Championship games have concluded and we know that the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are ready to square off in Super Bowl 50. That means that 30 draft positions have been solidified so far (baring trades). With the Senior Bowl quickly approaching, what better time to get out another edition of the 2016 NFL Mock Draft? Let’s dive in.

  1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss – This pick remains unchanged. The Titans land the best offensive tackle prospect since perhaps Tyron Smith. He’ll protect Mariota’s blindside for the next decade.

    Allstate Sugar Bowl - Mississippi v Oklahoma State
    Laremy Tunsil can also score touchdowns, but it’s likely the Titans won’t call on him to do that. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
  2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, California – Johnny Manziel is out the door and the Browns will have their pick of the litter at quarterback. They’ll have the freedom to choose the best available option, which will likely be Jared Goff from California.

    Arizona State v California
    Jared Goff will have to transition from the California sun to the Cleveland cold. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
  3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State – The Chargers need an identity on defense. With Eric Weddle’s departure all but imminent, they grab Bosa here to be a foundational piece to rebuild their defense around.

    Maryland v Ohio State
    Joey Bosa is already searching for apartments in AFC West backfields. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
  4. Dallas Cowboys – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA – With Rolando McClain heading to free agency, the Cowboys draft Myles Jack here to be Sean Lee’s partner in crime. Jack is coming off of a season-ending knee injury, but should be perfectly healthy by the time the Combine rolls around.

    Virginia v UCLA
    Word is that Wolverine Myles Jack is already healthy from his knee injury (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State – If Ramsey is still available here, the Jaguars are sprinting to the podium with this pick. Ramsey is likely a safety at the next level and will give Gud Bradley’s defense the enforcer in the secondary that it has lacked for so long.

    Jalen Ramsey is here to kick ass and chew bubblegum, and he’s all out of bubblegum. (Streeter Leckla/Getty Images)
  6. Baltimore Ravens – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss – Steve Smith is coming back for one last hurrah, but he is 36 years old, while 2015 first-round pick Breshad Perriman hasn’t shown anything yet. The Ravens take Treadwell here to be their No. 1 option for the future.
  7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon – The Chip Kelly era in San Fran starts by drafting a familiar Oregon name. Buckner is an underrated defensive lineman and will be an essential cog in rebuilding the once-feared 49ers defensive front.
  8. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – Brent Grimes is 32 years old and the Dolphins draft Hargreaves here to be his successor. This is a great scenario for Hargreaves, as he can come in and learn for a bit before taking over No. 1 duties.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky – Tampa has struggled to get to the quarterback, even with Gerald McCoy on the roster. Spence has off-the-field issues, but is the second best pure-pass rusher in the class behind Joey Bosa.
  10. New York Giants – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State – The Giants have not has a consistent running game in a while and drafting a running back in the Top-10 is no longer taboo. There are very few flaws to Elliott’s game and it’s not out of the question that he could have a Todd Gurley-like impact for the Giants early on.

    Zeke is the best running back in this class, and it’t not even close. (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)
  11. Chicago Bears – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame – Kyle Long is a Pro-Bowler at either guard or right tackle and the Bears seem to have found their long-term center in Hroniss Grasu last year. They take Stanley here to be their left tackle of the future.
  12. New Orleans Saints – Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor – The Saints reworked their linebacker situation in last year’s draft, and now they focus on defensive line by drafting Billings, perhaps the best interior prospect in the draft.
  13. Philadelphia Eagles – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – The new organization in Philly will likely want to part ways with Sam Bradford, who apparently is wanting a huge contract. As such, they draft Lynch here to be their immediate starter.
  14. Oakland Raiders – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson – The Raiders have their quarterback, receiver and pass rusher all in place. Now, they take Alexander to be their No. 1 cornerback as they slowly but surely build one of the most dangerous rosters in the league.
  15. Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State – A new city means a new identity for the Rams. Wentz is the perfect option for an organization looking to rebuild their brand.

