MOCK DRAFT 3.0 PART 1
RICH WILHELM @KODA522
1) LA RAMS- JARED GOFF QB (CAL)- The California connection is just too good to pass up with the team moving to LA. Goff is the more NFL ready prospect compared to Wentz. Rams must think they are only a few pieces away from a championship…agree to disagree.
2) PHILADELPHIA EAGLES- CARSON WENTZ QB (NDSU)- The Eagles went and did it…The team now has three quarterbacks on the roster vying to start. Wentz is clearly the quarterback of the future and the end of Sam Bradford is coming soon.
3) SAN DIEGO CHARGERS- LAREMY TUNSIL OT (MISSISSIPPI)- Laremy Tunsil is the best prospect in this draft. If the Titans did not trade out of the first spot he would have went first overall. It is too hard for the Chargers to pass up on a player that would anchor the offensive line for the next 10-12 years. It’s not a glamour pick but it’s the right one. 6’5”, 310lbs….enough said.
4) DALLAS COWBOYS- JALEN RAMSEY CB (FLORIDA STATE)- The Cowboys secondary is their weakest link. It would be nice to pick a running back at this point but running back is a position that you can get later in the draft. Cowboys should play it safe here and get the homerun hitter Jalen Ramsey.
5) JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS- JOEY BOSA DE (OHIO STATE)- Some analysts had Bosa at number one for months. Bosa is a blue-chip player just like his father. Jacksonville is assembling the pieces on offense it is now time to move to the defensive side and sign this stud.
6) BALTIMORE RAVENS- DEFOREST BUCKNER DE (OREGON)- When you think of Baltimore of course you think of defense. The defense has slipped since Ray Lewis retired, what better way to revive it than with one of the safest picks in the draft.
7) SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS- MYLES JACK ILB (UCLA)- Even with health concerns it is hard to pass up Jack at this point. Jack is a beast at LB and will instantly make up for some of the bad luck the team has had due to retirements.
8) CLEVELAND BROWNS - EZEKIEL ELLIOT RB (OHIO STATE)- Cleveland has arguable the worst backfield in the NFL. The Browns get a ton of picks and still take a franchise running back? Sign them up for that
9) TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS- VERNON HARGREAVES III CB (FLORIDA)- Brent Grimes signed to the team which helps, but the Alterraun Verner experiment seems to not be working well.
10) NEW YORK GIANTS- RONNIE STANLEY OT (NOTRE DAME)- Eli Manning needs protection if he intends on going on a retirement tour of the playoffs. Giants went off in free agency and are primed to compete for the Division. Give Eli some extra time in the pocket and the Giants will be in good shape.
11) CHICAGO BEARS- LEONARD FLOYD OLB (GEORGIA)
12) NEW ORLEANS SAINTS- A’SHAWN ROBINSON DT (ALABAMA)
13) MIAMI DOLPHINS- ELI APPLE CB (OHIO STATE)
14) OAKLAND RAIDERS- SHELDON RANKINS DT (LOUISVILLE)
15) TENNESSEE TITANS- JACK CONKLIN OT (MICHIGAN STATE)
16) DETRIOT LIONS- TAYLOR DECKER OT (OHIO STATE)
17) ATLANTA FALCONS- KEVIN DODD DE (CLEMSON)
18) INDIANAPOLIS COLTS- WILLIAM JACKSON III CB (HOUSTON)
19) BUFFALO BILLS- DARRON LEE OLB (OHIO STATE)
20) NEW YORK JETS- PAXTON LYNCH QB (MEMPHIS)- I finally caved in and put Lynch here. The guy is huge and has a cannon for an arm. Ryan Fitzpatrick is still playing hard to get and regardless Lynch is a solid addition to a shaky position. Lynch could be the quarterback of the future. Petty is a year off and is a complete unknown. Fitzpatrick only has a few years left in him if he comes back at all. Pull the trigger and let the players wean themselves out.
21) WASHINGTON REDSKINS- RYAN KELLY C (ALABAMA)- After signing Josh Norman, the Redskins biggest need is at center. Ryan Kelly is the safest draft pick in this entire draft not named Tunsil. Kelly is a brick wall. You like that!
22) HOUSTON TEXANS- SHAQ LAWSON DE (CLEMSON)
23) MINNESOTA VIKINGS- LAQUON TREADWELL WR (OLE MISS)- For months I have had Treadwell in this position. It just makes too much sense for the Vikings. Bridgewater needs a new toy and what better way than with the number one wide receiver in the draft.
