2016 NFL Mock Draft 4/28/2016 - FINAL
1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff - QB (Cali)
Los Angeles Rams

The Rams traded a kings ransom for this selection and they'll go with the local Cal QB to lead the franchise.  Not a huge secret anymore.

Jared +
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz - QB (North Dakota State)
Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles also traded up for their future QB in The Dakota Kid Carson Wentz.  The team already spent a lot of money on the position but that didn't stop them from throwing it aside like a kid's 15-minute old Christmas gift.

Carson +
3. San Diego Chargers: DeForest Buckner - DE (Oregon)
San Diego Chargers

I've agonzed over this pick for weeks and I'm still not sure this is the pick.  I've had Tunsil slotted here for a long time but its time to move on.  Buckner will provide many options for the defensive run and pass schemes and he is the top lineman in the draft.  

DeForest +
4. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey - CB (FSU)
Dallas Cowboys

Another pivot point for the draft is at #4 with the Cowboys.  I think the Boys will go with the best player available here and take the superstar-in-waiting DB Jalen Ramsey.

Jalen +
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa - DE (OSU)
Jacksonville Jaguars

Bosa provides Jacksonville another pass-rusher opposite the returning Dante Fowler.  If Myles Jack was healthy, he'd be the pick.  I just don't know if Jacksonville can afford to potentially lose their 1st round pick to injury two years in a row.

Joey +
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil - OT (Ole Miss)
Baltimore Ravens

The best offensive tackle in the draft falls into the Raven's biggest need area.  Some will say defense is the biggest need but when you have a franchise QB returning from a knee injury, you need to protect him at all costs. 

Laremy +
7. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnie Stanley - OT (ND)
San Francisco 49ers

Chip Kelly needs to fix the offensive line regardless of who will end up being the starting QB.  Stanley is the proverbial dancing bear and seems to be a great fit in an offense that loves to pull the line.

Ronnie +
8. Miami Dolphins: Ezekiel Elliott - RB (OSU)
Miami Dolphins

** TRADE with the Cleveland Browns **

The "first" move of the night as the Dolpnins move BACK into the 8th spot and grab the dynamic RB Ezekiel Elliott.  He has all the tools to be an every-down back.  #futurefantasystud

Ezekiel +
9. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin - OT (MSU)
Tennessee Titans

** TRADE with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers **

Tennessee makes the highly discussed move back into the top 10.  They leapfrog the Giants who had an eye on Jack Conklin and get their man.

Jack +
10. New York Giants: Leonard Floyd - OLB (Georgia)
New York Giants

With Conklin being taken out from under them, the G-Men turn their focus to the defensive side of the ball and take pass rushing specialist Leonard Floyd. 

Leonard +
11. Chicago Bears: Vernon HargreavesIII - CB (Florida)
Chicago Bears

The Bears have a few needs on the defensive side of the ball and decide to go with the corner over the pass rusher.  Had Floyd lasted this long, he would had likely been the pick.  With Hargreaves, they get a top corner that is not afraid to go one-on-one with anyone.

Vernon +
12. New Orleans Saints: Shaq Lawson - DE (Clemson)
New Orleans Saints

The Saints need some help at WR and along the defensive line.  I think the decision is between Lawson and Rankins.  Lawson is a relentless pass rusher that continues to show up and has been cleared medically.

Shaq +
13. Cleveland Browns: Myles Jack - OLB (UCLA)
Cleveland Browns

** TRADE with the Miami Dolphins **

The Browns could potentially move down again but I am having a hard time finding a partner and a player that would cause that to happen.  Maybe its a team that has medically cleared Jack?  Jack being here might also force Cleveland to stand their ground and take the ultra-talented linebacker.  He can be a game changer in a division that has Le'Veon Bell and Giovani Bernard in it that forces mismatches.  With Jack, those mismatches are eliminated.

Myles +
14. Oakland Raiders: Sheldon Rankins - DT (Louisville)
Oakland Raiders

The Raiders continue their impressive accumulation of talent through the draft by selecting the best interior pass rusher in Sheldon Rankins.  Rankins was virtually unstoppable at the Senior Bowl and will make Khalil Mack even more dangerous.

Sheldon +
15. Tampa Bay Buccs: William JacksonIII - CB (Houston)
Tampa Bay Buccs

** TRADE with the Tennessee Titans **

I think Tampa Bay moved back thinking they might have been able to get Shaq Lawson.  They could opt for his Clemson line-mate in Kevin Dodd but I think they go with the raw but talented William Jackson.  Jackson is a play making corner that can fit into any scheme and will provide a boost to the Tampa defense.

William +
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker - OT (OSU)
Detroit Lions

I feel this pick is a decision between the offensive line and the defensive line.  With both being deep in this draft, I think the team will lean toward protecting their franchise QB. 

Taylor +
17. Atlanta Falcons: Darron Lee - OLB (OSU)
Atlanta Falcons

With Coach Quinn at Atlanta, Darron Lee seems like the obvious pick and fit in their defense.  He will likely be their version of Bruce Irvin.

Darron +
18. Indianapolis Colts: Ryan Kelly - OC (Alabama)
Indianapolis Colts

Grigson finally gives in and helps his QB.  Franchise quarterbacks and world-class offensive lines usually go hand-in-hand.  Its time for the Colts to step it up.  While the tackles are gone, the team still gets one of the best players in this draft in Alabama center Ryan Kelly.

