2016 NFL Draft Goals



Posted April 23, 2016.
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What does every team need to accomplish in the 2016 NFL Draft? We'll look at each team's goals on this page, as well as possible selections for each squad. Also see how the goals are being addressed in the 2016 NFL Mock Draft (will be updated tomorrow).
  1. Los Angeles Rams:
    Everyone knows the Rams are going to select Jared Goff No. 1 overall at this point. The rest of the draft needs to be about protecting Goff and acquiring some weapons for him. However, with no second- and third-round selections, that could prove to be very difficult.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Jared Goff, QB
    110. Kenny Lawler, WR
    113. Graham Glasgow, C


  2. Philadelphia Eagles:
    The Eagles are in the same position as the Rams. They moved up for a quarterback, but that means that they won't have many resources to complement their new franchise signal-caller. This is not a recipe for success, as Philadelphia will have to hit on every single draft pick to give Carson Wentz a chance. The Eagles will need to add a receiver and a blocker, and they have needs on the other side of the ball as well.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    2. Carson Wentz, QB
    79. Le'Raven Clark, OT/G


  3. San Diego Chargers:
    The Chargers have two simple goals in the 2016 NFL Draft: Improve Philip Rivers' pass protection to avoid a repeat of both 2014 and 2015, and bolster the defense with a couple of play-makers, particularly in the secondary. Eric Weddle is gone, and San Diego can replace him with its No. 3 overall pick.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    3. Jalen Ramsey, CB/S
    35. Taylor Decker, OT
    66. Nick Martin, C
    102. Jerell Adams, TE




  4. Dallas Cowboys:
    Neither Tony Romo nor Jerry Jones has very many years remaining with the Cowboys, so they have to prepare for one last hurrah. They can do so by improving the defense and finding some weapons to complement Romo. In terms of the latter, a new running back and a No. 2 receiver are required. The defense, meanwhile, needs a pass-rusher badly in the wake of the Randy Gregory and Demarcus Lawrence suspensions.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    4. Jalen Ramsey, CB/S
    34. Corey Coleman, WR
    67. Dak Prescott, QB
    101. Kenneth Dixon, RB
    135. Jason Fanaika, DE


  5. Jacksonville Jaguars:
    It's all about improving the defense. The Jaguars have eight selections in the 2016 NFL Draft, and it wouldn't surprise me if as many as seven were used to improve the horrible stop unit. The offensive line also needs to be bolstered, but the defense is the first, second and third priority.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    5. Myles Jack, LB
    38. Artie Burns, CB
    69. Jalen Mills, S
    103. Alex McCalister, DE/OLB


  6. Baltimore Ravens:
    It's a good thing the Ravens have plenty of picks because they have terrible depth. They need to hit on most of their selections, all while addressing the many holes on their roster. The top priorities have to be left tackle, cornerback, edge rusher and linebacker. However, there are many more areas that need improving, so taking the best available player at most spots could do the trick.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    6. Laremy Tunsil, OT
    36. Mackensie Alexander, CB
    70. Sterling Shepard, WR
    104. C.J. Prosise, RB
    130. Charles Tapper, DE/OLB
    132. Tavon Young, CB
    134. Scooby Wright, LB




  7. San Francisco 49ers:
    The 49ers are a complete mess, and nailing every single selection in the 2016 NFL Draft couldn't even undo what Jed York and Trent Baalke have done. That said, they have to start somewhere, and that somewhere would include a franchise quarterback and some weapons for that player. The offensive line and pass rush also need to be addressed.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    7. Joey Bosa, DE/OLB
    37. Josh Doctson, WR
    68. Connor Cook, QB
    105. Isaac Seumalo, G/C
    133. Charone Peake, WR


  8. Cleveland Browns:
    The Browns have the worst roster in the NFL right now, thanks to all of the departures this offseason. Almost every position must be addressed, so Cleveland needs to just take the best player available. That sounds simple, but let's see if the Browns reach at all.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    8. Ronnie Stanley, OT
    32. Kevin Dodd, DE
    65. Connor Cook, QB
    77. Braxton Miller, WR
    99. KeiVarae Russell, CB
    100. Miles Killebrew, S
    138. Daniel Lasco, RB


