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Top five picks in 2016 draft: Rams should select Carson Wentz; Eagles, an offensive lineman

Periodically, the five of us who cover the top five selections in this year’s draft for ESPN NFL Nation will examine an issue collectively.

Today, NFL Nation reporters take over as GM, making the selection for the teams that they cover.

1. Rams (from Titans): For the Rams, North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz just makes more sense to me from a scheme and physical-trait standpoint. Under Jeff Fisher and Les Snead, the Rams have been unafraid to draft for upside and though Wentz is a little older than Cal's Jared Goff, his combination of size, athleticism, arm strength and intelligence make him a logical fit for what Fisher and the Rams want to do. And though the book on the two quarterbacks seems to be that Goff is more NFL-ready now, Wentz's experience playing under center in a pro-style offense means he should be able to get on the field sooner than some might expect. -- Nick Wagoner

2. Eagles (from Browns): If I were the GM of the Philadelphia Eagles and I held the No. 2 pick in the draft, I would take offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil from Ole Miss. Tunsil is 6-foot-5, 310 pounds and is rated as an “elite pass protector” as well as the best run blocker in the entire draft by Pro Football Focus. That pick would be based on the need to protect Sam Bradford, the quarterback in whom the team just invested $35 million over the next two seasons. With Jason Peters at age 34, coming off an injury-riddled season, a Pro Bowl offensive tackle would be a significant addition. However, if I were the GM of the Eagles who just spent five draft picks to move up the No. 2 pick, I would use it on Wentz. I may not be convinced that the North Dakota State QB is a sure thing, but if I’d made this trade with Cleveland, I would have to be very convinced. And if you’re very convinced about a quarterback, you take him. So: Wentz for the Eagles. -- Phil Sheridan

3. Chargers: The Chargers could go with a more popular pick such as cornerback Jalen Ramsey or a cornerstone left tackle like Tunsil, but the bottom line is the team’s most pressing need is defensive line. The Chargers have not drafted a defensive lineman in the top three rounds since 2012, when they selected Kendall Reyes in the second round of that draft. Reyes never performed up to his draft status and signed with Washington in free agency, leaving a gaping hole up front. According to ESPN Stats & Information research, the Chargers allowed 2,000 rushing yards for the first time since 2003 last season, and gave up at least 17 rushing touchdowns for the first time since 1985. San Diego needs a run-stuffer and interior pass-rusher, and DeForest Buckner fills both needs perfectly. -- Eric D. Williams

4. Cowboys: If I were the GM of the Cowboys they would be in trouble, but let’s play this game. Even without these trades, I would not have drafted a quarterback at No. 4. I’m sticking with my do-everything-you-need-to-do-to-get-a-quarterback-when-you-absolutely-need-a-quarterback theory. Part of me wants to take Ezekiel Elliott because of what he could mean for the entire team, but I just can’t. So I’m sticking with the guy I’ve gone with most of the draft season: Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa. With Randy Gregory out for the first four games and DeMarcus Lawrence facing the same suspension, the Cowboys need pass-rush help. I don’t view this as a reaction to missing four games. I look at this as a five-year reaction. The Cowboys need pass-rushers now and in the future. Is Bosa a 16-18 sack a season guy? No, but I think he will push double figures a year for his career. -- Todd Archer

5. Jaguars: Before free agency began I would have said defensive back Jalen Ramsey so he could take over as the starting free safety, but the Jaguars addressed that position by signing Tashaun Gipson. My choice now would be UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. I’m obviously going on the belief that his knee is fine, although that depends on which report you believe. Jack makes the most sense for the Jaguars because they’ve done little to address linebacker the past three seasons. They drafted Telvin Smith in the fifth round in 2014 and also signed Dan Skuta in free agency in 2015, but he will be spending more time as a pass-rushing defensive end this season. The Jaguars failed to draft a linebacker in 2015 and haven't signed one so far this offseason. The Jaguars were forced last season to rely on an undrafted rookie (Thurston Armbrister), a 2015 second-round pick cut by Cleveland (Hayes Pullard), and a second-year player Miami cut after drafting him in the fifth round (Jordan Tripp) as depth behind Smith, Skuta and middle linebacker Paul Posluszny. The 6-foot-1, 245-pound Jack is one of the best athletes in the draft, and he excels in coverage and playing in space. Drafting him would allow the Jaguars to get Posluszny off the field on third down, a move they had wanted to begin making last season but couldn’t because they didn’t have the personnel. Eventually Jack could take over as the Jaguars’ middle linebacker. -- Mike DiRocco