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2016 NFL Mock Draft: Broncos will trade up for quarterback Paxton Lynch

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It's finally here Mile High Report, the 2016 NFL Draft kicks off later today!

The first round of the draft will kick off today and the Denver Broncos have the final pick of the first round. So it will be a long wait for us Broncos fans unless General Manager John Elway decides to trade up.

Here is how I think the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft will play out. I'm probably way off, but I predicted a couple trades.

Tell me what you think!

First Round - 2016 NFL Mock Draft Results Version 1.0 | Version 2.0|Version 3.0 part one|Version 3.0 part two

Jared Goff


The Rams traded with the Tennessee Titans for this pick and paid quite the price to move from pick 15 to the first overall pick.

The Rams moved to Los Angeles and will be bringing with them the number one overall pick and a new quarterback to town. That top pick and quarterback will be former Cal quarterback Jared Goff.

The team has all but confirmed that the top pick will be Jared Goff, not Wentz. He will be pairing with Todd Gurley to give the Rams a solid backfield going forward.

Carson Wentz
North Dakota State

Pick Analysis:

Like the Rams, the Eagles trading a bunch of draft picks and players to move up from pick 13 to pick 8 and now the second overall pick.

This is an interesting choice because the Eagles re-signed Sam Bradford to a big deal(and now wants to be traded) and then signed free agent quarterback Chase Daniels. Now they traded a bunch of draft capital to select whichever quarterback the Rams do not?

The Philly fan base is pretty cruel and will be calling for Wentz from day one. This puts the rest of their QB's in a tough position. I think he could do well, but going from North Dakota State to Philly will be a big culture change for Wentz.

But the Eagles get their quarterback of the future.

Ronnie Stanley
Notre Dame

Pick Analysis:

The San Diego Chargers will have the first surprise of the NFL Draft. They will take Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley over Laremy Tunsil.

The Chargers want to protect quarterback Phillip Rivers and will look for Stanley to provide that protection.

The Chargers are in the same division with the Denver Broncos who have Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Shaq Barrett, and Shane Ray at edge rusher. The Kansas City Chiefs have Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, and Dee Ford at Edge Rusher and the Raiders have Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin at edge rusher. So have a good offensive tackle is a big need in the AFC West.

Jalen Ramsey
Florida State

Pick Analysis:

In my last mock, I had the Cowboys taking Ohio State linebacker/defensive end Joey Bosa, but the current buzz has them taking Jalen Ramsey.

He's an athletic freak who can play anywhere in the secondary, can tackle, and is a ballhawk. The last prospect with this type of athleticism and skill set was Patrick Peterson. I think Ramsey can be a better player than Peterson.

The Cowboys need pass rush help, but I think they will address that in the second round.

Joey Bosa
Ohio State

Pick Analysis:

Last year the Jaguars drafted Dante Fowler, but he never hit the field because he tore his ACL during the team's rookie minicamp. Now he's back and the Jaguars will draft Joey Bosa to pair with him.

This will give Gus Bradley two young pass rushers for his defense. The Jags are an up and coming team and Bosa will help them out in the winnable AFC South.

Laremy Tunsil
Ole Miss

MHR Pick Analysis:

Ozzie Newsome has a big smile on his face because the top player in this year's draft falls right into his lap. That player being Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil.

The Ravens has Eugene Monroe at tackle so Tunsil would be a big upgrade over him and help protect quarterback Joe Flacco who is returning from an ACL injury.

DeForest Buckner

Pick Analysis:

The former Oregon Duck played for Head Coach Chip Kelly in college so of course Kelly would take him in San Fran. He will pair with former Oregon Duck and last year's first-round pick Arik Armstead.

This will give the Niners two young DE's who are great scheme fits. The 49ers have to start somewhere when building their roster.

Ezekiel Elliott
Ohio State

Pick Analysis:


The Miami Dolphins have been searching for a running back all offseason and finally get their guy in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Elliott is the best back in this draft and he's good at everything. Has speed, power, good hands, and is already one of the better pass-blocking backs in the league.

