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2016 NFL Mock Draft by MChase55 - 12.24
Published at 12/24/2015 3:22:08 PM
Here is a very premature first guess at April's NFL Draft. Will update as the order is set.
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In a draft lacking elite talent and flash, the Titans take the best OT and arguably the best player in the class. Tunsil has all the tools and grades out as one of the best OT prospects in years. Adding him gives Tennessee two top bookends on the Offensive Line (Taylor Lewan being the other) to protect Marcus Mariota.
Cleveland is truly a factory of sadness and this is best illustrated by the list of quarterbacks they have trotted out the past 10+ years. Paxton Lynch might be the sexy pick right now, but Goff is the better player. He does not have the proverbial arm strength that you would want for a top pick but he is accurate and smart. He reminds me of Matt Ryan. In a QB drought I think the Browns will see that as an upgrade and worthy of selection #2.
This is the highest I have put a safety in many years. The Ravens are a team that was snake bit this year, their talent is much better than their record. The clear weakness of this team is the Secondary, at CB and S. Ramsey is the best Secondary player in this class and he projects best at Free Safety. He has size, athleticism and instincts. Possibly the best defensive player in this class, he changes the entire Defense for the Ravens as a versatile defender.
Stanley is another top flight OT and also projects to be one of the better prospects at this position to come around in a while. I had him as a top 10 pick last year so top 5 is not out a surprise. San Diego had the absolute worst O Line health of any team last year. Adding Stanley allows you to shift King Dunlap to ROT and subsequently DJ Fluker to OG. This pick basically upgrades LOT, ROT and ROG. The rare 3 for 1.
Arguably the best player in this class, Joey Bosa is a defensive coordinator's dream. A true 4-3 RDE, Boss plays with a mean streak and has all the tools to be a double digit sack performer. Dallas has Demarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, but Bosa is better than both and would start Day One. I considered putting Paxton Lynch here, but Bosa is just better and cannot be passed up.
This is a classic case of projecting what a team will do as opposed to what they should do. I think Lynch is possibly fools gold and don't think the Niners should take him in Round 1. That being said they could conceivably draft him and groom him behind Blaine Gabbert (a sentence that would have never been uttered 3 months ago). I would take Jaylon Smith, but my gut tells me they will overdraft a QB.
This is the best player in the entire draft. He reminds me a lot of Patrick Willis and if I had to bet money on who the Blue Chip player of this class will be I would put it on Jaylon Smith. He is versatile, he can play an ILB in a 3-4 & 4-3 (translation he can pound the run and has the athleticism to cover) and he could even conceivably be an OLB in a 4-3. Miami only has one legitimate LB (Jelani Jenkins) and with Suh in the fold Smith could run wild and be a tackling machine.
Dream scenario for Jacksonville. The best pure CB is on the board and he fills their biggest gaping hole. Hargreaves is a top flight CB who will help provide some consistency in the horrid Jaguar secondary. CB's are normally a gamble in early but I like Hargreaves a lot more than all other CB's in this class with his height being the only red flag.
First reach of the draft, I like Alexander but
need pushes him up the board. The Saints CB depth is atrocious. Their best player, Breaux, is an overachiever; whereas Browner is a PI flag machine and Keenan Lewis has been a disappointing signing. The safety play in New Orleans is solid and adding a dependable CB will help the likes of Byrd, Vaccaro and Bush considerably. Possibly one of the fastest athletes in this class Alexander is going to be a darling in April.
Chicago could go any position on defense and it would make sense. How about taking the best available player? Buckner is a Richard Seymour clone who projects better than Arik Armstead (teammate who want 1st round last year). He is strong against the run and pass and would be a great 5 technique for Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense.
Nkemdiche's stock sucks right now but I anticipate a bounce back. One of the highest touted players since he left high school, Nkemdiche has the talent to make your jaw drop. He has Gerald McCoy potential, but could end up flaming out over poor character concerns. He would be perfect in Detroit where they run multiple fronts. A classic 3 technique or a 5 technique, he really can be adapted to fit the need of his environment. If you add him you can get rid of Ngata (who was unfortunately injured) and his huge salary so there is business incentive as well.
The Eagles put too much stock into their system and not enough into the position talent, namely at WR. Outside of Jordan Matthews the Eagles WR depth chart is nothing to worry about. Treadwell has size, ability and speed. Don't confuse him as a blue chip prospect (Beckham, Watkins, etc), but he is a huge shot in the arm for Philly.