On Thursday, it was announced that the Tennessee Titans have traded the first overall pick to the Los Angeles Rams. Well, technically the trade was completed Wednesday night, but the Rams didn’t want to interfere with Kobe Bryant’s retirement ceremony. Pretty good move to respect their new neighbors, I guess. Regardless, the order of the 2016 Draft has changed yet again, meaning a whole host of new scenarios are open to us. Let’s take a look at how the draft could unfold with this new trade.

  1. Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State – From what I’ve seen, the Rams have been linked to Wentz for quite some time. It’s obvious the Rams are gunning for a QB at No. 1, and they’ll have their pick between him and Jared Goff.
  2. Cleveland Browns – Jared Goff, QB, California – Despite signing RG3, the Browns need a QB. The Rams grab Wentz, but the Browns staff also likes Goff quite a bit. He could be good under Hue Jackson.
  3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State – My first reaction was to pencil in Laremy Tunsil here, but as Twitter user @JuMosq pointed out, the Chargers have invested a lot of money into their tackles already so it doesn’t really make sense. Still, the Chargers can grab Ramsey here to replace Eric Weddle. Not a bad consolation prize.
  4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State – The Cowboys would have loved Ramsey here, but Joey Bosa is a great pick as well. Randy Gregory is suspended and the ‘Boys need some help at pass rush heading into 2016.
  5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA – The Jaguars would have loved for Ramsey to fall here, but Jack will do as a consolation prize. Assuming the medical recheck on his knee turns out fine, Jack will be a superstar for the Jaguars.
    • UPDATE: Apparently, Jack failed some of his medical rechecks this week in Indianapolis. The concern with the knee isn’t with immediate health (he’s expected to be ready for the season opener), but long-term health. Doctors don’t know if he’ll play 10 games or 10 years. For now, I’m leaving him here for the Jaguars, but this could change before draft night.
  6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsi, OT, Ole Miss – The best player in the draft falls to Baltimore, who desperately needs tackle help. The Ravens might be the biggest winner of the Rams/Titans trade if they can grab Tunsil.
  7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon – With no QB available, Chip Kelly goes back to what he knows best: Oregon players. Buckner can team up with Arik Armstead to give the 49ers a very good interior presence.
  8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State – The Eagles run this card up to the podium before they’re even on the clock. No question here.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson – Pass rush is a big need for the Bucs, so they grab Lawson in hopes that he can get some sacks.
  10. New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame – The Giants drafted Ereck Flowers last year, but that won’t stop them from getting more protection for Eli Manning.
  11. Chicago Bears – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State – The Bears have an All-Pro in Kyle Long and they grab Decker to continue to develop their offensive line.
  12. New Orleans Saints – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss – With Drew Brees entering the latter portion of his career, the Saints get him one more weapon to play with.
  13. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – Brent Grimes is off to Tampa, so the Dolphins grab his replacement in Hargreaves, an undersized but physical cornerback.
  14. Oakland Raiders – William Jackson III, CB, Houston – Raider fans might be traumatized by another Houston cornerback, but WJ3 is a much different player than D.J. Hayden a couple of years ago.
  15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State – Taylor Lewan can stay at left tackle, so the Titans grab Conklin to be their right tackle. By trading for DeMarco Murray, the Titans have shown a commitment to improving the run game to lessen the load off of Marcus Mariota.
  16. Detroit Lions – Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor – The Lions have missed a dominant interior presence ever since Suh left for sunnier skies, so they grab Billings here to be that guy.
  17. Atlanta Falcons – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson – With the Falcons needing a pass rush, they draft Dodd to pair with former Clemson teammate Vic Beasley.
  18. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama – Andrew Luck needs better protection and it starts up front, specifically at the center position.
  19. Buffalo Bills – Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia – The Bills need a better pass rush with Mario Williams moving on and Leonard Floyd is a versatile pass rusher who can also give you production when dropping into coverage.
  20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – The Jets breathe a sigh of relief that Lynch falls this far. No question about this pick for a team with a need at quarterback.
  21. Washington Redskins – Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville – For a team needing help at defensive tackle, Rankins is the perfect option.
  22. Houston Texans – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor – For the Texans, this draft should be about getting players that help Brock Osweiler succeed immediately. Coleman is another weapon for him to play with.
  23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU – A year after spurning a top receiver target for Teddy, the Vikings make amends and grab Doctson for him to throw to.
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky – For a team that always seems to be one win away, Spence could be that X-factor that puts them in a conference championship.
  25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State – Big Ben is getting hurt more and more often, so this draft needs to focus on protecting him and keeping him upright.
  26. Seattle Seahawks – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – Russell Wilson is phenomenal, but the Seahawks can’t keep ignoring the offensive line as the biggest weakness on the team.
  27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama – Drafting Ragland allows the Packers to move Clay Matthews back to outside linebacker and focus as a pass rusher.
  28. Kansas City Chiefs – Keanu Neal, S, Florida – Despite Eric Berry’s presence, the Chiefs are looking for one more safety to pair with him. Neal would be a great fit for a secondary along with 2015 first-round pick Marcus Peters.
  29. Arizona Cardinals – Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB, Boise State – The Cardinals need to upgrade their pass rush and Correa might be the best option left at the position.
  30. Carolina Panthers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State – Josh Norman is a superstar, but the Panthers grab Apple here to pair up alongside him.
  31. Denver Broncos – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State – When the best quarterback on your roster is Mark Sanchez, taking Connor Cook doesn’t look so crazy. The Broncos have already proven they can win without a great talent at the quarterback position.
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