2016 NFL Mock Draft: Predicted First-Round Picks After Scouting Combine

by NESN Staff

March 2, 2016

The NFL Scouting Combine has come and gone, and now teams have a much better idea of top prospects’ physical and mental strengths and weaknesses.

It’s also time to make fresh predictions for the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Here’s our NFL Mock Draft 4.0, post-combine edition.

1. Tennessee Titans (3-13): Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
2. Cleveland Browns (3-13): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers (4-12): Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12): Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Cowboys need a better pass rush, specifically someone on the edge who’s capable of shedding blocks and getting to the quarterback with speed and strength. Dallas had the sixth-fewest sacks in the NFL season and ranked 23rd in passing yards allowed per attempt. Recent departures of players such as DeMarcus Ware have hurt the Cowboys’ depth in this area, too.

Bosa is a tremendous pass rusher who made life miserable for quarterbacks while he played at Ohio State. He was the closest thing to J.J. Watt at the college level last season, and Dallas would address a major need by selecting Bosa with this pick.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
6. Baltimore Ravens (5-11): DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
7. San Francisco 49ers (5-11): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
8. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The Dolphins need an offense lineman, but their secondary could use major work, too. Miami gave up the fourth-most passing touchdowns in the NFL last season and ranked 27th in passing yards allowed per attempt. Ramsey would be able to step in and immediately bolster the coverage skills and tackling in the Dolphins’ defensive backfield.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10): A’Shaw Robinson, DT, Alabama
10. New York Giants (6-10): Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
11. Chicago Bears (6-10): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
12. New Orleans Saints (7-9): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
13. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9): Jared Goff, QB, California
Let’s be honest: Despite agreeing to a two-year contract Tuesday, Sam Bradford is not the Eagles’ long-term solution at quarterback. He threw for just 19 touchdowns with 14 interceptions and a 41.8 QBR last season. Durability has been a concern with him, too.

Goff could come in and start at some point next season, or go the Aaron Rodgers route and learn during his rookie season before taking over in the future.

Goff has a great arm, good size (6-foot-4 and 232 pounds) and the poise in the pocket to evade the rush, step up and make an accurate throw down field. Basically, he has all the physical tools needed to succeed early in his NFL career, and the Eagles have some talented playmakers at the skill positions to make his transition to the pros a smooth one.

14. Oakland Raiders (7-9): Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson
15. St. Louis Rams (7-9): Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
16. Detroit Lions (7-9): Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
The Lions could opt for an offensive lineman, specifically a left tackle, with this pick. However, rebuilding the defense remains a priority, and it’s never a bad idea to take a Nick Saban-coached linebacker.

Ragland is strong and smart, and he uses these skills to consistently stuff the run and make a ton of tackles. He’s not an elite coverage player, but it’s certainly something that can be improved with pro-level coaching.

17. Atlanta Falcons (8-8): Sheldon Rankings, DT, Louisville
18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8): Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
19. Buffalo Bills (8-8): Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
20. New York Jets (10-6): Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
21. Washington Redskins (9-7): Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
22. Houston Texans (9-7): Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
23. Minnesota Vikings (11-5): Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have a great sophomore season, and one reason for that was lack of quality receivers. Stefon Diggs, a rookie, led Minnesota receivers with 720 yards and four touchdowns. That’s not the ideal production from a No. 1 wideout.

The Vikings need to give Bridgewater another quality target in the passing game, and Boyd would be an excellent receiver option at this stage of the draft. He had 91 receptions for 926 yards and six touchdowns as a junior at Pitt. He’s also an above-average route runner, can make tough catches in traffic and shows pretty good speed.

24. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4): Tre’Davious White, DB, LSU
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6): Vadal Alexander, G, LSU
26. Seattle Seahawks (10-6): Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
27. Green Bay Packers (10-6): Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
28. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5): Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
29. Arizona Cardinals (13-3): Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
30. Denver Broncos (12-4): Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
31. Carolina Panthers (15-1): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The New England Patriots lost their first-round pick as NFL punishment over Deflategate.

Click to see Doug Kyed’s 2016 Patriots mock draft >>

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