Amazing. Ozzie Newsome wins the draft once again. How does he do it? Well, I guess he didn't quite do anything in this scenario, as Laremy Tunsil dropped out of circumstance.
Tunsil falling to Baltimore would be a dream come true for the organization, and I'd have to believe that Newsome would snatch him up in a heart beat. Left tackle is one of the biggest holes on the roster, and Tunsil, the top blocker in this class by a mile, would certainly change that right away.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. DeForest Buckner, DE - Once again, this pick will be screwed up if the Chargers go with Tunsil. If Tunsil is off the board, DeForest Buckner will be the favorite to be chosen by the Ravens.
2. Ronnie Stanley, OT - Stanley is probably the worst-case scenari for the Ravens, but he wouldn't be a terrible option, as he would still shore up the blind side.
Rd. 1, Pk. 7
Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame
It sounded like Anthony Davis was going to return to the 49ers earlier in the offseason. That changed when he openly insulted general manager Trent Baalke on Twitter. The paranoid and egomaniacal Baalke will no doubt try to trade Davis now, opening up the possibility for this selection. Ronnie Stanley has the size and length the 49ers love in their prospects. He'd start out at right tackle and eventually play the blind side once Joe Staley (32 in August) moves on.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. DeForest Buckner, DE/DT - Buckner, along with former Oregon teammate Arik Armstead, would finally replace what San Francisco once possessed with Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.
2. Myles Jack, LB - If the Jaguars choose Joey Bosa over Jack, the 49ers could go with the UCLA linebacker. San Francisco has a history of selecting injured players.
Pick change; previously DeForest Buckner, DE/DT
Rd. 1, Pk. 10
Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State
Everyone talks about moving Ereck Flowers to right tackle, but that's just a narrative driven by the media. The Giants want to keep giving Flowers a shot on the blind side, so they'd be more than happy to find a right tackle early in the 2016 NFL Draft. Jack Conklin would make a ton of sense, and there's growing buzz that he'll end up being a top-10 selection.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB - It sounds like Floyd is New York's No. 1 target, but I don't have him being available.
2. Laquon Treadwell, WR (trade down) - Tony Pauline discussed the idea of the Giants moving down and acquiring Treadwell in the process. Taking Treadwell at No. 10 would be a reach, however.
Rd. 1, Pk. 15
Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
So, what are the Titans planning on doing at No. 15? Charlie Campbell has reported in the NFL Draft Rumor Mill that Tennessee is planning on taking a right tackle. Jack Conklin is expected to be the target if available, though Taylor Decker is not a bad consolation prize.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Jack Conklin, OT - A better option than Decker, but expected to be off the board.
2. Trade Up - Don't be surprised if the Titans move up for Laremy Tunsil.
It's no secret that the Seahawks need to address their offensive line. Russell Wilson was constantly running for his life last year, and things can only get worse this upcoming season with Russell Okung gone. Germain Ifedi is an option in the first round, and I'm sure Seattle loves his athleticism.
*** OTHER 2016 NFL DRAFT POSSIBILITIES: ***
1. Vernon Butler or Jonathan Bullard, DT - More athletic, interior players who makes sense.
2. Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT - The Seahawks need an interior pass-rusher, and they've taken chances on players like Nkemdiche before.
Pick change; previously Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT
Rd. 2, Pk. 11
Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The Dolphins addressed their secondary in the first round, so they can opt for an interior offensive lineman at this spot. Upgrading the guard position is a must; Jason Spriggs or Branden Albert could slide to guard.
After losing Ricky Wagner in free agency, Baltimore could use a right tackle to pair with Ronnie Stanley. I've heard from sources that the Ravens are high on Robinson and have him as their top-rated offensive tackle.
Robinson (6-6, 322) played well in 2016 overall, consistently opening holes in the ground game and showing improved technique in pass protection. He shut down Arkansas' Deatrich Wise Jr., and there was only one ugly play where Ole Miss' Marquis Haynes bull rushed Robinson. Against Tennessee, Derek Barnett beat Robinson for a strip-sack and some other pressures. Robinson had some wins as well, but it showed that Robinson isn't an elite, "top of the draft," shutdown left tackle prospect. He had a better game against Myles Garrett, keeping the Aggies' superstar from recording a sack. Robinson looked quicker and more athletic during 2016 than in past years. Sources say that Robinson lost 10-15 pounds over last offseason, and that definitely paid off.
Robinson was a freshman sensation for the Crimson Tide in 2014 and started every game at left tackle after arriving at Alabama. He was the leader on an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks in 2014. It didn't go as well in 2015 as Robinson allowed pressure and sacks on the quarterback, especially early in the year. He was better down the stretch, however, and it wasn't all that surprising that he took his play to another level in 2016.