24) CINCINATTI BENGALS- WILL FULLER WR (NOTRE DAME)- In every mock draft up until this point, Fuller was my number one wide receiver off the board. Looking at tape Fuller could still go number one but he needs to work on his drops. Pair him with mentor AJ Green and Fuller will be something special.
25) PITTSBURGH STEELERS-MACKENZIE ALEXANDER CB (CLEMSON)
26) SEATTLE SEAHAWKS- JARRAN REED OT (ALABAMA)
27) GREEN BAY PACKERS- REGGIE RAGLAND ILB (ALABAMA)- The Packers are smitten with Ragland and they get their guy at this point. Packers may have to end up trading up for Ragland but with so many good players in this draft he may fall into their laps.
28) KANSAS CITY CHIEFS- COREY COLEMAN WR (BAYLOR)
29) ARIZONA CARDINALS- NOAH SPENCE DE (EASTERN KENTUCKY)
30) CAROLINA PANTHERS- VERNON BUTLER DT (LOUISIANA TECH)
31) DENVER BRONCOS- CONNOR COOK QB (MICHIGAN STATE)- If the Broncos do not trade for Colin Kaepernick which is a possibility, this pick makes a lot of sense. With Goff, Wentz and Lynch off the board, the Broncos need someone to push Sanchez. That is such a weird statement to say. The Broncos need to make sure they have insurance at the position, possibly even signing Brian Hoyer. Competition is key.
JOHN HAZELET @JOHNHAZELET475
1 Los Angeles from Tennessee: QB Carson Wentz: I know Goff is the consensus and most feel is more "polished" than Wentz. I just feel Wentz is the better prospect and Jeff Fisher has a history of taking QB's from small schools (Steve McNair)
2 Philadelphia from Cleveland: QB Jared Goff: Eagles get what they hope is their QB of the future. After giving up a King’s ransom for this pick, I hope they are right.
3 San Diego: CB Jalen Ramsey: The chance to add Ramsey to a defensive backfield that already features Jason Verrett is too good for the Chargers to pass up. This pick gives them one of the best tandems in the league.
4 Dallas: RB Ezekiel Elliott: Jason Garrett likes to run the football and Elliot would give Dallas a tremendous 3 headed monster at RB. I know they need to address the pass rush; I just think they do so in round 2 or jumping back in at the end of round 1.
5 Jacksonville: DE Joey Bosa: This offense is on the come and now the Jags start to assemble their defense. Bosa is just what the Doctor has ordered.
6 Baltimore: OT Laremy Tunsil: Ravens get what might be the best player in the draft. Ultimately I think they prefer to go defense here but a 10-12 year starting OT is just too hard to pass up.
7 San Francisco: DE Deforest Buckner: 49'ers need to improve in the trenches. Buckner is a nice addition. Sleeper pick here is Paxton Lynch or a trade down.
8 Tennessee from Cleveland from Philadelphia from Miami: OT Ronnie Staley: One of the more well-traveled spots in the draft, Titans move up to grab their tackle in front of Tampa and the Giants.
9 Tampa Bay: CB Vernon Hargreaves: Tampa gets a playmaker in their secondary.
10 New York Giants: OT Jack Conklin: After spending the offseason fixing their defense, the Giants turn their focus on protecting their QB. Plug and play...
11 Chicago: LB Myles Jack: I have Jack sliding a bit due to the medical report on his knee. If he is healthy, the Bears could have the steal of the draft.
12 New Orleans: CB William Jackson III: The interest they showed in Josh Norman this week might have tipped their hand. When Drew Brees is willing to rework his deal to add a corner.. you know your secondary could use an upgrade.
13 Miami from Philadelphia: DE/OLB Kevin Dodd: Cameron Wake being on the wrong side of 30, the Dolphins could use an heir apparent. A corner at this spot is also a real possibility.
14 Oakland: OLB Leonard Floyd: No team has improved themselves more this offseason than the Raiders. Adding Floyd to a team that acquired Bruce Irvin, Sean Smith and already has Khalil Mack could give the Raiders one of the best defenses in the league.
15 Cleveland from Tennessee from Los Angeles: QB Paxton Lynch: From 2, to 8 to 15 the Browns are big winners in this draft. Lynch gives them a QB to develop behind RG3.
16 Detroit: DT A'Shawn Robinson: I can easily go offensive line or secondary here but Detroit needs to get Ziggy Ansah and their pass rush some help.
