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

Last update: Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. Major changes.
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  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

  3. Buffalo Bills: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
    The Bills had lots of potential entering this season, as many, including myself, thought that Rex Ryan would improve a defense that was already terrific. Instead, the stop unit has struggled. Some players, like Mario Williams, have been completely dogging it, so I can’t see him being around next year. Here’s a replacement for the declining pass-rusher.

    Pick change; previously A’Shawn Robinson, DE/DT



  4. Pittsburgh Steelers: Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU
    Pittsburgh’s secondary is horrible right now, but there’s lots of potential with that unit if the team can find a No. 1 corner to play across from Ross Cockrell. Suddenly, a secondary comprised of Cockrell, Tre’Davious White and Brandon Boykin in the nickel (if they finally decide to use him) doesn’t sound too bad.

    Pick change; previously Jayron Kearse, S

  5. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
    Washington’s two primary inside linebackers, Keenan Robinson and Perry Riley, will be free agents in 2016 and 2017, respectively. They haven’t played particularly well anyway, so if the Redskins aren’t in a position to improve the secondary, perhaps they’ll look into bolstering their linebacking corps.

  6. 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.

    Pick change; previously Mackensie Alexander, CB



  7. New York Jets: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
    A left tackle for the future… or perhaps the present. D’Brickashaw Ferguson has enjoyed a great career with the Jets, but there’s no question that he’s been declining lately. Ferguson turns 32 in a week, and he’s due close to $20 million over the next couple of seasons. I could see New York picking Jack Conklin and using him at right tackle for one season, and then moving him to the blind side after parting ways with Ferguson the following spring.

    Pick change; previously Taylor Decker, OT

  8. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
    The Seahawks almost have to upgrade their offensive line, don’t they? Russell Wilson was constantly running for his life earlier in the season. Seattle has since made some great adjustments, but the front office still has to look at improving the blocking.

    Pick change; previously Vadal Alexander, G

  9. 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 and Mike DeVito have both been outstanding this season, but they also happen to be impending free agents. It’ll be difficult to keep both around.



  10. Minnesota Vikings: Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
    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.

    Pick change; previously Su’a Cravens, S/LB

  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.

  12. Cincinnati Bengals: Adolphus Washington, DE/DT, Ohio State
    The Bengals need to bolster the interior of their defensive line, as Domata Peko is no longer the same player he once was. There should be a couple of defensive tackles to choose from at the end of the first round.



  13. Arizona Cardinals: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
    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.

    Pick change; previously Adolphus Washington, DE/DT

  14. Denver Broncos: Jonathan Allen, DE/DT, Alabama
    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 Anthony Zettel, DE/DT

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

    Pick change; previously Michael Thomas, WR



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