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2016 Mock Draft (First Round Only - With Potential Trades and Descriptions)

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  • 2016 Mock Draft (First Round Only - With Potential Trades and Descriptions)

    This isn't my first rodeo... I've been doing these dating back at least ten years, but it has been my first time in a couple of years. In other words, be gentle! ;-)

    1. Los Angeles Rams (from Tennessee) – Jared Goff, quarterback, University of California

    The Rams traded in their Midwestern charm for the glitz and glamour of Hollywood this spring and then

    literally traded their draft away for what they hope will be their quarterback of the future. In moving up

    from the middle of the first round to the first overall selection, the L.A. Rams hope that Goff can be the

    face of the franchise for years to come. I don’t believe Goff is the number one prospect in the draft, but

    L.A. doesn’t have a premier signal caller and the front office is hoping Goff is will help make the return

    the Rams not only to the West Coast but to the promised land as well.

    2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland) – Carson Wentz, quarterback, North Dakota State University

    The Eagles also paid a king’s ransom to move up from the eighth pick to the second pick in the draft. In

    doing so, they made it perfectly clear they are looking to draft a quarterback and piss off starter Sam

    Bradford in the process (!). That said, Philly seems to be enamored with Wentz, the strong-armed signal

    caller from North Dakota State. However, I am sure the “Iggles” will take whichever quarterback is left

    after the Rams choose at one.

    3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, defensive back, Florida State University

    I really struggled with this pick because the Chargers are at a great spot, even at three, to land one of

    the best players in the draft with offensive lineman Laremy Tumesil from Ole Miss, linebacker Myles Jack

    from UCLA, defensive end Joey Bosa from Ohio State or Ramsey. After losing Eric Weddle to free agency,

    Ramsey is the logical pick to fill in that whole in the Bolts’ secondary and help anchor the defense for

    years to come.

    4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, defensive end, Ohio State University

    An unfortunate injury to quarterback Tony Romo derailed Dallas’ post-season hopes but even with a

    healthy signal caller, the Cowboys still have holes to fill on both their offense and defense. One such

    position is defensive end, where Greg Hardy is a free agent and Randy Gregory is one strike away from

    facing a year-long suspension. Pairing up Bosa with rising star Demarcus Lawrence would be a match

    made in heaven for the ‘Boys, giving Dallas a fearsome pass rush from the outside, even if Jerry Jones

    wants running back Ezekiel Elliot.

    5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, linebacker, University of California, Los Angeles

    This is a quandary, as the Jaguars have lots of needs throughout their starting lineup, but London,

    whoops, I mean, Jacksonville did a phenomenal job of signing defensive lineman Malik Jackson to a

    blockbuster six year, 90 million dollar deal and signed two players to bolster their secondary. A

    playmaker like Jack would be a huge improvement to their linebacker corps, as he can play outside or

    inside. Who knows? The former Bruin ‘backer could also be used in goal line situations, as he rushed for

    11 touchdowns in his UCLA career.

    6. *projected trade* Cleveland Browns (from Baltimore via Philadelphia through Miami) Paxton Lynch,

    quarterback, University of Memphis

    Whew! I wonder who is running this organization, Paul DePodesta or Sonny Weaver, Jr., Kevin Costner’s

    character in “Draft Day”? The Browns traded away the second overall pick to Philadelphia for the eighth

    overall selection, but in doing so, would miss out on either Goff or Wentz, the top two quarterbacks in

    the draft. So, the front office in Cleveland panics and makes ANOTHER trade, this time jumping ahead of

    the Forty-Niners to take the gunslinger from Memphis in case the “RG3” Experiment doesn’t pan out.

    7. San Francisco 49ers – DeForest Buckner, defensive end, Oregon

    With the Niners still wondering (along with the rest of us) what in the world is going on with the

    Cleveland front office, new head coach Chip Kelly decides to do what we all thought they would do in

    the first place and that is draft yet another former Oregon Duck, defensive end DeForest Buckner.

    Buckner, along with former UO teammate Arik Armstead, will be the new bookends for the San Fran

    defensive line for years to come.

    8. *projected trade* Baltimore Ravens (from Cleveland via Philadelphia through Miami) – Laremy

    Tunsil, offensive tackle, University of Mississippi

    Somehow, if this happens, I can see all the Ravens fans jumping for joy while general manager Ozzie

    Newsome just sits there stoically. Baltimore gets probably one of the top two or three prospects in the

    entire draft, the monster of man from Ole Miss and gets at least one more draft pick in return for

    moving down two spots. Dream come true for the Ravens, getting the best offensive tackle in the draft

    to protect their franchise quarterback, Joe Flacco.