17 Atlanta: DE Shaq Lawson: Atlanta had one of the worse defenses in the league last season and struck out trying to bring Bruce Irvin to town. Lawson paired with last year’s # 1 Vic Beasley will give Atlanta a much needed boost getting to the QB.
18 Indianapolis: OT Taylor Decker: Keeping Andrew Luck off of his back has to be priority #1 for the Colts. Yes, they have plenty of other holes to fill but none are bigger than their O-line.
19 Buffalo: DT Jarran Reed: Reed is a destructive force with the size and great athleticism. He fits perfectly with what Rex likes out of his D-lineman. Reed is flexible enough to be moved around to create havoc on the interior.
20 Green Bay from New York Jets: ILB Reggie Ragland: I think this is the player the covet most in the draft. Moving up to snag him allows them to move Clay Mathews back to OLB.
21 Washington: WR Josh Doctson: Kirk Cousins needs a new toy to go with Jordan Reed. Doctson can be a dynamic player.
22 Houston: Laquan Treadwell When you bring in a QB who has 7 career starts and pay him like a franchise player, you need to but weapons around him. Treadwell will be a nice “Robin” to DeAndre Hopkins “Batman”
23 Minnesota: WR Corey Coleman: Bridgewater made a nice connection with last year’s surprising rookie Stefan Diggs. Coleman gives them a nice compliment.
24 Cincinnati WR Will Fuller: Losing Jones and Sanu in free agency, the Bengals need to plug in a WR next to AJ Green.
25 Pittsburgh: CB Eli Apple: Steelers address a need with a player who is the best defender on their board.
26 Seattle: DT Robert Nkemdiche: Plug and play replacement for Brandon Mebane. I would not be shocked if they take Derrick Henry in this spot or drop down from here to take him. I think he would be a great compliment to Thomas Rawls coming off of his injury.
27 New York Jets from Green Bay: OLB Noah Spence: (Picking up a 3rd round pick for the slide down) Todd Bowles would like nothing more than to add a dominant edge rusher, Spence could be exactly that. Off field issues aside, I love this pick!
28 Kansas City: CB Artie Burns: Losing Sean Smith to a division rival leaves the Chiefs with a huge hole at CB. Burns will be a nice compliment to last year’s Defensive R.O.Y. Marcus Peters.
29 Arizona: C Ryan Kelly: Not a sexy pick but a player that could anchor their O-line for years to come. Possibly Connor Cook would be a fit here but I think he is a reach at 29.
30 Carolina: RB Derrick Henry: OT Jason Spriggs might make more sense here but Henry fits this offense very well and is an instant upgrade from often injured Jonathan Stewart.
31 Denver: QB Christian Hackenberg: John Elway knows how important the QB position is more than anyone. Hackenberg may be considered a reach at 31 and Connor Cook might be higher on most draft boards, I just think Elway sees more of an upside in Hackenberg and fears he will be scooped up before he gets to pick in round 2.
CRAIG GORBUNOFF @CGORGBS94
1. LA Rams- Jared Goff QB Cal- Rams have spent a fortune to get from 15 to 1. You don’t make that kind of move without taking a franchise QB. Goff is pro ready and a natural fit.
2. Eagles- Carson Wentz QB NDSU- The Eagles have also made a huge trade to get from 8 to two… and again this kind of move is only made for a franchise QB. I have my doubts about Wentz but project he’s taken here.
3. Chargers- Jalen Ramsey CB/S FSU- The chargers need a blue chip player… when healthy they have a good roster and Ramsey should be able to replace Weddle.
4. Cowboys- Myles Jack LB UCLA- The Cowboys when healthy have a dynamic offense, they could use a RB but this is too high for Elliot. They take a blue chip LB who can make a difference… assum9ing his knee can hold up.
5. Jaguars- Joey Bosa DE Ohio State- as far as I’m concerned, the pass rusher position isn’t established in Jacksonville with the injury to Dante Fowler Jr last season. So here they take a man in Bosa who will either double the pass rush or dominate himself.
