2016 NFL Mock Draft

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It’s been nearly three full months since the last snap of Super 50, which took place on Sunday, February 7th at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. Nearly three full months since we saw the Denver Broncos crowned as Super Bowl Champions. The offseason is a long and grueling period for all NFL fans, so when the NFL Draft approaches in late April, fans can begin to get excited about the next NFL season as the draft marks the mid-way point of the offseason. Fans know that in just a couple more short months, franchises will get together with their new lineups and begin their organized team activities (OTAs) in preparation for their pre-season games.

 

There will always be some drama in the weeks leading up to the draft, and sometimes during the draft, which make this event so great. Team officials, coaches and scouts have been analysing and evaluating these great athletes at their combines and Pro Days, trying to gauge the pros and cons of each player. It’s a very stressful time of the year for most NFL franchise officials as they want to ensure that the selections they make will truly benefit their organization. This year’s draft has a solid talent pool of players for each team choose from, making it great for teams that have multiple positional needs to address. Sport writers and pundits spend most of their waking days researching and covering the NFL draft. Loads of Mock Drafts make their way into headlines, each one testifying that it’s more accurate than the version before. However, when it comes down to draft day, all mock drafts are susceptible to being vastly incorrect and inaccurate. But that’s the best part of the draft; you never know what’s going to happen.

 

After some research and careful consideration, here is my version of a 2016 Mock Draft of the first round.

 

No. Team Player Name Position School Other Needs
1 St. Louis Rams Jared Goff  

Quarterback

 

California  

Center, Safety, Wide Receiver

 

2 Philadelphia Eagles Carson Wentz Quarterback North Dakota State  

Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Wide receiver

 

3 San Diego Chargers Jalen Ramsey Defensive Back Florida State  

Center, Defensive line, Tight end

 

4 Dallas Cowboys Joey Bosa Defensive End Ohio State  

Outside Linebacker, Quarterback, Wide Receiver

 

5 Jacksonville Jaguars Myles Jack Linebacker UCLA  

Center, Cornerback, Defensive End

 

6 Baltimore Ravens Ronnie Stanley Offensive Tackle Notre Dame  

Inside Linebacker, Guard, Wide Receiver

 

7 San Francisco 49ers Laquan Treadwell Wide Receiver Mississippi  

Cornerback, Offensive Tackle, Quarterback

 

8 Cleveland Browns Ezekiel Elliott Running Back Ohio State  

Offensive Tackle, Wide receiver, Linebacker

 

9 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vernon Hargreaves Cornerback Florida  

Safety, Defensive end, Wide receiver

 

10 New York Giants Laremy Tunsil Offensive Tackle Mississippi  

Safety, Linebacker, Wide receiver

 

11 Chicago Bears DeForest Buckner Defensive End Oregon  

Outside Linebacker, Offensive tackle, Safety

 

12 New Orleans Saints Shaq Lawson Defensive End Clemson  

Guard, Cornerback, Wide Receiver

 

13 Miami Dolphins Eli Apple Cornerback Ohio State  

Running back, Guard, Linebacker

 

14 Oakland Raiders Robert Nkemdiche Defensive End Mississippi  

Running back, Wide receiver, Cornerback

 

15 Tennessee Titans Jack Conklin Offensive Tackle Michigan State  

Cornerback, Guard, Outside Linebacker

 

16 Detroit Lions A’Shawn Robinson Defensive Tackle Alabama  

Offensive Tackle, Cornerback, Linebacker

 

17 Atlanta Falcons Leonard Floyd Outside Linebacker Georgia  

Safety, Guard, Tight end

 

18 Indianapolis Colts Noah Spence Defensive End Western Kentucky  

Center, Offensive Tackle, Tight End

 

19 Buffalo Bills Reggie Ragland Inside Linebacker Alabama  

Cornerback, Defensive End, Quarterback

20 New York Jets Paxton Lynch Quarterback Memphis  

Outside Linebacker, Offensive Tackle

21 Washington Redskins Kevin Dodd Defensive End Clemson  

Linebacker, Quarterback, Safety

 

22 Houston Texans Corey Coleman Wide Receiver Baylor  

Safety, Defensive End, Defensive Tackle

 

23 Minnesota Vikings Josh Doctson Wide Receiver TCU  

Linebacker, Offensive Tackle, Safety

 

24 Cincinnati Bengals Will Fuller Wide Receiver Notre Dame  

Defensive End, Nose Tackle, Linebacker

 

25 Pittsburgh Steelers William Jackson III Cornerback Houston  

Guard, Safety, Defensive End

 

26 Seattle Seahawks Chris Jones Defensive Tackle Mississippi State  

Offensive Tackle, Center, Guard

 

27 Green Bay Packers Darron Lee Outside Linebacker Ohio State  

Defensive End, Offensive Tackle, Tight End

 

28 Kansas City Chiefs Artie Burns Cornerback Miami  

Guard, Wide Receiver, Defensive End

 

29 Arizona Cardinals Ryan Kelly Centre Alabama  

Cornerback, Outside Linebacker

 

30 Carolina Panthers Emmanuel Ogbah Defensive End Oklahoma State  

Running Back, Safety, Wide Receiver

 

31 Denver Broncos Cody Whitehair Offensive Guard Kansas State  

Linebacker, Cornerback, Running Back

 

32 New England Patriots – Selection forfeited due to team’s involvement in the Deflate Gate Case

 

 

Author: Matthew Kassabian

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