March 12th, 2016 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Saturday, 12 March 2016 10:45


1) Tennessee Titans- OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: Tunsil has everything a team wants at left tackle: size, strength, light feet and balance.  He helps Marcus Mariota develop and upgrades the Titans’ offensive line.


2) Cleveland Browns- QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State: The Browns desperately need a quality long-term answer at quarterback.  Wentz is bigger and stronger than Jared Goff.  He also is used to throwing the ball in cold weather.


3) San Diego Chargers- CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State: Ramsey is a freak athlete and San Diego needs secondary help.  He pairs with Jason Verrett to give San Diego a fine cornerback tandem.


4) Dallas Cowboys- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State: Jerry Jones watched Denver win a Super Bowl with a pedestrian quarterback, but a dynamic pass rush and defense.  The Cowboys have a weak pass rush and a defense that is far from terrific.  Greg Hardy is gone and Randy Gregory remains a big question mark.  Bosa starts immediately and provides the Cowboys with a relentless defensive end who also plays the run.


5) Jacksonville Jaguars- DL DeForest Buckner, Oregon: Jacksonville’s offense is coming along, but defensively the team needs more talent.  Buckner is physically gifted and plays hard.  He will team with a recovering Dante Fowler to add much needed bite to the Jags on defense.


6) Baltimore Ravens- OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame: Stanley can be the long-term answer at the important left tackle position.  Joe Flacco is 31 and coming off of knee surgery.  The Ravens lost Kelechi Osemele in free agency and rebuilding the offensive line is a priority.


7) San Francisco 49ers- QB Jared Goff, Cal: Chip Kelly adds an accurate and quick-minded quarterback to run his system.


8) Philadelphia Eagles- LB Myles Jack, UCLA: Jack is one of the best athletes in this draft and Philly could use a dynamic linebacker.  The Eagles have a need at linebacker with the release of Demeco Ryans and trade of Kiko Alonso.  The Eagles will look to draft a running back in the 2nd round.


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- RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: The Giants were super-aggressive in free agency to rebuild last year’s disaster on defense.  New York lacks playmakers on offense other than Odell Beckham.  Rashad Jennings is 30 and mediocre.  Elliott will give New York’s ground game much needed juice.  A balanced offense further helps the Giants’ defense.


11) Chicago Bears- OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State: The Bears need to upgrade their offensive line.  Decker comes from a big program and has the talent to start early in his career at left tackle.


12) New Orleans Saints- DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama: The Saints add a big, strong and athletic defensive lineman to help a weak defense.


13) Miami Dolphins- CB Eli Apple, Ohio State: The Dolphins recently released Brett Grimes and add a young cornerback with the size and speed to excel.


14) Oakland Raiders- DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson: The Raiders are building a fearsome pass rush with Khalil Mack, Bruce Irvin and now Dodd.


15) Los Angeles Rams- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis: The Rams have a lot of pieces in place to be a playoff team.  The one critical piece missing is quarterback.  Lynch faces a steep learning curve, but the offense will revolve around Todd Gurley.  Jeff Fisher developed Steve McNair and can do the same with Lynch.


16) Detroit Lions- WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss: The retirement of Calvin Johnson makes the receiver position a big priority.  Marvin Jones is not a number one receiver on a good team.  Treadwell has the talent to be a team’s lead receiver.


17) Atlanta Falcons- DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson: The Falcons take another shot at fixing a weak pass rush.


18) Indianapolis Colts- LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama: The Colts add an athletic thumper to the middle of their defense.


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.  Spence is thicker than Leonard Floyd and is what Rex Ryan wants at outside linebacker.


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- WR Corey Coleman, Baylor: The Texans have to give Brock Osweiler every chance to succeed.  The speed of Coleman should complement DeAndre Hopkins quite well.


23) Minnesota Vikings- OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State: The Vikes have to get better in the trenches to support Teddy Bridgewater.  Minnesota signed Alex Boone to help on the inside and draft Conklin to fortify the outside.


24) Cincinnati Bengals- WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame: Cincinnati has lost Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu in free agency.  Fuller restocks the wide receiver position opposite A.J. Green.


25) Pittsburgh Steelers- CB William Jackson, Houston: Pittsburgh is a serious contender if they upgrade their defense.  Jackson adds speed and ball skills to a secondary that really needs it.


26) Seattle Seahawks- LB Darron Lee, Ohio State: Seattle is probably the hardest team to predict what they are going to do.  Bruce Irvin departed for Oakland and Lee has the athleticism and instincts to actually be an even better player.  The team’s offensive line help will come later in the draft.


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 Nkemdiche, Ole Miss: Nkemdiche’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- CB Mackensie Alexander, Clemson: You can never have too many quality cornerbacks.  Bruce Arians places heavy emphasis on having a very talented secondary.  Alexander adds more talent to the Cards’ 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 plan to win with defense and running the football.  Whitehair opens holes in the ground game and is solid in pass protection.




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