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2016 NFL mock draft: Options for every team in the 1st round

Why consider just one player for every team when we can look at three?

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Except for the team picking No. 1 overall in the draft, no team is settled on who they pick until moments before they submit their choice card to the league. Until that moment happens in the 2016 NFL Draft, every team is going to have options. This week's mock looks at three options for every team in the first round of the draft.

If nothing else, this is a fun exercise to look at multiple high draft needs before the Senior Bowl and NFL Scouting Combine, and before free agency starts.

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Back to this pick for the Titans. It's just easier seeing Tunsil's fit on Tennessee than Bosa's. Does a Dick LeBeau defense really need that high of a pick to play end? Traditionally the answer has been no. There's also nothing wrong with adding a player who can keep Marcus Mariota upright.

Other options: Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State), trade down

2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California

At the Senior Bowl it's going to be interesting get a gauge for what Cleveland could do here, especially if Carson Wentz of North Dakota State puts in a stellar week. For now, Goff should still be considered the best quarterback in the draft.

Other options: Joey Bosa (DE, Ohio State), Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota State)

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3. San Diego Chargers: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

It's hard to see a choice for the Chargers if Bosa and Tunsil are gone. Since Bosa is the one still there in this situation, he's the pick. He can make a difference up front against the run and pass.

Other options: Tunsil, Ronnie Stanley (OT, Notre Dame)

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

There are so many directions Dallas could go with this pick. The choice, though, should be the player who can make the biggest impact on the team in 2016. That's not a quarterback. It's probably not a second wide receiver, or even a player on the defensive line. Based on yards allowed, Dallas had the fifth-best pass defense in the nation. But had the second-fewest interceptions in the league. Ramsey may not be known as a ball hawk, but Morris Claiborne is a free agent, Brandon Carr has a year left on his deal and Byron Jones might be better at safety.

Other options: Laquon Treadwell (WR, Ole Miss), Carson Wentz (QB, North Dakota State)

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

Do you go with Jack or a pass rusher like DeForest Buckner of Oregon? Both would make sense, and both make the Jaguars better on defense. A linebacker unit with Jack and Telvin Smith would give Jacksonville one of the most athletic in the league.

Other options: DeForest Buckner (DE, Oregon), Mackensie Alexander (CB, Clemson)

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

It's too hard to figure out the futures of Kelechi Osemele and Eugene Monroe in Baltimore. With that unclear, the lean for Baltimore is back to being an offensive tackle.

Other options: Mackensie Alexander (CB, Clemson), Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida)

7. San Francisco 49ers: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

This is a hard pick to make with Stanley and Jack being off the board just ahead of the 49ers choice. If that's the case, the attention could turn to Treadwell, the draft's top wide receiver. He doesn't have blazing speed, but he's good in every area.

Other options: Trade down, Stanley

8. Miami Dolphins:  Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Miami's secondary is so light at talent at cornerback, it can be hard to see them going in another direction with the No. 8 pick. Alexander gets the edge over Florida's Vernon Hargreaves because he has the greater long term upside.

Other options: Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida), DeForest Buckner (DE, Oregon)

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

Buckner is a high-level athlete who is more pro-ready than former teammate Arik Armstead, who was a first-round pick last year. Buckner has length, and he's an explosive pass rusher who some believe is just scratching the surface of his potential.

Other options: Shaq Lawson (DE, Clemson), Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida)

10. New York Giants: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

New York needs someone who can get after the passer, and Lawson showed this season he can do that with 12.5 sacks to go along with 22.5 tackles for loss. He's a good all-around end, too, so he won't be a liability against the run.

Other options: Buckner, Emmanuel Ogbah (DE, Oklahoma State)

11. Chicago Bears:  Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

The Bears need linebacker help, and there's arguably no linebacker more pro-ready than Ragland. He could step in immediately and help Chicago's run defense, but he's much more complete of a player.

Other options: A'Shawn Robinson (DL, Alabama), Trade up (for Stanley)

12. New Orleans Saints: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

It's clear to see what I think the Saints need to do with this pick. The next few months will be spent figuring out who the best run stuffing defensive lineman is in this year's draft. For now Robinson gets a little bit of the lean because he's more highly rated.

Other options: Andrew Billings (DT, Baylor), Jarran Reed (DL, Alabama)

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

With Jim Schwartz in at defensive coordinator, that opens up some possible needs for Philadelphia. But those can be figured out later in the draft. Sam Bradford doesn't look like the answer at quarterback and new head coach Doug Pederson could start his regime with a fresh start at signal caller.

Other options: Jarran Reed (DL, Alabama), Vernon Hargreaves (CB, Florida)

14. Oakland Raiders: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

At this point in the first round, Hargreaves' talent is too good to pass up. Considering who Oakland has in the secondary, he should be able to quickly take over a starting job.

