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April 15, 2016 NFL Mock Draft Print E-mail
Written by Denis Krusos   
Friday, 15 April 2016 08:35

 

Los Angeles Rams- QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State: The Rams have many pieces in place and now secure their biggest need.  Wentz is very talented, but comes with more questions than Andrew Luck or Carson Palmer did entering the pros.  The Rams gave up a lot, but it will be worth it if Wentz develops into a quality starter for a decade.

 

Cleveland Browns- QB Jared Goff, Cal: Goff is tough, accurate and smart.  He had better be to survive in Cleveland.  This gives the Browns hope and a chance to build around a young quarterback with a legit shot at being good (sorry Brandon Weeden and Johnny Manziiel).  Goff took a beating as a true freshman at Cal on a terrible team and helped turn the program around.  That experience will help him with the Browns.

 

San Diego Chargers- OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss: Tunsil has it all as an offensive tackle and immediately upgrades a San Diego offensive line that needs it.

 

Dallas Cowboys- CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Florida State: The Cowboys land arguably the best defensive player in the draft.  Ramsey is a great athlete and a Dallas secondary that for years lacked playmakers suddenly has good talent.  Ramsey will join Byron Jones and Orlando Scandrick in a much-improved Dallas backend.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars- DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State: The Jags bolster their defense by adding a relentless defensive end that can rush the quarterback and stuff the run.

 

Baltimore Ravens- DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon: The Ravens are rebuilding on defense and Buckner is an ideal defensive end in a 3-4 and can also play defensive tackle in 4-3 fronts.

 

San Francisco 49ers- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis: Chip Kelly adds a big, athletic quarterback with a strong arm to groom in his system. 

 

Philadelphia Eagles- RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State: Elliott is one of the draft’s top talents and will make Eagles’ fans forget about DeMarco Murray.

 

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

 

New York Giants- LB Myles Jack, UCLA: Big Blue is not done adding talent to a defense that was awful last year.  Jack is a three-down, versatile linebacker who should excel in pass coverage.

 

Chicago Bears- OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame: The Bears need to upgrade their offensive line.  Stanley is an easy choice for the Bears.

 

New Orleans Saints- DT Jarran Reed, Alabama: The Saints need all the help they can get on defense.  It starts with stopping the run.  Reed can help plug the interior of the Saints’ defense.

 

Miami Dolphins- DE/OLB Noah Spence, Eastern Kentucky: The Fins add a pass rusher after some free agency losses.

 

Oakland Raiders- CB William Jackson, Houston: The Raiders continue to build through the draft.  Jackson adds a fast cornerback with ball skills to an improved front seven.

 

Tennessee Titans- OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State: Marcus Mariota gets his improved offensive line help with the tough former Spartan offensive tackle.

 

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.

 

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

 

Indianapolis Colts- OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State: Andrew Luck took a beating last season.  Indy provides him with much-needed offensive line help.

 

Buffalo Bills- DE Kevin Dodd, Clemson: Rex Ryan is all about putting the opposing quarterback on his back.  Dodd has as much pass rushing potential as any defender in this draft.

 

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.

 

Washington Redskins- DT A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama: The Redskins could not stop the run last year.  Robinson can be that big anchor in the middle of their defensive line that Washington needs badly.

 

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.

 

Minnesota Vikings- WR Josh Doctson, TCU: The Vikes need to improve their passing game and provide Teddy Bridgewater with more weapons.

 

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.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Eli Apple, Ohio State: Pittsburgh is a serious contender if they upgrade their defense.  Apple has the size, length and speed to develop into a good cover cornerback.

 

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.

 

Green Bay Packers- LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama: Ragland enables Clay Matthews to move back to outside linebacker.  Ragland has the size, speed and instincts to help the Pack’s run defense.

 

Kansas City Chiefs- DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville: Rankins represents a bargain at this point.  His size and quickness will improve KC’s defensive line.

 

Arizona Cardinals- C Ryan Kelly, Alabama: Carson Palmer is 36 and needs good protection to drive the ball downfield.  Arizona is average at center and Kelly could be an excellent pro.

 

Carolina Panthers- S Karl Joseph, West Virginia: Joseph’s tackling ability and nose for the football would bring another playmaker to a strong Carolina defense.

 

Denver Broncos- DE/DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss: Nkemdiche represents too much value for the Broncos to pass on him.  He has the size, power, quickness and instincts to be a disruptive defensive lineman that can be moved around.  John Elway takes the best player available and gambles that Nkemdiche will mature into a reliable professional.

 

 

 

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