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2016 NFL Mock Draft by Joek65 - 3.16
Published at 3/17/2016 10:18:22 PM
As the free agent frenzy begins to dwindle down, the next big offseason event is the NFL Draft! This is a full 7 round mock, as teams look to fill final holes in their roster before the 2016 season begins.
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The Titans did a good job filling holes on their offense with their moves in week 1 of free agency (DeMarco Murray, Richard Matthews, and Ben Jones) which will allow them to focus on two things in the draft, grab a franchise Left Tackle and build the defense.
Although there are players on the defensive side of the ball, Jalen Ramsey and Myles Jack, defensive players typically don't go first overall unless they are pass rushers. The Titans instead can grab Tunsil who will allow the Titans to build a dominate O-Line in front of Marcus Mariota. This isn't the sexiest pick out there but it will pay off in the end.
The Browns are starting over (again) and they really have their work cut out for them. Before free agency they were the most talent strapped team in the league, and after free agency they got even worse. Although an argument can be made for the Browns to pick best available a team needs a franchise QB to succeed.
Wentz isn't the most polished QB in this draft, but he has the highest upside and has drawn comparisons to Andrew Luck. If this turns out to be true, the Browns might actually be able to build a team capable of being competitive in a few years.
The Chargers have the right pieces to be a competitive team in the AFC, but they are a few pieces away from being playoff contenders. The Chargers need to solidify the offensive line for Philip Rivers, they also need to focus on shoring up the defense.
The Chargers could grab Ronnie Stanley to protect Rivers, but after Eric Weedle left the Chargers have huge hole at the safety position to fill. Enter Ramsey, who is in my opinion the best player in this draft, he can play either corner or safety but his skills and leadership will be valued greatly, the Chargers can't go wrong with this pick.
Don't buy into the Cowboys picking a QB rumor, the Cowboys are a team that can easily win the division as long as Romo stays healthy, but they also need to add some pieces to sustain success outside of Romo.
Defense could be the pick here, but with the rise of OSU's Ezekiel Elliott the Cowboys might just pull the trigger. Elliot is an all purpose back that will help take the pressure off of Tony Romo and will offer insurance for Darren McFadden. Behind the Dallas O-Line the Cowboys might just have the best pass and run combo in the league
The Jaguars are a few key pieces away on defense from being a playoff team. The offense is there and the defensive line could be the strength of the defensive unit. The Jaguars could look to add Joey Bosa here to get an added pass rush, but the Jaguars need an athletic field general in the linebacking corps. Myles Jack is a Thomas Davis type of player who will bring some much needed talent to the defense. Paired with last years first pick Dante Fowler Jr. the Jaguars move closer to being a force in the AFC
Kelechi Osemele is gone, leaving a huge hole on the Ravens left side of the line. The Ravens need to protect Joe Flacco in order to return to their former glory. Stanley is not as polished as Tunsil is but he is a solid Tackle who could play guard for a year before kicking out to replace Eugene Monroe.
The Ravens could look at Bosa or Hargreaves but Stanley is prospect they can't afford to pass up on.
Collin Kaepernick wants out and Blaine Gabbert is. . . well Blaine Gabbert, which means the Niners are in the market for a QB. Goff is the most Pro ready prospect in this draft and would offer an immediate upgrade over both incumbents. The 49ers could choose to go the best player available route, but letting a QB of Goff's skill be drafted elsewhere (including division rival Los Angeles) would be a big mistake.
With Sam Bradford and Chase Daniel in the fold the Eagles will focus on fixing other holes on their team. The Eagles would love for Elliot to fall here but in this case he doesn't. Instead the Eagles fill the vacancy at Corner with the best corner prospect in this draft, depending on where you place Ramsey, Hargreaves is the prototypical CB1 that teams try to snatch up. In a division that features Romo, Manning, and Cousins it is vital the Eagles shore up their secondary.
Bosa's fall end here. Bosa is a gifted pass rusher and run stuffer but he has character concerns and could be guilty of taking plays off. But the Bucs cannot afford to pass up on Bosa's high celling, pairing with new addition Robert Ayers the Bucs might be able to generate a consistent pass rush to help bail out their pourous secondary.
The Giants opened up the check book to help out the defense. Whether that is effective is to be determined. Thanks to their activity the Giants now have some flexibility in the draft to fill holes in other places. The Giants offense runs through Odell Beckham Jr., and that just isn't enough, despite Beckham's incredible talent. Tread well is the perfect compliment and will give Eli Manning another big target to hurl it up to. The Giants could continue to add to the defense but this pick might be too good for them to pass up.
The Bears have done a solid job in Free Agency adding quality veterans in key spots, but their are still needs along the defense. DeForest Buckner is possibly the most athletic D-lineman in this draft and would fill that final hole on the Bears D-Line, joining Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks. Buckner gives the Bears a dominate front seven on defense with just a few holes that can be patched up in the later rounds.
Just incase you weren't aware, the Saints had one of the worst defensive units in all of Football last year. Part of that was because of a severe lack of pass rush outside of Cam Jordan. The Saints will love for Shaq Lawson to fall to them as he is a great compliment for Cam Jordan. The two could become the best 4-3 DE combo in the league. Lawson is highly underrated compared to others in the draft and he is just scratching the seal of his potential.
Im not really sure what the Dolphins front office is doing. They decide to let Olivier Vernon walk and got older along the D-Line. while also bringing in Byron Maxwell, and part of his contract, who is not a true #1 corner, all while dropping back 5 picks in the draft and missing out on an opportunity to draft the #1 corner in the draft. Nevertheless the dolphins are still able to snag Alexander who is a dominate corner who excels at smothering receivers. He may lack big play pop but he is still a massive improvement for Miami who sorely needs it.
The Raiders very well could be a playoff team next year. With big free agents Sean Smith, Kelechi Osemele, and Sean Smith joining the squad the Raiders are in a solid position to draft a true playmaker at any spot on the roster. Robinson is a solid run stuffer who can focus solely on that while letting Khalil Mack and Irvin focus on getting to the QB. Pairing Robinson with Mario Edwards Jr gives the Raiders a dominate run defense.
If Jared Goff fell here, this is a no brainer. But he isn't going to fall out of the Top 10, which means the Rams will be forced to either take the best player available or gamble on Paxton Lynch. The Rams choose the safer route and grab James Laurinitas's replacement in Ragland who will allow the Rams to not miss a beat on defense.
Calvin Johnson is gone, but just throwing a first pick into that giant hole left by Megatron won't fix a thing, and with Marvin Jones coming in the situation is a little less dire in Detroit. Instead the Lions should fill the hole left by Ndamakung Suh a year ago and get some help on the defensive line. Rankins is a versatile tackle who can help take pressure off Ziggy Ansah and bring some pass rush force from up the middle, the Lions snag themselves a stud with this pick.