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

Last update: Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015. Major changes.
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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. San Diego Chargers: Scooby 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.

    Pick change; previously Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB

  3. Arizona Cardinals: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Cardinals wanted a cornerback at No. 24 in the past draft, but the players at that position worth taking there didn’t make it to the pick. Thus, they have to wait a year to add a top-flight corner across from Patrick Peterson. I’m sure their fans will be happy with anything but an offensive lineman.



  4. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    Safety was a big need for the Falcons heading into this past draft, but they strangely ignored the position until the end of the seventh round. The team will continue to struggle against the pass, which may prompt the front office to consider a first-round safety in next year’s class.

    Pick change; previously Jalen Ramsey, S

  5. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    I don’t understand why the Steelers, for the most part, continue to ignore their desperate need at cornerback every offseason. Perhaps they’ll finally realize that they need help at the position after every single quarterback torches them in 2015.

    Pick change; previously Nate Andrews, S

  6. 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. Charlie Campbell reported in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that Duke Williams has character concerns, but Rex Ryan has shown an affinity for those sorts of players thus far.

    Pick change; previously Duke Williams, WR



  7. Minnesota Vikings: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    There were rumors that Adrian Peterson was going to be traded, but those disappeared. Peterson will start this upcoming season, but if he struggles – a real possibility, given that he took an entire year off, and he’s now 30 – Minnesota could be in the market for a first-round running back next April.

    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.

    Pick change; previously Derrick Henry, RB

  8. Miami Dolphins: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    The Dolphins have an excellent defense, but the one area of weakness they have is at cornerback across from Brent Grimes. And it’s not like Grimes is going to be around much longer. Miami has to target a corner soon.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB

  9. 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 eventually 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.



  10. Dallas Cowboys: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
    Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Christine Michael… These are the guys who are supposed to replace DeMarco Murray? Despite how great Dallas’ offensive line is, it’s hard to imagine those three having great success.

    Pick change; previously Tony Conner, S

  11. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Jones, DE/DT, Mississippi State
    The Ravens have Timmy Jernigan set to take over for Haloti Ngata, but what about Chris Canty? Baltimore re-signed Canty this offseason, but given that he’s turning 33 in November, he’s not in the team’s long-term plans.

  12. Denver Broncos: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
    The Broncos have discussed moving Bradley Roby to safety, so perhaps they’ll be in the market for a cornerback next offseason. They took a chance on Shane Ray, so perhaps they’ll do the same with KeiVarae Russell, who returned to Notre Dame’s squad from suspension.



  13. Green Bay Packers: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    Chip Kelly took the preseason way too seriously, but perhaps it was a blessing in disguise for the Packers, as linebacker Sam Barrington was exposed as a huge liability in the interior of their defense. That will need to be addressed.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Sutton, CB

  14. 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.

  15. Indianapolis Colts: Darron Lee, DE/OLB, Ohio State
    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.



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