6. Ravens- Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss- Ravens get a steal in Tunsil to protect Joe Flacco
7. 49ers- Deforest Buckner DE Oregon- Chip Kelly gets an Oregon boy to revamp the San Fran Defense
8. Browns- Ezekiel Elliot RB Ohio State- The Browns need skill positions to build around RG3. To me Elliot is one of the best players in the draft and is a steal at 8
9. Buccaneers- Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida- The Bucs need help on defense and Hargreaves is the best player on the board
10. Giants- Laquan Treadwell WR Ole Miss- My favorite WR in the draft and should be a great complimentary player to OBJ
11. Bears- Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame- The bears have needed O-line help for years and finally get a good OT at 11
12. Saints- A’Shawn Robinson DT Alabama- the Saints add a blue chip D-lineman here at 12 to hopefully complete the team a bit more and help our Drew Brees
13. Dolphins- Jack Conklin- OT MSU- Conklin is one of my favorite lineman in the draft and should be able to help out the dolphins in their offensive attack
14. Raiders- Reggie Ragland MLB Alabama- I’m a big fan of the Raiders’ offense, and with Ragland they add a guy who can take control of their defense
15. Titans- Taylor Decker OT Ohio State- Trading back to 15 the titans miss out on the top tier talent at OT but get a player in Decker who can improve their o-line issues
16. Lions- Eli Apple CB Ohio State- Apple is a raw CB who has ideal size and speed at being a CB. Detroit really needs help in the secondary and I like this fit
17. Falcons- Kevin Dodd DE Clemson- Dodd to me is a really good pass rusher and should be able to contribute to a sub-par Atlanta Defense
18. Colts- Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia- Floyd is one of my favorite 3-4 OLB prospects, and should be able to take the Colts defense to the next level
19. Bills- Will Fuller WR Notre Dame- The bills need offensive weapons especially with the retirement of Harvin. To me Fuller is the same type of player
20. Jets- Paxton Lynch QB Memphis- The Jets weren’t able to retain Ryan Fitzpatrick and need someone under center. Lynch is a player with a strong arm, is accurate and athletic who could be an upgrade at QB
21. Redskins- Corey Coleman WR Baylor- The Redskins will build around Cousins and give him the weapons he needs to become dominate
22. Texans- Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky- The best pure pass rusher in the draft should complement Watt and Merciulus well, the Texans addressed the offense in FA
23. Vikings- Cody Whitehair OG Kansas St- The Vikings look to upgrade the trenches and help out Peterson and Bridgewater
24. Bengals- Robert Nkemdiche DE Mississippi- The Bengals have had no problem with problem players and Nkemdiche is a very good D lineman
25. Steelers- Mackenzie Alexander CB Clemson- Alexander is a Raw talent, but the Steelers need help in the secondary
26. Seahawks- Le’Raven Clark OT Texas Tech- The Seahawks have lost a lot of O line talent of the past few years and need an upgrade
27. Packers- Shaq Lawson DE Clemson- The Packers need help on defense and Lawson would be the best player available
28. Chiefs- Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma St- Ogbah is a player I really like who could be a replacement to an aging Hali
29. Cardinals- Darron Lee OLB Ohio ST- another raw player but should be able to get after the QB year one. Cardinals need to get younger on defense and Lee should make a difference
30. Panthers- Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville- Louisville makes solid players and I believe that the Panthers need to upgrade on defense. Rankins should help on the inside
31. Broncos- Jarran Reed DT Alabama- The Broncos lost D line talent, and Reed shouldn’t escape round one with his talent.
BRANDON TURNER @BTURNER4559
1. Los Angeles Rams- Jared Goff QB Cal
The Rams move up to get a franchise QB to go with their new city. Goff has been boiled down to two differing opinions. A super-accurate future star who has been toughened up by turning around Cal’s program, or a small-armed game manager who will struggle outside the “Bear Raid” offense. What is known is the Rams will enjoy the publicity and potential he will bring to a franchise that has been dealing with mediocrity for a long time.
2. Philadelphia (7-9): Carson Wentz, QB, North Dakota State
Once the Eagles front office and scout staff fully transitioned from Chip Kelly’s direction, they realized that they coveted QB Carson Wentz and were willing to move up and get him. The problem was they had already shored the position up with veteran QB Sam Bradford and are now faced with a mutiny over the decision. Wentz would do well with a year on the bench but he brings size, accuracy, and a knowledge of Pro concepts so it wouldn’t be a travesty if he’s forced to start Day 1.
3. San Diego Chargers- Laremy Tunsil OT Ole Miss
There’s been a lot of chatter about the Chargers grabbing a defensive player here or trying to trade down and take Stanley. They have been too scarred by bad O line play to pass up Tunsil here though and they get a franchise Left Tackle.
4. Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Ramsey DB Florida State
Rumors are that Jerry Jones wants Ezekiel Elliott but his staff and son have done a good job talking him out of whatever prospect he locks onto and saving from him taking say Johnny Manziel. They will take the top Corner in this draft and solidify their secondary.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars- Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia
The Jaguars get an excellent Edge piece to compliment Dante Fowler when he gets back. A great Edge presence can cover up a lot of things and the Jaguars will be scary to play with this 1-2 punch.
