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

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  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Shilique Calhoun, DE/OLB, Michigan State
    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.

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  2. Houston Texans: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
    The Texans did a good job of addressing some of their needs this offseason, but they never properly addressed the departure of Antonio Smith. They’ll have to find an upgrade from J.J. Watt sometime in the near future.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    There were rumors that Adrian Peterson was going to be traded, but those have died down. Perhaps they’ll resurface next offseason. If so, the front office may consider using an early draft choice on a replacement.

    Ezekiel Elliott is a first-round prospect despite the fact that the running back position has been devalued. Elliott, who was amazing in Ohio State’s championship run, has drawn comparisons to Fred Taylor.



  4. Buffalo Bills: Duke Williams, WR, Auburn
    Two first-round receivers in three years? Well, it does make sense. After the 2016 season, the Bills will have only three receivers under contract: Sammy Watkins, Marcus Easley and Dezmin Lewis, and there’s no guarantee the latter two will even be on the roster by then.

  5. Carolina Panthers: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    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
    The Eagles didn’t end up picking a cornerback in the first round of the previous draft, but they did end up securing Eric Rowe in the following frame. If Philadelphia plans on using Rowe at corner, it’ll need to target a safety early in the 2016 NFL Draft, and I imagine Chip Kelly will enjoy taking another Pac-12 player.



  7. San Diego Chargers: Scobby Wright, DE/OLB, Arizona
    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. Arizona Cardinals: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    The Cardinals brought in Cory Redding as a short-term answer at defensive end to replace Darnell Dockett. However, they need to find a new, long-term starter on the defensive front.

    Pick change; previously Zack Sanchez, CB

  9. Denver Broncos: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    It’s strange that the Broncos neglected the inside linebacker position in the 2015 draft, considering their glaring need for it in the wake of their transition to the 3-4. Perhaps they’ll use an early choice to address that hole next spring.



  10. Dallas Cowboys: Tony Conner, S, Ole Miss
    It was odd that the Cowboys completely neglected the safety position this offseason. They have such a big need there that they could’ve taken a player to upgrade that spot in the first round.

  11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    I had the Steelers picking Landon Collins in my 2015 mock for months, but I changed the selection to an outside linebacker. It made 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. Green Bay Packers: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
    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.

    Pick change; previously Chris Jones, DE/DT



  13. Indianapolis Colts: Carl Lawson, DE/OLB, Auburn
    I liked the Trent Cole signing, but he’s obviously just a short-term solution. The Colts will have to find a pass-rusher to help them get after the quarterback for the next decade.

  14. Baltimore Ravens: Travin Duval, WR, LSU
    Another first-round receiver? Well, the Ravens are going to need another starter once Steve Smith moves on. Considering Smith will turn 37 a couple of weeks after the 2016 NFL Draft, Baltimore may have to address this position next spring.

  15. Seattle Seahawks: Shawn Oakman, DE/DT, Baylor
    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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