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Michels Mock 4/3
Published at 4/3/2016 4:41:41 PM
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This pick has gotten a lot tougher to mock. Tunsil has been the favorite for a while but Jalen Ramsey is creeping up quick. After an eye opening performance at his Pro Day I still think Tunsil goes first overall. He is a franchise left tackle with All Pro type upside. Protecting Marcus Mariota needs to be the teams number one priority.
Wentz has all the talent to be a very good NFL quarterback. The problem is he is raw and needs some coaching up. There is few in the business as good as Hue Jackson at grooming a quarterback. Plus, with the Browns adding Robert Griffin III there is no rush to start Wentz.
Ramsey is a freak athlete and a once in a decade type defensive play maker. He can play safety, corner, linebacker, and in the slot. With his ability to cover, tackle, and rush the quarterback he will be a major chess piece for any defensive coordinator. The Chargers just lost long time safety Eric Weddle to the Ravens, so bringing in Ramsey as his replacement is a great idea.
Edge rusher Randy Gregory will start the season on a suspension and Greg Hardy isn't going to be returning. That leaves the Cowboys a big thin on the defensive line. Buckner is a monster who would instantly provide a run stuffer and has the talent to develop into a great pass rusher. He would be able to play the edge early in drives and shift inside on passing downs. He reminds me a lot of former Giants defensive lineman Justin Tuck.
What injury? The Jags are working hard to improve their poor defense and it showed by signing Malik Jackson, Tashaun Gipson, and Prince Amukamara. At this point in the draft the Jags should take the best player available and that's Jack. He would instantly give their front seven a play maker and sideline to sideline tackling ability. Jack has proven he's over his knee injury and should be ready for Week 1.
Ozzie Newsome is known for taking the best player on the board. That's Bosa and it helps that he fills a need. The Ravens lack pass rushers off the edge and Bosa would provide depth and talent. He is a very good run stuffer and is a real bully on the edge. He is one of the safer picks in this draft and could quickly become a Pro Bowl talent in the NFL.
As of now it looks like Colin Kaepernick is heading to Denver. Even if he stays Chip Kelly has to consider a quarterback here. Goff is the most NFL ready quarterback in this year's draft and would fit very well in Kelly's fast pace offense. He has a slim frame and could pack on a few pounds, but moves well and has an NFL arm.
No team has done a better job then the Eagles shedding bad contracts. They even were some how able to move up in the first round by trading Byron Maxwell and Kiko Alonso to the Dolphins! If Elliott is on the board I think the Eagles run to the podium. They traded DeMarco Murray and don't trust Ryan Mathews. Elliott is an elite running back talent and would provide the Eagles a three-down foundation back.
Right now the Bucs have the worst cornerback unit in the league and the addition of Brent Grimes isn't the solution. Adding a premier talent like Hargreaves would be. He is a bit undersized and his film from last year wasn't great, but go pop in his tape from 2014 (it's amazing). He is a plus athlete, has good fundamentals and has shut down corner ability. He's a major upgrade to Grimes.
The Giants are set to roll with Ereck Flowers as their left tackle of the future. Drafting Conklin would give them their right tackle. Conklin is a mauler that simply abuses defensive lineman. He would provide a Giants offensive line some much needed meanness. He showed well at the NFL Combine and is a safe pick on the offensive line. The kids just a damn good football player.
Stanley is kind of the opposite of Conklin. A very good tackle prospect but is more finesse and lays a prettier games. He has way more upside then Conklin but is raw and needs to get nastier. The Bears don't have a left tackle on the current roster and Stanley is a top-10 talent in this year's draft. This is a no-brainer for a Bears front office that has quickly created a contender in Chicago.
At 6-foot and over three hundred pounds Billings is a freak. He dominates the weight room and looks like a linebacker doing drills. The Saints defense is the worst in the league so adding a player like Billings to the defensive line is a must. He is very good against the run and should be able to provide a handful of sacks each year too.
Kiko Alonso was a nice addition to a terrible linebacking unit in Miami. Adding Lee would put the finishing touches on it. Lee has been the talk of the town since he dominated the Combine. He's a bit under sized but runs like a deer and can make plays all over the field. The NFL is starting to fall in love with athletic linebackers and Lee is basically the definition.
Butler was invited to the NFL Draft recently and has been a favorite of mine since the beginning of the year. He's long, athletic, has good size, and is versatile. The Raiders did well this offseason improving holes on their roster and have a very young roster. Butler would be the icing on the cake for a defensive line that lost Aldon Smith. Scouts have been comparing Butler to Mo Wilkerson.
No predicting where the Rams go with this pick. Jeff Fisher and Les Snead are wild cards when it comes to the draft. If they are fully committed to Case Keenum at quarterback they need to add more talent at wide out. Treadwell is a bigger receiver that would offer Keenum a red zone threat. He isn't an amazing athlete but wins in other ways with his size and ability to go get the ball.
Outside of Ezekiel Ansah the Lions don't have much pass rush. Adding Dodd would really boost their defensive line and give Ansah help. Dodd was overshadowed a bit by Shaq Lawson (more to come on him) last year at Clemson but offers more upside in the NFL. He's long, athletic and can rush the passer or stuff the run. Many scouts and mock drafts have Dodd going ahead of Lawson.