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2016 NFL mock draft: Lions take their starting right tackle

Our final mock draft is here. See who your Detroit Lions selected at No. 16 overall.

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Team Pick Reason
1 Los Angeles Rams Jared Goff QB Goff is my top QB in this class and easily the most pro ready. The Rams need a QB that can start sooner, rather than later and let's face it, Nick Foles is not the answer in Los Angeles.
2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz QB There is no way the Eagles traded up to this spot to draft a position other than QB. They need one, badly, and Carson Wentz is a guy that's been constantly linked to them at the No. 2 overall pick. He may have some bumps and bruises as a rookie, but his upside is through the roof and they could turn him into a star if they're patient.
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey CB/S Ramsey is a stud secondary prospect and has the ability to play either cornerback or safety. For the Chargers, he'll likely play safety where he would fill in for the departing Eric Weddle.
4 Dallas Cowboys Ezekiel Elliot RB This is a slam dunk pick for the Cowboys if I've ever seen one. Jerry Jones like Elliot, the Cowboys need a running back. Not much else to say here.
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack LB There has been some recent concern with Jack's knee after medical evaluations, but I still can't imagine him falling out of the top five. He's just too talented of a player, and I don’t believe that every team shares the same concern. This could be a ploy to have him fall to a lucky team in the middle of the first round.
6 Baltimore Ravens Laremy Tunsil OT The Ravens can thank the Los Angeles Rams and Philadelphia Eagles for making this pick possible. Tunsil falls right into Ozzie Newsome's lap and they couldn't have drawn it up any better. Tunsil is arguably the top talent in the draft and fits an immediate need.
7 San Francisco 49ers DeForest Buckner DE How about a reunion between DeForest Buckner and Arik Armstead? Buckner is an even better player than Armstead and has the versatility to play all over the defensive line. This would be a steal for a franchise that needs all the pieces they can find on defense.
8 Cleveland Browns Joey Bosa DE After trading down to the No. 8 overall pick, the Browns manage to get one of the top prospects in the NFL Draft. Talk about a steal for a franchise that hasn't exactly made the smartest decisions come draft day. I could also see them going QB and taking Paxton Lynch here because, y'know, Browns and all.
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ronnie Stanley OT The Bucs appear to be heading with a starting lineup consisting of Gosder Cherilus as their right tackle. That's not good. Ronnie Stanley can fix that.
10 New York Giants Shaq Lawson DE I wouldn't condone selecting Lawson this high, but this is what I think is going to happen, not what I'd do. The Giants' identity has always been built around pressuring the QB and Shaq Lawson fits what they often look for in a defensive end.
11 Chicago Bears Leonard Floyd OLB The Bears need a pass rusher and Leonard Floyd will be the top rated edge rusher on most teams' boards. He has the size and athleticism to turn into a very special player and this would be bad news for Lions fans.
12 New Orleans Saints Paxton Lynch QB This would be a fairly unexpected pick, but with reports surfacing about the Saints attempting to trade up to No. 1 overall before the Rams were able to, it would not surprise me if they decided to select a QB to eventually replace Drew Brees.
13 Miami Dolphins William Jackson III CB The Miami Dolphins have a need for a starting CB opposite of Byron Maxwell and William Jackson III is my favorite secondary prospect not named Jalen Ramsey. He has the size, length and speed to potentially shut down top receivers in the NFL.
14 Oakland Raiders Sheldon Rankins DT This is a match made in heaven for the Raiders who will be looking to add a 3-technique pass rusher on the interior. Rankins has an elite first step and may end up having the most impact as a rookie on defense.
15 Tennessee Titans Jack Conklin OT Jack Conklin has received a ridiculous amount of hype lately which leads me to believe that a lot of NFL teams truly love him as a prospect and are willing to take him this high. The Titans now have their starting right tackle.
16 Detroit Lions Taylor Decker OT I don't have any intel for y'all, sorry, but my gut tells me that the Lions will strongly consider drafting a tackle to start on the right side for them, and I'm guessing it will likely come down to Ronnie Stanley or Taylor Decker.
17 Atlanta Falcons Darron Lee LB The Falcons need some help at inside linebacker and adding a guy like Darron Lee who has elite sideline-to-sideline speed would be a great haul for them in the first round. Lee is raw, but has unlimited potential and can lineup at multiple linebacker positions.
18 Indianapolis Colts Noah Spence OLB/DE There is no bigger need for the Colts than their need for an edge rusher and Spence is arguably the best pure pass rusher in this draft. He has an insane ability to dip his shoulder and bend around the edge and he absolutely lit up Senior Bowl week. This would be a steal for the Colts.
19 Buffalo Bills Andrew Billings DT The Bills need all sorts of help along the defensive line, but luckily enough, there should be a litter of talented prospects to choose from. Billings is a personal favorite of mine and this would be great value for a team that needs help along the interior.
20 New York Jets Eli Apple CB Cornerback isn't the most glaring of needs for the Jets, but without a top QB or edge rushing prospect on the board, I decided to look toward the secondary where I found a top talent available in Ohio State's Eli Apple.
21 Washington Redskins Reggie Ragland ILB This pick wouldn't have seemed possible a few months ago, but here we are. Ragland has been knocked for his average athleticism and low ceiling in pass coverage, but his ability to shut down the run game and become a leader on the field is a major asset for a team looking for a starting inside linebacker. This pick makes a lot of sense for the Redskins.
22 Houston Texans Josh Doctson WR The Texans need help at wide receiver badly and there's a strong possibility that they'll have the entire class to choose from. Doctson fits perfectly in Bill O'Brien's offense and gives the Texans a scary one-two punch with DeAndre Hopkins and the former TCU Horned Frog.
23 Minnesota Vikings Laquon Treadwell WR And here is where the run on receivers begins. The Vikings need size more than anything at the WR position and that is exactly what Treadwell brings to the table.
24 Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman WR More receivers! With the departures of Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu, the Bengals need a receiver that can stretch the field and make plays with the ball in his hands. Corey Coleman is a raw, but spectacular athlete and may be the most dynamic receiver in this year's draft.
25 Pittsburgh Steelers Vernon Hargreaves III CB The fall stops here for Hargreaves, who is widely regarded as one of the top CBs in the NFL. I have a feeling that teams aren't as enamored with him as most media outlets, but this is still great value for him in the later portion of the first round.
26 Seattle Seahawks Jarran Reed DT With the loss of Brandon Mebane in free agency, the Seahawks will be looking for someone to fill the void at nose tackle and Jarran Reed offers plenty of size and support in the run game to provide an immediate impact.
27 Green Bay Packers Chris Jones DT Life just isn't fair. Jones is a perfect fit in Green Bay's scheme and is a monster in the trenches, showing heavy hands and great quickness off the snap. This would be a very scary pick if you're a Lions fan.
28 Kansas City Chiefs Cody Whitehair OT/OG The first interior offensive lineman is off the board and the Chiefs are happy customers. Whitehair's combination of athleticism, technique and versatility makes him one of the safest picks in the draft and I believe he'll have a long, successful career in the NFL.
29 Arizona Cardinals Ryan Kelly C Kelly is easily the best pure center prospect in this year's draft. The Cardinals get their new starting center to help prolong Carson Palmer's career at QB.
30 Carolina Panthers Germain Ifedi OT Michael Oher.
31 Denver Broncos Connor Cook QB I don't know if there is a better player/team fit out there than Connor Cook and the Denver Broncos. I'm not too crazy about Cook as a prospect, but he is the absolute perfect fit for Kubiak's under-center offense.

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