    North Dakota State v Iowa State
    At 6-5, 233 lbs., as the scouts at the Senior Bowl put it, Carson Wentz is “one big motherf*cker.” (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)
  16. Detroit Lions – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama – DeAndre Levy is a great linebacker, but he needs help in the middle. Luckily for the Lions, Ragland is the best inside linebacker prospect in a class. Look for him to have a C.J. Mosley-like impact early in his career.
  17. Atlanta Falcons – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson – The Falcons took Vic Beasley in the Top-10 last year and now they take Lawson, his former backup, to be Beasley’s opposite. Lawson suffered an injury in the college football playoffs, which could hurt his draft stock if he can’t participate at the Combine.
  18. Indianapolis Colts – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State – The Colts have to rebuild their front seven on defense, and that starts with drafting Darron Lee. Lee is the perfect example of the modern-day linebacker: quick, agile, and makes plays when the ball is in the air.
  19. Buffalo Bills – A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama – The Bills have perhaps the best defensive front in football, which will get better with this pickup of Robinson. While he might not be a day-one starter on this line, Robinson will be in a perfect spot to sit and rotate in.
  20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia – Much like the Bills before them, the Jets upgrade their defensive line with this pick. Floyd is a versatile outside linebacker who can rush the passer, but also drop back into coverage as a traditional linebacker.
  21. Washington Redskins – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State – Kirk Cousins is the guy moving forward, so the Redskins draft him a No. 1 receiver. Thomas isn’t quite the prospect that Laquon Treadwell is, but is more than ready to step in for a team with playoff hopes.

    BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl - Ohio State v Notre Dame
    Michael Thomas is impressive, but another Ohio State receiver is drawing attention at Senior Bowl practices… (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
  22. Houston Texans – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame – Jaylon Smith isn’t expected to play in 2016 due to the serious knee injury he suffered in the Fiesta Bowl, but the Texans draft him for the future. If he comes back 100% healthy, Smith is a game-changer at linebacker.
  23. Minnesota Vikings – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh – The Vikings grab Teddy a No. 1 receiver with this pick. Boyd doesn’t have elite measurables, but has great hands and is a superb route runner.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma – With their playoff window wide open, the Bengals grab Shepard to be an X-factor. With teams blanketing A.J. Green, there will be plenty of opportunities for Shepard to make plays with one-on-one coverage down the field.
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State – Big Ben’s time is slowly coming to an end and the Steelers must allocate as many resources as possible in keeping him upright. Luckily, Whitehair is a prospect that many have compared to Zach Martin (now an All-Pro) coming out two years ago.
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State – Richard Sherman is still the guy, but the Seahawks could afford to grab Apple here to be their starter opposite of him. Offensive coordinators in the NFC West feel a cold chill running down their spine with this pick.
  27. Green Bay Packers – Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida – The Packers need help on their defensive line and Bullard is a player who could conceivably play either end or tackle in the NFL.

    Vanderbilt v Florida
    Jonathan Bullard (#90) is a bad man. You want him on your team. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
  28. Kansas City Chiefs – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State – In a good, but not great, class for offensive tackles, the Chiefs are in a perfect spot to grab a late-first round tackle prospect. Decker is more than capable of starting at left tackle to replace the bust that is Eric Fisher.
  29. New England Patriots – Pick forfeit due to DeflateGate. But let’s be honest, the Patriots probably would have traded it for a pair of fourth rounders anyways.
  30. Arizona Cardinals – Su’a Cravens, LB, USC – Two years ago, the Cardinals took a safety-linebacker tweener prospect named Deone Buchanan and turned him into an unstoppable wrecking ball at linebacker. Well, the Cardinals need help at linebacker again and Su’a Cravens fits the mold that they have already set in place.
  31. Denver Broncos – Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford – Peyton Manning might be playing his last game in the Super Bowl, so the Broncos look towards the future with this pick. Whoever is playing quarterback next year for the Broncos will need better offensive line play and Garnett is a prospect that can come in and start right away.

    Stanford v Arizona
    Joshua Garnett will stare into your soul before the snap, then he’ll block you into another dimension. (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
  32. Carolina Panthers – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – Michael Oher is having a great year, but he’s not the left tackle of the future. Spriggs might be a bit of a project, but has all the tools necessary to be Cam Newton’s left tackle for the next couple of Super Bowl runs.

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