With the 2016 NFL Draft now just weeks away, some of the top players in the class are that much closer to achieving their dreams. Pro Days are now behind us. The NFL Combine seems a distant memory. And players are now set to take center stage in Chicago beginning April 28.
We've seen draft stocks rise and fall over the past couple months, with a handful of players sneaking up in the projections. Trades and free agency likely changed a few things, too.
It’s impossible to know what teams think about each player – but, like everybody else, we can take a look at each team’s needs and project what they’ll be looking for on draft day; which teams will go where when it’s all said and done. And now we can take the combine into account, too.
Here’s the final version of how we think the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will shake out.
1. Tennessee Titans – OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
While Florida State's Jalen Ramsey has received quite a bit of buzz as the potential No. 1 overall pick in the draft, it's hard to imagine the Titans don't go after the only true offensive tackle in the class to protect franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. So, with that in mind, Ole Miss' Laremy Tunsil appears to be the only option. Tunsil is an immediate impact type of talent on the offensive line - something Tennessee needs desperately after giving up the most sacks in the NFL last season.
2. Cleveland Browns – QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
With several teams expected to select a quarterback in the first round, North Dakota State's Carson Wentz has continued to separate himself as the pick of the litter. Wentz has done everything right since beginning the pre-draft process, showing plenty of ability both on the field and on the white board. While Cleveland signed Robert Griffin III, the Browns can't bet their season on him. They still need to take a quarterback with the second pick.
3. San Diego Chargers – CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
If FSU's Jalen Ramsey falls to No. 3, the Chargers would be silly not to take him, especially considering the holes in their secondary. Ramsey - largely considered the best player in this draft - would be a major boost to San Diego's defense. As versatile as they come, he played safety, corner and a hybrid nickel back during his time as a Seminole. He also returned kicks.
4. Dallas Cowboys - DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
While rumors have swirled that the Cowboys are gearing up to select Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott with their first pick, it makes more sense for Dallas to improve things on the defensive side of the ball during the first round. With that in mind, Elliott's teammate - defensive end Joey Bosa - seems to be the perfect fit. The Cowboys' coaching staff has recently visited the Buckeyes to hold private workouts for several players, and we believe Bosa will have his name called.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – OLB Myles Jack, UCLA
As one of the best players in the entire class, Myles Jack will make any team happy. And if the Jaguars have the chance to select him at No. 5 they better pull the trigger.Jack is a machine on the football field and his versatility makes things difficult on the opposition. With the ability to rush the quarterback or drop into coverage, the former Bruin appears to be the perfect fit in Jacksonville.
6. Baltimore Ravens – DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
Oregon's DeForest Buckner has helped his draft stock as much as any player entering the 2016 NFL Draft, and some projections have him going as high as No. 3 overall to the Chargers. But, with his size and athleticism, he almost seems destined to be a Raven. Buckner would be a perfect fit on the defensive front. Baltimore won't pass up this opportunity.
7. San Francisco 49ers – QB Jared Goff, Cal
Former Cal quarterback Jared Goff appeared to take a step back after the NFL Combine, but he's since gained some ground and has impressed several organizations over the last month. Goff may actually be the most fluid signal caller in this class, with plenty of accuracy and sneaky ability to escape a collapsed pocket. With continued uncertainty surrounding Colin Kaepernick, the 49ers need to slect a quarterback here and Goff will be their best option.
8. Philadelphia Eagles - QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
The Eagles are expected to have traded up to select a quarterback, and with Wentz and Goff off the board, Paxton Lynch would be a terrific option. Lynch is big, has a huge arm and has impressed during workout over the past couple months. If either Goff or Wentz are still on the board, it's possible the Eagles go with one of them. But the Eagles should get a quarterback either way.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Vernon Hargreaves III
The Bucs desperately need defensive help, and with DeForest Buckner already off the board, Florida's Vernon Hargreaves III would be an excellent selection at No. 9. While not a versatile as FSU's Ramsey, Hargreaves is probably the most natural corner in the class. A terrific cover corner who can play the boundary, Hargreaves would make Tampa Bay very happy.