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NFL Mock Draft: Top 10

By Chris Madden

1st – Tennessee Titans:
Laremy Tunsil/ OT Ole Miss
The Titans have without a doubt found their quarterback in Marcus Mariota, now the real key will be protecting the young gun –slinger. Tunsil is by far the best choice in this draft. Given his talents and abilities it should be no surprise to see him go first overall. This kid was able to do a standout job protecting two great, mobile quartebacks at Ole Miss in Bo Wallace and Chad Kelly, and will no doubt do the same with Mariota under center.

2nd – Cleveland Browns:
Carson Wentz/ QB North Dakota State
I normally do not advocate FCS quarterbacks in the first few rounds because in my opinion the competition is so different. However Wentz could very well be the real deal. If you follow college football you may not know his name, but you know the team. North Dakota State is undoubtedly the best team in the FCS and has consistently proven that under Wentz’s leadership, great things can be accomplished. With the departure of Johnny Manzielthe Browns are not only looking for a quarterback, but a complete make over. The QB is the face of the team and we can only expect whoever comes in to have learned from some of the mistakes made and become the leader Cleveland desperately needs.

3rd – San Diego Chargers:
Jalen Ramsey/ FS Florida State
The Chargers need several key positions filled, but with the reality of the draft being the so defensively focused they cannot afford to pass up a defensive player in the first round. Their offense is in need of a breakout player to help Rivers and company score points. But this it is very likely Ramsey goes to the Chargers, the only other option I see is Vernon Hargraves III from Florida. The experience Ramsey has gained from playing in Tallahassee will help the Chargers and their defense in a rollercoaster division that is ever changing.

4th – Dallas Cowboys:
Joey Bosa/ DE Ohio State
Oh the Dallas Cowboys, where to begin? Well the idea of passing up a running back like Ezekiel Elliot seems like a crazy choice for a team who has arguably one of the best offensive lines in the league and has a void in the running back position. But like we’ve said over and over this first round is all about the defensive players for the most part. So Bosa will absolutely be taken by the Cowboys. He will also be a new center piece for a talented defensive group that could use a solid leader on the line. With Greg Hardy being a wild-card, Bosa could come into training camp and win over the city of Dallas in no time.

5th – Jacksonville Jaguars:
Myles Jack/ LB UCLA
The Jaguars are in a similar situation as they have been before. They could use several first round picks to help get this team where it belongs. Given the defensive state of the first round the Jags best chance is to take the best available defender and move on. Jack had a great career at UCLA and will be a great fit in any NFL defensive scheme. Playing in the PAC, Myles was able to clog up the middle in the run game as well as playing great pass defense over the middle.

6th – Baltimore Ravens:
DeForest Buckner/ DE Oregon
Baltimore is not in as bad a spot as you may think. Sure they haven’t looked anywhere close to normal since the Ray Rice incident, but over time they should be fine. Cashing in on this drafts defensive tilt will bring the old “bad boy” defensive look back to the Ravens locker room. Buckner had a strong career at Oregon, playing in a National Championship and causing havoc on some of College Football’s best. His experiences and skills will be a great fit for a rebuilding Ravens team.

7th – San Francisco 49ers 
Jared Goff/ QB Cal
One of the better quarterbacks in the draft, and in my opinion the top quarterback in the draft, Goff had no shortage of highlight plays in his career at Cal. Goff could fit this system fairly well and would be the type of guy who is available to start immediately. San Fran is in desperate need of an offensive leader at the quarterback position and Jared Goff seems to be the perfect fit to these needs.

8th – Philadelphia Eagles
Ezekiel Elliott/ RB Ohio State
It is no surprise that the Eagles have gone through a world of chaotic personnel moves, most of which led by former head coach Chip Kelly. Also the lack of productivity from the running back position leads the Eagles in the way of Ezekiel Elliott. Elliott is by far the best back in the draft and has steadily climbed up the draft boards lately. He led the Ohio State Buckeyes to several great seasons and shined in the National Championship two years ago. Elliott did have some issues with the coaching staff at Ohio State including a statement made about getting too little touches in a loss for the Buckeyes. Overall he has the ability to be a breakout player in the 2016 season and looks to be a great fit in a fast paced offensive scheme.

9th – Tampa Bay Buccaneers  
Shaq Lawson/ DE Clemson
Shaq Lawson has been one of the best defensive players in college football. His size and presence on an ever-growing defensive unit has pushed him onto the All-American list as well as an appearance in several bowl games and the 2016 National Championship. Tampa is in need of several things; but like many of the teams in this draft, they cannot afford to pass up on a defensive player this season. Lawson will fit really any defensive scheme and has proven to be a leader on and off the field.

10th – New York Giants
Ronnie Stanley/ OL Notre Dame
There’s no real denying the Giants hit the jackpot with OBJ, however their protection for Eli Manning has been below average. Manning has been the lifeline for this franchise despite receivers and running backs coming and going. The defensive need can be met at a later time, the biggest need for this team would be protecting Eli and some of the other offensive weapons. Stanley did an exceptional job with leading the offensive line at Notre Dame and looks to bring his efforts to a team similar to the Giants. This would fit well because the Giants and the Fighting Irish both run a pocket presence type offense and that allows for someone like Ronnie Stanley to excel. Other options for the giants would be (Jack Conklin, OT Michigan State) or (Darron Lee, OLB Ohio State).

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