    9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vernon Hargraves III, cornerback, University of Florida

    So, I have to admit, this was a difficult pick to predict with all the players the Bucs could snag at nine.

    Also, I considered the fact they might actually trade down with some who might covet one of the

    remaining big name offensive tackles or a premier defensive player like Hargraves. The corner from “The

    Swamp” might be a tad small in comparison to the wide receivers he would have to cover at the next

    level, but he makes up for it in his play on the field. With the other three high flying offenses in their

    division, drafting Hargraves here to help the weak Tampa Bay secondary makes sense.

    10. *projected trade* Miami Dolphins (from New York Giants via Philadelphia) – Ezekiel Elliot, running

    back, Ohio State University

    Again, these are just projected trades and this one might look random on the surface, but hear me out

    here. The Dolphins let Lamar Miller walk via free agency and I don’t think they believe Jay Ajayi is going

    to light the world on fire in his second NFL season. However, I don’t see Elliot falling to the ‘Fins at 13

    (their own pick in the first round) and so I think in order to get ahead of Chicago (who also needs a

    running back), Miami makes the deal with the Giants and moves up to get their Buckeye ball carrier.

    11. Chicago Bears – Shaq Lawson, defensive end, Clemson University

    I feel the Bears should send a fax of a big middle finger to the Saints headquarters in Metairie if this is

    the pick here at eleven. “Da Bears” need help rushing the quarterback and this Clemson product fits the

    bill perfectly. Chicago did get several good key players on the defensive side of the ball in free agency

    including former Bronco linebacker Danny Trevathan and Patriot defensive tackle Akiem Hicks, so adding

    another disruptive force up front for the Monsters of the Midway would go a long way towards climbing

    out of the cellar in the NFC North.

    12. *projected trade* Indianapolis Colts (from New Orleans) – Jack Conklin, offensive tackle, Michigan

    State University

    Wonder of all wonders, the Saints actually trade down? Well, if this happens, it’s apparent that Lawson

    would have been the pick at 12 and so the Who Dats swap first rounders with the Colts, who

    immediately draft the best offensive lineman not named Tumesil. Indy needs a healthy Andrew Luck to

    be competitive in the AFC and need to keep him upright, not on the Lucas Oil Stadium turf. The Colts

    have had little success with drafting offensive lineman (short of Anthony Castonzo), drafting six o-

    lineman in five seasons. Something has to give.

    13. New York Giants (from Miami via Philadelphia) – Ronnie Stanley, offensive tackle, University of

    Notre Dame

    The New York Football Giants front office has to be hitting their respective heads on their table in their

    draft room on *just* missing out on the big Spartan offensive tackle they wanted one pick before the G-

    men were on the clock. With that said, New York ends up taking the best remaining offensive tackle in

    the draft, former Fighting Irish offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley. Stanley will hopefully shore up the

    offensive line in the Big Apple and keep Eli Manning upright for next year and beyond.

    14. Oakland Raiders – Sheldon Rankins, defensive tackle, University of Louisville

    One of the surprise teams from last year, the Raiders, showed some great improvement from the team’s

    past of which was like literally playing in a “black hole”. Adding Bruce Irvin was a shocker for me as I did

    not expect the linebacker to sign with the Silver and Black. With the addition of Irvin, and drafting the

    best defensive tackle in the draft, Louisville’s Sheldon Rankins, to the Raiders’ “D” which already

    includes all-pro Khalil Mack and the team might be playoff bound sooner rather than later.

    15. Tennessee Titans (from Los Angeles) – Taylor Decker, offensive tackle, Ohio State University

    After trading down with the Rams, the Titans are in an odd spot, fourteen spots lower, but still unsure in

    what direction to go in. The team is like a sieve, full of so many holes, and this spot gives them plenty of

    options, but none are the blockbuster, “ERMAGHERD!” type players available. However, Decker might

    not be flashy, but he is a dependable all-around blocker who has good intangibles including a nasty

    streak. When it comes to protecting your franchise quarterback, Marcus Mariota, a little nasty could be

    good thing.

    16. Detroit Lions – Eli Apple, cornerback, Ohio State University

    Could the Lions offseason have started out any worse? To have any player retire would be one thing, but

    to have quite possibly the best player on your team retire is another! However, even with the loss of

    Calvin Johnson, I don’t have Detroit going for a wide receiver here. One of the biggest weaknesses of the

    team is their God-awful secondary, and in a division that has some top flight receivers and big armed

    quarterbacks, drafting a cornerback here makes sense. I debated between Houston’s William Jackson III

    and the cornerback from the Ohio State University, and in the end, I went with the player with one of

    the best names in the draft.