This gives Adam Gase a nice toy for his offense and a talented back to help replace Lamar Miller's production. He and Jay Ajayi give the Dolphins a solid 1-2 punch.

Leonard Floyd

Pick Analysis:

The Buccaneers need a lot of help at pass rusher and Leonard Floyd has become a hot name this week and could sneak into the top 10 for the draft.

He might not seem like a logical fit for a 4-3 defense but the Bucs could use him like the Broncos used Von Miller when they played a 4-3 scheme and how the Vikings use Anthony Barr.

In my last mock, I had Shaq Lawson going here and he still could, but Floyd is the hot name this week.

Myles Jack

Pick Analysis:

The Giants are one of the teams who reportedly have no issues with Myles Jack's knee, so it makes sense to have him go here. He's a top 5 player if everything is clean so the Giants get good value here.

The Giants defense was pretty bad last year, so adding Jack continues to focus that front office has put towards the defense. The NFC West is a winnable division, so any improvement from the Giants defense could help them win the division.

Jack can do it all. He can tackle everything, blitz, cover anyone, and could be the Giants best running back on the roster if he wanted too. He's that good. A freak athlete like Von Miller.

Vernon Hargreaves

Pick Analysis:

The Bears need help on defense and should look for the best available defensive player here. They could target Sheldon Rankins or Shaq Lawson here but I have them adding Florida corner Vernon Hargreaves

He's the second best corner in the class and would really help out the Bears secondary going forward.

Shaq Lawson

Pick Analysis:

The Saints need help everywhere on that defense so why not add the best pass rusher left on the board?

Lawson is a fun player to watch. He has speed, explosiveness, and power and would add a pass rush element that was missing last year to the Saints. The Saints are getting one helluva player here in Lawson

Jack Conklin
Michigan State

Pick Analysis:

The Browns need help just about everywhere but I have them addressing their offensive line here. They lost right tackle Mitchell Schwartz this offseason, so they will replace him with Conklin.

He's a powerful player who would fit in nicely for them at right tackle.

Sheldon Rankins

Pick Analysis:

The Raiders need some help in the middle of their defense and I think Head Coach Jack De Rio will do a happy dance if he is able to land Rankins.

Rankins is one of the better interior pass rushers in this year's class and was unblockable during February's Senior Bowl.

Taylor Decker
Ohio State

Pick Analysis:

The Titans could have taken Laremy Tunsil with the first overall pick, but they decided to trade back to get some extra draft picks and they still were able to land one of the better offensive tackles in this year's draft.

They will keep Taylor Lewan at left tackle and Decker will slot in at right tackle. They need to protect their franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Chris Jones
Mississippi State

Pick Analysis:

The Lions have lost Suh and Fairley the past two offseasons and will need to start rebuilding their interior defensive line.

Jones has been rising up draft boards and would be a great pick for the Lions here. He can stuff the run and rush the passer. Jones is one of my favorite prospects in this year's draft.

Darron Lee
Ohio State

Pick Analysis:

The explosive athletic linebacker would be a great addition to Falcon's Head Coach Dan Quinn's defense. In Seattle, he had Bobby Wagner at linebacker and he'll view Lee as the same type of sideline to sideline player.

Ryan Kelly

Pick Analysis:

The Colts offensive line needs all sorts of help and Kelly is the best available offensive lineman available.

Kelly is a leader and will anchor the Colts offensive line for year's to come.

Reggie Ragland

Pick Analysis:

Many assumed Ragland would be the first inside linebacker off the board, but Lee's athleticism won out here.

Ragland gives Buffalo Bills Head Coach Rex Ryan a leader and a tackling machine in the middle of his defense. That defense really struggled in 2015 and will look to improve on that with Ragland.

Jason Spriggs

Pick Analysis:

This might be a tad early for Spriggs, but the Jets like him and he would step in as the team's right tackle opposite of Ryan Clady for the team in 2016. He will eventually move to left tackle when Clady moves on.

