Sunday, October 4, 2015

2016 NFL Mock Draft: v 1.1

So my format was a complete disaster last week. Apparently decided to butcher my saved file and revert it to a disgusting messy status. I've been doing mocks for years, we all deserve a mulligan.

Let's call this Mock Draft v 1.1: The actual edited and double checked version.

Draft order based on my current NFL Power Rankings.


1. Chicago Bears (0-3)
DE Joey Bosa, Jr, Ohio State
6'7, 275 lbs

Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
2015 Stats: 19 tackles, 0.5 sacks

Chicago could take a quarterback here, but I do not think John Fox will want to spend what might be his last head coach opportunity on grooming a rookie. The Bears defense has given up 105 points in two games. Needless to say that side of the ball is a complete mess. Best defender should be the way to go. Joey Bosa definitely qualifies as "best player available". In two years at Columbus, all Bosa has done is rack up 21 sacks and 34.5 tackles for loss. If eligible for the 2015 draft, there is a great chance that Bosa would have been the Jaguars selection at #3 overall. Bosa is drawing JJ Watt comparisons due to his size and rare playmaking ability from the defensive line. A decade and a half ago the Houston Texans passed on Julius Peppers to take an inferior quarterback prospect because Peppers didn't fit the "scheme". Chicago should not make that same mistake here.


2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
DE/DT Robert Nkemdiche, Jr, Ole' Miss
6'4, 296 lbs

Hometown: Loganville, GA
2015 Stats: 16 tackles, 0.5 sacks

The Jaguars could go with either Robert Nkemdiche or Ronnie Stanley. It's a coin flip, but I went with Nkemdiche here. While his stats may not pop out at you, he has gotten the JaDeveon Clowney treatment with constant double teams and schemes to run away from him. Nkemdiche is the former top recruit in the country who has the skills to be a Suh-like pass rushing interior presence. If Dante Fowler can bounce back Gus Bradley could have a couple blue chip talents to build his defense around.


3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
OT Ronnie Stanley, Sr, Notre Dame
6'6, 315 lbs

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Ronnie Stanley is technically sound and experienced, Laramy Tunsil is an athletic freak with injury and eligibility concerns. It will be interesting to see what left tackle distinguishes themselves, but both look like solid top ten picks. Stanley could have gone in the top half of the first round, but chose to return to South Bend to hone his game. Stanley only allowed one sack last year and has the look of a franchise bookend. The Buccaneers have spent a lot of recent draft picks on offense, but the line still needs major help. Stanley will be able to allow the overmatched rookie Donovan Smith to move to the right side.


4. San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
DE/OLB Emmanuel Ogbah, Jr, Oklahoma State
6'4, 275 lbs

Hometown: Vandalia, OH
2015 Stats: 24 tackles, 6 sacks

The story has been the failures of Colin Kaepernick, but the defense in San Francisco has not been much better.  Retirements and defections have destroyed this roster. The Titans need big time help on both sides of the ball. Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan are not long term fixtures at this point in their careers. Emmanuel Ogbah is having a fantastic career. He was one of the best sack artists in college football in 2014, and has picked up where he left off with 6 sacks after four games. He is strong and versatile, and could be an Aldon Smith-like pass rusher for the 49ers.


5. Detroit Lions (0-3)
CB/S Jalen Ramsey, Jr, Florida State
6'1, 202 lbs

Hometown: Smyrna, TN
2015 Stats: 14 tackles

The Lions have historically drafted the best player available, and it just so happens that secondary is a huge weak spot. Going into the 2014 season Ronald Darby and PJ Williams were thought of as potential first round picks, but the sophomore Ramsey quickly rose to the top of the heap. He is a big time play maker who has Pro Bowl potential at either safety or cornerback, two monster needs on the Detroit depth chart.


6. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
QB Jared Goff, Jr, California
6'4, 205 lbs

Hometown: Novato, CA
2015 Stats: 125-178, 1630 yards, 15 TD, 4 INT

Josh McCown is back under center for the floundering Browns, which is proof that the team will never believe in Johnny Manziel. It is no secret that Cal's offense inflates passing numbers, but Goff has great size and a cannon arm. He is putting up huge numbers as a junior. The question will be if Goff can transition from the spread to an NFL offense. Try try again for that franchise quarterback, Cleveland.


7. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
OLB Leonard Floyd, Jr, Georgia
6'4, 230 lbs

Hometown: Eastman, GA
2015 Stats: 27 tackles, 2 sacks

The Dolphins are off to a miserable start. The offense is stalling and the defense can't stop anyone. Perhaps they should have signed four or five free agents instead of giving Ndomukong Suh the moon and stars. Miami needs to find reinforcements for the offensive line and back seven on defense.  Leonard Floyd was perhaps the best Georgia defender as a redshirt sophomore, and he is off to a great start as a junior in 2015. He is tall and a bit lanky, but a good pass rusher who can drop back into coverage as well. The talent is there to be a top 10 pick if he can become more consistent.