    17. Atlanta Falcons – Leonard Floyd, outside linebacker, University of Georgia

    If the Giants were hitting their respective heads on tables and desks in East Rutherford, I’m sure this

    selection will have the Saints front office going ape in their Metairie facility. Not only did the Saints hope

    to have one of the best linebackers in the draft fall to them after trading down, but the fact that Leonard

    Floyd goes to not just a division rival but the hated Atlanta Falcons to boot? I would not want to be in

    *that* draft room. Anywho, Atlanta’s head coach Dan Quinn wanted to add more speed to their team

    and boy, did they get it in drafting their hometown Georgia Bulldog linebacker.

    18. New Orleans Saints (from Indianapolis) – Noah Spence, defensive end, Eastern Kentucky University

    Here’s where I decided to try something different. Many teams would be scared of drafting the one-

    time Buckeye who actually got himself banned from the Big Ten because of his drug abuse. The red flags

    are there. However, if we can believe Spence saying that his past is behind him and that he has not

    failed a drug test in months, then this pick might be the steal of the first round. The Saints desperately

    need help getting after the quarterback in a division that has Matt Ryan, Jameis Winston and Cam

    Newton. Spence has the skills, but does he have the discipline to make it in the NFL? The Who Dat

    Nation definitely hopes so.

    19. Buffalo Bills – Darron Lee, outside linebacker, Ohio State University

    Let’s face it, unless you were a die-hard Bills fan last season, you had no idea the Bills actually finished 8-

    8 and just missed making the playoffs. I will admit, I didn’t know it either, nor did I realize Tyrod Taylor

    was their starting quarterback either. Supposedly the Bills brass like him as the starter, so I avoided

    Buffalo drafting a signal caller here. However, their defensive definitely needs an overhaul, especially in

    the linebacker corps where an upgrade is needed. The FIFTH Buckeye taken in the first round, Darron

    Lee, can definitely step in and make a different in the Bills defense.

    20. New York Jets – Kevin Dodd, defensive end, Clemson University

    The Jets have to be furious on missing out on a player they probably coveted as the “Gang Green” could

    use an upgrade with their linebackers. However, New York has plenty of question marks scattered

    throughout the field. There is the quarterback dilemma with Ryan Fitzpatrick still not signed and the

    Muhammad Wilkerson situation as well. If both sign, great. But if not, well, at least the J-E- T-S got a pass

    rusher in a division where pressuring the quarterback is key.

    21. Washington Redskins – Andrew Billings, defensive tackle, Baylor University

    First of all, who would have saw not only the team’s vast improvement last year with Kirk Cousins under

    center, but also the blockbuster signing of cornerback Josh Norman a few days ago? The ‘Skins still have

    needs on both sides of the ball, but the signing of Norman was huge, keeping Washington from having

    to reach for a cornerback here. That said, the Redskins will still reach, but it’s for a defensive lineman,

    not a defensive back. I debated between Baylor’s Andrew Billings and Alabama’s A’Shawn Robinson, but

    I picked the Baylor lineman here.

    22. Houston Texans – Josh Doctson, wide receiver, Texas Christian University

    In their signings of both quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller, it shows that the

    Houston front office is definitely on board with stocking the cupboard with offensive players to go

    alongside probably one of the best defensive players in the game today, J.J. Watt. However, the Texans

    still have to replace arguably one of the best players to ever play for the Texans, Andre Johnson. With

    that said, the Texans have their pick of the litter in this year’s draft as no wideout has been selected as

    of yet, and so they choose the bigger, faster Doctson over the undersized Corey Coleman.

    23. Minnesota Vikings – Laquon Treadwell, wide receiver, University of Mississippi

    To think about it, Minnesota has had a history of great wide receivers, but no name really just jumps out

    at you, not unless you are a die-hard Vikes fan. Minnesota needs someone to pair up with the young and

    somewhat inconsistent Teddy Bridgewater, to learn and grow with him and hopefully be successful as

    well. I am a huge fan of Treadwell, especially after his comeback from a gruesome injury. Hopefully, he

    has a great career ahead of him in the NFL.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, wide receiver, Baylor University

    The run on wide receivers continues (and stops) with the Bengals as they select the last of the top three

    wide receivers, Baylor’s Corey Coleman. Coleman can step in and take over the number two job, across

    the field from A.J. Green, use his sub 4.5 speed to get open and hopefully catch pass after pass from

    Andy Dalton, A.J. McCarron or whoever is the quarterback for Cincinnati. Coleman might be only 5 foot

    10 but he should fit in nicely in “The Jungle” and be a starter immediately.

