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2016 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

      1st Round
Pick # Team Name Reason for Pick
1 Tennessee Titans Laremy Tunsil – OT Gotta protect the Franchise, and Tunsil has All-Pro potential at LT.
2 Cleveland Browns Carson Wentz -QB QB is a huge need for this team and good QBs cover up flaws. Wentz and Goff are both worthy of this spot, the Browns need to take the guy they like.
3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey – S There is basically no chance of Ramsey falling past the Chargers, as he appears to be a transcendent DB prospect.
4 Dallas Cowboys Myles Jack – LB Pairing Jack with Lee gives the Cowboys the LBs they need to reach elite status on D
5 Jacksonville Jaguars Joey Bosa – DE A good pass rusher who will help out the secondary. Jacksonville is a few defensive pieces away from be able to take the division title.
6 Baltimore Ravens Deforest Buckner – DE The Ravens have had a need at DE since losing Ngata and pairing Buckner with Brandon Williams could be a deadly combination.
7 San Francisco 49ers Jared Goff – QB If they don’t like Kaepernick steering the ship (and they shouldn’t), the Cali kid has the upside to be a very decent Pro QB
8 Miami Dolphins Ezekiel Elliott- RB Miller left in free agency and the team needs a running back, plus Elliot is an absolute freak at the RB position. He may go earlier.
9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Shaq Lawson – DE Tampa needs a pass rusher, so taking probably the most athletic edge player in the draft makes sense.
10 New York Giants Ronnie Stanley – OT Pairing Flowers with Stanley gives the Giants bookend OTs for the next 8+ years, and gives Eli more time to find OBJ
11 Chicago Bears Vernon Hargreaves III Just add talent to the defense. CB is a need and Hargreaves is the best corner on the board.
12 New Orleans Saints Sheldon Rankins – DT The Saints will have to add a lot of pieces, but starting with a guy who can cause pressure up the middle like Rankins would be a solid move.
13 Philadelphia Eagles Paxton Lynch – QB The Eagles have nothing at QB, and it’s time to move on from Bradford… he’s never going to reach his potential.
14 Oakland Raiders A’Shawn Robinson – DT Oakland very well could go CB, but best player available is the way to go after their free agency haul. Robinson should help make this defense terrifying.
15 LA Rams William Jackson III – CB After losing Janoris Jenkins in FA, the Rams need to retool at CB.
16 Detroit Lions Michael Thomas – WR The Lions need to try to replace some of Johnson’s All-World talent, and while Thomas doesn’t come close, he’s a big, athletic WR.
17 Atlanta Falcons Kevin Dodd – DE Atlanta needs pass rushers, but they can’t mess around this year. Therefore, they try out another Clemson Tiger in Dodd.
18 Indianapolis Colts Jack Conklin – OT Andrew Luck shouldn’t be allowed to be hit so often again this year, as it seemed to stunt his progress.
19 Buffalo Bills Robert Nkemdiche – DT Mario Williams carbon-copy, and Rex will be more than happy to gamble on the upside.
20 New York Jets Leonard Floyd – OLB There are no good QB options here, so they will take another defensive playmaker.
21 Washington Redskins Taylor Decker – OT After taking Brandon Sherff last year to play OG, Decker might be the type of player that the Redskins see as a RT.
22 Houston Texans Will Fuller – WR They need a speed WR, and Fuller has it in spades.
23 Minnesota Vikings Laqon Treadwell – WR Stefan Diggs was a pleasant surprise last year, but they need to get more weapons for Bridgewater.
24 Cincinnati Bengals Corey Coleman – WR Marvin Jones and Mohammed Sanu left in FA, so this is a replacement option
25 Seattle Seahawks Noah Spence – DE/LB Replaces Bruce Irvin.
26 Pittsburgh Steelers Eli Apple – CB The secondary was awful last year. It’s just a fact jack!!!
27 Green Bay Packers Vernon Butler – DT Butler fills a huge need for the Packers at NT and will be able to play along the 3-4 DL.
28 Kansas City Chiefs Mackenzie Alexander – CB They lost Sean Smith in FA, and pairing Alexander with Peters gives them an exciting young CB tandem.
29 Arizona Cardinals Andrew Billings – NT Arizona can’t shake the beat-down they took in the NFC championship game. They are looking to emulate Carolina’s defense by adding a strong player to their unit.
30 Carolina Panthers Jason Spriggs – OT Carolina’s OT’s probably over-performed this year, so adding a legit OT prospect would be smart.
31 Denver Broncos Connor Cook – QB Not sure who the Broncos will end up with at QB, but if Cook is available here, they’ll be tempted to take him.
