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2016 NFL Mock Draft

Early look at the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft

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1. Tennessee Titans: Jalen Ramsey, DB

The Titans made an uninspired choice keeping Mike Mularkey as their head coach, but that doesn’t mean they get they can’t grab a defensive playmaker. While Tunsil may be a safe pick, Ramsey would be an exciting and dynamic player on defense. Getting Mariota offensive line help is important, but if Mariota progresses like many think he will, he might be good enough to make an average line look great. Also, recently, plenty of top tackles that were drafted in the top 10 have struggled which could dissuade the Titans from picking one.


2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB

I still think it’s possible that Hue Jackson waits till round two to grab a quarterback, but the Browns have the worst quarterback situation in the NFL so it’s imperative they find someone. Carson Wentz or Jared Goff could be the selections.


3.San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, T

It may be difficult for the Chargers to Pass up on Joey Bosa, but the offensive line was a mess in 2015. Their best linemen in 2015, Joe Barksdale is a free agent this offseason and even if they manage to re-sign him, the Chargers need to repair the rest of the line.


4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE

While the Cowboys have next to nothing at cornerback, they probably wouldn’t pass on Joey Bosa. It seems likely Greg Hardy won’t be coming back, and Bosa would form a dominant defensive line with DeMarcus Lawrence.


5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Stanley, T

The Jaguars certainly have something brewing with the Blake Bortles, Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns combination. If they want to give Bortles time then they need to find him a better offensive line after being sacked 106 times in two years.


6. Baltimore Ravens: Myles Jack, LB

The Ravens have a pretty bad secondary but it may be too hard to pass up Myles Jack. The Ravens released Daryl Smith, making a big opening next to C.J. Mosley.


7. San Francisco 49ers: Carson Wentz, QB

Word recently came out that Colin Kaepernick wanted to bolt the 49ers and go to the Jets. Supposedly, the Jets were having none of that but it’s clear that Kaepernick may not want to remain in San Francisco. If that’s the case, Chip Kelly will need to find a new quarterback.


8. Philadelphia Eagles: Vernon Hargreaves, CB

The Eagles have made a lot of moves this offseason to build Jim Schwart’s new defense. Even with the signings of ex-Bills Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks, cornerback is still a need.


9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DeForest Buckner, DL

Like a few teams in the top 10, the Buccaneers need help at cornerback, but there isn’t one available here. It remains to be seen what defense the Buccaneers will be playing without Love Smith, but Buckner has the flexibility to play anywhere on the line.


10. New York Giants: Jack Conklin, T

The Giants did a pretty solid job of improving their defense through Free Agency, leaving their first round pick a bit harder to predict. At this point, their top three needs are on the offensive line, linebacker, and running back. It may be a bit too early for Ezekiel Elliott, but it could happen.


11. Chicago Bears: Ezekiel Elliott

The Bears have done an amazing job this offseason in free agency and now have a little bit more freedom in the first round of the 2016 draft. They are now set at linebacker and even though they signed Akiem Hicks at defensive tackle, they could still address the defensive line. The reason for the Elliott pick is the Bears offered C.J. Anderson a lot of money, which shows they might not fully believe in Jeremy Langford.


12. New Orleans Saints: Sheldon Rankins, DL

The Saints could use a playmaker on defense, and Rankins is one of the hottest prospects in this draft. He’s drawn pretty big comparisons over the past few weeks to Aaron Donald and other interior defensive linemen.


13. Miami Dolphins: Mackensie Alexander, CB

The Dolphins have made a lot of moves since the start of free agency. One of those moves was trading for Byron Maxwell and cutting Brent Grimes. Even with the addition, the Dolphins need to find another cornerback.


14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, LB

The Raiders have had a really solid free agency so far in 2016, but Curtis Lofton was a big liabilty in 2015. Ragland would be a solid leader at inside linebacker.


15. St. Louis Rams: Paxton Lynch, QB

The Rams need a quarterback as bad as any team in the NFL and they could go for either Lynch or even Carson Wentz. With the move to Los Angeles, the Rams will likely feel pressured to find a quarterback to be the face of the franchise.


16. Detroit Lions: Darron Lee, LB

Wit the release of Stephen Tulloch, the Lions are going to be extremely thin at linebacker. Lee is a speedy linebacker that could give the Lions a much-needed playmaking linebacker. Lee was the fast linebacker at the 2016 combine, he a ran a 4.47, and could be on his way up draft boards.


17. Atlanta Falcons: Leonard Floyd, LB

The Falcons defense has been horrible the past few years and they need to keep adding playmakers. Floyd is a mult-faceted linebacker that can be a versatile piece to a horrible defense.


18. Indianapolis Colts: A’Shawn Robinson, DT

Robinson isn’t an exciting pick, but he would step right in and unify the Colts defensive line. Arthur Jones, Henry Anderson and Robinson could form a nice trio.


19. Buffalo Bills: Shaq Lawson, DE

Rex Ryan is a Clemson fan, his son goes there and is constantly mentioning how good they are in press conferences. The Bills need a Pass Rusher and if Lawson makes it to 19, I guarantee the Bills snag him.


20. New York Jets: Taylor Decker, T

The Jets didn’t look too far off from being a legitimate contender in 2015, but they’ll need to improve their offensive line if they want to reach the playoffs in 2016.


21. Washington Redskins: Laquon Treadwell, WR

The Redskins have quite a few needs on defense but they also need to grab a reliable playmaker on offense. DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon aren’t guaranteed to return which means the Redskins are going to need another reliable option next to Jordan Reed.


22. Houston Texans: Jarran Reed, DE

This was probably the most difficult pick to make in the draft, but I wound up if the Texans can’t re-sign Jared Crick, they’ll need to add to the defensive line.


23. Minnesota Vikings: Josh Doctson, WR

The Vikings addressed offensive line with the signing of Alex Boone. They could still add more to the line, but with the release of Mike Wallace, the Vikings have next to nothing behind Stefon Diggs.


24. Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman, WR

This might seem like a luxury pick, but what if Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones don’t resign? The Bengals could use a defensive tackle or a linebacker, but maybe Marvin Lewis tries to add more explosiveness to the offense.


25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB

The Steelers have arguably the worst group of corners in the NFL, so they’ll obviously need to address the position at some point in the draft.


26. Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs, T

The Seahawks offensive line was a disaster for the most part of the 2015 season. They could also be looking for a new left tackle if the can’t re-sign Russell Okung.


27. Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings, DT

The Packers could be losing a slew of key players along the defensive line in free agency and Billings is arguably one of the better players available.


28. Kansas City Chiefs: William Jackson III, CB

With the Raiders stealing Sean Smith, the Chiefs need to find a replacement to accompany Marcus Peters.


29. Arizona Cardinals: Noah Spence, DE

The Cardinals, for as good as their defense is, don’t really have a decent pass rush. Spence may be sliding down draft boards, but a team like the Cardinals could take a chance with him. Even with the acquisition of Chandler Jones, Arizona could grab another pass rusher.


30. Carolina Panthers: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE

The Panthers could grab a right tackle or receiver, but there really isn’t one worth it at this point. Even with Charles Johnson returning, they could afford to add another pass rusher.


31. Denver Broncos: Vernon Butler, DT

With Malik Jackson gone, the Broncos need to find a defensive linemen to pair with Derek Wolfe.


 



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