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2016 NFL mock draft: Fallout from the Rams-Titans trade

The Rams now have the top pick in the draft, and the target is a quarterback.

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The 2016 NFL Draft took a massive turn last week when the Los Angeles Rams traded all the way from the 15th pick in the first round all the way up to the first. Make no mistake, the Rams did it to take a quarterback. What's unknown is which one they want.

What's also unknown is how that move will impact the rest of the first round. That's what this week's mock draft tackles. In addition to mapping out the first round, each team in the top 10 is presented with a few options.

1. Los Angeles Rams - Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Any debate about whether or not the Rams gave up too much to move all the way up to the No. 1 pick in the draft is futile. The debate about which top quarterback they'll take with this pick is not. NFL media insiders seem split between Wentz and Jared Goff of California. You'd think the Rams know who they want, but they're scheduled to meet with both before the draft in less than two weeks. Do they go with the perceived upside and size of Wentz or the savvy of Goff? The choice right now is Wentz, but maybe we'll get a little more intel about the pick before the draft.

Other options - Goff is seriously the only other option.

2. Cleveland Browns - Jared Goff, QB, Cal

Even though the Browns will once again miss out on the first quarterback in the draft, they should still take Goff if he's the one left. Goff comes to the NFL knowing all the intricacies of the passing game, which is what pushes his overall grade higher than Wentz's.

Other options - Wentz; trade down

Robert Griffin III was signed to be a bridge starter, so that move shouldn't stop the Browns from taking a quarterback. If it's Wentz, he has the natural skills to be successful in Cleveland. If the Browns don't happen to like the leftover quarterback, they should try and trade down in the top 10 and accumulate more picks.

3. San Diego Chargers - Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The biggest loser in the trade of the No. 1 pick is Tunsil. He went from being the likely first pick in the draft by the Titans to, at best, probably the third player picked. The difference is about $2 million guaranteed. For the Chargers, it's a win. You don't pass up on Tunsil to keep King Dunlap as your starting left tackle.

Other options - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon; Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State

Buckner fits San Diego's defense better than any player in the draft. Some see Ramsey as the draft's best player.

4. Dallas Cowboys - Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Following the up-and-down news that came after Jack's NFL Scouting Combine medical recheck, his draft status is all over the place. If you don't have concerns about the long-term health of his knee, he's a top-five pick. If you're concerned, he isn't.

Other options - Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State; Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Had this mock been submitted before the Jack news came out, the choice would have been Ramsey. He's a superstar in waiting. Bosa makes sense as a good pass rusher to pair with DeMarcus Lawrence.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

The intrigue for the Jaguars is if Jack is still on the board and Ramsey is not. If Ramsey is here, it's a no-brainer choice. He can be a versatile threat playing outside corner or even some snaps as a safety. It may be a dangerous proclamation, but Ramsey is one of the surest things in the draft this year.

Other options - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame, Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

If Tunsil happens to fall, he'd be a nice pickup for Jacksonville. Even if he's not there, Stanley might get some consideration. There are trade rumors swirling with current left tackle Luke Joeckel, so the team may be ready for an upgrade beyond him or new signing Kelvin Beachum.

6. Baltimore Ravens - Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Choosing Bosa amounts to taking the best player available for the Ravens. Bosa might not be a natural fit as a 3-4 player, but he's too good to pass up with the sixth pick. He has more history standing up than most think, and his power playing style will allow him to play base end.

Other options - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon; Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

If the Ravens want a base end, Buckner is the better fit than Bosa. Stanley could be the eventual replacement for Eugene Monroe at left tackle or start his career on the right side.

7. San Francisco 49ers - DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Considering how many teams above San Francisco are a good fit for Buckner, it might be unlikely that he's available with the seventh overall pick in the draft. He would give the 49ers another talented piece on a defensive line that features Buckner's former college teammate Arik Armstead.

Other options - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame; Trade up

It's not general manager Trent Baalke's nature, but he could be tempted to trade up to the second overall pick to get the quarterback who is left. Stanley could be the eventual replacement for Joe Staley, who is entering his 10th season in the NFL.

8. Philadelphia Eagles - Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Elliott would be a good pickup for the Eagles. He's another one of the draft's surest things because he's such a complete player. If the Eagles hold with the No. 8 overall pick, he would be a good player to build Doug Pederson's offense around.

Other options - Trade up; Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

It's become common knowledge that the Eagles were making an attempt to trade up to the No. 1 overall pick, so they may try and make a play on the second pick to get a quarterback. Stanley fits here as well because he's a pro-ready pass blocker.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

There are plenty of good landing spots for Stanley high in the draft, so it's hard to see him dropping out of the top 10. For the Buccaneers, it would give them a high-caliber pass blocker who could push Donovan Smith to the right side. Suddenly, the Buccaneers have bookends for Jameis Winston.

Other options - Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky; Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

If the Buccaneers don't target Stanley with the ninth pick, their top need is obviously getting another pass rusher. Spence is the better player as an outside rusher while Lawson provides more of a power rush.

10. New York Giants - Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

This may seem a little early for Conklin, but offensive tackles come at a premium in the NFL Draft. The Giants seem to be on a never-ending quest to finish their offensive line. Even after taking Ereck Flowers and Weston Richburg early in the last two drafts, the Giants still have a need at right tackle. Conklin is a power blocker suited for the right side, and could finally be the last piece the Giants need.

Other options - Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida; Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

The Giants have plenty of options with the 10th pick. If they don't want to go with an offensive tackle, Lawson could be part of the pass-rush rotation with Olivier Vernon and Jason Pierre-Paul. Hargreaves could star in the slot in New York.

