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2016 NFL Draft: Mock Draft March 6th

Here’s a new mock draft, post-combine version. The upcoming free agency period will assuredly change team needs, but that’s ok, it’s a


Here’s a new mock draft, post-combine version. The upcoming free agency period will assuredly change team needs, but that’s ok, it’s an excuse to do another in a few weeks’ time! 1. Tennessee Titans – Laremy Tunsil, OT, Ole Miss – Tunsil is the class of this draft, and has all the athleticism, power, technique and footwork to potentially develop into one of the league’s best before long. He’s the top prospect, and fits a need. Plug him in on the left, shift Lewan to the right, and protect Mariota for years to come. 2. Cleveland Browns – Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State – I’m on the record that I don’t think any quarterbacks are really deserving to go this early in the draft, but it’s looking more than likely that that’s the way the Browns shall go. If they do, Wentz would be my choice of the big name three. The rise up the board recently is justified; the upside with this small school prospect is big. There’s work to do and a lot of growing pains expected early, but there’s a chance this finally ends the run of poor play at the position that Browns fans have endured, even if it takes a year or two to get there. 3. San Diego Chargers – Jalen Ramsey, S/CB, Florida State – This is a tricky spot for the Chargers. They really could use an offensive tackle, but with Tunsil off the board, they likely will have to address that in the second round instead. Here they can snap one of the most talented prospects in Jalen Ramsey. I like him more at corner, but Ramsey is equally able at safety too. Weddle at least isn’t going to be back, and they may lose others, leaving them weak at the safety spot. Ramsey proved his athleticism at the combine, which few have at his size. 4. Dallas Cowboys – Joey Bosa, EDGE, Ohio State – Reports are that QB is not going to be the choice (smokescreen?). The need for a pass rusher has increased for the Cowboys, with the uncertainty around Hardy’s future, the poor first season and then suspension for Gregory, and the injury issues for Lawrence. Bosa isn’t the most explosive off the edge, but is powerful with outstanding hands to disrupt the backfield, and then is as good as any end entering the league in recent years in terms of playing against the run. 5. Jacksonville Jaguars – DeForest Buckner, DL, Oregon – Arguably has a bigger upside than Bosa, so I don’t think the Jags will mind this scenario. Sure, they went pass rush last year with Fowler, but he’s still an unknown, and need more at the position regardless. Buckner is just scratching the surface of what he can achieve and has size & length that is so rare. 6. Baltimore Ravens – Vernon Hargreaves, CB, Florida – They’d love to have a shot at Buckner, but he’s gone. The Ravens secondary needs a boost, and while this might be too early for some to take Hargreraves, he’s a true playmaker at the position despite not being the biggest, and certainly plays tough. He looked a class apart at the combine just to confirm what was already clear on film. 7. San Francisco 49ers – Jared Goff, QB, California – I’m even less keen of Goff this high, who is only my 21st ranked prospect. I understand why some like him earlier though. With Kaepernick apparently trying to force a move, they probably have to pull the trigger on Goff if he’s there. It’s tough to know if Kelly would want Goff; we’ll speculate yes for these purposes for now. 8. Miami Dolphins – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA – Should be a straight-forward choice here. Jack is an exceptional combination of athlete and intelligent player, who can be used in so many ways. It’s rare for a linebacker to have his range and ability in space to cover, combined with superb physicality. The Dolphins need someone at his position who can excel in the pass game, and that is Jack through and through. 9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Ezekiel Elliot, RB, Ohio State – After two years of almost entirely offensive player drafts, this one is supposed to be all about the D this year. So yeah, an offensive playmaker in round 1! Trouble is, the Bucs need help in either the secondary or the pass rush, but with Ramsey, Hargreaves, Buckner and Bosa gone, any pick there could be a little bit of a reach. In addition, Martin is going to hit free agency, and Winston needs a run game to continue his development. Martin can’t be lost without replacing him, and Elliot is a star in the making with a complete game. He’s arguably the top offensive skill position prospect in the 2016 class. 