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2016 NFL mock draft: Browns, 49ers find new quarterbacks

A lot of teams need new quarterbacks, but the first round isn't offering many options.

Plenty of teams will look toward the 2016 NFL Draft and hope to find a new starting quarterback. By the initial looks of it, the supply won't fit the demand. Only three quarterbacks look like first-round picks, and only two of them – Paxton Lynch of Memphis and Jared Goff of California – look like top 10 picks.

In April, that could lead to teams moving around in the draft to get either a rookie or making a move for a downtrodden veteran like Robert Griffin III or Colin Kaepernick. Here's the early outlook now, but things will change dramatically over the next several months.

1. Cleveland Browns -- Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Browns have committed to playing Johnny Manziel the rest of this season, so they'll finally get a true gauge on whether the 22nd overall pick in 2014 is worth a long-term investment. If the Browns are picking No. 1 next year, Manziel's play may not matter if a new general manager and head coach are making the pick for Cleveland. The discussion between Lynch and Goff will be a long one this offseason, assuming both decide to go pro. The lean is Lynch being the first quarterback picked because of his superior natural skill set. Both are good.

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

Although the Chargers could go after a defensive lineman with this choice, the offensive line is still in need of a top player at left tackle. While Tunsil is still working his way back from a nasty injury from last season, he still projects as a high-end offensive tackle. If San Diego wants to make one last push with quarterback Phillip Rivers, making sure he's protected is imperative.

3. Tennessee Titans -- Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

With quarterback Marcus Mariota and left tackle Taylor Lewan, the Titans have some good, young building blocks on offense. The defense needs an upgrade, and Bosa is the best player in the draft. Earlier this week he all but announced he's going pro after the season. He should be the top player on many draft boards.

4. Baltimore Ravens -- Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

Considering the salary cap issues the Ravens are facing in the offseason, it would be fun to see their general manager get this high of a pick and shop it around. If the Ravens end up picking in the top five, a player like Ramsey would be a fine selection. He moved to cornerback this season, and excelled previously at safety. A player like Ramsey would allow the Ravens to figure out if Lardarius Webb is a safety or corner, with the Seminoles star filling in the other position.

5. Detroit Lions -- Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

If Nkemdiche is around with the sixth pick in the draft, it would be very hard to pass him up. He a super athlete for a defensive tackle, and could be a long-term force in the middle of Detroit's defense. This choice assumes that Matthew Stafford will be back in Detroit in 2016.

6. San Francisco 49ers -- Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The Colin Kaepernick experiment seems to have run its course. After all, he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Goff, who is from Marin County, Calif., is about as local of a pick as the 49ers could make. He's about as necessary of one, as well. The physical parts of Goff's game are still a work in progress, but mentally he's ready for the NFL.

7. Dallas Cowboys -- Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

You can reasonably make the case Dallas needs to address every skill position on offense in the offseason. But it's hard to buy into a second option at quarterback and wide receiver with Tony Romo and Dez Bryant still in place. Those positions can be targeted later in the draft, and a running in 2016 shouldn't be picked in the top 10. On defense, Morris Claiborne is a free agent, and Brandon Carr has struggled on the field. Hargreaves is a starter as an NFL rookie from day one.

8. Miami Dolphins -- Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

There are a number of directions the Dolphins could go with a pick inside the top 10. If one of the top cornerbacks slips here, that could be the direction. But with Stanley still on board, and Jason Fox’s struggles at right tackle, this would benefit an offense that has plenty of legitimate weapons for Ryan Tannehill.

9. Oakland Raiders -- A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Although it looks like this will be a deep defensive line draft, the value drops after Robinson is off the board. For the Raiders he’d be a versatile lineman who can play inside and out.

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10. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Smith is a versatile linebacker who can be used on the inside and outside. He may not be a big-time pass rusher, but he’s highly regarded in every other area.

11. St. Louis Rams -- Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

When you don’t have a franchise quarterback, you have to search for one, even if it means reaching a little. That’s the case with Cook. He’d be a better value in the 20s, but the other quarterbacks in next year’s draft after Cook are huge gambles.