8. New Orleans Saints (0-3)
CB Tre'Davious White, Jr, LSU
5'11, 191 lbs

Hometown: Shreveport, LA
2015 Stats: 17 tackles

The Saints cornerback situation is a barren wasteland, and the talent level desperately needs to be upgraded. With Kendall Fuller unfortunately suffering a season ending injury, Tre'Davious White moves up the cornerback food chain. White might have been LSU's best defensive back as a sophomore. Though he lacks size, he is a dynamo in press defense, and has the speed to stay step to step with receivers deep. LSU cornerbacks tend to rise during the pre draft process, and White might be the best LSU corner since Patrick Peterson (hopefully more Peterson than Morris Claiborne).


9. Houston Texans (1-2)
DE DeForest Buckner, Sr, Oregon
6'7, 290 lbs

Hometown: Waianae, HI
2014 Stats: 26 tackles, 1.5 sacks

The Texans desperately need a quarterback, but I am just not a fan of any of the remaining signal callers. If Houston goes with a quarterback here, I think it would actually be Bill O'Brien's old signal caller Christian Hackenberg, but I just cannot put him in the first round at this point. DeForest Buckner is a mountain of a man who has rare ability for a 3-4 end. He is a tackling machine and can get to the quarterback as well. His athleticism is not off the charts, but he has playmaking potential. If it wasn't for Buckner disrupting the Utah offense, Oregon might have lost by 100 points.


10. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Jr, Florida
5'11, 199 lbs

Hometown: Tampa, FL
2014 Stats: 17 tackles, 3 INT

Tennessee has been more competitive than most thought, but the roster still lacks the talent to become a playoff contender. Vernon Hargreaves might be the most talented defensive back in football. What he lacks in size he makes up for in recognition and technique. He already has two interceptions on the season and looks destined to be a first round picks. The scuttlebutt is scouts think he is vastly overrated, but we shall see. He will face a huge test against LaQuon Treadwell and the Ole' Miss offense this weekend.


11. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
OT Laremy Tunsil, Jr, Ole' Miss
6'5, 305 lbs

Hometown: Lake City, FL

Teams are always on the lookout for franchise tackles, and the Rams are no exception. Laremy Tunsil was a former top recruit who has lived up to the billing during his time at Ole' Miss. His biggest question mark is health, after suffering a broken leg during the Rebels bowl game. He is also currently being held out of the Rebels starting lineup with some off the field eligibility issues. It will be interested how that affects his draft status, especially if he is forced to miss the entire year. When he is on the field, scouts love his aggressiveness and nasty streak and he excels as a run blocker. Greg Robinson is still a work in progress on the left side, but this would give the Rams two extremely talented tackles to build their offensive line around.


12. Oakland Raiders (2-1)
OT Taylor Decker, Sr, Ohio State
6'8, 315 lbs

Hometown: Vandalia, OH

The Raiders are not going to sniff the playoffs this year, but they are no longer an easy win. Oakland fans have to be encouraged by the development of Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and Khalil Mack, three excellent recent draft picks. The Raiders need to continue to draft solid football players, regardless of position. Taylor Decker stands a tall 6'8 and brings a load of experience into his senior season for the Buckeyes. The Ohio State offense is really struggling so far this year, but Decker has done his job keeping Cardale Jones upright. Offensive lineman often rise during the draft process and Decker has the look of a top 15 pick.


13. Washington Redskins (1-2)
DE Shawn Oakman, Sr, Baylor
6'8, 280 lbs

Hometown: Lansdowne, PA
2015 stats: 14 tackles, 2 sacks

A quarterback would be a logical choice here, but I think Jay Gruden is going to have to ride with Kirk Cousins for as long as he is employed by Washington, which might not be much longer. Also, I just do not like Connor Cook or any other prospects at this point, so the Skins go a different direction. Shawn Oakman is still more athlete than football player, but he is one of the most physically dominating athletes in college football. He would be a great fit as a penetrating 3-4 end, and could become a complete football player if he can improve his run defense.


14. Baltimore Ravens (0-3)
WR Tyler Boyd, Jr, Pittsburgh
6'2, 200 lbs

Hometown: Claireton, PA
2015 Stats: 26 rec, 274 yards, 1 TD

Ozzie Newsome does not often reach on his draft picks, but Baltimore might not have a choice this year, as the offense is just too starved for talent. Right now, the Ravens are rolling out Steve Smith and four undrafted receivers. Breshad Perriman should bounce back, but 2015 looks like a lost cause for him. Baltimore needs a young running back and a few wideouts. This is a pretty weak receiver class, especially compared to the past few drafts. Tyler Boyd looks like the most productive of the bunch, though not the most talented. He is not the biggest or fastest, but is a master route runner who snags everything coming his way.


15. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
OG/C Max Tuerk, Sr, USC
6'6, 285 lbs

Hometown: Trabuco Canyon, CA

Interior lineman are being drafted higher than ever. Max Tuerk has a few years of experience blocking for a couple of NFL quarterbacks and running backs. He is tall and lanky, but a solid technician. The Eagles have all sorts of problems along the offensive line, and Tuerk could be a long term fixture either guard position.


16. San Diego Chargers
OLG Jordan Jenkins, Sr, Georgia
6'3, 253 lbs

Hometown: Hamilton, GA
2015 Stats: 29 tackles, 3 sacks

The Chargers have spent plenty of high picks on pass rushers, but the next Shawne Merriman has not walked through that door. The Georgia Bulldogs are a 3-4 defense factory, and that is no different this year. Leonard Floyd steals all the headlines but senior Jordan Jenkins is off to a fantastic start. He racked up 3 sacks his first two games before taking most of the next two off due to blowouts. He plays like a man possessed and has the size and speed to create mismatches.


17. Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
OG/OT Jack Conklin, Jr, Michigan State
6'6,  325 lbs

Hometown: Plainwell, MI

The Vikings have a nice set of skill players, but the offensive line is a complete mess.. Jack Conklin brings over 2 years of starting experience at tackle protecting Connor Cook. He is very technically sound, but might kick inside in the NFL. Conklin recently suffered a knee injury. It is not expected to be season ending, but if it lingers it might cause his stock to slip. This has been a terrible year for injuries to top prospects.


18. New York Giants (1-2)
MLB Jaylon Smith, Jr, Notre Dame
6'3, 235 lbs

Hometown: Fort Wayne, IN
2015 Stats: 38 tackles, 1 sack

The Giants defense is seriously lacking in defensive talent. GM Jerry Reese has historically shopped at the dollar store for linebackers, but with Jaylon Smith, a top ten talent, still on the board, he may not resist. Smith is a do-it-all linebacker for the Fighting Irish, and I love his potential as a future NFL middle linebacker. He has drawn comparisons to Patrick Willis and could be the leader of a rebuilding Giants defense.


19.  Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
OG/OT Germaine Ifedi, Jr, Texas A&M
6'5, 325 lbs

Hometown: Houston, TX

Kansas City might have the worst offensive line in the NFL. Pair that with the fact that Andy Reid loves to draft lineman in the first round, and this mock selection makes sense. The Aggies have had three first round tackles the past three years and will hope to extend that streak to four. Germaine Ifedi takes over the left side for the departed Cedric Ogbuehi. He is a versatile lineman who could fit at right guard or tackle for the Chiefs.


20. New York Jets (2-1)
QB Connor Cook, Sr, Michigan State
6'4, 220 lbs

Hometown: Hinckley, OH
2015 Stats: 74-124, 977 yards, 10 TD, 1 INT

I am not in love with Connor Cook as a prospect. I think he will be more of a game manager than a true threat, but he has the size and skills to be a productive pocket passer in a scheme like Chan Gailey's. Cook needs to improve his footwork and accuracy, but has a strong arm and solid frame to withstand the cold New York winters. It is no secret that the Jets need to find a long term answer at the position.


21. Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
CB Zack Sanchez, Jr, Oklahoma
5'11, 175 lbs

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
2015 Stats: 22 tackles, 1 INT, 0.5 sacks

The Colts front office has traded away and wasted plenty of draft picks, and that bad management is starting to rear it's ugly head. The Colts need help at pretty much every position except quarterback and wide receiver. The Sooners have been down by their standards the past couple of seasons, but Zack Sanchez is one of the best defenders in the country. He is undersized but has a lot of experience and is a very solid tackler. His toughness will be very welcome across Vontae Davis in Indianapolis' secondary.


22. Carolina Panthers (3-0)
OG/OT Vadal Alexander, Sr, LSU
6'6, 329 lbs

Hometown: Buford, GA

It is no secret that the Panthers need offensive line help. Vadal Alexander has a ton of experience and was kicked outside to tackle in an effort to improve his NFL Draft prospects. Leonard Fournette is currently tearing up the college football landscape, and Alexander is a huge reason why. He has a ton of experience and could hold his own at either guard or right tackle in the pros.


