than this one. Could history repeat itself, especially if Reid likes Lynch and is shocked to see him fall like this? Absolutely! I’m not saying it will happen, but it definitely could.

    Pick change; previously Vernon Butler, DE/DT



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
    One team we spoke to that covets Keanu Neal in the second round is afraid that he’ll be chosen Thursday night. The Cardinals are a likely candidate for that; they need safety help after their two starters embarrassed themselves in the NFC Championship.

  14. Carolina Panthers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
    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 is a 35-year-old free agent.

    Pick change; previously Shaq Lawson, DE

  15. Denver Broncos: Jarran Reed, DE/DT, Alabama
    The Broncos had a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but the latter has signed elsewhere. As Charlie Campbell reported, the Broncos love Jarran Reed, so they’ll be thrilled if they can obtain him without having to move up.



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