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

Last update: Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015. Major changes.
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The order of this 2016 NFL Mock Draft based on the NFL Power Rankings.

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  1. Dallas Cowboys: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
    Tyler Boyd has some off-the-field concerns, which is why he has dropped to No. 17 in this mock update. So… a talented receiver with character issues falls to Dallas… I wonder what’s going to happen? The Cowboys need help across from Dez Bryant anyway, so this selection definitely makes sense in that regard as well.

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  2. Kansas City Chiefs: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
    Alex Smith isn’t very good, but his struggles haven’t completely been his fault. The offensive line has been dreadful, as the entire nation witnessed in the Monday night blowout loss at Green Bay. Eric Fisher has been a huge disappointment, so like the Jaguars, Kansas City could be moving on from its 2013 first-round choice.

    Pick change; previously Kendall Fuller, CB

  3. New York Jets: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
    I have to say that I thought about slotting Cardale Jones here, but I’m going to have him pass on declaring early for the draft once again. If he does leave Ohio State early, this would be a perfect spot for him, as he’d fit perfectly into Chan Gailey’s offense.

    With Jones going back to the Buckeyes in this scenario, the Jets can address their issues at linebacker. They need help both inside and outside, and Scooby Wright can play in both areas.

    Pick change; previously Ezekiel Elliott, RB



  4. 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 Vonn Bell, S

  5. Indianapolis Colts: Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
    The Colts need to stop screwing around and fix Andrew Luck’s offensive line, which has been an abomination for far too long. Its performance Monday night against the Jets was an embarrassment. The tackles are fine, but every position on the interior has to be upgraded.

  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 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, if he’s still around, will enjoy taking another Pac-12 player.

    Pick change; previously Scooby Wright, DE/OLB



  7. Atlanta Falcons: Max Tuerk, C, USC
    The top prospects available don’t fill the Falcons’ needs, but Max Tuerk is a decent option who definitely makes sense in terms of needs. Atlanta has a weak interior offensive line that could be exposed in more difficult matchups, so using a first-round pick on a center isn’t the worst idea in the world.

    Pick change; previously Jaylon Smith, LB

  8. Carolina Panthers: Germain Ifedi, OT/G, Texas A&M
    Here’s another team that desperately needs to upgrade its offensive line. I can’t believe the Panthers’ front office went into the season with Michael Oher as the starting left tackle and thought that would be OK.

    Pick change; previously Jack Conklin, OT

  9. Minnesota Vikings: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
    Despite trading for Mike Wallace, the Vikings considered DeVante Parker at No. 11 overall in the 2015 NFL Draft. They ultimately chose Trae Waynes, but if they thought about taking Parker, they could definitely grab a receiver in this spot, especially after a year of watching Mike Wallace screw up.



  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. Besides, Williams hasn’t played very well overall thus far in 2015.

  11. Denver Broncos: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
    The Broncos have a nice pair of starting defensive ends in Derek Wolfe and Malik Jackson, but both will be free agents after the 2015 season. It’ll be difficult to retain both.

    Pick change; previously KeiVarae Russell, CB

  12. 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.



  13. 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 opening three games – the Bengals will have to find another pass-rusher next spring.

  14. Arizona Cardinals: Darron Lee, DE/OLB, Ohio State
    The Cardinals have lacked pass-rushing talent on the edge for quite some time now, so I have to imagine that they’ll have interest in a potent outside linebacker next spring.

  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.



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