6. Baltimore Ravens- Joey Bosa DE Ohio State
The Ravens have been transparent that they are looking pass rush going into this draft. They will be tempted by Stanley here but end up going for Bosa who will be a Swiss army knife on a defense with a lot of holes.
7. San Francisco 49ers- Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame
Lost in all the negative press surrounding the 49ers is the fact that they are a great drafting team. Baalke will go BPA here and get the stud Ronnie Stanley, who has been rumored to be higher than Tunsil on some people’s boards.
8. Cleveland Browns- Paxton Lynch QB Memphis
The Browns will have moved down, collected picks, and still gotten a QB for the future. Lynch might be a step behind the top 2 QBs in this draft but his arm, size, and natural mobility might give him an even higher ceiling. Let him sit behind RG3 Cleveland, don’t screw this up.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DeForest Buckner DE Oregon
The Buccaneers get a future stud on their D-line who will wreak havoc next to Gerald McCoy. Tampa Bay is transitioning into a contender and one of the key ingredients is winning in the trenches were Buckner can take on double teams and still push the pocket.
10. New York Giants- Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio State
The Giants get an absolute stud at RB to pair with their star WR and erratic but talented QB. Elliott will become a star in NY and go down as an all-time great player for them.
11. Chicago Bears- Shaq Lawson DE Clemson
Try as they might the Jets could not get the Bears to bight on a Wilkerson trade and this may be why. The Bears see the glut of Line talent in this draft and go out and get Shaq Lawson. Lawson is versatile and explosive and will add to their pass rush.
12. New Orleans (7-9): Sheldon Rankins, DT, Louisville
The Saints need help in the trenches (and everywhere) and Rankins is a future star who blew up the Senior Bowl.
13. Miami Dolphins- Eli Apple CB Ohio State
The Dolphins supposedly have been hoping Elliott falls to them but with him long gone they will chase a need here and attempt to replace the departing Brent Grimes with Eli Apple who could be a solid corner for them in a year or two.
14. Oakland Raiders- Vernon Hargreaves CB Florida
Hargreaves has excellent change of direction skills with fluid hips and the ability to stop on a dime. He could end up being the best cornerback in this draft and be another star for a team that’s quickly starting to stockpile them.
15. Tennessee Titans- Josh Doctson WR TCU
Their stockpile of picks lets the Titans reach for some needs. Doctson can be a #1 WR and Mariota’s best friend as he develops.
16. Detroit Lions- Jack Conklin OT Michigan State
The lions get the hometown kid with a powerful initial punch. He’s shut down top pass rushers but also been a victim of speed, but he will really make his money in the running game where he can be a grader when he’s motivated. Maybe he can finally get Ameer Abdullah going.
17. Atlanta Falcons- Myles Jack LB UCLA
Dan Quinn snags Jack all the way at 17 because of fears over his medicals. If any defensive mind can figure out how to unlock the potential of Jack, especially early in his career before his knee gives out, its Quinn who built a custom defense in Seattle.
18. Indianapolis Colts- Taylor Decker OT Ohio State
There’s a ton of pressure on the Colts front office to finally address their O line and get Andrew Luck some protection and with Decker here the selection is too good to pass up on. He should at least be a pro bowl RT for Luck for years to come even if he never becomes a Left Tackle.
19. Buffalo Bills- Robert Nkemdiche DE Mississippi
Nkemdiche is a beast who doesn’t have his head on straight. Immature and selfish but can get to the QB and be disruptive in the front seven. Rex won’t be scared off by Nkemdiche off field issues and will as always be convinced he can fix and nurture the talent out of the player.
20. New York Jets- Noah Spence OLB Eastern Kentucky
The Jets need pass rush and also need to not reach at what is a difficult pick in this draft. If Spence had stayed at OSU his entire career he’s probably a top ten pick and his showing at the Senior bowl proved he wasn’t a product of weak competition. If Bowles is convinced his fling with Molly was just a college kid partying and not realizing the consequences he will take Spence and mold him into a weapon the AFC East will fear.
21. Washington Redskins- Jarran Reed DT Alabama
A huge, herculean, strong player who should dominate in the trenches. Sounds similar to Scotty Mac’s first round pick last year. The redskins are being helmed by a smart front office for once and they will make a smart selection here and get a stud and future defensive captain for their defense.