11. Chicago Bears - Vernon Hargeaves, CB, Florida

In the NFC North with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and an emerging Teddy Bridgewater, it's a prerequisite to have three high-level cornerbacks.

12. New Orleans Saints - A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

It's easy to go back and forth with Robinson and his Alabama teammate Jarran Reed with this pick. Both would go a long way in improving the Saints' lackluster run defense.

13. Miami Dolphins - Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

The Dolphins would love to see Elliott fall to this pick, but that's not going to happen. Alexander is disciplined and smart cornerback who would give the Dolphins a shutdown player to go with Byron Maxwell. Alexander may not have overly impressive size, but he's a lock-down player and never really got beaten for a big game during his college career.

14. Oakland Raiders - Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

The Raiders have some bigger defensive tackles like Dan Williams and Justin Ellis already, so they may not be after another one early in the draft this year. Instead, they could turn to Rankins, the draft's top gap-shooting interior lineman. With Khalil Mack creating pressure from the outside, Rankins can provide it from the inside.

15. Tennessee Titans - Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Titans are perceived as the winner of the blockbuster trade with the Rams solely because of how many extra picks they received. There is some risk, however, in dropping 14 spots in the first round. In doing so, the Titans lose out on the top three offensive tackles in this scenario, as well as the better 3-4 defensive linemen. That could leave the Titans settling on a player like Decker, a good, but not great tackle prospect. He has experience playing right tackle, so he fills that need at least.

16. Detroit Lions - William Jackson, CB, Houston

Jackson often gets overlooked because he didn't got to a Power 5 school, but he could have the earliest success of any cornerback in this year's draft. He has impressive ball skills, good timing and the skills to play press man and zone.

17. Atlanta Falcons - Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State

Atlanta's defense needs to add more speed, and that's just what Lee can provide. He has the speed and range of a safety and is one of the most purely athletic defensive players in this year's draft. He's not going to make a lot of plays in the box, but he has a lot of value thanks to his sideline-to-sideline skills and ability to cover.

18. Indianapolis Colts - Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

The pass rush in Indianapolis is crumbling thanks to bad signings and failed draft picks. Because of that, general manager Ryan Grigson has to use yet another high pick on a pass rusher. The choice is between Floyd and Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky. Floyd possesses more natural athleticism to work in a 3-4 system, so he gets the nod for the Colts.

19. Buffalo Bills - Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama

This is a pick unabashedly stolen from the SB Nation NFL writers mock draft. In this mock, the pick came down to Ragland and Mississippi State defensive lineman Chris Jones. The latter is well situated to fit as the five-technique lineman the Bills need. Ragland give Buffalo a leader on defense and a true run stuffer between the tackles.

20. New York Jets - Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

This is probably the latest that Lynch falls in the first round. If he's on the board, it would be smart of the Jets to take him. Geno Smith just hasn't worked out as planned, and Ryan Fitzpatrick still hasn't been brought back. Lynch has a solid release and the size and athleticism to be molded into a good signal caller.

21. Washington - Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

Drafting Reed would go a long way in solving Washington's talent issues up front on defense. They lost Terrance Knighton and Jason Hatcher this offseason, and Reed is a player who can play inside and out in a three-man front.

22. Houston Texans - Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

Do you get a second wide receiver to pair opposite DeAndre Hopkins? Or do you get a second defensive end to pair opposite J.J. Watt? Jones is a talented defender who was miscast in college. He's naturally gifted with athleticism and length, and would be an upgrade over the departed Jared Crick.

23. Minnesota Vikings - Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

We finally have our first wide receiver come off the board with the Vikings taking the top player at the position. It's a solid steal with the No. 23 pick. Treadwell isn't a burner, but he doesn't need to be. He's a big-bodied receiver who can make difficult receptions.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

Although the Bengals do need a wide receiver, and could take one with this pick, they also need to add pass-rushing help. Spence is different from most of Cincinnati's pass rushers. He's capable of lining up at end, but has the athletic ability to stand up and rush from the linebacker spot.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers - Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

Pittsburgh's need for talent at cornerback is so great that it's time to change tradition and finally use a first-round pick at the position. Apple has the length the team requires for an outside receiver, and the skill to play in zone coverage.

26. Seattle Seahawks - Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

This could easily have been an offensive tackle like Jason Spriggs of Indiana, but Lawson's talent was too good to pass up with the No. 26 pick. His powerful playing style will fit in Seattle, where he can start as a rotational player.

27. Green Bay Packers - Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

Butler can give the Packers a defensive lineman who is capable of playing over the nose or lining up as an end in a three-man front. He is a strong bull rusher who can push blockers around with his power.

28. Kansas City Chiefs - Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

At what point does the reward outweigh the potential risk in the draft? That is what every team considering Nkemdiche will wonder when the draft starts. If Nkemdiche stays on the straight and narrow, some team could get a steal. That team could be the Chiefs, who could upgrade an end spot with the athletic, former blue-chip recruit.

29. Arizona Cardinals - Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Arizona has every piece on the offensive line, other than center. The 29th pick might be a little early for Kelly, but he's the top player at his position in the draft. He could slide right into the starting lineup and help protect Carson Palmer up the middle.

30. Carolina Panthers - Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

I still think this pick is down to a pass rusher or offensive tackle. Tackles like Germain Ifedi and Spriggs would fit here, but Dodd grades out higher. Dodd is a good left end prospect who can work inside and out with his pass-rush moves. He was a one-season star for Clemson, but he has size and athleticism that should translate to the NFL.

31. Denver Broncos - Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The trade of the No. 1 pick in the draft has reverberations all the way through the end of the first round. There was an outside shot that Lynch would have been available with this pick, but quarterbacks are at a premium so he may not slide.