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2016 NFL Mock Draft by BillofReich - 4.20
Published at 4/23/2016 6:02:54 PM

Day Created excluded and barring any last minute trades this will be my mock draft going into the draft.

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Round 1

1. Rams: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

Wow. What a trade let me say first off. I always thought the Rams should move up into the top 6 to grab a QB given that they knew certain teams would not be interested in taking one. But to give up THAT amount of draft picks to move up not only into the top 10 but to 1 overall? Incredible. I hate what they gave up, but I understand why they did it. The Rams are the Seahawks from a few years ago. A team that had a young defense and star running back but a question at QB. The difference being that the Seahawks "lucked" into getting Wilson where they did without having to sacrifice picks. The Rams drafted too well after the RG3 trade to have a high enough pick where they wouldn't need to give up as much. But to me the pick has to be Goff regardless of the scouting. The Rams are entering uncharted waters. LA is not a forgiving fanbase and the Rams need to be competitive if they hope to build up a fan base by the time their new stadium is built. Goff was born in California, played at Cal, and should be the QB that leads the Rams into their move. Nothing would turn an LA fan base off more than drafting a 1AA QB regardless of talent and not having it pan out.


2. Eagles: Carson Wentz, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Wow again. I don't get this trade, at all. Not one bit. I don't see why the Eagles felt they needed to do it, did it, and how it helps their team today or going forward. If they wind up with Wentz which according to the Eagles is what would happen in this case, they get a 23 year old QB who will turn 24 in December with question marks about his ability to handle the increased competition. Not only that but to go to Philly of all places? I can't help but feel thanks to this trade the QB taken first overall is going to somehow have LESS pressure on him than the one taken 2nd, but that's what happens when you have two unprecedented deals before the draft even starts.


3. Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

A lot of people are talking up buckner, I dont see it. Ramsey is too special to give up to a team that just let Eric Weddle Walk.


4. Cowboys: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State

I know the Elliott talk has cooled but I have a feeling is going to build on a strength especially in the wake of the Josh Norman signing. Dallas seems to realize that they won't be able to count on throwing it all over teams in the division. Elliott would immediately become the best running back in the division running behind the best offensive line in the league. They can overcome defensive weaknesses by controlling the clock.


5. Jaguars: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

It's a shame Myles Jack knee is reportedly a "Time Bomb" because he was the perfect LB for the Jags at 5. That said it may be a good thing. The Jaguars can grab their bookend rusher to last year's 1 Dante Fowler and new DT signing Malik Jackson. A better pass rush plus an improved secondary could lead Jacksonville to the playoffs this year if they do well in the later rounds.


6. Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

I don't want this pick to happen but it looks like the Chargers aren't sold on Tunsil and have bigger defensive needs and a lot of money tied up at OT. If the Ravens get Tunsil they can slide Monroe inside or dangle him as trade bait and get back to running the ball


7. 49ers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

If you haven't been following Anthony Davis twitter he apparently has no intention of continuing his paused career in San Fran. Here is a replacement considering Joe Staley isn't getting younger.


8. Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott, Running Back, Ohio State

TRADE! It's no secret the Dolphins want Elliott and it's no secret the Browns are rebuilding. With 2 teams that could draft Elliott before them in the Giants and Bears the Dolphins overreact and in Dolphins fashion give up their 3rd rounder and get back two sevenths. The Browns jump all over the chance to grab an extra third and move back knowing they can keep moving back and accumulating picks because they need guys everywhere.


9. Buccaneers: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

This pick seems to be set in stone for some reason and I'm not one to ignore the signs. I mistakingly forgot they hired Dirt Koetter the same way this pick doesn't seem to do anything for me. I think Floyd is this years Vernon Gholston/Barkevious Mingo and could be a major bust.


10. Giants: Darron Lee, Outside Linebacker, Ohio State

If Floyd gets here he is the pick but I don't think he does.


11. Bears: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

The John Fox effect continues as the bears add a corner to go alongside Fuller and Amos to rebuild the secondary. Nothing really to say other than that I love Haregraves and if Jay Cutler can get his shit together and the OL holds up the Bears could be a surprise playoff team.


12. Saints: Kendall Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

The Saints go with safe. Yes Fuller is hurt but when healthy he is even better than his brother was coming out a few years ago. The Saints need to start rebuilding the secondary after misses on Browner and Jean-Baptiste


13. Titans: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

Trade! The Titans miss out on the top two tackles but settle for the most versatile one available who fits their draft range. They send a late round pick or two to Cleveland to jump Oakland and get their tackle to bookend with Lewan.


14. Raiders: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

A lot of people have DT here like Sheldon Rankins but I think the Raiders can get a talented DT a round or two later while picking a prospect at another position that can't be found later. A few years ago I loved Bradley Roby and slotted him 11th in my initial unpublished mock. He went 30th and wound up becoming a key part of the Broncos secondary that was crucial in winning a super bowl. Apple is young and talented and the Raiders need youth in the secondary.


15. Browns: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

The Browns pick up an extra third and 6th all to move down 7 slots and give up 2 7th rounders which are nothing. Why not take a shot at a guy that was once slotted as high as 5? I know the knee rumors but I think his talent is too much to pass up at this point. Don't be surprised if the Browns use that extra third rounder to draft Jaylon Smith giving them a good shot at landing at least one transcendent MLB.


16. Lions: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

The Lions need to upgrade the interior of their D-line after the losses of Suh and Fairley more than a year ago were not addressed properly. Rankins will be an immediate force in the middle and help their defense as a whole.





 








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