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1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff, QB, California
Goff’s feet and ability to maneuver in the pocket is enough to make him a worthwhile pick for the long-term. The Rams gave up a ton to get Goff but they absolutely had to find a potential franchise passer.
2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
To be clear, the Eagles deserve credit for taking chances here, trading away draft picks and players to move up for a chance at a franchise quarterback.
3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
The Chargers significantly upgraded the team’s run defense with the addition of Bosa.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
You can quibble with taking a running back this high, but clearly the Cowboys think Elliott will be special and be even more special behind their offensive line.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jalen Ramsey, DB, Florida State
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell had to be turning cartwheels after San Diego took Bosa and Dallas took Elliott because he landed the best defensive player in the draft in Ramsey.
6. Baltimore Ravens – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
The Ravens go with the safe pick at offensive tackle by choosing Stanley over Ole Miss’ Laremy Tunsil.
7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon
A physical freak for the Ducks at 6-foot-7, 291 pounds, Buckner is more than familiar with new Niners coach Chip Kelly, who recruited Buckner to Oregon.
8. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State (*Acquired in trade with Rams and Browns)
By selecting him after a trade up to No. 8, the Titans are saying he can start at right tackle from the outset of his rookie year.
9. Chicago Bears – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia
The Bears moved up two spots to draft a player who had 4.5 sacks in 2015. Floyd never dominated at Georgia
10. New York Giants – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida
The Bucs upgraded at cornerback with their pick of Hargreaves, a Tampa native.
12. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville
Rankins made so much sense for the Saints at No. 12 that all four of our ESPN mock drafts had him projected to New Orleans.
13. Miami Dolphins – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss (*Acquired in trade with Eagles)
Despite character concerns due to a video that surfaced online Thursday, the Dolphins took a major risk by selecting Tunsil at No. 13.
14. Oakland Raiders – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia
There was no doubt the Raiders liked Joseph as a potential second-round pick. Turns out, they loved him as their first-rounder.
15. Cleveland Browns – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor (*Acquired in trade with Eagles and Titans)
The Browns chose speed over size when they took Coleman.
16. Detroit Lions – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
Matthew Stafford was sacked 89 times the past two seasons and taking Decker at No. 16 was a good decision by Quinn.
17. Atlanta Falcons – Keanu Neal, S, Florida
The Falcons took a player they knew could step in and help improve the defensive immediately.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
The Colts are finally showing their commitment to protecting franchise quarterback Andrew Luck with the pick of Kelly.
19. Buffalo Bills – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The surprise selections of Corey Coleman and Keanu Neal helped Lawson fall to the Bills, who weren’t expected to have a shot at one of the draft’s best edge defenders.
20. New York Jets – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
The Jets wisely passed on QB Paxton Lynch, a major project. They went defense for the seventh consecutive year in the first round, taking a new-age linebacker in Lee.
21. Houston Texans – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame (*Acquired in trade with Redskins)
The Texans needed speed and get it with this pick. Will Fuller ran a 4.32 40-yard dash, but he isn’t just a track star.
22. Washington Redskins – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
He’ll be a good red zone target for a team that needs guys in that area. Another key: Receivers DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon both are free agents after next season.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
The Vikings wanted a true split end and in Treadwell they got one. He doesn’t turn 21 until this summer, has the size to handle press coverage (and block for Adrian Peterson).
24. Cincinnati Bengals – William Jackson III, CB, Houston
The Bengals grabbed a cornerback who will help them absorb the potential loss of Dre Kirkpatrick, a veteran corner who will be available for free agency next offseason.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Artie Burns, CB, Miami
The Steelers desperately needed corner help, so they made it happen with a long, athletic player many evaluators considered a top-three corner in the draft.
26. Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis (*Acquired in trade with Seahawks)
Lynch is a project, a player with a second-round grade from many teams, but the Broncos have the ability to give Lynch the time he needs to develop.
27. Green Bay Packers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA
28. San Francisco 49ers – Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford (*Acquired in trade with Chiefs)
The Niners traded up, surrendering picks in the second, fourth and sixth rounds to the Chiefs for the No. 28 pick and their seventh-rounder to draft, Joshua Garnett.
29. Arizona Cardinals – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
The Cardinals got a steal here with Nkemdiche, the risky defensive tackle from Ole Miss. He’s talented and makes the Cardinals’ defense (fifth in the NFL in 2015) even scarier with another pass-rusher.
30. Carolina Panthers – Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
31. Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M
The Seahawks believe in drafting prospects like Ifedi and letting offensive line coach Tom Cable work with them.
ESPN NOTES: There were only 31 picks in the first round, with New England’s first-round pick forfeited for the 2016 NFL Draft.
Take a look at all the 1st round draft winners from the 2016 NFL Draft Thursday – congrats to all of the men who have made it to the NFL. Enjoy guys, your life is about to change. Make good choices.