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

Last update: Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015. Major changes.
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  1. Kansas City Chiefs: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
    Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches in the early stages of the NFL Draft, and he might look at grabbing a defensive lineman in the first round next April. Mike DeVito is coming off a torn Achilles, so he may never be the same again, while the other defensive ends don’t really bring much to the table.

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  2. San Diego Chargers: Nate Andrews, S, Florida State
    Things may change because it’s still early, but it sounds like Eric Weddle won’t be back with the Chargers next year. He’ll obviously be missed, given that he’s one of the top safeties in the NFL. Here’s a replacement.

    Pick change; previously Scooby Wright, LB

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    I wrote in a previous update that if Adrian Peterson would struggle – 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. Peterson did not look very good in the opener, but the season is obviously still young.

    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. Baltimore Ravens: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    Baltimore’s defense was outstanding in the season opener. The one player who didn’t perform up to par was starting cornerback Lardarius Webb. The Ravens may want to find a better option across from Jimmy Smith.

    Pick change; previously Chris Jones, DE/DT

  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.



    Pick change; previously Robert Nkemdiche, DT

  6. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
    The Dolphins have an excellent defense, but the one area of weakness they have is at cornerback across from Brent Grimes (despite Brice McCain’s amazing, one-armed interception). And it’s not like Grimes is going to be around much longer. Miami has to target a corner soon.

    Pick change; previously Tre’Davious White, CB



  7. 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.

  8. 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 – and he didn’t have the best opener – the Bengals will have to find another pass-rusher next spring.

  9. Arizona Cardinals: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
    The Cardinals almost have to pounce on Jaylon Smith if they can get him, don’t they? They’ve had such glaring issues at inside linebacker for a long time, so perhaps they’d stand a chance of covering talented tight ends with him on the roster. I’m sure Arizona fans would be happy with anything except for an offensive lineman.

    Pick change; previously Kendall Fuller, CB



  10. Buffalo Bills: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
    The Bills are stacked almost everywhere – I never thought I’d ever write that – but one area they can improve is depth at defensive end. There’s nothing beyond Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes, so if one of them goes down, the pass rush will suffer. It’s early for a depth pick, but Buffalo is taking the best talent available at this juncture, a player who could start once Williams moves on in the future.

    Pick change; previously Duke Williams, WR

  11. Dallas Cowboys: Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
    Both Dallas safeties, J.J. Wilcox and Barry Church, will be impending free agents after the 2016 season, so this position could be addressed early in next April’s draft. Plus, it’s not like the Cowboys couldn’t stand to find an upgrade there.

    Pick change; previously Derrick Henry, RB

  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. 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.

  14. 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. Anything to get Erik Walden off the field.

  15. Green Bay Packers: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    The Jaguars gave up on Luke Joeckel after three years earlier in this mock. Let’s see if the Packers do the same with Datone Jones, who has gotten into trouble off the field. If Jones continues to struggle, Green Bay will really need to bolster its defensive line.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB



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