This is the first version on my 2016 NFL Mock Draft. The First Round of the NFL Draft will take place on April 28th. Here are picks 1-15.
With the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.....
The Tennessee Titans select, Laremy Tunsil, offensive tackle for Ole Miss. It's quite simple, protect your franchise quarterback (Marcus Mariota). Bosa is a great talent and could very well go No. 1 overall, but the Titans need to give Mariota time, the Titans offensive line gave up a league leading 54 sacks in 2015. They could very well trade this pick.
No. 2, Cleveland Browns: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State. The Browns need a quarterback. I fully expect the team to move on from Johnny Manziel and keep Josh McCown as a back up role, possibly the starter if Wentz is not ready. Many have California QB Jared Goff here, but I see Wentz as a better quarterback. His stock will only rise after the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine.
No. 3, San Diego Chargers: OLB Myles Jack, UCLA. The Chargers need linebacker help, and Jack can provide them a spark as a true football talent. At UCLA he ran for 11 touchdowns on 68 rushing attempts. Yes, I know, he's a linebacker he shouldn't be running the ball. That stat just shows you what can do with the ball in his hands and proves he has rare agility and speed for the linebacker position.
No. 4, Dallas Cowboys: DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State. Despite the rumors, Jerry Jones said they will not take a quarterback with their first pick. Which means, they very well may. But with Buckeyes DE Joey Bosa sitting there at four, how do you pass that up? It's easy, you don't! Jerry, don't over think it.
No. 5, Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida. The Jaguars need help on defense, ranking 26th in interceptions and 19th in passes defended. This is quite frankly a steal for the Jaguars. The Jags offense seems to be stacked and this could be a defensive draft for them. Some experts believe Ramsey could go No. 1 overall.
No. 6, Baltimore Ravens: DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon. This one was tough, the Ravens could go Laquon Treadwell here, but I sense they feel comfortable with their young wide receivers. I expect Newsome to add to that defensive line and make that their identity again.
No. 7, San Francisco 49ers: WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss. Jared Goff, could be the guy, but I feel Chip Kelly wants to give Colin Kaepernick a shot. Kelly wants his wide receiver of the future, and Treadwell fits that mold very well! If it's not Treadwell, it will be Ronnie Stanley.
No. 8, Miami Dolphins: CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson. The Dolphins will likely go cornerback here, Alexander certainly passes the eye test and has quick feet and ball skills that separate him from others. His height (5'10") could scare teams, but talent wins out.
No. 9, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OT Ronnie Stanley. Notre Dame. The Buccaneers have their franchise quarterback in Jameis Winston. While they didn't allow many sacks, giving him time to work will only make him better and Stanley at No. 9 could be a steal.
No. 10, New York Giants: DT A'Shawn Robinson, Alabama. The Giants defensive line was bad, just bad. They only accounted for 23 sacks, third worst in the NFL. Robinson could make a huge impact on that defensive front for years to come. They will battle in the war room over Robinson and Shaq Lawson. I give Robinson the nod.
No. 11, Chicago Bears: DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson. Here is where Lawson should go. The Bears seem to have things set on offense, with Lawson hanging around at 11, I don't see how they pass on a defensive end that is built like a tank and can explode in the backfield. He had 25.5 tackles for loss in 2015, and 12.5 sacks.
No. 12, New Orleans Saints: LB Leonard Floyd, Georgia. Oh the Saints defense. Offenses were torching this defense all year. They have to go defense here. Floyd adds versatility and could play a little at the defensive end position. If you're the Saints, take the best defensive player on the board, Floyd is that guy at the moment.
No. 13, Philadelphia Eagles: QB Jared Goff, California. Don't expect Sam Bradford back next year, and Mark Sanchez is not the guy. Jared Goff is a steal at No. 13. Fully expect trades to happen that would have Goff going earlier, this pick could be Lynch.
No. 14, Oakland Raiders: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida. Hargreaves is a top-10 talent but due to a poor finish in the 2015 season, his stock has taken a hit. With Charles Woodson departing in the secondary, expect them to pick a defensive back here. The offense is set with Carr, Cooper, Murray, Crabtree.
