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TSJ101: 2016 Mock NFL Draft
- Updated: April 24, 2016
TSJ101: 2016 Mock NFL Draft
The very much anticipated 2016 NFL Draft is now only four days away. It’s hard to predict these type of things. There have already been two huge blockbuster trades, and I’m sure there will be more.
So, here is my 1st round pick for each team that has one. Note: there are no trades, just strictly pick after pick that is based on my own personal draft board. Lets have some fun.
- #1. Los Angeles Rams – Jared Goff. QB, Cal.
Even though Wentz is my #1 rated quarterback. I sense the LA Rams using this pick on the local kid from Berkeley California. I heard he’s pretty good. He will be handed the keys to the offense and be the new face to a franchise who is also getting its fresh start.
- #2. Philadelphia Eagles – Carson Wentz. QB, NDSU.
They sure went all in for a future face of the franchise like the Rams that’s for sure. This pick should be a no-brainer. Wentz has little to no flaws.
- #3. San Diego – Laremy Tunsil. OT, Ole Miss.
The #1 overall rated player on my board. Phillip Rivers was on his back alot last year. A Quarterbacks favorite friend is his stud tackle covering his blind spot. Unless they find a trading partner who really wants him, this pick should also be a no-brainer.
- #4. Dallas Cowboys – Jalen Ramsey. DB, Florida St.
After getting Byron Jones last year, Ramsey will be another immediate impact versatile player for that Cowboys secondary to hopefully help that pass rush that is lacking as well. He’s already been compared to superstars from generations past. He can be that missing piece the Cowboys need to just simply make plays on that side of the ball, any 32 teams would be lucky to have him.
- #5. Jacksonville Jaguars – DeForest Buckner. DE, Oregon.
Teaming him up with Dante Fowler Jr. who missed his whole rookie season due to injury sounds intriguing. At 6-7, 291 pounds he has the power, length, and quickness to rush the passer as well as slide inside and disrupt the run game. Day one stud.
- #6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargraves III. CB, Florida.
The Ravens need guys that can cover. This guy can do exactly that. Despite the questions about his height, he is the best cover corner in this draft.
- #7. San Francisco 49ers. – Paxton Lynch. QB, Memphis.
First shocker of this mock draft eh? With the questions and confusion the 49ers have at the Quarterback postion. Lynch seems like a good fit for Chip Kelly like Nick Foles was in 2013. Even though it might be a reach in my opinion, I think it could be good for the organization with all the questions involving Kaepernick to Denver earlier on in the month, and then there’s Blaine Gabbert…so yeah.
- #8. Cleveland Browns. – Joey Bosa. DE, Ohio St.
The Browns actually traded back and got who they wanted. But, it’s important for people to understand what he isn’t, and that’s a quick-twitch, flash-off-the-edge guy. He plays whistle to whistle though with a very high intensity level. He will be a great teammate wherever he goes and probably a quick fan favorite for the city of Cleveland.
- #9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. – Myles Jack. LB, UCLA.
With the questions regarding his knee, that’s why I have him falling all the way to 9. I think when we look back though he could be this best player in this draft. He plays sideline to sideline, very athletic and the most instinctive player I’ve watched on film over in years.
- #10. New York Giants. – Ezekiel Elliot. RB, Ohio St.
The Giants could use a solid RB to help get pressure off Eli. This is just going purely best player available. I myself cant picture Elliot falling out of the top ten. I think 32 teams could use a player like this. Similar to Todd Gurley from last year.
- #11. Chicago Bears. – Ronnie Stanley. OT, Notre Dame.
This pick allows Chicago and Jay Cutler to stop playing shuffleboard. Left tackle is one of the cornerstone positions in the NFL, and for the first time in a long time the Bears will be able to say that they are covered at the postion. Not as good as Tunsil, but close. I have a feeling fans in the windy city wont mind this pick at all.
- #12. New Orleans Saints. – Shaq Lawson. DE, Clemson.
Extremely athletic, Lawson’s potential in this league is off the charts. His game and frame can easily translate into this league. Would help the saints tremendously. Can line up different ways. Very dependable, disruptful player.
- #13. Miami Dolphins. – Reggie Ragland. LB, Alabama.
Ragland is pretty much a beast. Can be the leader of your defense from day one. Very tough and skillful. Miami would love to have him play in the middle for years to come.
- #14. Oakland Raiders. – Mackensie Alexander. CB, Clemson.
Charles Woodson out, Alexander in. No I’m not making the comparison between a future Hall of Famer and a guy who hasn’t even stepped foot on the field yet. But I do see similarities in their cover skills. Very prototypical, the instincts are there.
- #15. Tennessee Titans. – Jack Conklin. OT, Michigan.
From the #2 overall pick to #15. Not as good as Tunsil obviously but very athletic, it makes up for his sometimes slow footwork. A good pick for your Quarterback who’s only going into year two.
- #16. Detroit Lions. – Laquon Treadwell. WR, Ole Miss.
