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Return of the Mock: 2016 Mock Draft, Combine edition

Posted Feb 27, 2016

Let the mocking begin ... a first attempt to predict the 2016 first round.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Subject to change as teams fill and have needs created by free agency, it's the 2016 Mock Draft, Combine Edition:

1. Tennessee Titans (3-13)
OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi

Joey Bosa would be viable here, as well, but protecting Marcus Mariota has to be the priority.

2. Cleveland Browns (3-13)
QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State

Browns head coach Hue Jackson, on whether hand size matters: "Oh yes, it does. It does. It matters because we play in a division where all of a sudden there's rain, there's snow and it's different. I think guys that have big hands can grip the ball better in those environmental situations and so we'll look for a guy that fits what we're looking for in a quarterback and is hand size important? Yes it is."

3. San Diego Chargers (4-12)
DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State

4. Dallas Cowboys (4-12)
OLB Myles Jack, UCLA

5. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11)
DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville

6. Baltimore Ravens (5-11)
CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State

7. San Francisco 49ers (5-11)
DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon

8. Miami Dolphins (6-10)
OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame

Like Tennessee, Miami must start by helping protect its franchise QB. If Stanley is a Dolphin and plays up to expectations, he has no excuses.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-10)
CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida

10. New York Giants (6-10)
DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky

11. Chicago Bears (6-10)
OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

I will move him down next week following the news that his knee problems are more serious than feared and could cost him the 2016 season. There's no question about his talent, but his health is a major red flag.

12. New Orleans Saints (7-9)
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama

13. Philadelphia Eagles (7-9)
QB Jared Goff, California

14. Oakland Raiders (7-9)
CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson

15. Los Angeles Rams (7-9)
WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi

16. Detroit Lions (7-9)
DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson

17. Atlanta Falcons (8-8)
OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State

18. Indianapolis Colts (8-8)
OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State

As with Mariota and Tannehill, protecting the quarterback in which there is a significant franchise investment must be the priority.

19. Buffalo Bills (8-8)
DT Robert Nkemdiche, Mississippi

20. New York Jets (10-6)
DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech

21. Washington Redskins (9-7)
ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama

22. Houston Texans (9-7)
QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State

23. Minnesota Vikings (11-5)
G Cody Whitehair, Kansas State

24. Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)
WR Corey Coleman, Baylor

25. Pittsburgh Steelers (10-6)
CB Eli Apple, Ohio State

26. Seattle Seahawks (10-6)
OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State

27. Green Bay Packers (10-6)
TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas

28. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
DT Jarran Reed, Alabama

29. Arizona Cardinals (13-3)
OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise State

30. Carolina Panthers (15-1)
OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana

31. Denver Broncos (12-4)
RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State

This will be subject to change based on how free agency goes, but based on needs at this point, a run on offensive linemen dropped Elliott into the Broncos' laps. With Ronnie Hillman set to hit the unrestricted market, it would be hard to resist Elliott as part of a potential 1-2 punch with C.J. Anderson.

Ezekiel Elliott