2016 NFL Mock Draft: Full First-Round Projections, Super Bowl Edition

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Defensive Tackle. Alabama. A'Shawn Robinson. 16. player. 50. <p>While the Lions will also consider drafting a wide receiver here, they have a huge problem at defensive tackle that must be addressed. They lost Ndamukong Suh last offseason, and chose to deal with it by trading for an aging Haloti Ngata. While he held his own in 2015, it’s clear the veteran is on the decline and may not be re-signed based on that decline. Tyrunn Walker, their other starter, is also scheduled to hit the open market.</p> <p>As you can see, it’ll be imperative for Detroit to add more talent along the interior this offseason. By drafting a talent like Robinson, they’d be getting the boost they need to get their defense back on track. Not only is the former Crimson Tide standout a massive man, but he’s an exceptional pass rusher for his size with even more potential waiting to be unlocked.</p> <p>Trading for aging veterans typically isn’t the ideal way to fill holes, and the Lions found that out the hard way in 2015. With an opportunity to land a talent like Robinson at No. 16, Detroit would be wise to pull the trigger. Robinson can start from Day 1, and he still has more upside available once he expands upon his pass-rushing repertoire.</p>

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