Other options; Taylor Decker (OT, Ohio State), Jaylon Smith (LB, Notre Dame)

15. Los Angeles Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The quarterback drop off after Lynch is heavy. So, do the Rams wait or pounce on Lynch or Wentz if they're available? In this case Lynch was, so he gives the Rams a new quarterback for their new city.

Other options: Wentz, Noah Spence (DE, Eastern Kentucky)

16. Detroit Lions: Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama

Yet another Alabama player, and this one would be a big pick for the Lions. Reed can be inserted into Detroit's defensive line and boost the run defense.

Other options: Robert Nkemdiche (DT, Ole Miss), Taylor Decker (OT, Ohio State)

17. Atlanta Falcons:  Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

This is risky because we don't know exactly how healthy Smith will be or when exactly he'll be able to play again. But when he's healthy he's a top-10 pick. For Atlanta, he could shape the linebacker unit as a three-down player with few weaknesses.

Other options: Robert Nkemdiche (DT, Ole Miss), Kenny Clark (DT, UCLA)

18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The offensive line for the Colts still isn't completely figured out. Decker can play either tackle spot, so that versatility would go a long way in making the fix. A playmaking running back like Ohio State's Ezekiel Elliott would be a difference making option, too.

Other options: Ezekiel Elliott (RB, Ohio State), Jack Conklin (OT, Michigan State)

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

Nkemdiche is just too good of a talent to let slide far in the draft, and Rex Ryan has never shied away from taking on players with character issues. Nkemdiche could be a versatile piece along the defensive line, mainly playing five-technique with the quickness to move out at traditional end in a four-man front.

Other options: Kenny Clark (DT, UCLA), Jack Conklin (OT, Michigan State)

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20. New York Jets: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

Elliott's been locked into this pick because before free agency starts it's hard to know for sure what the Jets will do at running back. Elliott could be the focal point of the offense, and the rare first-round running back that makes sense.

Other options: Leonard Floyd (OLB, Georgia), Noah Spence (DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky)

21. Washington: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

Clark would be a boost to Washington's run defense immediately, and he may have some upside as a pass rusher because of a solid first step. If they want more of a pure pass rusher on the defensive line, there are going to be some options.

Other options: Emmanuel Ogbah (DE, Oklahoma State), Sheldon Rankins (DT, Louisville)

22. Houston Texans: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

This is a bad draw for Houston with all three quarterbacks and Elliott off the board. That leaves a fallback option with Billings, an imposing and strong run stuffer up front.

Other options: Trade down, Elliott

23. Minnesota Vikings: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

I still view wide receiver as a glaring need for the Vikings, but Conklin is too good to pass up at No. 23. He could push Matt Kalil for the starting left tackle job, or even work inside at guard if needed.

Other options: Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio State), Josh Doctson (WR, TCU)

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

With the best defensive tackles gone, the attention turns to an athletic linebacker for the Bengals. They have big physical linebackers in Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga, but not the type of linebacker who can fly around the field and easily drop in coverage like Lee.

Other options: Michael Thomas (WR, Ohio State), Josh Doctson (WR, TCU)

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

This continues to be the pick for the Steelers. They have a tendency to draft Ohio State players, and Apple fills a big need on the outside.

Other options: Kendall Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech), Vonn Bell (S, Ohio State)

26. Seattle Seahawks: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

If Brandon Mebane and Ahtyba Rubin leave via free agency, the Seahawks could use another piece up front on defense. Rankins has enough size to anchor in the middle, but a really good bit of athleticism and a nice first step.

Other options: Jason Spriggs (OT, Indiana), Jonathan Bullard (DL, Florida)

27. Green Bay Packers:  Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

The Packers could use a talent upgrade at linebacker, especially considering Nick Perry is entering free agency after the season. Floyd is a player who can line up outside to rush the passer, but has some experience playing on the inside.

Other options: Noah Spence (DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky), Rankins

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida

The Chiefs have free agents on the defensive line and could save some money simply by drafting their replacement in Bullard. He's a versatile lineman who was big enough to line up at tackle on occasion at Florida but really excelled when he was at end.

Other options: Kendall Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech), Spencer Drango (OT, Baylor)

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

If he's put into the right system, Spence could be a superstar in the NFL. Spence can play linebacker or defensive end, and would give the Cardinals the top flight pass rusher they don't have.

Other options: Connor Cook (QB, Michigan State), Kendall Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech)

30. Denver Broncos: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

In most mock drafts, Spriggs hasn't been available when Denver picks. Should he be available, he'd give the Broncos an athletic offensive tackle who can play against outside speed rushers, a key in the AFC West.

Other options: Spencer Drango (OT, Baylor), Cody Whitehair (G, Kansas State)

31. Carolina Panthers: Spencer Drango, OT, Baylor

Michael Oher has been a good reclamation projection for the Panthers this season, but can he provide long-term stability? If the Panthers don't think so, Drango could be brought on to play tackle, and he has a skill set that suitable for a guard, as well.

Other options: Kendall Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech), Vonn Bell (S, Ohio State)