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2016 NFL Draft: Mock Draft 14th April

It's now just 2 weeks until the 2016 NFL Draft! So, to prepare yourselves here is an up-to-date mock draft to pick apart.1. L.A


It’s now just 2 weeks until the 2016 NFL Draft! So, to prepare yourselves here is an up-to-date mock draft to pick apart. 1. L.A Rams – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State The Rams made a huge trade in order to move to this position, which can only mean one thing, they are in love with a Quarterback. Carson Wentz is very much a prototypical Quarterback. If you could average out an NFL Quarterback he would more than likely be around 6ft5 and 237 pounds which is Wentz. He reads the field well and although he doesn’t have huge arm strength, he makes all the throws accurately. He is still developing, but with the right surrounding cast, he can develop quickly. 2. Cleveland Browns – Deforest Buckner, DE, Oregon Buckner is a very good 3-4 defensive end, he is quick, strong and very athletic. He controls at the point of attack and is an explosive pass rusher. He also returned for his senior year, giving him 4 years to work on his craft. He fits in the Browns 3-4 alongside fellow first round pick Danny Shelton and makes the Browns nasty up front. 3. San Diego Chargers – Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State Bosa has the look, and he backs it up with versatility. He can play hand down in the dirt or from a standing start. Coming into this process he was heralded as a top prospect, and he has done nothing to show teams otherwise. While he has had some discipline issues, his ability against both the run and pass will make teams forget about this. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Ezekiel Elliott. RB, Ohio State Last year the Cowboys felt the effects of not having a strong running back. Elliott will be an immediate remedy to that problem. While number 4 for a running back might seem high, Elliott has the ability to be a 3 down, bell cow running back. He can run, catch and block while displaying elite size and athleticism. In addition to this he is ultra-competitive and will fit well with a team and fan base desperate to win. 5. Jacksonville Jaguars – Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA If Myles Jack drops this far, the Jaguars will pull the trigger on him. He has a strong case as the best overall defender in the draft. He is incredibly explosive, with elite aggression and desire. He did suffer a knee injury last season, however it was early in the year, and with the desire he possesses he will attempt to come back better than ever. Jack did a little bit of everything at UCLA, showing his versatility and paired with Telvin Smith, he could form a very dangerous duo. 6. Baltimore Ravens – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss Tunsil is arguably the drafts most polished project full stop, and he is a strong blocker against both the run and the pass. While he may lack pure power, he more than makes up for it with fantastic technique and the smoothness of his transitions. If he drops to the Ravens, they have to pull the trigger. He immediately upgrades the Ravens line and instantly becomes a starter. 7. San Francisco 49ers – Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama Recent early retirements have affected the 49ers at the Inside Linebackers, and they need to find a long term replacement soon. Ragland fits this mould. He is a leader and has the size to really make an impact. He is tough, hits hard and can stop the run at an elite level. His awareness and instincts will help him avoid being caught out in coverage early in his career. 8. Philadelphia Eagles – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame The Eagles find a bookend to their offensive line by picking up Stanley. With brilliant foot quickness and fantastic pass blocking, he can come in immediately and start at either tackle positions. Stanley showed maturity by returning to school for his senior year, and will be rewarded for doing this with an early first round selection. He is always improving his run blocking and coming to a team with an established left tackle will take the pressure off. 9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State The Bucs have struggled with cornerback play in recent years and have failed in both free agency and the draft to remedy this. Regardless of past failures though, Ramsey is too good to pass on. With the size to compete with big receivers, and recovery speed to keep up with the fast receivers, Ramsey is the whole package. 10. New York Giants – Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia Leonard Floyd is fast, very fast. He can play in space and is very rangy for his position, meaning he will immediately cause problems off the edge. His ability as a pass rusher is undeniable, however some comment on the fact that he is very thin for the position in relation to his height. If he adds muscle, he has the potential to be an all-star. 11. Chicago Bears – Jaylon Smith, OLB, Notre Dame Jaylon Smith is the definition of versatility. He can play outside or inside Linebacker and isn’t limited to one type of defence. His best position though is outside, and the Bears will be very happy if he drops to them. They solidified the inside Linebacker spot in free agency, freeing up the outside for Smith to wreak havoc. He can play in coverage or rush the passer, giving the Bears a true hybrid player. 12. New Orleans Saints – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama Robinson is the perfect size for a NFL defensive tackle. He also has the ability to play across the whole defensive line, and for a player above 300 pounds that is rare. At the NFL level he will play mainly defensive tackle, and can immediately make a team’s run defence better, with his ability to plug holes and bring down defenders. To be a true star he needs to improve his pass rushing, but with time to work on it, he has all the potential in the word. 13. Miami Dolphins – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida Hargreaves is not the biggest or fastest Cornerback in this year’s draft, but you will be hard pressed to find someone as consistent. He is very competitive and has great instincts which means he is always within reach of the ball. With his ability to makes plays on the ball too, he has everything needed to be a number 1 Corner in this league. If he is available at 13, the Dolphins will take him. 14. Oakland Raiders – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State Oakland is getting younger and more talented, and someone like Apple fits the mould. He has all the talent in world, he has size and strength to match up in this league, as well as the ability to play man and zone coverage. In college however, he was never asked to cover for very long and didn’t always trust his feet to be in the right place. He could struggle early with penalties, as he grabs at receivers instead of playing the ball when tested. 15. Tennessee Titans – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State The Titans planned for the future by trading out of the number 1 spot, and they continue this plan by drafting a tackle. Conklin has the size and strength needed to excel at this level, and the recovery quickness to make up for what are average feet. He has the attitude and competitiveness that coach’s love, and the ability to be a star for many years. Mariota will get an above average blindside protector here, who could become a pro bowl calibre player. 