Another trade, another mock draft.
Let’s take a look at how the deal between Cleveland and Philadelphia, with the Eagles moving up to No. 2 and the Browns getting four additional picks to drop to 8, could alter the first round of the NFL Draft on Thursday.
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1. Los Angeles Rams — Jared Goff, QB, California
All indications are that Goff has surpassed Carson Wentz as the top quarterback on most draft boards, including the one belonging to the only team that matters.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
The Eagles would obviously be happy with either Goff or Wentz based on what they gave up to move into the No. 2 spot.
3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
The recent trades will give the Chargers their choice of any non-quarterback, and Ramsey is the best guy available.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Cowboys have to go defense, and replacing Greg Hardy with an end like Bosa makes the most sense..
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
The Jaguars are thought to be interested in Joey Bosa as well, but they already have two solid defensive ends in Malik Jackson and Dante Fowler and could really use an upgrade at linebacker.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi
The Ravens can blame some of their struggles in 2015 on injuries, but they point to an abysmal offensive line as a bigger reason.
7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
New coach Chip Kelly is offense-oriented, but the 49ers can’t afford to pass on Buckner after finishing 29th in sacks last year.
8. Cleveland Browns – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
A team that hasn’t finished in the top half of the league in rushing since 2009 and has been 20th or worse in five of the last six years certainly would seem to be in the market for the best running back in the draft.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
The Buccaneers have tons of talent on offense but are severely lacking on defense. Hargreaves will be the first of numerous picks on that side of the ball
10. New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The Giants took a tackle in the first round last year as well, but Ereck Flowers looks better suited for right tackle after a disappointing rookie season.
11. Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia
Heading into the second year of their 3-4 defense, the Bears need speed rushers on the edge, and Floyd will give them that.
12. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Many think of New Orleans as more of an offensive-minded team with coach Sean Payton and quarterback Drew Brees, but the Saints have drafted defensive players in the first round six of the last eight years.
13. Miami Dolphins – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Exit Olivier Vernon, enter Lawson, who is thicker and stouter than most defensive ends, but that will only make him a perfect complement to Cameron Wake on the other side of the defensive line.
14. Oakland Raiders – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
Remember how Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert abused the shorter Oakland corners last year? The Raiders surely do. The 6-foot Jackson has the height and length they are looking for.
15. Tennessee Titans – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
The Butler High graduate projects more as a right tackle, which suits the Titans well because they already have Taylor Lewan on the left side.
16. Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
Value meets need for a Lions team that has lost Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh last offseason.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Speed and versatility make him a perfect fit in Dan Quinn’s defensive scheme.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
The Colts are desperate for help at tackle, and Conklin is the best one remaining.
19. Buffalo Bills – Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
The Bills need help on the offensive line, but defense always comes first when Rex Ryan is your coach.
20. New York Jets – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
He’s not plug-and-play ready, but eventually Lynch could be the best quarterback in this draft.
21. Washington Redskins – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
Reed fills the biggest hole the Redskins have and does so in a safer, more reliable fashion than Robert Nkemdiche and his character issues.
22. Houston Texas – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
Putting his speed alongside receiver DeAndre Hopkins and the big arm of new quarterback Brock Osweiler will give an instant jolt to a pedestrian Texans offense that ranked 19th last year.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi
Despite his disappointing 40 time, Treadwell is considered by many to be the best receiver in the draft. And the Vikings need size more than speed anyhow, so they will be thrilled if he falls to them.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
It’s crazy how one trade at the top of the draft changes the entire landscape. Before the Titans-Rams deal, it didn’t look like the Bengals would have any first round-worthy receivers to take at 24. Doctson not only fills the speed void left by Marvin Jones leaving for Detroit, he also has the leaping, body-control abilities. Jones had to go up and high point the ball and win the majority of the 50-50 battles.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Hard to imagine the Steelers going in another direction than addressing their woeful secondary, and Apple would be a perfect fit it he falls this far.
26. Seattle Seahawks – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
There are better players available, but the Seahawks have to upgrade their offensive line, which was bad even before Russell Okung signed with Denver.
27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
While the Packers need more help outside, they will be thrilled to see insider linebacker Reggie Ragland, who is a top-15 pick in many mocks, fall to them at 27.
28. Kansas City Chiefs – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
A track and football star for the Hurricanes, Burns has the speed, size and ball skills to develop into an elite corner.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi
The success they’ve had in turning another pick with character issues, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, into a stellar contributor could give the Cardinals reason to believe they can do the same with Nkemdiche, whose talent is off the carts.
30. Carolina Panthers – Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Six-year veteran Kurt Coleman, a Northmont High grad who also attended Ohio State, is entering the final year of his contract and the other starter, 10-year vet Roman Harper, is a free agent.
31. Denver Broncos – Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor
The Broncos need a replacement for Malik Jackson, who bolted for Jacksonville in free agency
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Part 5: Specialists
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Part 3: Wide receivers/tight ends
Part 2: Running backs
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