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Thursday, April 7, 2016

2016 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0

2016 NFL Mock Draft Version 4.0

1. Tennessee Titans: OT Laremy Tunsil, Mississippi Rebels

Scouting Report
Overview: Barring some trade with another team looking to move up presumably for the quarterback of their choosing, this pick will most likely be Laremy Tunsil to help protect their investment in Marcus Mariota.

2. Cleveland Browns: QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State Bison

Scouting Report
Overview: If it were up to me in Cleveland, I’d go with the next best player available in Jalen Ramsey to be a cornerstone on that defense, but I get the feeling that Hue Jackson and co. wants to draft the quarterback of the future here in Carson Wentz, who is the quarterback that is connected the most to the Browns.

3. San Diego Chargers: DB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State Seminoles

Scouting Report
Overview: Long-time starter and cornerstone safety Eric Weddle is now on the Baltimore Ravens, and it makes sense to replace a former superstar with a future superstar at that position in Jalen Ramsey.

4. Dallas Cowboys: RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State Buckeyes

Scouting Report 
Overview: I’m starting to get the vibe that Dallas is getting more and more interested in the idea of taking Ezekiel Elliott with fourth overall pick. He provides this team with the biggest impact of any player in this draft class and will be the immediate front-runner for OROY.

5. Jacksonville Jaguars: LB Myles Jack, UCLA Bruins

Scouting Report
Overview: Despite the splashes that Jacksonville made in free agency to help bolster their defense, they still have a hole at the inside linebacker position, but there is no need to worry because arguably the most talented player in this class, Myles Jack, fits that big need.

6. Baltimore Ravens: DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon Ducks

Scouting Report
Overview: If DeForest Buckner gets to the sixth pick, he won’t be there at seven. It makes too much sense considering the talent, potential, fit, and need.

7. San Francisco 49ers: QB Jared Goff, California Golden Bears

Scouting Report
Overview: The marriage between San Francisco and Colin Kaepernick appears to be headed for a divorce soon, and as a result, the 49ers have done their homework on quarterbacks like Jared Goff, who I believe is far and away the best quarterback in this class.

8. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida Gators

Scouting Report
Overview: I’m sure that the Eagles would love to have their quarterback fall into their lap here, but they would most likely have to trade up to get their guy, and with some uncertainty at the cornerback position, Vernon Hargreaves makes a lot of sense here with his playmaking ability.

9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE Joey Bosa, Ohio State Buckeyes

Scouting Report
Overview: Does Joey Bosa fall this far on draft night? Maybe not, but in this scenario, this is his floor and I believe the Buccaneers would be ecstatic to see his name still on the board as an impact defensive end in their 4-3 defense.

10. New York Giants: OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Scouting Report
Overview: Even with the acquisition of Ereck Flowers, the Giants still need help on that offensive line, particularly at left tackle, and the player that will be at the top of many boards at this point will be Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley. I’m not the biggest advocate for Stanley, but he would provide them with stability at that position.

11. Chicago Bears: CB William Jackson III, Houston Cougars

Scouting Report
Overview: Chicago is showing needs some youth and athleticism on the outside of that secondary, and with Kyle Fuller’s versatility, a player like William Jackson III could make this team better at two positions if Fuller is moved to safety with Adrian Amos. I believe Jackson III is the best overall cornerback in this class and should make a legitimate impact right away as a feared ball-hawk.

12. New Orleans Saints: DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville Cardinals

Scouting Report
Overview: Rankins is the most disruptive interior pass rusher in this draft who can play in an odd or even front and have big-time production. This would be a great value pick for New Orleans.

13. Miami Dolphins: LB Darron Lee, Ohio State Buckeyes

Scouting Report
Overview: The Dolphins need a linebacker who can play in space and make plays all over the field. That player could potentially be Darron Lee out of Ohio State with his athleticism, instincts, and cover skills.