No. 15, Los Angeles Rams: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis. If Goff goes to the Eagles, Lynch has to be the guy. They need a quarterback to go along with their franchise running back, Todd Gurley. The Rams ranked dead last in the NFL in passing touchdowns with 11. They will take Lynch in a second if he is there.
No. 16, Detroit Lions: OL Taylor Decker, Ohio State. The Lions could go defense here, but the Lions surrendered 44 sacks last season, and I sense the team really wants to run the ball more next season with running back Ameer Abdullah having a year under his belt.
No. 17, Atlanta Falcons: DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State. Would be shocked if the Falcons didn’t go defensive end here. Ogbah is the best available here. The Falcons had an NFL low, 19 total sacks.
No. 18, Indianapolis Colts: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State. If you know anything about the Colts, you’d know they’re trying so hard to find a running back. They gave the Cleveland Browns a first round pick for Trent Richardson. They took a chance on Frank Gore, and he produced well, but Gore isn’t getting any younger. Elliott can fix that whole week 1.
No. 19, Buffalo Bills: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State. The Bills defense is set, and their quarterback Tyrod Taylor got beat up (mostly because he ran outside the pocket), but the team will want to add to their offensive line. Conklin can fit that need nicely.
No. 20, New York Jets: OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State. The third Buckeye in the last five picks. Lee can add an instant fit to the defense. The Jets want to win now, if they were to go with linebacker Jaylon Smith, they may have to wait for him to recover from a knee injury.
No. 21, Washington Redskins: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor. Desean Jackson is a great talent, but he is always getting hurt. The Redskins will likely turn to Kirk Cousins as the future of the franchise, and they will need to give him weapons to succeed.
No. 22, Houston Texans: QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State. There is always that one pick that shocks everyone, this one could be it. It may be a stretch here, but Bill O’Brien needs a quarterback and who better than the guy he coached in college. What O’Brien has done in Houston with the quarterbacks he played this year, is remarkable, they’re a quarterback away from being a consistent playoff team.
No. 23, Minnesota Vikings: OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame. The talent here is too much to pass up on at No. 23. Smith would have been a top 10 pick, but a knee injury may cause him to fall a bit.
No. 24, Cincinnati Bengals: DT Andrew Billings, Baylor. The Bengals may have one the best rosters in all of football. The offensive can put up points, so they will likely take the “best available player” route, and that is defensive tackle Andrew Billings. Billings’ stock should raise in the coming months, the Bengals may not get the chance at him.
No. 25, Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Reggie Ragland, Alabama. Steelers and their linebackers, and Alabama linebackers are solid as it gets. Add Ragland finishes off their “big3” of Bud Dupree and Ryan Shazier. If they get Ragland, that could be a scary linebacker core.
No. 26, Seattle Seahawks: WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State. The defense is stacked, feed quarterback Russell Wilson with more weapons. They haven’t fully recovered from losing Golden Tate to the Lions. They get Thomas here to go with Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett. Thomas would likely serve as the #2 WR.
No. 27, Green Bay Packers: DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss. If the Bills don’t take Nkemdiche, he could end up with the Packers. Nkemdiche has had off the field issues that could have him fall to the Packers.
No. 28, Kansas City Chiefs: OT Shon Coleman, Auburn. The Chiefs do two things, go on huge winning streaks and run the ball. Alex Smith was sacked 46 times last year and Jamaal Charles will be coming back from injury. Also, they just extended tight end Travis Kelce. They need protection.
No. 29, Arizona Cardinals: LB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky. I honestly don’t think Spence falls this far, but the way the board fell, the Cardinals would call in Spence seconds after the Chiefs pick.
*Denver Broncos: OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State. The Broncos need to improve their offensive line, especially at the guard position, Whitehair is the best available guard.
*Carolina Panthers: RB Derrick Henry, Alabama. Jonathan Stewart proved he can do what it takes to get the Panthers to the Super Bowl. Besides, to have two Heisman Trophy Award winners (Newton and Henry) behind that offensive line, could be scary if Henry’s run game translates into the NFL.
*Loser of the Super Bowl will be pick No. 30, and winner will hold the 31st pick.
Bonus Pick: Cleveland Browns take WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh, with the first pick in the second round (32nd overall).
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