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2016 NFL Mock Draft by Landshark - 1.0
Published at 2/17/2016 11:36:54 AM
My approach is as if it was me making the selections for the teams, there's a little of me saying what they're going to do as well but don't expect to see all these on draft day.
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Trading back might be a nice option here but trading down too far would be a mistake. The Titans have a lot of holes to fill but they cannot miss out on top tier talent. Protect your franchise qb from both sides next season. Tunsil will fit right in at right tackle allowing poutasi to slide into guard. The Titans now have four young and productive lineman in Lewan, Warmack, Poutasi, and Tunsil.
Browns get QB 9872134 in the last 15 years. Instead of going with Goff who seems more like a pro ready and talented QB the Browns again go with potential upside as they always have (See Gilbert, Manziel). Hopefully wiith this pick Cleveland can find their big strong armed QB of the future and they can forget the mess that was Johnny Football.
The Chargers are in the same situation as the Titans where they could trade back a few spots to fill more holes but if they trade back too far then they might miss out on getting a cornerstone. Taking Stanley here might be a bit of a reach but the Chargers line has been decimated by injury and even when healthy they don't perform too well. Stanley gives them an athletic piece. He might struggle early on as he'll most likely fit in at LT, but he has potential to blossom into a solid piece for the next 10+ years
Rumors say that the Cowboys might wanna draft a young QB like maybe Goff right here and allow him to sit behind Romo and learn but that would not be in their best interest. They were just 12-4 a year ago but the loss of the league's leading rusher and injuries to Romo and Bryant had lost cause written all over their season. People might want to see Elliot taken here but there are rumors that Murray could be coming back to town. I would take Bosa here as they are trying to rebuild that entire DL. Bosa is the best prospect in this draft and he would help both the pass rush and against the run for the Cowboys.
The Jaguars are a nice young team that seem to have made some excellent choices in years past. The unfortunate injury to Fowler beginning last year hurt the team but they know he will be a true presence. They could look to keep improving the front 7 as that's what Bradley had in Seattle was a dominant front but the secondary has had it's issues. Ramsey can play either CB or S so he helps with versatility.
The Ravens need help in the secondary. They were in the bottom 5 of pass defense last year. They could look to get younger on the edges as Suggs and Dumervil aren't getting any younger but both of those guys are still top tier pass rushers and can hold the ship a little bit longer. Another need is LT but both the top 2 are gone and anyone else would be a reach.
Why not pair him with his former teammate Armstead. Buckner has much more potential to be a true impact player and a star. While the 49ers do look like they could use a QB, it seems as if Chip Kelly is going to see what he has in Colin Kaepernick. Back in 2012 the 49ers had one of the top 2 defenses along with Seattle and they made the playoffs. Since then people have retired and left and the team was never the same. Everything starts in the trenches and Buckner would help a lot.
The Dolphins should look to improve a poor LB core. Smith did get injured but is someone like Gurley where had he not been injured he might have gone top 5. If a wait is needed he is a player worth the wait. The DL will holf their gaps extremely well allowing him to make easier tackles.
The Bucs need a true pass rusher on the edge. Smith had a nice season for them but cannot be depended on to do that year in and year out. Ogbah is an athlete who will get to the QB. At 6'3 275lbs he has the size to both over power offensive tackles and run around them.
The Giants have 3 areas of true concern, OL, DL, and LB. With Ogbah off the board, I believe the Giants should look to find a play-making LB. Jack is that guy. He can lead that defense for the next 10 years as they keep rebuilding and hopefully no one else on that defense loses a hand.
The Bears need more scheme fit players and Robinson provides the versatility to play either NT or DE in John Fox's 3-4 scheme. He has incredible strength and can over power many lineman. His success at Alabama only helps his case as he goes against the biggest and strongest lineman the NCAA has to offer.
I can see the Saints going a couple different ways here. They could address the secondary which was close to non existent, or they could also give Drew Brees a younger, big-bodied receiver. They could even draft a QB to sit and learn. But they should address the lack of talent they have on defense. With run games of Doug Martin, Devonta Freeman, and Jonathon Stewart, the Saints should look for best talent available and that is Floyd.
The first WR comes off the board. The Eagles had some poor play from pretty much every receiver last year. Even though they drafted Agholor in the first round last year he did not live up to expectations. Even if he improves this year his best place would in the slot due to his route running ability. Treadwell gives them another big body on the outside to compliment Matthews.
The Raiders are a young team on the rise. However they need help in the secondary. Alexander proved he can be a lock down corner on the outside. He can jump routes well and with pressure coming from Mack, and maybe Aldon Smith if they decide to bring him back, he'll have many opportunities to succeed.
New city, new identity. With a stout defense, a stud RB and a jack of all trades on offense, the only thing this team has been missing is a QB. Lynch had an outstanding year in college but playing at Memphis does not allow his talent to be proven against the stronger defenses in the NCAA. But with needs at QB, WR, and CB the best option is to go for a young QB.
How can you replace a guy like Calvin Johnson? Well you can't, however, Thomas is a great deep threat option. Stafford loves to just chuck it down field and Thomas is a guy that can go get it. The DL and OL could use some work but after losing Johnson to reitirement it seems this is priority 1.