Ryan’s Official 2016 NFL Mock Draft
Ryan Koppendrayer 4/27/16
With the draft finally upon us, I can put all my work over the last few months to the test. While I do not have the resources of high level NFL scouts, I deducted trends over the sports world and formed my own opinion on each prospect for this year’s draft.
My mock draft will not include any draft day trades. I made my predictions based more so on team needs than on BPA (best player available), with a few exceptions.
This mock will include the first 3 rounds of the draft, not including the compensatory picks at the end of the 3rd round.
Note: The Patriots first round pick (29 overall) was forfeited after the deflate-gate ruling by the NFL. Also, the Chiefs 3rd round pick (91 overall) was lost after they were found tampering during the Jeremy Maclin acquisition.
- Los Angeles Rams: Jared Goff, QB California
After selling the farm, the newly based LA Rams select who they feel is one of the few missing links holding this talented team back from reaching it’s full potential. Goff is widely considered the best prospect to suit up and play right away. He is an accurate passer, and showed elite decision making while being under duress for most all of his NFL career. The QB position is the most important, and the Rams are putting all their money on the table for who they believe is their signal caller of the future.
2. Philadelphia Eagles: Carson Wentz, QB North Dakota State
After trading with the Browns, the Eagles have made it perfectly clear they do not envision Sam Bradford as their future. They will select a QB with the second pick, I believe Wentz will be their option after Goff is off the board. Wentz has seen an unprecedented rise to the top of the NFL draft. Playing in the FCS, he has done all he can do to prove that he can play QB at the NFL level. Teams like his body size and history of using his own audibles at the line of scrimmage in a pro style offense.
3. San Diego Chargers: Jalen Ramsey, DB Florida State
The best defensive prospect in the draft will be in position to replace a lost Eric Weddle as a safety in the Chargers secondary. He is a big bodied, fast, hard hitting player who has the versatility to make an impact as a cover corner or a safety. Ramsey is a once in a generation talent that the chargers cannot pass up on. He will be able to come in right away and make plays for a defense a couple pieces away from being great.
4. Dallas Cowboys: DeForest Buckner, DL Oregon
Buckner makes a lot of sense here. The Cowboys have too many questionable players on the line to take another risk on off the field players (Bosa). Buckner is a huge presence with the the versatility to play anywhere on the line. Playing at Oregon, he could not show his true pass rushing potential. Jerry Jones will be pleased selecting a difference maker who can stay on the field. Buckner is 6'7" and is valuable in both run and pass defense.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars: Myles Jack, LB UCLA
The Jags have made no attempt at hiding the fact that they plan to address the front 7 in this years draft, and Jack is exactly the kind of player that can jump start their defense. He is still pretty raw as far as defensive recognition goes, but has the athleticism to far make up for early mistakes.
6. Baltimore Ravens: Laremy Tunsil, OL Ole Miss
Once widely considered a lock at the top of the draft, fortunately due to circumstance, the Ravens find a miracle with Tunsil still available at 6. He has all the tools to be a day 1 starting left tackle in the NFL. He showed no reason to worry at the combine and his play speaks for itself. A recovering Flacco will sleep easy knowing Tunsil is guarding his blind side likely for the remainder of his career.
7. San Fransico 49ers: Joey Bosa, DL Ohio State
Joey Bosa is one of the most complicated players atop this years board. Without some off the field concerns he would be most likely the first defensive player off the board. Chip Kelly should have no problem taking him at this spot. His hand and footwork rushing the quarterback are well beyond his peers, which gives him almost JJ Watt upside. Only time will tell if he can stay on the field and become a draft day steal for Kelly and company.
8. Cleveland Browns: Vernon Hargreaves III, CB Florida
After trading back in the draft Hue Jackson will begin to shape this team from the bottom up, and it starts with adding potentially a mirror to Joe Haden and a legitimate shutdown secondary. Hargreaves is an extremely effective man to man defender with a knack at being in the right place at the right time to make a game changing play.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronnie Stanley, OL Notre Dame
With Winston all but securing his spot at the helm, the Bucs need to put serious emphasis on protecting their prized signal caller. Stanley is a tackle who is not as far behind Tunsil and many would have you believe. He has the body and tools to provide Winston with plenty of space to mature.
10. New York Giants: Ezekiel Elliott, RB Ohio State
Even with the running back position being less and less an area of importance, it can go a long way to helping a team win games. The giants have been searching for a featured tailback for quite a while and Elliott has the size/speed combination to be a workhorse back in the NFL.
11. Chicago Bears: Shaq Lawson, DE Clemson
The Bears have made it a point this off season to improve thier unimposing defense. Lawson is one of the safest picks of the first round. He is not going to explode on to the scene, but play at a high level right away making all the play necessary to win games. Once thought as a true DE, many believe he does have the ability to also play in a 3–4 system as well.
12. New Orleans Saints: Leonard Floyd, OLB Georgia
If one thing is clear, its that the Saints are a long ways away from having a formidable defense. Step one is Leonard Floyd. He is a freak of a defender will the speed to blanket his side of the field and get around lineman to bring down quarterbacks at a high rate. Still raw in terms of NFL defensive schemes, he may struggle early but could very well end up the best player from this draft.