16. Detroit Lions – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss The Lions lost the production of Calvin Johnson this offseason, and so attempt to avoid a drop off with this pick. Treadwell is all about production, while you won’t see many highlight reel plays from him, he will consistently produce. He can run deep routes with the best of them, and is incredibly challenging in the air. Alongside a possession receiver in Golden Tate, Treadwell will thrive. 17. Atlanta Falcons – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson The Falcons problems at pass rusher have been highly publicised, Kevin Dodd is a problem solver. He helped himself immensely to end the season, with a 5 game streak with at least 1 sack. He has the desire and a great motor which will help him to finish off the plays. While he might struggle at times at the NFL, his instincts will help him get over these struggles. 18. Indianapolis Colts – Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State The Colts won’t turn any heads with this pick, but he may be the safest pick in the whole draft. He is very strong and has great fluidity in his movements. He played tackle in college, but is better suited to guard in the pros, and his confidence in his own ability should have him starting straight away. He will improve all facets of his game by playing, and Andrew Luck will be happy with the upgrade to his line. 19. Buffalo Bills – Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss The Bills add a player with the size and talent to be an impact player on their defensive line. Nkemdiche is highly rated player who can plug in and play immediately, and would add talent to a Bills line that underachieved last year. He does however have some character concerns, and his lack of true solo production may put some teams off. 20. New York Jets – Henry Hunter, TE, Arkansas A Tight End who is the full package, he has a big body, isn’t scared to get dirty hitting blocks and excels when catching in traffic. The Jets have seen what an elite Tight End can do in their division, and they have the chance to get in on the party here. 21. Washington Redskins – Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor The Redskins lost a huge presence in free agency, and need to find his replacement, Billings could be this replacement. Billings has enormous power and elite closing speed for a man of his size. He dominates the point of attack and at the age of just 21, can be the Redskins starter for a generation. While his maturity could come into question, his ability will not. 22. Houston Texans – Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame Fuller has his detractors who say that average hands, weekly production and slim frame will affect his draft stock. If he gets the right team interested however he can thrive. He has big play ability and top end speed, which is still a commodity in this league. With the fear factor of his speed freeing up production machine DeAndre Hopkins, look for him to play early and often. 23. Minnesota Vikings – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pitt Boyd is versatile, maybe to a fault. In college he played both Running back and Receiver however he has to make sure he isn’t defined by this. He is a very smart receiver, and has elite hands making sure he catches everything thrown his way. With the Vikings he would be surrounded by talent, and without the spotlight, he can thrive. 24. Cincinnati Bengals – Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville Rankins is a winner, pure and simple. He is productive, hits the right gaps, can play the point of attacks, is powerful, quick and has an outstanding motor. He is able to play either 4-3 or 3-4 and will contribute immediately. He fits with the Bengals, because although he is slightly smaller than the prototypical Tackle, he can be disruptive from day 1, while he learns the ropes. 25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson Mackensie Alexander has split the evaluators down the middle. His detractors say that he doesn’t have much speed off the line, and he can be very cocky in his own ability. However he has a lot of people who believe in his abilities. He is great in man coverage and his instincts are very good, also his cockiness is seen by many as only adding to his competitive fire. Alexander has all the attributes to be a top Corner, the learning curve however could be steep. 26. Seattle Seahawks – Le’Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech Clark has elite quickness and uses his length very well, however in the NFL sometimes this isn’t enough. His technique isn’t very polished and he will need to add more muscle to his frame, however he has all the potential to become an elite player at this position. The Seahawks will get at least an average starter from day one regardless though. 27. Green Bay Packers – Darron Lee, OLB, Ohio State This pick for the Packers is as much about scheme git as it is about ability. Lee is a very good Linebacker, but due to his size he may struggle at the top level. Playing alongside a player like Clay Matthews, will free him up to thrive using his playmaking ability and pure athleticism. 28. Kansas City Chiefs – Jared Goff, QB, Cal Jared Goff has all the tools to be a franchise Quarterback, however some teams will see him as too lean. If he drops to Kansas, they should definitely pull the trigger. He is very much the opposite of incumbent Alex Smith, with an NFL ready arm, pocket mobility and the attitude to be a star. Whereas he suffers from lapses in accuracy and decision making. If he is able to sit for a year or 2 he can develop into a true franchise Quarterback. 29. Arizona Cardinals – Su’a Cravens, OLB, USC Cravens has played both Safety and Linebacker, giving him a unique take on the position. While he may seem undersized for the position, he is incredibly competitive and very tough. He is very productive and comes in ready to contribute, however it might take some time to really become a starter. With the Cardinals in need of help at both positions, he is definitely someone they will target. 30. Carolina Panthers – Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson Lawson’s production, instincts and power make him a tone setter. He comes in and makes people sit up and look. His attitude and build will work out in the NFL, however he isn’t the best athlete. This added to his average pass rushing skills will mean that he is only a piece and not the star. However with a team like the Panthers, pieces like Lawson thrive when included in an all-star defence. 31. Denver Broncos – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis The Broncos allowed Osweiler to leave, and haven’t properly replaced him for the long term. Paxton Lynch could very well be this replacement. He has the size, athleticism and arm strength to thrive in this league. He is seen by some as a dual threat with ability in his legs too, however he extends the play mostly, rather than running from the pocket. With the Broncos recent signing of Mark Sanchez, if they give Lynch a year to sit and learn he could become a franchise quarterback in no time. If he starts immediately, as long as he avoids mistakes, the Bronco’s defence will take care of him.

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