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

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Senior Bowl
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Quarterback. North Dakota State. Carson Wentz. 3. player. 13. <p>It seems crazy, but the Chargers aren’t going to be able to rely on Philip Rivers forever. He’ll be 34 years old this season, and is bound to start his decline sooner rather than later. If the Chargers want to prepare for the post-Rivers era, drafting their future franchise quarterback now makes sense.</p> <p>So that’s why the Chargers go with a quarterback here. Wentz struggled a bit during the Senior Bowl, but the film shows a pro-ready gunslinger who has all of the tools to excel at the next level. Especially with a couple of years to learn under Rivers’ tutelage, the North Dakota State product would have a very bright future with San Diego (or Los Angeles?).</p> <p>Wentz has the frame, accuracy and leadership qualities to run a successful offense in the NFL. Given the proper time, coaching and mentonship from Rivers, he’d be prepared to take the reins of the Chargers’ offense and help them get back to their winning ways.</p> <p>Remember–the Chargers drafted Rivers in the first round when they still had Drew Brees.</p>

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