10. New York Giants – Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame – Back to back offensive tackles in round 1 for the Giants. Flowers struggled, but he really wasn’t ready to be thrown into the fire. Hopefully he improves, but a move to the right with Stanley on the left ought to give a unit that has been a real weakness to improve at multiple spots with this pick. 11. Chicago Bears – Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville – The Bears are running a 3-4 base defense now, but don’t have all the right pieces right now on the roster. Rankins is an explosive, powerful lineman who can fill a need at the 5-technique end position. His rise up the boards has much more to it than just his dominance at the senior bowl, but it certainly helped! He’s been playing great for a number of years now in the ACC. 12. New Orleans Saints – Andrew Billings, DL, Baylor – Rankins probably would have been the first choice here, but Billings isn’t a bad compromise! He gets wrongly labelled as a nose tackle and run stuffer primarily, but that does a big injustice to how much potential he has as an interior pass rusher. He needs to finish plays better, but is hugely disruptive, and spent a lot of time the past two years in opponent’s backfields. The champion weightlifter has so much power to go with a great first step, followed by a non-stop motor. He’s a nightmare to handle for a full game. Just what the Saints need who had little pass rush up the middle last year, and Kevin Williams is getting on at 36. 13. Philadelphia Eagles – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss – With Bradford signed up at least for next season, they can maybe grab a youngster a bit later rather than with their top pick. Cornerback is a big need, so depending on how the Eagles grade Eli Apple, could be in play here. Another WR to help out Bradford is an option too, even though they’ve invested a few high picks at the position in recent years. Treadwell lacks top end speed, but catches almost everything within his radius, and is built for the NFL, both physically and mentally. 14. Oakland Raiders – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama – The Raiders have hit on the majority of their early picks in the last couple years. Adding a run-stuffing linebacker in Ragland would be another nice addition and hits a big need. He won’t wow athletically or with the measurables, but he’s tough, and offers a bit of pass rush threat too on third downs. 15. Los Angeles Rams – Shaq Lawson, EDGE, Clemson – Do they like Lynch enough or not, that is the question. If not, then Lawson could be a great choice. The interior D-line is strong, especially with Donald. Quinn is another star on the edge, but could use another quality end opposite if they can’t resign Hayes. Lawson doesn’t have prototype length, but has outstanding speed to power transition on his rushes and is relentless whether rushing or with his superb play versus the run. If Hayes is signed, then another position might be where they go (the fun of doing mocks pre-free agency!). 16. Detroit Lions – Jack Conklin, OT, Michigan State – Another tackle is needed to go with Reiff, and Conklin’s a prospect on the rise following the combine. While he showed some better athletic ability than expected, he’s still limited. His footwork, power and length make up for any slight deficiencies though and is pro-ready, whether on the left or the right. 17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State – Lee is another linebacker who excels in space, and can make an impact both dropping back in the pass game, and when blitzing into the backfield. Few can make plays on every level of the defense as he can, and fits the profile of what is looked for in a modern LB, even if he is limited in terms of size. Brooks Reed was a required addition to the group last season, and Worrilow has done better than expected as a former undrafted free agent, but the position needs a major influx of talent. 18. Indianapolis Colts – Eli Apple, CB, Ohio State – There’s a number of talented corners about to hit the free agent market, so again this need might be filled before the draft comes around. If not, Apple has the size, length and speed looked for. The speed was a question entering the combine but he answered that emphatically. His vision and anticipation is great, but does need to trust himself more and not grab, as well as work on his run support which is poor for such a big corner right now. He’s young though as only a redshirt sophomore and will get better. 19. Buffalo Bills – Kevin Dodd, EDGE, Clemson – I’m not quite this high on Dodd, but this just feels like it could happen. Mario Williams is gone as expected, and Rex Ryan invests in defensive lineman even when it’s not a need. Williams didn’t like to play in space when asked – Dodd is great in pursuit and played from a two-point stance often this year. For someone as inexperienced, Dodd is impressively disciplined at setting the edge versus the run, and is improving as a pass rusher all the time, even if he lacks initial quickness off the snap. 20. New York Jets – Leonard Floyd, EDGE, Georgia – My least favourite pick of this mock, just couldn’t find a choice that I liked. I only have a 2nd round grade on Floyd, and he could end up as Barkevious Mingo 2.0. He has length and speed, but is so slim and easily controlled for the most part. He’s yet to come close to playing up to his potential. Perhaps the Jets might consider an offensive tackle here with Ferguson getting on a bit, and not playing quite as well as in previous years, they could develop his eventual replacement. 21. Washington Redskins – Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State – Jones provides fantastic length and power, and can play all across the defensive line. He brings as much upside as any in this strong D-line class, and when he flashed (pun sort of intended) for the Bulldogs, he was unblockable. 