NFL Mock Draft Roundup 2016: Laremy Tunsil Rises to the Top, Joey Bosa Not Far BehindBy Russell Westerholm, UniversityHerald Reporter
With the Super Bowl wrapped up and the NFL Draft order set in stone - or a relatively hard matter at the least - the next round of mock drafts are circulating.
With the first overall pick, the Tennessee Titans were widely believed to be eyeing the best player in the draft class, Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. But more and more pundits and analysts do not believe the Titans will go that route.
The Titans have a young offensive core built around quarterback Marcus Mariota, the second overall pick last year. The emerging theory is that the Titans will give Mariota a young offensive line to grow and develop with him.
For that reason, the experts at CBS Sports, USA Today, Bleacher Report, and SB Nation are projecting Ole Miss offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to go first overall. The Titans' o-line already features multiple players with three years' experience or less, though Tunsil is the kind of player who has a high ceiling, but will be able to start right away.
That selection will likely drop Bosa to third or fourth overall to either the San Diego Chargers or Dallas Cowboys, respectively. Bosa has the versatility and talent to play in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 scheme, but would ultimately be a better fit in the latter.
Draft seem convinced the Cleveland Browns will pass on either Tunsil or Bosa with the second overall pick because they are set on taking a quarterback. And just about everyone is split on whether that will be North Dakota State passer Carson Wentz or Cal QB Jared Goff.
The Cowboys are also believed to be interested in taking a QB, and ESPN's Todd McShay believes they would be interested in Wentz if he fell to them. As McShay's colleague, Mel Kiper, indicated, the Cowboys may be more likely to go for a player who can help them right away with their first round selection.
UCLA Myles Jack has been the most intriguing prospect thus far. Though he is coming off an ACL tear, the highly versatile linebacker has reportedly looked good in workouts and should return to his ultra-athletic form. If he can do that, draft experts expect him to be a lock for the top 10.