2016 Mock Draft- Jalen Ramsey to Cowboys
April 24, 2016 | Chet
What makes a mock draft great? Is it who ends up getting the most picks correct? Is it whichever one makes the best pick for your favorite team in your eyes? Is it one that is most realistic to the consensus?
I cannot guarantee complete accuracy as no one can, but I can promise my best effort. I compiled my picks by looking at draft visits, team needs, and the overall skill/potential of the prospects. Sit back and enjoy!
- Los Angeles Rams- Jared Goff- QB- California
Goff is 21 years old and Carson Wentz is 23. Off the potential of Goff over Wentz and Goff’s experience playing against better competition makes this an easy choice.
- Philadelphia Eagles- Carson Wentz- QB- North Dakota State
The Eagles are more infatuated with Wentz than many others causing them to trade up to secure his services. I don’t see Wentz as a franchise QB, but then again I have no GM experience.
- San Diego Chargers- Laremy Tunsil- OT- Mississippi
Much scrutiny came upon the Chargers last season for allowing Phillip Rivers to take a beating and no running lanes being there for Melvin Gordon. It just makes too much sense for the Chargers to take a Pro Bowl level LT for the next 10 years.
- Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Ramsey- CB/S- Florida State
Ramsey may end up at the Safety position if he cannot transition to Corner at the NFL level, but I don’t think Dallas cares. They are taking the best player overall at a position of need either way.
- Jacksonville Jaguars- Joey Bosa- DE- Ohio State
I do not see the Jaguars in need of a 10 sack player with Dante Fowler returning from injury. They would love a 6-8 sack player who is stout against the run in a division with teams who love to pound the rock.
- Baltimore Ravens- Ezekiel Elliott- RB- Ohio State
This is not a typical Ravens move to take a devalued position this high, but I don’t believe they like Buckner or Stanley. Miami may trade up here for Elliott. I do believe the Ravens take the best player available mentality with this pick
- San Francisco 49ers- Laquon Treadwell- WR- Mississippi
Chip Kelly has a desire to have a big receiver where he can find mismatches in the slot. I believe Treadwell is the best player in this draft and he is much younger than Doctson. The 49ers are making a mistake if they rely simply on DeAndre Smelter.
- Cleveland Browns- Ronnie Stanley- OT- Notre Dame
Joe Thomas could be gone from the organization as soon as Thursday night. Here Cleveland locks up a young OT. I don’t believe they care if he starts out at LT or RT.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Vernon Hargreaves III- CB- Florida
Tampa Bay would like to keep this player in the state. They had trouble covering opposing Wideouts last year and the addition of Brent Grimes won’t change that too much.
- New York Giants- Myles Jack- LB- UCLA
The Giants struggled against the run last year and to cover running backs out of the backfield. At this point I believe it is reasonable for the Giants to take a risk and potentially get the most talented player in the 2016 draft class.
- Chicago Bears- DeForest Buckner- DE- Oregon
I am sure the Bears are not expecting Buckner to drop to 11, but they are thrilled when he does. He is a great fit for their 3-4 scheme.
- New Orleans Saints- Josh Doctson- WR- TCU
The Saints need help on defense, but the Saints best shot with the few years left with Drew Brees is to surround him with a stud WR. Doctson is a more talented Marques Colston.
- Miami Dolphins- Shaq Lawson- DE- Clemson
The Dolphins lost Vernon creating a huge void at DE. Lawson can step in from Day 1 and help create a pass rush with Suh.
- Oakland Raiders- Leonard Floyd- OLB- Georgia
The Raiders got a glimpse of what a pass rush can look like with Aldon Smith paired with Khalil Mack. Aldon is gone, so enter Floyd is should be a more reliable counterpart.
- Tennessee Titans- Jack Conklin- OT- Michigan State
The Titans gathered a lot of picks by trading out of the 1st pick and still end up with a solid Tackle prospect. The drafting of Conklin will allow Taylor Lewan to stick on the left side giving Marcus Mariota solid bookends.
- Detroit Lions- Sheldon Rankins- DT- Louisville
The Rankins pick is a great value pick for Detroit to help the void left by Suh two years ago. Rankins is my favorite DT in this draft class and could have been a top 10 pick if not for his injury at the Senior Bowl.
- Atlanta Falcons- Jarran Reed- DT- Alabama
I don’t necessarily believe the Falcons are a believer in Hageman. The Falcons go the safe route and pick the best run stuffer in the draft.
- Indianapolis Colts- Taylor Decker- OT- Ohio State
Andrew Luck took a beating last year and an upgrade at the Tackle position is a must. Decker is the best Offensive Lineman on the board.
- Buffalo Bills- Paxton Lynch- QB- Memphis
Nothing would troll Jets fans more than taking Lynch one pick before their selection. Tyrod Taylor is an okay stop gap, but not a future difference maker. Lynch can sit and learn for a year before he takes over the reins.
- New York Jets- William Jackson III- CB- Houston
Milliner has been a bust and Cromartie is gone. The game plan is to avoid throwing at Revis, so why not put a play maker alongside him?
- Washington Redskins- Reggie Ragland- LB- Alabama
The Redskins have been looking for a thumping MLB ever since London Fletcher retired. The Redskins draft their next warrior in Ragland.
- Houston Texans- Sterling Shepard- WR- Oklahoma
Shepard is regarded as the best route runner in this draft class. He would be a great fit alongside Hopkins as Coleman has major questions marks.
- Minnesota Vikings- Cody Whitehair- OG- Kansas State
If the Vikings are going to make a Super Bowl run, it will be on the backs of Adrian Peterson. Whitehair would be an upgrade at the guard position with the athletic ability to pull and open up outside running lanes.
- Cincinnati Benglas- Corey Coleman- WR- Baylor
The Bengals have a dire need at the WR position. Coleman would be the quick twitched athlete the Bengals need opposite A.J. Green.
- Pittsburgh Steelers- Andrew Billings- DT- Baylor
Remember when the Steelers had Casey Hampton plugging the middle of their defense for years? Well, here is a Casey Hampton clone in Billings.
- Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Kelly- C- Alabama
The struggles of the Seahawks Offensive Line last year were covered up by the scrambling ability of Russell Wilson. This pick gives them an anchor for the next decade.
- Green Bay Packers- A’Shawn Robinson- DE/DT- Alabama
The loss of B.J. Raji leaves them with a hole for a Defensive Lineman who can stuff the run. Robinson should fit in perfectly and help free up the Packer Linebackers.
- Kansas City Chiefs- Eli Apple- CB- Ohio State
The loss of Sean Smith leaves them with a void opposite Marcus Peters. Drafting Apple would give them a solid young tandem similar to what Brandon Carr and Sean Smith were a few years ago.
- Arizona Cardinals- Karl Joseph- S- West Virginia
The Cardinals have playmakers in Mathieu and Peterson. What they need is a heat seeking missile and that is exactly what Joseph is. He is what the secondary is missing.
- Carolina Panthers- Mackensie Alexander- CB- Clemson
The Panthers lose one overly confident corner in Josh Norman and replace him with another in Alexander.
- Denver Broncos- Christian Hackenberg- QB- Penn State
Hackenberg may go earlier than this as some forget he was the projected No. 1 pick before Penn State hired James Franklin. The Broncos would like to draft him and let him sit behind Mark Sanchez. Hackenberg would be a great fit as he doesn’t have to do too much behind a great defense.
Thanks for reading and enjoy the 1st round on Thursday everyone!