Ryan +
19. Buffalo Bills: Robert Nkemdiche - DT (Ole Miss)
Buffalo Bills

Rex Ryan is salivating at the thought of grabbing this guy and turning him loose on the AFC East.  If Nkemdiche can avoid being eaten by panthers and put in some film study, he could be the best player in this draft.

Robert +
20. New York Jets: Chris Jones - DT (MSU)
New York Jets

Penetrating interior lineman are all the rage these days.  With Wilkerson likely moving on (or shipped out), Jones seems like a nice fit with Leonard Williams and Sheldon Richardson.

Chris +
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Josh Doctson - WR (TCU)
Cincinnati Bengals

** TRADE with the Washington Redskins **

I cannot believe I'm doing this but I think the Bengals know they're close to a Super Bowl don't feel the need to stock pile picks.  Typically a team that stays put or moves back, the Bengals need a playmaker opposite AJ Green.  Doctson is the perfect WR for Dalton with a huge catch radius that doesn't lack speed.  The Lewis-Gruden connection helps get this deal done.

Josh +
22. Houston Texans: Will Fuller - WR (ND)
Houston Texans

The Texans are looking for a burner to pair with Hopkins and Will Fuller is the speediest WR in the draft.  He lacks reliable hands but that won't stop him from going in the first round.  You just can't teach 4.33 speed and with Brock Osweiler at the helm under center, his long arm will be tested.

Will +
23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell - WR (Ole Miss)
Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings need a reliable WR for Bridgewater and Treadwell fits the bill.  While he doesn't have the best straight-line speed, he can run routes and make the contested catch.

Laquon +
24. Washington Redskins: Karl Joseph - S (WVU)
Washington Redskins

** TRADE with the Cincinnati Bengals **

Washington continues to build up their secondary with the addition of Karl Joseph.  Joseph was injured in 2015 but the team is apparently in love with him.  Defensive line is also an option with this pick.

Karl +
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple - CB (OSU)
Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers need to address their secondary issues and they do with Eli Apple.  The team loves to draft Buckeyes and here they get a long physical corner that will pair up well agains the likes of AJ Green.

Eli +
26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi - OT (Texas A&M)
Seattle Seahawks

I fully expect Seattle to be looking to trade back because they are traditionally an active team on draft day.  If they stay here, I think they go with the Texas A&M product.

Germain +
27. Green Bay Packers: Reggie Ragland - ILB (Alabama)
Green Bay Packers

For the longest time I had a NT here but I think Reggie Ragland solves some issues and frees up Clay to be dominant Clay.

Reggie +
28. Cleveland Browns: Paxton Lynch - QB (Memphis)
Cleveland Browns

** TRADE with the Kansas City Chiefs **

The Browns are on the move again.  With Lynch falling this far, I think the Browns decide to move up.  The team has Robert Griffin signed to a two year deal which gives Lynch time to adjust to the NFL.  

Paxton +
29. Arizona Cardinals: Cody Whitehair - OG (KSU)
Arizona Cardinals

With Ryan Kelly off the board, I think the Cardinals move to the versatile Whitehair whom can play any of the interior positions along the offensive line.  

Cody +
30. Carolina Panthers: Kevin Dodd - DE (Clemson)
Carolina Panthers

Kevin Dodd has the potential to be gone by this pick but if he is still around, I think Carolina jumps on it.  Their defense is built around a stout front four and having a plan for an "aging" Charles Johnson seems like the smart move.

Kevin +
31. Denver Broncos: Jarran Reed - DT (Alabama)
Denver Broncos

I think Denver still has something up their sleeve concerning the QB position otherwise I'd slot Connor Cook here.  I think Derrick Henry would be another option as I see him as a fit in Kubiak's one-cut run scheme.  That said, I expect Elway to go with the best player available and Jarran Reed is that player.

Jarran +
  • Florida State
  • Jr
  • 6010
  • 209
  • 4.41
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  • 41.50
  • 11.30
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  • 310
  • 0.00
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  • 0.00
  • 0.00
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  • 24
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  • Louisville
  • Sr
  • 6010
  • 299
  • 5.03
  • 28
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  • Ohio State
  • Jr
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  • Florida
  • Jr
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  • 4.50
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  • 10.10
  • North Dakota State
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  • 4.77
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  • Eastern Kentucky
  • Jr
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  • 25
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  • Sr
  • 6030
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  • Sr
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  • Jr
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  • 221
  • 0.00
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  • 33.00
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  • Jr
  • 6060
  • 308
  • 5.00
  • 25
  • 30.00
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  • Jr
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  • 277
  • 4.86
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  • Sr
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  • 202
  • 4.50
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  • Sr
  • 6000
  • 189
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  • 10
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  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 314
  • 5.06
  • 29
  • 28.50
  • 8.60
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  • So
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  • 190
  • 0.00
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  • Jr
  • 6030
  • 247
  • 4.54
  • 22
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  • Sr
  • 6040
  • 323
  • 5.33
  • 26
  • 29.50
  • 8.80
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  • So
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  • 199
  • 4.40
  • 13
  • 0.00
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