    25. Pittsburgh Steelers – William Jackson III, defensive back, University of Houston

    The Steelers might want to consider changing their name (at least for the first round) to the Pittsburgh

    Steal-ers, because that might be what they end up doing when all is said and done. Pittsburgh had

    difficulty stopping the pass last season and while it is not panic mode, the addition of the ball-hawking

    Cougar cornerback will definitely help shore up the Steelers secondary for years to come.

    26. Seattle Seahawks – A’Shawn Robinson, defensive tackle, University of Alabama

    The Seahawks have had lots of success in the draft in recent years, but they have had difficulty this

    offseason losing players to free agency. Couple that with the fact they also traded away the anchor of

    their offensive line and have yet to actually figure out their offensive tackle situation, and this could

    possibly be an offensive lineman. However, I don’t see any o-lineman graded this high, so I have the

    ‘Hawks drafting a defensive tackle to help soften the blow of losing Brandon Mebane with another guy

    who will be solid pick for the “12th Man” for years to come.

    27. Green Bay Packers – Reggie Ragland, linebacker, University of Alabama

    The Packers are one of those teams that don’t do Bumpkis during free agency and might not make the

    sexiest pick but still end up looking like the Prom Queen. This year, the Packers might end up with

    another candidate in Alabama’s Reggie Ragland. Ragland plays with authority and is considered the

    number one inside linebacker in the draft. With both Clay Matthews and Ragland in their linebacking

    corps, the Pack might be back… in the Super Bowl that is.

    28. Kansas City Chiefs – Mackensie Alexander, defensive back, Clemson University

    Andy Reid’s team, when healthy, can compete with any other team in the league. However, “when

    healthy” is the optimum phrase as the Chiefs need a healthy Justin Houston and Jamaal Charles to get

    over the hump and hopefully back to the promised land. After losing Sean Smith to free agency (to the

    Raiders to boot!), Kansas City needs to upgrade their secondary. While some teams might shy away

    from Alexander because of his lack of ideal size and his brash persona, but I think Coach Reid will be able

    to mold this young man into a top flight cornerback when all is said and done.

    XX. New England Patriots – forfeited selection due to “Deflate-Gate”

    29. Arizona Cardinals – Karl Joseph, safety, West Virginia University

    Funnily enough, this is another example of a team picking someone one spot before another team

    would have done cartwheels to get them. I feel some Cardinals fans would rather have Arizona picking

    their heir apparent to Carson Palmer here, but I think that secondary, not signal caller, is a bigger

    priority. Pass rusher would also be considered here, but I feel the Cards take the best traditional safety

    prospect out there in the former Mountaineer. Joseph is one guy I have seen shooting up many draft

    boards, so I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not available at the end of the first round.

    30. Carolina Panthers – Germain Ifedi, offensive tackle, Texas A&M University

    It's no shock that an offensive tackle goes here, as that position was exposed (badly, I might add) in

    Super Bowl 50. However, that seemed to be the only glaring weakness for a team that went 15-1 in the

    regular season and breezed into the “Big Game” in Santa Clara. The problem is, the consensus top four

    tackles are already off the board by the time the Panthers pick at 31. However, Carolina doesn’t panic

    and picks the Texas A&M product, a program that has produced THREE first-round offensive tackles in

    the past three years. Ifedi will make it an even four for four.

    31. Denver Broncos – Connor Cook, quarterback, Michigan State University

    I had one pick left (I’m not picking New England’s selection in the second round – with Bill Belichick’s

    record, they’ll probably end up with some great steal regardless), so I decided to go for the shock value

    here. The Super Bowl 50 champions are suddenly down to the player who will forever be known as the

    reason the phrase “Butt Fumble” is in our lexicon as their starting quarterback after Peyton Manning

    retired to go work for either Nationwide, Papa John’s or Omaha Steaks (think about it) and Brock

    Osweiler headed for greener (in terms of money) pastures in Houston. Rumors have been swirling

    around the Broncos trying to either trade for Colin Kaepernick or trading up earlier in the first round. If

    they do neither, I think this could be the final pick of the first round; a quarterback, just like we started it

    thirty picks ago.

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