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

Last update: Thursday, April 30, 2015. Major changes.
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  1. Kansas City Chiefs: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Cameron Erving, C

    Dontari Poe is a beast up front, but the Chiefs don’t exactly have the greatest talent surrounding him. They could stand to find an upgrade at defensive end, and as we all know, Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches.

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  2. Cincinnati Bengals: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Dorial Green-Beckham, WR

    The Bengals signed Michael Johnson after the Buccaneers released him this offseason. However, there’s no guarantee he’ll play well for Cincinnati, given that he stopped trying when he was in Tampa last year. If Johnson continues to take his career for granted, the Bengals will have to find another pass-rusher next spring.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): DeVante Parker, WR

    Matt Kalil was a human turnstile this past season, but he was playing through an injury. If he continues to struggle next year, the Vikings will have to seek out a new blind-side protector for Teddy Bridgewater.

  4. Buffalo Bills: Eddie Jackson, CB, Alabama
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): None

    The Bills may have to look at the cornerback position in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Stephon Gilmore will enter free agency the month before, while Leodis McKelvin will be a 31-year-old heading into his contract season.



  5. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Jake Fisher, OT

    Jonathan Stewart finished his 2014 campaign on a hot streak, but he’s an injury-prone running back who will be entering his 30s soon. The Panthers will want to bring in another running back just in case Stewart continues to nurse injuries. Derrick Henry definitely makes sense at this juncture, as he was good enough to warrant a split workload with T.J. Yeldon.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Su’a Cravens, S, USC
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Byron Jones, CB

    I have the Eagles taking a corner in the first round of my 2015 NFL Mock Draft in my most recent update. There currently aren’t any safeties who fit the range and defensive scheme – Damarious Randall does, but he’s a slight reach – so they’d have to wait another year for a first-round safety.

  7. San Diego Chargers: Scobby Wright, DE/OLB, Arizona
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Ereck Flowers, OT

    The Chargers recently spent a couple of early-round picks on pass-rushers. Jeremiah Attaochu could develop into a starter, but Melvin Ingram hasn’t been able to stay healthy. San Diego may have to use another first- or second-round choice on an outside linebacker soon.

  8. Denver Broncos: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Malcom Brown, DT

    The Broncos lost Julius Thomas to the Jaguars this offseason, so if Peyton Manning misses a potent intermediate target in 2015, the Broncos could spend their first-round pick on a talented tight end.



  9. Arizona Cardinals: Zack Sanchez, CB, Oklahoma
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Shane Ray, DE/OLB

    The Cardinals want a cornerback at No. 24 in the 2015 NFL Draft, but the players at that position worth taking there probably won’t make it to the pick. Thus, they may have to wait a year to add a top-flight corner across from Patrick Peterson.

  10. Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Jalen Collins, CB

    Linebacker was an option for the Cowboys in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft until they re-signed Rolando McClain. However, McClain was brought back for just one season, so Dallas could be searching for a new middle linebacker the following spring.

  11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Randy Gregory, DE/OLB

    I’ve had the Steelers picking Landon Collins in my 2015 NFL Mock Draft for months, but I recently changed the selection because I had Randy Gregory available. Besides, it makes more sense for Pittsburgh to see what it has in Michael Mitchell and Shamarko Thomas before pulling the trigger on a first-round safety.

  12. New England Patriots: Darron Lee, DE/OLB, Ohio State
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Eddie Goldman, DT

    The Patriots could be in the market for a pass-rusher in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Chandler Jones will be entering free agency in the spring of 2016, while Rob Ninkovich will be a 32-year-old heading into his contract season. Assuming the Patriots franchise Jones, they’ll need at least one new starter for 2017 and beyond, so Darron Lee (7.5 sacks in 2014) can be used as a reserve for one season before taking on a full-time role.



  13. Green Bay Packers: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Eric Kendricks, ILB

    Datone Jones has not developed into the player the Packers thought they were getting when they used a first-round pick on him back in 2013. They’ll give him one more chance, but if he doesn’t step up, Green Bay could easily pull the trigger on another first-round defensive end.

  14. Baltimore Ravens: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Marcus Peters, CB

    The Ravens have two strong edge rushers right now in Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil, but given that they’re both 30-plus, it would be in Baltimore’s best interest to find another pass-rusher to eventually take over. Besides, depth is needed in the wake of Pernell McPhee’s departure.

  15. Indianapolis Colts: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): Landon Collins, S

    The Colts made a number of quality signings this offseason. That includes Kendall Langford, who will help on the defensive line. Langford is just a short-term solution, however, so Indianapolis will have to find a starting five-technique for the long haul.

  16. Seattle Seahawks: Shawn Oakman, DE/DT, Baylor
    2015 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 4/30): None

    No one should’ve been surprised that Shawn Oakman returned to school, given that he was widely viewed as a second-day project. In fact, one general manager has him as a fifth- to seventh-rounder. Oakman has loads of potential and athleticism, however, so if he can actually learn how to play football, he could sneak into the first round.



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