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2016 NFL Mock Draft by ottawagiantsfan - 2.14
Published at 2/14/2016 6:53:25 PM

First Mock of the year. Of course most of this will change in a month once the combine and FA kicks in. 2 rounds

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Titans: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

No explanation needed. Tunsil is arguably the best player in the draft and plays a premium position. If the Titans want to become relevant for the first time since the mid 2000's, they need to do everything they can to make sure Mariota develops

2. Browns: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

For the time being, Wentz is widely considered the top QB prospect in the draft. Physically he checks off all the boxes and comparisons to Blake Bortles fit. Jackson has a good track record with developing Qb's. Unlike Quinn, Father time Weeden and Johnny Walker Football, Wentz seems to fit the "franchise qb" mold.

3. Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

You have to feel for the Chargers. Their top needs don't match up with the talent or the positional value left in the draft. In their ideal world, they would love to trade down a few spots. Since I'm not doing trades they stay put and go BPA. it's very rare for a DB to go this high in the draft but Ramsey isn't a reach. Today's NFL is all about sub packages and pass defense. Ramsey can play inside, outside, high/low safety. His true value might be his ability to match up with the Gronks and Grahams of the league

4. Cowboys: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

As a Giants fan I was tempted to forfeit the pick but I'll be professional. I think Ramsey would have been the pick if the Chargers didn't scoop him up. I almost went with Bosa but then I remembered they used their past two 2nd round picks on DE's. Jack can play all 3 LB positions and will become a stud in a hurry at any of them. I hate this pick.

5. Jaguars: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

I'm not sure if Stanley is a top 5 pick but he isn't a huge reach. Once he adds some strength I can see him turning into a pro bowl LT. He has long arms and great feet, two important traits for the position. Hargreaves doesn't have the size Bradley looks for and this felt a little high for Buckner

6. Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Like the Chargers, I'm sure the Ravens would love to trade down. Not only is CB a top need, Hargreaves is in the BPA discussion. Buckner would be a great fit opposite Jernigan between Williams, but I think the Ravens will give Carl Davis a year to show what he can do. Spence was also a possibility but remember what Daniel Jeremiah tells us every year. The Ravens like to hit doubles then swing for the fences early in the draft

7. 49ers: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

I'm sure I will talk myself out of this pick when I do my next mock. But for now I'm sticking with the QB. Goff has the accuracy and mobility to fit Kelly's scheme. True he is coming from a one read, half field offence but he seems to have the make up to become an NFL QB, I'm sure Kelly will keep things simple for Goff in the early going.

8. Dolphins: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon

When Wake first went down my initial reaction was that he was done in Miami. Now I believe he will come back after taking a pay cut. Buckner would be a great compliment on the other side as he is also stout versus the run. Kick him inside next to Suh on 3rd down and good luck giving the QB a pocket to step up into.

9. Buccaneers: Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

With new D-coordinator Mike Smith, the Bucs will still play a lot of Tampa 2 ( though more aggressive then Lovies). The key is to generate pressure with your front 4. Spence has the best first (and second) step in this draft. Think of Freeny and Mathis in their Colts heyday. Or think of the Broncos these past playoffs as the NFL is a copycat league. Spence is the ultimate boom or bust pick this draft.

10. Giants: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

This is probably a pipe dream but I've wanted a pass rushing DT for eons. 2 years ago I was praying the Giants took Donald. Instead we took some guy named Odell. Too many times in the past 5 years I've seen our DE's blow around the corner only to have the QB to step up and have all day to find the receiver crossing the field beating our slow lb's and safetys. Hopefully Rankins helps change that. Ogbah is a more realistic pick as he is big, straight line fast and has an African sounding name. The top three traits my G-men look for

11. Bears: Jaylon Smith, Outside Linebacker, Notre Dame

I came close to giving the Bears Ragland but chose Smith instead. Not only is the Golden Domer kind of a local boy, (seem's Notre Dame is an unofficial Chicago team) his athleticism fit's today's NFL. People think Fox is an old school, ground and pound coach but that's mostly only on offence. He is all about speed on defense especially at LB. Even dating back to his Giant days.

12. Saints: A'Shawn Robinson, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

This was a tough pick for me. I think the Saint's like some of their young LB's but they could use another pass rushing LB. I went with Robinson as he can play multiple positions on the DL. As the saying goes "you win in the trenches". The Saints absolutely have to get more stout on the line if they want to take down the Panthers and Falcons run game.

13. Eagles: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis

This all depends on if they resign Sam Bradford to play 10 games a year for them. Right now Bradford is reportedly asking for twice his worth. Lynch will need some coaching but he has the arm and the feet to thrive in new coach Peterson's Hybrid west coast/spread offence that he is expected to run.

14. Raiders: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

Safe Pick. Conklin can play anywhere on the line except center. This gives them insurance in case Penn bolts. Even if he re signs I doubt it will be for more then 2 years. Put Jack inside and then kick him outside if any of their tackles go down with injury.

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

Talk about value pick. Treadwell should finally give the Rams a true # 1 WR. I hated the move to trade up for Austin as I knew he would never become a #1. To be fair though, he was one of the most underrated players last year. He really found his grove as an explosive athlete. If they can ever get a decent QB, Treadwell, Austin and Gurley should put up enough points to let Quinn, Donald and co. pin their ears back and attack the QB

16. Lions: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

Full disclosure I completely forgot about Bosa. How I forgot about a top 5 player in the draft is beyond me. For now I'm going to pretend it's because the media has him overrated. Do you smell that? That's the smell of the NFC North QB's crapping their pants at the thought of Ziggy and Bosa hunting them down on obvious passing downs.

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