14. Oakland Raiders: LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama Crimson Tide

Scouting Report
Overview: In my opinion, the Oakland Raiders stole the offseason this year with their acquisitions on both sides of the ball, but I think that if there were one spot that I’d like them to address, it’d be at the Mike linebacker spot, which is where Alabama’s Reggie Ragland could provide an instant upgrade.

15. Los Angeles Rams: WR Laquon Treadwell, Mississippi Rebels

Scouting Report
Overview: In every mock that you see, Laquon Treadwell is all over the board from the top ten to out of the first round entirely, but I think that if he is still available when Los Angeles is on the clock, his name will be on that card.

16. Detroit Lions: OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State Spartans

Scouting Report
Overview: Most of “draft twitter” is not enamored with Michigan State’s Jack Conklin, but there is no doubt in my mind that he can be an impact player right away in this league as a starting right tackle, a position that the Detroit Lions need to upgrade.

17. Atlanta Falcons: EDGE Shaq Lawson, Clemson Tigers

Scouting Report
Overview: This is a dream scenario for Atlanta fans because of the talent and impact that a top ten player like Shaq Lawson would provide to this front seven. With a young core of Vic Beasley, Shaq Lawson, Ra’Shede Hageman, and Grady Jarrett, this team has the potential to be a formidable defense going forward.

18. Indianapolis Colts: EDGE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky Colonels

Scouting Report
Overview: Noah Spence is far and away the best player on my board at this point, and I’m sure that he could be near the top of consideration for the Indianapolis Colts as well with their need for a young, athletic edge rusher.

19. Buffalo Bills: OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State Buckeyes

Scouting Report
Overview: Buffalo could go a bunch of different directions here, but I think that the safe pick would be Taylor Decker, offensive tackle out of Ohio State. He would give the Bills an immediate upgrade at right tackle with the ability to move to the left side in 2017 if they don’t want to pay Cordy Glenn long-term.

 20. New York Jets: QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis Tigers

Scouting Report
Overview: The Jets are rumored to be heavily interested in Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, but the question is if he will get to the 20th overall pick with teams like Los Angeles and Buffalo in front of them. If Lynch is indeed on the clock, the Jets shouldn’t hesitate.

21. Washington Redskins: DT Jarran Reed, Alabama Crimson Tide

Scouting Report
Overview: The Redskins have an aging defensive line that needs a boost of youth and talent to to that group. A player like Jarran Reed could man the middle of that defensive line for the next several years with big-time production against the run.

22. Houston Texans: WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame Fighting Irish

Scouting Report
Overview: This would undoubtedly be a controversial pick because of his “boom” or “bust” factor, but he does have the potential to be a Desean Jackson kind of player who can absolutely take the top off of a defense, which is exactly what this Texans team needs.

23. Minnesota Vikings: WR Josh Doctson, TCU Horned Frogs

Scouting Report
Overview: For Minnesota to take that next step, they need to find a true number one option at wide receiver, and Josh Doctson could be the perfect mold for that role. He would be a threat all over the field, providing franchise quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with a reliable safety blanket.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Corey Coleman, Baylor Bears

Scouting Report
Overview: The Bengals lost both Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency this offseason, leaving a hole at the wide receiver position opposite of AJ Green. In my opinion, Corey Coleman should be the no-brainer pick here for Cincinnati as he would complement this offense perfectly as a number two receiver who can take double teams away from AJ Green.

25. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson Tigers

Scouting Report
Overview: As the offseason has gone along, it is evident that the Pittsburgh Steelers are looking for help in the secondary. Alexander is one of my top defensive backs left on the board and he fits the Steelers mold at the cornerback position.

26. Seattle Seahawks: OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana Hoosiers

Scouting Report
Overview: I’m just going to put it plain as day that Seattle’s offensive line is absolutely atrocious. They can still address the position group in the draft however, and a player like Jason Spriggs fits what they like in offensive tackle prospects with his length and athleticism.

