Mock draft: Panthers select Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah with 31st overall pick
Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State-As tempting as Derrick Henry would be for the Panthers’ ground game, and as much as GM Dave Gettleman loves defensive tackles, Carolina needs an edge rusher more.
Kony Ealy is emerging, but Charles Johnson is aging. Ogbah was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year last fall.
Mock draft: Chiefs draft Clemson DL/OLB Kevin Dodd with 28th overall pick
Kevin Dodd, DL/OLB, Clemson-Dodd is the best player on the board at this point, and the Chiefs might welcome his talent and versatility. Dodd had a breakout 2015, and he has the frame and athleticism to chip in at defensive tackle, defensive end and outside linebacker while shoring up their bets at each position.
You can never have enough pass rushers in today’s NFL.
Mock draft: Patriots forfeit 29th overall pick
The Patriots lost their first-round pick as part of New England’s punishment for the “Deflategate” scandal.
The Patriots also were fined $1 million and will lose their fourth-round selection in the 2017 NFL draft.
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Mock draft: Broncos select Alabama DT Jarran Reed with 32nd overall pick
Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama–Reed profiles more as a run stuffer, but with the Broncos’ coaching under Bill Kollar, he could develop into a more versatile player. With the Broncos unsure if they will pick up Sylvester Williams’ fifth-year option, Reed provides important depth now and later.
Mock draft: Steelers go with Ohio State CB Eli Apple at No. 25
Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State–The Steelers are desperate for help in the secondary, specifically at cornerback. Apple fits the bill and can start as a rookie. He would be the first cornerback the Steelers have taken in the opening round since Chad Scott in 1997.
Mock draft: Cardinals draft Mississippi DT Robert Nkemdiche with 30th overall pick
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss–The Cardinals have a veteran group of defensive linemen who could mentor a young player who has character concerns. This position is not a need for them, but Nkemdiche might be too talented to pass up. Calais Campbell is in the last year of his contract so maybe this could be a move for the future.
Mock draft: Packers select Ohio State LB Darron Lee with the 27th overall pick
Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State–The Packers are moving Clay Matthews back outside, so they need an inside linebacker who can run and cover. The club is also in the market for pass rushers and a replacement for nose tackle B.J. Raji.
Mock draft: Vikings select Mississippi WR Laquon Treadwell at No. 23
Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss–For the Vikings, finding a No. 1 receiver is the top priority and something the team didn’t address in free agency, where the offensive line was the focus. Treadwell would give Teddy Bridgewater the physical, deep-ball mismatch the team has lacked for years.
Mock draft: Seahawks take Alabama center Ryan Kelly at No. 26
Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama–The Seahawks entered the off-season needing some reinforcements on the offensive line, and the team’s situation up front grew even more curious during free agency when Seattle lost starting guard J.R. Sweezy and left tackle Russell Okung. Some evaluators see Kelly as either a center or guard.
The Seahawks are expected to add several offensive linemen in the draft.
Mock draft: Redskins draft Baylor DT Andrew Billings with 21st overall pick
Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor–The Redskins’ defense was a liability down the stretch. They didn’t get remotely enough pressure up front. GM Scot McCloughan believes that you build teams in the trenches, and Billings would be a good fit.
Mock draft: Colts take Ohio State T Taylor Decker with the No. 18 overall pick
Taylor Decker, T, Ohio State–Since Andrew Luck got to Indianapolis, the Colts have been trying to fix their offensive line. They allowed more quarterback hits last year than any team in the league, and they simply have to protect their franchise.
Mock draft: Texans take Baylor WR Corey Coleman with No. 22 pick
Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor--The Texans want a receiver with speed to stretch a defense. The explosive Coleman runs the 40 in 4.3 seconds and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior last season despite losing two starting quarterbacks with injuries.
Mock draft: Falcons select Alabama LB Reggie Ragland with No. 17 pick
Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama–The Falcons need an enforcer in the middle of their defense. They gave up 20 rushing touchdowns last season, tied for the most in the league. Instincts, nastiness and tackling ability are qualities the Falcons covet.
Mock draft: Bengals draft Texas Christian WR Josh Doctson at No. 24
Josh Doctson, WR, TCU--The Bengals must fill the void left by Mo Sanu and Marvin Jones leaving in free agency. Doctson’s ability to high point the ball and pull in the contested catch makes him a natural fit next to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert.
Mock draft: Bills draft Eastern Kentucky LB Noah Spence with No. 19 pick
Noah Spence, OLB, Eastern Kentucky–St. Rex loves granting second chances to players just like Spence, the best edge rusher left on the board. A pass rush opposite Jerry Hughes is exactly what this defense needs after a franchise-low 21 sacks last season.
Mock draft: Lions take Clemson DE Shaq Lawson at No. 16
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson–The Lions would be tempted to fill their need at right tackle in this scenario with Michigan State’s Jack Conklin, but Lawson provides more impact and the Lions have just as big a need at defensive end with just three edge rushers currently on their roster.
He’d likely play as a rotational backup as a rookie and give the Lions a nice 1-2 punch with Ziggy Ansah going forward.
