Chris Brown's 2016 NFL mock draft

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Below is my 11th annual NFL mock draft on buffalobills.com. As I always state this is how I believe things could play out in round one on Thursday night.

The trades we've seen already at the top of the draft I believe will spur more teams to try and move up or down for specific prospects or better value. That being said I'm not going to predict trades. My mock draft hopefully serves to provide a better feel for what other teams will be looking to address in terms of position need.

Enjoy the draft, Bills fans, and follow our wall-to-wall draft coverage at buffalobills.com!

Team

Top 3 Needs

Possible Selections

  1. Los Angeles

QB, CB, LB

Top choice: QB Jared Goff - Cal 

QB Carson Wentz – North Dakota St.

The Rams made a bold move up the board to get their franchise quarterback. Goff is believed to be their preference over Wentz.

  1. Philadelphia

DB, OT, QB

Top choice: QB Carson Wentz – North Dakota St.

CB Jalen Ramsey – Florida State

The Eagles swung two trades and parted with three first-round picks to get to the number two position. You don't do that for anything but a quarterback you believe in 100 percent.

  1. San Diego

DE, OT, DB

Top choice: DE Jalen Ramsey – Florida St.

DE DeForest Buckner - Oregon

San Diego's offensive line was a mess last season, but it was more an issue of injury than talent. Ramsey is a rare player who could handle DeMaryius Thomas and Amari Cooper twice a year.

  1. Dallas

DE, DB, QB

Top choice: DE DeForest Buckner - Oregon

RB Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State

The Cowboys need help up front with the Greg Hardy mess and DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory suspensions. Buckner offers a higher ceiling than Joey Bosa.  

  1. Jacksonville

LB, DL, OL

Top choice: LB Myles Jack - UCLA

OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

The Jaguars bank on Jack's knee holding up hoping to get one of the most dynamic athletes in the class.

  1. Baltimore

OT, LB, RB 

Top choice: OT Laremy Tunsil – Ole Miss

OT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame

After handing Joe Flacco a $66M extension the Ravens invest in their QB again and take one of the top pass protectors in the class.

  1. San Francisco

DL, CB, OL

Top choice: DE Joey Bosa – Ohio State

OT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame

The 49ers are supposed to get former first-round pick Anthony Davis back after a brief retirement, so the 49ers grab a blue collar edge defender.

  1. Cleveland

OL, DL, DB

Top choice: OT Ronnie Stanley – Notre Dame

OLB Leonard Floyd – Georgia

The Browns are fortunate to see Stanley still on the board. He can immediately replace Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle who left in free agency.

  1. Tampa Bay

DE, CB, S

Top choice: DE Leonard Floyd - Georgia

CB Vernon Hargreaves - Florida

The Bucs signed DE Robert Ayers in free agency, but speed & athleticism off the edge is needed and Floyd can provide that immediately.

  1. NY Giants

OL, CB, DT

Top choice: RB Ezekiel Elliott – Ohio State

OT Jack Conklin – Michigan State

This is not a typical Giants pick, but Elliott is a rare talent that helps an aging Eli Manning immeasurably on offense. 

  1. Chicago

DT, OT, S

Top choice: DT Sheldon Rankins - Louisville

OT Jack Conklin – Michigan State

The Bears need a starter on the defensive interior and in a 4-3 front Rankins can be that guy as the run on defensive tackles begins.

  1. New Orleans

CB, DL, OL

Top choice: DE Shaq Lawson - Clemson

CB William Jackson III - Houston

The Saints begin addressing their league-worst defense with some help up front for Cameron Jordan.

  1. Miami

CB, S, LB

Top choice: CB Vernon Hargreaves - Florida

CB William Jackson III - Houston

Miami needs help at corner and Hargreaves offers the coverage and run support a team is looking for in a top flight corner.

  1. Oakland

CB, OL, DT

Top choice: CB William Jackson III - Houston

OT Jack Conklin – Michigan State

After finishing 26th against the pass the Raiders boosted their pass rush with free agent Bruce Irvin. Now they get help on the back end.

  1. Tennessee

CB, OT, LB

Top choice: OT Jack Conklin – Michigan State

ILB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

The Titans are interested in moving back up, but Conklin falling to them at 15 would be perfect. Their 18th ranked run defense could use a stuffer in the middle too.