      2nd Round
Pick # Team Name Reason for Pick
1 Cleveland Browns Josh Doctson – WR There was a mass exodus in Cleveland this year and the Browns can go in multiple directions here. However, after failing to draft a WR early over the last few years, they want to give their new QB someone to throw to.
2 Tennessee Titans Darron Lee – LB Titans need defensive help in the worst way.
3 Dallas Cowboys Derrick Henry – RB Dream scenario for Dallas here.
4 San Diego Chargers Karl Joseph – S The Chargers are looking to replace Weddle.
5 Baltimore Ravens Shon Coleman – OT Ravens should start rebuilding their OL
6 San Franscisco 49ers Kendall Fuller – CB Niners don’t have much at CB, and Fuller, if healthy, can be a stud.
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Reggie Ragland – MLB Jacksonville needs to improve their defense. They go with a tackling cyborg.
8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Darian Thompson – S Tampa needs more help on D and Thompson could be a steal at this point in the draft.
9 New York Giants Jaylon Smith – LB The Giants have needed a stud LB for years, and while Smith may need to sit out a year, he’s a tremendous value at this spot.
10 Chicago Bears Emmanuel Ogbah – DE The Bears could use some lineman on either side of the ball and continue to work on their defense with this pick.
11 Miami Dolphins Jonathan Bullard – DL Bullard should be able to play inside or outside in Miami, giving them a versatile player.
12 LA Rams Hunter Henry – TE The Rams have absolutely nothing at TE, and Henry is considered the best in the class.
13 Oakland Raiders Jarran Reed – DT Flexibility due to free agency allows GM McKenenzie to take quality players when they are still on the board. Reed could go in the first round and to get him here is great value.
14 LA Rams Christian Hackenberg – QB Boy, this would be an ugly deal for Hackenberg, but he is the best QB available
15 Detroit Lions Germain Ifedi – OT The Lions have needed help at OT, LT especially, forever now. Ifedi has the athleticism to be a long-term starter there.
16 New Orleans Saints Su’a Cravens – OLB/S That defense was atrocious last year and Cravens is a versatile player. He can be used in multiple defensive formations, playing linebacker or sliding back into the secondary.
17 Buffalo Bills Ryan Kelley – C The Bills can play Kelly anywhere along the interior OL, so this should be a good fit.
18 Indianapolis Colts Cody Whitehair – OG The Colts absolutely MUST use this draft to improve their horrendous OL.
19 Atlanta Falcons Shalique Calhoun – DE Atlanta needs to replace White and could go WR, but they still need pass rushers.
20 New York Jets Jerald Hawkins – OT After the retirement of D’Brickashaw Ferguson, the Jets will need to add OT prospects.
21 Houston Texans Kamalei Correa – OLB Texans always look to take a pass-rusher high. Correa is a value pick here.
22 Washington Redskins Xavien Howard – CB Washington needs some help in the secondary.
23 Minnesota Vikings Vonn Bell – S The Vikings need to free up Harrison Smith and pairing him with Bell is a great start.
24 Cincinnati Bengals Cardale Jones – QB This would be an idea spot for Jones, allowing him to sit a year or two and develop, then step into a talented team.
25 Seattle Seahawks Miles Killebrew – S Seattle is looking for Chancellors’ replacement. I think there is still some bad blood there.
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Higbee – TE The Packers did add Jared Cook, but need to add a long term option at TE. Higbee has the highest upside of any TE in this draft.
27 Pittsburgh Steelers Chris Jones – DE The Steelers always get great value, and Jones is no different here. Tuitt and Jones would be a monster pairing at DE.
28 Kansas City Chiefs Braxton Miller – WR The Chiefs add some speed to their roster. Maclin played well, but this team still struggled to score TDs at the WR position last season and they find a kick returner.
29 New England Patriots Will Redmond – CB Losing Aqib Talib was not kind to the Patriots secondary last year.
30 New England Patriots Bronson Kaufusi – DE Patriots need to help offset the loss of Chandler Jones, and Kaufusi is a versatile guy who can play all along the D front.
31 Carolina Panthers Le’Raven Clark – T Another tackle? They need to protect Cam Newton. The line has been an issue for years now and you think that they would fix it as some point.
32 Denver Broncos Kenny Clark – DT Malik Jackson’s departure leaves a hole in the DL, where Clark might be able to come in and play right away.