For the NFL, Robinson could be best in the long run at right tackle. If he plays left tackle, he could be above-average. Some sources have compared him to the Buccaneers' Donovan Smith. Robinson provides an impact as a run blocker and has the potential to be a reliable pass protector. On a different note, he was able to skate on an arrest over the offseason before the 2016 season for possession of pot and an illegal gun.
Rd. 1, Pk. 1
Garett Bolles, OT, Utah
The Broncos could use a left tackle to protect Paxton Lynch, and Bolles could be the target of teams trading up for him.
In his one season at Utah, Bolles (6-5, 297) showed that he is really talented with quick feet and athleticism on the edge. He also is tough in the ground game and plays with a physical mean streak. Bolles had a rough upbringing and some off-the-field issues, but a number of teams say he interviewed well at the combine and they feel he has matured. Some do have concerns about his ongoing mental health, however.
Bolles will need to work on pass protection for NFL speed rushers. He will also be significantly older than most rookies as he turns 25 a few weeks after the 2017 NFL Draft.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
Ryan Ramcyzk, OT, Wisconsin
Tom Coughlin's wants the Jaguars to improve their rushing attack and be a tougher, more physical team. They traded for Brandon Albert, but they can't count on the oft-injured veteran to be their long-term left tackle.
Team sources say the medical report on Ramczyk had some concerns. Some teams also question his love for football after he quit the sport after high school. Ramczyk had a strong 2016 season blocking for the Badgers in his debut as their starting left tackle. In 2013 and 2014, he was the starting left tackle at UW-Stevens Point where he earned a lot of accolades before sitting out the 2015 season with a redshirt after transferring to Wisconsin. Ramczyk was one of the better left tackles in college football during 2016.
Ramczyk (6-6, 310) has a lot of good qualities that could lead to him being a starting left tackle in the NFL. He is quick out his stance, fast to hit blocks in the second level, and is able to get in position for blocks in space. In pass protection, Ramczyk can play the type writer with his feet and shuffle with rushers. He gets depth in his drop as well. On some plays, Ramczyk can be slow to react and adjust to counter pass-rush moves, but that will change as he gains more experience. Ramczyk also needs to add more strength. He can get bull rushed and pushed back by rushers. His frame doesn't look maxed out though, and he should get stronger in an NFL strength and conditioning program.
Rd. 2, Pk. 2
David Sharpe, OT, Florida
The Panthers could use a right tackle candidate considering the uncertain status for Michael Oher.
Sharpe was a solid left tackle for the Gators. He is a good run blocker and a better athlete with more quickness than one would think. Sharpe had a good first half against Tennessee's Derek Barnett before struggling in the second half.
For the NFL, Sharpe would probably be best as a guard or right tackle. As a sophomore in 2015, Sharpe saw action at both tackle positions. He was a good run blocker who flashed some pass-protection skills. Sharpe (6-6, 343) needs to improve his pass blocking for the NFL, but he has upside to develop. Sharpe needs to keep his weight in check and avoid lethargy.
The Jaguars could use multiple additions to their weak offensive line.
Sources say that Davenport has superb measurements to be a starting left tackle in the NFL. He weighed in at the Senior Bowl at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds and possesses excellent length with 36-inch arms and 10.5-inch hands. Davenport has good athleticism with quick feet and a background in playing basketball. He needs to add a lot of strength, however, as he plays too high and can get pushed around. Davenport also struggles with redirecting and can get bull rushed. He needs some developmental time in the NFL.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Taylor Moton, OT/G, Western Michigan
The Rams could use more offensive line talent to help Todd Gurley and Jared Goff.
Moton (6-5, 330) was a solid offensive lineman for the Broncos the past few seasons and put together a quality senior year at right tackle. Western Michigan fielded a superb offense with a dynamic aerial attack for a few years, and Moton's pass protection contributed to that. As a sophomore, Moton played right tackle before moving to right guard as a junior. He has versatile size for the NFL and could be a player who is a valuable competitor at guard or right tackle early in his NFL career.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Antonio Garcia, OT, Troy
The Chargers could use more offensive line talent. Garcia could compete at guard or tackle.
Garcia (6-6, 302) flashed a good physical skill set at the Senior Bowl, but some team sources say there are some developmental issues with Garcia that cause them to have him as a mid-rounder. He possesses the size to be a left or right tackle in the NFL. Garcia broke into the starting lineup at left tackle as a redshirt freshman and locked down the spot for the rest of his college career, minus an injury-shortened 2013 season.
Rd. 3, Pk. 3
Dion Dawkins, G/OT, Temple
Buffalo could use more competition at right tackle.
The 6-foot-3, 317 pound Dawkins has some fans in the NFL scouting community. They feel that Dawkins has some athleticism and could turn into a good functional blocker. The sources that really like Dawkins have him graded in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft and think he has tackle potential for the NFL. Some other teams have him graded a round or two later and think he would be a better fit at guard in the NFL. Still, Dawkins had a fine senior season to put himself in position to get drafted come April.