  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
    The Buccaneers seem almost set on offense, with tackle and receiver being just two of the needs they have on that side of the ball. Thus, they'll have to concentrate on defense in the 2016 NFL Draft. Upgrades are needed almost everywhere, save for linebacker. Tampa going pass rush then safety seems pretty likely.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    9. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB
    39. Keanu Neal, S
    74. Robert Nkemdiche, DT
    108. James Bradberry, CB




  10. New York Giants:
    The Giants have to improve Eli Manning's protection, but will they get the opportunity to do so with their first-round choice without reaching? We'll see. Elsewhere, New York needs to bolster its receiving, running back and linebacking corps. Some depth in the defensive backfield wouldn't hurt either.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    10. Ronnie Stanley, OT
    40. Tyler Boyd, WR
    71. Sheldon Day, DT
    109. Alex Collins, RB


  11. Chicago Bears:
    The Bears had an excellent free-agency period, so they'll need to continue to build momentum with some strong picks in the 2016 NFL Draft. Aside from left tackle, cornerback and five-technique, there's not a glaring position of need, so the Bears can spend a couple of early choices on the best player available, such as Ezekiel Elliott at No. 11 overall.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    11. Ezekiel Elliott, RB
    41. Artie Burns, CB
    72. Shon Coleman, OT
    106. Adolphus Washington, DE/DT


  12. New Orleans Saints:
    Drew Brees is capable of leading the Saints deep into the playoffs right now, but that won't last much longer. Thus, the Saints need a strong draft to shore up their weaknesses. Unfortunately for them, there are just too many holes that need to be plugged. Every level of the defense must be upgraded. On the other side of the ball, receiver and guard are liabilities right now.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    12. Shaq Lawson, DE
    47. Chris Jones, DT
    78. Deion Jones, LB
    112. Charone Peake, WR




  13. Miami Dolphins:
    The Dolphins don't strike me as the smartest organization. They covet Ezekiel Elliott, yet they moved down below some teams that will strongly consider him, all for an overpaid cornerback and an injury-prone linebacker. It'll take a miracle for Elliott to fall to No. 13, so Miami will have to settle on a cornerback. The running back, guard and linebacker positions will all have to be addressed later. A young quarterback would also make a ton of sense.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    13. Ezekiel Elliott, RB
    42. Artie Burns, CB
    73. Joshua Garnett, G
    107. B.J. Goodson, LB


  14. Oakland Raiders:
    The Raiders are a Super Bowl sleeper, thanks to all of the outstanding moves they made in free agency. Let's see if they're just as successful in the draft. Most of their needs are on defense, and they seemingly need at least one upgrade on every level of the stop unit.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    14. Sheldon Rankins, DT
    44. Darian Thompson, S
    75. Kyler Fackrell, LB
    114. Rashard Robinson, CB


  15. Tennessee Titans:
    The Titans are already winners in the 2016 NFL Draft, as far as I'm concerned. They moved down in a mediocre class and acquired a bunch of picks, including a first-rounder in 2017 (here's my 2017 NFL Mock Draft.) With tons of selections, Tennessee can afford to pick the best players available, some of whom would naturally upgrade big areas of need, including cornerback, right tackle and receiver.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    15. Jack Conklin, OT
    33. Xavien Howard, CB
    43. Michael Thomas, WR
    45. Austin Hooper, TE
    64. Jeremy Cash, S
    76. Kamalei Correa, DE/OLB


  16. Detroit Lions:
    Calvin Johnson's retirement stole all of the headlines this offseason, but the Lions signed Marvin Jones to a big deal, so they're bound to address greater needs. Those areas of weakness are in the trenches, on both sides of the ball. Help in the secondary is needed as well.

    Ideal 2016 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    16. Jack Conklin, OT
    46. Kenny Clark, DT
    95. Will Redmond, CB
    111. Pharoh Cooper, WR



  17. Go to 2016 NFL Draft Goals: Picks 17-32

    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwidth.

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