12. Washington -- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Washington needs some pieces on defense, but a talent like Treadwell is too much to pass up. Pierre Garcon has one season left on his contract after this year, and really isn’t a true No. 1 like Treadwell could be.

13. Chicago Bears -- Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Bears have desperately needed a left tackle, and Decker is capable of filling that spot. After that hole is filled, several of Chicago’s picks in the draft can be used on defense.

14. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

With no quarterbacks with a first-round grade here, the Eagles may hope to move down, especially since they don’t have a second-round pick. If they stick here, going after the best available offensive tackle in Conklin would be a smart move.

15. New Orleans Saints -- Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

With a need to improve the run defense and a lack of talent up front, Billings would be a good fit in New Orleans. He’s arguably the strongest defensive lineman in the draft, a true game changer in the middle.

16. New York Jets -- Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Jets need a good coverage linebacker. Jack has the type of skill set to become a really good one. Had he not gotten injured earlier in this season, Jack would probably come off the board sooner than pick No. 16.

17. Seattle Seahawks -- Germain Ifedi, OL, Texas A&M

The futures of Russell Okung and J.R. Sweezy in Seattle are uncertain with both approaching free agency. Even if one or both returns, the offensive line needs an upgrade. Ifedi is a wildly versatile player who could be brought in to play tackle or guard.

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

This offseason the Buccaneers need to add playmakers at defensive end and cornerback. At this range in the draft, the better ends fit more on 3-4 teams, so the lean could be cornerback. Alexander is only a redshirt sophomore, but he has the instincts and athleticism to make the jump now.

19. Buffalo Bills -- Su’a Cravens, S/LB, Southern California

There are a lot of ways a team can use Cravens. You could argue that the Bills need both a safety and linebacker this offseason. Cravens can play both.

20. Houston Texans -- Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Arian Foster’s future in Houston is uncertain, and players like Alfred Blue and Chris Polk are better suited as backups. Elliott is a plug-and-play prospect who would help rejuvenate Houston’s run game.

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21. Kansas City Chiefs -- Vadal Alexander, OL, LSU

Alexander has started at both guard and tackle for LSU. While he’s better suited inside, he could be an option for the Chiefs at multiple positions.

22. New York Giants -- DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Jason Pierre-Paul may not be in New York after this season, and if he’s gone a pass rusher will be needed for the Giants. Buckner may be 6’7 and 290 pounds, but he’s athletic enough to rush from the edge in a four-man front.

23. Indianapolis Colts -- Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia

With Robert Mathis’ storied career winding down and little else in the way of a pass rush in Indianapolis, the Colts could target a rush linebacker in the first round. Jenkins comes out of a 3-4 at Georgia and should be able to contribute early in his career.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

Pittsburgh added two corners in this year’s draft, but neither Senquez Golson or Doran Grant project out as a No. 1 shutdown corner like White does.

25. Atlanta Falcons -- Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

This is a fringe luxury choice, but Thomas’ value is too great to pass up with the 25th pick. He’s the draft’s second-best wide out who can get physical with defensive backs and will go up and get the ball.

26. Green Bay Packers - Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia

This would be an interesting choice because at Georgia Floyd did what the Packers are doing with Clay Matthews. He’s played outside and inside and could continue giving Green Bay more versatility at linebacker.

27. Minnesota Vikings -- Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

Although Stefan Diggs has been a breakout player for the Vikings this season, he doesn’t have the ceiling of Doctson. A big-play threat, Doctson would fully open up the passing game for Minnesota.

28. Cincinnati Bengals -- Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Beyond A.J. Green, the Bengals have an average receiver group with a lot of impending free agents. The explosive Coleman can play the slot or outside and be a factor on special teams.

29. Arizona Cardinals -- Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Players like Frostee Rucker and Cory Redding are little more than average veterans. A player like Lawson, who is having a great season for Clemson, can plug into the three-man front because of his ability to play with power.

30. Denver Broncos -- Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

The Broncos need help up front, and Drango could be brought in to play either tackle spot or even guard.

31. Carolina Panthers -- Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

Carolina is getting by this season with the likes of Ted Ginn and Jerricho Cotchery at wide receiver. Boyd is a steady wide out who will go over the field and get up the field.