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2016 NFL Group Mock

Round 1 Picks 17-31

Posted By Chris Ransom Last Updated: April 14, 2016.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Noah Spence, RE, Eastern Kentucky

    John Butts came in for the Atlanta Falcons. He chose Noah Spence simply because he was the only pass rusher left.

    The Falcons need a pass rusher. Spence is the only pass rusher left that can possibly plug into a 4-3 right end role if Beasley cannot move over to the LEO this season. Therefore Spence is the pick here.

    Previous Pick: Darron Lee, ROLB, Ohio State

  2. Indianapolis Colts: Ronnie Stanley, RT, Notre Dame

    Jesse Lucas who does NFL Predictions with us at Draft Utopia made this pick. He went with Ronnie Stanley at right tackle to shore up the offensive line.

    Ronnie Stanley makes total sense. With Anthony Costanzo at left tackle and Ronnie Stanley at right tackle, Andrew Luck should stay healthy in 2016 and will have a lot more time to throw in the pocket.

    Previous Pick: Jack Conklin, LT, Michigan State

  3. Buffalo Bills: A'Shawn Robinson, 3-4 LE, Alabama

    Scott DelleFave picked for Buffalo at 19. Scott planned on using this draft to draft a 3-4 defense for the Buffalo Bills. He gave the Bills A'Shawn Robinson as a 3-4 left end with Marcel Dareus as 3-4 right end.

    With the 19th pick, the Buffalo Bills select A'Shawn Robinson. Robinson can line up at 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, 3-4 nose tackle, and 3-4 left end. That will intrigue Buffalo, and Rex Ryan will toughen him up with Robinson learning under Kyle Williams for a year.

    Previous Pick: Jarran Reed, 3-4 LE, Alabama

  4. New York Jets: Taylor Decker, RT, Ohio State

    Morgan Epstein picked at 20. Even though his team is the Browns he volunteered by taking the Jets. You can follow Morgan Epstein on Twitter. His twitter feed is pretty awesome. Morgan picked Taylor Decker at 20.

    Taylor Decker is a great fit for the Jets run blocking scheme at 20. Jack Conklin may have the better career, but Decker is the much better fit for what the Jets are trying to do since Decker is a natural run blocker. Having a veteran Buckeye like Nick Mangold give him advice and serve as a mentor Decker will only strengthen this Jets offensive line as Decker compliments left tackle Ryan Clady, who the Jets traded for.

    Previous Pick: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

  5. Washington Redskins: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

    Tanya Holmes of Draft Utopia picked here. She went with Houston cornerback William Jackson III to boost the secondary.

    Washington needs a #1 cornerback in the worst way possible. Jackson may be the most complete cornerback on tape outside of Vernon Hargreaves III, and Jackson makes a great fit here.

    Previous Pick: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

  6. Houston Texans: Joshua Perry, 3-4 MLB, Ohio State

    Robert McNeal III picked for Houston at 22. He went with a bold, gutsy, decisive pick.





    Previous Pick: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor

  7. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

    Joseph Kemper picked for the Vikings at 23. He wanted a wide receiver after the Vikings addressed the offensive line. Laquon Treadwell was the best player available at this pick.

    Minnesota's biggest priority was finding a wide receiver. Laquon Treadwell has the hands and size to be a #1 receiver in Minnesota with Diggs complimenting him.

    Previous Pick: Jason Spriggs, LT, Indiana

  8. Cincinnati Bengals: Jaylon Smith, MLB, Notre Dame

    Jason Bantle who does Fantasy Football and NFL Predictions on Draft Utopia picked here. Jason had a ton of options, but the value of Jaylon SMith was too good to pass on for him despite his injury.

    The Bengals go with Jaylon Smith. Smith is a steal at this point in terms of his value despite his injury.

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

    Shane Hallam picked for Pittsburgh once again. This time he took Ohio State cornerback Eli Apple.

    With the 25th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State. Eli Apple seems like a unique cornerback to pair up with William Gay. He covered Amari Cooper effectively in the 2015 College Football Playoff.

    Previous Pick: Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State

  10. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

    Donovan James picked at 26. With Marshawn Lynch retiring, he took Heisman Trophy Winner Derrick Henry.

    Marshawn Lynch is gone. Thomas Rawls can be a solid #2 back, and can be effective in passing situations. Henry will be the new feature back in Seattle with Lynch gone.

  11. Green Bay Packers: Vernon Butler, NT, Louisiana Tech

    Lisa Donovan who writes NHL content at Draft Utopia picked Louisiana Tech nose tackle Vernon Butler to replace B.J. Raji. Butler played in a 4-3 scheme, but some believe he has the size to move to the 3-4.

    Vernon Butler is a big man at 6-4 325 lbs. He can replace B.J. Raji right away and have an instant impact in Green Bay.

    Previous Pick: Devontae Booker, RB, Utah

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Joshua Garnett, LG, Stanford

    Michael Kbkc Harris picked at 28. He gave the Chiefs Stanford left guard Joshua Garnett who is a perfect fit for their run blocking scheme.

    Joshua Garnett explodes in the running game. Garnett is like a time bomb in the trenches that causes front 7's to literally explode as your running back has a field day of gaining first downs and possibly even touchdowns. Kansas City loves to run the ball, and we could use a blocker with the run blocking Garnett has here.

    Previous Pick: Sheldon Day, 3-4 LE, Notre Dame

  13. Arizona Cardinals: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

    Floyd Wilson picked for Arizona at 29. The Cardinals were torn between Arkansas tight end Hunter Henry and Clemson cornerback Mackensie Alexander. In the end, Floyd went with Alexander.

    Jerraud Powers will be a Free Agent in 2016. Mackensie Alexander can compliment Patrick Peterson effectively at the boundary cornerback position.

    Previous Pick: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

  14. Carolina Panthers: Jack Conklin, RT, Michigan State

    Joshua Johnson picked for the Carolina Panthers. He does the Dynasty Pulse Podcast with Nick Wagner. He went with Jack Conklin over Karl Joseph.

    Jack Conklin can start right away at right tackle on the Carolina Panthers. Over time, he could probably be groomed to be the teams left tackle as Conklin is a terrific value pick for the Panthers.

    Previous Pick: Shaq Lawson, RE, Clemson

  15. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

    Davey Brown wrapped up the first round. He chose Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch here.

    With the 31st pick of the mock draft the Denver Broncos select Paxton Lynch Memphis Tigers. A very well rounded QB. With the loses of Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Oswieler to free agency Denver has to pick up a QB who can be ready to start and compete with Mark Sanchez. Even if they do get Colin Kaepernick. Paxton has shown he's a all around QB he can run 4.86 40 yard dash. Also showed his arm in a windy pro day I think he can compete with all QB Broncos have...

    Previous Pick: Jared Goff, QB, California

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