2016 NFL Mock Draft: Version 1

Even though the NFL season isn’t even half over, it’s never to early to start looking at the NFL draft. The draft order and player rankings more than likely won’t look anything like they do now when the season ends, but that doesn’t take away the fun of trying to predict it right now.

Here is my first try at the 2016 NFL mock draft.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

Bosa is the best player in the draft and fits a big need for the Jaguars. Bosa, along with last years first rounder Dante Fowler can bring a pass rush to the Jaguars that they have been missing.

  1. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Florida

The Ravens pass defense has been extremely poor this year. They need someone to pair with Jimmy Smith and Hargreaves is the best pure corner in the country. He will be able to come in and lock down one side of the field.

  1. Detroit Lions – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss

The Lions miss Suh in the middle of that defensive line. They have a star in Ansah, but need someone next to him. Nkemdiche is an athletic freak who can create havoc in the middle of that line, much like Suh did.

  1. Chicago Bears – Jared Goff, QB, Cal

Jay Cutler isn’t a bad quarterback, but that team is looking at a complete rebuild and I don’t think he is in the plans. Goff is the top quarterback in the country and has all the tools you want in a franchise quarterback.

  1. Tennessee Titans – Jalen Ramsey, CB/S, Florida State

Ramsey can play cornerback if asked, but is more talented at safety. His versatility is something that makes him very hard to gameplan for though. He is an instinctive player who makes plays in space. Adding him to the Titans defense will make things much easier on everyone around him.

  1. San Francisco 49ers – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

The 49ers are a mess and this could easily be a quarterback if they decide to unload Kaepernick. However, if they don’t opt to take a quarterback, Tunsil makes perfect sense. He can lock down the right tackle position right away and then move to left tackle when they need to replace Staley.

  1. Cleveland Browns – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

The Browns could use a quarterback, but I don’t think they take one yet. Treadwell is the top receiver in this class and could add some much needed size and talent to the Browns receiver group.

  1. Houston Texans – Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

The Texans have a lot of talent on their roster, but are in need of talent at the quarterback position. Cook can step in right away and use his physical tools to make plays with a talented group of skill players.

  1. Oakland Raiders – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

Smith is a top 5 talent who the Raiders will be extremely glad fell to them. Smith is an extremely athletic and instinctive linebacker who will make plays all over the field and can do everything. Smith and Mack will be a duo to be feared for years.

  1. Kansas City Chiefs – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Eric Fisher hasn’t been very good to put it nicely and the Chiefs need help on their offensive line. Stanley is considered by some as the top tackle in this draft. He still needs some work, but his size and athleticism make his upside extremely high.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

The Buccs took Donovan Smith in this past draft, but they still need help protecting Jameis Winston. Decker has played extremely well for the Buckeyes and should be able to step in right away and play.

  1. New Orleans Saints – Tre’Davious White, CB, LSU

The Saints secondary hasn’t been very good this year and White is a playmaker in the secondary. The Saints can use White in a lot of ways, including the return game.

  1. Washington Redskins – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis

The Redskins have some talented pieces, but they need a quarterback. Lynch has the size and physical tools that NFL teams love, but he also has the mental makeup to be successful. Many will see a small school and think this is high for him, but he is a real talent.

  1. San Diego Chargers – Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

The Chargers could use some help at others positions, but they need help on the defensive line and Clark has been outstanding so far this year. Clark can step in right away and add another player to Corey Liuget.

  1. Miami Dolphins – Leonard Floyd, Edge, Georgia

Cameron Wake is getting older and the Dolphins could use some help with their pass rush. Floyd is a versatile playmaker who the Dolphins can move around and use in multiple ways.

  1. Louis Rams – Su’a Cravens, OLB/S, USC

Cravens is extremely versatile and can be used in many ways by the Rams. He can be played at safety as well as moved up to linebacker. The Cardinals have had a ton of success with Deon Bucannon and his hybrid safety/linebacker role and Cravens can be used the same way.

  1. Seattle Seahawks – Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

We have all noticed how bad the Seahawks offensive line is and they have to do something about it. Ifedi can step right in on the right side, opposite Okung and instantly improve the Seahawks line and help protect Wilson.

  1. Philadelphia Eagles – DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

People will look at this pick and see Buckner is from Oregon, but that has nothing to do with the reason for this pick. Buckner can add length, strength, agility and athleticism to the Eagles defensive line and help harass quarterbacks.

  1. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State

This seems like the most obvious pick in the draft. Unless Christine Michael absolutely dominates with the Cowboys the rest of this year, they need a running back to help take the pressure off of Romo. Elliot is easily the best back in this draft and a true three-down workhorse.

  1. Buffalo Bills – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

The Bills have some struggles on the offensive line and Cordy Glenn is a free agent after this year. Conklin has been very consistent and can step in right away on that Bills line.

  1. Indianapolis Colts – Vadal Alexander, OG, LSU

The Colts have to protect Andrew Luck better. That has to be their top priority because if they lose Luck for an extended period of time, they are done. Alexander is an excellent guard prospect and will help open up holes in the run game as well.

  1. Minnesota Vikings – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State

The Vikings have tried a lot of different receivers without a lot of luck. Mike Wallace and Cordarrelle Patterson just haven’t been the receivers they hoped. Thomas is a complete receiver with elite size and speed.

  1. New York Giants – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

The Giants can use help everywhere on defense and they get a steal in Myles Jack. IF not for his injury he is a top 15 lock and still could be. Jack is an athletic linebacker who makes plays all over the field. He would be a huge boost for the Giants defense.

  1. New York Jets – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

David Harris has been a staple in the middle of the Jets defense for years now, but he is getting older. Ragland can learn from Harris and step into the middle of that Jets defense. Ragland is very physical and would fit the Jets defensive philosophy.

  1. Arizona Cardinals – Shilique Calhoun, Edge, Michigan State

The Cardinals need help rushing the quarterback, as shown by them signing Dwight Freeney. Calhoun has been one of the better pass rushers in the Big Ten for a couple years and has the athleticism to play OLB for the Cardinals.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Steelers need to get younger and more talented in the secondary. Fuller comes from a good bloodline and is one of the most talented corners in football. He is coming off of a knee injury so he will need to get back to football shape, but he will be a very good player for the Steelers.

  1. Atlanta Falcons – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

The Falcons can use some defensive help, but Coleman is extremely talented and will be hard to pass at this point. The Falcons can use another weapon on offense with Roddy White getting older and Leonard Hankinson being better suited to be a number 3. Coleman is a big play waiting to happen and has some Antonio Brown to his game.

  1. Denver Broncos – Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

Peyton Manning’s days are numbered and I don’t believe in Brock Osweiler. Hackenberg was once considered as a possibly number 1 overall pick and is very talented. Hackenberg has all the physical tools you could want in a quarterback.

  1. Carolina Panthers – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State

Cam Newton is carrying this offense and when Benjamin is healthy, they have a talented duo of receivers to go with Greg Olsen. On defense they need to improve the pass rush and Ogbah will do just that.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State

The Bengals have a very good defense, but the one flaw this year has been the linebackers. With Vontaze Burfict being injured and no one knowing if he will ever be himself, the Bengals need to add speed and talent. Lee is extremely athletic and cane make plays all over the field.

  1. Green Bay Packers – Shawn Oakman, DE, Baylor

Shawn Oakman is a huge man who is still raw. The Packers can afford to take a player like Oakman and give him time to learn and grow as a player. With good coaching and hard work Oakman has all the tools to be one of the top defensive lineman in the league.

  1. New England Patriots – Forfeited




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