- By Doc
It’s Doc’s turn to make a mock! Don’t forget to check out Mac’s 2016 NFL Mock Draft!
And of course our 6 Writer Simulated Draft!
1. Tennessee Titans: Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss
There has been a lot of talk of Jalen Ramsey being taken here but Ramsey does not protect your franchise quarterback.
2. Cleveland Browns: Jared Goff, QB, California
Cleveland needs a stable, non-flashy, consistent QB. Wentz has a higher ceiling of potential but Goff is more capable of leading this season. RGIII is a short term bandaid to a franchise problem.
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State
Tennesse’s pass on Ramsey makes San Diego leap from their seat to submit the pick. Versatile player that can fill the need at the safety or cornerback position. Lock it up.
4. Dallas Cowboys: Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota St.
Tony Romo is not getting any younger and Im not sure the surgically repaired collar bone is going to hold up. Wentz has huge potential but ideally sits behind a seasoned veteran to marinate for a year or two.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
While Jacksonville would like Bosa with this pick, Malik Jackson helped the needs of interior defensive line. Jack is a highly athletic player and will make an immediate impact in the middle of the field.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State
Another gift of a fall, Bosa is a top end potential DE that can get to the QB and in a hurry. Love his upside, and what better place for a potential off field issue to land than a franchise that condones wife beating.
7. San Franciso 49ers: Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
It is no secret that Chip Kelly likes offense and needs a star studded cast to pull of his unique offensive style. Im not sure who’s going to get him the ball but Treadwell can be a solid option here.
8. Philadelphia Eagles: Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State
With the fall out of the Kelly project the Eagles return to smash mouth style football that they are accustomed too. If Vince Papale was available he’d go here but Elliot is the next best thing.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Leonard Floyd, DE/OLB, Georgia
Floyd is a difficult task with regard to blocking and matching up. We all saw how successful the Broncos were with Von Miller and his disruption of offensive blocking schemes. Hopefully this Bulldog is up to the challenge.
10. New York Giants: Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida
With the recent signing of Oliver and the resigning of JPP it makes sense the G-Men will look to beef of the secondary following the departure of Prince.
11. Chicago Bears: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Norte Dame
Lineman are never a bad choice in Chicago….just ask Jay Cutler who seems to spend most of his time running for his life.
12. New Orleans Saints: DeForest Buckner, DE/DT, Oregon
New Orleans is stunned and amazed but happy to pick up a very solid and impressive player in Buckner to help a struggling defensive line that couldn’t seem to sniff an opposing teams backfield.
13. Miami Dolphins: Jack Conklin, OT/G, Michigan State
With Elliot off the board and the desperate need for help at the guard position it is a no brainer for the fish at #13.
14. Oakland Raiders: Jarren Reed, DE/DT, Alabama
Oakland has set themselves up nicely on the offensive side of the ball, but still trot out a lackluster defensive side of the ball. Reed can be inside as well as outside and movement of him along the defensive line will reek havoc in the AFC West.
15. Los Angeles Rams: Josh Doctson, WR, TCU
With Treadwell gone and the Rams in desperate need of WR help Doctson makes sense here. Doctson has better size than Coleman and is more than the deep threat of Fuller.
16. Detroit Lions: Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
Detroit has missed the explosive inside rush presence that Suh and Fairley have vacated. Rankins is just what this Doc ordered for his tenacity in getting after the QB.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
One of the Falcons biggest issues was pressure on the QB. While Bullard was initially attractive out of Florida, Ogbah has the finesse to maneuver inside or dance outside.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Kevin Dodd, DE/OLB, Clemson
Andrew Luck is devastated that Conklin is gone and at this point Indy is filling another need. Dodd is talented and whether he is in a 3 pt. stance or dropping into coverage he is disruptive to NFL offenses.
19. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State
Rex Ryan likes his defense and Lee is a perfect player to fit these needs. LB has been a problem in Buffalo but thats all about to change.
20. New York Jets: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama
Not a sexy pick for the “other” New York team but this one wont leave a bitter taste in Jets fan’s mouths.
21. Washington Redskins: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
Ryan Kerrigan is dominant at DE but when he is double teamed he disappears. Enter Shaq Lawson to free up Kerrigan while terrorizing the NFC East all on his own.
22. Houston Texans: William Fuller, WR, Notre Dame
DeAndre Hopkins on one side…..speed demon Fuller on the other. Yikes! That looks like fun throwing the ball around in the heart of Texas.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Corey Campbell, WR, Baylor
Treadwell….gone, Doctson….gone, Fuller….gone. While a solid guard would help Bridgewater’s protection, Diggs alone is not the answer in Minnesota.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
With all the WRs the Bengals would want already gone, they are going to focus on the interior of the defensive line and improve their run stopping as well as inside pressure.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State
Pittsburgh’s biggest need on the defensive side is in the secondary, primarily the CB position. Many see William Jackson sneaking into this position, but I am a firm believer in the pose and presence Apple brings following his development in that Buckeye defense.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Bullard, DE/DT, Florida
Not just because I want to prove Mac wrong from our podcast (great listen btw) and Im a HUGE Gators fan, but because this kid is a freak with athleticism and can be inside, outside or any other side you want. You want to beef up a pass rush…here ya go.
27. Green Bay Packers: Robert Nkemdiche, DE/DT, Ole Miss
J. Raji’s retirement leaves a huge hole (literally) in that Packer D line. Nkemdiche-ehticletcsm brings a huge upside but also so off field risk. What is there that can really go wrong in the middle of no where Wisconsin?
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Keanu Neal, S, Florida
Alex Smith is no spring chicken but Andy Reid is not going to make the mistake of a QB here. Eric Berry is in need of a solid counterpart and Neal is going be up to the challenge.
29. Arizona Cardinals: William Jackson, CB, Houston
While the Cardinals would love to have Neal fall one more spot they are satisfied to have a solid corner with an impressive combine performance to select.
30. Carolina Pathers: Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The Broncos exposed the weakness of the tackle position for Carolina. While safety help is also a concern, Cam Newton would like to see a little more protection up front.
31. Denver Broncos: Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis
Osweiler is gone, Mark Sanchez is not the answer and it doesn’t appear SF is giving up Kapernick without a fight so makes sense to take a young kid and keep working on the free agency market.