13. Miami Dolphins: Jack Conklin, OL Michigan State
Miami is finally in position to address a position of need they have had for quite some time. There is a top heavy offensive tackle group in this draft and Conklin has every capability to be right there at the top. With a wonderful backstory, from walk-on to NFL, the Dolphins can be assured they are getting a workhorse to help their offense moving forward.
14. Oakland Raiders: Reggie Ragland, ILB Alabama
Adding another weapon to an already young and talented front seven, Ragland will be able to hold down the middle of the line and give Mack the freedom to take more chances. Ragland is a hard hitting physical tackler who rarely misses. This would be a perfect marriage of sorts for both sides. Ragland can learn from Mack while the defense as a whole will be much better.
15. Tennessee Titans: Eli Apple, CB Ohio State
With their first pick of many in this draft the Titans can begin building their defense from the bottom up. Apple has the tool set to be a number one corner in the NFL. Corner as always is a difficult position to excel at early, lucky though for Apple he will be able to make mistakes early and master his craft as the Titans are in full building mode.
16. Detroit Lions: Taylor Decker, OL Ohio State
The Lions could stand to replace Calvin Johnson here but there are really no wide-outs worthy of the 16 pick. Instead, they may look to improve a porous offensive line which Stafford has had to endure for the better part of his career. Decker is a nasty tackle who has great measurables to defend against the NFC North’s defenses.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Keanu Neal, S Florida
This may seem like a reach for Neal at this point in the draft, however Atlanta is bent on fixing an under-performing secondary. Neal is a top of the line cover safety with the traits to improve on his run coverage. He is a player who can truly thump incoming players and make them think twice before coming back.
18. Indianapolis Colts: Sheldon Rankins, DT Louisville
The Colts are in dire need of a new offensive line, however in this case at this point in the draft they would be foolish to pass on a player like Rankins. This draft is so deep with defensive lineman that Rankins may have been a top 10 or even top 5 pick in other years.
19. Buffalo Bills: Darron Lee, LB Ohio State
Darron Lee is exactly the kind of player Rex Ryan would love to have on his defense. He is extremely fast for a linebacker, with the muscle to still beat lineman. He is the prototypical linebacker in today's NFL. One of the safer picks in the draft, Lee should have no learning curve entering his rookie campaign.
20. New York Jets: Paxton Lynch, QB Memphis
One of my personal favorites in the draft, while widely accepted as the third best prospect I believe Lynch may wind up having the best career. New York would be a perfect place for lynch with a great coaching staff and offensive weapons to succeed. His hands are very large which will help him in the chilly New York games.
21. Washington Redskins: Jarran Reed, DT Alabama
Reed excels at stopping the run, which the Skins could definitely use to improve upon last year. Reed also has good arm length to put himself in position to create pass blocks to affect opposing offenses. This is another case of the depth of the position in the draft, as Reed is a high end talent.
22. Houston Texans: Will Fuller, WR Notre Dame
Houston is in need of a true number 2 receiver to match with Hopkins. Fuller may not be the best wide receiver in this draft class but he is likely the best deep threat, and that is what the Texans need to give more space for Hopkins and help Osweiler with his adjustment on his new team.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Laquon Treadwell, WR Ole Miss
Unlike the Texas, the Vikings are in need of a true #1 receiver who can be relied upon in the red zone and can create separation from defenders. There is a strong possibility that Treadwell does not make it to this point, but with such a deep defensive draft this is a possibility.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: A’Shawn Robinson, DT Alabama
Teammate of Reed at Alabama, Robinson was originally rated quite higher but could not keep up with some of the other defensive lineman. He was a little underwhelming at the combine, and needed to show a little more consistency in college, but the ceiling is extremely high.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Vernon Butler, DT Louisiana Tech
By now you can tell that this years DT class is out of this world. Butler is a top 10 talent. The Steelers have a move glaring need at corner but Butler is the best player available. He is a player that needs some coaching, but had the physical abilities to be a difference maker in this league.
26. Seattle Seahawks: Germain Ifedi, OL Texas A&M
The Seahawks need to address protection for their prized QB. Ifedi is continuing a long line of Aggie lineman to be first round talent. Ifedi likely will mind up being a guard in the NFL but don’t count him out, he has the body type to be versatile on the line.
27. Green Bay Packers: Andrew Billings, DL Baylor
The Packers need to make some replacements in the interior of the line, and Billings would be a perfect match. Billings is a big man who is great at stopping the run. He is the type of player who can make the whole line better. The packers could have addressed LB but Billings is too much talent to pass on.
28. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Doctson, WR TCU
There will likely be a run on receivers at the end of the first round, it will continue here as Doctson goes to the Chiefs. Doctson comes from a generally simple offensive program so will need some time to learn more routes, but possesses incredible receiving traits and physical skill to get to where he needs to be.
