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February 16th, 2016 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Tuesday, 16 February 2016 10:02

1) Tennessee Titans- OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: The Titans have their franchise quarterback in Marcus Mariota. They must provide him with a strong supporting cast and that starts with quality protection.  Tunsil has the athletic skills to play left tackle better than Taylor Lewan.  His selection moves Lewan to right tackle and the entire offensive line is upgraded.

 

2) Cleveland Browns- QB Jared Goff, Cal: The Browns have been so bad for so long because their last good quarterback was Bernie Kosar.  They have to keep trying to finally get the quarterback right.  Goff is a good decision-maker with solid physical tools.  He is not a sure thing, but the former Cal standout can develop into a solid starter and finally provide stability for the Browns at the quarterback position.

 

3) San Diego Chargers- CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State: Ramsey is a freak athlete and San Diego needs secondary help.

 

4) Dallas Cowboys- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State: Jerry Jones is in win now mode and believes a healthy Tony Romo and Dez Bryant cures most of what ailed the offense last season.  Bosa is a relentless and athletic pass rusher who also defends the run. 

 

5) Jacksonville Jaguars- OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame: Jacksonville’s offense is coming along, but defensively the team needs more talent.  Smith should make a full recovery from a knee injury and is a top 10 talent. The former Irish standout has untapped pass rushing ability and could pair with a recovering Dante Fowler to form quite a dynamic duo.

 

6) Baltimore Ravens- DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon: Buckner is productive and physically gifted.  Ozzie Newsome adds a disruptive 3-4 defensive end that fits well into a rebuilding Ravens’ defense.

 

7) San Francisco 49ers- QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State: Chip Kelly adds an athletic quarterback with a fine arm and size to develop in his system.

 

8) Miami Dolphins- LB Myles Jack, UCLA: Jack is a great athlete and should be an outstanding linebacker (especially in coverage).  The Dolphins play the Patriots twice a year.  You need a special athlete like Myles Jack to cover Rob Gronkowski.

 

9) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- CB Vernon Hargreaves, Florida: Hargreaves lacks outstanding size, but has everything else to be an excellent cover corner.

 

10) New York Giants- DE Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State: Big Blue was embarrassing on defense last season.  A team that was powered by a terrific front four in their most recent two championships has to rebuild the defensive line.  Ogbah has the size and speed to be an answer at defensive end.  JPP looks to be a shell of himself after his hand injury and will never return to dominance.  Ogbah headlines a defensive-oriented draft for the Giants.

 

11) Chicago Bears- OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame: The Bears get serious about solidifying their offensive line.  Stanley fits right in as the team’s new left tackle.

 

12) New Orleans Saints- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis: Drew Brees is 37 and Lynch becomes the Saints’ quarterback of the future.

 

13) Philadelphia Eagles- WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss: The Eagles have a lot of needs and adding a stud number one receiver is one of them.  Philly led the league in dropped passes and Nelson Agholor (last year’s number one pick) looks like a complementary receiver.

 

14) Oakland Raiders- LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama: Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton, Jr. are salivating to add this stud linebacker.  The Raiders continue to improve by adding productive players.

 

15) Los Angeles Rams- QB Connor Cook, Michigan State: The Rams have a lot of pieces in place to be a playoff team.  The one critical piece missing is quarterback.  This is a bit high for Cook, but St. Louis knows that Houston is equally desperate for a signal-caller.  Cook gets to learn the NFL game with a top back behind him and a good defense to further ease the pressure.

 

16) Detroit Lions- OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State: Matthew Stafford just gets hit too often.  The rebuilding of Detroit’s offense starts upfront.

 

17) Atlanta Falcons- LB Darron Lee, Ohio State: Dan Quinn is a defensive coach and he adds a fast and productive linebacker. 

 

18) Indianapolis Colts- OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State: Indy’s lack of a good offensive line caught up to Andrew Luck last season as he took a beating.  The Colts look after their star quarterback by adding a good offensive tackle from a major program.

 

19) Buffalo Bills- OLB/DE Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky: Rex Ryan seeks players who fit his 3-4 hybrid front.  Spence is a terrific pass rusher and could be a key piece in Ryan’s defense.

 

20) New York Jets- OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia: The Jets have been looking for a disruptive edge rusher for many years.  Floyd has the athleticism to penetrate NFL backfields.

 

21) Washington Redskins- DT Andrew Billings, Baylor: The Redskins could not stop the run last year.  Billings can be that big anchor in the middle of their defensive line that Washington needs badly.

 

22) Houston Texans- QB Christian Hackenberg, Penn State: Hackenberg has NFL size and a good arm.  Bill O’Brien will overlook his disappointing 2015 season due to the Texans need a long-term answer at quarterback in the worst way.  Penn State’s weak offensive line and lack of quality receivers all contributed to Hackenberg’s struggles last year.  Houston cannot risk that Hackenberg would be available in the 2nd round.

 

23) Minnesota Vikings- RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Adrian Peterson makes too much money for a soon to be 31-year-old running back.  Elliott provides the Vikes with a much younger and cheaper back with plenty of upside.

 

24) Cincinnati Bengals- WR Corey Coleman, Baylor: The Bengals add a better companion to A.J. Green.

 

25) Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson: The Steelers pounce on adding the talented Alexander to a secondary that badly needs a talent upgrade.

 

26) Seattle Seahawks- DT Kenny Clark, UCLA: The Hawks add a quality run stuffer with pass rush upside to their defensive line.  Clark’s versatility makes him further attractive to Seattle.

 

27) Green Bay Packers- TE Hunter Henry, Arkansas: Aaron Rodgers has to have better targets.  Henry provides the Pack with a much-needed tight end who can stretch the seam.

 

28) Kansas City Chiefs- DE/DT Robert Nkemdicho, Ole Miss: Nkemdicho’s failed drug test and bizarre fall from a hotel room drop him to late in the 1st round.  The former All-American has a ton of talent and KC welcomes him to their defense.

 

29) Arizona Cardinals- S Darian Thompson, Boise State: Arizona is building a top defense and Thompson adds to their backend.

 

30) Carolina Panthers- OT Jason Spriggs, Indiana: The Panthers are still smarting from how Denver’s pass rushing outside linebackers used their offensive tackles as turnstiles.

 

31) Denver Broncos- OG Cody Whitehair, Kansas State: The champs have a young quarterback to help.  Whitehair opens holes in the ground game and is solid in pass protection.

 

 

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