23. Seattle Seahawks
DT A'Shawn Robinson, Jr, Alabama
6'4, 312 lbs

Hometown: Fort Worth, TX
2015 Stats: 14 tackles

Seattle really needs offensive line help, but there is no one worth drafting here, so they fortify their great defensive line. A'Shawn Robinson had 5 sacks as a freshman before transitioning into more of a run stopper as a sophomore. Robinson is very strong, and has the speed to track down ball carriers. He might not ever get to the quarterback with regularity, but should really help plug the interior of Seattle's defensive line.


24. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
S Jayron Kearse, Jr, Clemson
6'4, 210 lbs

Hometown: Fort Myers, FL
2015 Stats: 17 tackles, 1 INT

It is no secret that Pittsburgh's defense has really struggled. The team should continue to devote picks to that side of the line. Jayron Kearse, the nephew of former Florida great Jevon, shares his athleticism. He is a tall, strong, hard hitter who has become the leader of Clemson's defense. Only a junior, he still needs to improve his consistency, but has all of the traits to be a first round pick at safety.


25. Atlanta Falcons (3-0)
DE/OLB Shilique Calhoun, Sr, Michigan State
6'5, 250 lbs

Hometown: Middletown, NJ
2015 Stats: 20 tackles, 4.5 sacks

What a difference Dan Quinn and a healthy offense has meant for the Falcons. Still, the defensive front seven needs talent, especially for Quinn to get the most out of his scheme. Shilique Calhoun has been a very productive pass rusher for the Spartans for a few years. There are concerns about his true NFL position, but he could play a Bruce Irvin like role for Quinn's versatile attack.


26. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
OLB/S Su'a Cravens, Jr, USC
6'1, 225 lbs

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
2015 Stats: 27 tackles, 1 INT, 2 sacks

Cowboys fans feel they have one of the most talented, young defenses in the league. That is true for the defensive line, but this unit still needs more depth. Su'a Cravens is a tremendously productive defender without a true NFL position. Like Shaq Thompson a year ago, he will be drafted in the late first or early second and a defense will figure out how to use him later. He would be a great fit at weak side linebacker in Dallas.


27. Buffalo Bills (2-1)
OLB Myles Jack, Jr, UCLA
6'1, 232 lbs

2014 Stats: 15 tackles, 1 INT

The Bills have one of the most talented rosters in football, and if Tyrod Taylor can continue to play like he has, the Bills might be able to wait until the second or third round to draft a quarterback. This is the perfect spot for a team to take a chance on Myles Jack. One of the most dynamic talents in football, his season was unfortunately cut short by a serious injury. At his best, he is an attacking, complete outside linebacker, able to get to the quarterback or drop into coverage. He should make a complete recovery, and still could be a first round pick if he stays in the draft.


28. Denver Broncos (3-0)
DT Adolphus Washington, Sr, Ohio State
6'4, 290 lbs

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
2015 Stats: 28 tackles, 1 sack, 1 INT

The Broncos are Super Bowl or bust until Peyton Manning retires, opting in recent seasons to draft for depth along the defense. Adolphus Washington was overshadowed by bigger names like Michael Bennett last year, but was easily the most consistent player. He is off to a fantastic start in 2015, with 28 tackles to his credit after five games.


29. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
DT Kenny Clark, Jr, UCLA
6'3, 310 lbs

Hometown: San Bernandino, CA
2015 Stats: 28 tackles

The Bengals defense has played very well this year, but they aren't tremendous against the run. Dometa Peko has managed to hang around for a decade, but he is a replacement level talent at this stage of his career. Kenny Clark is not much of a pass rusher, but will be able to occupy blockers and stop the run in the middle of Cincinnati's defense.


30. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
QB Christian Hackenberg, Jr, Penn State
6'4, 228 lbs

Hometown: Palmyra, VA
2015 Stats: 66-125, 824 yards, 5 TD, 2 INT

The Cardinals are one of the deepest and best teams in the league, and Bruce Arians is crazy enough to take a swing at Christian Hackenberg here. Hackenberg has the size and talent to be an effective NFL starter, but his last two seasons at Happy Valley have been a mess. Whether he has regressed without Bill O'Brien or a porous offense has crushed his confidence, Hackenberg needs to fix quite a bit. Arians is a quarterback duo and could jump at the opportunity to develop Hackenberg as Carson Palmer's eventual replacement.


31. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
MLB Reggie Ragland, Sr, Alabama
6'2, 252 lbs

Hometown: Madison, AL
2015 Stats: 42 tackles

As with past years, the Packers offense is rolling and the defense is just there for the ride. GM Ted Thompson will keep on hoping to hit picks on the defensive side of the ball. Reggie Ragland is a classic, 2 down 3-4 inside thumper and would be a good fit in the middle of Green Bay's defense.
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