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4/21 Mock Draft
Published at 4/21/2016 10:15:12 PM
A mix of what I think and what should happen on thursday.
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After giving up a king's ransom of picks and pulling off a very aggressive move, the Rams get the California kid who is regraded as the safer pick of the two to start the new era of LA football.
It what has been the most chaotic pre draft in recent memory, the Eagles move up to get the Franchise QB that they lack right now. They do have a huge amount of money tied up to Bradford and Daniel, but the opportunity to get a potential franchise QB is too good to pass up.
This pick will come as a sunrise if it happens on draft day, but here is why it could happen. Tunsil and Ramsey are superior prospects, but the money tied up to the tackle and cornerback positions for the next 3-4 years make it a risky move to move Tunsil or Ramsey out of position. San Diego was ravaged with injuries last year, and are only a couple of impact players away from being a good team, and Buckner will make the most impact for San Diego than a misplaced Tunsil or Ramsey.
The Cowboys will be without DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory for the first 4 games of this season, and with the drug related history of Gregory and the fact that Demarcus Lawrence missed 8 games his rookie year due to a fracture in his foot, the pass rush of the Cowboys has major question marks and Bosa would be a fantastic fit for Dallas to add stability to the front 7 to go with the 5th ranked pass defense from last year.
The Jaguars have made substantial investments to their front 7 over the past few years, but other than Paul Posluvny, there is a need for an impact player in the linebacker corps. Jack is a freak athlete with great speed and a nose for the ball and insane potential, but the knee issue is one that may cause him to free fall, but I believe the Jags will make another splashy addition to their front 7 to go with a you
If this situation were to occur for the Ravens, they would run to podium in record time. Tunsil would step right in and be the left tackle for the Ravens and help stabilize an offense that has a returning Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett, and Steve Smith Sr. Tunsil will be an important building block for Baltimore to have set in stone if they have to begin rebuilding in a few years, but Tunsil gives them the best chance to win now.
TRADE: Jets Receive 7th overall pick and 49ers receive 20th overall pick 2017 4th round pick and Muhammad Wilkerson. The Jets have been aggressive and unsuccessful in their pursuit for a QB this offseason, and they seem set that Ryan Fitzpatrick is not the QB to get them to the playoffs. Even though the Browns traded down, they could still be in the market for a QB at #8, and the Jets will ensure they don't miss out again. I do believe that the Jets would sign Hoyer in addition to making this pick and this pick is based off the assumption that Norman signs with the 49ers. if not, the 49ers will stay and pick Ramsey.
To be able to pick the same player the Browns could have if they stayed at 2? That would be a shrewd move for the new browns regime. This fall for Ramsey is not based on his talent, I think he is best player in this draft, but I believe that teams have other pressing needs and Ramsey is the most likely to fall on draft day given what has transpired during the draft process. The Browns could easily trade out of this pick if a Ramsey or Tunsil is not here, but the chance to create a Haden and Ramsey makes for an interesting team with a stout defense and that can focus on building around RG3 with their other assets for the offense.
The Buccaneers miss out on the chance to fulfill Jameis Winston's wishes to draft Ramsey, but the Buccaneers still need to address the corner position and VH3 is not a bad pick at this point of the draft and would add a defensive play maker to a exciting young bucs team.
The Giants spent a record amount of money on the defensive acquiring Snacks Harrison, Oliver Vernon and Janoris Jenkins to huge deals to try and transform a mediocre defense. The Giants running back by committee is not a bad trio of backs, but Zeke Elliot would make the Giants run game as dangerous as their pass attack. The Giants have been very aggressive this off season, but going this direction is safe and makes too much sense at this point.
The Bears have spent time rebuilding their defense under the leadership of Vic Fangio, but the best pick at this point is a Left Tackle that could be the missing piece is creating a top flight offensive line. By acquiring Stanlile eney and Massie as Bookends, as well as being to be able move Kyle Long back inside would make the bears line one of the strongest in the league.
The Saints defense is still awful ranking 31st in both the run and the pass. This party can be attributed to the lack of any sort of interior pressure over the last few years. Rankins has been a steady riser due to his lack of perceived flaws, and Rankins is versatile due to only being 287 to play both inside and outside, but Rankin is a disruptor wherever and is the best pick here.
The Dolphins must have hoped the Zeke Elliot would be able to last to this point, but that is not the case. Shaq Lawson has all the tools to be just as good as Oliver Vernon, and with Cameron Wake in his last years, the Dolphins taking advantage of the defensive depth in this draft would be smart.
The Raiders are really close to being a team that could contend, although their offensive probably needs another year to mature, but if they do, this team could be a playoff mainstay for years. Even though the Raiders have Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin, the AFC West is a prime example of how having a stable of pass rushers can pay huge dividends. Floyd is raw, but putting him into subpackages to get him chances at the quarterback and being able to learn from 2 great rushers could turn Floyd into a monster.
The Titans gave up this chance to grab a Tunsil or Ramsey, but ultimately gave themselves a chance to build a great young nucleus behind the young franchise quarterback Mariota. Conklin would allow the Titans to get a true RT to protect Mariota and keep Taylor Lewan in his spot as the LT and build a solid young line.
The Lions were shocked by the retirement of Megatron this offseason, so a Treadwell could be the pick here, but I think that with the contracts that Golden Tate and Marvin Jones have makes it a foolish move. Decker would give them a tackle to put on the right side and would be an instant upgrade as the lions try and get their team back into playoff consideration.