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A_capaul Mock Draft 1.0
Published at 2/14/2016 12:19:49 AM
I will be publishing three "regular" mocks throughout the postseason: One right now, one post-combine, and one pre-draft. I will also have a reverse mock and a trade mock at some point.
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This is probably the most obvious pick in the first round. Every team wants blindside protection for their franchise QB, so at this point, anyone but Tunsil would be a surprise.
Goff, Wentz, or Lynch? That is the biggest question for the Browns. At this point, I have Goff simply because of the talent level he has faced, but this could easily change if Wentz or Lynch have good showings at the Combine and their pro days.
If Eric Weddle leaves, Ramsey would be the best choice. However, most people have them taking Joey Bosa. Bosa is very talented, but Melvin Ingram made the leap this year, posting 10.5 sacks, and Jeremiah Attaochu was very promising in his 2nd season.
Greg Hardy is a free agent, and should be gone because he is an off the field distraction, and more importantly, a terrible human being. HIs backup, Randy Gregory also has some off the field issues, and had no sacks in 245 snaps. Another backup, Jeremy Mincey, is aging and also a free agent. Is that enough for the Cowboys to draft a DE, especially the BPA at this point? I say yes.
The Jaguars have a glaring need at pass rusher. Dante Fowler Jr. coming back will help, but they still have a hole on the other side.
Steve Smith Sr. is 37 and coming off an Achilles injury, Breshad Perriman never played due to lingering knee issues, and Kamar Aiken is solid, but not the answer. Every other WR on the roster is an unknown or a journeyman.
The 49ers were one of, if not the worst teams against the pass last year. Even if Hargreaves is forced to play on the outside (He is only 5'11"), he should still be productive.
Smith may be considered a reach because of his knee injury, but Miami has a major need at middle linebacker, which is reminiscent of when they had a major need (Offensive tackle) and "reached" on Ja'wuan James.
The Buccaneers have needs all over their defense, but getting a pass rush is the most important part of the defense, especially in the NFC South. Also, William Gholston started 11 games, so it would be in the best interest for the Bucs for that to not happen again.
The projected starters at LB for the Giants: JT Thomas, Jasper Brinkley (Free agent), and Devon Kennard. Yikes.
If this happens, they can either move Kyle Long back to guard, or replace Charles Leno outright. Both of which are good for the Bears.
At this point, the Saints can take any defensive player and have an upgrade over the traffic cones that are currently playing on defense.
With a new regime comes a new QB. It's just convenient that Sam Bradford is a free agent this year.
This has been the hardest pick so far. Their three biggest needs (cornerback, safety, and offensive tackle) are at a point where someone else being taken would be a bit of a reach, so I feel like the Raiders would be the team to take the BPA.
The Rams had some very ugly offensive performances this year, thanks to the uninspiring play of Nick Foles and Case Keenum.
Don't be surprised if the Lions take a wide receiver. THey still have Golden Tate, but behind him, they have Corey Fuller, TJ Jones, and soon-to-be free agent Lance Moore. The only other player I could see them taking would be Jack Conklin.