Rd. 4, Pk. 4
Roderick Johnson, OT, Florida State
The Giants get some offensive line competition.
Johnson (6-7, 298) has athletic potential, but he needs a lot of work. He lacks strength and doesn't generate any push in the ground game. Johnson ties up his blocker, but is not a force at the point of attack to push a defender out of their gap. In pass protection, Johnson has the athleticism to protect against speed rushers, but he is weak at blocking inside moves and gets bull rushed too easily. Even undersized speed rushers have success when bull rushing him. Johnson is a finesse player who needs development, but he has natural size and athletic ability to work with.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
Adam Bisnowaty, OT, Pittsburgh
The Bucs could use more offensive line depth and competition.
Rd. 5, Pk. 5
William Holden, OT, Vanderbilt
The Texans badly need offensive tackle talent and could use multiple offensive line additions.
Here is what I wrote about the previous pick of Braxton Miller: "I think the Giants are making a lot of mistakes lately, and I really question Jerry Reese and whether he will survive there. Hiring their OC was a terrible decision as a replacement for Coughlin. But that's why they will take Miller, to establish a dynamic duo at WR for Eli to win a SB before he retires. I have a Top 10 grade on Miller, and believe he will be drafted much higher than people are projecting. The nonsense about his "lack of recall" in interviews will soon pass. The NFL is not a Mensa convention, it's about explosive playmakers winning games. Braxton Miller will be a great compliment to Odell Beckham Jr.
** UPDATE ** There is plenty of criticism about this pick. Let me just offer the reminder that ODB was mocked as a late first rounder right before the 2014 draft. His selection at 12 was a surprise to most mock drafters. Charlie Campbell said in his write-up that the highest he could hope to go was late teens. I'm not trying to slam Charlie, I just think people are not willing to break with groupthink on these projections. Read Charlie's scouting report on Miller and ask yourself how many players in the league are like him? Maybe none. Who is a super-freak more athletic Jarvis Landry? Miller won't go much higher than conventional wisdom currently holds because of the hype machine. He'll go that high because he is a unique talent and big-time competitor."
The Giants really luck out getting Tunsil here. While I think he is a great pass protector, he is just ok if not even below average in the run game. Still, here he is an excellent value and this allows them to move Flowers to the right side where he belongs.
** Previous Pick ** WR Braxton Miller.
The Giants honestly must be pretty disappointed with the board the way it fell here. Hargreaves and Elliott are likely the top two options for the giants in this range and they both just came off the board. Ronnie Stanley however I not a bad consolation prize. Typically referred to as a “dancing bear” he’s got prototypical size with long arms and great movement skills. Great hands and great feet he hardly ever gets beat around the edge due to his next level quickness and agility. His biggest concerns are his power/strength and the apparent questions about his commitment and passion for the sport. He can definitely get beat with power rushers and bull-rush moves but an NFL weight room regimen should hopefully fix that. Drafting him for the Giants would shore up the tackle spots as him and Ereck Flowers could form a formidable tandem for years (along with rising star Weston Richburg in the pivot and Justin Pugh at one of the guard spots) and help hopefully prolong the aging, but fantastic Eli Manning as his career begins to wind down. This pick and the Tampa pick also seem to be likely trade down options for a team looking to grab one of the Offensive Tackles still left, Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin (Tennessee you hear that? Pick up your phone). In fact, I’m willing to bet that one of these picks is more likely to be traded than the odds of both of them staying put.
Absolute dream scenario here. I don’t know who drops which is why I still have Conklin here, but I don’t know if I can actually see Conklin falling this low. And I know Tennessee knows this too which is why as I stated above I believe they package some of the INSANE draft capital they now have from trading down with LA to move back up slightly and be positive that they can grab one of the top 3 OT prospects. Easily the biggest need on the roster as they gave up a team high 54 sacks last year and MUST protect franchise QB and future of the franchise Marcus Mariota. Conklin can come right in and start at either tackle spot (likely right before hopefully moving Taylor Lewan to his more natural right tackle position and taking over the all-important left tackle position) and hope solidify the bookends around Mariota for years to come. ). Conklin is as hard-nosed blue collar of a player as there is. A former walk-on who earned a scholarship halfway through his redshirt freshman season and has started essentially every game since then at both right and left tackle. His best and most impressive game by far was when he went up against DeForest Buckner of Oregon and completely stonewalled him. That’s a top 5 prospect we’re talking about. Has great strength and very solid technique, but even though he ran really well at the 40 yard dash, he may not have the athleticism to truly dominate and shut down speed rushers on the left side completely. Still, would you bet on this former walk-on at least becoming an average starter? I know I wouldn’t.
