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Cole Halverson Mock First Round 2.0
Published at 3/23/2016 7:31:26 PM
CHANGES HAVE BEEN MADE SINCE 1.0 MOCK. This mock draft is based in not only needs but taking into account how unpredictable some teams have been in recent years.
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This pick has been somewhat of a lock until recent rumors about the Titans love for Jalen Ramsey. Yes, Ramsey could end up becoming a star in this league and boost their defense, but Marcus Mariota is their number one priority. They don't want him to be the next Jake Locker by taking constant punishment so it is key to sure up both tackle positions with this pick. Tunsil is the best tackle prospect in years and can elevate both Mariota and DeMarco Murray.
So I was right about the Browns signing RGIII. However, people are still mocking a quarterback here and I feel like that is a mistake. They are too accustomed to quarterback controversy and they'll be setting both quarterbacks up for failure if they have both RGIII and a top 5 quarterback on their roster. For this reason, I think the Browns need to replace Gipson in their secondary and get a piece who could end up being their franchise defensive player in Ramsey. He could be the best prospect in this draft because of his great athleticism, ball skills and versatility.
With Ramsey and Tunsil both off the board, I wouldn't be surprised if the Chargers trade down with someone wanting one of the two top quarterbacks. But I won't predict a trade. If they stay at this pick, I could see them going with Bosa but it makes more sense to go with Ronnie Stanley. Phillip Rivers has taken punishment all throughout his career and Melvin Gordon has started his the same way. Neither could get it going hence why they're picking 3. Scouts have questions about Stanley's motivation but I feel that could be a small problem if he reaches his potential. He will provide immediate value for this offense.
This is the quintessential Jerry Jones pick. Why not pick the player who has one of the biggest egos and character concerns of this draft class, Jerry? Well at least this time this player is the most NFL ready player in the draft and could become an absolute stud because of his shear strength and impeccable technique. On tape, his impact is clear nearly the whole game whether or not the stats back it up. This makes a lot of sense so they don't feel pressured to waste their money and time on Greg Hardy.
This pick makes too much sense and could end up being the best pick of any draft the last three years. Myles Jack is the best pure football player in this draft. Ramsey is the best talent and Bosa is the most prepared but as a pure football player regardless of position, Jack takes the cake. In a Gus Bradley system, he can be all over the field and create so many matchup problems. He could lineup at outside linebacker on 1st down, inside on 2nd and safety on 3rd. And if need be, he can even play the nickel on a 4th and medium late in the game. Oh and guess what, he can play running back too. The versatility mixed with his cover skills and nose for the ball make him an intriguing prospect. His knee will not be a problem since he got hurt so early.
It is very possible that Buckner and Bosa could swap spots and Ravens fans should not care either way. Buckner has a great deal of potential and his measurables are off the chart. He will bring a swagger and motor to this defense that Baltimore hasn't seen since Ray Lewis retired. Adding Eric Weddle then Buckner would be a great start to that rebuilding of the old Ravens identity.
PLOT TWIST. Everyone preemptively assumes the both the Niners and Browns are picking quarterback. I don't think so, not just because it is Chip Kelly but it seems like Colin Kaepernick isn't going anywhere. This would actually be the best thing for the 49ers too since Chip will finally have a quarterback who can flourish in his system and Kaep gets a extremely football smart coach that he missed when Harbaugh left. So saying all of that, they will draft the best receiver in this class to give their quarterback much needed help. Treadwell reminds me of a young Anquan Boldin and ironically, Boldin is probably gone from the Bay area. His hands, size and ball skills when the ball is in the air make him a great target for Kaep when he has to escape and make things happen.
I don't see any other reason the Eagles wanted to move up to 8 than to take their running back of the future. Their purge of the Kelly players has benefitted them greatly so far and this pick will add to that. Elliot is the full package at running back. His low center of gravity allows him to run through guys without being the biggest bodied back. Mix that with his outstanding jump cut and open field speed, he could be an immediate difference maker with Ryan Matthews.
The Bucs were one of the better scoring teams in the league last year but they're still picking 9. That's because their defense was awful, especially against the pass. Hargreaves is an in state kid who has great cover skills and did everything he was supposed to at the combine. The tape doesn't lie even though his measurables don't scream out on paper. He can be what the Bucs hoped Darrelle Revis would be and never became.
Ben McAdoo has to make it a priority to help Eli Manning out in this draft. They spent nearly 200 million dollars on defense in free agency and now it's time to address the offense. I could see the Giants possibly trading up with the 49ers or Baltimore to go after Elliot before the Eagles but this works just as well. Conklin has risen up boards as scouts watch more and more film and could rival Ronnie Stanley as the second tackle taken. This will give Eli his blindside protector and an offensive lineman to build around.
The Bears have done an outstanding job this offseason rebuilding their linebacker core with Danny Trevaithan leading their signings. This will give them a young, athletic edge rusher to complement their new backers and to replace the underwhelming Shea McClellin. Pass rushers are a dime a dozen in a division with Rodgers, Bridgewater and Stafford.
The Saints cannot make a bad pick here if they simply have a list of defensive positions, close their eyes and throw a dart at one. It's been historically bad for the previous perennial playoff contender. Shaq Lawson gives a Junior Gallette type edge rusher that they lost and haven't been able to replace. The Clemson pipeline worked out for them last year with Stephone Anthony and this would be a great pick as Lawson is a more developed Vic Beasley who can rush the passer and still affect the run game.
The Dolphins are doing so many questionable things this offseason and I would not be surprised if they did something rash in the draft like draft Christian Hackenberg here. I don't think even they are that absent minded. So I feel they need to get younger on a recently made old defensive line. Even with Ndamakong Suh, they were awful at stopping both the run and the pass, mostly because there was not a complement to Suh on the down line. Robinson adds great size and run stop ability that will allow Suh to see more one on one matchups that'll allow him to get to the quarterback more often.
When I was watching the combine, this guy constantly stood out to me. At his size, he moved rather quick and did so with ease and showed great technique in the position drills. He's raw on tape but his mixture of size and athletic ability would do great in Oakland, who has a great young team in place. They have the pass rush any team would dream of with Irvin and Mack and drafting Billings would be a move toward stopping the run.
Los Angeles rejoice, you won't have to live with Case Keenum or Nick Foles this year. I feel this is the best fit for both Goff and the Raiders. Goff would fit right in with a team who wants to have a West Coast Offense vibe with Tavon Austin getting into space and Todd Gurley running downhill. Their defense was exceptional last year and it should be close to as exceptional next season. They were missing the quarterback to tie it all together. Goff has a great football IQ, better than decent arm strength and consistent accuracy needed for a West Coast Scheme. Jeff Fisher finally gets a quarterback and may actually be able to coach a playoff game.
Attention Lions fans, Marvin Jones is not the long term solution to replacing Calvin Johnson. What he is however, one piece to the puzzle. He's a great possession receiver for within 25 yards of the line of scrimmage. Golden Tate is a great short yardage, get in space receiver as well. Now they need a guy who can stretch the field. Will Fuller is a great deep threat. He proved he has the speed at the combine and his tape shows great ball skills and route running ability. He has shot up draft boards and I think he'll fit in nicely in Detroit.