22. Houston Texans- Karl Joseph S West Virginia
Joseph’s stock has been flying up into the first round and the Texans snag him here to add some youth and athleticism to their safety corp.
23. Minnesota Vikings- Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss
There probably isn’t a better receiver for Teddy Bridgewater as his one weakness: speed, isn’t something Bridgewater needs in his receivers. Treadwell is insanely strong and can go up and outfight cornerbacks for the ball and can be Bridgewater’s big play action receiver who can dominate man coverage when defenses are keying on Adrian Peterson.
24. Cincinnati Bengals- Corey Coleman WR Baylor
The Bengals lost their depth at receiver this offseason behind AJ Green and they have the opportunity here to create a really special corp. for Andy Dalton.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers- William Jackson III CB Houston
It’s been reported that the Steelers like Jackson and they definitely need the secondary help. Jackson might be the best pure man cover corner in this draft.
26. Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Kelly C Alabama
Kelly has flown up big boards and is thought of as the best interior lineman. This is a smart pick for a team known for them where they take the BPA over a flashier position.
27. Green Bay Packers- Andrew Billings DT Baylor
BJ Raji is out and wasn’t effective last year anyway. Billings is insanely strong and would be a franchise player in the middle of their defense for the next ten years.
28. Kansas City Chiefs- Darron Lee LB Ohio State
Lee is small but much more versatile and a better playmaker than say Reggie Ragland. What Lee misses in size he more than makes up for in coverage where he solidifies himself as an every down player.
29. Arizona Cardinals- Emmanuel Ogbah DE Oklahoma State
Fast off the edge and could be devastating with the right coaching, which Arizona has. Ogbah would be a nice surprise for Arizona if he falls this far.
30. Carolina Panthers- Mackensie Alexander CB Clemson
I don’t believe Gettleman makes the Norman move unless he has a Corner in mind that he knows will be there at #30. This may seem like a reach to some but Gettleman has a reputation for not caring what the room thinks.
31. Denver Broncos- Cody Whitehair G Kansas State
If the Broncos are going to play Mark Sanchez 16 games this year they must understand one thing, don’t let defenses get pressure on him. Sanchez can do a lot of impressive things over the course of a season, but he completely falls apart with defenders in his face, becoming a turnover machine. The Broncos help out their O line by getting one of the most underrated players in this draft in Cody Whitehair.
KEVIN LIDLOW @KLIDLOW65
Los Angeles Rams- Carson Wentz QB NDST- the Rams have just traded for the number 1 overall pick, so you have to think that they will go for a quarterback. I think they will pick Wentz because he runs a pro-style offense. He’s tall and very athletic and built for this position. He can make NFL throws as well.
Philadelphia Eagles- Jared Goff QB California- The eagles traded up to the number 2 spot from the Browns and since the Rams took Wentz, the Eagles will take the next best guy on the board. Goff has a good quality arm, and has a good sling the deep with velocity and accuracy. He has a clean release and snaps thrown off the flick of the wrist.
San Diego Chargers- Joey Bosa DE Ohio state- The Chargers biggest need is at the defensive line. Joey Bosa is the best player in that position this year. He has an NFL ready frame, good muscular definition and flexibility to go with a confident, and competitive attitude.
Dallas Cowboys- Jalen Ramsey CB Florida St. The Cowboys let go Morris Claiborne to free agency. They will need a replacement for him and Ramsey is an ideal pick. He’s a big press-cover corner, who has a good accurate blow with extended arms to the shoulders of the receivers.
Jacksonville Jaguars- Vernon Hargreaves Florida- Jaguars spend a lot of money getting key defensive players but didn’t address the cornerback position. They will go younger and Hargreaves would be the next best available guy to them. He is quick twitch athlete with explosion pulsing through his hips and feet. Instant click-and-close action to explode forward and attack the throw.
Baltimore Ravens- Laremy Tunsil OT Mississippi- the Ravens will look to try and built their offensive line and keep Flacco upright. Tunsil is a stud and the best player in this position. I believe he will stay in the top 10 and fall to the Ravens. He has the elite foot quickness of a high-end NFL tackle and his base remains balanced and uncompromised throughout his pass reps. Excellent bend and overall flexibility in his ankles, knees and hips and maintains good pad level throughout his pass sets. Plays with textbook hand usage. Possesses a boxer's jab in his left hand with measured accuracy.
