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2016 NFL Mock Draft by Mr. Bitter - TAKE ONE
Published at 2/17/2016 3:20:34 PM

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Titans: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

The cleanest prospect and best athlete in this draft, Ramsey was born to play the Polamalu role in LeBeau's zone-blitz scheme.


2. Browns: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

The Cleveland Browns will go full-on Cleveland Browns and continue their rich tradition of veteran band-aid QBs with a signing like Sam Bradford or Robert Griffin, then go BPA at #2 with Tunsil. The Browns could trade Joe Thomas and/or lose FA Mitchell Schwartz, making OT a potential sore spot by draft day.


3. Chargers: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon

FA Kendall Reyes is mediocre and unlikely to return. The Chargers need to get tougher in the trenches.


4. Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, Outside Linebacker, Notre Dame

Jaylon Smith>Myles Jack, IMO. A great leader for a defensive unit sorely lacking leadership.


5. Jaguars: Noah Spence, Defensive End, Eastern Kentucky

With Fowler at the OTTO and Spence at the LEO, the Jags could potentially field the best pass-rushing tandem in franchise history.


6. Ravens: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Despite Hargreaves' size limitations, Ozzie Newsome could simply see VHIII as the best football player on the board.


7. 49ers: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Wentz's skill set meshes with Kelly's scheme, and York/Baalke aren't afraid of small school, injured, or boom-or-bust prospects...as long as they have long arms and big hands. That's Wentz.


8. Dolphins: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

A late-rising "upside" prospect at a position of desperate need. Bosa would be the smart pick, but we're talking about Mike Tannenbaum here.


9. Buccaneers: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

Bosa's floor. A plug 'n' play RDE for Mike Smith's flexing scheme.


10. Giants: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Projects as a versatile, Kiwanuka-type SAM in Spagnuolo's scheme. Incumbent Devon Kennard will never be more than mediocre, while Floyd offers Pro Bowl upside.


11. Bears: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

This may seem too low for Jack, but I think that Jack's stock will get dinged as the predraft process unfolds. He has a stumpy build with marginal arm length and very little muscle definition, and while he's amazingly instinctive and quick to close while in space, he can be washed out against power runs and isn't a sound tackler. (He's all about the shoulder-first launch. That translates to penalties and concussions in the NFL.) Jack may be a top-15 guy, but he's not a top-5 guy.

The Bears have next-to-nothing at ILB. Jack projects as Navarro Bowman-type at the next level, making him a tidy fit in Fangio's scheme.


12. Saints: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

A knifing, Brandon Mebane-type to juice up the interior pass-rush.


13. Eagles: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Questions surrounding Goff's size and arm strength could lead to Bridgewater-type nitpicking and a subsequent slide, but I doubt he gets past the Eagles. Goff's accuracy makes him a hand-in-glove fit as the point man for Doug Pederson's precision West Coast attack.


14. Raiders: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Stanley is similar to Andrus Peat; athletic, intelligent and experienced, but comes across as kinda soft. That may turn off a few teams. In Oakland, Stanley could hit the ground running at RT and potentially replace Penn at LT in a year or two.


15. Rams: Paxton Lynch, Quarterback, Memphis

Assuming the Rams lose Trumaine Johnson or Janoris Jenkins during free agency, Kendall Fuller and Mackensie Alexander should be in play here, but the need at QB trumps all else.

Lynch is raw and growing pains are inevitable, but the Franchise QB tools are there. L.A. offers Todd Gurley and a top-notch defense, so Lynch wouldn't be asked to do too much early on. If Lynch shows steady improvement as a rookie, it could be enough to cool the hot seats that Snead and Fisher are currently parked on.


16. Lions: Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

There was a moderate need at WR even before the Megatron drama; it could easily be Code Red before long. Treadwell is the BPA available, and the 2nd round should offer plenty of quality options should the Lions wait to address their need at DT.

For the sake of accuracy, I'm kinda covering my bases with this pick. I could easily see the Vikings move ahead of the Falcons if Treadwell is available at #16.


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