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2016 NFL Mock Draft by Bronx Ram - 4.25
Published at 4/25/2016 5:02:10 PM
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California kid gets picked to lead the franchise back to LA. Bad draft for QBs, but you don't trade up to one overall with what they gave up just to go get a lineman. Goff has yet to win a game against a meaningful opponent, but nobody seems to be faulting him for that. I like Wentz better as a prospect, but nothing sells in LA like a California kid at QB.
Eagles get the best QB prospect in the draft and he's still an unknown longshot. Apparently he oozes intangibles, and the Eagles (like every NFL team) needs a QB to be relevant. This sad state of the NFL forces these crazy trade ups in weak QB drafts. Nothing worse than being irrelevant.
Chargers get the best player in the draft. Position of need meets BPA. No brainer. I'd love to give them Ramsey here, but they need a LT more and this guy projects to be a 10-12 year starter who can go immediately.
Cowboys know they can't rely on their DE's to stay off the Goodell watch list. They need a dependable, relentless option at DE they have been missing since D.Ware left. They get the best pass rushing talent on the board.
After a spending spree in FA, the Jags have reloaded and are ready to go BPA in the draft. Getting another speedy electric playmaker at LB is a gift at this point. Injury might scare them off, especially considering what happened last year to their #1 pick Fowler, but the talent is undeniable and if both guys are healthy, combined with Malik Jackson and Telvin Smith....that's a seriously impressive young core of defenders in the mix looking to turn around a dreadful defense from last year.
Ozzie Newsome waits all of 3 seconds before turning in this card. BPA disciples never question what to do when a guy drops that they didn't think would be there. Ramsey can play CB or FS and is an outstanding talent that can help them in both roles.
They will likely not find a way to cut ties with Kaepernick and they let Chip Kelly try to correct his game. With both QB targets gone, they take BPA here and select Buckner. 49ers defense has been dismantled badly and they need a top talent to help build a new foundation in their 3-4. Buckner fills the role Justin Smith had when he was dominating in the bay area.
The Browns are trading down and making intelligent decisions? Analytics? What the hell is going on in the factory of sadness? Enter Ronnie Stanley as the new hope. With Joe Thomas aging and their attrition on the OL, they need a franchise LT to bring into the fold. Stanley might have been the #1 LT taken last year if he came out, and only Tansil keeps him out of that spot today. Browns don't panic. Browns don't reach. Browns make an intelligent long term selection.
Bucs need a quality OT to keep their offense moving in the right direction. Conklin can play RT immediately and then convert to LT if Smith proves better suited for RT. With a solid young OL, this team can keep Winston upright and continue to build their offense. I expect DE and WR will be addressed in rounds 2 and 3.
After years of failing in the draft and reaching for players that he felt were safe, Reese is going to be watched closely by Wellington's kid and so he decides to go back to the only thing that really appeases ownership, which is drafting pass rushing talent. Ogbah is a good fit for any 4-3 team and has a lot of upside. He's fit their scheme nicely and let them get back to rotating in fresh pass rushers if JPP can get back to playing at a high level and Vernon lives up to his contract.
Rumors of him pissing hot at the combine are surfacing now, but his talent is undeniable. People only need to be reminded of Marcus Peters to convince themselves to overlook a character flaw in a football player and roll the dice on talent. It will pay off and the Bears will get an outstanding talent who they might just need to hire a handler for.
The DT talent in this class is often overlooked due to the number of great players in this class. There are a terrific group of versatile and disruptive interior DL and the Saints would greatly benefit from a guy like A'Shawn who can play 3 downs across the DL depending on their flex scheme.
Dolphins have struggled at CB for a while and the rising Apple gives them a great option to start to repair a position that has became a black hole since way before Miko Grimes decided the world needed to hear her idiotic opinions. Apple gives them a solid player to try to build up their secondary.
Raiders are stockpiling talent these days. A great luxury when you don't have to pay any skill position players for the short term. They still could use some help at CB imo. Amerson is a solid player, but not an ideal starter. Jackson would provide them with excellent talent across from Smith and push Amerson and Hayden down the board where they are best suited.
Titans look to help their offense by providing Mariotta with some much needed protection. With four picks in the top 50, they need to take a few early picks and use them to invest in their offensive line before honing in on skill positions in a weak draft for that.
The rising pass defense in Detroit needs a 3 down LB who can play multiple positions and help them become a better unit overall. Enter Ragland who will provide a rangy ILB/OLB option for them in various looks. Early returns on this guy will have fans quietly whispering about Chris Spielman. That's a high bar, likely one that wont be met, but Ragland will provide tremendous impact to their defense based on the surrounding talent.