San Francisco 49ers- Ronnie Stanley OT Notre Dame- It looks like Kaepernick will stay put with the 49ers for now so they will build an offensive line behind him. Stanley Races out of the starting blocks and into pass sets as well as anyone in the country. Has long arms and knows how to use them. Plays with quick hands and a well-timed punch. Never panics when he loses hand placement, simply resets them. Specializes in quicksets getting his hands into the pass rusher first helping him to control the flow of the snap. He is well-coached with great hand placement.
Cleveland Browns- Ezekiel Elliott RB Ohio state- The Browns traded down to the number 8 pick from the eagles. They definitely need some offensive weapons to help RG3. I don't see them drafting a QB in the first round but they will draft some weapons. Elliott has an elite combination of vision and decisiveness. Instinctive, short strider with instant reaction time. Has a bona fide jump-cut to elude penetration in the backfield and enough burst to elude chasers when he bounces runs to the outside.
Tampa Bay Bucs- Deforest Buckner DE Oregon- Buckner would make good sense for the Bucs since they need an outside pass-rusher. Buckner is an impressive NFL-ready physique. Has natural strength and power in his hands and improved their effectiveness this year.
New York Giants- Myles Jack OLB UCLA- the Giants did a very good job in free agency to beef up their defensive line. Now they need to build that linebacker group. Myles Jack would fall to them and it would be wise for the Giants to pick him up. He is ultra-athletic and can get to the rock from any position on the field. He also was a former running back with speed to run down crossing routes and head off running backs exploding around the corner. Exceptional instincts with above average reaction off the snap.
Chicago Bears- Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville-The Bears lost their big guy in the middle Jenkins to free agency so look for them to fill that need in the draft. He has a powerfully built lower half with good strength. He is also very flexible and athletic.
New Orleans Saints- Kevin Dodd DE Clemson- The saints had the 32nd ranked defense in the league last year and part of the reason was they failed to get to the quarterback at times. Kevin Dodd would be a good fit for the Saints because he is relentless competitor with NFL-ready frame. Refuses to give offensive lineman a play off. Not content to be around a play, wants in the action. Won't lay on blocks and able to improve his position after contact through footwork and strength.
Miami Dolphins- Eli Apple CB Ohio St. The Dolphins are in desperate need of a corner and Apple will be their savior. They ranked 25th in the league on defense and Eli Apple will help them on passing downs. He has good height, weight and arm length combination. Clean footwork in transition with natural ability to mirror and match from press coverage. Won't open hips early and rarely turned around off line of scrimmage.
Oakland Raiders- Leonard Floyd OLB Georgia- the Raiders added a couple of beasts on that defensive line to compliment Mack. I can see them drafting another beast in Floyd. Khalil Mack would love a running mate who takes the pressure off of him. Floyd will do that, and create some havoc in the passing game himself. He has a unique combination of length and athleticism. Extremely rangy with great chase speed from sideline to sideline. Good change of direction for taller player.
Tennessee Titans- Taylor Decker OT Ohio St- the Titans made a move from number 1 to number 15 in the draft. They traded with the Rams and good a bunch of picks for this year and next year. Since they lost Tunsil, look for them to draft Decker. He would be a good fit for the Titans because he has good height and overall frame. He is endowed with very good core strength and an ability to match power at the point of attack. Tough guy who scouts believe has the locker room presence and field demeanor to be an instant leader along an offensive line.
Indianapolis Colts (projected trade from the Lions)- Jack Conklin OT Michigan St. The Colts without a question need an offensive lineman to help Luck out. Conklin would be the player they traded up for to help. Conklin plays with good core strength and impressive power in his hands. When he latches into defender’s framework, he makes it difficult for them to disengage. Works well with guards in combination blocks. He even gave Buckner a hard time when he bounced around at the point of attack.
Atlanta Falcons- Darron Lee OLB Ohio St.- After a 6-0 start to the 2015 season and Dan Quinn’s first year as the head coach, the Falcons finished the season 8-8. Their pass rushers are getting older, so they need a young athletic pass rusher to get to the quarterback and Lee is available. Lee’s quick to diagnose and flow to the ball. Has unusual ability to find the most efficient routes to the ball. He also has athleticism and flexibility to contort his body and succeed through difficult tackle angles.
Detroit Lions (projected trade to the Colts) - Ryan Kelly C Alabama- the Lions need to fix up that offensive line so they can allow Stafford to get his throws to his play makers. Kelly is a heady player with tons of grit and fight. Shows the toughness to scrap it out against nose guards in an odd front. He is a smooth mover in space with knee bend and athletic hips.
