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2016 NFL Mock Draft: With the order (mostly) set, who goes where?

The order for the 2016 NFL draft is mostly set, so Chris Burke presents his first mock draft of the new year.

At long last, we have at least some semblance of a 2016 NFL draft order. The top 20 spots have been claimed by the non-playoff teams, while the final 11 (New England lost its Round 1 pick) will be divvied up amongst the clubs still alive.

The order used for this mock was distributed by the NFL earlier in the week, with Nos. 21–31 based on team records and strength-of-schedule tiebreakers.

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1. Laremy Tunsil

OT, Ole Miss

Tunsil was not the top-ranked prospect on our last Big Board but he was close, and he will be there for many before all is said and done. It’s rather easy to see the match here, too—Tunsil can be Marcus Mariota’s blindside protector, while Taylor Lewan slides to RT. Tunsil’s agility would only help him mesh with the mobile Mariota.

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2. Jared Goff

QB, Cal

So much for my theory that Johnny Manziel would straighten up and earn a shot at the ’16 starting gig. The thought of taking another QB this high probably makes Browns fans nauseous, but if Manziel is out, the revamped front office has to accept it. Goff is the draft's best QB prospect and could compete early.• PERLOFF: Cleveland should be optimistic after innovative DePodesta hire

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3. Joey Bosa

DE, Ohio State

Ronnie Stanley would be awfully appealing in this scenario for a San Diego team crushed again by injuries up front—the gap between Tunsil and Stanley is tiny, if there is one. But Bosa falling into the Chargers' lap at No. 3 would be a pleasant surprise. He's a scheme-versatile force who dominates opponents with his power along the line.

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4. Myles Jack


The 2015 season was miserable for the Cowboys, but picking within the top five is a decent consolation prize for a team that can be in playoff contention again soon. Even with Bosa off the board, Dallas has its choice of dynamic defensive playmakers here. Assuming Jack's health checks out, he might provide the most bang for the buck. The UCLA star is a rangy and athletic option at linebacker.• BANKS: 10 storylines to watch in NFL playoffs

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5. Jalen Ramsey

S/CB, Florida State

It was painfully obvious again this year that Jacksonville needs to add talent—any talent—to its underachieving defense. The Jaguars did just fire defensive coordinator Bob Babich, but coach Gus Bradley could get max value from a player like Ramsey, who can float from corner to safety or be a permanent fixture in either spot.

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6. Vernon Hargreaves

CB, Florida

Don’t let his shaky bowl performance fool you: Hargreaves is a legit NFL shut-down corner ready to happen. He more than held his own in some difficult matchups this season, showing a willingness to be physical coupled with the awareness to find the football.

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7. Ronnie Stanley

OT, Notre Dame

Getting Anthony Davis back from “retirement” would help (and possibly change the Round 1 plan), but Stanley is a top-10 option with experience on both the left and right sides. The 6'5" tackle uses his long arms and quick footwork to get defenders moving. With Joe Staley turning 32 this summer, planning for the future at left tackle is a smart play.• WATCH: 49ers head coaching job one of the most attractive

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8. Shaq Lawson

DE, Clemson

I had Lawson at No. 16 on the December Big Board and that might have been underselling him. This dude's a beast. He comes at blockers with a variety of moves and rarely, if ever, takes a play off. The Dolphins will need help off the edge next season, and Lawson can bring it.

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9. DeForest Buckner

DE, Oregon

This is another team that must get better up front, particularly at the end spot, and another player with dominant traits, just sitting there for the taking. Buckner is a monster, at 6'7", 300 pounds. He might be a more natural fit in a 3–4, but his run-stuffing talent would allow him to make an immediate impact in a 4–3, with room to grow as a pass-rusher.

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10. Laquon Treadwell

WR, Ole Miss

Eli Manning will need more help along the line at some point, but ... man, Treadwell and Odell Beckham Jr. together? Much like the Beckham pick a couple years back, this would be a best-player-available choice of a prospect who just might be a superstar. Bonus: He's a tenacious blocker downfield in the run game.• BANKS: Black Monday Snaps—Options for replacing Coughlin

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11. Reggie Ragland

LB, Alabama

We're well within the range—perhaps even a bit below it—where Notre Dame's Jaylon Smith should land if his knee injury turns out to be minor. (More on him after pick 31.) Ragland, the AP Defensive Player of the Year, won't linger very long either. He can cover but excels downhill vs. the run. A great fit for Vic Fangio's linebacker-needy defense.

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12. Darron Lee

OLB, Ohio State

Absolutely one of my favorite prospects to watch in this class, Lee covers a ton of ground in the blink of an eye. More importantly, he covers the right ground—in other words, he's not just aimlessly sprinting but diagnoses the action to find his target. The redshirt sophomore also notched 11 sacks in just two seasons.

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13. Taylor Decker

OT, Ohio State

Back-to-back Buckeyes. The race to be the third tackle off the board could come down to Decker and fellow Big Ten standout Jack Conklin, who appears just a few lines later here. Decker needs a big Senior Bowl week, but if he gets it his athleticism helps set him apart. He could be a long-time NFL left tackle, and the Eagles need to start planning for life after Jason Peters.

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14. Mackensie Alexander

CB, Clemson

The Raiders’ best corner this season? Improbably, it was Washington cast-off David Amerson. D.J. Hayden (Round 1, 2013) hasn’t panned out at all the way Oakland hoped and T.J. Carrie (Round 7, 2014) is a work in progress. Enter Alexander, a touch undersized at 5'11" but a prospect with true No. 1 cornerback potential, especially in man-to-man assignments.• TRASK: All owners should hire like Al Davis

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15. Paxton Lynch

QB, Memphis

St. Louis (or wherever this team will be playing next season) absolutely has to find an answer at quarterback. Jeff Fisher’s uninspiring tenure has been derailed by constant issues there. The benefit the Rams have in the presence of Case Keenum and Nick Foles is that they could ease the high-upside, low-polish Lynch along, perhaps with 2017 in mind.

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16. A'Shawn Robinson

DT, Alabama

Robinson looks like a 10-year NFL vet. The 320-pounder plays above his experience at times, too, thriving with purposeful power. What I mean by that is Robinson can use his frame and hands to get into gaps, but he isn't a robot about it. He'll sniff out where the O-line is moving and make sure to stay active.

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