        3rd Round
Pick # Team Name Reason for Pick
1 Tennessee Titans Jeremy Cash – S/LB They lost Griffin, and Zach Brown, and Cash could fill in for either.
2 Cleveland Browns Joshua Garnett – T The Browns need to protect their new toy, plus they lost two quality starters in free agency,
3 San Diego Chargers Nick Martin – C Martin should be able to play G/C for the Chargers
4 Dallas Cowboys Artie Burns – CB Cowboys need some major help in the secondary. Miami DBs always seem to fare well in the pros.
5 San Francisco 49ers Jordan Jenkins – OLB San Fran is reminiscing on their defense from a few years ago. They look for a tough player who can help out against the run.
6 Jacksonville Jaguars Sean Davis – S/CB Sean Davis provides an athletic secondary option to continue this very defensive-minded draft.
7 Baltimore Ravens Josh Perry – LB The big bruising Perry is a good fit with the quick and athletic Mosley at ILB.
8 New York Giants Dak Prescott – QB The Giants need a QB for the future. This organization is getting ready to move on from Manning.
9 Chicago Bears Austin Hooper – TE After trading Martellus Bennett, Chicago should add a TE to pair with Zach Miller.
10 Miami Dolphins Keanu Neal – S Dolphins keep Neal in-state. They have to improve the secondary.
11 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jayron Kearse – S Tampa could o-line here, but they would be better off with more players in the secondary.
12 Oakland Raiders TJ Green – S Green should shore up the other S spot next to Reggie Nelson.
13 LA Rams Landon Turner – G The Rams have quietly built a very talented and young OL. Turner can play OG or C at a high level.
14 Philadelphia Eagles Jordan Howard – RB The Eagles were hot and cold on offense last year. With Elliot off the board in the first round they look to grab a RB with their next pick.
15 New Orleans Saints Jalen Mills – CB Defensively, the Saints have loaded up in this draft and add a bit of a wildcard here in Mills
16 Philadelphia Eagles Tyler Boyd – WR Eagles desperately need to rebuild their once dominant WR corps. Matthews, Agholor and Boyd are good pieces.
17 Buffalo Bills Nick Vannett – TE Buffalo is still quite strong on defense despite their poor performance last year. Therefore, they look to build up their offense and grab a possession TE to pair with Sammy Watkins.
18 Atlanta Falcons Leonte Carroo – WR Atlanta should add more receiving weapons for Matt Ryan.
19 Indianapolis Colts Deion Jones – LB Freeman is gone and played really well last year. Jones has more speed, and can develop into a nice 3-down LB for the Colts.
20 New York Jets Vadal Alexander – OG The Jets decide to bring in Hawkins teammate. They want to build a solid offensive wall, which makes running easier since they currently have no QB.
21 Washington Redskins Graham Glasgow – OL Glasgow should be able to play right away all along the interior OL.
22 Houston Texans Jerell Adams – TE The Texans let Graham and Daniels go in the past two seasons, and failed to adequately replace either. Adams is an athlete at the TE position and helps improve the explosiveness of the offense.
23 Minnesota Vikings Scooby Wright – OLB The vikings have a strong defense. They want to continue adding depth to a young unit.
24 Cincinatti Bengals Kentrell Brothers – ILB If Burfict continues to implode, the Bengals may need to add ILB depth.
25 Green Bay Packers Jihad Ward – DE Not a huge need with the drafting Butler, but too good of a value to pass up here.
26 Pittsburgh Steelers Sterling Shepard – WR Bryant’s year long suspension does’t hurt this team as much as it would most other offenses, but the Steelers want to score thirty points a week and Shepard fits that desire nicely as this spot.
27 Seattle Seahawks Kenneth Dixon – RB Dixon probably has no chance of lasting this long, but he’s going to make the Seahawks much better.
28 New England Patriots Adolphus Washington – DE Another versatile defender for the DL.
29 Arizona Cardinals KeiVarae Russell – CB Arizona’s needs some young bodies in their secondary.
30 Carolina Panthers Justin Simmons – S The Panthers did more with less talent at S than anyone last year. Adding Simmons would be smart.
31 Denver Broncos Sebastian Tretola – OG Losing Mathis this off-season to Arizona, the Broncos find a plug-and-play option with Tretola in the 3rd.
32 Detroit Lions Shawn Oakman – DE Detroit can use some more pieces on defense and this is a great spot for Oakman to come of the board.
33 New England Patriots Kyler Fackrell – OLB Fackrell should help ease the pain of trading Chandler Jones.
34 Seattle Seahawks Kyle Murphy – OT The Seahawks need to rebuild their horrendous line.
35 Denver Broncos Carl Nassib – DE Denver lost some good pieces in free agency. It will be hard to recreate last year’s defense, therefore, they add more depth to their roster.

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