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NFL 2016: The NFL Draft Just Got a Lot More Interesting

The one player who was affected the most by the Tennessee Titans trading out of the first pick in the NFL Draft was Laremy Tunsil. The mammoth offensive tackle has been rumored to be the player the Titans were targeting with their first pick. Then the Los Angeles Rams offered lifetime tickets to Disneyland to get a chance to take a quarterback.

Tunsil will fall, but hopefully it will not be as far as some might think.

Now that the Draft has been reset, with two teams trading out of the first 10 picks (Miami and Tennessee) everything has changed. Or has it?

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Here is a look at a revised top 10 picks in the NFL Draft.

Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

The Rams move to Los Angeles and stake their organization on a quarterback whom they think is going to be the next big thing. He had better be. Head coach Jeff Fisher is banking on Wentz to be Carson Palmer or better. His job and the future of the franchise depend on it.

2. Cleveland Browns – Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

Everyone had the Browns selecting a quarterback here, but I see a swerve of sorts. Cleveland has the first pick in the second round, which means Connor Cook would be available. The Browns need help everywhere on the roster and Bosa is a hometown kid who could make the defensive immediately better in the pass rush.

3. San Diego Chargers – Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi

The general thought was Tennessee would take Tunsil, which would give them bookend tackles for the next decade. The Chargers have a need on the offensive line and in the secondary. They are thrilled The Titans made their move so they can take the best offensive lineman in this draft to help protect Philip Rivers and fortify the run game.

4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey, Defensive Back, FSU

Conventional wisdom was the Cowboys may have to trade up to get Ramsey, the guy they have coveted all along. The trade at the top of the Draft changed everything for Jerry Jones. Dallas may still have to move one spot ahead to get their player, but Ramsey is the best player in this Draft and figures to help a sagging back line.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, Linebacker, UCLA

While the thought is they were hoping for Ramsey and were torn between the FSU product and Jack, either player helps the defense. If completely healthy, Jack is the best athlete in the Draft and gives head coach Gus Bradley two fast outside linebackers to get after the quarterback and drop back in coverage. Jack makes a thin unit strong.

6. Baltimore Ravens – DeForest Buckner, Defensive Lineman, Oregon

The Ravens have not had the best draft choices of late, something GM Ozzie Newsome has acknowledged. The team is also not as good on defense as it has been in the past. Buckner can play in multiple sets and schemes and should be a solid addition to John Harbaugh’s team. If Baltimore can get back to a defense-first philosophy, the team could be very good again.

7. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

The 49ers are a team that might still trade Colin Kaepernick and Blaine Gabbert certainly is not the answer. Goff has said he wants to play in California, so this makes sense. With Chip Kelly now in as head coach, will he make Goff a superstar or will he make him an average passer in a system that might not be best suited for his skills. This is a good pick at this spot, but it also might be the biggest hit or miss of the first round.

8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State

The first Buckeyes player is off the board. And the Miami Dolphins are crying right about now. The Eagles were thought to be the team willing to trade up with Tennessee and could still be in the market for a quarterback if one falls to them at this position. New head coach Doug Pederson has Sam Bradford on the roster, but needs a signal caller. He also needs more production from the running game. Elliott is the best back in this Draft and would be a welcome addition in Philly.
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9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves, Defensive Back, Florida

Hargreaves may be the best cornerback in this class. He is ready to start now, according to former Florida Gator Fred Weary. He back peddles better than any defensive back on the board and the NFC South boasts top-flight receivers. The Buccaneers have needs on the defensive line and with the pass rush, so Kevin Dodd of Clemson could also be an option.

10. New York Giants – Kevin Dodd, Defensive End, Clemson

The Giants need pass rush help. Even with the team re-signing Jason Pierre-Paul, this is a team that could use more help getting to the quarterback. Now that this is Ben McAdoo’s team, let’s see how he corrects the issues on defense while focusing on strengthening the offense. Dodd is one of the players who was helped the most by his Combine work. It pays off with a top 10 selection.



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