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Cougars16's 2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 12/8/2015 9:11:51 PM

For my mock draft's I make my selections as if I am the GM of each team, so these are no projections or guesses, but just what I would do. I base my picks off of draft needs, player rankings/scouting reports, etc. Feedback is always appreciated.

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Round 1

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1. Titans: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

The Titans seem to have found their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, but they will need to surround him with quality protection. The tackle position has been inconsistent and Tunsil is the best tackle in the draft. His size, athleticism, and talent fit the mold of an NFL left tackle who can be a long-term answer.

2. Browns: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis

Johnny Manziel's time in Cleveland seems to be coming to an end and Josh McCown isn't a long term answer at quarterback. The Browns need to find the right guy behind center and Lynch could be that guy. He has the desired size for the position and his athleticism and mobility allow him to extend the play. Lynch also has the arm and characteristics of a franchise quarterback.

3. Chargers: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

San Diego needs a difference maker on their defense. Rush linebacker isn't necessarily an immediate need, but Bosa would be a major upgrade. He is more than capable of playing with his hand in the dirt or standing up and he is the best pass rusher in the draft.

4. Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

Baltimore desperately needs a safety to help them defend the deep ball. Ramsey has the ability to play anywhere in the secondary and he can even be used as a blitzer off of the edge. The addition of Ramsey would give the Ravens a solid secondary to defend against a division of star receivers.

5. 49ers: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

The Kaepernick era is over and the 49ers will need to find his replacement. Goff is going to need some time to develop at the next level, but he has the accuracy and mobility to succeed as a franchise quarterback at the next level.

6. Cowboys: Robert Nkemdiche, Defensive Tackle, Ole Miss

The Cowboys need to build the trenches on the defensive side of the ball, so they need upgrades at defensive tackle. Nkemdiche is the best interior defender in the draft and would give Dallas a young, immediate starter on the inside.

7. Lions: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

The Lions' offensive line has played slightly better of late, but they will still need to make plenty of changes by next season in order to give Matthew Stafford more time and protection. Stanley is a great athlete and he gets to the second level well. His ability to drive defenders off the ball could drastically improve Detroit's rushing attack. This selection would also allow the Lions to move current left tackle Reilly Reiff over to the right side where he is better suited, while Stanley takes over on the left side.

8. Dolphins: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Brent Grimes turns 33 by next season, so Miami needs to add youth and talent to the cornerback position. Hargreaves has the instincts and ball skills to be a lockdown cover corner in the NFL.

9. Jaguars: Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

There has been inconsistency along the offensive line for the Jaguars and they want to be a better running team. Decker has the ability to play either tackle spot and his run blocking talents should improve the Jaguars' rushing attack.

10. Bears: Shaq Lawson, Defensive End, Clemson

Eddie Goldman is a promising player, but the Bears still have a lot of work to do on defense. The Bears' top need is a difference making pass rusher and Lawson can be that guy. Lawson is an explosive rusher with a high, relentless motor. He has the build and pass rushing ability to be a fantastic NFL player.

11. Rams: Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

The Rams have struggled to find a true number one wider receiver and need to find that guy soon. Treadwell has the ability to be a number one target at the next level. He is a big, physical, and powerful receiving threat that can compete and win in jump ball situations. Treadwell is the most polished pass catcher in this draft and worth a top ten selection.

12. Saints: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

Their defense already has plenty of talent and his addition could give them a top ten unit. New Orleans needs an upgrade at linebacker over Daniel Ellerbe. They have built a solid young core that could be even better with the addition of Jack. The knee injury is concerning and teams will need to take a hard look at how his rehab process is going to determine a draft grade. Before the injury, however, Jack was one of the best defensive players in college football and is a natural, athletic playmaker that could make a difference on the Saints' defense.

13. Giants: Emmanuel Ogbah, Defensive End, Oklahoma State

The Giants need a boost to their pass rush especially with the uncertainty around Jason Pierre-Paul moving forward. Ogbah leads the nation with 13 sacks in 2015 and he is known to have great character. He would be a great fit for the Giants' defense and he can make an impact from day one.

14. Buccaneers: Mackensie Alexander, Cornerback, Clemson

The Buccaneers need to upgrade their secondary this offseason if they want to compete for the playoffs anytime soon. Alexander is undersized, but he has great upside. His aggressive play style and speed allow him to cover even the best receivers.

15. Falcons: Jaylon Smith, Outside Linebacker, Notre Dame

The Falcons could use an upgrade at linebacker and Smith is a guy that can play inside or outside. He is an explosive athlete that plays with plus instincts and he can be a difference maker for the Falcons' defense.

16. Eagles: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon

The Eagles' defense has struggled to stop opposing offenses this season and they need to upgrade at multiple positions. Buckner is not only a former player of Chip Kelly's, but he is also one of this draft's best defensive lineman. He is a stout run defender and he has an incredible frame. His versatility will make a difference on this defense.

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