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APC Mock Draft 2016: Germain Ifedi and Jarran Reed close out round one to CAR and DEN

The Super Bowl contenders from last season choose to bulk up in the trenches as the first round wraps up.

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Acme Packing Company's 2016 mock draft continues on with picks five and six in round one, as we release the first-round picks over the course of this week. The rules were simple: seven authors were assigned four or five teams apiece, and made the picks for each of those teams whenever they came up. We will pick the first three rounds of the draft.

We finally come to the end of the first round of the draft, which consists of 31 picks instead of 32. Of course, that is due to the forfeiture of the New England Patriots' first-round pick, which would have been number 29. The final two picks come from the teams who played in Super Bowl 50, and the events of that game (and in free agency afterwards) clearly influence the selections in our mock.

Round 1, Pick 30: Carolina Panthers select offensive tackle Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

Jon Barnett was on the pick for the Panthers, who address the area that was most responsible for the team's Super Bowl loss - the offensive line:

The Panthers believe that if they could have simply controlled the Denver pass rush, they would have been the Super Bowl Champions last year. With Kelvin Benjamin coming back off an ACL injury and the return of Greg Olson, Devin Funchess and Tedd Ginn, the receiving game will be fine. Stewart may be running down, but there is no option for a valuable running back here that would not still be available in the late second round. The defense is solid and the Panthers look for a solid tackle.

Germain Ifedi started for three years at Texas A&M, both at guard and tackle. He is a large frame at 6'5" and 324 pounds. He is a strong pass blocker. He will not be a drop in the run blocking that is the cornerstone of their offense, but they need to add some more effective pass blocking. The Panthers cannot rely solely on Cam Newton's escapability if they want to take that last step. The Panthers have reason to believe they are close and picking Ifedi here is no stretch pick for need.

Round 1, Pick 31: Denver Broncos choose defensive tackle Jarran Reed, Alabama

Zach Roethlisberger gets to make the picks for the defending champs, who replace a free agent who just got a big payday:

The Super Bowl Champions have had an eventful offseason to say the least, with multiple big names becoming free agents. Everybody knew the Broncos would not be able to keep everybody, especially when having to pay Von Miller a huge amount of money to keep in Denver given how impactful he was last season. Big names such as Brock Osweiler and Malik Jackson both chose to sign with other teams, leaving the Broncos with some holes to address this season.

Given the quarterbacks off the board, the Broncos would be smart in selecting Reed here to add to their defensive line with the departure of Jackson. I would find it surprising that Reed is still on the board here, but if he is, the Broncos will land an absolute steal here, with a player who is already NFL ready, and will rarely see any double teams, given the attack coming from the outside in Miller and DeMarcus Ware.

Mock Draft Summary

Pick Team Player Position College
1.1 TEN Laremy Tunsil OT Mississippi
1.2 CLE Jared Goff QB California
1.3 SD Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State
1.4 DAL Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
1.5 JAX Myles Jack LB UCLA
1.6 BAL DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
1.7 SF Carson Wentz QB North Dakota State
1.8 PHI (via MIA) Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
1.9 TB Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
1.10 NYG Laquon Treadwell WR Mississippi
1.11 CHI Vernon Hargreaves III CB Florida
1.12 NO Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
1.13 MIA (via PHI) Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
1.14 OAK Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama
1.15 LA Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
1.16 DET Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
1.17 ATL Darron Lee LB Ohio State
1.18 IND Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky
1.19 BUF Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
1.20 NYJ A'Shawn Robinson DT Alabama
1.21 WAS Cody Whitehair OL Kansas State
1.22 HOU Josh Doctson WR TCU
1.23 MIN Leonard Floyd LB Georgia
1.24 CIN Corey Coleman WR Baylor
1.25 PIT Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
1.26 SEA William Jackson III CB Houston
1.27 GB Andrew Billings DT Baylor
1.28 KC Derrick Henry RB Alabama
1.29 ARI Robert Nkemdiche DL Mississippi
1.30 CAR Germain Ifedi OT Texas A&M
1.31 DEN Jarran Reed DT Alabama