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After much deliberation and two trades, I have come up with the final 2016 NFL Mock Draft. Below are my selections:
1. Rams – Jared Goff – QB Cal : Born leader. Very accurate on short to mid range passes. More NFL ready than the other QBs in this draft. Other than the wiry frame, Goff reminds me of a young Dan Marino.
2. Eagles – Carson Weitz – QB – N.Dakota St.: Huge upside and has the size and physical tools to succeed at the pro level. Will not start right away as he needs time to adjust to the speed of NFL defenses.
3. Chargers – Laremy Tunsil – OT- Mississippi :Could be the best offensive lineman to come out of college in the last few years. He will start right away and probably have ten Pro Bowl selections before he’s done.
4. Cowboys – Joey Bosa – DE – Ohio St.: At one time he was favored to be the overall number one selection. A few off the field issues and a knee injury has put a little doubt in some general managers. Cowboys looking to replace Greg Hardy and have an insurance policy for Randy Gregory, who is one 4/20 puff away from a year long suspension.
5. Jaguars – Myles Jack – LB – UCLA : Jaguars need defensive help quickly and Jack is the answer. He can play inside or outside and can even cover receivers downfield. Hits with authority.
6. Ravens – Jalen Ramsey – S- Florida St.: Logically they need defensive line help, but Ozzie Newsome almost always selects best player available. Some people had the Titans taking Ramsey as the overall number one before the trade with the Rams.
7. 49ers – Paxton Lynch – QB – Memphis : not as highly touted as Goff or Wentz but at 6′ 7″ and 244 lbs. he will be able to absorb punishment as quarterbacks tend to do in a Chip Kelly offense. Lynch’s stats improved every year at Memphis but will likely sit behind Kaepernick for at least part of the year.
8. Browns – Ezekiel Elliott – RB – Ohio St. : Best running back in the draft. He’s quick yet elusive. Browns have a lot of needs at this point but you have to start somewhere.
9. Buccaneers – Deforest Buckner – DE – Oregon : Tampa Bay could really use some secondary help but Buckner is too good to pass up.
10. Giants – Ronnie Stanley – OL – Notre Dame : Giants grab the best offensive lineman available. They need wide receiver help more but Stanley is a top tier prospect.
11. Bears – Shaq Lawson – DE – Clemson : Off season fire sale has left Chicago with more holes than a pound of swiss cheese. Lawson is best available and can help right away.
12. Saints – A’Shawn Robinson – DT – Alabama : It always seems like the Saints need defensive help on draft day. This year is no exception. Robinson is equally adept at both run and pass defense.
13. Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves – CB – Florida : Dolphins need help stopping the run but a home state boy with Hargreaves’ talent cannot be passed up.
14. Raiders – Sheldon Rankins – DT – Louisville : The Silver and Black need help across the board defensively and Rankins will help from day one. He is a little small compared to other DT’s but his technique and strength are off the charts.
15. Titans – Jack Conklin – OT – Michigan St. : Trading out of the top spot worked perfectly as they were able to snag a potential All-Pro lineman, making Demarco Murray’s job a bit easier.
16. Lions – Josh Doctson – WR – TCU : The logical pick after Calvin Johnson retired. Doctson is the top rated WR available. Doesn’t have the burner speed for deep routes but will catch anything over the middle.
17. Falcons – Jarran Reed – DT -Alabama : When your division has the likes of Jonathan Stewart, Mark Ingram and Doug Martin, you better be able to stop the run. Reed has the size and smarts to do just that but needs to work on his pass rush.
18. Colts – Taylor Decker – OT – Ohio St.: Probably should go secondary here but Andrew Luck and his future massive contract need better protection. Decker is very fundamentally sound and will help.
19. Bills – Darron Lee – LB – Ohio St. Rex Ryan loves defense. Super fast Darron Lee will be a ball hawk in Buffalo. Still has some work to do on his pre-snap movements, but his abilitiesand speed cover his faults.
20. Jets – Eli Apple – CB – Ohio St. Jets have numerous places to improve on, but picking in this spot usually means taking the best player available. They steal Apple here as some scouts have him as a top ten talent. Plus, think of the marketing: The Apple playing in the Big Apple… I know, its New Jersey but whatever, it sounds good.
21. Redskins – Kenny Clark – DT – UCLA : Washington has a few holes to fill, but none were bigger than NT Terrance Knighton, who took his wide body to New England via free agency. Clark has an astounding 73 tackles along with 5 1/2 sacks last season. Will start from day one.
22. Texans – Laquon Treadwell – WR – Mississippi : After adding Brock Osweiller at quarterback and Lamar Miller at running back, Texans look for help opposite Deandre Hopkins. Pretty much a coin flip between Treadwell and Corey Coleman. Texans opt for the 6′ 2″ Treadwell over the 5′ 11″ Coleman.
23. Vikings – Corey Coleman – WR – Baylor : 2,482 yds., 138 rec., 32 TDs in the last two years at Baylor. Perfect fit in Minnesota to compliment Stefon Diggs.
24. Bengals – Mackensie Alexander CB – Clemson : They may trade up to select a WR, if they don’t , they have a steal in best player available. Only 5′ 10 ” and 190 lbs. he lacks size for a CB but he is a hard hitter with above average cover skills.
25. Steelers – William Jackson III – CB – Houston : Physical corner who is not afraid to get dirty. Only started one year but had five INTs. Will start right away for Pittsburgh, who gave up more passing yards than any team in the AFC.
26. Seahawks – Robert Nkemdiche – DT – Mississippi : Seahawks need to rebuild their defensive line and take a gamble here.Once a top ten selection. he has slid down due to off the field issues.
27. Packers – Emmanuel Ogbah – DE – Oklahoma St. : 22 sacks and five forced fumbles in the last two years tells me the kid knows how to play. He will help offset the loss of B.J. Raji, who decided to retire.
28. Chiefs – Leonard Floyd – LB – Georgia : Chiefs may trade up for a CB, otherwise Floyd is the best player available.
29. Cardinals – Jason Spriggs – OL – Indiana : Huge lineman with very good speed, Spriggs will have a chance to start right away with the trade of Jonathan Cooper to New England.
30. Panthers – Kendall Fuller – CB : Virginia Tech : Best CB available at this pick, with the sudden release of Josh Norman, the Panthers are in desperation mode in regards to their secondary.
31. Broncos – Reggie Ragland – LB – Alabama : Broncos should probably trade out of this spot if possible to gain an extra pick or two. Ragland is the best player available but they need DL and OL help much more.
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