Dan’s Final Mock Draft 2016
With the 2 big trades in place and with the draft being only 2 days away, I thought now would be a great time to fill in my final mock draft. Truthfully not a lot has changed, but more often than not I’ve gone for team needs than the “best player available philosophy”, which I tend to think doesn’t work out for teams.
This is obviously just my opinion and I’d love to know what you think, so hit us up on twitter!
With that, let’s take a look…
1) LA Rams: Jared Goff QB 6’4″ California
Given the choice, I would be selecting Carson Wentz for the Rams. They however seem to have more faith in Goff
2) Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz QB 6’5″ North Dakota St.
At 8 I think they were still in the running for Ezekiel Elliot, at 2 however they’ve got to take the QB. Wentz will be the final piece that shakes the Chip Kelly funk off this team.
3) San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil OT 6’5″ Mississippi
They have a lot of needs in the trenches in general. Buckner would be a great fit here, but after seeing Rivers struggle to stay upright last year, I think Tunsil is a necessary piece to give their star QB more time in the pocket.
4) Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Ramsey CB 6’1″ Florida St.
Ramsey is a natural talent that can play anywhere in the defensive backfield. The Cowboys have a lot of names that have done very little for the backfield. Ramsey could force them to up their game or move on.
5) Jacksonville Jaguars: Joey Bosa DE 6’5″ Ohio St.
I’m not a “Bosa guy” and think he’s a touch overrated. That being said he’s a perfect fit for the Jags, who should have a scary defensive line with the Jackson pick up and Dante Fowler coming back from injury.
6) Baltimore Ravens: DeForest Buckner DE 6’7″ Oregon
The Ravens haven’t been the defensive power house that we’ve seen in the last 15 years. Buckner joins a defensive front of Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan, creating a young unit with limitless potential. This pick could be a game changer for the Ravens
7) San Francisco 49ers: Myles Jack OLB 6’1″ UCLA
In my head questions about his health could see him drop further. That being said reports are that he’s looking good. It’s easy to forget just how much the Niners lost at linebacker last year, Myles Jack gives them a centre piece to rebuild a defence around
8) Cleveland Browns: Ronnie Stanley OT 6’6″ Notre Dame
Take the top 10 prospects. Throw a dart at it. Make the pick.
9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves CB 5’10” Florida
Huge area of need for the Bucs. Hargreaves, if as good as expected doesn’t just improve the defensive backfield, but the whole defence.
10) New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott RB 6’0″ Ohio St.
Whilst the Giants have a lot of names at running back, the chance to pick up a potential offensive game changer is too good to pass up.
11) Chicago Bears: Leonard Floyd OLB 6’6″ Georgia
The Bears defence a year on from the change to 3-4 is vastly different. To the point that with the addition of Leonard Floyd, they might have one of the best linebacker groups in the league. If Hargreaves falls however they should grab him with both arms.
12) New Orleans Saints: Kevin Dodd DE 6’5″ Clemson
I like both Dodd and Lawson for this pick, but I think Dodd just edges him out. Both could be instrumental in slowing down Cam, Jameis and Matt Ryan
13) Miami Dolphins: Jack Conklin OT 6’6″ Michigan St.
An underrated need for a team with an aging offensive line. If they can motivate the defensive line more than they did last year, then they really don’t need any help. The offensive line, for me is a bigger need than people think.
14) Oakland Raiders: Jarran Reed DT 6’3″ Alabama
Reggie Ragland here would also be a great fit, but the prospect of adding some bulk to the middle should be too great to pass up
15) Tennessee Titans: Taylor Decker OT 6’7″ Ohio St.
A pair of Taylors could be the answer to the Titans offensive line issues. It’s possible though that they might try to move up a bit to be in the Ronnie Stanley sweepstakes
16) Detroit Lions: A’Shawn Robinson DT 6’4″ Alabama
If the draft plays out like this the Lions might be a bit miffed to not be picking up Conklin or Decker. As it is they need help on both sides of the trenches and Robinson could be a steal here.