The Bills were another team that started out well but faded as the season went along. The Bills seem comfortable with giving Tyrod Taylor another year which he has earned. The Bills could also be in the market for a defensive end since it seems they will be letting Mario Williams go. However, with the resources they have invested in the running back group and the style of offense that Rex wants to run with success consistently the Bills need to continue to build up the offensive line. The Bills main priority this offseason should be to resign Cordy Glenn. Incognito was effective this year while their third round pick John Miller looks like a solid future guard. The right tackle position was where the team really struggled. Cyrus Kouandjio has been a bust, Seantrel Henderson is nothing more than a decent swing tackle and Jordan Mills is very below average. Taylor Decker played left tackle the last two years for Ohio State. Decker is a much better run blocker than pass blocker at this stage of his career, in fact Decker could be considered the second pass run blocking tackle behind only Tunsil. Decker will need some coaching and seasoning in pass pro at the next level as he is susceptible to counter moves and speed moves to the outside. Decker would be better suited as a right tackle to start his career where he can clear lanes in the running game but over time has the ability to kick over to left tackle.
The Seahawks desperately need offensive linemen. There is almost no need to even address the other needs because their offensive line is one of if not the worst line the NFL. Russell Okung is really the only good and reliable linemen who is going to start next year. This pick could be Vadal Alexander or Denver Kirkland for the inside of the Seahawks line. However, with Alvin Bailey being able to bounce back inside to his more natural guard position and Justin Britt another year accustomed to playing guard that would help immensely. Jason Spriggs is a very underrated offensive linemen who has gained more national attention as the season has gone along. Indiana does like to throw a lot and Spriggs showed up each and every week and usually won the majority of his one on one battles. Spriggs should excel on the right side in pass protection especially not going against the best pass rushers every week, while his run blocking could use some work that will come with coaching and getting into a strength program at the NFL level. Spriggs showed up well against players such as Calhoun and Bosa giving them a fight. Spriggs should be able to step in from day one as the starter at right tackle for the Seahawks.
Over Laremy Tunsil? I wonder if Tunsil's bong picture/video had something to do with this. Still, picking Stanley over Tunsil doesn't make much sense. Some teams told us that they were scared of Stanley's lack of passion for the game. They were also concerned about Stanley not being tough enough. That would terrify me if I drafted him. Plus, passing on Tunsil in the process just doesn't seem like a smart move, given how talented Tunsil is. The Ravens have done well with chracter-issue guys in the past, so I don't really understand this.
Rd. 1, Pk. 8
Jack Conklin, OT
I'm usually not a fan of teams trading up, but the Titans had tons of resources to do so. It would've been ridiculous for them to keep all of their picks, so moving up for a player they weren't going to obtain at No. 15 made a ton of sense. Right tackle was a huge need, and that has been filled with Conklin.
What's interesting is that the Titans passed on Laremy Tunsil. It's crazy that one of the top two players in the draft continues to fall, and teams that need him are passing on him.
Rd. 1, Pk. 13
Laremy Tunsil, OT
How did the best player in the draft (according to some) fall to No. 13? I'll be shocked if Laremy Tunsil is on Twitter ever again.
This is a slam-dunk A+. I suppose Miami isn't the most ideal environment for Tunsil, but his talent level is unquestionable. He's a franchise left tackle with an All-Pro skill set, and Miami will need one once the injury-prone Branden Albert moves on. Taking Tunsil here is a no-brainer. The risk is well worth the reward, and this could end up being the best pick in the entire 2016 NFL Draft.
Rd. 1, Pk. 16
Taylor Decker, OT
Taylor Decker was projected to go in the 14-20 range, so this makes sense as far as that is concerned. He's also a good fit in terms of need. The Lions' pass protection was an abomination at times last year. They needed a left tackle, but weren't going to get that here at No. 16. The right tackle spot had to be addressed as well, however, and the Lions will be better at that spot with Decker. This deserves a solid "B" grade.
Rd. 1, Pk. 31
Germain Ifedi, OT
If the Seahawks had stayed put and chosen Germain Ifedi at No. 26, I would've given this a solid "B" grade. It's a very logical pick. Ifedi is the sort of athletic player the Seahawks covet. He also fills a big need. Russell Wilson's pass protection was disastrous last season, and it was bound to get even worse with Russell Okung gone. Taking an offensive lineman early was a must.
This "B" turns into an A- because of the trade. The Seahawks were targeting Ifedi all along at No. 26, so it's outstanding that they were able to move down and still acquire him.
Rd. 2, Pk. 17
Jason Spriggs, OT
It's surprising to see the Packers make such a splash move like this. It doesn't seem necessary either. Jason Spriggs tested extremely well at the Combine, but he has several things to work on before becoming a starter, as he's pretty raw. I think Green Bay could've waited on tackle depth and perhaps a starter for 2017. There were just other needs to address, and Green Bay could've obtained a better football player without trading up.