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2016 NFL mock draft: Could the Chargers take a quarterback?

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We've talked at length about how the Chargers could be the most likely team to pick Jalen Ramsey ahead of the Jaguars. But what if they go in a completely different direction?

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Ever since the Jacksonville Jaguars locked into the No. 5 overall spot and we saw the teams drafting ahead of them, we've analyzed, and re-analyzed, and re-re-analyzed each of the team's chances of going after a prospect that would fit our needs, specifically Jalen Ramsey and Joey Bosa.

At first, it was thought that the San Diego Chargers would be our stiffest competitor for Jalen Ramsey, what with them needing to improve their defense and Eric Weddle's likely departure. But what if the Chargers instead decide to get a quarterback with their highest draft spot in 12 years? How does that change how the Jaguars -- and inevitably the rest of the league -- use their first-round draft pick?

1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

Marcus Mariota is the franchise quarterback and he's only going to get better with a franchise lineman opposite Taylor Lewan.

2. Cleveland Browns: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

I need a North Dakota State quarterback going No. 2 overall to Cleveland. You need a North Dakota State quarterback going No. 2 overall to Cleveland. America needs a North Dakota State quarterback going No. 2 overall to Cleveland.

3. San Diego Chargers: Jared Goff, QB, California

Phillip Rivers is 34 years old and if/when the Chargers move to Los Angeles, I can see him retiring. The Chargers haven't had a top-three pick since 2004 when they selected Eli Manning, who was traded for Phillip Rivers. The time they had a top-three pick before that? Ryan Leaf. That's only two picks in the top-three since 1974. You don't get here often and if there's a guy as pro-ready as Goff available, you grab him and groom him for the future.

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

And Jerry Jones rejoices.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, FS, Florida State

If Bosa falls to No. 5 overall, there's a wonderfully difficult choice for Dave Caldwell to make that seems to be a win-win scenario. Get the best defensive lineman in the draft or get a guy who will make plays all over your defense. Caldwell goes with the playmaker.

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

The Ravens are unstable at both tackle positions. Get a rock of a lineman in Stanley and squeeze every year you can out of Joe Flacco.

7. San Francisco 49ers: Paxton Lynch, QB, California

Chip Kelly won't make the same mistake twice and with a pick in the top-10, he'll be able to get a potential franchise talent, whether it's Lynch or if Goff or Wentz fall this far.

8. Miami Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson

Cornerback is the biggest need for the Dolphins, according to The Phinsider, and a tough, physical guy like Alexander -- and the best cornerback in the draft -- fits well at No. 8.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky,

The Buccaneers desperately need to improve their defense. If Alexander is available, I can see them picking him. If the top cornerback is off the board, it could be Vernon Hargreaves, Shaq Lawson, DeForest Buckner, or they could swing for the fences and get the best pure pass rusher in the draft.

10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

Elliot is so, so good and the only running back worth a first round pick. Don't be surprised if a team makes a move ahead of the Giants to get him.

11. Chicago Bears: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Bears need to get better on the defensive side of the ball and if Myles falls this far he won't get past the linebacker-needy Bears.

12. New Orleans Saints: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

Hargreaves is the second-best cornerback in this draft and if a team reaches for him, it'll be the Saints, who really need a playmaker to stop the likes of Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, and Matt Ry-well, Julio Jones.

13. Philadelphia Eagles: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Eagles haven't had stability at their quarterback position in nearly 20 years. If there's a position you can't quit swinging for the fences for, it's quarterback.

14. Oakland Raiders: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

A team is going to reach for the best linebacker in the draft even if he's rehabbing from injury. Jack Del Rio cackles somewhere.

15. Los Angeles Rams: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

With no quarterbacks left, they start building an offense for one to come to them next year.

16. Detroit Lions: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

Treadwell to the Lions makes a lot of sense with Calvin Johnson retiring. But if someone takes him ahead of No. 16, look for them to take a risk with the most versatile defensive lineman in the draft.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

Ragland is going to instantly upgrade the Falcons defense at a position of need, especially considering they recently released Justin Durant.

18. Indianapolis Colts: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

Andrew Luck needs help if the Colts are going to succeed. They'll want Elliot, but I don't think there's any way he falls this far. I could see a receiver like Will Fuller or Michael Thomas, but an offensive tackle is such a Colts pick I can't resist.

19. Buffalo Bills: DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon

One of the strongest players in the draft who can help with your pass rush or stopping the run. I don't know if he falls this far, but if he does this is the floor.

20. New York Jets: Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

Give Todd Bowles a defensive playmaker and let him do work.

21. Washington: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

A complete receiver. Kirk Cousins is the long-term answer for Washington and needs help.

22. Houston Texans: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

With no quarterbacks left, the Texans go with the best player available at this point, who is Apple. However, if one of the top four quarterbacks is left, I think they get him in a heartbeat.

23. Minnesota Vikings: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

Give Teddy Bridgewater some help in the passing game, Vikings.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

There's a run on receivers and if they're going to help out Andy Dalton they need to do it now.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

With Apple gone, the Steelers go to their next highest rated cornerback to stop the likes of Joe Flacco, Andy Dalton, and whomever the Browns draft.

26. Seattle Seahawks: A'Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama

Russell Okung is a question mark for Seattle, so they could go offensive tackle. But a player as versatile as Robinson will be hard to pass up.

27. Green Bay PackersShaq Lawson, DL, Clemson

The Packers need to shore up that defensive line and Lawson can play multiple spots well.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville

Rankins is going to make the Chiefs defensive line even better. When Peyton retires, the Chiefs are poised to own the AFC West with a strong offense and an incredibly good defense.

29. Arizona Cardinals: William Jackson, CB, Houston

There are (much) better prospects available here, but the Cardinals have a serious deficiency in their secondary and need help immediately.

30. Carolina Panthers: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

If there's one thing we learned in Super Bowl 50, it's that the Panthers need to improve their offensive line.

31. Denver BroncosJason Spriggs, OT, Indiana

The Broncos have one of the most dominating defenses in recent history, a solid stable of running backs, a great one-two punch in Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, and a quarterback in the wings in Brock Osweiler. Go ahead and upgrade your offensive line with the best available lineman left.