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2016 NFL Draft: Post-Trades First Round Mock

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Jared Goff

It appears that the first big news of the 2016 NFL Draft has already broken. When the Los Angeles Rams traded up to grab the top pick from the Tennessee Titans, drama and intrigue kicked off this year's event long before the selections began coming in.

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But it didn't stop there. On Tuesday, the Cleveland Browns traded out of the second pick to the Philadelphia Eagles.

It sure looks at this point that the first two picks off the board will be quarterbacks, possibly pushing down the likes of Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil and Florida State's Jalen Ramsey.

Then again, who knows if we'll see more trades before next week? There's plenty that can happen, so strap in and enjoy the ride.

1. Los Angeles Rams (via trade with Tennessee)

Los Angeles Rams

Pick: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Depending on whom you believe, this pick will either be Wentz or Cal quarterback Jared Goff. It appears to change daily, and one has to believe the leaks are intentional by the Rams to throw people off. The belief here is that the Rams have had their eyes on Wentz for a while now. Still, this could easily be Goff here.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade with Cleveland)

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Pick: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The Eagles went with the bold move and traded for the second pick, and one has to believe that assuming Wentz is off the board, they will be happy to take Goff here. At the beginning of the evaluation process, Goff was considered a sure thing to be the first quarterback off the board. Even if he doesn't go first overall, Goff could very well be the best signal-caller of the draft.

3. San Diego Chargers

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Pick: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

A few weeks ago, you might have seen Tunsil here and you still might, but Ramsey makes a lot of sense for a lot of reasons. The loss of Eric Weddle in the secondary creates a big hole, and the selection of Ramsey would allow the Chargers to have a versatile playmaker that can make a difference at either corner or safety.

4. Dallas Cowboys

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Pick: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

There's still the possibility that the Cowboys go with the big stunner and pick Tony Romo's successor. However, with Goff and Wentz likely off the board at this stage, any other quarterback would be a reach. Expect the Cowboys to go with either Ohio State's Joey Bosa or Buckner here to boost the pass rush.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars

Pick: Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

This would be an interesting place for Tunsil to land, as he would be an instant answer at left tackle to protect Blake Bortles' blind side. However, Jack would be too good to pass up, and the Jaguars, with the addition of Malik Jackson and the return from injury of last year's first-round pick Dante Fowler Jr., would have the pieces of a strong front seven in place.

6. Baltimore Ravens

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Pick: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Originally, the thought was that the Ravens would go with an edge rusher or possibly a player like cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III here. However, if Tunsil does somehow fall this far, he'd be too good to pass up. The Ravens could use another tackle to protect Joe Flacco, who suffered through too many injuries last season for his team to be competitive.

7. San Francisco 49ers

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Pick: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

The 49ers would love to have a quarterback, but with the two trades changing up the landscape of the top of the draft, it appears that they will have to go elsewhere. That doesn't mean San Francisco will have to choose from scraps, though, as Bosa is a good option here as a terrific edge rusher who also is strong against the run.

8. Cleveland Browns (via trade with Philadelphia through Miami)

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Pick: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

There are several directions the Browns can go here, especially considering this offseason has shown the franchise is basically starting over from a personnel standpoint. The pick here may be Stanley, then, as the Browns build up both lines in an effort to establish some sort of stability.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Pick: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

The Buccaneers have their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston and a few decent weapons to go along with him. The thought here is that it would be smart to go defense now. Hargreaves was once considered a top-5 pick and has long been seen as a pro-ready corner. The Bucs should grab him if he's available here.

10. New York Giants

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Pick: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Giants did an excellent job of putting together some nice pieces along the defensive line in free agency. It would make sense now for them to attack the offensive line in the draft. If Stanley is here at this spot, that will be the pick, but Conklin also is worthy of the selection here.

11. Chicago Bears

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Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

It appeared that the Eagles would have been a perfect spot a few picks earlier, but then they moved up and it became clear they are going to take a quarterback. Now, don't be surprised if Elliott falls here, where the Bears could likely snatch him up because he is both an immediate difference-maker and a good fit for this team.

12. New Orleans Saints

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Pick: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

This is a team where the problems are clear. The Saints have trouble on the defensive side of the ball, so expect that to be where the Saints go here. Dodd is a player whose stock rose significantly during the College Football Playoff, particularly the national championship game against Alabama. He'd be a solid choice here.

13. Miami Dolphins (via trade with Philadelphia)

Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Yes, you see back-to-back Clemson defensive linemen go just outside of the top 10. There are some question marks surrounding Lawson, particularly about his play-to-play consistency, but the Dolphins could use more depth at defensive end even after the signing of Mario Williams.

