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NFL Mock Draft 2016: Will Los Angeles Rams take Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?

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Dane Brugler, The Sports Xchange
California quarterback Jared Goff is the best passer in this class and makes the most sense to be the number one pick by the Los Angeles Rams. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI
California quarterback Jared Goff is the best passer in this class and makes the most sense to be the number one pick by the Los Angeles Rams. File photo by Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo

The Los Angeles Rams made a big splash and time will tell whether or not they made the right decision by trading premium draft picks for the rights to the No. 1 selection. It will take a few years before we know the answer, but the question here and now is which quarterback do Jeff Fisher and Les Snead prefer, Jared Goff or Carson Wentz?

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Assuming quarterbacks go 1-2 to the Rams and Cleveland Browns (or another team trading to the No. 2 spot), do the San Diego Chargers take advantage of Laremy Tunsil falling in their laps? Or do they stick with the defensive stud like Jalen Ramsey or DeForest Buckner? The uncertainty at the top of the draft only increases the drama for the first round.

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1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California: The Rams sold the farm to get their quarterback. The only question remaining, who is their quarterback? Goff is the best passer in this class and he makes the most sense with this pick.

2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: There is a high probability that Wentz is drafted with this pick, the main question is by whom? Cleveland could pull the trigger, but there might be an even better chance of the Philadelphia Eagles or another team trading up for his rights.

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3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss: With Tunsil available, the Chargers have a chance to help stabilize their offensive line or go after a stud on defense. With Philip Rivers in the final years of his career, San Diego needs to protect him at all costs.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State: The Cowboys will likely go defense with this pick, but do they go with the pass rusher (Joey Bosa) or defensive back (Ramsey)? My guess is they address the secondary, adding Ramsey at cornerback and moving last year's first round pick Byron Jones to safety full-time.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: The Jaguars were big spenders in free agency, adding Malik Jackson and Tashaun Gipson to the defense. Factor in last year's first rounder Dante Fowler and add another impact pass rusher like Bosa and the Jaguars have the makings of a defense no offense wants to face.

6. Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon: Defensive line isn't a glaring need on the Ravens' roster, but with Buckner still available, Baltimore might not be able to pass on the talented defensive end.

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7. San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: There are several teams who will not consider Jack due to his knee injury, but there are also teams who will see the linebacker as worth the risk. And San Francisco might be one of those teams.

8. Philadelphia Eagles: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: With Demarco Murray now in Tennessee, the Eagles are looking for a new identity at running back. Elliott has the talent to be the featured piece of Doug Pederson's offense.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida: Tampa needs to address the cornerback position this draft and Hargreaves is a tough-minded, instinctive cover man who is ready to start from day one in the NFL.

10. New York Giants: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: With Will Beatty no longer on the roster and last year's first-round pick Ereck Flowers struggling on the left side, Stanley would make sense as a plug-and-play left tackle from Day One.

11. Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia: Entering year two of the transition to a 3-4 base scheme, the Bears are still searching for an impact edge rusher. Floyd has plenty of question marks, but his flexibility and pass rush potential for an athlete his size will have him overdrafted, possibly this early.

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12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: New Orleans has some solid pieces on the defensive line, but need to continue and add depth. Rankins isn't only depth, but he has difference-maker potential, also adding versatility to play multiple spots for the Saints' front.

13. Miami Dolphins: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State: The Dolphins are looking to add speed on defense, especially at the linebacker level. Lee certainly offers range, and is an ascending player with high upside.

14. Oakland Raiders: William Jackson, CB, Houston: David Amerson showed signs of recharging his career in Oakland last season, but he is in the final year of his deal and Jackson would give the Raiders immediate depth and a long-term starter.

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: With the Titans moving back to No. 15, the goal of protecting Marcus Mariota should remain top priority. Conklin would make sense as a player who can play right tackle from Day One, but also add versatility inside at guard, keeping Taylor Lewan at left tackle.

16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Detroit has drafted a first round offensive lineman two of the past four years, but right tackle is still a trouble area. Decker can struggle with some speed rushers, but his balance to sink and neutralize power or quickness fits what the Lions need on the right side.

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17. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson: There is no such thing as too much pass rush and after drafting a Clemson pass rusher in the first round last year (Vic Beasley), it wouldn't be a surprise if they added Lawson, who flourished in Beasley's old spot for the Tigers.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky: The Colts need to address their mediocre pass rush and as long as they are comfortable with his character, Spence would be terrific value at this pick.

19. Buffalo Bills: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: With Kyle Williams coming off meniscus surgery and about to turn 33 years old, the Bills need to find his successor. Along with Marcel Dareus, Robinson would give Buffalo an all-Alabama defensive interior.

20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: If Lynch is still available at this point in the first round, pick No. 20 could be the sweet spot for a trade... unless the Jets, who brought the Memphis quarterback in for a visit, see the future of the franchise with Lynch.

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21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama: While there are questions about his ability to hold up in coverage, Ragland is an impact run defender who adds a physical presence to the middle of the Redskins defense.

22. Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame: With a strong-armed quarterback like Brock Osweiler now leading the offense, the Texans needs to find horses that can help stretch the field. Fuller is at his best on vertical routes with the tracking skills and downfield speed to make plays.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss: The Vikings landed Teddy Bridgewater in the late first round two years ago and Christmas arrives in April once again this year for Minnesota. Treadwell is the top wide receiver in this class and gives Bridgewater a powerful possession target on the outside.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: With Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu leaving via free agency, wide receiver is a realistic option for the Bengals with this pick. Doctson has the size, speed and ball-skills that will complement A.J. Green and give Andy Dalton another downfield threat.

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25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Andrew Billings, DT, Baylor: With Steve McLendon leaving via free agency, Pittsburgh needs to address the nose tackle position at some point in the draft and Billings might be too appealing to pass up for Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.

26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana: With Russell Okung signing with Denver, the Seahawks need fresh blood at offensive tackle. Spriggs has core strength issues, but his frame and athleticism will be extremely appealing for teams with needs on the offensive line.

27. Green Bay Packers: Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: With B.J. Raji taking a hiatus this season, Reed is a plug-and-play nose tackle who offers versatility on the Packers defensive line.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: With Sean Smith signing with the Raiders, the Chiefs will be open to drafting a cornerback in the early rounds. Apple has the size, length and speed combination that the Chiefs covet at the position.

29. Arizona Cardinals: Keanu Neal, SS, Florida: The Cardinals have some questions in the secondary, including at safety. Neal is a known as a physical thumper, but he also has the required athleticism to develop in pass coverage.

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30. Carolina Panthers: Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M: The Panthers' offensive tackles out-performed expectations last season, but the team needs depth and youth at the position. Ifedi also has experience at guard, providing versatility to kick inside if needed.

31. Denver Broncos: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: The Broncos are almost out of options to address their need at quarterback, which might force their hand with this pick. Cook has NFL starting traits, which might be enough for John Elway to pull the trigger here.

--Dane Brugler is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.

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