NFL Draft 2016: 1st-Round Order and Updated Mock Draft Projections

January 25, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Carolina Panthers selected Cam Newton with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft and are now on their way to the Super Bowl following a 49-15 dismantling of the Arizona Cardinals. That means the formula for rebuilding teams is to draft a franchise cornerstone, groom the talent around him and wait for a Super Bowl appearance when he hits his prime.
Simple enough, right?
In all seriousness, drafting in the NFL is an inexact science at best, and there seems to be five JaMarcus Russells and Ryan Leafs for every Newton. Those teams that do deliver on draft day often set themselves up for sustained success, especially if they spread multiple impact picks across different areas of the field.
Fortunately for those teams looking to reach the Super Bowl like the Panthers and Denver Broncos, there are plenty of talented playmakers available in this year’s crop of college prospects.
Here is a look at the order of the picks in the first round, as well as a projectio...

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