14. Oakland Raiders

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Pick: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama

You can see the Raiders going different directions here, mostly on defense. However, Ragland makes a lot of sense, a player with good size and the ability to be the quarterback of the defense from the middle. If not Ragland, don't be surprised if the Raiders go cornerback or defensive tackle here.

15. Tennessee Titans (via trade with Los Angeles)

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Pick: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

This could potentially work out very well for the Titans, who may not be done trading draft picks. With quarterback Marcus Mariota in the fold already as the franchise quarterback, Treadwell could be an instant favorite target. If not, don't be surprised if the Titans go for one of the offensive tackles that may be available here.

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16. Detroit Lions

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Pick: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

It may be a little curious to see a player like Rankins fall here, but there are so many defensive linemen who could be chosen above this spot, so it's possible. If Rankins is in fact around still, he would be hard to pass up, as many feel he's the top interior lineman in the draft.

17. Atlanta Falcons

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Pick: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

There is a dearth of quality linebackers for the Falcons right now, so look for them to try to address that position one way or another here. Lee is a player who had a fast rise up the boards this season and will immediately upgrade the team’s athleticism at the position.

18. Indianapolis Colts

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Pick: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Colts got a bleak glimpse of the future of life without Andrew Luck, which is why there's a high probability that they go offensive line here. There are a few good options that could be available, but Decker is a solid choice who could step in and play either tackle spot.

19. Buffalo Bills

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Pick: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

It may make sense for the Bills to pick up an offensive tackle, but the Ryan brothers are likely to go after another pass rusher. Floyd fits that bill, a player that can make a difference in the short term for a team that was woefully insufficient in that regard last season.

20. New York Jets

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Pick: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

What exactly is going on with Ryan Fitzpatrick and the quarterback position with this organization? It's getting down to the point where the Jets will have to make a decision there, and if Fitzpatrick isn't back, you could very well see Lynch, who many see as the third-best quarterback in the draft, go here.

21. Washington Redskins

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Pick: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

This is a defense that needs help in a lot of places, and a player like Reed would be someone who could help right away. He may not be here at this point, but Reed is someone who can play a lot of places along the line with good scheme versatility.

22. Houston Texans

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Pick: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Fuller would be hard to turn down if he's still here at this point, and there's a very good chance that he will. While DeAndre Hopkins gives new quarterback Brock Osweiler a strong option on one end of the field, adding Fuller, a player who can take the top off the defense, would be ideal.

23. Minnesota Vikings

Pick: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Teddy Bridgewater, despite the success of Stefon Diggs last year, needs some more weapons and help in the passing game. Doctson can fill that need and round out that offense a little bit more.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

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Pick: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Suddenly, the Bengals find themselves having to fill some holes around A.J. Green at wide receiver. Coleman had a productive career at Baylor and adds an instant speed element to complement Green.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers

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Pick: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

The Steelers are likely to have a number of options at this stage if they're looking for a cornerback, which they very well may be. Jackson is a player who has moved up the boards steadily over the evaluation process and has the speed (4.37 40) to cover a lot of ground.

26. Seattle Seahawks

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Pick: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Like the Steelers, the Seahawks could be in the market for a cornerback. Apple could be the logical candidate if that's the case, as he has the combination of size and speed that Pete Carroll likes.

27. Green Bay Packers

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Pick: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

The Packers will likely go defense here, and Robinson would be someone worth a long look if he's still available. He's has the run-stuffing capabilities of a traditional tackle, but also has the athleticism to kick out in certain situations, as well.

28. Kansas City Chiefs

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Pick: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Alexander could be gone by the time this pick rolls around, but there are likely to be several good choices at corner if the Chiefs want to go that way. Alexander is a gifted player with the attitude and swagger that can be of benefit for the position.

29. Arizona Cardinals

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Pick: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

The interior offensive line needs to be addressed, and Kelly is someone who can do that. Although he made his mark as a center for the Crimson Tide, Kelly also is capable of sliding in at guard if needed, and that versatility is valuable.

30. Carolina Panthers

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Pick: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky

Although it might be smart for the Panthers to go with an offensive tackle here given how badly they were abused in the Super Bowl, another pass rusher can never hurt. Spence could be gone at this point, but if he's around, he's hard to pass up.

31. Denver Broncos

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Pick: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

A lot will depend on the quarterback situation with the Jets. If Lynch is off the board there, Cook could be the guy targeted to fill the hole(s) left by Peyton Manning and Brock Osweiler. If not, you could see Lynch go here. And although a quarterback pick is likely, the Broncos could always reinforce their lines.

Note: There are only 31 picks in the first round because New England forfeited its selection as part of the punishment associated with the Deflategate scandal.

— Written by Adam Kurkjian, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network and is a reporter for the Boston Herald. He has covered the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup playoffs, Boston Marathon and Little League World Series, among other events from the high school, college and pro ranks. Follow him on Twitter @AdamKurkjian.