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NFL draft: How first-round picks fit with their new teams

Jared Goff becomes the face of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams franchise.
Jared Goff becomes the face of the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams franchise. AP

How the selections in the first round of the 2016 NFL draft fit with their new teams:

1. Los Angeles

Jared Goff, QB, California: The team in Hollywood gets the Cal guy. Goff becomes the face of a franchise, and the Rams are putting a lot of faith into the quarterback with a 14-23 college record.

2. Philadelphia

Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State: It will be interesting to see what happens in Philly. The Eagles would love for Wentz to learn under a veteran, but Sam Bradford doesn’t want to stick around and a No. 2 pick better be ready Week 1.

3. San Diego

Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State: Such a great, powerful pass rusher who’s even better against the run. San Diego surprised many by not taking an offensive tackle here, but Bosa beside Brandon Mebane will be a lot of fun.

4. Dallas

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State: The Cowboys thought they could figure out the run game without DeMarco Murray last year and they were wrong. Dallas gets the most complete running back to come out of college since, arguably, Adrian Peterson.

5. Jacksonville

Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State: The Jaguars have been adding to their defensive line for two years and now they have the best defensive back in the draft. Ramsey will automatically be Jacksonville’s best secondary member.

6. Baltimore

Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame: Baltimore’s left tackle Eugene Monroe has dealt with injuries for the better part of the past two seasons. Stanley will eventually replace Monroe to protect Joe Flacco’s blind side.

7. San Francisco

DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon: With former Ducks coach Chip Kelly now at the helm in San Francisco, the 49ers added a great pass rusher to put in front of their stout linebackers.

8. Tennessee (from Cleveland)

Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State: The Titans had to add an offensive tackle to protect franchise quarterback Marcus Mariota. Conklin and Taylor Lewan, the 2014 first-rounder, will bookend the offensive line.

9. Chicago (from Tampa Bay)

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia: John Fox was always going to go defense here and gets one of the best outside backers in the draft. Floyd is an explosive and dynamic player.

10. New York Giants

Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State: The Giants really wanted Floyd before the Bears traded ahead. It’s tough to find a spot for Apple, who will have to fight against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for the other corner spot opposite Janoris Jenkins.

11. Tampa Bay (from Chicago)

Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida: The Bucs need help in the back end with 32-year-old Brent Grimes acquired in free agency and not-very-good Jude Adjei-Barimah as the other cornerback.

12. New Orleans

Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville: New Orleans only had 31 sacks last season. The Saints defense has been nothing less than dreadful the past two years. Rankins will help immediately.

13. Miami

Laremy Tunsil, OT, Mississippi: Tunsil was the talk of draft night after an old video emerged of him smoking marijuana minutes before the draft started. The Dolphins already have two starting tackles, but Tunsil is better than Ju’Wuan James.

14. Oakland

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia: There may be no defender in this year’s draft with more attitude than Joseph. Of course he lands in Oakland. The Raiders are building a monster defense.

15. Cleveland (from Tennessee)

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor: The Browns loaded up on second-round picks and got the best receiver in the draft. If RGIII works out for Cleveland, could the Browns be turning the corner?

16. Detroit

Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State: Decker finishes blocks and has the kind of attitude you look for in a tackle. Detroit’s line was putrid last season, and Matt Stafford now has some more protection.

17. Atlanta

Keanu Neal, LB/S, Florida: A speedy player who’s also a big hitter. Neal will give chase to Cam Newton twice a season. Great selection by Dan Quinn and the Falcons.

18. Indianapolis

Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama: Quarterback Andrew Luck was injured more than once last season due to the hits he took. Now the Colts give Luck some much-needed help with the best center in the draft.

19. Buffalo

Shaq Lawson, DE/OLB, Clemson: He was the best pass-rusher for the national runner-ups last season, and he goes to Buffalo with a familiar face. Rex Ryan’s son is a wide receiver for Clemson, so the coach knows Lawson well.

20. New York Jets

Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State: Jets coach Todd Bowles will have some fun with Lee. He’s a dynamic, hard-hitting linebacker who has sideline-to-sideline speed.

21. Houston (from Washington)

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame: Fuller has the kind of speed that blows the top off the defense. The Texans also have DeAndre Hopkins. Brock Osweiler won’t have many excuses next season.

22. Washington (from Houston)

Josh Doctson, WR, TCU: Doctson can get up and catch the ball with his 41-inch vertical. He’ll be there with Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson to help Kirk Cousins along.

23. Minnesota

Laquon Treadwell, WR, Mississippi: The Vikings needed to pair Stefon Diggs with a big-body receiver who can run after the catch. As it turns out, Treadwell is the best in the draft at that. A perfect union in Minnesota.

24. Cincinnati

William Jackson III, CB, Houston: The Bengals are set at safety, but there’s nothing wrong with competition. Jackson ran a 4.37 40-yard dash and simply just made plays at Houston.

25. Pittsburgh

Artie Burns, CB, Miami: The Steelers are still trying to figure out their cornerback situation. They have William Gay but don’t seem sure of Ross Cockrell. Burns brings a long body to the position.

26. Denver (from Seattle)

Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis: The Broncos have no idea what they’re doing at quarterback after the retirement of Peyton Manning, loss of Brock Osweiler and signing of Mark Sanchez. Who knows what happens with Denver’s offense next season, but at least they have the defense.

27. Green Bay

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA: Clark is a disruptive interior lineman who knows how to get to the quarterback. The Packers were in a position for best player available, and Clark can line up beside Letroy Guion.

28. San Francisco (from Kansas City)

Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford: A big, powerful hog molly who can move the line of scrimmage. The 49ers need someone beside Joe Staley to protect whomever their quarterback may be.

29. Arizona

Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Mississippi: Arizona defensive line coach Brentson Buckner has to love life after getting one of the best pass rushers in the draft. Nkemdiche has his problems, but troubled players have found their way in Arizona before.

30. Carolina

Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech: Two days after picking up Star Lotulelei’s fifth-year option and before the fait accompli of extending Kawann Short, the Panthers took another defensive tackle. The Panthers won’t hurt for pass-rushing, run-stopping possibilities.

31. Seattle (from Denver)

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M: Russell Wilson got beaten up most of last season thanks to his terrible offensive line. Ifedi was probably the best tackle left on the board.

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