Thursday, April 28, 2016

How did Deuce2Sports do with the 2016 NFL Mock Draft?




Deuce2Sports's 2016 Mock Draft NFL Draft was pretty on par with how we've (and most "pundits") have done in recent years. Actual pick in red (with some analysis).

CORRECT TEAM + PICK: 6/31
CORRECT TEAM: 8/31 (Conklin & Lynch correctly pegged to Tennessee & Denver, but in original slots, not traded spots)


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

PICK: Goff


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

PICK: Wentz


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

PICK: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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

PICK: Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State

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

PICK: Ramsey


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

PICK: Stanley


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

PICK: Buckner


8. Cleveland Browns: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA

PICK (Traded to Tennesse): Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State


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

PICK (Traded to Chicago): Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia


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

PICK: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State

11. Chicago Bears: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville

PICK (Traded to Tampa Bay): Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida


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

PICK: Sheldon Rankins, DE, Louisville


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

PICK: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss

14. Oakland Raiders: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

PICK: Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia

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

PICK (Traded to Cleveland): Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

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

PICK: Decker

17. Atlanta Falcons: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

PICK: Keanu Neal, S, Florida

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

PICK: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama

19. Buffalo Bills: Noah Spence, DE/OLB, Eastern Kentucky
PICK: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson

20. New York Jets: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
PICK: Darron Lee, LB, Alabama

21. Washington Redskins: Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
PICK (Traded to Houston): Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame

22. Houston Texans: Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
PICK (Traded to Washington): Josh Doctson, WR, TCU

23. Minnesota Vikings: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
PICK: Laquon Treadwell, C, Alabama

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
PICK: William Jackson III, CB, Houston
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
PICK: Artie Burns, CB, Miami
26. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Kelly, C, Alabama
PICK (Traded to Denver): Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
27. Green Bay Packers: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
PICK: Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State
PICK (Traded to San Francisco): Joshua Garnett, G, Stanford 
29. Arizona Cardinals: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
PICK: Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss
30. Carolina Panthers: Shilique Calhoun, OLB, Michigan State
PICK: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech

31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
PICK (Traded to Seattle): Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M

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.