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2016 NFL mock draft: A final 1st-round projection

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We know who the first two picks will be, but things got a little strange in the last attempt at the first round.

Just when we settle in with the top two picks in the 2016 NFL Draft, a storm of chaos and uncertainty comes behind them. Jared Goff and Carson Wentz are expected to go first and second overall in the draft tonight.

After that, it opens up. Notre Dame offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley became a late favorite for the Chargers with the third overall pick. Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott could be in play for the Dallas Cowboys at No. 4. Top linebacker Myles Jack could free fall in the first round.

As much as we think we know about how the 2016 NFL Draft will play out, we still know nothing in the final hours before the first pick. Here's one final stab at it:

1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

Other than the whole getting a franchise quarterback thing, it's going to be a boring draft for Rams fans. After jumping all the way up to the No. 1 pick, the Rams don't pick again until pick No. 110. That's the price you pay to hopefully stop needing quarterbacks like Sam Bradford, Nick Foles, Case Keenum, or any other quarterback the Rams have tried to use.

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

The Eagles are gambling on tools with Wentz, an FCS quarterback who threw only 612 passes in college. Fortunately for Philadelphia, those tools are very good. With a solid offensive line, it's smart to go get your quarterback to start Doug Pederson's first season coaching the Eagles.

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

Here we are with the real first pick in the draft. There are a lot of people out there who shifted this pick late to Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame. But it's just too hard to pass up on Tunsil. He's a better all-around player than Stanley. DeForest Buckner of Oregon will also be considered heavily with this pick.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

This is a pick to where we're back where we started in the draft process. Brandon Carr, who just restructured his contract, is entering potentially his final season in Dallas. Morris Claiborne is also down to the final year on his contract. Some think Ramsey is the draft's best player. In Dallas he could star on the outside with Byron Jones moving to full-time safety. Ohio State end Joey Bosa and running back Ezekiel Elliott are also options for the Cowboys at No. 4.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

With the questions about the long-term health of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, the Jaguars could turn to Bosa as their pick at No. 5 overall. He can be the powerful pass rusher opposite 2015 first-round pick Dante Fowler.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Whether it's Stanley or Tunsil, the Ravens could find a starter on the offensive line with the sixth overall pick.

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

Ultimately the choice of Buckner for the 49ers is one of best players available who happens to fill a moderate need.

8. Cleveland Browns: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Figuring out what the Browns would do was the single most difficult part of putting this mock draft together. If the Browns stick at No. 8, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott will get a long look. If any of the seven players above are available, they'd be considered. So, would Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. With all those options, I think the Browns will ultimately trade down. If they do and don't want a right tackle, a wide receiver like Laquon Treadwell could be targeted. He's a sure-handed receiver with size, something the Browns don't currently have on the roster.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Hargreaves has been connected to the Buccaneers for a while, and for good reason. The cornerbacks on Tampa's roster are lacking in talent, and Hargreaves has a skill set that should let him transition quickly into the NFL.

10. New York Giants: Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

Floyd is one of the hottest names leading up to the draft, with some speculation that he'll be gone by the time the Giants pick at No. 10. If he's available, he's been associated with the Giants a lot. He can be used with his hand down rushing the passer and standing up.

11. Chicago Bears: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

With Floyd gone, the Bears could look to add talent on the defensive line. Robinson is a player who can be used inside and out, and comes to the NFL as a good run stuff and an underrated blitzer.

12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

With Robinson gone, the Saints will go in a different direction to improve one of the NFL's worst run defenses. Rankins excels at shooting gaps and getting into the backfield.

13. Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

If the Dolphins come out of the draft, chances are they're trading up to get him. Lets assume they moved back up to the No. 8 pick. Elliott can be a star in the NFL. For the Dolphins he would take the burden off Ryan Tannehill.

14. Oakland Raiders: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

If Jack falls over concerns about his knee, he would be a good fit in Oakland. He's an upgrade over Malcolm Smith and would give the team a rare athlete at the position.

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

Whether they get him at No. 15 or they move up, I think the Titans would be smart to come out of the draft with Conklin. He's a tough and gritty blocker who can knock defenders around at the point of attack.

16. Detroit Lions: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama

The Lions could go a number of directions with this pick, but could really take advantage of the defensive tackle quality early. Reed is a plug-and-play run stopper who could help keep veteran Haloti Ngata fresh.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Not everything with the final mock draft was turned upside down. Lee is such a good fit on the Atlanta defense. He's a speed demon who will track the ball and make a play-saving tackle. He has some issues getting off blocks, but the athleticism often makes up for it.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

Whether he's playing center or guard, Kelly should be able to jump right into the Colts' starting lineup. Kelly is the type of player the Colts need up the middle to help keep Andrew Luck upright.

19. Buffalo Bills: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Here's another pick that's come full circle. I could still see the choice being Mississippi State's Chris Jones or an inside linebacker, but Nkemdiche has the chance to be a special talent when he's playing up to his vast potential.

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

As the draft got closer and closer, there was a lot of speculation that Lynch would go higher than No. 20 overall. That may still happen. If it doesn't, the Jets should pounce. Offensive coordinator Chan Gailey would know how to get the most out of the big and athletic signal caller.

21. Washington: Reggie Ragland, MLB, Alabama

This easily could have been a defensive tackle, but Ragland can be a presence in the middle of Washington's defense. He's a natural leader and a strong tackler between the tackles, and a capable pass rusher.

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

We begin our run on wide receivers. Coleman is a dynamic playmaker who can score any time he touches the ball. In Houston's offense, he would find himself open

23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Some consider Doctson the best wide receiver in the draft, so it would be a real get for Minnesota to see him available. Doctson would immediately be the top wide receiver in Minnesota and give quarterback Teddy Bridgewater a nice pair along with Stefon Diggs.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

If this pick seems confusing, blame a Bengals soothsayer who has correctly predicted the team's last few first-round picks.

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

It may seem cliche to give the Steelers an Ohio State defensive player in the first round, but a pattern exists. Apple would fill the team's big need at cornerback, even if it bucks common trend in Pittsburgh.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

There are a number of offensive tackles that the Seahawks could choose from at this point, so you wonder if general manager John Schneider would explore a trade down. If not, Decker grades out as the best one available. He's a player who could line up on the right side for Seattle and give them a dominant run blocker.

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

With Ragland and Lee gone, the focus for Green Bay could turn to the defensive line. Butler can play end or some noise in the Packers' system. He is really good as a run defender right now and getting better against the pass.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson, CB, Houston

Defensive line, cornerback and wide receiver were all considered for the Chiefs, but the need for a second corner opposite Marcus Peters was too great. And Jackson was too good to pass up.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

With Kelly gone, the choice here was Spence or Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander. Spence should be able to push Kareem Martin and Markus Golden for playing time, and eventually overtake either of them. He can play standing up or with this hand down, giving the Cardinals some versatility.

30. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson

Cornerback would be the smart move for the Panthers, but that goes against the general manager Dave Gettleman's building philosophy. Getting an athlete big body along the defensive line does not. Dodd should be able to push Charles Johnson for playing time. Keep an eye on a defensive tackle too, with Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short entering contract years.

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

Whether the Broncos get him, or a team trades back into the first round to do so, I think we end tonight with Connor Cook being a first-round pick.