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

Last update: Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015. Major changes.
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  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
    The Buccaneers drafted Donovan Smith to go with Demar Dotson, but Smith has struggled mightily thus far, so perhaps he could move inside. Also, with Dotson, he’ll be entering his contract season as a soon-to-be 31-year-old, so this could be a long-term solution.

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    Pick change; previously Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT

  2. Seattle Seahawks: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
    All of the first-round offensive tackles are off the board, so the Seahawks have to look elsewhere for the first time in a while in terms of this mock draft. Perhaps they’ll draft the best-available defensive player. Leonard Floyd would make sense, as Bruce Irvin is an impending free agent. Irvin has expressed interest playing elsewhere, so Seattle will probably have to replace him.

    Pick change; previously Jack Conklin, OT

  3. Buffalo Bills: A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT, Alabama
    I’ve mentioned Mario Williams as someone who hasn’t played up to his potential. The same can be said for Kyle Williams, who turns 33 this offseason. Considering that he’s due $7 million in 2016, the Bills could part ways with him.

    Pick change; previously Shaq Lawson, DE



  4. Houston Texans: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
    The Texans were going to take Todd Gurley if he fell to them at No. 16 because the concerns about Arian Foster’s soft-tissue injuries are real. Foster has never been the same since foolishly changing his eating habits, and he’s never going to be a reliable player as a result. Houston will be looking for a new running back this offseason.

  5. Kansas City Chiefs: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
    Andy Reid loves bolstering the trenches. I’ve had him taking an offensive lineman all this time, but he could also find someone for his defensive front. Jaye Howard andMike DeVito have both been outstanding this season, but they also happen to be impending free agents. It’ll be difficult to keep both around.

    Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT

  6. New York Giants: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
    Johnathan Hankins is a very talented defensive tackle, but that’s all the Giants have at the position. They need to fill the huge void they have next to Hankins, so I expect that to be a priority for them next offseason.

    Pick change; previously Kenny Clark, DT



  7. 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 throughout this season has been an embarrassment. The tackles are fine, but every position on the interior has to be upgraded.

  8. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
    O’Brien Schofield is seeing a ton of snaps this season. The Falcons would be better off if that didn’t happen – they currently have the fewest sacks in the NFL – so it’s possible that they could use a second-consecutive first-round pick on an edge rusher.

    Pick change; previously Emmanuel Ogbah, DE

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
    The Steelers are going to have a hole at one of the safety spots next year. Michael Mitchell has played well, but Will Allen is a 34-year-old impending free agent. Shamarko Thomas can’t get on the field, so I’m not sure he’ll be in Pittsburgh’s future plans if the team can obtain a talented safety in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.



  10. Minnesota Vikings: Su’a Cravens, S, USC
    Harrison Smith might be the best safety in the NFL. However, the Vikings have nothing else at the position, and the last time I checked, most teams start two players there. Minnesota could be searching for help next to Smith come April. It’s also worth noting that Smith will be a free agent in March 2017, so some insurance isn’t a bad idea.

  11. Green Bay Packers: Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
    It goes without saying that Clay Matthews is a great player, but he would be better off at his natural edge-rushing position. The Packers simply haven’t been able to find an adequate inside linebacker. Perhaps that’ll change early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Kenny Clark, DT

  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
    Andy Dalton has enjoyed having more weapons to throw to, but there’s a chance he could lose some this offseason, as Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu will both be impending free agents. The Bengals don’t have much depth at receiver, as we saw last year, so they’ll probably have to spend multiple resources on improving this area.

    Pick change; previously Shilique Calhoun, DE



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    Outside of Calais Campbell, the Cardinals aren’t all that talented on their defensive line. Plus, Campbell isn’t getting any younger, as he’ll turn 30 this upcoming offseason.

  14. Denver Broncos: Anthony Zettel, DE/DT, Penn State
    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.

  15. Carolina Panthers: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
    Carolina’s defense has been terrific this season, and even Charles Tillman has played well across from Josh Norman. That will be a problem going forward, however, as Tillman will be a 35-year-old free agent in March.



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