I really do not but the teams interest in Lynch. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still on the market and it seems like the two sides will eventually agree to something. Fitz hasn't met with any other teams, has been hanging out with Jets players, and the Jets players want him back.

Jarran Reed

Pick Analysis:

The Redskins lost Terrance Knighton this past offseason and will look to replace him with the former Alabama standout Jarran Reed.

He's a versatile player who can play anywhere along the line. He's mostly a run stuffer but can get after the passer some. In Washington, he will likely play nose tackle.

Corey Coleman

Pick Analysis:

The Texans overpaid Brick Osweiler this offseason and will be looking to give him another weapon. They already have DeAndre Hopkins but need someone else.

Coleman is an explosive player who could be a solid weapon for the Texans.

Robert Nkemdiche
Ole Miss

Pick Analysis:

Many have mocked a receiver here, but rumors have it that the Vikings like Nkemdiche.

Mike Zimmer is the type of coach that can get the most out of Nkemdiche. He's a hard-nosed coach who doesn't put up with anyone's crap.

Zimmer has had success with Geno Atkins and over interior pass rushers so Nkemdiche makes sense.

Laquon Treadwell
Ole Miss

Pick Analysis:

The Bengals lost Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu this offseason and will need someone to replace those two.

Treadwell doesn't have the best athletic numbers, but he's a solid possession receiver who would do well opposite of A.J. Green. Treadwell is the best receiver in this class so this would be a great value pick for the Bengals.

William Jackson III

Pick Analysis:

The Steelers secondary needs a lot of help and Jackson is a favorite of the Steelers. Doing some dot connecting here but I see Jackson joining the Steelers secondary.

Paxton Lynch

Pick Analysis:


You had to see this coming MHR!

I think the Broncos have to do something at the quarterback position during the early portions of the draft. Now some will say that Lynch will go much earlier than this, but ESPN's Adam Schefter doesn't think so.

He told 104.3 the fan on Wednesday that Lynch might not even go in the 1st round.

I have the Broncos trading up a few spots ahead of the Cardinals and Chiefs. I picked the Seahawks because they are a team that likes trading back in the draft. The Broncos wouldn't have to give up too much in this trade either.

Lynch has the highest upside of any quarterback in this draft and gives the Broncos their quarterback of the future. He needs some time before he's ready so he might not start week one, but will push Mark Sanchez for the starting job.

Scouting Report on quarterback Paxton Lynch

His skill set makes him a solid fit into Gary Kubiak's zone-blocking scheme. He has elite arm strength and great athleticism for a player of his size. He's incredibly raw but if he lands with the right team and right coaching staff he can turn into a very good quarterback.

Vernon Butler
Louisana Tech

Pick Analysis:

The Packers lost B.J. Raji this offseason and will look to Vernon Butler to replace him in the lineup.

Butler has the size to play nose tackle, but the athleticism to rush the passer and play defensive end. He's a versatile player who would fit in nicely in Green Bay.

Eli Apple
Ohio State

Pick Analysis:

The Chiefs lost cornerback Sean Smith this offseason to the Oakland Raiders and will look towards the draft to replace him.

Apple is an athletic corner with size and speed who will pair with last season's first overall pick Marcus Peters.

No Pick

Pick Analysis:

Pick was forfeited because they cheated

Cody Whitehair
Kansas State

Pick Analysis:

The Cardinals could go a number of ways here but I have them taking Cody Whitehair.

The Cardinals have a big hole at center and some in the league believe Whitehair is better suited for guard or center in the league.

Cardinals could go edge rusher or quarterback here as well.

Mackensie Alexander

Pick Analysis:

The Panthers removed the Franchise Tag from Josh Norman and lost him to the Washington Redskins so they will be looking for his replacement in the draft. Alexander is the top corner on the board here and would be a great fit for the Panthers.

A'Shawn Robinson

Pick Analysis:

With the final pick in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft, I have the Seattle Seahawks taking A'Shawn Robinson.

Robinson is the type of player I see the Seahawks coveting. He has size, speed, and athleticism and is full of potential. He fits the mold of a Pete Carroll defensive lineman.