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2016 NFL Mock Draft by kcchiefs21 - 2.28
Published at 4/14/2016 3:06:25 PM
I had 7 picks right in 14 and 6 in 15, I try to assign best player available at a position of need, and try to apply what I know about GM's and the teams drafting and what their draft history is. I don't believe in projecting trades unless the trade is settled before the draft because of their unpredictable nature.
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Goff seems to be the consensus pick here. He and Wentz are locks to go 1 and 2 after the trades. Goff is a quick decision shotgun passer who excels at moving the pocket and works well with the three to five step drops in the short to intermediate passing game.
Wentz is a 7 step drop throw it on a rope type of quarterback who looks to extend time in the pocket with his plus athleticism. Has a live arm and an accurate deep ball. Good with play action as well.
This pick has three different potential outcomes
1) Laremy Tunsil
2) Jalen Ramsey
3) DeForest Buckner
All are in the realm of possibility right now, but I am going with Buckner because of his ability to impact the run game while also being a disruptive pocket pusher, the kind that would pair great with Melvin Ingram.
Jalen Ramsey has the versatility to play safety and corner and would pair great with Byron Jones. Rob Marinelli would be able to use him very creatively in nickel and dime sub packages.
Other options for this pick are:
The Jaguars have invested heavily into their front seven this offseason and I expect them to double down on that investment in the draft. Their interest in Olivier Vernon suggests that they still view defensive end as a need and Bosa would pair well with the slimmer and faster Dante Fowler Jr on the other side.
The Ravens wouldn't be able to pass up on Tunsil at this point. Twenty years ago they selected Jonathon Ogden and history repeats here as the Ravens find a perfect match between need and best player available.
The tackle position is a problem for the 49ers, as Joe Staley is getting up there in years, and Anthony Davis' status is up in the air. Right tackle Erik Pears was a turnstile last year so Stanley could start at right tackle immediately then slide to left after Staley departs.
Jack would provide an immediate boost to both run defense and pass defense as Cleveland's new starting inside backer. This is a hot trade destination pick, and if a team becomes infatuated with Jack or another prospect (Elliot) that is sliding then this is where they will likely trade up too.
-concerns over Jack's knee health might cause a draft day slide
Leonard Floyd fits well into the Bucs system as a base linebacker and sub package edge rusher, he would be used similarly to Von Miller before the arrival of Wade Phillips.
Zeke would be a huge upgrade over Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams, and would provide a huge boost to the ground game to help keep defenses honest with OBJ.
The Bears are in a sore spot with their tackles as Kyle Long was forced to move there last season after spending his entire career as a guard. Selecting a player like Conklin gives the Bears an immediate starter at right tackle while allowing them to shift Long back inside.
Brandin Cooks was a first round pick a couple of years ago, but he isn't a consistent chain mover. The similarities in Treadwell's and Marques Colston's game are hard to dismiss, and Treadwell would provide a huge boost over Willie Snead.
The Dolphins land the top pure corner of the class here. Hargreaves slides due to size concern and the higher pedigree of the previously selected players. Hargreaves is a feisty cornerback capable of starting on the outside opposite Byron Maxwell immediately.
Raiders get an ultra athletic steal here. Makes too much sense.
The Titans desperately need a right tackle to help keep Mariota upright. Conklin is plan A) and they would be upset if the selection came to Decker due to his pass blocking concerns.
The Lions still need a replacement for Suh and Reed fits well as a physical pocket pusher.