27. Green Bay Packers: DT Andrew Billings, Baylor Bears

Scouting Report
Overview: BJ Raji taking a hiatus from the game of football may be a relief to some Packers fans as he was starting to lose his luster on the field, but a player like Andrew Billings could be the upgrade on that defensive line that they are looking for with his power and All-Pro potential.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: CB Eli Apple, Ohio State Buckeyes

Scouting Report
Overview: Cornerback may not be the most pressing need for Kansas City, but I’d imagine that at some point the draft they would like to replace Sean Smith with a player who has a very similar skill-set. That player could be Eli Apple, who is a long, ball-hawking cornerback, but he should be taken with caution.

29. Arizona Cardinals: C Ryan Kelly, Alabama Crimson Tide

Scouting Report
Overview: Arizona doesn’t have a lot of pressing needs, but the center position is one of them, and Ryan Kelly is a top 20 player in my opinion. This offensive line could be one of the more dominant groups in the league if Kelly translates as well as I think he will.

30. Carolina Panthers: RB Derrick Henry, Alabama Crimson Tide

Scouting Report
Overview: This is another pick that could make the rest of the NFL tremble at the thought of this actually happening. A trio of Cam Newton, Mike Tolbert, and Derrick Henry is a load to stop, and as a result of the scheme fit and impact he would have in this offense, this is a nightmare for the rest of the league in terms of trying to stop this attack.

31. Denver Broncos: DL Jonathan Bullard, Florida Gators

Scouting Report
Overview: Jonathan Bullard is a top 20 player in this draft with big-time value this late in the round. He can line up in an odd or even front and have success has a quick, explosive three down player. It’s hard to not know where Jonathan Bullard is on the field because he consistently lives in the opponent’s backfield.

Second Round

32. Cleveland Browns: WR Michael Thomas, Ohio State Buckeyes
33. Tennessee Titans: S Vonn Bell, Ohio State Buckeyes
34. Dallas Cowboys: S Karl Joseph, West Virginia Mountaineers
35. San Diego Chargers: DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama Crimson Tide
36. Baltimore Ravens: CB Xavien Howard, Baylor Bears
37. San Francisco 49ers: EDGE Kevin Dodd, Clemson Tigers
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Kenny Clark, UCLA Bruins
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Keanu Neal, Florida Gators
40. New York Giants: RB Devontae Booker, Utah Utes
41. Chicago Bears: EDGE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State Cowboys
42. Miami Dolphins: OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford Cardinal
43. Los Angeles Rams: QB Connor Cook, Michigan State Spartans
44. Oakland Raiders: DB Jalen Mills, LSU Tigers
45. Los Angeles Rams: LB Joshua Perry, Ohio State Buckeyes
46. Detroit Lions: DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
47. New Orleans Saints: WR Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh Panthers
48. Indianapolis Colts: S Darian Thompson, Boise State Broncos
49. Buffalo Bills: OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia Bulldogs
50. Atlanta Falcons: S Justin Simmons, Boston College Eagles
51. New York Jets: OL Cody Whitehair, Kansas State Wildcats
52. Houston Texans: DL Chris Jones, Mississippi State Bulldogs
53. Washington Redskins: LB Kentrell Brothers, Missouri Tigers
54. Minnesota Vikings: OG Christian Westerman, Arizona State Sun Devils
55. Cincinnati Bengals: DT Austin Johnson, Penn State Nittany Lions
56. Seattle Seahawks: DT Javon Hargrave, South Carolina State Bulldogs
57. Green Bay Packers: OLB Kamalei Correa, Boise State Broncos
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: DL Jihad Ward, Illinois Fighting Illini
59. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Sterling Shepard, Oklahoma Sooners
60. New England Patriots: RB Alex Collins, Arkansas Razorbacks
61. New England Patriots: WR Braxton Miller, Ohio State Buckeyes
62. Carolina Panthers: OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M Aggies
63. Denver Broncos: QB Dak Prescott, Mississippi State Bulldogs

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