Mock draft: Titans select Notre Dame T Ronnie Stanley with the No. 15 pick
Ronnie Stanley, T, Notre Dame–The Titans surrendered 54 sacks last season, the highest total in the league. Quarterback Marcus Mariota missed four games due to injury, and the Titans don’t want to see that happen again.
Mock draft: Saints take Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins with No. 12 pick
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville–The Saints are desperate for pass-rush help. They ranked 31st in total defense and allowed an NFL record 45 TD passes last season. Great pass defense starts up front and Rankins is the best interior pass rusher in the draft.
Mock draft: New York Jets take Michigan State T Jack Conklin at No. 20
Jack Conklin, T, Michigan State–The Jets desperately need an infusion of youth on their offensive line. Ryan Clady will replace retiring left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson this year, but he is not a long-term answer. The Jets could use Conklin at right guard or tackle in 2016, then hope he can move to left tackle down the line.
Mock draft: Dolphins select Ohio State RB Ezekial Elliott with 13th overall pick
Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State–The Dolphins are looking for a workhorse back, and Elliott can do it all – run with power, hit the home run, catch passes out of the backfield and protect the quarterback.
Mock draft: Raiders take Houston CB William Jackson at No. 14
William Jackson, CB, Houston–After taking a Houston cornerback in the first round three years ago, D.J. Hayden, the Raiders do a do-over for a bigger, faster model. The club, which is also looking for an inside linebacker, might try to trade down if given a chance.
Mock draft: Bears select D-lineman A’Shawn Robinson of Alabama with No. 11 pick
A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama–With Floyd off the board, the Bears fill their need for a defensive end with the massive Robinson, who oozes upside. They wait until Day 2 to pick an edge rusher and improve their speed in the front seven. The Bears might consider trading this to a team eyeing running back Ezekiel Elliott.
Mock draft: Browns select Memphis QB Paxton Lynch with eighth overall pick
Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis–This might be a little early for Lynch, and the Browns would like to trade down – possibly with Tennessee at 15 – to take him there. Regardless, quarterback is an area of pressing need, and Cleveland got a lot of picks to trade out to that No. 2 slot.
Mock draft: Giants pick up Georgia LB Leonard Floyd with 10th overall pick
Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia–After using their last four first-round picks on offensive players, the Giants turn to defense over taking another offensive lineman. They haven’t selected a linebacker in the first round since taking Carl Banks in 1984, but Floyd has the athleticism and explosion this linebacking corps desperately needs.
Mock draft: Ravens select Mississippi tackle Laremy Tunsil at No. 6
Laremy Tunsil, T, Ole Miss–The Ravens have prioritized finding a playmaker on either side of the ball, but they couldn’t resist getting a long-term answer at left tackle. Eugene Monroe’s ongoing injury issues have made left tackle a concern. With Joe Flacco coming off a knee injury, the Ravens need to make sure he’s protected.
Mock draft: Florida CB Vernon Hargreaves goes to the Buccaneers at No. 9
Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida–The Buccaneers lack talent and upside at that position, and Hargreaves provides both. In a division with four franchise quarterbacks, it’s imperative that you can knock down passes once in a while. The Bucs allowed quarterbacks to complete 70% of their passes last season.
Mock draft: 49ers take Oregon DE DeForest Buckner with No. 7 overall pick
DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon – Chip Kelly’s up-tempo offense will put pressure on San Francisco’s defense. Buckner, who was recruited to Oregon by Kelly, would probably be the team’s best defensive lineman on Day 1.
Mock draft: UCLA linebacker Myles Jack goes to Jaguars with fifth overall pick
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA–If Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa are gone, the Jaguars will go with Jack. They were 24th in total defense last year, so they need to upgrade on that side of the ball.
The defense will be tested early: In the Jaguars’ first four games this season, they face Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers, Joe Flacco and Andrew Luck.
Mock draft: Florida State defensive back Jalen Ramsey selected with third pick by Chargers
Jalen Ramsey DB, Florida State–This is something of a best-case scenario for the Chargers as they’ll be able to select the top available player on their board with the third pick.
Ramsey is as good a bet as any, a versatile defensive back who would step in at safety for a secondary now without Eric Weddle. The club will also take a long look at DeForest Buckner.
Mock draft: Rams select North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz with the No. 1 overall pick
Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State – The Rams wowed star-driven L.A. and the NFL by trading up to draft a quarterback. It will be the second time in seven years the franchise takes a quarterback No. 1.
Wentz does not have major-school pedigree like talented Jared Goff, but he played in a pro-style system and has the tools, temperament and upside worthy of the pick.
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Mock draft: Cowboys go with Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with fourth overall pick
Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State--The Cowboys need pass-rushing help. It’s been a problem for a couple of years, and it’s the team’s biggest area of need after the Greg Hardy experiment failed. Bosa is the best pass rusher in the draft.
Mock draft: Eagles select California quarterback Jared Goff with the No. 2 overall pick
Jared Goff, QB, California–The Eagles feel like they’ll get North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz, but they like Goff, too. They say they plan to keep Sam Bradford as the starter, but clearly want to develop an elite young prospect. Philadelphia had the No. 2 pick in 1999 and selected quarterback Donovan McNabb.