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2016 NFL Mock Draft by sportsguru221 - 2.25
Published at 3/4/2016 1:35:54 PM
First round mock draft post-combine. First one of the year hope you like it!
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The Titans would LOVE to trade out of this pick, but that probably won't happen. This pick really comes down to two players: Laremy Tunsil and Joey Bosa. Seeing as how they just drafted their franchise quarterback last year and he got beat to a pulp because of a lack of protection, I'm going with Tunsil here. The last thing the Titans need is for Mariota to turn into David Carr, Tim Couch, etc.
The sky is blue, the grass is green, and the Cleveland Browns need a quarterback. Many people around the league believe this pick is going to be a QB, which means Jared Goff or Carson Wentz will be a Cleveland Brown next year. Scout and draft experts have been splooging in their pants over Carson Wentz the entire offseason, and I got to say I'm starting to come around. Cleveland is going to need to draft one of the top quarterbacks to help turn the Factory of Sadness into the Factory of Gladness! They can't afford to go another year with Josh McCown and god knows who else under center.
The Chargers would have loved to get Laremy Tunsil, however with him off the board and really no other o-lineman worth taking at 3, The Chargers focus on their next weakest unit: defensive line. Ramsey is a possibility here, but there are a lot of quality safeties/defensive backs that are free agents this year, and they can still find a quality DB in the second or third rounds. Buckner has been shooting up draft boards recently, and is now firmly in the top 5 pick discussion. Reyes is a free agent, so they're gonna need someone to replace him. He wasn't that good anyway, so it shouldn't be hard to find an upgrade. Buckner helps improve a run defense that finished in the bottom-5 of the NFL last year
A lot of people have been mocking a QB here, but at 4th overall that's kind of a waste, especially when a prospect who's going to immediately make them better like Jalen Ramsey is available. The Cowboys have had a crappy secondary for the last couple years, and year in and year out they fail to upgrade it; they tried bringing in Brandon Carr, who became a FA bust; they tried drafting Morris Claiborne, who was a draft bust, and no one else in the secondary has really made THAT much of a difference. Ramsey will change that.
The Jags have Fowler coming back from a torn ACL, but in the wake of Chris Clemons' decline, they could use another pass rusher opposite of Fowler. The Florida native Joey Bosa would be a good fit in Gus Bradley's aggressive defense in Jacksonville, and at five overall Bosa is pretty good value seeing as how he could go high as number one overall to Tennessee. In a perfect world, the Jaguars would probably prefer Ramsey to upgrade that god awful secondary of theirs, but with him off the board, Bosa is not a bad consolation prize at all. Plus, with an improved pass rush, that would take some pressure off said god awful secondary.
Two years ago the Ravens drafted C.J. Mosley, which has proved to be a good decision, however they could give him some help on the inside. Myles Jack is expected to be fully recovered from his torn ACL by OTA's, and is arguably the best defensive prospect in the draft, not to mention the consensus top player on the board right now. With Brandon Williams at nose and Jack next to Mosley on the inside, it's going to be next to impossible to run on the Ravens.
The 49ers have said that they're comfortable entering the season with Kaepernick and Gabbert at QB, but that can't be true. Kaepernick has devolved into a mediocre quarterback without John Harbaugh, and Blaine Gabbert is, well, Blaine Gabbert. The 49ers would be wise to select a QB in the draft that still has the ability to have a future in the NFL, and seeing as how Goff can easily go no. 2 overall to Cleveland, he's very good value here, not to mention he's a great fit for Chip Kelly's offense.
With the Dolphins re-signing Oliver Vernon, they can wait on getting a pass rusher. Their focus now should be on upgrading their awful cornerbacks, so why not get the best one in the draft? Hargreaves is a pure cover corner who shut down just about every receiver he faced in the big bad SEC. He has the skill set to start right away.
Noah Spence has had one of the biggest rises in the pre-draft process, and has launched himself into the top ten. He was an All-Big Ten performer when he was at Ohio State, and then dominated the competition at Eastern Kentucky this past year. If he can stay out of trouble in the underrated party atmosphere of Tampa Bay, he'll be a great player for a defense that desperately needs great players.
The Giants took an OT last year in the first round, but with the release of William Beatty they yet again have a whole at offensive tackle. Ronnie Stanley could go in the top five, so the possibility of getting him at tenth overall is too good to pass up. He's also more suited to play left tackle, which would allow last years first round pick Ereck Flowers to play his more natural right tackle position.
The Bears are pissed right now at the Giants for taking Stanley. LT is arguably their top need, as Charles Leno Jr. cannot be allowed to start on the blind side again. They could reach for an OT like Jack Conklin or Taylor Decker here, but they can still find a good OT with their second round pick. A'Shawn Robinson is a top ten talent that just so happens fills a position of need for the Bears, so he's simply too good to pass up here.
Sheldon Rankins is another player that's had a superb offseason, and has turned himself into a top 15 prospect by dominating at the Senior Bowl and impressing at the combine. I thought about mocking a WR like Treadwell here, but the Saints already have some solid WR's, and a quarterback like Brees has always been able to elevate the level of talent of his receivers. The defense, particularly the defensive line, is much more of a concern.
With Bradford resigned, I don't think the Eagles will go and spend a first round pick on a QB. Maybe a second or third rounder, but now I think they'll spend it on improving the team around the QB position. The lack of play-makers at the WR position was a problem for the Eagles, and Treadwell is the consensus best WR in the draft. He's a big, fast, physical WR that can stretch the field or play underneath as a "possession" receiver.
Aldon Smith has been suspended AGAIN, and has been subsequently released by Oakland. The Raiders really struggled to pressure the quarterback without Smith, so they could use another edge rusher to pair with Khalil Mack. Floyd's numbers might not have been eye-popping, but he was very disruptive at Georgia and was consistently pressuring opposing SEC quarterbacks. He has elite athleticism and loads of potential, and is a great fit in Oakland's 3-4 defense.
Next to the Browns, the Rams have the biggest need at the quarterback position. Nick Foles was dreadful last year, and Case Keenum is a backup at best. Paxton Lynch is viewed as a raw prospect, but due to his size, throwing talent, and athleticism, has arguably the highest ceiling among any QB in the class. He was terriffic for Memphis in 2015, and was a 3-year starter for the Tigers. The Rams could use a young exciting QB to invigorate its new fan base in LA.
The Lions thought they were getting a viable replacement for Suh when they traded for Haloti Ngata last year, but they didn't realize that Ngata is well past his prime and isn't close to the all-pro player he used to be. DT is pretty much the worst position on the Lions, so they really need to upgrade this offseason. Billings is considered to be one of the better defensive line prospects in the draft, and prior to getting injured was dominating opponents in the Big 12. He's good value here at 16.