A player that plays like Dez Bryant. The best wide receiver in the draft. Giving Stafford another Megatron would be a pretty nice gift wouldn’t it?
- #17. Atlanta Falcons. – Leonard Floyd. OLB, Georgia.
I think Floyd is a very underrated prospect. I think he would be a good fit in Atlanta. I believe he is a a guy who can play Sam linebacker in a 4-3 scheme. Floyd can rush and cover well.
- #18. Indianapolis Colts. Taylor Decker. OT, Ohio St.
One of the best protecting tackles this class has to offer. Like most quarterbacks would want, a big 6’7 friend. Andrew Luck needs to stay healthy. This would help bring the best out of Mr. Luck, which we all want to see.
- #19. Buffalo Bills. – Robert Nkemdiche. DT, Ole Miss.
A very, very gifted athlete. Has a few off the field and character concerns. A day one starting 3 technique nonetheless. Any team would be lucky to have him..no really, I’ve seen this guy take on double teams.
- #20. New York Jets. – Hunter Henry. TE, Arkansas.
After failing to address this position in years past. I think the Jets finally get their perimeter tight end, and the best one in this draft. More Offensive power is on its way to the big apple. Unless they trade up for Paxton Lynch…..
- #21. Washington Redskins. – Ryan Kelly. C, Alabama.
This is a copy-cat league. I think the Redskins will try and copy their NFC East rivals the Cowboys by building up front again. It all starts in the trenches. I think the Redskins go offensive line for the second straight year as their first pick. Brandon Scherff being their pick last year at guard. I think Kelly has the intelligence to step in and be a day one starter in this league.
- #22. Houston Texans. – Josh Doctson. WR, TCU.
The 2nd best wide receiver on my board, I think he’d be a perfect fit in Houston across from Hopkins. With a team who’s already added some offensive power with Lamar miller at running back, why not give newly acquired quarterback Brock Osweiler something more to stretch the field with.
- #23. Minnesota Vikings. – Cody Whitehair. OG, Kansas St.
A general manager can never go wrong with an offensive lineman that has everything you want. Whitehair has the ability to also play center. He has a ceiling that could reach to an All-Pro level type player.
- #24. Cincinnati Bengals. – Will Fuller. WR, Notre Dame.
A speedy wide receiver who can take the top off of a defense off on any play. With a very creative offense like Cincinatt’s, this will give them another threat. Will be fun to watch next to AJ Green and Tyler Eiffert. You’re welcome Andy Dalton.
- #25. Pittsburgh Steelers. – Eli Apple. CB, Ohio St.
This is a good tool to revamp that Pittsburgh secondary. Apple needs to trust his instincts more, as long as the confidence is there, I think he’ll be okay. I think all the traits are there, he’s not afraid to man up and get physical.
- #26. Seattle Seahawks. – Germain Ifedi. OG, Texas A&M.
The Seahawks offensive line needs an overhaul. Ifedi can play guard or tackle for Seattle using his outstanding length and power to lead the way for Thomas Rawls or Christine Michael. Another Aggie offensive lineman goes in the first round.
- #27. Green Bay Packers. – Sheldon Rankins. DT, Louisville.
Consider him a steal for the Packers if this actually happens. Sheldon Rankins has the potential to be the best interior defensive lineman in this draft class. Despite his short stature his ability to disrupt any play is always there.
- #28. Kansas City Chiefs. – Corey Coleman. WR, Baylor.
Corey Coleman is a wide receiver who doesn’t do much of anything wrong. With a mobile Quarterback like Alex Smith, I’m sure Coleman will find some time to get some separation.
- #29. Arizona Cardinals. – Darron Lee. OLB, Ohio St.
Bruce Arians will love this, if he’s there Arizona better run to that podium. Lee is a very physical linebacker who attacks his gaps. He has speed and could probably play anywhere on the second level.
- #30. Carolina Panthers. – Kevin Dodd. DE, Clemson.
Very high motor like his teammate Shaq Lawson, why not add more to the already steady defense. The panthers will be feared by opposing offenses on gameday.
- #31. Denver Broncos. – A’Shawn Robinson. DT, Alabama.
I really wanted to put Noah Spence somewhere in this first round but I just didn’t know where to put him. Who knows where he will end up. He is my #1 edge rusher on my draft board.
Anyways, with the 31st pick, I have the Broncos choosing A’Shawn Robinson. A move that makes alot of sense. Keeping the defense strong like Carolina. Defenses obviously wins championships. Malik Jackson in, Robinson out. A’Shawn is only 20 years old and has the talent to plug any hole that stands in his way.
- Notable players still on the board going into day two:
Noah Spence, Chris Jones, Jarran Reed, Keanu Neal, William Jackson III, Shilique Calhoun, Andrew Billings, Connor Cook, Vernon Butler, Emmanuel Ogbah, Derrick Henry, Karl Joseph, Artie Burns, Jonathan Bullard, Michael Thomas.
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