Buffalo Bills- Noah Spence DE Eastern Kentucky- We all know Rex Ryan and how he loves to pick defensive players in the first round. Plus, the Bills let Williams go so they need a young rusher to compliment Jerry Hughes. Spence plays with a big motor and tremendous endurance. Had eight-sack season as a sophomore at Ohio State. Plays at same speed throughout the game. Good up field burst. However, He had some off the field issues so he’ll be a risk.
New York Jets- Reggie Ragland ILB Alabama- Drafting Lynch would be so tempting for the Jets at 20 since he will be available. However, I think they will look at the 2nd round for a QB and focus on the line backing group in the first and Ragland will be the best fit. Ragland plays old-school, take-on middle linebacker who plays the game the way Nick Saban likes. He steps into hole and will swap paint with lead blockers in order to constrict his gap. Instinctive linebacker who trusts his eyes and goes. Some scouts question his speed, and thinks he can be inconsistent.
Washington Redskins- Jarran Reed DT Alabama- the Redskins lost their Pot Roast to the New England Patriots. Also with the best offensive line going off the board first, look for them to fill that defensive line. Reed is a well- built defensive lineman that can stop the run. He plays with leverage, bend, and core power. However, he is not a situational pass rusher.
Houston Texans- Will Fuller WR Notre Dame- The Texans signed a young quarterback who needs to be surrounded by some shiny new weapons. Will Fuller was the fastest receiver in the combine and is a good vertical threat to compliment Hopkins. He had just over 27 percent of his catches go for 25-plus yards this year. Uses short, controlled strides into his routes for maximum balance and suddenness underneath.
Minnesota Vikings- Laquan Treadwell WR Mississippi- The Vikings need some more weapons for Bridgewater because Adrian Peterson can't do it all. Treadwell has good height and overall length. Smart receiver with a competitive edge when the ball is in the air. Catch-winner. He has a natural feel for the nuances of the position. Has feel for defender and is careful to work back to throws while shielding cornerbacks from the ball.
Cincinnati Bengals- Corey Coleman WR Baylor- The Bengals need a receiver since they lost Jones to the Lions. Coleman has instant blur off the snap. Feet turn over at a blinding pace and he devours cushion before cornerbacks know what hit them. He is able to get over the top of every corner he faced and demands safety help over the top. He works back to the ball. Explosive leaper with ability to climb ladder and win the 50/50 ball and body control to secure the acrobatic catch. The perfect fit for Dalton and Green.
Pittsburgh Steelers- William Jackson 3 CB Houston- The Steelers need the size corner that they haven't had in a long time and Jackson fits for this defense. He has good height and length. Stays low from a smooth backpedal. Plays with capable makeup speed when receivers get separation. he can click and close on throws in front of him with acceleration and has makeup speed deep.
Seattle Seahawks- Robert Nkemdiche DT Mississippi- The Seahawks need a good run stopper at the defensive line. They lost Mebane and Irvin to free agency, they have done a good job building through the draft but they will need to do it again.
Green Bay Packers- Hunter Henry TE Arkansas- The Packers need to build up their offense because when they lost Nelson last year they couldn't get anything going. They signed Jared Cook from the Rams and adding another one will be great. Henry is a flat-running stud as a run blocker and a big part of Arkansas' running game success. Strikes into the frame of defenders with inside hands and blocks with a wide, strong base.
Kansas City Chiefs- Shaq Lawson DE Clemson- Kansas City needs a good pass rusher to replace Justin Houston since he is hurt and Lawson will be perfect for them. He is built like a tank with thickly muscled legs and a broad chest. Clemson played him at 5-technique and standing up on the outside. Scheme versatile and will likely appeal to be 3-4 and 4-3 teams. He is very powerful at the point of attack.
Arizona Cardinals- T.J. Green FS Clemson- Adding additional play makers to an already great defensive backfield will be great enough for them. Green was a former wide receiver turned safety. Speedster who had a few "walk down" tackles coming from way behind to make tackles on breakaways. He has exciting coverage range potential for defense that asks more of him.
Carolina Panthers- Jason Spriggs OT Indiana- The Panthers simply have to find their left tackle of the future at some point in the near future. Michael Oher is nothing but a stop gap tackle. Athletic frame with long arms. Comes out of his stance with tremendous quickness and has elite lateral movement. Can get to extremely difficult backside cutoff blocks. Knee bender.
31. Denver Broncos- Paxton Lynch QB Memphis- The Broncos lost not 1, but two quarterbacks in the off season. They traded for Mark Sanchez from the Eagles but drafting a QB to develop will make sense. Lynch in my opinion isn't a day 1 starter but he can be developed into one.