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2016 NFL Mock Draft: 7 Rounds

Round 1 Picks 17-31

Posted By Tony Mario Last Updated: April 7, 2016.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, RE, Georgia

    Atlanta needs a 4-3 right end that's an upgrade over Adrian Clayborn since the Falcons had the fewest sacks in the NFL. The Falcons went to Georgia's Pro Day and sent 17 of their front office members, coaches, and scouts to watch Leonard Floyd, so you'd have to think Floyd is the pick if he's there at 17.

    Previous Pick: Carl Nassib, RE, Penn State

  2. Indianapolis Colts: Jack Conklin, RT, Michigan State

    The Colts finally moved Jack Mewhort back to left guard. Indianapolis can get Jack Conklin as a starting right tackle. If Anthony Costanzo gets injured at left tackle again, then the Colts can make Jack Conklin Andrew Luck's new blindside.

  3. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, LE, Clemson

    Buffalo needs a starting 4-3 left end. Shaq Lawson makes total sense for the Bills at this point.

    Previous Pick: Su'a Cravens, SS, USC

  4. New York Jets: Taylor Decker, RT, Ohio State

    The New York Jets will owe the 32-year old left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson over $8 million as he has a contract that runs through 2018. The Jets can draft Taylor Decker and sit him behind Ferguson as a roookie while he develops his pass blocking and then groom him to be the left tackle of the future or they can start him right away at right tackle over Breno Giancomi and move him over to left tackle when Ferguson is gone.

  5. Washington Redskins: Sheldon Rankins, 3-4 RE, Louisville

    Sheldon Rankins has the body of a 4-3 DT, but he was a 3-4 RE in Louisville's 3-4 defense. Rankins would be an upgrade over Kendall Reyes who Washington added in Free Agency.

    Previous Pick: Jaylon Smith, 3-4 MLB, Notre Dame

  6. Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

    The Texans need a wide receiver across from DeAndre Hopkins. They love Will Fuller and have the luxury of putting Fuller in the slot if they want DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts on the outside.

    Previous Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

  7. Minnesota Vikings: Darron Lee, ROLB, Ohio State

    Minnesota needs a 4-3 outside linebacker with Chad Greenway gone. Like Anthony Barr, Darron Lee has the versatility to play both right outside linebacker and left outside linebacker. In fact Mike Zimmer can confuse offenses by flipping plays and having both Lee and Barr play the weak side at right outside linebacker with the other linebacker playing right next to Lee or Barr. Having a diversion of that magnitude will allow Eric Kendricks to do even more in year two.

    Previous Pick: Shaq Lawson, LE, Clemson

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

    Cincinnati lost Mohammed Sanu and Marvin Jones. Corey Coleman would do well next to A.J. Green.

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

    William Jackson III emerged at the 2016 NFL Combine. Jackson also had dinner with the Pittsburgh Steelers and showed enough to convince me he could beat out William Gay to be the #1 field cornerback on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster.

    Previous Pick: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

  10. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, RT, Texas A&M

    Seattle has Garrett Gilliam at left tackle and J'Marcus Webb at right tackle. Germain Ifedi would be best on the right side of the offensive line, Ifedi could start at right tackle and Seattle could move Webb over to right guard.

    Previous Pick: Vadal Alexander, LG, LSU

  11. Green Bay Packers: Jarran Reed, 3-4 LE, Alabama

    The Packers have needed to replace Datone Jones at 3-4 left end for quite a while as Jones hasn't worked out. Jarran Reed makes a lot of sense as he played 3-4 left end at Alabama.

    Previous Pick: Shilique Calhoun, 3-4 LOLB, Michigan State

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

    The Kansas City Chiefs need a wide receiver. Josh Doctson is now a first round prospect again after impressing at the 2016 NFL Combine and TCU's Pro Day.

    Previous Pick: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

  13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Bullard, 3-4 LE, Florida

    The Cardinals can move Calias Campbell to 3-4 right end and then draft a 3-4 left end that can start right away. Jonathan Bullard played in a 3-4 defense at Florida at 3-4 left end even though he has the size of a 4-3 left end. Bullard should succeed in the 3-4 regardless of his size because he's familiar with the scheme.

    Previous Pick: Robert Nkemdiche, 3-4 RE, Ole Miss

  14. Carolina Panthers: Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana

    Cam Newton needs a better left tackle. Jason Spriggs can pass block, run block, or zone block. He does everything you want in a left tackle and has earned late first round consideration. Spriggs could cause Michael Oher to move to his natural position at right tackle.

  15. Denver Broncos: Robert Nkemdiche, 3-4 RE, Ole Miss

    Denver wraps up the first round with Robert Nkemdiche. Nkemdiche would be a great replacement to Malik Jackson in Denver at 3-4 right end.

    Previous Pick: Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor

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