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The latest version of my 2016 NFL Mock Draft has a different top two with the Browns going in a direction other than quarterback. While it’s not the most likely scenario it’s not inconceivable. A lot will depend on how free agency plays out but it will be a very fluid situation to watch for in the coming months.

Another big move is Laquon Treadwell moving all the way up to No. 3. I’ve watched about all I can on Treadwell and came away thinking why not? He’s got elite physical tools – if he runs well in Indianapolis he will certainly turn heads and solidify himself as a top talent in this draft class. 

A new name to my mock is Kevin Dodd. The Clemson DE leaped into the homes of many during the NC Game. Dodd was unblockable and has been for much of the season – thought his best work was against Notre Dame. News of Dodd declaring broke yesterday and he’ll be an intriguing one to watch throughout the pre-draft process. 

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

Taylor Lewan has already exceeded my very low expectations for him two years in. As I say that, the Titans need to make protecting Marcus Mariota priority No. 1. Tunsil gives them an athletic freak on Mariota’s blindside. It’s hard not to see Tyron Smith when you watch Tunsil move.

2. Cleveland Browns – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

This team is far from a quarterback away from being respectable. If they don’t love Lynch, Goff, or Wentz at No. 2 it would be behoove them to take an impact rusher as they got no pressure on opposing QB’s in 2015. With Hue Jackson in the fold, it’s conceivable that the Browns could lure one of the restoration projects to Cleveland. At worst Josh McCown is there as a bridge. This may be the homer in me but I don’t want to see the Browns miss out on an impact player to chance it on less than a sure thing near the top of the draft…again. More than likely, Jared Goff is the pick but here’s to hoping.

VIDEO: Joey Bosa’s self-imposed isolation helps him focus, prep for NFL Draft

3. San Diego Chargers – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

Is this a little rich for Treadwell? Maybe. However, if he runs well in Indy it’s not inconceivable that he could open eyes enough for consideration at this point – has all the other physical tools be a dominant pass catcher. The Chargers have a very small window left for Philip Rivers and need to maximize it by giving him a weapon opposite Keenan Allen.

4. Dallas Cowboys – Jared Goff, QB, Cal

This one may be a long shot, at best. Hear me out, though. Dallas doesn’t plan on drafting this high ever again in Jerry Jones’ mind. With a few impact defenders on the board still it will be tough but I think they’ve seen the post-Tony Romo future enough to make this pick.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

This may be a bit too rich for the blood of many on Alexander. Hear me out on this one. Alexander is the best pure cover man in the draft – and it’s not that close in my book. Yes, he doesn’t have the eye popping numbers of others but scour Draft Breakdown and find me ten plays he’s beat on.

6. Baltimore Ravens – Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn

I am leading the charge on the Shon Coleman to Baltimore bus. Hop on now before it gets too full. For my money, Coleman had the best season of any draft-eligible OT. Yes, that includes Laremy Tunsil. If he clears teams medical evaluations, he’ll be a name to watch sore up draft boards.

7. San Francisco 49ers – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

This one has nightmare written all over it. I don’t know that Lynch is ready to step in day one but how patient will Jed York/Trent Baalke be? All the physical tools are there for Lynch but the more I watch, the more holes I see. I think Lynch is going to be a very solid starter in the league for a long time…I am just not sure when that will be.

MORE: Leigh Steinberg on Paxton Lynch

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

Vernon Hargreaves here? Meh. I like Stanley at this spot despite much greater needs. Stanley has the makings of a franchise LT, so passing on him here for anyone else would be foolish in my book.

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

This is a homerun pick for the Bucs. Jalen Ramsey and Vernon Hargreaves will be tempting but Buckner has the tools to be a dominant and versatile piece along the DL for a very long time.

10. New York Giants – Jalen Ramsey, S, Florida State

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Nov 14, 2015; Tallahassee, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles defensive back Jalen Ramsey celebrates a turnover against the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Doak Campbell Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Beil-USA TODAY Sports

I don’t know that Ramsey makes it anywhere near this pick…could go as high as No. 3 to Chargers. If he does, NY should sprint to the podium to turn this pick in.

11. Chicago Bears – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

I like Hargreaves, not sure I love him. This is a good spot for him in terms of value, fit and need.

12. New Orleans Saints – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Saints defense was historically bad in 2015. No matter who the coordinator was, they were bad. They need to find play makers on that side of the ball and Jack certainly fits that bill. His versatility solves a few ills for the Saints and he should be a day one impact player.

13. Philadelphia Eagles – Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama

If you watched the NC Game, you saw what I’ve been talking about with Allen. He’s not your typical ‘Bama end. Allen has good get off and affects the game in the run and pass game. Who knows what the Eagles defense will look like. With that in mind, Allen makes a ton of sense as he gives you versatility.

14. Oakland Raiders – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith will remain a top 10 player for me, injury and all. The Raiders find a steal when Smith returns to health. If we learned anything from Todd Gurley its that we can put too much stock in these late injuries. It sounds like Smith is expected to make a full recovery and I would be ecstatic if I were a Raiders fan to pair Khalil Mack and Smith up.

MORE: Jaylon Smith expected to make full recovery

15.  Los Angeles Rams – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

As someone that lost their team it’s tough for me to write another city in front of the Rams. As I wrote about earlier in the week, don’t be surprised if Wentz doesn’t join the Lynch/Goff conversation after the Senior Bowl. For now, I’ll play it safe slotting him as the Los Angeles Rams QB of the future.

16. Detroit Lions – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

Detroit needs interior DL help but I couldn’t envision them passing on Lawson down here. Lawson’s toughness and talent were on full display at the NC Game. Putting him opposite Ziggy Ansah is going to be scary for NFC North QB’s for a very long time.

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  • Aslan

    Horrible pick for VIKINGS. They pro bowler E. Griffen, Hunter who led all rookies with sacks, plus depth with Robinson, Cricton. Definatelhy dont need a first-round DE