17) Atlanta Falcons: Reggie Ragland ILB 6’1″ Alabama
There are few things that have stayed the same althrough the 2 months since my 1st mock draft. Reggie Ragland being an excellent fit for the Falcons, giving Dan Quinn his Bobby Wagner. In this team Ragland could be a decent shout for defensive rookie of the year.
18) Indianapolis Colts: Shaq Lawson DE 6’3″ Clemson
The Colts just seem to be in an awful position to pick up an offensive linemen, being about 4 places either way from being in a decent spot to draft one. Instead they pick up a player that has free fallen in this mock draft. Lawson would be a steal at 18.
19) Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee OLB 6’1″ Ohio St.
Defensive end is a need for this team, but the chance to add a “tweener” to the linebacker group means they have some versatility against the quick thinking Patriots offence.
20) New York Jets: Paxton Lynch QB 6’7″ Memphis
I don’t like this pick, but it seems to be where Mike Maccagnan is heading, much to chagrin of Todd Bowles. If the hype is to be believed (which I don’t by the way), Lynch will be long gone by this point. If that happens they could go Offensive line
21) Washington: Noah Spence DE 6’2″ Eastern Kentucky
Washington come into this draft looking like a completely different team from last year and have relatively few needs. With this pick they can move Gallette and Murphy to DE and Slot Spence in at OLB. With this one pick the whole front 7 gets better
22) Houston Texans: Ryan Kelly C 6’4″ Alabama
The Texans have invested a lot in their new QB. Rightly or wrongly they need to protect him, with the interior being a hune need. Kelly could be the best interior offensive lineman in this draft and an excellent fit for the Texans.
23) Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell WR 6’2″ Mississippi
We’ve been spoiled in recent years for wide receiver classes. This year isn’t as good as those, but there is still talent. Treadwell A) takes some pressure off Diggs and B) is an excellent blocker. Treadwell will add some nastiness to the Vikings receiver group.
24) Cincinnati Bengals: Corey Coleman WR 5’11” Baylor
Coleman will make a great number 2 receiver for Andy Dalton. His acceleration means that he’ll burn a lot of no. 2 corners whilst taking pressure off AJ Green. Coleman could be a better no. 2 then any of the players the Bengals let go in free agency.
25) Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple CB 6’1″ Ohio St.
Another perfect fit. Apple has the ability to be a shut down corner and could make the Steelers defence to the next level.
26) Seattle Seahawks: Jason Spriggs OT 6’6″ Indiana
Yes they could go defensive end, but offensive tackle was a huge weakness for the Seahawks in 2015. Spriggs athleticism, combined with Russell Wilson’s ability to make plays on the move should be an excellent combination.
27) Green Bay Packers: Sheldon Rankins DT 6’1″ Louisville
Green Bay lose B.J Raji and gain Sheldon Rankins, who in this mock has plummeted. Packers get a great pick yet again.
28) Kansas City Chiefs: Mackensie Alexander CB 5’10” Clemson
Another one of my favourite picks. With Marcus Peters being a ball hawk on one side and with Alexander either on the other side or in the slot, the Chiefs could genuinely have one of the best defences in the league.
29) Arizona Cardinals: William Jackson III CB 6’0″ Houston
The Cards, will be annoyed that Alexander didn’t fall one spot into their hands. As it is they’ll pick up an out and out corner, that will improve over the next 2 to 3 years, rather than a versatile corner that can be used in the pass rush
30) Carolina Panthers: Emmanuel Ogbah DE 6’4″ Oklahoma St.
If Dave Gettleman seems to have proven that he doesn’t like spending big money on defensive backs, but does like spending money on defensive lineman. Ogbah will make an excellent bookend for Kony Ealy and give the Panthers an insanely talented defensive line.
31) Denver Broncos: Robert Nkemdiche DT 6’3″ Mississippi
This one’s for the Gents own James, who was desperate to pick the controversial tackle up. Nkemdiche could go anywhere between 11th overall and the late 2nd round, with an insane amount of talent but some off the field issues potentially seeing his stock drop.
With that the draft is nearly here, enjoy folks and hit us up on twitter with all your draft questions.