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2016 NFL Mock - 2.0 (w/ trades)
Published at 1/19/2016 9:21:39 PM
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The Titans have been open about trading their #1 overall pick. However, I am not sure what team truly wants to move up (within the top 10) to take and pay for the #1 overall spot. The theory would be to take a QB, but I am not convinced there is a QB worthy of the #1 overall selection, or even a top 10 selection (which isn't a popular thought). Tunsil fits a need. Take him here and protect Mariota.
I am just not a fan of Jared Goff or Paxton Lynch this high in the draft. Hue Jackson has made it known that they need a QB and Manziel isn't the answer. Will they trade back here? I am not sure. Josh McCown is back for another year, and he could be at least a patchwork starter for year one. Bosa is a dominant defensive player and whether Ray Horton or Jim Schwartz is the DC, getting a front line starter like Bosa is a must.
The Notre Dame product was a top fifteen pick last year and here he moves into the top five. If Bosa is here, I could see that being the selection. Instead the Chargers look to keep Rivers upright and they do that by getting an O-Lineman who can play multiple spots. Rivers will also be out receivers and the defense needs to add help in the secondary. Lots of holes to fill, but expect the Chargers to add youth on offense.
Jerry Jones likes shock value. It should be noted that in recent drafts he has gone the way of value and need rather than just who he likes best. Jack fills a need, and could be a little shocking. He had an injury, although not major, and chose to leave school to rehab and prepare for the draft. Jack is the most athletic LB in the draft and fills a major need. If Sean Lee can be healthy for 16 games again, paired with Jack, I think the Cowboys can experience an even better defensive resurgence.
The FSU product is one of the more versatile and complete DBs in the draft. He length and speed are superb, and his ballhawking skills are of elite level. He can play two positions, which puts his stock higher than VH3. Additionally, he is a returner, and a big play maker. The Jaguars will be looking to add more to their defense as Gus Bradley is on the hot seat and has revamped his defensive staff.
VH3 is the player to take here - if Ramsey is not available. He has solid man coverage skills and he is a great cover corner. I think he will test just fine and his combine/pro-day numbers will be that of Ramsey like production. What may hurt him was getting benched in his final performance against Michigan after being picked on in the first half. Also, there are some who think he was CB #2 at UF, as Jalen Tabor was a longer, and better talent.
Now that it is official, I am going to mock a WR here. There are several NFL experts that point to Chip Kelly being the answer for the 49ers at the QB position. Many have noted that Kapernick struggled on 3rd down, and with his accuracy. Yet, just a few seasons ago he was applauded for his electric arm, using his feet to escape and down field throwing ability? Kelly will look to revamp the QB position, starting with Kapernick. Do not count out Trent Balkke getting another QB in the mid rounds to supplement just in case.
The Dolphins have a new DC, and he is likely going to use the same scheme that has made the Bengals so successful. To do that he needs long, athletic DEs to rush the passer and a 3-technique DT to create a push inside (Suh fits that mold). Here, Ogbah does a great job of working off the edge and giving them some better pass rush presence, as well as youth on that defense.
This is the highest I've seen him mocked and likely this will be the last time he is mocked here. The Bucs have two WRs who are talented and they need to add a replacement (or re-sign) Doug Martin. Protecting their major investment is priority number one, although the defense should be addressed. This is a deep class of DL and edge rushers so I think the Bucs will likely take Ronnie Stanley (if he is here), but if not look for a trade back or possibly the surprise pick of Jack Conklin a powerful OL who can protect Winston.
The Giants know they need a pass rush. They know that in order to be sucessful they need to get back to their four man pressures and take the pressure off of the secondary - which is terrible. Landon Collins did all he could, but he tried doing the job of two men instead of his own, which got him in trouble at times. Buckner starts from day one and can play both DE and DT at the next level. He has great quickness and length that will allow him to be a dominant player off the edge, or on the interior.
The Bears were able to grab Eddie Goldman last year and he proved to be a huge difference maker, as a rookie. He is a versatile player that can slide between DE and NT. Robinson is a true NT, but is so athletic he can play out at DE in a 3-4 scheme as well. Here he goes to NT, allowing Goldman to use his quickness at the DE position and shoring up the run game. Robinson is an instant impact player/starter.
After his hamstring heals, and he is able to perform I believe his tests with show that he is one of the better, underrated corners, in this draft. Not many QBs threw to his side, and when no WR this year had over 100 yards against him in coverage, I could see why. He is a physical tackler and a solid cover corner. The Saints need help at about every position on defense. Alexander, I believe, is a fast riser in this first round.
The Eagles have some pieces in place to be effective on offense. I do not see Sam Bradford coming back and I think the Eagles will try to revamp the QB position after a disastrous turn of events by Chip Kelly. I think a downhill running game, with the compliment of TEs and receivers that the Eagles have, Goff won't be ask to do a lot. The defense still needs some re-tooling, but overall getting a QB in there could get them to 8 wins (which might win the NFC East).
A similar player to Khalil Mack, with a little less explosion, Lawson will play opposite of Mack immediately. He is a good edge rusher, with quickness and some powerful pass rush moves. He is up in the top 10 on most mocks, and I could easily see him going there. As long as his injury doesn't prove too costly over the draft process a top 15 selection is certainly warranted. Here, the defense gets better as the secondary will have less time i needs to cover with Mack and Lawson rushing from the edges.
Lynch has been the consensus #1 QB by many mock drafts for awhile. His ceiling is much higher as he has greater potential. However, Goff is more polished in an NFL system than Lynch is and would be considered a little more "safe." The Rams are going to build a new stadium and they want to light it up. The offense has Todd Gurley, as well as some WRs (look for more to be taken in the draft), it needs a QB with a great personality and electric arm - both of which Paxton possesses.
Current Lions HC understands the value of big men on defense, especially in a 3-4 scheme. A NT must eat blocks, as well as apply pressure. Billings is very quick for his short stature and big size. He is powerful and gets great leverage. He was constantly in the backfield this year as a NT for Baylor, and I think he fits right into the 3-4 scheme that the Lions like to run. Billings will force guards to stay tight which helps Ansah on the edge.