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Pre- Combine NFL Mock Draft by HLePore415 - 2.19
Published at 2/24/2016 9:26:32 AM
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It is clear the Titans already have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota, who they drafted number two overall last year. A big reason why Tennessee is back in the top two of the draft order is because they could not protect their future quarterback. Laremy Tunsil is the undisputed top tackle is this year's draft and has the potential to be a cornerstone of the Titans' offensive line for a long time.
It seems like the Browns are in the same spot every year, they have no choice but to address the quarterback position first round. The Johnny Manziel saga was a bad as advertised, but that is what comes with the territory when drafting a quarterback first round with multiple off-field issues. Jared Goff is neck and neck with Carson Wentz for the "best QB in the draft title." Goff has many fantastic attributes along with being one of the nation's best quarterbacks last season.
San Diego has just started their rebuilding stage. This is a roster that has a lot of holes in it and it is only smart to start with quarterback. Phillip Rivers is on his last legs of a historic career in San Diego and he could help to groom a successor. Carson Wentz is a redshirt Senior who has won an FCS National Championship every year in his collegiate career. Wentz is 6 foot 5 inches, comparable to Cam Newton, and has the potential to be a similar quarterback to Newton. San Diego may not have another chance at a quarterback prospect like Wentz.
The Cowboys pass rushers are in question this time in the offseason. Greg Hardy's employment is in great concern, whether or not he will be released. Second year prospect Randy Gregory recently got suspended four games of the 2016 season for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Joey Bosa is a bit of a risk as well. Although Bosa's ceiling is tremendous, his floor is also significant. Nevertheless, Bosa is one gracious pass rusher, one Dallas needs.
The Jaguars young offense was the bright spot for the organization, however the defense was not. Although the defense has great potential, their pass defense did not seem to perform well enough. The acquisition of Davon House last offseason did seem to help and Aaron Colvin proved to be a viable option, however in the NFL you can never have enough quality defensive backs. Jalen Ramsey is more than just quality, this Nole can play both cornerback and safety. Even top scout Matt Miller considers Ramsey as the best overall player in this year's class. Jacksonville needs a guy like Ramsey, a playmaker.
It is scary to think a team like the Baltimore Ravens has the number six pick in the draft. The Ravens do have a couple holes at the pass rusher position and in the secondary. Myles Jack has tremendous burst and can bring speed and physicality to a defense who has seemed to lost that same trait that once defined their entire organization.
There has been some speculation that new head coach Chip Kelly and the 49ers may keep Colin Kaepernick. At his salary, that just doesn’t seem smart. Plus, you know what Kaepernick is at this point, an elusive/fast runner with a strong arm and an average quarterback who cannot read coverages very well. It is time for a change. Chip Kelly should be intrigued by Paxton Lynch of Memphis. The 6’6’’ quarterback is mobile, like Kaepernick, and has a live arm. San Francisco would be crazy to pass up on a guy like Lynch if he’s on the board.
The Dolphins looked promising before the season after spending stupid money in Free Agency, however it did not pan out. The secondary was getting picked apart. Now with Brice McCain out the door, Miami needs to fill a hole that was in need of repair even before it was punctured. Vernon Hargraves III is an all around great talent, he is a playmaker like Jalen Ramsey. Hargraves has great ball skills which can help an old and thin Miami secondary.
Tampa Bay was as close as they have been to the playoffs in a long time. Large part of that success came from the offense. Jameis Winston and Doug Martin led the team to a 6-10 record. The defense played at an adequate level, however the front could use another playmaker. DeForest Buckner is right beside A’Shawn Robinson as the best defensive linemen in the draft. Put Buckner next to Gerald McCoy and you got something good going on that defensive line.
It is clear the Giants need a playmaker on that defensive front. It seems as if Jason Pierre-Paul will not be back for the 2016 season, so New York needs to draft a difference maker to that front. Jaylon Smith was one time a top three pick until he tore up his knee. Although Smith will most likely miss some early games in the season, he is still worth a top ten selection and may have better production than JPP.
The Chicago Bears played a lot better than people expected, but their roster still has many holes. It is always smart to invest in pass rushers during a rebuilding stage, just ask the Raiders and Khalil Mack. Noah Spence comes with baggage as he was once a pass rusher for Ohio State, then once he was kicked off the team, Spence attended Eastern Kentucky. Spence is one of, maybe the best pass rusher in this year’s draft.
The Saints are trending downwards. It is clearly time for a rebuilding process in New Orleans, which is unfortunate for quarterback great Drew Brees. The Saints dearth of a defensive line was prevalent in 2015. A’Shawn Robinson is a big boy. The former Alabama defensive tackle can plug up two gaps alone. The Saints need an inside presence and Robinson can provide that.
Although the Eagles are looking for a quarterback, they may be too high in this year’s draft to snag one. However, with questions surrounding their veteran tackle Jason Peters’ health, which was prevalent last season, it might be smart to draft another great tackle next to soon-to-be Sophomore Lane Johnson and Jason Peters. With the selection of Ronnie Stanley, the Eagles could kick Johnson into a guard spot and have an upgraded offensive line. Stanley was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He has outstanding foot quickness and is very talented when protecting the quarterback.
In the NFL you can never have enough defensive backs. Last season this was a big need for Oakland and Reggie McKenzie seemed to ignore it. Although they claimed David Amerson off waivers, T.J. Carrie is only a viable option and D.J. Hayden is not living up to his 12 overall hype. Mackensie Alexander is a beast. In the last 24 games of Alexander’s Clemson career, he allowed 0 touchdowns, ‘nuff said.
The Los Angeles Rams are another team that needs a quarterback, but are too high in the draft to grab one early. With very thin depth at the wide receiver position, why not draft a prospect who can help the new passer out? Laquon Treadwell is a special player. Treadwell did everything from catching touchdown passes to blocking field goal attempts at Mississippi. He is a big, gifted receiver in a wide out draft class that is relatively disappointing. Treadwell is a big name receiver the Rams have not had since Torry Holt.
With the retirement of Calvin Johnson Jr., Detroit needs another deep threat. Golden Tate is most likely just a complimentary wide out who cannot stretch the defense well enough. The positive is that Josh Doctson can. Although Doctson is a one-speed receiver, he uses his size to his advantage. Doctson, before his injury, was the top receiver in the nation who stretched the field for Texas Christian. He can compliment Tate well and hopefully the Lions offense does not skip a beat. Then again, no one can replace Megatron-like production.