  1. Detroit

OT, DL, DB 

Top choice: OT Taylor Decker – Ohio State

DT Jarran Reed - Alabama

Answers in the trenches is what the Lions will be looking for and Decker is the best option on offense.

  1. Atlanta

LB, S, OL

Top choice: ILB Reggie Ragland - Alabama

LB Darron Lee – Ohio State

The Falcons need a true 'mike' linebacker for their 4-3 front and Ragland is a better fit for what they need than Lee.

  1. Indianapolis

LB, NT, OL

Top choice: LB Darron Lee – Ohio State

DT Jarran Reed – Alabama

Colts GM Ryan Grigson could go with a big man early, but depth in the draft at DT allows him to add some much needed speed at linebacker.

  1. Buffalo

LB, DL, S

Top choice: DT Jarran Reed - Alabama

CB Eli Apple – Ohio State

A linebacker of interest to Buffalo goes a pick before them, but they're more than happy to scoop up a hustling run stuffer who offers more pass rush than some might think. Trading down is possible.

  1. NY Jets

LB, QB, OL

Top choice: QB Paxton Lynch - Memphis

C Ryan Kelly - Alabama

The Jets may feel the need to trade up to get Lynch, and may use DE Muhammad Wilkerson to do so. Lynch here would be the third QB drafted by New York in the last four years.  

  1. Washington

DL, RB, S

Top choice: DL A'Shawn Robinson - Alabama

S Vonn Bell – Ohio State

Washington may look to move down here as the value isn't ideal, but Robinson fits their 3-4 scheme.

  1. Houston

OL, WR, S

Top choice: WR Josh Doctson - TCU

C Ryan Kelly – Alabama

Doctson has enough speed to threaten defenses vertically and enough size to win jump balls. He'll get a lot of one-on-one matchups with De'Andre Hopkins on the other side.

  1. Minnesota

WR, CB, LB

Top choice: WR Laquon Treadwell – Ole Miss

CB Eli Apple – Ohio State

The Vikings have plenty of speed in their receiving corps, but are short on size. Treadwell provides a big target, who can make plays after the catch for the NFL's 31st pass offense in 2015.

  1. Cincinnati

WR, LB, OL

Top choice: WR Corey Coleman - Baylor

C Ryan Kelly - Alabama

The free agent losses of Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones prompt this move for one of the more elusive pass catchers in the class.

  1. Pittsburgh

CB, DL, LB

Top choice: CB Eli Apple – Ohio State

NT Vernon Butler – Louisiana Tech

The Steelers luck into seeing the third best corner in the draft still on the board.

  1. Seattle

OT, DL, LB

Top choice:  DT Vernon Butler – Louisiana Tech

DE Noah Spence – Eastern Kentucky

The departure of Russell Okung leaves a hole at left tackle, but the value isn't there.

  1. Green Bay

LB, DL, OL

Top choice: DT Kenny Clark - UCLA

DE Kevin Dodd – Clemson

The Packers have drafted defense first each of the last four years. The value points them in that direction again as they address the loss of B.J. Raji, who is stepping away from football.

  1. Kansas City

S, WR, DL

Top choice: S Vonn Bell – Ohio State

S Keanu Neal – Florida

The Chiefs need a bona fide starter to pair with Eric Berry at safety. Bell can provide that.

  1. Arizona

OT, QB, CB

Top choice: OLB Noah Spence – E. Kentucky

CB Mackensie Alexander - Clemson

With one of the best edge rushers left on the board, the risk fits the reward at the bottom of round one.

  1. Carolina

CB, OT, LB

Top choice: CB Mackensie Alexander - Clemson

OT Germain Ifedi – Texas A&M

The parting of ways with Josh Norman makes Alexander a logical pick to fill the void.

  1. Denver

LB, DL, QB  

Top choice: QB Connor Cook – Michigan State

DE Kevin Dodd – Clemson

Absent a quarterback deal with the Jets or Philadelphia, the Broncos may have to go best on the board at the bottom of round one.  

There are only 31 picks in round one this year because the New England Patriots forfeited their first-round pick at 29 as part of the Deflategate scandal. *

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