Re-drafting first round of 2016 draft: NFL Nation makes each pick

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Before last year's draft, we had NFL Nation reporters play general manager for the team they cover and project a first-round mock draft.

Now they're back playing GM again, this time re-drafting the first round of the 2016 draft. A few notes before we get started:

  • The draft order is from before the draft started, so we're not taking into account any draft-day trades.

  • Trades that took place before draft day are accounted for.

  • The Patriots forfeited their first-round pick due to Deflategate punishment.

Now, to the re-draft, starting with a new quarterback at No. 1 ...

1. Los Angeles Rams (from Titans)

Re-draft pick: Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State

Actual pick: Jared Goff, QB, Cal

The Rams went into the 2016 draft in desperate need of a franchise quarterback, but the ideal candidate might have been the guy taken in the fourth round. With the Cowboys, Prescott benefited from a dominant offensive line, a dynamic running back in Ezekiel Elliott and an impressive collection of pass-catchers. But he also showed great poise, accuracy, athleticism and decision-making ability. -- Alden Gonzalez