22. Houston Texans – Paxton Lynch, QB, Memphis – Removed from the comfort and simplicity of the Tigers’ system, Lynch has shown his flaws and rawness so far in this pre-draft process. There’s outstanding physical traits though, and he is not just a one-year standout, he has three years starting behind him and got better each year. That progress will be very encouraging to scouts that he can continue to do so at the next level too. The question is whether the Texans want to develop him, as they have a defense that is ready to compete right now. 23. Minnesota Vikings – Josh Doctson, WR, TCU – Combine performances need to be taken with a bit of perspective, and is a small part of the evaluation. But sometimes a big boost to a player’s stock is justified, and Doctson’s rise is. There’s no better receiver in this draft in terms of tracking the ball through the air, adjusting his body and high pointing a catch. He confirmed his natural hands and proved he had both the lower body explosion to out-leap corners, and better straight line speed than expected. The Vikings need another target for Bridgewater who has a little bit of size, and Doctson fits the profile more than a smaller guy like Coleman or Fuller. 24. Cincinnati Bengals – Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor – The Bengals look set to lose both Jones and Sanu, so re-stocking at the wide receiver position is required. The dangerous and dynamic Coleman, who can take the ball the distance on any touch and has superb short area quickness to separate, is an exciting compliment to the size of A.J. Green. 25. Pittsburgh Steelers – Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia – The Steelers must upgrade the secondary this off-season. They’ll get a couple corners back from injury, including last year’s 2nd round pick, but need more at both corner and safety. Joseph is one of the best pure football players in this entire draft, and will be a steal if he gets out of the first round. He flies around the field like a rocket with incredible closing speed and hits with force, while being just as adept at reading the quarterback, breaking on the ball and making interceptions. He’s a sensational talent and one of my favourite players in the 2016 draft. 26. Seattle Seahawks – Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn – Everything I read suggests that Coleman isn’t thought of by most as a first rounder, but I think he’s a real talent. Sure, he’s not the athlete of the guy he replaced in Greg Robinson, but played as well as anyone at the position last season not named Tunsil, and has the length and strength to continue to be effective at the next level as well. The Seahawks don’t always follow the conventional or consensus opinions, so maybe they see similar to what I see. It’s certainly a position of need, especially if Okung doesn’t re-sign. The O-line was a real issue for the team last year. 27. Green Bay Packers – Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama – The Packers might not re-sign Raji, and might want to see if they can upgrade regardless. Reed’s game is simple, isn’t flashy, but is so reliable and steady at what he does as a rock at the point of attack to free up opportunities for his teammates. He’s ready to play from day one. 28. Kansas City Chiefs – A’Shawn Robinson, DL, Alabama – Back to back Crimson Tide defensive linemen! There’s other needs, but it could be hard to pass up on Robinson here. He’s pretty limited, struggling for leverage and offering very little as a pass rush threat, but is stout and built to play the run. Probably not going to ever be a real stand out in the NFL, but should play for a long time in the league, with that added bonus of being versatile enough to line up across the defensive line in the Chiefs defense. 29. Arizona Cardinals – Noah Spence, EDGE, Eastern Kentucky – Pass rush is the focus of this team to improve this off-season. They may well be willing to take a chance on a talented edge player in Spence, who has had his troubles off the field. The combine numbers, reports of being shaky in interviews, and lack of GM’s/head coaches at his pro day are not good signs, but he has first round talent and his film is much better than the measurables. Just because the chance on Tyrann Mathieu worked out, doesn’t mean Spence will, but it’s a good locker room and environment to enter, and should upgrade a big need. 30. Carolina Panthers – Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – Even before taking a heap of sacks in the Super Bowl, something the Broncos do well regardless who they face, the tackle position needed addressing. The former tight end is incredibly athletic and has played at a high level for four years in college. In a couple years’ time, this could be looked back on as a bit of a bargain. 31. Denver Broncos – Cody Whitehair, OG, Kansas State – The interior run blocking was poor all year, and Whitehair will slot in straight away as a plug and play guard into the line. He’s polished and ready to go. He was one of the best tackles in college last season, but his size means a move inside, but that suits the Broncos just fine.

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Rebecca Rennie

Hello all, I'm Rebecca, also going by Bex, and I am the RealSport College Football Editor, as well as writer and NFL Draft analyst.  I also edit other sports including the CFL, cycling and golf, while occasionally contributing to the NFL section as well.  I'm a fan of most sports and enjoy discussing with fellow fans, so do please comment on articles and interact.  A big fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and of the Central Florida Knights in college.

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