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2016 NFL Mock Draft by Shane G
Published at 4/28/2016 2:29:43 AM

I am a Dallas Cowboys lifer, with extensive knowledge of the team and the league.

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Rams: Jared Goff, Quarterback, California

The Rams move up to pick the home-state QB to sell tickets and jerseys. Not a big secret here. Can Goff live up to the #1 pick? I'm not 100% sure, but he does have the tools to be a franchise guy. I don't consider anything he does as elite, but he can make all the throws any successful NFL QB can. I doubt he'll be a bust, but I'm almost certain he won't be a HOF Caliber player.
Comparison - Matt Ryan

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

Again, no secret here. Nobody trades up to #2 weeks before the draft without a QB in mind. The assets given up assure that. Will Wentz live up to the hype? Just as the case is with Goff, I'm not sure. Wentz has all the physical traits, as well as the brain, so he is a QB Coach's dream. Pederson prides himself on this, therefore, this could be a match made in heaven. Time will tell.
Comparison - (Crazy as it seems) Peyton Manning

3. Chargers: Ronnie Stanley, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

Well this is a surprise. Late intel has the Chargers brass leaning HEAVILY on Ronnie Stanley. I don't get it, with Tunsil, and Buckner available, Stanley seems like a reach to me. That being said, Stanley is a top 10 caliber prospect. He grades out just as well as Tunsil, but lacks the athletic ability, power, and shear nastiness that Tunsil possesses. Perhaps the off field distraction scared SD? If so, I think they are making a mistake here, but sometimes teams fall in love with a prospect for whatever reason.
Comparison - D'Brickashaw Ferguson

4. 49ers: Laremy Tunsil, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss

The Cowboys have a dream scenario drop into their lap. The 3 top prospects on their board are still available here. They could go 3 ways. Pick Ramsey, Pick Zeke, or trade the pick. With the Chargers choosing Stanley, it lightens the load of franchise caliber tackles remaining. Tunsil still being available, and no Stanley to fall back on, causes SF to work the phones and make a deal with Jerry and the Boys.
Obviously the pick here is Tunsil. The elite tackle of this class, SF solidifies the blindside for whomever will be Chip's Opus' conductor. Tunsil is a monster and I cannot believe he will be the second OL chosen in this draft. SF, albeit through a trade up, still gets a steal.
Comparison - Tyron Smith

5. Jaguars: Myles Jack, Outside Linebacker, UCLA

Jacksonville sits back here and has itself a few elite prospects to choose from. They could seriously go multiple ways if the draft plays out this way. They made a splash by signing Malik Jackson, and drafted Dante Fowler 3rd last year, so I don't think they go with Bosa here (although they could potentially play Fowler standing up and Bosa with his hand on the turf). It could be Jack or Ramsey here. Given the recent signings in the secondary, I'm leaning towards Jack. If Jack's knee holds up, her could be an impact player for this young Jacksonville defense. He has the ability to line up anywhere (literally...he's played all LB spots, safety, and even RB), and he plays them exceptionally. He is (forgive me) a Jack of all trades...
Comparison - Luke Kuechly

6. Ravens: Jalen Ramsey, Cornerback, Florida State

Well, Ozzie Newsome has some great prospects fall in his lap. It will be between Jalen Ramsey and Deforest Buckner. Both fill needs, and both could be at top of their positions and top of their board. Ozzie always picks BPA as opposed to need. It all comes down to who they have rated higher. Im leaning towards Ramsey here.
Comparison - Charles Woodson

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

Dallas trades back, picks up an extra 3rd (or 2nd if they get creative) and still gets the board to drop their way as they have their pick of Zeke or Bosa. Everyone tends to agree that Zeke is higher on the boards, and the dreams of Zeke playing behind that line are heavenly. He excels in all phases of the run game, including blitz protection. They extend Romo's career, and even help the defense with some ball control. Zeke is the pick.
Comparison - Ladanian Tomlinson

8. Browns: DeForest Buckner, Defensive End, Oregon

Cleveland traded down to 8, and still has plenty of options here. A few good prospects have fallen to them, but they can also trade back and stockpile picks. They got a pretty good haul for #2, and they can stockpile some more picks if they choose to here. The question is who trades up and for what? One possibility could be Miami for VHIII, but they can sit at 13 and still get a good CB. Without a partner, Cle stays put, and selects Buckner, surprisingly. A lot of talk about Paxton Lynch, but I think they try to fill out the roster, and look for QB in later rounds, or next year even. Bucker gives them some pass rushing presence, and is great value here. The Browns should look to the future for a franchise QB.
Comparison - Calais Campbell

9. Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, Cornerback, Florida

Buccaneers continue to build the defense here with this pick. With a glaring hole at CB, they have this drafts best pure corner in Vernon Hargreaves, III. The University of Florida product makes tremendous sense here, and I couldn't see the Bucs passing him up. Fans will appreciate the regional ties, and he will help cornerstone a young defense.
Comparison - Joe Haden

10. Giants: Jack Conklin, Offensive Tackle, Michigan State

The Giants thought they would get a shot at Stanley here. SD nixed that idea. Theres a plethora of options. They can't count on Cruz being healthy. WR 2 is a big need. They still need help in the trenches. This could be a prime trade down spot, but again who is coming up here? Lynch could provide some merit for a trade here. But I don't think it happens. NY stays here, and being too early to select a #2 WR, bolsters the OL and takes Conklin.
Comparison - Andrew Whitworth

11. Bears: Leonard Floyd, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

Bosa is still on the board? Really. I don't see the fit here for Chicago. Instead, they go with Leonard Floyd who fits the scheme, and could be BPA here. He's a 3-4 OLB that will slide right into John Fox's scheme and could potentially fill the Demarcus Ware role. Fox is building a serious defense in the Midway.
Comparison - Jason Taylor

12. Saints: Joey Bosa, Defensive End, Ohio State

This could be an ideal landing spot for Bosa. He's bound to be the BPA at this position, and he would fill a huge need for New Orleans. He has tremendous potential, but it remains to be seen if he will unlock it. He was sometimes dominated by inferior pass protection, but his run defense is superior. If he can improve his pass rushing, he would be a steal for NO here.
Comparison - Greg Ellis

13. Dolphins: Eli Apple, Cornerback, Ohio State

Miami avoids the temptations to trade back up into the draft, and takes what falls to them. In this case it's some much needed secondary help to go with the addition of Byron Maxwell. Eli Apple has the size and speed to play CB for a long time in this league. He may need some polishing, but he is ready to step in to a starting role.
Comparison - Trumaine Johnson

14. Raiders: Sheldon Rankins, Defensive Tackle, Louisville

Oakland has quietly built one of the more intriguing rosters in the NFL. With additions like Bruce Irvin and Reggie Nelson, defense has been a focal point of the off-season. They continue their focus there in the draft, and nab a pass rushing DT to complement big run stuffing Dan Williams. He could provide Aaron Donald type impact immediately in Oakland.
Comparison - Kawaan Short

15. Titans: Taylor Decker, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

OL is a major concern for Tennessee. Mariota took some bruises last year, and the Titans will likely want to protect their franchise. They were hoping Conklin would be here, so this may be a bit of a reach for a need, but considering that Mariota is the franchise, it has to be addressed. Some like Spriggs over Decker, but I think Decker comes with better experience, and can transition much more seamlessly than Spriggs. Tennessee will be hoping so.

16. Lions: Jarran Reed, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

Lions need to plug back up the middle of the defense after losing Suh and Fairley. Jarran Reed provides that, as well as some position flex. Look for him to play multiple positions depending on the situation. He's a great fit and this is the right range for him.

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