Luke Easterling's final 2016 mock draft

My final first-round projections for the 2016 NFL Draft

This is my final projection of how things might go tonight, not necessarily what I would do if I were the GM of each team.


1. Los Angeles Rams | Jared Goff | QB | California

Rams make their return to the City of Angels with their new franchise quarterback.

2. Philadelphia Eagles | Carson Wentz | QB | North Dakota State

Bradford's unhappy, but if he plays well, they don't have to make this move.

3. San Diego Chargers | Ronnie Stanley | OT | Notre Dame

Stanley has less upside than Tunsil, but he's more polished and squeaky-clean off the field.

4. Dallas Cowboys | Ezekiel Elliott | RB | Ohio State

I wouldn't do it, but I think the 'Boys are smitten with Zeke.

5. *Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Jalen Ramsey | DB | Florida State

Bucs flip Glennon to a QB-needy team for an extra 3rd-rounder, then use it to move up for the best overall player in the draft.

6. Baltimore Ravens | Laremy Tunsil | OT | Mississippi

Hard choice between Tunsil and Buckner, but a franchise left tackle with rare athleticism gets the nod.

7. San Francisco 49ers | DeForest Buckner | DL | Oregon

Best player available, Buckner joins former teammate and fellow versatile disruptor Arik Armstead up front.

8. *Tennessee Titans | Jack Conklin | OT | Michigan State

GM Jon Robinson uses one of his 2nd-rounders (and maybe a little more) to move up for his other bookend to protect Marcus Mariota.

9. *Jacksonville Jaguars | Leonard Floyd | OLB | Georgia

I get the feeling the Jags are the team locked in on Floyd. Versatile and athletic is what Gus Bradley loves on the edge.

10. New York Giants | Joey Bosa | DE | Ohio State

G-Men were at their best when they had an endless stable of talented ends. Bosa's a no-brainer value pick here.

11. Chicago Bears | Darron Lee | LB | Ohio State

The pieces are falling in place on defense, but Lee would give them an impressive athlete they could use at the second level.

12. New Orleans Saints | Sheldon Rankins | DT | Louisville

Kevin Williams isn't getting any younger. The undersized but explosive Rankins upgrades a defensive line that needs to make more plays in the backfield.

13. Miami Dolphins | Myles Jack | LB | UCLA

Somebody's going to take a chance on him in the top 15, knee injury be damned. I think the Dolphins would love to see him slide to them.

14. Oakland Raiders | Robert Nkemdiche | DT | Mississippi

He's too good to fall out of the top 20. GM Reggie McKenzie continues building one of the most talented young teams in the league.

15. *Cleveland Browns | Laquon Treadwell | WR | Mississippi

I don't think the Browns are smitten with a QB this early, but they desperately need a legit No. 1 receiver. Screw the stopwatch, Treadwell's this year's top pass-catcher.

16. Detroit Lions | Taylor Decker | OT | Ohio State

Riley Reiff needs to slide inside, and Decker is an instant upgrade at either tackle spot.

17. Atlanta Falcons | Shaq Lawson | DE | Clemson

Don't let the Clemson pass-rusher stigma fool you. Lawson's not Gaines Adams or Bowers. He and former Tiger Vic Beasley together? Beast.

18. Indianapolis Colts | Ryan Kelly | C | Alabama

Colts desperately need interior line help. Kelly is one of the best center prospects in recent memory and will make a world of difference.

19. Buffalo Bills | Jarran Reed | DT | Alabama

Pass-rusher makes more sense, but I get the feeling the Bills love Reed's dominant run-stuffing ability.

20. New York Jets | Noah Spence | DE/OLB | Eastern Kentucky

I don't think the Jets are sold on Paxton Lynch. They have a dominant front, but need and explosive edge rusher like Spence.

21. *Cincinnati Bengals | Corey Coleman | WR | Baylor

Cincy needs a No. 2 target with speed to team up with A.J. Green. They jump ahead of two teams with WR needs to grab the explosive and dynamic Coleman.

22. Houston Texans | Will Fuller | WR | Notre Dame

With Coleman sniped just above them, Houston could move to the next speedster on the list in Fuller to pair with DeAndre Hopkins.

23. Minnesota Vikings | Josh Doctson | WR | TCU

Minny has their speedy, undersized receiver in Stefon Diggs, but needs a playmaker with size to be their No. 1. Doctson is the perfect fit here.

24. *Washington Redskins | A'Shawn Robinson | DL | Alabama

Washington moves back a few picks, getting better value for a massive run-stuffer who can help anchor the defensive line.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers | William Jackson III | CB | Houston

The Steelers have paid close attention to this year's top corners, and with good reason. Jackson has the size/speed/ball skills combo to be a top cover man.

26. Seattle Seahawks | Chris Jones | DL | Mississippi State

Might be surprising to some, but Jones has loads of potential and the versatility Seattle loves in their defensive linemen.

27. Green Bay Packers | Vernon Butler | DL | Louisiana Tech

Hard to find guys with Butler's combination of size and athleticism. He replaces B.J. Raji in the middle, but can line up in multiple spots up front.

28. Kansas City Chiefs | Eli Apple | CB | Ohio State

KC loves corners with length and upside, and Apple brings plenty of both. Team him up with Marcus Peters and watch opposing quarterbacks cry.

29. *Dallas Cowboys | Kevin Dodd | DE | Clemson

Dallas makes a move up, but not for a quarterback. Carolina could have their eye on Dodd, so the 'Boys jump up to fill one of their biggest needs.

30. Carolina Panthers | Vernon Hargreaves III | CB | Florida

Could go safety or defensive end here, but if VH3 falls to them, he'd be a solid replacement for the abruptly departed Josh Norman

31. *New Orleans Saints | Paxton Lynch | QB | Memphis

Word has it the Saints may be in love with Lynch as the heir apparent to Drew Brees. They jump in front of Cleveland and few other teams who could have their eye on Lynch if he falls this far.

*projected trade

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