Predicting The Entire First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft

The NFL draft can make or break teams, GM's willing to make a leap of faith with a monster trade might end up on the other end of the chopping block. But of course no risk, no reward.

Every year NFL teams are tasked with balancing team needs and available draft pick and players they can use as trade chips. Making the right choices during the draft can turn a franchise completely around, a few drafts in a row can create dominant powerhouses for years to come. But making mistakes can cost you with years of shame and garbage begs , see Cleveland Browns.

This mock draft is my opinion based on team needs , on which direction each of the teams in the first round might head in this years draft. These players dominated their respective levels of play and now are looking to prove themselves they can make the leap to the next level and be a viable piece to a franchise looking to contend. The possibility of trades will not be included on this list.

31 Tennessee Titans - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

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30 Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal 

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29 San Diego Chargers -  Myles Jack, MLB, UCLA 

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28 Dallas Cowboys - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss 


27 Jacksonville Jaguars - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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26 Baltimore Ravens -  Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame 

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25 San Francisco 49ers - Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State 

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

24 Philadelphia Eagles - A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama 

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23 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor 

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22 New York Giants - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon 

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

21 Chicago Bears - Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor 

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

20 New Orleans Saints - Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida 

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19 Miami Dolphins - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

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18 Oakland Raiders - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson 

Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

17 Los Angeles Rams - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis 

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16 Detroit Lions - Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson 

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15 Atlanta Falcons  - Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/DT, Oklahoma State 

Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

14 Indianapolis Colts - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State 

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

13 Buffalo Bills - Robert Nkemdiche, DE, Ole Miss 

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

12 New York Jets - Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky 

Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

11 Washington Redskins  - Josh Doctson, WR, TCU 

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10 Houston Texans - Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama 

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

9 Minnesota Vikings - Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State 

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8 Cincinnati Bengals -  Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame 

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7 Pittsburgh Steelers - Eli Apple, DB, Ohio State

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6 Seattle Seahawks - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State 

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5 Green Bay Packers - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama 

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4 Kansas City - Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State 

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3 Arizona Cardinals -  Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State

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2  30. Carolina Panthers - Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State 

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

1 Denver Broncos - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

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The defending Super Bowl champions lost Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler to free agency. After those tough breaks, they'll get a big one with Carson Wentz falling all the way to them at no.31. Wentz has surpassed Goff on many scouts' rankings due to his prototypical size and arm strength. Wentz also scored a 40 on the Wonderlic test, the highest of all QBs at this year's combine. These are all characteristics Gary Kubiak would love in his next QB. This year's QB class isn't the strongest, but Wentz falling to 31 would be a huge break for the Broncos.

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Predicting The Entire First Round of the 2016 NFL Draft