30. Arizona Cardinals: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE Oklahoma State
One of the favorite players in this draft I believe Ogbah is going to be elite at the next level, and a steal for the Cards at this spot. He is a hard hitting, tough pass rusher. There are more glaring needs for the cardinals, Ogbah will be able to learn his craft in a system that will bring out the best in him.
31. Carolina Panthers: William Jackson III, CD Houston
After the shocking departure of Josh Norman, the panthers need to quickly try to replace his skill set. William Jackson likely will go earlier in the draft, but if he falls the Panthers will make no hesitation in calling his name. He is an NFL ready cover corner who can come in and keep the Panther defense strong.
32. Denver Broncos: Robert Nkemdiche, DL Ole Miss
Nkemdiche is by far the hardest player to peg in this draft, with rumors of him going in the top 15 but also that some teams have taken him off their board completely. He is the most talented player in this draft, however unfortunately he has had more then one problem off the field and now more than ever that is scaring teams away. The Broncos can afford the risk as they have the personnel to recover if he does work out.
2.1 Cleveland: Kamalei Correa, OLB Boise State
2.2 Tennessee: Cody Whitehair, G Kansas State
2.3 Dallas: Mackensie Alexander, CB Clemson
2.4 San Diego: Ryan Kelly, C Alabama
2.5 Baltimore: Xavian Howard, CB Baylor
2.6 San Francisco: Jason Spriggs, OL Indiana
2.7 Jacksonville: Karl Joseph, S West Virginia
2.8 Tampa Bay: Kevin Dodd, DE Clemson
2.9 New York Giants: Vonn Bell, S Ohio State
2.10 Chicago: Chris Jones, DT Mississippi State
2.11 Miami: Derrick Henry, RB Alabama
2.12 Tennessee: Jonathan Bullard, DL Florida
2.13 Oakland: Darian Thompson, S Boise State
2.14 Tennessee: Noah Spence, DE Eastern Kentucky
2.15 Detroit: Corey Coleman, WR Baylor
2.16 New Orleans: Austin Johnson, DL Penn State
2.17 Indianapolis: Kenny Clark, DL UCLA
2.18 Buffalo: Joshua Garnett, OL Stanford
2.19 Atlanta: Tyler Boyd, WR Pittsburgh
2.20 NY Jets: LeRaven Clark, OL Texas Tech
2.21 Houston: Willie Beavers, OL Western Michigan
2.22 Washington: Kenneth Dixon, RB LA Tech
2.23 Minnesota: Su’a Cravens, LB/S USC
2.24 Cincinnati: Michael Thomas, WR Ohio State
2.25 Seattle: Christian Westerman, G Arizona State
2.26 Green Bay: Hunter Henry, TE Arkansas
2.27 Pittsburgh: Deion Jones, OLB LSU
2.28 Kansas City: Sean Davis, S Maryland
2.29 New England: Sterling Shepherd, WR Oklahoma
2.30 New England: Kyler Fackrell, LB Utah State
2.31 Carolina: Devantae Booker, RB Utah
2.32 Denver: Christian Hackenberg, QB Penn State
3.1 Tennessee: Vadal Alexander, OL LSU
3.2 Cleveland: Braxton Miller, WR Ohio State
3.3 San Diego: Carl Nassib, DL Penn State
3.4 Dallas: Kolby Listenbee, WR TCU
3.5 San Fransisco: Connor Cook, QB Michigan State
3.6 Jacksonville: TJ Green, DB Clemson
3.7 Baltimore: Pharoh Cooper, WR South Carolina
3.8 NY Giants: Shilique Calhoun, DL Michigan State
3.9 Chicago: Kentrell Brothers, ILB Missouri
3.10 Miami: Kendall Fuller, DB Virginia Tech
3.11 Tampa Bay: Artie Burns, CB Miami
3.12 Oakland: Joe Dahl, OL Washington State
3.13 Tennessee: CJ Prosise, RB Notre Dame
3.14 Cleveland: Shon Coleman, OL Auburn
3.15 New Orleans: Austin Hooper, TE Stanford
3.16 Philadelphia: Spencer Drango, OL Baylor
3.17 Buffalo: Leonte Caroo, WR Rutgers
3.18 Atlanta: Jremy Cash, S Duke
3.19 Indianapolis: Caleb Benonoch, OL UCLA
3.20 NY Jets: Scooby Wright III, OLB Arizona
3.21 Washington: Eric Murray, DB Minnesota
3.22 Houston: Zach Sanchez, DB Oklahoma
3.23 Minnesota: Sheldon Day, DL Notre Dame
3.24 Cincinnati: Yannick Ngakoue, OLB Maryland
3.25 Green Bay: Beniquez Brown, ILB Mississippi State
3.26 Pittsburgh: Will Redmond, DB Mississippi State
3.27 Seattle: Hassan Ridgeway, DT Texas
3.29 New England: Paul Perkins, RB UCLA
3.30 Arizona: Jalen Mills, DB LSU
3.31 Carolina: Sebastian Tretola, OL Arkansas
3.32 Denver: KJ Dillon, DB West Virginia
Thank you for taking the time to read my mock draft! Go Vikes!