Thursday, April 28, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft



Drafting, obviously, is an extreme, inexact science. Projecting the draft is arguably even harder. Us "prognosticators" not only try and gauge a team's biggest need, but we attempt to get into each team's war room and figure out who said team likes best at each position.



Here's Deuce2Sports's best shot at projecting the 2016 NFL Draft (with some analysis sprinkled in).



1. Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB, California

Gun to my head, I'm taking Carson Wentz to be the better pro. Nevertheless, you have the Rams moving to LA and a California QB neck-and-neck with another, lesser-known QB for the top pick. Gut says Goff gets the nod in LA's war room.

2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State

Wentz will be the best QB in this draft and the Eagles will have their QB for the next 10+ years.

3. San Diego Chargers: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

4. Dallas Cowboys: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State

6. Baltimore Ravens: Ronald Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

7. San Francisco 49ers: DeForest Buckner, DE, Oregon

8. Cleveland Browns: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida

10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State



11. Chicago Bears: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

12. New Orleans Saints: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss

13. Miami Dolphins: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia

14. Oakland Raiders: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

15. Tennessee Titans: Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State

16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State

At this spot (and with this board), the Lions have some nice OT/DT options. The pick is either Robert Nkemdiche (DT, Ole Miss) or Decker based on big needs. If the Lions are investing in Matthew Stafford, which is appears they're going All-in on him (again), Decker has to be the pick.

17. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

18. Indianapolis Colts: William Jackson III, CB, Houston

19. Buffalo Bills: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky

20. New York Jets: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss



21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

23. Minnesota Vikings: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

There's a decent chance that Fuller becomes the best WR in this class. Cincinnati gets another A.J Green-type playmaker.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State

26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

27. Green Bay Packers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

This is nothing more than an 11th-hour hunch. Alex Smith is serviceable, but if Kansas City is ever going to push for a Super Bowl it needs more than a "game manager" at the helm. Cook might be that guy.



29. Arizona Cardinals: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame

If he regains his full health and mobility, Smith might be the best player to come out of this draft. Would be a steal at No. 29. The Cardinals can take the risk here.

30. Carolina Panthers: Shilique Calhoun, OLB, Michigan State

31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis


The perfect way to branch the past (Peyton Manning) to the future (?) is to groom a QB who was rumored to be a Top-10 pick at one point. There's a decent chance that others will be attempting to trade into this spot to grab Lynch (or another player) and Denver won't be picking until Round 2, but there could be a late-run on QBs in Round 1.

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